Tony Hawk Does A Kickflip

by The Editors on October 13, 2022

Anyone who has been truly injured and fought their way back can feel every single one of Tony Hawk’s feels in this video. Too soon? Maybe. But, congrats anyway. Good to see Tony getting back on the roll.

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Buried: The Alpine Meadows Avalanche Story

by The Editors on October 13, 2022

Apparently, Buried is a great documentary on what can happen when falling snow and avalanche prediction/control are at odds. It’s also a compelling reminder of something an old Mammoth Mountain ski patroller used to tell us: “This isn’t Disneyland. It’s the great out-of-doors.”

[Link: Buried]

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Saudi Arabia Slides Into Winter Sports

by The Editors on October 6, 2022

Yeah, so how does a desert nation host an “Asian Winter Games“? They do it with an overwhelming blast of design, technology, and most importantly money ($500 Billion). The games are scheduled for 2029 and the venue will reportedly be completed in 2026, according to a post on dezeen.com.

The resort, which will “offer year-round outdoor skiing” is being built around 50 kilometres from the Gulf of Aqaba coast in a mountainous area that has elevations ranging from 1,500 metres to 2,600 metres. . .It will be the first location in the country where outdoor skiing will be possible. Named Trojena, the development is being designed by a team of architects from all over the world including UK studio Zaha Hadid Architects, Dutch practice UNStudio, international studio Aedas, German practice LAVA and Australian studio Bureau Proberts.

Too many cooks in the snow kitchen? Maybe. The resort will reportedly include 3,600 hotel rooms and 2,200 homes. How many times have we heard the promise of year-a-round snowboarding? Does Xanadu ring any bells? How about the Gotcha Glacier? No? Well, maybe this time it will be different. Fingers crossed. Not holding breath. Oh, and the IOC is apparently not too happy that they weren’t consulted about any of this. But aren’t they always.

And no, we have not forgotten about Jamal Khashoggi and neither should anyone else.

[Link: dezeen.com]

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Never Summer’s Skyview Trailer Company

by The Editors on October 6, 2022

Hey, with snowboarding being what it is, why not branch out into. . . well, camp trailers. That’s exactly what Never Summer Industries is doing with their line of Skyview camp trailers.

An entirely unique, innovative, and lightweight pull behind tiny home camper. Inspired by mid-century modern architecture contained in a minimal footprint. The SkyView’s design boasts a modern shape that makes the most efficient use of space. Completely different than anything else available. 

Do you like a luxury home the size of a tent that you tow behind your car? Then the Skyview is just right for you. The Skyview will reportedly start delivery in “early 2023.” And they start at $24,900. Click the link for all the details.

[Link: Skyview via Gear Junkie]

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Canon + Atiba = Free Action Photo Clinic

by The Editors on October 6, 2022

Master lensperson Atiba Jefferson has agreed to host a free online Canon photo event live from the Primitive Skatepark in Los Angeles October 21, 2022 from 3 – 5 PM PST.

Watch live as photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Atiba Jefferson captures incredible skateboarding images, discusses the cameras in his gear bag, and gives tips for getting the look you want. . . .As part of the Canon Creator Lab program, this FREE event will provide you with a unique experience wherever you’re at with your content creation.

Some event visitors may win a chance to hang with Atiba live on October 22, 2022. If that’s something you’d like to do make sure you select that option when you sign up right here.

[Link: Canon Photo Event]

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RIP: Snowboarding Legend Adam Merriman

by The Editors on September 21, 2022

The snowboarding community lost one of its original innovators on Wednesday, September 15, 2022. Adam Merriman died while riding an electric skateboard on the North Recreation Path and Red Sandstone Park in Vail, Colorado, according to a story in the Vail Daily. Merriman was 50 years old.

Officer Brad Porter said it was a Halo Board Beast 2 electric skateboard. “I observed one end of the board to be completely broken, with both wheels on this portion of the board to be broken and completely severed from the rest of the skateboard and skateboard’s deck,” Porter said in his report. “These wheels were still attached to the board, connected by wires that led to the battery pack. I observed these severed wheels to be the driving wheels (mechanism) that powered or moved the skateboard.”

