Monthly Archives: May 2012

Last Wednesday, The New York Times had a feature in their Fashion & Style section: Skateboarding Past a Midlife Crisis.

According to the story, the new symbol for the midlife crisis is the skateboard! Yup, forget the little red sports car, aging members of Generation X, and even those that are older, are reclaiming their youth and rebellious streak by “shredding” on a board. Some are even venturing to show off their old tricks in a skate park.

Apparently, it’s a detail noticed in the media lately. A recent satire in The Onion headlined, “43-Year-Old With Skateboard Not Fooling Anyone,” showed a close-up of Tony Hawk looking somewhat weathered in his helmet.

But, it sorta makes sense that it’s now appealing to the 40+ somethings since skateboarding itself is entering middle age. Like the older members of Generation X, the sport was born in the ’60s.

Most of the older skateboarders are riding longboards, which are usually about 40 to 48 inches long, compared with traditional street decks, which are around 32 inches. Considered the luxury sedans of the skateboarding world, these decks are fitted with bigger, softer wheels to roll over sidewalk cracks and pebbles and are built for cruising and carving, not tricks and aerials. They’re perfect for riders who no longer want to risk broken bones by grinding rails and ollying curbs, which they once did as teenagers.

Longboard manufacturers Honey Skateboards of Colorado, Bustin Boards of New York and Original Skateboards of New Jersey report a surge in sales among older riders, indicative of the aging skateboard demographic. The number of skateboarders over 35 has nearly doubled in the last decade, to 742,000, from 404,000, and now accounts for 10 percent of the market, according to the National Sporting Goods Association, a trade group in Mount Prospect, Ill.

What are your thoughts? Are you over it with the skate geezers or say more power to them? Continue reading

This Wednesday, May 16, 2012 from 7pm – 10pm, action sports youth development agency Stoked Mentoring is hosting their Stoked on Spring Art & Skateboard Deck Auction: Collaborations with Artists and Stoked Youth. The mission of Stoked Mentoring is to promote personal development, academic achievement, and healthy living to under-served youth through action sports culture. Since their inception in 2005, 2,100 youth have been served. Their mission is to empower all youth with the tools and resources to succeed in the future.

The event features artwork by: Tommy Agriodimas, Royce Bannon, Peter Dean, John Gordon Gauld, Derek Kettela, Lady Pink, Kenzo Minami, Garrett Rowland, and Julian Ungano as well as collaborations with Jayson Atienza, Borbay, Billi Kid, Pete KL, Lady Pink, Jack Laroux, Marco, Alice Mizrachi, Tim Nolan, McDonald Predeleus, Jen Props, Jason Shelowitz, Monica Watkins, Tim Young, and Paul Zepeda.

Stoked On Spring will happen at Scholastic Greenhouse, 557 Broadway, New York, NY. Tickets are $75 or $350 for Benefit Committee (five tickets included).

You can purchase tickets at:

Enjoy an evening filled with music, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks, with all proceeds benefitting Stoked’s New York City action sports & youth development programs. Continue reading

Billabong gave Garrett McNamara props for his wave last week, and now the Guinness World Records acknowledges it, too. The Guinness World Record Agency has just credited the 44-year old Hawaiian pro surfer’s wave caught in Nazare, Portugal, Nov 1, 2011 as the largest ever, beating the 2008 record by more than 1 foot.

McNamara was already awarded the Biggest Wave Award last Friday (also snagging a $15,000 prize) at the Grove in Anaheim during the 2012 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards (in addition to Wipeout of the Year). But, now his ride (at 78 feet) is official in the books as the largest wave ever ridden.

McNamara caught the monster wave in Praia do Norte off the coast of Nazaré. The Nazaré Canyon, a deepwater canyon that measures 170 kilometers long and 5 kilometers deep, is home to one of the only deepwater canyons that run all the way to shore. McNamara performed this feat during the ZON North Canyon Show 201.

McNamara told The Associated Press that the ride of his life was a fluke. “I knew it was big, but I didn’t know how big,” he said.

McNamara said he didn’t care at first about whether the wave was a record, but was urged by the townspeople in Nazare, Portugal, to get some kind of confirmation. He said he sent the footage and pictures to surfing legend and Billabong judge Sean Collins, who guessed the wave was 85 to 90 feet tall. Collins died in December.

Judges for the Billabong XXL awards, considered the official arbiters of big-wave surfing, pored over footage and high-resolution still images from several angles to calculate a more accurate estimate, event director Bill Sharp told the AP. They used McNamara’s height in a crouch and the length of his shin bone to help compare it to the wave’s top and bottom, Sharp said.

McNamara, who began surfing at age 11 and went pro at 17, said the achievement became more important to him when he realized it could help him urge more people to follow their passions.

Congrats on an awesome feat! Continue reading

Now that our original and first Becker Surf store in Hermosa Beach (Pier Avenue) is sporting its sweet renovation, we’re moving onto our next project, the Malibu store! We’re stoked about its new facelift and will be celebrating it with a grand re-opening!

Mark your calendars for May 19th from 1-5pm. There will be giveaways, contests, music, and more!

Stay tuned and watch this space for more details… Continue reading

The world’s best surfers on the ASP World Tour arrive in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today for the Billabong Rio Pro, the 3rd men’s event of 10 in this year’s quest for the best in surfing. This event runs from May 9-20.

This latest stop on the ASP World Tour also sees the men’s and women’s tours aligning for the first time since the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach on April 3-14. Last year, Adriano de Souza beat Taj Burrow in the final, while Carissa Moore beat Sally Fitzgibbons on her way to winning the women’s world title.

Yesterday, Kelly Slater, who is currently sitting at the top of the overall standings, withdrew from the Billabong Pro Rio due to a heel injury sustained in Java. With Slater’s withdrawal, the current frontrunner spot on the ASP WCT ratings is up for grabs in Rio de Janeiro. At this time, Slater is followed by Adriano de Souza and Billabong’s own Taj Burrow is currently in third. Mick Fanning (fourth) and Jordy Smith (fifth) are both well placed to take advantage in Brazil.

The women, meanwhile, will be competing in their fifth event. Stephanie Gilmore is still out in front after two wins and a second place, but Sally Fitzgibbons (second) and reigning world champion Carissa Moore (fifth) are close behind.

We’re looking forward to watching the action… in hot and sexy Brazil. The LIVE webcast will be available at

Who do you think will be the hottest surfers to come out on top? Continue reading