Freestyle Gets Smart With Shark Tooth

by Sponsored Post on June 10, 2015

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This post sponsored by Surfshop.com

We’ve said this before, but we’re done wearing watches that only tell the time. Partially because time of day is rarely on our minds, and mostly because we’ve become so used to wearing watches that quietly notify us to calls, events, emails, and text messages, that having a watch just for the time is like dragging around a sun dial on our wrists. Lucky for us, Freestyle has come up with a new watch that does much more than tell time.

Freestyle is well known for making simple, cheap surf watches, but with the new Shark Tooth they’re jumping in on the Bluetooth smart watch game with a reimagining of of their Shark Classic surf watch. The new Shark Tooth features real time surf metrics thanks to a partnership with WaveTrak (a.k.a. Surfline). Once paired to a compatible Android or iOS phone (that’s running the free Freestyle app) the Shark Tooth will serve up all the necessary surf data from your favorite surf spot right on your wrist including: weather, air and water high and low temps, wave height, interval, swell direction, wind speed (in knots) and direction, high and low tide times, and sunrise and sunset times. This is in addition to the watch’s regular functions like world time, stop watch, countdown timer (for heats, bru) and an alarm.

The Freestyle app will also use the phone’s GPS to track activities likes skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, biking, and more then show metrics like speed, distance, direction travelled, and calories burned. And if those aren’t enough parlor tricks for the tech-weeniest surfer, the Shark Tooth can also provide a remote control over a connected phone’s camera and music player.

The Shark Tooth doesn’t pass on smart notifications to the wrist or let you read texts and emails in the lineup and we have experienced repeated connection issues, but the watch retails for only $120. And at that price, it’s a fine surf watch that does much more than tell time.

For all the specs follow the jump. To buy the watch, check here: Surfshop.com.

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Live In Shaun White’s Beach House

by The Editors on June 9, 2015

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Yes, now you too can live in Shaun White’s Encinitas, California beach house for the bargain rate of $12,500 a month, according to story in the LA Times.

The 3,500 square feet of polished interiors features dark wood floors, wrought iron chandeliers and bi-folding doors that give way to unobstructed ocean views. Smart home features, wireless speakers and a modernized kitchen with marble countertops and large center island are among the updates. . . The master suite sports a free-standing soaking tub and a glass-enclosed rain shower for four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Just think, the only thing standing between you and your summer of a rock star is $36,000.

[Link: LA Times]

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More Bad News For Quiksilver

by The Editors on June 9, 2015

Logo-Qs@2XLast week a board member resigned with some anger and now Quiksilver stock has fallen 38 percent after the company reported a less than stellar second quarter, according to a story in the Orange County Business Journal.

The Huntington Beach-based apparel manufacturer and retailer posted $333 million in revenue for the quarter that ended April 30, compared with $397 million for the same period a year earlier. It recorded a loss of $37.5 million or 22 cents per share, about the same as last year. Analysts expected $341.24 million in revenue and a loss of 14 cents per share for the quarter. . . Revenue for its Quiksilver division decreased $28 million, or 16.7%, to $139 million. Sales for the Roxy division dropped $15 million, or 12.5%, to $105 million. DC Shoes was down $22 million, or 21.3%, to $81 million.

Down, down, and down. At this rate Bob McKnight and friends will be able to take Quik private again for next to nothing. . . oh, did we say that out loud?

[Link: Orange County Business Journal]

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Attack Of The Avalanche Sharks

by The Editors on June 9, 2015

Spring breaker shredders get a little more than they bargained for when prehistoric snow sharks attack. Here’s how Avalanche Sharks goes:

“Bikini Snow Day is the busiest day of the year at Mammoth Mountain, and the resort is packed with wild co-eds looking for a good time. When an unexpected avalanche rumbles down the mountain, it awakens ancient spirits in the form of massive sharks with a taste for human flesh. As the body count begins to pile up, the local sheriff must form an unlikely alliance with a motley crew of locals and tourists in order to kill off the terrifying creatures before it’s too late.”

Oh yeah. Chomp on this for certain.

