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Kid Dies After Drinking Too Much Caffeine

by The Editors on May 16, 2017

Davis Allen Cripe (pictured right) was a 16-year-old high school student who died in April 2017 from what Richland County, S.C. Coroner Gary Watts is calling a “caffeine induced cardiac event” after drinking “a large Diet Mountain Dew, a cafe latte from McDonald’s and an energy drink over the course of about two hours,” according to a story in the Sacramento Bee. In other words, he didn’t do anything that the action sports industrial complex isn’t encouraging kids to do all the time.

Cripe’s father explained it like this:

“It wasn’t a car crash that took his life,” he said of his son. “Instead, it was an energy drink. Parents, please talk to your kids about these energy drinks. And teenagers and students: please stop buying them.”

No one mentioned exactly which energy drink it was, likely out of fear of getting sued, but we could probably guess. We just wonder when the action sports industry is going to wake up and stop selling off their lifestyles and athletes to promote drinks that can be straight up harmful to kids. Anyone?

[Link: Sacramento Bee]

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Surfers Suing Rip Curl After Nightmare Trip

by The Editors on May 9, 2017

Five Orange County, California and three Austrailian surfers are suing Rip Curl after the 8 were allegedly left to fend for themselves after the charter surf boat they were on (the Quest 1, formerly known as the Indies Trader II) began sinking during the night of July 18, 2015, according to a story in the Orange County Register.

The eight men are now suing surf giant Rip Curl, which organized the excursion, alleging the company knew the vessel was in disrepair and failed to provide any aid or assistance after they were rescued. The lawsuit, filed last month, also names Rip Curl executives and the boat’s operators, PT Neptune Adventures, which is described in the suit as a “shell” company set up by Rip Curl to “avoid liability and circumvent regulatory compliance” for the Quest 1.

Click the link for the rest of this nightmare surf story. From the sounds of the complaint, the surfers are lucky to be alive.

[Link: Orange County Register]

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Two Farm Tables & A Microphone Dates

by The Editors on May 9, 2017

Combining visionary ideas and unforgettable cuisine, Two Farmtables And A Microphone invites their guests to feed all five senses while creating food for thought. Event organizers promise that their guests will take part in incredible, transparently-sourced, farm fresh meals accompanied by a diverse array of exciting guest speakers from the frontiers of entertainment, technology, and culture.

It’s an evening that will stimulate both your palate and mind, leaving you with a full belly and a renewed hunger for the possibilities that surround us.

For all the details on upcoming events in Hawaii, Ojai, Huntington Beach, and Oceanside, California please click the link.

[Link: 2FTAM]

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Otis Eyewear’s New Global Brand Director

by The Editors on May 8, 2017

Scott Lewis has been named to the newly created role of global brand manager at Otis Eyewear. Lewis, who has formerly served as Director of International Sales at Oakley Inc, Commercial Director of Oakley Europe, International President at Globe and Director of Sales and Business Development EMEA at Fox Head, Inc. He will start at Otis’ home office in Australia in June.

For the official word from Otis, please follow the jump.

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Investigating Colorado Resort Deaths

by The Editors on May 1, 2017

The Summit Daily News newspaper (which covers Summit County, Colorado) has an amazing series of articles titled White Death, in which they try to “uncover the human toll of Colorado’s ski industry.” This collection of stories illustrates the way big business resort industry seems to do its best to squash any information related to deaths on their slopes and how difficult it was for the newspaper to get details on the 137 people who have died in accidents at Colorado resorts since the winter of 2006-7. Click the link for the rest of the story.

[Link: White Death]

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Shaun White Selling His NYC Condo

by The Editors on April 27, 2017

Shaun White is on a bi-coastal home dumping spree. He’s selling his beach pad in Encinitas, California, his mod home in the Hollywood Hills, and now, according to a story in the New York Post, he’s selling his “NYC Penthouse,” though we’re not sure it’s a proper penthouse, as it’s offered up for only $2.79 million (the cheapest of his homes by far).

