Last night, with a steady finger and cool gaze and a whispered "Now am I become Surf, the Destroyer of Free Time," I pushed the giant red launch button on EOS 3.0—which I've been calling EOS 2.0 for the past year and half, forgetting that we not only launched 2.0 in 2019 but ballyhooed the shit out of it—and set Encyclopedia of Surfing blasting through the series of tubes that is the internet, straight to your device and hopefully your heart.
Let's not talk about the field of broken deadlines between "we're almost done!" and finally getting here. Let's not dwell either on the fact that cost overruns on the relaunch have put the EOS checking account three feet underwater—time enough for that in a week or so, when this same finger, possibly much less steady, pushes the other big red launch button, for the upcoming EOS Fundraiser.
I won't say much about what is new or different on the site. I'm still getting used to it myself. The big change is on the Search page, and for now just note that there is a horizontal set of tabs across the top corresponding to the eight different environments on the site (EOS, HOS, INTERVIEW, SURFBOARD, etc ), and a set of search filters down the left side of the page, and Jesus Christ I'm already boring myself with the explaining. Log in, look around, add filters, click tabs, and by all means get in touch with with comments, issues, anything at all. There will much fine-tuning in the days and weeks and months ahead, and your input will help guide that process.
I'm at email@example.com.
For tech issues, or if you have questions about your account, contact Mark Augias at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: We've scrapped usernames, you'll now log in with your email address and password. If you forgot your account email, contact Mark.
The last thing I'll add here is that, while I'm thrilled to have the site all powered-up and re-platformed and next-leveled, what I'm really excited about is that I can finally get back to my happy zone of building new pages and new Sunday Joints, and in fact I've loaded a few new ones (see below) to get us started. There are literally hundreds more of these on the to-do list, so here comes late-arriving EOS 3.0, finally, like the Cybertruck the Beach Boys' Smile.
Thank you, thank you, everybody, for being patient and incredibly supportive these past few months. I crossed my hands across my chest, fell back, and you caught me. Trust exercise, passed with flying colors!
NEW MARK WARREN VIDEO
UPDATED ETHEL KUKEA EOS PAGE
1958 STAR-BULLETIN PROFILE ON NEW MAKAHA CHAMP ETHEL KUKEA
ANOTHER NEW MARK WARREN VIDEO
NEW ANONA NAONE NAPOLEON EOS PAGE
NEW VICKY AND BETTER HELDREICH EOS PAGE
PS: Almost forgot, EOS in the latest issue of the New Yorker!
[Photo grid, clockwise from top left: putting finishing touches on EOS 3.0; Mark Warren, photo by Jeff Divine; Linda Benson and Anona Naone Napoleon, Makaha 1959; Cybertruck woody; EOS logo, classic version; Betty Heldreich at Makaha]