We were saddened to learn on Friday July 25, 2014 that after 24 years, Seattle’s longtime core action sports retailer SnoCon is closing its doors. It is a northwest snowboard institution whose influence on the sport and core retailing will be missed greatly industry wide. Founder John Logic, notified staff on Friday that their final work day would be the following day, Saturday July 26.
Tough retail conditions are largely to blame according an email from Logic, “[SnoCon] tried to get right for five years, after 17 golden ones, but they couldn’t right the ship,” he said. “Even an upside down boat will float. It’s just not much of a party cruise, ya know?”
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Legendary shaper, surfer, and all-around waterman Rusty Preisendorfer is being named to the Surfers’ Hall of Fame on Friday, August 1, 2014 and it’s about time.
Nicknamed the “Stradivarious” of shapers due to his reputation for quality and innovation, Rusty was born in Los Angeles to a research mathematician (his father worked at Scripps) and an occupational therapist. He became a Windansea local at a fresh six weeks of age and eventually entered shaping during a groundbreaking era with influences that included Dick Brewer, Mike Hynson and Skip Frye. While attending the University of California at San Diego, he spent his initial stint shaping for Gordon and Smith. Exploring Australia in 1974, he garnered his first serious exposure when Rabbit Bartholomew purchased one of his 8-foot guns.
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Hey, if the Nike Corporation’s CONS skate crew is going to spend the money to travel around and offer up free seminars on how to build skate structures and/or how to film skate videos it might not be a bad idea to take them up the free infos. Especially if you live near NYC, LA, Boston, or Toronto.
“Converse has always been an advocate for unleashing creativity and we’re thrilled to promote CONS Project as a platform that is truly useful to them and encourages the creative expressions of our consumers ,” said Ian Stewart, Converse Vice President of North America Marketing. “Ultimately, our intent is to provide the next generation of designers, producers, musicians, builders, and more the opportunity to work alongside acclaimed influential experts within skateboarding, art, and music, and encourage them to explore their creative ambitions and aspirations.”
Anytime you can help Nike spend their money instead of taking your’s it’s probably a good thing. And learning something along the way makes it even better. For all the official details, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
This afternoon, July 24, 2014, join Diamond Supply Co., Street League Skateboarding, and Torey Pudwill, Boo Johnson, Marquise Henry, Felipe Gustavo, Joey Brezinski, Brandon Biebel, Nick Tucker, and more at the public opening celebration of the Hazard Park Skate Plaza. The whole thing goes down at 5 PM. Hazard Park is located at 2298 Norfolk St. Los Angeles, California 90033.
The International Olympic Committee apparently not only know that skateboarding exists (finally) they are interested in showcasing the activity at this summer’s Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China August 17-27, 2014. And they’re leaving the logistics up to the International Skateboarding Federation.
“We’re honored that the IOC has chosen the International Skateboarding Federation to present world-class skateboarding on such a global stage as well as in front of the Olympic leadership,” said Gary Ream, President of the ISF. “We’re appreciative of the support given to the ISF from nearly every corner of the international skate community as we show the unique excitement that skateboarding offers and also that we may leave the skatepark as a legacy for area skateboarders and kids that we are able to turn on to skateboarding.”
Woodward always seems to have some skin in the Olympic games, right? For the official word from the ISF, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson celebrate after the Final of the J-Bay Open.
Image: ASP / Kirstin Scholtz
It was an Australian showdown in South Africa as Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson faced off in the finals of the J-Bay Open, stop six of eleven of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championships Tour.
Fanning’s first wave of the heat earned him an excellent 9.00 for a double-barrel and powerful carves. He went on to use his polished skills to bank a second solid score and a two-wave heat total of 17.00 (out of a possible 20). Parkinson, the 2012 ASP World Champion, fought his way back into contention with rides of 7.43 and 6.17 but was still looking for 9.57 points when time ran out. Fanning previously dispatched Owen Wright (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA) and Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) on route to the Final.
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To celebrate the release of Todd Francis’ new book Look Away, Antihero Skateboards is launching a reissue collection called Worst of the Worst.
Check out the mini site to see the limited tees, sticker packs and hand signed limited decks, along with a sneak peek at Todd’s new book including unseen artwork, original sketches and classic board graphics for Antihero and more. Available Now in Select Skate shops.
For the young this is all new, fas or the rest of you, just let the nostalgia splash over you like a spilled PBR. Then no one will notice your tears for better days.
Just when we were about to throw in the towel on the ASP World Championship Tour’s J-Bay Pro, we get word that the ASP’s disciplinary panel has returned their verdict on Jeremy Flores‘ apparent violation of ASP rules conduct following his Round 2 heat loss to Sebastian Zietz. Flores has been suspended from the tour until August 27, 2014.
The incident involved the athlete confronting ASP officials and event staff in an unsportsmanlike manner and resulted in the Rules and Disciplinary Committee, after completing its investigation, fining the surfer US$6,000 and suspending him from ASP competitions until August 27, 2014. As a result, Flores is ineligible to compete in both the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach (an ASP Prime QS event) and the Billabong Pro Tahiti (an ASP WCT event).
Stab Magazine (which apparently still pays people to travel to surf events, watch them all day, and then write about it) described Flores’ altercation with the judges as follows:
Craig Jarvis wrote for Stab, “He came out the water bristling, and continued to bristle all the way up to the tower, where his board being thrown onto the deck made such a loud noise that it sounded like some sort of structural damage had happened. . . “Then there was a torrent of angry, abusive words aimed at the judges. Grannies tut-tutted down below, parents put their hands over their kids’ ears, and security went scrambling, eventually placating the situation. . . “As everyone watched closely the ASP closed ranks and went into a huddle. Jeremy returned. The huddle broke. It was announced that Jeremy had apologized to the ASP and that a disciplinary committee would deal with the matter. Thus ended Jeremy’s African adventure.”
Apparently passionate surfing is still alive and well on the ASP Tour. Hopefully, we’ll get to see this contest all wrapped up in solid surf over the coming days. For the official word from the ASP, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
In the spirit of telling you things way too late for you to join in the fun we present a Zumiez + Airblaster colab camping/snowboarding event at Mt. Hood beginning July 21, 2014 (starts next Monday). It’s called the Glampster Shredfest. For all the late, late details, follow the jump or click the link. [click to continue…]
The end of July means one thing in Southern California–the US Open of Surfing. And one of our favorite events at the US Open is the Globe movie premiere. Globe always puts on the best premiere parties.This year their premiere of Strange Rumblings In Shargri La is going down in Long Beach, California on July 31, 2014 and if you can get there, we highly suggest being there. For more details on Strange Rumblings, follow the jump. [click to continue…]