When you work at a magazine, your trade is in words … but sometimes even we don’t know what to say. TransWorld wanted to do a special piece in memory of Jeff Anderson, something that encapsulated the alluring quality of his life, which was both brilliantly unique and simply human. Jeff had a major impact on the world, and snowboarding is more honest and fun because of him. Not sure how to pay tribute to all this, we went to his brother and best friend Billy. On an unmade bed in Billy’s Laguna Beach apartment, we sifted through what he called “my mom’s prize possessions”-old photos with ragged edges, handwritten letters, newspaper clippings. Billy leaned over and told us the stories behind everything-23 years of moments in a lifetime. Over the next six pages, we’ve done our best to bring that exact experience to you.
By Billy Anderson