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We do live in some exciting times these days. With the widespread decriminalization and legalization of marijuana across North America comes a slew of new companies making weed and smoking products. This one takes the cake for best in show so far in my mind though – the Bob Marley estate has teamed up with a private equity group specializing in the increasingly legal weed market to bring us “Marley Natural”. The high-grade weed products are scheduled to hit the more irie states where pot is legal in mid-2015. As a wise man named Bob once said, “The herb is the healing of the nation”. Legalize it!

www.marleynatural.com

This holiday season Poler Outdoor Stuff and Nike Skateboarding join forces again for their third collaboration, this time with four unique styles of footwear and accompanying apparel collection all rooted in the colors and the soul of the Pacific Northwest. The collection includes such rad items as a bomber jacket, crew neck sweatshirt, beanie hat, an outdoor take on the Dunk High, Lunar Gato, and Trainerendor. To celebrate the collection, they also produced this video shot in Croatia with skateboarders Daryl Angel, Donovon Piscopo, and Wieger Van Wageningen where they went skateboarding in some of the oldest cities in the world and set out by boat to explore and camp on the islands in the midst of the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic. Great stuff from 2 awesome Portland based brands to add to your holiday wish list!

www.polerstuff.com/poler-x-nike

Kassia Meador has just launched a new line of womens wetsuits under her own brand called Kassia. The first batch of suits feature an astral tie-dye pattern that is sure to stand out in lineups early 2015. Check out the site here:

www.kassiasurf.com

Strider Wasilewski could be the most interesting man in the world. The guy epitomizes the stoked surfing lifestyle we all aspire to lead, riding the wave wherever it takes him. Like any great surfer, positioning himself in the right place at the right time has led him to some truly great things. From being a poster boy for Quiksilver and Lost, to later becoming Team Captain, Team Manager and Marketing Manager at Quiksilver (where he also discovered and signed some kid named Dane Reynolds, and also created the Quik Pipe House), to now owning his own sunscreen company Shade – AND being a commentator for the new ASP World Tour. Needless to say, the Rasberry is a busy guy. We caught up with the man himself recently on a fall afternoon in Malibu (before he skipped town again for the Hawaiian leg of the tour) and he gave us a glimpse into Strider’s World.

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New for this winter season from Jones Surfboards and San Diego shaper, Chris Christenson comes this awesome snow surfboard. This all-wood 4’ 6“ (139 cm) shred stick does not use traditional bindings, but it is also not your average no-board. The Mountain Surfer features contoured ‘binding hooks’ that are positioned at the outside edges of your normal riding stance. Pushing your boots into the hooks improves board control and helps keep the board locked to your feet as you slash and ollie. You can pre-order your board on Jones’ website, it comes out on November 20th and will cost $349.

www.jonessnowboards.com
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I’ve heard of terrible conditions for chickens and livestock before getting eaten by the masses, but I’ve never considered the way they are treated just for down products. This rad new video by the legendary Geoff McFetridge tells the scary tale of where conventional down products come from. All Patagonia down products now contain only 100% Traceable Down that can be traced back to birds that were never force–fed, never live–plucked – and they don’t allow blended down, period. Learn more at:

www.patagonia.com/us/traceable-down
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Check out Cyrus Sutton’s new parody ad about sustainable farming. Very informative stuff that isn’t common knowledge about where our food comes from and how it affects the enironment, but definitely should be. Also, be sure to donate to the Island Earth Kickstarter project – only 3 days left!

www.kickstarter.com
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Vice sails to the North Pacific Gyre, collecting point for all of the ocean’s flotsam and home of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: a mythical, Texas-sized island made entirely of our trash. Originally aired back in 2008 as a 3 part series (this is just part 1), who knows what the current state of this trashy soup mass in the middle of the ocean. Check out all 3 parts here:

Part 1/3: http://bit.ly/Garbage-Island-1
Part 2/3: http://bit.ly/Garbage-Island-2
Part 3/3: http://bit.ly/Garbage-Island-3

www.vice.com
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