Skateboarding

USA Skateboarding Names National Team

by The Editors on October 21, 2019

First Row (l to r): Stess, Wettstein, Carmona; Second row (l to r): Zeuner, Duran, Santana, Smith, Baker, Brevard, Sablone, Barratt; Third row (l to r): Huston, Eaton, Jordan, Rennie, Schaar, Reynolds, McCoy, Wright, Juneau PHOTO CREDIT: Robert Brink/ USA Skateboarding

In the latest sign of the apocalypse or skateboarding’s continuing rise to respectability USA Skateboarding has named the official 2020 USA Skateboarding National Team uniforms and all. All this because men’s and women’s skateboard park and street events will make their Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.


 “There wasn’t a better way to cap off five national championship events than being able to announce our 2020 national team,” said Josh Friedberg, CEO of USA Skateboarding. “With the support of Toyota, Nike, and the USOPC, we have been able to evolve as an organization to better support the needs of more skateboarders during the second season of qualifying for the Olympics in Tokyo. We’re really excited to be a part of skateboarding’s impact on the Olympic movement and can’t wait to watch our American skateboarders do what they do best in Tokyo next summer!”

For the official word from USA Skateboarding, please follow the jump.

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News For The Week Ahead

by The Editors on October 14, 2019

Here is the sometimes weekly list of stories that showed up in our feed. For a quick scroll, please follow the jump.

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Last Week’s News Today

by The Editors on September 30, 2019

Wondering what’s going on? Looking for a clue? Follow the jump for a whopping 28 skate, 15 snowboarding, 30 surf, 13 fashion, and 12 business story links that rose above the noise last week. Yep, it’s all there — even that one about the death of vert skating.
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Boardriders Shuffles Titles and Stuff

by The Editors on September 19, 2019

The commercial entity that owns half the action sports clothing industry (Boardriders and their brands Quiksilver, Billabong, ROXY, DC Shoes, RVCA, Element “and others”) announced yesterday that they are “launching a multi-year growth agenda and repositioning. . . key executives.”

A quick read-through of the release resulted in exactly one data point that even remotely interested us and it is this: Kevin Meehan is leaving RVCA. Of course, the way they said it is epic: “Kevin Meehan has decided to take the opportunity provided by this transition to pursue new opportunities.” Congrats, Mr. Meehan.

The rest of the news can best be summed up by this quote from the boss.

“The long-term strategy for Boardriders has always been to build a solid foundation by integrating the Billabong acquisition onto a common back-end platform, to continually improve our operations through more disciplined business practices, and to achieve significant synergies that could then be invested back into the brands,” said Boardriders CEO David Tanner. “After a decade of headwinds and restructuring, Boardriders now has that strong foundation and is ready and able to invest strategically at scale in our brands, our people, and these targeted growth initiatives.”

Right. You know all that bad stuff that’s been happening for the LAST 10 YEARS? That’s all behind them now, and everything is looking up, up, up. If that doesn’t make you smile, follow the jump for the rest of the release.

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Heimana Reynolds Is World Skatepark Champ

by The Editors on September 17, 2019

Yes, the Olympics change everything. Just watch. All those guys (and girls) you thought were in for a medal in Tokyo in 2020? Uh, probably not. For example: Hawaiian Heimana Reynolds just won the 2019 Park Skateboarding World Championships held in Sao Paulo Brazil September 9-15, 2019. The next American was Tom Schaar in 5th. Tate Carew got 7th. And Shaun White, who was hoping to transition his vert skating to the parks, well, he finished in 13th not even close to making the finals.

Reynolds, was of course happy about his win and his top spot on the USA team rankings:

“I am so proud and honored to win this event and represent my country at the highest level of park skateboarding,” Reynolds said about his win. “I am very grateful for my support team, my family and God who gave me the strength to achieve this accomplishment.”

The rest of the top 8 was made up of one Australian and some Brazilians. On the women’s side, Japan swept the podium. Lizzie Armanto got 5th, but she’s skating for Finland. See what’s happening here? The oddest part for those of us who have NOT been following along (and we obviously haven’t) is that the official Olympic organization body for skateboarding is the Switzerland-based World Skate, which is also the official organizing body for rollerskating, inline alpine, inline freestyle, inline hockey, rink hockey, roller derby, roller freestyle, and (no lie) scootering.

Back to the contest at hand, for the official word from USA Skateboarding, please follow the jump.

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Big News Dump: Catch Up Edition

by The Editors on September 9, 2019

Please excuse us while we clear out a bit of news that’s been piling up around the place. Some is new, some is old, and a bit is so old it’s beginning to stink. But we’re not going to let that stop us from posting it as a reminder of some of the news that went down while we were gone for the summer.

Follow the jump for all the links.

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The J. Grant Brittain Documentary

by The Editors on September 6, 2019

Just watch. We’ll talk later. For more of Grant’s work, click here for his website.

[Link via What Youth]

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Soft Drinks Increase Chance Of Death

by The Editors on September 5, 2019

Thanks to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association it has been shown that drinking sodas (like the brands that sponsor skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing events) is bad for your health and increases your changes of dying sooner rather than later, or as they put it there is an “association between soft drink consumption and mortality.”

In this population-based cohort study of 451, 743 individuals from 10 countries in Europe, greater consumption of total, sugar-sweetened, and artificially sweetened soft drinks was associated with a higher risk of all-cause mortality. Consumption of artificially sweetened soft drinks was positively associated with deaths from circulatory diseases, and sugar-sweetened soft drinks were associated with deaths from digestive diseases.

In other words, rather than trying to encourage people to drink more, we should encourage them to drink less. That’s the main reason why we’re not into seeing action sports brands partnering with caffeinated, carbonated, high fructose corn syrup poison peddlers. Drink water. Duh.

[Link: JAMA]

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Loriface Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

by The Editors on September 5, 2019

Former professional vert skateboarder Rob Lorifice has plead guilty in Federal Court on Monday September 2, 2019 to “possessing methamphetamine and heroin with the intent to distribute,” according to a story on Imperial Valley News.

Lorifice [Elizabeth Alexandra Landis, his girlfriend at the time] admitted to possessing the methamphetamine, heroin and other controlled substances with the intent to distribute them and that Lorifice, with Landis’ assistance, coordinated deals utilizing phone calls, text messages and communication through other apps; and they admitted to selling methamphetamine, heroin and other controlled substances for money.

All of this apparently went down in his Encinitas, California home in 2018. The maximum penalty is “40 years in prison and $5 million fine” for each charge. Lorifice and Landis are scheduled to be sentenced on November 22, 2019 at 9 a.m. by U.S. District Judge Dana M. Sabraw. For all the details, please click the link.

[Link: Imperial Valley News and Justice.gov]

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2019 VPS World Championships SLC Online

by The Editors on August 30, 2019

The world’s best men’s and women’s park terrain skaters are hitting Salt Lake City on September 6 & 7th, 2019 for a shot at the title of 2019 VPS World Champion. If you’re going to watch something online next weekend, it might as well be this!

[Link: Vans]

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