Eastern Surf Magazine shuts down print edition

October 30, 2017 | Surfing
Eastern Surf Magazine: founded in 1991 by Dick Meseroll and Tom Dugan

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.

In a country where West Coast surf magazines tend to ignore the East Coast surfing scene, ESM played a crucial in the development of Atlantic surfing.

In its 26 years of existence, ESM had its controversial moments, but it has also stood as the lighthouse of the regional surfing movement, keeping a close connection to its audience.

Eastern Surf Magazine: the first (1991) and the last issue (2017)

The East Coast surfing community has always shown appreciation and respect for their idols and heroes. Kelly Slater, CJ Hobgood, and Lisa Andersen won a total of 16 world titles, and the ESM was always present, as their careers took off.

"We will continue to support our surfing communities and businesses along with cultivating and providing a forum to showcase the talents of surfers, writers and photographers just as we have for over a quarter of a century in Eastern Surf Magazine," note Dugan and Meseroll.

"We'd like to send all our love, respect and bottomless appreciation to the readers, subscribers, surf shops, advertisers, photographers, videographers, writers, interns, trade show friends and supporters of every kind with a huge shout out to all the shapers and board builders out there who make surfing a wave happen."

Eastern Surf Magazine will continue online at easternsurf.com.