Action Sports Articles by Date

June 2011

  • Breakthrough: Surf Team Charger Julian Wilson Claims Quiksilver Pro Portugal

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    To think that they were going to leave him out of the Tour. It seems like a distant memory now. Oakley’s star Surf Team Ripper Julian Wilson finally claimed a resounding victory at the ASP Prime Quiksilver Pro Portugal event this past weekend after a tough start to the 2011 World Tour, topping young Brazilian Gabriel Medina with a 19.37 score after a spirited final. “I am so happy,” Julian said, rocking his Oakley gear on the podium. “To put in the hard yards for this one has been unreal. I have had a mediocre start to my year and I have been working so hard to make some heats. I came off four weeks in Brazil without a strong result and I went home to reassess and do a bit of training and got really motivated. I flew over here by myself with just the goal of winning and stayed focused so it worked out.” His performance in the final was nearly flawless. Our talented Aussie racked up two excellent scores in the opening minutes to direct all the pressure on his rival. With a barrage of...

  • Cruise Control: Women’s Wake Star Amber Wing Rolls Through Colorado Pro Tour Stop

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Amber Wing is kickin’ arse and takin’ names. Oakley Women’s Wake Star continued her rampage through the Tour on her quest for another Queen of Wake Title, plowing through a talented field at PWT Stop Number Three in Colorado Spring, Colorado. As the raging winds died down and sunlight broke through, fans flocked to the shoreline to watch Amber and fellow Oakley riders throw down through multiple divisions.

  • Making History: Simon Dumont Named to First-Ever U.S. Freeskiing Olympic Halfpipe Team, Instrumental In Brand Building

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Simon Dumont is literally making U.S. Olympic Team history. On the heels of a landmark decision by the International Olympic Committee to include the sport of Halfpipe Skiing to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Oakley’s Freeski Star and X Games Gold Medalist has officially been invited to train as a member of the first-ever U.S. Freeskiing Pro Halfpipe Team. But his involvement in the sport’s breakthrough isn’t limited to throwing down in the pipe. Simon was instrumental in the development of the newly created U.S. Freeskiing Brand.

  • Jake Blauvelt Naturally: Snowboard Star Drops Episode 22 on Transworld Snowboarding Site

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    If you still don’t know Jake Blauvelt, get to know him now. Oakley’s standout Snowboard Star – who made waves with a breathtaking season of Blauvelt’s Backcountry on FUEL TV – is dropping Episode 22 of Jake Blauvelt Naturally on Transworld Snowboarding’s website. The full episode can be seen starting tomorrow on this very page (below). Until then, you can watch it on Transworld’s site.

  • Super Swede: Audacious Skier Andreas Fransson Charges Denali – Insane Faces and Blistering Altitudes

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    You think you’re bold. Meet Andreas Fransson. Oakley’s Swedish Ski daredevil recently topped his previously insane ski descent antics…by charging Denali…only the highest mountain in North America. His ascents and descents on the monster, amidst difficult conditions, took ski mountaineering to a whole new level. Peep the video…words from Teton Outer Local on the feat below!

  • Winter of Wells 22: Behind-the-Scenes Peek at Freeski Star Family Documentary

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    The Wells Brothers are obviously a big deal in the Ski industry. And Tim Pierce’s Winter of Wells series has been killing it at highlighting the charismatic and interesting family in action all year long. The series is now taking fans behind-the-scenes of a feature documentary currently being shot. And it’s looking to be pretty sick – complete with a remote control helicopter used to fly cameras into unique angles around Park City Resort in Utah.

  • Big Time: Young Snowboard Phenom Sebastien Toutant’s Video Part Hits ESPN’s Homepage

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Seb Toots: Meet the big stage. Oakley’s young snowboard star and X Games phemom just released a new video part. But this isn’t just any clip. This one hit the front page of ESPN.com today. With a wave of the new generation of snowboarders invading the scene and changing the face of the sport, it’s only appropriate that the Worldwide Leader in Sports highlight our Canadian ripper – as he’s definitely one of the faces – if not the face of the new guard.

  • Love and Guts: Oakley Skate-Art Show Drops Into Big Apple With Thrasher Magazine

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Love and Guts continues to smash its way from coast to coast. Oakley’s killer skate-art show tour dropped into NYC last Thursday night. The much anticipated Artist Collaboration with Juxtapoz Magazine creator Robert Williams – and his heavy ties to Skateboarding’s past and present – brought photography from 30 years of Thrasher Magazine to the Lower East Side.

