For the past 10 years news producer Tammy Haddad has thrown a brunch party at her home the morning before the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, DC.
The brunch features one of the most exclusive guest lists on the celebrity party circuit. For today’s event (April 30, 2011), aside from inviting Sarah Palin, Scarlett Johansson, and Rupert and Wendi Murdoch, Haddad invited Shaun White, according to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Georgetown brunch was sponsored by Tammy Haddad and Ted Greenberg; Kevin Sheekey, Hilary Rosen, Mark Ein, Alex Castellanos, Anita Dunn, Bill Knapp, Jim Courtovich, David Adler, Steve McMahon and Franco Nuschese. . . Two charities were highlighted : CURE Epilepsy, founded by Susan Axelrod, whose husband, David, is a key Obama advisor and White Ribbon Alliance, overseen by Wendi Murdoch, married to media mogul Rupert.
We’re guessing this is one of those parties that CAA requires Shaun to attend. After looking at Shaun’s posh garb there really is no other explanation.
How quickly things change. After four years of Stephanie Gilmore taking pretty much everything on the ASP Women’s World tour it seems the next generation has moved in to take over. Australian Sally Fitzgibbons defeated Hawaiian Coco Ho 16 to 8.86 in the finals of the TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival at Taranaki, New Zealand on Saturday April 30, 2011 making it two in a row, after three years on tour without a win.
“This means the world to me, I’m so stoked to get a win here in New Zealand,” Fitzgibbons said. “Last year I got runner-up so to take the win today is extra special. . . The waves today were pretty challenging,” Fitzgibbons said. “Entering the water I saw a little peak down the beach, it was a risky move but it paid off this time. I just went out there and thought I’m in the final and I just wanted to go for it and that’s where I was going to surf. “
The Board of Directors for SnowSports Industries America (SIA) announced today that the SIA Snow Show will continue to be held in the late January/early February timeframe. Given the many factors and constituencies SIA’s Board had to consider, the goal was to provide Show dates that would be beneficial to all aspects of the industry. . . “At the end of the day, the voice of the retail community and our sales reps was heard loud and clear,” said Tim Petrick, SIA’s Chairman. “The earlier dates were not going to work for the U.S. retail community, so we needed to find a solution that worked for our customers.”
And what a solution it was. Keep the dates the same. Just think of all the meetings that were required to do absolutely nothing about the SIA dates. For the rest of the details, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Luckily, for all of us, Thorne has recently taken up snowboarding and made the unfortunate purchase of a pair of 180s Gloves from Harrisonburg, Virginia’s Function 4 Sports. Here’s how he described it to a shop employee via email:
Assuming the gloves would be waterproof for use in the snow (possibly due to being told “these are waterproof gloves for use in the snow”) I was surprised to find they became soaked within seconds and bled black ink down my sleeves and all over the front of my jacket. . . Returning to the store immediately, brandishing both the result and receipt, I politely stated that I was not seeking compensation for the ruined jacket, just simply wished to exchange the gloves for a pair not designed to destroy everything they come into contact with. . . I was told, “Fuck off. You’ve worn them.”
In response to Function 4 Sport’s stunning customer service it appears that someone created an ad for Function 4 Sports offering a “Free Burton Snowboard With Ride Boot And Bindings. . . only 4,800 Packages available, no purchase necessary” The ad resulted in over “5,000 calls” to the store according to a quoted mail. From there things only got worse. Click the link for a little reminder that you never know what a customer is capable of especially after telling them to “fuck off.”
Few have been more mired in the skateboarding industry than Alien Workshop founder Chris Carter. Last night (April 26, 2011) at the IASC Skateboarding SummitShop-Eat-Surf.com’s Tiffany Montgomery interviewed Chris. It was only the second interview he has ever given. Chris tells the whole story of his start in skateboarding, founding Alien Workshop, selling the business to Burton, and how he’s working to keep the brand relevant in a changing market.
It is long (over an hour) but if you care about skateboarding you should watch it.
[Editors' Note: it only took us eight minutes to realize the table and chairs were ruining the shot. It gets better at the nine minute mark. Sorry.]