Dancing With The Athletes

 

 

Dancing With The Stars kicked off its 26th season last night with a special all-athlete cast of contestants. Though I’m not a regular viewer of the show, I had to tune in to see how Olympians like figure skaters Adam Rippon and Mirai Nigasu; NCAA Women’s Basketball champ and buzzer beater Arike Ogunbowale; Olympic gold medal winning softball pitcher Jennie Finch Daigle; and the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would fare on the dance floor.

We all know how competitive athletes are, and in fact professional and Olympic champions like Emmet Smith, Apolo Anton Ohno, and Laurie Hernandez are just a few of the athletes to have won the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy bestowed upon each season’s champion. Sheer athleticism and competitive drive, however, does not necessarily translate into the footwork, rhythm, elegance, and star quality required to win this competition. While some surprised, like the I, Tonya redeemed Tonya Harding and Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer, others disappointed like two-time world series champ Johnny Damon and two-time gold medal snowboarder Jamie Andersen, who due to an abbreviated 4-week season were sent packing after the first dance.  Read More

 

Ice Cream Headaches

 

 

All photographs by Julien Roubinet from Ice Cream Headaches

For most who envision the life of a surfer, images of board shorts and bikinis, blue waters and sunny beaches, or Hawaii and California come to mind. Unfamiliar to many however, are the intrepid surfers who call the beaches of New York and New Jersey their home break, braving the frigid winter waters of the Atlantic in thick hooded wetsuits for a few fleeting moments inside a murky barrel. Theirs is the hardcore, diverse, and vibrant cold water surfing community that is celebrated in the newly released tome, Ice Cream Headaches.
 


 
Writer Ed Thompson and photographer Julien Roubinet met surfing at Rockaway Beach and spent four years logging more than 4,000 miles from Eastern Long Island to Cape May, NJ, interviewing and photographing the surfers, shapers, artists, and documentarians who make up the scene. From local legend and Montauk fisherman Charlie Weimar; to Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Finnegan; to professional surfers with global followings such as Quincy Davis, Mikey De Temple and Balaram Stack, the New York surf community is as rich and colorful as the metropolis at its center.  Read More

 

Snow Beach

 

2018 RALPH LAUREN SNOW BEACH COLLECTION

 
Launching today is Snow Beach, a limited edition snowboarding collection by Polo Ralph Lauren that commemorates the 25th anniversary of this iconic collection’s original 1993 debut. Comprised of both reissued and reimagined styles inspired by the original collection, a color capsule is now available, with a black & white capsule coming February 1.

The original collection was inspired by the look and attitude of early 1990s when snowboard style was defined by an eclectic mix of color-blocked and graphic technical pieces. With its bold colors and signature logo, Snow Beach introduced a new vibe to the Ralph Lauren aesthetic, less gentrified and more hip hop. These pieces would become highly sought-after collector’s items, as did others in the Polo collections of that era. Read More

 

Decks of Art

 
 
ROW 1: GEORGE CONDO, SHEPARD FAIREY, KEHINDE WILEY, KAWS X KROOKED, KEITH HARING, ANDY WARHOL;  ROW 2: MARILYN MINTER, ANDY WARHOL, KENNY SCHARF, DAMIEN HIRST, DAMIEN HIRST, JEFF KOONS; ROW 3: NATE LOWMAN, ANDY WARHOL, KEITH HARING, JULES DE BALINCOURT, JOSE PARLA, GEORGE CONDO

 

Andy Warhol to Keith Haring, Jeff Koons to Damien Hirst, Jose Parla to Shepard Fairey – many of the most influential up-and-coming and established contemporary artists have turned the skateboard deck into their sporty canvas. The parameters of its oblong shape create a constant that contained within are playful decks of art, often referencing some of these artists most important works. 

For many of contemporary artists whose work started on the street, and who are often skateboarders themselves, it’s a way to stay connected to their roots. For the blue chip artists at the top of the contemporary art world, says collector and art advisor Glori Cohen, “the skateboard provides a unique cool factor at a low price point — and it’s a really fun way to collect art!” Many of her clients buy these skateboard decks for their children’s rooms. It’s real art their kids can relate to, that’s still collectible too.

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A Cavernous Journey

 
THE GATE OF SON DOONG CAVE 

 

I’ve known fashion photographer Kelly Ryerson since the beginning of this millennium, and first worked with her at Women’s Sports & Fitness magazine, where we journeyed on many an outdoor adventure. One of our most memorable was to photograph some bathing beauties in Goldbug Hot Springs, a hidden gem of a natural hot tub, bubbling along the banks of the Salmon River in the mountains of Idaho.

Hiking has always been a source of joy and solace for Kelly. As kid growing up in Austin, Texas, trekking through the woods and trails was simply the way to get to whatever watering hole she and her friends decided to cool off in that day. When faced recently with the emotional wallop and pain of a divorce, it was to hiking that Kelly returned, finding comfort in both its physicality and serenity.

