Vans Keeps US Open of Surfing Through 2018

by The Editors on April 21, 2016

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Vans has decided to keep their sponsorship of the annual US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California running through the summer 2018 event.

“As Vans celebrates 50 ‘Off The Wall’ years of enabling creative expression, it’s important for our brand to continue to support the next generation of talented individuals through progressive platforms like the Vans US Open,” said Doug Palladini, Vans’ vice president/general manager for North America. “Vans is honored to carry on the legacy of the world-class events alongside IMG and WSL, while introducing the latest innovations in action sports, art and product design.

There really is no sponsor better suited for this cavalcade of Southern Californians. For the official word please follow the jump.
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How To Bertlemann With Ellie-Jean Coffey

by The Editors on April 20, 2016

Little bit of surf training on the @obfiveskateboards this afternoon snapchat:elliejeancoffey

A video posted by Ellie-Jean Coffey (@elliejeancoffey) on

Apparently, both GQ and Stab Magazines thought you’d like to see this April 17, 2016 post from young Ellie-Jean Coffey. Probably because it was such a well executed Bertlemann slide clinic. That’s how you do it.

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Jason Robinson And His Tiny Home

by The Editors on April 18, 2016

Snowboard Mag has a great interview with pro snowboarder Jason Robinson on his tiny home. It’s on wheels, but not exactly a mobile home and it’s currently “parked in an alley in Kalispell, Montana.”

But the big motivation is just keeping my expenses down — to have that freedom,” Robinson says. “If you’re somewhere and you want to go somewhere new, but you own a house or are renting a house, you’re kind of committed to that place. And while that may have been what you wanted at that point, it may change. You may want something different. You never know what’s going to happen in the world. And that’s part of the beauty of it — you don’t know — that’s exciting. I’d rather just be ready for whatever happens.

For the rest of the story, click the link.

[Link: Snowboard Mag]

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Hypätä: The Animated Shred Trip

by The Editors on April 18, 2016

We’re always suckers for a good computer animation segment, and this one by Gabriel Thomas is right in there.

Hypätä is a short story about the experience of traveling to the mountains at the height of the season, trying to catch that feeling of riding the backcountry, jumping with complete freedom and without fear when you know the pow will save your landing (and save your life) – dedicated to all the backcountry snowboarders who continue to inspire us.

Check it.

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Sport Chalet! We’re Going Out of Business

by The Editors on April 16, 2016

sport_chaletSport Chalet, SoCal moms’ favorite action sporting, big box chain store, is calling it quits after 57 years in business. But they’re not going to try and restructure like PacSun, or Quiksilver. No, they’ve turned off their online store and are shutting down each and every one of their 47 locations, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times.

The chain has 40 stores in California, mainly in the Southland, according to the website. It also operates five stores in Arizona and two in Las Vegas. The company didn’t say how many people would be losing their jobs, but as of March 30, 2014, the chain employed 1,200 full-time workers and 1,600 part-timers. . . At the Sport Chalet in downtown Los Angeles, the signs in windows of the black-and-white facade told of the chain’s fate. “Everything must go,” they stated. “All Sales are Final No Returns.”

The chain reportedly hadn’t made a profit since 2007 and was apparently $52 million in debt when it was sold in 2014 for $17 million. Blame Target and those dastardly online discounters.

Surprisingly, if you’re looking for cheap camping gear for a summer road trip, you should definitely look elsewhere. There are no deals at Sport Chalet. According to one store employee, “The liquidation company came in and took over the pricing,” he said. “We have no control over anything” Meaning, most everything in the store is now more expensive than it was before the closing announcement.

[Link: LA Times]

 

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Sebastian Zietz Wins Margaret River Surf Event

by The Editors on April 16, 2016

Sebastian Zietz being charied up after winning the final.

A surfing event held at Margaret River in Western Australia on Saturday April 16, 2016 was won by Sebastian Zietz. He seemed very happy about his win.

