January 2007

Bethany Hamilton’s Shark Tale

by The Editors on January 31, 2007

Ad-Front-HssBethany Hamilton is an inspiring girl, no doubt. But having a shark bite off her left arm may have been the best thing that ever happened to her. Since the attack she has become a spokesperson for positive thinking and how God can work with any setback. Now Walking on Water, a “Christian” surf film company is releasing a “faith-based” documentary on Bethany called Heart of a Soul Surfer. It premieres in SoCal on February 9. All the details after the jump.

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The $225 Million Magazine Group

by The Editors on January 31, 2007

Transworld Media’s parent company Time4 Media was purchased last week by Bonnier Magazine Group, however, no one had a clue as to the price. Now, the New York Post is reporting that the privately held Swedish media giant paid a whopping $225 million in cash for the 18 magazines.

What Bonnier paid is somewhat below the price that Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore and investment banker J.P. Morgan were hoping to fetch, but it’s still a healthy multiple for mature magazines in a deteriorating ad climate. It is believed to be a multiple of about 11 times cash flow for a group that has net income of around $20 million and revenue of around $230 million.”

Looks like someone is optimistic about the vertical interest media market in the United States.
[Link: New York Post]

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Let It Ride Wins X Dance Best Picture

by The Editors on January 30, 2007

CkellyFilmmaker Jacques Russo has made a film about the life of pro snowboarder Craig Kelly. It’s called Let It Ride, and it has just won “Best Picture” and “Best Soundtrack” at the 2007 X Dance Film Festival. The film is reportedly very good. But then, how couldn’t it be. As an official Burton filmer during the early years, Russo has likely shot more footage of Craig than anyone. Narrated by Metallica’s James Hetfield, the film’s soundtrack includes Pearl Jam, Metallica, the Doors, Johnny Cash and Edgar Winter among others.

Click here for the trailer or follow the link for a Craig Kelly story by Billy Miller and an interview with Jacques Russo.
[Link: Lat34.com]

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Driver Who Killed Skateboarder Pleads Guilty

by The Editors on January 30, 2007

Rodney Tucker, 48, who hit and killed 14-year-old skateboarder Tyler Litton in Statesville, North Carolina in September 2006 plead guilty today to manslaughter.

By pleading guilty to manslaughter, Tucker avoided a second-degree murder trial. He was sentenced to three years in prison. . . .

[Link: News 14 Carolina]

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“Loopy Surfer Dudes” Hot on PGA Tour?

by The Editors on January 30, 2007

P1 012907 Spicolis2 WireNerdy golf writer Alan Shipnuck of Sports Illustrated has tagged the PGA tour’s hottest new players as “Spicolis”:

With the rise of Will MacKenzie, Charley Hoffman and now Brandt Snedeker, the PGA Tour has never had a better batch of loopy surfer dudes. Pass the Humboldt County!

We don’t know anything about golf, but in a “sport” populated by doady white businessmen with tucked-in shirts “loopy surfer dude” is undoubtedly a huge compliment.
[Link: Sports Illustrated]

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Under Fire: IASC vs the Core Skate Retailer

by The Editors on January 30, 2007

It seems the IASC suppliment to the February issue of Transworld Business is making the rounds at retail. One of the best bits we’ve seen so far is from the Sacklunch Forums, written by Mr. Coke and Smoke.

The Core Retailer’s market is continually being attacked, and drawn away, by non-skating “skate shops”. Which are supported by non-skating “skate distributors” that will sell to anyone and everyone. And, they are supplied by these non-skating “skate brands” that are represented by IASC. If IASC really wanted the help of the Core Retailer, then, they’d do the obvious thing. And, they would do it now. Today. That is: Give the exclusives on “branded product” back to the guys that should have had them all along…….. the Independent Skate Shops. . . .Until then, all of this “Under Fire” hubbub is gonna fall on completely unsympathetic ears. That’s guaranteed.

If you read the enitre post you’ll see a retailer’s vision of where the whole “blank future” began. And, according to Mr. Coke and Smoke, it’s been in the hands of the IASC manufacturers all along.
[Link: Sacklunch Forums]

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Canadian Snowboarder Dies After Hitting Tree

by The Editors on January 30, 2007

Francis Beaulieu, 51, of Montreal, Quebec died after apparently veering off a groomed run and straight into a tree at Mont Orford on Saturday January 27, 2007. Francis was wearing a helmet.

The ski conditions were good. So he went off course. Was it an accident, a bad manoeuvre, a deliberate stunt or did something go wrong?” speculated Yves Denis, a captain with regional police. . . The coroner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

[Link: CBC]

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June Mountain Doom

by The Editors on January 30, 2007

After a rough start to the 2006-2007 season, June Mountain, CA (Mammoth’s little sister resort) has closed for the season.

“Due to unusually light snowfall this season, June Mountain ski operations are closed for the season,” staffers have posted to the ski area’s website. “Effective Monday, January 29, 2007 through the remainder of the season, all June Mountain season passes will be honored at Mammoth Mountain.”

Sounds like a great deal for June Mountain season pass holders. And, you know what this means: when it snows in March, the place is going to be an epic private photo shoot zone. But don’t tell anyone we told you.
[Link: Firsttracksonline]

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X Games 11: The Sack Wrap

by The Editors on January 29, 2007

Xgames WrapWe watched most of the Winter X Games 11 this year. Thanks to Time Warner Cable’s Moxie, we’d schedule the shows, recorded them, and then fast forward through the back-story interviews, profiles, and catch the pure action the way it was meant to be viewed: minus the advertising. After the jump: a little of what we thought.

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Snowboarder Dies After Hitting Tree

by The Editors on January 29, 2007

Edgar Dickson, 26, of Big Sky, Montana was snowboarding alone at Moonlight Basin on Saturday when, according to witnesses he rode of into the trees.

The victim suffered severe trauma to his pelvis and abdomen. Dickson was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

[Link: Great Falls Tribune]

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