The Newport Beach Film Festival will be hosting the world premiere of Opper Films’ Secrets of Desert Point, a film that documents the discovery, evolution and exploitation of a legendary surf break in remote Indonesia almost 40 years ago. Here’s the pitch:
In the early eighties, while sailing off remote Lombok Island in Indonesia, young California surfer Bill Heick and his friends (dubbed the “Golden Beards”) stumbled across the perfect wave…a pristine barreling left reeling endlessly and empty over a shallow, live-coral reef. As treacherous as it was beautiful, it was later dubbed “Desert Point” for its dry forbidding nature. In the years that followed, a pioneer crew of hardcore surfers set up a makeshift beach outpost and kept their treasure off the surf-media map for almost a decade. Their mission: to surf uncrowded Desert Point at the highest level possible…no matter the cost. . . But Paradise, they quickly found, came at a price.
For the rest of the story, follow the jump, or better yet, check out the film when it premieres Monday, April 24, 2017 at 5:15 pm, at The Triangle 3 Theatre in Costa Mesa, California.
Mammothhas always wanted to be Aspen. And now, it appears their wish has finally come true. Two days after picking up Intrawest for a reported $1.5 billion, the Denver, Colorado based Aspen Skiing Co./KSL partnership has picked up Mammoth, June, Snow Summit, and Bear Mountain for an undisclosed sum according to a Jason Blevins story in the Denver Post.
Rusty Gregory, the longtime manager and chief executive of Mammoth Resorts, in a statement called the move “the next logical chapter in the story of Mammoth. . . This new platform, built around a collective passion for the mountains and our commitment to the people who visit, work and live there, is exactly what the ski resort business needs.
We’re not sure that having every single resort in the USA owned by two companies is exactly what the ski resort business needs, but we’re pretty certain it won’t change much for the average shred. That Aspen leaf in the logo always did look like two tusks and a trunk to us anyway.
Resort consolidation ratchets up a notch as Aspen Skiing Co. and private equity firm KSL Capital Partners have paid a reported $1.5 billion for Intrawest. In the deal Aspen/KSL picks up Steamboat, Winter Park, Tremblant, Stratton, Snowshoe, Blue Mountain and (through partnership with KSL) Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, according to a story in the Denver Post.
Intrawest once ruled the resort real estate game, but has fallen on hard times recently. Guess, this is as good a deal as they could have hoped for and as far as we can tell it rarely matter who owns the resorts we ride. Mountains are mountains.
The story of Jeremy Fish, his wife Jayde and how they’re ruling the San Francisco art scene is spelled out in the SF Weeklyand it’s worth a gander. Check it:
Both Jeremy and Jayde have achieved celebrity status within the fringes of the established art community for some time, and Jeremy has become a cult figure in the skating industry for his tripped-out line work, often depicting tiny, somewhat morbid, pink bunnies. The image originated from the calling card of a skateboarding crew he created in the ’90s: The Silly Pink Bunnies.
Remember the SPBs? Sure you do. For the rest of the story, flick the flink.
Can’t help but laugh when you hear the angry man at the beginning of Gage Boyle’s new Thunder Trucks part: “Do it again and I’ll take the camera from you. . . give me that goddamn board now. . . ” Nice work, Gage.
These are the stories we hate. On April 7, 2017 at around 7:30 PM 15-year-old Sandro McIlroy of Manhattan Beach, California grabbed onto the side of a moving Jeep while riding a skateboard, according to as story on 6ABC.com. The car was rolling at about 10 MPH and as we’ve learned accidents while skateboard towing rarely ends well.
At some point, the boy lost control of the skateboard, which caused him to hit the outer rear tire of the Jeep. He then fell, hitting his head on the roadway. . . Police and emergency personnel arrived and took the teen to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Our thoughts are with McIlroy’s friends and family.
How much does Mr. Blanco want for this beachside bachelor pad? Well, he bought it in 2012 for $3.85 million and now he’s asking $7.95 million. Not a bad way to make and extra million a year, huh? While we scrape some change together, go check out the full listing by clicking this link.
Join Keith Malloy for a premiere screening of his new film, Fishpeople. The documentary tells the stories of a unique cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea. From surfers and spearfishers to a long-distance swimmer, a former coal miner and a group of at-risk kids on the streets of San Francisco, it’s a film about the transformative effects of time spent in the ocean—and leaving behind our limitations to find deeper meaning in the saltwater wilderness that lies just beyond the shore.
You’ll have a chance to nab a limited edition Fishpeople stainless steel pint cup and a Yulex® beverage cozie. Keith will also be hosting a question and answer session after the film. For all the details, please click the link.
2 John Florence won a surf event at Margaret River in Western Australia on Sunday April 9, 2017 and moved up to the number one spot on the list of the best competition surfers. Sally Fitzgibbons won a women’s event at the same spot and is now tied for first place on the list of best female competition surfers.
For more info click here to visit the official site of the company that owns all the content, the contests, the contest performances of the surfers and the world rankings.