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The Surf
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 :  'First Edition'
Longboard magazine Vol 5 Number 2 May/June 1997, pages 74 - 76. 
Image: Vol 1 #1
Cover : Unknown.

Note that the image does not show surfboard riding but Aquaplaning (towed behind a boat).
Furthermore, the image is credited to Union Theatres Co., an Australian film distributor, and could have been sourced from anywhere.
It may not even be shot in Australia.

See Source Documents - The Surf : Extacts


Surf in Australia.
1936-1940
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.

See Source Documents:
SLSAA: Surf in Australia, 1936.
SLSAA: Surf in Australia, 1937.
SLSAA: Surf in Australia, 1938.
SLSAA: Surf in Australia, 1939.

Image: Volume 1 Number 1 September 1936.


Surfer (USA) 
1960 - 
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



Surfer v
2 n3 1961 Fall
Ricky Grigg



Surfer v4 n5 1963 Oct-Nov

Surfer v4 n6 1963 Dec



Surfer v5 n1 1964 Feb-Mar

Surfer v5 n2 1964 April

Surfer v5 n4 1964 Sept

Surfer v5 n5 1964 Nov

Surfer v5 n 1964 July

Surfer
v9 n4 1968 Sept

Surfer v9 n5 1968 Nov

Surfer v12 n6 1971 Aug


Surfer v17 n2 1976 July

Surfer v17 n4 1976 Nov

Australian Surfer
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 Wilson.
The magazines were originally purchaced in 1961 and subsequently held by Ben's father, Ron Wilson.
June 2005 - Many Thanks.

"The first issue of The Australian Surfer contained four full-page, five half-page and two quarter-page advertisements.
Advertising included the promotion of balsa by Arthur Milner & Co. Pty. Ltd based in Double Bay, Sydney and Springvale, Victoria.
The possibilities of enhanced surf photography through the use of a telephoto lens were pointed to in an advertisement for Vic Joyce’s Camera Store based in Dee Why, Sydney.
An advertisement for the Ferris Factory in Caringbah, Sydney announced that one could ‘look like a rider’ in Ferris Bermuda Shorts; ‘feel like a rider’ in a Ferris Rubber Suit and ‘be a rider’ on a new 1962 Ferris Surfboard: Balsa or Poly.
Advertisements for surfboard manufacturers included Barry Bennett, McDonagh, Scott Dillon and Gordon Woods in Brookvale, Sydney; Bill Wallace in Waverley, Sydney and The Surf Shop in King George Square, Brisbane.
The issue also contained a full-page cartoon of sharks threatening surfers, an article on surfing spots around Sydney and an article on surfing for beginners, similar to that published in The Surfer.
There was no introduction, editorial, letters page or promise of further issues."

Paul Scott: Australian Surfing Magazines: The First Wave (1961-1962)
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Surfing Illustrated (USA) 
1962 - 1966 ? 
Box 697 Hermosa Beach  California
Publisher/Editor : Walt Phillips 
In the style of Surfer, Walt Phillips was a surf movie maker.

Surfing Illustrated
Vol 1 No 1 Winter 1962


Surfing Illustrated, Vol 1 Number 2 Spring 1963.




Surfing Illustrated
  Spring1963 v1 n2

Surfing Illustrated

  Fall 1963  v1 n4

Surfing Illustrated
   April-May 1964 v2 n2
Cover : Unknown/ Waimea Bay.
Photograph by Don James

Surfing Illustrated
June1965. (Jeff Hakman)


Surfing Illustrated

Oct 1966 v4 n2


 Surf Guide  (USA)

 Surf Guide Oct 1963


Surf Guide Feb 1964
Cover: Midget Farrelly


Surf Guide Jan 1965
 




Surfing World 
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 publication
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 in Australian news agencies.
Various Covers:


Surfing World v
1 n1 1962 Sept

Surfing World v1 n2 1962 Oct

Surfing World v1 n3 1962 Nov

Surfing World v
1 n4 1962 Dec

Surfing World v
1 n5 1963 Jan

Surfing World v
1 n6 1963 Feb

Surfing World v2 n1 1963 March

Surfing World v
2 n2 1963 April

Surfing World v2 n3 1963 May

Surfing World v
2 n4 1963 June

Surfing World v2 n5 1963 July

Surfing World v2 n6 1963 Aug

Surfing World v
3 n1 1963 Sept

Surfing World v3 n2 1963 Oct

Surfing World v
3 n3 1963 Nov

Surfing World
v3 n4
1963 Dec

Surfing World v3 n5 1964 Jan
Surfing World v3 n6 1964 Feb

Surfing World v4 n1 1964 March
Surfing World v4 n2 1964 April
Surfing World v4 n3 1964 May

