Time4's Dirty Dozen
Looks like out of the 75 parties that were interested in buying TransWorld Media's parent company Time4, only 12 are expected to bid, and of those many are financial companies, not magazine publishers.
The Sims Authority Collective International, LLC (the owner of the Sims Snowboard brand) has licensed Sims exclusively to The Sports Authority chain of big boxes. Tom Sims would roll over in his grave. . .that is, if he were dead. But he's not.
Hannah's Golden Syrup
The Boston Globe investigates Hannah Teter's syrupy sweetness. Apparently, the girl makes great maple syrup and the proceeds are going to World Vision. Sweet.
Rip Curl's Hot Suit
With the H-bomb Rip Curl has merged an electric blanket with a wetsuit, which brings a whole new meaning to "charging the wild surf."
Surfboards that Wood
We don't know how they surf, or what they are about, but they look amazingly beautiful, are handcrafted in Maine by Mike LaVecchia, and, well, check Grain Surfboards out for yourself.
Mountain Dew Don't Do Extreme
Sugar water company PepsiCo has decided that "extreme" has come to the end of the line at Mountain Dew. From now on it's "fueling to core." [Thanks: Snow Deep Throat]
Sack the Vote
We've got a new question: How long will it take Quiksilver to remove the Burton/Channel Islands logo from Kelly Slater's surfboard? Click here to vote.
Sessions Still Alive
In a world of mega-lomart stores and an industry in full consolidation mode, it's good to see Joel Gomez still growing the Sessions brand and remaining independent. BusinessWeek dives in.
Block Wins Lake Superior Rally Ken Block may have won Lake Superior Performance Rally, but his teammate Travis Pastrana already had the title all tied up. Time Inc May Dice and Sell
The New York Post is reporting that Time Inc. may break up the Time4 Media magazines in order to make a sale. The line: The parenting group and the "enthusiast titles."
The OC Register says it wasn't a jailhouse conversion, but hey, Christian Hosoi is now skating for a higher power. . . Quiksilver. Old news, is good news.
Beastie Boys Shoe Jam
Yep, the Boys played a little party on Saturday night for all their friends in the skateboard industry. Here are the show details in an interview with Eladio Correa, Etnies brand marketing manager.
Globe Dumps Brands
Australian lingerie maker Pacific Brands has agreed to pay as much as AUS$42 million for several of Globe's Austrailian and New Zealand brands and licenses including: Mooks, M-One-11, Mossimo, Stussy, and Paul Frank; plus Globe's eight retail stores in Melbourne and Sydney. Are Stephen and Peter Hill planning to take Globe private?
Kelly Gibson New US CEO At Rip Curl
Looks like Rip Curl is making some changes at the top. It couldn't hurt, right? Series 13 Site Launches
The world of snowboard graphics is changing for ever as Burton launches the new Series 13 site. Upload your own graphics and Burton will make the board for you. If your graphic wins the contest, Jake will send it to you free. Check it out for more details.
Sunny In The Slammer
Add Sunny Garcia to the growing list of sad Hawai'ian surf star stories. He begins serving a three month federal prison term in Lompoc, CA in January 2007 followed by seven months of house arrest for fraud.
Rip Curl to Open Israel Surf Shop
The Israeli resort city of Eilat will be home to a new Rip Curl surf shop. The owner of the shop, Concept Marketing, is also opening a surf/snowboard shop in Tel Aviv. l'chaim's all around.
Pro snowboarder Jesse Burtner brings Patchwork Pattern to the world. And the Anchorage Daily News is stoked.
Reporter Ollie Practice: Wanna See?
Dogtown Landmark Demo?
The Horizons West surfshop, home of the Zephyr Skateboard Team and the roots of Dogtown is scheduled for demolition, however, there are those who would like to make the shop a historical landmark. It is a strip mall afterall.
