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Bonfire Goes Free Range

by The Editors on September 28, 2016

Bonfire Snowboarding is going free range. What’s that you say? Here let them explain.

Free Range represents Bonfire’s commitment to snowboarding. It’s our journey about living with no rules, about going the places we want to go, avoiding the ones we could care less about and sticking around a certain spot because we don’t have a schedule and the place is FIRING.

We know the feeling. For the official word from Bonfire, please follow the link.

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That Brian Anderson Video You Should Watch

by The Editors on September 28, 2016

Yes, this is the video that everyone has been talking about, praising, and holding up. “My name is Brian Anderson. I’m a professional skateboarder. And we are here to talk about the fact that I am gay.”

Watch, listen, learn. Oh, and nice job, Reda.

[Link: Vice Sports]

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NikeSB App Rolls Into Retirement

by The Editors on September 28, 2016

nikesb_appscrnIn an “service update” email sent today (September 28, 2016) to users of the NikeSB skateboarding app the company says they will be retiring the iOS social sharing skateboarding app on November 1, 2016 to “make way for their newest services.” They offered the following advice for users who would still like to get up with NikeSB.

In place of using the SB App to upload your clips, now you can get your clips spotted on Instagram.
1. Upload your videos to Instagram
2. Tag @nikesb and use the hashtag #CheckMeSB
3. Have a chance to be featured on our Nike SB channelsIn addition, we will continue to serve you with first access to SB product, videos and events through the Nike+ App.

We haven’t used the app in a while, but remember it being pretty solid when it launched in 2013. Guess we’ll have to wait and see if  they’ve got something better coming up. Seems it’s still open season in the hunt for a “Strava for skateboarding” app. Better get on it.

 

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Matt Warshaw In The New Yorker

by The Editors on September 28, 2016

mattwarshaw_nkrWe no longer read The New Yorker. We let our subscription lapse when the price went over the $70 mark. That’s how much we care about the best writing in the world. Luckily, someone at Surfer Magazine still reads it because they noticed that The Encyclopedia of Surfing author (and Surfermag.com columnist) Matt Warshaw was featured in the October 3, 2016 issue of the magazine for his work with Oxford English Dictionary.

Surfer interviewed Warshaw on being profiled.

We’re just linking it here so if it ever comes up again we’ll be able to find it. Oh, and to add our entry in the New Yorker’s caption contest: “Pffft, you should see him dance on the ceiling.”

[Link: Surfermag.com]

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The Blockhead Skateboards Story

by The Editors on September 26, 2016

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As part of The Hundreds’ “Garage Brands” series Anthony Pappalardo (the writer) recounts the story of Dave Bergthold and Blockhead Skateboards. It is a good story of skateboarding, Sacramento, and staying true to a dream no matter what.

“I wanted to work in skateboarding, because that’s all I cared about,” he said. “Skateboarding was absolutely fucking dead at that point,” he [Bergthold] said of the industry landscape of the industry in 1985. “There were magazines and there was a scene, but you could count the number of skateboard companies on your fingers and toes. I was working delivering pizzas and saved up about $3,000. I ended up buying a batch of boards—about 60 decks total, because that’s what they [Uncle Wiggly] could make a day. I decided I needed an ad in Thrasher, so people would take me seriously. I don’t remember how much it cost, but it had to be around $800, so I spent almost a quarter of my budget just on this one ad.”

Thanks to his dedication Dave B. is still working in skateboarding and you can still buy a Blockhead skateboard. For a better understanding of why this is such a good thing, read the rest of the interview by clicking the link.

[Link: The Hundreds]

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Adidas + Capita = Kazu Collection

by The Editors on September 26, 2016

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Capita Snowboards and adidas Snowboarding share a rider. His name is Kazu Kokubo. So why not share some branded product as well? No reason, really. So here it is — a Adi-Trek Capita shoe and Coaches Jacket — inspired by Kazu’s board graphics which were created by world renowned tattoo artist Gangi of Three Tides Tattoo.

The Adi-Trek Capita shoe is a winterized skate shoe that features a cozy fleece lining and a grippy vulcanized outsole for precise board feel. The shoe’s gusseted tongue is water resistant to withstand harsh weather conditions and the EVA sockliner with customized warrior graphic provides additional cushioning and support. The Capita Coaches Jacket is a lightweight, water-resistant jacket featuring monochromatic detailing complete with Kazu’s signature bird logo on the jacket’s back.

This smashing combo goes on sale October 1 at specialty retailers in the US and on the adidas snowboarding website: $90 for the shoes, $95 for the jacket. Go Capita!

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France Wins ISA World Junior Championships

by The Editors on September 26, 2016

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After nine days of world-class competition in the Azores, Team France emerged victorious at the 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. The Team Gold Medal is the first for France in the history of the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship and the first in the Olympic Surfing era.

In the individual competition USA’s Caroline Marks (Girls U-16), France’s Thomas Debierre (Boys U-16), Hawaii’s Brisa Hennessy (Girls U-18) and Brazil’s Weslley Dantas (Boys U-18) were crowned Gold Medalists.

“Congratulations to the Team Gold Medalist, Team France, and the individual Gold Medalists Caroline Marks, Thomas Debierre, Brisa Hennessey and Weslley Dantas,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “These surfers will forever be the very first ISA Junior Gold Medalists in the Olympic Surfing era. As all the other ISA competitors, they surfed in true Olympic spirit and showed amazing team camaraderie as they competed for the honor of representing their countries.”

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

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The Apple iPhone 7 Surf Test

by The Editors on September 22, 2016

NorCal surfer Kai Lenny puts a series of iPhones through a “surf test” to see just how well they hold up. The iPhone 7’s new water capabilities seem to win the day. Maybe it’s finally time to upgrade. . .”Sorry bro, I’m not talking to you, I’m on a call.”

[Link: 9 to 5 Mac]

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Bay Boys’ Club House Is Coming Down

by The Editors on September 21, 2016

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The Lunada Bay Boys are going to be down one clubhouse on the point after the Palos Verdes Estates Planning Commission voted unanimously last night (September 20, 2016) to tear the fort down, according to story in the LA Times.

. . . the structure [was] used by the notorious Bay Boys, a self-appointed gang of enforcers who people from outside the upscale community have, for decades, accused of using violence and intimidation to keep them away from the famous surf spot. . . The commission approved the motion unanimously and without comment. No one from the public spoke on the matter.

Guess the men will have to move their weekly surf protection meetings to one of their parents’ rec rooms.

[Link: LA Times]

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New Smyrna Sharks 3, Surfers 0

by The Editors on September 20, 2016

We haven’t really been on the shark attack beat so rigorously lately, because really, how many stories does anyone want to read about New Smyrna Beach, Florida. But Sunday, September 18, 2016 will go down as one of the sharkiests of days in shark bite city, according to the International Business Times (yeah, they’re chumming for link bait, too).

In the space of five hours sharks attacked three surfers at a single Florida beach, while a teenage boy was bitten on a second beach.

If you want the chomp-by-chomp coverage click the link. The good news is no one is dead. The bad news, is that Volusia County’s attacks this year are tracking up from last year. If you can believe it.

[Link: IB Times]

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