TransWorld SURF Announces Partnership with Eastern Surfing Association

Oceanside, CA (January 11, 2007) TransWorld Media, the world’s leading action sports media brand, announced today that TransWorldSURF has become the exclusive media sponsor for the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA), the largest amateur surfing association in the world. This progressive partnership unites the energies and talents of two of the biggest and most trusted names in action-sports and surfing communities.

As the East Coast voice of surfing’s youth, the ESA’s talent pool is unparalleled, as is the level of passion, pride, and prosperity that it brings to the surfing world at large. “With the ESA celebrating its rich history of forty years of success and TransWorld SURF’s unbridled growth, it makes sense that ESA would partner with TransWorld to move forward into the next forty years, says Liam Ferguson, Advertising Director for TransWorldSURF.

“TransWorldSURF has always been dedicated to covering the stars of the ESA’s illustrious past including Kelly Slater, Lisa Andersen, the Hobgood and Lopez brothers, Ben Bourgeois, and countless others. And TransWorld is equally dedicated to shining a light on its younger graduates, such as Eric Geiselman and Karina Petroni, says Debbie Hodges Executive Director for the ESA.

“The ESA is a big family and TransWorld is really excited to become an immediate part of it,” says TransWorldSURF Associate Editor Mike Fish, a native of the East Coast who’s covered many of the organization’s contests and events. “Because of its steadfast work and grassroots vibe, every surfer east of the Mississippi has a home for competition and camaraderie. It’s a true embodiment of wave riding’s heart and soul. During sunshine and snow storms alike, its members, competitors, and district directors are among the most stoked you’ll find anywhere in the world.”

TransWorld Media, the parent company of TransWorldSURF, is the world’s leading action sports media brand. TransWorld’s publications and Web sites reach a combined audience of more than eight million teens; ESA has over 150 competitions along nearly 2,000 miles of coastline. Stretching along the Atlantic from Maine to Florida, as well as throughout the Gulf Coasts, Great Lakes and the Caribbean, the ESA is the largest amateur surfing association in the world, with a membership of over 7,000 surfers.

“I’m stoked that TransWorldSURF is teaming up with the ESA, says TransWorldSURF Editor and Content Director Chris Cote. “We both want the same things: to make surfing fun, to grow the sport, and to find out who and what’s next in our world. How long does it take to drive from California to Florida? I’m on my way…

ABOUT TRANSWORLD
Since its inception in 1999, TransWorld SURF has become the embodiment of youth, progression and innovation. Through its print and online properties, TransWorld SURF is the fastest growing surf media company in the industry. Found online at transworldsurf.com, TransWorld SURF is based in Oceanside, California and published by TransWorld Media, a subsidiary of Time4 Media, a leading publisher of enthusiast magazines. Time4 Media is a subsidiary of Time Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX).

ABOUT THE ESA
The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA), the largest amateur surfing association in the world established in 1967, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the sport of surfing through their regional programs & 26 districts on the East Coast, Gulf Coast, Great Lakes and now Puerto Rico. For more information on the ESA or The Easterns„¢, please visit www.SurfESA.org.

The 2006 ESA Championship Season is proudly sponsored by ESA National Sponsors: Rip Curl, Bolle, SoBe, Fortress, Seasoned Surfboards, Surfline.com, Morey & BZ Bodyboards, Surfers Village, FCS, Sharkinetics Multimedia, Aqquafluence Productions, Chums, Surfco Hawaii and Liquid Vision.