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  • August 24, 2017 • Digital Edition

    September 2017 (Issue #203)

    Recently, uncertainty has plagued Puerto Rico. A crushing $74 billion debt and $50 billion pension obligation has hobbled the island’s economy. The poverty rate, meanwhile, hovers around 45%, causing many young residents to leave for...

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  • July 12, 2017 • Digital Edition

    August 2017 (Issue #202)

    New Jersey’s blue-collar history goes back hundreds of years. In the 1830s, hard-working Paterson residents harnessed the power of the Passaic River’s Great Falls to kick off the United States’ Industrial Revolution. Oceangoing...

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  • May 31, 2017 • Digital Edition

    June 2017 (Issue #201)

    The best surf photos do three things: showcase the wave at its most beautiful moment, highlight the surfer riding it at his or her peak of action and style, and still provide enough of a surrounding view to place everything in context....

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  • April 24, 2017 • Digital Edition

    May 2017 (Issue #200)

    Over the course of 26 years and 200 issues, ESM has journeyed to nearly every corner of this surfing planet. We kicked things off in 1991 focusing on the East Coast’s many nooks and crannies, most of which didn’t gain mainstream...

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  • March 8, 2017 • Digital Edition

    March 2017 (Issue #199)

    Written by Nick McGregor — In this day and age, there aren’t many young surfers rushing out to build their own boards. It’s hard work. Messy work. Frustrating work. And, unless you’re fascinated by hydrodynamic design and its...

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  • January 12, 2017 • Digital Edition

    January 2017 (Issue #198)

    On January 1st, 2017, the Eastern Surfing Association kicked off a yearlong celebration of a massive organizational milestone: its 50th anniversary. When Cecil Lear, Rudy Huber, and Hoppy Swartz organized seven disparate districts under...

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  • November 18, 2016 • Digital Edition

    November 2016 (Issue #197)

    I’ve about had it with hurricane season. Even though it regularly brings us some of the most beautiful waves of the year, the stress, man — is it really worth it? A few storms this year, like Gaston and Karl, delivered nothing but fun...

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  • October 13, 2016 • Digital Edition

    October 2016 (Issue #196)

    If Jamaican surfing in 2016 seems like an essential part of our extended East Coast tapestry, you can credit that to one family: the Wilmots. Billy and Maggie Wilmot founded the Jamaican Surfing Association in 1999 to bring industry...

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  • September 6, 2016 • Digital Edition

    September 2016 (Issue #195)

    Three environmental features? One on the biggest water quality catastrophe in years? One on the controversial and many-sided challenges facing an iconic if divided East Coast town? One that attempts to cover several other geographically...

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  • August 6, 2016 • Digital Edition

    August 2016 (Issue #194)

    When we started building this year’s Who Da Guy list, we didn’t purposefully include only local heroes, the next wave of promising groms, and relatively unknown surfers with mind-blowing stories. But that tends to happen on the East...

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