“I am stoked,” Zietz said. “The pressure was on and I pulled that last maneuver in the white-water and made it. To win was definitely the goal I’d set for a long time. It is epic to win a CT event being against all the top guys and come out on top. I just want to dedicate this win to my family and everyone at home. Thank you everyone who has pushed me and helped me along the way.”

You’re welcome, Mr. Zietz. For the official word from the producers of the content generating even, please follow the jump.

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Chris Russell Wins Vans Global Qualifier 1

by The Editors on April 16, 2016

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Vans Park Series Global Qualifier kicked off today (April 16, 2016) in Melbourne, Australia and the results looked a little like this:

1st – Chris Russell
2nd – Pedro Barros
3rd – Kevin Kowalski
4th – Cory Juneau
5th – Ben Hatchell
6th – Tom Schaar
7th – Ronnie Sandoval
8th – Alex Sorgente

For the qualifier series rankings, follow the jump.
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Jeremy Jones Higher Up For Two Emmys

by The Editors on April 15, 2016

higherTo get an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), yes, that’s satan spelled backwards, your film has to appear on an eligible television channel. Thankfully, Jeremy Jones’ Higher aired on Outside Television and this year they are eligible for the Emmy’s. Higher provided the network not one, but two nominations: one for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary, and another for Outstanding Camera Work categories.

“It’s great validation to be nominated in the same categories as HBO, Showtime, NBC, ABC/ESPN and CBS” said Rob Faris the Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for Outside Television. “This is a tribute to the efforts put forth by the Outside Television and TGR teams who push the limits each day to create compelling story-based content captured in the world of adventure sports.”

Congrats to Jeremy Jones and the entire Teton Gravity Research team. Next up the Oscars. For the official word from Outside TV, please follow the jump.
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Vans Pro Skate Park Series Goes Live Tonight

by The Editors on April 15, 2016

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The Vans Pro Skate Park Series kicks off at St. Kilda Skatepark in Melbourne, Australia tomorrow April 16, 2016, however, because it’s going on down under tomorrow is actually today in North America. And that means on the West Coast the action begins at 9 PM right here: www.vansparkseries.com.

Here are the Vans Park Series Melbourne Qualifier Live streaming start times:

GLOBAL WEBCAST TIMES
Los Angeles – Friday 4/15 9PM
New York – Saturday 4/16 12AM
Rio de Janeiro – Saturday 4/16 1AM
London – Saturday 4/16 5AM
Melbourne – Saturday 4/16 2PM

Confirmed pros include: Aaron Jaws HamokiBen HatchellChris RussellCurren CaplesGreyson FletcherKevin KowalskiOskar  Rosenberg HallbergPedro BarrosRaven TershyRiley HawkRonnie Sandoval, and Rowan Zorilla. How’s that for a stacked set of tranny slayers?

For the official word from Vans, please follow the jump.
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IASC Skateboard Summit Early Bird Ends Soon

by The Editors on April 15, 2016

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The 2016 IASC Skateboarding Summit is less than one month away and early bird registration ends Monday, April 18, 2016

Next week we will be announcing this years keynote along with the rest of the program and it is shaping up to be one of the best Summits yet! So don’t miss your chance to attend the best educational, networking and inspirational event in skateboarding. The 9th Annual IASC Skateboarding Summit will be focused on the looking at the current lackluster state of the skateboard industry and finding ways to collectively push the industry forward. . . All Summit attendees are guaranteed entrance to the IASC Skateboarding Hall of Fame Induction and Icon Awards Ceremony presented by Vans on May 13th, 2016 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm at the City National Grove of Anaheim. As the SHOF has outgrown the ballroom ceremonies of the past four years this beautiful venue gives us a chance to really shine. It’s going to be an amazing night with some surprise special guests, music, art and more.

For additional ticket info click the link: https://2016-shof.eventbrite.com

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