Category: Surfing

4th Annual Agenda Emerge Powered by Group Y Highlights Innovation and Creative Brand-Building with Speakers Shepard Fariey, C.R. Steyck III, Mike Ness, Tinker Hatfield, and More

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The 4th Annual Agenda Emerge powered by Group Y held in Long Beach, CA, January 6, 2015, was the biggest conference yet for the action sports and streetwear industries. With a capacity crowd of 825, it was clear that people were interested in hearing how innovation and creativity can produce the most amazing brands, bands, […]

Teton Gravity Research Gets Strategic Investment from Lonely Planet

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Action sports media house Teton Gravity Research (TGR) has announced that Lonely Planet has taken a strategic stake in the brand that will allow TGR to expand significantly. The investment comes as TGR has doubled in size in recent years becoming one of the top media houses in the action sports and outdoor industries. Following […]

Surf Wrap-Up: Billabong Pipe Masters and Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Won by Julian Wilson; Gabriel Medina Wins World Champ of Surf Title, a First for Brazil; World Surf League Names 2015 Line-up

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The world of professional surfing has come to a close for 2014 with some of the best waves and competition in surfing history. Young guns such as Julian Wilson and Gabriel Medina are stepping-up, replacing surf pros like Mick Fanning and 11 time Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Champ Kelly Slater, and making way for […]

Kelly Slater’s Outerknown—Why This Brand Is So Important for Fashion Right Now

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After ending a 23-year relationship with Quiksilver in April this year, Kelly Slater has moved on to create his own lifestyle fashion brand, Outerknown. As we’ve written about before, Outerknown is one of those highly anticipated new brands that’s changing the course fashion for many reasons. First, while surfing is obviously at the heart of […]

Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries Steps Down—Beleaguered Teen Retailer Hustles to Figure Out a New Plan

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The writing was on the wall for Mike Jeffries, CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, as the teen retailer continued to struggle to re-capture its credibility within the youth marketplace. As of today, December 9, 2014 Mike Jeffries will no longer be the CEO. Jeffries, 70, was also stripped of his chairman roll earlier in the […]

Carissa Moore Wins Target Maui Pro, Stephanie Gilmore Claims 6th ASP World Surfing Title

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It’s a wrap for the 2014 women’s surfing season with spectacular performances by the best women surfers in the world. In the final stage of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Tour, the Target Maui Pro, Carissa More took home the win. However the overall world champion was Stephanie Gilmore, claiming her 6th ASP World […]

Billabong Plans to Open New Stores After Losing 99% of Market Value

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The Billabong saga which seemed as though it would go down in surfing history as one of the great fails of our time has announced that they plan to rebuild more stores. According to CEO Neil Fiske, Billabong is ready “right now.” “Stores are key to a brand’s health over time,” Fiske said in an […]

Women’s Surfing World Champion to Be Crowned at Target Maui Pro—Event Is Back After 5 Years

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In the next week, the world champion of women’s professional surfing will be crowned. After a 5 year hiatus in which the women’s ASP tour lacked sponsorship, it’s great to see that it’s back on the schedule and with various numbers of sponsors. Now called the Target Maui Pro, presented by Schick Hydro Silk, it’s […]

The State of Snowboarding: Which Demographic Changed the Most and How We Can Grow the Sport Again

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Label Networks is pleased to have provided research information and analysis as a part of the SnowSports Industries of America (SIA) stage one project for the Downhill Consumer Intelligence Project (DCIP). Utilizing our research about what 13-25-year-olds think about various aspects of snowboarding, action sports, downhill skiing, perceptions, attitudes, buying patterns, spending, and the changing […]

Kelly Slater Becomes Brand Ambassador for Kering Brands

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There’s been a lot of discussion about how things are going with Kelly Slater and his new brand Outerknown which is being developed with sustainability at its core. Slater left Quiksilver in April after a 23-year relationship with the once surfing giant. And on Halloween of this year, Bob McKnight retired as the Quiksilver CEO. […]