Mad Steez, an unlikely candidate to become a surfer, grew up in the suburbs of Washington DC. “I remember being 12 years old and my mom would go and buy Rip Curl t-shirts for me from my local surf shop,” says Steez. “Rip Curl was this really strange connection for me… having those t-shirts made me realise that I wanted to be a surfer.
“Many years later I found myself in Bali – just there to go surfing – and that trip was actually what catalysed my painting. This collaboration is a synergy of my two worlds, painting and art, and I think we have made some really rad stuff.”
The range includes a small selection of carefully designed wetsuits, boardshorts and men’s apparel, and it is available as of April 15 around the globe.
To celebrate the release, Mad Steez will be travelling to the 2019 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach and will be painting a large-scale mural on the front of the Rip Curl Torquay store. This mural will be Steez’s interpretation of an iconic Bells lineup, with the inclusion of some of surfing’s greatest World Champions – 3x World Champion Mick Fanning, 2x World Champion Gabriel Medina and 2x World Champion Tyler Wright.
Steez will be painting throughout the Rip Curl Pro waiting period, and encourages fans, media and those passing through come view the mural in progress. You will find him painting at the Rip Curl Torquay store from April 18 – April 22.
As this is truly a global collaboration, Mad Steez will be spending the rest of the year painting murals in other major Rip Curl regions around the world. For the weekend of May 4th, you will find Mad Steez painting the side of Rip Curl by Hansen’s in Swamis, California. Following the USA, look out for Steez somewhere in Europe...