When the Smoke Cleared

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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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Manning the editorial post at Surfer Magazine with John Severson during the sixties, Drew Kampion laid witness to the swift changing of the guards that occurred in 1969 with the refinement of shortboard shaping and riding methods. This compilation of anecdotal vignettes illustrates the culture of that seminal year in surf culture.