GrindMedia announced this week that they will stop printing TransWorld Surf Magazine after the September 2013 issue. After the acquisition of TransWorld by GrindMedia, they took on responsibility of printing three separate publications in the surfing space, including Surfer and Surfing Magazine. While the digital space for TransWorld will live online, fans of the print magazine will be holding on tight to the final issues.
“TW Surf has served the surf community well since its launch in 1999 and has been integral to the growth of popularity of surfing globally,” said GrindMedia SVP Norb Garrett in an interview with TransWorld Business. “The current staff is putting out a terrific product, which makes the decision even more difficult. I personally want to thank all of the TW Surf team for their efforts and contributions.”
GrindMedia reported that this decision will not effect TransWorld Skate, TransWorld Snowboarding or the other TransWorld publications.
“The dot-com costs a lot less to support… We’ll see if that audience continues to support it without the print title. We may find that the print piece was an incredibly valuable marketing component for allowing that site to be valuable, but you don’t know until you know,” said GrindMedia SVP Norb Garrett in an interview with TransWorld Business.
See the official release below from GrindMedia:
“GrindMedia LLC, the world’s largest action/adventure sports media company, today announced the closure of TransWorld Surf in print effective the September 2013 issue. GrindMedia also publishes Surfer and Surfing magazines and in May acquired TransWorld Surf as part of a six-brand acquisition from Bonnier Corp. GrindMedia is a division of Source Interlink Media.
Following an exhaustive review, we’ve concluded that producing three monthly print surf titles is not feasible for GrindMedia and we will no longer produce TransWorld Surf as a print property while the Web site will remain live,” said Norb Garrett, Senior Vice President/Group Publisher of GrindMedia. “We will instead focus on growing our Surfer, Surfing and SUP (Stand Up Paddler), expanding the Beached Days brand and developing our women’s/juniors brands with Salted and the Surfing Swimsuit issue.”