Environment

Outdoor Retailer Is Out Of Utah

by The Editors on February 16, 2017

Today (Thursday, February 16, 2017) Emerald Expositions, the parent company of Outdoor Retailer and Interbike, announced that after holding a teleconference with Utah Governor Herbert that they will no longer be considering Utah as a potential location for future trade shows.

The shows reportedly bring nearly $45 million to the Salt Lake City economy each year, according to a story in the Salt Lake City Tribune and that money will be going elsewhere. . . Hells yeah, OR. For the official word, please follow the jump.

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Outdoor Retailer Responds To Boycott

by The Editors on February 14, 2017

In the last week the Outdoor Retailer Show has seen several companies state their opposition to the policies of Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert by announcing that they will not be attending this summer’s Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, Utah — Patagonia, Arc’teryx, and Polartech just to name a few. With all these announcements the group that stands to lose the most is the Outdoor Retailer Show itself. And we wondered what their response would be.

In a open letter to the outdoor industry titled Our Goal is Not Just to Speak. Our Goal is to be Heard, OR Show Director Marisa Nicholson said today (Tuesday, February 14, 2017) that while several companies have announced they are leaving, other have showed their support.

“We respect that brands have to make decisions that reflect their values,” Nicholson says. “However, in the last week, the heart-felt expressions of support for the show from exhibitors of all sizes have far outweighed those choosing not to participate. Iconic brands such as adidas Outdoor, Ibex, The Conservation Alliance, The North Face, REI and Wolverine Worldwide, among many others have not only reinforced their intent to come to SLC this summer, but also, will make their voices louder than ever before. (Please look at unity.outdoorretailer.com for specific expressions of support.)

While Nicholson says OR respects the larger company’s decisions, the people she says the boycott hurts most are the smaller brands.

But the boycott of Outdoor Retailer levies the most significant negative impact on those medium and small-sized companies that count on the show to conduct business,” Nicholson says. “We have a unique, maybe even singular, opportunity to coalesce, organize, speak and lay plans to make a difference around public land awareness in such a way that it is not only heard but that it can make a positive difference.

Yes, trade show directors still believe that trade shows are important, and so do some brands, but Utah’s governor certainly isn’t helping anyone out by being staunchly against the protection of wilderness lands.

Nicholson says Outdoor Retailer is “as swiftly as humanly possible” looking for alternative locations to hold the show. So there’s that. For Nicholson’s entire letter, please follow the jump.

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Jumbo Wild Fights BC Development

by The Editors on October 12, 2015

We continue to be entertained by the ironies of Patagonia’s drive to sell us all more clothing we don’t need ($35 “Live Simply” T-shirts) as well as their commitment to using the environmental movement to market their brand. Occasionally, however, it all comes together into something interesting, and maybe even good.

Sweetgrass ProductionsJumbo Wild appears to be one of them. The film, funded by Patagonia, covers the “decade’s long fight over a proposed ski area” in the Jumbo Valley backcountry, part of British Columbia’s Purcell Range. Be warned, there is far too much skiing in this clip. For more on the story (and the film), please follow the jump.

 

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Happy 30th Birthday Surfrider Foundation

by The Editors on August 22, 2014

Surfrider LogoToday, the Surfrider Foundation turns 30 years old and to celebrate they have launched a website that chronicles the last three decades of the organization’s history. Here’s a little piece of it

Thirty years ago a group of surfers from Malibu, California, were concerned about the health risks associated with environmental threats posed by escalating coastal development at their favorite surf spot. They took action. Not even they could have envisioned the history they were making when they succeeded in protecting their beloved surf spot. . . .Since its inception in 1984, the Surfrider Foundation has evolved into one of the largest non-profit grassroots organizations with a volunteer-activist network dedicated to its mission to protect and enjoy the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. . . . Today, the Surfrider Foundation is measurably stronger, with more force and movement than ever before. It has 84 chapters, including 30 high school and college clubs, 50,000-plus members and more than 250,000 supporters and volunteers, fighting 90 active campaigns around the country. Armed with a model to defend the coast the organization has a record of 271 victories (and counting) since 2006.

Happy Birthday, Surfrider. You are living proof that good people can do great things when they work together. For the rest of the timeline, click the link.

[Link: 30 Surfrider]

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Waves For Water + 100k World Water Day

by The Editors on February 3, 2014

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Jon Rose and friends are making valiant efforts to get clean water to people who need it through his Waves For Water initiative. Now, Nike is taking this opportunity to upgrade their social conscience (and their Hurley surf division) by participating in World Water Day 2014.

