On Being Hoyer and Nothingness
Newport Beach's surf enigma Josh Hoyer explains the happy life of nothing, coffins, and his non-existent goals for the future in this interview with Transworldsurf.com.
The Block Wisconsin?
After announcing plans for a Big Bear, CA version of The Block HotelMarc Frank Montoya and friends are now working on another at Rib Mountain, Wisconsin. They really are hitting all the hot spots.
Super Gray on Tray Julian Vogt a 93-year-old snowboarder from Glenwood Springs, CO will appear on the Today Show soon teaching NBC's Kevin Tibbles how to snowboard.
Billabong Stock Surges
After raising its full year earnings forecast by 10 percent to 40 percent growth Billabong's stock surged 9 percent. Percent, percentage, percentages.
Ocean X Surfboards Ukulele's Chris Ruddy and plastics engineer Mark Jolley are rolling completed surfboards off an assembly line in two hours. Now they want to put one of these machines in Oceanside, CA. Plastics, my boy, plastics: indeed.
McCoy Selling Off Mammoth Dave McCoy, the 89-year-old founder of Mammoth Mountain has announced that he is selling off his remaining shares in the company. Intrawest, who already owns 59.5 pecent has the first right of refusal. More condos and villages please. (Thanks, Larry)
- McCoy hires investment advisor
Snowboarded Suspended for Pot
A 19-year-old Olympic snowboard hopeful from Japan was just suspended from competition for 10 months after testing positive for marijuana. The snowboarder claimed the "gondola" defense, but it did not work.
Hilton Phone Hack Paris Hilton's Sidekick cellphone gets hacked and guess who shows up in the pictures on her phone? Well, sure, there are images of a topless Paris macking an older woman, but more importantly: The Muska. Click the link to see if you can spot Chad saluting the Sack faithful.
Zumiez Going Public
Looks like it's finally time for Thomas Campion to cash in on his 140 action teen apparel stores as the company registered yesterday for an initial public offering of up to $57.5 million in stock. Malls rule. (Thanks, Brassmonkey).
Surfaid In Newsday
It's a story about how surfers rushed in to aid the tsunami victims and it's a nice reminder that surfers do care about the world around them. Primedia Gets $410 Million For About.com
Apparently the New York Times Co. is still hopeful about the online future as they just dumped $410 million to snatch up About.com. Let's see: that means Primedia only lost $200 million on the deal. Not bad.
Bucky's Burrito Blast
Those who have witnessed, first hand, the incendiary effects of burritos on Bucky Lasek's gastro-intestinal tract would probably agree that this may not be Bucky's best idea, however, he is launching Bucky's Burritos a Mexican food restaurant in the Port Plaza Shopping Center in Newburyport, MA this spring with plans for 25 more. Watch out!
Tony Gets Murdered on CSI: Miami
In an episode titled "Game Over" Tony Hawk will play a professional skateboarder who is murdered while producing a video game. That's kind of creepy.
Still Fighting Over Surf City Santa Cruz and Huntington Beach are still fighting over who rally is Surf City. The lawyers are stoked because with all the money they'll make on this legal battle, they'll get much more time in the water.
World's Largest Surfboard Nev Hyman is building a $35,000 surfboard in hopes of setting the record for "world's biggest high-performance short board." With it's 12 person capacity, outboard motor and anchor he should probably be going after the record for "world dumbest boat."
Skater Dies in Tow Accident Cecilio Soltero, 25, of San Diego, CA died Feb. 9, 2005 when he fell while being towed by his brother's SUV. Soltero's brother is in custody for vehicular manslaughter.
Hurley Fashion Show at The Mothership
Of course we all missed it because it was up in P-landia at the Nike compound, but where else are you gonna to see Kris Markovich dressed up like a Catholic schoolboy on a catwalk? Well, where else but Peter King's (K-I-N-G) very own slideshow.
