Nick Woodman’s Wonderful Horrible Life

by The Editors on December 15, 2017

Forbes Magazine lays out the story of GoPro’s wild successes and failures in a rather sympathetic profile of founder Nick Woodman which begins with this sentence: Nick Woodman is crying.

After a decade of breakneck growth, GoPro held one of the most successful tech IPOs of 2014, which earned Woodman comparisons to Steve Jobs. But the past two years have been a cautionary tale: botched product rollouts, sweeping layoffs, a giant new initiative shuttered. The company was profitable each year following its bootstrapped launch, but it has lost money every quarter from the end of 2015 until the third quarter of 2017.

Though we’ve always appreciated Mr. Woodman’s ability to recklessly enjoy his successes, we’re not sure there are any major lesson’s to be learned here, however, that didn’t stop him from lining up some life tips. Jump to the end of the story if you don’t have time for the rest.

[Link: Forbes]

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Nikita’s G.W.R At Sunshine Village

by The Editors on December 13, 2017

Nikita’s G.W.R. Snowboard Event Series kicks off this Saturday (December 16, 2017) at Alberta Canada’s Sunshine Village.

G.W.R. (Girls Who Ride) by Nikita is an open-invite day for girls who ride to get together, snowboard on custom features designed by Abby Furrer of Rude Girls in collaboration with Sunshine Village, and an afternoon open jam contest where prizes will be handed out for girls who land their best tricks. . . G.W.R. by Nikita is a fully girls-driven snowboarding event, from start to finish. From the park design and conception, to the morning and afternoon sessions, to the judging of the riders- everything will be lead by girls, for girls.

For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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Three Snowboarders Die In Two Weeks

by The Editors on December 12, 2017

The 2017-18 snowboard season is getting off to a sad start this holiday season with three snowboarders dead in just the first two weeks of December. 

Nathan Enright, 21, of Libertyville, Illinois lost control while riding at Colorado’s Keystone Resort on December 2, 2017 and hit a tree. He died three days later in the hospital. Denver Post.

On the same day at Monarch Ski Area 23-year-old Collin J. Zak, an Ohio native, died after hitting a tree at about noon. According to the report Zak was snowboarding in bounds and was wearing a helmet. Denver Post

In California 23-year-old David Karlin from Orangeville, California died on December 10, 2017 after hitting a fence at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Fox40

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of all three snowboarders.

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Karl Watson Writes A Children’s Book

by The Editors on December 12, 2017

It won’t arrive in time for Christmas, but Karl Watson’s new kids book (illustrated by Henry Jones) might be the perfect late January gift for they kids you know. Titled, My First Skateboard, the book tells the story of how skateboarding can change the world.

After 30 years of skateboarding in San Francisco and around the world professional skater, Karl Watson, wrote this children’s book in hopes of inspiring future generations to become skateboarders.

You can pre-order it now, and get it in January by clicking the link.

[Link: My First Skateboard via Vice]

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Idaho Skate Shop Owner Could Face Prison

by The Editors on December 12, 2017

Darin “D’Beau” Black, 46, the owner of the DeckadencE skateboard shop in Pocatello, Idaho could be up for 20 years in prison on charges stemming from a fight that happened in the alley beside his shop at 3 AM on September 16, 2017, according to a story in the Idaho State Journal.

Black was charged in connection to an altercation that involved five men attacking two other people in an alleyway near his skateboard shop on West Center Street. The attack left two people stabbed and ended when Black allegedly opened fire on two of the five attackers.

According to Black’s attorney the shop owner was acting in self defense. According to the Journal, “Black is back in court for a pretrial conference in February with a trial date currently set for March 13, 2018.”

[Link: Idaho State Journal]

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Altamont Welcomes Dakota Servold

by The Editors on December 12, 2017

Altamont is proud to announce that Dakota Servold has joined their skate team. To celebrate this addition, they’ve partnered with Dakota’s board sponsor Foundation Skateboards to release two custom skate decks featuring the same Clay Halling artwork as his two new Altamont collaboration tees. We call that synergy.

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Shaun White Joins The Ladies Of The Canyon

by The Editors on December 11, 2017

It is being reported that Shaun White (who was recently selling most of his homes) has purchased half of a “micro-compound” tucked into Laurel Canyon and formerly owned by “celebrated film, television and Broadway composer and lyricist Marc Shaiman“, according to story in Variety.

. . . property records show a corporate entity linked to two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White purchased a 50% undivided interest in the property. Unconfirmed scuttlebutt on the celebrity real estate street is the other half interest was acquired, via blind trust, by the ginger-haired snowboarder’s fashion-savvy musician girlfriend Sarah Barthel, one half of the electro-pop duo Phantogram.

The place reportedly features a “total of 4,304-square-feet with 5 bedrooms and 4 full and 2 half bathrooms divided between two residences and a soundproofed recording studio.”  Sounds like Mr. White is finally settling down in what looks to be an epic, peaceful spot within striking distance of Hollywood. Nice.

[Link: AOL.com]

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RIP Bruce Brown, Thanks.

by The Editors on December 11, 2017

Bruce Brown (left with his son Dana), the smooth voiced, kind, funny documentary filmmaker whose classic films The Endless Summer and On Any Sunday introduced the entire world to action sports died Sunday December 10, 2017 at home on his ranch north of Santa Barbara, California, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times. He was 80 years old.

The message on the Bruce Brown Films website read:

Today our friend, partner, mentor, filmmaker, and father peacefully passed away in Santa Barbara, California. . . With Bruce Bruce and his inspiring movies an era comes to an end! His legacy lives on with all of us that continue to carry his torch! Thank you Bruce for all you did for this and future generations. Rest In Peace.

His infectious way of communicating cool inspired generations to follow their bliss and live unconventional lives (ours included). He infected the world with a stoke that will never die. For that we thank him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. 

[Link: LA Times]

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Pro-Tec + Volcom = Helmets

by The Editors on December 7, 2017

Why build your own when you can collab? We never understood, but it’s nice to see that Volcom has realized that having good helmets with your logos on them is a great thing.

“Our collaboration with Volcom is a great way to celebrate Pro-Tec’s 45th Anniversary,” says R.P. Bess Pro-Tec Global Brand Director. “With Volcom’s creative direction and Pro-Tec’s classic styling, these helmets are a must-have for skaters and snowboarders.”

“I was naturally excited to work with Pro-Tec having worn them throughout my vert career and to be able to instigate the never-been-done swirl injection mold [for Volcom] was what got me super hyped.” Remy Stratton, Volcom SVP of Global Skate and Snow.

For the official word from Volcom and Pro-Tec please follow the jump.

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adidas Skateboarding Debuts “RŌZU”

by The Editors on December 7, 2017

adidas Skateboarding releases their newest skate edit, “RŌZU” or “Rose”. The brand’s latest video features the global team taking to the streets of one of their favorite cities – Tokyo. Dennis Busenitz, Silas Baxter-Neal, Rodrigo Teixeira, Mark Suciu, Gustav Tønnesen and other team riders. Yeah?

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