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Sacklunch & Boardistan

by The Editors on August 15, 2010

Bstan2010We thought it was pretty obvious, but apparently there are those who still haven’t figured it out. If Sacklunch.com was something you enjoyed reading in the past and you’d like to see what the editors are doing now, just click this link to visit Boardistan.com. Same stuff, different URL.

The content breakdown goes something like this: content from July 1999 until December 2006 can be found here in the Sacklunch 1.0 Archives. From November 2006 until February 2007 it is on the Sacklunch site here, and for the rest (July 2008 forward) please visit Boardistan.com. Someday we’re going to put it all together in one place, under one name. Maybe.

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NBC Redoes The Dew Tour Branding

by The Editors on February 26, 2007

The Dew Action Sports Tour is now the longer, more difficult to say, The ASPT Dew Tour, the Action Sports Pro Tour.

“The new ASPT mark and logo provide our property with a consistent messaging and the opportunity to expand under one umbrella,” said Wade Martin, President of the ASPT Dew Tour. “Not unlike NASCAR or the PGA Tour, we want the ASPT to be seen as the gold standard in competitive action sports.”

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Billabong’s 13.8 Percent Profit Bounce

by The Editors on February 22, 2007

0,,5398523,00American sales were up 33.5% in Billabong’s financial half of the year ending December 31, 2006 with a net profit of AUS$90.5 million.

The group said that the first half result is an improvement of the prior corresponding result of $79.5 million, as the group recorded sales revenue of $610.7 million, which was up 26.1% from $484.3 million. . . . Looking forward, Mr O’Neill said that, in the absence of any unforeseen circumstances, the continued global momentum and strong demand is expected to deliver the full year earnings per share growth target of 15%.

And the stock went up 45 cents to AUS$17.85. And the Courier Mail was all upbeat. But that was yesterday. Today according to The Australian the stock tumbled almost four percent. Weird, huh?
[Link: e goli, The Courier Mail, and The Australian]

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Volcom Up But Cautious

by The Editors on February 22, 2007

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to sit in on the Volcom call today at 1:30 PM PST, however, those intrepid reporters at the Orange County Business Journal were nice enough to line it all out for us. And it went something like this:

For the fourth quarter, sales rose 37% from a year earlier to $56.6 million. Analysts had expected about $55 million. . . Net income came in at $7.6 million. Analysts on average expected $7.3 million.

They did add that results for the current quarter could fall short of expections, and that some European expansion could cut into first quarter profits. . . we blame the weather.
[Link: Orange County Business Journal]

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Volcom Financial Call Live On The Internet

by The Editors on February 22, 2007

We always think this Wall Street stuff is done in some distant corner of a dark room. Truth is it’s all out in the open and you can listen in if you’d like. If you’re bored this afternoon, why not jump in on the Volcom 2006 year-end summary conference call. It’s open to everyone and it’s going down today at 1:30 PM PST. Click the jump for all the details.

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Fuel TV Hires An Online Guy

by The Editors on February 21, 2007

We’ve said it repeatedly, but one of the few walls standing between Fuel TV and a much, much larger audience is that linear TV is dead and they don’t have enough going on the web. It appears that this may change now that Lee Pearson has joined the Fuel team as Director of New Media.

Reporting to Olivares, Pearson is responsible for strategy and operations of non-linear network initiatives including Internet, mobile and other digital platforms. Pearson will continue to build relationships with all technical, content and development vendors in association with FUEL TV’s existing new media businesses, while exploring strategic partnerships to enhance FUEL TV’s position in the marketplace.

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Sneaux’s Human Skateboard Project

by The Editors on February 20, 2007

SneauxPES a commercial film company with representation in the United States and Britain has created a new stop-motion TV commercial for Sneaux Shoes in which one man rides another around LA and the LA river like a skateboard. Don’t know how they figured out who would be the bottom or the top. But the guy in earrings eats a lot of gravel in the process. Click the links to the watch the video.
[Link: PES via Digitmag]

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Four-Year-Old Girl Killed On Skateboard

by The Editors on February 19, 2007

A four-year-old girl in Springdale, Arkansas died when she lay face-down on a skateboard and rode it down the driveway and into the street. She was struck by a car whose driver then sped away.

Police say the girl was hit by a black mid- to late-model 1990s Honda Accord about 3:30 p.m. A news release described the car as a “low-rider” style vehicle with chrome wheels.

[Link: Action News 5]

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United By Fate: The New Globe Film Series

by The Editors on February 17, 2007

UnitedbyfateGlobe is rolling out an interesting video project titled United By Fate. It is a skateboarding film broken out into pieces and released sequentially online and for free. These episodic releases will feature the skate stylings of Mark Appleyard, Chris Haslam, Rodney Mullen, Matt Mumford, Jake Duncombe, Greg Lutzka, David Gonzalez, Shane Cross and the rest of the Globe team. When you consider the proselytic nature of skate video, this may well be the best execution of meme distribution yet (for more on that check out William Gibson’s book Pattern Recognition).

The first episode (which is 10:34 minutes long) features some amazing skateboarding by Globe’s Paul Machanu set to Motorhead’s God Was Never On Your Side.

Or check out the Quicktime version on Transworld Skate.

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Heckmann Kicks Himself Upstairs At K2

by The Editors on February 16, 2007

K2, Inc announced today that J.Wayne Merck (the former COO) has been appointed President and CEO of K2 Inc. and on to the K2 Board of Directors. What has happened to chairman of the board Dick Heckmann? He’s still chairman of the board of directors, but he’s been given the uber-CEO title of Executive Chairman.

“Wayne is an accomplished leader and has a proven track record at K2, where he has been closely involved in all aspects of the day-to-day operations of K2 Inc. for the past six years,” said Mr. Heckmann. “We have built a strong team at K2 and will continue to do so. Since I will be 64 this year, Wayne and I, together with the Board of Directors, believed that it was the time to begin a smooth and seamless transition.

We didn’t know there was anything higher than President and CEO. Now we know.
[Link: Digital 50]

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