Preview of Surfing
on the Cape Fear Coast
Download 6MB PDF of selected pages
Article on recently discovered 1909 postcard - that re-writes surfing history for the East Coast.
Links from the Author
64 Productions LTD.
WB Live Surf.com
Skate & Surf
National Speed, Inc.
Surfing Heritage Foundation
Skipper is a renown Cape
Fear Coast pioneer surfer and waterman. He is known
for his humor, perseverance and unsinkable nature.
He grew up on the Cape Fear Coast, started his apprenticeship
in surfing in the mid 1950s, played around with balsa
surfboards in the late 1950s and then helped popularize
stand up surfing by the early 1960s.
has worked as a horse stable owner and construction
manager, but beginning in 1968 and for more than
a third of a century, his work life was spent as
a professional ship or yacht captain. He has lived
life and ridden waves all over the Atlantic Ocean,
Pacific Ocean and elsewhere. As a well-seasoned traveler
and a master mariner, the treasures he liberated always
included good surf.
has been writing about surfing for over forty years
and serves as the native Cape Fear Coast’s
preeminent surfing historian. He currently resides
on the Cape Fear Coast with his wife and two children.
has been nominated for induction into the East Coast
Surfing Hall of Fame by Cecil Lear, President of
the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame and a Founder
of the Eastern Surfing Association. Prominent members
of surf media, manufacturing, design and athletism
have joined forces to support Joseph "Skipper" Funderburg's
enshrinement into the East Coast Surfing Hall of
Fame. Skipper truely deserves this honor and recognition!
SCFC News & Events
Upcoming Engagements & Signings
Let's Go Surfing Book Signing
Thursday - May 24, 2012 - 1pm to 6pm
Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Mayfaire Town Center
850 Inspiration Drive - Wilmington, NC 28405
Carolina & Kure Beach
Island Tackle & Hardware
The Book Shop
Sand Barz Surf & Skate
Island Ice Factory
Carolina Beach State Park
The Yankee Trader
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Surf City Surf Shop
Sweetwater Surf Shop
Wrightsville Beach Museum
Barnes & Noble
Aussie Island Surf Shop
Momentum Surf Shop
Two Sister's Bookery
Hot Wax Surf Shop
NOFO - The Forum, Market & Cafe
Spinnaker Surf Shop
DoubleWide Skate & Surf
Sidearm Surf & Skate
Quail Ridge Books and Music
July 10-12, 2009 - Friday ~ Sunday 8 AM until 5 PM
5th Annual Reef Sweetwater Pro - Am Surf Fest, Oceanic Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC
The surf was up for the the epic summer tradition, as Skipper joined the beach caluldron for another notable book signing. The competition was a mix of international and local East Coast surfers, convening to showcase a slew of goods and skills. The full capacity crowd, observed one of the largest surfing contests on the East Coast, as professional competitors vied for the $20,000 prize purse. Skipper was humbled by the healthy spectacle and the welcome reception from the thousands of spectators, contest officials, sponsers, competitors and The Town of Wrightsville Beach.
July 13, 2009 - Monday, 7 PM - 8 PM
WHQR 91.3 FM and Star News Prologue Book Club Interview
Join Ben Steelman of the Star News, as he endorses Surfing on the Cape Fear Coast, a notable work by regional author, Joseph "Skipper" Funderburg. Skipper and Daniel Ray Norris, Publisher will be present for the live interview about Skipper's book, which has been heralded as an extremely creative and colorful retrospective of Cape Fear Coast surfing history.
June 20, 2009 - Saturday - 10am
Tower 7 Baja Mexican Grill and Cafe Del Mar - 1 Stone Street - Wrightsville Beach
Skipper's at it again. He'll be sellin' and signin' copies of SCFC. Come on by and meet, greet and eat at Tower 7 while you are there!
