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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W.O.W! Working Out With Bob Harper

 

 

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On January 31st of last year, day 31 of my 31 Days of Fitness challenge, I worked out with Bob Harper for the grand finale. Bob is one of the most famous trainers and personalities in the fitness industry, having starred on “The Biggest Loser” for 17 seasons. The workout did not disappoint. Bob lived up to his all-star billing, pushing my body beyond what I thought it was capable of in a high intensity circuit workout that kicked my butt after 1 round. Relentless but nurturing he kept me going for 3 more — dropping my time with each round.

12 days later Bob suffered a massive heart attack on the floor of that very same gym.

Bob calls it “the heart attack heard round the world”. It was the top story on every entertainment program, morning television, and the evening news. The last thing you ever expect is for one of the world’s most famous trainers to have a heart attack. Bob had what is known as a “widow maker”, which usually has about a 6% rate of survival. He credits the doctors who happened to be at the gym that day. and the AED (defibrillator) on the premises, for saving his life. He has since said he won’t ever work out at a gym that doesn’t have one.

When Bob woke up from a coma in the hospital two days later, he had no recollection of what had happened, nor anything about that day. He confessed recently he didn’t remember our workout or how we had met, as his short term memory was affected by the heart attack. Since then, however, he has been making steady progress, documenting on social media what has been both a physical and emotional journey back to health. Confronting his mortality and the realization that despite his physical fitness he could not avoid his family history of heart disease has been extremely challenging. His mother died of a heart attack and his priorities have shifted dramatically. He doesn’t sweat the small stuff, and he doesn’t sweat the big stuff either.
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Time For A SUPgrade

 

 

If you’ve been into Stand Up Paddleboarding for a while now — preferring the serene waters of the bay or lake over ocean waves, but still riding a traditional surfboard shaped SUP — it might be time to graduate to a race or touring board. With a nose shaped more like a kayak, called a “displacement hull”, these sleek and streamlined boards are designed to go fast and straight, cutting though choppy waters and gliding with ease.

Touring boards are generally more stable and are wider than race boards, designed for recreational paddlers, while race boards tend to be narrower, designed for more advanced and competitive paddlers. Touring boards come in a variety of different lengths, while race boards are either 12’6 or 14 ft. 

As we kick off the second half of the summer and head into those beautiful fall months ahead, here are 6 of our favorite race and touring boards to take your paddling to the next level.

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FROM LEFT: BARK CONTENDER LITE PRO ELITE 12’6. Joe Bark is one of the most respected paddleboard designers, and more races have been won on Bark boards than any other brand. The new Bark Contender Lite is a reflection of the shift in design towards lower-volume, narrower boards. It’s fast and responsive, and the ideal choice for the experienced paddler looking for the playfulness of a lower-volume 12’6″ board that can handle any variety of conditions.

STARBOARD ALL STAR CARBON 2017. The Starboard All Star has long dominated the racing scene. Available in 12’6 or 14′ and a variety of widths, it offers performance, comfort and stability with its recessed deck and tri-concave bottom.  The All Star comes in a more expensive lightweight carbon sandwich construction that flexes with each stroke, or a hybrid carbon that’s slightly heavier, but more durable. Flat water, choppy, or in the surf, it’s a versatile favorite in any condition. Read More

 

Team Players

 

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Varsity style gets a little fashion edge with these sporty pieces.

Graphic monochromes and contrasting black & whites keep it chic and sophisticated no matter the game at hand. 

 
LEFT COLUMN: LNDR VARSITY STRETCH KNIT T-SHIRT $120. Keep your cool in LNDR’s marled ‘Varsity’ T-shirt, made with quick-drying, breathable, stretch tech-knit, with seam-free finish for extra comfort. DIADORA GAME L HIGH WAXED $74.99. An old school classic, shoot some hoops or hit the streets in these 70’s inspired Diadora high tops. VALENTINO PANTHER-MOTIF BOMBER JACKET $7400. Go Panthers! You’ll be the ultimate team player, day or night, in this Valentino varsity-inspired, wool and cashmere-blend bomber jacket. 

CENTER COLUMN: NIKE VERSA DRI-FIT CROPPED JERSEY SWEATSHIRT $65. Look cool and stay cool in this sexy cropped Nike sweatshirt. With an abstract graphic swoosh, it’s made for performance with Dri-Fit sweat-wicking technology. ADIDAS ORIGINALS EQT BLOCKED LEGGINGS $35. Inspired by the 90’s adidas Equipment line, these EQT leggings bring a modern edge to a sporty look. Diagonal 3-stripe motif boldly accents the ankle. PUMA TRAINING PWRSHAPE FOREVER LOGO BRA TOP $28. Adorned with the Puma cat, this sport bra has the style and support for all your high-impact activities.
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The Illustrated Summer Essentials Guide

