GrindTV Becomes Adventure Sports Network

by The Editors on January 25, 2018

TEN: The Enthusiasts Network, parent of Transworld Snowboarding, Skateboarding, et. al., is rebranding their GrindTV website as the all new Adventure Sports Network.

“ASN aims to be the world’s most engaged digital media platform serving the ever-growing outdoor/adventure sports and lifestyle community,” said Norb Garrett, President of TEN’s Sports & Entertainment group. “ASN’s editorial strategy is unique in that it will generate original content around experiences, product, gear and travel while also leveraging TEN’s twelve action-adventure sports brands (such as Surfer, Powder, TransWorld Snowboarding and Canoe & Kayak) as well as building a network of amazing third-party content partners.”

Hey, it’s a plan, right? As a media company you can’t just sit around watching as all your brands whither away to nothing. You’ve got to do something. And this is something. Not sure the world is pining for another wide ranging, general interest adventure sports portal, but there’s no denying that it’s a plan that will look great in a PowerPoint deck. It might even convince a few companies to give TEN some of their marketing dollars, or maybe even create a profitable “partnership”. So that’s good. Plus, it’s got a bangin’ logo. What else do you need in these times?

For the official world from The Enthusiasts Network, please follow the jump.

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Facebook Likes WCT Exclusive for 2018

by The Editors on January 25, 2018

Wanna watch Gabriel Medina (above) go after current world champion 2 John Florence next year on that surf series operated by a privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streamed content production (mostly surfing sport)? According to a story on Forbes.com you’ll have to do it on Facebook, because the days of watching the feed on the company’s website (and then airplaying it your TV) are over thanks to a payment of an estimated $30 million from Facebook for exclusive rights.

Facebook had non-exclusive rights to live WSL events last year with the competitions also broadcast on the WSL’s website and mobile app. Nearly 14 million people watched a World Surf League event on Facebook in 2017. “The exclusivity of this deal will elevate the profile surfing and the WSL have within the Facebook platform,” says Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO.

Thrity-million dollars is a nice chunk for a business that has most likely been losing large sums of money each year since buying the tour. But we can say this, we watched a couple events last season, now if they’re only available on Facebook.com we won’t watch any and we don’t think we’re alone. So long pro surf tour. . . 

[Link: Forbes]

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Monster Energy Sued By 5 Women

by The Editors on January 25, 2018

Five women are reportedly suing Monster Energy over what they call an abusive, discriminatory culture, according to a story in the Huffington Post.

The women’s lawsuits and personal stories paint a detailed and disturbing picture of what systemic sex discrimination does to women’s lives and careers. Women at Monster allege that they were punished for speaking up, saying their professional reputations were tarnished and careers derailed. Egregious behavior by mainly male executives went without consequence.

Monster reportedly states that the “cases are without merit and had nothing to do with sex discrimination, and characterized the women who filed the suits as “disgruntled employees.” For the rest of the story, click the link.

[Link: Huffington Post]

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Pro-Tec Is Like 45 Years Old

by The Editors on January 24, 2018

Pro-Tec is celebrating 45 years in business this year with a return to San Diego an expanded helmet line, a new range of snow helmets, and a collaboration with Volcom.

Pro-Tec relocated from San Clemente to join Sector 9 Skateboard Co., another brand under the Bravo Sports Corp. Specialty Division, in the new San Diego headquarters. The move reflects the company’s commitment to its core market and marks a company promise to support and protect riders with proven and innovative products that professionals and beginners from around the world rely on every day.

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Shaun White & US Olympic Snowboard Team

by The Editors on January 24, 2018

We’re still trying to get up to speed with Olympic Shaun White fever. Not feeling it just yet, but we’re sure by next week we’ll be deep in the Shaun White hype. In the meantime here is everything you need to know about Shaun White and the 2018 US Olympic Snowboard Team which you may not have realized includes Shaun White:

2018 OLYMPIC SNOWBOARD TEAM

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle/Big Air
Chris Corning, Silverthorne, Colo. (9/07/1999)
Redmond Gerard, Silverthorne, Colo. (6/29/2000)
Kyle Mack, West Bloomfield, Mich. (7/06/1997)
Ryan Stassel, Anchorage, Alaska (10/23/1992) *

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle/Big Air
Jamie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (9/13/1990) *
Jessika Jenson, Rigby, Idaho (8/07/1991)
Julia Marino, Westport, Conn. (9/11/1997)
Hailey Langland, San Clemente, Calif. (8/02/2000)

Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe
Ben Ferguson, Bend, Ore. (1/21/1995)
Chase Josey, Hailey, Idaho (3/31/1995)
Jake Pates, Eagle, Colo. (7/30/1998)
Shaun White, Carlsbad, Calif. (9/3/1986) *

Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe
Kelly Clark, Mt. Snow, Vt. (7/26/1983) *
Arielle Gold, Steamboat Springs, Colo. (5/04/1996) *
Chloe Kim, Torrance, Calif. (4/23/2000)
Maddie Mastro, Wrightwood, Calif. (2/22/2000)

For all the other Shaun White details (including Snowboard Cross and Men’s Parallel Giant Slalom Teams), please follow the Shaun White jump.

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Mervin Nabs Maxx von Marbod

by The Editors on January 23, 2018

Mervin Mfg. is excited to announce the addition of Maxx von Marbod as Sales Director for North America and APAC.

Maxx is a life-long Northwest based snowboarder, surfer, board collector, designer and friend to all he meets. As a snowboarder, he’s seen it all from a frothy grom battling it out in Northwest Series to a seasoned ripper playing a pivotal role at major brands across the industry. Throughout his 20+ year board sports tour of duty, Maxx has managed to stay in love with the activities that help define him; riding boards with good friends on a weekly basis. His love for shred has kept Maxx closely connected to the Mervin Mfg. crew often helping to tweak new products through his valuable R & D feedback only a double decade veteran could provide.

So we guess what they’re saying is that this isn’t Maxx’s first rodeo.

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Asymbol Is Shutting It Down

by The Editors on January 23, 2018

Travis Rice’s Jackson Hole based art gallery Asymbol will be closing it’s doors on March 1, 2018. Here’s the scoop from T-Rice and the Asymbol Family.

After ten epic years of art, photography, community and adventure, we feel that the dream of Asymbol has run it’s incredible course. . . We did what we set out to do and more, no small feat considering that nothing like Asymbol had ever been done before. The decision was far from easy but for us, it is the right one. The support of our community, artists and partners has made this journey a magical one, a thing that has changed us all in amazing ways. . . On March 1st, Asymbol will close both our cyber and physical doors. We will be spending the next weeks celebrating what we have created together and encourage you to join us in writing this last chapter.

So, if you’ve been thinking about grabbing a piece of from the collection, now is the time. Apparently everything has been marked down. Click the link for all the details.

[Link: Asymbol]

 

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Utah Neighbors Not Happy With Woodward

by The Editors on January 23, 2018

Camp Woodward’s recently approved action sports park near Gorgoza Park on Interstate 80 in the Pinebrook neighborhood of Park City, Utah has some local residents up in arms, according to a story on KPCW.

A group of Pinebrook residents filed an appeal last week against the proposed Camp Woodward youth recreation facility near Gorgoza Park, arguing that the the facility will have negative impacts on their neighborhood. 

The neighbors are complaining about snowblowers, noise, lights, traffic, and a chairlift that goes much higher than it was supposed to go. For the entire story, click the link.

[Link: KPCW]

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Snowboarder Missing At Mt. Baker

by The Editors on January 23, 2018

A 24-year-old snowboarder who went missing at Mt. Baker on Sunday, January 21, 2018 has not been found after a full day of work by a large search and rescue team, according to a story in the Bellingham Herald.

Vitaliy Datskiy’s two friends reported him missing shortly after noon Sunday when he didn’t return to a designated meeting point near the bottom of the ski area’s Chair Three, said Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks. . . “He got separated from (his friends) and didn’t show up to meet them,” Parks said. “They believe he’s still somewhere in the ski area.” . . Duncan Howat, ski area president and general manager, said the Ski Patrol immediately began what’s called a “hasty search” of the most dangerous spots in the area where Datskiy was last seen.

Howat says Datskiy was last seen ducking under a rope on Chair 6. The resort has received 50 inches of snow since Friday. Datskiy is the third snowboarder to go missing at the mountain this season. We hope for the best.
 

 

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Signal’s All About The LED Base

by The Editors on January 18, 2018

After being gone for nearly a year Signal Snowboard’s Every Third Thursday is back with a little taste from of our collective digital futures. Here’s how they’re pitching it:

Decentralized currency, hyper loop travel, and yes, smart wearables and shreddables. After almost a year off from the last ETT, No Board Left Behind, we bring you the first LED progammable base. 

Ground effects, dawg. It’s the perfect board for those times we’d like to communicate from the lift. We kinda want one. . .
[Link: Signal Snowboards]

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