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    Vans' Product Chief departs


    Marissa Pardini, Vans’ Chief Product and Merchandising Officer, has announced her departure from the brand by the end of March. This follows a series of turnovers within VF Corp. Pardini, who joined Vans in December 2022 after a decade with the company and a stint at sister brand The North ...

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    ​Smith with new sales team for German market


    After a long-standing and successful sales partnership with three agencies in Germany, eyewear and helmet specialist Smith, part of Safilo Group, is opening the next chapter for the brand in the German market. Therefore, the brand has welcomed Michael Horstmann and Florian Krach to its sales force. A particularly strong ...

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    Blue Tomato expands presence in Italy: three new stores opened


    After entering the Italian market with the opening of its very first store in Trento last May, Austria-based board sports and lifestyle specialist Blue Tomato, part of US-based Zumiez, has opened three more stores in Milan, Bergamo and Udine before the end of 2023. With over 850 employees and more ...

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    Refurbed expands into the second-hand sporting goods market


    Founded in Vienna in 2017, the Refurbed scaleup has already established itself in seven European markets, including Austria, Germany, Sweden and Italy, by reselling reconditioned second-hand technology, especially computers, tablets and smartphones. At the end of 2022, the marketplace also began offering reconditioned city bikes and e-bikes in Germany, followed ...

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    Maui Jim and Red Bull sign 3-year partnership for action sports events


    Maui Jim has announced that it has signed a three-year partnership with Red Bull for the “co-creation” of a series of action sports events. The Red Bull-branded events, focused on skateboarding and watersports, include Boarding Pass and Terminal Takeover (skate, New Orleans), Magnitude (surf, Hawaii), Cope‘n’waken (wakeboard, Copenhagen, Denmark), King ...

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    Action sports veteran Shaun Neff joins X Games Ownership Group


    Entrepreneur and founder of Neff Headwear, Shaun Neff, announced that he has officially joined sports and entertainment brand X Games Ownership Group as an investor and advisor to accelerate the brand’s expansive strategy. In addition to the annual Winter and Summer Games, X Games plans to expand its events and ...

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    Globe spinning in right direction with shift in focus


    Globe Intl., bolstered by a shift in key product focus to footwear and apparel, generated improved H1 results that included stronger profitability and cash flow from operations for the six months ended Dec. 31. The Aussie group reported a net profit of A$4.9 million (€3.0m) against a loss of A$0.2 ...

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    Burton receives B Corp recertification


    Burton has announced its successful recertification as a Certified B Corporation, a widely recognized accolade that sets the gold standard for businesses committed to making a positive impact. To maintain its B Corp certification, Burton undergoes a thorough B Impact Assessment process every three years. This assessment evaluates various aspects, ...

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    Jones Snowboards gets Fair Trade Certification


    Jones Snowboards has set a groundbreaking standard for the industry by announcing that its upcoming 2024/25 snowboards and split boards will carry the Fair Trade Certified label. This distinction positions Jones as the pioneer among ski and snowboard hardgoods brands to secure certification from the non-profit organization Fair Trade USA. ...

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    Zumiez updates quarter-to-date sales


    Zumiez, the parent of the Blue Tomato retail chain, reported a 4.2 percent increase in international net sales, consisting of revenues generated in Europe and Australia, for the nine weeks ended Dec. 30. However, comparable international sales were down 4.2 percent for the period. Group sales fell by 6.6 percent ...

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    Authentic partners with BBC Int'l for DC Shoes in USA, Canada


    Authentic Brands Group has partnered with Florida-based BBC International for its skateboarding, snowboarding and street lifestyle brand DC Shoes. Under this agreement, BBC will handle the global design, wholesale distribution and sourcing of DC Shoes footwear and snowboard boots in the US and Canada. BBC is a full-service footwear company ...

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    Blue Tomato expands “Rent Your Ride” rental service


    Action sports and lifestyle retailer Blue Tomato is expanding its offer to rent selected products such as snowboards, splitboards, boots and bindings. As part of the “Blue Tomato Rent Your Ride” service, customers can obtain advice on the products in several stores in Germany and Austria and then rent them. ...

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    Rip Curl to expand its retail presence in Spain


    Rip Curl, part of KMD Brands, is planning to expand its retail presence in Spain in partnership with the El Corte Inglés department stores, according to Modaes. Spain is Rip Curl’s second European market after France. The brand currently has three stores in Spain, where it also sells its products ...

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    Global skateboard market to grow at a CAGR of 3.5% to 2030


    The global skateboard market size is expected to reach $4.25 billion by 2030, marking a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.5 percent from 2023 to 2030, according to a new study by Research and Markets. Growth is fueled by an increasing interest in newer sports and an inclination toward ...

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    Surf Expo announces diverse exhibitor list for January show


    US-based trade show organizer Emerald announced that Surf Expo, returning to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, on Jan. 10-12, will feature a diverse lineup of more than 700 exhibitors. The list also includes nearly 100 new brands in the surf, bluewater, boutique, coastal gift, footwear, paddle, resort, ...

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    Amplid takes an artistic turn


    German snowboard company Amplid has announced a collaboration with US-based artist Justin Moll a.k.a Dr. Wolfenbergen hailing from greater Philadelphia. The collab sees Amplid’s Singular and Singular Twin models adorned with the artist’s Lo-Fi and rough aesthetic style work. Video: Dr. Wolfenbergen Art Collab ...

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    Zumiez braces for FY loss despite higher Blue Tomato sales


    Zumiez is now forecasting a full-year net loss and annual sales to fall more than 8 percent after reporting a net loss of $2.23 million against a profit of $6.9 million in Q3 ended Oct. 28. The operating loss was $157,000 against $10.4 million as gross margin contracted 70 basis ...

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    Snowboard brand Forum returns to Europe


    Austrian board sports and lifestyle specialist Blue Tomato, part of the portfolio of US retailer Zumiez since 2012, is exclusively bringing the snowboards and snow and streetwear from US company Forum back to Europe. The brand went off the market in 2014 and relaunched exclusively online in 2022 in the ...

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    GoPro hires SVP of Engineering


    GoPro has appointed Vince Nakayama as Senior Vice President of Engineering, effective immediately. Nakayama will provide strategic leadership for GoPro’s entire engineering organization, including hardware, software and cloud. He has extensive experience in creating value at the intersection of hardware, software and user experience, most recently as Vice President of ...

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    H&M Move releases lower-cost performance range for snow sports


    The sportswear brand of fashion retailer H&M – H&M Move – has released a lower price point performance range, the Snow Collection. The multifunctional technical apparel is designed to “help more people find a route to the snow in 2023 and beyond.” Source: H&M Move “By ...