Tracks magazine: 50-year-old ‘surfers’ bible’ returns to its roots under new ownership | Kieran Pender

Tracks magazine: 50-year-old ‘surfers’ bible’ returns to its roots under new ownership | Kieran Pender

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An environmental and social conscience is at the forefront of the iconic surf publication’s new vision

The cover of the first edition of Tracks, which would become an iconic Australian surfing magazine, contained a curious subheading. “It was the description of a track, from the Concise Oxford Dictionary,” recalls co-founder John Witzig. “Continuous line, series of marks, left by person, animal or thing in passing along.’”

The latest edition of Tracks, published this week, contained the same subheading. A casual reader might miss this minor detail, but it marks a momentous transformation. After decades of ownership by commercial publishers, Tracks has returned to its roots with a group of surfers acquiring it from Next Media. “I’m absolutely thrilled that surfers have taken it over again,” Witzig says. “It strikes me as completing the circle.”

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