  • Big Texas: Wake Star Amber Wing Triumphs at PWT Fort Worth Stop, Harley Clifford Grabs Second

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    The Pro Wakeboard Tour hit Texas. And as expected, it was big. Case in point: Oakley Wake Team Star Amber Wing, whose 66.77 score topped fellow O Team Ripper Nicola Butler to take command of the Pro Women’s Queen of Wake point standings (290 points). “I thought Nicola had it; I was cheering for her,” Amber said, rocking her Oakley gear and eyewear. “But I did my run, stood up both my passes and came out on top. I’m really pumped to win this tour stop.” In the Pro Men’s Division, O’s young phenom Harley Clifford threw down as always amidst a talent-packed heat in the finals – including fellow Oakley rider and rail master Oli Derome. Harley’s 95.00 score after a killer run seemed to have seal the deal. But the former King of Wake Points Leader was edged by Phil Soven, whose 95.50 narrowly took the victory.

  • Giant Froggies?! Oakley Rocks Texas Toast Jam BMX Extravaganza

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Oh, the beloved Frogskins. A timeless design that first sent shock waves through the BMX world back in the mid-80’s, the ever-popular “Froggies” are still as popular in the action sports and BMX world as they ever were. So popular, in fact, that a pair was blown up…big time…to “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” status for the Oakley-sponsored Texas Toast Jam event in Austin, Texas last week. Featuring the best riders on the Planet, including Oakley’s own BMX Star Chase Hawk (qualified in first place, finished second overall), the extravaganza was graced by dirt jumping, street events, mini contests (bunny hop high jump and rail jam) and the much-hyped, super scary ‘Gauntlet of Death’ obstacle course – plus bands, food, drinks, after parties, a video premiere and more. Sufficed to say, it absolutely went off. As a premiere obstacle in the Gauntlet of Death, the newly feared Froggies were as much of a death trap for riders as they were a super stylin’ addition to the landscape.

  • Money: O Skate Slasher Greg Lutzka Claims New York Maloof Cup, Bags Record Prize

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Cha ching. Greg Lutzka is going home with some more cash money…$160,000 to be exact. Oakley’s Skate Team Ripper scored the sport’s largest cash prize by emerging victorious at the New York Maloof Money Cup this past weekend, topping Dennis Busenitz with a frontside 270 to backside nose bluntslide to a frontside bigspin to noseslide.

  • Innovation: Oakley Team Ripper Adam Melling Breaks Down Technologically Advanced Blade Boardshorts

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    We said it before. We’ll say it again. There’s simply nothing like it in the water. Oakley’s super high-tech Blade Boardshort is changing the face of surf apparel technology for surfers all around the World. And no one knows this better than O’s own Team rippers. Enter Adam Melling. A solid force to be reckoned with on the ASP World Tour, the 2011 O’neill Cold Water Classic (New Zealand) Champion recently took the Blade for a spin. Sufficed to say, he’s reaping the rewards of rocking the most advanced gear on the Planet.

  • Fred Rubble? O Surf Team Ripper Conner Coffin Teams with Channel Islands to Drop New Board

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    You remember Fred Rubble. The dude had volume up front. And so does the new Channel Islands Board – designed with Oakley’s young team ripper Conner Coffin in mind. With more volume near the nose – which allows surfers to surf harder with their front foot – Conner’s new board is out and ready for purchase. And it has plenty more well thought out features to offer than just more foam. Peep the below video on its release:

  • Legend: Oakley Veteran Snowboarder JP Walkers’ Videoparts Celebrated on Memorial Day

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    J.P. Walker is Oakley to the core. The Snowboard Legend himself has been with the O family since the very beginning. And we have all his videoparts to prove it. Compliments of Snowboarder Magazine, who decided to celebrate Memorial Day by highlighting ‘The Don.’ Read the story at the following link and peep the below videos of JP in O goggles throughout his career! Holiday With the Don: JP Walker Memorial Day Videopart Marathon

  • In Your Face! O Snowboard Star Torstein Horgmo Plays I.Y.F. With Halldor Helgason

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Fact: Star Snowboarders don’t play H.O.R.S.E. At least Oakley’s Norwegian Ripper Torstein Horgmo doesn’t. He’s all business. So business, in fact, that when he wants to throw down head-to-head in friendly competition, he calls the game ‘In Your Face’ (we’ll make an acronym of it…I.Y.F.). He did just that with Oakley family member Halldor Helgason recently. And he has the video to prove it. There’s some sick sh** up in there.

  • The Future is Now: Oakley Pro Junior Storms Across the Globe, Showcases Surf Stars of Tomorrow

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    The future of surfing is in good hands. And Oakley is making sure of it. 2011’s Oakley Pro Junior campaign is in full swing. And from what’s already gone down thus far, it’s safe to say that this year is on track to be all-time. Each region’s most talented and dazzling young surfers have been throwing down as a preview of what’s to come in the sport. And we’re not even close to being done. With the North Stradbroke Island (Australia), Lowers (California) and Brazil stops in the books – and the coming events in Spain, Japan and France on the horizon, some of the best undiscovered rippers on the Planet are sure to surface onto center stage. All united by the love of the sport and pure stoke on Oakley.