1st December 1917- 27 April 1918, 20 issues
1st credited Australian/World Surfing magazine (1 December 1917)
Image facsimile from Margan and Finney, page 85.
In depth atricle by Sandra Hall :
Note that the image does not show surfboard
riding but Aquaplaning (towed behind a boat).
See Source Documents - The Surf : Extacts
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Surf Life Saving Association of Australia.
Official Organ of the Surf Life Saving Association of Australia
(Head Centre), 119 Phillip, Street Sydney.
Editor: W.G. Simmonds Esq.
Published by Alexander Leo Finn, 149 Dover Road, Rose Bay.
Printed by Lake and Ashes Pty Ltd., 389-391 Sussex Street, Sydney.
Image: Volume 1 Number 1 September 1936.
Box 1028 Dana Point, California 92629
Editors : John Severson, Steve Pezman 1973,
Originally produced as a film program for Severson's Surf Fever 1960, demand saw the magazine move to regular issues.
It's artistic style, cross-pollination with surf films, longevity and commericial success set the benchmark and earn the title of the Father of Surfing Magazines.
This is SURFERmag.com
Image, top : Reproduction ofVol 1 # 1, 1960
Cover : Jose Angel at Sunset Beach. Photograph by John Severson
Printed in Leuras page 132, Kampion page 92, Carroll page 34.
Image, bottom : Vol 14 # 3, September 1973
Cover : Buzzy Kerbox at Velzyland. Photograph by Steve Wilkings
See Perfect day : 40 Years of Surfer Magazine
Editor : Lee Cross.
Only two editions: July/August 1961 and December 1961
See Nat's Nat, page xx.
Images Vol 1 and Vol 2 contributed by Ben
Paul Scott: Australian
Surfing Magazines: The First Wave (1961-1962)
1962 - 1966 ?
Box 697 Hermosa Beach California
Publisher/Editor : Walt Phillips
In the style of Surfer, Walt Phillips was a surf movie maker.
Image: Vol 2 number 2, April-May
Some later editions were labelled on the cover as SW.
The title was later adjusted to Australia's Surfing World.
1st issue September 1962.
Bob Evans Intrnational Pty. Ltd.
62 Goulburn Street Sydney
Editor 1962 : Bob Evans
Editor 1966: Albert Falzon, others include John Witzig, Bruce Channon,
Australian version of Surfer magazine, Bob Evans took the lead from John Severson and integrated his magazine with film making.
Image: Vol 1 #1
Cover : Unknown. Photograph by
Still in pubication
Note that some commentators credit Bob Evans with producing "Australia's first surfing magazine".
This obviously does not include The Surf (1917) and Lee Cross' The Australian Surfer (1961).
Also note that Jack Eden's first edition of Surfabout is reported as dated August 1962, but it unclear which magazine first appeared on Australian newstands.
August 1962 - Spring 1968.
Editor :Jack Eden
Image: Vol 1 #1 August 1962.
The Southside/Cronulla version of Bob Evans'
1964 -Number 1.
Editor :Jack Pollard
Cover : Unknown.
Short lived (possibly only one edition) released following the publication of Pollard's The Australian Surfrider in early 1964 with several of the photographs printed in both and an advertisemnet for the book on page 47.
2720 Camino Capistrano, Box 3010 San Clemente, California 92672 USA
First Issue October 1964
Image: Vol 1 #1, December 1964.
Surfer magazines' most successful, long term competitor.
Cover : Nat Young. Photograph by
1967 December to circa 1970.
Gareth Powell Associates 369a Pitt Street Sydney
Editors: John Witzig, Paul Koller
Volume 1 - 12 issues
Volume 2 -
Image: Vol 1 # 1, December 1967.
Cover : Butch Cooney Newcastle Contest
Upmarket/alternative (a contradiction?) competitor to the by now dominant Surfing World.
Music, Lifestyle, Enviroment and Politics were introduced.
In an attempt to give a balanced approach the first three issues, articles by Midget Farrelly, Nat Young and Bob McTavish were given equal space.
The Bob McTavish article is at "WRITING in the sun is a cinch..."
The dates of Surf International magazines are not specified in the publication details.
Some commentators have dated this issue September 1967, yet the cover article on the Newcastle Contest notes it was won by Russell Hughes on 10th September 1967.
Given the publishing lag in this period (up to 6 weeks), a later date seems reasonable.
The magazine's agenda was to be futher explored by Witzig in Tracks magazine.
Volume 1 Number 2
Yellow Surf Express, Palm Beach.
Bob McTavish Article:
"... CHILDREN OF THE SUN.."
Tracks Publishing Co. Pty. Ltd.
PO Box 178 Avalon Beach 2107 NSW
Editors :John Witzig, Albert Falzon, John Stewart, John Grissim, Paul Holmes, Kirk Wilcox, Neil Ridgway, Phil Jarratt, Nick Carroll
In 1970 Tracks magazine had a significant impact by foregoing colour and using a newsprint format that slashed production time from 12 to 4
Colour inserts (advertising) first added 19xx
Colour photograph inserts first added 19xx
Change of format to all colour 1999.
