January 2016 (Issue #190)

January 7, 2016 • Digital Edition

25 years. 190 issues. 21,112 pages. Only three other American surf magazines have made it to a similar milestone: Surfer, Surfing, and The Surfer’s Journal. But to this day, ESM remains committed to one coast and one community, in all its infinite permutations. Whatever you ride, however you surf, and wherever you go, if you’re from the East Coast, we’re here for you. And this issue, we’ve got a lot: a profile on Chelsea Tuach, the first Barbados surfer to ever make the World Tour, along with the East Coast’s first fresh face in nearly a decade. A look at Virginia Beach’s New Now, which is a far cry from its hyper-competitive heyday in the ’80s and ’90s. A detailed assessment of the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. An ode to our most loyal advertiser and the surf shops that have carried ESM since 1991. A Stepping Stones assessment at those writers and photographers who started here and made it in the big surf journalism leagues. And two awesome contributions from ESM Co-Founders Tom Dugan and Dick “Mez” Meseroll: their 25 Reasons Why They Started The Mag and proper Who Da Guy profiles on two of the East Coast’s most legendary movers and shakers. Without further ado…

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