Nyjah Huston Profiled In LA Weekly

by The Editors on March 8, 2018

With Nyjah Huston’s ‘Til Death seared into our retinas we were reminded of how strange his trip really has been thanks to a profile by Lily Moayeri in LA Weekly.

In an interview, Huston is prepared for personal questions. His responses are tailored and efficient, his tone practiced and final, not inviting further questioning into such subjects as his father, his partying, his haters. He gives a nervous sniff at the end of each of his responses.

The profile covers all that and more, but we’ll let you read it yerself.

[Link: LA Weekly]

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The West’s Deadly Big Snow Weekend

by The Editors on March 6, 2018

We began tracking the storm a week and a half out and new it was going to hit perfectly for a weekend of powder blasting. By Thursday night, March 1, 2018 the snow was piling in. On Friday afternoon some California resorts were reporting up to eight feet of fresh snow. It was set up to be a big weekend, but by the time it was over it was one of the deadliest weekends the West has ever seen. Here’s how it unfolded.

Thursday March 1, 2018

Wenyu Zhang, 42, of Rocklin, California was snowboarding at Squaw Valley when the mountain was hit by wind gusts up to 146 miles an hour. Later in the night his friends reported him missing. Because of the storm a search for him is called off on Thursday. Zhang’s body is not found until Friday morning. (NY Post)

Friday March 2, 2018 

Blake Smith, 36, a season pass holder at California’s China Peak resort, was snowboarding when he reportedly “fell head-first into about 5 feet of fresh snow,” according to the Fresno Bee. He was unable to dig himself out and suffocated.

Alfonso Braun, 24, of Bend, Oregon was found “buried in the snow” around noon at Mt. Bachelor by other snowboarders and skiers. They dug him out but ski patrol was unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at 1:15 PM. Two hours later a 19 year old skier from Eugene, Oregon, Nicole Panet-Raymond, was reported missing. Her body was found by search crews in a tree well at 8:30 PM. (KTVZ)

On Friday afternoon, Evan and Kahlynn Huck (along with three other people) were caught up in an avalanche that swept near the Olympic Lady chairlift at Squaw Valley Resort. Kahlynn was able to free herself, but her husband Evan was buried for close to six minutes before nearby skiers and snowboarders were able to dig him out. He had passed out and was turning blue but came to after being rescued. Click the link to watch the rescue. (SF Gate)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

At 10:15 while ski patrol was doing avalanche control at the top of Mammoth Mountain a slide ripped down the Climax run, down Upper Dry Creek and blasted past the bottom of the High Five Express lift. Eight people (six Mammoth Mountain employees and two guests) were partially buried, but all of them were able to free themselves and no one was injured.  (LA Times)

For video of the Mammoth avalanche’s powder cloud blowing past the bottom of the High Five Express, click here. (CBS LA)

Sunday, March 4, 2018

A mother and son (Olga Perkovic, 50, and Aaron Goodstein, 7) who were skiing back to their slope-side condominium at Kirkwood Ski Resort died when snow slid off the roof of a building and buried them sometime after 4 PM. They were found 9 PM after after a neighbor noticed gloves in the snow. (Reno Gazette)

 

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RIP: Hawaii’s George Downing

by The Editors on March 6, 2018

Surfing legend, environmentalist, and leading surfing ambassador George Downing has died on March 5, 2018 at his home in East Oahu, according to story on Hawaii News Now. He was 87.

Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Downing was one of the last of the old-time Waikiki beach boys mentored by Duke Kahanamoku. . . He later became a mentor himself to generations of watermen and fought to protect coastlines from erosion and development.

Downing is survived by his sons Keone and Kainoa, daughter Kaiulu, grandchildren Kaohi, Kirra, Kainoa, Keola and Nalei, and two great-grandsons. His wife Gildea Lauwe Downing died before him. Our thoughts are with Downing’s family and friends.

[Link: Hawaii News Now]

 

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Jagger Eaton Wins 2018 Tampa Pro

by The Editors on March 4, 2018

Turns out you can win Tampa Pro by dropping a casual bag of unrushed, polite hammers. Here, let Jagger Eaton show you how it’s done.

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The Endless Summer License Plate

by The Editors on February 28, 2018

The Surfing Heritage and Culture Center in San Clemente, California is hoping to get the State of California to produce a “The Endless Summer” special interest license plate and you can help.

