Documentary filmmaker Dayla Soul spent three years following NorCal’s hard charging big wave women around the “red triangle” and the result is the new film It Ain’t Pretty.
A documentary about the challenges and triumphs of female big wave surfers, IT AIN’T PRETTY follows the quickly-growing women’s big wave movement, as well as exposing rampant sexism in the water, in the media and within the surf industry. An Official Selection at 2016 DocFest and Sydney and Hawaii Film Festivals, as well as an audience favorite at festivals including the International Surf Film Festival, the Honolulu Surf Film Festival, the New York City Women’s Surf Film Festival and others, this compelling doc makes its home entertainment debut on Digital HD and Cable VOD, on all leading digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon. Google Play and Comcast.
We did think it was funny how Soul squeezed all that surfer girl ass into the clip by making fun of it. Clever, huh? The film debuts February 14, 2017. For more on the film, please follow the jump.
Patagonia has decided that since Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a resolution urging the President to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument, they are no longer attending the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City.
Because of the hostile environment they have created and their blatant disregard for Bears Ears National Monument and other public lands, the backbone of our business, Patagonia will no longer attend the Outdoor Retailer show in Utah and we are confident other outdoor manufacturers and retailers will join us in moving our investment to a state that values our industry and promotes public lands conservation.“ – Rose Marcario, President and CEO, Patagonia, Inc.
That’s one way to get out of trade show. For the full word from Patagonia, please follow the jump.
Last weekend, Mammoth Mountain, California hosted the first top on the 2017 US Grand Prix Snowboard Tour. It was the first qualifier for the 2018 PyeongChang, South Korea Winter Olympics (yes, it’s that time already). Shaun White and Kelly Clark braved high winds (just check out those flags) and weather delays to win the halfpipe. Shaun seemed pretty happy after his worst X Games performance ever.
“I’m feeling great,” he said. “I got out here and the weather wasn’t good—we were waiting, waiting, waiting and it was tough to sit around thinking about what you want to do. I didn’t have the nicest contest at X (Games) so I was excited to come here and be the normal me—put some runs down.”
In Slopestyle (yes, it’s also in the Olympics) Red Gerard and Jamie Anderson came out on top. For all the details from the USSA, please follow the jump.
Last time we rolled Sacramento, California’s Granite Skatepark, half the park was growing mold from being under a constant January deluge. Looks like things have dried up at one of the bossest skateparks on the West Coast.
Deep in San Francisco, California’s Sunset district there is a house with a bowl in the backyard and a woodshop in the garage. This is where maker George Rocha creates new old skateboards out of old skateboards. The business is called Iris Skateboards, but from the sounds of it Rocha makes a lot of cool stuff. And his friends are obviously pretty good at building websites, shooting photos, and making slick films featuring Iris Skateboards. Which all works out pretty well for a guy who claims he doesn’t know anything about marketing. Check it out in Jeremy McNamara’s film Day by Day.
Like snowboard bindings that rotate, motorized skateboards have forever been a solution to a problem that does not exist. That hasn’t stopped a slew of Northern California tech heads from trying to design the perfect electric skateboard. (You may remember Boosted Boards whose batteries “vented”). Fast Company checks in with Ryan Evans “the 32-year-old CEO of an electric skateboard company called Inboard Technology” the latest producer of unaffordable longboards few skateboarders want to buy.
With the M1, Inboard hopes to snare early adopters who the company identifies as mostly men between 30 and 55 years of age who live in urban areas and earn more than $130,000 annually. According to Inboard’s analysis, a million people fit that description, and with more than twice the median income in the U.S., they can afford the $1,399 price tag. As the price drops, the potential customer base grows. If the board costs less than $1,000, college kids are more likely to buy it, and at a price point under $600, high schoolers get in on it.
Want to roll on a skateboard without pushing? Go down a hill. Want to get to work without driving a car (or pushing a skateboard), ride a bike. Want to look like a total tool while riding a skateboard in a suit, talking on a cellphone, and swerving through pedestrians? Looks like the Inboard M1 is just for you.
Capitola, California entrepreneur Griffin Guess, the guy running the Titans of Mavericks big wave surf contest and Big Cartel Management reportedly filed for bankruptcy on both businesses on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, according to a story in the Mercury News.
Cartel Management Inc. and Titans of Mavericks LLC, . . . filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid a sea of legal and financial problems. . . It’s unclear exactly what the twin bankruptcies mean for the contest this year and in years to come, since Cartel last year obtained a new five-year permit from the San Mateo County Harbor District to run the contest off Pillar Point.
But there is more:
The bankruptcies come on the heels of a judgment this fall in which jurors found Cartel and Guess’s wife, swimsuit model Marissa Miller, owed a company $1 million for breaching a contract to promote sunless tanning products and a tanning salon in Southern California. . . On Friday, Red Bull Media House filed a breach of contract and unlawful enrichment claim against Cartel and Titans of Mavericks for $400,000. Red Bull has broadcast the Mavericks contest live on the internet. . . Cartel also owes $280,000 to Fox Sports in another disputed claim, according to the bankruptcy filing. The harbor district is owed $6,600 as part of the government contract involving the Mavericks contest.
Guess says none of this should really worry fans of big wave surfing as the bankruptcy is part of a “strategy” to sell off the intellectual property rights and get them into the hands of someone who can “gain from all our hard work,” he said.
In fact, Titans of Mavericks spokesperson Kelsey Kaulukukui said in an email to the Mercury News that none of this should suggest that the contest won’t happen this year. Remember, bankruptcy is just big business’s way of saying, “whoops.”
If you have an Apple TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Chromecast,Nexus Player, Roku Player, Roku TV, or Xbox console you will likely be able to watch the 2017 Volcom Pipeline Pro surf contest live thanks to our friends at the Colored Cow. The contest may start tomorrow (February 1, 2017).
With the best surfer in history, Kelly Slater, looking to defend his title and stars like Jamie O’Brien & John John Florence looking to unseat the champion, the competition promises to be intense. Participants will fight for a prize purse of $75,000 and valuable points in the World Surf League Qualifying Series. Additionally, the Volcom Pipe Pro gives local Hawaiian surfers the opportunity to compete alongside the tour pros and potentially earn their way into the Billabong Pipe Masters.
Patagonia has sponsored a new film The More Things Change by Nathan Myers and Gerry Lopez, featuring Dave Rastovich, Rob Machado and Rizal Tanjung.
When Gerry Lopez first surfed Uluwatu in 1974, the fabled Balinese wave was magical, empty and pristine. Gerry returned to Uluwatu 40 years later to find it bustling, developed and profoundly changed. After a week of surfing and yoga, however, Gerry tapped into a spirit of place that continues to endure. . . In recent years, booming popularity has placed huge environmental pressure on the Uluwatu area. Project Clean Uluwatu is working to ease this pressure and restore the area’s pristine nature.
To watch the entire film, please click play. For more info and/or to make a donation to Project Clean Uluwatu, please click the link below.