The Now Monthly List of News Stories

by The Editors on September 14, 2020

Yesterday (September 13, 2020) marked the six month anniversary of the current now. Hard to believe we have been mired in this situation for half of 2020. On the one hand we’re blown away by all the calamity that we’ve been faced with, on the other, we’re thankful for all those oblivious deniers who keep on keeping on like there’s nothing wrong. Kudos to them for showing us that it is entirely possible to live a normal (albeit angry) life with your head firmly mired in the sand and/or up your own butt.

With that out of the way, here’s the news that caught our clicker in the past month (thought we were doing this weekly, but my how time flies). Follow the jump for the whole list.

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Bruce Brown: A Life of Endless Summers

by The Editors on September 7, 2020

Dana Brown, son of the late legendary surf filmmaker Bruce Brown, has a new film that follows one last trip that he took with his dad– a trip to catch up with all his old friends. It’s called A Life of Endless Summers: The Bruce Brown Story. It premiered in Newport Beach at a Drive-in theatre. And it is well worth a watch for fans of The Endless Summer or On Any Sunday. For the rest of the story, click the link.



ISA Annual Scholarship Applications Open

by The Editors on September 4, 2020

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has opened their annual scholarship program that supports underserved surfers who are 18 and under. Here’s what ISA President Fernando Aguerre says:

“We have always known that our commitment to the global development of surfing goes way beyond competition. The ISA Scholarship Program is a shining example of that commitment, and for me personally, a great source of pride and gratification.. . While relatively small in resources, this program has had a huge impact on the lives of these young people. This program puts into practice our mission of a better world through surfing by fostering education and the joy of surfing.

Know someone who you think could benefit from one of these scholarships? Click here to apply. For the official word from the ISA, please follow the jump.

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Monday Morning Top News Lists

by The Editors on August 17, 2020

Good morning. Welcome to the new week, in the new-new, of the new now, with our same old list of stories. It may seems like each day is the same as the last, but this list of stories will prove that is not the case. Things are happening in the world outside. Some of them are good, many bad, but all of them peaked at least a small slice of our interest. Maybe your’s as well. Follow the jump for all the headlines.

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Joe Curren Responds To GoFund Me Story

by The Editors on August 14, 2020

A surfboard shaper from the East Coast (Paul J. Schmidt) created a gofundme campaign to raise money for legendary surfboard shaper Pat Curren and his wife Mary after meeting them in the Swami’s parking lot in Encinitas, California. You may remember two of Pat’s sons (Tom and Joe). We didn’t post the original gofundme story for all kinds of reasons, none of which is that we don’t want to help surf legends in need. Now, thanks to a post on BeachGrit we learned a little more about the Curren family’s side of the story from Joe Curren. Here’s how he responded on Instagram:


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I’ve been getting a lot of questions and reading stories about a go fund me campaign recently set up for my dad asking for $100,000 to help him with financial issues. Yes, it’s true he’s struggling financially. The truth is, this has been going on for a long time. I speak for all of the Curren family when I say we love and care about my dad very much. My brother Tom and I, my sisters Anna and Malie, my dad’s brothers Mike and Terry and the entire family have all have been quietly trying to help him, doing the best we can, for years and years. It has been challenging and complicated, and we have always run into a major road block. We don’t know the person who started the go fund me. We first heard about the campaign Sunday morning on my dad’s birthday, after it was launched. We were surprised and disappointed that we were not notified about the campaign beforehand. We’ve always respected my dad’s wish to keep this kind of stuff private. Now it’s gone public. Its nice to see the positive statements being made about my dad. It’s sad to see the negative comments being said from people who don’t know the whole story. We hope my dad gets the money, he deserves it.

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[Link: BeachGrit]


Vans’ Doug Palladini Talks The Current Now

by The Editors on August 13, 2020

We drove past the Vans World HQ in Costa Mesa, California last week on another of our NorCal-to-SoCal journeys. We saw empty parking lots, a large construction project in their backyard, and thought to ourselves–we should check in with Doug Palladini to see how Vans is handling the current situation. Few in action sports are dealing with more of the new now than the global president of Vans.

As many would point out, that would require us to do a little more work than we’re used to doing. Luckily, GroupY (which is turning 14 this year) got the old CrossRocket band back together and interviewed Doug for us– on video. Please, sit back and enjoy this interview conducted by former TransWorld Media Publisher, Snowboarder Magazine Editor, Editor, content programming strategist, and media executive Rob Campbell.

[Link: GroupY]


RIP: Hawaii’s First World Champ Derek Ho

by The Editors on July 18, 2020

Hawaiian surf royalty, two-time Pipeline Master, four-time Triple Crown of Surfing champ, and first Hawaiian world surfing champion Derek Ho has died of a heart attack on Friday, July 17, 2020, according to a story on He was 55 years old.

The stylish goofyfoot leaves behind a legacy of incredible Pipe feats and a community of friends and loved ones on the North Shore. Ho became a standout at Pipeline as a teenager, alongside his older brother Michael Ho, and by his early 20s, he had already charged his way to a Pipe Masters win. At 29, he became Hawaii’s first male world champ and solidified himself as one of the most talented and respected surfers along the Seven Mile Miracle. Up until this last winter, Ho was regularly seen packing some of the heaviest waves during the season’s best swells.

Derek was uncle to Mason and Coco Ho. Our thoughts are with Ho’s family, friends, and the entire surf world.



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The man. The myth. The legend. Our hero. Words can never express what this man stood for and meant to all of us growing up here in Hawaii. From the first time I surfed #Sunset and #Pipeline 38 years ago until now #UncleD was always on the best waves and dominating. He always surfed more than anyone. Always so psyched. More psyched to surf than anyone I have ever met. Only #UncleMike and #Mason came close. Going to miss that smile and that #Mana. My Aloha goes out to the Ho Ohana. Love you guys. I’m always here for you. Love you Uncle D ! ❤️ You always put a smile on my face. #FirstHawaiianWorldChamp #Hawaiian #KanakaMaoli #NorthshoresFinest #WaimanaloBoy #LegendsNeverDie #RestinParadise #AhuiHou

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The Surf Bros Distribute Free Masks In HB

by The Editors on July 16, 2020

Hey, you need a mask bro?


The Estate That O’Neill Built Is For Sale

by The Editors on July 15, 2020

O’Neill founder Jack O’Neill’s daughter Shawne is putting her 55 acre Santa Cruz estate up for auction, according to a story in the Sacramento Bee

A 55-acre Santa Cruz area ranch . . .  is heading to auction. . . Previously listed for $6.3 million, Rancho de los Corralitos – nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Pacific Coast – is selling without reserve. . . Platinum Luxury Auctions, a Miami-based luxury auction company, will oversee the bidding on July 18, 2020.

Despite being visually pitched as a property for a-hole polo players, the house is pleasantly understated and that cabin!!! We’d pony up a $10,000 bid, but we’re guessing the property taxes are a bit out of our league. From the looks of it, wetsuits have certainly done well for the O’Neill family.

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The Monday New News List

by The Editors on July 13, 2020

Welcome to the Monday afternoon news list. Most of it is here. Most of it is readable.

And, we did it all for you with not one lick of inane commentary. Click. Read. Enjoy. Stay well. Wear a mask.
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