This T. Patterson-shaped surfboard made exclusively for USA Surfing was painted on the deck with a three-dolphin design by the artist Wyland in a style reminiscent of Japanese Sumi-e art 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 title of the work is, "Higher, Faster, Stronger" in honor of the Olympic motto. 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 an octopus design. Bids are being taken on this second board separately.