Kai Peralta is a 22 year old Business Management degree holder living in the city. Working for the Bank of Commerce, Kai is one of those Manila–based weekend surf enthusiasts that clear their schedule ahead of time constantly itching to get back in the water. However, she doesn’t just leave her memories behind whenever it’s time to go back to the real world. Kai takes her surf trips and creates something clearly inspired by it: Surf Art. We recently caught up with Kai to find out more.
You call them “doodles”, how and when did this start?
It may sound insane but I have these ideas in my head that are just waiting to get out. I think that they are reflected into my drawings. I always think of surfing so I guess that’s why I draw a lot of surf-related pictures. I think I started drawing SurfArt in 2007. It was during that time when I really got into surfing. I get bored easily so I just start doodling stuff on my notebooks and sketchpads. I got addicted because I can play with colors and different surf-inspired scenes.
Can you show us the first doodle you made?
This was inspired by Kassia Meador. I just saw a picture of her on Surfer Mag, hanging ten on a longboard, and that picture got stuck in my brain. I just started to try and draw that picture.
Now can we see your favorite doodle among all.
I have two favorites, actually. The first one’s a wahine and the second one is a morning view. I made these during the time when everything was flat. I started to miss being on my board and in the ocean. I started to think about surfing a lot, so I ended up drawing these. Haha!
How long have you been doing pen and paper art?
I have been doing this since I was a kid. I remember taking art classes because I really love creating to draw and paint. It’s perfect for me because it’s my stress-reliever and my way of expressing myself. I just get my pens and paper and I just draw.
Who were your influences growing up?
None. Haha! I just got into it but I should thank my parents because they bought me my art stuff. I guess they were my first supporters. Haha!
Do you have favourite artists whose work you admire?
I admire Drew Brophy’s artworks! The guy can draw on almost EVERYTHING! Surfboards, guitars, walls, EVERYTHING! Haha! He’s an amazing artist and I want to do what he’s doing. Haha!
Who do you listen to:
I’m into Passion Pit, The Strokes, Citizen Cope, Phoenix, and Two Door Cinema Club. They are awesome bands. Chill sound that make a surf trip extra awesome! Haha. Sometimes, when I’m in a mellow mood, I listen to Lifehouse and Jack Johnson.
About surfing, where are you favorite places?
I learned how to surf in LU, particularly Bacnotan, so I guess it’s one of my favorite places to surf. I also like Quezon because there’s no party wave. I haven’t been to other surf spots so my knowledge on this subject is very limited. Haha!
What was your feeling when you first stood up on a board?
When I first stood up on my board, I thought that I can do this until I grow old. I felt like I surfing became a part of me. It’s the one thing that’s special about me. Haha!
If you can be anything right now, doing what you want, what would it be?
Obviously, I would give anything just to be able to be surfing every single day. It would also be awesome if I can be a full-time artist, like when people would come to me to ask about my art or people would buy my art or let me draw for them. I would want to surf and draw for a living.
*Thanks to Kai for sharing her art. Want more? You can follow her blog here.