2021 USA Skateboarding National Championships

by The Editors on May 11, 2021

All two hours of the 2021 USA Skateboarding National Championships from there Berrics is here for your delicate consumption.

Watch the top 8 skaters in each of four disciplines—Women’s Street, Men’s Street, Women’s Park, and Men’s Park—compete at the 2021 U.S.A. Skateboarding National Championships presented by Toyota and fueled by Got Milk?… right now! Hosted by Chris Pastras and Andrew Cannon at The Berrics and California Skateparks Training Facility.

Enjoy!

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RIP: Vans Co-Founder Paul Van Doren

by The Editors on May 7, 2021

We were saddened to learn that Vans co-founder Paul Van Doren died yesterday, Thursday, May 6, 2021. He was 90.

“In 1966, Paul, his brother James Van Doren, and their friends Gordon, Ryan Emmert and Serge D’Elia became partners in opening the first Vans store, according to Wikipedia. It took a year to build and set up the factory at 704 East Broadway in Anaheim.”

A week and a half ago Paul’s memoir Authentic was released.

In Authentic, he shares his unlikely journey from high-school dropout to sneaker-industry legend. A blue-collar kid with no higher education and zero retail experience, Van Doren started out as a 16-year-old “service boy” at a local rubber factory. Over the next few decades, he leveraged a knack for numbers, a genius for efficiency, and the know-how to make a great canvas tennis shoe into an all-American success story. What began as a family shoe business has today evolved into a globally recognized brand with billions of dollars of annual revenue.

Thanks Paul for all you did for all of us and for living an incredible, authentic life. Our thoughts are with the entire Van Doren family. If you have a Paul Van Doren story to share, please leave it in the comments.

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Look Who’s On The Ultimate Surfer

by The Editors on May 6, 2021

A certain privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streamed content production (mostly surfing sport) announced today the cast of beautiful surfers who will “battle it out at [the] state-of-the-art Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California” as part of the new ABC reality competition show called The Ultimate Surfer.

The cast is described as the “world’s greatest up-and-coming surfers” however one look at the list suggests producers may be wading knee deep into hyperbole bay. The crew includes: Anastasia Ashley – 34, Miami Beach, Florida, Kai Barger – 31, Haiku, Hawaii, Mason Barnes – 27, Venice, California, Tia Blanco – 24, Oceanside, California, Austin Clouse – 27, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Brianna Cope – 26, Koloa, Hawaii, Luke Davis – 28, Los Angeles, California, Kayla Durden – 28, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Juli Hernandez – 23, Costa Mesa, California, Zeke Lau – 27, Honolulu, Hawaii, Alejandro Moreda – 35, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Koa Smith – 26, Sunset Beach, Hawaii, Malia Ward – 23, San Clemente, California, Bruna Zaun – 31, Redondo Beach, California.

Are they Insta hot? Yes. Do they surf well? Sure. Will they be entertaining to watch? Maybe. Will the show end up some awkward mix of the worst reality TV tropes and surf cliche? Chances seem pretty good. But yeah, we’ll probably watch it anyway.

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Maps Of 2-John Florence’s Home

by The Editors on May 3, 2021

Now you know! Here’s the info:

Maps of Home is a short film shot on location on the North Shore of Oahu, between January and March 2021. Surfers featured in order of appearance @John John Florence@Koa Rothman@Nathan Florence​ Jack Robinson, Ivan Florence @Eli Olson​ and @Jamie O’Brien​.

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All The Action Sports News You Can Use

by The Editors on May 3, 2021

Yet again we have gone through all the action sports headlines so you don’t have to and distilled them down into a long list of stories you might be interested in. If not, no worries. It was good exercise for our copy and paste fingers. Never want to let those keyboard skills get on the fade. Follow the jump and enjoy.

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Beefs T.V.: La Bomba At The Wedge

by The Editors on May 2, 2021

You know, because it’s that time of the year.

Riders include Tyler Stanaland, Tommy Cantrell, Johnny Weber, JJ Ayala, Greyson Fletcher, Blair Conklin, Brad Domke, Space Man, Electronic Hydro Foil man and more!!

[Link: Beefs T.V.]

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Tech Deck Official USA Skate Sponsor

by The Editors on April 27, 2021

Yes, the USA Skateboarding Olympic Team now has an official fingerboard sponsor and it is, unsurprisingly, Tech Deck. Here’s USA Skateboarding’s take:

“The heart of skateboarding is fun, and no company embodies that better than Tech Deck,” said Josh Friedberg, CEO, USA Skateboarding. “From the day we started our initial discussions, Tech Deck’s commitment to skateboarding culture and their natural fit into our existing initiatives made it clear that we had a great opportunity – we’re incredibly excited to have them as a partner in this historic year for skateboarding.”

Now athletes will have something to do on their 13 hour flight to Tokyo and/or two week quarantines. For the official word from Tech Deck, please follow the jump.

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David Carson Teaches Graphic Scrambling

by The Editors on April 26, 2021

David Carson is a design genius. From creating the iconic TransWorld Skateboarding logo, to work with Ray Gun, Beach Culture, and Surfer magazines Carson has done more to rearrange the visual language of action sports than anyone else. What he does looks easy. How hard is it to cut stuff up, rearrange it, then slap it back down? But, as anyone who has tried knows, getting something that looks good (and communicates on a deeper level) is difficult. Now, thanks to MasterClass we all can learn the basics from the man himself. Click the link for all the details. Or click here to buy his most recent book.

[Link: MasterClass via Beach Grit]

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RIP: Jonas Wray

by The Editors on April 14, 2021

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Snowboarder Luca Pandolfi Dies In Avalanche

by The Editors on March 22, 2021

Italian big mountain snowboarder and Chamonix, France local Luca Pandolfi died in an avalanche in Aosta, Italy on Wednesday, March 17, 2020. He was 47 years old. Jones Snowboards, his longtime board sponsor had this to say about Pandolfi.

Standing tall, with a smile as big as the boards he rode, Luca Pandolfi was not your average Chamonix shredder. Luca was a native Italian from the Piedmont region, but he lived in Chamonix for the last decade and his riding style mirrored his background. He put his heart and soul into every turn he made and was a cutting edge alpinist who chased untracked trophy lines and first descents all over the world. When he dropped in there was no mistaking his motivation, he loved to ride fast and rip big turns in big terrain.

For more on his life including a memorial photo gallery, please click the link.

[Link: Jones Snowboards]

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