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The Surf Surf in Australia Surfer (USA) Australian Surfer Surfing Illustrated (USA)
 Surf Guide  (USA) Surfing World
Surfabout Australasian Boardrider Surf Scene
 International Surfing (USA)
Petersen's Surfing (USA)
Australian Sport and Surfriding Surf International
Tracks Seanotes

Surf Australia

For a detailed reference for Australian and international surfing magazines, see Al Hunt's excellent site at
The Surf
1st December 1917- 27 April 1918, 20 issues 
1st credited Australian/World Surfing magazine (1 December 1917)
Image facsimile from Margan and Finney, page 85. 
In depth atricle by Sandra Hall :  'First Edition'
Longboard magazine Vol 5 Number 2 May/June 1997, pages 74 - 76. 
Image: Vol 1 #1
Cover : Unknown.

Note that the image does not show surfboard riding but Aquaplaning (towed behind a boat).
Furthermore, the image is credited to Union Theatres Co., an Australian film distributor, and could have been sourced from anywhere.
It may not even be shot in Australia.

See Source Documents - The Surf:1917-1918

Surf in Australia.
Surf Life Saving Association of Australia.
Official Organ of the Surf Life Saving Association of Australia
(Head Centre), 119 Phillip, Street Sydney.
Editor: W.G. Simmonds Esq.
Published by Alexander Leo Finn, 149 Dover Road, Rose Bay.
Printed by Lake and Ashes Pty Ltd., 389-391 Sussex Street, Sydney.

See Source Documents:
SLSAA: Surf in Australia, 1936.
SLSAA: Surf in Australia, 1937.
SLSAA: Surf in Australia, 1938.
SLSAA: Surf in Australia, 1939.

Image: Volume 1 Number 1 September 1936.

Surfer (USA) 
1960 - 
Box 1028 Dana Point, California 92629
Editors : John Severson, Steve Pezman 1973, 
Originally produced as a film program for Severson's Surf Fever 1960, demand saw the magazine move to regular issues. 
It's artistic style, cross-pollination with surf films, longevity and commercial success set the benchmark and earn the title of the Father of Surfing Magazines.
This is
Image, top : Reproduction of Vol 1 # 1, 1960
Cover : Jose Angel at Sunset Beach. Photograph by John Severson
Printed in Leuras page 132, Kampion page 92, Carroll page 34. 
Image, bottom : Vol 14 # 3, September 1973
Cover : Buzzy Kerbox at Velzyland. Photograph by Steve Wilkings
See Perfect day : 40 Years of Surfer Magazine

Surfer v
2 n3 1961 Fall
Ricky Grigg

Surfer v2 n4 1961 Winter

Surfer v
3 n1 1962 Spring (May)
Ricky Grigg

Surfer v
3 n3 1962 August-September

Surfer v3 n4 1962 Oct-Nov.
Little John Richards

Surfer v4 n1 1963 Feb-March
Illustration: John Severson ?

Surfer v4 n2? 1963 May
John Peck, Banzai Pipeline.

Surfer v4 n2? 1963 May
Fold out: John Peck, Banzai Pipeline.

Surfer v4 n3? 1963 June-July
Sammy Lee, Ala Moana.

Surfer v
4 n5? 1963 August-September

Surfer v n5  Jan 1962-December 1963

Surfer v4 n5 1963 Oct-Nov

Surfer v4 n6 1963 Dec

Surfer v5 n1 1964 Jan

Surfer v5 n1 1964 Feb-Mar

Surfer v5 n2 1964 April

Surfer v5 n 1964 July
Phil Edwards
Surfer v5 n4 1964 Sept

Surfer v5 n5 1964 Nov

Surfer v6 n3 July 1965

Surfer v6 n2 1965 May

Surfer v6 n3 July 1965

Surfer v6 n4 1965 September

Surfer v6 n6 1965 Jan

Surfer v7 n1 1966 March
John Wheels Williams, Biarritz

Surfer v7 n4 1966 Sept 

Surfer v7 n6 1967 Jan
Nat Young.

