Matt Beard graduated from Humboldt State University in 1998. He majored in art and minored in philosophy, and has never had a proper full time job. He considers both art and surfing wonderful problems to have and stopped trying to quit either of them years ago.

His artwork reflects on the state of the entire California coast and tends to make surfers happy.

The following pages are a collection of his artwork, accompanied by his words.

And yes, he does have a big ol’ gritty beard. You can view more of Matt’s art at

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