In 2007, the International Surfing Association (ISA) launched a unique, global Scholarship Program that offers financial assistance to young, aspiring surfers from around the world as a way to further their education while encouraging and building their surfing careers. . . To date, the ISA has awarded more than USD $228,500 in scholarships to further the education and surfing careers of 267 surfers from over 40 countries. Thanks in part to the ISA funding, many scholarship winners have gone on to compete at national and international Surfing competitions.
To be a part of the ISA’s surfing education revolution please click the link.
Hometown Hero Pedro Barros takes the Vans Pro Skate Park Series Floripa title with a wicked final run edgeing Italy’s Ivan Federico, and Kevin Kowalski. Tom Schaar Leads Qualifier Rankings on the Road to First-Ever Park Terrain World Championships in Malmö, Sweden. For the full results rankings, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Switchfoot’s new album Where the Light Shines Through drops on July 8, 2016. No surprise, really, but Float sounds good this morning and we’re looking forward to some more of Switchfoot’s pleasant, positive pop.
The Vans Pro Skate Park Series Brazil Qualifier goes live online tomorrow, Saturday, June 11, 2016 beginning 12PM local time (8 AM on the West Coast) on www.vansparkseries.com. Ivan Federico (above) is the first place challenger on his way to the Semi-Finals.
World-renowned as a global epicenter for the next generation of bowlriders, Vans Park Series celebrates the second of four Global Qualifier events in the beautiful city of Florianopolis, Brazil. Rebuilt and donated to the community by Vans, the newly remodeled Costeira Skatepark will be the exciting backdrop for competition, featuring over 5,000 square feet of concrete paradise with a new flow to guarantee never-before-seen lines and maneuvers.
For the official word from Vans, including all the confirmed pros and advancing challengers, please follow the jump.
The SnowSports Industries of America today announced that they are packing up their offices in McLean, Virginia and heading west to shack up near the USSA in Park City, Utah.
“This relocation is a necessary step to keep SIA at the core of our industry and is a strong indicator of the direction we are taking with the organization’s future,” said SIA President Nick Sargent. “This move allows us the ability to be closer to our members and other industry stakeholders, while leveraging the synergies found in a snow sports community to develop new programs and strategies for positive industry growth. In addition to these significant business benefits, having the opportunity to ski and ride the Greatest Snow On Earth is a nice perk.”
Anything that makes anyone’s travel time shorter is a great thing. And having a snow industry association near such amazing snow is even better. Now, if they’d just move the SIA Trade Show with them we’d be even happier. The move will be made in August 2016. For the official word from the SIA, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Don’t miss your chance to catch The Wave I Ride on the big screen, and meet the inspiring women behind the film, when director Devyn Bisson and female big wave pioneer (and star of the documentary) Paige Alms head “Up The Coast” to screen the film in San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Portland from June 10 to June 22, 2016.
“We’ve struggled to ever get any support from the surf industry, and it’s always been pretty defeating, but when Paige and I go into a screening, whether it’s San Diego or London, the response is insane,” says Bisson. “People literally come up to us and thank us for making this film, and that’s when I finally get to remind myself that it was all worth it. It was so necessary. We needed this film. Our audience needed it, not the industry.”
Door times vary, but all showings will begin at 7:30 pm with a Q&A with Paige and Devyn immediately following. The tour kicks off tomorrow night (June 10, 2016) at the World Famous La Paloma Theatre, in Encinitas, California. For advance tickets click here. For the official words, and show times please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
The race to Malmö continues as the Vans Pro Skate Park Series, skateboarding’s first-ever world championship park terrain point series, advances to the beautiful locale of Florianópolis, Brazil for the second Global Qualifier event on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
The high-stakes competition will challenge the world’s best skateboarders to earn valuable qualification points in pursuit of competing in the Vans Park Series World Championships finale, sanctioned by the International Skateboarding Federation as the definitive first-ever park terrain crowning event, to be held in Sweden this August.
For complete rankings and the official word from Vans, please follow the jump.
Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Aaron Homoki, Ben Raybourn, Lizzie Armanto, and a great crew of skateboard legends are heading down South on June 19, 2016 for a celebration of the life of Ray Underhill with an 80s themed Get Rad For Ray at the Kennesaw Skateboard Park in Kennesaw, Georgia.
A Wilmington, North Carolina native, Underhill was a member of the infamous Bones Brigade squad of the 1980s, a teammate of Hawk’s, and known for his smooth skating style. But his friends remember him best for his kindness, wit, and dedication—his true enduring legacies. . . “Ray was a great friend,” said Hawk. “We miss him every day, so we’re coming to Kennesaw to remember him the best way we know—to skate in his honor while helping others!”
Ray died in 2008 after a long battle with Chordoma, a rare form of spinal cancer. Funds raised by the event will go to the Ray Underhill Foundation. Just posting this reminds us of how much we enjoyed every minute we spent with Ray. For the official word from the Tony Hawk Foundation, please follow the jump.
Sticky Bumps is happy to welcome big wave icon Jamie Mitchell to their Elite Team.
Jamie Mitchell has been called the “World’s Greatest Waterman” and is said to “ooze greatness.” He is a lover of all watersports, especially big wave surfing and paddle boarding. He does these sports with such confidence and ease, it is no wonder Sticky Bumps has added him to their Elite Team alongside other amazing big wave surfers, Garrett McNamara, Coco Nogales, Trevor Sven Carlson, Danny Griffiths, Niccolo Porcella, Aaron Gold, Shane Dorian, and Chuck Patterson. Jamie has used Sticky Bumps for years, and will continue to do so as a brand ambassador. He will also be doing product testing on their bags, leashes and traction pads.