Surfing

Surftech + Sharp Eye = New Fusion E2s

by The Editors on September 1, 2017

In surf hardgood news (and it’s so nice to see there is some) Surftech, makers of fine, durable surf technology has partnered with San Diego, California based Sharp Eye Surfboards for three new Fusion E2 boards: the Disco, Disco Cheater, and the Filipe Toledo endorsed Modern 2 models.

“I am very excited to be involved with a company as well rooted and established as Surftech” says Marcio Zouvi, Owner of Sharp Eye Surfboards. The technology they bring along with their understanding of manufacturing and distribution will allow my team and I to focus more time to designing the wildest and most progressive boards we can dream of.”

Indeed. For the official word from Surftech, please follow the jump.
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Agenda Adds Live Music To The Mix

by The Editors on July 18, 2017

We didn’t attend Agenda. In fact, we haven’t been to one of the shows for what seems like years now (2014 it seems), but truth up, no one called to say they missed us so guess we’re all good. Luckily, LA Weekly went this year so we got the word on this year’s summer Agenda show from an outside source. Which is a good thing every once in a while.

Here’s a sample of what LA Weekly’s Ivan Fernandez had to share:

The layout was such that everyone had to walk through the pop-up shops area first before arriving to either music stage. That’s probably why most of the people arriving to watch the Beat Junkies were dressed in new shirts branded with cartoon characters, or sporting new pairs of limited-edition kicks imported from Japan, or strapped with giant novelty backpacks large enough to carry three average-sized toddlers.

Kind of bummed we missed Tyler. . . again, but don’t think we missed much else. Click the link for the rest. 

[Link: LA Weekly]

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Kelly Slater: Ouch, My Foot Is Broken

by The Editors on July 16, 2017

Man down, man down! Seems things aren’t all grand at the piss beer open in South Africa.
We were sad to see that the Great One had a little trouble in the barrel. Apparently,
these things happen to the best of them.

 

You ever folded your entire foot backwards? If you try it sometime, this is what it might look like. I pulled into a barrel this morning and the whitewash bounced the board back into my foot as I hit the closeout, taking all the pressure into the metatarsals. Kinda like smashing my foot with a big hammer as hard as I can. Sorta feels like I’m giving birth out of my foot right now! I’m guessing surgery and 6 week holiday is in order. Not looking forward to 30 hour flight home before surgery though. Ouch! It sucks but so many people deal with such horrible things around this world everyday that a broken foot is pretty minor in the scheme of things. Sometimes a bad thing is a good thing. I’ll make the best of my time off. #ThatsGonnaLeaveAMark #INeedElephantTranquilizers

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Marzo’s Bookkeeper Lands In Jail

by The Editors on July 13, 2017

Felicidad Alcon Rivera, a bookkeeper convicted of embezzling more than $373,000 from Clay Marzo and his mother has been sentenced to two years and 11 months in prison and must make restitution to the Marzos, according to story on Maui Now.

Rivera was indicted on 13 counts of wire fraud in October of 2016 in connection with her work as a bookkeeper for Marzo and his mother.  That complaint alleged that Rivera wrote herself 193 checks over six-and-a-half years from the accounts of Marzo and his mother.

It will probably take a while for Clay and his mom to get their money back, but it’s good to see justice served.

[Link: Maui Now]

 

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Switchfoot Bro-Am Raises $200,000

by The Editors on June 28, 2017

On Saturday, June 24, 2017, Switchfoot’s 13th Annual Bro Am at Encinitas, California’s Moonlight Beach brought 17,000 people to the shore, made them dance, and raised more than $200,000 for San Diego youth initiatives.

“We are so honored that the local community would partner with us to host such a unique, inclusive, and meaningful event to help local kids in need,” says Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman. “To see our hometown come together and help deserving kids is an incredible experience. Surfing, Music, and the San Diego scene at its best.”

We’re always glad to see good people doing great things. Aren’t you? For the official word including all the detail from Switchfoot please follow the jump.

