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The International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) is excited to announce its guest speaker lineup for the 2013 IASC Skateboarding Summit on May 8-10, which will be held at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

The IASC Skateboarding Summit is a three-day event that gives the leaders in skateboarding a chance to come together in a non-competitive atmosphere to educate themselves on topics meant to broaden their perspectives, connect them with their peers, and to inspire and further their business.

This year’s summit focus is on the wealth of amazing technology and tools available to people running businesses today. The Summit program will include Expert Sessions with working professionals sharing their knowledge on best practices in digital strategy, social media, e-commerce and more.

This year IASC’s guest speakers include:

  • Mike Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of TransWorld Business: State of Skate, an in-depth, data-driven look at the state of the industry.
  • Bobby Kim, Co-Founder of The Hundreds: Skateboarding is up for grabs, so stop talking and start taking.
  • Johnny Schillereff, Founder/CEO of Element and Nick Tershay, Founder of Diamond Supply Co. discuss the roadmap for growing skate hardgoods companies into lifestyle brands.
  • Kevin Duffel, Editor of TransWorld SKATEboarding; Jamey Stone, Publisher of Skateboarder Magazine; and Jessie Fritsch, Content Producer at Ride Channel: Discuss skateboarding’s current digital media landscape.

All Summit attendees are guaranteed entrance to the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Icon Awards held on the second night of the Summit on May 9th. The Awards ceremony sold out last year with over 400 attendees. This year’s inductees are Woody Woodward, Tom Sims, Alan “Ollie” Gelfand, Rodney Mullen, Christian Hosoi, Wendy Bearer Bull and Laura Thornhill Caswell. Icon Award recipients are Warren Bolster, Devo and NHS – Richard Novak, Jay Shuirman, Bob Denike, Tim Piumarta and Jeff Kendall.

The night will include a Happy Hour, VIP meet-and-greet, VIP dinner and Awards Ceremony. All proceeds benefit the not-for-profit efforts of the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the Go Skateboarding Foundation’s Just One Board initiative.

Registration is now open and $100 Early Bird Discounts expire on April 5th. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/2013iascsummit. Continue reading

There were massive upsets yesterday with both Kelly Slater and Joel Parkinson out of the running. Now it is down to 8: 4 Aussies, 3 Brazilians, and 1 South African.

Carissa Moore © Rip Curl

Stop No. 2 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach recommences the hunt for this year’s world surfing crown. Clearly, the game is on as evidenced by the high-performance surfing, which yielded some incredible upsets and astonishing surfing action.

Sadly, Parko was ripping and surfed a flawless heat against Brazilian Raoni Monteiro, 30, but lost with scores of a 10 and a 9.10 to Monteiro’s 10 and 9.16. When was the last time that has happened? And, Kelly Slater was knocked in the previous heat by injury replacement Willian Cordoso (BRA), 27. But, this definitely opens up the World Title race and everyone left in the field will be thinking about it heading into the next few days.

According to Parko, “No one ever wants to lose. No one wants to lose with a 10 and a 9 either, but Raoni is surfing really well and if he beats me with those kind of scores then he definitely deserves credit. Losing out at Bells early is a lost opportunity, but it’s a long season ahead. I’m going to regroup and focus on Brazil.”

Jordy Smith, Taj Burrow, Mick Fanning, and Adriano de Souza are the top seed still in contention, at the Quarterfinals of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2013.

Here’s the match-up:
Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
Willian Cardoso (BRA) vs. Nat Young (AUS)
Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)
Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)

After this, the next stop on the tour is Billabong Rio Pro, which runs from May 8 – 19, 2013.
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The Billabong XXL Awards, surfing’s annual big-wave awards show, recently announced their list of nominees in four of their six categories. Nominees announced are for the Ride of the Year, the Pacifico Paddle Award, the XXL Big Wave Award, and the Pacifico Tube Award. Finalists for the worst wipeout and an overall female performance award will not be released until April.

Photo credit: Noyle.

