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Surf Shacks
Creative Surfer’s Homes

6 July 2017

There are carefully waxed boards of every shape, color and size. There are warm sunsets and breathtaking cliffs. In Surf Shacks, published by Gestalten, there are above all the places where surfers hang out when the wind isn’t blowing and the sea is flat. In its 288 pages it presents a parade of buildings selected by Indoek, an online platform dedicated to surf culture that was set up in 2010 on the basis of an idea by Americans Drew Innis and Matt Titone. The result of the research carried out by the pair, which took four years, is a heterogeneous panorama of forty-two dwellings scattered around the world, in everything from large urban centers to remote locations, far away from the chaos of the city. The volume offers intimate portraits of New York apartments, bungalows in tropical areas and cottages on the East Coast of America, as well as micro-houses in Topanga and delivery vans converted into mobile homes on four wheels. It is a foray into the houses of artists, illustrators, writers, filmmakers, shapers and designers, presented through photographs, illustrations, interviews, personal accounts and anecdotes. A long story that intertwines the different lives of people with a common passion. Like Randy Hild, a living legend in the surf industry who helped to create the Roxy brand. In his Orange County apartment we find prints, cult books for lovers of the waves and icons of design like Charles and Ray Eames’s Lounge Chair. More radical is the choice of twenty-six-year-old surfer and photographer Trevor Gordon, who has found his natural habitat at sea. For three years now he has been living, along with his wife, on a house boat they have re-named Brisa and embracing the spirit of surfing in its totality: “Always on the leeward side”.

Brian Bent. Foto: Paul Collins.

Brian Bent. Photo: Paul Collins.

Raimana Van Bastolaer. Foto: Ron Thompson.

Raimana Van Bastolaer. Photo: Ron Thompson.

Mason St. Peter. Foto: Matt Titone.

Mason St. Peter. Photo: Matt Titone.

Matthew Olerio + Joanna Zamora. Foto: Read McKendree.

Matthew Olerio + Joanna Zamora. Photo: Read McKendree.

Ty Williams. Foto: Kelsey Heinze.

Ty Williams. Photo: Kelsey Heinze.

Ty Williams. Foto: Kelsey Heinze.

Ty Williams. Photo: Kelsey Heinze.

Mikey DeTemple. Foto: Matt Titone.

Mikey DeTemple. Photo: Matt Titone.

Trevor Gordon. Foto: Will Adler.

Trevor Gordon. Photo: Will Adler.

Jess Bianchi + Malia Grace Mau. Photo: Matt Titone.

Russell + Brianna Brownley. Photo: Matt Titone.

Surf Shacks


Alessandro Mitola

He studied with the intention of becoming a copywriter, but then changed his mind. He now writes on design and photography for PIZZA Magazine and in 2012 founded Atypical, an independent brand of handcrafted skateboards inspired by the models of the sixties and seventies. When traveling, he never leaves his camera behind.


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