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Best Super Bowl Commercials of 2018

February 5th, 2018 Posted by action sports, general interest, video No Comment yet
Every year during the Superbowl we here at Lee and London look forward to the best part of the game: the commercials. This year was a pretty good year for commercials, with many standout ads from Tide and M&Ms to the NFL’s “Dirty Dancing” remake with Giants QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham.  We all sat down with coffee this morning and took a poll and this year our unequivocal favorite commercial was the hilarious  ‘Alexa Loses Her Voice.’   What can we say, we love us some Carli B.

Take a look at some of this year’s top ads and tell us your favorite! (more…)

World Skateboarding Federation Donates Decks to South African Youth

March 2nd, 2017 Posted by action sports, client news, general interest, nonprofit, skateboarding No Comment yet

Client World Skateboarding Federation began it’s 2017 Africa Skate Project program in South Africa this week, which reaches out to kids in poor areas to offer free skate clinics and mentoring. In addition, WSF gave away complete decks to the kids in attendance. Over the next few months over 100 decks will be given to kids at ASP stops across South Africa.

Skateboarding has been shown to keep kids off the street and away from crime.  It develops positive traits including perseverance and creativity. The South African government has been active in seeking to expand the opportunities to expose kids to skateboarding.

The largest success story to demonstrate this concept is the Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley, California which was built to house the World Skateboarding Championships and then to serve as a year-round free public skate park. Studies by researchers at area universities as to the skate park’s impact have been overwhelmingly positive.  To keep up to date with WSF news and activities, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Client WSF Announces Construction of New Skatepark in Montreal’s Famed Olympic Park

July 22nd, 2016 Posted by action sports, client news, general interest, Olympics, press release, Public relations, skateboarding No Comment yet

New Skatepark will Host the 2017 Canadian Skateboarding Championships

World Skateboarding Federation and Olympic Park officials announced today a partnership to build a new world class skatepark in Montreal, Canada in Olympic Park, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.  The state-of-the-art park is planned to host future national and international skateboarding events, including the 2017 Canadian Skateboarding Championships. (more…)

International Surfing Day

June 19th, 2015 Posted by action sports, general interest, Surf No Comment yet

ISD-june-20Adios, spring. Aloha, summer!

On Saturday, June 20th, the 11th annual International Surfing Day will be celebrated around the world. The unofficial observance, which was founded by Surfing Magazine and the Surfrider Foundation, has become a global event held to mark the beginning of summer.

As much as surfing has given to us, it is appropriate that we return the favor.

Surfers of different styles, language, race, age and skill will grab their sticks and head down to their local watering hole in celebratory fashion. More than 30 countries this year will attend parties, contests, fundraisers, film screenings and educational beach clean-ups all in the name of honoring the past, present and future of surfing.

How are you celebrating ISD?

Below is a list of a few west coast events happening.

Huntington Beach, CA: An epic World Record attempt is in the forecast tomorrow as riders will look to successfully ride the largest surfboard ever! There will be a beach-wide cleanup, live music and various other giveaways to follow. Sure to be a solid afternoon!

San Diego, CA: Free outdoor movie screening of 5 Summer Stories at Veteran’s Plaza in Ocean Beach; plus games, raffle prizes, pizza and popcorn. Also, “Why I Love The Ocean!” video contest entries shown.

San Clemente, CA: O’Neill beach cleanup at San Clemente Pier followed by a community-wide expression session

San Francisco, CA: Aqua Surf Shop screening of Andrew Kidman’s newest flick, Spirit of Alaska and live music to follow featuring Kidman’s band, The Independent.

Encinitas, CA: Wax Research Inc. / Sticky Bumps hosting beach-wide cleanup at Beacons Beach with bagels, coffee and complimentary wax.

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Sikk Shades Inaugural Summer Surf Series: The Bro-Mo Tour

June 19th, 2015 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events, general interest, Surf No Comment yet

IMG_2103All summer long we are teaming up with our client, Sikk Shades, as we will be hosting the inaugural Bro-Mo Tour. We will be cruising up and down Highway 101 searching for the next best talent.

For the first stop of the Tour, we nestled onto Pipes Beach in Encinitas. The punchy beach break offered stellar knee to chest high sets, which resulted in an all-around fun morning surf. (more…)

Dropping in: First-Ever U.S. Skateboarding Championships are under way

June 5th, 2015 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events, skateboarding No Comment yet

It has been over 20 years since a true national skateboarding contest — one that isn’t invite only — was held in the U.S.

World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) – the leading global skateboarding events management company — has partnered with leading independent skate shops across the nation. Eleven regional qualifying contests will be held in 11 cities this summer culminating in the first-ever U.S. Skateboarding Championships in Washington, D.C. Saturday, August 29. The total prize purse is $36,000 with $2,000 up for grabs at each regional qualifier.

