I’m Dick Graham, the 1964 founder and former editor/publisher of Surfing Magazine and previous President of Sports Market Promotions, a company formed to create and produce extreme sports events for national and international television programming.
2014 will be Surfing Magazine’s 50th anniversary year. The beginnings in the era of the Endless Summer, Gidget on TV, the Beach Party movies, the Beatles tour of America and the Beach Boy’s music; the lifestyle and art of riding waves was on the radar from coast to coast.
We started the Publication with the thought of creating a surf magazine that would elevate the act of surfing above all else. “The best way to do that was to run the best surfing pictures in the world”, quoting Associate Editor and master surf photographer LeRoy Grannis “and it’ll be my job to get those shots.”
My new Book “The Ride” conveys the early years of establishing the magazine and illustrates the evolution and advancements related to wave riding around the world, including the male and female personalities of the era, the equipment and a look at the early years of amateur and professional competition.
After the sale of Surfing, I formed Sports Market Promotions to create and produce extreme sports events for television programming, sponsorship and product licensing. A variety of competitive sports including: US Motocross Gran Prix, The Expression Session (free form surfing), World Skateboard Championships, World Series Of Martial Arts (full contact), American Pro Surfing Championships, Women’s Head-To-Head Ski Racing, The Funny Car 500 – Drag Racing. Pictures and highlights from these events and promotions are included in “The Ride”.
I stayed active in what was called the “Active Lifestyle Business” over the following years by providing perspective to companies including The Bolt Corporation, Body Glove, Dive ‘N Surf, Hang Ten International, Golden Breed Sportswear, Hobie Seawear, Ocean Pacific Activewear, Scuba Pro plus Neofin and Laguna Swim Fin’s.
The luxury of riding reef or shore break surf in clear warm water on a glassy summer morning is what it’s all about “The Ride.”
The Book’s Description
A Hard Cover, Coffee Table Picture Book that lays out the rich history of the art of riding waves around the world (1960’s and 1970’s) …plus, a look at the formative years of extreme sports before the X-Games.
The Book’s Contents and Key Subjects
Pictorial sections feature the Images, Adventures and Recollections
of the Golden Years of Surfing, including...
- Spirited Competition from Australia, Huntington Beach, Puerto Rico, US East Coast, Makaha, Peru and Hawaii
- Maui 1969 – Another Planet
- Midget Farrelly’s new design opens the Short Board era
- “Surfing Hall Of Fame” inductions
- First Expression Session (free form surfing exhibition)
Featuring bonus chapters of:
- First US Motocross Gran Prix
- First World Series Of Martial Arts Championships
- First World Skateboard Championships
- First Women’s head-to-head Ski Races and More!
Status of The Book
* “The Ride” has been formatted
* I’ve selected 90% of the pictures
* A presentation to Publishers is being developed
Right now I have a model prototype and a stack of pictures that need to be scanned and sized. I’ve set a budget that includes retaining and working with a Photo Editor, purchasing contributor pictures, a publisher fee, “rewards” and reward fulfillment, Amazon’s processing fees plus marketing and public relations expenses.
Publishing Plan and Projected Schedule
The current plan and this Kickstarter presentation is based on printing and distributing the Book on a “self publishing” and “print to order” basis. At this time I’m reviewing potential publishers and researching appropriate literary agents in North America.
Estimated time-line (may vary by 30 days)
June - Finish publisher and agent presentation
July - Complete Kickstarter project; and select a publisher and/or an agent
Aug - Layout Book with Publisher’s art department
Sept - Finalize production and marketing plan
Oct - Solicit orders, print and ship to dealers
Nov - Solicit orders, print and ship to dealers
Dec - On Sale @ retail, and ship “rewards” to Kickstarter supporters
Risks and challenges
1) The Challenge I’ve scheduled for myself (above) is to get the Book into distributors in November and on sale by December 1st for Christmas.
I will complete my end of the schedule, however without a confirmed Publisher and/or the funds to sign the print and ship agreement equals the Risk and Challenge.
2) These Challenges do not put the Project/Book in trouble as we can print and release in January or February 2015. We feel it just better to project sales during the Holidays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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