Custom surfboard to be auctioned for Clothing Our Kids

A collaborative group of artists, designers and craftsmen have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind surfboard to benefit the local non-profit organization Clothing Our Kids.

In early June, the team of local artists and craftsmen, which included photographers Brian White of WhiteSail Studio; Sean Kelley, Dave and Tom Bracht of Brother Surf Crafts; and Jota Aretxabaleta, graphic designer and artist, collaborated on the unique and fully functional single-fin surfboard with a custom design.

White and Kelley staged a photography exhibit in early June at The Pines in Rehoboth Beach, which featured their respective original works. During the planning stages for the exhibit, the duo decided to donate 10 percent of all of the show’s proceeds to the local non-profit Clothing Our Kids (COK).

“We knew we wanted to support an area charity through sales of our photos,” said White. “When we learned more about Clothing Our Kids and the fact they have donated thousands of articles of school clothing to kids in need in Sussex County, we wanted to help their mission.”

The idea of creating and auctioning off a custom surfboard with original artwork as an additional fundraiser for COK was born.

The pair contacted Dave and Tom Bracht, owners of Brother Surf Craft of Ocean View, who agreed to handshape and glass a 6-foot-, 8-inch Gerry Lopez Pipeliner board as a donation to the COK fundraiser.

The one-of-a-kind, fully functional, custom board features the surf graphics of Kelley and White in a fish-scale design. As an added bonus, original artwork by Aretxabaleta, of Barcelona, Spain, was hand-painted on by the artist himself during the opening-night exhibit.

“This is truly one of the most unique surfboards we have ever seen,” said Kelley. “It could be used in the water or as a piece of art in a home.” In addition, 100 percent of the profits from auctioning off the board will be donated directly to Clothing Our Kids.

Interested bidders should visit www.oceanatlantic.net/about-us/we-support.html to view all the details of the surfboard and place a bid. The auction will remain open until close of business on Thursday, Aug. 15. The board’s retail value is well above $900, according to the Bracht brothers, however, the minimum bidding will begin at $500.

“We think it is a fun way for a surf and/or art lover to end up with a custom surfboard, all while supporting an incredible local charity, Clothing Our Kids,” said Kelley. “We are hoping our local friends and beach visitors will all check out the board online at eBay and place a bid.”

In addition, the board is available to be viewed live and in person at Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty office in downtown Rehoboth Beach, located at 49 Baltimore Avenue. For more information, call Nicole at (302) 227-6767 or email at nicole.oasir@gmail.com.