From the volcanic points of Yaegl country to the ancient Gondwanan forests of Lutruwita, Surfing World 414 disappears into the wilds of the Australian continent. Anchored by Jock Serong’s fictional letter, “Open this when you’re there” the issue explores a lot of ground, on foot and in the imagination. We talk to Dane Reynolds and Derek Hynd. We discover what really happened to Hot Tuna. George Greenough battles a plague of brown snakes, while Lauren Hill explores the colour and verve of postmodern women’s surfing. These are big surfing ideas in a big surfing land.
Surfing World is being published independently by Jon Frank and Sean Doherty, two surf mag lifers. They have form. Frank is the Godfather of high-art surf photography. Seano is on a million-word surf story bender. They both hold a deep respect for surfing. Surfing World is a passion project for them. They’ve inherited a sense of duty. A surfing elder summed it up to them this way: “Make something beautiful that really says something.”