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Is SURF STORY II the biggest baddest book of surf, art, story and culture ever? And where did Surf Story Project https://www.facebook.com/pages/SURF-STORY-PROJECT/104626221443 come from and why make a massive book or better yet, two massive books? surfstoryproject.com

Surf Story Vol.1 and 2...Each book is a limited edition of 1000, each signed and numbered.  Havassy has reserved a small number of the remaining copies of Vol.1 to offer during the launch of SS Vol. 2. The greatest collection of art and surf story ever.
Surf Story Vol.1 and 2...Each book is a limited edition of 1000, each signed and numbered. Havassy has reserved a small number of the remaining copies of Vol.1 to offer during the launch of SS Vol. 2. The greatest collection of art and surf story ever.

 In 2007, while fighting for my own artistic rights against a massive corporate clothing brand which had taken, reproduced and profited from the use of my art, (like they had done to so many surf brands and artists before) I was inspired to begin to document and connect creatives throughout surf culture's history. Certainly world culture has been inspired and influenced by our culture's contribution for more than 60 years, much of that coming via the creatives: artists, filmmakers, writers, photographers, personalities etc.. We all know how the corporate world and media have cashed in on it to the tune of billions of $.

So why wasn't there any significant documentation or archive of this history? If you look over the years at all the bits and pieces of media, there is the puzzle of published material which gives you a pretty good taste, but it is spread out over a thousands of magazines and books etc.. Surfers tend to gather in small groups (tribes), exclusive to their home break or region and to their close friends. So that's how the history has been documented.

My idea was to bring as much of this great history of creative personalities from our culture under one roof, and connect everybody, much like neural synapses do in the brain. I believed there was something significant about connecting all the elements and flipping the switch so to speak. This was my inspiration, and I thought the first steps required to creating a catalog, and then to see what would happen.

With SURF STORY Vol.1, the answer came after a couple years curating, designing and publishing this massive book on my own…people were blown away, and realized how significant it was. But it was only the beginning, as the pool of talent, art and stories is bottomless. So after another 4 years of work I've come to the end of this incredible 540+ page follow up to the first book. It surpasses the first in every way. Most obviously because it is almost 100 pages bigger. But it also includes a beautiful, more broad spectrum of creatives, and does far better at showcasing the incredibly eclectic culture that exists within surfing and surfers.

Havassy with "Surf Lotus" consisting of 73 of 365 exact replicas of Havassy's original surfboard, reproduced and marketed by a MEga clothing Co. without his authorization.  The 2.5 year copyright infringement lawsuit was the catalyst for Surf Story.
Havassy with "Surf Lotus" consisting of 73 of 365 exact replicas of Havassy's original surfboard, reproduced and marketed by a MEga clothing Co. without his authorization. The 2.5 year copyright infringement lawsuit was the catalyst for Surf Story.
Havassy with fruit of his labor...1st printers proof Surf Story Vol.1(see rewards) ..."I was so nervous when I was opening the Fedex box with this...years of work and this was my first look...its a good memory."
Havassy with fruit of his labor...1st printers proof Surf Story Vol.1(see rewards) ..."I was so nervous when I was opening the Fedex box with this...years of work and this was my first look...its a good memory."

 The funny thing is that even with the daunting challenge of making that first book and facing the naysayers and resistance, I had found myself revelling in the challenges and could see the finished piece and knew how great it was going to be.

That motivated me and I finished it in a little over 2 years, which, for a book of that size featuring so many contributors in pretty fast.

Recent years saw me being freshly inspired as a new focus was to come into my life. I was to be a father. I'm happy to say that the experiences to our daughter Marin these past 5 years is by far the greatest creation of my(our) life, and in a very beautiful way, she too is a vital part of the Surf Story Project as we watch her thrive as a colorful, beautiful example, of our Lifestyle and Culture

SURF STORY II, as I sit here looking at the layouts, ready to go to press is humbling for me to examine. With that first book, I felt that it surpassed a decade of my paintings and design, mostly because I thought it offered so much more to our culture than anything I could say as an individual artist. It was about something bigger than me. It was about US as a tribe.

With this second book, my goal was simple: Make it bigger and better. Without a doubt Surf Story Vol 2 is not like anything I have ever seen, even Vol 1.

