About

TRANSWORLD MEDIA
The Most Trusted Voice In Action Sports

We’ve spent 30 years at the center of a dedicated community that is defined by its passion. Along the way, we helped shape a unique youth culture that remains one of the most influential and difficult to reach.

Today, TransWorld strives to connect with our audience at every possible touchpoint—wherever they are, we are there, delivering the experience to the consumer.

Credibility translates well across any form of media. Whether reaching our audience through new mobile apps, original video content, or award-winning magazines, TransWorld’s influence, authority, and capabilities are unmatched.

Where The TransWorld Story Begins

 

 A few pioneers with a lot of vision would change action sports forever

TransWorld SKATEboarding magazine was born in the wee hours of the night upstairs above the Tracker Truck factory on Tremont Street, in  Oceanside, California,  in January of 1983.  Upset that skaters had no glossy international media representation, Peggy Cozens and I created “The United Skate Front” and began work on the premiere issue of

TransWorld SKATEboarding magazine. Our mission statement was “To Grow And Promote The Sport.”

We assembled a team of skaters from all over who were producing “skate zines” in order to share their passion for the sport—Brian Ridgeway, Neil Blender, Jinx, Tod Swank, Lance Mountain, Jim Goodrich, and the list goes on. Grant Brittain was our local photographer from the Del Mar Skate Ranch. Dave Carson came to art direct and pushed the design boundaries in the entire graphics arts world. GSD followed that act, and then Ted Newsome changed the masthead every issue. The passion, pride, and dedication of TransWorld staff from day one shines out in every thing we produced.

Only 10,000 copies of the first issue were printed. By 1985, TransWorld SKATEboarding had climbed to an astounding number 71 in newsstand sales competing with 4,500 monthly magazines. That small building on Tremont Street where skaters thrived, worked, and even slept was soon outgrown. But without question, the spirit of that sacred spot lives on in the hearts and minds of those who carry the torch. Even John Wright, who lived across the street in 1983, is still the custodian at the new facility and holds the title “Chief Inspiration Officer.” The seeds planted that late night in the old office on Tremont Street would become the leading, ever-evolving core that defines action sports today.

I’m proud to be a part of the TransWorld family.

—Larry Balma