Surfer (magazine)

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Surfer (magazine) 2011 April.jpg
Surfer Magazine Cover April, 2011
EditorTodd Prodanovich
CategoriesSports magazine
Total circulation
(December 2011)
FounderJohn Severson
Year founded1962; 57 years ago (1962)
CompanyAmerican Media
CountryUnited States
Based inCarlsbad, California, U.S.

Surfer is an American monthly surfing culture magazine, published by American Media.


The magazine was founded by John Severson[2] (1933–2017) in 1962[3] as a program to accompany his yearly surf films.[citation needed] 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."[3] 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?]

The magazine was started as quarterly and then, became bi-monthly.[2] By the early 1970s, when Severson sold Surfer for an undisclosed amount, it had about 100,000 readers.[3]


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Magazine Publishing. Clinton Gilkie. p. 16. GGKEY:84J4SXB4BU6. Retrieved 30 November 2015.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Goldstein, Richard (2017-05-29). "John Severson, trailblazer of surf media and culture, dies". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-05-30.

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