Writer Ben Marcus and fotografista Lucia Griggi hit New York
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 July, 2014 - 365 Surfboards is book #16.5 for Ben Marcus, a former editor of Surfer Magazine (1989 – 1998). Assigned in December of 2013 with a three-month deadline and a four-figure photo budget, Marcus begged, borrowed and bartered-for surfboards from a wide range of collectors and aficionados and whittled down thousands of boards into 365 of the most important surfboards in the evolution from the koa and wiliwili alaia and olo of old Owyhee, to the modern carbon fiber, epoxy, wood and fiberglass variety of the 21st Century. And hundreds of boards in between.
The production of 365 Surfboards began with a winter 2012/2013 photo roadtrip from Seattle, Washington to La Jolla, California. Along the way, Lucia Griggi photographed a portfolio of surfers, shapers and collectors that was on for young and old: Matt Warshaw, Gerry Lopez, Greg and Laura Noll, Dale Webster, Jeff Clark, Wingnut, Randy French, Skylar Peak, Allen Sarlo, Zuma Jay, Randy Hild, Matt Brophy, Mickey Munoz, Gary Linden, Bird Huffman and Fernando Aguerre.
With the road trip completed, Marcus drove back to Seattle where he spent a long, cold rainy winter, watching CNN, breathing in his brother’s cigarette fumes and gathering, collating, researching and writing short descriptions of hundreds of surfboards donated in ones and dozens by collectors Fernando Aguerre, Griff Snyder, John Mazza and Hawaiian gun collector Greg Lui-Kwan. Mark Fragale sent two dozen of Jimmy Buffett’s best boards from the Honolulu Surfing Museum, and Ben put out appeals from Swaylocks to Club of the Waves for surfboards, any surfboards, to include in the book.
Five months, 80,000 words, 7,384 emails, 3,000 miles and 4000+ surfboards later, Marcus whittled it all down into a colorful kaleidoscope of surfboard history, which details the evolution of the surfboard in 365 boards: “I didn’t have the time or money to buy all the most important boards,” Marcus said. “So this isn’t the 365 Most Historic Surfboards, although there are a lot of evolutionary boards in the book. This is 365 Surfboards I Could Throw Together With Little Time and Less Money. I was stressing for months, but I am pretty happy with the end result. Although I wish they would have let Dave Carson or Joni Casimiro design the cover.”
Ben Marcus will present a slideshow which features the photography of Lucia Griggi, who has worked on several of Ben’s books, including The Skateboard, The Good, the Rad and the Gnarly and The Art of Standup Paddling. The slideshow will detail that photo expedition from Seattle to La Jolla and gets into the trials and tribulations of producing books here in the media-gone-crazy 21st Century.
On Thursday, July 10 at 7:30, Patagonia Bowery will host a slideshow/lecture on the making of the book, and then a book signing after. On Friday, July 11, Ben and Lucia will drive almost to the end of Lawn Gisland for a book signing at Pilgrim Surf in Amagansett. Check their website or call the shop for times.
On Saturday, July 12, Ben and Lucia will take the ferry from Orient Point to New London, Connecticut for a book signing and slideshow/lecture at the WaterBrothers Surf Fest IV at Fort Adams State Park near Newport, Rhode Island. Mike Tabeling and Peter Townend will be at Surf Fest IV and Ben will feature them in the slideshow, along with Sid Abruzzi and photographer Joe McGovern.
THURSDAY JULY 10 = PATAGONIA BOWERY
313 Bowery, New York, NY (212) 228-2514
FRIDAY, JULY 11 = PILGRIM SURF AND SUPPLY – AMAGANSETT
4 Amagansett Square, Amagansett, New York (631) 267-3598
SATURDAY JULY 12 = WATER BROTHERS SURF FEST IV
Fort Adams State Park, Newport, Rhode Island 401 846-7873