Coming up in two days is the first edition of ‘Ombak Bali’ International surf film festival celebrating 3 days and 14 epic surf films. On Thursday November 27 the festival takes off with a special opening night screening of ‘Sliding Liberia’, this prize winning surf film/ social documentary tells the story of four young surfers travelling through the war torn west African country in search for more than perfect waves.
Besides rediscovering a world-class point break, the surfers discover things more important. Soul. Love. Life. Fiery surf flick ‘Shades of Indonesia’ by Bali based director Pete Matthews will be having it’s world premiere Friday November 28 at 21.15. Friday 28 and Saturday 29 November many more films will be having their Asian or South East Asian premiere; Mundaka, Pororoca, Thread, Three Foot Charlie, Sea Fever and more.
All films will be screened in the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel in Kuta which has one of the best beachfront locations in town. So it’s hot good surf films from all over the globe right on the beach. Check the site for all films!! Saturday 29 November Ombak Bali will close off with dj Mistral spinning some drum ‘n bass at ‘Home’ in Oberoi street, Seminyak Kuta – BALI
Celebrating 40 years of innovation and exploration, The North Face will be holding an exhibition taking a look at the mountaineering companies rich history. Since its inception in 1968, San Francisco Bay-Area based, The North Face, has long been heralded as the epitome of superb technical engineering with their cutting edge designs and timeless silhouettes. Commemorating 40 triumphant years in the industry, The North Face will be holding an exhibition titled “Do More With Less” opening up November 28th, 2008 until December 3rd at Spiral Garden in Tokyo. The show will feature nostalgic print work following the companies history as well as limited edition merchandise.
At the upcoming Gallery 3850 as part of Design Miami/2008, look for industrial Israeli designer Elad Barouch to present his See Saw Bike. While you need to find somebody of approximately the same weight to make things balance out, you’re pretty much stuck on the spot. Design Miami/2008 takes place from December 3rd to 6th. For more information check out DesignMiami.com.
Kicking off their “Made for Skate” campaign, the Nike SB Camp sets sail in Amsterdam. Showcasing the rich history of skateboarding footwear, “Made for Skate” captures Nike SB’s reign over the skate world within the past few years. The show will lead up to the release of a pop-up store launching the “Made for Skate” book as well as a super limited run of 24 “Made for Skate” Nike SB Blazers. The show will open November 30th until January 4th, 2009.
Made for Skate Exhibition
Spuistraat 125a, Amsterdam
Mid Atlantic snowboard company Monument link up with New York based artist Krink aka Craig Costello on a snowboard. The board features Krink’s signature paint drip style along a blank grey base and image of one of KRINKS ink pens. The limited edition piece is part of Monuments BlackBlack series with a 100% poplar wood core. The Monument x KRINK snowboard is now available at colette.
Krooked Skateboards and iconic pro skater Mark Gonzalez will be hooking with with mixed media artists the Clayton Brothers on a set of skate decks. The two piece set will feature original artwork as part of the Krooked Guest Artist Series. Limited to only 300 pieces, the decks will see a release at select Krooked stockists while 25 hand signed pieces will receive even more stenciling by the Clayton Brothers as well as a letter of authenticity, hardware and special mount.
If the traditional way of warming up while wearing a wetsuit doesn’t appeal to you then you’ll definitely like the new H-Bomb wetsuits from Rip Curl. They feature a non-metallic carbon-fiber heating element built into the back of the suit that’s coupled with a high-stretch titanium lining that reflects the heat from the elements onto your body. The heating element is powered by 2 lithium ion batteries that weight about 120 grams and are carried in the lower back. The batteries take about 3 hours to recharge and provide about 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours of heating depending on the intensity level you use.
All of the electronics were co-developed with a waterproof camera housing manufacturer to ensure they could handle any conditions, and in the worst case scenario the batteries aren’t strong enough to deliver a charge that would present any danger to a healthy person. The suit also features a waterproof power and settings switch on the outside which allows the wearer to adjust the intensity of the heating element whenever they want.
Just in time for winter Danny!
Oakley and Surfline announced their free app: Surf Report.
There’s only one other surf-forecasting app, GreenRoom Surf Forecasts, available today and it costs $2.99. It’s limited to spots in California, but you can get a seven-day forecast whereas Surf Report only provides up to three days. However, Oakley’s app is free and you can’t beat that.
With Surfline powering the Oakley app, surfers now have access to spots all over the world with vital stats like air temp, water temp, tide charts, swell breakdown, wind, sunrise/sunset and a brief synopsis for each spot. Projected conditions and weather are provided for the following three days as well. Using the GPS coordinates of your iPhone you can see what’s going on at a handful of spots near you that are within a certain distance that you set.
Driving directions are also included via map links in case you’re going somewhere new. All of the beaches are well known, so the few hidden spots that are left in the world won’t be revealed, but this will surely bring on another wave of iPhone toting kooks to the already crowded lineups.
A community tab launches news surrounding Oakley team riders, profiles, photos and videos for those interested.
Inspired by movie badass “Steve McQueen, science fiction, mechanical beauties and the great tradition of French luxury”, Les Ateliers Ruby is a collection of helmets offering a new perspective on visual graphics for helmets. Headed by Jérôme Coste, each helmet features a high-tech engineering process to ensure the utmost protection as well as details including nappa leather lining and metal emblems. In addition to their general releases comes some artist designed helmets by the way of Honet (HNT).
Coming off their forest camouflage project, American snowboard giant Burton hook up with high profile artist Futura on a second set of snowboard under garments. Consisting of a top and bottom, the pieces combine Burton’s superb quality apparel with a pixelated print done up by the New York based graf legend. With Winter already upon us, look for this set to drop at select Burton retailers in the near future.