“Watch Now: ‘The Curious Tales of Italo Ferreira – THE EPIC BIOPIC ABOUT THE 2019 WORLD CHAMP AND OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST IS FINALLY HERE’ by Surfer Mag

“Watch Now: ‘The Curious Tales of Italo Ferreira – THE EPIC BIOPIC ABOUT THE 2019 WORLD CHAMP AND OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST IS FINALLY HERE’ by Surfer Mag

Trailer: The Curious Tales of Italo Ferreira (push play) Roughly 18 years ago, in a small fishing town located along the northeastern curve of Brazil, current World Champ and 2021 Olympic Gold Medalist Italo Ferreira first learned how to surf on a chunk of styrofoam. Since then, Ferreira’s subsequent rise to surf stardom and above-the-lip supremacy has made him one of the most recognizable faces in surfing–and, in typical Italo fashion, he’s showing no signs of slowing down. The World Champ’s life story–from his gromhood days in Baia Formosa to his most recent podium ascension in Japan–is told beautifully in “The Curious Tales of Italo Ferreira”, the brand-new documentary above, directed by Luiza De Moraes and scored by Ed Cortes. Filled with stories from his friends and family back home–and sprinkled generously with the spring-loaded surfing that’s made Ferreira so famous–the biopic above is not one to be missed. Click play to learn more about how Ferreira became one of the most talented surfers of all time. Click here to view the actual documentary: https://www.surfer.com/videos/watch-the-curious-tales-of-italo-ferreira-surf-movie/?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&em_hash=870421b8dbb925a191c44f9e86d4b9d4 If you are not yet a BRA Retail Member, you can easily opt in to either Regular (no cost) or Distinguished ($99/yr.) Membership via this super simple join...
“WE ASKED A SPORTS GAMBLING EXPERT ABOUT BETTING ON OLYMPIC SKATEBOARDING” by Ian Michna via Jenkem Mag

“WE ASKED A SPORTS GAMBLING EXPERT ABOUT BETTING ON OLYMPIC SKATEBOARDING” by Ian Michna via Jenkem Mag

No matter how you feel about skating being in the Olympics, there’s no denying that it’s been an exciting time for skateboarding. Competitive skating may be stale, but one factor that has added some spice into the mix is that sportsbooks have opened up betting for skate events. That means we can all put money down on our favorite skaters and actually have some sort of stake in the game while watching, instead of just twiddling our thumbs giving armchair critiques to a guy in Cariumas. We know gambling’s not for everyone, but for those who are interested in being degenerates, we tracked down a professional sports gambler to ask about how odds are calculated and if the betting world really is as grimy as they make it seem in movies and TV. What’s the deal with the legality of gambling on sports in the USA?We have a situation, like marijuana, where half the states are legal and half the states aren’t. Just the other day, I was in an Uber on my way from New Jersey to New York playing poker on my phone and I was playing up until the bridge. Literally, as you cross into New York the app will turn off and say “your geolocation…” So that’s where we’re at, but it’s changing. You can bet on skateboarding online, but are there still old-school bookies around in person?Yeah, some people bet through illegal bookies in New York still. Many of them have been in the business for a long time, I’ve known one guy for 25 years. We’re from the same town. Is it sketchy dealing with them?I...
“WE SNUCK A WRITER INTO TO THE TOKYO OLYMPICS” by Ron Mexico via Jenkem Mag

“WE SNUCK A WRITER INTO TO THE TOKYO OLYMPICS” by Ron Mexico via Jenkem Mag

Before the world went to shit, we had plans to be in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics. Flights and Airbnbs were booked, and then, of course, lockdowns hit shortly after and there was no way we were going to get press access with how tight restrictions were across all of Japan. Luckily, we had an anonymous “Olympic insider” who reached out to us saying he would be flying to Tokyo with his country’s delegation and wanted to snap some photos for Jenkem while they were out there. At first, we thought it would just be from the stands due to strict security guidelines, but after a glitch in the system, they were granted full, on-course access. Here’s an inside look at what it felt like to be one of the lucky few to travel to Tokyo and witness the first-ever skateboarding Olympics. Getting off the plane you were met by dudes in lab coats that escorted you through mazes of clearance sites in a completely empty Tokyo airport. These dudes surrounded your every move. If you had to piss, they’d make you go to designated toilets for foreigners. It was wild how tight things were. The whole thing was like a horror movie. I have no idea how many tests and approval stations I had to go through. I had no idea what these snacks were while I waited at the airport so I was just trying them all out. Half of them were either gummies or chocolate. It was a guessing game at that point and I was drunk and had been up for 24 hours. The mandatory Tokyo...
“Opinion: Surfing’s Olympic Debut Deserved World-Class Surf” by Alexander Haro via The Inertia

