Factory Media Officially Stops The Presses

by The Editors on March 30, 2015

Factory MediaWe tweeted it the other day (after reading about it on Everyone has been posting about it. But for your pleasure, the official explanation of why Factory Media has finally decided to go digital with most of its titles and stop wasting everyone’s time, money, and coffee table space with printed issues.

Darryl Newton, CEO of Factory Media, said: “The prospect of focusing wholly on the areas of our business that are experiencing unprecedented demand is both logical and incredibly exciting. Last year saw a leap of over 200% in our branded-­content production activities, with digital ad revenues up by 25%. Although moving on from our heritage as a magazine publisher is an emotional shift, it also represents a significant opportunity to create even more content for a significantly larger online audience without the barriers of accessibility and affordability.”

As we said in our tweet, the only reason they went as long as they did with print is because many misguided marketing people still have massive chubbers for paper and ink. Not sure why, but they do. Unfortunately for those who print magazine, those marketing people are slowly being phased out. And because of that many media companies are no longer interested in printing magazines that no one is reading. For the official word from Factory, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]


ESM Photographer Joe McGovern Dies

by The Editors on January 8, 2015

B9315791645Z.1 20150108154801 000 Gm39Kdvtm.1-0Joe McGovern, a long-time photographer for Eastern Surf Magazine died almost a week after being pulled unconscious from the ocean at Paradise Beach Park on Sunday, January 4, 2015 according to a story in Florida Today. McGovern was 64.

He died Wednesday [January 7, 2014] at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne surrounded by family and friends. The Providence, Rhode Island native is survived by his wife, three daughters, mother, brother and other family members. . . “It’s a total shock,” said Dick “Mez” Meseroll, the co-owner of the magazine who worked with McGovern to cover surfing and some of the sport’s top events. McGovern was enjoying his annual trip to Brevard to enjoy the warm surf when the accident happened, Meseroll said. . . “He was extremely fit and was once a lifeguard. It sounds like he took a bad fall in the waves. I saw him a few hours before. He came to my house, dropped his bags and the next thing I know I got a call about the accident. I can tell you that a lot of people are shedding tears,” he said.

McGovern never regained consciousness. Our thoughts are with McGoverns friends, family, and the entire ESM family. Click here for ESM’s Joe McGovern memorial page.

[Link: Florida Today & ESM]


Lonely Planet Buys In To TGR

by The Editors on January 7, 2015

LonelytetonLonely Planet, the publisher of quality world travel guides, has acquired a “strategic stake” in snowboarding and ski film making company Teton Gravity Research for an undisclosed amount.

TGR is part of a rapidly developing strategy of expanding Lonely Planet’s global footprint, broadening its offerings in television and video, digital commerce, and original content. The two companies will continue to operate independently of one another while working closely to expand content and reach, providing TGR resources to grow and evolve in the changing media landscape with a focus on high-end content. TGR co-founders, brothers Steve and Todd Jones, will retain their ownership interest and continue to lead TGR as co-CEOs in the company’s Jackson Hole home.

This one makes sense, right? Content distributors need quality content and content creators need distribution. For the official word from TGR, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]


What The Hell Is A BeachGrit?

by The Editors on January 5, 2015


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!

See? Doesn’t that snappy bit of prose lift your loins like a sandy crack selfie? Apparently, Anastasia Ashley’s literary rump wasn’t driving as many clicks as it used to so BeachGrit has enlisted Ruth Bader Ginsberg (above) as their new “it girl.” Follow the jump for the official word from Rielly & Smith or just click the link and see it for yourself. [click to continue…]


Oakley’s Snowboarding: For Me Free Today

by The Editors on November 3, 2014

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If you didn’t make it to the Lido Theatre in Newport Beach, California last week for the premiere of Oakley’s snowboarding movie Snowboarding: For Me, you’ll have your chance to see it today. Oakley is streaming the film free all day today (November 3, 2014). If you don’t watch it today free, you’ll have to buy it in the iTunes store tomorrow. What are you waiting for? It’s only Monday. . .


Is Fuel TV Getting A Relaunch?

by The Editors on October 30, 2014


According to a newly launched Facebook page (birthed on October 24, 2014) and flying under the banner Fuel TV it would appear that the ground breaking action sports channel is giving it another go. The page includes the cryptic:

Coming to a device near you…The new and improved FUEL TV. Wherever, whenever you want it. Stay tuned!

