I'am looking to Re-Subscribe to a surf magazine just wondering which surf magazine is your favorite, and why? (pictures, articles, deals, less advertisements etc..) In the past I was a big fan of Surfing the Magazine. What are your thoughts??
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Jun 18, 2011, 04:11 AM #1Senior Member
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Which Surf Magazine Do you Prefer?
I really like transworld surf because they sometimes feature the east coast. Most of the other magazines don't even touch the east coast unless they are forced to get their one every two years traditional article "NE people are crazy because they surf after it snows"
Jun 18, 2011, 03:36 PM #3
I have had subscriptions to Surfer and Transworld, but never felt that I really got some interesting in-depth articles--plus every other page is a pic of someone pulling a slob or a reverse.
With that in mind, whenever possible I try and pick up the Surfer's journal...its not your typical $12.95 surfing rag mag, but the quality/uniqueness of the articles really sets it apart for me.
Jun 18, 2011, 03:45 PM #4Senior Member
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Surfer over Surfing. ESM is pretty cool and I agree Surfer's Journal is excellent. Or books, The Wave was cool by Susan Casey.
Jun 18, 2011, 03:46 PM #5
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Slide , Surfers Journal, Surfer ESM , and TWS only cause I get it free cause i won some contest online for it
Slide is a really good longboarding mag come out only 4 times a year
Surfer Journal the articles are really good and they dont just cover the latest fad in surfing
Surfer I always liked it keeps me up to date in whats going on in the rankings not that I really care and it also it fun to read the letter people send in
TWS , like I said I wouldnt pay for it . It really kinda a ****ty mag and honestly it get old seeing guys bustin Airs on every page
Surfing and Trans World - aimed at the under 25 crowd (not just my opinion - get their press package and that's what they claim). That's how these mags pitch themselves to advertisers. Pro surfer driven, aimed at the young guys who want the newest pro style boards, boardshorts, watches etc.
Surfer - Tries to have something for everybody. Pro coverage, some "soul" pieces, commentary on the sport. And overall they do a nice job. It's not easy pleasing everybody.
Surfer's Journal - Aimed at the "mature" surfer. Beautiful mag, often with some really cool pieces. Last year they did a wonderful story on East Coast and VB legend Bob Holland. It's a piece no other magazine would touch. But sometimes it just seems like a rehash of photos and events that Surfer ran 30+ years ago when SJ editor Steve Pezman was the Surfer editor. I wish they would look outside of their box a little more often.
The Surfer's Path - My favorite at the moment. A little expensive, but that's because it's out of the UK. But don't let that fool you. It has a very "worldy" outlook that is FAR from the pro driven stuff in the other surf mags (SJ is excused here). Definitely more soul than the others. The last issue had TWO pieces about Fukishima. One about all the good breaks that used be near the nuclear plant, and a second one that was sort of "live" account from a surfer in Japan about the tsunami, and the aftermath. No other surf mag is going to do those pieces. Very well done too.
Eastern Surf - It is what is. I love it because it gave me my first big writing break (I was a "Contributing Writer" for them another lifetime ago), and I have so much respect for how Mez and Dugan started cautiously and nurtured their project. That it's still going is really, really a tribute to them. They cover us like no other mag would dare to. And most time they get it right. I just wish it was a little less "grungy" sometimes (love ya Mez! ).
In deciding on a mag - read the "Intro" pieces that the editors write in the front of each issue of the magazine. If you like the "vibe" that editor gives off, chances are you will like the mag. It's his/her editorial decisions that give the mag its personality.
Keep reading on!
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Jun 19, 2011, 12:23 AM #7Senior Member
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ESM is great for east coast coverage nothing else compares, its free (in shops) but i think you can get a subscription for $20/year or something.
TWS is funny, cote makes me laugh while im on the ****ter. Surfers journal articles are for the long slow dumps.
Just get all of em except for transworld... they're pretty cheap if you subscribe
Jun 19, 2011, 10:30 PM #9Junior Member
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I get both Surfing and Surfer. I think that they were cheaper than Transworld when I signed up but I like Surfing more because it is more about the lifestyle of surfing instead of the competion where the Surfer focuses on. I'm pretty sure I dont really differentiate I just look at them
looks like I am the only one who likes transworld...I like reading the surfer's journal while I wait on my fish tacos at rojo's in OC NJ too.