Surfer v8 n1 1967 March
Billy Hamilton

Surfer v8 n2 1967 May
Nat Young

Surfer v8 n5 1967 November
Dickie Moon, Blacks

Surfer v9 n1 1968 March

Surfer v9 n2 1968 May
Surfer v9 n3 1968 July

v9 n4 1968 September
Nat Young

Surfer v9 n5 1968 Nov

Surfer v9 n1 1968 July

Surfer v9 n6 1969 Jan
Nat Young
Surfer v10 n1 1969 March

v10 n3 1969 July
Nat Young

v10 n4 1969 Sept
Surfer v10 n5 1969 Nov

v10 n6 1970 Jan
Surfer v11 n2 1970 May
Rory Russell, Pupukea.

v11 n4 1970 Sept
Jock Sutherland

Surfer v12 n6? 1971 Aug

v12 n1 1971 March
Tom Stone

Surfer v12 n6? 1971 Aug

Surfer v12 n4 1971 October
Gerry Lopez

Surfer v14 n2 1973 July

v14 n3 1973 September
Buzzy Kerbox, Velzyland

Surfer v17 n2 1976 July

Surfer v17 n4 1976 Nov
Herbie Fletcher

Australian Surfer
Editor : Lee Cross.
Only two editions: July/August 1961 and December 1961
See Nat's Nat, page xx.

Images Vol 1 and Vol 2 contributed by Ben Wilson.
The magazines were originally purchaced in 1961 and subsequently held by Ben's father, Ron Wilson.
June 2005 - Many Thanks.

"The first issue of The Australian Surfer contained four full-page, five half-page and two quarter-page advertisements.
Advertising included the promotion of balsa by Arthur Milner & Co. Pty. Ltd based in Double Bay, Sydney and Springvale, Victoria.
The possibilities of enhanced surf photography through the use of a telephoto lens were pointed to in an advertisement for Vic Joyce’s Camera Store based in Dee Why, Sydney.
An advertisement for the Ferris Factory in Caringbah, Sydney announced that one could ‘look like a rider’ in Ferris Bermuda Shorts; ‘feel like a rider’ in a Ferris Rubber Suit and ‘be a rider’ on a new 1962 Ferris Surfboard: Balsa or Poly.
Advertisements for surfboard manufacturers included Barry Bennett, McDonagh, Scott Dillon and Gordon Woods in Brookvale, Sydney; Bill Wallace in Waverley, Sydney and The Surf Shop in King George Square, Brisbane.
The issue also contained a full-page cartoon of sharks threatening surfers, an article on surfing spots around Sydney and an article on surfing for beginners, similar to that published in The Surfer.
There was no introduction, editorial, letters page or promise of further issues."

Paul Scott: Australian Surfing Magazines: The First Wave (1961-1962)

Surfing Illustrated (USA) 
1962 - 1966 ? 
Box 697 Hermosa Beach  California
Publisher/Editor : Walt Phillips 
In the style of Surfer, Walt Phillips was a surf movie maker.

Surfing Illustrated
Vol 1 No 1 Winter 1962

Surfing Illustrated, Vol 1 Number 2 Spring 1963.

Surfing Illustrated
  Spring1963 v1 n2

Surfing Illustrated

  Fall 1963  v1 n4

Surfing Illustrated
   April-May 1964 v2 n2
Cover : Unknown/ Waimea Bay.
Photograph by Don James
Surfing Illustrated
V2n4 1964.