[Link via Bloody Disgusting]

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Kelly Slater Calls Out SeaWorld

by The Editors on June 9, 2015

Sea-World-Of-HurtTomorrow, June 10, 2015 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater will call out SeaWorld during the company’s online annual meeting by submitting a question on behalf of PETA. Here’s the question that he is submitting:

My name is Kelly Slater, and I’m here on behalf of PETA. The veil has been lifted on SeaWorld. All the ads in the world won’t change what the public now knows to be true: that the company imprisons highly intelligent, emotionally complex, social animals in tiny, barren concrete tanks, which leads to aggression and disease. SeaWorld is experiencing declining attendance and revenue, and dozens of companies, including Southwest Airlines, Panama Jack, and Mattel, have recently ended partnerships with SeaWorld. As a professional surfer, I’m lucky and privileged to be able to spend the majority of my time in the ocean—it’s the place where I feel most at home, and thus, I feel an obligation to protect that which I have a voice in influencing. Please, tell us, when will SeaWorld allow the animals it holds captive to return to their home—the ocean—by retiring them to a seaside sanctuary? And wouldn’t this at least be viewed, if nothing else, as a public relations win for you? By righting the wrongs you have committed in the name of corporate profit for so many years, you may actually be able to recoup some of the respect that has been lost in the eyes of the public and work toward an end to the problem of animal suffering. Thank you.

We couldn’t say it better ourselves.

[Link: SeaWorldOfHurt]

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Surfcore: The New Fashion Trend

by The Editors on June 8, 2015

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Looks like surfers are back in style, according to a vomit-inducing fashion article in Men’s Journal (if that isn’t redundant). But be careful — surfcore is not easy to “pull off.”

If the surfcore style is for you, there’s a trick to pulling it off (which is the only similarity it shares with the norm core and lumber sexual looks — or any trend). The trick to making it look as good on the sidewalk as it does on the sand means distinguishing the fine line between gimmicky and genuine. “You have to be careful when it comes to fit,” celebrity menswear stylist Ashley Weston advises. “The guys who nail it do so because their floral shirt is fitted correctly. Surf wear and beach-inspired pieces cannot be worn loose because a relaxed fit translates into a sloppy tourist vibe. The fit can mess it all up. If the shirt is looser then you need to pair it with a much more fitted pant, or vice versa. The look needs to balance.”

Yeah, bro! Looks like Luke Davis will continue to get paid for a little while longer.

[Link: Men’s Journal]

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Big Spinning Makes The 2018 Olympics

by The Editors on June 8, 2015

Hey, shred kids. Looks like the quad corkers will get the chance to go for the gold when the Five Ring Circus (aka Olympics Winter Games) drop next in 2018 in PyeongChang, Korea.

The inclusion of big air is another step from the IOC in appealing to a more youth-oriented audience. The hugely successful slopestyle events at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi provided a great platform to launch big air as an additional medal opportunity for American athletes. Big air was introduced at the 2003 FIS Snowboarding World Championships and was included on the World Cup tour in 2015. U.S. Snowboarding’s Ty Walker (Stowe, VT) won the first ever women’s World Cup this past season in Istanbul, Turkey.

We can’t wait to watch 16 guys (and girls) do the same trick over and over and over until one of them does it with a few less mistakes than the others. For the official word from the USSA follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Tia Blanco Wins 2015 ISA World Gold

by The Editors on June 8, 2015

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The USA’s Tia Blanco edged Leilani McGonagle, Ella Williams, and Chelsea Tuach to take the the 2015 ISA World Surfing Games gold medal on Saturday, June 7, 2015 in Playa Popoyo, Nicaragua.

“It means the world to me, to win this Gold Medal for the USA. I am so stoked!” exclaimed Blanco, still in the awe following her win. “Getting carried up the beach by my coach and Damien Hobgood was a dream come true – it was one for the memory book. Thank you to everyone who believed in me, I could not do it without you.”

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X Games 2015 Austin Results

by The Editors on June 8, 2015

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We know how important the television network sponsored “games ” are to the athletes (hell, it’s Bob Burnquist’s whole year). So we’ve decided to provide this list of results for everyone’s easy perusal. As usual, we didn’t see a lick of the content and we know, we missed that great performance by the kid who was ruling it, but whatever. Follow the jump for the entire results breakdown. [click to continue…]

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ISA World Surf Games Are Over

by The Editors on June 7, 2015

The International Surfing Association has concluded their World Surfing Games in Playa Popoyo Nicaragua.

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