Action Sports Articles by Date

October 2012

  • Traveling and Ripping: Web Series Follows Jordy Smith's Path to 'Bending Colours'

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    Power and airs. It’s the necessary combination if you intend to be anything in competitive surfing these days. Fortunately for Jordy Smith, the burly South African, he has both in spades. Whether he’s hucking Rodeo Flips in the Mentawais or laying down brutal hacks at his homebreak of Jeffrey’s Bay, Jordy has regularly proven himself one of the most complete surfers in the world.

  • Oakley Wake Ends the Season Salty

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Danny Hampson

    I read a quote the other day that some obviously deep and poetic girl had found on the Internet and put on Instagram that read, “The cure for anything is salt water; sweat, tears, or the ocean.” Of course I immediately double tapped my phone sending a like and sat back to consider the meaning of this prophetic post. While I can’t vouch for the first two salty things helping with anything, I can say that the ocean does have some type of calming effect.

  • Stale Sandbech Named Norwegian Snowboarder of the Year

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    In a country like Norway, where the quality of snowboarders runs deep, to be recognized as the best in the bunch means something. You’re doing something right. You’re on the right path. Not that we thought any differently about Stale Sandbech, but by being named Norwegian Snowboarder of the Year, it’s clear that State is killing it. “This was really big for me!” Stale said. “All the other guys nominated were riders I really respect and I am really proud to be named among them.”

  • Ryan Sheckler Steals the Show at the Inaugural Skate Streetstyle at Dew Tour

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    Up until the beginning of Skate Streetstyle, Dew Tour Toyota City Championships in San Francisco hadn’t been treating Ryan Sheckler well. The newest discipline at Dew Tour, however, seemed to awaken Sheckler’s competitive fervor. On his first of four runs, with the Bay Bridge as a backdrop, Sheckler set the standard very high – too high, in fact, with a score of 90.25 – and the rest of the skaters were left chasing.

  • Majestic Views Galore in Final Episode of Andreas Fransson's Lyngen Alps Web Series

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    After two exciting and dramatic episodes of Andreas Fransson and Morgan Salén battling the various faces of the Lyngen Alps, the third and final episode of the web series serves as a victory lap to the 20-day excursion. In the early episodes the boys battled difficult conditions and were doing more work than play (though the two seem to go hand-in-hand for these two), but in this episode, all the hard work pays off as they endure beautiful blue skies, long, steep rides down fresh powder runs and majestic views of the Norwegian Sea below.

  • Dennis Enarson Finishes Second in Inaugural BMX Streetstyle at Dew Tour in San Francisco

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    Dennis Enarson was so close to taking home a win in a new discipline at Dew Tour Toyota City Championships in San Francisco. He had one last run to win it all. Though he nailed the run, the judges scores had him come up just short, and he settled for second. “I just wanted to think of one solid run. The first two I messed up on, so it was nice to have a third run to get everything together,” Enarson said. He held nothing back in the last run, throwing down a high-speed flat ground 360, a huge gap to wall ride and a perfect backflip tailwhip over the box. He knew that he had to step it up and ended up pulling the exact run he had put together in his head, but it just wasn’t enough to hold on to first over Garrett Reynolds.

  • Julian Wilson Wins First ASP World Tour Event in Dramatic Fashion in Portugal

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    Redemption. Julian Wilson wanted it and he got it at Peniche, Portugal at the Rip Curl Pro, claiming his maiden ASP World Tour victory. A year prior, Wilson and Gabriel Medina found themselves in the Final of the Quiksilver Pro in France. Wilson was sitting on a lead with minutes to go, only to have Medina pull out a late big score to steal away Wilson’s first ASP World Tour victory.

  • Heritage: Oakley’s BMX Roots Highlighted at Texas Toast Jam, Rider-Run Event Celebrates Core

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Andrew De Lara

    Fact: There are always Frogskins at BMX events. But at Odyssey’s Texas Toast Jam in Austin – despite the abundance of Oakley eyewear (of course) present on every other face, rider or fan – the most compelling stories can be found tucked away in the corners away from the modern dirt jumps, gnarly obstacles and vibrant street course. Just off the main path on the venue grounds, a small, inconspicuous tent glows with rich history. Vintage racing bikes from yesteryear are displayed in all their storied glory. And there’s one symbol on hand, on more than one of the old bikes, that reflects not only the sport’s glorious past…but also the storied heritage of a Global Powerhouse brand. The Oakley Grip. There simply is no better place to celebrate the brand’s roots in two-wheel sports than at an event so decidedly “core.”

  • Greg Lutzka Gets Prepped for Dew Tour in San Francisco

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    In a couple days, Dew Tour City Championships (Oct. 18-21) starts up in San Francisco. Greg Lutzka will be there. He’s spending his days as he always has: skating, skating and skating. Be it in his backyard mini-ramp or trying to find spots around town – before the police roll in – he’s constantly working to improve his craft.

  • Conner Coffin Overcomes Early Interference, Advances to Quarters of Oakley World Pro Junior

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    Heat strategies tend to differ from one surfer to the next. Some guys prefer to sit patiently and wait for the best possible waves. Others prefer a quick start to get points on the board. Conner Coffin is typically the former. His powerful approach, which he’s developed over countless hours on the long, fast walls at Rincon in Santa Barbara, Calif., caters best to a clean, open face. His air game isn’t on par with most of the talent of his generation, but he’s easily in the one-percentile when it comes to teenage power surfers.

