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Funding Unsuccessful
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About

As a witness to and recorder of some of the most important events in skateboarding history, I decided it was time to tell a story that is long overdue. I am trying to raise money so I can take my completed manuscript through its final stages and publish it independently. Your pledge is important and it comes with reciprocal benefits. [Click on the "Back This Project" button to the right to pre-order a copy for $25.]

Skating was More than Just Dogtown

The Z-Boys were an important part of the emerging American skate scene during the 1970s, but they weren't the only scene. In addition to Santa Monica there was also San Diego, Salt Creek, Upland, Los Angeles, the Valley, Oxnard and San Francisco, all equally as influential and significant for what they delivered.

But far, far away from California, on the Gold Coast of Southern Florida, thousands of miles from the control of the media and the skate industry, there was another tale unfolding. More obscure and under the radar, the Florida scene would have an immeasurable impact on skateboarding, allowing it to literally take flight. It all started with the invention of the Ollie, a magical no-hands aerial and the signature move that changed skating forever.

Six years in the making, A SECRET HISTORY OF THE OLLIE AND THE PIONEERS OF SKATEBOARDING, tells how a small, unheralded group of skaters—including one scrawny 14-year-old with a mischievous manner and a penchant for mind-blowing aerials—revolutionized skating on both the East and the West Coasts. Although the Ollie is now over 30 years old, its influence on skateboarding remains, and has never been surpassed.

IN ADDITION TO THE OLLIE and the wake of progression which followed it, this book also chronicles over 50 years of skate history, bringing to the forefront some of its lost and forgotten pioneers on both coasts in United States and around the world.

The Project

“Regarding your project, I'm glad to hear you are still putting your creative talents to good use. Because you were part of the Florida skate scene when the Ollie emerged, you seem to be the ideal person to write about it.”
— a Hollywood insider

If someone is going to tell this story properly and in its entirety, it has to be an insider. Only handful of people are qualified to do this and do it right. Fortunately, I suppose, I am considered to be one of those persons. I grew up and skated with the most dynamic innovators in Florida skating history. I documented their moves in still and movie images. And unless I’m mistaken—and I’m not—I’m the only one who can reveal the secret history of the Ollie.

Like every great invention, the Ollie has a creation story. Like most legends, the forces of oversimplification, faulty memory, bad reporting, and outright fabrication have come into play, polishing the myth at the expense of the truth. This project will, for the first time, bring the unvarnished truth to the skaters and skate fans who deserve—and desire—to know what really happened.

Uncovering the Ollie’s secret history has taken a lot of work. What I thought would be a one-year undertaking has turned into an epic, six-year struggle. My natural curiosity and deep interest in skating drove me through month after month of research that went beyond first-hand knowledge, along with outright detective work that put me in touch with some of the most famous—and most willfully obscure—skaters in the world. With each story told, I acquired another piece of the puzzle. I also acquired incredible artifacts, the holy grails of skating, from boards and stickers to snapshots and rare film footage, as well as the right to publish images of them, many for the first time.

The book project also includes the first-time publication of some rather significant historical images, the likes of which have never been seen before. Most of the images appearing in the 1970s section come from my own work. Although some of these photos found their way into some skate magazines long ago, most will be published for the first time, illustrating some of the critical moments in skating history. In addition to my photography, there will be other photos and art, thanks to the many people who opened up their archives to me.

Why is this book project important?

Besides the fact this work will be presenting some never-before-told history and unseen photos, it is also offering a much-needed, fresh perspective on skateboarding and skate history in general. By setting the record straight, A Secret History of the Ollie is sure to be controversial. It will make some unhappy. It will give some credit long overdue. But mostly, it will change people’s perceptions of skating from the 1970s forward, and help them understand how today’s skate styles and stars came to be.

