Action Sports Articles by Date

February 2013

  • Triple Crown Champ Sebastian “Seabass” Zietz Ready to Take on the ASP World Tour


    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    Despite the events of the past couple months, Sebastian “Seabass” Zietz is still the same outgoing, three-thumbed, dance-machine from Kauai that the surf community knows and loves – he’s just added a few new facts to his Wikipedia page: Triple Crown champion and a member of the ASP World Tour. One was the springboard unto the other. His showing in Hawaii during Winter 2012 solidified what so many had believed about the 24-year-old: he has the pedigree to compete and thrive among the best surfers in the world. Beginning in 2013, he will have the opportunity to do just that – and his fellow WCT surfers are anxious to have him.

  • February Fun: Jacob Wester's Mid-Season Edit


    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    Fortunately, this winter has been better than last – that’s a sentiment held worldwide. More snow, more frequently. Thank goodness. While he could have his pick of any destination worldwide, Sweden’s Jacob Wester has mostly stayed local this winter. The winter’s been so good to Europe, why not? And despite all these years on skis, the 25-year-old is still finding ways to keep the sport and his time on the mountain fresh, exciting and challenging.

  • "Jake Blauvelt: Naturally": Five Minutes With Director Greg Martin of Friday Productions


    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    Since the beginning of the New Year, Jake Blauvelt and the Friday Productions crew have been doing what they do best: chasing snow. Never one to settle for average (terrain, angles, style, etc.) and fully healed from his injuries, Jake has been going non-stop to make sure that the film he and the crew release in Fall 2013, “Jake Blauvelt: Naturally,” meets his high standards. That said, when the director of the film, Greg Martin of Friday Productions, stopped by headquarters between trips, we decided it was a good opportunity to get an update on what’s transpired in these past two months.

  • Brazilian Wunderkind Gabriel Medina Joins Oakley's Global Surf Team


    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    In this day and age of rapid-fire information and Youtube and social media, it’s rare when a young talent seemingly appears out of thin air and in the span of a year, turns a sport on its head. That’s sort of the story of Gabriel Medina. Upon qualifying for the ASP World Tour during the 2011 mid-year shuffle (which no longer exists), he proceeded to win two events and prove that he was more than another Brazilian with a flare for airs. In the short time since, he finished in the top 10 in his first full year on Tour and was awarded the the “AI Breakthrough Performer Award” at Surfer Poll. At just 19 years of age, “Gab,” as he’s sometimes known, is already considered a world title contender.

  • Simon Dumont's Path From a Devastating Injury to the Winter X Games Podium


    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    Simon Dumont shouldn’t have been on the Superpipe podium last month in Aspen. Based on the condition of his wrists, he probably shouldn’t have had more than a commentator role at Winter X Games. Instead, there he stood on Day 2, a Bronze Medal around his neck and a left wrist wrapped in tape. There are characteristics about elite athletes that set them apart from the rest of us, and talent is just part of it. It’s also intestinal fortitude and a determination and dedication to put everything on the line. Dumont wasn’t going to sit on the sidelines despite his badly injured left wrist; that’s why he’s him and we’re us.

  • Oakley Signs Four-Time Winter X Snowboard Slopestyle Gold Medalist, Jamie Anderson


    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    It’s not every day that you sign an elite-level athlete with Jamie Anderson’s pedigree. A four-time Winter X Games gold medalist and a U.S. Olympic-hopeful, Anderson joined Oakley’s women’s snowboard team just as she was about to embark on her mission to defend her Winter X Games 16 slopestyle gold medal. She succeeded, and now she’s on to her next goal for 2013: qualifying for the top spot on the Women’s U.S. Snowboard Team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. When you’re the best in the business at what you do, you set your goals high – and you partner with companies that match those only-the-best standards.

  • Oakley Pro Bali: Making the Dream Tour a Little More Dreamy


    Posted over 1 year ago by Chasen Marshall

    When deciding on where to host its first-ever ASP World Championship Tour event, major metropolis’ weren’t part of the discussion in the Oakley war room. The “Dream Tour,” as its sometimes called, deserved to be more dreamy and the world’s best surfers deserve to gorge themselves on Nasi Goreng, Oakley brass decided. Many thanks go out to the generations of juniors for their years of recon. The Oakley World Pro Junior has been a smashing success for years, but the time and location was right to bring the world’s best surfers, the ASP World Tour, to Bali and share with the webcast-watching world what exactly Keramas is all about. We imagine it will take about two waves to understand that “world-class” is a fitting adjective for the right-hand reefbreak.