Surftripmap, the hand drawn surf spot world map, is about to get a lot more localized. This fall the map maker will release a new animated map of the West Coast of the United States, encompassing California, Oregon, Hawaii and parts of Mexico.
Simon over at surftripmap hooked us up with a sneak peek of the yet to be released map, and it appears that the guys put some serious time into capturing all the characteristics that make the west coast a unique surfing destination.
San Francisco gets a good deal of love on the new West Coast US map, with a couple of hippies hanging out the windows of a cable car next to local surf spots that include Rodeo Beach, Ocean Beach and Fort Point.
With Napa to the north and Santa Cruz to the south, no West Coast surf map is complete without Reno, Nevada — The Biggest Little Surf City in the World.
When you think about it, surfing and art go hand in hand. After all, waves are really just a bunch of empty canvases waiting to be painted. So we asked Simon to tell us a little bit more about surftripmap and how these great animated maps came to be. Here’s what he had to say:
[TUBES]: When you think of surfing the first thing that comes to mind isn’t necessary landlocked Germany (which is where surftripmap is based). What’s the story behind surftripmap?
[Simon]: I am from Germany and surfed in France and Portugal growing up. When I went to University I tried to spend as much time abroad as possible resulting in a semester at San Diego State, volunteer work in Peru and stays of more than 3 months in Brazil and Spain/France/Portugal. Surfing all those places I wanted to pinpoint where I have been and plan new trips. Being landlocked in Germany this would also be a great reminder to not forget the surf is out there. A regular worldmap seemed to be too boring so I teamed up with an artist (who surfs himself) and we created the surftripmap. So the intention behind it is to help you discover surf destinations that you wouldn’t expect, remember all your trips and just bring the surf into your home (the surftripmap is no stormrider guide but it does give you a rough idea where you can expect great surf).
[TUBES]: When will the US-West Coast map officially be released?
[Simon]: We are looking to release it for the Christmas time on October 1st.
[TUBES]: You’ve got some pretty local spots on the West Coast map, like Rodeo Beach. How do you get your insider knowledge?
[Simon]: Creating the surftripmap and west coast map we have read almost every source about surf spots there is and of course our own experience goes into the maps as well. We have received a lot of emails pointing out that we show secret spots on the surftripmap so to respect the locals we have not included quality icons on the west coast map.
[TUBES]: Who does the artwork for surftripmap?
[Simon]: Lars Seiffert and he’s a dude from Germany, Cologne.