This T. Patterson-shaped surfboard made exclusively for USA Surfing is painted on the deck with an octopus design by the artist Wyland in a style inspired by the Japanese artform Gyotaku - a 19th-century Japanese method of illustrating marine life by pressing ink-soaked fish onto rice paper - and signed on the bottom by one of four members of USA Surfing's first Olympic team and four-time WSL world champion, Carissa Moore.
The board was created to commemorate the sport of surfing's first appearance in the Olympic Games, in Tokyo 2020 (postponed and now set to kick off in July 2021). The board was painted and signed on the North Shore of Oahu in January 2021.
Wyland's art and the work of his nonprofit foundation have been the centerpiece of several Olympic Games. Wyland's 100th life-sized whale mural for public spaces debuted at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. His role as an Olympic artist has given him a front-row seat to some epic Olympic performances, including seven Michael Phelps' gold medals, and Serena and Venus Williams gold medal doubles match.
Note: This is one of two boards created for this occasion. The second board features a three dolphin design titled, "Higher, Faster, Stronger." Bids are being taken on this second board separately.