Robin Lanei art

I've been really enjoying Robin Lanaei's illustrations that she's posting on Instagram. It's so easy to recognise myself and other kinds of surfers in her drawings, sometimes, when I don't even want to!

I like that she's drawing about the everyday things that happen in the lineup, the internal dialogues that we have with ourselves, the things we'd like to say and do. I like her take on the moments of shame and embarrassment when we miss a wave or kook one, aware that the lineup is watching and judging us, while at the same time making sure we know it really doesn't matter. I like that the girls she draws aren't trying to be mermaids or #gurfers or anything like that. Instead, they're just people - grumpy and cranky and determined and sneaky and funny and fun. They seem to be white girls, for sure. But they're certainly recognisable in so many ways and with the kind of complexity and real-ness that I'm always searching for in any kind of surfing media and culture.

Also, I love that she calls surfing smurfing, because I do that too.

If you like these as much as I do, then you should go follow her over here.


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  2. Following your suggestion (ages ago) I asked your friendship on fb.. but I think you forgot :)
    I met an Italian guy who just came here for his Uni thesis about surfing, and he's going to talk to you!! It's a little world! :)


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