The Ultimate Challenge

The original painting by Ken Auster is based on the famous John Severson photograph of Greg Noll standing on the shore of the Pipeline, Oahu in 1964. Greg was the first human to paddle out and surf the outer reef . . . and survive. This fabulous art captures the historic moment which is preserved for us today.

"Along the way, there were other great days, of course — magnificent rides and wipeouts. Like a day in December of 1964, the day John Severson photographed him, famously, standing beside his big gun before the looming advance of a massive Pipeline wall . . . after which he paddled out and rode monstrous Third Reef Pipeline — backside — on an 11' 4" board that was able to handle the situation for over 100 yards before Greg was sucked up the face and pummeled and bodysurfed into the beach." — From "The Art of the Surfboard" by Drew Kampion

This icon image of the surfing world is the same size as the original work and only available through Signatures Gallery.

Original oil painting in the collection of Greg and Laura Noll.

Price: 
$ 1,500. USD
Medium: 
Print on Demand, Pigment on Streched Canvas
Dimensions: 
36 x 48 inches, same size as original