Surfing

Built To Fail: A Streetwear Story

by The Editors on June 16, 2017

No shock to anyone really, but we’ve never understood the “streetwear” thing. We know what it’s like to desire every single piece of kit we’d see on our favorite skaters, surfers, and snowboarders, but we never got our heads around the fetishization of those clothes by people who seemed to be more into the fashion (and we mean that in an East Coast/NYC way) than the skateboarding. We’re hoping Bobby Hundreds‘ new documentary Built To Fail: A Street Wear Story will finally enlighten us.

BUILT TO FAIL: A STREETWEAR STORY takes you through the history of streetwear, including the subculture of LA’s surf & skate scene, the punk rock scene, and the rise of graffiti street art out of NY. The film features interviews with Tommy Hilfiger, Russell Simmons, A$AP Rocky, Benny Gold, and​ ​LA-based designers such as Eli Bonerz (X-Large), “Bobby Tribal” Ruiz (Tribal), and​ ​Rick Klotz (Freshjive).

Built To Fail premiere’s this Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Los Angeles Film Festival at 8:35pm at the ArcLight Santa Monica. For more info click the link.

[Link: LA Film Fest]

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Aikau Family Suffers Possible Murder-Suicide

by The Editors on June 14, 2017

Sad news from Pauoa, Hawaii. The Star Advertiser is reporting that Gerald Aikau, 42, the nephew of big wave surfing legend Eddie Aikau, was found dead on the Aikau family property the morning of June 13, 2017. Inside a cottage his 7-year-old son Reef was also found dead. 

Police are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide, pending the outcome of autopsies by a medical examiner. . . Myra said his [Gerald’s] uncle Clyde Aikau discovered Gerald’s body hanging from a tree and tried to resuscitate him but was unsuccessful. Clyde went into the cottage and found Reef and tried unsuccessfully to try to revive his nephew as well. Police, who received a call from the house at 5:45 a.m., said both the man and boy suffered “multiple injuries” with the boy injured by a sharp object.

Gerald and his wife Katherine Bullock Aikau were reportedly in the middle of a rough divorce. Our thoughts are with Clyde, Myra, Katherine, and the entire Aikau family.

[Link: The Star Advertiser]

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China Beach: Surfing During Vietnam

by The Editors on June 14, 2017

On Saturday June 10, 2017 the California Surf Museum opened an extensive, beautifully curated new exhibit titled China Beach: Surfing During the Vietnam War and the Healing Power of Wave-riding in Oceanside, California.

“The purpose of this exhibit is to portray the little-known but fascinating story of surfing in the combat zones of Vietnam,” says California Surf Museum President and exhibit curator Jim Kempton. “It explores the unique surfing experience of the era, what it meant to those veterans, and how they were able to use surfing as a healing mechanism both during the war and after they returned.”

The exhibit will be on display until February 2018. If you’re in Oside, it’s definitely worth checking out. The California Surf Museum is located at 312 Pier View Way, in Oceanside, California. For the official word form the California Surf Museum, follow the jump.

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Nixon’s Greek Surf Mission

by The Editors on June 5, 2017

To anyone who’s spent a day staring out the window of a Minoan Line ferry looking for surf in the Agean Sea this vid will seem like fiction. Yes, we spotted wave with potential off the coast of Delos, one fall during a storm, but nothing like what Nixon surfers Marlon Lipke, Yannick De Jager and Gony Zubizarreta found on this trip.

Chances to score are always very low considering the consistency of swells and the difficulty to predict conditions. Timing is key, local connexions are priceless. All they needed was a call: a friend and local shaper guaranteed them that the conditions displayed on the weather forecast would turn the coast into an idyllic playground, and it did.

Guess so. This whole edit was snagged in one day, and when the day was done, so was the surf.

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France Wins ISA Team World Championships

by The Editors on May 30, 2017

Heading into the final day of the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz, France, the ISA has announced that the host country Team France has made history and won their first-ever Team World Championship in the competition.

