SurfAid’s Destination Rote Needs You

by The Editors on May 26, 2022

After more than two decades of providing a hand up to families in remote surf communities, SurfAid is proud to launch a new three-year program to improve the nutrition status of children living on the remote surf island of Rote. The project, Destination Rote, is a three year plan that aims to improve the nutrition status of these children.

Sadly, in some villages on Rote island, half of the children are stunted from malnutrition, a lack of food security and a nutritious diet. . . Not only do children who experience stunting face ongoing hunger, but they also have an increased risk of mortality, disease, developmental delays, diminished ability to learn, lower school achievement, and reduced lifelong productivity. We know addressing infant stunting is critical to ensuring children get the best possible start in life.

Destination Rote will cover 12 villages in three key vulnerable sub-districts of Rote, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. More than 1,500 children under the age of five will be reached with improved nutrition, healthcare, and clean water. And this can’t happen without your help. So, please click the link to make a donation or click the link below for more information.

[Link: SurfAid]


William Finnegan Pumps Kai Lenny Up

by The Editors on May 24, 2022

In these days of “influencers” and “getting paid” and “content as commerce” it’s difficult to look at a personality profile in a national magazine (like The New Yorker) as anything more than a puff piece designed to increase revenue for the person being featured.

How can a writer, in this case surfer and Pulitzer Prize winner William Finnegan, feel like anything more than a small cog in Kai Lenny’s PR machine? Does it even matter if the story is good? Or well written? Or insightful? It’s Kai Lenny in The New Yorker, getting more views and more attention so he can get more cash from more sponsors. And maybe that’s how it’s always been, but lately, it seems just a little blown out. Then again, we’re likely part of the problem as we’ve written and posted this before even reading the story, because, why?

[Link: The New Yorker]


Jamie O’Brien Makes Waves In SoCal

by The Editors on May 24, 2022

Jamie O’Brien and the Stay Psyched crew make two, two, two waves at once. Hard to believe that anyone has ever moved more sand with one shovel. Or, that such ecological shenanigans can go unpunished in Southern California. Crazy.


A Simple List Of News Headlines

by The Editors on May 16, 2022

By clicking the “continue” link at the bottom of this blurb, you will encounter a list of headlines that refer to our topics, namely, skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, fashion, and finally, business. Many of these stories have been read by “The Editors,” and many have not. 

The list of headlines style is evidence of the slow evolution of this site and The Editors themselves. Snark has been annoying for nearly a decade (deja vu from last month), and The Editors realized there is no longer any reason to restate what other people have written to make it funnier. Few have time for witty nor funny when it slows the speed of information consumption.

Nothing is getting in the way here. Follow the jump and read the list. If there are brands, people, or topics that interest you, please use the search function in your browser and jump to it straight away. Enjoy.

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Washington State’s Ultimate Beachcomber

by The Editors on May 16, 2022

Hakai Magazine brings the story of John Anderson of Forks, Washington and his North American Beachcombing Museum. It’s a huge collection of the stuff we all see on the beach but usually don’t want to carry home.

Housed in what was once Anderson’s plumbing workshop, the collection typifies humanity’s peculiar relationship with stuff—from the age of organic pollution to the age of plastic pollution. . . There is beauty to be found in the handwritten letters stuffed into glass bottles, in the Japanese glass fishing floats, and in the wavy lines of the ancient fossilized mollusks. There is a ghoulishness too: a candy-colored collection of plastic doll heads; hard hats that once sat on the heads of unknown laborers; the encrusted bristles of the most personal of items—toothbrushes. John’s Beachcombing Museum has it all.

For all the details on how you can visit the museum next time you’re driving the 101 on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, click the link.

[Link: Hakai Magazine vis Boing Boing]


Happy Ears: The Best Ear Plugs We’ve Tried

by The Editors on May 9, 2022

One of the best parts of travel is blasting your hippocampus with a solid stream of new sights, smells, and sounds. Sometimes, however, the sounds can get in the way of properly adjusting to life off the jet in a new time zone. Those times call for the cone of silence. And we’ve found no better way to do that than with Happy Ears ear plugs. They block sound at night, and keep every last drop of the ocean out of our ears while surfing. At only about $17 a pair, it’s not that big of a deal if you happen to lose one (we haven’t yet).