All points of the compass are represented in this year’s Billabong XXL Awards, as nominees submitted big-wave surfing videos from around the globe: north, south, east and west.

At the top of the list, Hawaii’s Shane Dorian was nominated in four of the possible categories and California’s Shawn Dollar was nominated in three.

Videos will be judged and voted upon with the winners to be announced on May 3 at the annual awards show in California. It will also be streamed live at BillabongXXL.com.

Here is the list of nominees:

BILLABONG XXL RIDE OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES
(Surfer prize $50,000 — Video prize $5,000)
SHAWN DOLLAR (Santa Cruz, California) at Cortes Bank. (Video by Steve Kennedy.)
SHANE DORIAN (Kona, Hawaii) at Jaws. (Video by Elliot Leboe.)
GREG LONG (San Clemente, California) at Jaws. (Video by Bruno Lemos.)
REEF MCINTOSH (Kauai, Hawaii) at Cloudbreak. (Video by Talon Clemos.)
DAVE WASSEL (Kaneohe, Hawaii) at Cloudbreak. (Video by Nick Pollet.)

PACIFICO PADDLE AWARD NOMINEES
(Surfer prize $20,000 — Photo/video prize $4,000)
GRANT BAKER (Durban, South Africa) at Cortes Bank. (Photos by Pat Stacy. Video by Neil Goss.)
SHAWN DOLLAR (Santa Cruz, California) at Cortes Bank. (Photos by Robert Brown, Rob Gilley, Greg Huglin, Frank Quirarte and Pat Stacy. Video by Jason Murray.)
SHANE DORIAN (Kona, Hawaii) at Jaws. (Photos by Erik Aeder, Richard Hallman, Bruno Lemos and Fred Pompermayer. Video by Jace Panebianco.)
MATT MEOLA (Haiku, Hawaii) at Jaws. (Photos by Bruno Lemos and PhotoBrent. Video by Bruno Lemos.)
MAKUA ROTHMAN (Sunset Beach, Hawaii) at Jaws. (Photos by Eric Aeder, Sean Hower, Bruno Lemos, and Fred Pompermayer. Video by Elliot Leboe.)

BILLABONG XXL BIGGEST WAVE AWARD NOMINEES
(Surfer prize $10,000 — Photo/video prize $4,000)
DANILO COUTO (Bahia, Brazil) at Mullaghmore Head. (Photo by Laurent Pujol,. Video by Sebastian Muller.)
SHAWN DOLLAR (Santa Cruz, California) at Cortes Bank. (Photos by Robert Brown, Rob Gilley, Greg Huglin, Frank Quirarte and Pat Stacy. Video by Neil Gross.)
SHANE DORIAN (Kona, Hawaii) at Jaws. (Photos by Erik Aeder, Richard Hallman, Bruno Lemos and Fred Pompermayer. Video by Bruno Lemos.)
KEALII MAMALA (Haleiwa, Hawaii) at Nazaré. (Photos by Bruno Aleixo, Luis Bento, Greg Huglin, To Mane, Wilson Ribeiro and Ricardo Bravo Santos. Video by Greg Huglin.)
ANTONIO SILVA (Cascais, Portugal) at Nazaré. (Photos by Bruno Aleixo, Diogo D’Orey and Ricardo Bravo Santos. Video by Greg Huglin.)

PACIFICO TUBE AWARD NOMINEES
(Surfer prize $5,000 — Still photography prize $2,000)
PETER CONROY (Miltown, Malbray, Ireland) at Mullaghmore Head. (Photos by Roo McCrudden.)
SHANE DORIAN (Kona, Hawaii) at Jaws, Hawaii. (Photos by Erik Aeder, Richard Hallman, Bruno Lemos and Fred Pompermayer.)
REEF MCINTOSH (Kauai, Hawaii) at Cloudbreak. (Photos by Fred Pompermayer, Rusty Russel and Tom Servais.)
RAMON NAVARRO (Pichilemu, Chile) at Cloudbreak. (Photos by PhotoBrent and Rusty Russell.)
DAVE WASSEL (Kaneohe, Hawaii) at Cloudbreak. (Photos by Brian Bielmann, PhotoBrent, Ted Pompermayer and Tom Servais.) Continue reading

