The producers of Out In The Lineup, a documentary film on surfers who are gay, are raising money to complete their project on Kickstarter. They’re hoping to raise AUS$30,000 and with 11 days left they need only AUS$3,000 more to get it done.
OUT in the line-up is a feature documentary about two gay surfers, David and Thomas, who set off on a global journey to uncover the taboo of homosexuality in surfing. They travel from Australia to Hawaii, California, Mexico and the Galapagos Islands to speak with people from all corners of the surfing community, from former world champions through to everyday surfers. Stories of fear, isolation and self-doubt emerge alongside ones of hope, self-empowerment and transformation. As their journey unfolds, Thomas and David are inspired to promote change within the existing culture by looking to surfing’s grassroots values of freedom of spirit, open-mindedness and love for the ocean.
If you’d like to help them finish their film, click the link and do what you can.
[Link: Out In The Lineup]
In another sign of the skateboard industry’s mainstream collapse, the Puehse Twins, two underage skateboarders whose dad seemed dead set on making them the next Tony Hawk in terms of sponsorship dollars and media coverage, have apparently decided that the real money is in doubles tennis, according to a story in the New York Times.
Eschewing a future as twin Tony Hawks, Nic and Tristan decided two years ago to try to become the next Bob and Mike Bryan, the No. 1-ranked men’s doubles tennis team. The jump from the anarchistic world of skateboarding to the button-down sport of tennis has been their toughest trick.
Can’t say we even wondered what these talented twins were up to lately, but seriuosly, if they’re really in it for the money, shouldn’t they be practicing their golf stroke?
[Link: The New York Times]
We have to admit, we’re not exactly up on the NYC and/or longboard surf scene, but apparently, Joel Tudor’s company Kookbox (which he co-founded with New York based photographer Andrew Blauschild), is having some organization issues, according to a story in the NY Post.
But Blauschild claims that Tudor — one of the world’s best-known surfers — became increasingly arrogant over the years and started treating him and other staffers like serfs . . . “Joel is one of the best-known surfers in history,” Blauschild told The Post. “But he has some issues.”
Now, Blauschild is suing Tudor in Federal court to have him “officially booted from the company.” Blauschild is also “demanding unspecified damages for slander and other misdeeds.” Guess that’s what happens when a California Surfer and a New York Photographer try to bridge the West Coast/East Coast gap in a business.
[Link: NY Post]
In episode two of Jon Holland’s Z-Flex historical series The Original we get to look back at the very beginning.
Hand crafted by Kent Sherwood in 1976, Kent’s mission was to make a board that could keep up with the intense skating of his step-son, Jay Adams. As Aaron Scott puts it, “with Kent’s background in fiberglass, they were hoping this would actually last Jay Adams’ skating”. Kent worked tirelessly on perfecting a board that would pioneer an industry to come.
Watch and learn.
Tahiti’s Michel Bourez edged Fred Patacchia, Jeremy Flores, and Dion Atkinson to win his second Reef Hawaiian Pro and the first jewel in the 2013 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing at Haleiwa on Sunday, November 24, 2013.
“It’ still a new feeling,” Bourez said. “The first time I won it, I was super happy for making the tour and this time, you know, I worked so hard to make the final and especially to lead the Triple Crown and it’s a good feeling. They keep saying the guy who wins the Haleiwa contest has a lot of chance to win a Triple Crown.
The waiting period for the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset begins today and will likely begin tomorrow, November 26, 2013. For the official word from the Triple Crown, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Vans and Union Binding Company have teamed up on a binding to celebrates Vans 20 years in the snow game.
Joining forces with one of the leading binding producers in the industry, Vans and Union collaborate on a commemorative Vans 20th Anniversary binding, complete with Union’s proven Custom House construction. The limited edition Vans x Union collaboration celebrates a momentous occasion for both brands, as they acknowledge over twenty years of iconic Vans Snow heritage.
We’re always down for some old school styling. The Vans x Union binding is available now at Union retailers. For the binding and the official word from Van, follow the jump.
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For an extremely limited time Real Skateboards is re-releasing the controversial Jim Thiebaud Hanging Klansman graphic and they’re claiming they took the sneaky route.
. . . we went behind Jim’s back to release a very special LTD EDT 20 Year Reissue of his first ever pro deck on REAL Skateboards, the Hanging Klansman to benefit the Johnny Kicks Cancer Foundation. The Hanging Klansman for Johnny Kicks Cancer includes the LTD EDT Hanging Klansman deck in 8.25 X 32, the original Thiebaud Shape 9.75X31.9, a Klansman T-shirt, sticker and LTD EDT Print.
If you want to do something good and relive the good old days, better hurry up because some of this stuff is already sold out online.
While the rest of the Northern Hemisphere has been slogging along through fall, the snow gods have gotten all over the Northern Cascades and dumped over 40 inches of fresh, winter snow on the shoulders of Mt. Shuksan. That means Mt. Baker Ski Area is ready to roll today, November 21, 2013.
According to Frequency The Snowboarders’ Journal it’s going to go a little like this:
With a 43-inch base at Pan Dome and 37 inches at Heather Meadows, Baker will be opening in style: all three lodges, at least seven chairs, all systems go for a pre-Thanksgiving powder feast. As always, we recommend easing into it. Plenty more snow is going to fall in the coming weeks, and early season conditions exist. Obey closed areas, be on the lookout for early season hazards, ride with care, and go get your fill—you can be sure we will.
Can you taste it? We know you can.
Chad Muska has updated his Supra Skytop with with the release of the Skytop IV. Here’s what he has to say about it:
“The Skytop IV is something completely new,” Muska said. “It’s pushing footwear design into the future, it’s merging worlds, and different genres—it’s high fashion meets high performance athletic footwear. We really wanted to create a shoe that you could go skate with the homies in, then come home, put a fresh pair on, and go out at night in—one to skate, one to chill.”
The Skytop IV appears in stores on Friday, November 29, 2013. For the official word from Supra, follow the jump.
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Hans and Nils Mindnich are officially on the Salomon Snowboards AM program. Which appears to be a good deal for everyone. Here’s what Salomon says:
Hans and Nils Mindnich happen to be brothers, but they also happen to be two of the most stylish up and coming snowboarders out there right now. When these guys strap in you never know what is going to happen, but you park it in a good spot to watch because one thing is for sure, it’s going to be wildly entertaining.
Sounds like high fives are in order all around.