Launch 12#8

Launch 12#8

This is the first Launch I’ve written since I started working at TransWorld in ’95 … so I’ve had plenty of time to throw ideas around. Most days I’m looking through my loupe, trying to pick the best photos to run in the mag, but right now I’m sitting in front of the computer trying to paint a picture from four years’ worth of jumbled thoughts, ideas, and tangents. I guess I’ve always realized the pressures our editors and writers go through to create new angles on stories and meet deadlines; now I’ve got the responsibility of writing a one-page introduction to the Photo Issue.

I’m sure you’ve all heard the phrase “Change is good,” and that’s what I’d like to talk about. I hope you’ve noticed the changes throughout our last seven issues. Columns like: In the Mix, Variables, Open Mic, music reviews written by pros, spread Check Outs, and for the first time an interview after the photo section in this, the Photo Issue.

When you work in an office every day with six to eight people, you become family and see the highs and lows of each others’ lives. Trying to create something you feel passionately about can often be frustrating when several different personalities are involved, but it can also be the most rewarding experience ever. I’ve made some decisions I wish I could go back and correct, but mistakes are what help us learn to change.

Our staff (inside the office and out) is reaching its stride, and we’re ready to create the strongest stories, interviews, and photo essays you’ve ever seen. On the photography side of things, we’ve added Derek Kettela, Torey Piro, Chris Brunkhart, Rob “Whitey” McConnaughy, and Kevin Zacher to our senior photographer staff. They’ll be joining Mark Gallup, Eric Berger, and Scott Needham to bring you the newest, most insane photos from their local scenes and travels around the globe. Editorially, we’ve been given the talents of Melissa Larsen, Leah Jones, and Dave Sypniewski, who’ve joined forces with our veterans Eric “E” Wright and Michael Lucas. Artistically, the face behind the look of this mag is Jamie Briggs. The folks in Guyana had Jim Jones, The Branch Davidians had David Koresh-we have an enigmatic leader with a decade of experience known as Jon Foster.

I can hear ’em all breathe a sigh of relief as we reach the light at the end of the tunnel we’ve come to know as Volume Twelve. They’re preparing to get out of the office, to the mountains, and gather new stories. How about a round of applause for them-they deserve it. Thanks.

On that note, welcome to the Photo Issue-a labor of love from all of us here at TransWorld SNOWboarding. Don’t go changin’.