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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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A new Department in TSJ beginning Vol. 20.1 gives clues to where the photo was taken. This spot was first surfed in the 1930s, occupied by Japanese during WWII, has 1,000 native surfers, nearby Muslim extremist zones, goofy-foot nirvana.