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Sad to report that after 60 years Surfer magazine has taken its last ride to shore. For some of us it was a way of connecting with the sport that seemed to go on forever. But its a digital social media world today and publications like Longboarder, Surfing, Surfer and others just are destined to slip away. Thanks John Severson for dreaming the dream and taking us along for the ride of our lives.

Happy Sunsets!

I was a subsriber to it for a year. (The postage from the U.S.A.
to Germany had been high even in the mid 1970s).
However I remember one shot which I framed later and donatet as a birthday
gift to a friend with whom I still am in contact after 45 years.
Jim Pewter used the foto for his double album "Surfin´ Roots" as well.

Last edited: Oct 07, 2020 04:00:12

I have a lot of Surfer magazines from the 80s/90s and 00's. It was very influential back then and I think it helped shaped the attitude and expectations of surfers. It used to be very hard to find here in the UK, then suddenly it was available in high street newsagents. Then suddenly it wasn't!

For me, it never really recovered from the credit crisis and the economic contraction of that time. It lost touch with the average surfer and focussed on dream waves and locations, like every other surf magazine. Some of the writing in Surfer was creative, inspiring and impeccable. The collectors issues are just that. Massive indulgent affairs that felt like a gift to the buyer.

I'm sad to see it fold, but not surprised. Times have changed and surfing and the magazine industry are not what they were.

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