Lipke + Highsnobiety + Mercedes

by The Editors on March 24, 2015

Nothing like a fast new car and a couple good waves to get the blood pumping in the morning. Highsnobiety, Mercedes, and Marlon Lipke get together to make it all work. This edit is another reminder, however, that each time we see a Mercedes it makes us want to test drive a Tesla. . . is that weird?

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Street League Rolls To Barcelona In May

by The Editors on March 24, 2015

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Rob Dyrdek is taking the Street League Skateboarding message into all the world for 2015 with a “pro open” scheduled for Barcelona, Spain May 16-17, 2015.

Following the SLS Nike SB Pro Open in Barcelona, the 2015 SLS Nike SB World Tour officially kicks off in Los Angeles, CA, moving on to New York City neighbor Newark, NJ, then on to Chicago, IL. The season’s first arena stop will return to skateboarding’s hometown of Los Angeles, where in 2014 SLS saw its first ever sold-out crowd. Also a first in League history, SLS will bring the full 25-Pro League roster out to the East Coast where traditionally fans there have witnessed only the Top 8 Pros battle it out in the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship. In 2015, the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship will now be held in the America’s heartland in Chicago, IL, bridging the East and West Coast skate scenes.

For the official word from Street League, including dates, locations, and TV broadcast schedule, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Mikey B’s Area 241 On Going Off Grid

by The Editors on March 23, 2015

The Going Off Grid show host Laura Ling gets a tour of Mikey Basich’s Area 241 house on 40 acres near Northern California’s Donner Summit. It’s a great look into living right. To bed with the sun, up with the sun. Man, brother Mikey!

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Zeal Signs 4 Time Olympian Kjersti Buaas

by The Editors on March 23, 2015

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Snowboarder Kjersti Buaas has some new gear up and protecting her eyeballs. Yep, she’s reportedly now on the Zeal Optic program.

Growing up in Norway, Kjersti was on skis before most of us began walking. Starting at age one, Kjersti was born to be on the snow. At age 12, she tried snowboarding for the first time, and was instantly hooked. “My passion for snowboarding started at age 12, when I tried it for the first time and absolutely fell in love. Since then, I have had this never ending motivation to learn and express myself as much on my board as I possible can, whether it’s a trick in the park or if it’s just a lofty air into powder” says Kjersti.

For the official word from Zeal, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Luan Oliveira Owns 2015 Tampa Pro

by The Editors on March 23, 2015

After watching Luan Oliveira over-kill the 2015 Tampa Pro we’re seriously wondering if there will ever be a better display of technical contest skateboarding, ever. Not only did Oliveira hit every single thing he tried in his final runs, he kept going long after his time was up with five or six more makes before a miss. In fact, in his winning run he went 20 tricks deep before a falter. It was mind-blowing.

Sure, Nyjah Huston, who finished in second, gave it a solid go with his practiced precision, but Oliveira’s threw everything he had at it and he didn’t miss. Watch the video and you’ll see. For the complete results, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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One Dead In Los Altos Skate Park Shooting

by The Editors on March 23, 2015

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Last night, at Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Los Altos Skate Park, seven people were shot and one has died, another is in critical condition, according to a story in the Albuquerque Journal.

One person is dead and six others injured following a Sunday night shooting at a skate park in Northeast Albuquerque and police don’t know who the shooter or shooters are, a spokesman said. . . Officers were called to Los Altos skate park just before 10 p.m. Sunday night. They arrived to find a large crowd, with one person dead on the sidewalk and others injured, Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier said. Three people were immediately rushed to a local hospital.

According to a story on KRQE.com it all started with a fight:

Police are not saying what led up to the shooting, but witnesses said it started as a fight, then one man went to his car, grabbed a gun and started shooting. . . At this time one subject is deceased and another is in critical condition. The other five victims appear to have sustained non-life threatening injuries. . . Witnesses said the fight Sunday possibly started over a stolen skateboard. Then they said someone started shooting. . . “I don’t know, I can’t even explain it because I’m just hoping my sister’s alright because I don’t know really what happened,” said witness Mariah Cruz. “They just started shooting and stuff and my godmother and stuff were just holding their kids.”

