Big Issue Release Party

Because all work and no play is no way to make magazines

Right about now, our annual Big Issue has hit newsstands and mailboxes across the globe. And as you can imagine, putting together a pub of that size was no small feat. Between the months of planning, the late nights, and last-minute changes and proofs, we’d be lying to you if we told you this beast of a magazine was easy to put together. So when the last pages were sent off to the printer and we pulled ourselves out of our offices, we began feverishly searching for an excuse to unwind, and Hawaii sounded like as good of a place as any. To celebrate the release of this special issue, we teamed up with the man who graced our cover, Ian Walsh, and threw a rager at The Edition hotel in Waikiki.

Rip Curl's Nick Greeninger and contest guru Darren Brilhart partied with us well into the morning. Photo: Emberson

It's all about the readers. Photo: Emberson

Peligroso Tequila's Russell Saito and Surfer's Hawaii editor Jeff Mull. Photo: Emberson

Ian Walsh and friends played host for the event. Photo: Emberson

Surfer's editor-in-chief Brendon Thomas and Rip Curl's Nick Greeninger, toasting to the 2011 Big Issue. Photo: Emberson

The Big Issue party, going big. Photo: Emberson

By midnight, the dance floor was packed. Photo: Emberson