Surfing Magazine

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Surfing Magazine
Surfing Magazine.jpg
CategoriesSports magazine
Total circulation
(December 2011)
First issueDecember 1964 (1964-December)
Final issueJanuary 2017
CompanyMotor Trend Group
Based inSan Clemente, California

Surfing Magazine, originally titled International Surfing Magazine, was a magazine that was founded in 1964 by Orange County local Dick Graham and surf photographer Leroy Grannis. Later the magazine was acquired by Adrian B. Lopez, a New York magazine publisher who relocated the magazine to the east coast. Eventually the title became Surfing Magazine and moved to Southern California.

In 1980, Australian millionaire Clyde Packer bought the magazine after leaving his native Australia and settling in Laguna Beach and ultimately, Santa Barbara. The magazine moved its offices to San Clemente where it was published for more than 15 years before being purchased by Primedia, and later purchased again by supermarket magnate Ron Burkle's Source Interlink. Always in competition with nearby Surfer Magazine, ultimately both magazines came under the ownership of Source Interlink.

In November 1995, the magazine's Senior Editor Skip Snead worked with Santa Cruz aerial innovator Shawn "Barney" Barron to develop the Surfing Magazine "Airshow" an aerial surfing competition.[2]

Surfing Magazine was the official magazine for Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and the National Scholastic Surfing Association. Many popular features include Annual Green Issue and Annual Swimsuit Issue, Shaper of the Year, and International Surfing Day.[3]

In January 2017, the magazine's owners, TEN: The Enthusiast Network, announced that Surfing Magazine would cease its print edition and its digital assets would be folded into fellow TEN title and longtime competitor Surfer.[4] The last issue of the magazine appeared in January 2017.[5]


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved April 28, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Airshow". Encyclopedia of Surfing by Matt Warshaw. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  3. ^ SURFING Magazine Announces Carbon Neutrality,'s Profile
  4. ^ "TEN Shutters Surfing Magazine". Folio. January 28, 2017. Retrieved January 26, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Surfing Magazine drops print edition". Surfer Today. January 24, 2017. Retrieved March 3, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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