Surfboard art: use your imagination, create new purposes for old surf craft | Photo: Shutterstock

Surfboards are the perfect canvas for your artistic creations. Get great ideas, cool designs, and find innovative new uses for old surf craft.

Become a surf artist without even taking art lessons. Let your imagination free, and don't think too much. Enjoy a surf art afternoon session with friends and family.

If you own an old surfboard that will no longer glide across the salted water, take it out of the attic, and bring it back to life.

Surfboards are objects of design; they always look good hanged on the wall or exposed to the elements on a green lawn. It doesn't matter how rotten the board is - just give it a new purpose.

Whether you want to add a personal twist to your favorite stick, or you use it as artwork in your office, there are plenty of materials you can use to make surfboard art. Take a look at a few original ideas:

Write poetry

Use the power of words to express your feelings for surfing and waves. Write a poem, inscribe a surfing quote, and give your surfboard a new meaning.

Poetry in surfboards: take an inspiring ride | Art: Richard Hart/Delft

The Delft Project by Spider Murphy and Richard Hart

 

Make a contemporary art sculpture or installation

Have you broken a board? Have you found the tail end of a pro surfer's stick? Stack up the pieces of foam and make something that the world has never seen.

A Maori carved surfboard: an incredible artwork | Art Bino Smith

Ranginui by Bino Smith

Trashed surfboards: always a useful material for contemporary art installations | Photo: Chris Anderson

The 1000 Surfboard Graveyard Project by Chris Anderson

 

Handpaint your surf fins

Art is also in the details. Paint innovative forms and patterns on your fins, and get them out of the water.

Hand-painted fins: give a new life to your underwater wings | Photo: Wild Wolf Collective

Hand-Painted Surf Fins by Wild Wolf Collective

 

Make a statue

Honor the life of a special surfboard. Highlight its finest moments. Get a plinth, and write a eulogy.

A surfboard statue: who said surf craft didn't inspire artists? | Art: Christophe Nancey

ACN017 Inside Light 2 by Christophe Nancey

 

Paint it and go surfing

Draw from imagination, get a paint marker or an acrylic-based spray paint and give your favorite surfboard a new colorful look.

Hand-painted surfboards: all you need is imagination and a small dose of talent | Art: Drew Brophy

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Drew Brophy

Build a table or a chair

An old, heavy and cracked longboard can quickly become a magnificent outdoor dinner table or chair.

A surfboard as a table: that's what we call a surf meal | Photo: Stacked Samui

The Surfboard Table at Stacked Samui

Resting after the surf: a surfboard chair is a great idea | Photo: Surf Life Designs

The Legend - Bombwatcher Folding Surfboard Chair by Surf Life Designs

 

Create a surfboard waste barrel

Contact your local surfboard shapers and build an eye-catching barrel made of foam.

The endless barrel: surfboard waste is always useful | Photo: Rip Curl Pro Portugal

The Surfboard Waste Wave/Trash Tube at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2012

 

Build a coat and towel hanger

Remind yourself you're a surfer every time you get home late, and need to hang up your coat. Or a bathroom version for your towels.

Coat and towel hanger: hang five or ten | Photo: Haven America

Shark Bite Towel Hook by Haven America