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    Authentic Brands Group makes binding offer to acquire Boardriders


    Authentic Brands Group (ABG), a global brand development, marketing and entertainment platform that owns more than 40 lifestyle, entertainment and media brands, including Reebok, Eddie Bauer, Spyder, Volcom, Airwalk, Nautica, Prince or Sports Illustrated, announced March 31 that it had made a binding offer to acquire Boardriders, the global action ...

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    KMD Brands secures B Corp status for Rip Curl, Kathmandu, Oboz


    KMD Brands, the outdoor, lifestyle and sports company, sees all three of its brands – Kathmandu, Oboz and Rip Curl – become Certified B Corporations, becoming one of the first multinational firms in Australia and New Zealand to have all businesses individually certified. KMD Brands Group CEO Michael Daly ...

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    Elevate Outdoor Collective appoints chief operations officer


    Source: Elevate Outdoor Collective Josee Larocque Executive appointments continue at Elevate Outdoor Collective (EOC) following the group’s rebranding in 2022. Effective immediately, Josee Larocque is the company’s new chief operations officer, leading global operations from manufacturing to distribution. As a key member of the leadership team, she ...

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    Is ABG buying Boardriders?


    Jamie Salter-led Authentic Brands Group (ABG) may be on the verge of landing another big fish for its portfolio of brands. Recent developments suggest Oaktree Capital-controlled Boardriders is on the verge of selling its portfolio of largely surf-focused brands, led by Quiksilver and Billabong, and ABG appears in a position ...

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    ​SIA and SIMA announce new partnership for sustainability and climate action


    Snowsports Industries America (SIA), the trade association for the U.S. winter outdoor industry, and the Surf Industry Members Association (SIMA), the official trade association for the surf industry, have announced a partnership on sustainability and climate action in the action sports industry. The upcoming Snow and Surf Industry Sustainability Sessions ...

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    Robby Naish has sold his company


    Netherlands-based Kubus Sports, a distribution platform founded in 1970 for high-end sporting goods brands covering various niche sports, has acquired Nalu Kai Incorporated, the Maui-based operating company of the Naish brand, and its subsidiary Pacific Board Sports, Naish’s U.S. distributor. Naish is the well-known Maui-based company of ...

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    Hurley is focusing on expansion


    U.S. action sports brand Hurley is currently reporting sales growth of more than 50 percent through September 2022. The year kicked off for the brand, which was acquired by Bluestar Alliance from Nike in 2019, with the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach, the first competition it has sponsored in nearly three ...

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    D3O appoints SVP marketing, North America


    Source: D3O via ShopEatSurf Kevin Franks D3O, a U.K.-based specialist provider of impact protection solutions and materials, has appointed Kevin Franks as SVP marketing, North America. Franks joins D3O with more than two decades of marketing and brand management experience in the cycling and powersports industry, including ...

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    GoPro's subscription service surpasses two million subscribers


    GoPro, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2022, announced that its highly profitable GoPro subscription service has surpassed the two million subscriber mark. The GoPro subscription offers customers unlimited cloud storage, the ability to automatically upload footage directly from GoPro cameras to the cloud, premium editing tools in the Quik ...

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    “This is bullshit”: Burton objects to article hinting at sale of company


    Bloomberg News published an article speculating about a possible sale of Burton, without disclosing any details on the source or the potential buyer’s identities. According to Bloomberg, “the Burlington, Vermont-based company is working with an adviser on the potential sale, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing confidential ...

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    Surf Expo launches tool to help buyers, brands connect more efficiently


    Emerald’s Surf Expo watersports and coastal lifestyle marketplace is launching Surf Expo Connect in conjunction with its upcoming show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, on Sept. 8-10. Surf Expo Connect provides a seamless way for both buyers and exhibitors “to create meaningful new business connections, make ...

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    Surf Expo with more than 600 exhibiting brands in September in Orlando


    Surf Expo, the world’s largest and longest-running watersports, beach and resort lifestyle trade show, returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Sept. 8-10. According to organizers, the show will feature more than 600 exhibitors – including 150 new brands – and 18 percent more floor space than ...

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    KMD Brands updates annual guidance


    KMD Brands, formerly Kathmandu Holdings, is now forecasting total annual sales of NZ$955 to NZ$965 million (€580.7m to €586.8m) for the 12 months ending July 31 after a record performance during a winter promotional period for its Kathmandu retail operation. FY22 Ebitda, excluding one-off, non-cash items, including government subsidies, is ...

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    Liberated Brands acquires surfing brand Captain Fin


    Surf lifestyle and hardgoods brand Captain Fin Co. has been acquired by Liberated Brands, the global master licensee for Volcom and Spyder. Based in San Diego, Captain Fin has been designing and building surfboard fins, clothing and surfing accessories since 2007. Liberated Brands, which has its global headquarters in Costa ...

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    ​Wyve raises €1.1 million from BACS-Innov


    Wyve, the French maker of 3D-printed surfboards, has raised €1.1 million from BACS-Innov. Wyve was founded by Sylvain Fleury and Léo Bouffier in 2018, and is based in Anglet. BACS-Innov is an investment firm headquartered in Lyon that supports young and innovative start-ups in various sectors insofar as the investors ...

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    ​New eco-friendly eyewear brand from Switzerland


    Veteran action sports designer Tony McWilliam is the driving force behind Attika, a new eco-friendly sports eyewear manufacturer that uses only biopolymers and recycled materials instead of virgin plastic and offers a repair service and used product (end-of-life) collection. Based in Verbier, Switzerland, Attika says its management team includes seasoned ...

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    New VP of global marketing at Quiksilver


    ShopEatSurf reports that Boardriders has appointed a new VP of global marketing for Quiksilver. Bobby Gascon previously spent 13 years at Vans, where he most recently served as senior director of global marketing for Action Sports. There, he worked on key Vans projects such as the Vans Park Series and ...

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    Zumiez Q1 derailed by tough comparison, higher costs


    Operating profit slipped 98.6 percent to $497,000 against $34.3 million for the period ended April 30, as turnover fell 20.9 percent to $220.7 million versus $279.1 million. The retail operator of 741 doors worldwide, including 69 in Europe under the Blue Tomato banner, reported a net loss of $397,000 against ...

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    Notox launches surfboards made from upcycled carbon fiber and bio-resin epoxy


    The French surfboard company Notox is partnering with the epoxy resin system supplier Sicomin and Airbus to create a line of “eco-surfboards,” using post-industry carbon waste from the Airbus production in Nantes. The new R-Carbon technology boards are made from end-of-roll pieces or defective carbon fabrics that ...

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    North to step down as president of commercial strategy at Boardriders


    According to ShopEatSurf, Shannan North is retiring from his role as president commercial strategy and growth & chief brand officer at Boardriders. He had been with Billabong since 2014 and held the position at Boardriders since 2021. Boardriders CEO Arne Arens will assume North’s duties and work closely with all ...