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Eric Dressen Joins Merge4

by The Editors on December 6, 2017

MERGE4 is proud and stoked to announce the addition of skateboarding legend Eric Dressen to their family of collaborators creating art-driven socks for countless happy feet around the world.

“Eric Dressen is a ‘Skate Lifer,’ and his skating has been blowing minds throughout his entire skate career,” says Jef Hartsel. “In fact, when I first got to meet him after moving to Venice in the 80’s, I remember being extra stoked inside because I’d known of Eric for many years prior from seeing him in his “Who’s Hot” feature in Skateboarder Magazine when I first started skating back in the 70’s. He was still only 10 years young then, and already riding for Logan Earth Ski, the same skateboard company that sponsored and helped to launch Tony Alva’s skate career during his early years after first turning pro.”

For the official word from Merge4, please follow the jump.

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The Tribes of Palos Verdes Trailer

by The Editors on December 5, 2017

Yes, we’re going to see The Tribes of Palos Verdes, especially since we loved the book by Joy Nicholson. And we love saying we loved the book in that condescending tone that all readers use when discussing movies based on books. We loved the book. And we suggest you read it before you see the movie. (Click here to buy it).

For a Dashel Pierson overview on the film (including some quotes from Brendan and Emmet Malloy) click the link. 

[Link: Surfline]

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Drink Coffee Do Stuff Opens In Truckee

by The Editors on December 5, 2017

Man about shred Nick Visconti (former Tahoe Dangerzoner) has launched a coffee roasting company in Truckee, California called Drink Coffee Do Stuff.

“For many reasons snowboarding and roasting coffee are similar; more importantly, they both require style, Visconti says. “I am proud of our coffees; they are an actualization of my five-year journey as a coffee roaster, and perfectly highlight their origin characteristic with unforgettable sweetness. DRINK COFFEE DO STUFF is committed to creating four season jobs for four season residents, and contributing to a local economic and employment strategy where money made in Truckee/North Tahoe is spent in Truckee/North Tahoe.” 

Don’t live in the Tahoe basin? No worries you can still order up all the goods online. Follow the jump for the official word.

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Sign ‘Em Up Now For Element Skate Camp

by The Editors on December 5, 2017

Christmas is never too soon to sign up your kids (or your younger sibling) for a week at the Element Skate Camp at the YMCA’s Camp Sequoia Lake

Sign up for Element Skate Camp Today and spend a Summer in paradise!  Register at Skatecamp.org before January 1st, 2018 and get yourself a free Element backpack, deck, and hat! See you at Camp!

Not a bad deal. Might even make the perfect Christmas present. Click the link for all the details.

[Link: Skatecamp]

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Brazil Wins 2017 Adaptive Surfing World Title

by The Editors on December 5, 2017

After four historic days of Adaptive Surfing that pushed the boundaries of the sport, Team Brazil was crowned World Champion for the second consecutive year at the 2017 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship presented by Vissla and the City of San Diego.

The fourth and final day of competition at La Jolla Shores beach in California was highlighted by multiple historic moments including the crowning of eleven World Champions, Adi Klang earning the first-ever ISA Gold Medal for Israel, the first Women Adaptive Surfing World Champions being crowned, Bruno Hansen from Denmark, continuing his streak of dominance in the AS-4 Division, earning a Gold Medal for the third consecutive year.

For the official word from the International Surfing Association, please follow the jump.

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Mountain High Opens Dec. 6, 2017

by The Editors on December 5, 2017

Hey, SoCal, just a little reminder that Mountain High is opening tomorrow (Wednesday, December 6, 2017). If you’re up for skipping school (or work) tomorrow might be the day.

Top-to-bottom terrain features and trails for beginner to intermediate skiers and snowboarders will be available the moment the lifts start spinning. Mountain High has nearly three times the water available for snowmaking this year which means better coverage, more terrain features and longer seasons. . . “We are absolutely stoked about the new season,” said John McColly, Mountain High chief marketing officer. “It’s expected to be a great one with new features in our terrain park, new online ticket products, and tons of water for snowmaking. This winter will be packed with fun events, not to mention the Olympics, so grab your season passes now. We don’t want you to miss a moment of this epic season.”

The best part? Tickets are only $49 and there will be give-a-ways rolling all day. Follow the jump for all the official details.

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Patagonia Responds To Trump

by The Editors on December 4, 2017

In response to President Trump’s historic plundering of America’s protected public lands, Patagonia has this to say:

Americans have overwhelmingly spoken out against the Trump Administration’s unprecedented attempt to shut down our national monuments. The Administration’s unlawful actions betray our shared responsibility to protect iconic places for future generations and represent the largest elimination of protected land in American history. We’ve fought to protect these places since we were founded and now we’ll continue that fight in the courts. – Rose Marcario, President and CEO, Patagonia

For more info, follow the jump.

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Quiksilver Makes $1 Offer For Billabong

by The Editors on November 30, 2017

Good lord, it’s finally happening. Today, December 1, 2017 Boardriders Inc. has made an offer to acquire all of the shares in Billabong at a price of $1 cash per share. 

Billabong International Limited (Billabong) (ASX: BBG) confirms that it has received a confidential, indicative and non-binding proposal from Boardriders, Inc. (Boardriders) to acquire all of the shares in Billabong, other than those already owned by Boardriders’ related entities, at a price of $1.00 cash per share, via a scheme of arrangement (the Indicative Proposal). Funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.(Oaktree) have a majority interest in Boardriders. Oaktree, through controlled entities, already holds 19% of the shares in Billabong and is one of Billabong’s two senior lenders.

The idea has been batting around since October 14, 2015 and it looks like the timing is finally right. This still has to pass a unanimous recommendation from the Billabong Board (among other things) but really, what other option do they have? For the official press release from Billabong, please follow the jump.

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Help Save The Encyclopedia Of Surfing Now

by The Editors on November 30, 2017

While reading Matt Warshaw’s plea for the $30,000 he needs to keep the Encyclopedia of Surfing up and running we were reminded of an old National Lampoon magazine cover. You know, the one with the cute dog with a gun to it’s head and the words “If you don’t buy this magazine, we’ll kill this dog.” Because, you know, that’s basically what Mr. Warshaw is saying:

Well, this is a tough one to write, and I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Encyclopedia of Surfing is underwater. We need to raise $30,000 by December 31, or the whole online project—Encyclopedia, History of Surfing, Above the Roar—goes away.

The irony of course is that it isn’t even possible to read his whole plea without first becoming a subscriber. Guess that’s how the closed web works. If you like what Mr. Warshaw is doing and want to help him keep curating the official history of surfing and making it available to the world then please, by all means, contribute to his efforts. You can do that by clicking here and donating whatever you’d like. Again, he only needs $30,000 by December 31, 2017.

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Turns Out The Eddie Won’t Go

by The Editors on November 30, 2017

After failing to come to a deal with Quiksilver on the sponsorship of the 2017-18 big wave event and having a tough time getting permits, but saying that the event would go on “even if we have to have coconuts for trophies” the Aikau family has reportedly decided that The Eddie is a no go for this year, according to a story in the Star Advertiser.

“It really is the most prestigious surf contest in the world. And we did not want to compromise that because it ultimately would be compromising Eddie’s integrity to not do something proper,” said Aikau family spokesperson Cynthia Scrima. “The family hopes to hold “The Eddie” during the 2018-2019 season. Scrima said the Aikaus have already applied for a permit for next season and have been searching for a new lead sponsor.

Hopefully, everyone can get together for next year. Surfing needs The Eddie.

[Link: Star Advertiser]

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