Surfing Illustrated
June 1965. Jeff Hakman

Surfing Illustrated
January 1965

Surfing Illustrated
Oct 1966 v4 n2

 Surf Guide  (USA)

 Surf Guide Oct 1963: Miki Dora

Surf Guide Feb 1964: Midget Farrelly

Surf Guide Oct 1965
Surf Guide Jan 1965

Surfing World 
Some later editions were labelled on the cover as SW.
The title was later adjusted to Australia's Surfing World.
1st issue September 1962. 
Bob Evans Intrnational Pty. Ltd. 
62 Goulburn Street Sydney
Editor 1962 : Bob Evans 
Editor 1966: Albert Falzon, others include John Witzig, Bruce Channon, 
Australian version of Surfer magazine, Bob Evans took the lead from John Severson and integrated his magazine with film making.
Image: Vol 1 #1
Cover : Unknown. Photograph by
Still in publication
Note that some commentators credit Bob Evans with producing "Australia's first surfing magazine".
This obviously does not include The Surf (1917) and Lee Cross' The Australian Surfer (1961).
Also note that Jack Eden's  first edition of Surfabout is reported as dated August 1962, but it unclear which magazine first appeared in Australian news agencies.
Various Covers:

Surfing World v
1 n1 1962 Sept

Surfing World v1 n2 1962 Oct

Surfing World v1 n3 1962 Nov

Surfing World v
1 n4 1962 Dec

Surfing World v
1 n5 1963 Jan

Surfing World v
1 n6 1963 Feb

Surfing World v2 n1 1963 March

Surfing World v
2 n2 1963 April

Surfing World v2 n3 1963 May

Surfing World v
2 n4 1963 June

Surfing World v2 n5 1963 July

Surfing World v2 n6 1963 Aug

Surfing World v
3 n1 1963 Sept

Surfing World v3 n2 1963 Oct

Surfing World v
3 n3 1963 Nov

Surfing World
v3 n4
1963 Dec

Surfing World v3 n5 1964 Jan
Surfing World v3 n6 1964 Feb

Surfing World v4 n1 1964 March
Surfing World v4 n2 1964 April
Surfing World v4 n3 1964 May

Surfing World
v4 n4
1964 June

Surfing World v
4 n5 1964 July

Surfing World v
4 n6 1964 Aug

Surfing World v5 n1 1964 Sept

Surfing World v5 n2 1964 Oct

Surfing World v5 n3 1964 Nov

Surfing World v5 n4 1964 Dec

Surfing World v5 n5 1965 Jan
Surfing World v5 n6 1965 Feb

Surfing World  v6 n1 1965 March

Surfing World 
v6 n3 1965 June

Surfing World v6 n4 1965 Jul-Aug

Surfing World v6 n5 1965

Surfing World v6 n6 1965 Oct

Surfing World v7 n1 1965 Nov

Surfing World v7 n2 1965 Dec

Surfing World v7 n3 1966 Jan
Surfing World v7 n4 1966 Feb

Surfing World v7 n5 1966 Mar-Apr
Surfing World v7 n6 1966 May-Jun

Surfing World v8 n1 1966 Jul-Aug

Surfing World v8 n2 1966 Sept
Surfing World v8 n3 1966 Oct

Surfing World v8 n4 1966 [Dec]

Surfing World v8 n4 1967 Jan

Surfing World v8 n6 1967 March
Surfing World v9 n1 1967 April

Surfing World v9 n3 1967 Jun-Jul

Surfing World v
9 n4 1967 Aug

Surfing World v
9 n5 1967 Oct

Surfing World v
9 n6 1967 Nov

Surfing World v10 n1 1967 Dec

Surfing World v10 n1 1967 Dec

Surfing World v10 n2 1968 Jan
Surfing World v10 n3 1968 Feb
Surfing World v10 n4 1968 Mar-Apr

Surfing World v10 n5 1968 May

Surfing World v10 n6 1968 June

Surfing World v11 n1 1968 July

Surfing World v11 n2 1968 Aug

Surfing World v11 n3 1968 Sept

Surfing World v11 n4 1968 Oct

Surfing World v11 n5 Nov 1968

Surfing World v11 n6 Dec 1968

Surfing World v12 n1 1969 Jan
Surfing World v12 n2 1969 Jan

Surfing World v12 n3 1969

Surfing World v12 n4 1969

Surfing World v12 n5 1969

Surfing World v12 n6 1969

Surfing World v13 n1 1969-1970

Surfing World v13 n2 1970

Surfing World v13 n5 1970

Surfing World v
14 n4 1970
Surfing World v14 n2 1970
Surfing World v14 n 3 1970

Surfing World v15 n 2 1971 April

Surfing World v16 n 2 1971 Sept??

