Technically A Cover Shot
Dale “Everyday” Webster is the poster child for our collective surfing addiction. From September 3, 1975 to October 5, 2015, Webster surfed every single day. That’s 14,641 days in a row. He did this not in the bathwater warm waves of an idyllic tropical paradise, but in the exact opposite—the freezing, foggy closeouts of a non-descript beach in Northern California. His plan was to surf for a complete lunar cycle—roughly 28 years—until February 29, 2004.
As he approached that date and his surf days grew into the many thousands, he began writing into SURFER magazine, letting the editors know of his feat. He figured his favorite magazine might want to write about his achievement, perhaps even put him on the cover once he’d accomplished his marathon surf goal. Self-promotion, sure, but born out of pure stoke. His writing to the mag was as persistent as his surfing. Eventually, somebody on the editorial staff told Webster that if he hit his target and surfed 10,407 days in a row, maybe he’d make the cover of SURFER. Well, Webster did it alright. Surfed all 10,407 days (then kept on going), scraping that number into the wax on his board, making the Guinness Book of World Records, too.
In the June 2004 issue, Webster got his wish. Kind of. Rather than devote the cover to Webster, he got a miniscule photo and blurb, barely visible over the SURFER title. “Dale Makes it to 10,407!” it read. Not exactly a cover. But then again, not not a cover. Either way, we could have given Webster a little more real estate.