The Los Altos Skatepark reportedly has a long history of violence. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and we hope justice is eventually served.

[Link: Albuquerque Journal and KRQE TV]

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Smith Starts No Hate-Mongering Petition

by The Editors on March 20, 2015

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Beachgrit.com’s Chas Smith has started a petition on Change.org suggesting that there should be “No Hate-Mongering in Surf Media by The Inertia.” We don’t read the inert site ourselves, but apparently a writer there started a petition to get Gabriel Medina suspended from the Pro Show because he went off script during that apparel sponsored event at Snapper Rocks. And Chas didn’t like that one bit:

Trey Highton, whose title is Poet/Surf Scholar/Ocean Activist (and whose name might actually be Henry), posted a 15,000 word piece today titled Gabriel Medina, Samsung and the Axis of Evil. In it he argues that Gabby should be fined $101,000 for using swears and criticizing commissioner Kieren Perrow (hereafter “Pierrow”) and suspended from Bells.

We couldn’t believe Highton’s story (or petition) was anything more than a joke and/or link bait. (Even though that event production company has apparently fined the current world champ). But again, we don’t really understand where most of the site’s writers are coming from. If you’d like to jump in on the high jinks please, click the link.

[Link: Beach Grit]

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Active Launches First Digital Catalog

by The Editors on March 20, 2015

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Okay, so it’s taken Active Ride Shop a while to truly embrace the digital future, but since they made the effort we might as well welcome them with open arms. Yes, On March 19, 2015 Active launched its first “digital catalog.”

Viewers that click on an Active team rider or brand spotlight within the catalog are brought to the online store where they can see the entire collection and easily make a purchase. Known for providing the best product and service in the skate mail order business, this new digital catalog will compliment Active’s multi-medium mail order business that will still include its classic printed catalog. . . The world has become a very digital and social place in the time since print catalogs and magazines were king. The new Active Ride Shop Spring 15 digital catalog connects with people’s lifestyles through their phones, iPads or computers with social media buttons built into it so readers can easily share the newest signature product, Active Team Rider skate shots and brand features with their friends.

Again, it sounds a lot like what we were telling people in 1996, but then we were a little too far ahead of the curve on that one. Maybe now is the perfect time to jump in. Gotta admit, it’s a pretty smooth way to look at all the gear that’s out for sale right now. Much easier than burrowing through all the brands’ websites. For the official word from Active, please follow the jump.

[Link: Active Ride Shop Catalog] [click to continue…]

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BA. KU.: The Barrier Kult Art Book

by The Editors on March 19, 2015

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powerHouse Books will be releasing a new book of photos and text featuring Vancouver’s mythical Barrier Kult skateboarding gang titled BA. KU. The words will be provided by Deer Man of Dark Woods with photography by Anthony Tafuro.

They’re an assembly of incognito professional skateboarders that ritualize their skill on concrete barriers. The team was created ten years ago by Deer Man of Dark Woods and Depth Leviathan Dweller, who decided to adorn a mask of anonymity after growing tired of the repetition of the professional skate world. One would argue that the Barrier Kult’s entire way of skating is repetitive, but the team takes this as a challenge to land big tricks… on stone cold concrete.

The 224 page 7.5 x 9 inch hardcover book goes on sale June 2015 for $40.00. Until then, click here for a BA. KU. preview.

[Link: powerHouse]

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Trevor Colden’s Parks & Wreck

by The Editors on March 18, 2015

There were rumors. There were rumors that it “only took Trevor Colden one session to destroy the Diamond Park and hook up the locals up with some free trucks for the newest Thunder Trucks Parks & Wreck.”

Okay, it wasn’t a rumor. It was a press release. But that’s okay, isn’t it?

[Link: Thunder Trucks]

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