Bruce Brown: A Life of Endless Summers

by The Editors on September 7, 2020

Dana Brown, son of the late legendary surf filmmaker Bruce Brown, has a new film that follows one last trip that he took with his dad– a trip to catch up with all his old friends. It’s called A Life of Endless Summers: The Bruce Brown Story. It premiered in Newport Beach at a Drive-in theatre. And it is well worth a watch for fans of The Endless Summer or On Any Sunday. For the rest of the story, click the link.

[Link: Surfline.com]

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ISA Annual Scholarship Applications Open

by The Editors on September 4, 2020

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has opened their annual scholarship program that supports underserved surfers who are 18 and under. Here’s what ISA President Fernando Aguerre says:

“We have always known that our commitment to the global development of surfing goes way beyond competition. The ISA Scholarship Program is a shining example of that commitment, and for me personally, a great source of pride and gratification.. . While relatively small in resources, this program has had a huge impact on the lives of these young people. This program puts into practice our mission of a better world through surfing by fostering education and the joy of surfing.

Know someone who you think could benefit from one of these scholarships? Click here to apply. For the official word from the ISA, please follow the jump.

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Airblaster Hires Ricky Hower

by The Editors on August 19, 2020

Airblaster is welcoming Ricky Hower to the snowboarder-owned and operated brand as Marketing Manager. Hower worked for Timberline Lodge and Ski Resort of the last 20 years, most recently as marketing manager. Ricky will oversee all aspects of marketing, including team management, and will report to Co-Founder/Brand Director/Designer, Jesse Grandkoski.

“It feels kinda like Charlie getting the keys to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, except nobody had to be turned into a giant blueberry or almost drown in liquid chocolate. My wife has described it as Cinderella finding her glass slipper. I think both of those sentiments hit pretty close to home for me. Airblaster has had a special place in my heart for well over a decade; the products, the people, and the message are things I back heavily. I am thankful for the opportunity, excited for the future, and stoked to share how fun snowboarding is with the world,” said Hower.

For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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Play THPS with “Actual Tony Hawk”

by The Editors on August 18, 2020

The Skatepark Project wants you to know that you can win a chance to play Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ 1 + 2 with “actual Tony Hawk.” Actual Tony Hawk? Okay.

Tony has teamed up with online fundraising platform Omaze to give YOU that chance! You and a friend could be flown out to Tony’s practice facility in San Diego to play the remastered game, skate and grab lunch together. Up for it? Enter at omaze.com/tony and use the promo code SKATE50 for 50 extra entries. . . Omaze connects charities, once-in-a-lifetime prizes and people who want to make a difference. Every donation for this experience will support our work here at The Skatepark Project—and you can donate as little as $10.

What do you have to lose? Click the link for more info.

[Link: Omaze.com]

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Monday Morning Top News Lists

by The Editors on August 17, 2020

Good morning. Welcome to the new week, in the new-new, of the new now, with our same old list of stories. It may seems like each day is the same as the last, but this list of stories will prove that is not the case. Things are happening in the world outside. Some of them are good, many bad, but all of them peaked at least a small slice of our interest. Maybe your’s as well. Follow the jump for all the headlines.

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Joe Curren Responds To GoFund Me Story

