Hobie Alter, the man most responsible for the modern age of both surfing and sailing, died yesterday (Saturday, March 29, 2014). He was 80 years old. According to a story on SurferMagazine.com:
A true waterman, Alter competed successfully in the Makaha International Surf Contest in 1958 and ’59, won a trio of tandem surfing championships from 1961-’63, and was elected to both the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame (1997) and the National Sailing Hall of Fame (2011). But Alter’s legacy will always be that of a pioneer of surfboard and sailboat production, called “the Henry Ford of the surfboard industry” by Steve Pezman, for his contribution to the large-scale manufacture of surfboards.
We had the honor of interviewing Alter for a surf magazine nearly a decade ago. It was a phone interview and he was sitting on the front porch of his home in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. We hit him with questions he’d been asked thousands of time before. But he didn’t seem to mind. At one point, we heard him say,” Whoa.” And we asked, “What just happened? You okay?” He laughed, “A Bald Eagle just got a big one.” We knew then, that Alter was living right. Our thoughts are with Alter’s family and friends.
[Link: Surfer Magazine]
Whenever we see the words “swimsuit issue” we always think of that old issue of Transworld Skateboarding Magazine that was teased as a “Special Swimsuit Issue.” Remember? This issue of Surfing Magazine is not that. This is a bunch of bikinis on skinny girls. Hot girls are so hot right now. Especially when they’re lounging around in the sun, glistening with sweat, and nearly naked. Because, you know, they’re just waiting to make all your dreams come true. They’re open, willing, and available right there in the pages. Creep out, kids. . .
The IASC today announced that VanyerMedia’s Gary Vanyerchuk will be presenting the keynote address at the 2014 IASC Skateboarding Summit May 14-16, 2014 at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel in beautiful downtown Costa Mesa, California.
“Gary’s passion for his business and entrepreneurial spirit directly translates to everyone that works in our industry,” says Josh Friedberg, Executive Director of IASC. ”The fact he has built up a following of smart marketers from within skateboarding is a testament to the universal strength of the information he shares and the strategies he lives and breathes.”
We guarantee that attending this keynote will leave you entertained, enlightened, inspired, and maybe even annoyed, but don’t let that stop you. Oh, and the event will also host the 2014 Skateboarding Hall of Fame induction of Gregg Carroll, Jim Muir, Steve Olson, Lance Mountain, Natas Kaupas, Laurie Turner DeMott and Ellen Oneal Deason. Yes, that Ellen Oneal. So you won’t want to miss that either.
For the official word from the IASC follow the jump.
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Does the concept of pro snowboarder product endorsement still work? Of course it does. The only reason we posted this Dragon Optical Collection video is because Jamie Lynn is in it. And it’s probably the only reason that you’ll watch it. Simple as that.
Today’s storm at Mammoth Mountain (March 26, 2014) dropped 8 -10 inches of fresh pow and kept Sierra shreds blazing in mid-winter glory. And you know what else? Mammoth is staying open until Memorial Day (May 26, 2014) like they have every and every year for the past 27 years.
“Although winter got off to a slow start, the past month brought a series of strong storms with nearly 100 inches of snow, and more in the forecast this week,” said Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory. “With excellent conditions typical of this time of year, we look to continue our long-standing tradition of skiing and riding well into May.” . . To celebrate, Mammoth has a jam-packed spring event calendar with all-ages activities on and off the hill. Events such as the JLA Banked Slalom, Mammoth Invitational, Grenade Games 10, Pond Skim and the annual Easter celebration are back in addition to new offerings like Spyder’s massive “Where’s the Party?” concert at Canyon Lodge.
For the official word from Mammoth, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Skateboarding legend Danny Way will apparently be following DC Shoe co co-founder Ken Block’s automobile racing tracks this week as Way drops in on rallycross racing in “a Suzuki Swift at the first round of the British Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill,” according to a story on The Checkered Flag.
Way, X Games Gold Medalist for both Big Air and MegaRail and Multiple World Record Holder. . . His new target is to to challenge himself further in the direction of rallycross. With his ultimate goal being the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
What is a Suzuki Swift anyway? It has been said that cars are the biggest reason kids give up skateboarding after they turn 16. Guess some kids just get a later start than others. We have no doubt that Way will be winning races in no time. The dude is gifted.
[Link: The Checkered Flag]
Kevin Delaney, Shaun Palmer, Chris Roach, Keith Kimmel, Bob Klein and the rest of the old school shreds (photo Sky Rondenet) showed over the weekend (March 22 – 23, 2014) that they’re all just as strong as they ever were, maybe ever stronger as they joined snowboard fans from around the world at Soda Springs, California for the 2014 Tom Sims Retro World Championships. Follow the jump for the complete GS results or click here for the official Facebook page. [click to continue…]
Paul Hart is on the grind for Venture Trucks with one packed minute. Damn. How does he fold time like that?
In this week’s March Logo Madness you finally get the chance to vote for Boardistan and our down arrow B logo made famous on coffee mugs around the world. Help us get out of our round one match up against AWSM. Click the link and vote for us, as well as the rest of your favorite lifestyle brands.
[Link: March Logo Madness]
We don’t know the guy. Never met him, but we’ve always been huge fans of Mark Paul Deren’s art. And we’re always wondering how and why he was able to do all that’s he’s done over the past decade. Now, thanks to an interview with The Hundreds, we have a little look into who Madsteez is and what moves him to create his amazing, comic, insightful, loud, stunning pieces.
If you call getting a D in Art 101 at Cal State Long Beach going to art school then I was definitely classically trained. Before that, I took high school art class but it was only to get an easy A. It actually wasn’t until I started making art for absolutely no purpose at all. From there everything just naturally happened. I got to choose what I wanted to paint and how I wanted to do it. The more I’ve personally grow as an artist, the more I’ve tried to strip my process and simplify my pieces.
Click the link for the rest of the interview.
[Link: The Hundreds]