A few years ago I started working at my favorite publication, @SurfersJournal as the part-time Assistant Photo Editor, alongside the legendary Jeff Divine (@JeffDivinePhoto). Getting to know Jeff and hearing his stories from 50 years of surf photography and photo editing was truly amazing, and eye-opening in many ways. Little did I know then, that Jeff wasn't far off from retirement, and was looking for someone to pass the torch to. Well the torch has been passed. Last October, Jeff officially left his post as the TSJ Photo Editor. When he announced his retirement plans, I knew that would mean one of two things for me: either I would become the new Photo Editor, or I would be out of a job. Given the current state of print publishing, and photography in general, there are more than a few very qualified and talented people who could have (and may have) been considered for the job. But ultimately they chose me, and I couldn't be happier about it, or more confident that I am in the right place.
I'm very proud to call this current issue of @SurfersJournal the first I worked on as Photo Editor. In this fast-paced world of media, where images and stories can be shared almost instantaneously, high-quality print publications are more important than ever. Sure, brightly colored images look great on computer screens and handheld devices, but nothing beats a well-printed photo in a highly-regarded publication that won't be chucked in the recycle bin after the first pass-through. And the experience of anticipating a new issue, receiving it in the mailbox, and spending quality time reading and reflecting on it's contents, is something that simply cannot be replicated through digital media consumption.
Big thanks to @MikalaJones for this incredible cover image, and for recognizing that sometimes it's best not to blow everything out onto social media for that immediate gratification of likes and comments. I believe this memorable cover will remain so for many years to come.
Thank you to the TSJ crew for believing in me, and thank you to our valued contributors for your outstanding work and dedication to this pursuit of wave riding.