SurferJOE follows the rise of a legendary surfer from the beaches of Sendai Shinko, as told by those who knew him best. In order for Joe to go from kook to local legend he will need to overcome his fear of the ocean and earn the respect of the locals. But everyone knows to become legendary one must surf legendary waves! The road is hard, but with the help of his friends Hiro and Kirra, Joe has a fighting chance to learn the ropes of the lineup and become a capable surfer!

About the author

<Luke Swan>

Hello! My name is Luke Swan and I’m an animator and story artist based in Sendai, Japan. I was born in Utsunomia in 1980 and moved to Sendai 2 years later, where I stayed until I graduated from high school. I went to University in Seattle, WA where I studied art, and started working in advertising and games. I moved back to Sendai in 2005 and have been here working in animation ever since.

Like many people I loved the sport of Surfing from afar all my life, but it wasn’t until I turned 30 that I had the courage to give it a try. It quickly became my favorite hobby. But like JOE, I’m not very good(…yet). I knew that I had to combine my two passions of surfing and storytelling, so I made SurferJOE. I hope you love it as much as I do!