Surfing

A Mid-February New News Blast

by The Editors on February 19, 2021

Blast? Cold blast? Arctic air freezing you pipes? As a warm up, please check out the latest news stories that caught our attention since the last time we posted a list of headlines. And that was a while ago. Admittedly.

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That New Tom Curren Edit

by The Editors on February 15, 2021

We know you’re already watched this Tom Curren joint at least a dozen times. We’re just posting it to have it logged for the future. And because we can’t stop watching that alaia slip. If you’d like to visit that wave, just click the link and get out your credit card.

[Link via The Grit]

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Danny Fuller’s Liquid Horizon From Rizzoli

by The Editors on February 14, 2021

Dropped in on Danny Fuller once at Rocky Rights. First time on the North Shore. Been trying for a wave for an hour in perfectly warm, small surf. Finally got one. Popped up thinking “oh, this is deep.” Looked back to make sure and someone was already pulled in, grabbing rail, and blasting down the line. Got out of the way just in time. Apologized. He laughed, said “No worries,” and paddled back out to do it again. A friend said, “You know who that was, right? Danny Fuller.” Ah, of course. Liked him ever since.

The reason we bring this up is that Danny has a collection of photos coming out in a 208-page book from Rizzoli titled, Liquid Horizon: Meditations on the Surf and Sea.

Fuller’s nocturnal seascapes of the worlds most savage and beautiful waves, all captured exclusively by moonlight with slow exposures, share the soulful beauty of the ocean, in meditative, painterly studies of subtle changes of light and color. In the tradition of artists drawn to the sea for inspiration, Fuller expresses a surfer’s deep spiritual connection to the ocean and to the meaning of consequence in surfing. The sensual allure of blue mixed with the ominous presence of water, whose scale is epic, reminds us just how minuscule and insignificant we are relative to the powers of the sea.

The book, with a forward by Julian Schnabel and Gerry Lopez, drops February 16, 2021 and can be purchased for $55 from Rizzoli by clicking this link right here.

[Link: Hypebeast]

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Fresh News For The Dawn Of A New Day

by The Editors on January 20, 2021

The stories that shape our world are the stories that we share. Here are the headlines that caught our eye during the past month. And yes, it was a rough one. But we’re not going to let that get in the way of sharing with you. Click the link for all the stories.

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December’s List Of Action News Headlines

by The Editors on December 7, 2020

Creating these lists of news headlines is a lot like popping bubble wrap–it’s pointless, annoying, and yet so outrageously satisfying.

Here, enjoy the pointless, annoying fruits of our Monday Morning satisfaction. Click the link for December’s edition of action news from around the globe.
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Teahupo’o To Host 2024 Olympic Surfing

by The Editors on December 7, 2020

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics haven’t been held yet, but that isn’t stopping the International Olympic Committee from confirming that surfing will be in the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics. They also announced that the surfing events will be held just a short 9,759 mile commute from Paris at Teahupo’o. Good for surf, bad for people who want to watch surfing and the decathlon in person.

“Surfing is perfect for the new era of the Games and selecting our sport for the Olympic Programme – with Tahiti as the venue – is testimony to Paris 2024’s creative and inclusive spirit. This decision also aligns with the IOC’s wider objective to apply new, innovative approaches to Games hosting,” said International Surfing Association President Fernando Aguerre. “We are excited to be part of the Olympic journey to 2024 with the IOC and Paris, and we believe we have generated great momentum now for Surfing’s long-term, permanent inclusion in the Olympic Programme. . .The conditions at Teahupo’o offer an amazing performance wave that will excite athletes and captivate fans. Elite surfers – men and women – compete here regularly and are eager to compete for Olympic glory at Teahupo’o. With 22 men and 22 women surfers, we are happy to reaffirm our total commitment to gender equality and fair sport.

Not sure how many countries have surfers who can brave the wave at Teahupo’o, but it will be fun to watch them try, that’s for certain. For the official word from the ISA, please follow the jump.

