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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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Flippy Hoffman was part surfer, part pirate, part business-hawk, and all character. Along with his younger brother, Walter, his Hawaiian big-wave water time in the late 1940s and early 50s was just the tip of the iceberg in a life well lived. A recounting of his Channel Island diving escapades, Parisian textile-and-gem-hunting sorties, and high seas swashbuckling, told by those who knew him best.