Tyler Wright Racks Up Gold at Colgate Plax Girls Rio Pro

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A high flying, big scoring final at the Colgate Plax Girls Rio Pro acted as a showcase for Team Marley surfer Tyler Wright to retain her crown as the current queen of the ASP World Tour. Killing it during another set of amazing contest heats, the Australian-born surfer racked up another 10,000 tour points and $15,000 in prize money.

Receiving the highest score in each of her heats, Wright battled through a field of sick competitors including Laura Enever, Courtney Conlogue and Bianca Buitendag. “This whole event has been stepping stones for me. I started off a bit shaky…” Wright said of her early runs. “After I lost that Round 3 heat I just wanted to catch waves and I stayed busy from then on. It’s just the way it worked out. I just love catching waves.”

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Wright turned up the heat against rival surfer Sally Fitzgibbons in their epic finals battle, as the two jockeyed for the lead in ASP Women’s Tour standings. Delivering a stunning 9.33 score with smooth, compact turns while taking a wave on her forehand, Tyler tallied a final score of 17.80 and took home the title of Colgate Plax Girls Rio Pro champion.

In the few short months since Tyler joined Team Marley and began repping our earth-friendly headphones, Bluetooth speakers, Lively Up bags and watches, she has been tearing up the ASP tour. With another big win this year and a few second place finishes, she is in prime contention to walk away with the tour title for 2013. Next up for our surf pro is the Roxy Pro comp, which will be held Biarritz, France in July. Good luck and keep on killing it, Tyler!

Bonus: Check out Tyler Wright’s journey to the finals at the Colgate Plax Girl Rio Pro and see her epic slob grab during her commanding first place victory.

Photo Credit: ASP World Tour

House of Marley Approved: Cayucas

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The random succession of vowels in the name Cayucas might not mean anything to you, but to Zach Yudin, they embody a philosophy for his sound. Named after a sleepy fishing town in California, Yudin is cranking out music that, at times, recreates the mellow sounds of Bob Marley, Paul Simon and Vampire Weekend. His new album Bigfoot is out now under the Cayucas moniker on Secretly Canadian and it’s like best morning yawn you’ve ever had. Check out the lead single, “High School Lover” from the record below:

House of Marley Wraps up The Transworld C.U.T. Tour in New York

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Taking over the hot concrete of New York’s Lower East Side, nearly a hundred amateur skaters took to Coleman Park to compete in the final round of the Transworld C.U.T. Tour this past week. Fighting for the top prize of one of our earth-friendly bags filled with skate gear from companies like WESC, ShakeJunt, Coal and DeathWish, the competition was frenetic and fierce.

Sick grinds and wall rides ruled the day with many of the skaters hitting the park’s quarter pipe-to-wall ride for an insane jam session. A.J. Rodriguez hit the top of the fence with a huge 50-50 while Jordan Trahan and Keith Hardy littered wall rides all over the place. As sketchy and insane as some of these tricks were, tech skating ruled the day with crazy grinds propelling Tyshawn Jones and Andrew Valencia to victory.
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Winning the Prime C.U.T. award for his super shred-heavy style and long flowing locks, Piro Sierra dropped epic boardslides over the rainbow rail and a few grinds on the ledge-to-quarter. A busted arm couldn’t keep Tyshawn Jones from getting third with some crazy frontside flips, while Steven Farmer brought home second with his gnarly bag of tricks. None could stop Andrew Valencia though, the Transworld C.U.T. Tour winner for New York dropped bluntside after bluntslide and flip after flip in each of his lines.

With the C.U.T. Tour officially over, Transworld Skateboarding is challenging the winners from each of the six stops to piece together their best skate video. With less than a month to get all the footy they can, each of the C.U.T. finalists videos will be put on the web for users to vote on for the overall winner of the whole tour. The winner selected by the fans will receive the ultimate prize of a spotlight article in an upcoming issue of Transworld. For an am skater, there is nothing better than this kind of killer profile to document your style.
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Bonus: Check out the footage from the Transworld C.U.T. New York stop and stay tuned for more clips from each tour stop’s big winner.