1. Rhythm Skate Shop — Dallas, TX — June 20 WINNER: TAYLOR BRAY

2. PITCREW Skateboards — Frederick, MD — July 18

3. Hazard County Skate Park — McDonough, GA — July 18

4. Escapist Skate Shop — Kansa City, MO — July 19

5. Pharmacy Skate Shop– Los Angeles, CA — July 20

6. Pharmacy Skate Shop — Las Vegas, NV — July 20

7. Uprise Skateboards — Lake Bluff, IL — July 25

8. Shrunkenheads Skateboards — Sandy, OR — July 25

9. 3rd Lair Skatepark — Golden Valley, MN — July 26

10. KCDC Skate Shop — Brooklyn, NY — August 1

11. Skate Works Skate Shop — San Jose, CA — August 7

12. Washington D.C. — FINALS

The winner from each stop will earn themselves an automatic bid in the finals. The Finals at the nation’s capital will earn the chance to compete against the world’s best skaters, from over 50 countries, in the Skateboarding World Championships. This year’s world championships will be held at the Kimberley Diamond Cup in South Africa, Oct. 7-10.

Find a skate shop near you and be sure to come out. It is going to be an eventful summer and we are psyched to be a part of the madness. We’ll see you out there!

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Sikk Shades by Eddie Bauer Jr to Sponsor TransWorld Skateboarding’s ‘Come Up Tour’

May 5th, 2015 Posted by action sports, client news, Fashion, festivals & events, general interest, press release, Public relations, skateboarding No Comment yet

Third annual skate contest series will cover six cities in six weeks

(Houston, TX—May 6, 2015) Sikk Shades® – a new line of performance eyewear for the action sports market – is proud to sponsor TransWorld’s Come Up Tour. Starting May 9, the third annual amateur skate contest series will be touring the U.S. for six weeks in a row in search of the nation’s best unsponsored skateboarders. The tour will be stopping in major skate cities including Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, Nashville, Milwaukee, Portland and San Diego.  (more…)

Skateboarding World Championships Return to South Africa

February 27th, 2015 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events, general interest, press release, skateboarding No Comment yet

Skateboarding World Championships Return to South Africa Oct. 7-10  

For the first time, top finishers of international and U.S. contests, including Dew Tour, X Games, U.S. Skateboarding Championships and Street League, to earn spots in World Championships

(Sacramento, Calif. – February 24, 2015) – World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) announced today that Kimberley, South Africa will once again host the Skateboarding World Championships, October 7-10, 2015. Thirty-eight countries and 250 skateboarders competed at last year’s event where Brazilian Kelvin Hoeffler beat some of the top names in skateboarding including Nyjah Huston, Tommy Fynn and Louie Lopez, to claim the world champion street title and a piece of skateboarding’s largest prize purse: $500,000.

This year’s Skateboarding World Championships are expected to draw the largest international field of any skate contest in history, with skaters from at least 50 countries expected to compete in five world championship events, including the Women’s Street Championships, Vert Championships, Big Air Championships, Rider Cup Team Championships and Men’s Street Championships.

This year for the first time, the Skateboarding World Championships will extend invitations to the top finishers of notable international contests like the Mystic Cup, Copenhagen Pro, the Turkish Skateboarding Championships, Bryggeriet Malmo and others around the world. Top finishers from U.S. contests, including X Games, Dew Tour, U.S. Skateboarding Championships and Street League, will also earn spots in the Skateboarding World Championships.

Photo Sam ClarkThe 2015 Skateboarding World Championships will be held at the Kimberley Diamond Cup presented by Kumba Iron Ore, which runs from Wednesday, October 7 – Saturday, October 10 in Kimberley, South Africa. The vert and street contests are held at the permanent, state-of-the-art Kumba Skate Plaza that was built for the contests and subsequently donated to the community. The Plaza saw more than 14,000 visitors in 2014, not including the over 20,000 who attended last year’s five-day Kimberley Diamond Cup and Skateboarding World Championship events.

The World Skateboarding Federation (WSF) has sanctioned the World Skateboarding Championships and will provide financial assistance to help pay for travel expenses for skaters in countries without government, corporate or federation support.

In the U.S., it’s typically the sponsors who pay for the skateboarders to travel, but in the rest of the world it doesn’t work that way, according to Tim McFerran, CEO of World Skateboarding Grand Prix, who is also on the board of the newly created World Skateboarding Federation.

“It became evident to us last year that there is a lack of organization, funding and resources in many countries in getting their top skateboarders to international events,” McFerran said. “We are still in the beginning stages of developing a worldwide contest circuit that feeds into one final, year-end cumulative contest, the Skateboarding World Championships, and we have made amazing progress and received worldwide support for what we are trying to do. In addition to the international, country, regional and the invite-only U.S. contests, we anticipate that we will have at least 50 countries represented in the Skateboarding World Championships in South Africa this year. If you’re a top skater in your country then you deserve to be in the world championships, and with the support of the World Skateboarding Federation we will ensure you are able to get to South Africa to represent your country.”

Turkish skateboarder Cenk Kulioglu was one of 35 international skaters who received financial assistance for travel expenses from the World Skateboarding Federation in order to compete in last year’s Skateboarding World Championships.

“I was chosen from Turkey, to go to South Africa to participate in the Kimberley Diamond Cup in 2014. It was the most amazing experience I have ever had,” said Kulioglu. WSGP puts on the biggest contests in the world and has the biggest prize purse. The format is the best and most exciting in skateboarding. When I got there I realized how professional a skateboard contest can be. Everything was perfect. It was always my childhood dream to take part in a contest this big. To be part of the Skateboarding World Championships and to have it broadcasted around the world was a dream come true. I’d like to say thanks to World Skateboarding Federation for making it possible for me to be there!”