  • Can't Not Cringe: Helgason Bros. Release "Pepping" Teaser

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    The Helgason Bros. like to get weird. From their antics while flying into big pow or finding rails along Main Street, Anywhereville to their time existing in whatever town around the world, shock and awe and hilarity just comes with the territory around the pair. Which is why we weren’t remotely surprised that that same ridiculousness would flow over into their new flick, “Pepping.” Well, ridiculousness in the form of constant cringing in response to tricks gone awry.

  • Waves Pump for Day 6 of the Oakley World Pro Junior; Jack Robinson Pulls Huge Upset

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    Day 6 of the Oakley World Pro Junior awoke to a sight everyone was anxious to see: Keramas doing its thing, with 4- to 6-foot sets reeling down the reef. With the women having run up to the Finals the day prior, the lineup was left to the Men. Round 2 ran, and the morning heats were blessed by the best conditions of the event so far.

  • Flying Kiwi: Freestyle Motocross Star Levi Sherwood Triumphs at X-Fighters Sydney, Crowned World Champion

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Andrew De Lara

    It was the closest Championship battle in Red Bull X-Fighters history. And this time, a flying Kiwi emerged from the carnage victorious. Oakley’s New Zealand-born Freestyle Motocross Star, Levi Sherwood, was rightly crowned with the 2012 World Title following a super hotly contested struggle between the top riders on the Planet throughout the year. Finally culminating with an ultra intense event in Sydney, the tour came to an explosive end with Levi and fellow O star Thomas Pages’ dueling head-to-head in the ‘land down under’ for all the hardware. A series of magnificent runs saw Levi triumph over the impressive Frenchman in Australia and overall, but the ultimate result only came after a tumultuous season with immense challenges.

  • Quincy Davis Finishes Equal-3rd at Oakley World Pro Junior; Women's Finalists Decided

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    Six days ago, the first day Quincy Davis paddled out at Keramas, she was her usual shy self. The lineup was filled with amped-up, stoked-to-be-trunking-it-in-Bali young men who were ripping turns and boosting airs. Most weren’t taking into consideration the idea of “Ladies first.” Between the excess testosterone and the concern over the reef bottom, she didn’t get much opportunity to acclimate to the conditions.

  • Second Episode of Andreas Fransson's Adventure Through the Lyngen Alps Goes Live

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    Scaling more treacherous terrain and emerging upon stunning, untouched scenes throughout the Lyngen Alps on the northern Norwegian coastline, Andreas Fransson and Morgan Salen continue their three-week adventure in the second episode of their three-episode web series.

  • Spotlight Shifts to the Ladies on Day 2 of the Oakley World Pro Junior in Bali

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    On Day 2 of the Oakley World Pro Junior, the focus was turned toward the ladies. The winds came up and the swell had dropped, but the long right at Canggu was still running and rippable – though challenging with some chop on the face. Nonetheless, the women didn’t have any trouble demonstrating why they’re the top junior surfers in the world.

  • Balinese Bless the World's Best Junior Surfers on Day 1 of Oakley World Pro Junior

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    The Balinese people believe that the ocean is home to the spirits of their ancestors. It’s the place where ashes of the deceased are spread, forever linking the people with the body of water. It’s for that reason, on a cloudy morning on Echo Beach in Canggu that the Pemangku, or Chief of the Ceremony, asked that the spirits welcome the world’s best junior surfers into their sacred waters for the Oakley World Pro Junior.

  • Oakley World Pro Junior in Bali Begins Tomorrow

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    On the eve of Day 1 of the Oakley World Pro Junior waiting period, the waves at both Canggu and Keramas made it pretty clear that action was going to begin with first light on Saturday morning. Multiple swells in the water off of the picturesque and wave-rich island of Bali had both spots firing and the lineups packed with world-class junior talent.

  • Adam Melling and Lee Wilson Stay Shaded in Indo in Newest "Oakley Dispatch" Webisode

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    In the newest episode of the “Oakley Dispatch” Surf Webisode series, Adam Melling and Lee Wilson (above) go off the beaten path to travel to the remote Indonesian island of Sumatra for some “Fun in the Sun.” The boys end up getting plenty of perfect blue sky days while scoring non-stop fun right-hand barrels and air sections. After Melling departs for the WCT event at Lower Trestles in Southern California, Lee jumps on another plane to throw caution to the wind at Lagundri Bay in Nias.

  • Rune Glifberg Talks BOWL-A-RAMA and its 2012 New York Debut

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    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    BOWL-A-RAMA has come a long way. Back in 2005 in Bondi, Australia, it was a small gathering of talented skaters who were putting on a demo. In order to turn the gathering into something more, someone made a run by an ATM and pulled out what would be the event’s cash prize. The event was born. This Thursday, October 6, after numerous stops over the years in Australia and New Zealand, BOWL-A-RAMA will make its first appearance in New York City, taking place at the Chelsea Pier Bowl. Thousands of spectators are expected to come out to see the finest bowl skaters from around the world fight for a chunk of the $50,000 purse.