House of Marley Approved: Best Made Smokejumper Belt

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#LiveMarley Contest Winner: Jeremy Hopwood/Caravan Skate Shop

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As a part of the #LiveMarley contest on our Facebook page, we’ve been asking you to submit stories of how you have personally been inspired by Bob Marley’s values. The first winner of one of our sick new watches is Jeremy Hopwood, a 27-year-old skater from Seattle, who is also the owner of Caravan, a mobile skate shop.

OK. Your first thought was “What’s a mobile skate shop?” Right? Well, Jeremy was tired of the old skate shop model — he wanted to move it out into the streets. Instead of waiting for someone else to do it, Hopwood bought a van, tricked it out with a quarter pipe and stocked it full of decks, wheels and trucks. Forget the ice cream man… Kids are now running to the Caravan Skate Shop van. We spent some time talking to Jeremy about the shop, his charity work with Skate For Change and the future of the van.

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What was the reason that you started Caravan?

Caravan evolved out of boredom and a desire to do something meaningful. The whole idea didn’t come to me at once, but it was a feeling that I had… A burning. After I thought of the mobile skate shop idea, it took me a few months before I actually bought the vehicle. It was Earth Day 2012. My friend and I went out for a day trip here in Issaquah, Washington, starting at 6 or 7 AM. We actually didn’t know it was Earth Day until we got back from the trip.

How did the charitable element come into play?

The charity aspect came out of pure desire to continue what I started. I went to a local skate shop with the idea and the owner and I began converting the van to have a better aesthetic and functionality for skateboarding. I got word of Pam Miller (a skate event organizer) and her work, and was able to go to that first event at Samammish Park and volunteer with set-up/breakdown for the event. I passed out water and had tools and extra bearings/hardware for people skating. It slowly evolved to where I was accepting donations of skateboard equipment and shoes, and then going to events and giving them out to kids who needed them.

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How did you become involved with Skate For Change?

Getting involved with Skate for Change (a non-profit group of skaters who give back to low-income families and the homeless) was another blessing from Pam Miller, and the skate park competition circuit she runs. I took the Caravan out to Woodinville Skatepark with a pack of younger rippers, Jaeden Ovenall, Kyle McQueen and we entered the contest as a team. It was the first contest I had been in since I was 18 or so. So Skate for Change had a booth set up and it was about as natural as it could have been. I was already doing the charity aspect of Caravan and it was a perfect fit.

What kind of projects are you working on with Skate For Change?

Caravan and Skate for Change are starting to come together, but it hasn’t happened just quite yet. Mike Smith [the founder of Skate For Change] travels the country and speaks at high schools, and is gaining a huge following. They just won the State Farm $25,000 grant for the second year in a row, and just recently opened up the Bay in Nebraska, an indoor skate park/youth facility. So as far as my part, I go out with SFC Seattle most Sundays and spread the word about what we are doing in our community. Besides that, I am working to recycle used skateboards by shaping, sanding, and painting them, and by leading by example.

What’s the connection between skateboarding and making changes in society?

I’ve had conversations about the connection between skating and society since I was a lot younger. The first skateboard video I was in was called Wood Relation. To me that title says a lot on its own; skateboards are a vehicle for positivity and growth for individuals. They don’t pollute the environment, at least their carbon footprint is much smaller than most other modes of transportation. Beyond that, skating is an outlet for creativity, in art, in the physical form and with photography/filmmaking. It’s an extremely positive activity, but I believe anything active can be good. A lot of skaters don’t like scooters, rollerbladers, bmx or traditional sports. I think those are great and much better than kids playing Call of Duty any day.

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Some people just don’t understand skaters. They think they are lazy. They think they are destructive. “A skater comes down the street and it’s loud… It shocks people,” Hopwood says of skaters’ reputation. “They think you are reckless and are going to run into them.” Through his work with Caravan and his latest adventure (a summer spent acting as a counselor at a Massachussets sports camp), Jeremy is doing his part to keep the skate community in a positive light. He’s even considering making Caravan a bi-coastal project with a new van on the East Coast.

If Bob Marley’s vision for a better world has inspired you to hit the streets, plant trees, pick up trash or spend time helping others in your community, then we want to hear your story! Visit the #LiveMarley contest page on our Facebook profile and tell us what you are doing locally to improve the planet for a chance to win a new watch.