In addition to providing funding for top skaters to get to major events like the Skateboarding World Championships, WSF is also committed to providing leadership and direction, to link up with and establish national skateboarding federations and assist with building quality skate parks around the world.

For more information on the Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup visitwww.worldskateboardinginternational.com and www.kimberleydiamondcup.com.  For information on the World Skateboarding Federation visit www.worldskateboardingfederation.org.

About World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP)

World Skateboarding Grand Prix is the global leader in skateboarding event management. WSGP hosts world-class skateboarding events globally with a commitment to help stimulate local economies through tourism and support youth development, especially those in underserved or impoverished communities. For the latest news and information on the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup as well as other upcoming World Skateboarding Grand Prix events, including the U.S. Skateboarding Championships and the Turkish Skateboarding Championships, visitwww.worldskateboarding.com or check out our corporate site at www.worldskateboardinginternational.com.

About World Skateboarding Federation (WSF)

World Skateboarding Federation is the leader in providing skateboarders around the world with funds to help pay for travel expenses to attend international contests. WSF actively donates skateboards to youth in poverty stricken areas and supports worthwhile skateboarding organizations like Skateistan in South Africa. WSF is currently working with a number of countries, providing leadership and expertise, to help them form national federations. The mission of the World Skateboarding Federation is to promote skateboarding around the world; to grow and connect relevant skateboarders, organizations, brands and manufacturers for the further expansion of skateboarding; to assist in building quality skateparks; to provide financial assistance to top skateboarders to attend international skateboarding contests; to create a centralized judging and scoring system; and to provide a platform to create national, regional and local contests. World Skateboarding Federation is a USA incorporated nonprofit 501-c-3 organization. For more information visit www.worldskateboardingfederation.org.

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Introducing Sikk Shades®: The New Standard in Performance Eyewear

February 27th, 2015 Posted by action sports, client news, Fashion, general interest, Public relations, skateboarding, Surf No Comment yet

Introducing Sikk Shades®: The New Standard in Performance Eyewear

Flash Electric™ Lens Technology Outperforms Polarized, Gives Athletes Clearer Vision and Better Depth Perception; Perfectly Balanced Frame Offers Better Fit and Embedded Non-Slip Nose Grip for All Day Wear

(Houston, TX—February 26, 2015) Sikk Shades® – a new line of performance eyewear for the action sports market – officially launches today. Developed by former Pro BMX Rider Eddie Bauer Jr., along with some of the industry’s top eyewear designers, Sikk Shades’ flagship frames, the Huckleberry and Qualifier (starting at $119.99) are now available online and in select retailers nationwide. Created specifically for athletes, and designed to withstand harsh weather and extreme conditions, Sikk Shades offer clearer vision and better depth perception than traditional polarized glasses, as well as a better fit and a non-slip, embedded nose grip for all-day wear and comfort.

Sikk Shades’® lenses utilize Flash Electric™ technology, which blocks short-wave light –  the harmful light that leads to eye damage –  and allows ample amounts of long-wave light in. This allows the wearer to avoid the distortion and depth perception issues common in most polarized lenses, while providing clear and unobstructed vision, a huge advantage if you’re on the track or hitting the slopes.

Each pair of Sikk Shades® features a non-slip nose grip embedded into the frame, keeping the glasses securely in place while athletes sweat, experience extreme weather and manage harsh terrain. The durable frames are made by one of Italy’s most respected, independent eyewear manufacturers and are perfectly balanced and weighted to fit better, without the painful pressure points behind the ear – allowing for all day wear and comfort.

“As a former pro BMX/Motorcross racer, I was frustrated by the polarized sunglasses I was wearing constantly distorting my vision, giving off that weird prism effect and causing depth perception issues – something that’s particularly problematic when you’re skating, snowboarding, riding motocross or BMX,” said Eddie Bauer Jr., founder and CEO of Sikk Shades®.  “I started doing research to find an alternative to polarized lenses and found Flash Electric™ technology was the perfect solution. It outperforms polarized in virtually every aspect, providing superior vision while also letting in fewer damaging UV rays. From there, we developed the perfectly weighted and balanced frames, which eliminate the pressure points behind the ears and offer a very comfortable fit. We also embedded the nose grip right into the frame. We’ve had the glasses tested by our friends and colleagues in the industry and they’ve received incredible reviews. We’re excited to launch what we believe will be the new standard in performance eyewear for the action sports industry.”

Sikk Shades® has assembled an impressive roster of up-and-coming athletes from skate, surf, snow, BMX and motocross to test its flagship frames and to serve as brand ambassadors, including:

Surf: Paul Pluey, Vanina Walsh

Skate: Daniel Cuervo, Jose Cheese Chevalo

Snow: Ian Kuhn, Phil Smage, Jason Lozzi, Aaron Lozzi and Brandon Heitzenrater

Olympians: Lucas Mata (Australian bobsled team) and Mirela Rahneva (Olympian skeleton racer for Team Canada)

Motocross: Craig Robertson, Austin Politelli and Dylan French

BMX: Justin Carson (5-time Colorado State Champion)

Auto: Austin Ford and Kyle Keenan

To learn more about the Sikk Shades® Team, visit www.SikkShades.com.