 

 

AT TEE OFF OR TEA TIME…

HIT THE LINKS IN TORY SPORT TECH KNIT RIBBED SWEATER & PRINTED GOLF PANTS (LEFT),
PERFORMANCE JACQUARD DRESS (RIGHT)

 
Midway through the summer with many sunshine filled days still to come,  your must have sporty essentials come to life in the illustrations of Ferdinand van Alphen, aka @Ferdinand.ink. We featured his work a few weeks ago in our Wimbledon Top 10 feature. Regardless the topic, which here again he turns to sport, Ferdinand’s whimsical drawings are always lighthearted and playful – guaranteed to put a smile on your face. On the links, in the pool, on the court and more, here’s your style guide to get in the game.
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Trading Places: Michelle Wie & Genie Bouchard

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANNE MENKE

When two of the biggest stars in tennis and golf, Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard and Michelle Wie respectively, met for the first time last week, you would have thought they were lifelong friends. Both Nike athletes, they had been brought together for a promotional event and quickly hit it off, literally, hitting golf and tennis balls, and exchanging coaching tips. Their rapport was instant and their ability to pick up each other’s sport didn’t lag too far behind.

Korean-American Michelle Wie, 27 years old, has been on the LPGA tour since just before her 16th birthday and is currently #34 in the Rolex Ranking. Though at age 10 she became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship, Wie actually had dreams of becoming a professional tennis player. This phenom’s golf game was better than her tennis game, however, and so the clubs beat the racquet. Wie won her first major at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. Though she doesn’t get much of a chance to play tennis these days, after a few pointers from Genie, she quickly showed she’s still got some game.

Canadian Genie Bouchard, 23 years old, is currently ranked 57th in the WTA and has been a force to contend with since she hit the tour: named WTA Newcomer of the Year in 2013 and WTA Most Improved Player in 2014. She was the 2014 Wimbledon runner-up, and semi-finalist in both the Australian and French Open that same year. Though Bouchard has virtually no golf experience, she was swinging like a pro after just a few tips from Michelle.
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Summer Reading

 

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From new bestsellers to old classics, hanging on the beach or

curled up on the porch, here is your sporty summer reading list for 2017! Baseball, football, basketball, tennis and more, we’ve got all your favorite sports covered with enticing reads — even if you’re not a sports fan.

 

THE CUBS WAY:

The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball

and Breaking the Curse

By Tom Verducci (2017)

 
After 108 years, it finally happened. This New York Times bestseller tells the tale of the 2016 Chicago Cubs and their transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball. With inside access and reporting, Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and FOX Sports analyst, Tom Verducci, reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team to break the longest championship drought in sports, chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions.
 

PAPER LION: 

Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback

By George Plimpton (1966)

 
The book for which perhaps George Plimpton was best known, Paper Lion set the bar for participatory sports journalism. With his characteristic wit, Plimpton recounts his experiences in talking his way into training camp with the Detroit Lions, practicing with the team, and taking snaps behind center. His breezy style captures the pressures and tensions rookies confront, the hijinks that pervade when sixty high-strung guys live together in close quarters, and a host of football rites and rituals. One of the funniest and most insightful books ever written on football, Paper Lion is a classic look at the gridiron game.

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W.O.W! Working Out With Lucy Sykes

 
LUCY SYKES AND YOUR EDITOR, CLAUDIA LEBENTHAL, GETTING OUR SWEAT ON AT FLYBARRE

 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY MAGGIE MANN

Fitness Junkie is an irresistibly fun novel set in the fitness landscape of NYC, that takes a hysterical look at our body obsessed culture. Written by fashion veteran Lucy Sykes, and award winning journalist Jo Piazza, bestselling authors of The Knockoff, the book tells the story of Janey Sweet, CEO of a couture wedding dress company, whose fat-phobic business partner gives her an ultimatum to lose weight or lose her job.

On a mission to drop 30 lbs. fast, Janey throws herself into the boutique fitness scene: sweating it out at “Soarbarre”, primal screaming at “The Workout”, and going topless at “Nipple Yoga”. Though the comparison to many popular workouts may seem obvious, Lucy Sykes swears the similarities are purely coincidental. Nevertheless, the spoof leaves readers speculating about who’s really who, and makes Fitness Junkie a page-turning romp through the crazy landscape of our weight consumed society.

We caught up with Sykes at an “Abs & Arms” class at FlyBarre, her go-to workout of choice, for a special Fitness Junkie class. Wearing Fitness Junkie tees made for the occasion, we sweated together through this fast-paced, body-sculpting barre class that incorporated weights, resistance bands, and core balls. After class, with Sykes rushing to the next stop on her promotional tour, we jumped in a taxi and found the nearest brownstone steps to chat about her inspiration for Fitness Junkie.
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