Surfing World
v4 n4
1964 June

Surfing World v
4 n5 1964 July

Surfing World v
4 n6 1964 Aug

Surfing World v5 n1 1964 Sept

Surfing World v5 n2 1964 Oct

Surfing World v5 n3 1964 Nov

Surfing World v5 n4 1965 Jan

Surfing World v
5 n6 1965 Feb




Surfing World 
v6 n3 1965 June

Surfing World v6 n4 1965 Jul-Aug

Surfing World v6 n5 1965
Sept


Surfing World v7 n1 1965 Nov

Surfing World v7 n2 1965 Dec

Surfing World v7 n3 1966 Jan
Surfing World v7 n4 1966 Feb

Surfing World v7 n5 1966 Mar-Apr
 
Surfing World v8 n1 1966 Jul-Aug


Surfing World v8 n2 1966 Sept
Surfing World v8 n3 1966 Oct

Surfing World v8 n4 1966 [Dec]

Surfing World v8 n4 1967 Jan


Surfing World v8 n6 1967 March

Surfing World v9 n1 1967 April

Surfing World v
9 n5 1967 Oct

Surfing World v
9 n6 1967 Nov

Surfing World v10 n1 1968

Surfing World v10 n2 1968

Surfing World v10 n3 1968
Surfing World v10 n4 1968 Mar-Apr

Surfing World v10 n5 1968 May

Surfing World v10 n6 1968 June
Surfing World v10 n7 1968 J Surfing World v10 n8 1968
Surfing World v10 n9 1968

Surfing World v11 n1 1968

Surfing World v11 n3 1968

Surfing World v11 n4 1968

Surfing World v11 n5 Nov 1968



Surfing World v12 n1 1969 Jan
Surfing World v12 n2 1969 Jan

Surfing World v12 n3 1969

Surfing World v
12 n4 1969

Surfing World v13 n1 1969

Surfing World v13 n5 1970

Surfing World v
14 n4 1970

Surfing World v14 n2 1970


Surfing World v15 n6 1972 Oct

Surfing World v16 n5 1973 Feb

Surfing World v17 n4 1974 ?

Surfing World v21 n6 1975 Sept




Surfabout
August 1962 - Spring 1968. 
Editor :Jack Eden 
Image: Vol 1 #1 August 1962.

Cover:Wally Carle.
Photograph by Jack Eden.
Surfer identified by Julia Carle by a phone call, August 2010.
Many thanks to Julia.

The Southside/Cronulla version of Bob Evans' Surfing World
Vol1 #2 December 1962


Surfabout v
1 n2 1963

Surfabout v
1 n3 1963
Surfabout v1 n4 1963
Surfabout v1 n6 1964

Surfabout v2 n9 1965

Surfabout v2 n10 1965
Surfabout v2 n12 1965


Surfabout v3 n1 1965

Surfabout v3 n3 1966

Surfabout v
3 n4 1966

Surfabout v3 n7 1966

Surfabout v4 n1 1967


Surfabout v4 n3 1967



S
urfabout v4 n4 1968 March

Surfabout v
5 n1 1969


Surf Scene
1964 -Number 1. 
Editor :Jack Pollard 
Image:  #1
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. 

International Surfing
1964 - 
2720 Camino Capistrano, Box 3010 San Clemente, California 92672 USA
First Issue October 1964
Editors :
Image: Vol 1 #1, December 1964.
Surfer magazines' most successful, long term competitor.
Cover : Nat Young.  Photograph by


International Surfing 1965 Feb
International Surfing

International Surfing 1965 Dec

International Surfing 1967 July

International Surfing 1967
Dec

International Surfing v8n4 1973 Dec




Surfing v1n2 1968 June

Surfing v1n? 1969 Feb


Petersen's Surfing
August 1964


Australian Sport and Surfriding
Editor :Jack Pollard 
Gordon and Gotch (A-SIA) ltd., Melbourne.

January 1964 Volume 17 Number 2
[right]
Bill James: Individuals Unite, page 24.
Garry Wilson Surfing's Rip Van Winkle (
Snowy McAlister Profile), page 26
Sports Photographers: Wipe Out!, page 30.
Bill James:
Give the boys a prize, page 32
Bob Pike: With Your Whole Heart Jumping , page 36.
-
reprinted from Pollard: The Australian Surfrider (1963)

February 1964 Volume 17 Number 3
Goofy Foot Riding Pays Off


May 1964
Volume 17 Number 6
Ablie Falzon: Stalling,Trimming and Accelerating, pages 42-43 and 61.



Aust. Sport & Surf 1964 Jan v17n2

Aust. Sport & Surf 1964 Feb v17n3

Aust. Sport & Surf 1964 May v17n6

Surf International
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, Environment 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 further explored by Witzig in Tracks magazine.

Surf International v1 n1
Butch Cooney, Newcastle.

 
Surf International
v1 n2
Yellow Surf Express, Palm Beach.


Surf International v1 n3

Surf International
v1 n4

Surf International
v1 n5
Surf International  v1 n6
Surf International  v1 n7 Surf International  v1 n8

Surf International  v1 n9

Surf International  v1 n10
Surf International  v1 n11

Surf International  v1 n12
McTavish, Little Red, Honolua.


