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Grindland: The Birth of DIY Skateboard Parks

by The Editors on January 14, 2022

The history of Grindline Skateparks is something every self-respecting skateboarder should know. Thankfully, Thrasher Magazine has made it easy for all of us with Grindland.

“Grindland – Red, Monk and the Birth of DIY” is the story of Mark Scott and Mark Hubbard, two visionary skaters from the Pacific Northwest who, along with dedicated friends, kickstarted the modern DIY/concrete skatepark revolution. From the early days of Burnside to 2019’s Rip Ride Rally, this film explores the friendship, struggle, triumph and tragedy of true iconoclasts, hellbent on building the skateparks of their dreams.

Great work by Michael Burnett and Matt Bublitz. Enjoy!

[Link: Thrasher Magazine]

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Down For This: 30 Years of Volcom

by The Editors on January 13, 2022

Not that we’re on some VeeCo kick, but they keep doing things that seem relevant to us. Not sure if that’s good or bad for the brand, but their recently released Down For This 30th anniversary edit it worth checking out.

If you remember when Volcom was the newest action brand pushing the concept of youth boarding culture, then you’re old. If you’d like to reclaim some of your youth by watching old Volcom video footage in its original format, then here are a few of the classics currently for sale online (some at ridiculous prices).

The Garden VHS
Luminous Llama VHS
Frankenplasm VHS
Computer Body VHS
The Life & Times of a Sprocking Cat VHS
Big Youth Happening Episode II DVD
The Bruce Movie DVD

[Link: What Youth]

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Volcom Outfits US Olympic Snowboard Team

by The Editors on January 12, 2022

Volcom has decided to ante-up and purchase the rights to outfit the 2022 US Olympic Snowboarding Team.

“The Volcom team is honored to be the official uniform provider for the U.S. Snowboard Team and provide for world-class athletes on snowboarding’s biggest global stage,” said Ryan Immegart, CMO of Volcom and Liberated Brands. “Volcom was the first brand to combine the cultures of surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, music and art and the original pioneer of the action sports industry. Thirty years later, Volcom’s ‘True To This’ spirit comes to life through these uniquely designed uniforms created exclusively for some of the world’s greatest snowboarders.”

A little OG VeeCo 90s punk patterned power suits with knees patches? Volcom really does mean business. Click play for the entire announcement. How do you think they look? Leave a comment.

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Did Trevor Jacob Crash A Plane For Views?

by The Editors on January 4, 2022

Former pro snowboarder Trevor Jacob (heir to the Ski Tote fortune) has reportedly had a plane crash called into question. Some suggesting that the crash may have been staged to increase his YouTube video views, (yes, we’re helping him get more right now), according to a story on OutThere Colorado. Someone has pointed out a few inconsistencies in Jacob’s “I had to bail from the plane” video including: 

Instagram user @enbm_spotting made this comment on Jacob’s post, raising some of the common arguments of people who are accusing him of crashing on purpose: 

“1. You did not troubleshoot the power loss.

2. You had all the cameras angled to not show any of the perfect landing sites underneath the plane when you bailed.

3. You were wearing a skydiving parachute and altimeter.

4. You bailed instead of landing at any of the landing sites, all of which you had more than enough altitude to glide into.

5. You made sure to grab a selfiestick before bailing.

6. You intentionally landed close to the aircraft to retrieve the GoPros.

This is all pure BS. Go find cheaper and better things to intentionally destroy than a vintage T-craft.” 

So far the video has been viewed 372,146 times (and the comments have since been turned off), so maybe Trevor’s plan is working. That has not stopped other pilots from commenting, however. Here’s a pretty good breakdown from a Tuber named Jay Alaska:

Here’s another take. . . Begging the question, shouldn’t Trevor get Google ad credit for all the views other people’s comment videos are garnering from “reaction” videos? Penguinz0’s has 2.5 million views (almost triple Trevor’s original video). And the fact that PenguinZ has 9.75 million followers is more frightening than anything Trevor has ever done, however, all to the point the Jacob has attained viral success no matter how you shake it.

[Link: OutThere Colorado]

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Mark Carter On The Bomb Hole

by The Editors on December 17, 2021

Mark Carter gives us a bit of a mention this week during his episode of The Bomb Hole podcast. Turns out we all might do things differently had we the chance to do it over. We’re glad he made it through those rough times. Here’s the skinny from Grenier and E-Stone:

Rancher/cattle driving in the summer pro snowboarder in the winter! This week we talk farming, cattle, hunting, being a different kind of pro snowboarder, grounding yourself, hanging with Timberlake and Sir Elton John, Facing jail time, snake milking, river dicking and so much more. Mark Carter is one of the most unique pro’s you will meet join us and hear first hand how this Cow Boy from Wyoming became a pro holding sponsors into his 40’s and beyond.

Mark is another reminder of how many good people there are in snowboarding.  But then, you already knew that. Listen up!

[Link: The Bomb Hole]

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Jones Launches Sustainable Outerwear

by The Editors on December 7, 2021

Turns out what the world needs now is another outerwear company that is focused on sustainability. You know, because there just aren’t enough outwear companies creating environmentally sensitive body coverings for snowboarders who care about the world around them. And Jones Snowboards is here to do it right where so many have failed before.

Jeremy Jones’ ultimate all-weather outerwear line that balances unmatched performance and durability with industry leading sustainable manufacturing and material standards.

How will this outerwear be different from other clothing companies? Jones doesn’t mention it. Why is it sustainable? Again, no mention. But it’s sustainable. And that’s good, right? Sure it is. For a closer look at the line, please click the link.

[Link: Jones Snowboards]

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2021 ISA World Para Surfing Championships

by The Editors on December 7, 2021

The 2021 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championships officially opened yesterday, December 6, 2021 and runs through December 11, 2021. To check out the best para surfers in the world, please click the link.

[Link: ISA Pismo Beach]

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The Crazy Chicken’s LA Art Collab

by The Editors on December 6, 2021

Fast-food joint El Polo Loco (a chain in which we’ve never dined) just announced a new capsule with some LA artists and makers. Some of them are skateboarders and surfers and maybe you’re a fan.

Loco Gifts & Gear . . . is a tangible celebration of what we like to call L.A. Mex culture – that one-of-a-kind intersection of time-honored Latino traditions and SoCal sensibility that makes L.A. such a vibrant, artistic, and special place.. . Each one a master of their craft and a unique contributor to the fabric of L.A. culture.

Check it out while we cruise over to Lola’s for lunch.

[Link: Loco Gifts & Gear]

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Vans Surf Presents: Cadavre Exquis

by The Editors on November 11, 2021

Here, check out these surfers.

Exquisite Corpse, from the original French term “Cadavre Exquis” is a method in which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed. . . This film was made by women of the Vans Surf team & friends in an attempt to reach across the seas, and create a piece that deeply connected us. . . .Original soundtrack featuring Lee-Ann Curren, Hanna Scott, AYO, Glenn Michael Van Dyke and Lena Simon of Kairos Creature Club, Chloé Thévenin, Maia Ibar, Thee Leatherettes, Big Joanie, Clovis Donizetti, Cécile Mestelan and more…

With art and music and some French thrown in for all the extra special feels.

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Dear Rider: The Jake Burton Documentary

by The Editors on October 31, 2021

On November 9, 2021 HBO will roll out Dear Rider, the Jake Burton Carpenter documentary. We’re looking forward to seeing it.

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