Ricardo dos Santos Killed By Off Duty Cop

by The Editors on January 20, 2015

Ricardo dos Santos surfing at home. Photo: @williamzimmermann

Brazilian surfer Ricardo dos Santos, who received the 2012 AI Forever Award at Teahupoo, has died from gunshot wounds he received outside him home on January 19, 2015, according to a post on He was 24 years old.

Dos Santos was allegedly shot three times by off-duty soldier, Luiz Paulo Mota Brentano, 25, outside his home. There details are grey, with two theories of what happened. One version of events details that Ricardo confronted Brentano and two others over their blatant use of drugs on the streets of Embaú Guard (translated). The second, based on what family members believe, is Brentano and his brother, 17, had parked their car over building materials outside Dos Santos’ home which was under construction, and he asked them to move on. The response was gunfire, and according to Hardcore’s International Editor Steve Allain, Ricardo was shot once in the back, turned, and was shot twice more in the abdomen.

It was obviously way too soon. For more on the story, click here for Stab Mag’s coverage. Our thoughts are with Ricardo’s family, friends, and the entire surfing community.

[Link: Stab Magazine]


Yes, Surf Expo Still Exists

by The Editors on January 16, 2015

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Earlier this month the East Coast action crowd gathered in Orlando, Florida (January 8-10, 2015) for the 39th annual Surf Expo trade show. People went, bikinis were modeled, autographs were signed, and electric skateboards were ridden.

“We were excited to partner with the State of Hawaii to introduce key new manufacturers with coastal-themed products made in Hawaii. With the addition of the Hawaiian Pavilion, Surf Expo saw more than 250 new exhibitors. The show featured more than 2,500 booths and really delivered on our buyers’ demand for new product and more choices under one roof, accentuating that Surf Expo has evolved beyond a regional show and become the international destination for the board sports and coastal lifestyle business” said Surf Expo Show Director, Roy Turner.

If even the show director says it was a great show, it must have been a great show, right? We have no idea. We’ve never been. But, we’re glad to see people are still enjoying Surf Expo. For the official word please follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Byrd + Future Fins Pocket Comb

by The Editors on January 12, 2015

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It’s a wax comb for your hair, from Byrd and Future Fins. How cool is that? For the official word on this $10 grooming product, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Crowdabunga: SUPsqautch Team Hits Sunset

by The Editors on January 8, 2015

Jamie O’Brien and friends play where others fear to slide. Madness for certain on a massive six-man standup paddle board. Crowdabunga!

[Link: Surfer Mag]


ESM Photographer Joe McGovern Dies

by The Editors on January 8, 2015

B9315791645Z.1 20150108154801 000 Gm39Kdvtm.1-0Joe McGovern, a long-time photographer for Eastern Surf Magazine died almost a week after being pulled unconscious from the ocean at Paradise Beach Park on Sunday, January 4, 2015 according to a story in Florida Today. McGovern was 64.

He died Wednesday [January 7, 2014] at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne surrounded by family and friends. The Providence, Rhode Island native is survived by his wife, three daughters, mother, brother and other family members. . . “It’s a total shock,” said Dick “Mez” Meseroll, the co-owner of the magazine who worked with McGovern to cover surfing and some of the sport’s top events. McGovern was enjoying his annual trip to Brevard to enjoy the warm surf when the accident happened, Meseroll said. . . “He was extremely fit and was once a lifeguard. It sounds like he took a bad fall in the waves. I saw him a few hours before. He came to my house, dropped his bags and the next thing I know I got a call about the accident. I can tell you that a lot of people are shedding tears,” he said.

McGovern never regained consciousness. Our thoughts are with McGoverns friends, family, and the entire ESM family. Click here for ESM’s Joe McGovern memorial page.

[Link: Florida Today & ESM]


Champion San Diego Surfer Dies Of Staph

by The Editors on January 8, 2015


Former US Masters Surfing Champion Barry Ault, 71, died from a staff infection after surfing in San Diego, California the week before Christmas 2014 following rain storms, according to a story on NBC 7 San Diego.

Barry had gone surfing at Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma, just two days after a rainstorm. It’s still not clear if that staph infection came from storm runoff into the water that day, as there are several storm drains around Sunset Cliffs that empty into the ocean.

According to other reports, several of his friends also got sick that day, but the others recovered. Sometimes when the waves are that good it’s difficult for all of us to stay out of the water after a storm. Especially when it’s been a place that has so often offered an escape from most everything that troubles. Our thoughts are with Ault’s family and friends.

[Link: NBC 7 San Diego]


Grab A Space At The Boardroom Surf Show

by The Editors on January 7, 2015


The Boardroom Surf Show is pleased to announce early bird booth space sales available online now for the upcoming The Boardroom Surf Show. The Boardroom once again “kicks off” the summer surfboard buying season on May 16 & 17, 2015 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Premium corner and standard booths are on discount with big savings offered until February 1.

Supreme surfboard craftsman Rusty Preisendorfer will be honored in the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters at The Boardroom. Since 1969 Rusty Preisendorfer has been crafting precision surfboards for enthusiast surfers and world class professionals. . . “It’s always good talking story with all my friends in the business at The Boardroom. I also enjoy meeting surfers who have a real passion for their equipment,” explains Rusty. “The Boardroom is the show dedicated to surfboards. I look forward to it every year.”

For the official word from The Boardroom Surf Show, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Surf tech Sold To Thai Investment Co

by The Editors on January 7, 2015


Surf Technicians, LLC, the company that manufactures surfboards under the Surftech name for many surf brands announced today that the company has been sold to Triple D, a Thailand based investment company.

“Today’s announcement is a great thing for not only the Surftech family, but for all our partners, and customers” said Chris Dunn, CEO of Surftech “Being able to work closely with a partner who is dedicated to our success and who is very knowledgeable in the world of distribution and composites gives us the resources to continue to build on the momentum of the last 12 months.”

For the official word from Surftech, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]


What The Hell Is A BeachGrit?

by The Editors on January 5, 2015


Stab magazine founder Derek Rielly and Welcome To Paradise Now Go To Hell author Chas Smith believe that some surfers are still interested in viewing clever, well written groupings of words and photos related to surfing. And for all 11 of you who are interested yet have grown tired of the incessantly sincere sniveling of The Inertia they have created BeachGrit. Here’s how they see it:

BeachGrit is as fearless as it is fun. It does what no other space in surf does because it has seen it all and knows that surfing is light, loose and libertine. Every day is a new day and there is much to explore. Surfing is, after all, the most anti-depressive thing ever!

See? Doesn’t that snappy bit of prose lift your loins like a sandy crack selfie? Apparently, Anastasia Ashley’s literary rump wasn’t driving as many clicks as it used to so BeachGrit has enlisted Ruth Bader Ginsberg (above) as their new “it girl.” Follow the jump for the official word from Rielly & Smith or just click the link and see it for yourself. [click to continue…]


Smith Turns 50, Gets New Logo

by The Editors on January 5, 2015

Smith New Logo Black-1Smith, the company that invented the modern goggle era turns 50 this year and to celebrate they’ve given themselves a whole new logo.

As a declaration to our future progress, we are proud to announce the new visual identity of SMITH. Following a refined brand platform that modernizes our beliefs, values, and who we stand for, SMITH will re-launch our entire product range in January 2015 with a new logo and brand presentation. With clean, modern and refined letterforms, the updated logo hearkens back to our original identity and speaks to the fundamental tenets of our brand: performance, movement, and essential design.

For the official word from Smith, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]