SIA14: MTNApproach + Asymbol

by The Editors on January 30, 2014


MTNApproach that company that makes packable skis for getting into the backcountry without a split board has teamed up with Travis Rice and Mike Parillo’s Asymbol on some art graphics by Adam Haynes.

This new release from MTNApproach features graphics by Asymbol contributor Adam Haynes. The system showcases his painting Silverton—which embodies the vivid and genius imagery Adam is known for. This piece is also specifically relevant because it illustrates the hometown of Cory Smith (MTNApproach founder). In addition to the Asymbol graphics, this model has been drastically improved in both construction and materials, reducing the total weight to 3.2 pounds underfoot.

For the official word from MTNApproach, follow the jump

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GoPro Wins An Emmy For Real

by The Editors on January 14, 2014

We haven’t had the best of luck creating anything worth watching with a GoPro, however, we know that the GoPro camera has done more to shape the way we all see action sports than any single invention in the history of man. Period. Yes, it’s that big of a deal. Now, GoPro has won an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Natas, natas, natas . . .) in a category they basically created: Inexpensive Small Rugged HD Camcorders. For the rest of the story, watch the edit.

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Volcom + Skullphone = Limited Edition Shoe

by The Editors on January 8, 2014

Volcom has produced a collab shoe with street artist Skullphone. Only 400 pairs are being made. They cost $85 and are available at select retailers and in Volcom’s online store. If you’re into Skullphone you’ll probably like these.


Want A Good Book For Christmas?

by The Editors on December 20, 2013

Xmas Books

This is about as far as we’re going to go with the whole Christmas Gift Guide idea. Four books: two for people who like to read and two for people who like to look at pictures. Word books first.

Welcome To Paradise Now Go To Hell
by Chas Smith

In his debut book Welcome To Paradise, Now Go To Hell writer, editor, filmmaker, and handsome father Chas Smith weaves many of his best surf story lines into a tale of surfing (and violence) on the North Shore of Oahu. Its centerpiece is the story of Smith being verbally assaulted by world champion Mick Fanning and the shit-storm that his reporting of that incident caused. But there’s also more about surfing in general, the North Shore, Hawaiian history, and just how much Chas Smith the writer admires Chas Smith the man. We couldn’t stop turning the pages once we started and ended up reading it straight through. We guessing you will, too. It’s good.

By Nick Carroll

This tell-all surf memoir is the “autobiography” of the two-time ASP world surfing champion Tom Carroll written by respected surf journalist and editor (and Tom’s brother) Nick Carroll. It’s a family book. It’s a surf book. Here’s the official pitch:

On the surface he was Tom Carroll, dreamer, cheeky grommet, brilliant surfer, Australian sporting hero, fitness fanatic, businessman, family man, big wave charger. Inside turned the terrible wheel of drug addiction, part family curse, part legacy of the footloose surf culture he’d done so much to legitimize. Tom’s family and friends struggled with him, kept his secrets, and looked on in anger and fear as the wheel began to grind him down. Then a window opened, but getting through it made charging Pipeline look like a piece of cake. This is the story of an unlikely moral education: of humility, family, damage, brotherhood, youth, stupidity, glory, single-mindedness, and surrender, and about the feeling of water moving under a surfboard, how it can bind past to present and make sense of lives.

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JDK And The Theory Of Re-Evolution

by The Editors on November 20, 2013

MichaelGiovanna-MT_0The Burlington, Vermont based design firm JDK has probably done more to shape the way we all view snowboarding than any other company ever. Their years of shaping the branding and visual design at Burton Snowboards have made them almost synonymous with the world’s largest snowboard company. And that’s only part of it. Look around in the action sports industry and JDK alumni are everywhere.

Lately, numerous changes have been shifting the balance of the company founded by Michael Jager, Giovanna di Paola Jager and David Kemp 27-years-ago, according to a Kathryn Flagg story in Seven Days. But what exactly those changes will mean for the principals are still a bit vague. One thing is certain, David Kemp has left the building.

The transformation is happening quickly, more than just the typical ebb and flow of business. Kemp declined to speak with Seven Days for this story; his two-line email response to inquiries read: “No, I am not available to be interviewed. I am no longer involved with JDK.” . . . That’s a monumental change. Again and again in interviews about JDK, former clients, friends and employees pointed to the partnership between Jager and Kemp as a main reason for JDK’s success. Their right brain/left brain pairing was primarily responsible for running the firm, especially after Giovanna Jager — a brilliant designer herself — stepped away from day-to-day business to raise the couple’s three children.

