Christopher Romero, 26, a manager at the Zumiez store in Atlantic City, New Jersey’s The Walk mall, was shot and killed by an acquaintance in his store Thursday, September 1, 2016, according to a story in the Press of Atlantic City.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said Lewis Maisonet, 55, of Somers Point, fatally shot Christopher Romero, 26, of Absecon, at the store where Romero worked and later shot himself at White House Black Market, officials said. . . . “This was an unfortunate domestic violence … two individuals were involved … I think since this is an active investigation it would be inappropriate for me to release any additional information,” Guardian said.
The shooter has reportedly survived his self-inflicted gunshot wound. Our thoughts are with Romero’s friends and family.
[Link: Press of Atlantic City]
SurfStitch the Australian online surf retailer who was formerly owned (partially) by Billabong (and then took over Billabong’s North American online business including Swell.com) had a pretty rough go in fiscal 2016. According to a story on the Orange County Business Journal, the company (which went public in 2014) lost $116.4 million on $176.9 million in revenue for 2016.
The loss accounts for “strategic review adjustments,” including impairment, administrative, selling and distribution expenses. Its revenue total includes $157.5 million in retail revenue, $16.82 million from Surf Hardware, and $2.55 million from its media properties (Stab Magazine and Magicseaweed.com).
They were reportedly planning on “rebranding” the entire business under the Swell.com name, but things at Swell.com didn’t go much better in 2016 so they’re going to put those changes off for a bit.
Swell in Irvine, which will shrink to 14 employees after 65% staff reduction is complete in October, contributed $18.92 million to retail total. That’s down 12 % from $21.6 million the brand posted in fiscal 2015. Swell’s gross earnings were down 44% to $5.4 million.
Apparently, the kids just aren’t blowing all their money on expensive, branded, logo’d surf togs anymore. What a surprise.
Oh, and if you know anyone who wants to buy San Diego, California’s Surf Hardware International (parent company of FCS Fins), please let SurfStitch know. They bought the company in November 2015 for $16.6 million, but have now decided that it’s not such a good fit.
It’s been a rough year for the beleaguered Billabong. Last year they were back on the come-up with a profit of $4.2 million (which is kind of a sad thing to be happy about for the once profitable surf giant), but this year they say the taxes got ’em, according to a story in the Gold Coast Bulletin.
Billabong said more than two-thirds of its decline related to higher tax costs, with a tax expense of $7.8 million this year compared to a $12.2 million tax credit a year earlier. . . CEO Neil Fiske said FY16 was an “extraordinarily tough year” which had seen Billabong hit a significant “speed bump” in its multi-year turnaround strategy. . . But, he said, most of the pain had been outside Billabong’s control and he believes FY16 will be the year the company finally turns a corner.
It’s always next year isn’t it? We all hope for rainbows and unicorns in the coming fiscal year, don’t we? We certainly do and if we can share some of them with Billabong, we’ll do it.
[Link: Gold Coast Bulletin]
Our favorite skateboarding photographer (Grant Brittain) prints one of our favorite skateboarding photos (you know the one) of one of our favorite skateboard company owners (Tod Swank). Doesn’t get much better than that, really, but here are the details from SLVDR.
The SLVDR Craftsman Guild series visits the legendary skateboarding photographer Grant Brittain. His career goes back over three decades and began out of a passion for skateboarding and documenting his friends as subjects. In our visit he chooses the negative of perhaps his most iconic photo and develops and prints it in his private darkroom. It’s a lost art and represents the true craft of photography and a real photographic icon.
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Patagonia is making us feel bad about our old wetsuits and we don’t even know why exactly. Apparently, their new Yulex wetsuits are the first suits ever to be made from natural rubber and that is reportedly better for the environment and just as good as neoprene. Here’s why:
. . . because the main polymer is produced in trees instead of factories, using natural rubber reduces the CO2 emitted in wetsuit manufacturing by up to ~80 percent. The FSC certified rubber is blended with a small amount of chlorine-free synthetic rubber for increased ozone and UV resistance, and to meet Patagonia’s rigorous demands for durability and strength. The Yulex process also removes over 99% of impurities, resulting in a nonsensitizing material.