Surfing World v15 n 3 1971 Oct

Surfing World v15 n 5 1971 Dec

Surfing World v
16 n2 1972 March

Surfing World v15 n6 1972 Oct

Surfing World v16 n5 1973 Feb

Surfing World v17 n3 1973 June

Surfing World v17 n4 1974 ?

Surfing World v19 n5 1974 May

Surfing World v
19 n3 1974 June

Surfing World v
19 n4 1974 July

Surfing World v
20 n2 1974 Nov

Surfing World v20 n4 1975 Jan

Surfing World v
20 n5 1975 Feb
Surfing World v20 n6 1975 March

Surfing World v21 n2 1975 May

Surfing World v
22 n2 1975 Nov

Surfing World v
21 n5 1975 August

Surfing World v
21 n6 1975 Sept

Surfing World v24 n2 1976

Surfing World v
24 n3 1976 Dec

Surfing World v22 n4 1976 Jan

Surfing World v25 n1 1977 April

Surfing World v25 n3 1977 July

Surfing World v25 n5 1977 Sept

SW v
28 n3 1978 Number 171

SW v
26 n4 1978 Number 172

SW v26 n3 1978?

SW v30 n2 1981 n184

August 1962 - Spring 1968. 
Editor :Jack Eden 
Image: Vol 1 #1 August 1962.

Cover:Wally Carle.
Photograph by Jack Eden.
Surfer identified by Julia Carle by a phone call, August 2010.
Many thanks to Julia.

The Southside/Cronulla version of Bob Evans' Surfing World
Vol1 #2 December 1962

Surfabout v1 n2 1963
Surfabout v1 n2 1963

Surfabout v
1 n3 1963
Surfabout v1 n4 1963

Surfabout v1 n5 1963
Surfabout v2 n6 1964

Surfabout v
2 n8 1965

Surfabout v2 n9 1965

Surfabout v2 n10 1965

Surfabout v
2 n11 1965
Surfabout v2 n12 1965

Surfabout v3 n1 1965

Surfabout v3 n2 1966

Surfabout v3 n3 1966
Surfabout v3 n4 1966

Surfabout v
3 n5 1966

Surfabout v
3 n6 1966

Surfabout v3 n7 1966

Surfabout v4 n1 1967

Surfabout v4 n3 1967

urfabout v4 n4 1968 March

Surfabout v
5 n1 1969

Australasian Boardrider
1963 - Number 1. 
Editor :
Image:  #1

Surf Scene
1964 -Number 1. 
Editor :Jack Pollard 
Image:  #1
Cover : Unknown.
Short lived (possibly only one edition) released following the publication of Pollard's The Australian Surfrider in early 1964 with several of the photographs printed in both and an advertisemnet for the book on page 47. 

International Surfing
1964 - 
2720 Camino Capistrano, Box 3010 San Clemente, California 92672 USA
First Issue October 1964
Editors :
Image: Vol 1 #1, December 1964.
Surfer magazines' most successful, long term competitor.
Cover : Nat Young.  Photograph by
Started as “International Surfing” but truncated
to “Surfing” in the 1974 June-July issue, thence until it’s demise in 2017.

International Surfing 1965 Feb

International Surfing  June 1965

International Surfing 1965 Dec

International Surfing  April 1966

International Surfing 1967 July

International Surfing v3n5 1967 Dec

International Surfing v3n6 1968

International Surfing v4n1 1968 June
International Surfing v4n6 1969 Jan

International Surfing v5n1 1969 Feb-March

International Surfing
v5n2 1969 May

International Surfing
Annual 1969 Dec
International Surfing v9 n2 1974 April-May

International Surfing v8n4 1973 Dec

California, USA.

