Patagonia has announced that they will be releasing their Personal Surf Inflation (PSI) Vest sometime this spring to big wave surfers, however, only those who go through the BWRAG Big Wave Safety Course will be able to purchase one. The company will also license their patented designs to other manufacturers and donate the proceeds to help save Punta de Lobos, an iconic and endangered Chilean surf break.
“The PSI Vest has already played a huge role in giving surfers the confidence to take the sport of big wave surfing to the next level.” said Jason McCaffrey, Patagonia’s Director of Surf. “We invested heavily in testing and refining the PSI Vest, and sought feedback from hundreds of the best surfers in the world, in order to bring to market the best product possible. The PSI Vest will help reduce the risks involved in riding the world’s biggest waves, and I’m excited that licensing fees from our extensive R&D work will be another tool we can use to help protect coastal ecosystems.”
For the official word from Patagonia, please follow the jump.
Collabs are cool because they let a little brand give guidance to a big brand for a while withouthaving to deal with any much big brand drama. And then, after it’s over, the little brand can just go back to doing what they do. Like this deal between Maui’s Plate Lunch brothers Gregg and Cory Kaplan and Dakine.
Documentary filmmaker Dayla Soul spent three years following NorCal’s hard charging big wave women around the “red triangle” and the result is the new film It Ain’t Pretty.
A documentary about the challenges and triumphs of female big wave surfers, IT AIN’T PRETTY follows the quickly-growing women’s big wave movement, as well as exposing rampant sexism in the water, in the media and within the surf industry. An Official Selection at 2016 DocFest and Sydney and Hawaii Film Festivals, as well as an audience favorite at festivals including the International Surf Film Festival, the Honolulu Surf Film Festival, the New York City Women’s Surf Film Festival and others, this compelling doc makes its home entertainment debut on Digital HD and Cable VOD, on all leading digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon. Google Play and Comcast.
We did think it was funny how Soul squeezed all that surfer girl ass into the clip by making fun of it. Clever, huh? The film debuts February 14, 2017. For more on the film, please follow the jump.
Capitola, California entrepreneur Griffin Guess, the guy running the Titans of Mavericks big wave surf contest and Big Cartel Management reportedly filed for bankruptcy on both businesses on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, according to a story in the Mercury News.
Cartel Management Inc. and Titans of Mavericks LLC, . . . filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid a sea of legal and financial problems. . . It’s unclear exactly what the twin bankruptcies mean for the contest this year and in years to come, since Cartel last year obtained a new five-year permit from the San Mateo County Harbor District to run the contest off Pillar Point.
But there is more:
The bankruptcies come on the heels of a judgment this fall in which jurors found Cartel and Guess’s wife, swimsuit model Marissa Miller, owed a company $1 million for breaching a contract to promote sunless tanning products and a tanning salon in Southern California. . . On Friday, Red Bull Media House filed a breach of contract and unlawful enrichment claim against Cartel and Titans of Mavericks for $400,000. Red Bull has broadcast the Mavericks contest live on the internet. . . Cartel also owes $280,000 to Fox Sports in another disputed claim, according to the bankruptcy filing. The harbor district is owed $6,600 as part of the government contract involving the Mavericks contest.
Guess says none of this should really worry fans of big wave surfing as the bankruptcy is part of a “strategy” to sell off the intellectual property rights and get them into the hands of someone who can “gain from all our hard work,” he said.
In fact, Titans of Mavericks spokesperson Kelsey Kaulukukui said in an email to the Mercury News that none of this should suggest that the contest won’t happen this year. Remember, bankruptcy is just big business’s way of saying, “whoops.”
If you have an Apple TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Chromecast,Nexus Player, Roku Player, Roku TV, or Xbox console you will likely be able to watch the 2017 Volcom Pipeline Pro surf contest live thanks to our friends at the Colored Cow. The contest may start tomorrow (February 1, 2017).
With the best surfer in history, Kelly Slater, looking to defend his title and stars like Jamie O’Brien & John John Florence looking to unseat the champion, the competition promises to be intense. Participants will fight for a prize purse of $75,000 and valuable points in the World Surf League Qualifying Series. Additionally, the Volcom Pipe Pro gives local Hawaiian surfers the opportunity to compete alongside the tour pros and potentially earn their way into the Billabong Pipe Masters.
Patagonia has sponsored a new film The More Things Change by Nathan Myers and Gerry Lopez, featuring Dave Rastovich, Rob Machado and Rizal Tanjung.
When Gerry Lopez first surfed Uluwatu in 1974, the fabled Balinese wave was magical, empty and pristine. Gerry returned to Uluwatu 40 years later to find it bustling, developed and profoundly changed. After a week of surfing and yoga, however, Gerry tapped into a spirit of place that continues to endure. . . In recent years, booming popularity has placed huge environmental pressure on the Uluwatu area. Project Clean Uluwatu is working to ease this pressure and restore the area’s pristine nature.
To watch the entire film, please click play. For more info and/or to make a donation to Project Clean Uluwatu, please click the link below.
Former Billabong CEO Matthew Perrin was sentenced to eight years in prison for fraud and forgery on January 27, 2017, according to a story on News.com.au.
In sentencing the 44-year-old to eight years behind bars, District Court Judge Julie Dick said he still had “no self realisation or remorse”. . . “You seem to simply refuse to recognise that it was you who forged documents and you who caused them to be presented to the bank,” Judge Dick said. . . She said he blamed his ex-wife Nicole Bricknell, the Commonwealth Bank and his former business partners.
Doesn’t sound like odd behavior for a corporate CEO. This one just got caught, it seems. But it’s not over for him. He’s 44 year old and will be eligible for parole in 2021, unless his lawyers can overturn his conviction on appeal, which is exactly what they are going claiming “the jury’s verdict ‘was unsafe and unsatisfactory’.”
Unfortunately, in Australia it seems that they don’t have special country club prisons for white-collar criminals and Perrin will be placed in Arthur Gorrie Prison with “rapists and murderers” according to a story in the Gold Coast News.
The CEO of a privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streamed content production (mostly surfing sport) announced yesterday (Wednesday, January 11, 2017) that he is leaving the company that he helped create.
“It has always been my intention to pass the baton to someone at the right time to lead the next phase of what we have all created,” he said. “I believe that time is now. With the acquisition of the Kelly Slater Wave Company, we are at a remarkable inflection point in the League’s history and we are ready for a new leader who can guide the organization to even greater accomplishments.”
We did not have high hopes for the organization when it began, however, it has done an amazing job of packaging and presenting pro surfing to the global audience. We still believe the global audience which they are selling sponsorship against is much smaller than their business (and their high production values) can viably support, but they have survived for five years and likely will keep going as long as their current interim CEO wants to.
As we have mentioned before, this CEO appears to have a knack for leaving companies just before they implode. This could be because he’s such a great leader that the companies are unable to survive without him, or maybe it’s a sixth sense for getting out just in time. Either way, it will be sad to see him go — especially for those who enjoyed making fun of him.
For the official exit message from the CEO, please follow the jump.