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]
Professional surfing co-founder, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Executive Director, and global surfing icon Randy Rarick and Sunny Garcia were inducted last night into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame. Rarick is one of the rare, humble, talented surf promoters who worked tirelessly for the betterment of surfing. In a time of conflict and issues between locals, sponsors, and the media Rarick seemed always able to walk the good line through it all.
“My efforts along the way have always been to honor the sport of surfing and the meaning it has brought to my life and countless others around the world,” Rarick said. “Surfing is truly, uniquely Hawaiian and I’m honored to have had a career that has shaped and spanned my entire life. I would also like to honor others along the way who have helped me to do that, including Fred Hemmings, Buffalo Keaulana, Rell Sunn and Gerry Lopez.”
Rarick took the event as the opportunity to officially announce his “full retirement.” Thank you Mr. Rarick. Professional surfing is so much better because of you and we hope that it can survive your absence. Follow the jump for more. [click to continue…]
Remember how everyone was getting out from under their underwater mortgages during the last recession by doing a “short sale” claiming they couldn’t afford to make the payments on a loan that was more than their house was worth? Well, that’s apparently what former pro surfer (and RVCA co-founder) Conan Hayes did. But according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office he wasn’t exactly straight up about his ability to make the mortgage. They are charging him with “one felony count of grand theft with a sentencing enhancement allegation for property loss over $200,000” according to a story in the Orange County Register. According to the story:
Hayes co-owned the surf clothing brand RVCA and sold his interest in the company in 2010 for more than $7.5 million, prosecutors say. . . They allege that Hayes got the bank to approve the short sale by falsely claiming that he lost his job and was unemployed. But, they say, he didn’t tell the bank he made millions of dollars in the sale of the company.
If found guilty Hayes could face a maximum sentence of five years in jail. He’s currently out on $586,245 bail. For a little more background check Beach Grit and this.
[Links: Orange County Register and Beach Grit]
Surfer Keala Kennelly is reportedly suing the producers of the Bethany Hamilton bio pic Soul Surfer (Brookwell McNamara Entertainment, Inc.) because they denied her a role in the film based on her being “a lesbian, but also because they believed she starred in gay porn,” according to a story on Courthouse News.
In January 2010, Kennelly learned that Brookwell McNamara had chosen not to give her any role for the biopic, according to the suit. . . . Kennelly claims that as producers mulled over casting, a female producer told director Sean McNamara she “had some dirt on” Kennelly. . . “‘For one thing, she is gay,'” Kennelly’s complaint quotes the producer as saying. “‘And she does gay porn. It’s on the Internet.'”
Okay, so according to Courthouse News “though openly gay” Kennelly denies ever making pornographic movies. Kennelly lost her Screen Actors Guild health coverage because she didn’t get the role in the film. Now she is “suing for religion discrimination based on sexual orientation and sexual orientation discrimination. She seeks compensatory, special and punitive damages,” in Hawaii’s First Circuit Court. She filed the lawsuit on April 29, 2015.
[Link: Courthouse News]
The International Assn. of Skateboard Companies (IASC) and the International Skateboarding Hall of Fame (ISHOF) are proud to announce this year’s Icon Award recipients for the 6th Annual Skateboarding Hall of Fame: Steve Van Doren, James O’Mahoney and Tracker Trucks. The Skateboarding Hall of Fame will be held during the IASC Summit on May 14 at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa, Calif. For the official word from the IASC, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]