Gotta love it when two of our favorite, dashing, world traveling surf men get together to compare not size but volume. Beach Grit’s Chas Smith stopped by Matt Biolos‘ San Clemente, California headquarters to dunk some boards in a barrel of water and remind us all that volume matters.
Check it all out in the first episode of Beach Grit’s new TV show Like, Bitchin’.
Kelly Slater, the 11-time world champion surfer who has lent his name to a growing number of commercial ventures including a surfboard company, a high-end casual clothing line, a recently independent accessories brand, and a wave pool development company, has commented on the “sale” of the magical wave making company (Kelly Slater Wave Company) to a surfing event production and content creation company that is co-owned by his agent Terry Hardy along with Dirk and Natasha Ziff, who are also reportedly partners in the wave company.
“While surfing for me will always be about adventure, travel and the ocean, this wave brings a new opportunity to the sport without taking away the soulfulness that attracted many of us to surfing in first place,” said Slater. “Surfing great waves in a controlled environment adds a new dimension, as there is no hassling for waves, no stress over who got the best wave – they are all good. Everyone can relax, have fun and focus on improving their surfing.”
Whether anything has actually changed hands is totally up for discussion, however, either way it makes a great press release for the surf event production company. And that’s often the only upside to deals of this sort.
For the official word from the purchaser, please follow the jump.
As proof that authentic surf retail still exists, Huntington Surf & Sport will be holding a grand reopening of their HB Pier location on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.
“We have physically built out and remodeled the majority of our PCH and Main Street location and, most importantly, the next generation of Pai’s—Trevor, Taylor and Ashlyn—have been taking the helm,” said Aaron Pai. “So with the Pai kids taking the helm and leading…this is a major remodel of both ‘physical structure and positive energy’ that I am stoked on!”
For the official word from the Pai family, please follow the jump.
We were saddened to hear the news on Friday, May 13, 2016 that legendary Hawaiian surfing icon Rabbit Kekai has died, according to Surfer Magazine. He was 95.
Born in 1920 in Honolulu, the young Rabbit quickly earned a reputation as one of the city’s most gifted natural athletes; he was reportedly as fast on land as he was adept in the water, which caught the attention of Duke Kahanamoku during Rabbit’s formative years as a beachboy, a vocation he continued for decades. Throughout his life, Rabbit worked a myriad of maritime jobs. During the Second World War, he served in the Navy as a UDT swimmer, the precursor for the modern-day Navy SEALs, helping to clear beaches of Japanese defenses in Micronesia. After the war, he worked construction and as a longshoremen in Honolulu. Through it all, his passion for surfing remained.
We will miss seeing him with his ready smile and unending aloha where ever there was surf. Our thoughts are with the entire Kekai family.
It’s always to good to see people doing real stuff (not that sitting in front of a monitor and copying and pasting links isn’t real). Josh Oldenburg makes surfboards by hand in San Diego, California and he seems to enjoy it. We enjoy watching him. You probably will, too. Click the arrow why don’t you.
(Editors’ Note: it’s pronounced “Salvador” in case you were wondering. Vowels still aren’t cool in some circles.)
Today (May 9, 2016) marks John Vance’s first official day in his new role as CEO of Surftech.
“John has all the leadership elements we were looking for and we know his amazing retail relationships will benefit all. He has a long successful history and deep understanding of the industry and the challenges it faces today and is uniquely qualified to help guide Surftech, NSP and BARK brands to the highest levels in design, innovation, technology and customer satisfaction.” Trent Pedersen, Chairman of Surftech’s Board of Directors.
The industry titan was most recently at Freewaters and has done time at Sanuk and Quiksilver. For the official word from Surftech, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Billabong’s retails stores have apparently gotten so far removed from being actual surf shops that they’ve been forced to hire a company called Mood Media (formerly known as Musak) to “develop a sound and scent” strategy to help their retails stores smell more authentic, according to a story on SportsOneSource.
The Mood team, in partnership with ScentAir, created a tailored scent solution for the Billabong stores as part of the new strategy. A fragrance called “Sex Wax,” based on the well-known surfboard wax brand, was developed to help customers experience the essence of the Billabong brand. . . “We are delighted to help Billabong create a bespoke in-store experience for its customers. By developing a new sound design and fragrance with Mood, Billabong can now plunge guests into an immersive experience based on our unique technology and creative solutions,” said Linda Ralph, International VP of Business Development at Mood.
It should be mentioned that this is a story we would have made up for April Fools Day had we cared enough about Billabong retail stores to make fun of them. Seriously, can action retail get any sadder than this?
As if Southern California needed one more reason to sell off, pack up, and move to Central Oregon, the city of Bend, (or as we call it “Encinitas Norte”) now has a working, surfable wave in their new Deschutes River Park. Gerry Lopez, Josh Dirksen, GoPro Jaymo, and Kea Eubank were putting a few good lines down last week, but just think how long that line is going to get in the middle of July.