Wavelength Surf Magazine

by Will Hayler in Newquay

We did it
On 5th June 2014 we successfully raised £19,513 with 187 supporters in 43 days

Bringing Wavelength Surf Magazine back to its roots and into the modern day.

by Will Hayler in Newquay

Project Aim

We are looking to raise £30,000. The target is  set at £15,000 because this is an all or nothing Crowdfunder campaign and we do not get a penny unless we hit the target. This will allow the magazine to be run and enhanced by surfers for surfers!


Having reached our initial target in record time. Thanks to your support Wavelength is now in its strongest position in years! Back in the hands of real surfers and fully supported by the British surfing community.  We are thrilled to be in a position where we are now overfunding. We would love to reach our target of £30,000 enabling us to do complete the following tasks.

  • Further support our homegrown talent.
  • Add more budget to featured trips.
  • Further develop our Newquay HQ into a centre for media learning.
  • Create more jobs at WLmedia.

Reminder of Why We Are Crowd Funding

We need your help to partially fund the following changes within the magazine.

Independent Surf Publication

We're bringing Wavelength back into the hands of surfers for the first time in ten years and becoming an independent publisher again.

Taking the print magazine into the future

We are upgrading the quality and the type of content in the magazine to make it a higher quality print publication for the future, not one based on an out dated business model.

Making it fully multi media

You want unique and exclusive surf features and you want it in a format that is convenient to you. So we're bringing you a new website and a tablet edition that isn't just a digitised flip book, but a fully interactive experience for your tablet.

Positive Social Impact

Establishing Wavelength links with schools, colleges and universities, giving young people the chance to gain employment using their talents to create something they are genuinely passionate about.



It's the summer of '81, Shakin' Stevens is number one with Green Door, Mark Richards is on his way to his third world title and the first encarnation of The Boardmasters is about to take place in Newquay. It's also an important year for the surf media, as two photographers, John Conway and Jeff Tydeman, are cutting and pasting together a magazine which would set a ball rolling for a surf media industry in Europe. Wavelength was born at that first Boardmasters, the Pink Floyd inspired Wall cover and its contents were circulated amongst the assembled pros and surf fans and Europe's longest running surf mag was unleashed.

Since that date Wavelength has gone from strength to strength, the lovable rogue that was John Conway sure had his ups and downs but he non the less ploughed a furrow for surf mags, the surf industry in the UK, photographers and pro surfing. The mag became Europe's most read surf magazine over the following years, before John sadly passed away with Cancer.

The magazine was then sold to Cornwall and Devon Media and a new era was ushered in. The magazine was rapidly modernised under new editor Tim Nunn and sidekick, controversial scribe and photographer Ben Selway. It reached new heights on all fronts eventually leading to its sale to Wild Bunch Media.

Greg Martin took over as editor and ushered in a new style and approach, which evolved to suit the ever changing and challenging surf market. The magazine went from strength to strength, despite being in a challenging place with print media in decline. Incredibly Greg bucked all trends with Wild Bunch Media behind him and got the magazine actually growing when it comes sales which it continues to do.


Aims and the Future

Fast forward to now and Wavelength is entering it's most exciting era ever.

Wavelength is, for the first time in 10 years back in the hands of surfers. Which means nothing will ever get done as we'll all be in the sea... only joking. It really means the mighty 'Length is about to enter a very exciting new era. Gone are the shackles of old business models of the publishing industry and it's time for a revolution.

The magazine isn't going anywhere, in fact it's getting even better, higher quality, with a tight team of top image makers and writers to put together a bi-monthly journal which is firmly focussed on long form journalism, incredible exclusive imagery and the love of being a surfer from The British Isles. We're looking to set the bar at a whole new level when it comes to making a surf mag, both in content and production values. To make a magazine that you'll want on your shelf or coffee table not just for the month, but for the rest of your life.

We're also expanding the online side, a whole community experience with a dedicated web team coupled with a film production team to make original and compelling documentaries. Put simply Wavelength is being turned round and thrust into the future as the most diverse and progressive surf mag in Europe, led by a team of talented and totally obsessed proffessionals hell bent on creating the best content and experience possible, all dedicated to the reader.

We also want to give you guys, the most important part of a magazine, the reader a stake in the future. Not just in helping us here, but an open line of communication the the magazine makers, so you can tell us everyday what you do and don't like. We want to produce a mag that you have to pick up in a newsagent, can't wait for it to land on your door mat and to do that we need to make it all together.

So we're calling on you, the cornerstone of this magazine, to help project Wavelength into the future and be part of creating something very special. Every pledge counts and we think the rewards are pretty epic in themselves. But on top of these you will become backers and have a say in Europe's longest running surf title.




We need your support to take Wavelength into the future. We are going to create the ultimate surf mag, and you will all have a say in it.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£7 or more

£7 Reward

Wavelength+ Membership Card - includes discounts at online stores and partner shops, surf travel, car hire, travel insurance and more.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Wavelength Virtual Cover Shot - send us your photo and we will rework it as the front cover of Wavelength.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

6 month subscription to Wavelength Magazine. Includes Wavelength+ membership card

£18 or more

18 of 100 claimed

£18 Reward

Limited Edition Wavelength T-shirt

£20 or more

1 of 30 claimed

£20 Reward

Pre Sale Tickets to Wavelength's Exclusive 33rd Birthday Party - 4th August, Newquay - Live Music, Pro Surfers, Invite only

£20 or more

15 of 150 claimed

£20 Reward

Rare Opportunity - Be on the Wavelength August issue Front Cover! Send us your photo and we will include it on the issue front cover of Wavelength Surf Magazine.

