Origami: who said you can't make a surfer ride a paper wave? | Illustration: Jeremy Shafer

Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Using complex modular techniques, artists developed exquisite designs and breathtaking masterpieces.

But would it be possible to create surf-inspired artworks using paper and our own bare hands?

Why not? We've seen origami dragons, unicorns, snakes, and dinosaurs, so it's all about putting your imagination to work and making the most out of your natural aptitude.

Let's start with a simpler model. In January 2016, Alonso created a beautiful, red thruster surfboard. Again, you'll only need a six-inch square paper and a bit of patience.


Did you find it easy? Right. In that case, here's another origami challenge that incorporates the whole package - the surfer, the wave, and the scary shark.

Jeremy Shafer is one of the most talented origamists on the planet. He has been creating hundreds of original origami models since 1983. His origami works have been featured in journals, books, educational media, exhibitions, and advertising.

In 1989, he designed a stunning surfer riding a big wave. It's a fantastic work, and it even includes a chasing shark.

To create this masterpiece, Shafer only used a six-inch square foil origami paper. You will need around 20 minutes to produce an identical model but, in the end, it is worth the effort.


Actually, the complete set comes with a bonus. To make the wave crash, place your thumbs on the front and back of the board and your other fingers underneath the model.

Slide the surfboard forward, and the wave will crash. The good news is that the surfer narrowly escapes being pounded by the roller, and the shark gets hammered by the exploding crest.

Have you found it hard to fold it? Go back to basics. Learn how to make an origami windsurfer.

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