Surfer Magazine Cover April, 2011
|Based in||Carlsbad, California|
The magazine was founded by John Severson (1933–2017) in 1962 as a program to accompany his yearly surf films. Severson was motivated by a desire to counter what he saw as negative effects of the popularization of surfing by the 1959 film Gidget - as he would recall later: "Surfers hated those Hollywood surf films, and I could see that Surfer could create a truer image of the sport." Severson's photography, art and sense of humor set the pace for the future of Surfer, which quickly grew to be a reflection of the sport and culture, as well as a sounding board for surfers and environmental activists. Its editor-in-chief is Todd Prodanovich; the photo editor is Grant Ellis.[when?]
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