Yes, there are still a lot of great people and brands (750 of them) who attend the Agenda Show. If you are one of them then please be reminded that the show is in T-minus two weeks. The show runs July 8-9, 2015 from 9 AM to 6 PM at the Long Beach Convention Center. For more info (and to pre-register) please click the link.
[Link: Agenda Show]
Jake Burton with Jack Mitrani, John Jackson, and Gabi Viteri at the 2013 SIA Show.
After weeks of rumors and speculation surrounding the health of Burton Snowboards founder Jake Burton Carpenter, Burton PR has finally today (June 24, 2015) released an official health update. It’s good news considering what Jake and his family have been through over the past two months.
Right after the 2015 Burton US Open in March, Jake Burton, Founder & Chairman of Burton Snowboards, was diagnosed with a type of Guillan-Barre Syndrome called Miller Fisher Syndrome. Miller Fisher is an extremely rare disorder that results in the body’s own immune system attacking the nerves. Jake had a very severe case that caused temporary paralysis of his entire body, so he was put on full life support in the ICU for nearly two months at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.
He is now out of the hospital and making progress toward full and complete recovery. For the official word from Burton, please follow the jump.
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Last week a board member resigned with some anger and now Quiksilver stock has fallen 38 percent after the company reported a less than stellar second quarter, according to a story in the Orange County Business Journal.
The Huntington Beach-based apparel manufacturer and retailer posted $333 million in revenue for the quarter that ended April 30, compared with $397 million for the same period a year earlier. It recorded a loss of $37.5 million or 22 cents per share, about the same as last year. Analysts expected $341.24 million in revenue and a loss of 14 cents per share for the quarter. . . Revenue for its Quiksilver division decreased $28 million, or 16.7%, to $139 million. Sales for the Roxy division dropped $15 million, or 12.5%, to $105 million. DC Shoes was down $22 million, or 21.3%, to $81 million.
Down, down, and down. At this rate Bob McKnight and friends will be able to take Quik private again for next to nothing. . . oh, did we say that out loud?
[Link: Orange County Business Journal]
It looks like Supra co-founder Angel Cabada and his investors found an exit they were looking for because today K-Swiss Global Brands announced the acquisition of One-Distribution for the usual “undisclosed amount of money,” according to a story on TransWorld Business.
“Having formed KSGB just two years ago, we are on an aggressive track to become one of the world’s leading multi-brand companies,” said KSGB President and CEO Larry Remington. “KR3W and SUPRA are brands that meet the distinctions we are looking for in our portfolio: authenticity, strong brand awareness, a track record of product innovation and opportunities for long-term, global growth. We are excited to join forces with the ONE-Distribution teams and lay a foundation for the future.”
For a few questions and answers from Remington with TWBiz’s Kailee Bradstreet click the link.
[Link: TransWorld Business]
For the past three years San Diego, California based eyewear company Knockaround Sunglasses has enlisted the talents of elementary school students to design a pair of glasses in a program called Class Acts. Knockaround provides the art materials and the kids bring the creativity. This year winner was Evan Bui, a fourth graders from Foster Elementary School.
Evan’s inspiration was lightning bolts, as he wanted people to “feel shocked when they saw them.” . . . The Striker sunglasses feature a glossy Sky Blue front, Mint Green interiors and Bright Orange arms with Electric Yellow lightning bolts running down each side. Each pair comes with a lightning bolt protective pouch, a hand-numbered edition card, and a 2015 Class Acts ‘zine that will not only feature original artwork by Evan himself, but also Knockaround’s favorite runner up designs.
Sounds like a great way to move some units. For the official word from Knockaround, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
These are days of miracles and selfies. . . the way the camera follows us in slo-mo it’s no wonder we all need to get the shot from a better angle. Greg Lutzka knows this better than most and that’s likely why he has just signed with GoPro camera accessory leader GoPole.
Lutzka will be joining some of the world’s top action sports athletes including surfer Jamie O’Brien, wakeboarder Josh Palma and snowboarder Tim Humphreys to help promote and support action footage captured utilizing GoPole products. Skateboarding is an essential part of GoPole’s mission to push the progression and diversity within action sports and adding Lutzka, who has a reputation of being one of the hardest working skateboarders in the industry, will only solidify their efforts.
For the official word from GoPro, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Forget about paying full price for your new Burton Snowboard gear next fall. This summer (while you’re partying in a urine filled Las Vegas pool) make a run to the Las Vegas Premium Outlet Stores and hit up Burton’s newest company outlet store. It opened yesterday (Thursday, May 14, 2015).
Other new stores now open include AG Adriano Goldschmied, AllSaints, American Eagle Outfitters, Bally, Canali, Catimini, CH Carolina Herrera, Citizen, Clarins, Dunhill, Furla, Helmut Lang, John Varvatos, Pandora, Rag & Bone, Under Armour, Vera Bradley and Vilebrequin.
Hit ’em up. We’re guessing there will be a lot of their new camping gear on sale this summer (if they have any employees left to sell it to you). Not surprisingly, there’s also a new Cheesecake Factory in the same mall. It’s Las Vegas’ fourth.
[Link: LA Times]
Okay, we’re going to show our console color here for a minute, but Activision has officially announced that the stalled Tony Hawk Pro Skater franchise is back in action and will be released on PS4 and Xbox One later this year and also for PS3 and Xbox 360 after that.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 will be employing the core gameplay of the first four titles of the series, hence it retained the “Pro Skater” title. This game will see the additions of power-ups and shooting projectiles in specific additions while the developers promise that the gameplay will be finely tuned. . . . There will be new set of levels with objectives. The missions can be completed either alone or with friends through online co-op. There is also multiplayer competitive play. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 can be played with either friends or strangers or the combination of both.
Skaters featured in the game will include: Nyjah Huston, Aaron Homoki, Ishod Wair, Riley Hawk, Lizzie Armanto, Chris Cole, David Gonzalez, Leticia Bufoni, and Andrew Reynolds. But what about Wii U? Nope. Apparently there’s no love for Nintendo at the Pro Skater house.
[Link: VC Post]
The Boardroom surfboard industry trade show is rolling into Southern California’s Del Mar Fairgrounds on May 16 – 17, 2015. Not only will The Boardroom show off the world’s finest surf riding craft, they will also honor one of the world’s finest surfboard shapers, Rusty Preisendorfer.
“We are humbled and extremely stoked to honor surfer, shaper, and artist Rusty Preisendorfer,” said Scott Bass, Executive Director of The Boardroom. “Since the show’s inception, all of the shapers that participate in the shape-off do so out of respect for the honoree, and the craft of surfboard shaping–a sacred craft. Passed down through the generations beginning in Polynesia and carrying on today with icons such as Rusty, as the spirit and culture of surfboard designing and manufacturing thrives in a constantly changing world of visionaries and new technologies.”
For the official word from The Boardroom, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Footwear News has an interview with Supra founder Angel Cabada in which he talks about why he wants his $100 million shoe company to get into running and do battle with the big boys. Here’s why:
There’s nothing out there in the running market for me. I’m a monochromatic kind of person: I wear black, I wear white, I wear gray. I don’t wear color. I keep it simple, without crazy graphics and colors. I feel like every trainer out there looks like a NASCAR race car. That’s all you can buy if you want that comfort or that look or that profile of shoe. I’m not promoting the Olympics, I’m not starting a race team tomorrow — I just want our shoes to look good, be light, comfortable and provide the same experience you’d have in any other running shoe — without looking like a Christmas tree.
For the rest the interview with the mind behind Supra, click the link.
[Link: Footwear News]