Encyclopedia of Surfing could go the way Killer Dana and simply disappear - 30K in funding needed now
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 December, 2017 - The Encyclopedia of Surfing is busy preserving, archiving, curating, and presenting our surfing shared history; connecting present and past; creating a stage big enough for all the savants, freaks, outcasts, champions, and adventurers who have built their lives around surfing—and have in turn built surfing itself.
Encyclopedia of Surfing is currently underwater and needs to raise $30,000 by December 31, or the whole online project—Encyclopedia, History of Surfing, Above the Roar—goes away.
"Funding a website is really, really hard," says founder Matt Warshaw. "In 2010, when I started building EOS, the goal was to have it up and running and modestly profitable by 2012. For three years, with SURFER Magazine’s support, it was very close. But the SURFER deal wasn’t renewed, and I couldn’t find anybody to step in and take their place—as many of you know, the surf industry is having its own problems. Surf-biz fluctuations, in fact, are why I believe the subscription model I’ve had in place for EOS since May is the only way to create a sustainable revenue stream. But at this point, EOS is still in the red . . . and out of time."
Anyone interested in helping can donate to their $30,000 December fundraiser to help keep the site going.
"Nothing else does what EOS does, or at least not on the same scale," continues Warshaw. "To that end, I’ve assembled a peaceful army of surf-world filmmakers, photographers, and writers, all of whom donate their work to EOS for free. Look at the photo and film credits on the site. Every name you see there contributes to EOS not for personal gain, but because it makes all of us look good; because surfing is elevated by EOS’ presence. No other sport has a set of websites that can touch EOS, HOS, and Roar. It costs you three bucks a month, true. But we’re ad-free and independent. The sites are not built for advertisers. They’re for us—for surfers."
Warshaw says there are three ways surf buffs can support the ongoing project:
1 – SUBSCRIBE: Just 1,000 new subscribers this month, and we’re good through 2018.
2 – DONATE: I’ve added a “Donate” page—silly me for not having it up six months ago. Fernando Aguirre, Bob Hurley, Kelly Slater, Nick Woodman? Any one of you could put this fundraiser to bed right here, right now, one click and done. The rest of you, choose your amount— anything is appreciated, nothing is too small. Note: if we don’t hit $30K, your donation will be refunded.
3 – SHARE: Word of mouth is going to make or break this drive. Light up your social, send a group email, hold forth in the parking lot. Keep it short and sweet if you like. “I’m a satisfied Encyclopedia of Surfing subscriber, and you will be too!” Grab an image or two from the bottom of the page. Don’t forget to include these two links.
Subscribe: https://encyclopediaofsurfing.com/subscribe/ & Donate: https://historyofsurfing.net/donate-now/
30K OR BUST FAQ
IF YOU HIT YOUR 30K TARGET, WILL THERE BE MORE SUBSCRIPTION DRIVES?
Hopefully not. If we pull in 1,000 subs this month, and continue to grow from there, EOS will be drive-free.
IF YOU DON’T HIT THE TARGET, WHAT HAPPENS TO MY DONATION?
You get it back. It’s like Kickstarter. If we make our goal, we keep the money. If not, all donations are refunded. Also, if the sites go down, subscriptions are automatically cancelled.
IS MY DONATION TO EOS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes. EOS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit.
IS MY EOS SUBSCRIPTION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?
No. I don’t get it either, but no.
WHY DON’T YOU SELL ADS ON YOUR SITES?
EOS doesn’t generate enough traffic to attract corporate advertising. Plus ad money on the web is running away from independent websites, over to Google and Facebook, and that trend is not changing anytime soon. Also, EOS, rightly or wrongly, was designed and built to be an ad-free experience. It’s something that sets us apart from virtually every other surfing website.
IF YOU DON’T HIT THE TARGET, WHY NOT JUST KEEP THE SITE UP AS-IS?
I pull my content, go back to my book publishers, and work on revised print editions of EOS and HOS.
WHO HANDLES YOUR CREDIT CARD TRANSACTIONS?
Stripe. EOS has no access to card numbers, or personal card-holder information.
I’M NOT A BIG FAN OF GIVING MY CREDIT CARD NUMBER TO ANYBODY ON THE INTERNET. IS THERE ANOTHER WAY I CAN SUBSCRIBER OR DONATE?
Yes, we run it through PayPal, or by check. Get in touch with me here.
CAN I GIVE A GIFT SUBSCRIPTION?
Yes, but not through the site. Again, it would be through PayPal deal, or by check.