Crowdabunga: SUPsqautch Team Hits Sunset

by The Editors on January 8, 2015

Jamie O’Brien and friends play where others fear to slide. Madness for certain on a massive six-man standup paddle board. Crowdabunga!

[Link: Surfer Mag]

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ESM Photographer Joe McGovern Dies

by The Editors on January 8, 2015

B9315791645Z.1 20150108154801 000 Gm39Kdvtm.1-0Joe McGovern, a long-time photographer for Eastern Surf Magazine died almost a week after being pulled unconscious from the ocean at Paradise Beach Park on Sunday, January 4, 2015 according to a story in Florida Today. McGovern was 64.

He died Wednesday [January 7, 2014] at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne surrounded by family and friends. The Providence, Rhode Island native is survived by his wife, three daughters, mother, brother and other family members. . . “It’s a total shock,” said Dick “Mez” Meseroll, the co-owner of the magazine who worked with McGovern to cover surfing and some of the sport’s top events. McGovern was enjoying his annual trip to Brevard to enjoy the warm surf when the accident happened, Meseroll said. . . “He was extremely fit and was once a lifeguard. It sounds like he took a bad fall in the waves. I saw him a few hours before. He came to my house, dropped his bags and the next thing I know I got a call about the accident. I can tell you that a lot of people are shedding tears,” he said.

McGovern never regained consciousness. Our thoughts are with McGoverns friends, family, and the entire ESM family. Click here for ESM’s Joe McGovern memorial page.

[Link: Florida Today & ESM]

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TransWorld Skate Awards Results

by The Editors on January 8, 2015

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Last night the skate world gathered at The Theatre At Ace Hotel in Los Angeles for the 17th Annual TransWorld Skateboarding Awards. Hosts Brian Schaefer and Lee Dupont, along with a cast of legendary skateboarding presenters, handed out the trophies in front of a packed house last night at The Theatre At Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. We’ll give you a hint: the Thrasher SOTY won the Readers’ Choice. For the for the rest of the results, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Vans Hi-Standard Big Air Series Launches

by The Editors on January 8, 2015

Vanshistandardseries2015 CardboardlogoOn January 17, 2015 Vans will kick off the first event in their Hi-Standard Series, an international contest series inviting snowboarders from around to the world to exhibit pure style and creativity in an exciting jam format. Touring across the US, Canada, China and Austria, the Vans Hi-Standard Series will feature an original big air format where riders are judged by individual style only, with no rotations over 720 allowed.

The Hi-Standard Series will award over $60K in cash prizes and challenge riders with the “Van Doren Rail Best Trick”, offering cash on the spot for the most inventive maneuvers. With nothing over a 720 allowed, only the most creative competitors will be considered for the top three billing. Vans will also present the Vans Custom Culture design workshop featuring a local artist from each city, inviting spectators to design their own pair of Vans. Fans and competitors can expect to see familiar faces from Vans Snow team, including Zac Marben, Darrell Mathes, Jake Kuzyk, and more!

For the official word from Vans, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Signal Builds A Lithe Snowboard

by The Editors on January 8, 2015

Yes. it’s time for the first Every Third Thursday of 2015. This time Dave Lee oversees a little technology borrowing from Lithe Skateboards to make a crazy snowboard design using cutting edge, top secret, skateboard construction. We’re not so sure about the snowboard, but that skate deck look pretty rock solid.

[Link: Signal Snowboards]

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Champion San Diego Surfer Dies Of Staph

by The Editors on January 8, 2015

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Former US Masters Surfing Champion Barry Ault, 71, died from a staff infection after surfing in San Diego, California the week before Christmas 2014 following rain storms, according to a story on NBC 7 San Diego.

Barry had gone surfing at Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma, just two days after a rainstorm. It’s still not clear if that staph infection came from storm runoff into the water that day, as there are several storm drains around Sunset Cliffs that empty into the ocean.

According to other reports, several of his friends also got sick that day, but the others recovered. Sometimes when the waves are that good it’s difficult for all of us to stay out of the water after a storm. Especially when it’s been a place that has so often offered an escape from most everything that troubles. Our thoughts are with Ault’s family and friends.

[Link: NBC 7 San Diego]

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Lonely Planet Buys In To TGR

by The Editors on January 7, 2015

LonelytetonLonely Planet, the publisher of quality world travel guides, has acquired a “strategic stake” in snowboarding and ski film making company Teton Gravity Research for an undisclosed amount.

TGR is part of a rapidly developing strategy of expanding Lonely Planet’s global footprint, broadening its offerings in television and video, digital commerce, and original content. The two companies will continue to operate independently of one another while working closely to expand content and reach, providing TGR resources to grow and evolve in the changing media landscape with a focus on high-end content. TGR co-founders, brothers Steve and Todd Jones, will retain their ownership interest and continue to lead TGR as co-CEOs in the company’s Jackson Hole home.

This one makes sense, right? Content distributors need quality content and content creators need distribution. For the official word from TGR, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Supporting Sara In Her Battle With Cancer

by The Editors on January 7, 2015

2838089 1418757550.8759In December of 2013 The Skateboard Mag co-founder Mike Mihaly’s wife Sara (mother of their three daughters) was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. After her first rounds of treatment the cancer has returned and is now in Stage IV. A friend of the family, Kate Patterson Baldwin, has set up a site on gofundme.com to help the family with their mounting medical expenses. Here’s what Kate says about Sara:

Somehow, even in the face of such giant obstacles, Sara manages to keep it all together with a positive and courageous attitude. She has summoned an undeniable strength that is exemplary and inspiring on all accounts; and, not only is she providing a beautiful example of strength and perseverance for her three little girls, she is, without a doubt, doing the same for me. I strongly believe that if we had more people in the word who could face challenge with the same grace and poise that Sara does, the world might be a gentler and kinder place.

Please click the link to read the rest of this story, and if you can, please donate something to the fund. At a time like this, every bit helps.

[Link: Supporting Sara]

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Grab A Space At The Boardroom Surf Show

by The Editors on January 7, 2015

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The Boardroom Surf Show is pleased to announce early bird booth space sales available online now for the upcoming The Boardroom Surf Show. The Boardroom once again “kicks off” the summer surfboard buying season on May 16 & 17, 2015 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Premium corner and standard booths are on discount with big savings offered until February 1.

Supreme surfboard craftsman Rusty Preisendorfer will be honored in the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters at The Boardroom. Since 1969 Rusty Preisendorfer has been crafting precision surfboards for enthusiast surfers and world class professionals. . . “It’s always good talking story with all my friends in the business at The Boardroom. I also enjoy meeting surfers who have a real passion for their equipment,” explains Rusty. “The Boardroom is the show dedicated to surfboards. I look forward to it every year.”

For the official word from The Boardroom Surf Show, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Surf tech Sold To Thai Investment Co

by The Editors on January 7, 2015

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Surf Technicians, LLC, the company that manufactures surfboards under the Surftech name for many surf brands announced today that the company has been sold to Triple D, a Thailand based investment company.

“Today’s announcement is a great thing for not only the Surftech family, but for all our partners, and customers” said Chris Dunn, CEO of Surftech “Being able to work closely with a partner who is dedicated to our success and who is very knowledgeable in the world of distribution and composites gives us the resources to continue to build on the momentum of the last 12 months.”

For the official word from Surftech, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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