A new Cornwall-based digital platform called Longboarder Magazine has launched this week.
Longboarder Magazine is aimed at both the UK and international community ‘celebrating and showcasing the arts and cultures of longboard surfing’.
Founder and reigning British masters longboard champion Chris Thomson explains: “I’ve seen the popularity of longboarding explode over the last couple of decades around the world, and I really wanted to create a positive space for creatives to share their stories, art, surfing, film, contests and love of longboarding.”
Sam Bleakley has been a key collaborator launching the platform, making a series of films that get under the skin of a variety of longboarders.
Bleakley explains: “Our mission is to engage ‘nine-plus’ enthusiasts through inclusivity, documenting innovations, inspirations and creativity through film, photography, graphics, writing, story, interviews and longboarding wisdom.”
The first three films exclusive for the platform feature Izzy Henshall, Mike Lay and Samuel Crookshanks, while new films are in the pipeline on Ben Skinner, Californian Carla Rowland Zamora and an incredible story on women’s empowerment through surfing in Sao Tome, West Africa.
The Newquay-based team at Longboarder Magazine are crowdfunding subscribers for a once-a-year coffee-table style print edition.