The Huge Bag Of News

Jason Bogle Benefit
Jason Bogle has been diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma (a form of bone marrow cancer). Treatment is estimated at 350,000 dollars. A fund has been established to assist Bogle, and Conan Hayes at RVCA Clothing is organizing a benefit auction. C.J. Hobgood, Bob Hurley, and the band No Doubt are all donating things to help raise money.

Any donation checks can be made out to “Friends of Jason Bogle Cancer Fund and sent to: Friends of Jason Bogle Cancer Fund, 919 Sunset Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. For more information, please visit http://www.rvcaclothing.com/bogle

Women’s Board Shop Opens In L.A.
Alison Copeland and Christina Petropoulos have opened Rock’er Board Shop, the first L.A.-area surf, skate, and snowboarding store oriented to the female rider.

Alison Copeland comes to the venture with an extensive background in retail buying and merchandising for several large retail chains including Rampage, Wet Seal, and Contempo Casuals.

Christina Petropoulos is a veteran marketing executive in the entertainment industry overseeing the international marketing and distribution of dozens of films including Crossroads, Insomnia, American Pie, and The Blair Witch Project.

411VM Surfing Issue 03 Out Now
411VM Surfing Issue 03 is out now and features Andy Irons, Costa Rica, Josh Kerr, Eric McHenry, the Foster’s Cup at Trestles, seventeen-year-old Dane Reynolds, and a spot check on Swamis.

411VM Surfing wouldn’t be complete without DVD bonus footage. Ask for 411VM Surfing at your local surf shop.

Quik Releases Circle One
Quiksilver is proud to announce the release of Circle One by Josh Williams. Circle One captures six-time World Champion Kelly Slater, along with Fred Patacchia, Ben Bourgeois, and the rest of the Quiksilver Team surfing some of the world’s best waves.

Op Near Top Of Brand Recognition Survey
Ocean Pacific was recognized by Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) as the thirty-third most recognized fashion brand, according to U.S. consumers, in its Top 100 most-recognized brands survey.

In addition, Op ranked second in the swimwear category—its first appearance—and ranked sixth in the young contemporary female category.

The process of reinventing the brand through its new sub-brands—Op Classic, Ocean Pacific, and Seven2—has allowed a broad base of consumers to embrace the unique lifestyle experience, says the company.

Red Bull Ice Break
Back for its third year, Red Bull Ice Break will again challenge the fortitude of New England surfers throughout the 2003/2004 winter. This cold-weather surfing event will showcase the Northeast’s surfing talent and commitment to pursue their sport in the harshest and coldest conditions. Three qualifiers, taking place this fall, will determine the finalists for the main event to be held later this winter in the chilly and under-explored maritime region of Nova Scotia.

Entrants must be residents of the Northeast. For more information, check out: redbullicebreak.com.

Garrett McNamara Announces Big-Wave Challenge
Extreme Surfing World Champion Garrett McNamara announced the “If It Can’t Kill You, It Ain’t Extreme challenge, which kicked off in Tahiti in August and continues around the world through the end of 2003.

McNamara and his partner Ikaika Kalama will join a select crew of extreme big-wave surfers around the planet as they surf the biggest waves they can find. The format will be similar to a skins event. There will be a maximum of five teams at each venue. Every team will put in 1,000 dollars to compete. Competitors will take to the waves on the biggest day at each location and every ride will be videotaped.

At the conclusion of each one-day contest, competitors will meet to review the tape and then vote on the biggest and best rides. Prize money will be distributed for best overall performance of the day, biggest wave surfed, heaviest barrel, ana booby prize.

Globe To Release First Surf Movie
Somewhere Anywhere Everywhere, Globe’s first-ever surf movie, will showcase never-before-seen footage of the surfing and lifestyle of the sport’s most influential personalities. Shot on location in Hawai’i, Indonesia, Australia, Tahiti, Mexico, the Mainland U.S. and more, Somewhere Anywhere Everywhere follows the Globe team including C.J. and Damien Hobgood, Mark Occhilupo, Taj Burrow, Luke Hitchings, Pancho Sullivan, and others to the remote breaks and most high-performance waves that young surfers dream about. It will be out in September.

Surf-Aid International Golf Benefit
On Thursday, November 20, there will be a major fundraising golf event to benefit Surf-Aid International. Surf-Aid International’s program of treatment, prevention, and education for the people of the Mentawai Islands has already made a dramatic impact during its pilot phase. With funding, this program can reduce malaria, the main culprit in the high mortality rate, by up to 75 percent.

