A letter from Matt Warshaw, Executive Director of Encyclopedia of Surfing.
Hello surfers and all lovers of surf culture. The 2022 Encyclopedia of Surfing fundraiser is ON (December 12–21), and if that alone is enough to trigger the philanthropic reflex, click here to donate and here to subscribe or buy a gift sub.
Big plans are afoot for EOS in 2023, and we’ll get to that in a moment, but first a quick look back at 2022.
We promised to go headless, but heads are stubborn things to remove and we’re still three or four months from launching EOS 2.0. The new re-platformed site won’t look much different from what you see today, but the under-the-hood upgrades are huge—more speed, smoother UI, greater flexibility in how and where EOS content can be displayed and, best of all, a new and radically improved search page. More on all of this when 2.0 goes live—I’ll stick my neck out a bit and say March.
The other big event here in 2022 was that, thanks in part to last year’s fundraiser, EOS brought on a new employee—Ella Boyd, recent Scripps College grad (Philosophy, yo!), Malibu regular, and multi-talented creative. Ella has been with EOS since July, mostly working the 2.0 metadata salt mines, but also posting, and her interview with 90-year-old fireball Vicki Williams is my favorite post of 2022.
On to the big news for 2023. . . .
We are finally building EOS Archive. This is a completely new project. A second website. Less glam and less curated than EOS, but probably more important in the long run. The Archive concept is simple. It’s a huge digital library loaded with surf media that’s in danger of disappearing or being forgotten. For years, I’ve wanted to scan and upload all 21 issues of Surf Guide magazine. This will be the first Archive project. For the near term, we’ll continue to focus on print (magazines, books, contest programs), but eventually we will add movies, videos, newsreels, and other watchable media.
The amount of content we’re talking about here, obviously, is mind-blowing. Regular old EOS is big and will continue to grow, but the Archive is orders of magnitude bigger. The goal for 2023 is to just build the platform and figure out the intake and search protocols. The Archive then becomes a group project, as we partner up with, I’m guessing, other like-minded nonprofits and/or colleges and universities.
But it has to start somewhere and some time, and that’ll be here, next year.
EOS Archive has been seeded with a generous grant from the Croul Family Foundation, but the project’s initial development will depend, partly, on how this year’s fundraiser goes. As always, because EOS’ overhead is low and our marketing and promotion budget is zero, 100% of your 2022 donation money goes toward EOS projects and upkeep. There are still hundreds of pages waiting to be imported from the print version of EOS to the website, and ideally, while I focus this year on the Archive (and keep my side hustle with the Sunday Joint), Ella and Brad and hopefully a player to be named later will collectively work to get that material posted.
Any questions or comments, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading, and thank you for supporting EOS. We’re going to build the future of surf history!
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