Local artist Kaytlyn Ferguson has had her surfboard artwork recognised and commissioned as the prize for the Willunga Hill stage of the Tour Down Under.
The 28-year-old who hails from Port Noarlunga originally had her work identified by the City of Onkaparinga Council at the Surf Art Exhibition in the Arts Centre in Port Noarlunga.
Council then asked her to begin work on designing a trophy which would be presented to the winner of the Willunga Hill stage of the Tour Down Under – winner of the event was Richie Porte, claiming his sixth consecutive Willunga Hill stage win.
When council approached Kaytlyn to undertake the project she was first shocked and thought she might be on the end of a prank call.
“I was pretty shocked but very, very chuffed that they recognised my artwork and initially thought it was a fake call,” she said.
“Then I had a bit more of a chat with them about it, found out some more details and was really excited and quite humbled that they had asked me.”
In creating the trophy, Katylyn began working on a Firewire ‘Timbertek’ surfboard which she chose due to the sustainability of the surfboard and materials used to make it.
Katylyn said that having lived on the coast all her life, she sees the impacts of rubbish on the environment and wildlife and believes that it is important to take steps to be sustainable.
Designing the trophy took 15 – 20 hours while the actual drawing required an extra 30.
City of Onkaparinga Mayor, Erin Thompson said Kaytlyn was chose to design this year’s regional prize for stage 6 of the Santos Tour Down Under because she is a talented local artist who we thought could create a unique prize that beautifully captures our region’s lifestyle, culture and environment.
“Recently Kaytlyn’s work was on display at the Surf Art Exhibition at the Arts Centre Port Noarlunga and it was a standout for many with one of her surfboards winning the People’s Choice Award.”
Kaytlyn’s artwork can be viewed via her Instagram page @kayty_ferguson_art.