Flush with the brand’s reverence for it’s natural and urban worlds, Sitka’s latest film project ‘Into the Thicket’ chronicles the journey of a few skateboarders’ treck into the forests of Vancouver Island to skate a ramp constructed using the surrounding environment. Starring team riders Chris Haslam, Todd Myers and Mat Howell. Full length video drops January 2013, stay tuned for premier dates.
On the heels of it’s 10 year anniversary show, taste-making nucleus Agenda releases a part 1 video recap of the sights, sounds and faces that were at this year’s Long Beach, CA exhibition. With new brands, fresh lines and renewed energy for 2013, the pipes are bursting with front page lifestyle news coming your way. Stay tuned right here.tradeshow
The creative brainchild of wandering artist and pro surfer Warren Smith, Fix The Shadows documents a personal sabbatical on the quiet coastline of Maine. Collaborating with renowned photographer Nick LaVecchia, the pair converted a vacant garage into a make-shift darkroom and embarked on a three-month photographic experience, inviting fellow artists, surfers and photographers to join them in the process. Featuring work from Craig Anderson, Dustin Miller, Dion Agius, Brian Nevins and Cole Barash, the project sets out to capture the beauty and stillness of Fall in Maine, surfing cold waves, skating backyards barn ramps and anything that crossed paths in the process. Fix The Shadows opens its tour in Portland, Maine on December 21st with an Artists Reception and live auction of select prints, proceeds donated to Waves 4 Water.org. Additional tour stops to include Los Angeles and Australia. More on the Portland opening here. Sneak peak in the slides above.Nick LaVecchia, photography, Warren Smth
Marking the second installment of a three part video project, Nike Snowboarding releases “Chapter 2″ under the creative direction of OG snowboard filmmaker Brad Kremer. Shot entirely in and around Austria’s Silvretta Montafon terrain resort, the video features slow motion Phantom camera footage, stunning B-roll shots and explosive park riding from Sage Kotsenburg, Louie Vito, Gjermund Braaten, Jamie Nicholls, Danny Kass, Ethan Morgan, Jan Scherrer, Peetu Piiroinen and Austin Smith. Reflective of the progressive nature of both snowboarding and the Nike brand, “Chapter 2″ captures a polished take on the raw talent that continues to push the sport forward.Nike Snowboarding
Audio hardware manufacturer Skullcandy makes itself at home in new European digs with the opening of a Zurich based headquarters. Located in the beating heart of the city’s Escher Wyss area, Skullcandy’s 1400ft² space postures to deliver mixed use functionality for regional business development, as well as signature influencer events. True to the label’s innovative identity, a limited palette of colors and materials make up the overall aesthetics and division of space, including corrugated steel, honeycombed polycarbonate and layered spruce boards, allowing for ongoing creative expression from the brand itself. The full European HQ houses a showroom, conference room, kitchen, event booth, recreation area, private offices and community workspaces. Above, slideshow of images from the space – below, video tour with team rider Danny Kass.Skullcandy, Spaces
Laying waste to a Chinese restaurant, over the establishment’s last fortune cookie, The Black Keys and RZA go head to head in the new ‘The Baddest Man Alive’ music video, unleashing a bench clearing throw-down to determine the baddest dude at the table. An ode to the low budget chop-socky films of old, the video hosts plenty of over-the-top machismo, wide-eyed staredowns and exaggerated flexing. Tied to RZA’s directorial debut, ‘The Man with the Iron Fists,’ ‘Baddest’ comes straight off the film’s star-laden soundtrack, with the music video drawing close parallels to the tongue and cheek gore of it’s full length cousin. Stay tuned for ‘The Man with the Iron Fists’ to hit theaters November 2, and check out RZA sporting Insight’s Del Monte button-up in ‘The Baddest Man Alive’ video above.RZA, The Black Keys
