Sky Brown Signs Upper Deck Deal

by The Editors on July 26, 2022

Sky Brown, the 13-year-old board sports wunder kinder has signed a memorabilia deal with sports collectibles company Upper Deck, apparently.

Along with a diverse assortment of autographed skateboards and helmets, Brown’s portfolio includes a plethora of authentic autographed prints. “Empowered” is a 16″x20″ piece that illustrates Brown in a close-up action shot intertwined with her personal mantra, “Be Brave, Have Fun, and Do It Cause You Love It!”. The piece celebrates her passion for skateboarding and the driving force behind her success within the world of action sports.

Who will buy these authentic action sports collectables? We’ve no idea. Sadly, the collection does not include any good, old-fashion trading cards that smell of stale bubble gum. For the official details or the deal, please follow the jump.
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Vans Battles On With Copycat Walmart

by The Editors on July 25, 2022

Walmart, the massive, big box, retailer, and obesity promoter, is a hulking bag of putrescence for so many reasons that it’s not worth listing any of them. But here’s one anyway. Back in February 2022 we mentioned a story about Vans filing a lawsuit against the monster retailer for knocking off most of Vans shoes.

Vans won an injunction against the company in March 2022 that required Walmart to stop selling the infringing shoes. But did Walmart follow that injunction? Of course not, according to a story on Reuters.

Vans told the court Friday that Walmart was “doubling down” with new shoes that are “even more similar” to its designs. It also said that Walmart was still selling other shoes that had been banned by the order. . . Vans’ court filing said Walmart has told the company it would stop selling the infringing shoes but “has not shown that it is actually putting its words into action.”

Vans wants Walmart to be fined $3,000 a day until they stop selling the shoes. But that probably won’t even stop the retail whale from continuing to plow ahead through the waters of copyright infringement, because why should they stop? They’re making boatloads of money. And they do the same thing in almost every category they sell in.

[Link: Reuters]

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Suicide Six Resort Changes Name

by The Editors on July 14, 2022

We’re all soft. We get easily triggered. So it’s nice to see that the Vermont resort formerly known as Suicide Six is changing its name to “Saskadena Six,” a name that celebrates the indigenous people of Vermont, and is more sensitive to mental health issues, according to a story on VT Digger.

“Much time, care and thought has been invested in the process to choose a name more representative of our values, one that celebrates its 86-year history, honors the Abenaki tradition, and will welcome future generations,” Courtney Lowe, president of the Woodstock Inn & Resort, which owns the ski area, said in a statement. “While the name might be changing, the experiences offered on this beloved mountain are not.”

The new name reportedly means “the standing mountain” in the Abenaki language. But how will the new name affect people who can’t stand? And is this simply another appropriation of Indigenous cultures for business gain? If these questions are in your lane, please weigh in.

[Link: VTDigger]

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Shocker: Tony Hawk Helmets Recalled

by The Editors on July 14, 2022

Who would have thought that Walmart would be selling helmets that need to be recalled? Apparently, the Tony Hawk signature helmets “do not comply with the positional stability and retention system requirements of the U.S. CPSC federal safety standard for bicycle helmets.” 

Luckily, no one who reads this site would have purchased a helmet like this, but if you know someone, tell them to contact Sakar at 800-592-9541 anytime, email at support@sakar.com, or online at https://www.vivitar.com/pages/recalls or www.vivitar.com and click on “Recalls” at the bottom of the page. And yeah, another reminder that you can’t always trust a Tony Hawk endorsement.

[Link: Consumer Product Safety Commission]

 

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Parole Board OK’s Gator’s Release, Again

by The Editors on June 15, 2022

Former pro skateboarder Mark “Gator” Rogowski, who was convicted of raping and murdering a girl in his Carlsbad, California condo in 1991, has again been approved for release from prison by the California Board of Parole. That doesn’t exactly mean he’s going to be leaving San Diego’s RJ Donovan Correctional Facility any time soon.

In 2019 California Governor Gavin Newsom overturned the board’s first release ruling in Gator’s case and San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan is asking him to do it again, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

In a statement, Stephan said family and friends of 22-year-old Jessica Bergsten “deserve the continued promise of justice in this case. “Our office argued strongly against releasing this violent defendant,” she said.