Merriman had reportedly gotten the e-skateboard the day before his crash. He is remembered by the staff at Slush Magazine in a glowing eulogy. Here’s a piece, but you should read the entire story by clicking here.

Adam Merriman’s impact on snowboarding is immeasurable and the loss on his friends and family is inconceivable. Perhaps a sliver of solace can be found in the faith that Adam is likely laughing and conjuring new adventures on the other side alongside J2 and the rest of our snowboarding community who we have lost too soon.

We grieve with the entire snowboard community. A memorial for Adam is planned for October 1, 2022 at 4pm at the Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame in Vail, Colorado.

[Link: Slush Magazine via Vail Daily]

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Spike Jonze Gets Epicly Later’d

by The Editors on September 19, 2022

Patrick O’Dell chases down the story of an East Coast BMX kid who became the most innovative, influential image grabber in skateboarding and, arguably, the world in general. Yep, it’s Spike Jonze. The nicest, kindest, coolest, creative genius we’ve ever had the chance to hang out with.

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ISA World Surfing Games in Huntington Beach

by The Editors on September 17, 2022

The 2022 International Surfing Association World Surfing Games presented by Visit Huntington Beach were officially declared open by ISA President Fernando Aguerre at Pier Plaza on Friday, September 16, 2022.

Kicking off the festivities with the Parade of Nations, 246 of the world’s best surfers, representing 51 countries, marched down Main Street. Led by the Huntington Beach High School marching band, the teams sang out cheers and chants in celebration to the joy of the hundreds of spectators lining the street. . . Joining for the first time, teams from the nations of Algeria, Lithuania and Saudi Arabia drew extra support. . . The large crowd at Pier Plaza was treated to the ISA’s signature Sands of the World ceremony, with a member from each nation pouring sand from their local beach into a single container symbolizing the peaceful gathering of nations of the world through surfing. The audience rose for a tearful standing ovation as Team Ukraine joined the stage.

Nice to see an international surf contest of this size that is not privately owned. For the official word from the ISA please follow the jump.

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Patagonia Gives It Away Now

by The Editors on September 15, 2022

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard (and his family) have decided to do an end around on the normal life cycle of a clothing brand in the action sports space. They’re not going public, they’re not selling out to private equity, and they’re not just shutting it down ala Grubby Clark. Instead, they’re splitting up the $3 billion company into two different entities: first, the Patagonia Purpose Trust, which owns two percent of the companies shares and ALL the voting rights, and second, 98 percent of the shares (and no voting rights) is going to the Holdfast Collective. The “collective” is a non-profit organization that will distribute Patagonia’s future profits to combat climate change, according to a story in The New York Times.

“Hopefully this will influence a new form of capitalism that doesn’t end up with a few rich people and a bunch of poor people,” Mr. Chouinard, 83, said in an exclusive interview. “We are going to give away the maximum amount of money to people who are actively working on saving this planet.” . . . By giving away the bulk of their assets during their lifetime, the Chouinards — Yvon, his wife Malinda, and their two children, Fletcher and Claire, who are both in their 40s — have established themselves as among the most charitable families in the country.

They’ve also saved themselves a boat load of taxes, but who’s counting. It’s a wonderful thing to do. And they still get to run the company as controllers of the Patagonia Purpose Trust. Win win. For all the details, click the link.

[Link: The New York Times]

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VF Corp Slices Off 600 Office Jobs

by The Editors on September 4, 2022

When the spreadsheet doesn’t look good adjustments must be made, and apparently, VF Corp (parent company of Vans, Supreme, The North Face and more) has decided the company will run much better without 600 of its “positions,” according to a story on Footwear News.

VF Corp did not specify which departments and locations would be impacted by the layoffs. The company employed 35,000 people around the world as of the end of fiscal 2022. According to Denver Business Journal, these cuts will impact 1.7% of the company’s existing workforce.

Looks like it’s 300 people losing their jobs and 300 empty positions being eliminated. Business is business.

[Link: Denver Business Journal via Footwear News]

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