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A reader-supported surf publication founded in 1992, The Surfer’s Journal is vivid, authoritative, and independent. The goal of each 132-page bimonthly edition? A completely resolved composition. Balance. Color. Story. And purist surf energy from Page One to close-of-book.

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First Point: Sean Woolnough hits Namotu reef’s Love Shacks on a super-glassy moderate swell.Spin the Globe: This issue, you’ve landed in the Seychelles Islands, “one of the most lightly surfed tropical island groups in the world.The Best I Ever Saw: Divine recalls James Jones as the best surfer he ever saw in 1971 with his backside bottom turns at Pipeline.Blank Expression: New shortboards aren’t your standard shortboards anymore. The outline is different with wide, flat tail, new flex patterns, carbon fiber strips, and added volume. There are lots of new options and different types of space-age materials are being used to achieve high-performance boards.