When Surfer Magazine (then, The Surfer) released the second issue of its third volume in the summer of '62, it was greeted by a growing, surf-obsessed audience, but one still yet unfamiliar with the much with vast expanse of rideable waves out there in the world-at-large.
The Letters to the Editor section includes mostly fawning missives from waveriders praising the expanded editorial content (12 new pages in the previous issue!), and a few notes lamenting the character of the burgeoning crowds that would—save for the dated vernacular ("Gremmies" and "Ho-dads"), read like a complaint about our current state of surfdom.
As there was much terrain, yet to cover (known and unknown), Vol. 2 Issue 3 features a detailed illustrated map of South Bay surf spots, a short primer on North Steyne, and a feature on Maui, describing its uncrowded lineups, diverse setups, including a premier "Malibu-like" (huh?) point, called Honolua Bay.
There's also Murph the Surf joining the Marines, as well as a treatise on women in surfing that, anachronisms aside—terms like skill "the weaker sex" and references to women "following their boyfriends into the water" litter the short commentary—seems fairly progressive for 1962.
Check out the whole issue above in our latest installment of The Archives.