For more information on the fundraising event, go to www.surfaidinternational.org/golfbenefit.

Dickies Girl Experiences Ridiculous Growth
Apparel Limited Inc., the exclusive licensee for Dickies Girl clothing, has grown to sales of 50-million dollars in North American business, increased its staff from three employees to 65, moved into a new 78,000-square-foot headquarters, and ignited a quiet fire with its unobtrusive marketing campaign.

Op, Fender, Rhino Produce Emerging Artists Album
Op and Fender Musical Instruments Corp. have joined together to create an album showcasing emerging talent, including athlete-musicians from the action-sports world. Titled Op Emerging the CD is the first full collaboration between an action-sports apparel company and the music industry.

Slated to be launched in early fall, Op Emerging is being distributed through Rhino Records, Op, and Fender and will be available in selected music stores, surf shops and other outlets across the country and abroad.

The Op Emerging performers include surf legend Donavon Frankenreiter, X-Games and Gravity Games skateboard champ Mike V., Angel first baseman Spiezio, plus previously unknown bands discovered from Fender’s national online talent search that attracted more than 3,000 MP3s from around the world.

Five Aussie Shapers Merge Together
Five of the top board shapers in Australia are joining together to form a new surfboard company called BASE. NEV, DHD, Simon Anderson, Maurice Cole, Murray Bourton {Pipedream}, and Rodney Dahlberg have merged together as a way to collectively draw upon the experience and talents of some of the best board shapers in the world.

Long Takes Red Bull Big Wave Africa Title
Competing in huge fifteen to twenty foot surf that produced hollow tubes reminiscent of Hawai’ian waves, Grant Long won the Red Bull Big Wave Africa Title in Cape Town, South Africa.

Durban’s John Whittle clinched the runner-up spot with a gravity-defying drop on a vertical wall of water on his last ride that had everyone hooting. Brazilian superstar Carlos Burle took third and Grant Baker, Jason Ribbink (both from Durban) and Hawai’ian Jamie Sterling filling fourth to sixth places respectively. The six finalists decided to pool the total prize money and split it six ways.

Richards Opens New Youth Culture Marketing Firm
Fran Richards, former publisher of TransWorld SKATEboarding and VP of sales and marketing for the TransWorld Media Group, has launched Modern World, LLC in San Diego, California. Modern World, a strategic marketing, consulting, and sales firm, focuses on connecting corporations and their brands to the youth market through the action sports, automotive, and music industries.

A sample of Modern World’s current clients include: 411 Productions, Aspen Skiing Company, Intrawest Resorts, Gravity Games, LLC, Island Def Jam Music Group, IMG Sports Marketing, and Warner Strategic Marketing. For more information, call (858) 483-9500, or e-mail: fran@modernworldllc.com.

It’s All Art To Me Baby
The Mid-Atlantic Surf Arts Expo will be hosting a gallery show September 4—13 at the Nurture Art Non Profit, Inc., gallery at 475 Keap Street, Brooklyn, New York. The show, which will take place at the gallery and include events at several local venues, will include music, art, photography, and films inspired by surfing in the region.

A portion of the sales of the artwork will be donated to the Surfrider chapter of the artist’s choice or to Surf Aid. For more information on the event, check out http://www.surfartsexpo.com/mase.html, or contact Mike von Wahlde at mike_v@objectsarenouns.com, or phone: (847) 372-4095

Ballard Releases Another Women’s Surf Film
Bill Ballard has released a new 16mm women’s surf film called The Modus Mix, starring Rochelle Ballard, Lisa Andersen, Layne Beachley, Megan Abubo, Chelsea Georgeson, Sofia Mulonovich, Serena Brooke, Keala Kennelly, Kate Skarrat, Sam Cornish, and Holly Beck.

CDC Releases New Yellow Book
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a revised travel health resource to better assist travelers in planning safer trips abroad. The new edition of the Yellow Book, a health information tool for international travel, has been expanded to offer new information on scuba diving safety, high altitude travel, travelers with special needs, and traveling with children.

