It is nearly ten years (2005) since the first switch-foot book took to the surfing world, creating ripple effects wherever it went. That book sold out very quickly and you will never see it in print again. If you can find a copy, get it!
Switch-Foot II arrived in 2009 : a mammoth 368 pages and was also nominated for an Australian Surfing Hall Of Fame Award. Rolling Stone magazine gave the book a double spread - The Sydney Morning Herald a glowing review, the only bummer was that Greenough said it was 'too big to hold in the bath tub', this affected sales.
Surfers are requesting a third book -
What have we got planned for the book?
- 95% vintage (black and white film) imagery from 1960-1976 from over a dozen photographers, painting a diverse pallett of photographic styles of this wonderful era of surfing.
- Interviews with a wide gamut of the elders of surfing, who are all being asked the same questions - who all have their own opinions and perspectives from a life of surfing this watery planet.
- closing chapter is on modern surfing and the 'Rennaisance of Slide' 'The Elixir of Fine Flow' with a look at the birth of the movement which spawned in California in the early-mid 1990s.
This is the best switch-foot book yet. From all we have learned in our decade of making books - now is the time to deliver the opus.
The new book will be 210-230 pages long and it has some of the best photography we have ever seen ---> from diligent digging and research by Editor Andrew Crockett and the support of photographers like John Pennings, Bob Weeks, Ron Perrott, Peter Green and Dave Milnes. We have found the hidden treasures, images you have never seen.
The words are a plethora of hard cutting questions, designed to lay urban myths to rest ---> to put the historically significant characters where they should be, but also, to pass on some serious wisdom (read common sense) in board design, fin dynamics and lessons learned from a life in surfing from a cast of salty characters including; Wayne Lynch, George Greenough, Gerry Lopez, Tom Morey, Baddy Trelor, Bob McTavish, Bob Cooper, Mickey Munoz, Robert Conneeley, Geoff McCoy, Chris Brock, Paul Gross, Mike Doyle, Rusty Miller, Nat, Rabbit and a few other rabbit's we are pulling out of a hat.
Beautiful art + illustrations
High quality meticulously restored film photos of the era we are love so much - the 60s. Old cars, old boards, surfing innocence and a style of surfing that is completely un-attainable in the modern era, because we all wince when the camera is pointing at us ---> dont we?
Below is some of our collectible rewards - the Bob Weeks Triptych -
Below is the limited edition t-shirt
Bob Weeks triptych No2 from Bob Weeks ($450 signed & numbered 1/5)
Risks and challenges
The book business has changed - that is why we need your help. We need to know how many books to print.
This will be the fifth book brought together by Andrew Crockett, his most recent book was a galiant effort to try and get more people playing golf and less people surfing. (see http://www.bumpandrun.com.au)
To get the time, Editor Andrew Crockett needs to walk away from paid work and dedicate his waking hours to this project…to immerse himself in the salty world. Most of the legwork has been done, including sourcing the images and interviews. Now is the hard time and money consuming process of getting the interviews into print, scanning and restoring old negatives, designing the layout, sourcing the printer+paperstocks, dealing with the shipping and freight.
How many will get printed? NO IDEA, we plan to print as many as well sell here on this campaign, plus a few more to keep in the garage and to give to distributors.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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