The Surfer's Journal Volume 23 No. 3
The Surfer's Journal

The Surfer's Journal Volume 23 No. 3

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Why We Like It

Not much needs to be said about this long fabled surfing periodical. Interesting features coupled with some of the most striking & artisitic surfing imagery around.

The Surfer’s Journal is a unique form of periodical, different from most other magazines. In fact, they don't consider themselves a magazine—more of a cross between a soft-cover book and a magazine.

As a reader-supported surf publication, with just six sponsors in each 132-page issue, they're almost all editorial. They delve into topics that get little attention elsewhere, covering travel adventures, surfboard design, profiles of surfing’s most colorful subjects, and the choicest surf photography in every issue.


The elemental surf experience—the riding of a wave— is a hemp hawser. It has heft. It is simple to take in at a glance. It has a single purpose. But out there on its working end, it explodes into a thousand yarns. The best a single issue of TSJ can hope to accomplish is to identify a dozen-or-so of these, and braid them together into some sort of resolution. Over the course of a year, our six issues can be twisted into a representation of what the surfing life has meant over the last twelve months. It’s no yearbook, as we include historical context and much editorial subjectivity, but if we’re doing our job, the results are timely. That’s what we strive for. This issue is feeling good. We hope you enjoy it.