Aloha Classic Trophy Artists Career Turns Full Circle And Ends Up 3-D

Maui artist, Ray Masters was recently commissioned by the organizers of the Aloha Classic to create three trophies for their famous Wave Sailing competition. Rays new three dimensional pieces were the hit of the event with sailors from all disciplines wanting to take home one of the surrealistic sculptures. The favorite was the 1st place trophy depicting a sailor on his windsurfing rig with a small fish jumping through the wave. It was won by Anders Bringdal who placed first in the Mens Masters event. The uniquely eye-catching trophies were carved from high density foam, painted in brilliant colors and then coated in fiberglass resin and mounted on hand carved travertine marble bases.

The 2004 Aloha Classic was held at the world famous windsurfing and surfing hot spot Hookipa Beach Park, Maui, November 9-12. The oldest windsurfing event in the world, the Classic has been running since 1984, attracting top windsurfers from many different countries. The 2004 event saw more than 110 entrants for the three day event, which covered divisions for Kids, Junior, Mens & Womens Open and Mens & Womens Masters.

Inge Stracke, Marketing Coordinator for the Aloha Classic was thrilled about Masters sculptures; We were truly stoked about the awesome trophies Ray Masters made for the Aloha Classic 2004. I loved the look of all three pieces! We would be honored to continue our great relationship with Ray and look forward to using more of his art!

Ray Masters, first commercial art was windsurfing inspired and appeared on some shirts he hand painted for models staffing his brothers booth at the Action Sports Expo in Long Beach in 1986. Rays flamboyant oversize images were such a huge success that he was encouraged to make art and graphic design his career. During the 90s Masters became one of the worlds most prolific sports artists. His art could be spotted not only on the windsurfing scene but also on the motor racing circuit, as well as ski slopes and beaches around the world.

Eighteen years later Ray is back in the windsurfing world and entering a new arena of art. The 3-D sculptures, created for the Aloha Classic were a first for Ray. The trophies and their concept were received with such enthusiasm that Ray has been inspired to create more 3-D art. Masters other works in progress include an acrylic on canvas tribute to Australian artist Vali Myers, a multidimensional piece depicting a DJ sculpted from foam complete with sound activated lighting, and a larger 3-D piece of a windsurfer. Robby Naish recently gave Ray some white windsurfing boards to decorate which Masters plans to use as an alternative to canvas. All of these new works will be showcased at a Celebrity Charity art show at Ray’s Gallery in March 2005.

Rays recent show in New York City, held at the Tourneau Time Machine, had an unusual and flamboyant start when actor Paul Newman and all time motorsports great, Mario Andretti arrived at the event by driving an ChampCar along Madison Avenue! Part of the event proceeds went to Paul Newmans charity Hole in the Wall Gang, to support children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.