Hard to believe it, but Jordy Smith just won his first Hawaiian surfing event ever as he edged Frederico Morais, Torrey Meister, and Tanner Gudauskas in the final of the 2016 Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Smith was understandably hyped.
“Unbelievable, can’t believe it,” said Smith. “I feel like this event has eluded me in the past. I didn’t have any expectations, I think that was the difference for this event. I just kind of went out there with an open mind. Thanks to everyone who supported me. . . “Early in my career I made a couple finals out here, I really had something going with the place,” continued Smith. “I don’t know, it’s been like six or seven years where I just couldn’t do a thing right. And then, everything just came together this year so I’m just really happy.”
Jordy’s win puts Frederico Morais in the 2016 Vans Triple Crown drivers seat for the time being. For the official word from Vans, please follow the jump.
Someone at Burton loves dead people. We’ve said before that it was because they were much easier to do deals with. But we’re not sure that’s the only reason. Over the past few decades the company has done collaborations with Andy Warhol (who is dead), Bob Marley (who is dead), and now they’re getting in the ring with Muhamad Ali (who is also dead) with the Ali x Burton The Greatest Snowboard.
When pioneers see eye-to-eye, it’s only fitting to step into the ring and celebrate with a knockout. Thus the Ali x Burton collaboration brings two legacies together with a limited release board in honor of the People’s Champion, the Greatest, Muhammad Ali.
Wonder if this boards floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee? Truthfully, we’ll never know. But we do begin to wonder how much longer it will be before they do a Hugh Hefner model.
On the North Shore with time to kill? (We wish!) Join Pat, Dane, and Tanner Gudauskas as they screen their film Positive Vibrations at the North Shore Marketplace Lawn in Haleiwa on Monday evening at 6 PM on December 5, 2016.
The event will also feature Pat, Dane, and Tanner Gudauskas talking story about their work in the film, moderated by Kaipo Guerrero. After taking a surf trip to Jamaica, the brothers were inspired to give back and support the up-and-coming Jamaican surf culture. With over 200 surfboards donated, Positive Vibration is the story of the Gudauskas’ brothers efforts and ultimate success in sharing the stoke.
Vans will be giving away T-shirts to everyones who attends (while supplies last) so come early for shirts and grinds from Cholo’s, Banzai Sushi, and Il Gelato. And don’t worry if it rains, they’ve got a wet weather tent all covered just bring some chairs or beach blankets and it will be all good.
French snowboard photographer Jérôme Tanon’s film The Eternal Beauty Of Snowboarding is the most refreshing snowboarding vid we’ve seen in years. In fact, we can’t remember when we’ve laughed so hard during an intro. Yes, we’ve been accused of being jaded and salty, but still there is something so downright joyful in the way this video plays out that, well, you’ll just have to watch it yourself (as you likely already have).
To learn more about the film we think is the single most telling love letter ever written to commercial snowboarding, click the link to catch Colin Wiseman’s interveiw with Tanon on The Snowboarder’s Journal’s new website (you know, the one we just wrote about in the story below this one).
Time to click on over over and check out our favorite snowboard magazine’s crystal sparkling new website. That’s right, The Snowboarder’s Journal (former known as Frequency: The Snowboarder’s Journal) has given their digital presence a complete, from the pixels up, rebuild and what they’ve created lets their content sing with little to no interference from the interface. Here’s how they’re telling it:
Featuring exclusive in-depth interviews, stories and videos alongside a carefully-curated feed of the best snowboard content on the web, the new thesnowboardersjournal.com presents snowboarding’s true voice to the masses in an interactive, digital format. Updated daily with archival stories from past issues, product reviews and giveaways, thesnowboardersjournal.com also provides a streamlined shopping experience, print and digital subscriptions, and a growing catalog of TSNJ products.
But don’t take our word for it. Click the link and bask in all the new feels.
Squaw Valley opened the their upper mountain on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, however, they did not turn on the drinking water to High Camp nor the Gold Coast Funitel area because, gasp, when the water in their newly rebuilt well system was tested it was discovered to contain e.coli and coliform bacteria, according to a story in the Sierra Sun.
“Placer County Environmental Health has been working with the Squaw Valley Resort regarding a bacterial contamination issue with their water wells affecting the Upper Mountain area,” Wesley Nicks, director of Placer County Environmental Health, said in an email to the Sun on Tuesday. “We have agreed on a plan to let Squaw Valley open the upper mountain in a way that will protect public health and allow skiers to access and enjoy the facilities.”
Squaw officials say they’ve been working on the water systems since November 8, 2016 and that the e.coli has already been corrected and that they are close to running clean drinkable water soon. In the meantime, snowboarders will need to stay hydrated from bottled water. Ouch.
The Eddie has always been about the Aikau family. It begins and ends with them. Their blessing of the event each year is the single most spiritual happening in the world of surf.
In October 2016, the Aikau family said they were not interested in continuing their relationship with Quiksilver. According to a story in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser it had nothing to do with money. While we would have been sad to see the event end, we would line up behind the Aikau family every time when it comes to decisions about The Eddie.
Luckily, for fans of big wave contest surfing, the Aikau family, Quiksilver, and a certain live surfing event production and content generation company came to what is being reported as an “11th hour” agreement to open the waiting period for the 32nd annual event. The opening ceremonies are tomorrow, December 1, 2016 at Waimea Bay Beach Park. If you’re on the North Shore we know you’ll be there. We’re just bummed we’re going to miss it.
Merge4 brings together four boardsports heavies in the pursuit of quality socks. Founded by former Sessions co-owner Cindi Ferreira Busenhart, skater/artist Keith Meek, Las Vegas restauranteur Gigli Locatelli, and legendary skater and Santa Cruz Bicycles founder Rob Roskopp, Merge4 is delivering a slew of art socks featuring the works of artists and athletes including: Mofo, Ed Colver, Dave “Nelly” Nelson, Bad Otis Link, Dirk Vermin, Scott Greathouse, Timmy Reyes, Koa Rothman, Matt Rockhold, Steve Caballero, Wee Man, and Mike Basich.
How’s that for a deep crew? For all the details (and to order some sock for your drawer) click the link.
You heard Johnny. Mountain High is now open and covered in white stuff so we guess it’s time for SoCal to dig out the snowboards, trade in the palms for pines and start pretending it’s winter all over again. . . or something like that.