Archive for June, 2012
Ignoring for a moment the fact that very few skateboarders in the world dream of riding a skateboard down a set of stairs, Po-Chih Lai’s Stair Rover is an interesting design. Here’s what the artist Po-Chih says about it:
The piece aims to expanding the capability and possibility of extreme sports as we understand them. Inherited from our natural instincts, sliding as children and snowboarding as adults, the focus is on one of the most influential and stimulating sports – skateboading, aiming to push the boundaries further. The piece creates a groundbreaking form of sport which previously never existed and utilises the hidden energy of our cities – stairs. STAIR ROVER – the Stairboard is a product that relies on the other product – stairs, which are found easily within the human habitat, especially in cities. This is an outstanding performance reflecting where we as residents live and what we love.
Reminds us that art is what artists do.
JVC, one of the sleeping Japanese electronics giants, has apparently decided that it wants a piece of that action sports personal video market with the launch of the Adixxion GC-XA-1. (Addiction, get it?), according to a post on Slashgear.com.
The camera weighs 0.28 pounds and is waterproof to a depth of 16.4 feet, shockproof with the ability to survive a drop from 6.5 feet up, and it’s dustproof and freeze proof as well. The outside of the camera is covered with a scratch resistant rubber texture and the rear LCD is a 1.5-inch unit. The camera also has dual standard tripod holes for mounting the camera on a tripod. . . Integrated Wi-Fi functionality allows the camera to sync with a smartphone wirelessly to frame a shot and check recording even when the camera is mounted in a spot that you can’t reach easily.
Sounds like just the camera we’ve been looking for.
Tony Hawk takes up behind the scenes at the 2012 X Games street practice (yeah, apparently they’re going on) with Paul Rodriguez, Manny Santiago, Tom Remillard, Ryan Decenzo, David Loy, Mike Taylor, Lizard King, Nyjah Huston, David Gonzalez, Ryan Sheckler and all the heads.
Store manager Damian Kordick said the store closed due to a lack of sales. . . “Rent for all the businesses on Telegraph is extremely high,” Kordick said. . . Not long ago, Kordick’s finance team decided it would be best not to resign the store’s lease, both for Volcom and for Berkeley customers.
He also pointed out that clothing stores were “kind of saturated in the Berkeley area, what with Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, different department stores in the city.” Well, at least Volcom still has Pac Sun, right?
[Link: Daily Californian]
Wow. Things just seem to be getting worse and worse from Pacific Sunwear. The action mall retailer reported a net loss of $106.4 million dollars in the year ended January 28, 2012, according to a story in the Orange County Business Journal.
Chief Executive Gary Schoenfeld told shareholders in the company’s 2011 annual report, released Wednesday [June 27, 2012], that improving “clarity with consumers about what PacSun stands for as a brand and why they should love to shop with us” is among its top priorities.
Yes, getting people into the stores to buy things would seem like a pretty good plan, especially as the ongoing “turn around” has only resulted in in increasing losses (Pac Sun lost only $96.6 million last year). Retail is hell.
[Link: OC Business Journal]
BNQT the “action sports” content aggregation site owned by USA Today has some new division mates as the parent company rolls all their online sports properties (MMAjunkie.com, Big Lead Sports properties, etc. . . ) into one mammoth sporting media property called USA Today Sports Digital Properties.
“USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties is designed to strategically integrate our premium sports properties to create compelling content for sports fans,” said Tom Beusse, President of the USA TODAY Sports Media Group. “Chris brings the digital marketing expertise necessary to lead this team, which we believe will make USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties a one-stop shop for fans, and for brand advertisers seeking to engage sports fans in meaningful and unique ways.”
Those following along will remember that Beusse was once responsible for Transworld Media properties as the top dog at Time4 Media (until it was sold to The Bonnier Corp in early 2007). Not to worry, however, as this merger probably won’t have any effect whatsoever on BNQT’s compelling bikini girl coverage. Follow the jump for the official release. Continue reading ‘BNQT Gets Balled Up Into USA Today Digital’
Let’s see if we’re reading this cartoon right: The Agenda Show is leading the way over competitors like (LMFAO) Surf Expo and Magic/S.L.A.T.E.? Reminds us how much we’re looking forward to Agenda NYC July 16-17, 2012.
[Link: Agenda Show]
Everyone could use a little boredom killing every now and again. Thankfully, Bode Merrill delivers.
[Link: Bonfire Snowboarding]
Nothing says tourist like a good, blinding, farmer tan and an aloha shirt. This summer collab from A Bathing Ape and Undefeated just might be the most epic Hawaiian print ever. Check the entire line at Undefeated. The summer collection goes on sale June 30, 2012.
The mountain states are set to get splattered as Lifeblood and Blood Wizard team up for a skatepark tour through Idaho, Utah, and Colorado July 6 through 16, 2012. Follow it all in the Instasphere at @blood_wizard, @toadally, @originalbk, @local_joey65.