The Internet is killing surf magazines and the writing that goes along with it is often useless trash written in the time that it took to write this paragraph. Yeah yeah yeah. There are still websites and writers putting time into the craft of “surf journalism” is you can call it that. SURFER Mag pulled together their five favorites that cover John John Florence, Kelly Slater playing god, and much more. 

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In 2018, SURFER staff and contributors came, they saw and they wrote. There were stories of wave pools and their potential to revolutionize competition, wave scores in the wake of tragic fires and floods, a shark-attack survivor who defied expectations and became a world-class surfer, an enigmatic world champion who prefers mysto surf missions to the competitive spotlight and the growing conflict between monolithic surfboard manufacturers and independent craftsmen mowing foam to get by. These are some of the most dynamic stories that appeared in SURFER’s print edition this year, deftly told by some of the best surf writers today. If you missed these gems before, or simply want to revisit an old favorite, go ahead and click the titles of the features below, kick up your feet and enjoy our best reads of the year.

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Click to SURFER for their five best longform surf articles from 2018

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