Few things in travel read more like an addiction than a surfer chasing good surf. There is this constant attraction that they talk about, and they will travel far and to dangerous places to get it. So while millions of us travel to the seaside every week to relax and unwind, they’re going there for the adrenaline rush. The latest selection for Just Booked, our series on great coffee table books, catalogs the work of the magazine that strives to capture this world–Surfer Magazine: 1960-2020published by Rizzoli.
The book is filled with spectacular shots, made all the more remarkable by the fact that the images are an attempt to capture in static form an action (man with ocean) full of movement and energy. Over the decades one can see how the depiction of the sport changes not only in terms of logo design and artwork, but also in how bodies, skin color and genders change as well.
The history found within is fabulous. There are headlines like: “France: When the surf is 8 ft. and the tube, and the apple pie is the best I’ve ever eaten.” Going through the decades, you can see how coverage of the surfing lifestyle has been shaped by Southern California, but also grows beyond it. And even if you don’t surf, you’ll likely spot a beach where you wouldn’t mind relaxing.