Primedia Puts About.com Up For Sale
The parent company of Surfering magazine has put up their online property About.com for sale for $300 million. Is that so they can fund Wavewatch.com?
Koston To Play Celebrity B-Ball Eric Koston will joining Nelly, Ryan Cabrera, Ice Cube, and other B-level celebs in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Colorado Convention Center Feb. 18.
Slater Not Done Yet
Despite what he describes as a "lacklustre" 2004 season Kelly Slater is committed to throwing his 33-year-old body back onto the ASP Tour for another go at Andy Irons.
After a broken clavicle that required surgery and a plate with 8 screws Alpine snowboard racer Chris Klug is thinking being a X Games performer may not have been the best use of his time. It's unfortunate that Klug was hurt in the qualifiers. Had it been the finals his crash would have been replayed into glory.
Burton Chills With At Risk Kids Burton's program to introduce "at risk kids" to snowboarding, Chill, is rolling strong. Recently, kids from Chi-town's roughest hoods were bused to the slopes.
Bruce Jones Profile
The LA Times Michael Hiltzik takes a stroll through Bruce Jones' Sunset Beach surf shop and remarks on how much the surf market has changed.
Former Transworld darkroom magician Ray Potes is already up to issue eight with his SF based b/w photography magazine Hamburger Eyes. Click and subscribe. Now we'll have that Throbbing Gristle song in our heads all day.
Tina B in the Nevada City Union
Small town newspaper profiles are always cool. Especally this one on Tina Basich. Yeah, remember her. Skip to the end if you want to know what she's been doing lately.
Rossignol/Dynastar Recall Bindings
Looks like a bad year for snowboard bindings. Apparently, the baseplates on the HC 500 and others break. So far no injuries, just 23 broken baseplates. Take 'em back.
Former Vans Execs Plead Guilty Scott Andrew Brabson, a former VP at Vans Inc fessed up to taking more than $4.7 million in kickbacks from Chinese shoe factories. But then lost an $8 million civil judgement to Vans. Ah, that sounds to us like what's called a net loss.
-DOJ documents regarding case
Snow's Renegade Publishers
There's nothing old media loves more than new publishing mavericks on the rise. Folio dives in hard with Snowboard Mag's Mark Sullivan and Freeskier's Brad Fayfield. We must admit, Mark and Brad's earnest commitment to their dreams is kind of cute.
Primedia Going After Surfline
When Primedia and Surfline parted company this year some wondered what they were thinking. Could Wavewatch.com's "global wave network" be Prime's attempt at getting some of that traffic back?
Blue Horizon Wins Best Picture Jack McCoy's compelling study of the yin and yang of surfing pitting the battle between Irons and Slater against Rasta's free surfing stylings was awarded best picture at this year's X Dance.
Shop Owner Arrested for Smacking Kid
He says it was a misunderstanding when Ace of Spades skate shop owner Vince Enriques, 39, hit 14-year-old Damon Pottorff on the head at the skatepark in Newton, Kansas. Apparently, Damon had shopped at a competing store. How's that for biz dev?
Jack Johnson Enjoying Life
Let's see, his concerts are selling out, his audiences are an endless sea of hot 22 year olds and he gets to surf whenever and where ever he wants? Seems like Jack Johnson would have all kinds of things to complain about.
Sal's Dream Job
It's great to watch the X Games and see Sal Masekela kicking down host duties. We didn't know being a receptionist at TransWorld Media could take a guy so far.
Attack of the Surfing Fairies Kristy Quirk, 28, a ballet teacher from Australia's Sunshine coast is combining longboard surfing with ballet movements to form surf-dancing. As long as the dudes don't wear those tights we saw at the Nutcracker. . .
Hilo Wants Surf School Expelled
A group of surfers is mobilizing to bar the Big Island Girl Surf School from operating in Honoli'i. There probably are better places to learn, unless they're teaching new surfers how to survive getting cracks.
Seems like this season has been a bad one for people dying in the snow. It's not good news, but here's some more.