About Sikk Shades®

Sikk Shades® is the new standard in performance eyewear for active lifestyles. After three years of research and development, Sikk Shades’ flagship frames, Huckleberry and Qualifier, offer action sports enthusiasts a fresh look while outperforming traditional polarized lenses. Founded by Eddie Bauer Jr. and tested by up-and-coming amateur and professional athletes, Sikk Shades utilize Flash Electric™ technology, which blocks harmful UV rays while avoiding the distortion and depth perception issues common in most polarized lenses. The perfectly balanced, Italian-made frames eliminate pressure points behind the ears for a better fit and all day wear and comfort. The non-slip nose grip is embedded right into the frame, keeping glasses firmly in place even in harsh conditions. For more information, visit www.sikkshades.com or follow the brand on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram.

 

Global Skateboarding Summit in Istanbul

February 20th, 2015 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events, general interest, Olympics, Public relations, skateboarding No Comment yet

L&L Client World Skateboarding Federation Announces Global Skateboarding Summit  May 22-24
Early Registration Now Open through Feb. 28

 (Istanbul, Turkey – February 12, 2015) — World Skateboarding Federation today announced that registration is now open for the first-ever Global Skateboarding Summit. The three-day summit will be held at the Conrad Hotel in Istanbul, May 22-24, 2015.  Attendees who register before Feb. 28 will  (more…)

KDC Grand Slam Cape Town Regional Qualifiers at Ultimate X: Schedule & Info

February 19th, 2015 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events, general interest, skateboarding No Comment yet

It’s official: The first KDC Grand Slam Regional Qualifier of 2015 will be showcased at Ultimate X Action Sports Fest next weekend, 27-28 Feb. at Grandwest Arena in Cape Town. (more…)

Press Release: KDC Announces 2015 Schedule

February 17th, 2015 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events, general interest, press release, Public relations, skateboarding No Comment yet

KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP PRESENTED BY KUMBA IRON ORE ANNOUNCES 2015 SCHEDULE

World Skateboarding Grand Prix today released the Kimberley Diamond Cup (KDC) presented by Kumba Iron Ore schedule for 2015. Hosted in partnership with the Northern Cape Provincial Government, the Kimberley Diamond Cup will feature three Grand Slam regional qualifying events and fourteen Skateboarding for Hope community outreach initiatives leading up to skateboarding world championships event in Kimberley in October 2015. (more…)

LEE & LONDON at AGENDA: Come “Schmooz” with us!

December 29th, 2014 Posted by action sports, general interest, PR Jobs, PR news No Comment yet

We’re Hiring! Join us at AGENDA’s Schmooz event sponsored by Malakye!  Check out our open positions HERE.

Check out some of the great action sports companies below who will be participating in this year’s Schmooz! If you are looking for a job in the action sports industry, you don’t want to miss this FREE event. For more information on Schmooz at AGENDA – visit their page HERE.

Lee and London Hiring at Schmooz at AGENDA Job Fair

4501ABOUT AGENDA:  Agenda is the most diverse and creative lifestyle fashion trade show in the world. Since 2003, Agenda has emerged as the premier destination for brands and retailers to converge. Agenda is where passion becomes profit and the business of creativity is conducted in a truly authentic environment. What began as a satellite show with a small grouping of 30 brands has since transcended into the quintessential lifestyle fashion trade show. Agenda’s portfolio now includes six shows, in three cities, expertly curated with over 1,000 brands and a recurring brand-building conference. Buyers, brands, investors, distributors, and media hail from around the globe, gathering at Agenda to build partnerships, participate in the community, and grow their businesses.

 

Boardr Announces New Am Series

November 24th, 2014 Posted by action sports, skateboarding No Comment yet

Congrats to our friends over at The Boardr on their new am series. Check out Ryan, Rob and Porpe with special guest Austyn Gillette in another hilarious Boardr video.

 

WSGP CEO Tim McFerran in Sac Business Journal

November 14th, 2014 Posted by action sports, client news No Comment yet

As a former college basketball player who manages global skateboarding events, World Skateboarding Grand Prix CEO Tim McFerran has learned lessons beyond how to get comfortable on an international flight when you’re nearly 7 feet tall. Read More… (more…)

I got bit by a lion in Africa

November 13th, 2014 Posted by action sports, festivals & events, general interest No Comment yet

By Brendi Rawlin

Ok, fine, it was a BABY lion…but it still stung pretty good and left an awesome bruise!

So why was I in Africa? I was there with our client World Skateboarding Grand Prix, the leading global skate events management company, which runs the Skateboarding World Championships that were held in 2014 at the Kimberley Diamond Cup in the former diamond-mining town of Kimberley, South Africa (Phew! That was a long sentence…)

It was my third visit to South Africa, but it was the first time I was able to visit the townships and interact with the local kids at the skate clinics we hosted. It was an incredible experience to witness how something as simple as a board with four wheels can positively affect so many lives. World Skateboarding added a women’s event to the championships this year and some of the top female skateboarders –Elissa Steamer, Lacey Baker, Alexis Sablone, Kat Williams, Marisa Dal Santo and Alana Smith — visited two townships outside Kimberley  to give skate clinics to the local kids.  Hundreds of kids flocked to the dirt lot where we set up a makeshift skate park and it was incredible to see how many young girls quickly jumped on the boards and showed no fear.

