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 ?
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 !