Antti Autti Gets Closer To Powder

by The Editors on December 10, 2018

Twelve minutes of powder blowing to put us all in a midwinter state of mind from Iisakki Kennilä amd Antti Autti. Enjoy Closer.

Antti explains: “In snowboarding and especially in freeriding, no matter where you strap in you’ll find yourself in unique places doing stuff you will never do the same again. Every moment, every turn, every hit – they’re all special. That’s been my motto for my whole riding career, and that’s what I’ll keep up to.

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Roberta Walker Hit By Truck While Cycling

by The Editors on December 10, 2018

Former pro snowboarder and athlete manager Roberta Walker was seriously injured on Saturday morning December 8, 2018 when she was hit by a truck while cycling in her hometown of Leucadia, California according to a story in The Coast News.

Roberta Walker was struck shortly after 6 a.m. on North Coast Highway 101 in front of the Leucadia Post Office. The impact of the collision threw her a significant distance and she was briefly unconscious. . . Walker was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, where she is listed in critical but stable condition after suffering serious injuries to her brain and spine, as well as several broken bones, according to Kellie Shay Hinze, Walker’s friend and executive director of Cardiff 101’s sister organization, Leucadia 101 Main Street.

According to the website set up to update everyone on Roberta’s condition she “received a blood transfusion and the results are now looking good. She also had surgery on her lung that went well. Recent CT scans show no further bleeding. Roberta is doing much better today and things are moving in the right direction. Her labs are all almost in the normal range. Her lungs are doing much better. They are going to keep her resting another couple of days to let her brain trauma recover.”

For more info on Roberta’s condition and how you can help her and JP Walker during her hospitalization and recovery please click here: https://heambailey.wixsite.com/roberta.

[Link: Roberta Updates]

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Chip Wilson Slides Back Into Winter

by The Editors on December 9, 2018

Billionaire Westbeach co-founder Chip Wilson (his other little start-up was Lululemon Athletica) has joined forces with Chinese sportswear giant Anta Sports Products Ltd and some others to purchase Finland based Amer Sport, owners of Salomon, AtomicArc’Teryx, Suunto, Mavic, Percor, and Wilson for $5.2 billion, according to a story on Bloomberg.

The consortium, which includes Chinese buyout firm FountainVest Partners, will offer shareholders of Finland’s Amer Sports Oyj 40 euros a share in cash, or about 4.6 billion euros. The deal is the largest struck by a Chinese acquirer for a European asset since China Investment Corp. agreed to buy Logicor Europe for almost $14 billion in June 2017, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Guess Chip just couldn’t stay away from the snow any longer.

[Link: Bloomberg]

 

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Apple CEO Tweets Surfer’s Journal Cover

by The Editors on December 9, 2018

Tim Cook, the man running what is often the world’s most valuable company (Apple, duh!) sent out a photo via Twitter from The Surfer’s Journal because the cover was shot on an iPhone by Zak Noyle.

The point here being, all you need is a brand new iPhone and you too can shoot photos like this. Seriously, you’re only $1,100 away from a cover shot right now. Get on it. Happy Holidays.

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Burton Recycles The Bright 90s

by The Editors on December 6, 2018

We’re not that interested in doing 1992 over again, but if you missed the first go-round then boy does Burton have something for you in their 92 Retro Collection. The capsule features Jason Ford-a-licious block color jackets, classic asym air 45 logo graphics on a Family Tree Speed Date, Trick Pilot, and Stun Gun boards and much, much more.

Honor the past while experiencing the latest performance with this modern, more technical take on an iconic era.

Iconic, indeed, but reminds us of something the band Jamie Wednesday once said, “Pop will eat itself.”

[Link: Burton Snowboards]

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Dakine Sold To Marquee Brands

by The Editors on December 6, 2018

Marquee Brands, LLC, owners of zombie brands like Body Glove, Ben Sherman, and Bruno Magli, announced yesterday (December 5, 2018) that they have acquired the Dakine brand along with all related intellectual property. They’ve also partnered with JR286 to operate the brand.

Marquee Brands and JR286, who will develop Dakine’s core categories, will maintain dedicated teams for the brand in Hood River, Los Angeles, California, and Annecy, France. Ken Meidell, Dakine’s current CEO, will be joining the Marquee Brands team.

Last we checked Dakine was owned by Altamont Capital, which also holds majority positions in Brixton, Fox Head, and Mervin Manufacturing. They paid $70 million for Dakine when they bought it from Billabong in 2013, wonder what this sale means for the rest of the portfolio. Maybe nothing, maybe something. For the official word from Marquee, please follow the jump.

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Tony’s Got A Whole New Game

by The Editors on December 5, 2018

Next week (December 13, 2018) Tony Hawk’s mobile game (created by Maple Media) hits the Apple and Google Play stores. It’s called SkateJam and we don’t really know much aside from what we read on 9 to 5 Mac. Here are a few details:

The action-packed mobile experience, available for pre-order now and free to download worldwide on the App Store® beginning on December 13th, captures the essence of Hawk’s legacy – his unmistakable style, influences, and tricks are prevalent throughout the game. Developed by Maple Media, a Los Angeles-based mobile media, advertising and technology company, Tony Hawk’s Skate Jam will set a new bar for authentic tricks, controls and music in a mobile skate game thanks to Tony himself. The game will also feature, Classic Career Mode, Global Skate Jam tournaments, Street, park and vert skate disciplines and dozens of Birdhouse skateboards to collect.

Sounds like everything we need in an mobile skateboarding game. For more info click the link.

[Link: SkateJam]

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US Snowboarding Is Still Here

by The Editors on December 5, 2018

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association sent out a press release today to remind everyone that they exist and still matter to snowboarding. Even though the Beijing Winter Olmpics aren’t until 2022 US Ski & Snowboard and USASA believe they’re still relevant to the sport. For instance: 

One hundred percent of the regional snowboard events and 82 percent of the regional freeski events are produced by USASA. USASA produces more than 500 events at 120 resorts through their 32 unique series that engage the culture and community of both sports. In addition to the hosting of events, USASA also provides an education structure for the development of coaches, officials and judges in the U.S. hosted through in-person clinics and social outreach.

What they didn’t mention, but is also true, is that US Ski & Snowboard has nothing to do with the now bankrupt USA Gymnastics. For more information on exactly what U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the USASA do for snowboarders, snowboarding, and the entire industry please follow the jump.

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Last Month’s News (or so) Today

by The Editors on November 30, 2018

We were planning on doing these super list news link updates on the weekly, but last month seemed a bit shorter and our slow typing fingers failed the task. Take this as a catch up on all the news that caught our eye lately. we’ll attempt to do better moving forward. . . or not. Follow the jump for all the stories. Happy Friday.

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Vans Signs Michael February To Global Team

by The Editors on November 30, 2018

Vans just signed South African pro surfer Michael February to their global footwear and apparel team.

Recently featured in Vans’ surf film Can’t Steal Our Vibe alongside fellow teammates the Gudauskas brothers, February has been a driving force in Vans’ philanthropic initiative to inspire at-risk youth in South Africa through surfing. In partnership with Waves for Change, February helped to collect over 750 surfboards for local South Africa townships, helping kids heal through surfing.

For the official word from Vans, please follow the jump.
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