Surfing

Roark’s New Angle On Trunks Seams

by The Editors on April 23, 2018

At this point in the private equity take over of the surf trunk industry it’s nice to see anyone trying something new. Roark has taken the side seam on their 19 inch trunks and angled it forward 33 degrees. They say it offers “reduced friction & seam obstruction.”

As anyone who’s spent a week or two near the equator living in never-quite-dry trunks can tell you, reduced friction could be huge. We haven’t tried these yet, but we’re stoked to see a sellable feature that just might work. 

[Link: Roark Revival]

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Support The Hanalei-Haena Flooding Fund

by The Editors on April 21, 2018

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help those most affected Kauai’s Hanalei-Haena Flood. Over $200,000 has already been raised, but the goal is $1 million. Here’s what organizers Koral McCarthyGabby Reece, and Hannah Skvarla have to say about it.

Your donations will help us move past this devastation, and we will remain transparent about how they are being managed. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work out logistics while also doing our part with impacted friends and neighbors. Thank you so much!

Tomorrow is Earth Day, maybe you can do you part be helping some people in this specific part of the world. For all the details, please click the link

[Link: GoFundMe]

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Margaret River Cancelled By Sharks

by The Editors on April 18, 2018

A certain privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streamed content production (mostly surfing sport) has reportedly shut down their production at Western Australia’s Margaret River due to sharks.

Following two separate incidents that occurred at nearby Gracetown on Monday, April 16, approximately 6 kms away from primary competition site at Main Break, the [company] actioned safety protocols and met with a variety of stakeholders for feedback over the past 48 hours before making the decision to cancel the event.

So, guess that’s one’s over. Seems this whole surfing content production business would be much more profitable if they’d simply shoot it TV style on a sound stage somewhere. They could shot a whole season in three weeks and then distribute it online over the year.

If only there were a TV production facility that had perfect waves and no sharks. . . wait, doesn’t Kelly Slater have a ranch somewhere that could accommodate this kind of production schedule? Think of it — surfers would no longer have to travel the world all year. They could stay in one place, get their work done in one month, and then spend the rest of the year free surfing at home. People who wanted to watch them surf could travel to the ranch, buy tickets and watch. Kelly’s ranch could become the Branson, Missouri of surfing. If only. . . 

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Kering Starts Volcom “Disposal Process”

by The Editors on April 12, 2018

We talked about this a while ago (November 1, 2017 to be exact), but it appears that the day of Kering’s off-loading of Volcom has officially arrived, according to a story on SGB Media.

“In accordance with Kering’s strategy to fully dedicate itself to the development of its luxury houses, Volcom no longer constitutes a core asset and Kering has initiated a disposal process,” the group said in a statement.

Disposal process? Wow. Kering bought Volcom in 2011 for $608 million will Wooly buy it back for $200 million? Could this happen, (please)? We’ll all just have to wait and see.

[Link: SGB Media]

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Dead Brand Continues Dead Artist Partnership

by The Editors on April 9, 2018

Billabong is continuing their artistic relationship with Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat to celebrate death, apparently, with the third iteration of their  Andy Warhol x Jean-Michel Basquiat x Billabong Lab collection. Dead artists are the easiest to work with, obviously.

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Billabong Shareholders Agree To Sell Out

by The Editors on March 28, 2018

It’s official, last night (March 27, 2018) 95.45 percent of Billabong’s shareholders voted to sell the company to Boardriders (the parent company of Quiksilver, DC Shoes, et. al.) for $1.05 a share according to a story in the Daily Telegraph.

The successful offer represented a 35 per cent premium on Billabong’s closing price the day before Boardrider’s proposal was first announced in January. . . Boardriders chief executive Dave Tanner said the deal offered the best value for shareholders, employees, vendors and customers. . . “We are pleased to see that the Billabong shareholders recognised this value, and have approved the proposed acquisition,” Mr Tanner said. . . “We have now cleared a significant milestone, and we are one step closer to creating the world’s leading action sports company.”

So finally Billabong and Quiksilver are nestled together in the loving arms of Oak Tree Capital. What does this mean? Not a whole lot to anyone not financially involved in the deal.

[Link: Daily Telegraph]

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Captain Liz Clark’s Swell Book Tour

by The Editors on March 27, 2018

If you’ve been following along, you’ll remember that Captain Liz Clark set sail from California in 2006 in pursuit of a life-long dream of surf exploration via sailboat. She’s been sailing ever since, and now she’s written a book about her adventures and would like to share it with you live at a Patagoina Store near you.

After more than a decade and 20,000 miles of solo sailing aboard the 40-foot Swell, her Pacific voyage has presented her with more fantastic friends, waves, adventures and personal growth than she dreamed possible. Patagonia is inviting everyone out to an evening of stories as Liz reads from her new book Swell: A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening. Signed, limited edition copies will be available for purchase.

The events are FREE. For a complete list of all the tour stops, please follow the jump.
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Lib Tech’s Air’n Wakesurf Boards

by The Editors on March 22, 2018

Lib Tech Surf is proud to announce their new wakesurf line featuring Aaron Witherell’s “Air’n” model! And it looks pretty nice.

As life long surfers, snowboarders, skiers and skaters Lib Tech founders Mike Olson and Pete Saari along with the past and present Mervin Mfg crews have created a legacy of fun times through technological gravity toys. Inspired all along by surfing and aerospace composites Lib Tech surf was able to bring something completely revolutionary to the world of surfing with our proprietary eco friendly, technologically tougher, zero hazardous waste producing Eco Iso constructed boards made right here in Sequim, WA USA. Now we’re taking our state of the art tech to the lakes and rivers with our new wakesurf line!

And yes, we want one because thanks to Kelly Slater and his Wave Ranch we’re all wannabe wake surfers now. For the rest of the story from Lib, please follow the jump.

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Babes On Bikes: Women Can Do It All

by The Editors on March 21, 2018

Yes, aside from being able to create new humans inside their own bodies, women can also ride motorcycles, and snowboards, and skateboards. They can also surf. We should all be past needing these reminders, but it’s always good to see evidence every now and again. Here, let Hana Beaman, Sarka Pancochova, Cheryl Maas, and their friends at Harley-Davidson show you a little of what we’re talking about.

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Peterson, Wilson Win Surf Show

by The Editors on March 15, 2018

We didn’t watch a lick of the recent surf content generation production in Australia, but we were pleased to see that Julian Wilson and Lakey Peterson were the last man and woman standing and were named the winners of the production. This win apparently puts them off on the right foot for future live streamed surf production endeavors.

On the recent #metoo issue involving surfer girls, their exposed asses, and how their exposed asses are featured in broadcast surf content it should be noted that winner Lakey Peterson wore a bikini bottom during the final while second place finisher Keely Andrew wore trunks. 

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