The Yellow Book also offers vaccination and medication information for disease risks by destination as well as helpful health hints for cruise ship travel, international adoptions, motion sickness and much more. A companion web site http://www.cdc.gov/travel/yb/index.htm is also available. To order the Yellow Book, call 1-877-252-1200 or visit http://bookstore.phf.org/prod159.htm.

Nixon Holds Surf Challenge
The Nixon Surf Challenge 2003 presented by Etnies was held September 12—14 in San Sebastian, Spain. For more information, contact henning@ nixoneurope.com, phone: 33-5-58-43-59-17, or cell: 33-6-07-09-86-84.

PSTA Hosts Talented Photographers
Twenty-four of the most talented young photographers in the world attended the Pro Surfing Tour of America August 8—10 at Oceanside Pier in San Diego. Ranging in age from eight to eighteen, these young people were the winners of the ImageMakers National Photography competition.

ImageMakers, a program developed by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Circuit City, is part of a comprehensive initiative promoting young people’s creativity in the medium of photography as well as encouraging artistic skills and cultural enrichment.

The National ImageMakers winners were chosen by a distinguished jury of professional photographers and received all-expense-paid trips to the Pro Surfing Tour Of America.

American Wave Introduces FlexWave Wax Comb
American Wave International, a manufacturer of wetsuits and sports protection gear, introduces the new FlexWave Comb—a wax comb for surfboards with an innovative flexible design and easy-grip body.

Manufactured in California of high-tech composite plastic, the FlexWave Comb retails for $1.25 and is available now at the American Wave Web site, www.americanwave.com or call the company toll-free at 1-866-434-0692.

Redline Entertainment Partners With Ventura Distribution
Best Buy’s Redline Entertainment unit has signed a distribution deal with Ventura Distribution, the top non-theatrical video distributor in North America. This partnership will create the largest distribution network for youth lifestyle and action-sports video titles in North America. “We are confident that with our partnership with Ventura Distribution, Redline Entertainment’s video line reach its full potential in the marketplace, said Jennifer Schaidler, Redline Entertainment’s general manager. “Over the past few, IMG Sports Marketing, and Warner Strategic Marketing. For more information, call (858) 483-9500, or e-mail: fran@modernworldllc.com.

It’s All Art To Me Baby
The Mid-Atlantic Surf Arts Expo will be hosting a gallery show September 4—13 at the Nurture Art Non Profit, Inc., gallery at 475 Keap Street, Brooklyn, New York. The show, which will take place at the gallery and include events at several local venues, will include music, art, photography, and films inspired by surfing in the region.

A portion of the sales of the artwork will be donated to the Surfrider chapter of the artist’s choice or to Surf Aid. For more information on the event, check out http://www.surfartsexpo.com/mase.html, or contact Mike von Wahlde at mike_v@objectsarenouns.com, or phone: (847) 372-4095

Ballard Releases Another Women’s Surf Film
Bill Ballard has released a new 16mm women’s surf film called The Modus Mix, starring Rochelle Ballard, Lisa Andersen, Layne Beachley, Megan Abubo, Chelsea Georgeson, Sofia Mulonovich, Serena Brooke, Keala Kennelly, Kate Skarrat, Sam Cornish, and Holly Beck.

CDC Releases New Yellow Book
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a revised travel health resource to better assist travelers in planning safer trips abroad. The new edition of the Yellow Book, a health information tool for international travel, has been expanded to offer new information on scuba diving safety, high altitude travel, travelers with special needs, and traveling with children.

The Yellow Book also offers vaccination and medication information for disease risks by destination as well as helpful health hints for cruise ship travel, international adoptions, motion sickness and much more. A companion web site http://www.cdc.gov/travel/yb/index.htm is also available. To order the Yellow Book, call 1-877-252-1200 or visit http://bookstore.phf.org/prod159.htm.

Nixon Holds Surf Challenge
The Nixon Surf Challenge 2003 presented by Etnies was held September 12—14 in San Sebastian, Spain. For more information, contact henning@ nixoneurope.com, phone: 33-5-58-43-59-17, or cell: 33-6-07-09-86-84.

PSTA Hosts Talented Photographers
Twenty-four of the most talented young photographers in the world attended the Pro Surfing Tour of America August 8—10 at Oceanside Pier in San Diego. Ranging in age from eight to eighteen, these young people were the winners of the ImageMakers National Photography competition.

ImageMakers, a program developed by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Circuit City, is part of a comprehensive initiative promoting young people’s creativity in the medium of photography as well as encouraging artistic skills and cultural enrichment.

