On Saturday, July 30, 2011 the US Open of Surfing kicked off with the Nike Junior Pro and the beginning of the biggest week in North American pro surfing. Nineteen-year-old Maxime Huscenot ruled day one with the highest heat total of 15.67.
“Huntington is a really hard wave and this morning I got lucky and got two waves at the beginning and it put me in a good position for the whole heat,” Huscenot said. “My second heat was a bit harder because the tide was high and there were not many waves as well.”
We think by “hard” he means shifty and fickle. But that’s why trying to surf the Huntington Beach pier is so much fun. For more info on day one, follow the jump. For a complete schedule with absolutely everything you need to know click here, or click here for the free US Open iPhone app and be the US Open source of information for all your friends. [click to continue…]
Agenda has tightened things up a little when it comes to attendees for their show at The Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, California on August 3-4, 2011. While the show is still free to qualified attendees, pre-registration is required. If you believe you should be there and haven’t registered yet, click here, fill out the form, and then you’ll be notified by email if you’re good to go. This way, you don’t have to show up and beg to get in. Which is better for everyone. Click the link for more info.
According to their new ad in the August 2011 issue of Snowboarder Magazine (we subscribe on Zinio) when you think of their Artifact Rocker, Rome Snowboards would also like you to think about blown out, aging porn stars. Apparently, both are “stuffed with hot rods.” Get it? Hot rods.
Here is an example of why we’ve always liked pro shred Kevin Jones and why he is a refreshing reset button for snowboarding. In an interview with Russell Winfield on Yobeat,com Jones was asked if he “took a bunch of time off from snowboarding.” KJ’s answer:
No, I didn’t take time off snowboarding, I stopped being a tool bag for the idiots that control snowboarding “culture”. I just snowboarded without cameras for three years…. it was very refreshing.
Kevin “stopped being a tool bag for the idiots.” That may be the best line of snowboard poetry we’ve ever read. It nice to see Kevin back on the mic. Click the link for the rest.
Daniel Bobis apparently hit another surfer’s board after emerging from the barrel of a powerful, 10-foot (3-meter) wave. His leash broke and his board washed to shore. A member of the search and rescue team said Bobis’ body was found about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from where he’d last been seen.
Our thoughts are with Bobis’s family and friends. As Kelly Slater said about Bobis in a Tweet last night: “He was a good man.”
Action Industry veteran Matt Patterson has reportedly signed on as VP of Marketing and Business Development for SponsorMe. Here’s what Matto has to say about his new employer.
“SME is positioned perfectly to assist action sports brands to bridge the gap between their core and non-core audiences seamlessly and with all the credibility and authenticity they are known for,” said Patterson. “We are living in interesting times, very few small brands have survived this recent economic torpor and most of the exciting new developments are coming from the big guys these days. Red Bull, Monster and Nike are the labels kids are in to and we are finding an ever expanding group of influential taste-makers and culture-vultures that are okay with this new twist. It’s no-longer a sin to be successful and the action sports industry needs a platform that can speak with credibility to this group.”
We’ve never been able to figure out exactly what SponsorMe business model is, and Matto’s explanation doesn’t help much. Follow the jump and see if you can figure it out. [click to continue…]
There really is only one affordable way to spend the summer riding at Mt. Hood–and that’s by digging. Yobeat.com takes a look at the day in the life of the crew that keeps Windells on the smooth and groomed.