Eastern Surf Magazine shuts down print edition

The most important surf publication on the US East Coast will no longer be available on the newsstands.

The last printed edition on the shelves was Issue 2013, released in September 2017. But the Eastern Surf Magazine (ESM) will continue alive and pumping, as it will make a full transition to the digital world.

Eastern Surf Magazine was founded by photographers Dick Meseroll and Tom Dugan in May 1991. The Floridian-based periodical was published eight times a year, and it was 100 percent free.

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Ian Walsh and Paige Alms win the 2017 Peahi Challenge

Ian Walsh and Paige Alms have taken out the 2017 Peahi Challenge, in Maui, Hawaii.

The second event on the Big Wave Tour (BWT) calendar got underway in 35-to-45-foot waves, in what was labeled a gold coefficient contest, the highest possible BWT rating.

The giant mountains of water caused unbelievable wipeouts. There were surfers being hit on the head by cascading walls of water, elevator drops, no-exit tube rides, and those rare and perfect left-handers.

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Kelly Slater's Surf Ranch Florida to open 2019 in Palm Beach

Florida will get the world's first public surf pool using the Kelly Slater Wave Company (KSWC) technology.

The man-made wave pool complex has been given the green light by the Palm Beach County authorities. The construction will begin in 2018, and the surf park will open in 2019.

"It's official. We have a building permit in Palm Beach County for Surf Ranch Florida. I'm beyond proud and stoked to see the first of our developments at KSWC going to my home state," said surfer-businessman Kelly Slater.

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