 

The Women of Bob Marley’s Family Tree

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Bob Marley didn’t just land on the planet one day like some sort of musical superhero. Most people know he was born in Jamaica, but what else do you know about the Marley family tree? In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re taking a deeper look at the strong and independent women who carry on Bob’s vision.

Rita Marley

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Remember the “three little birds” from Bob’s song? He was actually talking about the I-Threes, The Wailers background singers, which featured his wife Rita Marley. Marrying Marley in 1966, Rita was Bob’s wife until his passing and became mother to six of his children. Continuing her husband’s charitable efforts, she has given help to children all over the world through the Robert Marley Foundation and the Rita Marley Foundation.

Cedella Booker Marley

BobMarleyFamilyTreeKnown as the “Keeper of the Flame” and matriarch of the Marley family tree, Cedella Booker gave birth to Robert Nesta Marley at the age of 18. A singer herself, she took care of Bob by herself after his father passed away when he was only ten-years-old. As the historian of Bob’s life and author of two biographies, Cedella spent most of her life raising her son’s family and keeping his spirit alive.

The Marley Daughters

BobMarleyFamilyTree3During his life, Bob Marley had four daughters that would follow on his path of creating art in many different mediums. Through music, fashion and museum work, Sharon, Cedella, Karen and Stephanie all made significant contributions to the Marley family legacy. Banding together with their brothers Ziggy and Steven, Sharon and Cedella toured together as singers in the Melody Makers.

The women of the Marley family have been able to do some amazing things throughout their lives while still keeping Bob’s legacy alive and intact. Just like the Marleys, mothers all over the world are capable of doing incredible things. We honor and thank them for all of the contributions they’ve made to our lives.

Bob Marley’s Kaya Celebrate 35th Anniversary

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Separated. That’s how Bob Marley must have felt while making his album Kaya. Forced to flee from Jamaica after an assassination attempt, Bob created a record in England that was more in tune with the more peaceful times of Trenchtown. Yet, no matter how great the music… Jamaica was still 4,000 miles away.

In celebration of the album’s 35th anniversary and Bob’s return to Jamaica, Island Records is releasing an expansive two-CD set of Kaya. Perfect for the beach or any place summertime relaxing can happen, the album is full of heavy grooves and motivational words.

Kaya’s earth-friendly lyrics have had a huge influence on the direction of our brand’s Earth-friendly headphonesportable audio systemsbags and watches. Check out some of our favorite cuts from the album below and commemorate this amazing anniversary with a listen to music that will satisfy your soul.

“Easy Skanking”

Setting the pace for Bob Marley’s Kaya, “Easy Skanking” features a slower, more reserved groove than many of The Wailers early tracks. With the promise of “taking it easy, taking it slow,” Marley creates a new vibe for his band that would last for the rest of his career.

“Sun is Shining”

Amongst a number of songs rerecorded for Kaya, “Sun is Shining” trades in its sparse sounds for a heavier guitars and bass. Offering up the line “Sun is shining, the weather is sweet / Make you want to move your dancing feet,” Marley captures the beauty and spirit of nature in Jamaica.

“Smile Jamaica”

As the inspiration for our Smile Jamaica in-ear headphones, this song is new to the latest edition of Bob Marley’s Kaya. Written as an uplifting anthem for Jamaica, Marley first played the song at a concert of the same name shortly after an assassination attempt in 1976, prior to leaving for England.

“Get Up Stand Up (Live from Rotterdam 7/7/1978)”

In addition to the full Kaya album, the new edition of the album features some odds and ends like a live concert from Amsterdam. With the Wailers in fine form after countless recording sessions, this version of “Get Up Stand Up” acts as an eternal document of Bob’s energy-filled live shows.

“Time Will Tell”

Kaya‘s closing song “Time Will Tell” is a relaxed meditation on the history of Jamaica’s citizens. Beckoning to his people that they should “weep no more,” the music of this song signifies some of the newfound freedoms of Jamaicans in the late 1970s and their closeness to Jah.

House of Marley Approved: Luminair Tree Tent

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It may look like a wrecking ball smashing through the trees, but trust us… It’s not. The Tree Tent, crafted by Luminair, is the latest in sustainable shelters built for extreme camping adventures. With easy transportation, the snug home fits in between several trees and even includes water storage and stove options. The best part? It’s all made from recycled material and does no harm to the eco-system.

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