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Check out New York City’s thriving skate culture starting tomorrow, from October 13 to November 5, 2011, when Skateboarding Works highlights recent images of skaters in action. A group show, the exhibition is as diverse in subject as artistic style. Three photographers, Erica Reade, Paris Goodman, and Michael A. Cohen will be featured.

The title of this fifteen piece show, Skateboarding Works, carries a double meaning. The obvious – the show consists of works related to skateboarding; and the not so obvious – that skateboarding works as a sport, as transport and as a way of life.

Three common traits have bought these photographers together for this show:

  1. Whether born and raised, or a city transplant, they all now proudly call themselves NYers
  2. They all learned their skills through their peers and their own experimentation
  3. They all love skateboarding

The opening party is tomorrow from 7pm – 10pm. DJ Greenie, fresh to New York after moving from Sydney, Australia where he played regularly at large music festivals and at the Vice.com launch party alongside A-Trak & Rick Ross, will spin tunes from the last 30 years of skate films.

The venue is Panda Bar NYC, 139 Chrystie Street, New York City between Delancey & Broome. Can’t make the opening? Don’t worry, the closing party on Saturday, November 5, runs from 9pm till late. Both the launch and closing parties will have complimentary drinks and product giveaways.

Check out these links for more information on the artists:

Erica Reade: www.ericareadeimages.com

Michael A. Cohen: radcollector.com/columns/michaelcohen/

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It’s time to check out our young’ins! The ASP regions have selected their representatives for the ASP World Junior Tour, and now we will watch the best of the best focus from local events to taking on the world’s best surfers under 20-years-old as they compete for the highly-coveted ASP World Junior Title.

Each ASP Region (North America, South America, Africa, Hawaii, Europe, Japan and Australasia) are sending their top representatives, which consists of a field of 48 men and 18 women, to compete starting next week with the Oakley ASP World Pro Junior, in Bali, Indonesia from October 3-14th. This will be the first of three events that will decide the 2011 ASP World Junior Champions, and the first place winner will receive a $100,000 prize.

Six men each will represent each region, as well as nine wildcards to round out the prestigious field. Two women each will also represent each region.

The three-event ASP World Junior Championship series consists of the Oakley World Pro Junior in Bali (Oct. 3-14, 2011), followed by the Arnette World Pro Junior in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Oct. 24-Nov. 2, 2011) and culminates with the Billabong World Junior Championships in Sydney, Australia (early Jan. 2012).

Here is a list of our prestigious contenders:

ASP North America Team:

Men
Jake Halstead, 17, La Jolla, Calif.
Nat Young, 20, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Conner Coffin, 18, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Chase Wilson, 20, Newport Beach, Calif.
Andrew Doheny, 19, Newport Beach, Calif.
Evan Thompson, 19, Jacksonville, Florida

Women
Quincy Davis, 16, Montauk, NY
Lakey Peterson, 17, Santa Barbara, Calif.

ASP Hawaii Team:

Men
Kiron Jabour, 20, North Shore, HI
Ezekiel Lau, 17, Honolulu, HI
Keanu Asing, 18, Honolulu, HI
Dylan Goodale, 20, Kauai, HI
Tanner Hendrickson, 20, Maui, HI

Women
Coco Ho, 20, North Shore, HI
Leila Hurst, 17, Kauai, HI

ASP South America Team:

Men
Filipe Toledo
Ian Gouveia
Gustavo Machado
João Abreu
Deivid Silva
Marco Fernandez

Women
Gabriela Leite
Juliana Meneguel

ASP Australasia Team:

Men
Davey Cathels
Jack Freestone
Thomas Woods
Ryan Callinan
Garrett Parkes
Matt Banting

Women
Philipa Anderson
Dimity Stoyle

ASP Europe Team:

Men
Maxime Huscenot
Medi Veminardi
William Aliotti
Vasco Ribeiro
Frederico Morais

Women
Joanne Defay
Maud Le Car

ASP Africa Team:

Men
Shaun Joubert
Dale Staples
Beyrick De Vries
Slade Prestwich
Dylan Lightfoot
Michael February

Women
Bianca Buitendag
Faye Zoetmulder

ASP Japan Team:

Men
Kan Watanabe
Kaito Ohashi
Arashi Kato
Hiroto Arai
Kaishu Tanaka

Women
Nao Omura
Ren Hashimoto

It will be fun to watch the competition and get a leg-up on your newest generation of surfing superstars! Other past ASP World Junior Champions include Maxime Huscenot (REU) and Laura Enever (AUS) in 2009, Kai Barger (HAW) and Pauline Ado (FRA) in 2008, Pablo Paulino (BRA) and Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in 2007, Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Nicola Atherton (AUS) in 2006, and Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) and Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) in 2005.

ASP World Title standouts Adriano de Souza (BRA), Joel Parkinson (AUS) and the late Andy Irons (HAW) also launched their careers with ASP World Junior Championship titles.
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For our Canadian fans out there, The Canadian Surf Film Festival (CSFF) is getting ready to launch its 2nd annual program next week, September 29 – October 2, 2011.

It started with a handful of local surfers who dreamed of watching surf films, old and new, on the silver screen with their friends. Now in its second year, the CSFF has garnered international press and has established itself as a force in the surf film festival circuit. The CSFF is committed to providing a unique and celebratory forum for local, national and international surf films and surf culture to collide.