£30 or more

27 of 50 claimed

£30 Reward

Rare Opportunity - Be on the Wavelength August issue Front Cover! Send us your photo and we will include it on the issue front cover of Wavelength Surf Magazine. +++ PLUS you will be entered into a prize draw to WIN a made to measure custom surfboard, 50-1...Pretty good odds! +++

£40 or more

£40 Reward

Editorial Influence and Gold Subscription You get every issue of the magazine, but you also get to sit on the editorial board. The perks with this are choosing the cover (voting on 3 each issue) Deciding which features to commission (Voting on 3 an issue). A chance to submit feature ideas, and select the gallery shots. It's your chance to be part of the mag. Don't worry it won't spoil your enjoyment of the mag, just give you a say on the way you want it to go.

£50 or more

14 of 50 claimed

£50 Reward

Wavelength Mega Deal - Your photo on the front cover of Wavelength August Issue - An exclusive Wavelength T-shirt - And a 6 month Wavelength subscription!

£60 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£60 Reward

O'Neill Gooru Fuze 2mm Short Sleeve suit. Along with its buttery UltraFlex DS, light and flexible GBS Seams, Lumbar Seamless Design (LSD). The lightweight, quality materials and attention to detail make this series a team inspired favourite. Only in SMALL. RRP £120

£75 or more

8 of 10 claimed

£75 Reward

A £150 Errant Surf Travel Voucher - to be used on any errantsurf.com surf trip.

£90 or more

3 of 5 claimed

£90 Reward

Front Cover Combo - Your photo on the printed front cover of Wavelength Surf Magazine August issue. PLUS have your image re-worked as a personal front cover which will be professionally printed, mounted and sent back to you.

£200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£200 Reward

Grab two Gul Viper Wetsuits, a 3/2mm for the summer and a matching 5/3mm for the colder months. Save over £200 on the retail price!

£250 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£250 Reward

Limited Edition Surf Photo - of your choice taken and signed by Wavelength Editor and Pro Surf Photographer Tim Nunn (16"x24" - Printed, Signed, Mounted and Framed) timnunn.viewbook.com/

£287 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£287 Reward

A Pair of 4 Day VIP Boardmasters Tickets!!! 6-10 August - Gates 4pm Thurs. Includes Free Parking, Queue Jump via the VIP lane, camping in the luxury campsite equipped VIP Showers and Toilets, you'll also have access to the VIP bar with privately billed artists and open the possibility of a bit of star spotting. And then there is all the music that this year's Boardmasters has to offer. Snoop Daaawwwg! Retail price £387 - YOU SAVE £100 whilst also supporting Wavelength! NO BRAINER!!

£350 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£350 Reward

Wavelength Photo Workshop - attend a two day surf photography workshop hosted by Wavelength Editor and Pro Surf Photographer Tim Nunn, includes one nights accommodation in Newquay, and a chance to shoot with pro surfers.

£2,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£2,000 Reward

6 week surf trip with surf adventure specialists Ticket to Ride, travel and surf from Cape town to Durban stopping at 6 epic spots!. This is a MEGA DEAL saving you £1,295 on RRP. Find out more @ http://www.ttride.co.uk/surf-adventures/ttride-african-road-trip-2

£4,000 or more

£4,000 Reward

PRICE DROP! 13 week surf trip with surf adventure specialists Ticket to Ride, travel through South Africa and Mozambiques saves £2500 (www.ttride.co.uk)

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£35 Reward

One for the surfer girls out there! Grab this O'Neill Bahia FL Series L/S 2/1mm Spring shorty for only £35! This series maintains exceptional styling, fit and unrestricted movement in each style now with 100% UltraFlex DS neoprene. In sizes 4 - 14.

£65 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£65 Reward

O'Neill Superfreak 3/2mm in red and black.With GBS seam construction and a super-flexible combination of Ultraflex DS and FluidFlex materials, the Superfreak keeps the water out and keeps you warm like no other wetsuit ever offered at this price level. Only in XL. RRP: £130

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£70 Reward

O'Neill Gooru Fuze 3/2mm full suit in TEAM COLOURS! Light weight and streamlined with O'Neills new Front Upper Zip Entry. Along with its buttery UltraFlex DS, light and flexible GBS Seams, Lumbar Seamless Design. Only in MT. RRP £145

£100 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£100 Reward

Ticket Bundle - 5 x Electric Beach Festival Ticket - Watergate Bay, Grandmaster Flash. Includes entrance and ticket to VIP after party. (£175 RRP) electricbeachfestival.co.uk

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£300 Reward

Brand New Quiver Tradesman Surfboard, 6'3" x 19 1/8" x 2 7/16" (£495 RRP)

£375 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£375 Reward

This classic Mini Shimmons from Watershed stays true to the original Simmons design whilst adding a number of fin options to change your surf from session to session. Pledge £375 and you WILL save £150 on this board. 5'6" x 22" x 2 3/4" - RRP £524

£2,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£2,000 Reward

Be part of a Wavelength Featured Surf Trip - 5 day trip surf trip with Pro Riders, Pro Photographers - Wavelength Mag coverage guaranteed - includes all travel and accommodation.

£3,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£3,000 Reward

Summer Surf Report Takeover - Logo and Link on daily Wavelength Newquay surf report - Posted on Facebook to 150,000 surfers - Covers May/June/July/August

£7,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£7,000 Reward

12 Month Bespoke Wavelength brand campaign - across all Wavelength mediums - Print, Digital, Video and Social

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