If you’d like to help reduce your own carbon footprint (while rocking a cool new wetsuit) you might be interested in one of Patagonia’s 21 new offerings. For the official word and all the details, please follow the jump.
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Group Y will be celebrating 10 years in action sports and youth culture with a special gathering Wednesday, August 10, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. The event kicks off at 6:30 PM at SeaLegs At the Beach with food, drinks and a speaking appearance by Ryan Kingman, President of the newly launched Villager Goods coconut water.
“It’s incredible to see how Group Y has grown over the past decade with the support of the sports and entertainment industry, world renowned athletes and creatives, our dedicated marketing partners and the media.” says Mark Sperling, Group Y co-founder. “When we started back in 2006 there was a huge need to create a forum that would allow this community to come together to share ideas and experience that would grow the industry and address the uniqueness of youth culture programs and products. This night will be about sharing stories, creating new ideas and saying thank you.”
We know it seems like the Vans US Open of Surfing just ended yesterday, but it’s time to get back out in the mix. You’ve had enough time to recover, but then who are we to talk. For the official word from Group Y including all the details, please follow the jump.
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Oakley, the company that basically created action eyewear, continues to see its staff size shrink as parent company Luxottica marches on wto maximize efficiencies at Oakley’s Orange County, California headquarters. According to a story in the Orange County Regitster about 20 percent of their workers will be cut leaving the company with around 2,000 employees.
“Last year, we announced the further integration of Oakley into Luxottica, allowing the brand to better leverage Luxottica’s resources, distribution channels, and manufacturing and market power,” a Luxottica spokesperson said in a statement. “This final stage of the integration will line Oakley up with the rest of Luxottica in terms of channels, functions and geographies, simplifying everything from decision-making to execution.”
Downsizing always seems so logical and wise, doesn’t it? Especially after one company is consumed by another.
[Link: OC Register]
Byrd, makers of quality hair products for board sporting heads, has just launched a new shampoo and conditioner set that promises to keep your hair looking healthy and sleek in and out of the water.
Chances are your hair is weather-beaten and dull after a summer of surf, sand and salt. Don’t worry, BYRD had you in mind when they developed their new purifying shampoo (MSRP $22) and lightweight conditioner (MSRP $24). The shampoo gently cleanses while the conditioner adds strength, shine and beachy volume. The pair features a blend of sea kelp, green tea and aloe vera extracts to regulate moisture and protect against UV/environmental damage. Daily use keeps your hair healthy, hydrated and tangle-free. Made in California with BYRD’s vacation-inspired salty coconut scent. 16 oz. 100% recyclable aluminum bottle. Sulfate-free, Paraben-free.
Pretend you care about your hair and do this up proper. For more info and to buy some, click the link.
Big mountain snowboarding legend Jussi Oksanen’s water bottle company Mizu has teamed up with our favorite action wedding ring company Qalo to create new custom bottles that show your commitment to anything or one you’re committed too. The insulated stainless steel bottles come in three colors and two sizes (20 and 27 ounce).
The bottles come with the words “I am committed to” and you fill in the rest up to 12 characters. They are available starting at $37.95 and will arrive in about seven days. Pretty cool deal, for real. And, if you wear a wedding ring pick up a couple rings while you’re at it. They are that rad.
It’s reportedly been 10 years in the making, but one thing we can say about the adidas Skateboarding Busenitz Pure Boost Pro is that these things are red, red, red.
The new Busenitz Pure BOOST Pro – Red features a premium red mesh upper and embroidered detailing that exudes style, function and comfort. A full-length pure BOOST™ midsole is the cushioning focal point of a model that boasts the next generation in adidas Skateboarding and Busenitz footwear.
And, these Dennis Busenitz sig shoes are red. Did anyone mention that yet? For the official red word from adidas Skateboarding, please follow the jump.
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