Surfing

Gabriel Medina Wins Title Then Pipe

by The Editors on December 18, 2018

Yesterday, December 17, 2018, was a good day at Pipe. Not a epic day, but good enough for Gabriel Medina to prove beyond any doubt that this year he was the best performer in internet-streamed surfing productions and an absolute ruler at Pipeline.

“All my heroes have won this contest,” Medina said. “I’m stoked to be a part of everything here. Winning this event is a little different. I really wanted this one, and I worked really hard for this one so I’m so happy. That was a good final. Julian (Wilson) is the toughest competitor to go up against so I’m lucky I got two good waves. He won in a Final against me a few years ago and I got this one, so it feels good. I really appreciate everyone that came down to watch and I’m stoked to put on such a great show. I’m so happy to be part of history – I’ve put in a lot of work.”

In other news Jesse Mendes (BRA) won the VANS Triple Crown of Surfing title following Jordy Smith’s (ZAF) Semifinal loss to Medina. Mendes collected a fifth place at Haleiwa, a runner-up in Sunset and a 9th at the Billabong Pipe Masters. Mendes is only the second surfer from Brazil to claim the prestigious award after Medina in 2015.

Special thanks to the Vans Triple Crown for allowing us to watch this made-for-the-internet production without having to jump through any facebook and/or registration hoops. Kind of reminded us of the good old days there for a minute.

[Link: Vans Triple Crown]

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Nick Carroll Rides Dirk Ziff’s Pond

by The Editors on December 15, 2018

Nick Carroll, a writer who surfs well, gives his take on Dirk Ziff’s wave pond in a really, really long story on BeachGrit.com. Deja vu. As much as we love Nick, and cherish his contributions to surfing lit, we again didn’t read the entire story, however, we don’t think he mentioned William Finnegan nor The New Yorker magazine. He did however offer up an epic butter-em-up-then-poop-on-their-plate overview of the place in the last few paragraphs. Here it is:

You ride waves, but that’s it. . . And ultimately, this is dissatisfying. The WSL Surf Ranch is an ideal venue for major pro surfing competition. It’s an epic showcase for pros, and a theme park for good surfers. It’s almost impossibly original, and fun as hell. I’m flabbergasted by what Kelly has done up there at Lemoore; at some moments I think maybe it outdoes all his world championships. After all, people won world titles before him, and they continue to do so since; none, however have built anything like this. . . But as a surf experience, it just doesn’t hit the spot.

We’re assuming you can learn how Nick arrived at this conclusion by reading the entire piece.

[Link: BeachGrit via BoardRap]

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Jack English Launches Sea Of Seven

by The Editors on December 12, 2018

Surf photog Jack English has launched a new “style brand” with his 10-year-old daughter Eden. It’s called Sea of Seven. It goes a little like this:

Driven by unstoppable rhythms, Sea Of Seven is a divergent clash of art, sound and style. Inspired by authentic ocean living and creative surf lifestyles, Sea Of Seven designs custom posters, prints, apparel, décor and accessories featuring Jack English’s original surf photography.

For the official word from Sea of Seven, please follow the jump.

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Dirk Ziff’s Pond In The New Yorker

by The Editors on December 10, 2018

William Finnegan, a surfer who writes well, gives his take on Dirk Ziff’s wave pond along with a recap of nearly everything wave pool related that has happened in the last four years in a really, really long story in the December 17, 2018 The New Yorker magazine. It starts out a little like this:

The first few hours I spent at the W.S.L. Surf Ranch, a wave pool built for surfing in the farmlands south of Fresno, California, were for me a blur. I was fine on arrival, hiking through a little forest of scaffolding, eucalyptus, and white tents with a publicist from the Kelly Slater Wave Company, which built and runs the place. The valley heat was fierce but dry. House music rode on a light northwest breeze.

Not really sure how the story finishes because we lost interest about three paragraphs in, but you might not. Give the link a click and see for yourself.

[Link: The New Yorker]

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Apple CEO Tweets Surfer’s Journal Cover

by The Editors on December 9, 2018

Tim Cook, the man running what is often the world’s most valuable company (Apple, duh!) sent out a photo via Twitter from The Surfer’s Journal because the cover was shot on an iPhone by Zak Noyle.

