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Last Week Today News Update

by The Editors on October 15, 2018

Once again, a list of links to some of the stories we wish we had time to read and re-type. Follow the jump for all the details.
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Entertainment Company Hires Executive

by The Editors on October 8, 2018

A certain privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streamed content production (mostly surfing sport) announced today the hiring of former Oprah Winfrey Network President Erik Logan as their new president of content, media and studios. The Hollywood Reporter has gone so far as calling it a “shakeup at OWN.”

There’s no doubt this guy’s CV is stacked. Take a look:

[Logan] led OWN’s turnaround from 2011 and has positioned the company today as the #1 cable network in its target demographic with 5 of the top 20 shows in scripted cable programs for women ages 25-54, more than any other cable network. Before OWN, Logan was Executive Vice President, programming and broadcast operations for XM Satellite Radio, where he helped build the subscriber base to over nine million subscribers, negotiated partnerships, and managed day-to-day relationships with major content providers including Major League Baseball, PGA Tour, CNN, Clear Channel Communications and Fox News. Prior to joining XM, Logan also served as President of Programming for Citadel Broadcasting, and served for over a decade at CBS/Infinity Broadcasting in a variety of roles, including Vice President of programming.

We’re worn-out just reading his bio. Think of how good Erik is at going to meetings? Can’t say this company isn’t hiring the best people they can find.

In addition to his deep biz crew, Logan is also described as an “avid waterman,” co-founder of Shred & Speed, LLC Infinity SUP, and co-owner in Nikau Kai Surf Shop in Manhattan Beach, California. Guess that means he knows which way his fins go.

We’ll just have to wait and see if Logan can find an audience or if he’ll have to branch out into something other than surfing if they really want to maximize their ROI. Maybe live SUP events or even scripted cable programs for women ages 25-54? Logan starts his new job in January 2019. 

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VF Selling Reef Asse(t)s To Rockport

by The Editors on October 4, 2018

We’ve never really been able to figure out why VF owned Reef. They never seem to mention it during their financial calls, nor report on the brand’s progress or any plans they have for the company. It always seemed like Reef was Vans’ forgotten step-sister at VF. Guess VF felt the same way as they are reportedly selling Reef to The Rockport group, according to a story on Bizjournals.com.

Greensboro-based VF Corp. is further slimming its portfolio by entering into an agreement to sell beachwear brand Reef to The Rockport Group. . . The company disclosed the deal today, the terms of which were not disclosed. . . The acquisition is expected to close October 2018. . . The Rockport Group is based in Newton, Massachusetts, and is a maker of casual and dress shoes. The group was acquired by private equity firm Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC Aug. 3.

Okay. Reef and all their assets will now be part of a company that makes shoes the elderly wear while stumbling around in the forrest. Not sure it’s a good fit for reef, but it will likely be great for Rockport. The Newton, Massachusetts based company plans to keep Reef in Carlsbad, California, but really, how long will that last?

[Link: Bizjournals.com]

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Julian Wilson Selling Sunshine Coast Home

by The Editors on October 1, 2018

Julian Wilson, a top actor on a moderately popular, privately owned TV/streaming content series about competitive surfing, is reportedly selling his Sunshine Coast house for a cool $4 million, according to a story in the Sunshine Coast News.

Wilson, a Coolum Beach native who grew up across the beaches along the coastline there, owns an award-winning home designed by renowned Noosa architect Tim Ditchfield. It was described as “a master class in coastal luxe” and became the Australian Institute of Architects‘ Sunshine Coast House of the Year in 2009.. . Wilson’s four bedroom, three bathroom home has hit the market for sale by negotiation, with agents Rachel Sellman and Mike Hay of Century 21 Conolly Hay Group open to offers over $4 million.

Looks like a pretty not bad view from the master bedroom. If you want a shot at it get in there. Getting an appointment to see the house has been pretty tough lately. For more photos, click the link.

