Surfing

Four Surfers Clinch 2020 Olympic Spots

by The Editors on October 17, 2019

Four surfers have already clinched spots in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo according to the International Surfing Association

South Africa’s Jordy Smith, Australia’s Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore, and Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi are all lined up to represent their nations at the Games. . .”The qualification race is heating up as we have already seen many of the world’s top surfers earn their pass to Tokyo,” ISA President Fernando Aguerre says. “We also are proud to highlight the wide geographic reach of surfing and the surfers that have qualified for the Olympics. All continents are represented, which will truly bring all corners of the globe together for the Surfing competition at the Games.

For the official word from the ISA, please follow the jump.

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News For The Week Ahead

by The Editors on October 14, 2019

Here is the sometimes weekly list of stories that showed up in our feed. For a quick scroll, please follow the jump.

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Rip Curl Goes to Kathmandu For $350 Million

by The Editors on September 30, 2019

Rip Curl, today (September 30, 2019) announced that they have sold the company to New Zealand camping gear company Kathmandu for a whopping $350 million Australian dollars, according to a story in the Daily Mail.

Kathmandu, headquartered in Christchurch, is buying 100 per cent of Rip Curl for $350million, it told the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday morning. . . The acquisition will create a $1billion outdoor recreation company.

Kathmandu? If I ever get out of here, that’s what I’m gonna do. Oh, sorry. Ah, we’re right happy for the Warbricks and Singers, but it is sad to see the last independent surf fashion rat launch a massive swan dive off the sinking surf industry ship. We are, however, looking forward to Rip Curl canteens and camp chairs for lounging on the slopes of Mt. Cook. For the rest of the story, please click the link.

[Link: Daily Mail]

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Last Week’s News Today

by The Editors on September 30, 2019

Wondering what’s going on? Looking for a clue? Follow the jump for a whopping 28 skate, 15 snowboarding, 30 surf, 13 fashion, and 12 business story links that rose above the noise last week. Yep, it’s all there — even that one about the death of vert skating.
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Family Claims Cover-up At BSR Wave Resort

by The Editors on September 20, 2019

The family of Fabrizio Stabile, the 29-year-old New Jersey surfer who died after contracting a brain-eating amoeba, is claiming that BSR waterpark officials “tried to cover up evidence of a deadly brain-eating amoeba. . . by “hyper-chlorinating” the surf pool on the eve of a federal health agency investigation,” according to a story in the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Houston attorney Richard Fass, who represents the parents of Fabrizio Stabile, also charged that the water park’s owner, Stuart Parsons Jr., is stonewalling the discovery process in the wrongful death lawsuit by claiming text messages and emails potentially important to the plaintiffs’ case were lost when Parsons dropped his cellphone in Lake Whitney. . . The lawsuit alleges “BSR’s blue-green dyed waves masked a pathogen soup in which Naegleria fowleri amoeba — ‘the brain-eating amoeba’ — could thrive.”

According to the story “Parsons’ attorney, Brittney Angelich, of Dallas, declined comment after a pretrial hearing in the case Thursday. Parsons did not return a phone message Thursday.”

Stabile’s family is seeking more than $1 million from BSR Surf Resort. Sadly, a 10-year-old Waco girl contracted the same brain-eating amoeba on Labor Day weekend this year and is currently in a medically induced coma fighting for her life. It is thought that she got it while swimming in the nearby Brazos River.

[Link: Waco Tribune-Hearld]

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Boardriders Shuffles Titles and Stuff

by The Editors on September 19, 2019

The commercial entity that owns half the action sports clothing industry (Boardriders and their brands Quiksilver, Billabong, ROXY, DC Shoes, RVCA, Element “and others”) announced yesterday that they are “launching a multi-year growth agenda and repositioning. . . key executives.”

A quick read-through of the release resulted in exactly one data point that even remotely interested us and it is this: Kevin Meehan is leaving RVCA. Of course, the way they said it is epic: “Kevin Meehan has decided to take the opportunity provided by this transition to pursue new opportunities.” Congrats, Mr. Meehan.

The rest of the news can best be summed up by this quote from the boss.

“The long-term strategy for Boardriders has always been to build a solid foundation by integrating the Billabong acquisition onto a common back-end platform, to continually improve our operations through more disciplined business practices, and to achieve significant synergies that could then be invested back into the brands,” said Boardriders CEO David Tanner. “After a decade of headwinds and restructuring, Boardriders now has that strong foundation and is ready and able to invest strategically at scale in our brands, our people, and these targeted growth initiatives.”

Right. You know all that bad stuff that’s been happening for the LAST 10 YEARS? That’s all behind them now, and everything is looking up, up, up. If that doesn’t make you smile, follow the jump for the rest of the release.

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The Coastal Sifters Bike Surfing To Baja

by The Editors on September 19, 2019

On July 9, 2019, two former C3 Worldwide workers, Cooper and Pius, departed Seattle on a bike packing trip. They’d already quit their jobs, gotten a sponsorship deal from Coal Headwear and hit the road. Their destination? Baja. On the way they planned to surf, clean-up some beaches and document it all along the way. So far, they’ve made it to Newport Beach, California and things appear to be going well. So well, that it seems their surge in popularity has brought their website coastalsifters.com to its knees. But that’s okay; you can follow their latest adventures on Instagram in the meantime right here @coastalsifters.

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Family Says Sunny Garcia Making Progress

by The Editors on September 17, 2019

The family of pro surfer Sunny Garcia has updated the surfer’s gofundme page after nearly four months of silence. Garcia has been in the hospital since April after what many believe was a suicide attempt. Thankfully, the news is good.

A long over due update on Sunny. We are taking one day at a time and celebrating each little triumph. Sunny is a warrior and fighting everyday to get better and stronger. He has said a few words and is now in therapy daily- physical, speech and occupational. The family thanks you for your continued support for Sunny as he continues to heal. It’s going to be a marathon not a sprint but we work every day to make sure he is surrounded with love, laughter and ohana.

If you would like to help the family in this hard time, please click the link and donate to Sunny’s gofundme.

[Link via Surfer.com]

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Brazil Wins 2019 ISA World Surfing Games

by The Editors on September 15, 2019

With a result that will likely be repeated in Japan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Brazil has won the team title in the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans in Miyazaki, Japan. They did it by landing three medals in the Men’s and Women’s Division.

Brazil’s Italo Ferreira saved his best for last and earned the highest heat total of the event thus far (17.77) with a perfect 10-point ride in the Final.. . . Ferreira’s inspirational finish was a fairy tale ending to a week of adversity. Ferreira nearly missed his first heat of the event after getting his passport stolen only days before leaving for Japan. Ferreira was able to get a passport, fly to Miyazaki, and make it to his first heat of the event with only 8-minutes remaining, where he was still able to take first place.

For the official word from the ISA including the rest of the results, please follow the jump.

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Big News Dump: Catch Up Edition

by The Editors on September 9, 2019

Please excuse us while we clear out a bit of news that’s been piling up around the place. Some is new, some is old, and a bit is so old it’s beginning to stink. But we’re not going to let that stop us from posting it as a reminder of some of the news that went down while we were gone for the summer.

Follow the jump for all the links.

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