“Opinion: Surfing’s Olympic Debut Deserved World-Class Surf” by Alexander Haro via The Inertia

Medina making the most out of sub-par conditions. Photo: Pablo Jimenez/ISA Well, surfing’s Olympic debut is in the books. It’s done and dusted. Duke Kahanamoku’s dream came to fruition. The best surfers in the world competed for Olympic medals in front of a relatively diminished audience, and our very own Joe Carberry was on the ground reporting. The surfing world was joined by the non-surfing world to watch the biggest competition on the planet. And I for one am disappointed. Not because the surfers didn’t surf well. Not because the judging was bad. Not because I don’t think surfing should be in the Olympics. Not because I don’t think competitive surfers don’t warrant an Olympic medal. No, none of that. I’m disappointed because, in surfing’s debut on sporting’s greatest stage, the waves were, for the most part – with the notable exception of the final day – pretty average. I wanted surfing’s great reveal to the world to be staggeringly good. I wanted huge, throaty tubes, blown eardrums, and knee-buckling aerials. I wanted a showcase of what surfing can be, not a showcase of what surfing looks like when you drive by a beach on an average day. Ever since the initial announcement of the contest site, the wave quality was a concern. And when the contest kicked off, it appeared the naysayers were right. Imagine, just for a second, that skateboarding’s Olympic reveal was held in a parking lot with a few curbs, a rattle-trap plywood ramp, and a rail made from a chunk of broken staircase railing. Certainly, the best skateboarders on Earth could do things there that the average skateboarder couldn’t,...
“American Carissa Moore is the FIRST Olympic women’s surfing champ plus Brazil’s Italo Ferreira wins first surfing gold medal in Olympic history in Tokyo  | Tokyo Olympics” via NBC Sports

“American Carissa Moore is the FIRST Olympic women’s surfing champ plus Brazil’s Italo Ferreira wins first surfing gold medal in Olympic history in Tokyo | Tokyo Olympics” via NBC Sports

American Carissa Moore is the FIRST Olympic women’s surfing champ | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports Four-time World Surf League champion Carissa Moore defeated South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag to take home the first women’s Olympic surfing title. #NBCOlympics#Tokyo2020#Surfing Brazil’s Italo Ferreira defeated Kanao Igarashi 15.14 to 6.60 in the men’s surfboarding final to claim the event’s first ever gold medal. #NBCOlympics #Tokyo2020 #Surfing Subscribe to NBC Sports: https://www.youtube.com/nbcsports » Watch live Olympic coverage on NBCOlympics.com: https://www.nbcolympics.com/schedule NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. NBC Olympics is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. NBCUniversal owns the U.S. media rights on all platforms to all Olympic Games through 2032. NBC Olympics also produces thousands of hours of Olympic sports programming throughout the year, which is presented on NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, Peacock and NBC Sports digital platforms. If you are not yet a BRA Retail Member, you can easily opt in to either Regular (no cost) or Distinguished ($99/yr.) Membership via this super simple join...
“SKATEBOARDING IS A SPORT, SO NOW WHAT? – I Watched the Olympics and It Wasn’t What I Expected.” by Anthony Pappalardo via Artless Industrial

“SKATEBOARDING IS A SPORT, SO NOW WHAT? – I Watched the Olympics and It Wasn’t What I Expected.” by Anthony Pappalardo via Artless Industrial

After being announced in 2016 and delayed a year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, skateboarding made its official Olympic debut on Saturday, July 24, 2021. During the ramp-up, my skate-centric social media channels fell into three buckets: 1. Supportive 2. Dismissive 3. Ironically excited. I mostly landed in the third lane because I seldom enjoy modern skate competitions but was curious and also happy for all those involved, especially the athletes. It seemed like the opinion that skateboarding was not a sport and this inclusion was a bad thing was the minority take, mostly because it’s a jaded way to view things and we all need to be celebratory on social media… right? Also, skateboarding is a sport and a physical art at the same time and it’s malleable—you can skate in a contest but also film a VX part and be revered by the “core” community.  If you’re an older person, you’ve seen different waves in skateboarding’s mainstream popularity so the Olympics? Is it really going to change that much and does it really matter?  Think about the notable “big money eras,” such as the X-Games Tony Hawk 900 boom and later, the Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game boom. Both changed skateboarding by making it more monetarily viable while normalizing it to normies. Woodward Skate Camp enrollment grew due to the interest, there was more mainstream coverage and one could argue that board graphics and branding became safer and more homogenized once big-box stores started carrying “real” brands.  We’ve been here before and that’s why most skaters don’t really care about what the Olympics will do...