They’ve gone against the odds, but Monster Children, the fashion/culture mag for action kids, just published their 50th issue. Yes, they’re still in business.
. . . a milestone for the independent magazine established in Australia in 2003. The specially curated Issue 50 is based around the notion of ‘Heroes’ and features exclusive interviews with 50 individuals that Monster Children love and admire. . . Also interviewed for the issue are skate industry icon Keith Hufnagal, fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti, artist Barry McGee, film makersGlendyn Ivin and Nabil Elderkin, legendary musicians Warren Ellis and Ian MacKaye, world champion longboarder Kelia Moniz and Papua New Guinean born soul singer Ngaiire. Although the issue features many big names, the issue also highlights a new generation of surfers, skateboarders, artists and creatives.
Our favorite interview was with Chris Noble, the co-founder of Level Mag on how they finally realized they were losing money with each issue and just quit. It’s unlikely that Monster Children will follow a similar path because we all know how good they are about keeping smiles on their advertisers’ faces.
Here’s the latest from our favorite surfboard manu and shaper. It’s the Lib Tech . . . LostShort Round from Mike Olson and Matt Biolos:
The Short Round bridges the gap between easy riding “cheater” surfboards and the high performance shortboard. The speed comes from a low entry rocker and wide-ish nose, with a forward wide point and generous concave throughout. The performance comes from a moderate, but not flipped up, tail rocker, a double concave through the fins and the same sort of modern bump squash tail you would find on a typical contest style, small wave HP shortboard. All combined, it doesn’t look like anything fancy and there are no gimmicks, but sometimes less is more, and there’s a lot packed into this little surfboard.
Shark Shield is a traction pad that creates an electric field around your surfboard when you’re in the water. According to the company this field is annoying to sharks and “nine times out of ten” it will scare a shark away.
Shark Shield’s innovative tail pad and adhesive decal electrode design is 100 percent user installable on any surfboard, new or old, providing a cost effective and immediate solution for protecting surfers across the globe. When surfers select to install an Ocean & Earth Shark Shield tail pad, they can install the electronics module at any time in the future, turning the board into a shark deterrent. The miniaturized electronic module is completely removable and thus transferable between surfboards.
The shield is currently available for purchase for about $600. Not a bad investment if you enjoy surfing in particularly sharky surf. For the official word from Shark Shield, please follow the jump.
After nearly a decade of losing money Pacific Sunwear of California has finally filed for bankruptcy protection according to a story on Reuters.com.
Citing “significant and unusual trading,” lawyers for the retailer asked a judge to restrict trading on Thursday due to concerns that a significant change in ownership could impair its ability to use tax benefits on operating losses down the road. . . Founded in 1982 as a surf shop, PacSun has posted an annual net loss since the financial crisis hit in 2008.
In what has become standard practice, the company is hoping to hand off all its debt then go private with Golden Gate Capital where the new owners can run the whole game over again in a portfolio that includes Eddie Bauer, California Pizza Kitchen, Red Lobster, and J.Jill.
On Wednesday, April 6, the International Surfing Association (ISA) united its 98 Member Nations to celebrate the United Nation’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. This unique day encourages wider access to sport and underlines the power of sport as a universal tool for social change, development and peace.
ISA Member Nations contributed on International Day of Sport for Development and Peace by participating in the White Card Campaign, a symbolic movement where athletes post photos with white cards to represent peace and the positive impacts that sport has had in their lives. Surfers from the ISA Member Nations of Chile, Panama, Costa Rica, Haiti, Sierra Leone and India took part in the celebration, underlining how Surfing has uniquely created positive social impact in their countries.
For the rest of the story, please follow the jump.
Apparently, Bam Margera has reached that age when waking up every morning with a hangover just isn’t all that fun any more and everything he eats just loads on as fat. So what does Bam do? Another reality show, only this one is called Family Therapy With Dr. Jenn’s. Good to see he’s still getting paid, that his mom April is still cool, and that Bam may not OD just yet.
Smith’s web series Life Beyond Walls continues as surfers Dillon Perillo, Brett Barley, and Mike Gleason followed the footsteps of Charles Darwin, enduring 16 hours of travel to reach the little known surf destination of San Cristóbal in the Galapagos. The island, with a population under 6000, is home to the oldest permanent settlement of the archipelago and where Darwin first went ashore in 1835.
They say that misfortune is the test of true friendship. Through lost surfboards, missed waves, encounters with black lizards, tortoises, and sharks, the crew set out using one of only ten boats allowed into the waters along the northern coast to get an El Niño swell that was due to hit the island. . . This is the story of their pursuit of a new kind of adventure and finding the unique. Bonds were built experiencing the new, charting the uncharted, discovering, exploring and pursuing the thrill.
ZEAL Optics announced today (April 1, 2016) that it has officially let the dogs out, with the release of its new canine-friendly eyewear collection, Doggles. The new line, ranging from full-wrap glacier styles for arctic travel, to stylish, yet rugged beachwear for the pup on the playa, hits storefronts today. And yes, they are “bacon-infused.”
The Palos Verdes Estates, California men (known as the “Bay Boys“), who have been “protecting” their Lunada Bay surf spot for years by harassing outsiders, vandalizing cars, and threatening violence, are in the process of getting sued. The plaintiffs have even included Palos Verdes Estates Police Chief Jeff Kepley in the lawsuit, according to a post on CurbedLA.
In spite of new Palos Verdes Estates Police Chief Jeff Kepley’s promises to crack down on the Bay Boys, the suit alleges that the harassment of outsiders has continued under Kepley’s watch and names him as a defendant, along with the city of Palos Verdes Estates. “Defendant Kepley has failed to enforce the State’s laws when it comes to crimes committed… against visiting beachgoers,” the suit claims. . . The suit goes on to accuse the city of Palos Verdes Estates of tolerating and even indirectly encouraging the Bay Boys’ exclusive practices. It states that the city “considers non-residents ‘riffraff'” and that through “complicit approval and deliberate indifference” to the behavior of the surfers, the city denies visitors access to publicly owned land.
Will be interesting to see how this one goes in court. As they say, “There’s no law against being an asshole.”