powerHouse Books will be releasing a new book of photos and text featuring Vancouver’s mythical Barrier Kult skateboarding gang titled BA. KU. The words will be provided by Deer Man of Dark Woods with photography by Anthony Tafuro.
They’re an assembly of incognito professional skateboarders that ritualize their skill on concrete barriers. The team was created ten years ago by Deer Man of Dark Woods and Depth Leviathan Dweller, who decided to adorn a mask of anonymity after growing tired of the repetition of the professional skate world. One would argue that the Barrier Kult’s entire way of skating is repetitive, but the team takes this as a challenge to land big tricks… on stone cold concrete.
The 224 page 7.5 x 9 inch hardcover book goes on sale June 2015 for $40.00. Until then, click here for a BA. KU. preview.
Leave it to the Brothers Marshall to sum it all up in one T-shirt. ‘Sup, bro?
[Link: Brothers Marshall]
Dragon introduces the new Shadow Collection for 2015. A grouping of three silhouettes (the DS1, DS2 and Mansfield) that are based on their frameless lens technology.
. . . the Shadow Collection. . . a unique shield lens that creates a sleek, sophisticated aesthetic. This is combined with hand-made, Italian crafted frames and the assurance of the premium quality Dragon is known for. The name aside, this distinctive collection is for those looking to set themselves apart from the crowd.
For more info, click the link.
Sometimes slipping your feet into a wet, cold wetsuit can be more difficult than paddling out into overhead surf. Yeah, we know how that sounds, but if you know, then you know. That’s why this new Kickstarter project caught our attention.
Wetsox is the only thin, four-way stretch sock built just for slipping in and out of your surf gear in seconds. . . Wetsox are made from a premium nylon, Lycra, Spandex blend, so they’re quick-dry and smooth on your skin. Wearing WETSOX will also lengthen the life of your surf gear because it eliminates the need to pull, tug, yank, stretch, and do awkward yoga poses to get it off.
Wetsox founder Bryan Marville was tired of continually yanking, pulling, and stretching his wetsuit on so he developed Wetsox. If you like the idea you can back it right now on Kickstarter. Bryan hopes to raise $15,000 in 38 days.
Watch out Oakley, Nike Vision is bringing heat to the skate and snow sunnies game with their debut line of Nike SB sunglasses. The shades all feature hand-crafted acetate frames and come in the following three styles and builds:
Nike Achieve (left column): A supple leather inlay and laser-etched Nike SB branding set the Achieve apart. Inspired by professional snowboarder Spencer O’Brien, the unisex style features a six-base frame coupled with a polished metal nose bridge. Includes minimal Nike SB branding on the interior. (MSRP $196)
Nike Volition (middle column): The Volition features premium metal details, including a semi-rim and a six-base frame. The retro-inspired design is complemented with minimal Nike SB branding: the swoosh on the frame’s exterior, crafted from premium metal. Subtle yet bright color pops ensure that the Volition remains on-trend. Metal pins alongside the lenses match minimal SB branding on the interior. (MSRP $196)
Nike Volano (right column): Featuring an acetate frame with full rim, the Volano is built with a six-base frame and tortoise-inspired color way, accented by Nike SB’s iconic logo. The classic silhouette features pops of color to provide a timeless yet modern design. (MSRP ranges from $156-$176)
Those who are down with the swoosh on their feet might find a few of these a viable (although spendy) option in the battle against the burning ball of fire in the sky.
[Link: Nike Vision]
Just looking at this new Flow Darwin ABT makes us want to go ride some powder, but they say it works just as well on the groomed stuff.
The Darwin ABT snowboard is the quiver filling powder board of choice for Mike Basich, Shin Biyajima and all the Flow team athletes looking to float the powder. . . This quiver filler was designed in collaboration between Dale Rehberg and Basich, Not just a powder hungry bandit, it actually works incredibly well on hard pack as well. The directional shape with its swallowtail and 2 piece ABT was designed around the camber and side-cut to give us “The sickest snowboard ever made.”
Flow is reportedly giving one of these away on February 28, 2015. Click here and you might just get lucky.
[Link: Flow Snowboards]
Vans Pro Jason Dill brings his free form pen artworks and pen drawing to a natural white canvas Vans OG Authentic “S” starting February 7, 2015. And don’t think that this is simply a canvas shoe. No, no. It comes with “enhanced cushioning in UltraCush HD sickliness and the Vans original waffle gum rubber soles. And will be available exclusively at select independent skateboard retailers. Watch for ‘em. [click to continue…]
Burton Snowboards employee Kelly Slater has decided that he’d like to get in on a little interior design money from Pottery Barn Teen just like Burton has for the past few years. Here’s what he’s doing, according to Furniture Today.
The line of furniture, bedding, lighting, wall art, and “decorative accessories” will be reportedly made with sustainable materials and recycles fabrics like Forest Stewardship Council certified wood and rugs made with recycled fabrics and bedding using 100% organic cotton.
“I’m really excited to be working with PBteen on this project,” said Slater. “While they’re not part of the endemic surf market, I’m honored that PBteen has seen me as someone who can help a broader audience understand the need to use recycled, repurposed and organic materials. . . “Global conservation is a focal point of the capsule collection and it falls right in line with the change and direction I’m working towards, on a professional and personal basis. In collaborating with PBteen, we are creating a subtle and natural feel with this collection — something that has an authentic appeal for teens and their parents alike.”
As we’ve said before if your mom’s going kit out your room to impress her friends it might as well be cool stuff. And if the Kelly Slater product is as nice as the Burton stuff is it’s going to be nice for your room. Now go clean up and make space for Kelly’s stuff.
[Link: Furniture Today]
If you like Burton Snowboards and music, then Braven has just the Bluetooth speakers for you.
Heralded for their superior ruggedness, plethora of features and outstanding sound quality, the compact BRV-1 and battle-ready BRV-X can withstand even the hardest elements. Ideal for riders and those who love the outdoors, both wireless Bluetooth speakers enjoy an IPX7 certified waterproof rating and can transform into a battery bank to charge USB devices to stay powered up while on the go.
Guess the whole waterproof thing comes in handy when you’re in the hot tub apré shred and you want the other kids to know you’re down with the Big B. For the official word from Braven, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
As we’ve discovered over the past decade, creating a video demo of a tech product is much easier that creating a tech product. Over the years we’ve seen some amazingly cool technology that hoped to be transformative. Then nothing went to market. We know nothing about Alon Getz or his company Ride On, but from the looks of this video he and his team are at least dreaming in the right direction. If you’re impressed with this edit, then by all means donate some funding to Ride On’s Indie Gogo project and help get this immersive heads up display goggle out on the market. Click the link.
[Link: Ride On Goggles]