365 Surfboards is a chronological history of surfboards from reed boats in Peru to old Hawaii to now.
On January 15 Lucia Griggi flew into Seattle from Orange County and took the first of many portraits of surfers and shapers and collectors with their favorite surfboards.
The first portrait was of Matt Warshaw, who was editor at Surfer when I started working there.
Since then, Lucia has photographed Gerry Lopez with his broken leg in Bend, Greg Noll on the Smith River, Dale Webster in front of the schoolhouse from The Birds in Bodega Bay, Jeff Clark with a modern version of a 1991 Mavericks gun at his surf shop and Wingnut in his backyard.
The featured photo is Chris Malloy with a modern, 16-foot kookbox on his dad's J2 Ranch - on a beautiful, green/blue winter day. Chris broke his rib surfing the day before and he was a stud holding that board up in a stiff wind.
In Malibu Lucia shot Skylar Peak with a Malibu popout bodyboard - he was on the way to a City Council meeting, and wearing a suit with no shoes.
Griff Snyder posed in front of the window that looks into his swimming pool, and Allen Sarlo stood with his late-70s Wave Killer board - Stacy Peralta claims that board is the father of modern performance surfing.
In Orange County Lucia shot Roxy founder Randy Hild. In San Diego Eric "Bird" Huffman stood for portraits at Bird's Surf Shed and Fernando Aguerre stood with his Obama board, amidst his vast collection of boards.
The portraits of surfers, shapers, collectors and their favorite boards will be mixed in with board portraits from a wide variety of sources.
This Kickstarter is designed to pay Lucia for the portraits she took and is yet to take and also to buy existing board portraits from a variety of surfers, shapers and collectors.
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This book is being published by MVP Books in Minnesota. I have done five other books for this publisher and they are confident this book will do well.
The money I hope to raise with Kickstarter will be used to improve the photo budget for the book.
There is never enough and the better the photo budget, the better the book.
365 Surfboards is a chronological portrait gallery of the history of the surfboard, from the standup reed boats in Peru circa 3000 BC, the olo and alaia of old Owyhee, then into the 20th and 21st Century and all the evolutions and genres and transitions: planks, Tom Blake's olo, kookboxes, hot curls, Pacific System Homes, balsa, Malibu chips, fiberglass and resin, the Shortboard Revolution, thrusters and the return to alaia and hulls. The boards will be displayed by year, sometimes with additional photos, and there will be 200-word write ups of each.
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For kicking in with Kickstarter you will get a signed (by me and Lucia) copy of the book 365 Surfboards and I also will include you on the email list for the blog I am writing about our photo trip from Seattle to La Jolla - which goes from January 16 to January 31.Estimated delivery:
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