I Just Wanna Surf

Book coverI Just Wanna Surf
Book coverI Just Wanna Surf
Book coverI Just Wanna Surf
Book coverI Just Wanna Surf
Book coverI Just Wanna Surf
Book coverI Just Wanna Surf

What makes a book lively and full of energy? In the case of I Just Wanna Surf – a mix of photo book, zine and diary – it’s hard to say exactly: but in any event, energy, friendship and pleasure leap off of the pages. Perhaps it’s the authentic photos, which record a special community: women and non-binary surfers of colour, demanding a place within a sports culture traditionally seen as dominated by white males. Or the soft, vintage glow in which the images are bathed, giving us the feeling that we too are bobbing on the waves on a sunny day. Or maybe it’s the dynamic editing, with some photos filling an entire spread, sometimes overlapping, as if spread out on a kitchen table so everyone can look. The same energy also crackles in the French-folded dust jacket, on which a wide-ranging selection of photos from the book give a great taster of the atmosphere inside. The photos in the interior are interspersed with turquoise and pale red pages containing excerpts from the photographer’s diary. These deal with depression and growing up in one of the few families of colour in a Californian resort and form a subtle, more serious counterpart to the cheerful surfing photos. An exceptional, relevant book that gives an intimate impression of a community. One caveat: in the books submitted, the end paper was somewhat stuck to the front page. As this was the case in both copies, this looks to be more than a one-off production error, but the jury was unable to ascertain exactly where the problem arose.

Edition: 2022
Date of publication: October 2022
Author: Gabriella Angotti-Jones
Language: English
Final editor: Deborah Artman
Photographer: Gabriella Angotti-Jones
Publisher: Mass Books, Easthampton, Massachusetts (USA)
Available through: Bookshop, webshop
Graphic designer: Kummer & Herrman (Utrecht)
Lithographer: NPN Drukkers, Breda
Printer: NPN Drukkers, Breda
Binder: Boekbinderij Patist, Zaltbommel
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 190 x 235 x 10 mm
Number of pages: 144
Print run: 1300
Price: € 40 USD
ISBN: 9780997216356
Font and foundry: Catalogue (Lineto)
Binding style: Sewn softcover with front and back cover of 4 pages sewn in, transparently glued-off spine (hot melt gluing), dust jacket folded in American style
Material: 60gsm IBO One (Igepa)
Paper for interior (grammage): 150gsm Arctic Volume, 60gsm IBO One, Arctic, Igepa
Material cover (grammage): 350gsm Edixion Offset, Antalis
Special features: Dust jacket and interior printed in CMYK and Pantone 3125 (blue), cover printed in black and Pantone 3125 (blue), several of the sections have been cut back to 170 mm on the cut, sewn with dark blue thread