Don Pendleton’s work is highly recognizable from his decades of illustrative work in skateboarding. From 1998 to the present, Don has been one of the top artists and graphic designers for the skateboarding industry. Working with companies like Alien Workshop, Element Skateboards, Vans, and Volcom, he has seen his work used for over 688 skateboard graphics as well as television commercials, music posters, and murals across the globe. Don had his first solo museum show at the Huntington Museum of Art in West Virginia in 2014, and in 2015 Don won a grammy award for his art direction on the Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt album.
Vans threw their biggest party of the year this weekend (12th Annual Vans Pool Party, May 13-15, 2016) and Lance Mountain, Pedro Barros, and Darren Navarette walked away the weekend’s biggest winners.
Underlining an epic journey of Combi pool domination, the unstoppable Pedro Barros demonstrated another breathtaking feat of talent, blasting through huge airs in lightning fast runs to win his third Pool Party championship title to date. Rising star and pool ripper Cory Juneau sneaks in second with a game-changing final run, while Bucky Lasek utilized a clean, technical approach to secure third. Finally, closing out the Masters division, Darren Navarette took flight and put together a flawless run in classic Navs style, ousting last year’s winner Bruno Passos.
Congrats to them all. For the official word from Vans (including podium results/photos), please follow the jump.
As proof that authentic surf retail still exists, Huntington Surf & Sport will be holding a grand reopening of their HB Pier location on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.
“We have physically built out and remodeled the majority of our PCH and Main Street location and, most importantly, the next generation of Pai’s—Trevor, Taylor and Ashlyn—have been taking the helm,” said Aaron Pai. “So with the Pai kids taking the helm and leading…this is a major remodel of both ‘physical structure and positive energy’ that I am stoked on!”
For the official word from the Pai family, please follow the jump.
We were saddened to hear the news on Friday, May 13, 2016 that legendary Hawaiian surfing icon Rabbit Kekai has died, according to Surfer Magazine. He was 95.
Born in 1920 in Honolulu, the young Rabbit quickly earned a reputation as one of the city’s most gifted natural athletes; he was reportedly as fast on land as he was adept in the water, which caught the attention of Duke Kahanamoku during Rabbit’s formative years as a beachboy, a vocation he continued for decades. Throughout his life, Rabbit worked a myriad of maritime jobs. During the Second World War, he served in the Navy as a UDT swimmer, the precursor for the modern-day Navy SEALs, helping to clear beaches of Japanese defenses in Micronesia. After the war, he worked construction and as a longshoremen in Honolulu. Through it all, his passion for surfing remained.
We will miss seeing him with his ready smile and unending aloha where ever there was surf. Our thoughts are with the entire Kekai family.
Tune in tomorrow for what Jeff Grosso calls the “biggest fucking pool contest of the year” the Vans Pool Party. Omar Hassan and Mr. Grosso have all the details (plus barrels full of cussing) right here. If you want to watch the real deal go down live tomorrow (May 14, 2016) then click here. The webcast begins at 3 PM PST. Now you know what you don’t know.
It’s always to good to see people doing real stuff (not that sitting in front of a monitor and copying and pasting links isn’t real). Josh Oldenburg makes surfboards by hand in San Diego, California and he seems to enjoy it. We enjoy watching him. You probably will, too. Click the arrow why don’t you.
(Editors’ Note: it’s pronounced “Salvador” in case you were wondering. Vowels still aren’t cool in some circles.)
TMZ.com says that Bad Things drummer Lena Zawaideh is suing bandmate Shaun White for among other things “inappropriate and sexually harassing and suggestive comments.”
Zawaideh also claims White forced her to rehearse while sick, demanded she cut her hair before a show in France … and ultimately stopped paying her because he felt she didn’t need the money. . . Zawaideh says White owes her more than $42k in back payments — but she wants A LOT more than that now … because she’s suing for punitive damages.
So far “White’s people” have not gotten back to TMZ. Reminds us of that line about every dollar being a problem.
We’re not exactly down with the weedy side of life, but HUF has just done a collab with The Family Acid and Roger Steffens and it is boss. Steffens is a Brooklyn, New York-born actor, author, lecturer, reggae archivist, photographer and producer and we could listen to this guy tell stories all day long. Click play and you’ll see what we mean. For a look at some of the hundreds of thousands of photos he’s taken over the past 60 years, follow him on Insta @thefamilyacid.
Last month Tony Hawk and the Birdhouse team dropped by San Francisco’s SOMA West Skate Plaza to show a few of his donors exactly what the Tony Hawk Foundation does. Tony broadcast the demo live to his Facebook followers and 2.5 million people reportedly watch. Damn.
The plaza, a 2011 recipient of a Tony Hawk Foundation skatepark grant, was full of Saturday-morning users when Tony and the crew showed up, and right behind them was a contingent of THF staff and foundation supporters. Tony arranged to spend the day with them as a thank you for supporting THF’s work, including its contributions to parks like SOMA West.
To watch the demo (a little after the fact) and for all the official details, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]