Archive for September, 2012
Looks like 686′s Patrick McCarthy has been putting in a little time behind the desk. Nerdcore 2013, huh?
A gem thief in Montgomery Township, Pennsylvania hid out in a Costco until the place was closed and then made off with $91,000 in jewels, according to a story on 6abc.com. The only thing police have to go on is a DC Shoes hat.
Store cameras capture him wandering around the aisles dressed all in black and wearing a hat like with a logo from DC Shoes. . . When the coast is clear, he hides, though police aren’t publicly releasing where. . . “It’s an area where if someone was hiding there, an employee would not look in that particular area to see if anyone was still in there,” said Detective Bennis. . . . The suspect stays hidden for roughly three and a half hours as the store closes and employees do a final sweep to make sure customers are gone. . . Around midnight, 15 minutes after the last employee leaves, the man makes his move, grabbing a TV before he crashes it into jewelry cases in complete darkness.
Guess he has to pay for those drifting tires somehow.
The Australian has a great Fred Pawle overview of all the dire news that’s been clogging the surf blogs lately, describing what could make September 2012 the worst month even in surf business ever.
The turbulence began on September 17, when news leaked that Rip Curl, the iconic multinational surf company founded in Torquay in 1969 and still mostly owned by surf buddies Brian Singer and Doug Warbrick, had been quietly placed on the market. Their subsequent press release gave only vague reasons for the sale. Requests from Inquirer for an interview were declined. . . Three days later, in a reflection of the business world’s appetite for equity in surf labels, one of two offers from venture capitalists for Billabong, the Gold Coast multinational struggling to pay off hundreds of millions of dollars in debt, was withdrawn. The other, from TPG, is half the value of a previous offer made earlier this year. . . On the same day, New York law firm Levi & Korsinsky announced it was investigating “compensation to certain executives” at Quiksilver, another Australian-born surf label, now listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Turns out that even though Quik’s loss increased from $9.68 million in 2010 to $21 million in 2011, CEO Bob McKnight’s salary increased from $2.91 million to over $10.2 million. We wouldn’t mind a 300% pay increase year over year, would you? Click the link for the rest.
[Link: The Australian]
Have to be honest. The Quiksilver Pro France 2012 kind of snuck up on us. Before we knew it eight heats of Round 1 were already over. What bummed us most was missed wildcard Dane Reynolds sending ASP number 2 Joel Parkinson directly into round two.
“The waves were pretty fun out there when they came through,” Reynolds said. “It’s nice and spread out so Joel (Parkinson) and Bede (Durbidge) were kind of down on their own peak and I was up on my own peak which is always nice. I’m not much of a hassler. Competition is fun for me and I don’t put pressure on myself to do well. I do like to see how I perform in this environment though and that’s why I do these.”
We do so like seeing Mr. Reynolds surf when he is in the mood. Looks like we’ll have to wait until Round 3 now. The Quiksilver Pro France waiting period runs September 28 – October 8, 2012. Follow the jump for the official word from the ASP and complete results. Continue reading ‘La Graviere Lights Up For Quiksilver Pro’
The skateboarding community lost another good one on Thursday, September 28, 2012 when Ian Barry, 22, of Encinitas, California died from injuries he sustained in an apparent tumble down a cliff at Encinitas’ Moonlight Beach, according to a story in on NBC San Diego.
At about 3 a.m., Ian Barry was found at the base of a 100-foot cliff in Encinitas by a bystander who was out for a walk. . . . Barry, a well-known skater in the North County known by his friends as “Poods,” was discovered with life-threatening injuries and was unconscious when medics arrived.
Barry was then transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California, but succumbed to his injuries. Barry had been a Brixton team skater who was then hired to work at the Oceanside, California based clothing company. He’d worked at Brixton for the past three years and was an important member of the Brixton Family, according to company co-founder David Stoddard.
Ian “Poods” Barry. Never met anyone with a heart as big as his. He thought of everyone before himself. He loved his family, friends, skateboarding and motorcycles. We’re going to miss skating our bowl and going on adventures with you brother. Thanks for always making us feel special and showing us how we should all love one another. You had a personality like no other and we’re proud to call you our family. Your legacy will live on forever.
Our thoughts are Ian’s friends and family.
It’s only the first official week of fall and water temps are still in the high 60s, but the chilly mornings make putting on some rubber essential. Patagonia’s R1Back-Zip Full Suit is the perfect thing for surfers wanting to stay warm without overheating.
Made using Patagonia’s high-density nitrogen cell structured 2 mm neoprene and lined in a bright green recycled polyester and nylon, the full suit is available for both men and women.
If a full suit isn’t your thing, the R1 series is rated for 65–75 degree water temps and comes in a variety of styles for those looking for a little less rubber. Click here to find a dealer near you.
See, Supra likes women. Really, regardless of what you may have heard they must or they wouldn’t have designed a new pink Skytop for women called the Pink Party Skytop in collaboration with Elyse Walker.
“Pink Party is a celebration of women, fashion, friendship, and life,” said Elyse Walker. “We are celebrating eight years of philanthropy supporting one of the premier medical and research centers in the world. It is without question that this year’s Pink Party will be bigger and better than ever.”
For more on the shoe and the 2012 Pink Party follow the jump. Continue reading ‘Supra’s Pink Party Skytop Fights Cancer’
We know what you’re saying to yourself: More Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails? Who cares about a bunch of crushed ice in the mountains of Los Angeles. Well, apparently Arbor and Flux care. And to tell you the truth we like this edit better than the one we posted earlier. So there.
Jeff Grosso rounds up skaters Eddie Elguera and Salman Agah to discuss the origins of “fake” and “switch.” For those who could never figure out the difference, this could be required viewing.
Speaking of Mountains, in three minutes with Lance Mountain you’ll learn more than spending a week with a stack of old skate mags. The highlight of this episode of Free Lunch is Lance talking about his father’s Museum of Military Memorabilia.
About half the collection is British military. Dazzling dress uniforms for the British Dragoons, Hussars and Lancers stand at attention. One case contains bandsmen’s uniforms from each of the five regiments of foot guards of the Household Division, more commonly known as the Life Guards.
Just click it and see.
[Link: Ride Channel]