October 19th, 2015

Is It Just Over For Quiksilver

Update: “The Court has authorized, on an interim basis, Quiksilver immediate access to $115 million of the $175 million.” – Yahoo Finance / October 20, 2015

Quiksilver CEO Andy Mooney Leaves Comppany; Pierre Agnes Named CEO
“The board has great confidence in Pierre’s ability and skills to lead our company. His primary focus will be on improving operational execution and efficiencies, and identifying growth opportunities, especially in the U.S. wholesale channel.” – Transworld Business March 27, 2015

“The team is now focused on bringing this level of execution to the Americas. I want to emphasize that the new team’s view is that we strongly believe that we can turn the North Americas market around, into a profitable business in the next fiscal year.” – Pierre Agnes / June 9, 2015

“We look forward to emerging from the Chapter 11 process, a stronger company better positioned to prosper into the future.” – Pierre Agnes / October 19, 2015

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October 19th, 2015

Greyson Fletcher – In Perdition

Greyson Fletcher – In Perdition

per·di·tion
pərˈdiSHən
noun: perdition
(In Christian theology) A state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unpenitent person passes after death.

1. A state of final spiritual ruin; loss of the soul; damnation.
2. The future state of the wicked.
3. Hell (def 1).
4. Utter destruction or ruin.
5. Obsolete, loss.

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Taking skating barefoot to a whole never level – his grandpa Herbie used to skate pools barefoot

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Teaser

His part

Thrasher Magazine

Additional filming
Mark Stewart
Brandon Jensen
Cole Mathews
Matt Ward
Seymour Saville
Thomas Campbell – 16MM

Edited By Seymour Saville

Music
Bolt Thrower – At First Light
Those Once Loyal – Courtesy of Metal Blade Records

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October 19th, 2015

Do It Yourself Anti-Fog Inserts For Your GoPro

“Hi their I’m Steve this is Izzy and today we’re going to show you how to make anti-fog strips for your GoPro out of paper towels.” – Ho Stevie!

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October 18th, 2015

The White Stripes With Charly Rose

“In America it’s different. In America there’s a sort of hipster environment to the crowds we played for when we we’re traveling around in a van for years and hipsters are sort of there real fickle – there not long long-termers you know there not long term loyal fans.” – Jack White

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Jack and Meg White – The White Stripes – Interview with Charly Rose

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October 16th, 2015

Last Call For Entries – The WSL Big Wave Awards

Dear WSL Big Wave Awards Surfers and Photographers,

I wanted to check in with everyone about some major developments with the 2016 WSL Big Wave Awards. As you may have heard, we have more than doubled the prizes for the event this year as posted on the event website HERE. This is a massive upgrade and one the WSL felt was very important for the big wave community, especially at a time when surf company sponsorships have come under growing pressure. Total prize money for this year will be $250,000 in cash (plus an assortment of magnificent TAG Heuer watches for winners). In addition, the WSL has committed to lifting the prize purse for 2017 to $350,000 and up to $400,000 in 2018. This totals a full One Million Dollars in cash to big wave surfers and photographers over the next three years. Surfer representatives including Greg Long and Grant Baker were instrumental in helping develop this growth plan and have given it their approval.

At the same time we are moving to modernize features of the event such as online registration for both surfers and photographers and an automated uploading system for video and still image content to reduce paperwork and streamline operations. Those features should hopefully be available next month.

With all of these upgrades now in place and a potentially game-changing El Nino winter looming, it’s important we gear up for the peak of the 2016 WSL Big Wave Awards season by making sure any older photos of video from earlier this year that are worthy of entry are submitted immediately. Effective November 1, 2015 we will only be accepting current (less than ten days old) images as official entries, so if you have any shots of you or by you from earlier in the season from Puerto Escondido or Cow Bombie or Teahupoo or Shipsterns or anywhere else there were exceptional waves since March 21, get them in by that date. Until the online system is in place, just email to me as usual. If you need the Submission Guidelines, you can download via the link at the bottom.