Pairing personal style with international surf travel, Australian tastemaker Dion Agius and sister Jenna introduce the duo’s latest retail project, curating eclectic one-off homewares from far away corners of the world. Sold exclusively online, CNTNR offers customers an ever evolving collection of Agius’ unexpected finds from trip to global trip – collected in a container, shipped to the Gold Coast and sold direct through the brand’s Instagram, Facebook and Gmail accounts. Featuring hand picked wares from recent North American road trips, CNTNR’s initial debut includes patriotic memorabilia, American-Indian inspired textiles, vintage apparel, Middle-America deer antlers, leather boxing gloves, intricately hand stitched bags and more. Check out images from Agius’ last American road trip and some of his related pickups below. Stay up on CNTNR here or follow on Instagram at @CNTNR.CNTNR, Dion Agius
London’s iconic skate spot, BaySixty6, re-opens in collaboration with Nike Skateboarding, introducing the UK’s most state-of-the-art facility to date. Helmed by Nike SB, with the help of Skatepark Amsterdam’s expert design team, the sub-Westway skatepark underwent a two-month overhaul to include a 6-ft hipped wooden bowl, quarters, flat banks, rails, hubbas, driveways, wall rides and revolutionary hydraulic ledge, never before seen. Fresh concrete throughout, updated lighting schemes and a robust sound system finish the redesigned space, while a renovated shop and event area complete the venue’s reimagined functionality. Opened on September 15, the new BaySixty6 hosted a Nike Skateboarding team demo with Justin Brock, Wieger Van Wageningen, Theotis Beasley, Sean Malto, Fernando Bransmark, Korahn Gayle, Neil Smith, Chris Jones, Jak Pietryga, Joey Pressey, Daniel Kinlock and new team rider Kyron Davis. Check out Nike SB’s 1:24 intro video and images of the new BaySixty6 below. More info at facebook.com/BaySixty6.BaySixty6, Nike Skateboarding
Australian filmmaker, Kai Neville, online debuts his latest cinema-graphic project DEAR SUBURBIA, in collaboration with What Youth, on-demand exclusively September 10th… or in other words; today. The 2012 followup to Kai’s previous films, DEAR SUBURBIA is a full length production aimed at capturing the essence of trendsetting surf-lifestyle through the unscripted experiences from 14 of the world’s most dynamic and charismatic surfers. Watch the full 43:00 minute movie here, available for purchase at iTunes. Below, check out still-shots and words on the film from Kai.
Words with Kai…
Kai Neville, What Youth
Your earlier projects have always had a style all their own, what was the inspiration behind the DEAR SUBURBIA?
The film is an evolution from my first two projects, Modern Collective (2010) and Lost Atlas (2011), I wanted Dear Suburbia to pair high-performance surfing with surreal images of travel and the road, raw landscapes and artifacts of suburban life. The main inspiration was really spontaneity versus routine.
What makes DEAR SUBURBIA different from other surf films?
The unknown versus the familiar. I wanted it to be a realistic interpretation of our (professional surfers) lifestyle, culture, riding waves, traveling the world — a pirouette into the absurdity of it all.
In regards to to film… who’s throwing down? Where’d you go? How long were you gone?
The film features Dane Reynolds, John John Florence, Kolohe Andino, Yadin Nicol, Craig Anderson, Chippa Wilson, Dillon Perillo, Conner Coffin, Mitch Coleborn, Dion Agius, Evan Geiselman, Jack Robinson, Jay Davies, Dusty Payne, Taj Burrow, and Jack Freestone. Took a solid 10 months and 5 countries, we shot on location Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and the Caribbean.
Noteworthy mutant breaks surfed/filmed along the way?
Japan was the most amazing and exciting place. I expected crumbly beach breaks but we scored a typhoon that produced 10 foot below sea level barrels. John John was in his element that session.
New Zealand was a funny place, one day we flew out of Auckland to the South Island, to a college town where they’d (Dane and crew) be staying, down near the bottom of the world. Down by Antarctica.
They drove to the beach to check the waves and right away, new local friends appeared to say hello.
Dane said, “Hi, I’m Dane.”
“No fucking shit you are!” a kid told him. New Zealand really loved Dane, like a lot.
They were so fanatic down there, giving us shots. One kid had a quiksiover tattoo. Its was funny and rad.
In preparation for Nike Skateboarding’s September 15th opening of the redesigned, regenerated and revitalized BaySixty6 skate spot, the brand has initiated a limited time “golden ticket”-esc search for 5 custom designed umbrellas, each granting the discovering individual and two friends early access to ride the renowned West London park. Dropped off and hidden at public parks throughout East and South London, the red/turquoise sectioned umbrellas are waiting to be discovered, now.