Indoek’s New Book Shares a Glimpse Into the Homes of Creative Surfers

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By Paige Alexus / Published by Dwell
After visiting the dwellings of countless surfers from all over the world for four years, Indoek is getting ready to launch its first book that celebrates the surfing world’s creative individuals, their beloved homes, and how they live their lives outside of the swell.

When Matt Titone and Drew Innis first dreamed up Indoek around 2008, they thought it was going to be a production company for a surf film they were working on—and planned to create a blog where they could post content related to the film. Fast-forward almost 10 years later and it’s now a thriving site that’s become a visual paradise for anyone who is an admirer of the creative surf lifestyle. Today, it’s run by Titone and Ron Thompson, both graphic designers who also happen to run their own Los Angeles-based creative studio, ITAL/C.

Indoek’s New Book Shares a Glimpse Into the Homes of Creative Surfers - Photo 1 of 11 - Published by Gestalten and produced by Indoek, Surf Shacks will officially launch to the public on March 7.

Published by Gestalten and produced by Indoek, Surf Shacks will officially launch to the public on March 7.

One of the blog’s shining stars is its Surf Shack series, which has taken Titone and Thompson into countless homes of surfers who have welcomed them into their eclectic private domains, shown them their quirky treasures from their travels, and given them a peek into their lives. Titone explains, "We wanted to celebrate surfers who are in the creative industry—designers, architects, photographers, artists—the folks who may or may not be professional surfers, but who have creative professions and live their lives through that spirit. That’s us. We find that interesting." 

Indoek’s New Book Shares a Glimpse Into the Homes of Creative Surfers - Photo 2 of 11 - Damion Fuller and Fern Levack live with their son Jake in an A-framed tree house that’s nestled in a forested grove directly next to Royal National Park—just an hour outside of Sydney. This view gives a peek at just one of his quivers from his incredibly extensive surfboard collection.

Damion Fuller and Fern Levack live with their son Jake in an A-framed tree house that’s nestled in a forested grove directly next to Royal National Park—just an hour outside of Sydney. This view gives a peek at just one of his quivers from his incredibly extensive surfboard collection.

Officially launching on March 7 and published by Gestalten, Surf Shacks is a compilation of these welcoming encounters and proves that a home can mean so many different things—from midcentury abodes to sprinter vans and shacks—but they all embody a common love for surfing. Designed by ITAL/C and written and illustrated by Titone—who also took many of the photos—the book begins by saying, "Surfers are not defined by their homes, but rather by the experiences they gather in the water and around the world." Make sure to reserve your copy here and follow Indoek’s Dwell profile for the series' latest installments. 

Indoek’s New Book Shares a Glimpse Into the Homes of Creative Surfers - Photo 3 of 11 - Though Strider Wasilewski has lived in Malibu for 14 years, he just finished building this house in Point Dume from the ground up with his wife Lily. They live here with their two sons, their dog Bear 13, and another kid on the way.

Though Strider Wasilewski has lived in Malibu for 14 years, he just finished building this house in Point Dume from the ground up with his wife Lily. They live here with their two sons, their dog Bear 13, and another kid on the way.

Indoek’s New Book Shares a Glimpse Into the Homes of Creative Surfers - Photo 4 of 11 - Randy Hild, a surf industry legend and founder of Roxy, moved into this midcentury home in Laguna Niguel two years ago. After searching for the right house for two full years, he bought this gem from its original owner and remodeled it to bring it up to date, while preserving as much as possible. 

Randy Hild, a surf industry legend and founder of Roxy, moved into this midcentury home in Laguna Niguel two years ago. After searching for the right house for two full years, he bought this gem from its original owner and remodeled it to bring it up to date, while preserving as much as possible. 

Indoek’s New Book Shares a Glimpse Into the Homes of Creative Surfers - Photo 5 of 11 - Grant Ellis has been a photo editor at Surfer Magazine for 13 years and lives in a quaint beach shack in Cardiff, California with his wife Julie, son Ethan, and daughter Kaia (shown here).

Grant Ellis has been a photo editor at Surfer Magazine for 13 years and lives in a quaint beach shack in Cardiff, California with his wife Julie, son Ethan, and daughter Kaia (shown here).