Surfing v1n2 1968 June

Surfing v1n3 1968 Aug
Surfing v1n? 1968 Oct

Surfing v1n? 1969 Feb

Surfing 1977 Feb

Petersen's Surfing

Petersen's Surfing Aug 1964

Petersen's Surfing Dec 1964

Australian Sport and Surfriding
Editor :Jack Pollard 
Gordon and Gotch (A-SIA) ltd., Melbourne.

January 1964 Volume 17 Number 2
Bill James: Individuals Unite, page 24.
Garry Wilson Surfing's Rip Van Winkle (
Snowy McAlister Profile), page 26
Sports Photographers: Wipe Out!, page 30.
Bill James:
Give the boys a prize, page 32
Bob Pike: With Your Whole Heart Jumping , page 36.
reprinted from Pollard: The Australian Surfrider (1963)

February 1964 Volume 17 Number 3
Goofy Foot Riding Pays Off

May 1964
Volume 17 Number 6
Ablie Falzon: Stalling,Trimming and Accelerating, pages 42-43 and 61.

Aust. Sport & Surf 1964 Jan v17n2

Aust. Sport & Surf 1964 Feb v17n3

Aust. Sport & Surf 1964 May v17n6

Surf International
1967 December to circa 1970.
Gareth Powell Associates 369a Pitt Street Sydney
Editors: John Witzig, Paul Koller
Volume 1 - 12 issues
Volume 2 - 
Image: Vol 1 # 1,  December 1967.
Cover :  Butch Cooney  Newcastle Contest
Upmarket/alternative (a contradiction?) competitor to the by now dominant Surfing World
Music, Lifestyle, Environment and Politics were introduced. 
In an attempt to give a balanced approach the first three issues, articles by Midget Farrelly, Nat Young and Bob McTavish were given equal space. 
The Bob McTavish article is at "WRITING in the sun is a cinch..."
 The dates of Surf International magazines are not specified in the publication details. 
Some commentators have dated this issue September 1967, yet the cover article on the Newcastle Contest notes it was won by Russell Hughes on 10th September 1967. 
Given the publishing lag in this period (up to 6 weeks), a later date seems reasonable. 
The magazine's agenda was to be further explored by Witzig in Tracks magazine.

Surf International v1 n1
Butch Cooney, Newcastle.

Surf International
v1 n2
Yellow Surf Express, Palm Beach.

Surf International v1 n3

Surf International
v1 n4

Surf International
v1 n5

Surf International
  v1 n6

Surf International
  v1 n7
Surf International  v1 n8

Surf International  v1 n9

Surf International
  v1 n10

Surf International
  v1 n11

Surf International  v1 n12
Bob McTavish riding Ted Spencer's Little Red,
Honolua Bay, 1967.

Surf International  v2 n1

Surf International
  v2 n2

Surf International
  v2 n3

Surf International
v2 n4 1969
Nat Young and friend, Bells Beach.

Surf International
  v2 n5

Surf International
v2 n6 1970
Inside Looking Out: George Greenough.

Surf International  v2 n7

Surf International
  v2 n8

Surf International  v2 n8

Surf International  v3 n1

Surf International
  v3 n3

Tracks Publishing  Co. Pty. Ltd.
PO Box 178 Avalon Beach 2107 NSW
Editors :John Witzig,  Albert Falzon, John Stewart, John Grissim, Paul Holmes, Kirk Wilcox, Neil Ridgway, Phil Jarratt, Nick Carroll
In 1970 Tracks magazine had a significant impact by foregoing colour and using a newsprint format that slashed production time from 12 to 4
Tracks magazine was established in October 1970 by Alby Falzon and had asignificant impact by using a newsprint format that slashed production time from 12 to 4 weeks.
As a low priced monthly alternative to the glossy Surfing World magazine it provided up to date commentary on the Australian surfing counter-culture of the early seventies.
Features included perceptive interviews, incisive contest coverage, political and environmental comment,cutting-edge design forum, eco-lifestyle and travel features, movie reviews,photo essays and surfing fiction - including a cartoon series about a surfing pig of steel, Captain Goodvibes which became an icon of Australian surfing culture.
Tracks attracted the emerging talents of surf writers John Witzig, Alby Falzon, JohnStewart, John Grissim, Paul Holmes, Phil Jarratt, David Elfick and Nick Carroll and showcased the photography of Howard Owen, Frank Pithers, John Witzig, Geoff Luton, and John Stewart.
Tracks trod a fine line between politics, pop culture, anarchy, environmental activism,healthy living, spirituality and the world of surfing in its aesthetic and soulful context.
It also encouraged active feedback and contribution by readers and was not immune from the odd scandal. -
(Matt Warshaw??)

