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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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Page Knocked Out At Birthday Party

by The Editors on February 26, 2007

Sydney surfer Sam Page is in intensive care after being “bashed” by a bouncer at Players in Surfer’s Paradise. Page was celebrating his 21st birthday when, while being escorted out of the club, a bouncer punched him so hard that he was immediately knocked out and fell backward down a flight of stairs to the sidewalk below.

Mr Page is in the intensive care unit of the Gold Coast Hospital with serious head injuries. . . The bouncer, 32-year-old Eugene White of Labrador, faced Southport Magistrates Court today charged with grievous bodily harm.

Our thoughts are with Sam’s family and friends.

[Link: The Australian]

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Aboriginal Surfer Gets WCT Wildcard

by The Editors on February 26, 2007

RichardsDale Richards, 18, of Tweed Heads, Australia earned a wildcard spot at the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast when he won the Quik Pro Trials and became the first full-blooded Aboriginie surfer to compete in a WCT event. But it won’t be any walk in the park:

Richards, who two years ago said his goal was to become the first indigenous world surfing champion, gets the chance to compete in a round-one heat against three-time world champion Andy Irons and South African Greg Emslie this week.

There’s really no one better to lose to, you know, if you’re going get shut out.
[Link: The Australian and News.com.au]

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Beachley and Slater Give It A Go

by The Editors on February 23, 2007

28061811The 2007 ASP Tour is heating up and two of the biggest stories are of course Layne Beachley and Kelly Slater. Between them they have 15 world titles. And while the LA Times may be stretching their comradeship for a better story, the truth is they have a lot in common:

“We’re like brother and sister,” Beachley said. “We constantly push each other and motivate each other and I rely on him for advice, and it’s nice to know that he’s always willing to provide it.”

We’re just hoping Kelly reels in the perfect 10th title. Because we love to see Quik kick down.
[Link: LA Times]

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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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London Barrelling: The Surfdome

by The Editors on February 22, 2007

Surf DomeAdd London to the list of cities hoping to cash in on the coming wavepool frenzy. This one, called the Surfdome will reportedly cost £30 million and feature New Zealand wave makers ASR’s latest wave making technology.

According to This is Hertfordshire the site will have three pools, a climbing wall and those ever present profits centers: shops, bars and restaurants. It is scheduled to open in “early 2009.”
[Link: Thisishertfordshire]

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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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O’Neill Surf Shop’s Mike Locatelli Dies

by The Editors on February 22, 2007

The Santa Cruz, California surf community is missing one of its standout members as O’Neill Surf Shop’s Mike “Loco” Locatelli died Wednesday February 21, 2007 after a 15-year battle with multiple brain tumors, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s Gwen Mickelson. He was 46 years old. The death was a blow to the O’Neill family, said Pat O’Neill.

“Mike was a great influence on the Santa Cruz and surf communities,” O’Neill said in an e-mail. “He had the perfect mix of razor-sharp business savvy and warm, outgoing personality” Locatelli faced medical adversity with remarkable courage, O’Neill said.

[Link: Santa Cruz Sentinel]

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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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