The State of California requires that SHACC submit a minimum of 7,500 applicants before it will approve the plate and proceed with its creation. SHACC has opened a “pre-registration” site in order to gauge interest and gather names for registration when the time comes. The pre-sell will commence after the sponsoring state agency files a letter of intent with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the proposed license plate is approved by the Department and the California Highway Patrol.

For all the official details follow the jump or lick here for the Surfplate website.

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Ian Cairns is a Clever Buoy

by The Editors on February 27, 2018

Hall of Fame surfer Ian Cairns is working as a brand ambassador for Clever Buoy, an ocean monitoring platform that detects large marin life (a.k.a. sharks) using sonar and acts as an early warning system for surf safety. Might not be a bad idea to have a couple of the water near our favorite beaches. For more info and how you can help make this happen, please follow the jump.

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Hypebeast Buys Out The Berrics

by The Editors on February 22, 2018

Urban sneaker streetwear music fashion website Hypebeast has reportedly purchased a majority stake in what remains of Steve Berra and Eric Koston’s The Berrics business, according to a story on Techcrunch.com

Now, The Berrics is being acquired by Hypebeast and they’re forming a new company “The Berrics Company”, with the express mission of making sure the particular spirit that it was founded to foster in skating never dies. Hypebeast is putting in $750k and ending up with 51% of The Berrics and a majority of board seats. The Berrics will contribute its approximate $2.5M in assets, $1M in liabilities and a board seat. Hypebeast has been on a bit of a tear on the markets, with genuinely solid increases in revenue and profits over the past year, so this seems like a smart small acquisition for the company.

We haven’t paid that much attention to The Berrics since they killed off The Skateboard Mag, but this sounds like one more circuit in their downward spiral. Obviously, Hypebeast founder Kevin Ma (above center) does not agree.

[Link: TechCrunch via SkateDaily]

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2018 Vans Park Series Pro Tour Dates

by The Editors on February 22, 2018

The 2018 Vans Park Series Pro Tour will kick off in São Paulo, Brazil on June 2, with the inauguration of South America’s first-and-only VPS-certified park terrain course, built and donated by Vans. The completely free and public São Paulo course will be only the second built-to-spec permanent public park terrain skateboarding course in the world, following the initial Malmö, Sweden park location. Consisting of four men’s global qualifiers and three women’s global qualifiers, the VPS Pro Tour spans across five countries on five continents over six months and culminates with the official Vans Park Series World Championships, sanctioned by the World Skate Federation to be held later this year in China.

For the official word from Vans including all event dates, please follow the jump.

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The Original Skateboarder Documentary

by The Editors on February 16, 2018

To anyone who started skateboarding in the 1970s (all old now) Skateboarder Magazine was the bible. In fact, in some fundamentalist Christian homes young skateboarders often heard their parents saying, “If only you spent as much time with the Bible as you do with that magazine.” Skateboarder was the single best communicator of skateboarding to the world. Each month it arrived and was studied in detail like the sacred text that it was. We know people who subscribed twice so they’d have a back up copy when the first one wore out.  Now, Six Stair Productions and Transworld have produced a film on the founding of the magazine. Here’s how they pitch it:

Skateboarder Magazine chronicled the birth of skateboarding during the sport’s late 1970’s boom. From shoeless surfers riding the concrete waves and the vast blacktop of Southern California, to fully padded sessions at skateparks, Skateboarder Magazine exposed the sport to kids around the world. The story of the magazine is told by the photographers and skaters who lived through the birth of skateboarding.

The film features interviews and comments from all the heads like Brad Bowman, Chris Strople, Christian Hosoi, Craig Stecyk, D. David Morin, Doug Saladino, Eddie Elguera, Eric Dressen, Glen E. Friedman, Jeff Grosso, Ian MacKaye, Jaime Owens, James Cassimus, Jeff Ament, Jim Muir, Jim Goodrich, John Lucero, Lance Mountain, Mark Richards, Richard Novak, Steve ‘Salba’ Alba, Steve Cathey, Steve Olson, Tony Hawk, Vicki Vickers, and Wynn Miller.

To view the entire film on iTunes (for $9.99) click here. There goes our morning. . . 

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Shaun White Makes It Three

by The Editors on February 13, 2018

That was pretty emotional wasn’t it? Shaun White does the seemingly impossible and in the final run of his final Winter Olympics and comes from second place to snatch gold from the fingers of Japan’s Ayumu Hirano. And puts the Americans in the four for four gold medal position in snowboarding. All we got left is Big Air, Snowboardcross and Parallel GS. Not sure we have much of a chance for Gold in any of them.

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