The point here being, all you need is a brand new iPhone and you too can shoot photos like this. Seriously, you’re only $1,100 away from a cover shot right now. Get on it. Happy Holidays.

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Dakine Sold To Marquee Brands

by The Editors on December 6, 2018

Marquee Brands, LLC, owners of zombie brands like Body Glove, Ben Sherman, and Bruno Magli, announced yesterday (December 5, 2018) that they have acquired the Dakine brand along with all related intellectual property. They’ve also partnered with JR286 to operate the brand.

Marquee Brands and JR286, who will develop Dakine’s core categories, will maintain dedicated teams for the brand in Hood River, Los Angeles, California, and Annecy, France. Ken Meidell, Dakine’s current CEO, will be joining the Marquee Brands team.

Last we checked Dakine was owned by Altamont Capital, which also holds majority positions in Brixton, Fox Head, and Mervin Manufacturing. They paid $70 million for Dakine when they bought it from Billabong in 2013, wonder what this sale means for the rest of the portfolio. Maybe nothing, maybe something. For the official word from Marquee, please follow the jump.

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Last Month’s News (or so) Today

by The Editors on November 30, 2018

We were planning on doing these super list news link updates on the weekly, but last month seemed a bit shorter and our slow typing fingers failed the task. Take this as a catch up on all the news that caught our eye lately. we’ll attempt to do better moving forward. . . or not. Follow the jump for all the stories. Happy Friday.

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Vans Signs Michael February To Global Team

by The Editors on November 30, 2018

Vans just signed South African pro surfer Michael February to their global footwear and apparel team.

Recently featured in Vans’ surf film Can’t Steal Our Vibe alongside fellow teammates the Gudauskas brothers, February has been a driving force in Vans’ philanthropic initiative to inspire at-risk youth in South Africa through surfing. In partnership with Waves for Change, February helped to collect over 750 surfboards for local South Africa townships, helping kids heal through surfing.

For the official word from Vans, please follow the jump.
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Bruce Irons Arrested On DUI Drugs Charges

by The Editors on November 29, 2018

The good news is that Bruce Irons is still alive, the bad news is that he was arrested in a gas station parking lot in Newport Beach, California on Thanksgiving morning (November 22, 2018) at 9:23 AM, according to law enforcement sources quoted on TMZ.

Law enforcement tells TMZ Sports Irons was found passed out behind the wheel of a running car at a gas station. Cops responded, found Irons, woke him up and determined he was under the influence of drugs. He was arrested without incident. . . According to police records, Irons was booked for DUI Drugs, possession of a controlled substance without prescription and driving without a valid license. Bail was set at $2,500.

There are obviously aspects of Bruce’s life that we will never understand, because from the . We hope that this serves as a serious wake-up call so Bruce can get his life in order, because there is no way we want to see another Irons family movie from the crew at TGR Films. Know what we mean?

For more commentary check out Beachgrit and BoardRap.

[Link: TMZ]

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Jamie Brisick’s Malibu Fire Story

by The Editors on November 28, 2018

Writer and former pro surfer Jamie Brisick has a story in The New Yorker, sadly, he had to lose his home to the Malibu fire to make it happen. In his Personal History story A Surfer’s Perspective on Malibu In Flames he explains what it was like to go back in during the evacuation to check on things. Here’s a piece.

The homes leading up to mine were gone, and so were the homes across the street. I pulled into the gravel driveway and got out of my car. The burning smell was like a punch in the face. There was nothing left of the front house, a ranch-style home where my neighbors—a husband, wife, twin thirteen-year-old daughters, and two loud dogs—had lived. I followed the winding concrete footpath back to my guesthouse. It used to be shaded by a canopy of trees, but the trees were no longer. Ditto the surfboard rack that held a half-dozen prized boards. I’d never seen a burned surfboard before. The foam had disintegrated, but the fibreglass husks remained. They resembled shed skin, or cocoons.

For the rest of his story, please click the link. Brisick’s perspective has much more to do with his being a great writer, than it does with being a surfer, but those East Coasties seem to have a thing for surfers who can write.

[Link: The New Yorker]

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