UAG Buckles Up The Apple Watch

by The Editors on June 9, 2020

We surfed all winter with an Apple Watch safely tucked beneath the cuff of our wetsuit. Several times the wetsuit got blasted up our arm, leaving the watch exposed, but still attached. . . luckily.

Now that summer has arrived and we’re more likely to be surfing without a wetsuit, the Apple Watch’s post and hole band closure isn’t looking as solid as it has in the past. Though we’ve never had one fall open, it doesn’t seem like a good idea to hang it out there as a test. That’s why we were stoked to see that Under Armor Gear has added a Tang buckle to a silicone band that keeps the clean lines of Apples silicone band while adding the safety of a Tang buckle. And though the have a buckle, they still keep the strap clean, but feeding the loose end back under the band just like the Apple bands.

The UAG bands come in two styles the Scout and Civilian. The Scout is a single color band that comes in three colors (black, olive, and orange) and retails for $29.95. The Civilian features tow layers of silicone, a “branded stainless steel buckle” and  comes in two colors (black/orange and  slate/orange). It retails for $39.95.

We haven’t tested them yet, but we can say for sure that the buckle makes us feel a whole lot better about taking our Apple Watch out into the surf. We’ll let you know how it goes. For more info, please click the link.

[Link: Urban Armor Gear]

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George Floyd Paddle Out Encinitas

by The Editors on June 3, 2020

Sal Masekela leads the surf tribe at Encinitas, California’s Moonlight Beach in memory of the life and death of George Floyd.

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Falling From The Sky Brown

by The Editors on June 1, 2020

We’re glad Sky is doing well. She seems to have a great outlook on life.

“I don’t usually post my falls or talk about them, because I want people to see the fun in what I do, but this was my worst fall, and I just want everyone to know that I’m OK,” Brown says.  “I’m just going to get back up and push even harder. I know there’s a lot going on in the world right now and I want everyone to know that whatever we do we’ve got to do it with love and happiness.”

We hope her skull heals perfectly, and we’d feel much better if she’d dial it back a little for the next seven years or so.

[Link: Mercury News]

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Late News Links From The Laggers

by The Editors on May 28, 2020


It’s not Monday, because that was a holiday. And Tuesday’s grey and Wednesday, too. Thursday appears to be the day for you and all the news we’ve logged in the last bit of quarantine. Hope you’re safe, well, and in need of some links because here they are.

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BOA Adds Sage Kotsenburg To Team

by The Editors on May 28, 2020

We’re pretty much to the point where we’d like all our footwear to feature BOA closures. They are quick to lock down, easy to adjust on the fly, and simple to replace when they wear out. So, we were glad to see that we are not alone in our love for the twisties and Sage Kotsenburg has joined Travis Rice and Mark Sollors on the BOA snow team.

“During a time when much of what these dedicated athletes do for a living is on hold in the usual sense, be it on the mountain, trails, or in competition, it is important for us to support this community and continue to build meaningful, long-term partnerships,” says Shawn Neville, CEO at BOA Technology. “Our product innovation efforts haven’t slowed during these uncertain and unprecedented times, and neither will our commitment to our Pioneers whose dedication to their sport is invaluable to our business.”

For more of the official word from BOA, please follow the jump.

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Burton Cancels 2021 US Open

by The Editors on May 26, 2020

Thanks to the old COVID-19 Burton is out of their US Open Snowboarding Championships contract with Vail Resorts after cancelling the 2021 event. Not a big surprise seeing as the event was dragged through the press as being one of the alleged hotspots responsible for spreading the virus to Mexico City. Sadly, it brings to a close the longest running snowboarding event in history. It’s been held every year since 1983.

“This was a difficult call to make since we’re so many months away from the next Burton U.S. Open, and we’re not sure what will be happening with the pandemic nine months from now,” said Burton CEO John Lacy. “After playing out multiple options for the 2021 event, we realized there is too much at stake due to the potential public health risk and the financial risk for Burton to invest millions in an event that could end up being cancelled.”

With so many events being cancelled we’re almost getting immune to the pain, but this is definitely one of the saddest. For the official word from Burton, please follow the jump.

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Tony Hawk on Jablinski Games

by The Editors on May 13, 2020

Yes, a little more T. Hawk, but just because there is so much goodness in here. Not to mention pre-COVID-19 closeness.

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Trailer

by The Editors on May 12, 2020

Ok, we’re going to admit it. This looks amazing. (And that soundtrack?) We always loved THPS gameplay, and with a complete rebuild, this thing is going to RULE!

The two titles will be sold as one “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2” package, and will feature every level and pro skater found in the originals — now in glorious 4K, with all of the 3D models and levels recreated from scratch. Also returning is most of the original soundtrack; licensing changes over the years prevent the remake’s soundtrack from being exhaustive, but most of the jams you remember should still be there.

We might even have to pick up a PS4 or borrow one from a kid we know (no mention of Switch support currently). The only bad news? Not out until September 4, 2020!

[Link: TechCrunch]

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Santa Cruz Shaper Ben Kelly Killed By Shark

by The Editors on May 11, 2020

The Santa Cruz surf community is in mourning as word spread that the surfer killed by a shark Saturday, May 9, 2020  at Manresa State Beach in Santa Cruz County was 26-year-old Ben Kelly, owner of Ben Kelly Surfboards, according to a story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel

On Saturday, Gabe McKenna, public safety superintendent with California State Parks, said a person flagged down a lifeguard patrolling the area to report the attack. . . The water 1 mile south and 1 mile north of the attack will be closed for five days, until Thursday.

This is the first fatal shark attack in California since October 23, 2012 when a surfer at Surf Beach in Santa Barbara County was killed by a Great White shark. 

[Link: Santa Cruz Sentinel]

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11-year-old Spinderfella Lands 1080

by The Editors on May 9, 2020

We never really thought the skateboarding 900 was that big a deal. Yes, we were at the X-Games that year, but left after watching Tony Hawk fail for what seemed like hours. True, he eventually landed one (long after the “event” had “officially” ended) and the world was amazed, but that extra 180 just didn’t seem historic to us.  

Now, Gui Khury, an 11-year-old skater from Brazil, has kicked up the spin to 1080, with a strikingly similar hand drag. Nice work, Gui. But can this be the last of the spin-to-win era? Please? Maybe just leave the 1260s and 1440s to Olympic snowboarders.

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