The reason we’re talking about this now is that the Malmo, Sweden based Happy Ears company has just launched a line of new plugs made entirely from post consumer ocean plastics.

Introducing Happy Ears OP; The first reusable earplugs made of ocean plastics! Sourced from post consumer ocean plastics in the North Pacific and North Atlantic oceans, Happy Ears OP offer the exact same fit and functionality as our Original earplug. Happy Ears OP packaging is made of paper with water based ink making it both recyclable and compostable. So long foam earplugs!

Happy Ears come in three sizes. Order a “discovery pack” for $35, which includes a pair of each size, and then once you find your size, you can order more. We’ve tried a bunch of different ear plugs, and for all-around use in and out of the water (and at concert venues) nothing compares.

[Link: Happy Ears]


Bend Surfer Dies On Deschutes River Wave

by The Editors on May 4, 2022

A 17-year-old surfer died on Saturday, April 20, 2022 after apparently getting trapped underwater while surfing the river wave in The Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon according to a story in The Bulletin.

Ben Murphy, 17, was taken to the hospital after being trapped for six minutes underwater. He was pronounced dead at St. Charles Bend, his family confirmed in a Facebook post. . . Murphy was pulled from the water by bystanders and members of the group he was with, and first responders performed CPR on him for 30 minutes before he was taken to St. Charles Bend, the release said.

The popular Bend surfing spot will reportedly “remain flat” until further notice until the conditions can be completely assessed. Our thoughts are with the Murphy family and friends.

[Link: The Bulletin]



ISA World Para Surfing Championship 2022

by The Editors on May 3, 2022

Following the hugely successful 2021 Pismo Beach International Surfing Association World Para Surfing Championship hosted by AmpSurf, the ISA is pleased to announce the renewal of its partnership with Pismo Beach and AmpSurf to host the 2022 edition of the event once again in Pismo Beach, California, USA.

“The ISA is super committed to the long-term growth and promotion of Para Surfing world-wide. We are grateful for partners like Pismo Beach and AmpSurf who share this commitment and embrace the ISA’s mission to create a better world through surfing,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “The World Para Surfing Championship is a key element of that mission. The global community of para surfers know how powerful surfing can be in healing the mind, body and spirit.

Set to take place on December 4-11, 2022, the Championship will feature the world’s best para surfers competing for their nations and the coveted ISA World Para Surfing Team Champion Trophy. For all the official details, please follow the jump.
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Trevor Jacob Stripped Of Pilot’s License

by The Editors on April 25, 2022

Well, after all that hoopla about having to bail out of his stalled plane in a parachute the Federal Aviation Administration has officially taken former pro snowboarder Trevor Jacob’s pilot license away from him stating that he “crashed the plane as a stunt,” according to a story in the Washington Post.

The FAA cited several pieces of evidence that Jacob intentionally crashed his plane in November, saying he did not call air traffic control, try to restart the engine or attempt to land the plane “even though there were multiple areas within gliding range in which you could have made a safe landing.”

And because of this, they are taking away Trevor’s right to pilot an aircraft in America. Looks like he’ll have to stick to skydiving and ultralights from now on if he wants to go flying. Hope the Youtube views were worth it. He certainly got some milage out of this one.

[Link: The Washington Post]


Gunny Is The New President of Woodward

by The Editors on April 16, 2022

Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson, the guy who long ago built a business out of shaping snow at resorts around the world (Snow Park Technologies), has been named the new President of Woodward, the “action sports experiential” company owned by POWDR, who also own Snowbird, Park City, Mt. Bachelor, Copper Mountain, Killington, and six other mountains.

POWDR’s CEO, Justin Sibley, commented, “Woodward is an amazing brand with world class facilities and a focus on safe progression that are a critical ingredient to the future of action sports. I don’t know anyone with a better track record in the action sports, snow sports, and youth programming than Gunny. He is an invaluable advisor to our leadership team, and I look forward to his vision and counsel going forward as we continue to strive to grow, expand, and unify the Woodward brand.”

Yes, indeed. It looks like Gunny is doing well these days. Big job. Woodward now consists of Woodward Park City, Woodward PA, Woodward Copper in Colorado, Woodward Tahoe, and Woodward West in Stallion Springs, CA. (And yeah, Woodward PA still does dance, cheer, and gymnastics camps among other things.) For the official word from POWDR please follow the jump.

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