Kokubo Arrested On Drug Smuggling Charges

by The Editors on November 6, 2019

Olympic snowboarder, former Snowboarder Magazine rider of the year, and Capita Snowboards team rider Kazuhiro Kokubo was arrested in Japan on Wednesday (November 6, 2019) for allegedly smuggling drugs into Japan, according to a story on NHK World.

The Health, Welfare and Labor Ministry’s Narcotics Control Department arrested Kokubo on Wednesday following a tip that he has been bringing in marijuana from overseas.

Guess the rest of the world isn’t as enlightened as the USA.

[Link: NHK World]

 

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Team USA Wins 2019 World Junior Title

by The Editors on November 4, 2019

Team USA won the team gold medal at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Huntington Beach, California October 26 – November 3, 2019.

Team USA’s return to the top of global junior surfing in 2019 is their third Gold, first winning the Team Title in 2015. . . Team Hawaii followed USA with the Silver Medal, riding a wave of momentum behind the individual Gold Medal performances of Jackson Bunch in Boys U-16 and Gabriela Bryan in Girls U-18.

For all the official details, please follow the jump.
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RIP: Columbia Sportswear’s Ma Boyle

by The Editors on November 3, 2019

We are saddened learn that Columbia Sportswear’s guiding force of nature Gert Boyle died today (Sunday morning, November 3, 2019), according to a story in the Oregonian. She was 95.

Boyle’s dedicated work with product and more importantly her full embrace of quality advertising and willingness to be the face of her company inspired thousands.

A resilient, demanding, charismatic woman in what was long an outdoorsman’s world, Boyle ran Columbia Sportswear from 1970 to 1988, firmly establishing the company’s brand. . . Before her son, Tim, took charge as president and CEO, Gert inspired the 1984 ad campaign, “One Tough Mother,” a catch phrase that also graces her 2005 autobiography.

Seeing her at the old SIA Shows will remain one of the highlights of our time on the show floor. Our thoughts are with the entire Boyle family. 

[Link: The Oregonian]

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Jeff Galbraith: The Flylow Profile

by The Editors on October 31, 2019

Leave it to the skiers to properly appreciate the work of a snowboarder. In Flylow’s most recent video profile we get the best, most succinct explanation of the Snowboard Journal, Funny Feelings LLC, and its co-founder Jeff Galbraith that we’ve seen yet.

As the founder and publisher of three print titles, based in Bellingham, Washington, Galbraith has provided endless pages of high-quality content, including top storytelling and world-class imagery, during an era when everyone else has said that print is dead. He’s out to prove them all wrong. All three magazines celebrate the rich history and culture of their respective sports, as well as look to the future.

Anarchy indeed.

[Link: Flylow]

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Hurley Stumbles Deeper Into Zombie Horde

by The Editors on October 29, 2019

After 17 years with their pinkie toe dipped into the surf industry wading pool, Nike has finally jettisoned Hurley out into zombie brand land by selling it to Bluestar Alliance for an undisclosed sum on October 29, 2019. Bluestar, owners of other zombie labels like bebe, Brookstone, and yak pak, seem very excited about the licensing opportunities ahead.

“We have always admired the Hurley brand as it has maintained its leadership role and premium positioning in the surf world,” stated Joey Gabbay, CEO of Bluestar Alliance. “This is a transformative acquisition for Bluestar as Hurley’s international footprint will enhance Bluestar’s reach around the world. We look forward to building upon the existing Hurley network and expanding to additional countries with the deep relationships that already exist within the Bluestar portfolio of brands. We see Hurley continuing to evolve into a 360-degree lifestyle brand, with action sports playing a key role.”

We see this as one more reason to never, ever, name your startup after yourself (not saying that fellow OCers Paul Frank, Shawn Stussy, and Mossimo aren’t great Zombie company for Bob and the boys). For the official word from Bluestar Alliance, please follow the jump.

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The Hundreds x 686 Collection

by The Editors on October 22, 2019

An outerwear collaboration from the heart of LA? Yeah. The Hundreds has joined forces with snowboarding brand 686 to bring a collection of outerwear to wish for.

The Hundreds X 686 features bright pops of neon colors, bold stripes, classic Jib branding, even down to the placement of the logos. Everything about this project was a throwback for us, pure nostalgia. The memories you have of riding up to the mountain with your friends for weekends that turned into whole seasons, the last run of the day before the first party of the night.

 The rad collection goes on sale October 24, 2019 through The Hundreds App, Online Shop, and select retailers worldwide. For all the details, please follow the jump.
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USA Skateboarding Names National Team

by The Editors on October 21, 2019

First Row (l to r): Stess, Wettstein, Carmona; Second row (l to r): Zeuner, Duran, Santana, Smith, Baker, Brevard, Sablone, Barratt; Third row (l to r): Huston, Eaton, Jordan, Rennie, Schaar, Reynolds, McCoy, Wright, Juneau PHOTO CREDIT: Robert Brink/ USA Skateboarding

In the latest sign of the apocalypse or skateboarding’s continuing rise to respectability USA Skateboarding has named the official 2020 USA Skateboarding National Team uniforms and all. All this because men’s and women’s skateboard park and street events will make their Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.


 “There wasn’t a better way to cap off five national championship events than being able to announce our 2020 national team,” said Josh Friedberg, CEO of USA Skateboarding. “With the support of Toyota, Nike, and the USOPC, we have been able to evolve as an organization to better support the needs of more skateboarders during the second season of qualifying for the Olympics in Tokyo. We’re really excited to be a part of skateboarding’s impact on the Olympic movement and can’t wait to watch our American skateboarders do what they do best in Tokyo next summer!”

For the official word from USA Skateboarding, please follow the jump.

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$25K For Mammoth Mountain’s Summit Sign?

by The Editors on October 18, 2019

Mammoth Mountain needed to replace the sign at their 11,053 foot summit so they’re auctioning the old sign off to help raise money for the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation.

Now is your chance to own a part of Mammoth history! As you may have seen, our iconic summit sign is being replaced due to significant wear and tear over the last 21 years. In spring 2019, the sign was cut down about 5’ in order to remove damage, and the time has come to officially replace it. The original summit sign was installed over 20 years ago and has served as a photo opportunity for scenic gondola riders, hikers, families and shredders alike. 

The current bid is $25,000. We can’t think of a good reason to raise that bid, if you can, then click the link and make an offer.

[Link: Top of Mammoth]

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Four Surfers Clinch 2020 Olympic Spots

by The Editors on October 17, 2019

Four surfers have already clinched spots in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo according to the International Surfing Association

South Africa’s Jordy Smith, Australia’s Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore, and Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi are all lined up to represent their nations at the Games. . .”The qualification race is heating up as we have already seen many of the world’s top surfers earn their pass to Tokyo,” ISA President Fernando Aguerre says. “We also are proud to highlight the wide geographic reach of surfing and the surfers that have qualified for the Olympics. All continents are represented, which will truly bring all corners of the globe together for the Surfing competition at the Games.

For the official word from the ISA, please follow the jump.

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Academy Welcomes Back Kennedy

by The Editors on October 14, 2019

Academy Snowboards is “absolutely stoked” to announce the return of former sales manager Kyle Kennedy to the brand.

After a sojourn through the dying side of the winter sports industry that included stops at Snowboarder Magazine, Kids KNOW Distribution, Snowboard Magazine, and the SnowSports Industries of America, Mr.Kennedy is back to making sure the Auburn, California snowboard company’s distribution is “on point” and that sales are on the up. What a crazy round-trip tour that has been.

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