They’ve gone against the odds, but Monster Children, the fashion/culture mag for action kids, just published their 50th issue. Yes, they’re still in business.
. . . a milestone for the independent magazine established in Australia in 2003. The specially curated Issue 50 is based around the notion of ‘Heroes’ and features exclusive interviews with 50 individuals that Monster Children love and admire. . . Also interviewed for the issue are skate industry icon Keith Hufnagal, fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti, artist Barry McGee, film makersGlendyn Ivin and Nabil Elderkin, legendary musicians Warren Ellis and Ian MacKaye, world champion longboarder Kelia Moniz and Papua New Guinean born soul singer Ngaiire. Although the issue features many big names, the issue also highlights a new generation of surfers, skateboarders, artists and creatives.
Our favorite interview was with Chris Noble, the co-founder of Level Mag on how they finally realized they were losing money with each issue and just quit. It’s unlikely that Monster Children will follow a similar path because we all know how good they are about keeping smiles on their advertisers’ faces.
Jake and Donna Burton Carpenter’s sons George and Timothy, are apparently responsible for accidentally torching Mount Mansfield’s historic Stone Hut just before Christmas, after getting the place warmed up for a friend who they thought was spending the night, according to a story in the Vermont Digger.
The brothers and a few friends “built the fire up really big” in the wood stove, and brought in some wet wood from outside, which they leaned up against the stove to dry out, the report said. . . A few of the pieces were placed at an angle where the tip of the wood was against the stove and made a ‘hissing’ sound as the snow began to melt against it,” the police report reads. . . The group left the hut and headed down the mountain at 2:40 p.m. About five hours later, they realized the friend they expected to spend the night at the hut didn’t show up.
Sometime later, the Hut caught on fire, however, the fire was not reported until 7 AM the next morning by a lift mechanic. The Carpenters have reportedly pledged $100,000 for the restoration of the hut. Pretty expensive way to learn that whole Smokey The Bear “never leave a fire unattended” thing.
Head USA is recalling six models of helmets sold from January 2015, through December 2015 because the “helmets do not comply with the impact requirements of safety standards for helmets.” In other words, the helmets are not actually helmets.
This recall involves six models of HEAD ski and snowboard helmets: Agent, Alia, Andor, Arise, Arosa and Avril. They were sold in sizes M/L and XL/XXL in black, blue, green white and yellow, with straps in a variety of colors. . . HEAD, the model name, size and “Production Code: Dec. 2014” are printed on stickers that can be found by lifting the lining above the right earpiece.
If you are one of the 440 people who bought one of these helmets please contact Head at 800-874-3235 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at http://www.head.com/index.php?id=1313.
The US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has agreed to the terms of Quiksilver’s $175 million financing deal with Oaktree Capital and Bank of America, according to a post on Just-Style.
“We are pleased to have court approval of the final DIP financing allowing our reorganisation to proceed on track as well as an additional $10m to pay pre-petition claims for critical vendors, said Pierre Agnes, CEO of Quiksilver. “We will continue to work in close cooperation with the Creditors Committee to execute our financial and operational restructuring, which is designed to restore the company to long-term financial health. We look forward to emerging from the Chapter 11 process, a stronger company better positioned to prosper into the future.”
Wonder what will be so different this time around (aside from getting out from under a bunch of debt and having a new load of cash)? We’ll all have to wait and see.
Here’s some decidedly not April Fools news. Patagonia is kicking off their Worn Wear Mobile Tour tomorrow April 2, 2015 in Ventura, California. They’re taking members of their Reno, Nevada warehouse repair staff on the road to fix your stuff for you for FREE.
The Worn Wear Wagon is a one-of-a-kind custom vehicle, created by artist/surfer Jay Nelson. The solar-powered camper shell is made from redwood salvaged from giant wine barrels and mounted on a ’91 Dodge Cummins fueled by biodiesel. The mobile repair shop, complete with an Industrial Juki sewing machine, will be open to anyone who brings in a garment, regardless of brand. The tour will aim to educate visitors about the philosophy behind Patagonia’s Worn Wear program, in addition to offering up some fun with food, drinks and live music.
If you have some gear that needs repairing follow the jump for a complete schedule of where the Worn Wear Wagon will be, and when. [click to continue…]
Stab magazine founder Derek Rielly and Welcome To Paradise Now Go To Hell author Chas Smith believe that some surfers are still interested in viewing clever, well written groupings of words and photos related to surfing. And for all 11 of you who are interested yet have grown tired of the incessantly sincere sniveling of The Inertia they have created BeachGrit. Here’s how they see it:
BeachGrit is as fearless as it is fun. It does what no other space in surf does because it has seen it all and knows that surfing is light, loose and libertine. Every day is a new day and there is much to explore. Surfing is, after all, the most anti-depressive thing ever!
We were saddened to learn on Friday July 25, 2014 that after 24 years, Seattle’s longtime core action sports retailer SnoCon is closing its doors. It is a northwest snowboard institution whose influence on the sport and core retailing will be missed greatly industry wide. Founder John Logic, notified staff on Friday that their final work day would be the following day, Saturday July 26.
Tough retail conditions are largely to blame according an email from Logic, “[SnoCon] tried to get right for five years, after 17 golden ones, but they couldn’t right the ship,” he said. “Even an upside down boat will float. It’s just not much of a party cruise, ya know?”
For the rest of the story, please follow the jump.
These high-frequency energy drink consumers were also more likely to meet the criteria for alcohol dependence, as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Compared with students who abstained from using energy drinks, the high-frequency users were 2.4 times more likely to be considered alcohol dependent; compared with the low-frequency group, they were 86% more likely.
Researchers weren’t sure if the data went the other way, however, as students may use the energy drinks to “overcome the affects of hangovers.” Either way, it reminds us of something a skate team manager said when we accidentally kicked over a can of Monster at a recent skate contest: “No worries,” he said. “You just saved some kid’s life.”
Talk in the Rally world regarding Ken Block is often harsh, mostly because he was able to come out of nowhere and immediately become one of the most talked about rally driver in America. But all that aside he won the 2010 Rally America 100 Acre Wood Rally for the fifth time in a row this weekend according to a post on RallyBuzz.
“I can’t tell you how difficult and challenging this weekend has been,” said Block. “This is the location of my first national rally win, so I have now won this rally five years in a row and it is a pretty good feeling to get the Fiesta home in first. The Fiesta is a big change from the car I was racing before, but I am finally starting to come to grips with how to drive it and how to go as fast as I can. It is very fun to drive and I am really enjoying the Fiesta.”
Travis Patrana was leading by over a minute when rear suspension damage put him out of the race. In an odd twist BMXer Dave Mirra finished fourth.
Our favorite E Television announcer Sal Masekela may not have kicked Diddy’s hiney (or bettered Oprah’s 1994 time of 4:29:20), but he did finish all 26.2 miles of the New York City Marathon and in so doing ended up raising $80,000 for Stoked Mentoring, according to a story on UsMagazine.com.
“One hundred percent of the money I raised will go to Stoked.org,” Masekela told Usmagazine.com before the race. After crossing the finish line, Masekela Tweeted: “Well Tweeps, I let you down. Didn’t beat @iamdiddy. Hit a wall from hell at 18. Finished around 5 hrs. Hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
To beat Diddy he needed to be under 4:15. But no matter. He finished and Stoked Mentoring wins big.