The Surfer's Journal is the preeminent publication in surfing; a bi-monthly magazine that chronicles surfing and surf culture in a considered and timeless fashion. The Journal is a reader supported publication that is printed on FSC certified paper and is a member of 1% For The Planet. Imported directly from the publishers in California, Otter Surfboards are one of the few outlets in the UK where you can pick up a copy. If you would like any specific back orders, please contact us and we'll order them in for you.
TSJ 29.3 spins its compass from dodging landmines in the Falklands, to an unassisted paddle journey from Alaska to Cabo, and to the river-wave surf scene springing up in Boise, Idaho. Shaper Donald Brink’s experimentations in surfboard sonics and Martin Machado’s oceanic etchings provide doses of written and visual portraiture, while the portfolio of Sarah Lee, Derek Dunfee’s intimate look at the modern big-wave stage, and Brad Barrett’s 1960s retrospective offer photographic page studies.
Issue 29.2 treks through the Western Australian wilderness looking for empty setups, tests twin-fins at an off-grid Mexican beach break, and recounts some of surfing’s most notorious travel disasters. Essayist Ralph Sneeden’s reflections on bi-coastal identity and shaper-artist Trey Edwards home in Daytona Beach hit on cultural points, while Todd Glaser’s underwater photography and John Respondek’s highlights from six weeks in Indonesia provide visual counterbalance.
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Issue 28.6 On the cover: Framed in the strobes of citified light, Hawaiian surfer-chemist Cliff Kapono reflects silently at the fountainhead of surfing life: Waikiki. Inside the flaps, the new issue journeys from the wood mill that launched surfing’s balsa revolution and to modern caravan camping in Western Australia, from atoll searching in remote French Polynesian to surf-skating concrete pipes in the Arizona desert. The ocean-infused artwork of John Millei, Waikiki under the blanket of night, and Nolan Hall’s photographs of surfing’s offbeat “athletes” add visual high points.
Issue 25.3 Inside pages range from the diamond- and surf-rich coastlines of Africa to an atoll in the Indian Ocean. Tintypes from photographer Bernard Testemale, time-bending imagery from Jay Mark Johnson, and the back-alley noir and shorefront vibrancy of Town lend lights and darks.
Interior spreads of TSJ 24.5 visit the alleys and shore dump of Cabo, examine modern tech performance with Dane Reynolds, sample the flash art of ink-worker Brodie Jackson, and take a deep draught of West Oz’s good oil.
Issue 24.4 is bookended by a North Shore appointment with Mason Ho and a Portuguese tube session with Kelly Slater. The rest of the book wanders from a snowbound slab in the Baltic Sea to the architecture-and-design studio of Stephen Alesch. The swamps of Florida, the pop iconography of Mike Salisbury, some overland routes through Java, and the pine forests of the Pacific Northwest make an appearance. The package is rounded out with features on graphic sensei Mike Salisbury, Java by land, and pack-surfing the Pacific Northwest.
Issue 24.3 Includes an article with us as the subject, penned by Daniel Crockett. SOLD OUT - contact us to get back orders.
Bodysurf legend Glen “Redwings” Whitford (RIP) soaks the ink on page one of issue 24.2. The book expands from there. Ryan Burch and Ozzie Wright seek out the duende in the muscular left points of South America, a Japanese triptych covers the macro and micro experiences of surf-life in the Land of the Rising Sun, and other features range from a Hindu priest in Bali (who does five-foot airs), to the terrifying/wondrous paintings of fine artist William Mackinnon.
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