Together SSI and SSII contain nearly 1000 pages, almost 300 surf stories, over 1500 pieces of fine art and photography, and feature more than 200 of the greatest surfing creatives and icons.

Please help me celebrate our culture again, by contributing to the printing of this massive archive of art and story. The books are a remarkable time capsule piece representing what I think may be destined as the most dynamic and eclectic culture in history.

By helping print this book I know you will feel good knowing that you were a part of supporting something as joyous, culturally valuable and significant as being a co-creator of the Surf Story Project, our ongoing mission to not just own our culture, but to share our story and Art with the world as a group. That matters more than anything I or each of us could do on our own.

"OLAS" Limited Edition Lithograph  22 x 28 in., One of my most collected pieces of art. I originally created this after the 2005 Tsunami for a relief fund for SURF AID International.  Available in the rewards.
"OLAS" Limited Edition Lithograph 22 x 28 in., One of my most collected pieces of art. I originally created this after the 2005 Tsunami for a relief fund for SURF AID International. Available in the rewards.
Surf Story Vol.1
Surf Story Vol.1
SURF STORY II artist list...A broad spectrum of 100+ of the most inspirational, dynamic and creative characters from the surf culture. over the past 60 years.
SURF STORY II artist list...A broad spectrum of 100+ of the most inspirational, dynamic and creative characters from the surf culture. over the past 60 years.
Surf Story Limited edition on archival heavyweight paper (see rewards), "Gaviota Surfer," 18 x 24 in. edition 1/125, includes a list of Vol.II featured surfer/artists.
Surf Story Limited edition on archival heavyweight paper (see rewards), "Gaviota Surfer," 18 x 24 in. edition 1/125, includes a list of Vol.II featured surfer/artists.
SSP limited edition T's and trucker hat...these are on American Apparel blanks (or equivalent quality)...see rewards.
SSP limited edition T's and trucker hat...these are on American Apparel blanks (or equivalent quality)...see rewards.
Surf Story Vol.1 Project Lithograph/poster. 22 x 25 in. (see rewards)
Surf Story Vol.1 Project Lithograph/poster. 22 x 25 in. (see rewards)
Hand Painted hardcover Surf Story Vol.1 (see rewards)
Hand Painted hardcover Surf Story Vol.1 (see rewards)

Risks and challenges

Any possible risks come with potential delays or complications printing and shipping the book to the US. As this is the second time around for me printing Surf Story these potential delays are usually small and easily mitigated and managed. Other potential issues with producing and shipping art and other rewards are also extremely minor as I work with professionals and have almost 20 years experience designing, producing and distributing. I stand by my reputation and with a project as massive as this if I were anything less than highly competent and responsible none of this would even exist.

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    "The PATRON." If you love surfing, art, the ocean, music or great big coffee table books full or timeless art and stories…or know someone who does, THIS OPTION IS FOR YOU! Your pledge of $10 or MORE puts you in the project for upcoming shows and events. This is your membership into the SURF STORY PROJECT. Will it change the world? Yes! Most certainly! This is your ticket to be a part of the experience, fun and stoke.

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    "The Early Bird" for all backers $22 and over during the first two weeks of the campaign will get their name include in the book and will be added to a list of thanks at the end of the SURF STORY II book. Be a part of history.

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    "Gaviota Surfer" SurfStory II print with SSII artist list…size 8 x11 in. Ships in January, the earliest reward fulfilled. This is a nice archival edition perfect for a small frame showing you've supported art and culture for a good cause.