by The Editors on August 14, 2020

A surfboard shaper from the East Coast (Paul J. Schmidt) created a gofundme campaign to raise money for legendary surfboard shaper Pat Curren and his wife Mary after meeting them in the Swami’s parking lot in Encinitas, California. You may remember two of Pat’s sons (Tom and Joe). We didn’t post the original gofundme story for all kinds of reasons, none of which is that we don’t want to help surf legends in need. Now, thanks to a post on BeachGrit we learned a little more about the Curren family’s side of the story from Joe Curren. Here’s how he responded on Instagram:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I’ve been getting a lot of questions and reading stories about a go fund me campaign recently set up for my dad asking for $100,000 to help him with financial issues. Yes, it’s true he’s struggling financially. The truth is, this has been going on for a long time. I speak for all of the Curren family when I say we love and care about my dad very much. My brother Tom and I, my sisters Anna and Malie, my dad’s brothers Mike and Terry and the entire family have all have been quietly trying to help him, doing the best we can, for years and years. It has been challenging and complicated, and we have always run into a major road block. We don’t know the person who started the go fund me. We first heard about the campaign Sunday morning on my dad’s birthday, after it was launched. We were surprised and disappointed that we were not notified about the campaign beforehand. We’ve always respected my dad’s wish to keep this kind of stuff private. Now it’s gone public. Its nice to see the positive statements being made about my dad. It’s sad to see the negative comments being said from people who don’t know the whole story. We hope my dad gets the money, he deserves it.

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[Link: BeachGrit]

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Vans’ Doug Palladini Talks The Current Now

by The Editors on August 13, 2020

We drove past the Vans World HQ in Costa Mesa, California last week on another of our NorCal-to-SoCal journeys. We saw empty parking lots, a large construction project in their backyard, and thought to ourselves–we should check in with Doug Palladini to see how Vans is handling the current situation. Few in action sports are dealing with more of the new now than the global president of Vans.

As many would point out, that would require us to do a little more work than we’re used to doing. Luckily, GroupY (which is turning 14 this year) got the old CrossRocket band back together and interviewed Doug for us– on video. Please, sit back and enjoy this interview conducted by former TransWorld Media Publisher, Snowboarder Magazine Editor, Swell.com Editor, content programming strategist, and media executive Rob Campbell.

[Link: GroupY]

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Rob Loriface Has The Best Lawyer Ever

by The Editors on August 10, 2020

On Friday, August 7, 2020, former pro vert skater Rob Loriface was sentenced to, well, not a whole lot after pleading guilty to having an enormous load of meth, heroin, weed, and other drugs for sale in his Encinitas, California home, according to a story on NBC San Diego.

A professional skateboarder from San Diego’s North County will spend the next five years on supervised release for charges stemming from a federal drug trafficking case, with one year under house arrest. . . Judge Dana M. Sabraw sentenced Robert Lorifice, 32, to supervised release on Aug. 7, citing credit for time served. He will also need to pay $2,000 in fines.

Supervised release, house arrest, and $2,000 in fines for having a pound of heroin and meth with the intent to sell? This is after police raided his house twice, once on the initial arrest on September 26, 2018, then again on December 14, 2018 while Loriface was out on bail only to find the exact same scene playing out. We’re glad Rob’s done. Hope he stays clean.

Here’s what his lawyer said: 

“Mr. Lorifice has made mistakes and has learned from them. He has worked on himself and has emerged a better and stronger person who is eager to live a productive and law-abiding life while teaching others in the skateboarding community about the dangers of drug use.”

Indeed. So, note to other snow, surf, and skate criminals: if you need a good lawyer Stefano L. Molea might not be a bad guy to call.

[Link: NBC San Diego]

 

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Jessup Partners With USA Skateboarding

by The Editors on July 22, 2020

Jessup is now the official grip of USA Skateboarding (USAS) and they will be through 2028.

“This is a truly special opportunity, and we are thrilled beyond belief to have it,” said Robert A. Jessup, third-generation owner of Jessup Manufacturing. Jessup, headquartered in McHenry, IL, with manufacturing plants in Lake Bluff, IL, and McHenry, is the only skateboard griptape manufacturer in the United States.

Nothing like sticking to your board with the same grip the Olympians use. Or, in this case, future Olympians (if we ever get to see skateboarding in the Olympics). For the official word from Jessup, please follow the jump.
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Andrew Reynolds Joins The Vans Family

by The Editors on July 21, 2020

Wait, didn’t Andrew Reynolds previously skate for some other shoe brand? Anyone remember what it was called? Nevermind, it’ll come to us eventually.

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