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Surfline Takes $30 Million For New CEO

by The Editors on December 2, 2020

There was a time when we had a VIP, full access membership to Surfline.com. Players, right? The glory days. But you know what? We hardly ever used it. That’s because we’re rarely interested in exactly how good the waves are. When we want to surf, we go surfing. We check the waves on the free site, or go down to the beach and look. Then we grab a board that is inversely proportional to the size of the waves and paddle out. Pretty simple, really. All this is to say we’re the wrong people to be making any kind of business judgements on the news that Surfling/Wavetrak has just closed a $30 million investment from the entertainment focused The Chernin Group (TCG) and put a new CEO named Kyle Laughlin (previously of Amazon, The Walt Disney Company, Yahoo, etc. . .) into the driver’s seat.

“Surfline has established itself as one of the largest and most respected surf brands in the world through a decades-long commitment to serving its global community,” said Mike Kerns, Co-Founder and Partner, TCG. “At TCG, we achieve growth by partnering with passionate teams, engaged entrepreneurs who build out of love, and world class management. With Surfline, we have that combination in Jeff, Kyle and the entire team.”

Okay. Some smart guys with a boatload of entertainment industry experience and a few great investment wins (Twitter, Pandora, Tumblr) plus a mixed bag of webish odds and ends wants to dump $30 million on Surfline.com? What is their angle? It can’t be full-access subscription dollars. Do they see a big exit coming soon? If so, what is it? And why, would Mr. Laughlin be interested in a company with a slew of cameras pointed at beaches? If you know, please let us know.

For the rest of the official word, please follow the jump. Oh, and Jeff Berg is still playing an “active roll” as Executive Chairman. If you were worried.

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EPOKHE Eyewear Gets Jump Start

by The Editors on December 1, 2020

EPOKHE, the eyewear brand founded by Kai Neville, Dion Agius, and Mitch Coleborn is getting a little business jump in the form of former Oakley players Paul Higgins and Campbell North and Nathan McGregor CFO of Aizer Group.

Alongside Dion and Kai, other Epokhe shareholders joining the new entity are Mitch Coleborn, Jack Freestone, Taj Burrow, Chippa Wilson and Creed McTaggart. Founder and Design Director, Dion Agius, stated that “we are all so happy to have found partners with such extensive commercial wisdom and eyewear industry experience. The excitement that they have for the brand is contagious and feels like a whole new chapter for us. With this comes the back-end support for Kai and I to continue to explore the never ending creative possibilities with the brand, our surf team and our eyewear designs.”

A few good business heads, never hurts, right? For the official word from EPOKHE, please follow the jump.

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Michael Schwab On Action Sports Investing

by The Editors on November 20, 2020

Michael Schwab (son of investment firm founder Charles Schwab) and managing director (and only partner) of Big Sky Partners says he began investing in what he loves at the age of 36, according to an essay posted on CSQ.com. He calls it “adventure capitalism.”

So far his adventure capital investments have included a couple surf resorts, Kelly Slater Wave Co., Travis Rice’s Natural Selection Tour, and Meriwether Companies, the company that is planning a “wellness resort community” around Kelly’s La Quinta, California wave pool called Coral Mountain. This is his explanation:

The shift to investing in sports-related startups is unique because not a lot of large funds have touched it to date. It’s been kind of a fringe idea that has been looked at as dangerous or unapproachable, and I want to make it more mainstream. If you asked most people if they are into action/adventure sports, they would say no. I want to change that. I call what I am doing adventure capitalism. But, like any business, the risk is failure and loss of capital. I am investing alongside friends and family, and we are all passionate about the work and believe in the future of surfing, wellness, and adventure sports.

People who invest using other people’s money always seem to figure out a way to come out ahead on the deal, but seriously, we can’t imagine any of these “investments” returning much more than a few good, fake waves and some heli time. Then again, if Charles Schwab is your dad what kind of return on “adventure” investing do you really need?

[Link: CSQ.com]

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A Paddle Out For Michael Tomson

by The Editors on November 19, 2020

On Saturday, November 14, 2020 a solid crew of surf world dignitaries, friends, and family gathered at Agate Street in Laguna Beach, California to celebrate the life of Gotcha co-founder and creative genius Michael Tomson. Tomson, who died from throat cancer on October 8, 2020, will be remembered for his hard charging, no apologies, grip on life in general and surfing style in particular. For more images of the paddle out from photographer  Jack English, please click the link.

[Link: Sea of Seven]

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