If Matisse or Picasso had grown up surfing, golfing, and living in Southern California, they may have turned out a lot like Robb Havassy. Havassy is known as one of surf culture’s more prolific and prominent creative forces. A one-time international fashion model for the likes of Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, Havassy truly began his artistic life in 1996 at 26 years of age after receiving a beginner’s art kit as a gift. Havassy’s art is as eclectic as his tastes. His passion for family, nature, people, beauty, food, sport, and life in general shows in his large body of work. Havassy is a curator, author, and publisher of the Surf Story Project. First published in 2008, Surf Story spans two volumes of creativity, art, and surf stories of hundreds of iconic and celebrated surfers and artists. Havassy has helped raise more than $200,000 in philanthropic contributions with his support of and collaboration with the Surfrider Foundation, Heal the Bay, and SurfAid, among other non-profit organizations.