Skipper has been making the rounds on television spreading the good news about Surfing on the Cape Fear Coast. Skipper appeared on WWAY TV 3 Book Corner, May 8th, then was invited to appear on the Cape Fear Pride show, May 20th. Skipper is also attending official board meetings of local goverenments, providing notification of the recent discovery of 1909 & 1912 North Carolina surfing images. A few are, New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting, May 18; Town of Wrightsville Beach Board of Alderman Regular Meeting, May 28; Town of Carolina Beach Regular Board of Alderman Meeting, June 9; Town of Kure Beach Regular Board of Alderman Meeting, June 23. Renown, as the Cape Fear coast's liveliest live wire, Skipper continues to keep 'em coming!
April 24 & 25, 2009
Wrightsville Beach Lifeguards Reunion
Skipper was honored to be a part of the event team and humbled by the presence of over 100 lifeguards and their families. Lifeguards representing seven decades were present, including several from the 1940's. Skipper delivered the keynote speech on the history of lifeguarding on the North Carolina coast. The sucessful event was blessed with the beautiful weather and the cougars were on the prowl for every girls summertime dream.
Wrightsville Beach Museum of History
303 West Salisbury Street
Wrightsville Beach, NC
21, 2009 - Saturday, 11am - 3pm
Kiss Winter Goodbye @ The NOFO Spring Fling - NOFO at the Forum
Book signing with local author - Skipper Funderburg
NOFO at The Forum
1125 Military Cutoff Road
Wilmington, NC 28405
28, 2009 - Saturday, 8am
Surf City Surf Shop - Wrightsville Beach - Annual Tent
Come on down to meet Skipper and help celebrate the global attention
Surfing on the Cape Fear Coast has been getting. The
Gianormas Tent Sale will sizzle the whole day long. It's guarenteed to put
a spring in your step and a special sparkle in the eye. Lady's Who Lunch Alert:
for one gorgeous day, meet Skipper next to the big top, in the Original's Tent.
Surf City Surf Shop
530 Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach, NC
27, 2008 - Saturday - 11am
Tower 7 Baja Mexican Grill and Cafe Del Mar - 1 Stone Street - Wrightsville Beach
Skipper will be on hand to sign books and chat about surfing and all
things related. This will be the last surf and sign for 2008. Tower 7 has the
most excellent tuna tacos and guac that can be had this side of the Baja peninsula.
Grab a bite and chat Skipper up.
20, 2008 - 11am - 3pm
Surf City Surf Shop - Wrightsville Beach
Meet Skipper & the Surf Scribe's for book signing at the exciting
Surf City Surf Shop, Wrightsville Beach. Find Skipper
in the Hall, between the racks and the stacks. One stop shopping anyone?
NOFO Restaurant and Gifts - The Forum, Wilmington
From 11am to 3pm, Saturday. Even though it
is getting mighty close to the Christmas smack down,
it will not be too late to get a copy of SCFC. Skipper
will be playing Santa Claus and he will be glad to
personalize a copy for you.
Federal Point Historic Preservation Society - Carolina
Beach book signing
Four, count 'em four, SlapDash authors will be at your beck and call
to discuss and sign a total of 5 SlapDash titles. 11am
at the History Center behind Carolina Beach Town Hall.
Pomegranate Books - book signing
Skipper will be on hand Tuesday, from 7 to 9pm, to sign and sell SCFC.
Please stop by to chat and get your copy signed.
Eastern Surf Magazine
Wow! I think I can now honestly say that SCFC has garnered more wonderfully
positive publicity than any other SlapDash title. Just yesterday we received
a copy of the latest Eastern Surf Magazine - the preeminent periodical for all
things related to the sport on the east coast, and it had a glowing review of
SCFC. Check it out below in Media Buzz.
The Surfrider Foundation Clean Water Classic - Wrightsville Beach
Skipper will be there for a book signing. More details as they emerge.
Our State Magazine
We got a call from a mystery lady the other
day. She asked could she buy "that wonderful surfing
book that she read about in Our State Magazine". Well,
we weren't sure what she was talking about until we
got our hands on the October issue of said magazine
- Not just any magazine but the "créme de la créme"
of all magazines that are NC oriented. And lo' and
behold - Surfing on the Cape Fear Coast is featured
in the book section. What a slap in the head that was!
