Will Newell Brands Dump K2 And Ride?

by The Editors on September 8, 2016


Newell Brands, the company that bought/merged with Jarden Corp (parent of K2 Sports/Ride Snowboards) and spawned all those “Rubbermaid snowboard” jokes back in December 2015, has announced that it plans to divest itself of “some businesses” that generate “$250 million to $300 million in annual revenue,” according to story on Sporting Goods Business Online.

Newell Brands has not said what businesses it plans to exit, but some speculate it will divest winter sports brands picked up April 15, when it closed its acquisition and merger with Jarden Corp. . . “Ideally I would like to sell these assets versus simply walking away from them,” company CEO Michael Polk told his audience Thursday. “Some of them are the kinds of businesses that would be difficult to sell and therefore, we should just shut down because they create no value for you and they are a distraction for us.”

Hmmm, companies that “create no value” and are “a distraction?” Wonder which “winter sports brands” people are speculating about? Could it be K2 Sports? Guess we’ll all have to wait and see.

[Link: SGB Online]


Pappas Pleads Guilty To Assault

by The Editors on September 7, 2016

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Former professional snowboarder and skateboarder George Pappas has reportedly pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and vehicular assault in charges stemming from a car crash in which he allegedly tried to kill his girlfriend, according to a story in the Boulder Daily Camera. In exchange prosecutors agreed to drop attempted murder charges against Pappas.

As part of the deal, attorneys agreed that Pappas will be sentenced to somewhere between eight and 16 years at a hearing on Nov. 7, 2016. . . While being read the plea deal, Pappas asked for a second to discuss the sentencing range with this attorneys, but then ultimately took the deal a few minutes later.

Pappas is currently being held on a $100,000 bond until sentencing.

[Link: Daily Camera]


Absinthe Films: The App

by The Editors on August 31, 2016


Absinthe Films is putting their entire 16 film library in the palm of your hand with their new app for iOS and Android. In addition to all the completely remastered films the app also includes /fterForever Premier tour dates, rider segments, rider bios, flipside episodes, wallpaper, and more.

“The timing is good to release the new app, the new website and the first of two /fterForever trailers” said Justin Hostynek, director of Absinthe Films, “This app also shows our commitment to staving off perceived Technophobia for the foreseeable future and modernizing Absinthe Films through progression and mobile technology.”

Yep. Guess this means it’s time to toss out that storage box fill with Absinthe VHS tapes. . . To download the app for iOS click here (the Android app is coming soon). For the official word from Absinthe and app developer Black Sun Productions, follow the jump.

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Lib Tech’s Skate Banana Turns 10

by The Editors on August 30, 2016

Guess that means that next year the Lib Tech Skate Banana will go to 11. . . just watch the video and have a banana. Then follow the jump for a team photo and the official word from Pete and Mike.
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Venture Snowboards Jumps Back In

by The Editors on August 17, 2016


Venture Snowboards, the handcrafted snowboard company based in Silverton, Colorado, is back in action after taking last season (2015-16) off.

“Seventeen years and counting, we are back and more dedicated than ever to the pursuit of the ultimate ride,” said founder and owner “Seventeen years and counting, we are back and more dedicated than ever to the pursuit of the ultimate ride,” said founder and owner Klemens Branner..

Ah, technically, it’s only 16 years, but who’s counting. We’re all just glad you’re back. For the official word from Venture, please follow the jump.

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Group Y 10th Anniversary With Ryan Kingman

by The Editors on August 4, 2016


Group Y will be celebrating 10 years in action sports and youth culture with a special gathering Wednesday, August 10, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. The event kicks off at 6:30 PM at SeaLegs At the Beach with food, drinks and a speaking appearance by Ryan Kingman, President of the newly launched Villager Goods coconut water.

“It’s incredible to see how Group Y has grown over the past decade with the support of the sports and entertainment industry, world renowned athletes and creatives, our dedicated marketing partners and the media.” says Mark Sperling, Group Y co-founder. “When we started back in 2006 there was a huge need to create a forum that would allow this community to come together to share ideas and experience that would grow the industry and address the uniqueness of youth culture programs and products. This night will be about sharing stories, creating new ideas and saying thank you.”

We know it seems like the Vans US Open of Surfing just ended yesterday, but it’s time to get back out in the mix. You’ve had enough time to recover, but then who are we to talk. For the official word from Group Y including all the details, please follow the jump.

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Tim Swart Named Pretty Great Marketing Director

by The Editors on June 24, 2016


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.

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Signal Takes A Shot Of Jack Daniel’s

by The Editors on June 16, 2016

Jack Daniel’s barrels are made out of wood. Snowboards have wood cores. Signal Snowboards puts the two together with this month’s Every Third Thursday — and “gets barreled” with the whiskey barrel snowboard.

[Link: Signal Snowboards]


Aaron Draplin Designs The Truth

by The Editors on June 14, 2016

draplin_cbEveryone’s favorite graphic designer, Aaron Draplin, the big man who turns Photoshop layers into music and clean logos into lead guitar sits down with Creative Boom for and interview. DDC fans have heard this all before, but it never really gets old to hear Aaron lay down the truth.

When I started snowboarding, it was daring, and a climate where skiers ruled the hill. And we got messed with. But we made our way, gear, tricks and, my favourite, our own attitude. And all these years later? Those turd skiers have finally caught on to what we showed them. Ha! This has worked its way into my work in many ways. It taught me to be fearless, dumb and to go for it, if it felt right.”

Good advice for any endeavor. If you’d like more of that then you really should buy his book Pretty Much Everything or click the link for the rest of the interview.

[Link: Creative Boom]


Snowboarder Sentenced In Aussie Drug Bust

by The Editors on June 14, 2016

snowboard_bustBenjamin Adam Miles, 25, the founder of Australian clothing brand Snowbones has been sentenced to 8 years in jail, after he was found guilty of dealing “large quantities of ecstasy, cocaine and ice in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains,” according to a story on ABC.News.Au.

The New South Wales District Court heard Miles sold large commercial quantities of ecstasy, cocaine and ice, which he told customers to refer to as “cheeseburgers”, “drinks” and “fries” when they placed their orders. . . “He joked that if all three were ordered, it would be a meal deal,” Judge Phillip Mahony said in sentencing on Friday. . . His friend, Julian Edward Abraham, pleaded guilty to three counts of supplying ecstasy, cocaine and ice in August 2015.

Yes, funding a fashion brand can be tough in these economic times.

[Link: ABC. News]