Jones Sponsored Fjord Boarding

by The Editors on October 18, 2018

In January 2018 Jones Snowboards launched a grant program offering amateur riders the opportunity to go out on an expedition. Here’s how their first year went.

The first annual Jones Backcountry Adventure Grant that was awarded to Mount Baker local Corey Nolan. In April 2018 Corey used the grant to help fund an exploratory trip to Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska.

Looks like a pretty good use of some “adventure funding.” For the rest of the story, please click the link.

[Link: Jones Snowboards]

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Tony Hawk Foundation Supports Skateistan

by The Editors on October 15, 2018

The Tony Hawk Foundation has awarded international youth charity Skateistan a $50,000 grant to support the organization’s skateboarding and educational programs. 

Skateistan operates five schools in South Africa, Cambodia, and Afghanistan, and combines skateboarding instruction with core subjects to inspire youth to learn and to be active. This is the second grant awarded to Skateistan by the Tony Hawk Foundation. The first was a $100,000 gift in 2015 and represented the launch of THF’s International Program. The current grant renews the foundation’s commitment to enriching the lives of youth through skateboarding, both in the U.S. and abroad.

For more news from the THF please click the link.

[Link: Tony Hawk Foundation]

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Last Week Today News Update

by The Editors on October 15, 2018

Once again, a list of links to some of the stories we wish we had time to read and re-type. Follow the jump for all the details.
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Entertainment Company Hires Executive

by The Editors on October 8, 2018

A certain privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streamed content production (mostly surfing sport) announced today the hiring of former Oprah Winfrey Network President Erik Logan as their new president of content, media and studios. The Hollywood Reporter has gone so far as calling it a “shakeup at OWN.”

There’s no doubt this guy’s CV is stacked. Take a look:

[Logan] led OWN’s turnaround from 2011 and has positioned the company today as the #1 cable network in its target demographic with 5 of the top 20 shows in scripted cable programs for women ages 25-54, more than any other cable network. Before OWN, Logan was Executive Vice President, programming and broadcast operations for XM Satellite Radio, where he helped build the subscriber base to over nine million subscribers, negotiated partnerships, and managed day-to-day relationships with major content providers including Major League Baseball, PGA Tour, CNN, Clear Channel Communications and Fox News. Prior to joining XM, Logan also served as President of Programming for Citadel Broadcasting, and served for over a decade at CBS/Infinity Broadcasting in a variety of roles, including Vice President of programming.

We’re worn-out just reading his bio. Think of how good Erik is at going to meetings? Can’t say this company isn’t hiring the best people they can find.

In addition to his deep biz crew, Logan is also described as an “avid waterman,” co-founder of Shred & Speed, LLC Infinity SUP, and co-owner in Nikau Kai Surf Shop in Manhattan Beach, California. Guess that means he knows which way his fins go.

We’ll just have to wait and see if Logan can find an audience or if he’ll have to branch out into something other than surfing if they really want to maximize their ROI. Maybe live SUP events or even scripted cable programs for women ages 25-54? Logan starts his new job in January 2019. 

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New England Am 2018 at The Edge

by The Editors on October 8, 2018

Join All I Need Skateboards on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at The Edge Indoor Skatepark in Taunton, Massachusetts for the New England Am contest. For more info, click the link.

[Link: The Edge]

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VF Selling Reef Asse(t)s To Rockport

by The Editors on October 4, 2018

We’ve never really been able to figure out why VF owned Reef. They never seem to mention it during their financial calls, nor report on the brand’s progress or any plans they have for the company. It always seemed like Reef was Vans’ forgotten step-sister at VF. Guess VF felt the same way as they are reportedly selling Reef to The Rockport group, according to a story on Bizjournals.com.

Greensboro-based VF Corp. is further slimming its portfolio by entering into an agreement to sell beachwear brand Reef to The Rockport Group. . . The company disclosed the deal today, the terms of which were not disclosed. . . The acquisition is expected to close October 2018. . . The Rockport Group is based in Newton, Massachusetts, and is a maker of casual and dress shoes. The group was acquired by private equity firm Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC Aug. 3.

Okay. Reef and all their assets will now be part of a company that makes shoes the elderly wear while stumbling around in the forrest. Not sure it’s a good fit for reef, but it will likely be great for Rockport. The Newton, Massachusetts based company plans to keep Reef in Carlsbad, California, but really, how long will that last?

[Link: Bizjournals.com]

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Vans Park Series Finals In Shanghai

by The Editors on October 4, 2018

The Vans Park Series will wrap things up for the 2018 season in Shanghai, China October 27 and crown two new VPS park terrain champions.

Saluting an incredible international tour across five continents to showcase the world’s best park terrain skateboarders, the 2018 Vans Park Series Pro Finals culminates in yet another historic year in skateboarding’s progression onto the world stage. The confirmed field of competitors has been revealed today on vansparkseries.com including defending champions Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg and Nora Vasconcellos, leading Tour Challengers Tristan Rennie and Sakura Yosozumi, and select VPS Continental Champions from Brazil, Japan, South Africa, Europe and Australia.

For the official word from Vans including all the continental champions and current standings, please follow the jump.

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Julian Wilson Selling Sunshine Coast Home

by The Editors on October 1, 2018

Julian Wilson, a top actor on a moderately popular, privately owned TV/streaming content series about competitive surfing, is reportedly selling his Sunshine Coast house for a cool $4 million, according to a story in the Sunshine Coast News.

Wilson, a Coolum Beach native who grew up across the beaches along the coastline there, owns an award-winning home designed by renowned Noosa architect Tim Ditchfield. It was described as “a master class in coastal luxe” and became the Australian Institute of Architects‘ Sunshine Coast House of the Year in 2009.. . Wilson’s four bedroom, three bathroom home has hit the market for sale by negotiation, with agents Rachel Sellman and Mike Hay of Century 21 Conolly Hay Group open to offers over $4 million.

Looks like a pretty not bad view from the master bedroom. If you want a shot at it get in there. Getting an appointment to see the house has been pretty tough lately. For more photos, click the link.

[Link: Sunshine Coast News]

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Wave Pool Surfer Dies From Naegleria Fowleri

by The Editors on September 30, 2018

BSR Cable Park, the host of Stab High surf event on September 22, 2018, closed on Friday, September 28, 2018 after it was reported that a New Jersey man (Fabrizio Stabile) who had visited the park in early September died from a “brain-eating amoeba,” according to a story in the Waco Tribune.

BSR Cable Park owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. said BSR Surf Resort values its guests’ safety and will continue to comply with requests from the CDC and local health department in the investigation of the death of Fabrizio “Fab” Stabile.

The wave pool will be closed pending the test results from the Centers for Disease Control for Naegleria fowleri, however, the rest of the resort will reportedly remain open. Our thoughts are with Stabile’s family.

[Links: Waco Tribune and NJ.com]

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Tony Hawk’s New Lakai Proto

by The Editors on September 27, 2018

One of these shoes is Tony Hawk’s latest designed Proto the other is an old skate shoe from the end of the 80s.

Tony Hawk’s signature shoe, the Lakai Proto, is available now in Lakai retailers around the world. The Proto is inspired by Tony’s creative impact on skateboarding. It is designed and developed to provide support and comfort for everyday skateboarding. This limited Powell colorway is a nod to Tony’s most iconic footage during the Bones Brigade era.

We’re just having a rough time figuring out which is which. Maybe Michael Jordan could help?

[Link: Lakai]

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