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Shawn Parkin  Photographer / Photo Editor / @surfersjournal ShawnP@surfersjournal.com

New 6'3 asymmetric Bluegill from the master @jonwegenersurfboards. Stringerless @varial_surf foam and volan glass job by @youstayglassy. Twin nub fins (Not pictured) by @surfalleyfinmaster. Can't wait to try this thing.

OC kegger.

When your shaper abruptly has to leave the shaping bay to handle some biz, you grab the pencil and template curves and start drawing. These graphite lines turned into a shape that I am quite excited about with some close attention by @jonwegenersurfboards.

Go skate day, San Clemente.

What a gem. The world sure could use more people like Carl Ekstrom, but there will only ever be one.

New Mexico family trip 3/3, Tent Rocks National Monument.

New Mexico family trip 2/3, Taos Pueblo.

New Mexico family trip 1/3. With surfing being a constant passion in my life for the last 20+ years, I always have my eyes on the coast when it comes to potential getaways. But it's really refreshing to go in the opposite direction for a total change of scenery and weather. Thanks to my cactus head wife @brookeinthegarden for the motivation to visit some of the desert landscapes of the south west.

Yep.

Looking glass tube vision made by artist and ding repair guru @perryfaanes.

Recently did a little family road trip through AZ & NM. Loved exploring that part of the country, and the kids had a blast too. It was a nice reset. Swipe through for more photos... #saguaronationalpark #kashakatuweTentRocksNationalMonument #taospueblo

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.

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