Surfer Spring 2020

We founded Surfer Magazine in 1960 with a mission: to bring our readers a slice of the entire surfing world with each issue. And for over four decades, we've made good on that promise. Every issue of Surfer is packed with spectacular award-winning photos, provocative interviews with the leading pros, and journeys to the coolest undiscovered surf spots. With your order you'll get the Annual Oversized Issue, the Buyer's Guide, and the Hot 100, featuring the world's best new surfers.

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8 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
sixty years of getting weird

“WARNING: THIS MAGAZINE CONTAINS SEX, VIOLENCE, DIRTY WORDS AND SIXTY-FOOT DISASTER WAVES. MAY BE HARMFUL TO ANYONE OVER 25.” That was a SURFER cover blurb from the magazine’s March, 1970 issue. SURFER had just turned 10, and then-25-year-old editor Drew Kampion was steering the publication toward its counterculture zenith like a smoke-filled van pulling into the parking lot of a Led Zeppelin show. The blurb was tongue-in-cheek (Kampion only just made the cutoff, after all), but also… screw those olds, am I right? Bunch of squares with their social conventions and rigid ways of thinking. Not us. No way. Surf culture has always felt youthful and rebellious, even if a) we mostly just rebel against school, day jobs and any other prior commitments when the waves are on, and b) when you…

1 min.
shop chronicles

PRESENTED BY In our video series, “Surf Shop Chronicles”, made in partnership with O’Neill, we celebrate the most storied shops in America—and perhaps none play a more pivotal role in the narrative of surf history than Dana Point’s iconic Hobie Surf Shop. In the 1950s, when most surfboards were still made out of heavy balsa wood, Hobie namesake Hobie Alter and Gordon Clark teamed up to experiment with new shaping materials. Their R&D sessions led to the industry-shifting mass production of polyurethane foam blanks, which went on to change the course of surfboard design and manufacturing forever. To this day, modern-day shapers continue to experiment with their craft inside the Dana Point location—primarily using foam blanks, of course.…

5 min.
jodie cooper, 55

“The fact that you’re surfing means you’re lucky. Surfing is such a positive and powerful thing to do. It’s medicinal, it’s physical, it’s all sorts of things.” When it comes to good surfing, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You don’t have to be the best surfer in the world to do what is good surfing for you. The only thing that is going to make you surf better is to surf more, but that’s not about enjoyment, necessarily. If you want to improve, you have to put in the effort and time and have the right equipment. No one can climb the mountain on day one. You’ve gotta take baby steps and have a long-term vision. When I used to go to Hawaii, I used to say, “You know…

3 min.
hall of strange

1. The Too High to Feel My Face Covers Clockwise from top left, the drugs ingested during the creation of these covers were peyote, marijuana, DMT, LSD, magic mushrooms, Quaaludes and, oddly enough, over-the-counter allergy medication (crazy, right?). The counterculture aesthetics of the late ‘60s hit SURFER’s Page One hard in 1969 (top left, illustrated by SURFER founder John Severson), at the height of the Shortboard Revolution and just a few months after the Beatles released “Yellow Submarine”. SURFER covers went even deeper down the psychedelic rabbit hole the following decade, with an image of a shimmering surf messiah and an out-of-focus bottom turn paired with the question that probably comes to every SURFER editor’s mind after seven joints and two cheese pizzas: “what is surfing?” From there, the trippy vibes…

1 min.
the waves of a lifetime.

From the pintails that helped him get deeper than ever at Pipeline to camo decks that cut the glare of the tropical sun, Gerry Lopez has always tuned his designs to a simple and functional aim—riding the best surf wherever it’s found. This season, we’ve built four of the prints Gerry used on his surfboards into an exclusive collection of equally functional surf and kite gear for chasing waves and wind around the world. “It’s a cakewalk when you know how.” Gerry Lopez puts decades of practice to work on a classic Pipe day in 1990. Dan Jenkins…

17 min.
second coming

In January of 2016, Wade Goodall was not in a good place. As other members of the Vans surf team were soaking up the sun, scoping out mysto spots from the deck of a 40-foot catamaran sailing through the Caribbean, Goodall stayed below deck, laid up in bed in the poorly lit bow of one of the boat’s twin hulls. Hours earlier we’d been sessioning a turbulent-but-playful Leeward Island wedge, which offered mellow roll-ins that grew into perfect, head-high canvasses. It was an ideal setup for a surfer like Goodall, who launched himself into international surf stardom in the mid-2000s with a furiously creative approach, punctuated with innovative, go-for-broke, highly-technical airs. At the Caribbean wedge, Goodall had been surfing predictably well, driving through full-rail carves and tucking under azure curtains. But…