Remember how everyone was getting out from under their underwater mortgages during the last recession by doing a “short sale” claiming they couldn’t afford to make the payments on a loan that was more than their house was worth? Well, that’s apparently what former pro surfer (and RVCA co-founder) Conan Hayes did. But according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office he wasn’t exactly straight up about his ability to make the mortgage. They are charging him with “one felony count of grand theft with a sentencing enhancement allegation for property loss over $200,000″ according to a story in the Orange County Register. According to the story:
Hayes co-owned the surf clothing brand RVCA and sold his interest in the company in 2010 for more than $7.5 million, prosecutors say. . . They allege that Hayes got the bank to approve the short sale by falsely claiming that he lost his job and was unemployed. But, they say, he didn’t tell the bank he made millions of dollars in the sale of the company.
If found guilty Hayes could face a maximum sentence of five years in jail. He’s currently out on $586,245 bail. For a little more background check Beach Grit and this.
[Links: Orange County Register and Beach Grit]
Surfer Keala Kennelly is reportedly suing the producers of the Bethany Hamilton bio pic Soul Surfer (Brookwell McNamara Entertainment, Inc.) because they denied her a role in the film based on her being “a lesbian, but also because they believed she starred in gay porn,” according to a story on Courthouse News.
In January 2010, Kennelly learned that Brookwell McNamara had chosen not to give her any role for the biopic, according to the suit. . . . Kennelly claims that as producers mulled over casting, a female producer told director Sean McNamara she “had some dirt on” Kennelly. . . “‘For one thing, she is gay,'” Kennelly’s complaint quotes the producer as saying. “‘And she does gay porn. It’s on the Internet.'”
Okay, so according to Courthouse News “though openly gay” Kennelly denies ever making pornographic movies. Kennelly lost her Screen Actors Guild health coverage because she didn’t get the role in the film. Now she is “suing for religion discrimination based on sexual orientation and sexual orientation discrimination. She seeks compensatory, special and punitive damages,” in Hawaii’s First Circuit Court. She filed the lawsuit on April 29, 2015.
[Link: Courthouse News]
While caught up in the magic of a skateboard video premiere like Vans’ Propeller it is easy to forget that behind all those shots, and edits, and effects, there was someone making every single decision. Sometimes doing an edit different ways for weeks before finalizing it. In the case of Propeller that person was director Greg Hunt. His critically acclaimed body of work shows that he has gotten his head around the long form skateboarding video, but what’s interesting is hearing what he has to say about the process and how his ideas are reflected in the video. That’s why this interview by Concrete Skateboarding’s Editor Jeff Thorburn is so key.
Here’s a slice of what Hunt has to say:
It’s just a video I made at home, so it’s hard for me to imagine that it’s going to push skating in any direction,” Hunt says. “It’s a video. I don’t mean to downplay it, but it’s a video. It’s not going to change the world or anything. But I would like to think the way these guys skate, and the way it’s presented, it’s honest. It’s honest and real skateboarding. If anything, it’ll hopefully keep things going in that direction. I don’t think it will push skateboarding in any new direction, because I don’t think skateboarding needs that. I would like to think that maybe with everything that’s happening within skateboarding and outside of skateboarding right now, that this will just keep pushing that sort of true skating that’s at the heart of everything, in the direction that it’s always been going, and hopefully not let it derail into some sort of other strange competitive thing.”
See? Skate wisdom straight up. For the rest of this exceptional (and long) interview, please click the link.
[Link: Concrete Skateboarding]
The ISA World Surfing Games are headed to Playa Popoyo, Nicaragua May 31 to June 7, 2015 with over 25 countries represented.
“With its incredible surf and 24/7 offshore winds, Nicaragua will be the perfect venue for the world’s best surfers competing for Individual and Team Gold Medals,” says ISA President, Fernando Aguerre. “I’m very excited about the top-level athletes and look forward to being in Nicaragua, a true surfing paradise. As a surfer, there is no greater honor than representing your country as a member of your National Surfing Team.”
For the official word from the ISA, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Today we were reminded how much we love Transworld Skateboarding’s Skate Nerd. Everything about it is right. Not sure we knew any answers, but maybe you will. Watch it here. Now.
Christopher Blowes, 26-year-old surfer, was hit by a great white shark while surfing at Fishery Bay in South Australia’s Port Lincoln National Park on Saturday, April 25, 2015, according to a story on news.com.au.
Witnesses described how the shark swam off with one of the surfer’s legs still attached to the surfboard’s leg rope. . . Mr Blowes was airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital and a spokesman said Monday he remained in a critical condition in intensive care. . . In a statement released by the hospital, the surfer’s family said they were extremely grateful for the community support they had received.
We wish him a solid recovery. For the rest of the story, click the link.
The International Assn. of Skateboard Companies (IASC) and the International Skateboarding Hall of Fame (ISHOF) are proud to announce this year’s Icon Award recipients for the 6th Annual Skateboarding Hall of Fame: Steve Van Doren, James O’Mahoney and Tracker Trucks. The Skateboarding Hall of Fame will be held during the IASC Summit on May 14 at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa, Calif. For the official word from the IASC, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Ryan Drexler, the president of Consac LLC, sent a letter to Quiksilver begging the company to put itself up for sale, according to a story on Bloomberg.com.
. . . the company should find a buyer “in order to preserve diminishing shareholder value before Quiksilver’s conditions get even worse.”
Quiksilver has lost nearly 75 percent of its value in the last year and Consac owns 3.5 million shares. So anything that would bump the price up would
be great for them. Then again, who would listen to a company that owns 3.5 million shares of Quiksilver.
All the heads were in LA last night (April 21, 2015) for the premiere of Greg Hunt’s new Vans skateboarding film Propeller at the Orpheum Theater.
Making a grand entrance in the famous Vans Sk8-Hi car, Godfather of Vans Steve Van Doren proudly took the mic as he introduced the film alongside the illustrious Vans Pro Skate team, a momentous gathering of over four generations of skateboarding on a single stage. Resounding applause filled the theater throughout the showing, fueling the evening with sincere emotion and pride held by loyal fans, industry friends and families, legends, pros and the devoted Vans team. The festivities topped off with a lively after party featuring performances by Ray Barbee and Tommy Guerrero, culinary taste by Pizzanista!, tons of Vans giveaways, and the stars of the film mingling amongst the crowds. Vans embraces this milestone 49 years in the making, and last night’s epic celebration was the first of many to come.
For all the photos and dates of the Propeller world tour, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Nixon today (April 22, 2015) announced the launch of their smartest surf watch ever. It’s called the Ultratide and not only does it have have the tide, but it has all the surf metrics that are important to surfers thanks to a partnership with Surfline.
The Ultratide features Bluetooth® wireless technology to provide you with real time data, including wave height, swell direction, wind direction and speed, water and air temperatures, Surfline rating, and custom Surf Alerts. The Ultratide provides the user with 10 live data points of forecast details, which is 10x the amount of data typically found in surf/tide watches. Browse the entire Surfline network of spots – over 3300 and growing – and select your favorites. Set up custom alerts for each spot and the Ultratide will make sure you never miss an epic session again.
Yes, this is a Nixon watch that does more than look good telling the time. Pre-release colors are available right now at select retailers as well as Nixon.com and Surfline.com. The full range of Ultratide watches goes on sale May 15, 2015. The watch sells for $300. For the official word from Nixon, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]