See link below in the Media Buzz section.
Signing at Wrightsville Beach, NC
East Coast Wahine Championships
Skipper was " in the house" at the East Coast Wahine Championships
- August 16-17th, 2008. The ECWC is the largest all-female
surfing contest on the American East Coast and beyond. During the two days
of comraderie and fabulous surfing competition, Skipper was present to sign
beacoup copies of his book. During the surf action event, Skipper was tickled
pink to promote SCFC, as the first book to chronicle and examine the surfing
history in southeastern North Carolina. Yep, just in time for back to school,
SCFC has found it's way into local libraries and schools for students to use
for reports, essays and research. It's textbook season!
Book signing at The Beach House Bar and Grill, Wilmington
Benefit for Surfers Healing,
Wrightsville Beach Chapter
Slapdash Publishing, LLC donated a portion
of the sale of each Surfing on the Cape Fear
Coast book to Surfers Healing Wrightsville Beach
Chapter. Two boss bands, a variety of raffles
and a couple of hundred happy people made the
day a keeper. Good food, cold bevy's and good
StarNews Coverage by Ben Steelman
Ben Steelman, genius writer for the StarNews in Wilmington, penned a HUGE article
detailing Surfing on the Cape Fear Coast. Skipper and I have been anticipating
the article for a few weeks and we were rewarded with a tremendous and informative
article. We garnered a spot on the front page (top left) and more than a page
and a half of actual article in the Today section. We are completely stoked!
See for yourself.
Part 1 (front page blurb), Part
Signing at Britt's Donuts
Bobby Nivens owner and head donut maker at Britt's Donuts, the Boardwalk
- Carolina Beach, invited me and Skipper to have a book signing this 4th of July.
Skipper and I signed some books, played games of chance (I believe illegal in
NC!) and dined with the donut shop staff on a delicious lunch cooked for us by
Maxine Nivens, Bobby's wife and local donut queen. Skipper and I gave away some
limited edition bumper stickers and generally had a good ol' time. The day before,
we met at Barnes and Noble to deliver our flammin' hot
hot hot selling books. I snapped a picture of Skipper at the
North Carolina shelf which prominently featured the most popular (and currently
only - but not for long) 3 SlapDash titles. Top shelf all the way baby!
Two Sisters Bookery, located in the Cotton Exchange, has arranged to
have Skipper come to their store on June 21 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm to sign his book.
The public is invited to attend.
Join Skipper and Daniel this
Monday at "The Book Shop" at Carolina
The Book Shop is inside the Snow's Cut Monthly officies.
Skipper will be there signing his new book June 9.
Starts around 5:30 pm.
NC Boating Lifestyles Magazine
Page 1, Page
Local Sessions Magazine
Dec 08 - Jan 09
Our State Magazine
1 (blurb), Part
StarNews - Today Section
July 6, 2008
Cut Monthly, June
of Vintage Surfing. Makes a great companion to
on the Cape Fear Coast, Order
Cut Monthly, May 2008
Gazette, May 21, 2008
News, May 2008
May 2008, PDF
Board Shorts Article
Snow's Cut - The Book Shop
Waves of Local Surf History
Joseph "Skipper" Funderburg spent his childhood
on the Cape Fear Coast, catching waves in the 1950s,
one of the area’s early surfers. His love for the
water kept him close to home and as an adult, he became
a professional yacht captain. As his connection to and
understanding of our coastal waters grew, so did his
desire to share his knowledge about the last 40 years
of local surfing.
The result is Surfing on the Cape Fear Coast, an
inspirational must-see for local surfers. Published by SlapDash Publishing,
this beautiful coffee table book offers colorful maps,
timelines and photographs along with great graphics that
capture the history of surfing at Wrightsville and Carolina
at Surf City Surf Shop, Sweetwater Surf Shop, Wrightsville
Beach Museum of History, Barnes & Noble
and Aussie Island Surf Shop.
— Rachel Dickerson