February 2007

Corey Smith In The Closet

by The Editors on February 20, 2007

Old-Habits-Aing-Cheap CopySnowboarder/artist Corey Smith would like everyone to know that he will be showing some new artwork at The Closet in Santa Monica on Friday, February 23, 2007 from 7 to 12 PM. His show is called Liar’s Laughter and will include music by DJ Haul. So roll by if you’re in the area and say hey to Corey. More Art after the jump.

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M4 Snowboards Goes Away

by The Editors on February 20, 2007

Originally, Blaise Rosenthal didn’t like the way the M3 sale went down. So he, and many of the M3 team riders, started a new company called Millennium 4 (M4) to add some old flavor to the new confusion. The company that would own M4 was Cold Sports Distribution Inc. Today, Cold Sports Distribution has announced that they have settled their trademark litigation proceedings with M3 and it looks like Cold Sports lost.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cold Sports Distribution Inc.and Elan will immediately cease all sales and advertising activity Worldwide. Cold Sports Distribution and Elan will honour all order commitments, and Elan will produce the snowboards, for these commitments.

Ouch.
[Link: Transworld Business]

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SP Land Buys Killington and Pico

by The Editors on February 20, 2007

It will take people much wiser in the ways of ski area management to explain exactly what all this means, but here are the players: SP Land has purchased Killington and Pico from the American Skiing Company for $83.5 million dollars plus $2 million of capital leases, etc. . . SP Lands and the Powdr Corp. (owner of six resorts including Park City and Alpine Meadows) have formed a new venture that will operate the two resorts.

ASC has already sold Steamboat (to Intrawest), Mount Snow and Attitash (to Peak Resorts Inc. of Missouri), leaving it with The Canyons, Sugarbush and Sunday River). For the rest of the details follow the jump to a letter from ASC’s CEO B.J. Fair.

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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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Maroubra And The Bra Boys

by The Editors on February 19, 2007

156125 Bra BoysStacy Peralta made a self-referencial documentary about his crew of skaters, and now Sunny Abberton has done the same thing in Australia with a documentary called Bra Boys which is narrated by Russell Crowe.

[The film] focuses on the surf tribe known as the Bra Boys. Hailing from the drug-inflicted and poverty-ridden housing commissions of Maroubra Beach in Sydney’s south, this tribe has produced some of the world’s most renowned big wave surfers.

Bra Boys premieres at the State Theatre in Sydney on Wednesday, March 7. For more info check this Sydney Morning Herald story.
[Link: Yourmovies]

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Luke Egan Ties It Up On The Goldie

by The Editors on February 19, 2007

0,,5391882,00Pro surfer Luke Egan and his girlfriend Australian TV rerporter Natalie Gruzlewski were married February 17, 2007 at St Augustine’s Catholic Church at Coolangatta. The reception was at Oscars at Burleigh Heads.

Professional US surfer Andy Irons enjoyed a beer as he arrived with girlfriend Lindy Dupuie. Other top surfers attending included Joel Parkinson, Richie Lovett and Nathan Hedge.

The story notes that Luke did not wear flips as he walked down the isle. Must be serious.
[Link: News.com.au]

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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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Woman’s Snowboarding Trip Kills Son

by The Editors on February 18, 2007

A 24-year-old woman from Asaka, Saitama Japan faces charges in the death of her 2-year-old son in a fire that burned down her apartment. The woman left two-year-old Takeaki Fujiwara home alone for 17 hours while she went snowboarding.

During that period, a fire broke out in their apartment and burned down the room. The charred body of Takeaki was subsequently pulled out of the debris. . . . Investigators suspect that the fire started after Takeaki accidentally pulled over a kotatsu, a small table with an electric heater.

[Link: Mainichi-MSN]

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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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