In addition to being an adventurous tale and a responsible source of information, this book has been written for the broadest audience possible, meaning there is no profanity or inappropriate material. Because I feel history is important, I feel it is important to make it available to everyone. School libraries, public libraries and parents will all be able to purchase this book with confidence, and new skateboarders will have the opportunity to learn about their roots as they never have before.

Finally, this book, will be an object of quality, from the written content to the design. Having spent over 20 years in the publishing industry, I understand the need for integrity and consistency throughout a project. I wouldn’t put my name on anything less.

What’s this book going to look like?

Now that the draft manuscript has been completed, the book has been split into three volumes. This will make the task of publishing the work much easier and will allow more art to be placed in the book as well. It also makes greater sense for readers, many of whom enjoy shorter reads.

Volume One covers skateboarding during the seventies and the birth of the Ollie. Volume Two follows the maneuver’s influence during the 1980s and some of that decade’s important skate history. And Volume Three tackles the 1990s and 2000s, along with a collection of entertaining stories and essays on skate history and the Ollie.

Each volume will be approximately 300-400 pages in length, each containing approximately 100-200 photographs or other pieces of art. This trade paperback-sized book will have a classic graphic design and an easy-to-read style. Unlike some publishers who do their manufacturing in China, this book will be produced and printed in North America supporting the local and North American economy.

What’s next? Why Kickstarter?

The goal now is to focus exclusively on Volume One, which is the seventies history, and bring this into print. In order to do this, I need to raise money.

The funding of Volume One is key, because it will be the publishing of this volume that will provide the means to complete and publish Volume Two and Volume Three. The current schedule is to have Volume One out by the end of 2010 with Volume Two and Volume Three seeing release in 2011.

Up until now, this project has been a solitary task, but the time has come to ask others for help. I have taken the book as far as I can on my own, and to complete this work, I need to bring in other talented individuals. I already have the personnel on board who are ready to make this happen. I have one of the best editors in the business, someone who I met when I was working in the publishing industry. I consider the written content to be the most important part, thus I consider this editor crucial to the quality of this work. In addition to editing, the other stages the book needs to go through are review, proofing, indexing, scanning of art and film, design, layout and of course printing. The book, however, cannot go to print until the funding is present to complete these essential tasks.

My goal of $20,000 for the completion of Volume One is a modest one. Publication may cost more than this, but I am able to secure this supplemental funding through alternative sources if need be. My main objective is to get Volume One out this year and I can commit to that with 20K through your Kickstarter pledges.

Your pledge is important and it comes with reciprocal benefits. A $25 pledge counts as a pre-order for your copy of the book. The 11x14 archival photographic prints I’m also offering are very special too, as this is a limited offer for those who pledge at the required levels.

If the funding reaches 30K or more, I’ll include additional photographs in the book and/or produce a special edition. All supplemental funding can also be utilized to move Volume Two and Volume Three along ahead of schedule.

As an extra bonus, if funding reaches 30K or more, I will produce a special limited edition gift that will go out to each and every person who pledged $25 or more.

Your pledge and the successful funding of this project will mean there will be more than one history of skateboarding available to skaters and skate fans everywhere. The time has come. By helping to bring this book of history with its stories and photographs into the world, you also become a valuable part of history.

Want more info?

Visit the Ollie Book blog!
http://theolliebook.blogspot.com/

Want to get book updates via email? Sign up here!
http://eepurl.com/Agbz

Check out the official book website. Excerpts, pictures and special links to come in the near future. Note the site is a work in progress!
www.theOllieBook.com

Become a fan on FaceBook
http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Secret-History-of-the-Ollie-and-the-Pioneers-of-Skateboarding/107284532626749...

Follow us on Twitter — @theOllieBook
(Email updates and Facebook posts are also broadcast on Twitter)
http://twitter.com/theolliebook

* NOTE: Using your VISA/MC debit card as opposed to your VISA/MC credit card, will reduce the fees charged by Amazon. (2% vs. 5%) By using your debit card, each dollar you pledge goes a little further in support of this project.

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