Change of format to standard magazine size 2000.
See Waves magazine.
Image: Number 1 , November? 1970
Cover : Unknown,
Note : Jack Sullivan was the contest director for the Newcastle Contest, 1970.
The first six issues, up to March 1971, were printed with a folded cover so it could be displayed on the magazine racks and not as a newspaper.
Raymond Rowe Publications, Alstonville NSW.
Newsprint format (folded in half for sale), 8 pages.
A short lived, free
publication from northern NSW.
Dated from a Honesee
Surfboards that notes the Bells contest winner as Michael Peterson.
December 1973 Issue 1 to circa 1975
Victorian magazine in Tracks magazine format,
1976, December - 197?
PO Box 100 Torquay, Victoria 3228
Editor : Michael Gordon
Assistant Editor : Doug Warbrick
Victorian magazine in Tracks magazine format, that eschewed lifestyle/humour in favour of a hardcore/surfers only style.
Image: August 1976, Issue Number 8
Cover : Rory Russell, Waimea Bay. Photograph by Hoole/McCoy.
Jack McCoy commented:
BackDoor only lasted about a
year and a half and I think we did about 14 issues from memory.
1977 June /July
John Witzig and Company
PO Box 34 Avalon Beach NSW 2107
Editor :John Witzig
John Witzig's upmarket/intellectualized version of Tracks magazine, contast with Backdoor magazine, above.
Printed on newsprint with glossy cover and insert.
Image: Vol 2 #6, 1979
Cover : Uncredited
Editor : Steve Core
First Edition Vol 1 No. 1 November 1976
Strong Cronulla influence,
Steve Core made surfboards in the late 60's, photographer, surf
film maker (In Natural Flow, circa 1973), film distributor
and published a
This magazine was overlooked until October 2003,
5/103 Thistle Street Gordon Park, Queensland 4031
May 1981 to March 1981 Queensland distribution only
April 16 th 1982, Number 12 First national issue
Editor : Terry Kavanagh
Queensland based version of Tracks magazine format.
Heavy accent on Queensland surfers, contests, manufacturers.
May 1981 to March 1981 Queensland distribution only
Image: April 16 th 1982, Number
PO Box 746 Darlinghurst 2010
Editor : Jesse Faen
Managing Editor : Neil Ridgway
Full glossy offshoot from Tracks magazine, staff includes Neil Ridgway, Mark Sutherland and Andrew Kidman from a previous stint at Tracks magazine.
Also see Litmus.
Image : July/August 1995
Cover : Steve Clements. Photograph by
Publisher : Peter Morrison
Editor :Derek Rielly
Po Box 832 Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220
Image : Number 1, 1986
Cover : Unknown
1992 - 1994 ?
419 Main Street, Suit 158 Huntington beach CA 92648 USA
Publisher : Bob Bohanan
Editor : Chris Ahrens
Image: Vol 1 #1 Summer 1992
Cover : Rich Chew. Photograph by Guy Motil
'Quarterly' dropped after 18 months?
Publisher : Guy Motil
Editor : Scot Hulet
Image: Volume 2Number 1 June/July 1994
Cover : Uncredited (Josh Baxter/ Makaha ?), Photograph by Jim Russi
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Publisher : Tsuguji Urushima
Editor : Akifumi Funakushi
Image: 1995 No.1
Cover : Brian Keaulana, Photograph by Yoshihto Ozawa
PO Box 211 Newport Beach, NSW 2106
Editor : Reggae Ellis
Contributing Editor : Tim Baker
Another Tracks magazine offshoot, changed newspaper format and went to standard magazine size after 18 months.
Image: Issue 4 March/April 1996
Cover : Noah Johnson/ Waimea Bay, Photograph byTed Grambeau
12 Attadale Court Elanora, Queensland 4221
Editor : Chris Bystrom
PLB Core page
Image: Vol 1 #1
Cover : Jason Blewitt. Photograph by Scott Ovens
1998 - 2000.
The Blue group PO Box 321 Noosa Heads Queensland 4567
Editor : Steve Pezman / Phil Jarratt
Published in Australia under liscence, it featured mostly high quality articles and photos from the American edition, with some australian content. the project folded in 2000 when the liscencing arrangement faulted.
Image: Vol 1 #1
Cover : Cloud Break, Tavarua, Fiji, March 19 1997,
Photograph by Warren Bolster
First published by Waverider Magazine Pty Ltd
PO Box 12, Cotton Tree, Queensland, 4558.
28 Price Street Nambour, Queensland 4560
Editor : Mike Perry, Shane Peel,
Image: Number 1 Autum 1998
Cover : Josh Constable, Sunshine Beach, Photograph by Peel.