This month celebrates the 40th anniversary of one of Australia’s most celebrated surfing magazines. 40 years ago, 40AU cents would have bought you a copy of the inaugural newspaper TRACKS, a black and white surfing publication featuring a sky polluted by industrial smoke on the cover. Who would have known it had anything to do with surfing…? The commemorative edition of the magazine comes with a re-print of the original issue.
Read on into those early pages and TRACKS was a comical yet serious collection of editorials, photos and advertisements reflecting a very anti-authoritarian publishing house of surfers who were hand shaping surfboards, houses, and a political movement within the sub culture.
Somehow many of these ideals were lost and surfing has progressed into an elite world fuelled by desire to become the next Kelly Slater. Naturally, the pages of TRACKS have become filled with ads for board shorts that feel better and boards that claim to help you fly higher.