“In this crowded world, the surfer can still seek and find his perfect day, the perfect wave alone with the surf and his thoughs…” John Severson 1959
Southern California, 1960. John Severson founded SURFER (also nicknamed“the bible of the sport of surfing”), the first magazine to celebrate and revolutionize the art and sport of surfing. Surfing’s most influential artist, John Severson has altered the perception, obsession and fascination of surfing in Pop culture. For over six decades, from surfing’s seminal first painting “Seal Beach Locals,” to the riot and mise-en-scène of his pioneering films––Surf Safari, Surf Fever and Big Wednesday, and through the creation of SURFER, Severson has shaped the image and iconography of surfing. John’s creations sent seismic vibrations into the soul of surf culture.
John Severson’s Surf is the first monograph and visual survey to explore his singular odyssey through ephemera, painting, photography, film, and publishing. This volume includes an interview with the artist by Nathan Howe, curator at Puka Puka, along with contributions by surf icons, the Hawaiian tube rider Gerry Lopez and the former editor of SURFER, Drew Kampion. John Severson’s Surf is a trip to the birth of surf culture and a testament to our ocean.
The book reveals the soul underlying the surfing industry.Although surfing has become a multi-billion dollar sport, we are forever reminded of surfing’s true meaning, thanks to people like John Severson. I strongly suggest you to take a look at this entertaining and historical publication.
John Severson’s Surf, Damiani Publisher, 2014
In collaboration with Puka Puka
Foreword by Gerry Lopez, interview by Nathan Howe, afterword by Drew Kampion
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