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Built To Fail: A Streetwear Story

by The Editors on June 16, 2017

No shock to anyone really, but we’ve never understood the “streetwear” thing. We know what it’s like to desire every single piece of kit we’d see on our favorite skaters, surfers, and snowboarders, but we never got our heads around the fetishization of those clothes by people who seemed to be more into the fashion (and we mean that in an East Coast/NYC way) than the skateboarding. We’re hoping Bobby Hundreds‘ new documentary Built To Fail: A Street Wear Story will finally enlighten us.

BUILT TO FAIL: A STREETWEAR STORY takes you through the history of streetwear, including the subculture of LA’s surf & skate scene, the punk rock scene, and the rise of graffiti street art out of NY. The film features interviews with Tommy Hilfiger, Russell Simmons, A$AP Rocky, Benny Gold, and​ ​LA-based designers such as Eli Bonerz (X-Large), “Bobby Tribal” Ruiz (Tribal), and​ ​Rick Klotz (Freshjive).

Built To Fail premiere’s this Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Los Angeles Film Festival at 8:35pm at the ArcLight Santa Monica. For more info click the link.

[Link: LA Film Fest]

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Aikau Family Suffers Possible Murder-Suicide

by The Editors on June 14, 2017

Sad news from Pauoa, Hawaii. The Star Advertiser is reporting that Gerald Aikau, 42, the nephew of big wave surfing legend Eddie Aikau, was found dead on the Aikau family property the morning of June 13, 2017. Inside a cottage his 7-year-old son Reef was also found dead. 

Police are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide, pending the outcome of autopsies by a medical examiner. . . Myra said his [Gerald’s] uncle Clyde Aikau discovered Gerald’s body hanging from a tree and tried to resuscitate him but was unsuccessful. Clyde went into the cottage and found Reef and tried unsuccessfully to try to revive his nephew as well. Police, who received a call from the house at 5:45 a.m., said both the man and boy suffered “multiple injuries” with the boy injured by a sharp object.

Gerald and his wife Katherine Bullock Aikau were reportedly in the middle of a rough divorce. Our thoughts are with Clyde, Myra, Katherine, and the entire Aikau family.

[Link: The Star Advertiser]

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China Beach: Surfing During Vietnam

by The Editors on June 14, 2017

On Saturday June 10, 2017 the California Surf Museum opened an extensive, beautifully curated new exhibit titled China Beach: Surfing During the Vietnam War and the Healing Power of Wave-riding in Oceanside, California.

“The purpose of this exhibit is to portray the little-known but fascinating story of surfing in the combat zones of Vietnam,” says California Surf Museum President and exhibit curator Jim Kempton. “It explores the unique surfing experience of the era, what it meant to those veterans, and how they were able to use surfing as a healing mechanism both during the war and after they returned.”

The exhibit will be on display until February 2018. If you’re in Oside, it’s definitely worth checking out. The California Surf Museum is located at 312 Pier View Way, in Oceanside, California. For the official word form the California Surf Museum, follow the jump.

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Nixon’s Greek Surf Mission

by The Editors on June 5, 2017

To anyone who’s spent a day staring out the window of a Minoan Line ferry looking for surf in the Agean Sea this vid will seem like fiction. Yes, we spotted wave with potential off the coast of Delos, one fall during a storm, but nothing like what Nixon surfers Marlon Lipke, Yannick De Jager and Gony Zubizarreta found on this trip.

Chances to score are always very low considering the consistency of swells and the difficulty to predict conditions. Timing is key, local connexions are priceless. All they needed was a call: a friend and local shaper guaranteed them that the conditions displayed on the weather forecast would turn the coast into an idyllic playground, and it did.

Guess so. This whole edit was snagged in one day, and when the day was done, so was the surf.

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France Wins ISA Team World Championships

by The Editors on May 30, 2017

Heading into the final day of the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz, France, the ISA has announced that the host country Team France has made history and won their first-ever Team World Championship in the competition.

Team France got off to a spectacular start with Pauline Ado and Johanne Defay finishing with Gold and Silver in the Women’s Division earlier this week, and now Jeremy Flores and Joan Duru have advanced to the Men’s Semifinals on Sunday. With these results, no other team is in a position to reach France’s point totals.

Viva la France. Click here for the full results. For the official word from the ISA please follow the jump.

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