Eastern Surf Magazine has made the decision to stop its print edition after 26 years, SURFER has reported.
Although the publication will continue in its digital format, an outpouring of memories and tributes for the pages of the magazine — which helped shape East Coast surfing for nearly three decades — have been surfacing since the announcement.
“The magazine certainly played a role in Kelly Slater, Lisa Andersen and CJ Hobgood's combined 16 World Titles over that span, not to mention the job of every East Coast photographer and writer in our industry,” wrote Zander Morton, former editor at SURFING and SURFER and fellow East Coast native.
Former ESM and SURFING Magazine Photo Editor Jimmy “Jimmicane” Wilson also penned his thoughts on the magazine, its founders Richard 'Mez' Meseroll and Tom 'Doogs' Dugan and the role it’s played within the surf community, from Maine to Miami:
ESM was constructed by two legends who encapsulated this entire aura and told its story through newsprint in six-week cycles, for a period of 26 years. 203 complete issues. Every single one of them 100%-free for readers. It’s saddening for anyone born pre-1995 to sit idly and watch as the magazines we adored growing up feather into extinction, though the internet has unfortunately made this fate more likely than ever.
Today, I reflect thankfully for every minute I spent digesting Eastern Surf. I’m thankful for Mez and Dugan revolting against the surf industry's runt-pig treatment and taking matters into their own hands. I’m thankful for all the covers, Who Da Guys, Blah Blah Blahs, ESM Girls, Ocean Ave. lunch sessions, the diehard photographers, writers, and World Champions. I’m thankful for every surfer, Surf Expo, surf shop, and brand who supported the most core publication of all time.
Godspeed ESM. We all loved you dearly.
Read the entire tribute from Wilson on SURFER.
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