Michael Jager tells Seven Days that there will be official news after the  New Year. Until then, just read this story and then come to your own conclusions. It’s much more fun that way.

[Link: Seven Days]

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Evan Hecox On The Chocolate Vagabonds

by The Editors on November 20, 2013

EvanHecoxArtist Evan Hecox has been on the Chocolate Skateboards design program since 1997. Snowboarders of a certain age will remember Hecox’s ground breaking work for Twist Snowboard Clothing back in the day.

Now, with the release his new Vagabond Series for Kenny Anderson, Mark Johnson, Gino Ianucci, Raven Tershy, Vincent Alvarez, Chico Brenes, Justin Eldridge, Elijah Berle and Stevie Perez, it’s to let him tell his own Chocolate story.

That first Chocolate car series was done from photos I took of cars that I would see on the street. I used to live in the Mission District in San Francisco and I would walk or ride my bike around and take Polaroid photos of things that interested me. I’ve always had a fascination with old cars, especially ones that anyone has customized slightly or ones that are damaged, primer painted, multi-colored, or with old faded logos.

For the rest of Evan’s thoughts on skateboard graphcis and more images of the stunning Vagabond series, follow the jump.
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Unit B: Crowdsourcing A DIY Community

by The Editors on October 21, 2013

Longtime skateboarding and punk rock documentarian and creator Mark Waters is hoping to round up funding to help re-open Orange County, California’s Unit B. The all-ages space, which featured ramps, live bands, and art, closed last June after being open for a year. Now, Waters wants to relaunch the space and do it right. That’s why he’s turned to crowdsourcing site indiegogo for help.

“When the doors were closed at Unit B, it hurt,” Waters says. “But I felt like it was an opportunity again — a chance to build on what we’d done at Unit B, and make it better, make it completely legal, and basically build a new spot that was designed to be what we want. Not a skatepark with a stage, but a community space designed for live music, skateboarding, art shows, record swaps, a library/bookstore, a recording studio, as well as rehearsal studios and anything else that we feel the need to create. This is a community space like no other, and we’ve proven that this concept works.”

If you agree with Water’s vision of a DIY community, click the link and offer some assistance.

[Link: Indiegogo]


Ed Templeton’s Gentle Collision In Milano

by The Editors on October 21, 2013

Artist and skateboarder Ed Templeton talks to Rumore Magazine about his show A Gentle Collision at the Jerome Zodo Contemporary in Milan, Italy. It’s good to occasionally go behind the photos and paintings to see how Templeton’s mind works.

[Link via Tum Yeto]


Fabiano Rodrigues’ The Self Portrait Project

by The Editors on October 7, 2013

Desillusion Magazine is presenting a film by Guiherme Guimaraes titled The Self Portrait Project.

Fabiano Rodrigues was born in Santos, São Paulo, 1974. He approached photography through skateboarding, first appearing in photographs as a professional skateboarder, while performing maneuvers through out Brazil and Europe. The interest in composition, in motion capture and architecture, propelled him to photograph other skaters in the city, so as to be recognized both as a photographer and as a skater. In search of a language capable of accomplishing his expressive and performatic ambitions, Fabiano has been developing since 2010 his own research of self-portraits, all clicked through his skateboard performances. . . Shooting with a Hasselblad camera using a remote control, he records the apex of his own motion in a previously planned framework. These photographs are always one off prints, exploring the history and repertoire of skateboarding movements, particularly its relationship with the city, its architecture and urban furniture.

The rest is pretty self explanatory.

[Link: Desillusion Magazine]


Monster Children, Monster Book

by The Editors on October 4, 2013

In celebration of their 10 Year Anniversary, the action-fashion-art magazine Monster Children has released a limited edition, hardbound collection of some of their best work titled (cleverly enough) Ten Years of Monster Children Magazine.

The book contains not only the best of Monster Children’s stories, departments, photography and art, it also includes exclusive interviews with the contributors and featured folks who helped Monster Children reach the decennial (that’s a fancy word for ten year anniversary). Mike Mills, Mark Gonzales, Natas Kaupas, Ed Templeton, Thomas Campbell, Stephanie Gilmore, and a host of others, explain why they think Monster Children is the best thing since sliced bread and how glad they are that Monster Children launched their careers.

The book went on sale October 1, 2013 on the Monster Children website and in finer book stores around the globe. For a peek inside this lush paper and ink product, follow the jump. [click to continue…]