By David MacKinnon
Transworld closed its doors last week. After 32 years, the giant slipped away. A tribute went up across the industry– anyone watching Instagram saw the feed flooded with photos, words, and perspective. We’ve collected several of those posts here. But more, we’d like to share some thoughts.
Shred magazines help us get better. The reason a select few earn the ‘bible’ moniker is because they share a way of life so effectively as to let their readers, contributors, and associates thrive. They give us inspiration and urge us to progress, captivate us and strike curiosity. They tempt us with adventure and offer advice for along the way. And magazines give young riders, photographers, writers, and artists something to aspire to– there’s huge value in that. Snowboarding as a whole is elevated when each of us do better.
Mags aren’t alone in serving to uplift. That space is shared with everyone who puts up flags for boarding. But magazines are special. Magazines represent a collective voice. They filter, curate, and seek out points of view. They’re a bed of nails for snowboard culture– a single perspective can’t hold the entirety of the story riders are telling with their boards. Magazines refine, they edit, and they present the best of our lifestyle to veterans and beginners alike.
Whether or not Transworld was your bible, it’s worth reflecting on. For our part, TW represented standards we hold dear– we read with earnest enjoyment as our friends, colleagues, and alumni presented international stories with the same passion we take to our work at Snowboard Canada. Right now, by clicking here, you can subscribe to our magazine. We appreciate your support, and reward it in our pages. Rest in peace Transworld, and long live print.