April, 1980



Tracks Cover Art – The Next Best Thing to a Surfing Time Machine

A Tracks cover always stirs up a heady dose of welcome nostalgia. At a glance the images can transport you to another time and place, evoking feelings and memories connected to your favourite surfing icons or most treasured surfing experiences. The alchemy of stellar photography, cutting-edge design, and catchy text lines makes the covers timeless pieces of pop art. Hang them on the wall at home or work, or purchase one as a gift that won’t disappoint. Hell, grab a few and dedicate a whole wall to these perfect timestamps of surfing history.     

Professional photographic manufacturing by Created For Life

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The 80’s Tracks Cover Art Collection

Epic contest battles, kaleidoscopic characters and commercialisation. There was never anything understated about the 80s. We drowned in the sounds of power-pop bands and kitsch crooners, fashion was splashed liberally with ostentatious colours and in Australia, our prime minister skulled yard glasses and granted days off for winning boat races. The decade belonged to those willing to unashamedly express whatever it was they were thinking or feeling. Surfing preserved its status as a unique counter-culture, however its 80s evolution reflected everything that was going on around it. Meanwhile, Tracks retained its regular black and white broadsheet format but immortalised surfers on its covers in full colour. Likewise, an exponentially expanding surf industry developed a fluoro fetish and couldn’t resist running its ads big and bright. Alongside the black and white editorial copy neon surfers clad in sponsor’s garb leapt from the pages. Some purists felt that surfing had sold out but although at times it was frivolous there was something undeniably fun about the 80s. With strong support from companies in and out of the industry, pro surfing went into the next stratosphere. Gladiatorial duels defined the decade – MR vs Cheyne, Curren vs Carroll, Occy vs Curren, Kong vs the world. Although the tour was a relentless circuit that often championed bums on beaches before good waves it still seemed to the rest of us like these guys had the best jobs in the world. Meanwhile, the average surfer was dealing with a rapidly expanding surfing population, protesting against the sewage outlet at their home break and saving for a trip to G-land.

Tracks Cover Art – Professional photographic manufacturing by Created For Life

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Note: All Tracks cover art are scanned from original Tracks Magazine issues so in their authenticity there may be some imperfections such as marks, folds, or discolouration.

The Printing Process

Tracks cover art is printed on the highest quality paper available. Your Print will be created using the finest archival materials and processes to ensure the best possible quality. It will be printed on Hahnemuhle 100% Cotton Rag using Epson Ultrachrome inks for maximum stability. Hahnemühle makes unique papers for unique works of art. Since 1584 they have been producing paper of unparalleled quality for artistic and graphic use.

All Tracks cover artwork is professionally produced by one of Australia’s premier photographic labs, Created For Life. Established over 30 years ago, CFL has a well-respected name in the industry and continue to provide services for some of the country’s top professionals. You can be confident that when you purchase a stunning artwork from the Tracks Cover Art Gallery that it will be produced with the highest attention to detail and craftsmanship possible.

Each print is available as; unframed (print only), framed print (raw, black or white wooden frame), or acrylic face mount.

Image sizes: 


Print Only – 457 x 304mm

Finished Frame – 590 x 440mm

Finished Acrylic – 457 x 304mm


Print Only – 610 x 406 mm

Finished Frame – 790 x 590 mm

Finished Acrylic – 610 x 406 mm


Print Only – 762 x 508 mm

Finished Frame – 1000 x 790 mm

Finished Acrylic – 762 x 508 mm

Framed Print – three looks white, black and raw timber.

Acrylic Face mount: 4.5mm thick with 1.2 mm aluminium on the back.

The Framing Process

Your Print will be expertly framed with your choice of a sustainable timber frame. Then it will be finished with lightweight, optically clear, museum grade acrylic which offers 95% protection against UV rays. It will undergo one final inspection, before being securely packed for shipping. If your print is not being framed, it will be carefully rolled with cotton interleave and placed into a cylinder for delivery.


We have selected three framing options that we believe complement the images perfectly and allow them to really stand out. With both white, black and Tassie oak options, our quality framing suits a range of settings and styles. We do not use basic framing glass, instead, we use high-quality acrylic. This acrylic is lightweight, protects against 99% of UV rays and is shatterproof.


Acrylic face mounting is one of the most impressive and striking ways to display your photographic print. Your print is mounted behind acrylic and the back is covered with specially treated aluminium. This process will completely protect your image from front to back. Your image is mounted edge to edge and creates a beautiful frameless finishes. Each piece is professionally finished with hand-polished edges. We use 4.5mm optically clear, Museum Grade Acrylic which has 99% UV protection. Acrylic is extremely safe to use, as it is shatter resistant and provides exceptional protection from sunlight, weather and temperature extremes. Once hung, your print floats approximately 16mm off the wall. You can be assured that you will receive an absolutely perfect, high-quality finish. The result is truly spectacular.


Of course, you can also select the ‘print only’ option and frame the image as you please. All photos are printed on premium Hahnemuhle Ultra Smooth Photo Rag 305gsm paper giving each image incredible colours and luminosity. 


Each cover art piece is created upon order and takes between 3 weeks to print, mount, frame and ship to you.   International orders will take longer.


Each cover art is printed and framed just for you in the size and frame of your choice. That means we are unable to accept returns or exchanges. We are also unable to make any changes or cancellations to orders after 24 hours.

If for any reason your new artwork arrives in anything other than perfect condition you will need to notify us within 24 hours of receiving the art and we will repair or replace the artwork.