Even as the titles are murdered one by one, I nurse their bleeding corpses…
Print is dead is the clarion call from…everywhere.
If you’re reading this now you are more than likely part of the problem. Hand in the air, I’m guilty, too.
Transworld Surf, gone. Waves, gone. Who’s next?
When I was a grommet, my pay was on a Thursday and in cash. I would bolt straight to the mall to buy some music but, more importantly, to check the shelves of the local newsagents hoping to see the latest issue of one of the half-dozen surf-mags I would regularly buy. Inhaling every word and flicking though the photos of my heroes and the waves they surfed over and over until another new magazine replaced the last.
But then I grew up and the magazines didn’t.
Twenty years on and now living in a small coastal town, I’m completely out of the loop of the printed world. The town has one bitter newsagent that hates surfers and only stocks couple of random titles (Well, hates us local surfers… We voted against a WQS coming to our fair shores thus denying him and the rest of the town-folk millions in surf-tourist dollars they thought would follow the event).
So I have decided to buck the current click-bait trend and subscribe to not one but two surf magazines. Two!
What kinda mindset drives a man to pay something that comes for free?
It goes like this: when websites disappear so does the content held within. In 20, I’m not going to pull out my old laptop from 2015 from the boxes in the rafters of my garage and browse though the hallowed historic online pages of BeachGrit like I do with my collection of old surf mags.
But if you’re going to pay for a magazine, which one(s) should you buy?
If I was a real journalist and not a lazy plumber, I’d spend spend days researching the current surf magazines titles available, the pro’s and cons of each respective mag’s editorial staff, cover-costs, the merits of monthly vs bi-monthly, the quality of each mag’s staff photographers.
Screw… that! How long is that going to take, a week?
So I’m passing it onto you our dear reader to help a brother out…
Whats out there? What would you choose?