Bodyboard magazines: the majority of the publications are now available exclusively online

Are you an avid bodyboard magazine collector? Do you miss reading the good, old boogie periodicals? Here's the complete list of worldwide bodyboarding publications.

When, in 1971, Tom Morey created the world's first bodyboard, he not only invented a new water sport, but he also paved the way for a whole new sports industry.

In less than a decade, there were companies selling bodyboards, leashes, swim fins, and many other bodyboarding accessories and gear. As a result, by the mid-1980s, the prone wave riding sport had acquired a planetary status.

The first bodyboarding magazines were released in the United States and Australia in the late 1980s. Interestingly, in 1985, and after conducting a market research, Surfing Magazine decided to launch a special issue called "Bodyboarding."

The publication was such a huge success that "Bodyboarding" became a quarterly magazine in 1986, and a bi-monthly publication in 1987.

But a vast majority of these magazines were short-lived. The cyclical global economic crisis and the advent of internet browsing killed many print editions, who were unable to find enough readers and sponsors.

The truth is that bodyboard mags were a great source of information for riders wishing to mimic their idols' tricks and maneuvers and were an essential tool in the initial spreading of the sport to the masses.

They featured exclusive interviews with the stars, exotic bodyboarding trips to unchartered territories and spectacular photo galleries with pictures taken where the action was.

Readers collected every issue of their favorite bodyboarding magazines and, over time, they became rarities available in online auction websites, and sold for high prices.

Today, you'll find it difficult to buy a physical boogie riding magazine, as many of the world's most famous publications went exclusively online.

Take a look at the complete list of bodyboard magazines and their birth years:

USA

 

A-Frame (2005)

A-Frame Magazine

 

BBR Mag (2011)

BBR Magazine

 

Bodyboarder International Magazine (1991)

Bodyboarder International Magazine (BIM)

 

Bodyboarding (1986)

Bodyboarding Magazine

 

Crysis Bodyboard

Crysis Bodyboard

 

Option

Option Magazine

 

Pit

Pit Magazine

 

Riders of Tubes (RoT)

Riders of Tubes (RoT)

 

Surge Bodyboarding (2010)

Surge Bodyboarding Magazine

 

South Africa

 

Logic Bodyboarding Magazine (2004)

Logic Bodyboarding Magazine

 

Sixty40 (2007)

Sixty40 Magazine

 

ZigZag Bodyboarding Magazine > South African Bodyboarding Magazine

ZigZag Bodyboarding Magazine

 

Japan

 

Flipper Bodyboarding

Flipper Bodyboarding Magazine

 

Argentina

 

South People (2014)

South People Magazine

 

UK

 

British Sponger (1998)

British Sponger

 

LiD (2012)

LiD Magazine

 

ThreeSixty

ThreeSixty

 

Australia

 

Australian Bodyboarder (1990)

Australian Bodyboarder Magazine

 

Dropknee Magazine

Dropknee Magazine

 

Le Boogie (2009)

Le Boogie Magazine

 

Movement (2002)

Movement Magazine

 

Riptide (1989)

Riptide Magazine

 

Rush

Rush Magazine

 

France

 

Bodyboard Air Force

Bodyboard Air Force Magazine

 

Bodyboard Magazine

Bodyboard Magazine

 

Bodyrider

Bodyrider

 

Spinair

Spinair Magazine

 

Spain

 

Meduxa (2003)

Meduxa Magazine

 

Portugal

 

Bodyboard Portugal (1991)

Bodyboard Portugal

 

Supastar (2012)

Supastar Bodyboard Magazine

 

Vert (1994)

Vert Magazine

 

Brazil

 

Bodyboarding Style

Bodyboarding Style Magazine

 

Fluir Bodyboard

Fluir Bodyboard Magazine

 

Ride It! (1996)

Ride It! Magazine


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