365 Surfboards Book Tour with Ben Marcus at ZJBH Dec. 15th

Next Sunday, we will be hosting renowned writer and surfer Ben Marcus as he prepares to release his latest book, ‘365 Surfboards’ featuring a different groundbreaking and astronomically radical board for every day of the year. Many moons in the making, Ben will commence with a slideshow version of the book featuring some of the more peculiar boards in the collection.  Come by around 4pm on Sunday, Dec. 15th to watch the presentation and meet Ben himself.  Should be lots of fun!

Ben Marcus (pictured as a small boy with board) is a natural born writer who worked at Surfer Magazine as an editor for 10 years, and now has 13 published books.  Born in San Francisco in 1960, Ben was a “Valley” trying to fit in with the cool kids during a time when Santa Cruz was a small beach town. Ben learned to surf at Cowell’s Beach. He mostly surfed the east side of town at Pleasure Point and the Hook, but also the Rivermouth and the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor in the winter. Graduating from Harbor High School in 1978, Ben went to school a little, but surfed and traveled a lot.

Surfer Magazine hired Ben as a managing editor in 1988, and that is where he learned to write, helping to produce, write and edit more than 130 issues of Surfer Magazine, from 1988 to 1998. During his time at Surfer Magazine, Ben wrote the first article about Mavericks and he also founded the Surfer Magazine Surf Video Awards – both of which are still going strong. The transition from hippie Santa Cruz in the 1970s to southern Orange County in the 1990s was never comfortable, and Ben left Surfer Magazine after he slugged an ad salesman – who later become the publisher.

After Surfer Magazine, Ben worked on various projects and also traveled, driving to Alaska twice and exploring the west and the Pacific Northwest, from Montana to Calgary to Tofino to the Queen Charlotte Islands. During this period, Ben persuaded Santa Cruz artist Jim Philips into publishing a book of his surf, skate and rock and roll art. Ben helped Phillips produce that book, which was eventually published by Schiffer Publishing.

After several years of wandering and working when he could, Ben came to Malibu in 2004 to chase a query from Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner to write a book about surf wax. That was Ben’s second book – also published by Schiffer – and since then he was written two books a year, for a variety of publishers, mostly about surfing.  Ben lived in Malibu for eight years, writing 14 books there and scores of articles for newspapers, magazines and online.

365 Surfboards book tour with Ben Marcus . Sunday Dec. 15th . 4pm at ZJ Boarding House