Team France got off to a spectacular start with Pauline Ado and Johanne Defay finishing with Gold and Silver in the Women’s Division earlier this week, and now Jeremy Flores and Joan Duru have advanced to the Men’s Semifinals on Sunday. With these results, no other team is in a position to reach France’s point totals.

Viva la France. Click here for the full results. For the official word from the ISA please follow the jump.

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RIP: Surfer Magazine Founder John Severson

by The Editors on May 29, 2017

We were saddened to learn this weekend that John Severson, the founder of Surfer Magazine, Wind Surf Magazine, and inventor of so much that we now take for granted in action sports died peacefully in his sleep at home on Maui on Friday May 26, 2017, according to a Drew Kampion story on Surfline.com. He was 83.

Before John Severson, there was really no surf art, no surf magazines, no real surf films, no surfwear industry, no pro surfing, no Surfrider Foundation, no surf culture as we know it. In a very large sense, he made it all happen by synthesizing the sport of surfing into various expressions of his art. “I always daydreamed real big,” Severson admits. “I was the guy who stood up there and just nailed them over the fence and pitched no-hitters and ran for touchdowns — I could just daydream the biggest dreams.”  

We have Severson to personally thank for creating the style of photo driven magazines that made us love media in the first place. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

[Link: Surfline.com]

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Kelly Slater’s New $7.8 Million Haleiwa Home

by The Editors on May 15, 2017

Kelly Slater reportedly just snapped up another house on the North Shore. This $7.8 million gem is located in Haliewa, according to a story in the Pacific Business News.

The 7-bedroom, 5-bathroom estate is located at 61-785 Papailoa Road, and includes one building and pool situated on 23,889-square feet of land. The ocean-front land was last purchased in 2000 for $1.85 million, and the property was built in 2001.

It’s not in Lemoore, California, but it looks like a very nice place to stay every now and again. Click here for all the photos.

[Link: Pacific Business News]

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Surfers Suing Rip Curl After Nightmare Trip

by The Editors on May 9, 2017

Five Orange County, California and three Austrailian surfers are suing Rip Curl after the 8 were allegedly left to fend for themselves after the charter surf boat they were on (the Quest 1, formerly known as the Indies Trader II) began sinking during the night of July 18, 2015, according to a story in the Orange County Register.

The eight men are now suing surf giant Rip Curl, which organized the excursion, alleging the company knew the vessel was in disrepair and failed to provide any aid or assistance after they were rescued. The lawsuit, filed last month, also names Rip Curl executives and the boat’s operators, PT Neptune Adventures, which is described in the suit as a “shell” company set up by Rip Curl to “avoid liability and circumvent regulatory compliance” for the Quest 1.

Click the link for the rest of this nightmare surf story. From the sounds of the complaint, the surfers are lucky to be alive.

[Link: Orange County Register]

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2 John Florence’s Nixon Signature Series

by The Editors on May 9, 2017

The new Nixon John John Florence Signature Series features The Base Tide, The Comp, The Descender, and The Ultratide all with 2 John’s custom black and orange color treatment (apparently everyday really is Halloween). For all the official details please follow the jump.

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Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival Is Open

by The Editors on May 8, 2017

The Fourth Annual Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival is looking for a few good surf films and as always it is ope for “fee-free submissions.”

“We love to showcase independent surf films and we know that for most of the directors these projects are a labor of love, a lot like running the festival is for us,” said festival Director, Delphine Foo-Matkin. “We want to make it as easy as possible for these films to find an audience and their directors to gain greater recognition.”

Sounds like the right festival for your surf film, right? The submission period will remain open until July 15, 2017. Any and all filmmakers should send in their films via the online portal at http://www.santacruzsurffilmfest.com/online-film-submission-form/. Guidelines for submission can be checked at http://www.santacruzsurffilmfest.com/guidelines/ For all the other official details, please follow the jump.

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