Surfing Magazine drops print edition

January 24, 2017 | Surfing
Surfing Magazine: 1964-2017

Surfing Magazine, the monthly surf publication founded in 1964, will close its doors.

The iconic magazine started Leroy Grannis, and Dick Graham will merge with her older sister, Surfer Magazine, on February 1, 2017.

Surfing Magazine had never had an easy ride. In the 1960s, a few years after hitting the shelves, the publication lived rough times and nearly disappeared. Nevertheless, it survived five different ownerships from 1964 to 1979.

In the 1980s, surf photographers Aaron Chang and Jeff Hornbaker, alongside writers Sam George, Dave Parmenter, Chris Carter, Bill Sharp, and Nick Carroll, helped boost the sales and notoriety of the title.

Surfing Magazine was targeted at a younger audience, but always made an effort to please a mature public eager to know more about the world, distant surf spots, and exotic cultures.

The publication was known for its focus on photography, young guns, and progressive surfing. By 2002, Surfing Magazine's monthly circulation was around 120,000.

In 2013, Transworld Surf stopped being printed. Now, the historic publication owned by The Enthusiast Network ceases its print edition, and will no longer arrive in the surfers' mail.

Surfing Magazine's website will be redirected to Surfer, and a large majority of its assets - including Swell Watch - will also be transferred to the "Bible of Surfing."