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CJ Olivares New CEO of SLS’s ETN

by The Editors on June 22, 2017

Street League Skateboarding’s video on demand channel ETN got a serious boost on June 22, 2017 when it was announced that Fuel TV founder CJ Olivares would be the new CEO.

“Finding an executive like CJ to lead the business into the next chapter is like finding a unicorn,” said SLS founder and Chairman of the Board Rob Dyrdek. “There are no other people I know that have run a global channel of the magnitude that he has with the unique programming mix of skateboarding, live events, and irreverent original shows. He is a perfect fit to take ETN to the next level and developing SLS into the future.”

This seems like a perfect fit. No one in action sports television has done a better job of bridging the gap between TV execs and skateboarders than Olivares and he seems happy about this new chapter.

“Taking the helm of ETN Media is an amazing opportunity to continue to build a game-changing platform that can engage and entertain skateboarding audiences around the world. The team’s early efforts to create original, must-see programming have already struck a chord with a global fan base and this is just the beginning.” Olivares continues, ”In terms of SLS, there is an exciting opportunity for continued international expansion on the road to skateboarding’s debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”

We’re looking forward to seeing what Olivares can pull together this time around. For the official word from SLS, please follow the jump.

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BS with TG: Ed Templeton Part 1

by The Editors on June 16, 2017

Start your weekend off right with part one of a discussion between Tommy Guerrero and Ed Templeton. Think they’ll talk about art and skateboarding or will they have forgotten it all? Click the arrow and know.

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Built To Fail: A Streetwear Story

by The Editors on June 16, 2017

No shock to anyone really, but we’ve never understood the “streetwear” thing. We know what it’s like to desire every single piece of kit we’d see on our favorite skaters, surfers, and snowboarders, but we never got our heads around the fetishization of those clothes by people who seemed to be more into the fashion (and we mean that in an East Coast/NYC way) than the skateboarding. We’re hoping Bobby Hundreds‘ new documentary Built To Fail: A Street Wear Story will finally enlighten us.

BUILT TO FAIL: A STREETWEAR STORY takes you through the history of streetwear, including the subculture of LA’s surf & skate scene, the punk rock scene, and the rise of graffiti street art out of NY. The film features interviews with Tommy Hilfiger, Russell Simmons, A$AP Rocky, Benny Gold, and​ ​LA-based designers such as Eli Bonerz (X-Large), “Bobby Tribal” Ruiz (Tribal), and​ ​Rick Klotz (Freshjive).

Built To Fail premiere’s this Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Los Angeles Film Festival at 8:35pm at the ArcLight Santa Monica. For more info click the link.

[Link: LA Film Fest]

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Skateboarding: Steve Caballero’s Livelihood

by The Editors on June 16, 2017

Steve Caballero great skateboarder, great dad. Happy Father’s Day, Steve!

[Link: Fix MFG]

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Aikau Family Suffers Possible Murder-Suicide

by The Editors on June 14, 2017

Sad news from Pauoa, Hawaii. The Star Advertiser is reporting that Gerald Aikau, 42, the nephew of big wave surfing legend Eddie Aikau, was found dead on the Aikau family property the morning of June 13, 2017. Inside a cottage his 7-year-old son Reef was also found dead. 

Police are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide, pending the outcome of autopsies by a medical examiner. . . Myra said his [Gerald’s] uncle Clyde Aikau discovered Gerald’s body hanging from a tree and tried to resuscitate him but was unsuccessful. Clyde went into the cottage and found Reef and tried unsuccessfully to try to revive his nephew as well. Police, who received a call from the house at 5:45 a.m., said both the man and boy suffered “multiple injuries” with the boy injured by a sharp object.

Gerald and his wife Katherine Bullock Aikau were reportedly in the middle of a rough divorce. Our thoughts are with Clyde, Myra, Katherine, and the entire Aikau family.

[Link: The Star Advertiser]

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Antihero’s The Body Corporate Trailer

by The Editors on June 14, 2017

Antihero Skateboards new, full-length feature comes out July 25, 2017 in skate shops and on iTunes. In the meantime, check out a little taste of corporate culture right here.

[Link: Antihero Skateboards]

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China Beach: Surfing During Vietnam

by The Editors on June 14, 2017

On Saturday June 10, 2017 the California Surf Museum opened an extensive, beautifully curated new exhibit titled China Beach: Surfing During the Vietnam War and the Healing Power of Wave-riding in Oceanside, California.

“The purpose of this exhibit is to portray the little-known but fascinating story of surfing in the combat zones of Vietnam,” says California Surf Museum President and exhibit curator Jim Kempton. “It explores the unique surfing experience of the era, what it meant to those veterans, and how they were able to use surfing as a healing mechanism both during the war and after they returned.”

The exhibit will be on display until February 2018. If you’re in Oside, it’s definitely worth checking out. The California Surf Museum is located at 312 Pier View Way, in Oceanside, California. For the official word form the California Surf Museum, follow the jump.

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Vans UltraRange Pros Drop June 17

by The Editors on June 13, 2017

Vans new performance skate shoes the UltraRange Pro look like a leap forward in tech, fit, and comfort if you ask us. Here’s what Vans is saying about ’em:

Vans UltraRange Pro’s versatile build pushes the boundaries of skate progression to provide uncompromising functionality with creative innovation. The UltraRange Pro also utilizes a brand-new internal sock-fit construction, providing a breathable, responsive and snug fit, along with ventilated tongue, collar and quarter panels for increased airflow.

Looks like Curren Caples likes ’em. Want a pair of your own? They go on sale world wide on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Follow the jump for all the official details.

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Johnson Named Marketing Manager At K2

by The Editors on June 13, 2017

K2 Snowboarding has named former We Are Camp Director of Marketing Thomas Johnson as their new marketing manager.

“We couldn’t be more stoked to have Tom leading our snowboard marketing efforts,” said Hunter Waldron, K2 Global Brand Director. “His skill set and experiences are spot on and will no doubt lift our marketing abilities. Equally valuable to us is his energy and stoke for snowboarding as a sport and a culture. I can’t wait to see what we are able to do with him onboard.”

For the official word from K2, please follow the jump.

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Actions REALized’s United We Stand Capsule

by The Editors on June 7, 2017

The Good Problem’s Kevin Wilkins interviews Humidity Skateshop’s Phillip Santosuosso on how Santosuosso worked together with Real Skateboards’ Actions REALized to create the new United We Stand capsule which benefits the American Civil Liberties Union. Here’s the background:

Skateboarding can be a positive force for change. When the Mayor of New Orleans declared they would not comply with the new immigration ban Phillip Santosuosso from Humidity Skate Shop decided it was skateboarding’s turn to take a stand as well. 

Click the link, read the interview and understand how skateboarding (and you) can make a difference in the world.

[Link: Real Skateboards]

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