For the first time, 37 countries had skaters represented in the world championships and I got the chance to meet some of the best from around the world:  Nassim Guammaz from the Netherlands, Tommy Fynn from Australia, Tom Knox from the UK, and of course Nyjah Huston from the US (I actually met Nyjah for the first time back in 2009 at the Maloof Money Cup in Orange County when he was 14 years old and had long dreadlocks — I’ll never forget him tearing up when he placed second to Chris Cole after coming back from behind and ending the contest with a PERFECT run. He has come a long, long way since then) — there were so many rad skaters there that you don’t see every day.  And superstar rapper/mogul Lil Jon was on hand to perform at the closing night concert, featuring the biggest bands from South Africa and an incredible fireworks show. It was hands-down the best skate contest I’ve personally ever seen. We’re really excited to have such an incredible client in World Skateboarding Grand Prix, and we admire their commitment to make a difference in the lives of youth around the world. We can’t wait for 2015 — we’ve got some exciting announcements we’ll be making soon, so stay tuned!!!!!

Check out the photo gallery below to see some photos from the trip.

The culprit. I named him “Bitey.”

Video of the Day: Crazy Mako Fly Fishing

November 4th, 2014 Posted by action sports, video No Comment yet

Fly fishing for mako sharks in San Diego with Ryan Sansoucy and Conway Bowman.

 

Samarria Brevard in BET

October 23rd, 2014 Posted by action sports, client news, general interest No Comment yet

Check out this great article on  the 2014 Women’s Street Skateboarding Champ Samarria Brevard in BET.

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Skateboarding World Championships on ESPN

October 22nd, 2014 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events No Comment yet

Check out this great article on the recent Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup in South Africa — in this ESPN article.

Women Are Taking it to the Streets for the 2014 Kimberley Diamond Cup

October 18th, 2014 Posted by action sports, festivals & events, general interest No Comment yet

There was no shortage of girls ripping during the Kimberley Diamond Cup Women’s World Street Championships in October. It’s the first year that a women’s contest was included in the event and it’s pushing women’s skateboarding to a more global level than ever before.

Female Skate Pros Inspire Kids in South Africa Townships

October 17th, 2014 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events, general interest No Comment yet

Went to a township yesterday in Kimberley and set up a mini skate park/held a clinic with women’s skate pros Elissa Steamer, Kat Williams, Julia Brueckler & Marissa Dal Santo. #inspiration #empowerment #girlpower #kdcskate

Lee and London Public Relations Client World Skateboarding Grand Prix's Kimberley Diamond Cup

Check out Alana Smith’s Backflip at the 2014 Skateboarding Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup

October 6th, 2014 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events No Comment yet

Alana Smith impressed the crowds at the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup when she landed a backflip. Watch the video here! (more…)

Lee and London Public Relations Client World Skateboarding Grand Prix's Winners at World Skateboarding Championships

Brazilian Kelvin Hoefler Edges Out Australian Tommy Fynn to Win World Skateboarding Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup

October 5th, 2014 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events, general interest, press release No Comment yet

(Kimberley, South Africa – October 5, 2014) – The 2014 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup concluded today in dramatic fashion. It was an all-out battle in the Street Championship Semi Finals with Nyjah Huston upset in the first round by the Netherlands’ Nassim Guammaz. Guammaz lost to Brazilian Kevin Hoefler in the third round. Hoefler would go on to battle with Australian Tommy Fynn in the Finals, just edging him out for the world title and $100,000 top prize. Read more… (more…)

Catch All the Action From the Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup in South Africa LIVE Webcast Oct 4-5

October 2nd, 2014 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events, press release No Comment yet

(Sacramento, CA- October 02, 2014) – World Skateboarding Grand Prix — the leading international skateboarding events management company — today announced the Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup, presented by Kumba Iron Ore, will be webcast LIVE online at www.KimberleyDiamondCup.com Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5. The event will also be broadcast live on Supersport, South Africa’s premier television network for sports coverage. Read more… (more…)

2014 Skateboarding World Championships Return to Kimberley, South Africa

September 25th, 2014 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events, press release No Comment yet

(Sacramento, Calif. – Sept. 25, 2014) – World Skateboarding Grand Prix – the leading international skateboarding event management company — today announced the street lineup for the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup Presented by Kumba Iron Ore. Read more… (more…)

Lee and London Public Relations Client 2014 Skateboarding World Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup

Skateboarding World Championships Return to South Africa

September 10th, 2014 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events, press release No Comment yet

(Sacramento, Calif. – Sept. 10, 2014) –World Skateboarding Grand Prix today announced the lineup for the Vert and MiniMega Skateboarding World Championships as well as the Women’s Street Skateboarding World Championships, three of the 10 official events that make up the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships returning to Kimberley, South Africa Oct. 2-5. Read more… (more…)

WSGP to Host US Skateboarding Championships in 2015

August 19th, 2014 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events, general interest, press release No Comment yet

 

Qualifying Events to be held in Multiple US Cities Beginning June 2015; Winners of US Championships Earn Trip to 2015 World Skateboarding Championships

(Sacramento, Calif. – August 19, 2014) – World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) announced today it will expand in the US next summer, bringing at least three qualifying events to cities across the US, culminating in the first-ever US Skateboarding Championships.