Surf International  v2 n1

Surf International
  v2 n2
Surf International  v2 n3

Surf International
v2 n4 1969
Nat Young and friend, Bells Beach.
Surf International  v2 n5
Surf International
v2 n6 1970
Greenough.

Surf International  v2 n7



Tracks
1970-
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
weeks.
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.


Tracks n1 1970 October

Tracks n1 1970 October (folded cover)
Bob McTavish : Frozen Moments
Photographs by Stephen Rowland and Albert Falzon


Tracks 1971 April


Tracks n 1972 September 

Tracks n 1974 Jan


Tracks n59 1975 August

Tracks n60 1975 September




Tracks n68 1976 May

Tracks n69 1976 June


Oceans
1973
Raymond Rowe Publications, Alstonville NSW.
Newsprint format (folded in half for sale), 8 pages.

A short lived, free publication from northern NSW.
Image right: Volume 1 Number 2 May 1973.

Dated from a Honesee Surfboards that notes the Bells contest winner as Michael Peterson.
Features
- Results from Queensland championships - results Rabbit, PT, MP, Richard Harvey, Keith Paull and Billy Grant.
- Surfer's photographs - Brad Myers, Terry Iredale, Ian Monaghan, others and 'Murph'.
- Advertising for Ron Wade, Jackson, Honesee and Bare Nature Surfboards, Pau wax, Jepson's A Sea for Yourself and Quicksilver Surfgear, Taree.
- Innermost Limits style cover illustration by Geoff Walters.
- Reproduced Fury Freak Brothers comic strip with surfing theme from Hightimes Publications, page 7.


Breakaway
December 1973 Issue 1 to circa 1975
Victorian magazine in Tracks magazine format,


Sunshine Fluid
May 1976 Volume 1 Number 1
1st Edition
Backdoor 
1976, December - 197?
PO Box 100 Torquay, Victoria 3228
Editor : Michael Gordon
Assistant Editor : Doug Warbrick
Printed monthy.
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 was a little stab at the publishing world by Dick Hoole, Brian Singer and Doug Warbrick from Rip Curl, Michael Gordon (who was a cub reporter for the Melbourne Age and who now is one of Australia's most respected political reporters who also in his spare time did the "50 Years at Bells" book) and myself.

BackDoor only lasted about a year and a half and I think we did about 14 issues from memory.  
The novelty of doing a monthly Mag (working 25 hours a day the last week to meet a deadline) wore off quickly as we did everything, write the stories, take the photos, sell the ads, layout the mag and make breakfast lunch and dinner living the issue!  
The nail in the coffin was that we had trouble getting people to pay for their ads during winter.  
But it was mostly fun, and a great experience as well as a greater appreciation for those good ol boys and gals who create any sort of deadline type publications.
- Jack McCoy: The Surf Blurb, 14 May 2012.


Seanotes
1977 June /July
John Witzig and Company
PO Box 34 Avalon Beach NSW 2107
Editor :John Witzig 
Seven issues
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

Surf (Australia)
1976 -1979
Editor : Steve Core
Bi-monthly
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
magazine.

This magazine was overlooked until October 2003, 
This omission was pointed out by Greg Clark, via email..
Thanks Greg.
 
Vol 1 No. 8 February 1978 $1.45 , Cover : Rabbit Batholomew/Stradbroke Island by MartinTullemans.

Surf Australia v1 n4 1977 June

Surf Australia v1 n5  1978
Sept

Surf Australia v1 n6  1977 Nov

Surf Australia v1 n8  1978 Feb

Line Up 
1981 - 
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 12,
Cover : Wayne McKewan Photograph by Bede/Brobes


Breakout [USA]
Simon Anderson's Thruster for Nectar Surfboards.
April/May 1982 Volume 2, No 6


Waves
1981 -
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

Australia's Surfing Life
1986
Publisher : Peter Morrison
Editor :Derek Rielly
Po Box 832 Burleigh Heads,  Queensland 4220
Image : Number 1, 1986
Cover : Unknown

Off-the-Lip : South Australia's Own Surfing Magazine
1987
Number 4 [of 5 known issues].




Longboarder
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

Longboard (Quarterly)
1993 -
'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

Nalu - Longboard Surfing Discovery
1995 ?
Copyright by El Publishing Co. Ltd.
Publisher : Tsuguji Urushima
Editor : Akifumi Funakushi
Image:  1995 No.1
Cover : Brian Keaulana, Photograph by Yoshihto Ozawa

Deep
1996
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

Pacific Longboarder
1996 - 
12 Attadale Court  Elanora, Queensland 4221
Editor : Chris Bystrom 
PLB Core page
Image: Vol 1 #1
Cover : Jason Blewitt. Photograph by Scott Ovens

The Australian Surfers Journal
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

Longboarding (Australia)
1998
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.


Free Surf
1988
Editor :

MalMagic 
SurferGirl Magazine
Waverider Magazine

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