John Severson’s SURF

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John Severson has been documenting surfers in America for over 50 years. As the founder of Surfer Magazine, he’s seen the sport go from an “outlaw” adventure banned by local townships to a multimillion dollar industry. While early American surfers might have trouble finding a partner to ride the waves, the biggest problem now is finding a clear patch of surf. He has published his photographers and original artwork in a new book, John Severson’s Surf. (Bill McKenna BBC

“John Severson’s Surf” is a book that presents the languid-meets-extreme-thrills lifestyle of surfing through paintings and vivid photography.

Presented mainly through Mr. Severson’s paintings and photography, the book serves a dual purpose as a celebration of a Zeilg-like life to envy and as an implicit slap across the cheek of those status-conscious, white-collar elements that are getting ever fresher in their advances upon the wave-riding lifestyle that he helped start back in the 1950’s. (Jim Rutenberg The New York Times, Styles Section)

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