GrindMedia will stop producing print issues of TransWorld Surf following the magazine’s September book, according to a report in Transworld Business. The announcement comes a little more than a month after GrindMedia acquired the Transworld titles from Bonnier Corp.
TransWorld Surf, which debuted in newstands in 1999, will carry on in digital form as surf.transworld.net.
Transworld Business, which is now owned by GrindMedia, published the following statement 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.”