Five groups of Clean Water Couriers will lead missions to five different parts of the globe: Brazil, Haiti, Indonesia, Liberia and Nicaragua. Each team of key advocates will include Hurley Surfers and ambassadors to participate in the distribution of water filtration units. The teams will be bringing with them 1,000 water filters for a single-day activation (March 22, 2014), with capacity to provide clean-water access for 100,000 people. . . “We typically work in a very lean and covert fashion to maximize our efficiency on the ground, but since this specific project is just as much about awareness as it is action,” says Waves For Water Founder Jon Rose. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring some of our longtime friends and advocates – Carissa Moore, Rosario Dawson, Rob Machado, Alex Atala, and more – along for the ride.”

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Project WOO Could Use Your Help

by The Editors on May 29, 2013

Project WOO (Wave of Optimism), a 7-year-old non-profit founded by ex-Peace Corp volunteers, is currently working in Playa Gigante, Nicaragua to create a sustainable community based partially on surf tourism. They’re doing well with the program, however, they’ve turned to Indiegogo.com to help raise funds to do more.

The non-profit has already started a surf-mentorship program where kids can earn donated boards through community service, initiated a waste management program, and procured a school bus that facilitates education. Our next project is a health center and we’re using the crowd-funding site indiegogo.com (link to our page) to help raise money from surfers who have been touched by this beautiful paradise.

The organization is run in Nicaragua by Palos Verdes, California bred surfer Bo Fox, and the Executive Director stateside is Trent Gordon. Watch the edit, click the link to the Project WOO website for more info and then made a donation if you feel compelled. They’d like to raise $15,000 for this project and with 38 days left, they’re already halfway there. It’s hard not to feel good about what Fox and Gordon are doing. Especially when you see the smiles on the kids’ faces.

[Link: Project WOO]

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Joel Parko Gets Schooled For Surfaid

by The Editors on May 3, 2013

ASP World Champ Joel Parkinson is hitting up school kids with the Surfaid message as the organizations newest schools program ambassador.

Parkinson, 32, addressed an assembly of enthralled students [at Sydney’s Barrenjoey High] before joining a classroom group for a SurfAid lesson on geography. ‘Parko’ was the first at his table to find Bali on the map. “I used to love geography – it was my favorite subject,” he said. . . Parkinson said he was stoked when SurfAid asked him to be an ambassador. “It’s a huge honor, especially for something that does so much good. It was a no-brainer for me to jump on board. I want to raise awareness around the world as much as I can and show the world what SurfAid do.”

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Burton + Protect Our Winters On Instagram

by The Editors on April 22, 2013

PowIt’s April 22nd and “everybody knows today is Earth Day, Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday to whoever’s being born,” and to celebrate the day, Burton Snowboards has announced that they have “stepped-up efforts” to support Protect Our Winters.

“Burton has a deep responsibility to the sport we helped pioneer and to the people and environment that sustain it,” said Burton President Donna Carpenter. “We are riders, and we take climate change personally because snowboarding is our life, our livelihood and our passion. By working more closely with POW, our hope is to encourage snowboarders to get involved with the very important work the organization is doing. Together, we can protect our winters.”

Burton is also working to “encourage more riders to join POW’s efforts.” Today they’re launching an “awareness campaign on Instagram. . . To get involved, riders simply upload a photo and caption that shows how they protect our winters to @burtonsnowboard on Instagram and tag #HowYouPOW.” For the official details, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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POW + Jeremy Jones = AK Trip

by The Editors on February 4, 2013

Jeremy Jones, Jones Snowboards, and Alaska’s Ultima Thule Lodge and helping to raise funds for Protect Our Winters with a raffle for three days of riding with Mr. Jones. Each time you donate $5 you are entered. The more you donate, the higher your chances of winning are. Help out POW and get a chance at riding some untracked by making a donation now.

[Link: Protect Our Winters]

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ERGO Helps Restore The Shore

by The Editors on November 4, 2012

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There are many ways to help those whose lives have been impacted by Superstorm Sandy and ERGO Clothing has chosen to channel their help through their own Restore The Shore Projects.

Restore The Shore Projects was started by ERGO intern, Derek Koch, who is a 2nd year graphic design student at Rowen University in Glassboro, NJ. Koch and friend, Travis LeBar, started a Facebook page with Koch’s design, and it went viral overnight. “Derek was an amazing intern for us this past summer,” stated ERGO Co-Founder, Pete DiSpirito. “When he came to me with the initial design, we hit the ground running.” Product will be shipping within 7-10 days and 100% of the profits will be donated to various charities and organizations.

ERGO plans to give “all profits from the sale of the shirts” to Waves For Water. For answers to more questions on Restore the Shore, please click here. For the official word from ERGO, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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