Next Media officially suspends Waves Magazine
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 March, 2014 - It is with regret that we officially announce that Next Media will be suspending the regular publication of Waves Magazine.
It's been a wild and colourful ride for the eclectic title and it is a decision that hasn't been taken lightly. We'd like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who has made the magazine what it has been over the last three decades.
Waves began as the brain child of the legendary photographer, Peter Crawford. It was home-birthed at his Wheeler Parade address, overlooking Dee Why Beach, in 1980. Crawford shot most of the early photos and wrote many of the original stories which were subsequently edited by his wife Gail.
"Dad would write in a real zany, cosmic, gypsy style and Mum would translate it into English,” their son, Justin, recalled in the magazine's 200th anniversary edition. Waves was purchased by the publisher of Tracks in the mid-80s and became a regular monthly title.
Since then Waves has undergone multiple format changes and taken on many editorial tones. More so than any other Australian surf title, each Waves Editor has enjoyed the creative freedom to put their stamp on the magazine.
The list of former editors, designers, writers, filmers and photographers who have shaped the magazine over the years is long and well respected: Peter Crawford, Andrew Kidman, Jesse Faen, Tony Nolan, Mark Sutherland, Adam Blakey, Campbell Milligan, Peter Boskovic, Nathan Smith, John Respondek, Andrew Christie, Nate Johnson, Sam Macintosh, Derek Reilly, Ronnie Blakey, Kirk Owers, Roghan McKerlie, Ryan Glen, Ethan Smith, Eden Hannan, Jed Smith and Danny Johnson to name but a few.
While this is a sad occasion for Waves' publisher, Next Media, the silver lining is that its major surf title, Tracks magazine, will undoubtedly benefit as a result. With more contributors, resources and a larger audience at its disposal the future for Tracks, Australia's best-selling surf magazine, is looking as bright as a front-lit Kirra tunnel.
If you haven't got Issue 264 of Waves you should track it down. It's a cracker and definitely a collectable.