Both Financially and In Spirit

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A Michael Jackson estate spokesman draws similarities between the two icons

Like the “King of Pop” Michael Jackson, who died at 50 years old last month, the surf world’s “Bible” finds itself long past its glory years, unable to perform, and unrecognizable to fans.

A spokesman from the Michael Jackson estate, who says the star didn’t surf but followed the magazine, couldn’t help but mention the coincidence while delving into Jackson’s archive of Surfer.

Reaching toward a 50th birthday this year, Surfer magazine and its parent company filed for bankruptcy—a situation Jackson had also been teetering on for many months. But it was the magazine’s moral incontinence and lack of loyalty to fans that caused the Jackson estate spokesman to comment publicly. At the media conference, increasing similarities came to light; like the fact that the two icons went through young people to such an untenable extent, that in later years, both were forced to rely on interns and foreign labor.

Surfer forced to sell coveted WhateverLand Ranch property

Surfer forced to sell coveted WhateverLand Ranch property

Sadly, both Jackson and Surfer tried unsuccessfully to reverse course in their final days. In an effort to shore up his finances, Jackson scheduled a series of concerts in London he was clearly unfit to perform. For its part, Surfer forced its staff to take two weeks of unpaid leave and 20-year contributing photographer Tom Servais was dismissed simply because the magazine owed him money it didn’t want to pay. These actions, the spokesman claimed, reveal the nature of the magazine’s decline—examples, he said, of deadbeat practices much like Jackson’s hundred thousand dollar pharmacy bill left unpaid.

One of the world’s greatest performers in his prime, to the credit of his later years, Jackson held enough dignity to die when his star had faded to such a weak glimmer.

Questions of Surfer’s longevity remain.


  1. ok says:

    Ok this shit is classic. Who are you and how do you know all the dirt on Surfer

  2. Surfing Man says:

    Wait let me connect the dots…Surfer not doing well, parent company files bankruptcy and forces furlough.

    …Surfing Magazine owned by same company…

    Of course! Surfing magazine also dying same painfully slow death. Must be all the great content they are producing –

  3. Surfing Man says:

    Good thing Surfing Magazine isn’t owned by Source Interlink and isn’t being forced to take a furlough.

    Success is probably due to great content:

  4. johnny says:

    Hello. Thank you for this great info! Keep up the good job!

  5. machoman says:

    thank you! I really liked this post!

  6. Winslow says:

    I’m just an old retired surfing cowboy who’s lookin’ to see what my old Surfer mags would be worth. Can anyone help? I’m in Arizona, US. Thanks

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