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The IASC Summit Series #1

by The Editors on April 19, 2018

The annual skateboard industry conference hosted by the International Association of Skateboard Companies is getting a change up with year. Rather than a three day event that requires hotel rooms, travel, and more the IASC is breaking it up into one day events — quick and easy like. The first stop is May 3, 2018, but if you want to stick around there are still three days of fun.

Stop 1: Towne Park Brewery, Anaheim, California – May 3rd. The kick-off Summit Series will be in conjunction with the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Icons Awards Ceremony that will be held on May 4th. Also, join us at the Vans Pool Party on May 5th. Tickets start at just $150 for IASC members and $200 for non-members until April 20th. Every attendee gets 10% off admission to the Skateboarding Hall of Fame Ceremony and the first 50 tickets come with passes to the Vans Pool Party!

For all the details, including a speaker list and how you can get tickets, please follow the jump.

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Margaret River Cancelled By Sharks

by The Editors on April 18, 2018

A certain privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streamed content production (mostly surfing sport) has reportedly shut down their production at Western Australia’s Margaret River due to sharks.

Following two separate incidents that occurred at nearby Gracetown on Monday, April 16, approximately 6 kms away from primary competition site at Main Break, the [company] actioned safety protocols and met with a variety of stakeholders for feedback over the past 48 hours before making the decision to cancel the event.

So, guess that’s one’s over. Seems this whole surfing content production business would be much more profitable if they’d simply shoot it TV style on a sound stage somewhere. They could shot a whole season in three weeks and then distribute it online over the year.

If only there were a TV production facility that had perfect waves and no sharks. . . wait, doesn’t Kelly Slater have a ranch somewhere that could accommodate this kind of production schedule? Think of it — surfers would no longer have to travel the world all year. They could stay in one place, get their work done in one month, and then spend the rest of the year free surfing at home. People who wanted to watch them surf could travel to the ranch, buy tickets and watch. Kelly’s ranch could become the Branson, Missouri of surfing. If only. . . 


Kering Starts Volcom “Disposal Process”

by The Editors on April 12, 2018

We talked about this a while ago (November 1, 2017 to be exact), but it appears that the day of Kering’s off-loading of Volcom has officially arrived, according to a story on SGB Media.

“In accordance with Kering’s strategy to fully dedicate itself to the development of its luxury houses, Volcom no longer constitutes a core asset and Kering has initiated a disposal process,” the group said in a statement.

Disposal process? Wow. Kering bought Volcom in 2011 for $608 million will Wooly buy it back for $200 million? Could this happen, (please)? We’ll all just have to wait and see.

[Link: SGB Media]


Winter Not Over At Mt. Hood Meadows

by The Editors on April 12, 2018

Don’t write the 2017-18 snow season off just yet Mt. Hood Meadows is still in the think of it with an expected three feet of the fresh stuff by Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Vice President of Marketing Dave Tragethon says it is definitely still winter on the mountain, saying, “It’s awesome to have this kind of powder skiing when so many other ski areas across the country have already closed for the season.” Meadows continues daily operations through April 22, and then operates Fridays – Sundays for the next two weekends (April 27, 28, 29 and May 4, 5, 6). A season ending party is scheduled Saturday, May 12, the resort’s last day of winter operations. 

There’s a lot coming up including reVegetate, 11th annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim, and much more. So get up and take one last bite before you shift into summer mode. For the official word, follow the jump.

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Dead Brand Continues Dead Artist Partnership

by The Editors on April 9, 2018

Billabong is continuing their artistic relationship with Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat to celebrate death, apparently, with the third iteration of their  Andy Warhol x Jean-Michel Basquiat x Billabong Lab collection. Dead artists are the easiest to work with, obviously.


Zombie Brands Never Say Die

by The Editors on April 9, 2018

Ever launch a brand that functionally went out of business years ago? Not to worry. Brand licensing wizards will resurrect your brand over and over and over again to keep those checks rolling in. The most recent example of brand reanimation is this — Airwalk for Aéropostale.

