Well who cares, who can get enough surf coverage? They both print different stories with great photography. They both usually come with posters to hang on your wall and insights of where to plan that exotic trip next winter. The only real difference is the price; surfER is less by a couple of bucks. But hey why not get both. Surfing is the magazine that not everyone subscribes to. They haven't been around as long as surfer, but you wouldn't be able to tell that by reading the articles and looking at the pictures.
To be quite honest, you forget which one you're reading when you subscribe to both so it really doesn't make a difference which one you get. The only time it does is when you're talking with your friends - "Did you see that sick barrel shot in the new Surfer, I mean Surfing? um, which one was that?"
I just wish the monthly magazines where thicker. I finish reading both of them in about half a month and end up anticipating the next issue so much that when it comes I read it faster than I did the previous month. Yes it is a vicious cycle, you wont regret the subscription to both, when you're serious about surfing, you can't get enough.
My favorite monthly read.
I have been subscribed to this magazine for almost a year now. I used to read through it in a pharmacy or grocery store. After several years of reading of this magazine I have never been disappointed with an issue. All of the features are simple to read and informative. The photography is downright breathtaking sometimes and laid out very well. Each issue comes with a free poster. I look forward to checking my mail at college to get my touch of surfing until the next time I go home. It helps satisfy those cravings for surf when I'm away at college. God bless the workers on the staff.
Surfing is my favorite magazine. I've been surfing since I was 18 and having moved up to Northern California I do miss the tropical southern california days. Reading surfing keeps me motivated on those rainy cold days up here. Great photography and the stories of surf missions let me live vicariously!