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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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Scouting Hainan Island for a SUP event ended in an enjoyable 2-week surf exploration in the South China Sea. Visited mostly by Japanese surfers, surfing first appeared on Hainan around 2002 and is now home to two dozen native surfers.