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Wave Rider was a quarterly surfing magazine of the 1970s published out of Cocoa Beach, Florida. [1] Founded by Gunnar and John Griffin, it was launched in 1975 and ceased publication in 1982. [1] Staff photographers included Rob Battipaglia, Joaquin Garcia and Larry Marshall and also Sal Catania who was Photo Editor and staff photographer for a short period of time. Reggie Hodgson was the art director in the late-1970s. Wave Rider not only covered the international surfing scene but offered more inclusive coverage of the East Coast of the United States. In 1976 the Griffin brothers launched a sister publication called Skate Rider as skateboarding became more popular and a demand for more complete coverage was not being met by others. Both magazines would fold by the early 1980s as economic hardships were experienced worldwide.

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Skate Rider was a quarterly skateboarding magazine of the 1970s which originated out of Cocoa Beach, Florida, published by Gunnar and John Griffin who had launched Wave Rider magazine several years earlier. Skate Rider was founded in 1976 and lasted until 1980 when the popularity of skateboarding began to plummet. John Griffin served as editor of the magazine and its first staff photographers included Rob Battipaglia and Michael Cassidy. Skate Rider was most important for its role in documenting a large number of East Coast riders and contests that were never covered by any of the other magazines. It would notably become the first magazine to publish a photo of Alan Gelfand before he became a famous public figure, the South Florida skater associated with the creation of the Ollie.

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References

  1. 1 2 "Wave Rider". Craig Snyder. Retrieved 29 July 2015.