South Padre Shark Attack Surfer Freddy Torres was 50 feet from the shore at Isla Blanca park when he got hit by a shark that left a seven inch long bite on his calf. Hurley Now At CostCore
Following on the heels of Quik, Roxy, DC, and Raisins comes Hurley rolling into CostCo at $24.99.
Future US Ditches Magazines
The publisher of Future Snowboarding has stopped production on four women's magazines so they can focus on "games, technology, music and action sports." Except for the Snowboard Journal of course.
Omar Open's Street Wreck
Roseville, CA is the home to a brand new shop co-owned by Omar Salazar, Matt Hopson, and Frank Mueller. It's called Street Wreck. Check it out.
Green Comet Skateboards Jason Salfi, 34, is making Comet Skateboards from bio-friendly materials and sustainably harvested woods. So green.
Skateboard Harrasser Arrested Juan Albornoz, 33, was trying to keep kids from skating on the property of Mission Foods was arrested by police for chasing and pushing down a 14-year old skater.
Future Marches Into the Past
Reports today began trickling in that Future Networks USA has ceased production of Snowboard Journal and that at least one senior staff member has been cut from the team. No details so far.
Mista FAB Wheels From Hubba
Pro model wheels for rapper Mista FAB's Yellow Bus? Isn't that the name of an old snowboard company? Hubba Wheels, owned by Fausto's son Tony V is making it happen.
Mammoth Fined for Patroller Deaths
State regulators issued $50,000 in fines Oct. 6, 2006 to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area for job safety violations related to the death of three ski patrol members earlier this year.
Quik Gives Soldiers a Break
US military personnel stationed at Guantanamo Bay will get a nice break from torturing illegally held civilians thanks to Quiksilver's new Cuba surf camp scheduled for October 14.
Stab and Destroy
A 31-year-old San Diego man was standing in front of a bar in Ocean Beach, CA when "the attacker pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim twice in the chest and then rode off on his skateboard."
The Rob & Big Show Jeff Tremaine's new reality show staring Rob Dyrdek and Big Black Boykin will start airing on MTV on November 2. Yes, Jeff needs the money.
Piper Jaffray's Teen Report
When we want to know what teens are doing we always look to Midwest investment firms. Turns out kids are into video games, ipods, and Hollister. Who knew? Hamilton, Kalama Paddle/Peddle Autism Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama are stand-up paddling island to Hawaiian island and biking the land to raise money for Don King's movie Beautiful Son.
Zumiez Has Good Zeptember
Comparable-store sales at Zumiez Inc. for September were up nearly 15 percent over 2005. Analysts were suprised. Wonder if those Fast Foward stores had anything to do with that?
Primedia Dumps Meek
According to an email Don Meek sent out to the staff at the Action Sports Group on Monday October 2, 2006 he "was informed this morning that my employment as president of the ASG has been terminated, effective today." The email was subject lined: "Farewell and Good Luck."
Heelys Going Public Heelys, the company that makes those little wheeled shoes that allow fat kids to move without walking, is going public. They expect to raise $115 million. . . you know, like Volcom.
The Kauai beach where Bethany Hamilton lost her arm in a shark attack was closed Sunday Oct. 1, 2006 after lifeguards spotted a shark cruising the zone. That may explain the Monk Seal on the beach. . . huh?
Summer Raps About Volcom Girl Volcom Girls' design director Summer Rapp is interviewed in TWBiz and offers up a good behind the stone look a VeeCo. Ah, so that's how they do it. [Editors' note: Summer is no longer at the Stone.]
The Sneaker Gimps Brian Spar likes to collect sneakers. He has more than 300 pairs. Nike couldn't ask for a better consumer. But we're sure they'll keep trying.
Skate and Create Essay
A mother writes of her son's love of skateboarding and how wonderful it is that he can enjoy something so positive. Why aren't more moms like this working in city government.
NorCal Trademark Whiners Tyler Ochoa is a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law and he's upset that Huntington Beach, CA is winning the Surf City USA trademark battle. And he's whining about it. Boy, does he whine.
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