The events will include an individual street style contest as well as the Rider Cup team contest. The individual winners and the winning Rider Cup team will earn trips to compete in the 2015 World Skateboarding Championships.

The official location and dates will be announced in the coming months as WSGP seeks qualified bids from cities in the US, split into four geographic areas.

An unprecedented 70 countries were invited to send their best skaters to this year’s Skateboarding World Championships in Kimberley, South Africa Oct. 2-5 where an expected 250 skateboarders will compete for the $500,000 prize purse. The location for the 2015 World Championships will be named by the end of the year.

“We are excited about the expansion into the US market. It’s been 20 years since a national skateboarding contest was held here, and with the growth of skateboarding globally, it only makes sense to bring a true national championship to the US. We’ll be utilizing the same fast-paced format that we’ve become known for, so we anticipate a very competitive series,”said Tim McFerran, president of World Skateboarding Grand Prix.

East Coast Skate Legend Steve Rodriguez, who recently produced the Rider Cup NYC series for WSGP, says the US championship will be a welcome addition to competitive skateboarding.

“A truly inclusive championship-level event here in the US is the logical evolution of contest skating,” said Rodriguez. “To have both an individual and team championship is a really progressive concept. WSGP is known for exciting head-to-head contests that constantly push the skaters to elevate their skating, which in turn makes for a better contest atmosphere.”

About World Skateboarding Grand Prix

WSGP hosts world-class skateboarding events globally with a commitment to stimulate local economies through tourism and support youth development. For the latest news and information, visit www.WorldSkateboarding.com.

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WSGP Announces Turkey Skateboarding Championships

August 7th, 2014 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events, press release No Comment yet

Grand Slam Series to Include Three Qualifier Events Culminating in Turkey Skateboarding Championships in Istanbul on May 31, 2015

(Sacramento, Calif. – August 5, 2014) — World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) today announced it will bring the Grand Slam series of skateboarding contests to Turkey in 2015, culminating in the first-ever Turkey Skateboarding Championships in Istanbul on May 31.

The Grand Slam series will stop in Ankara, Antalya and Istanbul, giving local skateboarders a chance to earn a spot in the Turkey Skateboarding Championships. The Grand Slams will feature qualifiers for both individual skateboarders as well as the Rider Cup team skateboarding contest. The winners from each Grand Slam contest and the winners from the Rider Cup team contest will then battle it out for a cash prize and championship title in the first-ever Turkey Skateboarding Championships in Istanbul on May 31, 2015.  In addition, the winning individual and team will earn the chance to represent Turkey in the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships in Kimberley, South Africa.

“I was so stoked when first I heard that WSGP will bring this international skateboarding event to Turkey,” said Erdem Kavla, a rider for the first Turkish skateboard company, Glovs. “For a long time, we’ve been trying to get skateboarding respected here, and these kind of international events help us reach a bigger audience in our country.  I hope this will be the first, but not the last, major skateboarding event in Turkey. I will be attending the contest as a rider and hope to win some cash and have a chance to go to the World Championships in Kimberley, South Africa.”

“We are excited about the expansion of WSGP into Turkey, where the sport is growing tremendously and is in a position to benefit from a championship event that will not only put Turkey on the global stage but will help to further support and grow the local skateboarding industry,” said Tim McFerran, president of WSGP.

About World Skateboarding Grand Prix

World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) is an international skateboarding events management company. WSGP hosts world-class skateboarding events with a commitment to help stimulate local economies through tourism and by supporting youth development, especially those in underserved or impoverished communities. For more information, visit www.worldskateboarding.com.

 

Agenda Trade Show Long Beach 2014 -Sneak Peek

July 14th, 2014 Posted by action sports, Design, festivals & events No Comment yet

By: Bre Callahan

The Agenda trade show was held this weekend in Long Beach and was packed with new products from our favorite companies.  Lee & London was there and we scoured the aisles to bring you a sneak peek of what action sport and lifestyle brands are going to bring you in 2015.

 

We had a great time and can’t wait until next year!

–Bre

 

Rider Cup New York Kicks Off July 12

July 11th, 2014 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events, press release No Comment yet

world-skateboarding-rider-cup-new-yorkThe World Skateboarding Rider Cup New York begins this weekend with the first contest kicking off Saturday, July 12 at noon at the Lower East Side (L.E.S.) Skatepark in Manhattan. The Rider Cup Team Championships run for six consecutive Saturdays, stopping in each of NYC’s five boroughs: Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Local skateboarders form crews of four to represent their boroughs and compete in a jam style contest for a shot at a $10,000 cash prize plus airfare and accommodations to South Africa to compete in the World Skateboarding Rider Cup world championships during the 2014 Kimberley Diamond Cup.

Individual team members compete in one section of the skatepark and are judged head-to-head based on the number of tricks landed, difficulty of tricks and overall impression. The winning team from each borough will receive a $2,000 cash prize and advance to the finals where the top 12 teams will compete at L.E.S. Skatepark in Manhattan on August 16, for the $10,000 first place cash prize.

