The Modern Austrailian

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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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Confused nationalism and a mining boom pushes Australian surfing toward a watered down version of kitsch Americana—minus the irony. Through a number of characters scattered across the country’s east coast, Jed Smith surveys the shifting coastal makeup and ideals of the Aussie boom-time.