Colour inserts (advertising) first added 19xx
Colour photograph inserts first added 19xx
Change of format to all colour 1999.
Change of format to standard magazine size 2000.
See Waves magazine.
Image: Number 1 , November? 1970
Cover : Unknown, 
Note : Jack Sullivan was the contest director for the Newcastle Contest, 1970.
The first six issues, up to March 1971, were printed with a folded cover so it could be displayed on the magazine racks and not as a newspaper.
Tracks n1 1970 October
(folded cover)

Bob McTavish : Frozen Moments
Photographs by Stephen Rowland
and Albert Falzon

n1 1970 October (folded cover)

Tracks n1 1970 October- page 1

Tracks n2 1970 November

Tracks n3 1970 December

Tracks n4
1971 January Folded cover

Tracks n4
1971 January- page 1.

Tracks n4
1971 February

Tracks n5 1971 February

Tracks n6 1971 March Folded cover

Tracks n6 1971 March- page 1.

Tracks  n6 1971 April

Tracks n8
1971 May

Tracks  n12 1971 September

Tracks n17 1972 February

Tracks n18
1972 March
Tracks n 1972 May

n20 1972 July

Tracks n23 1972 September

Tracks n25 1972 October

Tracks n26 1972 December

n 28 1973 January

Tracks n 29 1973 February

n 1973 March

Tracks n 1973 March

n 1973 May

n 1973 June

n  1973 July

Tracks n35 1973 August

n36 1973 September

n  1973 November

Tracks n  1973 December

Tracks n 1974 Jan

n41 1974 February

n42 1974 March

Tracks n43 1974 April

Tracks n44 1974 May
Tracks n45 1974 June

Tracks n46 1974 July

n48 1974 Sept

Tracks n49 1974 Oct: Nat

Tracks n51 1974 Dec

n52 1975 Jan

Tracks n54 1975 March

Tracks n55 1975 April?: Terry Richo

Best of Tracks
n2 1975?

Tracks n56 1975 May

Tracks n57 1975 June: Fitz

Tracks n58 1975 July
Tracks n59 1975 August

Tracks n60 1975 September: MP

Tracks n62 1975 November

n63 1975 December

Tracks n64 1976 Jan: Kanga

Tracks n68 1976 May

Tracks n69 1976 June: Laura Blears
Tracks n70 1976 July

n71 1976 August: Rabbit

Tracks n72 1976 Sept

Tracks n? 1976 Nov

Tracks n? 1976 Dec

Tracks n79 1977 April

Tracks n80 1977 May

Tracks n81 1977 June

Tracks n84 1977 September

Tracks 1977 n85 October

Tracks 1978 September

Tracks 1978

Tracks n 1978

Tracks 1979 February

Tracks 1979 April

Tracks 1979 May

Tracks 1979 July

1979 September

Tracks n109 1979 October

Tracks 1980 Feb

Tracks  Number  1980

Tracks  Number 115 1980 April

Tracks  Number 116 1980 May
Tracks  Number 117 1980 July

Tracks  Number 118 1980
Tracks  Number 119 1980

Tracks  Number 120 1980 Nov?

Tracks  Number ? 1980 Dec

Tracks Number 124 1981 Jan

Number 125 1981 April
Tracks Number 128 1981 May

Number ? 1981 Oct

Tracks Number ? 1981 Nov

Tracks 1987 June

Best of Tracks 1986 June-1988 May

Best of Tracks 1988

Raymond Rowe Publications, Alstonville NSW.
Newsprint format (folded in half for sale), 8 pages.

