After leaving the floundering mess that has become Andy Mooney’s Quiksilver (where sales dropped 19 percent last quarter and the stock is down 75 percent year to date), Kelly Slater mentioned that he had some ideas about something new. Today (September 8, 2014) we all know where those ideas are headed with the launch of Mr. Slater’s new clothing line backed by Gucci, Puma, and Volcom parent corporation The Kering Group. It’s called Outerknown. And this is what Kelly had to say about it on Instagram this morning:
It’s been a long time coming and I’m proud to let you know that the clothing brand I’ve been working on has launched our ‘Handshake Website” at Outerknown.com this morning. Our team, lead by designer John Moore and supported by our strategic partner, The Kering Group, are tirelessly working on a brand that blends the relationship between style, sustainability, and travel. I believe we have an obligation to build better products and understand the way our consumption impacts the world around us. In saying that, the focus of our brand is to make a product that has a positive effect on every possible level. I look forward to telling you more as the brand develops.
From the cool stuff they’re doing on their Insta feed, and our trust in Slater’s instincts we’d have to say we’re looking forward to seeing where this Outerknown things leads. . . even if it is being funded by one of the largest fashion megacorps in the world. The bummer is we won’t see any product on the streets until Fall 2015.
Boarding for Breast Cancer has a new mobile app for iPhone and Android that helps women help themselves when it comes to health.
Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) wants you to be your own biggest health advocate by downloading the free B4BC App for Apple and Android devices today. The recently released mobile app allows you to set a personalized automatic reminder to help you maintain your monthly Breast Self-Exam (BSE), one of the most effective means for early detection of breast cancer. And for those who aren’t sure of the proper technique, the Check One, Two® guide provides a step-by-step tutorial on how to perform your own BSE. . . For the active girl on the go, the app has the latest B4BC info with updates on B4BC programs and events, plus tons of health and wellness content by B4BC’s contributors and team riders including pro snowboarders Elena Hight, Jamie Anderson, Kimmy Fasani, Megan Pischke; pro surfers Sage Erickson, Malia Manuel, Courtney Conlogue and more.
What’s good for breasts is always good for us. For the official word from B4BC, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Those who’ve actually used the GoPro camera that their mom’s got them last Christmas know what a nightmare it can be keeping all the pieces together. There’s the cords, the cases, the mounts. Never having the right piece was enough to make us mothball our camera for weeks at a time. But incase has a solution with their new Mono Kit.
The Mono Kit, an innovative silicone travel case that serves as a protective container for one GoPro® camera as well as batteries and accessories; the Dual Kit, which holds two GoPro® cameras and the Accessory Cartridge, the ideal travel bag for camera cords, batteries, mounts, housings and back doors.
Hear that mom? If you bought the camera, looks like you’re going to need to buy the case as well. They go on sale at Best Buy and Goincase.com on August 31, 2014. For the official word from incase, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
What has skateboarding fine artist Don Pendleton been up to lately? It appears that he’s lending his art flair to electronics company Ultimate Ears and their UE Boom wireless speaker, according to a post on Technology Tell.
Continuing the company’s aim to blend people’s passions for music, design and art, the limited-run Jettison Edition is designed with Pendleton’s distinct organic cubist graphic style.
We haven’t heard the speakers so we have no idea how they sound, or if they are worth the $199.99 price tag, but we do know that everything looks better with a Pendleton paint job. Look for them arriving in the USA later this month.
[Link: Technology Tell]
With 13 days to go the Hexo+ autonomous action cam drone has raised over $971,101 on Kickstarter. Their goal was only $50,000. Makes us wonder if there isn’t some fuzzy Silicon Valley VC math at work here, but either way it would appear that we’re all one step closing to having drones follow us everywhere we go capturing every boring minute of our action sports lives. Where will we find the hard drive space?
Our favorite Wall Street Journal reporter, skater Conor Dougherty, is about to become our favorite San Francisco, California based New York Times reporter (congrats, Conor). But before he switched gigs, he wanted to do one more story for his former employer. Did he investigate the fading housing crisis? Or, sneak onto a Google Bus? No, he tested a slew of electric skateboards and even found one he liked. Sadly, although he has a solid kickflip, he was unable to do that on any of the electric skateboards, and that may be the problem.
[Link: The Wall Street Journal]
It appears that North Shore surfers will have a new neighbor at Rocky Point soon as the Honolulu Star is reporting that GoPro founder Nick Woodman just spent close to $9 million of the company’s pre-going-public dollars for a 66-year-old house and a 31,000 square foot vacant lot on Ke Nui Road, according to a story on BizJournals.
The newspaper reports the buyer’s agent, Lora “Bitsy” Healey, whose son is big-wave surfer Mark Healey, declined to reveal her client’s identity.
This purchase is reportedly the most someone has paid for a vacant lot on the North Shore. That’s not a bad way to flow some money into the local community.
Tony Hawk previews his new Shred Session “endless runner” game on the iPhone for Arcade Sushi.
Based on what Mr. 900 has said, Shred Session is going to be a free-to-play endless runner. The game will be vertically-oriented, so you will be using one-handed swipe gestures and perfectly timed taps to ollie, grind and land. The game will offer five different levels and six famous skaters to play as, including Tony Hawk, Chris Cole, Aaron Homoki, Lizzie Armanto, David Gonzalez and Tony’s prodigious son, Riley Hawk.
Free to play? We’re on it. Downloads for iOS and Android going live this summer.
[Link: Arcade Sushi]
We’ve all shot terrible, jittery video. In fact, most of us do it all the time. Finding a solid, inexpensive rig to smooth things out, however is nearly impossible. Now, a crew from Berlin, Germany is working to create the LUUV system specifically for use with GoPros, iPhones, and other small cameras and best yet, make it affordable and modern.
LUUV is a camera stabilizer for all action cams and smart phones that enables you to shoot shake-free footage while you are in motion. Thanks for a full three-axis-stabilization, LUUV separates the motion of your hand from the camera. You hand is moving, but the camera is not. The outcome: flowing, steady footage instead of shaky videos.
Co-founders Felix Kochbeck and Tim Kirchner are launching their product on IndieGoGo and hope to raise $50,000 in the next 53 days. If you’d like to help them out, click the link and be one of the first to get the LUUV when they begin production.
Big mountain dominator Jeremy Jones has added another logo to his helmet in the form of former Japanese electronics giant Sony. Yes, they still exist and are apparently making products. Remember the Walkman? Same company. Guess they even make some kind of video game playing device for people who don’t have iPhones.
What Jones will be promoting is a small POV camera that is apparently the company’s glacially slow response to the GoPro. Footage looks pretty good, too.