The "Haters Can't Surf 2.0" is an original HunterSeven design, in collaboration with Ben Cantwell Art, brought back by popular demand.
The design has an important backstory and meaning behind the design. Each attribute has a purpose and significance with meanings that can relate to most post-9/11 warfighters. This shirt design was imagined by a special operations veteran based on his own experiences.
CITY ON FIRE: The crossed swords, known as "Victory Arch" are a staple of the War in Iraq. If you've been to Iraq, you know these swords. Located at the entrance of Al-Zawraa park in the "Green Zone" (Baghdad). The minarets shown are the where the "call to prayer" occurs five times daily. And the smoke represents the combat engagements during the War on Terror.
POPPIES OF WAR: The three flowers represent the Opium poppy which has been used medicinally for over 5000 years to relax muscle and ease tremendous pain, both physical and mental. The poppies represent the physical and emotional pain of heartbreak and loss while at war and his personal battle against substance use and addiction.
SHARK BITE: The shark bite depicted on the surfboard represents the Army Special Operations Combat Diver. In 2004, the Army approved the new Special Operations Diver Badge to those who graduated the SFUWO Combat Dive Qualification Course located in Key West, Florida. The Shark is shown on the badge and represents stealth, speed, power and efficiency in dispatching its prey, giving emphasis to the strength of the Special Operators who graduate the course.
SURFBOARD: The Surfboard represents the way the veteran "found himself" again. After battling addiction, chronic pain from injuries, post-traumatic stress and suicidal ideation, the veteran found himself in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, where he surfed during his time in recovery - stating "surfing saved my life".
60-10381: The numbers written on the surfboard is the gravesite of SgtMaj. Robert Bowman who died in 2013 from a rare form of bile-duct cancer at 44 years old. SgtMaj. Bowmans call sign during his 2004-05 tour to Mosul was "HUNTER7", and the foundation name is an ode to his legacy and leadership. The number 60 is the section of Arlington he is buried, and 10381 is the site marker where his headstone lays.
Shirt is Next Level 3600, 100% combed ring-spun cotton, lightweight 4.3oz and is a classic fit (true to size).