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A hardcover photo book of San Francisco and the city surfers who live there. Photography by Nathan Lawrence & Rachael Rothstein
305 backers pledged $40,636 to help bring this project to life.

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I’ve wanted to publish a book of my photography for a long time. As a professional photographer, I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over the world in search of inspiration. But sometimes the strongest inspiration is waiting back at home.

A year ago, a friend told me about City Surf Project, a San Francisco non-profit that connects underrepresented Bay Area youth to surfing and the ocean – two things that have given me so much in my life. I decided to attend their next session and shoot some photos of the kids learning to surf.

What I saw at the beach that day was a diverse community of surfers coming from all corners of the city to introduce these kids to the ocean. There were teachers, firefighters, tech workers, carpenters, men and women of all ages. I also saw kids from different neighborhoods and backgrounds overcoming their initial fears to try surfing for the first time. I saw them build confidence, and I saw them falling in love with the ocean the same way I had. This was a story I needed to tell.

Noriega Street
Noriega Street
Love at first wave
Love at first wave
Outer Bars, Jan. 2018
Outer Bars, Jan. 2018
Zay
Zay

Set to publish in April 2019, City Surf is a hardcover photography book about what it means to be a city surfer. San Francisco is home to a one-of-a-kind surfing culture – diverse, tough, and proudly low profile. It’s a place that never ceases to inspire me to pick up my camera. But this is more than just a photo book of surfing in the city. It’s the story of how surfing and the ocean are changing young lives in San Francisco.

Each chapter of City Surf follows a CSP student on a journey from their San Francisco neighborhood to the untamed waves at Ocean Beach, where the city streets give way to the Pacific Ocean. From bustling Chinatown, to the historic jazz district of The Fillmore, to the colorful streets of The Mission, there’s a city surfer with an important story to share.

Shot entirely on film and filled with more than 200 original photos, City Surf will be a celebration of San Francisco's unique urban surf culture and its impact on the city's youth.

Karl the Fog
Karl the Fog
Winter lines at Ocean Beach
Winter lines at Ocean Beach
Marriannah, Mission High School
Marriannah, Mission High School
Zay & Miguel, 38 Geary Bus
Zay & Miguel, 38 Geary Bus
Gerry, VFW Parking Lot
Gerry, VFW Parking Lot
Scraper Bike Team
Scraper Bike Team
Holy Virgin Cathedral, Richmond District
Holy Virgin Cathedral, Richmond District
Todd, Kelly's Lot
Todd, Kelly's Lot
Last Call at Kelly's Cove
Last Call at Kelly's Cove
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THE BOOK

Photography by Nathan Lawrence & Rachael Rothstein

Edited by Leo Maxam

11" x 11" (28cm x 28cm)

176 Pages

200+ Photographs

Four-Color Process

Paper stock - Premium Matte 

Cover stock - Hardcover printed canvas

CITY SURF – Hardcover Coffee Table Book
CITY SURF – Hardcover Coffee Table Book

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If you believe in City Surf Project’s mission to bring the ocean to those who need it most, please share this book project with your friends and family. You can follow us on Instagram @thecitysurfbook

The more people who hear the word, the more likely we will be able to successfully fund this campaign – and deliver you your copy of City Surf.

Risks and challenges

Publishing a premium hardcover coffee table book is expensive. As an independent photographer working with a small non-profit, we can't afford to publish this book on our own. But CITY SURF is a story that needs to be told. So we’re turning to our community – that's you! – to help us tell it, and tell it the right way.

The funds raised through our Kickstarter campaign will go towards printing and shipping of the book. We’re working closely with a veteran printer to ensure the final product is flawless and delivered on schedule. CITY SURF will be printed on a Heidelberg offset printing machine and made from certified forest-friendly, recycled paper. Books will be printed by February and warehoused by March so that they're in your hands by April 2019.

The book is nearly finished. The photos have been shot and edited. The interviews and stories have been written. The design and layout are in place. Now we need your help to bring it all to life. Pre-order your copy of CITY SURF and help us tell a groundbreaking chapter in Bay Area surfing history that will also look great on your coffee table.

In addition to the book, we’re offering some amazing rewards generously provided by our friends in the Bay Area surfing community. There's something for every level of support you can offer, so don't be shy.

Thank you for helping to make this book happen!

— Nathan Lawrence & the entire CSP team

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    THANK YOU!

    Thank you for your support of CITY SURF. Every little bit helps us toward our campaign goal, and we foresee good wave karma in your future.

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    CITY SURF PRINT

    A 5x7 limited-edition print of Ocean Beach by Nathan Lawrence. Printed on a premium matte paper and mounted on a 2mm Styrene board for durability. Perfect for daydreaming at your desk or the wall in your bedroom.

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    THE BOOK

    A copy of CITY SURF - 11” x 11” hardcover with 176 pages and 200+ photos, printed on FSC-certified recycled paper.

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    THE BOOK (PRESENTED AT LAUNCH PARTY)

    A copy of CITY SURF - 11” x 11” hardcover with 176 pages and 200+ photos, printed on FSC-certified recycled paper - presented to you by a CSP graduate at our book launch event in San Francisco in March 2019 (you must be able to attend the event in SF for this reward).

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    THE BOOK + OCEAN BEACH PRINT

    A copy of CITY SURF - 11” x 11” hardcover with 176 pages and 200+ photos, printed on FSC-certified recycled paper.

    You will also receive a 8"x10" limited-edition print of Ocean Beach by Nathan Lawrence.

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    THREE BOOKS - FAMILY GIFT PACKAGE

    Three copies of CITY SURF - 11” x 11” hardcover with 176 pages and 200+ photos, printed on FSC-certified recycled paper. The perfect gift for friends and family.

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    AWAYCO MEMBERSHIP + THE BOOK + PRINT

    A one-year Prime Membership to Awayco. Ride the world's best gear from Awayco locations around the globe.

    To learn more, visit Awayco.com

    You will also receive a copy of CITY SURF and the limited-edition Ocean Beach print.

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    NAME PUBLISHED IN THE BOOK

    Your name will be published in CITY SURF as a Special Contributor. You will also be recognized at our CITY SURF Book Launch event in San Francisco in April 2019.

    You will also receive a copy of CITY SURF and the limited-edition Ocean Beach print.

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    GOPRO CAMERA + THE BOOK + PRINT

    A GoPro Hero camera (POV barrel shot not included :)

    You will also receive a copy of CITY SURF and the limited-edition Ocean Beach print.

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    BUELL WATERMAN PACK + THE BOOK + PRINT

    The fine folks at Buell Surf have a Waterman pack for any ocean lover, young or old!

    1 - Buell 9' Rescue Board
    1 - RB2 3/2 or 4/3 Wetsuit
    1 - RB1 S/S Wetsuit Top
    1 - Ninja Booties

    You will also receive a copy of City Surf and the limited-edition Ocean Beach print.

    Must be in Bay Area for pickup of pack.

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    GROUP SURF DAY WITH AWAYCO AND CSP

    A one-day group surf outing with Awayco & City Surf Project. You and your group (up to twelve members) will select the surfboards of your choice from Awayco headquarters in San Francisco and hit the waves with expert coaching and instruction from CSP graduates and professional surf instructors. All equipment (wetsuits, booties, surfboard, leashes, wax) provided.

    We will capture the entire day on film and edit a video that will either show the best wave of your life or the wipeout that everyone was talking about.

    All participants will also receive a copy of CITY SURF and the limited-edition Ocean Beach print.

    Perfect for corporate groups (must be able to attend surf outing in San Francisco Bay Area)

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