Monthly Archives: October 2011

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 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:

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ESPN The Magazine’s third annual “The Body Issue,” arrives on newsstands last week, Friday, October 7th. Over 20 athletes will appear naked, with their private parts strategically covered, as part of the issue titled “Bodies We Want.” LA Clippers Forward-Center Blake Griffin will be featured as one of the four covers. Soccer player Hope Solo, who is the Goalkeeper for the US National Team, New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, and Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler are on the other three. See all the athletes here.

“This is an issue in the short time we’ve been doing it that’s become pretty anticipated,” ESPN The Magazine Editor-in-Chief Chad Millman said.

Last year’s Body Issue featured Kelly Slater strutting his nakedness. This time, four-time surfing world champ Stephanie Gilmore takes her turn posing in her birthday suit. Stephanie, who was inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame last year in Huntington Beach, unveils her body, talks about being a pro surfer and staying in shape during the interview.

In addition to the bare body pictorials, the featured athletes also talk about insecurities, being self conscious, and how they feel in tune with their bodies while doing their sport.

According to Stephanie, on her inclusion in this year’s issue: “Why not? My thought was, Do it while the opportunity is there. Honestly, I was a little bit nervous, but I spend most of my time in a bikini anyway — although, posing naked goes a bit further than that. Of course, I was like, “Ahhh, I’ve got some insecurities,” but it was actually quite liberating.”

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Look at this footage taken by the GoPro camera. It is sick!

Matthias Giraud and Stefan Laude capture some of the most incredible content seen by GoPro as they hit the Alps like true heroes skiing the French backcountry while escaping a large avalanche on their tails! It is crazy… and amazing!

Of course, you can capture the same kind of cool surf action with The GoPro Surf Hero camera available from Becker. The GoPro Surf Hero camera offers professional quality footage and audio so you can document yourself ripping in any type of conditions, big or small. It easily mounts to any surfboard in seconds and it’s so light even top pros claim they didn’t notice the camera on their boards.

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The world’s best Stand Up Paddle surfers were in Huntington Beach, CA last week to compete in The Stand Up World Tour, with Antoine Delpero of France finishing in first place on Saturday.

Established in 2009, The Stand Up World Tour was created to address the exponential growth in the sport of Stand Up Paddling, and to provide its premier athletes with an international platform on which to compete for the prestigious and official World Championship Title. The goal of creating the Stand Up World Tour has been to showcase the sport, its heritage and development, together with its athletes and their collective and colorful stories to the world. The Stand Up World Tour shows now reach 220 countries on 170 networks.

The Huntington Beach Pro was the Stand Up World Tour’s first visit to the US mainland. As stop number 4 of 6 events on the 2011 lineup, it was a vital and pivotal stop on this year’s Tour, as athletes are jockeying for their position in the rankings and making their run for the top spot.

Sixty-eight competitors entered the trials, with 32 seeded competitors making the main contest.

The next stop is in Brazil from October 22nd – 30th, the Maresias Pro, in Sao, Paulo, Brazil, and the finals are from November 26th – December 4th in Hawaii.

Congratulations to the winners from this past week’s event:

Main Event:
1st: Antoine Delpero (FR)
2nd: Colin McPhilips (US)
3rd: Leco Salazar (BRA)
4th: Kai Lenny (HI)

People’s Choice Super Session:
1st Place: Zane Schweitzer (Maui)
2nd Place: Hector Gonzalez (Mexico)
3rd Place: Kelson Kihe (Maui)
4th Place: Iain McFarland (US)
5th Place: Alexandre Magrinho (BRA)

Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge:
1st: Mo Freitas (HI)
2nd: Bernd Roedigger (Maui)
3rd: Tucker Ingalls (US)
4th: Nainoaiki David

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We love a good surfing animal story, so we don’t want to forget to give you the scoop on last weekend’s third annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, CA.

Yes, California has dozens of beautiful beaches, but Huntington Beach’s Dog Beach is specifically for the dogs, and the site of this year’s competition. At Dog Beach, our four-legged friends rule year-round, and play, swim, dig and have a plain old fun time… mostly all off-leash.

Lots of records were attempted for the Guinness World Record’s® record books, such as one for most dogs on a board and one for longest ride by a dog on a surfboard. They were 10 seconds short of capturing the most dogs on a board record, but Abbie Girl, an Australian Kelpie and her owner Michael Uy, set the World Record for the longest ride on a board at 60 meters!

Congratulations to Abbie G and Michael and the Surf City Surf Dog event on successfully achieving the record and to all the surfing dogs out there waiting to catch the next wave!

The list of our doggie winners include:

Small Dog Category:
1- Kihei (Doxiewawa)
2- Luigi (French Bulldog)
3- Bandit (Rat Terrier)

Medium Dog Category:
1- Abbie G (Australian Kelpie)
2- Rookey (Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever)
3- Ryder (Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever)

Large Dog Category:
1- Pudge (Bulldog)
2- Jedi (Australian Kelpie)
3- Hanzo (Boxer)

Xlarge Dog Category:
1- Kona Kai (Labradoodle)
2- Stanley (Chesapeake Bay Retriever)
3- Boss (Pit Bull)

Most Improved:
- Boss (Pit Bull)

Best Wipeout:
- Deagen (French Bulldog)

Best Crowd Pleaser:
Tie – Joey (Westie) and Newman (Bulldog)

Earliest Risers:
Tie – Deagan & Lilly

Biggest Support Team:
- Team Joey

Guinness World Record for Longest Ride on a Board:
- Abbie G and Michael Continue reading

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