Rumors are that Fuel TV’s original visionary CJ Olivares has grabbed the Fuel trademark and intellectual property back from Fox Sports and is currently rolling forward with a little help from some other former Fuel TV supporters. It will be great to see Olivares, who left Fuel in April of 2011, back at the controls of what was a ground-breaking action media effort. We’re hoping the the official word will be out soon. When it arrives we’ll update the post.


Vampire Surfers Who Turn Into Sharks

by The Editors on October 16, 2014

Slide-Dark-Surf-Book-140930Ever since Lost Boys we’ve thought action sports needed its own vampire story and now, thanks to Monterey, California writer Tina C. Zmak we may finally have it. Her new (self-published) book is titled Dark Surf, according to a story in the Monterey County Weekly. It’s goes something like this:

Tristan is the leader of a group of night surfers, the Nomads. He is the only one capable of transforming ordinary vampires into shapeshifting vampire sharks. He got the ability after a run-in with a shark and some radioactive waste near the Farallones: “[The shark] released Tristan and swam away, pondering the unfamiliar flavor. Deciding she liked it, she circled back and zoomed in for the kill, excited about the idea of eating something foreign and exotic, even if it was bony… As the shark hit the water, Tristan jumped on top of her. He grabbed the shark by the steel-gray gills lined up behind her head. He tore into her, covering her face with bite marks.”

Sounds pretty terrible, but the book features Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Santa Cruz as locations so if you’re up for it click the link.

[Link: Dark Surf]


Flakezine Quoted In The Atlantic

by The Editors on October 13, 2014

Fktarget1Graybeards who have followed along with online snowboard media since way back in the mid 90s may remember a site from the pre “blog” days called Flakezine. It hasn’t been updated in nearly nine years, but that hasn’t stopped The Atlantic from quoting from an old Sherman Poppen interview in a new post titled Snowboarding Was Almost Called Snurfing.

The way the story goes, as he told flakezine—” the world’s only honest critique of advertising, marketing, and greed gone silly in the world of snowboarding”—in 1994, he decided to try an experiment . . .

We all know the rest of that story, but if you don’t click here for the complete Poppen interview or click the link for the rest of the old, old story.

[Link: The Atlantic]


A Blizzard Of Winter Product Print Guides

by The Editors on September 8, 2014

We won’t really mention much more than to say it’s been really, really hot lately. So hot that we’re forced to spend most of our afternoons in search of air-conditioned and/or shady wet spaces.

Yesterday, our hunt took us to a Barnes & Noble where, to our surprise, they still have a very large and seemingly vibrant newsstand filled with magazines. As we brought our core temps down out of the fever range, we had the chance to check out how the three majors (Snowboard, Snowboarder, and Snowboarding) handled their annual product previews. Firstly, we were astounded by how much time, energy, and creativity the went into reproducing all the manufacturer’s websites in print. Don’t think that anyone is coasting in the print biz these days. They’re all working their asses off.

After cruising through the issues we decided that our favorite was Snowboard Mag’s “The Product Collection” issue. Editor Susie Floros and her team got the product mix just right. They had to most visually compelling product shots and action images, but more importantly they got the story telling side of the product down. And that’s not easy when everyone just wants their new graphics to get some play. Our favorite features were the interviews and profiles on people who make the snowboard industry work. Sure, no one went off message, but it was nice to see what some snow heads are up to, where they came from, and where they think snowboarding is headed.

We’d have more to say, but the air con in B&N was so frosty that we nearly froze and had to put the magazine back and go outside to warm up. Mission accomplished.


Francis Brings Out The Worst In Antihero

by The Editors on July 18, 2014


To celebrate the release of Todd Francis’ new book Look Away, Antihero Skateboards is launching a reissue collection called Worst of the Worst.

Check out the mini site to see the limited tees, sticker packs and hand signed limited decks, along with a sneak peek at Todd’s new book including unseen artwork, original sketches and classic board graphics for Antihero and more. Available Now in Select Skate shops.

For the young this is all new, fas or the rest of you, just let the nostalgia splash over you like a spilled PBR. Then no one will notice your tears for better days.

[Link: Antihero]