Monthly Archives: December 2012

It has been a little over a month since Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states, including the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine, with particularly severe damage in New Jersey and New York. Northeast surfing spots, like Long Beach and Ocean City, were utterly destroyed – surf shops were flooded and blown away, boardwalks were ripped apart and the beaches were severely eroded.

The storm surge hit on October 29, and became the most devastating storm to hit New York and New Jersey since 1938. It was also the costliest storm to hit the region, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around NYC. Many families along the Jersey Shore and Long Island lost their homes and the death toll totaled more than 110 people. Total damage in the US is estimated at over $63 billion.

Although most of the cleanup is done, there are still people powerless, homeless, hungry and cold on Long Island and in New Jersey.

Non-profit org Waves for Water is currently leading a multi-phase focused effort to remove storm debris and assist with other basic survival needs. They have already helped with local crews to remove debris and provide basic survival supplies, including food, water, and blankets. The next phase is to help sustain people until basic infrastructure can be restored, and then take the hardest hit area and assist with their rebuilding efforts.

If you’re looking for a way to help, our friends at Sector 9 are offering up a Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Tee in either black or white. It’s made of 100% organic cotton, and best of all 100% of the sales proceeds of each tee will be donated to the Waves for Water Hurricane Relief Initiative to support their disaster relief efforts in New York and New Jersey.

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Men’s Health magazine recently released their list of The 100 Fittest Men of All Time, and the list includes both Kelly Slater and Laird Hamilton, who rank at 35th and 41st respectively.

Here’s what it said about the two surfing mega-athletes:

41. Laird Hamilton
When big just wasn’t big enough, this surfer helped develop tow-in surfing, which gets surfers atop seemingly insurmountable waves with Jet-Skis and other personal watercrafts. Now, having conquered 80-plus-feet swells, Hamilton is taking his native Hawaii’s standup paddleboarding to the mainland and revolutionizing on-water workouts.

35. Kelly Slater
Surfing’s biggest star is proof that age is just a number. Slater’s both the youngest (at age 20) and oldest (at age 39) to win the Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship. As if that weren’t enough, he won it a record seven more times in between, earning him the title of the best competitive surfer ever.

Congrats Laird and Kelly for your well-deserved recognition.

The top spot is held by Michael Phelps (Swimming #1), followed by Bruce Lee (Martial Arts #2), and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Bodybuilder/Actor/Politician) rounds out the top 3. Other notables include Tiger Woods (Golf #86), David Beckham (Soccer #16), Manny Pacquaio (Boxing #9), as well as James Bond’s Daniel Craig (Actor #50), and Mark Wahlberg AKA Marky Mark (Actor/Model #17).

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There’s no doubt that John John Florence is one of the most exciting surfers in the world today, and reputed to be surfing’s tomorrow. He started the year with a bang when he won the Volcom Pipe Pro and his streak has been red hot since, hovering on the edge of superstar celebrity. Now, the 20-year old is about to release a film.

Amidst his hallmark competitive season, John John headed to Tahiti, Mexico, Indonesia, South Africa, Australia, and of course, Hawaii, to catch perfect waves and for the past 11 months, secretly film a 23-minute film entitled Done. John John’s travel and surfing showcasing his deep barrels and casual style were shot mostly by his own RED Scarlet camera (he is a camera aficionado) by his friend Blake Kueny.

The film includes a cast of John’s best friends including brothers Nathan and Ivan Florence, and best pals Kiron Jabour, Matt Meola and Albee Layer. Best of all, you can catch John John’s sick surfing action of high airs and technical maneuvers, cut to classical, indie or gangster rap music.

The film will be out on iTunes fairly soon (before Christmas), but if you’re on the North Shore of Oahu today, Wednesday, 12/5, come by the Banzai skatepark at 6:30 PM for the premier and hang out with John John himself.

Check out the trailer below.

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“Waiting for Lightning,” a feature length documentary film about skateboarding legend Danny Way will debut in theaters and for digital download on December 7. Directed by Jacob Rosenberg, “Waiting for Lightning” delves into the life and accomplishments of Danny Way, one of skateboarding’s greatest innovators.

Way’s father died when Danny was 8 months old. Way went through a rough childhood with his mother working hard as a single parent. His mother re-married, and Danny Way gives credit to his step dad for his introduction to skating. His skateboarding passion has helped Way cross many cultural and ideological boundaries with feats that include jumping out of a helicopter and vaulting the Great Wall of China on a board.

“Waiting for Lightning,” was a featured selection and had its world premiere at the 2012 SXSW film festival. The film revolves around Way’s achievements, including how he became a skateboarder and his major project in Hawaii. It also shows how much abuse the body can sustain, how deep you have to dig to survive the betrayals of family, and how high and far dreams can fly.

The documentary also includes interviews with some of the greatest athletes in extreme sports, including Tony Hawk, Travis Patrana, Rodney Mullen, and Mat Hoffman, each talking about Way’s contributions to skating.

“Waiting for Lightning” is presented in association with DC Shoes. Danny Way’s brother Damon was one of the original two founders of DC Shoe Co USA (Damon was partnered with Ken Block). Danny Way teamed up with DC Shoes right at the company’s start, and his was the first signature shoe that DC made.

For more information, go to http://www.waitingforlightningthemovie.com/.
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