Governor Newsom has 60-90 days to decide what should happen in Gator’s case. If he doesn’t nothing, then Gator will be scheduled for release. Guess we’ll know sometime in the fall.

Click here to sign a Change.org petition to keep Gator in prison.
Or here to sign a Change.org petition in favor of release.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

 

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Burton Spreads The Shred Love

by The Editors on June 10, 2022

With Culture Shifters 2022 at Aspen/Snowmass Burton Snowboards is spreading the inclusivity of snowboarding with the help of a few friends and influencers.

Building off the success of last year’s Culture Shifters, @Zeb Powell, Selema Masekela and the #BurtonTeam assembled a new group of legendary athletes, musicians, artists, and cultural icons to celebrate their love for snowboarding and its community.

Looks like a pretty good trip all around. But one question: what happened to all that Gary Rogers footie?

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SeaNSoul Goes Brick & Mortar In West Malibu

by Sir Ben Marcus on June 10, 2022

A different surf shop experience is now open for business in West Malibu, close to Westward and Zuma Beach. SeaNSoul Surf Shop is an extension of the SeaNSoul website, which is fast becoming the place for surfers, bikers, skiers and outdoor people to buy and sell used equipment: Surfboards, wetsuits, snowboards, skateboards – everything.

SeaNSoul founder John Kozlowski is originally from Missouri and Texas, growing up playing football in rural towns far from the ocean. Living and working in New York City for many decades as an executive for Ralph Lauren, Kozlowski fell in love with all things surfing and ocean: “We had a weekend house in the Springs, the bohemian part of East Hampton and close to Montauk where I would surf literally every weeknd year round.”

After 20 years of bright lights, big city, Kozlowski and his wife Erica heard the call of the surf and sun and moved with their two children to Malibu. (Please follow the jump for the rest of the story.)

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Sesson: Skate Sim Sees September Start

by The Editors on June 3, 2022

The makers of Session: Skate Sim are promising a full official launch of their game on September 22, 2022 on Steam, Epic Games Store, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation®4 and 5.

Session invites players to dive into the genuine 1990s skateboarding way of life, when each stretch of pavement and each stairway was a great location for your favorite stunt. The game’s ultra-realistic physics bring the sensations of skateboarding to life, and the studio has even integrated ground-breaking gameplay, a first in a skateboarding game: the “True Stance Stick”, where each foot is independently managed using the two sticks. With a learning curve that is just as demanding as in real life, players have to practice how to control their board and pull off all the different stunts available in the game, from the simplest to the most complicated. The integrated editing tool lets each player immortalise their greatest achievements on video.

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World Junior Surfing Returns To El Slavador

by The Editors on May 27, 2022

World Junior Surfing returns La Bocana & El Sunzal, El Salvador for the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship May 27 to June 5, 2022.

A record-breaking 419 surfers, representing 45 teams are prepared to perform on their quest for gold, starting on Friday May 27th with the Opening Ceremony.. . With 233 boys and 186 girls competing, the championship takes a big step closer to the ISA’s goal of full gender equality at 55 percent male to 45 percent female.

Gabriel Medina, Stephanie Gilmore, Tom Curren and many others have been ISA World Junior champions,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “What you do here as athletes will have a great impact on all of your careers.” To watch live click the link. For all the details, please follow the jump.

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FIS Finally Adds “Snowboard” To Official Name

by The Editors on May 27, 2022

It’s only taken 28 long years, but the Federation International de Ski, the governing body of Olympic snowboarding since 1994, has finally added the word “snowboard” to the official name of their organization.

At the 53rd International Ski Congress, held May 26, 2022 in Milan, Italy, the delegates “approved changing the official name of FIS to include ‘Snowboard’.” The new official name of the organization is the International Ski and Snowboard Federation, however, they don’t want to confuse anyone by adding an “S” to the logo so the acronym will stay the same: FIS. Otherwise, it might look like the logo on the right.

For all the details and more amazing stories from the still inappropriately named 53rd International Ski Congress please click the link.

[Link: FIS]

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