Quick: What’s “short, funny and frothing”, and currently reigns as the NSSA High School State Champ?
That would be none other than San Clemente High School’s Shaw Kobayashi.
But State Champ is just one of many victories. Shaw has earned in his impressive 10-year competitive career. However, it’s the title of being a top ranking ASP pro surfer that currently has Shaw’s full attention. Which is exactly what his team managers and coaches are positioning him for. (more…)
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This past Saturday dished out some killer jams and sick shredding at the Roxy Chicken Jam held at Mammoth Mountain. A free Santogold and Cold War Kids concert, combined with a few solid days of riding at Mammoth, topped off with a cush ride in the Spy Optic van, made the trek from San Diego to Mammoth a pretty sweet little journey.
Although the snow was a little slushy, the free concert at the Village at Mammoth more than made up for its mediocrity. The packed crowd brought a great mountain town dynamic to the outdoor show with a heaping portion of dancing boots, sparklers and Coors heavy. Santogold kicked it up with some stage diving action, her infamous metallic backup dancers, and a sexually ambiguous character in a panda hat. After Santogold hyped up the dance crowd, the Cold War Kids turned up the rock factor with killer energy and heavy keys. It’s safe to say the show’s energy and large crowd size made for pretty sparse slopes the next morning. Not that I was awake to witness this first hand, but I could only imagine. Above is a little taste of the Cold War Kids. Sorry about the video quality; dancing and filming make a poor combination sometimes.
Check out the event photos after the jump. (more…)
Further proving he’s cool like that, President Obama invited RVCA founder and CEO PM “Pat” Tenore and several other small business owners to the White House this month to discuss strategies aimed toward helping small businesses. Pat was gracious enough to provide an in depth rundown of his visit, including President Obama’s strong interest in Kelly Slater’s tour standings after the recent Australian contests. (more…)
This Saturday is all about fresh powder, killer contest action and the Cold War Kids…for free! Tomorrow is the return of the Roxy Chicken Jam at Mammoth Mountain, and with a free Santogold and Cold War Kids show, you better believe more than a few of us are packing our boards and heading East to get in on the action. With the past week’s Spring storm bringing in 14″ of new snow, added to two bands that are guarenteed to put on a killer show at a Roxy event, missing out on a sunny beach weekend won’t induce any tears this time. Can’t make the trek? Check back in a few days, and if you’re lucky, you might get a peak at the fun you missed out on.