“This event is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time; it’s an exciting new type of contest for the skateboarding industry,” said Tim McFerran, president of World Skateboarding Grand Prix. “While skateboarding is generally perceived as an individual event, when you add a team element where you’re representing your town and competing against other great skaters from different towns, it brings a whole new level of excitement. At the World Championships in South Africa this year, the Rider Cup contest will add a whole new dimension as teams from several countries will represent their hometowns to be crowned world champion. We look forward to growing this event and bringing it to countries around the world.”

The 2014 WSRC Team Championships NYC competition schedule is as follows. All contests begin at noon:

1. Saturday, July 12, 2014: Manhattan Qualifier at L.E.S. Skatepark

2. Saturday, July 19, 2014: Bronx Qualifier at River Ave Stakepark

3. Saturday, July 26, 2014: Brooklyn Qualifier at McCarren Skatepark

4. Saturday, August 2, 2014: Queens Qualifier at Astoria Skatepark

5. Saturday, August 9, 2014: Staten Island Qualifier at 5050 Skatepark

6. Saturday, August 16, 2014: NYC Final at L.E.S. Skatepark

For the latest news and information on World Skateboarding’s Rider Cup Team Championships as well as other upcoming WSGP events, visitwww.worldskateboarding.com/ridercup/ and follow us on Facebook. For more information on the Kimberley Diamond Cup World Skateboarding Championships visitwww.kimberleydiamondcup.com or follow KDC on Twitter and Facebook.

About World Skateboarding World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) is a skateboarding event management company based in Sacramento, California. WSGP is the global leader in skate contests, hosting world-class skateboarding events globally with a commitment to social responsibility. WSGP invests heavily in in each country that hosts their contests and helps to stimulate local economies through tourism and by supporting youth development, especially those in underserved or impoverished communities. For more information, visit www.worldskateboarding.com .

Doheny Surf Festival on board!

June 27th, 2014 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events, press release No Comment yet

Lee & London is stoked to announce new client  The Doheny Surf Festival presented by Subaru! Grab your boards and join us June 28-29th at the Doheny Surf Festival, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA, for a weekend of family fun featuring surfing/tandem demos, live music – Common Sense, Trevor Green and Aloha Radio – and much more!  The annual event raises much-needed funds for California State Parks, including Doheny State Beach.

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Doheny Surf Festival Presented By Subaru Takes Over Doheny State Beach Next Weekend: June 28-29!

FREE Family-Friendly Event Celebrates Surf Culture, Raises Funds for State Parks

2014 Lineup Includes Surf Exhibitions, Hobie Alter Tandem Invitational, Vendor Village, Kona Brewing Liquid Lounge, Performances by Common Sense, Aloha Radio and Trevor Green!

(Dana Point, CA – June 19, 2014) The Doheny Surf Festival presented by Subaru is proud to announce its lineup for this year’s celebration of surf. The free, family-friendly event returns to Doheny State Beach June 28-29 to raise money for State Parks including Doheny State Beach. The 2014 event features a variety of surf exhibitions, contests, a vendor village, Kona Brewing’s Liquid Lounge, classic woody car show, music performances by Common Sense, Aloha Radio, Trevor Green, and more!

Produced by the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA) and Utopia Entertainment, the 2014 sponsors include presenting sponsor, Subaru, and official sponsors Hobie, Kona Brewing Company, 100.3 The Sound, Utopia Entertainment, the City of Dana Point and California State Parks.

Beer Gardens: This year, Kona Brewing Company brings the islands to the Mainland in their Liquid Aloha Lounges, where they’ll be serving up favorites like Longboard Lager, Big Wave Golden Ale and the new Castaway IPA, daily until sundown.

Tandem Demonstrations: Festival attendees will have a rare opportunity to see tandem surfing up close and personal! Couples tandems teams from around the world will participate in this exhibition and showcase one of surfing’s most elegant forms.

Nose Riding Exhibitions: Finesse and footwork at its finest, this exhibition is an amazing display of balance and positioning – one of the sport’s true arts.

Longboard LagerLegends Expression Session: A rare opportunity for surf fans to get to see some true legends and even capture a few autographs.

Terry Martin Memorial Ride: This year, the festival will feature an interactive Terry Martin exhibition ride. On Saturday, June 28, at 1:00 p.m., the public is invited to bring a board shaped by Martin with them and join the exhibition ride. Advanced registration will be held at the HOBIE booth and a $20 donation is encouraged to support the “Sport of Kings” Foundation in memory of Martin.

60s Longboard Contest: Hosted by the Doheny Longboard Association, this contest is open to the public for anyone with a pre-1970s board.  You can also sign up for “Pick a Stick” should you not have the correct type of board.  Entry to the surf contest is $30.  For more information and to register, visit www.dohenylongboardassocation.org

Vendor Village: The 2014 Vendor Village features an art walk, more than 100 surf and beach vendors offering new wave-riding products, unique gift items, beach fashion wear, Surf Museum exhibits, food trucks and more. Vendor Village opens at 9am and closes daily at sundown.

Classic Woody Car Show: Over a dozen well-restored, mint-condition classic surf woodies will be on display as well as the all new Subaru sports models complete with racks and custom accessories. The old surf transportation meets the newest surf utility vehicles, sure to delight car lovers of all ages.

Surf Collector’s Alley: New this year, hundreds of vintage and collectible surf boards from across So Cal, and beyond, will be available for viewing and purchase.