The CSFF will feature over 20 films, eight of which will be Canadian premieres. The lineup includes regular length features and shorts, about surf culture as it relates to communities and traditions all over the world, from as near as Halifax to as far off as rural Indonesia.

Film themes vary from environmental conservation to mental health issues, and from anthropology to indie art filmmaking.

Some of the films to note include the Canadian premiere of “Splinters,” which kicks off the festival on Thursday, September 29th. Filmed in Papua New Guinea in a traditional society facing the pressures of modernization, this film tracks events leading up to the first national surf competition. Other films include New York-based professional surfer Mikey DeTemple’s film, “Sight | Sound,” an artistic rendition of surfing in picturesque locales around the world, including Nova Scotia and featuring local surfer Dean Petty, and “The Still Point,” a spiritual look at waves, surf and the connection of all things.

Opening night kicks off at The New Palace (1721 Brunswick Street) on Thursday, September 29, 2011 with hip-hop band Three Sheet, featured in The Coast Magazine’s “Best Of” issue. Local surfer and rock star Matt Mays returns to the CSFF to play at The New Palace on Saturday, October 1, 2011. Last year Mays played a sold out show for closing night. The CSFF closes with the Awards Show at The Seahorse Tavern (1663 Argyle Street) on Sunday, October 2, 2011.

Tickets for screenings and special events are available at all Ticketpro outlets in Nova Scotia and on Ticketpro.ca . Tickets will also be available for purchase in-person starting September 22, 2011 at the Canadian Surf Film Festival Box Office in Park Lane Mall (5657 Spring Garden Road).

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Mark your calendars for the fourth annual “Billabong Art of Shaping Event,” which will be held October 8th and 9th 2011 at the Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA. This years’ “Billabong Art of Shaping: Los Angeles County Edition” event will feature 24 of the top shapers from Los Angeles county.

In addition to the shaped boards, there will be book signings, surfboard giveaways, and great deals on surfboards, wetsuits, LB skateboards, art, gear and more.

The list of confirmed participating shapers includes Scott Anderson, Joe Bark, Jose Barahona, Clyde Beatty, Matt Calvani, Lance Carson, Bing Copeland, Robbie Dick, Bruce Grant, Tyler Hatzikian, Brian Hilbers, Jeff Ho, Hap Jacobs, Dennis Jarvis, Don Kadowaki, Glen Kennedy, Greg Liddle, Casey McCrystal, Jed Noll, Pat Ryan, Mike Stavros, Jeff Stoner, Jerry O’Keefe and Michael Zippi. All invited participating shapers received a check from Billabong for $600 to be used towards materials, and the winner will be awarded $2,000 from Billabong.

The concept of the “Billabong Art of Shaping Event” is to showcase the talent of LA County surfboard shapers and craftsmen by allowing them to build boards that highlight their particular contribution or influence on the evolution of the surfboard over a particular span in time. Shapers are invited and encouraged to “create a board representing the era, style, or shape they are best known for or relate to”; or, whatever best motivates their creativity and talent.

The booths will be hosted by members of the Art of Shaping LA County Advisory Board, which includes John Leininger of Becker Surfboards. Collectively, there will be an extensive knowledge of LA shapers and their accomplishments.

Entries will be displayed in The Billabong Art of Shaping showcase and auction arena at the Sacred Craft consumer surfboard expo along with full sized images of the shaper himself and a profile that includes information on the board he chose to build, his company or label, and his shaping history or career.

Since the “Billabong Art of Shaping LA County Event” is a charity event, the winner of the competition is the shaper of the board that brings in the highest auction price at the Live Auction held Saturday night, October 8th; and thus becomes the largest single donor to 2011 SIMA Humanitarian Fund Grant recipients, the beneficiaries chosen for this years’ “Billabong Art of Shaping Event”.

The public auction will be at 6PM at the Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo – Del Mar Fairgrounds. Cost is $10 at the door; kids 12 & under free with a Free Subscription to Surfer Magazine. For more information check out http://www.billabong.com/artofshaping/ Continue reading

Want to join more than 80,000 people to help protect our coast and shorelines? The 2011 California Coastal Cleanup Day is coming up this Saturday, and organizers are hoping to make this a record-breaking year by getting more than 100,000 people to come out and help the efforts.

Now in its 27th year, the California Coastal Cleanup Day is an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup effort and the state’s largest volunteer event. In 2010, over 82,500 volunteers removed more than 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes, and waterways.

Unfortunately, 80 percent of trash that gets into the ocean comes from inland areas through creeks and rivers. This trash, if not removed, can be harmful and even fatal to all manners of marine wildlife, can damage the state’s economy, and can even become a human health hazard. Coastal Cleanup Day encourages all citizens to join together to take care of the fragile marine environment, show community support for shared natural resources, and learn about the impacts of marine debris in a fun atmosphere.

The day also marks International Coastal Cleanup Day, an event that marks the largest effort around the world each year to keep our playgrounds clean. Organized by the Ocean Conservancy, this day helps to clean 145 million pounds of trash from the shores of lakes, streams, rivers, and the ocean on just one day each year.

Most clean ups start at about 9 a.m. and run until noon. Chances are clean ups are happening at your favorite major beach along the coast. There are about 800 cleanup sites in California, and worldwide there will be nearly nine million volunteers helping out in 152 countries and locations.

For more information, check it out here: http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html Continue reading