Between 1960 and 2020, the pages of Surfer magazine were ornamented with every aspect of surf culture, from must-have surf gear to profiles of surf legends. Founded by surfer, artist and filmmaker John Severson, Surfer was a trailblazer in the niche world of surf-focused publications, featuring travel content, surf spot profiles, big wave pictorials and interviews with top surfers.
After six decades in print, Grant Ellis has compiled a colorful anthology of the magazine’s most iconic covers, articles and more. Surfer Magazine: 1960-2020 (Rizzoli) includes a chronological progression of the magazine’s content from world-renowned photographers, writers and graphic designers. Surf stars like Miki Dora, Kelly Slater and Laird Hamilton are all highlighted in the new compilation, further cementing Surfer as a leading voice in the water and celebrating the surf subculture.