Please limit your submissions to your better selects as we already have a lot of outstanding entries for this time of the year. If you haven’t had a look lately, check out the latest submissions across these three main XXL locations:

World Surf League – Big Wave Awards and Tour
World Surf League XXL – YouTube
World Surf League XXL – Facebook

In addition to all the surfer and photo prize upgrades, we have fine-tuned the rules for the event, including some changes to the Surfline Overall Performance Award. Instead of announcing a single winner as in the past, we will now end the season with a Top Ten ranking, with top finishers earning four of the seeded slots in the following year’s WSL Big Wave Tour. The Performance Award will be judged by reviewing every still photo and video entry a surfer has had submitted to every Big Wave Award category for the full year at every spot. The complete updated ultra-detailed rule book will be available online later this month.

With your support, the Big Wave Awards have come a long way since 2000 and we are all well positioned to take the sport to a new level in the next few years. I wish you the best of luck for the coming season and look forward to working with you to make the 2016 WSL Big Wave Awards truly one for the record books.

Regards,

Bill Sharp
Event Director
WSL Big Wave Awards

PS: The tentative date for the next WSL Big Wave Awards & Tour gala party function is April 22 or 23, 2016. It will be in Southern California but we are looking at some potential new venues to freshen it up.

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October 15th, 2015

World Record Highest Air By Danny Way

Danny Way has done it again – this time breaking his old record of the highest air ever done on a skateboard.

Danny Way and the HIGHEST AIR EVER
In the Cuyamaca Mountains above San Diego California DC shoes and Monster Energy built the largest quarter pipe in history. On July 18th, 2015 Danny Way set out to break the current highest air record – a record he set June 12th, 2003 at 23.5 feet. The new official record is 25.5 feet.

Danny in 2003

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His record air is at 2:42

Now in 2015

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Still waiting to here back from Grant Brittain (skate photog legend), but we happened to notice Danny landing back onto the white platform as to landing back onto the ramp (below the coping). Our question to Grant; “Is it somewhat “cheating or playing it safe” when Danny doesn’t land back onto the ramp, but he lands on an extension of the ramp (the white thing)?”

When a skater does an air the air is measured from the coping to where the skater is – so in Danny’s case they took the measurement from the main ramp and not from the top of the coping of the white box in which he landed on.

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Filmed by Chris Ray, Massimo Legittmo, Martin Fobes, Bobby Sorich, Sam Sosnowski, Jimmy Astleford and Mike Gilbert – Thrasher Magazine.

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October 15th, 2015

Mockery Comercial By KFC On Mick Fanning’s Shark Attack

“That’s right Reggie next level Awesome”

KFC in South Africa is like the McDonalds in America – Jacked Up Double Crunch

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KFC (they aren’t allowed to say Kentucky Fried Chicken) making fun of Mick Fanning almost being killed by a shark while surfing in his heat at Jeffrey’s Bay

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October 15th, 2015

Who Will Dane Reynolds Sign With – RVCA, Vans, VISSLA

Well now that Quik is bankrupt where will the leader go. We’re thinking Dane Reynolds will sign head to toe with Vans. Vans has stupid money and seems to suit Dane the most.

Other Vans riders for shoes and apparel – Joel Tudor, Nathan Fletcher, Pat, Dane and Tanner Gudauskas, Dylan Graves, Leila Hurst, Ivan and Nathan Florence (John’s brothers)

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October 15th, 2015

Quiksilver and Billabong Merging Into One Company – Quikbong

Things are really going to get interesting this next year if Quiksilver and Billabong do merge into one company – the offices, employees, riders and events!

“…a Quiksilver-Billabong combination was being considered, citing a source close to the matter that it didn’t name.” – Michael Bathon / BloombergBusiness

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October 14th, 2015

Grom Is Making Thousands, But Doesn’t Know It

Good on ya _____ (pro surfer/dad) on not letting your son know he is making thousands of dollars a year and he is under 13. This father is putting his $$,$$$ into his savings account – no need to tell him, because it will go to his head!

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