The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel – Annual Holiday Surfboard Auction - A Benefit for Surfers Healing
Auction Ends: Dec 31, 2022 11:59 PM PST


Michael Torquato

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Leading Bid
$988 USD
Number of Bids
5  -  Bid History

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Item Description

Michael Torquato de Nicola grew up making sense of the world through surfing and art. Born and raised in Orange County, California, he has never lived far from the ocean.

Michael started surfing at twelve years old and was on the US team by age nineteen. As the first pro surfer from the US team to graduate from college, he learned to negotiate between his athletic pursuits, and the business of surf. He worked with some of the industry?s top brands from Quiksilver, Hot Tuna, O'Neil and BC Surfboards to collaborate with his sponsor Spyder and design a line of wetsuits. 

Michael has always designed the work on his surfboards, but it was only when he started traveling and competing internationally that his work developed into the style it is today. Painting his own boards and developing his kinetic style of storytelling through Indonesia, Samoa, The Galapagos, Iceland, Europe, Australia, Panama and Canada. His boards tell the story of his relationship with the oceans from around the globe.

Michael lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

The board is titled ?A Black Diamond in the Rough?.

Item Special Note

Payment will be processed post-contest and winner will be contacted by the resort. 


Packing, shipping, and handling are not included. Boards can be picked up at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel or the purchaser can arrange for shipping. Boards will be available for pick-up and shipping after Monday, January 2, 2023. Boards must be picked up no later than Tuesday, January 31, 2023.