American Media Inc’s 60-year-old monthly Surfer Magazine is shuttering.
“The whole staff got let go yesterday,” due to the “Covid economy,” Todd Prodanovich, editor-in-chief of Surfer, wrote in an Instagram post published Saturday.
American Media acquired 14 sport and outdoor magazines belonging to The Enthusiast Network’s Adventure Sports Network (ASN), the owner of the quarterly Surfer Magazine, in February 2019.
Three other ASN brands — Powder, Bike and Snowboarder — are also shuttering this year, though Snowboarder will continue on digitally.
In the spring of 2019, American Media Inc. shuttered Transworld Snowboarding and the print magazines of Transworld Skateboarding, Transworld Motocross and Ride BMX.
Prodanovich says he feels “like we’re ending on a high note with this one.”
The cover shot of Surfer's last issue is by Donald Miralle, taken “during the Encinitas paddle out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement,” he noted.
The issue also includes “a piece by me about the LGBTQ+ surf community that was the honor of my career to work on, and I’m so grateful to the subjects for trusting me with their stories,” Prodanovich wrote.
Surfer Magazine made its first endorsement for president the same day staff was cut, endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris.
The decision to close the publication is not connected to the endorsement, according to Prodanovich.