A short lived, free publication from northern NSW.
Image right: Volume 1 Number 2 May 1973.

Dated from a Honesee Surfboards that notes the Bells contest winner as Michael Peterson.
- Results from Queensland championships - results Rabbit, PT, MP, Richard Harvey, Keith Paull and Billy Grant.
- Surfer's photographs - Brad Myers, Terry Iredale, Ian Monaghan, others and 'Murph'.
- Advertising for Ron Wade, Jackson, Honesee and Bare Nature Surfboards, Pau wax, Jepson's A Sea for Yourself and Quicksilver Surfgear, Taree.
- Innermost Limits style cover illustration by Geoff Walters.
- Reproduced Fury Freak Brothers comic strip with surfing theme from Hightimes Publications, page 7.

Issue 1: December 1973.
43 editions until 1977

Victorian magazine in Tracks magazine format, based on the Mornington Peninsular.

Breakway n1 1973 Dec

Breakway 1975 Aug

Sunshine Fluid
May 1976 Volume 1 Number 1
1st Edition
1976, December - 197?
PO Box 100 Torquay, Victoria 3228
Editor : Michael Gordon
Assistant Editor : Doug Warbrick
Printed monthy.
Victorian magazine in Tracks magazine format, that eschewed lifestyle/humour in favour of a hardcore/surfers only style.
Image: August 1976, Issue Number 8
Cover : Rory Russell, Waimea Bay.  Photograph by Hoole/McCoy.

Jack McCoy commented:
BackDoor was a little stab at the publishing world by Dick Hoole, Brian Singer and Doug Warbrick from Rip Curl, Michael Gordon (who was a cub reporter for the Melbourne Age and who now is one of Australia's most respected political reporters who also in his spare time did the "50 Years at Bells" book) and myself.

BackDoor only lasted about a year and a half and I think we did about 14 issues from memory.  
The novelty of doing a monthly Mag (working 25 hours a day the last week to meet a deadline) wore off quickly as we did everything, write the stories, take the photos, sell the ads, layout the mag and make breakfast lunch and dinner living the issue!  
The nail in the coffin was that we had trouble getting people to pay for their ads during winter.  
But it was mostly fun, and a great experience as well as a greater appreciation for those good ol boys and gals who create any sort of deadline type publications.
- Jack McCoy: The Surf Blurb, 14 May 2012.
Number 10:
Hell's Angels, Maurice Cole Interview, Alternatives to Surfing, Russel Lewis, Hawaiian Summer, John Witzig on France, Col Smith wins Newcastle.

Backdoor January 1976,  Number 1

Backdoor  October 1976,  Number  10

1977 June /July
John Witzig and Company
PO Box 34 Avalon Beach NSW 2107
Editor :John Witzig 
Seven issues
John Witzig's upmarket/intellectualised version of Tracks magazine, contrast with Backdoor magazine, above. 
Printed on newsprint with glossy cover and poster insert.

Seanotes n1 1977 June

Seanotes n2 1977 Aug

Seanotes n3 1977 Oct

Surf Australia
1976 -1979
Editor : Steve Core
First Edition Vol 1 No. 1  October-November 1976
Strong Cronulla influence, 
Steve Core  made surfboards in the late 60's, photographer, surf film maker (In Natural Flow, circa 1973), film distributor and published a

This magazine was overlooked until October 2003, 
This omission was pointed out by Greg Clark, via email..
Thanks Greg.
Vol 1 No. 8 February 1978 $1.45 , Cover : Rabbit Batholomew/Stradbroke Island by MartinTullemans.

Surf Australia v1 n1 1976
Oct-Nov: Richo

Surf Australia v1 n2 1977 February: PT

Surf Australia v1 n4 1977 June: Reno

Surf Australia v1 n5  1977

Surf Australia v1 n6  1977 Nov: Shaun?

Surf Australia v1 n7  1978 Jan: Rabbit
Surf Australia v1 n8  1978 Feb: Rabbit?

