January 2007

Renaissance Roberta Rodger

by The Editors on January 29, 2007

RobertaIn an interview with the Vancouver Province former pro snowboarder Roberta Rodger says that she really has no spare time at all, and we believe her:

“I don’t know the words. I’m definitely pretty driven and work-oriented. I design clothing, I’m the creative director of Snowboard Canada magazine and an agent for professional snowboarders and skateboarders. But I still fit in some quality vacation time — to surf!”

Damn, we hope so.
[Link: Vancouver Province]

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Reading Between The Lines

by The Editors on January 29, 2007

EadinglinesLondon based photographer Steve Harries is releasing a book called Reading Lines. It’s a collection of photographs of London skateboarders and the terrain they live on. Featuring more architectural images than skateboarding action, Harries’ work shows the city the way it is seen by skateboarders:

“The subjects portrayed in these works are both the skateboarders and also some of London’s most iconic buildings,” explains Harries. “They are from the length and breadth of the community – young, old, amateur and professional, of varying backgrounds and professions. What unites them is an interest in public space and a desire to interact with the planes, surfaces and textures of London’s built environment.”

A launch party/photo exhibition is set for February 1, 2007 at Carhartt’s London flagship store on Earlham Street.
[Link: CR Blog]

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It’s All Part of My Skateboard Pro Fantasy

by The Editors on January 28, 2007

Tosh TownThese are the stories people like Johnny Schillereff probably love reading. It’s about how skateboaders (element’s Tosh Townend in the case) get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to “hang out.” It’s about partying all night, waking up at noon, and then doing what you want:

“Waking up whenever I want and maybe checking the waves, get some food, hang out. It’s a pretty laid-back life. You can really do what you want,” Townend told The Australian between yawns. “But then when it comes to going on tour and doing media stuff I try to be professional about it and show up on time for meetings.”

Attaboy, Tosh.
[Link: The Australian]

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For Jacobellis It’s The heX Games

by The Editors on January 27, 2007

JacobellisIt’s the stuff of sports legends: the golfer who always misses the winning put, or the kicker who can’t hit field goals when a game is on the line. Now, add Lindsey Jacobellis to the list of hexed sports figures as the snowboardcross racer falls again, right before the finish line.

In an eerie repeat of her famous wipeout at the Olympics, Jacobellis crashed on the final jump and tumbled across the finish line behind gold medalist Joanie Anderson at the Winter X Games on Saturday.

[Link: MSNBC]
[Link: Mis Hap waiting to happen]

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Out On A [Missing] Limb

by The Editors on January 27, 2007

0,,5372291,00While in Australia for the Roxy Women’s Pro shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton had the chance to meet with Zac Goleblowski, a 15-year-old who lost his leg in an attack at Western Australia’s Wharton Beach. The two had a chance to talk about the horror of escaping from the jaws of sharks, living with a missing limb, and getting back out in the water.

“I remember seeing a tail and a fin after the attack, then I looked down and it registered straight away – my leg was gone,” Zac recalled. He told how three days afterwards, his missing leg washed up on the beach not far from the scene, horrifying the tourists who found it.

Our cultural fascination with shark attacks (and survivors) is rather bizarre, but oddly inspiring at the same time.

[Link: Advertiser Adelaide]
[Link: Soul Surfer: the Bethany Hamilton movie gets a director]

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To Rome For Everything

by The Editors on January 27, 2007

Rome ReidmarIn snowboarding’s battle of the brands it’s difficult to just march in and snag a huge piece of market share over night. But, Rome Snowboards has made it look that easy. It’s been only five years since Rome appeared at the SIA show with a handcrafted log cabin and an old Tucker snowcat for a booth. Since then Rome has evolved into a graphically loud mega-brand with boards, boots, bindings, and sooner-than-later an outerwear line. Transworld Business interviewed founders Josh Reid and Paul Maravetz about how all this happened and what’s next.
[Link: Transworld Business]

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Pro Snowboarding: The Third Tier

by The Editors on January 27, 2007

Pro snowboarding isn’t all Shaun White, Danny Kass, and Travis Rice. As we all know, many pro snowboarders end up being more like resort-to-resort sales people for the smaller brands. The Rocky Mountain News checks in with Jeff Cormack, Jeff Meyer, and Meg Pugh to see how they’re keeping the pro shred dream alive. One thing the story fails to mention is how handy a good trust fund can be. . .
[Link: Rocky Mountain News]

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The Return of the Comeback King

by The Editors on January 26, 2007

He may not have qualified for the skiercross finals at ESPN’s X Games 11 TV show, but Shaun Palmer is in the finals of the boardercoss on Saturday. He’s 38 and he’s ready for one more gold. Can the man once called the “World’s Greatest Athlete” still pull one out a snowboard? Click the link to see what the New York Times has to say about the drugs, the booze, the heartbreak, and the king of the continual comeback.
[Link: New York Times]

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Terje’s Mini Ramp Jam

by The Editors on January 26, 2007

Terje RampSome of Terje Hakonsen’s neighbors on Oslo’s exclusive Bygdoy Peninsula are not happy about a skate ramp the pro snowboarder has built in his backyard. That does not include downhill skiing star Kjetil Andre Aamodt:

I haven’t been bothered by the ramp, and we’re good neighbours,” Aamodt told newspaper Aften. “But it is important for us here that everyone follows the laws and the rules.”

It seems Terje built the ramp without the proper permits. When he did apply them on December 19, 2006, his request was denied for a lack of “proper documentation.”
[Link: Aftenposten]

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Snowboarding Bank Robber Guilty

by The Editors on January 26, 2007

Bilde-1It only took a Douglas County District Court jury three hours to convict 27-year-old snowboarder Steven Simmons of robbing a Minden, Nevada bank in 2005.

Tellers in the bank testified that the robber threatened to shoot and pointed the loaded gun at the head of one of the women . . . The suspect ran out of the bank and deputies who arrived on the scene within seconds of the alarm spotted Simmons in a field, eventually finding him hiding in the doghouse.

Simmons could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison when he faces the judge on March 5.
[Link: Nevada Appeal]

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