Airwalk for Aéropostale launches online and in stores on April 8th. The exclusive Men’s capsule will launch with an 8-piece apparel collection with key styles including color block and printed board shorts as well as graphic tees, just in time for Spring Break! The exclusive collection will range from $25 to $45.

Dive in kids. We’re not really sure what Aérosostale is, but it’s the 90s all over again and it’s on sale today.


Billabong Shareholders Agree To Sell Out

by The Editors on March 28, 2018

It’s official, last night (March 27, 2018) 95.45 percent of Billabong’s shareholders voted to sell the company to Boardriders (the parent company of Quiksilver, DC Shoes, et. al.) for $1.05 a share according to a story in the Daily Telegraph.

The successful offer represented a 35 per cent premium on Billabong’s closing price the day before Boardrider’s proposal was first announced in January. . . Boardriders chief executive Dave Tanner said the deal offered the best value for shareholders, employees, vendors and customers. . . “We are pleased to see that the Billabong shareholders recognised this value, and have approved the proposed acquisition,” Mr Tanner said. . . “We have now cleared a significant milestone, and we are one step closer to creating the world’s leading action sports company.”

So finally Billabong and Quiksilver are nestled together in the loving arms of Oak Tree Capital. What does this mean? Not a whole lot to anyone not financially involved in the deal.

[Link: Daily Telegraph]


Captain Liz Clark’s Swell Book Tour

by The Editors on March 27, 2018

If you’ve been following along, you’ll remember that Captain Liz Clark set sail from California in 2006 in pursuit of a life-long dream of surf exploration via sailboat. She’s been sailing ever since, and now she’s written a book about her adventures and would like to share it with you live at a Patagoina Store near you.

After more than a decade and 20,000 miles of solo sailing aboard the 40-foot Swell, her Pacific voyage has presented her with more fantastic friends, waves, adventures and personal growth than she dreamed possible. Patagonia is inviting everyone out to an evening of stories as Liz reads from her new book Swell: A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening. Signed, limited edition copies will be available for purchase.

The events are FREE. For a complete list of all the tour stops, please follow the jump.
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Lib Tech’s Air’n Wakesurf Boards

by The Editors on March 22, 2018

Lib Tech Surf is proud to announce their new wakesurf line featuring Aaron Witherell’s “Air’n” model! And it looks pretty nice.

As life long surfers, snowboarders, skiers and skaters Lib Tech founders Mike Olson and Pete Saari along with the past and present Mervin Mfg crews have created a legacy of fun times through technological gravity toys. Inspired all along by surfing and aerospace composites Lib Tech surf was able to bring something completely revolutionary to the world of surfing with our proprietary eco friendly, technologically tougher, zero hazardous waste producing Eco Iso constructed boards made right here in Sequim, WA USA. Now we’re taking our state of the art tech to the lakes and rivers with our new wakesurf line!

And yes, we want one because thanks to Kelly Slater and his Wave Ranch we’re all wannabe wake surfers now. For the rest of the story from Lib, please follow the jump.

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Golf Thang: The Skaters of Malbon Golf

by The Editors on March 22, 2018

Los Angeles’ Fairfax golfing street boutique Malbon Golf gets the Golfworld write up.

Malbon Golf does club-fitting, but hats, gloves, bags and flasks are the hot items. With a putting green and simulator, the shop has become a kind of clubhouse for an eclectic network of skaters, musicians and artists united by golf and irregular working hours. They play private tracks when they can, and at least suffer the slow rounds at public courses in good company. “I’ve thought about joining somewhere, but never too seriously,” says Hufnagel, who’s playing in a gray hoodie and a black cap with a profane directive.

Keith Hugnagel, Eric Koston, and Sean Malto are apparently down, but when it comes to golf we still agree with Mark Twain.

[Link: Golfworld]