Hi Yusuke, can you please introduce yourself with a few words to our French audience ?


My name is Yusuke Hanai, I am a Japanese Artist.


RideKulture discovered your work, following some great surfers/ mates, how does surf culture inspire your drawings ?


I started surfing when I was a High school student. At the same time, I found Rick griffn's art work on Grateful dead album cover. I was really into the art work, and I dig his work and the I found his cartoon called "MURPHY" on an old surfer magazine. Then I started drawing like him first. I also started riding a retro single fin and fish tail twin fins.



Did you start drawing or surfing first ?


I have loved doodling whole my life. So drawing first.



Do you work mainly in Japan, US ?


I'm living in Japan but I visit US pretty often. Last year I went there 6 or 7 times.


You were in Hawaii recently, how was it ?


I went there last December for a show. Hawaii is always nice : nice weather, warm water, good food and great waves but I like California more than Hawaii. I like cities too, I want to see culture also. I do not only paint surfers or waves. I always try to paint human emotion so I want to see more culture.



Do you travel a lot ?


Yes.



What is your best spot surfing ?


My local secret reef point break.


Do you practice shortboard, longboard ?


I ride short board but recently I started longboardging too.


Do you often surf freezing Japanese waters ?


Sure. I wear dry suit, gloves, boots, and a head cap... but still freezing! Haha !


Have you ever surfed in France ?


No, I have just visited Paris twice. I want to surf in Biarritz!


Do you also skate ?


A little bit. I am a bit scared!


Is Japanese surfing community big ?


It's getting bigger, but it's not as big as US.


Is there something you want to say to French people ? To your friends ?


I've been dreaming to visit Biarritz!


Thanks a lot Yusuke !


Wanna see Yusuke ?



Keep riding !


Yohan