RIP: Enjoi Pro Ben Raemers

by The Editors on May 15, 2019

The skateboarding world was rocked last weekend (May 11-12, 2019) as news spread that Enjoi pro, and Thrasher Magazine King of the Road standout Ben Raemers has died, according to a post from Louie Barletta on Enjoi’s Instagram feed. He was 28 years old.

Ben Raemers was last active on his Instagram account on April 28. . . He was from Walton-on-the-Naze, a small town in Essex, England, but was based in the United States,” according to a story on Monsters & Critics. “He appeared on the cover of Thrasher in 2010 as his career continued in an upward trajectory. . . Ben Raemers was not publicly known to have suffered from any medical conditions that could explain his untimely passing. . . So far there is no official cause of death.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and the entire skateboarding community.

[Link: Enjoi and Monsters and Critics]

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ISA’s 2019 Youth Scholarship Program

by The Editors on May 2, 2019

The International Surfing Association is announcing the opening of the 2019 ISA Scholarship Program aimed at supporting under-served youth with their academic and surfing ambitions, while helping to boost the development and growth of the sport in non-traditional surfing regions around the world. Fiji’s Kiesha Wakeham (pictured above) received an ISA Scholarship in 2017 and went on to represent her nation at the 2018 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Huntington Beach, USA.

The 2019 program will award USD $20,000 to girls and boys 18 years of age and under that show exceptional dedication to their education, passion for surfing, and financial need. Since the program’s inception in 2007, more than 300 surfers from all five continents have received USD $308,500 in aid from the ISA. . . The 2019 application deadline is set for July 15, with the 2019 scholarship ambassadors to be announced at the end of the year.

For all the details, please follow the jump.

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Transworld’s Daewon Doco Drops May 12

by The Editors on May 1, 2019

Transworld Skateboarding will be premiering their new documentary film on Daewon Song in LA on May 12, 2019 (yeah, Mother’s Day).

The documentary illustrates Song’s fierce dedication to the sport over his lifetime, and how his abilities have constantly raised the bar and inspired others. Throughout the edit, fellow skaters Rodney Mullen, Marc Johnson, Tony Hawk, Mark Gonzales, Nora Vasconcellos, Torey Pudwill and many others weigh in to share accounts of their connection, and admiration for Daewon’s influence and continued impact on the skateboarding world.

For all the details including the upcoming pro invitation picnic table challenge at Lockwood Elementary School, please follow the jump.

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Surfboard Demo Day In Del Mar

by The Editors on May 1, 2019

Don’t miss the Sustainable Surf Surfboard Demo Day at 15th Street in Del Mar, California on Sunday May 5, 2019 from 7 to 10 AM as part of the Boardroom International Surfboard Show.

The event will feature some of the latest shapes from brands and people like Firewire, Channel Islands, Earth Technologies, Pyzel, Maurice Cole, Rusty, Donald Brink, Ryan Lovelace and many more, along with free coffee, snacks, and kombucha. If you’ve got an old wetsuit bring it along for recycling. For all the details, click the link.

[Link: Boardroom Show]

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Vans Park Series Invite List 2019

by The Editors on April 30, 2019

Wonder who will be skating in the 2019 Vans Park Series? Wonder no more because here’s the invite list:

Alex Sorgente, CJ Collins, Cory Juneau, Jagger Eaton, Patrick Ryan, Pedro Barros, Roman Pabich, Tom Schaar. . . Brighton Zeuner, Jordan Barratt, Kisa Nakamura, Kokona Hiraki, Nicole Hause, Poppy Starr Olsen, Yndiara Asp.

Not a bad lineup, huh? For a complete list of wildcards and challengers, please follow the jump.

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Jamie Salter Buying Sports Illustrated?

by The Editors on April 30, 2019

In the continuing saga of strange zombie brand shenanigans, it is being reported that Authentic Brands, the company that just purchased Volcom is very seriously considering purchasing Sports Illustrated, the fading print magazine known most widely for it’s annual bikini issue, for $110 million, according to a story on Pitchbook.com.

If Authentic Brands ultimately wins the auction, it would keep SI’s print product alive for at least another two years, per retail-focused website WWD. But its bigger play would be licensing SI’s brand, which could reportedly include launching kids’ sports camps and injury rehab clinics. That sort of cross promotion is what Authentic Brands has specialized in while building consumer brands for celebrities such as retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neil and ex-pro golfer Greg Norman. Here’s to hoping this strategy could produce a viable business model to preserve SI’s journalistic aspirations. 

ABG has enough women’s wear brands to pack that bikini issue, and when you look at print advertising costs, it may be cheaper to just buy the magazine. We’ve said it as a joke before, but it’s looking more and more like Jamie Salter really will own everything soon.

[Link: Pitchbook]

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Snowboarder Dies Riding Pikes Peak

by The Editors on April 30, 2019

Twenty-four-year-old snowboarder Tucker Shivers died Wednesday, April 24, 2019 while snowboarding on Colorado’s Pikes Peak, according to a story in the Colorado Springs Gazette.

The 24-year-old Colorado Springs man died living out his dream Wednesday after falling while snowboarding above Glen Cove on the eastern face of the mountain, said Patrick Kerscher, El Paso County Search and Rescue operations director. He was snowboarding in a couloir east of Little Italy, Kerscher said. “He had a helmet on, and the helmet was broken, so we do suspect there was head injury,” Kerscher said.

Our thoughts are with Shivers family and friends. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with expenses.

[Link: The Gazette]

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2019 Vans Pool Party Live May 4

by The Editors on April 25, 2019

The 15th Annual Vans Pool Party is aninvite-only bash, but you can watch the worlds best bowl skaters destroy the Vans Combi Bowl on Saturday May 4, 2019 live online.

Vans looks forward to commemorating 15 years of iconic skateboarding, as the 2019 Vans Pool Party makes its historic return to the legendary Vans Combi Bowl on Saturday, May 4 in Orange, CA. Highly regarded as the premier bowl competition that pioneered the style and evolution of modern vertical skateboarding today, the Vans Pool Party showcases the undisputed Legends of the sport, alongside the world’s leading Pros and Masters to celebrate the pure creativity and athleticism that has emerged from the Combi Bowl’s legacy. 

Watch it live beginning at 4 PM PT at vans.com/poolpartyFor additional details, follow the jump.

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This Week’s News Headline Dumpage

by The Editors on April 24, 2019

All the headlines, no comments. Scan them, click them, read them, or just ignore them. A couple of these stories are worth reading and we’d point them out to you, but, well, that would take more time. You’ll just have to hunt them out yourself. Cheers.

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Surfer Magazine Parent Sells National Enquirer

by The Editors on April 18, 2019

American Media LLC, the company that purchased a gutted Adventure Sports Network in January 2019 has apparently sold the National Enquirer (and a couple other tabloids) to Hudson Media. for $100 million, according to a story on WWD.

James Cohen, part of the family that founded Hudson News Distributors, is buying the U.S. and U.K versions of the gossip magazine from David Pecker’s American Media LLC (recently renamed from American Media Inc.), which acquired the title 20 years ago. The $100 million deal also includes two other tabloids, Globe and National Examiner. . . Pecker — whose friendship with President Donald Trump and the use of the Enquirer’s coverage to aid Trump’s candidacy and perhaps even his personal vendettas has come under intense scrutinyover the last year — wrote in a statement that the group of magazines actually pull in $30 million in profit annually.

Not sure what this really means other than Snowboarder, Skateboarding, and Surfer Magazine are no longer siblings of the politically embroiled gossip rags and AMI is a little less in debt — only $355 million now. Ouch.

[Link: WWD]

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