The two-bedroom, 2½-bathroom unit is 1,174 square feet. It comes with floor-to-ceiling windows, 12-foot ceilings and stunning skyline views. . . The eight-story building, built in 2006, features a rooftop deck with a 50-foot lap pool, wet bar and BBQ, along with a gym and a 24-hour doorman.

All told Shaun has $17.69 million of homes currently on the market. Not a bad action sports exit. Wonder what he needs the money for?

[Link: New York Post]

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Patagonia’s CEO Is Watching You Donald

by The Editors on April 26, 2017

In a presidency that becomes more absurd with each day, the Trump administration is now moving to review all of the United State’s National Monuments and Patagonia’s CEO Rose Marcario doesn’t like it one bit. She says:

Our National Monuments were established after extensive public input because they provide unique and irreplaceable cultural, ecological, economic and recreational value worth protecting for our children and our grandchildren. As stewards of America’s federal public lands, the Trump administration has an obligation to protect these most special wild places. Unfortunately, it seems clear they intend to do the opposite.

In a statement released today (Wednesday, April 26, 2017) Marcario urges everyone who loves America’s public lands to contact their members of Congress and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to “express outrage at the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back National Monument protections.” For the official statement from Marcario, please follow the jump.

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Aspen Skiing Co. & KSL Buy Mammoth, Too

by The Editors on April 12, 2017

Mammoth has always wanted to be Aspen. And now, it appears their wish has finally come true. Two days after picking up Intrawest for a reported $1.5 billion, the Denver, Colorado based Aspen Skiing Co./KSL partnership has picked up Mammoth, June, Snow Summit, and Bear Mountain for an undisclosed sum according to a Jason Blevins story in the Denver Post.

Rusty Gregory, the longtime manager and chief executive of Mammoth Resorts, in a statement called the move “the next logical chapter in the story of Mammoth. . . This new platform, built around a collective passion for the mountains and our commitment to the people who visit, work and live there, is exactly what the ski resort business needs.

We’re not sure that having every single resort in the USA owned by two companies is exactly what the ski resort business needs, but we’re pretty certain it won’t change much for the average shred. That Aspen leaf in the logo always did look like two tusks and a trunk to us anyway.

[Link: Denver Post]

 

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Aspen Skiing Co. & KSL Buy Intrawest

by The Editors on April 10, 2017

Resort consolidation ratchets up a notch as Aspen Skiing Co. and private equity firm KSL Capital Partners have paid a reported $1.5 billion for Intrawest. In the deal Aspen/KSL picks up Steamboat, Winter Park, Tremblant, Stratton, Snowshoe, Blue Mountain and (through partnership with KSL) Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, according to a story in the Denver Post.

Intrawest once ruled the resort real estate game, but has fallen on hard times recently. Guess, this is as good a deal as they could have hoped for and as far as we can tell it rarely matter who owns the resorts we ride. Mountains are mountains.

[Link: Denver Post]

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Slater’s Florida Wave Pool Foes

by The Editors on March 30, 2017

Seems not everyone in Florida is stoked about the possibility of a Kelly Slater Wave Co. pool getting built in Palm Beach, Florida, according to a story in the Palm Beach Post. They fear what happened in the Austin, Texas wave park could happen to them.

Jupiter Farms residents and others from different parts of the county fear a replay of that failure, which they say could threaten the water supply from the nearby Pine Glades Natural Area. “I urge you to nip this in the bud and deny the zoning changes rather than using valuable staff time on this,” Boynton Beach resident Chris Lockhart wrote to county commissioners. “If you do not, I ask that you direct staff to consider the impacts to Pine Glades Natural Area and other adjacent and nearby conservation lands, impacts on our water resources, etc.”

We’re still wondering who really wants to surf an unchangingly perfect wave in dirty pool water on the edge of an industrial park every day? Anyone? Florida surf is bad, sure, but really? 

[Link: Palm Beach Post]

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