Laurie Towner Lands The Last Cover Of TransWorld SURF

Laurie Towner Teahupoo Wipeout

Laurie Towner on the September 2013 cover of TransWorld SURF magazine. Photo by Brian Bielmann

Laurie Towner Lands The Last Cover Of TransWorld SURF

It’s very fitting that we featured a brutal Teahupo‘o wipeout on the last issue of TransWorld SURF magazine. In the photo, which was shot by longtime senior photographer Brian Bielmann, Aussie hellman Laurie Towner is doing a cannonball through the tube during the massive swell that hit Tahiti in mid May 2013.

Inside the September 2013 issue you’ll find a Pro Spotlight on West Oz surfer Creed McTaggart, an in depth look at the swell that rocked Tahiti in May, a tribute to our staff photographers, and much more as we saved the best for last. Find the last issue on newsstands now and hang on to that bad boy—the party’s over! Send all subscription questions to See below for Chris Coté’s last “Editor’s Note”…

This is It …
Every month, I looked forward to sitting down at my computer and writing my Editor’s Note, but on this occasion it’s a heartbreaking endeavor, as this will be the last one I’ll ever write for TransWorld SURF. After nearly 15 years of success, growth, and 150 or so great issues—business and bureaucracy have dealt a deathblow to the world’s best surf magazine—this is the last issue of TransWorld SURF, ever. At least death came quick, this last issue was 99-percent done when word came down from the top.

When the news of our demise broke online, the outpouring of love and support shown to the magazine and its staff was and continues to be incredible and I cannot begin to tell you all how much we appreciate it. When we started this magazine, we had a goal to make surfing fun again. We wanted to shake things up and progress the sport. We wanted to break barriers. We strove to introduce and celebrate new heroes and respected legends. We made it our goal to make fun of ourselves and everyone around us. We were excited at the prospect of pissing people off. Mostly, we wanted to change surfing—and we accomplished all of this and more.

Am I bragging? Fuck yeah, I’m bragging. In our relatively short existence in the surf media landscape, we changed the game completely—becoming the leader in photography, design, forward thinking editorial, and yeah, dick jokes and plenty of cussing. We invented a whole new way to look at surfing. We even invented a whole new bro-nacular (*Broisms). Unfortunately for surf fans all over the world, an empty space on newsstands and in mailboxes will never be filled in the same way again.

TransWorld SURF defined a generation. The hardest part of closing our doors is leaving behind an entire group of young surfers who were literally raised reading TransWorld SURF. I could go on and on, but I won’t. All I can say is TransWorld SURF left the surfing world a better place than it was before we were in it and at the end of the day, that’s where our legacy will stand—TransWorld SURF changed surfing for the better. We are proud of the indelible mark we left on surfing. Thank you to all the readers, writers, surfers, photographers, designers, critics, haters, subscribers, and all the people behind the scenes who made this magazine possible for the last 14 years.

And on behalf of the whole staff, past and present … you’re welcome.

Chris Coté
TransWorld SURF 1999—2013