Kids’ Area:  The family-friendly festival features a variety of educational and interactive games, displays and presentations from State Park staff teaching environmental awareness and respect for the ocean. There will also be a variety of free crafts including Lei making, airbrush tattoos and story time. Grab a blanket and join us for a special outdoor screening of the family-friendly film “Lilo & Stitch” on Sunday at sundown on the main lawn.

2014 Doheny Surf Festival Schedule
Saturday, June 28
Time Element Location
9:00am Hawaiian Blessing Beach
9:00am Vendor Village opens Main Lawn
9:00am Matt Akiona Beach
9:30am Story Time with Surfer Steve Kids’ Area
10:00am Longboard Lager Legends Expression Session Beach
10:00am – 3:00pm Airbrush Tattoos by Brynian Creations Kids’ Area
11:00am Tyler Warren Invitational – New School Beach
11:30am Kona Brewing Liquid Aloha Lounges Open Liquid Aloha Lounges
12:30pm Story Time with Surfer Steve Kids’ Area
1:00pm Terry Martin – Sport of Kings Beach
3:30pm Story Time with Surfer Steve Kids’ Area
4:00pm Trevor Green Performance Surf Fest Stage
5:15pm Aloha Radio Performance Surf Fest Stage
6:00pm Story Time with Surfer Steve Kids’ Area
6:30pm Common Sense Performance Surf Fest Stage
7:00pm Beer Garden closes
8:00 pm Vendor Village closes
 Sunday, June 29
Time Activity Location
8:00am Beach Contest Sign-Ups Beach
9:00am Vendor Village opens Main Lawn
9:00am 60’s Longboard Contest – Hosted by DLBA Beach
9:00am Story Time with Surfer Steve Kids’ Area
10:00am – 3:00pm Airbrush Tattoos by Brynian Creations Kids’ Area
11:30am Kona Brewing Liquid Aloha Lounges Open Liquid Aloha Lounges
12:30pm Story Time with Surfer Steve Kids’ Area
1:00pm Le Polynesia Surf Fest Stage
2:00pm Hobie’s Tandem Invitational Beach
2:30pm Waterhouse (band) Still Water Stage
3:30pm Story Time with Surfer Steve Kids’ Area
6:00pm Story Time with Surfer Steve Kids’ Area
7:00pm Beer Garden closes
8:00pm Vendor Village closes
Sundown Lilo & Stitch screening Main Lawn

Beach parking is $15.  For more information on the 2014 Doheny Surf Festival, visit our website at www.DohenySurfFest.com and follow us on social media on Facebook and Twitter.

About DSBIA (Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association):

DSBIA is a California non-profit, charitable corporation. They work cooperatively with California State Parks in support of interpretive and educational programs and are dedicated to the protection of the park’s beaches, facilities, marine refuge and its historical, cultural and social stories. This organization fosters a comprehensive stewardship of this unique recreational resource, with its historically important sites and environmentally significant setting. Their mission is to enhance the rich cultural and natural history of this magnificent coastal zone for the park’s main stakeholder groups, including surfers, cyclists, campers, hikers, Native Americans, the Military, environmentalists and others.

About Utopia Entertainment:

Utopia Entertainment Inc., with production offices in Studio City California, is a leading provider of entertainment solutions for clients around the globe. Its world-renowned design and production teams collaborate on community sized events ranging from parades, competitions, lifestyle festivals, and the recent Solar Decathlon at Orange County’s Great Park in Irvine, which drew more than 66,000 visitors. Utopia Entertainment’s Design, Partnership and Production, groups all focus on a singular goal: Providing “World Class” entertainment experiences for commercial applications worldwide.  For more information visit us on the web at www.utopiaworldwide.com.

 

Lee & London is hiring summer interns!

June 1st, 2014 Posted by action sports No Comment yet

Did you hear the news? Lee & London is hiring summer interns! Are you a techno geek constantly checking your Twitter feed, writing in your blog, tagging your friends in photos and “checking in” everywhere you go? Do you love to write, read every book you can get your hands on and keep your AP Stylebook on your nightstand? Are you interested in learning about the strategy of PR and not just the tactics? Do you love action sports, craft beer and trying new restaurants? Do you snowboard, surf or skateboard? Can you tell a nose grind from a kickflip? If you answered “yes” to any or all of those questions, then this might be the perfect internship for you! Apply now! http://bit.ly/1gQshos (photo credit: UC Berkeley Career Center Peers)

 

Lee and London Public Relations Client Doheny Surf Festival Returns to Southern California June 28-29

Doheny Surf Festival Returns to Dana Point June 28-29

May 29th, 2014 Posted by action sports, client news, festivals & events, press release No Comment yet

(Dana Point, CA – May 29, 2014) The Doheny Surf Festival organizers today announced the Southern California surf festival will return to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point this summer. Presented by Subaru, the 2014 festival promises a jam packed weekend of activities for all ages to celebrate Doheny’ s legendary surf history while raising funds for local State Parks. The festival is FREE and open to the public and runs from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29.  Read more… (more…)

Bob Burnquist rips on his floating ramp

Bob Burnquist built a floating ramp on Lake Tahoe

March 27th, 2014 Posted by action sports No Comment yet

Because of course he did.

It was all for a new Visit California “Dream Big” campaign. Check out the full video here of Bob Burnquist’s latest creation:  

 

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