Surf Historian and Filmmaker Eric Jordan Launches a Kickstarter Project for his film "Paving the Wave: For the Love of Surfing™."

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What Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Dick Clark were to rock and roll, Dale Velzy, , Hobie Alter, and Bruce Brown were to surfing.

"Eric Jordan’s film “Paving the Wave, For the Love of Surfing™” is the most comprehensive and complete on-camera collection of people from Surfing’s ‘Golden Era’ telling their story, in their own words."
- Steve Pezman, Publisher of Surfer’s Journal

In the spirit of Ken Burns' documentaries on jazz and baseball, "Paving the Wave: For the Love of Surfing™" mixes hundreds of hours of interviews with archival footage from the Golden Years of surfing, those times that bubbled in the new prosperity of the post World War II America, and catalyzed through the 50s and 60s. What began in garages and alleyways and well out of the public eye is now a multi-billion dollar industry, practiced in all of the Seven Seas by millions of surfers around the world.

Not exactly a project you would expect to come out of Yuba City, CA (more than two hours from the nearest surf spot). At his own expense, Eric Jordan has spent more than nine years documenting the stories of innovators and entrepreneurs whose accomplishments reach well beyond the surfing world. The list of people he interviewed reads like the Who’s Who of surfing culture and industry: Bruce Brown (Endless Summer Director/Producer), Jack O’Neill (founder of O’Neill), Duke Boyd (founder of Hang Ten, remember the two little feet?), Hobie Alter (founder of Hobie Skateboards, Surfboards, and the Hobie Cat), Kathy Kohner (the real Gidget), Dick Dale (King of Surf Guitar), Greg Noll (Big Wave Pioneer), and more than 100 other legends.

"Oral history is the living tissue of memory, and Eric Jordan has performed an enormous service to both surf culture and the world at large by so exhaustively and sensitively gathering and preserving such a broad and representative sampling of surfing's collective experience.

  • Drew Kampion, Author and Editor

Fresh from his debut at the Honolulu Surf Film Festival, Eric Jordan, an independent filmmaker, showed the first cut of "Paving the Wave: For the Love of Surfing™", a film documenting the history of the sport and its impact on popular culture. Fifteen of the legends Jordan interviewed showed up to support the film, including Duke Boyd, founder of Hang Ten who has worked on the project with Jordan since 2003.

"Paving the Wave: For the Love of Surfing™" is a rare, unique documentary with in-depth interviews and footage with a motherlode of surf legends, some never before seen on film. Their stories detail the golden age of surfing in the 20th century. Honoring and respecting their contributions to a lifestyle that has almost vanished, this film is a treasure."

  • Gina Caruso, Director of the Doris Duke Theater & Honolulu Surf Film Festival

The film is remarkable, not only due to the number of influential surfers interviewed, but because Eric suffered a massive brain stem stroke in January of 2011 and was completely paralyzed, with “locked in syndrome.” Because it affects basic functions like breathing and is the link between brain and body, strokes in the brain stem are, in a word, catastrophic. Even if the victim survives, there is the possibility of total paralysis or never regaining consciousness, a cruel fate for a 50-year old Master diver and filmmaker like Eric. Now, 90% recovered, Jordan has had to learn to shoot a camera and edit all over again. When people say, “you must have something to finish” Jordan smiles and says, “I have a lot of things to finish”. The kickstarter project that will help him finish the film will end on Sunday, September 23rd.

About "Paving the Wave: For the Love of Surfing™"
Eric Jordan logged over 100,000 miles interviewing and photographing legends from the Golden Era of the sport accumulating over 300 hours of interviews and hundreds of photos with some of the most influential surfers of the 20th century, including surf photographers and cinematographers, surf magazine owners, publishers & writers, surf artists, world surfing champions, surf musicians and entertainers, surf clothing manufactures and designers, master surfboard shapers and surfboard innovators, surf stylists, and big wave poineers. Paving the Wave: For the Love of Surfing™ is their story, in their own words. Surfing is a significant part of California’s history, this film is a portal for future generations to see and hear first hand accounts of how it all started.

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