Encyclopedia of 20th Century Surfing is a nonprofit organization dedicated to researching, archiving, and presenting surf history and culture. The book version of EOS, written by Matt Warshaw, was published in 2003. This website, which includes Warshaw’s follow-up book History of Surfing, launched in 2013, just after EOS became a California-registered 501(c)3.
Encyclopedia of Surfing is funded by individual donors and subscribers and is designed for casual surf fans as well as researchers, writers, and students. Along with the website itself, EOS’s main objective is to gather, digitize, keyword, and archive surf media in all forms, including books, magazines, films, and videos. The Sunday Joint email newsletter keeps subscribers up to date with recent EOS activity and is sent out weekly.
EOS BOARD MEMBERS
Matt Warshaw, Executive Director
Matt is a former editor of SURFER Magazine and has written a half-dozen books on surfing. His work has been published in the New York Times, Esquire, and The Wall Street Journal; he is the surf consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary; the New Yorker described him as the “world’s leading surfing scholar.” Warshaw was born and raised in Southern California, competed as a professional surfer in the early 1980s, and has a BA in History of UC Berkeley. He lives in Seattle.
A co-founder of professional surfing in the 1970s, and a pro herself, Patti also holds a JD from Pepperdine and has a long and distinguished career as a broadcast journalist, CNN reporter, lawyer, and author. She is currently an adjunct law professor at Pepperdine and is also a board member at Surfing Heritage and Culture Center. Patti divides her time between homes in Southern California and the North Shore of Oahu.
Founder and Executive Director of the Florida Surf Film Festival, Kevin is also the Director of Finance and Accounting for the Atlantic Center for the Arts. and holds a BA in Business Administration from Stetson University. Kevin lives, works and surfs in the Orlando area.
Originally from Levittown, New York, with degrees from Hofstra and University of San Diego, Steve is the owner of the Law Offices of Stephen Cummings. He lives, works and surfs in San Diego.
Sarah was born and raised in San Francisco, holds a BA in Literature from Columbia, became the Executive Editorial Director at Chronicle Books, and is presently the Executive Editor at Ten Speed Press. While at Chronicle, Sarah editor or produced over two dozen surf-related books.
Born and raised in Southern California, with a deep background in entertainment business and management, Terry is a cofounder / co-owner / board member of the World Surf League, Kelly Slater Wave Company, Outerknown apparel, and Firewire Surfboards. A UCLA graduate, Terry lives with his family in Malibu
Outdoor writer Justin Housman is a former magazine editor at SURFER Magazine and is currently the online editor at Adventure Journal. He graduated from Cal Poly and received a Masters in History from San Francisco State University. Justin lives, works and surfs in the San Francisco Bay Area.
EOS’ web developer and back-end ace Mark Augias lives, works and surfs in Cornwall, UK. He has also worked on projects for Surf Simply and StormRider Guides. In 2020, Mark was featured in the podcast series Talk Wordy to Me, in an episode titled “How to Be Lazy.” He is in fact as reliable as the day is long and on-call 24 hours a day for EOS.
Award-winning graphic designer Ryan Mahar, from Orange County, is responsible for the look of Encyclopedia of Surfing. Ryan is currently the Director of Marketing & Communications at UCI Beall Applied Innovation. He lives, works and surfs in Huntington Beach.
Photographer, designer, archivist, and former SURFER Magazine photo editor Brad Barrett is the EOS utility man and does everything from data entry to feature articles and photo galleries. Brad worked for the University of Hawaii Press and Harcourt Trade Publishing and his articles have been published in the Surfer’s Journal.