Upcycled Jones Snowboard Skateboards

by The Editors on February 11, 2021

Everyone needs a roll around skateboard and why not have one built out of rejected Jones Snowboards. Now, thanks to the French it is all possible.

Adrien Reguis and Vincent Gelin founded NoK, a company based in Grenoble, France that specializes in making skateboards out of factory rejects and warranty snowboards. Using a CNC cutting table, NoK chops cruiser skateboard decks out of the middle of a snowboard. The repurposed skate decks are then fitted with new grip tape, trucks and wheels to make a unique and high performance sidewalk surfer. It’s the ultimate upcycle for a snowboard that would have otherwise ended up in the dumpster!

For the rest of the NoK story, please click the link.

[Link: Jones Snowboards]

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Friendly Canadian Police vs. Longboarder

by The Editors on February 9, 2021

Nice to see the macho police violence disease flows smoothly across the northern border. It’s almost as if violence is inherent in the system. All this after the longboard skateboarder was accused of “running a red light.” We particularly enjoyed the way the officer kept throwing the kid’s backpack onto the ground and into trunk hoping to teach even inanimate objects who’s the boss around Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

[Link: CBC via Daily Dot]

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Charlie Hickey’s Ten Feet Tall

by The Editors on January 28, 2021

Take a little music break with a new song we like from Charlie Hickey and Phoebe Bridgers.

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Authentic: Paul Van Doren’s Memoir

by The Editors on January 28, 2021

Vans cofounder Paul Van Doren, 90, has decided to tell his side of the Vans story in a new book titled Authentic: A Memoir. The book, which drops on April 27, 2021 tell the story of how he went from a 14-year-old school drop out to helping create the coolest shoe company in the world, according to a story on Forbes.

“When I was approached to write the book, I wondered how I could explain my life as a series of tidy lessons,” Van Doren tells Fortune. “Eventually I realized that what I would offer is less formula and more whatever the opposite of formula is—let’s call it fluidity. Because the truth is the boundaries between my personal and professional lives have always been blurred.”

Looking forward to slipping into this one for sure. For more info, or to purchase a copy, click the link

[Link: Forbes]

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Jones Team Backcounty Nightmare

by The Editors on January 21, 2021

In December of 2019, a group of Jones Snowboards team riders was involved in a serious avalanche in the Lake Tahoe backcountry. Luckily, no one was injured, thanks to the quick work of the rest of the riders in the group.

We’re humbled to share the story of this accident, and the lessons learned from everyone involved, in a new educational video. Please watch and learn from our mistakes about how to avoid such a close call with tragedy, and why it’s crucial to practice your avalanche rescue skills at the start of every season.

Just a reminder — be careful out there.

[Link: Jones Snowboards]

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Fresh News For The Dawn Of A New Day

by The Editors on January 20, 2021

The stories that shape our world are the stories that we share. Here are the headlines that caught our eye during the past month. And yes, it was a rough one. But we’re not going to let that get in the way of sharing with you. Click the link for all the stories.

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US Snowboarders Test Positive For COVID

by The Editors on January 19, 2021

The Snowboard World Cup took a hit this week as Kyle Mack and Lyon Farrell both tested positive for COVID-19 prior to this week’s Laax Open in Switzerland and will not be able to compete.

Mack and Farrell are asymptomatic, according to U.S. Ski and Snowboard on Monday. . . Other unnamed U.S. snowboarders who traveled and shared accommodation with Mack and Farrell, though they have not tested positive, are also out of the competition due to coronavirus policies and protocols.

Hopefully they stay asymptomatic. Shaun White had already pulled out of Laax for non-COVID reasons and Chloe Kim was “not impacted” and will compete for the first time since March 2019.

[Link: NBC Sports]

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Jeff Grosso’s Death Was Fentanyl Related

by The Editors on December 18, 2020

Legendary skateboarder Jeff Grosso (who died March 31, 2020) died as a result of “acute polydrug intoxication” according to an autopsy obtained by the Los Angeles Times. His accidental death was reportedly caused by the “combined effects of fentanyl and phenobarbital,” according to an autopsy report by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department.

Severe cardiomegaly (enlargement of the heart) with dilatation, a clinical history of hypertension and anxiety, and obesity were listed as other conditions in the autopsy. . . The manner of his death was ruled an accident. . . A toxicological examination performed by the Orange County Crime Lab showed the Grosso had .0459 milligrams per liter of fentanyl in his system, an amount well beyond the typical minimum fatal concentration.

We knew he had a big heart, and while this information brings no comfort to the sadness felt by the entire skateboarding community, it is one more reminder. Be careful out there.

[Link: LA Times]

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Walker Ryan Wrote A Novel

by The Editors on December 15, 2020

Top of Mason, is professional skater Walker Ryan’s new, self-published first novel. We’re looking forward to reading it, here’s what Walker says:

“I like to think that this is the first novel set in the world of modern professional skateboarding. But it isn’t really about skateboarding. It’s an adventure story about a guy trying to get over a break up—intersecting the worlds of skateboarding, contemporary celebrity, and homelessness—all the while dealing with a late-twenties identity crisis. All the characters are fictional, but it’s inspired by my love for San Francisco and my appreciation for the many unique individuals I’ve met through skateboarding.”

The cover was designed by Sebo Walker and $1 from the sale of each book is going to Glide in San Francisco offering meals and shelter services to those in need. To get a copy of Top of Mason, check the Old Friends site. For an interview with Walker by Michael Sieben check out Thrasher.

[Link: Old Friends]

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Milton Martinez vs. Dictionary Hill

by The Editors on December 7, 2020

[Link: Thrasher Mag]

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