The Big Wave World Tour has successfully completed its fourth season and Greg Long is crowned Big Wave World Champion for 2012/2013 The crowning happened last night at the Surfing Heritage Foundation Museum in San Clemente, CA. Long’s competitors (and … Continue reading

Here are a few of the top music festivals to look out for this year:

Coachella (April 12 – 14, April 19 – 21)
This may be the most famous of the music festivals and if you didn’t score tix the first 15 minutes they went on sale, then you’re outta luck. Try again next year. This will be Coachella’s 14th hurrah and its second year of splitting the festival into two identical weekends in order to accommodate their vastly multiplying audience (80,000+ people attended last year).
Location – Indio, CA
2013 Headliners – Blur, The Stone Roses, Phoenix, and Red Hot Chili Peppers
2012 Headliners – The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and, of course, the most famous hologram of all time – Tupac

Wakarusa (May 30 – June 2)
Deep in Arkansas’ charming Ozark mountains is a HUGE music festival that’s been selling out in the most recent years. The annual four-day event celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and this festival just gets bigger and better every year with an eclectic mix of artists plus fun diversions for festival guests: hiking, Frisbee golf, yoga and swimming in the gorgeous Mulberry River.
Location – Mulberry Mountain, AR
2013 Headliners – Snoop Lion, The Black Crowes, STS9, Widespread Panic, Of Monsters and Men and Son Volt
2012 Headliners – The Avett Brothers, Primus, Girl Talk, Umphrey’s McGee, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Pretty Lights

Bonnaroo (June 13 – 16)

Reputed as “the best festival on the East Coast,” Bonnaroo is definitely one of the biggest, as over 100,000 attendees descend on a 700-acre farm in Tennessee every summer. In addition to music, comedy is a focus of this outdoor camping festival. Practically all of the available tickets are sold out so if you want to attend, hurry and snag the still available VIP Package for 2 for $1,449.
Location – Manchester, TN
2013 Headliners – Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Björk, Wilco, R. Kelly, and The Lumineers
2012 Headliners – Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, Skrillex, Aziz Ansari, Beach Boys, Alice Cooper, Civil Wars

Summerfest (June 26-30 and July 2-7)
Summerfest in Milwaukee is THE largest festival in the United States in terms of attendance. Held at the 75-acre Henry Maier Festival Park along the lakefront in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and going on since 1968, Summerfest has hosted almost every big name in music at one time.
Location – Milwaukee, WI
2013 Headliners – Tim McGraw with Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft, FUN., Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jason Aldean with Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett, New Kids on the Block with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men, Rush
2012 Headliners: Lady Antebellum, Foo Fighters, ZZ Top, Chicago, The Roots, David Gray, 311, Young the Giant

Lollapalooza (August 2-4)

Since it started in 1991, Lollapalooza has a long-standing tradition for being one of the best festivals in the country, and once traveled each year from city to city. Since 2005, it has stayed put in Chicago, but continues to bring out many of the brightest stars in rock, punk and electronic music to eight stages in Grant Park over three days.
Location – Chicago, IL
2013 Headliners – It hasn’t been released yet, but leaks are hinting at Jay-Z, The Cure, Mumford & Sons, and Blur as some of the headlining acts
2012 Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + the Machine

Burning Man (August 26-September 2)

Burning Man is more of an art “event” than a music festival, but this weeklong gathering incubates tomorrow’s new sounds. Also, this festival is not about headlining artists, but more about highlighting the fact that each of us is an artist. Unlike other “festivals”, Burning Man does not provide a stage, there is no food being sold, nor showers to clean yourself off. But for art and music lovers, it’s a genesis point of sound and art, and the adventure of a lifetime.
Location – Black Rock City, NV
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