After buying Sector 9 Skateboards for undisclosed sum in July of 2008, Billabong has apprently decided that in 2016 they’d rather have US $12 million than continue to operate a longboard company. The company has now sold the business to Bravo Sports, the parent company of Pro Tec, Kryptonics, and Maple.
“Our priority as a Company has been lifting the performance of our three biggest global brands in Billabong, RVCA and Element, while simplifying the business wherever possible. This transaction is part of that simplification and is consistent with our stated strategy,” said Billabong CEO Neil Fiske.
Yes, Billabong is now running in the opposite direction that they were running in 2008. And they are just as optimistic about selling Sector 9 (for a fraction of what they paid) as they were buying it. Luckily, no one in business remembers the past.
For the official word from Billabong, please follow the jump.
We were at the X Games in San Francisco 17 years ago on June 27, 1999. The last skateboarding event of the day was the Best Trick contest. And we watched and waited and waited some more as Tony Hawk wrecked himself in pursuit of the ellusive 900.
We saw the X Games best trick event time run out. And then we watched the extra “extended time” run out without Mr. Hawk landing a 900. After Transworld Skateboarding’s Grant Brittain (and nearly every other photographer) had long run out of film we finally gave up and started back back to our hotel. Moments later, Tony Hawk landed the 900. And we missed it.
That’s why it was great to see him bust it out again for one last go 17 years to the day after he made it. It certainly hasn’t gotten any eaiser in the past decade and a half. And though he says it will be his last, we think doing again at 50 would be even radder. If his body can stand the abuse. . .
It’s reportedly been 10 years in the making, but one thing we can say about the adidas Skateboarding Busenitz Pure Boost Pro is that these things are red, red, red.
The new Busenitz Pure BOOST Pro – Red features a premium red mesh upper and embroidered detailing that exudes style, function and comfort. A full-length pure BOOST™ midsole is the cushioning focal point of a model that boasts the next generation in adidas Skateboarding and Busenitz footwear.
And, these Dennis Busenitz sig shoes are red. Did anyone mention that yet? For the official red word from adidas Skateboarding, please follow the jump.
Just another little reminder that the Agenda Show rocks the Long Beach Convention Center beginning tomorrow, June 29, 2016. We’re not going, but you should. Truth is, you can still register by clicking the link. Don’t be shy. Click it.
Neither of the guys in the photo above are Tim Swart, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t stoked to pass on the news that Pretty Great Company (the parent of SLVDR, Bonfire, Sessions, and Nikita) have just named the founder and former creative director of UNIV as their new marketing director.
“Based off the fact that Tim was SLVDR’s first dealer, he has a deep history with the brand. With his decades of snowboarding he has lived all facets of the snow industry. Also with his marketing and creative experience from start-ups to bigger brands, Tim is a solid asset to lead our marketing efforts for the brands,” says Rob Myers, Pretty Great President.
Good news for Pretty Great Company. For the official word, please follow the jump.
It’s about time transition ripper Sky Siljeg got a pro model from Lib Tech.
Just like his skating Sky’s model, the Sky High, is a progressive and unique creativity sled, with a literally mind blowing graphic by the homie Quincy Quigg. You can get the Sky High “normal” (9.3″ x 32.75″) or you can get it asymmetrical regular footed and goofy footed! That’s right folks, Sky and the Lib Tech bitchin’ board builders created regular and goofy specific shapes with notches for backside and frontside grabs as well as more concave on the backside for a quicker connection to the heels. And of course all Sky High models are handkrafted with our painstaking Technologically Tougher Exo-skeletch construction, they pop like crazy and don’t break!
For the official word from Lib Tech, please follow the jump.
Jack Daniel’s barrels are made out of wood. Snowboards have wood cores. Signal Snowboards puts the two together with this month’s Every Third Thursday — and “gets barreled” with the whiskey barrel snowboard.
Shane Jones was out surfing Huntington Beach, California’s Dog Beach yesterday (June 14, 2016) when he cut out of a wave and started paddling back out only to find a body floating in the water, according to a story in the Orange County Register.
Jones, a Garden Grove surfer and maker of Jonesea wetsuits, jumped into action when he saw the body. . . He paddled up to him and tapped the man’s head three times, each time with no response. Jones, who was a junior lifeguard growing up, said his instincts kicked in to get the man to shore. . . “I grabbed him and started charging toward the surfline,” he said. “He was lifeless. I saw his eyes, they were glazed over and blue. I had to get him to shore.”
Easier thought than done seeing as the man weighed close to 300 pounds. Eventually, Jones got the man to shore with some help. Authorities still have no idea who the man is. For the details, please click the link. And yes, we’ll be spooked every time we paddle back out for weeks.
This is a little reminder that the Long Beach Agenda Show is coming up June 29 – 30, 2016. If this is news to you, it’s probably too late to do much more than show up. And if you’re going to show up, you should register. To register, click the link right here. And then, have a great show.
Oh, and if you can’t make Long Beach, there’s always Miami and Las Vegas, too.
Tony Hawk is a busy, generous man. And no where is this more evident than when you look at all the skateboard parks he’s helped build (500 so far). One of them is in Burlington, Vermont and Hawk travelled there last week to help celebrate the city’s newly named Andy “A-Dog” Williams Skatepark.
“It was an honor to be in Burlington for the A-Dog Skatepark naming ceremony and to skate with the locals,” said Tony Hawk. “We’re proud to have been involved with this project—it’s a great park that resulted from a strong grassroots effort from local advocates and a true commitment from the city. It also represents the 500th park to open with assistance from THF. Here’s to the next 500!”
For the official word from the Tony Hawk Foundation, please follow the jump.