How to draw a surfboard

Surfboards: learn how to draw a shortboard | Photo: Creative Commons

Have you ever wanted - or tried - to draw a simple cartoon surfboard? Learn how to sketch a shortboard with our step-by-step drawing tutorial.

Surfboards are extraordinary wave-riding vehicles.

Although their template and outline reveal a basic, uncomplicated shape, a good surfboard is always the result of a complex combination of variables.

Each surfboard features specific characteristics, including length, width, thickness, tail and rail design, and channels, which serve a particular type of wave and surfer.

It might seem easy to produce a surfboard illustration, but it could get harder if you want to add a 3D look to it or bury it on a sandy beach.

Drawing is a relaxing pastime, and you don't even need to be a professional illustrator to create a good-looking cartoon object.

Our surfboard drawing instructions will help you out.

Are you ready to draw your first surfboard and add it to a cool personal or brand logo? Here's what you'll need and how to do it.

Surfboard drawing: use a pencil to sketch the outline and then use a pen or marker to highlight the lines | Illustration: Shutterstock

Drawing Materials

  • Sheet of A4 paper
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Marker
  • Eraser
  • Brush markers or watercolor pens (optional)

Surfer illustration: add a summer vibe to your drawings by using watercolor markers | Illustration: Shutterstock

Drawing Instructions

It's surfboard clipart time. Grab a sheet of paper and get ready to draw your first surfboard with a swallow tail and a fin.

The following instructions can be executed by adults and children alike. The goal is to keep it nice and straightforward.

The first and most important thing is to use a pencil to draw the outline of the shortboard.

  1. Draw the outward curve of your shortboard from nose to tail (top right to bottom left);
  2. Do the inward rail and make sure to leave a space for the tail;
  3. In order to show the fin, we need to add perspective. Draw a curved line parallel to the outer edge of the inward rail to add depth to your board;
  4. At the bottom of the surfboard, connected both curved lines at an inward-facing point until you get a W-shaped tail;
  5. Draw a straight line - the stringer - between the center of the tail and the nose of your surfboard;
  6. Draw a single fin coming out from beneath the shortboard and near the tail;
  7. Add patterns and cool surfy designs to the deck or even a logo near the nose;
  8. In the end, you can always color your surfboard to add a summery vibe to it;

You can start your drawing with a pencil so that you can erase and correct mistakes or improve the curved lines.

Once your surfboard is finished and looking good, you can use a black pen or marker to highlight the contour lines and the graphics on the deck.

If you're already a skilled illustrator, try drawing a surfboard in the sand or with a surfer on the beach, or even on a wave.