American Windsurfer: launched in 1993 and often considered one of the best windsurf magazines ever published

Although a very young water sport, windsurfing has seen the birth, birth, and rebirth of several sailboard-oriented magazines.

The windsurf magazine boom took place in the early 1980s when the sport of boardsailing became a gigantic success in the European markets, especially in France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

The sailboard would eventually secure an Olympic status, opening the way to the release of multiple periodical windsurfing publications. Unfortunately, only a few resisted the test of time and the internet.

In the early windsurfing days, it was not unusual to find semi-naked windsurfer girls on the covers of some open-minded and liberal European magazines.

Because it continues to be a niche sport, windsurfing magazines saw the number of subscribers decline over time as more and more readers adopted daily updates, online resources, and websites.

With the adverse economic cycles of the end of the 20th century and the increase in printing costs, publications that were exclusively supported by advertising deals were forced to shut down or move to the digital world.

The introduction of kiteboarding in the sailing market and the decline in gear sales eventually took down the remaining publications that were still trying to survive the new global dynamic.

Today, there is still a handful of printed magazines releasing exclusive stories on top performers, in-depth gear tests and analysis, and road trip adventures to the world's most remote sailing regions.

Let's take a look at the windsurf magazines of the world.

USA

 

American Windsurfer (1993)

American Windsurfer Magazine

 

New England Windsurfing Journal

New England Windsurfing Journal

 

WindRider

WindRider Magazine

 

Windsport

Windsport Magazine

 

Windsurf - The International Boardsailing Magazine

Windsurf - The International Boardsailing Magazine

 

Windsurfing

Windsurfing Magazine

 

Windsurfing Now

Windsurfing Now Magazine

 

Australia

 

Freesail

Freesail Magazine

 

Windsurfer

Windsurfer Magazine

 

Germany

 

Surf

Surf Magazine

 

Windsurfing Jahrbuch

Windsurfing Jahrbuch

 

Netherlands

 

Motion Windsurf

Motion Windsurf Magazine

 

Japan

 

Hi-Wind Windsurfing Graphic

Hi-Wind Windsurfing Graphic Magazine

 

UK

 

Boards

Boards Magazine

 

Windsurf

Windsurf Magazine

 

Windsurfer International

Windsurfer International

 

Windsurfing UK

Windsurfing UK

 

New Zealand

 

New Zealand Windsurfer

New Zealand Windsurfer Magazine

 

Wind & Kite

Wind & Kite Magazine

 

Greece

 

Surf+Ski

Surf+Ski Magazine

 

France

 

Planche Mag

Planche Magazine

 

Wind Magazine

Wind Magazine

 

Italy

 

4Windsurf

4Windsurf Magazine

 

Albaria

Albaria Magazine

 

Funboard

Funboard Magazine

 

Surf

Surf - Rivista Mensile di Surf a Vela

Wind News (1989)

Wind News Magazine

 

Windsurf Italia

Windsurf Italia Magazine

 

Spain

 

Fuerza 7

Fuerza 7 Magazine

 

Surf A Vela

Surf A Vela Magazine


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