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John Severson, founder of Surfer Magazine, dies at 83

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John Severson – surf filmmaker, writer, painter, photographer and founder of Surfer Magazine – passed away in his sleep at the age of 83.

Severson was born in Pasadena, in 1933. He started surfing aged 13 after moving with his family to San Clemente.

Severson earned a degree in art education from Long Beach State College in 1956. He was drafted into the Army, and assigned to the Army’s surf team in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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