Surfer (magazine)

Surfer is an American monthly surfing culture magazine, published by American Media.

Surfer
Surfer Magazine Cover April, 2011
EditorTodd Prodanovich
CategoriesSports magazine
FrequencyMonthly
Total circulation
(December 2011)
101,270[1]
FounderJohn Severson
Year founded1962 (1962)
CompanyAmerican Media
CountryUnited States
Based inCarlsbad, California, U.S.
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.surfer.com
ISSN0039-6036

History

The magazine was founded by John Severson[2] (1933–2017) in 1962[3] as a program to accompany his yearly surf films. Severson was motivated by a desire to counter what he saw as negative effects of the popularization of surfing by the 1959 film Gidget - as he would recall later: "Surfers hated those Hollywood surf films, and I could see that Surfer could create a truer image of the sport."[3] Severson's photography, art and sense of humor set the pace for the future of Surfer, which quickly grew to be a reflection of the sport and culture, as well as a sounding board for surfers and environmental activists. Its editor-in-chief is Todd Prodanovich; the photo editor is Grant Ellis.

The magazine was started as quarterly and then, became bi-monthly.[2] By the early 1970s, when Severson sold Surfer for an undisclosed amount, it had about 100,000 readers.[3]

References

  1. "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  2. Magazine Publishing. Clinton Gilkie. p. 16. GGKEY:84J4SXB4BU6. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  3. Goldstein, Richard (2017-05-29). "John Severson, trailblazer of surf media and culture, dies". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
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