Archive for January, 2012

Meet Peter Agardy! The Artist behind the Sportrait Logo!

January 23, 2012

Peter Agardy Fine Art

Sportrait would like to introduce to you our Logo and Icon creator Peter Agardy from PeterAgardyFineArt.com. Peter is a proud supporter of the Sportrait.me project who took time out to create our logo and icon. We will be doing a lot more with Peter in the future. Below is a Bio on Peter.

As a 4th generation floridian, Peter is influenced by his natural surroundings from the ocean to the great outdoors. Growing up an avid fisherman and surfing the waters of Florida, Bahamas and other exotic locations, Peter gained a lifelong passion for nature, the sea, and it’s beautiful preditors and creatures. Coming from a family line of fishermen, artists and painters, he felt naturally driven to pursue and explore marine art. Early on, he quickly pursued drawing, painting, creating imagery and illustration from the world around him.

After graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a Fine Arts degree in December 2008, and working as an artist throughout, Peter has continued to succeed in bringing his view and experiences to life onto canvases and wall spaces. Peter has recently been working with cities across South Florida with their Art in Public Places programs helping bring large scale murals to the community, while at the same time always finding time to express his visions on canvas as well.

“I have always meshed whatever surrounding forces are driving me into the body of work I’m doing. Sometimes my work lends itself to different areas of importance in my life, whether that be my lifestyle on the ocean, or my place in nature, which I live and paint into one body of life’s work ” -Peter

Peter has exhibited his work in various Galleries and venues around South Florida since 2007 and debuted his first solo exhibition at Eaton Fine Art in West Palm Beach in September 2010, which solidified his statement of work and shed light on his vivid wild imagery.

Peter has recently teamed up with the apparel company Shore Thing, and launched ‘The Peter Agardy Signature Series’ a line of shirts featuring his vivid imagery.

Peter Agardy Murals

Murals by Peter Agardy

Follow Peter on Facebook – Also Be sure to keep up on Peter’s most recent endeavors in the news feed at Peter Agardy Fine Art.

Tony Villani and XPE Sports support Sportrait!

January 16, 2012

Tony at work!

The Sportrait Team would like to introduce Tony Villani from XPE Sports. Tony has worked with many professional athletes to prepare for the next level. We at Sportrait couldn’t be more excited at the opportunity to work alongside Tony and XPE Sports to help you “Get to the next level!”

Tony started his education at Clemson University in South Carolina and attended graduate school at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. It was there that he received a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and graduated in the top of his class. His thesis was published by The European Journal of Applied Physiology and dealt with the benefits of exhaustive interval training. During this time, he interned with NHL’s Washington Capitals and was set to help the Washington Wizards prior the NBA lockout. From Washington, D.C. Tony moved to Orlando, Florida and quickly obtained a job helping the Head Strength Coach of the Orlando Magic for a basketball season. From there, his experience led him to Boca Raton, Florida where he became the Director of Human Performance at Cris Carter’s FAST Program. While at FAST he focused on sport specific speed, agility, and strength training. He helped prepare numerous NFL Combine athletes and professional athletes from all sports for their particular needs. During the spring of 2002, Tony utilized his experiences and created XPE, Inc. while relocating to Atlanta, GA. In the fall of 2009, Tony relocated XPE Sports to South Florida.

Tony’s professional references before creating XPE included such athletes as: NFL Super Bowl Champion/ All-Pro/ Pro Bowl WR Jermaine Lewis, 2XWorld Series Champion/ Playoff MVP Craig Counsell, World Series MVP/ 2XAll¬Star/ MLB manager Bucky Dent, and tennis superstar Ivan Lendl. Now, Tony has made XPE’s references and endorsements both numerous and unmatched. To date, he has trained more than 70 World Champions or 1st Round picks. Some of these athletes have included (all below trained for at least 6 off seasons!!!):

