The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan will be the first Olympic games to feature skateboarding (street and park) and surfing according to an announcement today (August 3, 2016) from the International Olympic Committee.
Professional skateboarder and ISF athlete representative, Neal Hendrix, said: “I’m excited to be the athlete representative on the Tokyo 2020 Skateboarding Commission. It is really important to me that skateboarding culture is fairly represented and protected on this global stage, and I hope skateboarders worldwide will be proud of the show that the best male and female skateboarders in the world are going to put on in Tokyo in 2020.”
International Surfing Association President Fernando Aguerre, who once said he would fight for surfing’s inclusion in the Olympics even if it meant waiting until every current IOC official had died of old age, was understanably ecstatic:
“After decades of hard work and dedication we are absolutely thrilled that Surfing will officially join the Olympic Sports Program at Tokyo 2020. Our Olympic dream has now become a reality and on behalf of the entire Surfing family I would like to express our sincere thanks to the IOC and Tokyo 2020 for their pioneering vision in making this historic decision possible.
Other sports added in the announcement include baseball/softball, and sport climbing. For the official words from both the ISF and the ISA please follow the jump. More details as the arrive.
Spitfire presents 4.5 minutes of Peter Hewitt. But they’d like you to know that between the “Peter” and the “Hewitt” there lies a four letter word used to describe procreation. You know the word. . . and you know why it is this man’s middle name, because, damn!
Peter Ramondetta, Jake Donnelly, Chima Ferguson, and Zion Wright at the 3rd Roll For Rob event in Providence, RI. help support Rob and his family through his treatment for ALS, available now in select shops and ActionsREALized.com
The World Skateboarding Federation has announced that they will be building a brand new skatepark next to the tennis courts in Montreal, Canada’s Olympic Park. This new sporting feature will apparently be host to the 2017 Canadian Skateboarding Championships.
“This new park will be a fantastic addition to Olympic Park, serving the local skateboarding community as well as hosting major events in the future,” says Tim McFerran, president of the World Skateboarding Federation. “After months working on the design with Spohn Ranch and local Montreal skateboarders, we are moving forward on construction and the plan is to have the park completed by the summer of 2017 with the grand opening at the Canadian Skateboarding Championships.”
New parks are always good, no matter where they are. This one will reportedly be open to the public sometime next summer. For the official word from the World Skateboarding Federation please follow the jump.
After buying Sector 9 Skateboards for undisclosed sum in July of 2008, Billabong has apprently decided that in 2016 they’d rather have US $12 million than continue to operate a longboard company. The company has now sold the business to Bravo Sports, the parent company of Pro Tec, Kryptonics, and Maple.
“Our priority as a Company has been lifting the performance of our three biggest global brands in Billabong, RVCA and Element, while simplifying the business wherever possible. This transaction is part of that simplification and is consistent with our stated strategy,” said Billabong CEO Neil Fiske.
Yes, Billabong is now running in the opposite direction that they were running in 2008. And they are just as optimistic about selling Sector 9 (for a fraction of what they paid) as they were buying it. Luckily, no one in business remembers the past.
For the official word from Billabong, please follow the jump.
We were at the X Games in San Francisco 17 years ago on June 27, 1999. The last skateboarding event of the day was the Best Trick contest. And we watched and waited and waited some more as Tony Hawk wrecked himself in pursuit of the ellusive 900.
We saw the X Games best trick event time run out. And then we watched the extra “extended time” run out without Mr. Hawk landing a 900. After Transworld Skateboarding’s Grant Brittain (and nearly every other photographer) had long run out of film we finally gave up and started back back to our hotel. Moments later, Tony Hawk landed the 900. And we missed it.
That’s why it was great to see him bust it out again for one last go 17 years to the day after he made it. It certainly hasn’t gotten any eaiser in the past decade and a half. And though he says it will be his last, we think doing again at 50 would be even radder. If his body can stand the abuse. . .
It’s reportedly been 10 years in the making, but one thing we can say about the adidas Skateboarding Busenitz Pure Boost Pro is that these things are red, red, red.
The new Busenitz Pure BOOST Pro – Red features a premium red mesh upper and embroidered detailing that exudes style, function and comfort. A full-length pure BOOST™ midsole is the cushioning focal point of a model that boasts the next generation in adidas Skateboarding and Busenitz footwear.
And, these Dennis Busenitz sig shoes are red. Did anyone mention that yet? For the official red word from adidas Skateboarding, please follow the jump.
Just another little reminder that the Agenda Show rocks the Long Beach Convention Center beginning tomorrow, June 29, 2016. We’re not going, but you should. Truth is, you can still register by clicking the link. Don’t be shy. Click it.
Neither of the guys in the photo above are Tim Swart, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t stoked to pass on the news that Pretty Great Company (the parent of SLVDR, Bonfire, Sessions, and Nikita) has just named the founder and former creative director of UNIV as their new marketing director.
“Based off the fact that Tim was SLVDR’s first dealer, he has a deep history with the brand. With his decades of snowboarding he has lived all facets of the snow industry. Also with his marketing and creative experience from start-ups to bigger brands, Tim is a solid asset to lead our marketing efforts for the brands,” says Rob Myers, Pretty Great President.
Good news for Pretty Great Company. For the official word, please follow the jump.