Transworld Snowboarding

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Transworld Snowboarding
Transworld Snowboarding Brand Logo.png
CategoriesSports magazine
Frequency4 per year
Total circulation
First issue1987
Final issueMarch/April 2019
CompanyMotor Trend Group
CountryUnited States
Based inCarlsbad, California
WebsiteTransworld Snowboarding

Transworld Snowboarding was an American magazine and website dedicated to snowboarding culture. When it closed, the magazine had most recently been published four times a year (for many years, Transworld Snowboarding published 10 issues per year). The magazine featured articles on the sport, culture and lifestyle of modern snowboarding.


Transworld Snowboarding was first published in 1987[2][3] and was distributed internationally. Kevin Kinnear was the founding editor and Guy Motil was the first photo editor.[4] From the launch of the magazine, the Transworld owners and editorial staff were instrumental in petitioning ski resorts to allow snowboarding.

During the late 1990s, a visit by "The Chameleon," an undercover splitboarder who would reassemble his snowboard at the top of the lift and ride down, was the editorial staff's instrument of choice for calling attention to the last ski resort holdouts including Alta, Park City, Aspen Mountain, Keystone, and Taos.[5]

On October 15, 2002, Infogrames/Atari released a video game for the Xbox console titled Transworld Snowboarding developed by Housemarque.[6] In 2005, the magazine and its likeness began appearing in the SSX videogame franchise, beginning with SSX On Tour.

In 2013, most of the Transworld titles were sold by Bonnier to Source Interlink Media, later TEN Publishing.[7] In 2019, Transworld Snowboarding was sold by TEN to American Media, which closed the magazine.[8][9]

It was the most widely subscribed snowboard magazine in the world with over 1.3 million copies sold annually[10] (compared to Snowboarder Magazine at 800,000 annually).[11] Its final editor was Annie Fast, aided by Nick Hamilton as photo/video editor (formerly of Whitelines snowboard magazine). For many years, Transworld Snowboarding published 10 issues per year. At its peak in the 1990s, Transworld Snowboarding was as thick as magazines like Vogue.

Mobile applications[edit]

Transworld Snowboarding Videos, How-To's & News[edit]

Transworld released its iPhone application in June 2010. The app features professional snowboarder videos, photography and news.[12]

Transworld Snowboarding+[edit]

In October 2010, Transworld Snowboarding launched the iPad edition of the magazine, called Transworld Snowboarding+.[13] The iPad app features the print version of the magazine as well as iPad-only content like embedded videos, streaming audio and clickable links.[14]


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. December 31, 2012. Archived from the original on January 23, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  2. ^ "Snowboarding TransWorld: Sports Magazine". Designers Bookshop. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "David Carson". History Graphic Design. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "The Conception Of A Legacy". TransWorld SNOWboarding. 11 August 2006.
  5. ^ The Chameleon Rides Again!
  6. ^ "Transworld Snowboarding Review" "IGN", retrieved December 5, 2010
  7. ^ "Bonnier, Source Interlink Exchange Titles". Folio. 20 May 2013.
  8. ^ "TransWorld Snowboarding Magazine: 1987 – 2019". Transworld Snowboarding. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  9. ^ Silber, Tony. "American Media Shutters Two Transworld Titles In Swift Consolidation Weeks After Buying Them". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  10. ^ "龙八国际娱乐电子游戏-龙八国际娱乐网址".
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 9, 2007. Retrieved March 11, 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "TransWorld SNOWboarding's Trick Tip iPhone App Available" "TransWorld iPhone Press Release", Retrieved December 5, 2010
  13. ^ "The new digital version of TransWorld SNOWboarding on the iPad, available now" "TransWorld iPad App", retrieved December 5, 2010

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