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Cluster’s First Stand

by The Editors on January 30, 2015

We don’t know surf filmmaker Kai Neville. In fact, we’ve never sat through one of his movies from beginning to end (that we know of). Yes, that’s probably a shame, but we’re likely not alone. That doesn’t keep us from laughing a little when we see how much of a hoopla Mr. Neville can create with his collections of surf clothing marketing material.

Here are a few of the reviews from the January 28, 2015 premiere of his latest film Cluster at The Ace Hotel Los Angeles:

Todd Prodanovich on Surfermag.comAfter Cluster”:

The problem with Cluster is actually more of a problem with expectations. Kai Neville’s movies are known for perpetually raising the bar, and that’s what we’ve come to expect, but this time the bar stayed firmly in its place. . . In a world where we can pull up free web clips on our phones featuring surfing and editing on par with anything in Cluster, you have to wonder: if it isn’t the very best, then what’s the point?

Brendan Buckley on Surfingmagazine.com “Should We Talk About Cluster”:

In my post-film bro-brah-beer mingling, I spoke with a few people who questioned what Cluster did that a five-minute edit couldn’t. You end up with the same dopamine rush. The same value of entertainment. The same excitement for surfing when it’s over. One just takes longer. But do people still appreciate the idea of full-length, in all of its unconventional glory, the same way they appreciate a good old fashioned tree-and-chemical-ink magazine? Possibly.

Travis Ferre on WhatYouth.com “THE WORLD PREMIERE OF CLUSTER PRESENTED BY HUF”

Surfers, skaters, musicians, artists, models, writers, drinkers, singers, actors, movers and shakers all came out and had a really damn fine time together. And to think we all gathered to watch surfing — of all the silly things! And God dammit it was beautiful. From the night’s MC (and your photo gallery captioner) Austyn Gillette and his constant reminders that we’re still allowed to be fun and make fun of ourselves and say fuck off and not have to say sorry because this isn’t a country club, to all the surfers involved for dedicating so much time to tearing all over the globe it was a rad night to remember that we can still bring everyone into a ridiculously nice theatre and yell at the the screen together. My dad even said, “That shit was like the ’70s!”

It must be nice for Mr. Neville to see that anything and everything he creates is referred to as the death of one thing or the birth of another. So kudos to Kai and all his corporate sponsors. And as soon as Cluster goes up online (for free) we’ll try and get through it, not that it matters.

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Juno Brings It To Montauk

by The Editors on January 30, 2015

Image chaser James Katsipis brings home some amazing Juno blizzard footage of perfect waves and perfectly committed NY surfers.

Nick Joeckel, Grant Monahan, Charlie Weimar, Travis Beckmann, and more diehard Montauk locals as they take all that Winter Storm Juno has to offer.

From where we sit it looks pretty cold.

[Link: ESM]

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Shaun White Out Peddling Air & Style Tickets

by The Editors on January 30, 2015

Looks like X Games 4th place finisher Shaun White is having a little trouble drumming up sales for his upcoming Air & Style event in the Rose Bowl parking lot (not the bowl) in Pasadena, California in February (you know, “Coachella meets X Games”). Either that, or he just likes having local news crews (San Diego CBS 8) follow him around to his favorite Mexi joints.

The famous Snowboarder was at one of his favorite taco shops this morning – Ricos Taco Shop in Encinitas to surprise fans and promote Air + Style. . . The event features a combination of the world’s greatest snowboarders, skiers and skateboarders, as well as live performances from some of the top music acts.

With Mr. Blanco it seems the hustle never stops. Truth is, with a music line up featuring the Lips (both Black and Flaming), Sleigh Bells, Surfer Blood, Steve Aoki, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and more it’s going to be a great show regardless of the hucking going on the crushed ice tower. Click here for all the info.

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Halldor Helgason Joins VonZipper

by The Editors on January 30, 2015

Watch out jocks! Halldor Helgason will apparently steal your girlfriend then wet you own pants for you now that he’s rocking the VonZipper goggles.

For the official word from VZ please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Snowboarding Via Fat Bikes In Oregon

by The Editors on January 28, 2015

In April of 2014, snowboarders Josh Dirksen, Forrest Shearer, Adam Haynes and a small media crew from frequency TSJ rode fat bikes to the base of South Sister, Oregon. From there, they donned split boards and spent four days camping and riding on the mountain the locals call Charity.

[Link: frequency The Snowboarders Journal]

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John Jackson Sends Out A Signal

by The Editors on January 28, 2015

All around big mountain snowboard ruler John Jackson has joined Dave Lee at Signal Snowboards and together they’ll be working on some new projects. We’re looking forward to seeing what they produce. Aren’t you?

[Link: Signal Snowboards]

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John Fitzgerald Flips A Mini Truck

by The Editors on January 28, 2015

Apparently, John Fitzgerald knows a little more than he’s telling in this little Thunder clip. It’s all in the angles, right?

[Link: Thunder Trucks]

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Amy Purdy + Muhammad Ali = Toyota

by The Editors on January 26, 2015

Amy Purdy has taken a lot of steps since losing her legs. Dancing With The Stars, an Olympic Medal, and now a commercial for Toyota with the words of Muhammad Ali. What will she come up with next?

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Brandon Reis’ Full Think Thank Almanac Part

by The Editors on January 26, 2015

Yes, Brandon Reis put down some interesting rail-a-rifficness in Think Thank’s Almanac for sure.

Like a horde of spot decimating locusts Brandon chomps his way through school yards, parks and side country hits on a biblical scale. Day or night, rain or shine Reis won’t stop (and if he does stop, a little peer pressure will get him going again). The world is upside down, conspiracy theories are true, the dark slide is possible, fish are leaping to land, all of this points to signs of the beast, Reis the Beast.

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2015 X Games Slopestyle Results

by The Editors on January 26, 2015

It’s only the 2015 X Games, but Mark McMorris (and Sage Kotsenburg) finally got the scores they should have gotten in the 2014 Olympics. Yes, McMorris took the gold. Then again, we don’t know what we’re talking about because we didn’t watch the X Games. Oh, and Jamie Anderson didn’t win the women’s event. Silje Norendal edged her by a little over two points. For the full results. Follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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