The Surfer's Journal's #ShotOniPhone Mikey Wright Cover Is Bonkers
Someone at Apple cut Zak Noyle a check already!
Today the mighty Surfer's Journal leaked a first glimpse of their new issue, featuring one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful images anyone in the Stab staff can recall: Mikey Wright, mid-flight and suspended in a constellation of glistening offshore plumage and bright blue sky.
"He shot it with an iPhone, man," the Journal's Art Director, Jim Newitt, tells Stab of the Zak Noyle image, which quickly filled up our Instagram feeds upon its release.
After more than a decade of experience in the niche Venn diagram that is publishing, design, and surf (which included two years dragging Surfer into modernity), Newitt took the aesthetic seat at The Surfer's Journal two years ago, and has helped usher in a new era of greatness at the San Clemente publication after the departure of longtime Photo Editor Jeff Divine, as well as Art Director Jeff Girard, who both served alongside Scott Hulet and Steve Pezman for the better part of a quarter century.
While the last two volumes have been exceptional, the last three covers have shown The Journal's remarkable range: an archival black and white of Dick Brewer, Reno Abellira, and Gerry Lopez; an African lineup shot by Al McKinnon, featuring Greg Long and a desert dreamscape; and this most recent iPhone capture of Mikey Wright, by Zak Noyle.