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    The original unsigned 22 x 25 in. limited edition SURF STORY Project poster from Vol.1 ($55 value).
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    Get your name in the BOOK!!! Plus the Limited edition SurfStoryProject T-shirt and SSP trucker hat…talk about a collectors item and opportunity! We are ONLY offering this 1st run to backers of this Kickstarter Project. These will also be some of the first rewards to ship. ***ALL backers of at this level and above DURING THE FIRST 2 WEEKS of the kickstarter campaign will get to include their names in the back of the Vol.2 book as super supporters of the SURF STORY PROJECT via Kickstarter.
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    The signed limited edition of my "OLAS" lithograph 22 x 28 in., one of my most collected pieces of art. ($150 value) I originally created this after the 2005 Tsunami for a relief fund for SURF AID International.
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    limited edition "Gaviota Surfer" SSII archival edition with Vol.2 artist list. 18 x 24 in. ed. of 125. (value $225)
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    2 Lithograph, Tee and hat. Both signed Lithographs(Vol.1 and Vol. 2) and the SSP T shirt and SSP trucker hat . ($250 value)
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    SURF ODYSSEY calendar collector Pak from Havassy Art. Includes an incredible 144 framable surf art prints. I'm offering all 9 years of my infamous surf art calendars in one collection. These are the last remaining copies! Each calendar, signed by me, is a collection of 12 framable tear-out "surf art" prints that means this package Includes and unbelievable collection of 144 of my most popular surf art pieces. 100 available.
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    SUPER DEAL on the limited edition Vol.II Surf Story book offered for this Kickstarter project ONLY! ONLY 150 at this price! This is the cheapest you will be able to purchase the book EVER! Volume II will be offered at $300 on its initial release and just as with Surf Story Vol.1, there are only 1000 copies and when they are gone they are gone. After that It will just go up in value. This is a heavy book which is why shipping is a bit $$.
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    $225- Next best BEST DEAL on the limited edition Vol.II SS book. ONLY 250 at this price...This is the 2nd cheapest you will be able to purchase the book. Volume II will be offered at $300 on its initial release this coming April and just as with Surf Story Vol.1, there are only 1000 copies and when they are gone they are gone. After that It will just go up in value. Shipping cost are related to the the significant weight of the books
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    SSP Artist Goodie Pak. The SURF STORY artists have contributed dozens of amazing art editions and other collectibles that we are offering as "Surf Art goodie paks" each will include a dozen hand picked items included for one REALLY LOW price compared to the actual value. Each Pak Values at least $500-600 per collection. This is an incredible and affordable opportunity to get your art collection started with a bang or add to the one you have growing.
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    2 Pack on the limited edition Vol.II SS book offered for this Kickstarter project ONLY! Take advantage of this limited offer on 2 copies of the book at $175 per copy ($600 value upon release) ONLY 50 at this price! This is the cheapest you will be able to purchase the book EVER so double up and gift it to someone you love.
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    2 Book SURF STORY "Pack"! This includes both "Surf Story" 1 and 2 books. This Kickstarter will be the ONLY opportunity to assure that you have both Vol.1 and Vol. II. along with the special Kickstarter discounted price on Vol.II. There is a very limited number of reserved copies of Volume 1 remaining. With Vol.1 at 440 pages and Vol.II at 540+ pages, you have almost 1000 pages and 20 lbs. of art and story from over 200 of the most creative surfers on the planet. This unparalleled 2 book collection is only available as long as these remaining copies last. This is over 20lbs of books so shipping cost is more significant.
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    "Special Edition Limited" hand-painted cover of the Surf Story II book. Of the 1000 books, there are 30 Special Limited editions featuring hand-embellished/ painted hard covers by Robb Havassy.
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    THE BIG DEAL...2 book SURF STORY "Pack PLUS"! This includes both signed and numbered Surf Story books, both signed Lithograph posters and the SSP Tshirt and trucker hat.
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    $1000- SURFBOARD & 2 BOOK package, includes BOTH SURF STORY books, both Lithographs(signed), the SSP Tshirt And the "infamous" Hollister Surfboard that was the basis for my copyright infringement lawsuit and the catalyst for the SURF STORY PROJECT. The surfboard is one of 365 boards Hollister made without my permission or knowledge of my art and signature. This is one of the most collected art surfboards with more than 250 having been purchased by collectors around the world, and a few of the remaining are being offered here in this package. ($1800 value).

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    Collectors Gem. The one and ONLY Signed "Printers proof" of the 440 page SURF STORY Vol.I This is a "one of a kind" original proof of the legendary SURF STORY Vol.I book signed by Havassy.
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    One week Surf & Art Retreat in Costa Rica with Havassy. One person will spend an unforgettable week with me as your host, in and around my home in Costa Rica, near the famed surf town of Tamarindo. This package includes airfare for one and accommodation for 2, plus 5 day car rental, to spend a week in Costa Rica with me, surfing, painting, adventuring, relaxing and being inspired. Come alone or bring a friend on their own dime to join you.
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