Join Dave B and the old school Blockhead Skateboards crew in Oceanside, California on Saturday night November 7, 2015 for their 30th Anniversary Reunion Party Art Show. The party will features classic photos by Grant Brittain, O, Spike Jonze, Michael Blanchard, Steve Sherman, Mark Waters, Tobin Yelland, Hunter Kimball, Luke Ogden, Christian Kline and more, plus the art of Ron Cameron, Dave Bergthold, Ron Lemon, Andy Jenkins, and Jeremy Wray.
Reef adds another chapter to the bible of backsides with this 2016 Reef Calendar Girl video.
For this year’s Miss Reef calendar, the young, nomadic photographer Kate Bellm was unleashed into the jungles of Costa Allegre for her wanderlust interpretation of Just Passing Through. She took an edgy perspective but retained the mystery of Miss Reef. The final result was twelve months worth of youth culture-driven pop art of Miss Reef in cerulean lagoons and lush tropical woodlands of the Pacific Mexican coast, all with Miss Reef falling into Bellm’s brand of mischief and adventure.
And it’s not sexist because they had a girl shoot the photos.
George Pappas, 51, former professional snowboarder and skateboard slalom racer from Colorado, has been arrested for attempted murder after being accused of crashing his car in an effort to kill his long-time girlfriend on October 12, 2015, according to a story in the Daily Camera.
According to an arrest affidavit, the woman said she and Pappas had been in a relationship for six years, but that, recently, they had been fighting frequently, including an argument the night before the crash. . . While driving north on 28th Street, the woman told police Pappas suddenly reached over and unbuckled her seatbelt and then began driving erratically. . . He drove into the bus-only lane at Valmont Road at more than 50 mph, then “looked at the pole, saw a target and aimed for it,” according to the affidavit.
The woman, who was able to walk away from the wreck, said this was the second time Pappas had tried to crash the car with her in it. According to the article Pappas has an “extensive criminal history.” If found guilty Pappas could face up to 24 years in prison. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail.
Don’t lie. You own a soft top and so do your friends. At the beach on the weekends it seems everyone is on one. Most of these boards are coming from the same place: CostCo. Bloomberg Business has the story behind one of the biggest shifts in surfing hardgoods ever.
Since its debut in 2007, Wavestorm has become the most popular surfboard in the U.S., with about half a million sold. Novices and veterans have embraced the mass-produced soft-foam boards, which cost much less than competing products. Entry-level soft boards typically sell for around $300, and hand-shaped long boards can go for upwards of $1,000. . . Unlike just about every other surfboard brand, Wavestorm wasn’t started by a revered “shaper” (board designer) or surfer. It’s the brainchild of Matt Zilinskas, a onetime hockey player from landlocked Waterloo, Ont., and John Yeh, a Taiwanese businessman.
Zilinskas shoots straighter than anyone in the surf industry when he explains his business model:
“We don’t want to mess around collecting money from little surf shops and sporting goods stores. Margins are slim at Costco, but we pump out volume and get paid on time.”
Yep, it’s apparently the future of board sporting. And, the boards are popular for similar reasons: they’re cheap, fun, indestructible, and most importantly, a great excuse for sucking at surfing. Seriously, who expects you to rip on one of those foam boats?
Alec Cooke, the 59-year-old Hawaiian big wave surfer known as “Ace Cool” was reported missing by his girlfriend on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 after he failed to return from a surf session on Tuesday afternoon, according to a story on Hawaii News Now.
Investigators say Cooke was last seen Tuesday, when he left his home in Waialua about 4 p.m. to go surfing on the North Shore. Cooke’s girlfriend reported him missing the next morning when he didn’t return. . . Early Wednesday, investigators found Cooke’s truck in the parking lot of Missions of St. Peter near Waimea Bay. His dog and keys were still inside.
Tillman, the action sporting English bull dog who showed the world how much fun a dog could have on boards of all kinds, died Tuesday October 27, 2015, according to a story on NBC News. He was 10 years old (or 70 in dog years).
“He was my best friend, my brother and my shadow, and when it was show time, it was amazing. He made millions and millions of people smile throughout the world,” owner Ron Davis said of his pooch. “He was a little 60-pound butterball of inspiration for a lot of people.”
Tillman’s original Youtube video has been viewed over 20 million times and he was the star on an early Apple iPhone commercial. He will be missed.
We’ve all heard how one day soon (some would argue it already happened) the iPhone’s camera will outpace the DSLRs and the camera business will come crashing down around Apple’s feet. Well, a good way to be ready for that day is with an olloclip 4-IN-1 lens.
The award-winning 4-IN-1 Lens for iPhone 6/6s & iPhone 6/6s Plus delivers the most versatile and premium mobile lens experience in a compact, easy-to-use design. It features four advanced optic quick-change lenses (Fisheye, Wide-Angle, Macro 10x and 15x) that weigh in at less than an ounce.
And this one is even better because it’s a “special-edition Rose Gold” model. For all the official details, please follow the jump.
Quiksilver CEO Bob McKnight is reportedly selling his 108-acre piece of the North Shore (just across from Sunset Beach) for $15 million, according to a story in the Pacific Business News.
The 108-acre agricultural-zoned parcel is located between two private roads and a newly-paved road from the Sunset Chevron gas station and Paumalu Road in Haleiwa . . . Bob’s Paumalu LLC, which is headed by McKnight and Eddie Rothman, founder of Da Hui, has owned the property since 2005.
The property can be subdivided or you could build “four dream homes surrounded by acres of incredible rich soil, lush terrain, magnificent trees, and gorgeous timeless views.” Will be sad to see that land go.
Watching this kind of VR video clip (where you can move the field of view around using your finger on a phone or on your comp in Google Chrome browser) reminds us just how important a photographers eye is in removing all the stuff we don’t need to see when framing an epic surf clip. With this new tech, which a certain content production company is pitching as the future of broadcasting, it’s really easy to turn a great sequence into a complete visual fumble.
Oh, and we have one question: CJ, what’s with the hand. Looks like you’re holding a ghost beer or something.