Skateboarding

Vans’ Doug Palladini Talks The Current Now

by The Editors on August 13, 2020

We drove past the Vans World HQ in Costa Mesa, California last week on another of our NorCal-to-SoCal journeys. We saw empty parking lots, a large construction project in their backyard, and thought to ourselves–we should check in with Doug Palladini to see how Vans is handling the current situation. Few in action sports are dealing with more of the new now than the global president of Vans.

As many would point out, that would require us to do a little more work than we’re used to doing. Luckily, GroupY (which is turning 14 this year) got the old CrossRocket band back together and interviewed Doug for us– on video. Please, sit back and enjoy this interview conducted by former TransWorld Media Publisher, Snowboarder Magazine Editor, Swell.com Editor, content programming strategist, and media executive Rob Campbell.

[Link: GroupY]

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Rob Loriface Has The Best Lawyer Ever

by The Editors on August 10, 2020

On Friday, August 7, 2020, former pro vert skater Rob Loriface was sentenced to, well, not a whole lot after pleading guilty to having an enormous load of meth, heroin, weed, and other drugs for sale in his Encinitas, California home, according to a story on NBC San Diego.

A professional skateboarder from San Diego’s North County will spend the next five years on supervised release for charges stemming from a federal drug trafficking case, with one year under house arrest. . . Judge Dana M. Sabraw sentenced Robert Lorifice, 32, to supervised release on Aug. 7, citing credit for time served. He will also need to pay $2,000 in fines.

Supervised release, house arrest, and $2,000 in fines for having a pound of heroin and meth with the intent to sell? This is after police raided his house twice, once on the initial arrest on September 26, 2018, then again on December 14, 2018 while Loriface was out on bail only to find the exact same scene playing out. We’re glad Rob’s done. Hope he stays clean.

Here’s what his lawyer said: 

“Mr. Lorifice has made mistakes and has learned from them. He has worked on himself and has emerged a better and stronger person who is eager to live a productive and law-abiding life while teaching others in the skateboarding community about the dangers of drug use.”

Indeed. So, note to other snow, surf, and skate criminals: if you need a good lawyer Stefano L. Molea might not be a bad guy to call.

[Link: NBC San Diego]

 

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Jessup Partners With USA Skateboarding

by The Editors on July 22, 2020

Jessup is now the official grip of USA Skateboarding (USAS) and they will be through 2028.

“This is a truly special opportunity, and we are thrilled beyond belief to have it,” said Robert A. Jessup, third-generation owner of Jessup Manufacturing. Jessup, headquartered in McHenry, IL, with manufacturing plants in Lake Bluff, IL, and McHenry, is the only skateboard griptape manufacturer in the United States.

Nothing like sticking to your board with the same grip the Olympians use. Or, in this case, future Olympians (if we ever get to see skateboarding in the Olympics). For the official word from Jessup, please follow the jump.
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Andrew Reynolds Joins The Vans Family

by The Editors on July 21, 2020

Wait, didn’t Andrew Reynolds previously skate for some other shoe brand? Anyone remember what it was called? Nevermind, it’ll come to us eventually.

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The Monday New News List

by The Editors on July 13, 2020

Welcome to the Monday afternoon news list. Most of it is here. Most of it is readable.

And, we did it all for you with not one lick of inane commentary. Click. Read. Enjoy. Stay well. Wear a mask.
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Ari Marcopoulos’ Box of Polaroids Books

by The Editors on July 8, 2020

Artist/photographer Ari Marcopoulos has a new collection of photos out from Dash Book in two editions, one titled Polaroids 92- 95 (NY), and the other Polaroids 92- 95 (CA). Here are the details:

The artist Ari Marcopoulos came upon the Polaroids reproduced in this volume and its’ companion, Polaroids 92- 95 (CA), while moving studios in 2018. Only a few have ever been published before, and the decorated box that housed them, long forgotten. They depict an iconic period of skating from the early nineties with the same ease, grace and affection for his subjects that Marcopoulos is known for. Shot mainly at the Brooklyn Banks in New York it features some of the best known skaters of their generation including Justin Pierce, Harold Hunter, Maurice Key and Jeff Pang, amongst others. [The CA book ] Shot mainly in San Francisco as well as Santa Rosa and at Max Schaaf’s Ramp in Oakland it features some of the best known skaters of their generation including Julien Stranger, Ethan Fowler, and Bob Burnquist amongst others.

“As time has passed there are many names that I remember but some unfortunately I can no longer recall. These images are a result of a collaboration and understanding between the subjects and the observer. I want to thank everyone that appears in them.” AM.

Signed copies of both books can be pre-ordered from Dash Books for $35 each.

[Link: Dash Books]

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Tony Hawk Removes Name From Foundation

by The Editors on July 1, 2020

Tony Hawk has officially removed his name from the skatepark building foundation he founded two decades ago, and renamed it The Skatepark Project. Here’s how Tony spins it:

“When the foundation was established nearly 20 years ago, my goal was to highlight the need for public skateparks in underserved communities, and to attract resources to those projects,” said Tony Hawk. “This name change prioritizes our mission, and still allows me to continue my role as President of the Board. The foundation (and its funding) was never about me, it has always been about creating skateparks in challenged areas.”

While we liked it being the Tony Hawk Foundation, we totally understand the change. And hey, it might just open the door up for a new title sponsor, right? 

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UAG Buckles Up The Apple Watch

by The Editors on June 9, 2020

We surfed all winter with an Apple Watch safely tucked beneath the cuff of our wetsuit. Several times the wetsuit got blasted up our arm, leaving the watch exposed, but still attached. . . luckily.

Now that summer has arrived and we’re more likely to be surfing without a wetsuit, the Apple Watch’s post and hole band closure isn’t looking as solid as it has in the past. Though we’ve never had one fall open, it doesn’t seem like a good idea to hang it out there as a test. That’s why we were stoked to see that Urban Armor Gear has added a Tang buckle to a silicone band that keeps the clean lines of Apples silicone band while adding the safety of a Tang buckle. And though the bands have a buckle, they still keep the strap clean by feeding the loose end back under the band just like the Apple band.

The UAG bands come in two styles the Scout and Civilian. The Scout is a single color band that comes in three colors (black, olive, and orange) and retails for $29.95. The Civilian features two layers of silicone, a “branded stainless steel buckle” and comes in two colors (black/orange and  slate/orange). It retails for $39.95.

We haven’t tested them yet, but we can say for sure that the buckle makes us feel better about taking our Apple Watch into the surf. We’ll let you know how it goes. For more info, please click the link.

[Link: Urban Armor Gear]

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Falling From The Sky Brown

by The Editors on June 1, 2020

We’re glad Sky is doing well. She seems to have a great outlook on life.

“I don’t usually post my falls or talk about them, because I want people to see the fun in what I do, but this was my worst fall, and I just want everyone to know that I’m OK,” Brown says.  “I’m just going to get back up and push even harder. I know there’s a lot going on in the world right now and I want everyone to know that whatever we do we’ve got to do it with love and happiness.”

We hope her skull heals perfectly, and we’d feel much better if she’d dial it back a little for the next seven years or so.

[Link: Mercury News]

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Late News Links From The Laggers

by The Editors on May 28, 2020


It’s not Monday, because that was a holiday. And Tuesday’s grey and Wednesday, too. Thursday appears to be the day for you and all the news we’ve logged in the last bit of quarantine. Hope you’re safe, well, and in need of some links because here they are.

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