The National ImageMakers winners were chosen by a distinguished jury of professional photographers and received all-expense-paid trips to the Pro Surfing Tour Of America.

American Wave Introduces FlexWave Wax Comb
American Wave International, a manufacturer of wetsuits and sports protection gear, introduces the new FlexWave Comb—a wax comb for surfboards with an innovative flexible design and easy-grip body.

Manufactured in California of high-tech composite plastic, the FlexWave Comb retails for $1.25 and is available now at the American Wave Web site, www.americanwave.com or call the company toll-free at 1-866-434-0692.

Redline Entertainment Partners With Ventura Distribution
Best Buy’s Redline Entertainment unit has signed a distribution deal with Ventura Distribution, the top non-theatrical video distributor in North America. This partnership will create the largest distribution network for youth lifestyle and action-sports video titles in North America. “We are confident that with our partnership with Ventura Distribution, Redline Entertainment’s video line reach its full potential in the marketplace, said Jennifer Schaidler, Redline Entertainment’s general manager. “Over the past few years we’ve made great strides in proving that action-sports videos can be successful in the mass marketplace. Redline’s roster currently includes action-sports titles such as Fox Racing’s Greatest Hits, TransWorld’s In Bloom, and various Tony Hawk’s Trick Tips titles.

DynoComm Goes Bye-Bye
After more than twenty years in operation and 1,200-plus TV specials, DynoComm Sports has closed its doors. DynoComm Founder Alan Gibby says the action-sports television-production company was having financial struggles. Nonetheless, Gibby says he still was able to realize his longtime dream of producing action-sports programming for cable and network TV outlets, including most recently ABC’s Wide World of Sports, which Gibby calls DynoComm’s crowning achievement. “I want to thank all those who have believed in me, supported me, and thank those who gave me a shot, says Gibby. “It has just been a tremendous run!

Reef Check
Reef Check, a program of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment, along with Academy Award-nominated film producer MacGillivray Freeman Films, and Quiksilver, have joined together to raise awareness about the current environmental crisis facing the world’s coral reefs. In June the organization hosted “Reef Rescue 2003, a benefit cochaired by Leonardo DiCaprio and Gale Anne Hurd to raise money for coral-reef conservation. The gala also featured a sneak preview of MacGillivray Freeman’s critically acclaimed IMAX documentary, Coral Reef Adventure. (The film will be released in the Los Angeles area early next year.)

More than 350-million people worldwide depend on resources from coral reefs, and many medicines that treat HIV and heart disease are derived from reef species. Moreover, the reefs are part of an ocean system that helps stabilize the planet’s climate, creating the rain that feeds crops and oxygenates the air we breathe. “Reefs are currently experiencing an unprecedented crisis that could have devastating effects on all of us, said Dr. Gregory Hodgson, who founded the Reef Check program in 1996.

Sliding Into Second
Smith Sport Optics has released a follow-up to its recently launched District sunglass. The new model, dubbed Sequel, joins Smith’s Slider Series as the second model where the interchangeable lenses are inserted into the outer sides of the frame versus through the top. Smith calls it “a fusion of street fashion and sport performance. The Sequel, designed to fit small to medium faces, will ship with three sets of interchangeable lenses (there are seven lens colors in all). The frames are available in four colorways, with retail prices ranging from 99 to 159 dollars

ESA, USSF Part Ways
After more than 30 years of support, the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) has withdrawn its membership from the United States Surfing Federation (USSF). The ESA board says it took such action in order to protect the ESA from any future financial liabilities due to extended and unresolved financial- and program-administration concerns. The ESA also cited frustration “with the USSF’s inability to advance the sport of amateur surfing in the United States.

“This move opens the door to so many possibilities for the ESA, says Kathy Phillips, ESA executive director. “We look forward to playing a critical role in the development of an improved national program for our amateurs and the development of a solid East Coast pro tour, so that our 1A division surfers have a strong amateur program to advance through and our top athletes have another level to work toward.

Licensing Equity
Tare7, parent company of the Airwalk, Genetic, and andy mac brands and licensee for Alphanumeric footwear and ripzone outerwear, announced it plans to pursue “strategic licensing partnerships for each of its brands—and lay off staff at its Golden, Colorado headquarters. “This strategy will provide a platform for Tare7 to continue taking its brands to the next level