Drew Kampion lives.
Two years ago, surf fans everywhere broke into collective sobs when it was announced that Surfer magazine had fired its staff and was, effectively, shuttering. Founded in San Juan Capistrano, California, 1960, by high school teacher and surf film maker John Severson, the title was home to some of the greatest surf writers, surf photographers and graphic designers to ever toil under the glorious brine-filtered sun. The “Bible of the Sport” was purchase by various media companies in its later years, including Donald J. Trump’s friend David Pecker, before its eventual demise. Legendary photo editor Pete Taras wrote at the time, “t’s with great sadness that I write that today was my last day at SURFER. Between Transworld SURF, SURFER, and SURFING, that was half my life. 21 years between the three. It’s really hard for me to put into words right now the feelings. I’m a weepy mess. I taught. I was taught. I cared so much for all the creatives I worked with over the years. We were family.”
Well, those aforementioned sobbing surf fans became both greatly confused though possibly hopeful when Surfer’s carcass was exhumed, months ago, by The Arena Group as part of an alleged $25 million package. Chairman and CEO Ross Levinsohn, who enjoyed a spot of #metoo trouble for rating the “hotness” of female coworkers and allegedly “kissing and pressing himself against women” who were not his wife at a glitzy party, was extremely bullish on the purchase, citing “synergies” etc.
And, now, finally we get to see some of those. But let us meet the fresh “trending news” writer for Surfer.
Emily Mogan is the Trending News Writer for Surfer. While completing her undergraduate degree, she wrote for her on-campus newspaper and devoted her time to running socials for a nonprofit close to her heart. She also dabbled in another nonprofit, creating content, writing copy, and editing photos and videos. Upon graduation, she acted as a staff writer for a media outlet, covering many topics, from breaking news to new music to national parks. She resides in a small town nestled at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. She’s also a proud owner of a Pyrnesse-mix, her hiking partner, every time she hits a trail. Emily enjoys strong coffee, spicy food, and live music.
In the clip, you get a look at happy surfers of all ages and skill level catch breaks thanks to the park’s five different levels it offers. However, while many viewers were in awe of the clip, some couldn’t help but point out that it was somewhat too ominous for their liking. “I feel like they need to put a fence around that thing or something,” worried @oakheartgardenia. Another user (@themusicman) echoed the concern: “This seems terrifying to me.”
Drew Kampion lives.