By: Aaron Austin, True O’Neill
and Joseph Licata
If you live in New York and New Jersey and spend any time in the water, you’ve probably met Ed and Julien. Over the last four years they’ve been masterfully arranging a snapshot of the surf culture for their coffee table book, that couldn’t be dropping at a better time, called Ice Cream Headaches.
A book of portraits, interviews and essays, Ice Cream Headaches documents the passion, creativity and humor that so perfectly reflects the surf culture in New York and New Jersey.
Head over and support Ed and Julien’s Indiegogo page to pre-order a copy today.
Julien: Ed, after 3 years of chasing people, swells and the best cookies in NY & NJ, how do you feel about the whole project?
Ed: To be honest it’s been getting better and better, especially now we have a finished design we are happy with. I think at the beginning it was really hard to visualise what all that work would look like at the end. Some of the early decisions we made, like how we would definitely meet, photograph and interview everyone in person, have, I think, paid off. The support we’ve been getting from our friends and the community has been a huge reward for all the work.
Ed: For you, what has been the hardest decision we’ve made during the process and why?
Julien: The editing process was painful. We got more material than we have the space for and we are left with some quite good content. I guess that makes the final selection stronger. I also wish we could have continued the project on. There are so many fascinating people to meet in those two states. Hopefully that will inspire or piss off some people enough to create another version of it!
Ed: Which is your favorite East Coast board and why?
Julien: Joseph Falcone shaped me two boards that make an excellent quiver for the East Coast! A 7’0 single fin pintail and a 5’11 fish. The single fin works well in chest high and up waves. I love this one because it paddles really good and gets you early into waves. When you wear so much neoprene in the winter it makes a huge difference. However the fish has been my favorite board. It’s super fast, really fun, works in most conditions and it’s just incredibly beautiful.
Julien: What is the most incredible board you saw through that project?
Ed: Tony Caramanico had this Bahne mid-length single fin that looked insanely fun. It had swirled red resin on the deck, and then just a solid deep blood red resin on the bottom. It looked kind of devilish. It was such an unusual shape. I could almost hear it calling out to me, saying: “Distract Tony, put me in your car while he’s not looking.” It haunts me to this day.
Ed: What’s going to be our next project dude? I was thinking we save up and take a few months to tackle Queensland and New South Wales...
Julien: It would take a few decades so you’d better have that saving account filled to the top.
Julien: Did this project inspire you to take-on more writing endeavors?
Ed: Good question. I came to this project as a writer with very little experience. I had written for various blogs, magazines and for some of the startups I’d worked for. But writing is a very challenging discipline and it takes an incredible amount of energy and work. It’s painfully slow most of the time. In short though, yes, it has inspired me to keep writing. I am very interested to delve further into the stories of some of the people we met. I am also working on a piece about storm systems in the Atlantic. It’s slowly coming together!
Ed: What is the biggest thing you learned in the process of making this book, photographically or otherwise?
Julien: When it comes to photography, I learn quite a bit through this project. The surf photography is quite steep to get into. However the most interesting part was to learn how to exchange with people, study the faces in a limited amount of time and somehow get a good portrait.