Surf Australia v1
n9  1978 May

Surf Australia v1 n3  1977 April

Line Up 
1981 - 
5/103 Thistle Street Gordon Park, Queensland 4031
May 1981 to March 1981 Queensland distribution only
April 16 th 1982, Number 12 First national issue
Editor : Terry Kavanagh
Queensland based version of Tracks magazine format. 
Heavy accent on Queensland surfers, contests, manufacturers.
May 1981 to March 1981 Queensland distribution only

April 16 th 1982, Number 12,

Cover : Wayne McKewan
Photograph by Bede/Brobes

January 1983 Number 19.
Cover: Mark Richards

Breakout [USA]
Simon Anderson's Thruster for Nectar Surfboards.
April/May 1982 Volume 2, No 6

1981 -
PO Box 746 Darlinghurst 2010
Editor : Jesse Faen
Managing Editor : Neil Ridgway
Full glossy offshoot from Tracks magazine, staff includes Neil Ridgway, Mark Sutherland and Andrew Kidman from a previous stint at Tracks magazine.
Also see Litmus.
Image : July/August 1995
Cover : Steve Clements. Photograph by

Coastal Tubes
November 1982- August 1983
Only ran for ten issues. G1983 Jan, n3 Glen Winton

1983 Jan, n3: Glen Winton

1983 Jun, n8: Tom Carroll

1983 Jul, n9: Martin Potter

Australia's Surfing Life
Publisher : Peter Morrison
Editor :Derek Rielly
Po Box 832 Burleigh Heads,  Queensland 4220
Image : Number 1, 1986
Cover : Unknown

Off-the-Lip : South Australia's Own Surfing Magazine
Number 4 [of 5 known issues].

1992 - 1994 ? 
419 Main Street, Suit 158 Huntington beach  CA 92648 USA
Publisher : Bob Bohanan
Editor : Chris Ahrens 
Image: Vol 1 #1  Summer 1992
Cover : Rich Chew. Photograph by Guy Motil

Longboard (Quarterly)
1993 -
'Quarterly' dropped after 18 months?
Publisher : Guy Motil
Editor : Scot Hulet
Image: Volume 2Number 1 June/July 1994
Cover : Uncredited (Josh Baxter/ Makaha ?), Photograph by Jim Russi

Nalu - Longboard Surfing Discovery
1995 ?
Copyright by El Publishing Co. Ltd.
Publisher : Tsuguji Urushima
Editor : Akifumi Funakushi
Image:  1995 No.1
Cover : Brian Keaulana, Photograph by Yoshihto Ozawa

PO Box 211 Newport Beach, NSW 2106
Editor : Reggae Ellis
Contributing Editor : Tim Baker
Another Tracks magazine offshoot, changed newspaper format and went to standard magazine size after 18 months.
Image: Issue 4 March/April 1996
Cover : Noah Johnson/ Waimea Bay, Photograph byTed Grambeau

Pacific Longboarder
1996 - 
12 Attadale Court  Elanora, Queensland 4221
Editor : Chris Bystrom 
PLB Core page
Image: Vol 1 #1
Cover : Jason Blewitt. Photograph by Scott Ovens

The Australian Surfers Journal
1998 - 2000.
The Blue group PO Box 321 Noosa Heads Queensland 4567
Editor : Steve Pezman / Phil Jarratt 
Published in Australia under liscence, it featured mostly high quality articles and photos from the American edition, with some australian content. the project folded in 2000 when the liscencing arrangement faulted.
Image: Vol 1 #1
Cover : Cloud Break, Tavarua, Fiji, March 19 1997, 
Photograph by Warren Bolster

Longboarding (Australia)
First published by Waverider Magazine Pty Ltd
PO Box 12, Cotton Tree, Queensland, 4558.
28 Price Street Nambour, Queensland 4560
Editor : Mike Perry, Shane Peel,
Image: Number 1 Autum 1998
Cover : Josh Constable, Sunshine Beach, Photograph by Peel.

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