Images not contributed directly from local surf photographers were obtained from the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center
, a surfing museum in San Clemente, CA. The museum houses over 700 surfboards and features a chronological surfboard display with 100 boards dating back to the beginning of the sport. The museum granted me access to the hi-resolution photographs of all of the surfboards as well as the details about each board that were stored in the museum’s database. Surfboard construction date, size dimensions, weight, time period the board was used, who donated the surfboard, etc. There was, however, no organized file-naming convention that was used to link the database information to each hi-resolution surfboard photo - so I had to create one.
I culled the details for the 100 surfboards on display in the showroom from the museum’s database into an Excel spreadsheet along with (when available) a low-resolution thumbnail image of each board. I then physically matched up the low-res thumbnail images from the database with the corresponding high-resolution image of the surfboard (300 files - front/back/side images) and applied the serial numbers from the database to the filenames of the high resolution photos. I then formatted all 100 of the frontal images. This process of cataloging and formatting images took approximately eight weeks.
The final images were used in the surfboard equipment grid / modals as well as the evolution of the surfboard animation which can be seem in the hero image of the Equipment page.
The museum also provided access to two photographer’s collections, Warren Bolster and Tom Blake. This amounted to over 400 image files of various surfing related content used to create the rest of the imagery for Nalu.live.
All of the historical text content used for the surfing Timeline infographic and in other places on the site came from Matt Warshaw’s book “The History of Surfing”
with his expressed written permission. I reached out to him via email, explained my project and he was very generous to allow me to use his text.