Jamie Lynn’s Bent Metal Transfer

by The Editors on September 14, 2016

Speaking of OG. Jamie Lynn has been working on a binding for Mervin Manufacturing’s Bent Metal Binding Works.

Working closely with the BMBW engineering and design team headed up by long time Mervin employee and on snow ripper Paul Ferrel, Jamie’s art, design and performance input on the Transfer model was instrumental. The all terrain Transfer features a medium flex high back with an asymmetrical wing for full support, light form ankle and toe straps, forged aluminum buckles, the revolutionary Cube forward lean adjuster and of course our signature Flex Control Drive Plate ablaze with Jamie art.

For the official word from Bent Metal, please follow the jump.

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Sessions Is Back: Always Have Always Will

by The Editors on September 14, 2016

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Don’t think you can keep an OG snowboard brand down. After taking a few seasons off, Sessions (yeah, the first snowboard shop in North America) is back with their first full line of outerwear since 2012 thanks to the work of Pretty Great LLC.

Joel Gomez, Sessions MFG founder, says the new line is “contemporary, relevant and outright rad. We have always existed to innovate outerwear that mirrors the needs of the current customer while presenting technologies and evolutions that create new standards of excellence – this line does this.”

It good to see them back. For the official word from Nick Visconti and Sessions team, please follow the jump.
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Prisma: Crafting Guitars From Skateboards

by The Editors on September 12, 2016

The crew at Prisma Guitars takes old skateboards, glues them together, and then cuts them up and turns them into guitars that Tommy Guerrero plays.

“Skateboards are made with seven layers of hard rock maple—a familiar guitar wood—and some of the layers are randomly dyed colors. Through working the materials, we get the colors to come through,” says Nick Pourfard, founder of Prisma Guitars. “Every single time I build one, it’s a different result. I never make the same guitar twice.”

How’s that for upcycling?

[Link: Guitar World]

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Adidas New Soccer Shoe For Skateboarding

by The Editors on September 12, 2016

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When a footwear company is known for making sports shoes there’s no reason for them to leave their heritage behind just because they’re also into skateboarding, right? Well, that’s apparently what adidas believes. And that’s why their new Adi-Ease Premiere Universal skate shoes look so much like their soccer shoes.

Inspired by the iconic soccer shoe “Universal,” the shoe bridges rich adidas heritage with modern street skating. The Adi-Ease Premiere Universal takes detailed design cues from the Universal yet maintains the silhouette and board control of the popular Adi-Ease Premiere skate shoe. The updated Adi-Ease features a premium full grain leather, deco stitch toe and a PU Molded sockliner.

The Adi-Ease Premiere Universal comes in two colorways of White/Scarlet (above) and Core Black/White and is available for purchase through specialty retailers and the adidas Skateboarding website for $90.

[Link: adidas Skateboarding]

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Hurley Pro: Medina vs. Gudauskas Hoopla

by The Editors on September 12, 2016

We’d like to interrupt the squabbling regarding the Round 3 Heat 7 match up between Gabriel Medina and Tanner Gudauskas at the Hurley Pro that has been boiling nearly nonstop for days now to make an announcement: the surfers, the judges, and the events are the exclusive property of a privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streaming whose primary focus is making money for the company’s owners. Everything else is just a ruse. Now, back to your squabbles.

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Scotty Lago Suing Keir Dillon For $50k

by The Editors on September 9, 2016

lago_olySnowboarder Scotty Lago (winner of an Olympic Bronze medal) reportedly “loaned” Keir Dillon $50,000 back in 2011 (the year Dillon and crew founded the Frends brand). Now he wants it back, according to a story on Sea Coast Online.

Lago filed the suit in Rockingham Superior Court Aug. 9 against Keir Dillon, a resident of Carlsbad, California, and who has worked as a television host and sideline reporter for ESPN and FUEL TV. The lawsuit states Dillon and his headphone company Republic of Frends, of which Dillon is CEO, was loaned $50,000 in August 2011 by Lago with the expectation Lago be paid back the following year with 7 percent interest.

As we know from his appearance on Shark Tank, Dillion has spent far more than $50,000 chasing his Frends dreams. Hopefully they can work this out without going to court, because, you know, there is no “i” in friendship.

[Link: Sea Coast Online]

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Will Newell Brands Dump K2 And Ride?

by The Editors on September 8, 2016

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Newell Brands, the company that bought/merged with Jarden Corp (parent of K2 Sports/Ride Snowboards) and spawned all those “Rubbermaid snowboard” jokes back in December 2015, has announced that it plans to divest itself of “some businesses” that generate “$250 million to $300 million in annual revenue,” according to story on Sporting Goods Business Online.

Newell Brands has not said what businesses it plans to exit, but some speculate it will divest winter sports brands picked up April 15, when it closed its acquisition and merger with Jarden Corp. . . “Ideally I would like to sell these assets versus simply walking away from them,” company CEO Michael Polk told his audience Thursday. “Some of them are the kinds of businesses that would be difficult to sell and therefore, we should just shut down because they create no value for you and they are a distraction for us.”

Hmmm, companies that “create no value” and are “a distraction?” Wonder which “winter sports brands” people are speculating about? Could it be K2 Sports? Guess we’ll all have to wait and see.

[Link: SGB Online]

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Kyle Wester Skateboards Really Fast

by The Editors on September 8, 2016

Damn. Kyle Wester certainly goes fast on his skateboard.

On August 29th, 2016, Kyle Wester set out to break the Guinness Fastest Skateboard Speed Downhill record. The previous record was held at 81.17mph/130.63 kph. With the hill conditions just right, Kyle switched out his wheels one last time before making history. . . Kyle Wester uses Santa Cruz Skateboards, Road Rider 73mm Shred Mags wheels, Bronson Speed Co. G3 bearings and Mob Super Course Griptape.

But we’re guessing you’ll need a little more than his equipment to break this record any time soon.

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PacSun Exits Bankruptcy Alive & Kickin’

by The Editors on September 7, 2016

pacsun_logo-tm.jpgIt appears that PacSun will live to sell another Volcom T-shirt after a court ruling approved its reorganization plan, according to a story in the Orange County Register.

Under the reorganization plan approved Tuesday by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein in Delaware, PacSun will give all its stock to affiliates of private equity firm Golden Gate Capital, its senior lender. . . In exchange, Golden Gate will reduce the amount it’s owed by PacSun to about $30 million initially from $88 million, Gary Schoenfeld, the retailer’s chief executive officer, said in an interview. Golden Gate has also agreed to invest $20 million in the company, most likely in form of new debt, he said.

And presto, $58 million in debt is gone. Wonder how long it will take Mr. Schoenfeld to blow through this new $20 million? We’re guessing not long. PacSun may have worked wonders on their business, but we doubt any of that is going to bring the kids back to their mall stores (even though some research suggests teen mall traffic is actually increasing).

[Link: OC Register]

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Pappas Pleads Guilty To Assault

by The Editors on September 7, 2016

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Former professional snowboarder and skateboarder George Pappas has reportedly pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and vehicular assault in charges stemming from a car crash in which he allegedly tried to kill his girlfriend, according to a story in the Boulder Daily Camera. In exchange prosecutors agreed to drop attempted murder charges against Pappas.

As part of the deal, attorneys agreed that Pappas will be sentenced to somewhere between eight and 16 years at a hearing on Nov. 7, 2016. . . While being read the plea deal, Pappas asked for a second to discuss the sentencing range with this attorneys, but then ultimately took the deal a few minutes later.

Pappas is currently being held on a $100,000 bond until sentencing.

[Link: Daily Camera]

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