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2016 ISA Junior Worlds Breaks Record

by The Editors on September 16, 2016

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The 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship (September 17 – 27, 2016) in São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal has broken the record for largest number of athletes and countries participating in the event’s 37-year history. Three hundred and seventy surfers hailing from 38 countries have arrived to compete in the Azores, shattering the previous record set at the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Oceanside, California, which featured 322 surfers from 36 National Surfing Teams.

Click the link to follow the action, or for more info on the event, please follow the jump.

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Smith, Wright Win At Lowers

by The Editors on September 14, 2016

Jordy Smith is the Hurley Pro Trestles WINNER by defeating Joel Parkinson in the final.

On September 14, at Lowers, Jordy Smith squeaked by Joel Parkinson (by .44) to win the 2016 Hurley Pro.

“I’ve had a really good surfboard under my feet this event,” Smith said. “I came into the event with an open mind. I missed it last year when the waves were firing so I just wanted to come in and take it heat-by-heat. I’ve watched Joel [Parkinson] throughout my career and he’s one of my favorite surfers. I’m frothing and I’m over the moon.”

On the women’s side Tyler Wright took out 6-time World Champ Stephanie Gilmore to win her fourth event of the season and extender her lead in the world title race. For the official word from the owners of the event please follow the jump.

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Jamie Lynn’s Bent Metal Transfer

by The Editors on September 14, 2016

Speaking of OG. Jamie Lynn has been working on a binding for Mervin Manufacturing’s Bent Metal Binding Works.

Working closely with the BMBW engineering and design team headed up by long time Mervin employee and on snow ripper Paul Ferrel, Jamie’s art, design and performance input on the Transfer model was instrumental. The all terrain Transfer features a medium flex high back with an asymmetrical wing for full support, light form ankle and toe straps, forged aluminum buckles, the revolutionary Cube forward lean adjuster and of course our signature Flex Control Drive Plate ablaze with Jamie art.

For the official word from Bent Metal, please follow the jump.

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Sessions Is Back: Always Have Always Will

by The Editors on September 14, 2016

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Don’t think you can keep an OG snowboard brand down. After taking a few seasons off, Sessions (yeah, the first snowboard shop in North America) is back with their first full line of outerwear since 2012 thanks to the work of Pretty Great LLC.

Joel Gomez, Sessions MFG founder, says the new line is “contemporary, relevant and outright rad. We have always existed to innovate outerwear that mirrors the needs of the current customer while presenting technologies and evolutions that create new standards of excellence – this line does this.”

It good to see them back. For the official word from Nick Visconti and Sessions team, please follow the jump.
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Prisma: Crafting Guitars From Skateboards

by The Editors on September 12, 2016

The crew at Prisma Guitars takes old skateboards, glues them together, and then cuts them up and turns them into guitars that Tommy Guerrero plays.

“Skateboards are made with seven layers of hard rock maple—a familiar guitar wood—and some of the layers are randomly dyed colors. Through working the materials, we get the colors to come through,” says Nick Pourfard, founder of Prisma Guitars. “Every single time I build one, it’s a different result. I never make the same guitar twice.”

How’s that for upcycling?

[Link: Guitar World]

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Adidas New Soccer Shoe For Skateboarding

by The Editors on September 12, 2016

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When a footwear company is known for making sports shoes there’s no reason for them to leave their heritage behind just because they’re also into skateboarding, right? Well, that’s apparently what adidas believes. And that’s why their new Adi-Ease Premiere Universal skate shoes look so much like their soccer shoes.

Inspired by the iconic soccer shoe “Universal,” the shoe bridges rich adidas heritage with modern street skating. The Adi-Ease Premiere Universal takes detailed design cues from the Universal yet maintains the silhouette and board control of the popular Adi-Ease Premiere skate shoe. The updated Adi-Ease features a premium full grain leather, deco stitch toe and a PU Molded sockliner.

The Adi-Ease Premiere Universal comes in two colorways of White/Scarlet (above) and Core Black/White and is available for purchase through specialty retailers and the adidas Skateboarding website for $90.

[Link: adidas Skateboarding]

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Hurley Pro: Medina vs. Gudauskas Hoopla

by The Editors on September 12, 2016

We’d like to interrupt the squabbling regarding the Round 3 Heat 7 match up between Gabriel Medina and Tanner Gudauskas at the Hurley Pro that has been boiling nearly nonstop for days now to make an announcement: the surfers, the judges, and the events are the exclusive property of a privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streaming whose primary focus is making money for the company’s owners. Everything else is just a ruse. Now, back to your squabbles.

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Scotty Lago Suing Keir Dillon For $50k

by The Editors on September 9, 2016

lago_olySnowboarder Scotty Lago (winner of an Olympic Bronze medal) reportedly “loaned” Keir Dillon $50,000 back in 2011 (the year Dillon and crew founded the Frends brand). Now he wants it back, according to a story on Sea Coast Online.

Lago filed the suit in Rockingham Superior Court Aug. 9 against Keir Dillon, a resident of Carlsbad, California, and who has worked as a television host and sideline reporter for ESPN and FUEL TV. The lawsuit states Dillon and his headphone company Republic of Frends, of which Dillon is CEO, was loaned $50,000 in August 2011 by Lago with the expectation Lago be paid back the following year with 7 percent interest.

As we know from his appearance on Shark Tank, Dillion has spent far more than $50,000 chasing his Frends dreams. Hopefully they can work this out without going to court, because, you know, there is no “i” in friendship.

[Link: Sea Coast Online]

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Will Newell Brands Dump K2 And Ride?

by The Editors on September 8, 2016

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Newell Brands, the company that bought/merged with Jarden Corp (parent of K2 Sports/Ride Snowboards) and spawned all those “Rubbermaid snowboard” jokes back in December 2015, has announced that it plans to divest itself of “some businesses” that generate “$250 million to $300 million in annual revenue,” according to story on Sporting Goods Business Online.

Newell Brands has not said what businesses it plans to exit, but some speculate it will divest winter sports brands picked up April 15, when it closed its acquisition and merger with Jarden Corp. . . “Ideally I would like to sell these assets versus simply walking away from them,” company CEO Michael Polk told his audience Thursday. “Some of them are the kinds of businesses that would be difficult to sell and therefore, we should just shut down because they create no value for you and they are a distraction for us.”

Hmmm, companies that “create no value” and are “a distraction?” Wonder which “winter sports brands” people are speculating about? Could it be K2 Sports? Guess we’ll all have to wait and see.

[Link: SGB Online]

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Kyle Wester Skateboards Really Fast

by The Editors on September 8, 2016

Damn. Kyle Wester certainly goes fast on his skateboard.

On August 29th, 2016, Kyle Wester set out to break the Guinness Fastest Skateboard Speed Downhill record. The previous record was held at 81.17mph/130.63 kph. With the hill conditions just right, Kyle switched out his wheels one last time before making history. . . Kyle Wester uses Santa Cruz Skateboards, Road Rider 73mm Shred Mags wheels, Bronson Speed Co. G3 bearings and Mob Super Course Griptape.

But we’re guessing you’ll need a little more than his equipment to break this record any time soon.

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