Movement Magazine: returning with Ben Player after a four-year hiatus

Movement Magazine is back after a four-year hiatus. Ben Player, Tyge Landa, and their crew are looking forward to wipe the dust off the desk.

The iconic Australian bodyboarding publication announced its return to the shelves with Jason Finlay on the cover, an exclusive Mitch Rawlins Q&A, secret waves in Scotland, and interviews with Dave Winchester, Lewy Finnegan, Mike Stewart, Amaury Lavernhe.

The new Movement Magazine will also feature a profile with renowned photographer Chris Burkard and a group chat with the likes of Creed McTaggart, Kai Neville, and Craig Anderson about their thoughts on bodyboarding.

The mag is currently available for pre-order, and it will hit the streets on the 10th December 2016. Expect no less than 200 pages of hot words, and adrenaline-fueled pictures.

Three-time world champion Ben Player is the magazine's publisher, and he believes Movement has what it takes to conquer the hearts of the readers. Player told SurferToday how he plans to keep the project alive for a long time.

Why have you decided to relaunch Movement?

For me personally, creating magazines is about an opportunity to be creative and to be able to create something that is tangible, collectible and lasting, which is kind of hard to do these days when you think about it.

The most used forms of media these days is social media, and the only opportunity you really get to be creative is what filter you're going to put on the shots, and then they're flicked past in a moment and lost to a hard drive in Delaware.

Whereas a magazine has very few limitations - you're given 200 blank pages, and you can do whatever you want with it, and I think all of the crew (John Agnew, Josh Tabone, Tyge Landa and Ryan Pernofski), found the challenge pretty exciting and appealing.

How do you plan to keep the project financially healthy?

To begin with, we don't have any big goals of making money out of this. We're just passionate about making magazines and making something that represents us as bodyboarders and something that we're proud of.

But there are high costs involved with publishing a 200-page magazine which weighs one kilogram, and we're fortunate enough to have some great support from our industry and our readers who fund the project.

Who's the team behind the relaunch?

I was approached by Tyge Landa a few years ago to relaunch the magazine, and I was all for it. Then we slowly organized a crew of like-minded guys and before we knew it, we had a team, and we were ready to publish.

John Agnew is the guy with the magic pen and writes everything from captions to departments, like our Tunnel Vision Department in Issue 43 which is one centimeter wide and two kilometers deep.

Josh Tabone is the Photo Editor and managed Sales, Tyge Landa is Editor-in-Chief and Advertising Manager, and Ryan Pernofski is our guru Graphic Designer who has had extensive experience in book and magazine publishing. Once we had the crew, the rest was easy.

How's bodyboarding in Australia?

I think it's doing great. It's the same as it is probably everywhere in the world where it isn't in the mainstream like stand up surfing, but there are pockets throughout Australia and the world where it is booming.

Our goal as a publication is to gather up all of the troops and make them feel like they're a part of something, a part of Movement I guess. And by the reaction from the world, I think it has been received that way; we're super stoked on how excited people are about relaunching.