The Eddie has always been about the Aikau family. It begins and ends with them. Their blessing of the event each year is the single most spiritual happening in the world of surf.
In October 2016, the Aikau family said they were not interested in continuing their relationship with Quiksilver. According to a story in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser it had nothing to do with money. While we would have been sad to see the event end, we would line up behind the Aikau family every time when it comes to decisions about The Eddie.
Luckily, for fans of big wave contest surfing, the Aikau family, Quiksilver, and a certain live surfing event production and content generation company came to what is being reported as an “11th hour” agreement to open the waiting period for the 32nd annual event. The opening ceremonies are tomorrow, December 1, 2016 at Waimea Bay Beach Park. If you’re on the North Shore we know you’ll be there. We’re just bummed we’re going to miss it.
Merge4 brings together four boardsports heavies in the pursuit of quality socks. Founded by former Sessions co-owner Cindi Ferreira Busenhart, skater/artist Keith Meek, Las Vegas restauranteur Gigli Locatelli, and legendary skater and Santa Cruz Bicycles founder Rob Roskopp, Merge4 is delivering a slew of art socks featuring the works of artists and athletes including: Mofo, Ed Colver, Dave “Nelly” Nelson, Bad Otis Link, Dirk Vermin, Scott Greathouse, Timmy Reyes, Koa Rothman, Matt Rockhold, Steve Caballero, Wee Man, and Mike Basich.
How’s that for a deep crew? For all the details (and to order some sock for your drawer) click the link.
You heard Johnny. Mountain High is now open and covered in white stuff so we guess it’s time for SoCal to dig out the snowboards, trade in the palms for pines and start pretending it’s winter all over again. . . or something like that.
What has Troy Eckart been up to since peacing out from Volcom after the big sale? It appears that he’s been doing what a lot of people with the time to do what they want do — he’s been flexing around on padded mats striking poses. So much time, in fact, that he decided he needed some clothes to wear “in his practice.” That is apparently why he and Derek Sabori founded a new yoga clothing company for men called Kozm, according to a story on Observer.com.
“When I decided to shop around, on a search for products that might be better suited for my practice, I realized I didn’t personally connect with much; from aesthetic to business ethics. I kept looking and came up short. That’s what really sparked the idea to do something on my own,” he [Eckart] told the Observer.
Seems like reason enough, right? Can’t keep Eckart and Sabori out of the garment game for long.
The Palos Verdes Estates, California surf gang known as the Bay Boys will be short one club house this week after AMPCO Contracting Inc. was paid $61,511 to tear it down, according to a story in the LA Times. Workers reportedly used a helicopter to airlift jackhammers and other equipment used to remove the structure. It should be a thing of the past by Friday December 2, 2016.
The Bay Boys began building the so-called “fort” 30 years ago, on the rugged shoreline of Rocky Point, at one of Southern California’s best and most notorious surf spots. They cemented in stone retaining walls and a patio with a stone table, fire pit, rock bench and wood canopy. An adjacent seating area contains a wooden bench covered by a wood frame with palm fronds.
Even without the fort, it seems doubtful that the Boys will be any more welcoming to visiting surfers, but it’s a symbolic step in the right direction.
‘Tis the season for consolidation and with K2 and Ride Snowboards for sale it’s no wonder that other brands aren’t doing the same. We’d all heard about it awhile ago, but it’s official now: the Swiss snowboard originators at Nidecker have picked up Flow Snowboards.
“NIDECKER’s roots run deep with Flow as NIDECKER and FLOW did a cross license agreement for the use of a certain Technology that contributed to the “Speed Entry Bindings” revolution for which FLOW has become the world leader of, ” says Henry Nidecker, CEO of the Nidecker Group. “This acquisition is very complementary to our existing brands and will help drive revenue and other core initiatives in the coming years helping the NIDECKER GROUP reach a new level of competitiveness in the global market.”
Flow joins Jones Snowboards, Yes Snowboards, and Now Bindings in the Nidecker family. Handshakes and shakas all around. For the official word from Nidecker, please follow the jump.
2 John Florence returned home to Hawaii as the 2016 world surfing champion and now, after winning the first jewel of the Hawaiian Triple Crown at Haleiwa he’s proven that he’s not about to kick back and relax.
“It’s been the best year of my life for sure,” said Florence atop the podium. “So happy to be back home and with my family and friends. I couldn’t have done it without my mom, my brothers supporting me my whole life. The Johnson family, Pyzel has been a big help with everything. Thanks to everyone down here today, coming down and supporting us and cheering us on. The security team has been a great help, the Hawaiian Water Patrol, you guys are always doing a great job. Thanks to WSL, and I’m stoked.”
For the official word from the company that sanctions the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, please follow the jump.
Vans continues their 50th Anniversary celebration with the rerelease of Salman Agah’s first pro skate shoe.
Built with Vans’ proven ULTRACUSH HD sockliners for resilient cushioning and advanced comfort, the Salman Agah Reissue Pro combines Vans’ original waffle outsole with DURACAP reinforced underlays for premium durability. The legendary silhouette features contrast stitching across suede uppers, the original woven elephant tongue label, and the shoe’s defining rubber toe cap, deeply cherished by skateboarders today.
The Aaah reissue arrives in stores all around the world on November 19, 2016. For the official word from Vans, please follow the jump.
The Gonz is good. Helmets are good. And Pro-Tec has put the two together by adding the legendary skateboarder to their team.
“Adding Mark to the Pro-Tec team seems like a perfect fit with the already iconic riders,” says R.P. Bess Protec Global Brand Director. “We’re really looking forward to working with him on a signature helmet. Adding Gonz art to our Full Cut is a perfect combination of authenticity and cool.”
Mr. Gonzales joins a stacked Pro-Tec team that includes fellow legends Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Jason Jessee, Bucky Lasek, Rune Glifberg and rising stars Jimmy Wilkins, Sam Beckett, Alex Perelson, Lizzie Armanto, Josh Borden, Allysha Le and many more. For the official word from Pro-Tec, please follow the jump.