“I’m Dick Graham, the 1964 founder and former editor/publisher of Surfing Magazine and previous President of Sports Market Promotions, a company formed to create and produce extreme sports events for national and international television programming.”
2014 was Surfing Magazine’s 50th anniversary year. The beginnings in the era of the Endless Summer, Gidget on TV, the Beach Party movies, the Beatles tour of America and the Beach Boy’s music; the lifestyle and art of riding waves was on the radar from coast to coast.
We started the Publication with the thought of creating a surf magazine that would elevate the act of surfing above all else. The best way to do that was to run the best surfing pictures in the world, quoting Associate Editor and master surf photographer LeRoy Grannis “it’ll be my job to get those shots.”
A Photo Essay
On The Ladies of Surfing
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The sport of riding ocean waves began in the Hawaiian Islands and was known as the “Sport Of Kings” and limited to male royalty. By the time European explorer Captain Cook sailed through the Pacific chain of islands, women were allowed to surf as the recreational sport spread to Tahiti and beyond. Over the past 50 years I’ve watched the female surfer population grow in numbers with enthusiasm and a distinctive style that today is defined as smooth, aggressive and powerful. Pictures featured in “SNAPSHOT” display the new era lady’s dance with a wave on the best equipment developed specifically for technique advancement. The pictures celebrate athletic accomplishment… look closely and share your appreciation with the next hard charging lady with whom you share a wave. – Dick Graham
My Book “The Ride” conveys the early years of establishing the Magazine and illustrates the evolution and advancements related to wave riding around the world, including the male and female personalities of the era, the equipment and a look at the early years of amateur and professional competition.