Vans’ Doug Palladini Talks The Current Now

by The Editors on August 13, 2020

We drove past the Vans World HQ in Costa Mesa, California last week on another of our NorCal-to-SoCal journeys. We saw empty parking lots, a large construction project in their backyard, and thought to ourselves–we should check in with Doug Palladini to see how Vans is handling the current situation. Few in action sports are dealing with more of the new now than the global president of Vans.

As many would point out, that would require us to do a little more work than we’re used to doing. Luckily, GroupY (which is turning 14 this year) got the old CrossRocket band back together and interviewed Doug for us– on video. Please, sit back and enjoy this interview conducted by former TransWorld Media Publisher, Snowboarder Magazine Editor, Editor, content programming strategist, and media executive Rob Campbell.

[Link: GroupY]


Rob Loriface Has The Best Lawyer Ever

by The Editors on August 10, 2020

On Friday, August 7, 2020, former pro vert skater Rob Loriface was sentenced to, well, not a whole lot after pleading guilty to having an enormous load of meth, heroin, weed, and other drugs for sale in his Encinitas, California home, according to a story on NBC San Diego.

A professional skateboarder from San Diego’s North County will spend the next five years on supervised release for charges stemming from a federal drug trafficking case, with one year under house arrest. . . Judge Dana M. Sabraw sentenced Robert Lorifice, 32, to supervised release on Aug. 7, citing credit for time served. He will also need to pay $2,000 in fines.

Supervised release, house arrest, and $2,000 in fines for having a pound of heroin and meth with the intent to sell? This is after police raided his house twice, once on the initial arrest on September 26, 2018, then again on December 14, 2018 while Loriface was out on bail only to find the exact same scene playing out. We’re glad Rob’s done. Hope he stays clean.

Here’s what his lawyer said: 

“Mr. Lorifice has made mistakes and has learned from them. He has worked on himself and has emerged a better and stronger person who is eager to live a productive and law-abiding life while teaching others in the skateboarding community about the dangers of drug use.”

Indeed. So, note to other snow, surf, and skate criminals: if you need a good lawyer Stefano L. Molea might not be a bad guy to call.

[Link: NBC San Diego]


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Jessup Partners With USA Skateboarding

by The Editors on July 22, 2020

Jessup is now the official grip of USA Skateboarding (USAS) and they will be through 2028.

“This is a truly special opportunity, and we are thrilled beyond belief to have it,” said Robert A. Jessup, third-generation owner of Jessup Manufacturing. Jessup, headquartered in McHenry, IL, with manufacturing plants in Lake Bluff, IL, and McHenry, is the only skateboard griptape manufacturer in the United States.

Nothing like sticking to your board with the same grip the Olympians use. Or, in this case, future Olympians (if we ever get to see skateboarding in the Olympics). For the official word from Jessup, please follow the jump.
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Andrew Reynolds Joins The Vans Family

by The Editors on July 21, 2020

Wait, didn’t Andrew Reynolds previously skate for some other shoe brand? Anyone remember what it was called? Nevermind, it’ll come to us eventually.

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RIP: Hawaii’s First World Champ Derek Ho

by The Editors on July 18, 2020

Hawaiian surf royalty, two-time Pipeline Master, four-time Triple Crown of Surfing champ, and first Hawaiian world surfing champion Derek Ho has died of a heart attack on Friday, July 17, 2020, according to a story on He was 55 years old.

The stylish goofyfoot leaves behind a legacy of incredible Pipe feats and a community of friends and loved ones on the North Shore. Ho became a standout at Pipeline as a teenager, alongside his older brother Michael Ho, and by his early 20s, he had already charged his way to a Pipe Masters win. At 29, he became Hawaii’s first male world champ and solidified himself as one of the most talented and respected surfers along the Seven Mile Miracle. Up until this last winter, Ho was regularly seen packing some of the heaviest waves during the season’s best swells.

Derek was uncle to Mason and Coco Ho. Our thoughts are with Ho’s family, friends, and the entire surf world.



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The man. The myth. The legend. Our hero. Words can never express what this man stood for and meant to all of us growing up here in Hawaii. From the first time I surfed #Sunset and #Pipeline 38 years ago until now #UncleD was always on the best waves and dominating. He always surfed more than anyone. Always so psyched. More psyched to surf than anyone I have ever met. Only #UncleMike and #Mason came close. Going to miss that smile and that #Mana. My Aloha goes out to the Ho Ohana. Love you guys. I’m always here for you. Love you Uncle D ! ❤️ You always put a smile on my face. #FirstHawaiianWorldChamp #Hawaiian #KanakaMaoli #NorthshoresFinest #WaimanaloBoy #LegendsNeverDie #RestinParadise #AhuiHou

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Let Is Snow: A Snowboarding Slasher Film

by The Editors on July 17, 2020

We can’t really stomach horror movies these days, as we’re getting enough terror on the day-to-day IRL, but if you find horror somehow calming, then this new blood and guts snowboarding slasher Let It Snow may be just what you’re looking for. Apparently, you’ll have to wait until September 22, 2020. Ride on.

[Link: FlickeringMyth]


The Surf Bros Distribute Free Masks In HB

by The Editors on July 16, 2020

Hey, you need a mask bro?


The Estate That O’Neill Built Is For Sale

by The Editors on July 15, 2020

O’Neill founder Jack O’Neill’s daughter Shawne is putting her 55 acre Santa Cruz estate up for auction, according to a story in the Sacramento Bee

A 55-acre Santa Cruz area ranch . . .  is heading to auction. . . Previously listed for $6.3 million, Rancho de los Corralitos – nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Pacific Coast – is selling without reserve. . . Platinum Luxury Auctions, a Miami-based luxury auction company, will oversee the bidding on July 18, 2020.

Despite being visually pitched as a property for a-hole polo players, the house is pleasantly understated and that cabin!!! We’d pony up a $10,000 bid, but we’re guessing the property taxes are a bit out of our league. From the looks of it, wetsuits have certainly done well for the O’Neill family.

[Link: Sacramento Bee]



The Monday New News List

by The Editors on July 13, 2020

Welcome to the Monday afternoon news list. Most of it is here. Most of it is readable.

And, we did it all for you with not one lick of inane commentary. Click. Read. Enjoy. Stay well. Wear a mask.
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Five Gay Snowboarders Tell Their Stories

by The Editors on July 10, 2020

The Torment Mag site has a series of “pride interviews” with five snowboarders who have recently come out. They include: Jake Kuzyk, Chad Unger, Kennedi Deck, Tanner Pendleton, and Jill Perkins. Click the links to read all their stories.

[Link: TormentMag]