[Link: Sunshine Coast News]

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Wave Pool Surfer Dies From Naegleria Fowleri

by The Editors on September 30, 2018

BSR Cable Park, the host of Stab High surf event on September 22, 2018, closed on Friday, September 28, 2018 after it was reported that a New Jersey man (Fabrizio Stabile) who had visited the park in early September died from a “brain-eating amoeba,” according to a story in the Waco Tribune.

BSR Cable Park owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. said BSR Surf Resort values its guests’ safety and will continue to comply with requests from the CDC and local health department in the investigation of the death of Fabrizio “Fab” Stabile.

The wave pool will be closed pending the test results from the Centers for Disease Control for Naegleria fowleri, however, the rest of the resort will reportedly remain open. Our thoughts are with Stabile’s family.

[Links: Waco Tribune and NJ.com]

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Lindy Irons After Kissed By God

by The Editors on September 26, 2018

Sean Doherty interviews Lindy Irons after the release of the Kissed by God documentary and it is a good reminder of the strong, thoughtful woman and mother Lindy has become through all this. Click the link to read it.

[Link: Coastalwatch]

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C.R. Stecyk III + Nixon = Urban Maneuvers

by The Editors on September 25, 2018

Nixon has talked Craig Stecyk into creating a collection and not surprisingly, it is one of our favorites in a long while. Here’s how they pitch it:

C.R. Stecyk III exists in the shadows, and even when he does slide into the sunlight, it rarely adds clarity. A pioneer of the Dogtown skate ethos, Stecyk has helped shape modern skateboarding in more ways than imaginable: through videos, writing, art installations, and co-founded Juxtapoz Art magazine, among others. A widely-acknowledged street art progenitor, Stecyk’s contributions to the counterculture are so engrained in society that the Smithsonian permanently houses some of his work. 

The capsule includes a watch, a camera bag, and some other cool stuff. Sadly, there are only 100 watches and bags world wide (it’s limited). So if you want one you better hurry to an exclusive Nixon retailer. For the details, click the link.

[Link: Nixon]

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Notable News From Last Week

by The Editors on September 24, 2018

Each week we read more stories than we have time to post so we’re going to link them up with little or no commentary every now and again because commentary means caring and we don’t seem to have much energy pointed in the caring direction lately (sorry Stab High).

So for a few of the stories from the last week, follow the jump.
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Bodyboarder Dies In Cape Cod Shark Attack

by The Editors on September 17, 2018

On Saturday September 15, 2018 bodyboarder Arthur Medici, 26, of Revere, Massachusetts, was attacked by a shark at Newcomb Hollow Beach at Cape Cod, according to the National Park Service. He was pulled out of the water and taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to a story in the New York Times.

Medici was attacked around noon as he and a friend were boogie boarding. The friend dragged him ashore, and people on the beach attempted life-saving measures including CPR and applying tourniquets. He was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, where he was pronounced dead.

This is the first shark attack death in the area since 1936, however, it is the second attack in over a month, according to the story. The beach remains closed.

[Link: New York Times]

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Aguerre Re-elected President of ISA

by The Editors on September 17, 2018

Fernando Aguerre was re-elected unopposed yesterday (September 16, 2018) as President of the International Surfing Association (ISA) at the ISA Annual General Meeting (AGM) during the 2018 UR ISA World Surfing Games in Tahara, Japan.

Aguerre, whose tenure at the ISA is highlighted by Surfing’s inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, will commence his 9th term as President since being first elected in 1994.

“My first words are ones of gratitude to the ISA Members for the continued confidence and support of me on this amazing ride,” said President Aguerre. “I am as passionate for Surfing and the ISA as I was when I first started. I am honored to be able to continue to lead this organization and to dedicate my time and efforts to this worthy cause as we look ahead to a bright future.

Occasionally no term limits is a good thing, right? Follow the jump for the rest of the story.

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