SURFER Appoints Jake Howard as Editor-in-Chief

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Arena Group announces the return of SURFER with a special print edition due out this summer. First published in 1960, this marks the revival of premium surf journalism, world-class photography, as well as a number of other exciting projects in the works. 

The relaunch of SURFER coincides with the appointment of Jake Howard as the brand’s new editor-in-chief. A fixture in the surf publishing world for more than 25 years, he brings a wide array of experiences to the role, including previously serving as managing editor for SURFER and senior editor for the World Surf League. He launched in 2009, and has covered the sport for ESPN, The Surfer’s Journal, Surfline, as well as provided marketing expertise for leading brands including Quiksilver, Roxy and Rip Curl. Now returning to SURFER since first working for the publication in 2000, Howard, along with a talented, dynamic team, will lead the charge into the future.

“To have a seat at the editor’s desk of SURFER, it’s a dream. In 1960, John Severson published the first issue of SURFER, and to be able to carry on that tradition and legacy, it’s a tremendous honor,” said Jake Howard, Editor-in-Chief of SURFER. “This special print edition will lead SURFER into a new era while upholding our commitment to capturing the true spirit of surfing through elevated storytelling, photography and film projects.”

The upcoming magazine will be comprised of exclusive features from the most authoritative voices in the sport. From barefoot adventures, to words of wisdom from surf heroes, to an elevated surf photography experience, every page will offer a riveting dive into the sport, culture and lifestyle of surfing.

“Jake’s return to SURFER brings an exciting new edge to this iconic brand,” said Natasha Cholerton-Brown, General Manager, Adventure Sports Network at The Arena Group. “His incredible background, connections to the surf world and core industry channels, coupled with his top-class editorial sensibilities, will undoubtedly usher in a new generation of readers to SURFER.”

The print edition of the magazine will be available for sale on August 20, 2024. The first 50 buyers on will receive a special gift box containing SURFER gifts and merchandise.

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