Wave Rider Magazine- FSM Digital Archive Project

FSM continues its mission of preserving Florida’s surfing history with the first phase of our Digital Archive Project. We recently completed the archiving of Wave Rider Magazine, an important Cocoa Beach, Florida based surf magazine published by John and Gunnar Griffin.

(John Griffin) Surfing was trying to gain a permanent image in the early seventies, and promotion of the sport was mainly centered in California due to the two main stream publications Surfer and Surfing Magazines. East Coast Talent had to sell out to the West Coast imaging to gain any type of publicity or coverage in either of the Magazines, and manufacturing sponsorship for an East Coaster was limited to impressionism from the so called mainstays of the sport “Surfer” and “Surfing” whom were touting their own Champions.

My brother and I wanting to build the sport and not agreeing with the nepotistic  way of building a Champion on paper in current use decided to add our support in building a sport dearly loved by ourselves. Our quest began in the late 60’s with financing, publishing, advertising, promotion, and printing. It took almost five years to gain funding and to learn the ends and outs of publishing.

At this point, we decided to go for it and on the following pages you will “through our eyes” see an East Coasters view of history and the promotion of the sport.

The Magazine was in print from 1975 to 1982 and featured extensive coverage of Florida and the east coast surfing and skate scenes which were largely ignored by the national media. Contributors included Dick Catri, Greg Lohr, Pete Dooley and local photographers such as Roger Scruggs, Eric Olson, Kevin Welsh, and Tony Arruzza.

The magazine later included Skate Rider in its format and covered many milestone events in the Florida skate scene including the first photographic evidence of Alan Gelfand’s seminal move-the Ollie. You can find the link on our webpage here:

http://www.floridasurfmuseum.org/links

Mahalo to Torrey Cranston, who spent many hours scanning and organizing this important document.

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