Last March, Kelly embarked on an epic 5-day journey to Sơn Đoòng Cave in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, Vietnam – only just recently discovered – photographing it in these majestic images shown here. This is the story of her cavernous adventure…
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Surf Shack

 

 

“A surf shack is not built around what you think you need, so much as understanding all the things you don’t”, says writer Nina Freudenberger in the introduction to Surf Shack:Laid-Back Living by the Water, a beautiful new coffee table book that takes us inside the bungalows, trailers, cabins, and beach homes of those lucky enough to call themselves surfers. 

Surfing is a way of life reflected in the homes of those who live it. Freudenberger moved from New York City to Venice Beach, California in 2012, and became so enamored of this relaxed and easy going lifestyle she traveled to 18 cites in 4 countries to bring us inside the homes of such lifelong surfers and dedicated newcomers as: Blake and Heather Mycoskie of TOMS; hotelier Sean MacPherson and family; Jawbone founder Yves Behar and Sabrina Burell; and longboard pro Kassia Meador.

“Surfing is a natural filter for life’s nonsense”, says Freudenberger, and what these homes have in common is a style that prioritizes “ease over elegance, good vibes over any grand vision.” They are less about impressive architecture and more about cultivating truly authentic spaces that embrace the life spent in between surf sessions.

With vibrant photographs of design details and bright beaches — from Malibu to the Rockaways, from Japan to Australia — this book captures the soulful milieu of a lifestyle we all aspire to, in and out of the water. 

 

Sunday Night Sports Flix: Best of Ski

 

 

DOWNHILL RACER 1969

It’s time for another installment of Sunday Night Sports Flix. With many of us skiing over the long holiday weekend and the winter Olympics going full force, we thought the “Best of Ski” would be a timely theme. So here goes our top five — click image for preview!

Astonishing alpine locations, action-packed photography, a young Robert Redford and the gorgeous Camilla Sparv, are just a few of the visual splendors of Downhill Racer. Redford plays a ruthlessly ambitious skier competing in Europe for Olympic gold and Gene Hackman is the coach who tries to temper his narcissistic drive for glory.

 

Glen-Plake

BLIZZARD OF AAHS 1988

From from famed ski film director Greg Stump comes this iconic 80’s documentary featuring the pioneers and rockstars of extreme skiing, most notably the young mohawked Glen Plake. Most of the footage is shot at Chamonix with other main segments at Telluride and Squaw Valley.

 

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ASPEN EXTREME 1993

A goofball classic but popular favorite, Aspen Extreme is the story of two ski buddies who abandon their blue-collar world to become ski instructors in Aspen, Colorado. There they discover the playground of the rich and famous. Seduced by the skiing, wealth, and lifestyle their friendship is put to the test with surprising results.

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VALHALLA 2013

Valhalla is a modern day hippie classic. Described as “the tale of one man’s search to rediscover the freedom of his youth. Feeling the distant heat of its fire still burning in the mountains of the frozen north, he goes in search of those tending the flame—the untamed, the wild, and the outcast dwelling on the fringe.” An appropriate naked skiing sequence is one of the highlights of the movie, in addition to all the spectacularly filmed backcountry skiing.

 

FZ5.6_MC1MCCONKEY 2013

McConkey is a memoir of Shane McConkey, one of the most inspirational and influential athletes the action sports world has ever known. McConkey’s daredevil feats combined BASE jumping with skiing, but in 2009, he died while skiing in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy. After a double back flip off a cliff on skis, McConkey intended to glide away in his wing flying suit, but unable to release his skis, he was killed. Filled with incredible action, his story is told through his peers, friends and family, and most movingly by his wife.

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Girl, 17, Cycles Across U.S. in 3 Weeks

 
RUTH ORKIN IN 1947; THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT PHOTOGRAPHED BY ORKIN IN 1939

 

In 1939, a 17-year old girl living in California decided to embark on a monumental bike trip across the country. The World’s Fair in New York City was her destination. That girl was award winning photojournalist and filmmaker Ruth Orkin (1921-1985).

Orkin grew up in Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s, and at the age of 10, received her first camera, a 39¢ Univex. She began by photographing her friends and teachers at school. Obsessed with traveling after three cross country train trips with her family, she took a job as a teenager at a travel agency in 1937. When a pamphlet for American Youth Hostels arrived in the mail one day at work, offering cheap lodging and cooking facilities for travelers journeying by foot or bicycle, the call for adventure was too great to resist.
 

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PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY ORKIN AND PAGE FROM THE SCRAPBOOK SHE MADE DOCUMENTING THE 1939 BIKE TRIP. ALL CAPTIONS HANDWRITTEN BY ORKIN

 
At 16, Orkin took her first Youth Hostel trip to San Francisco, and the following year somehow convinced her parents to let her bicycle across the country. Multiple newspapers carried the story of this 17-year old on a cross country tour of U.S. Youth Hostels. While she had actually hitchhiked from LA to Chicago, and then Chicago to New York – equally adventurous and kind of crazy — Orkin later wrote in her book, A Photo Journal, published in 1981, “The bicycling was done while I was sightseeing in each city: Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Boston. I also biked the smaller distances between the four eastern cities and while hosteling through four New England states. All in all I biked a total of 2000 miles during those four months!”
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