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Mid-June New News Lister Lists

by The Editors on June 16, 2021

Summertime, and the parking it loathsome. Beach is packed, and the tourists are lame. Oh, your Daddy’s tired and you ma is on fire, so sunscreen up little grommet, tighten up your game. Here are the latest news headlines you can use. Yes, we’re still doing this and by hand to boot. Enjoy
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RIP: Vans Co-Founder Paul Van Doren

by The Editors on May 7, 2021

We were saddened to learn that Vans co-founder Paul Van Doren died yesterday, Thursday, May 6, 2021. He was 90.

“In 1966, Paul, his brother James Van Doren, and their friends Gordon, Ryan Emmert and Serge D’Elia became partners in opening the first Vans store, according to Wikipedia. It took a year to build and set up the factory at 704 East Broadway in Anaheim.”

A week and a half ago Paul’s memoir Authentic was released.

In Authentic, he shares his unlikely journey from high-school dropout to sneaker-industry legend. A blue-collar kid with no higher education and zero retail experience, Van Doren started out as a 16-year-old “service boy” at a local rubber factory. Over the next few decades, he leveraged a knack for numbers, a genius for efficiency, and the know-how to make a great canvas tennis shoe into an all-American success story. What began as a family shoe business has today evolved into a globally recognized brand with billions of dollars of annual revenue.

Thanks Paul for all you did for all of us and for living an incredible, authentic life. Our thoughts are with the entire Van Doren family. If you have a Paul Van Doren story to share, please leave it in the comments.

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Tech Deck Official USA Skate Sponsor

by The Editors on April 27, 2021

Yes, the USA Skateboarding Olympic Team now has an official fingerboard sponsor and it is, unsurprisingly, Tech Deck. Here’s USA Skateboarding’s take:

“The heart of skateboarding is fun, and no company embodies that better than Tech Deck,” said Josh Friedberg, CEO, USA Skateboarding. “From the day we started our initial discussions, Tech Deck’s commitment to skateboarding culture and their natural fit into our existing initiatives made it clear that we had a great opportunity – we’re incredibly excited to have them as a partner in this historic year for skateboarding.”

Now athletes will have something to do on their 13 hour flight to Tokyo and/or two week quarantines. For the official word from Tech Deck, please follow the jump.

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Post Ides of March News Drop

by The Editors on March 18, 2021

Hi. Hope you had stellar Et tu, Brute and St. Paddy’s Days. Been missing out on the news? Here it is. Follow the jump for a list of stories that have something to do with snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, fashion, and/or business.

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Michael Burnett Interviews Kevin Thatcher

by The Editors on February 25, 2021

Thrasher Magazine Editor Michael Burnett interviews the magazine’s founding editor Kevin Thatcher and gets a few great stories and photos from the birth of the world’s largest skateboarding magazine including, but not limited to, how the magazine got its name, who designed the logo, and what part did MOFO play.

Of course we had no money. That’s why those first issues started out as practically a newspaper. That’s all we could do. It didn’t need super gloss. It needed attitude. It needed the culture to be brought out that was bubbling underneath the surface. I’ll never forget when Fausto came to me and said, “We’re calling it Thrasher.Duane Peters came up with the name, “Call it Thrasher, dude.” I wasn’t there. But when Fausto said it, there was no argument. Who’s going to argue with that one? It just works, and it has worked well. It was evident that was it. It didn’t need the term “skate” in there. It was a cultural thing.

The interview is a reminder of how many great people came together to make Thrasher what is it. The one thing we didn’t see was what the “humble, elusive legend” Mr. Thatcher has been up to lately? Haven’t really seen him since we slapped that TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine sticker on his back while he was announcing a contest at Bear Valley. Oh, those were the days.

[Link: Thrasher Magazine]

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A Mid-February New News Blast

by The Editors on February 19, 2021

Blast? Cold blast? Arctic air freezing you pipes? As a warm up, please check out the latest news stories that caught our attention since the last time we posted a list of headlines. And that was a while ago. Admittedly.

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Fresh News For The Dawn Of A New Day

by The Editors on January 20, 2021

The stories that shape our world are the stories that we share. Here are the headlines that caught our eye during the past month. And yes, it was a rough one. But we’re not going to let that get in the way of sharing with you. Click the link for all the stories.

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December’s List Of Action News Headlines

by The Editors on December 7, 2020

Creating these lists of news headlines is a lot like popping bubble wrap–it’s pointless, annoying, and yet so outrageously satisfying.

Here, enjoy the pointless, annoying fruits of our Monday Morning satisfaction. Click the link for December’s edition of action news from around the globe.
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Surfline Takes $30 Million For New CEO

by The Editors on December 2, 2020

There was a time when we had a VIP, full access membership to Surfline.com. Players, right? The glory days. But you know what? We hardly ever used it. That’s because we’re rarely interested in exactly how good the waves are. When we want to surf, we go surfing. We check the waves on the free site, or go down to the beach and look. Then we grab a board that is inversely proportional to the size of the waves and paddle out. Pretty simple, really. All this is to say we’re the wrong people to be making any kind of business judgements on the news that Surfling/Wavetrak has just closed a $30 million investment from the entertainment focused The Chernin Group (TCG) and put a new CEO named Kyle Laughlin (previously of Amazon, The Walt Disney Company, Yahoo, etc. . .) into the driver’s seat.

“Surfline has established itself as one of the largest and most respected surf brands in the world through a decades-long commitment to serving its global community,” said Mike Kerns, Co-Founder and Partner, TCG. “At TCG, we achieve growth by partnering with passionate teams, engaged entrepreneurs who build out of love, and world class management. With Surfline, we have that combination in Jeff, Kyle and the entire team.”

Okay. Some smart guys with a boatload of entertainment industry experience and a few great investment wins (Twitter, Pandora, Tumblr) plus a mixed bag of webish odds and ends wants to dump $30 million on Surfline.com? What is their angle? It can’t be full-access subscription dollars. Do they see a big exit coming soon? If so, what is it? And why, would Mr. Laughlin be interested in a company with a slew of cameras pointed at beaches? If you know, please let us know.

For the rest of the official word, please follow the jump. Oh, and Jeff Berg is still playing an “active roll” as Executive Chairman. If you were worried.

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Burton Opens Company Store In Denver

by The Editors on December 2, 2020

Burton Snowboard’s new 6,500 square foot retail store in Denver, Colorado puts the company right where it will want to be when this whole COVID retail dilemma is over. The new shop is located at 2649 Walnut Street in the “RiNo Arts District.”

“We’ve been carefully planning and building our Denver store for years now, and it was so exciting to finally open our doors to the Colorado community just in time for the holidays,” said John Lacy, CEO of Burton. “We have a number of protocols in place to help our customers shop safely at the Denver store, including reduced store occupancy, as well as social-distance friendly services like curbside pick-up and phone orders. With Colorado resorts beginning to open for the winter season, our Denver Hub will be a convenient new place to pick up gear, then head to the mountains for some fresh air, and hopefully plenty of fresh snow.”

But it’s more than a retails store. The location also features a wholesale showroom, kitchen and multi-purpose rooftop penthouse. You know, for 2024 makeout parties. For the official word from Burton, please follow the jump.

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