RB Jamal Lewis – 10 Year NFL Veteran-Over 120 NFL Starts/ NFL All Decade Running Back (1 of 3) / Super Bowl Champion/ NFL Offensive MVP/ NFL Comeback Player of the Year/ 2000 Yard Rusher/ All-Pro/ Pro Bowl/ 1 Round Pick/ Over 10,000 Career Rushing Yards

WR Hines Ward – Entering 13th NFL Season -Over 160 NFL Starts/ NFL’s All Decade Wide Receiver (1 of 3)/ Super Bowl MVP/ 2XSuper Bowl Champion/ 3XAll-Pro/ 4X Pro Bowl/ Over 10,000 Career Receiving Yards and Steeler All-Time Reception and Yardage Leader

LB Takeo Spikes – Entering 13th Season-Over 160 NFL Starts/ 2XAll-Pro/ 2X Pro Bowl/ 1st Round Pick

DE Osi Umenyoria – Super Bowl Champion/ All-Pro/ 2XPro Bowl/ 6 Sacks in One NFL game

OL Wayne Gandy – 16 Year NFL Veteran-Over 200 NFL Starts/ All-Pro/ Pro Bowl/ 1st Round Pick

Each of the past few years, he has trained multiple athletes that have been drafted in the 1st Rounds of the NFL, MLB, and NBA drafts. In 2008, he trained 3 top 15 picks (Jerod Mayo-10th) that were all projected to get drafted in the 2nd to 3rd rounds before their NFL Combine performances. In 2010, he trained FIVE 1st round picks including the highest paid and drafted Safety (Eric Berry-5th) and Inside Linebacker (Rolando McClain-8th) of the decade. He has continuously put out the best performances in speed and explosion including the FASTEST PLAYER EVER (Jacoby Ford) and most EXPLOSIVE ATHLETE EVER (Gerald Sensabaugh). This led ESPN.com to do a SEVEN page article on his training program along with mentioning that “Villani has generated quite a buzz in recent years for his work with some of the fastest-rising talent at the Combine.”

He has trained well over 200 professional athletes in sports including but not limited to: football, baseball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball and fitness. He has been featured on ABC, ESPN, NFL Films, SKY Network (European Fox), Raycom Sports, Comcast Sports South, CBS-Atlanta, and WPDE-Myrtle Beach and in USA Today, NFL Insider, USA Today Sports, The Sporting News, ESPN.com, CBS Sportsline.com, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Palm Beach Post, The Boca News, The Sun News, SCORE Atlanta, Atlanta Sports and Fitness, and the Princeton Review. His ability to train athletes to reach their fullest potential is unparalleled.

For more information on Tony and XPE Sports click here and follow them on Facebook and Twitter

Pro Surfer Scott Posner and Fin-S Tech Support Sportait!

January 6, 2012
Scott Posner from Pin-S Tech

Scott Posner from Fin-S Tech

Pro Surfer and Fin-S Tech founder Scott Posner is from Delray Beach Florida. Scott is currently sponsored by Electric Visual, Lost, Atwater, Island Water Sports and Vestal Watches. Scott is one of the founders of Fin-S Tech and he is proud to be a supporter of the Sportrait project and it’s vision.

Key-less surfing fin system

Fin-S Tech Key-less Surfing Fin System

Fin-S pronounced “fi-ness”, was built by the two Posner brothers: The WQS surfer, Scott, and the engineer, Chad. The product was developed with one simple question in mind, “What can we do to bring surfing to the next level?”. Knowing that the current fin systems are time consuming and tedious to use, they sought to make it better. Years of research and development coupled with the help of pros and top shapers around the globe lead to something simply ground-breaking. They created a unique tool-less fin system which utilizes their patented SpringLock™ technology. You are no longer bound to fin keys or tools and only left with surfing. Fin-S is fast, easy to use, durable, and maintains a tight connection to your board. This enables a confident experience in any surf condition. Fin-S will give your surfing experience a whole new light. We believe in our technology and want to share it with the surfing world.

For more on Fin-S Tech system click here and like them on Fin-s Tech Systems.