Indoek’s New Book Shares a Glimpse Into the Homes of Creative Surfers - Photo 6 of 11 - Known as the "unofficial ambassador of Tahiti," Raimana Van Bastolaer lives in a beach house right on the water in Papara on the south side of Tahiti. The bright details found throughout his home perfectly represent the personality that everyone in the surf industry calls up when they're looking for a good time in Tahiti.

Known as the "unofficial ambassador of Tahiti," Raimana Van Bastolaer lives in a beach house right on the water in Papara on the south side of Tahiti. The bright details found throughout his home perfectly represent the personality that everyone in the surf industry calls up when they're looking for a good time in Tahiti.

Indoek’s New Book Shares a Glimpse Into the Homes of Creative Surfers - Photo 7 of 11 - Janna Irons (a writer, brand strategist, and member of the royal Irons family) and Johnny Stifter (a writer, editor, and producer) recently dropped everything, downsized, and took off on a cross-country adventure in a newly-converted Dodge Springer van. 

Janna Irons (a writer, brand strategist, and member of the royal Irons family) and Johnny Stifter (a writer, editor, and producer) recently dropped everything, downsized, and took off on a cross-country adventure in a newly-converted Dodge Springer van. 

Indoek’s New Book Shares a Glimpse Into the Homes of Creative Surfers - Photo 8 of 11 - Raimana Van Bastolaer’s living room—his favorite part of his house—showcases a Gerry Lopez Board that Red Bull gave to him.

Raimana Van Bastolaer’s living room—his favorite part of his house—showcases a Gerry Lopez Board that Red Bull gave to him.

Indoek’s New Book Shares a Glimpse Into the Homes of Creative Surfers - Photo 9 of 11 - As a photographer with an obsession with the sea, Nick LaVecchia recently finished building his new eco-friendly home in York, Maine. He spent two years researching the technical side and benefits of passive solar design. He’s shown here carrying his 5’10" fish board that he made himself. He learned directly from his brother Mike, who started Grain Surfboards in 2005.

As a photographer with an obsession with the sea, Nick LaVecchia recently finished building his new eco-friendly home in York, Maine. He spent two years researching the technical side and benefits of passive solar design. He’s shown here carrying his 5’10" fish board that he made himself. He learned directly from his brother Mike, who started Grain Surfboards in 2005.

Indoek’s New Book Shares a Glimpse Into the Homes of Creative Surfers - Photo 10 of 11 - Russell Brownley (a director and DP of surf films) and Brianna Brownley (a footwear designer for Reef) call Carlsbad, California home, where they live with their newborn daughter, Magnolia. When looking for the right home base, they searched for a place that was unique and full of character, and immediately fell in love with this house that has an open-beamed ceiling.

Russell Brownley (a director and DP of surf films) and Brianna Brownley (a footwear designer for Reef) call Carlsbad, California home, where they live with their newborn daughter, Magnolia. When looking for the right home base, they searched for a place that was unique and full of character, and immediately fell in love with this house that has an open-beamed ceiling.

Indoek’s New Book Shares a Glimpse Into the Homes of Creative Surfers - Photo 11 of 11 - Grant Ellis’s wife Julie and daughter Kaia are shown here in their cozy, indigo-filled living room in Cardiff, California. 

Grant Ellis’s wife Julie and daughter Kaia are shown here in their cozy, indigo-filled living room in Cardiff, California. 

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Surf Shacks
Surf Shacks
As a surf culture blog that’s been shaped by a tight creative team—who also happens to run the Los Angeles-based design studio ITAL/C—Indoek has been steadily visiting and documenting the homes of creative surfers across the globe since they started their Surf Shack series. After countless encounters over the last four years, they’ve culminated their experiences in a book they just launched with Gestalten. Throughout the pages of Surf Shacks, you’ll be welcomed into an eclectic range of surfers’ homes, from Sprinter vans and beach shacks to cottages and midcentury abodes. As graphic designers who are also passionate about surfing, Indoek’s founders Matt Titone and Ron Thompson wanted to celebrate surfers in the creative industry, and show how a home can mean so many different things. Written and illustrated by Titone, he opens the book by saying, “Surfers are not defined by their homes, but rather by the experiences they gather in the water and around the world.” Make sure to pre-order your copy today.   Surf Shacks, Copyright Gestalten 2017
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