Soli Bailey & Billy Bain Collide

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SURFING WORLD MAGAZINE | Paint It Black, In Association With O'Neill

EPISODE 1

Surfer: Soli Bailey Artist: Billy Bain

Surfing World’s Paint it Black brings art and science together as the world’s best wetsuits get a makeover by some of Australia’s most unique creative minds. In this episode, Byron Bay’s Soli Bailey shreds the O’Neill Psycho Freak Fuze decorated by Billy Bain with a gigantic sulphur-crested cockatoo in the colours that reflect the indigenous roots of both surfer and the artist.

Soli Bailey surfed in the PSYCHOFREAK FUZE 3/2

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It’s so easy to forget just how good wetsuits have become. Many of us would remember the old days when pulling on that thick early neoprene could take up the best part of the morning and then getting the thing off – with blue lips and numb thumbs – well, it could reduce a grown man to tears.

Nowadays, the science behind the best wetsuits is extraordinary and worthy of a much closer look. For example, would it surprise you to know that wetsuits not only trap heat but distribute it evenly to every part of entire body? Did you know that the lightness and stretchiness of the materials is resulting in far more surf time during the cold months due to far less resistance on the body? And did you know that one wetsuit isn’t even made of neoprene anymore?

These are the breakthroughs that continue to make surfing more and more fun the lower the air and water temps drop. And to make all this info nice and easy to digest SW has teamed up with four of the best wetsuit makers in the business and a bunch of cool arty types and painted a bunch of the most cutting edge wetsuits available. The results surprised philosophers and noble laureate worldwide. Who knew art and science could be BFFs?

There are four episodes in the series: 

O'NEILL: EP 1
Surfer: Soli Bailey Artist: Billy Bain

RIP CURL: EP 2
Surfer: Matt Wilkinson Artist: Travis Edwards

PATAGONIA: EP 3
Surfer: Dan Ross Artist: Jess Leitmanis

QUIKSILVER: EP 4
Surfer: Mikey Wright Artist: Brodie Jackson

Soli Bailey in the O'Neill Psycho Freak Fuze painted by Billy Bain, Photo by Raw Edge Photograph

Soli Bailey in the O'Neill Psycho Freak Fuze painted by Billy Bain, Photo by Raw Edge Photograph

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