TransWorld Media is pleased to announce the hiring of Gary Taylor to the position of managing editor of TransWorld SURF Business.
Since TransWorld SURF Business launched four years ago, Taylor has become one of the primary freelance writers for the surf industry’s premiere trade magazine. Taylor has also utilized his well-honed journalistic skills in his more than 700 surf-related stories published in media outlets such as The Los Angeles Times, TransWorld SURF, The North County Times, Surfer Magazine, The San Diego Union Tribune, Surfing Magazine, Longboarder, and many more.
“Other than being a pro surfer I can’t think of a better job than working at TransWorld SURF Business,” says Taylor. “Surfing is my passion and my life, and to sign on at a time when the sport is transitioning from a cool cottage industry to a worldwide phenomenon makes it that much more challenging and exciting. I look forward to applying all my surfing experience and my skills as a writer, editor and publicist to make sure that TransWorld SURF Business maintains its role as the surfing industry’s most relevant and compelling business publication.”
Taylor will start his full-time role at TransWorld SURF Business on September 8, the day after he returns from the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia. “I’m excited about what Gary brings to the table,” says TransWorld SURF Business Editor Sean O’Brien. “Gary is not only passionate about surfing, he’s a skilled and insightful journalist. That’s a winning combination that will further accelerate the success of TransWorld SURF Business and contribute to the entire surf industry’s development.”
Taylor replaces John Maynard, who has accepted a product-development job at Spy Optic. “John was a big part of TransWorld SURF Business‘ success,” says O’Brien. “While we’re sorry to see him go, we’re excited about his new career opportunities and wish him nothing but the best.”
TransWorld SURF Business has also named Matt Patterson as its Orange County contributing editor. “Matt’s enthusiasm is infectious,” says O’Brien. “His understanding of the surf market is also immense. It will be great to have him be part of the TransWorld SURF Business team and focused on the epicenter of the surf market.”
Finally, Dan Watts has been named art director of TransWorld SURF Business. Watts replaces Doug Manson, who recently was named the associate art director of TransWorld Snowboarding. “Those are some big shoes to fill, but I’m eager to tackle the opportunity,” says Watts, who will have to improve his ping-pong skills if he wants to keep up. Watts was previously art director of TransWorld Skateboarding Business and a production assistant for the Surfing Group.