This is for all of my climber friends who are having kids this year! You know who you are!
I had to put these two videos back-to-back. It’s pretty amazing how you can change the conversation when business and economic impact enter the picture. Personally, I see nothing wrong with using 19th century technology to solve a 21st century problem. The technology exists today, we can start using it immediately and make a positive impact on several levels: less energy use, less smog, healthier communities… Whereas funding energy exploration and technology is a gamble at best. It may or may not pay out 10-15 years down the road.
I just wish we could get Jerry Norquist to help out in NC….
We went out to look for a puppy this weekend and ended up coming home with nearly 100 pounds of dogs – two Walker Coon Hound / Border Collie / Aussie Shepherd sisters from the same litter. They are named Frida and Fiona, are two years old and they have been together since birth. They are trained, amazingly well behaved and have great personalities. Frida (smaller, black face) is definitely the lover while Fiona (larger, white face) is a little more aloof. The best thing is that they are both fully house trained – so no potty training!
Deckers Outdoor Corporation has signed a definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire the Sanuk brand. The acquisition includes certain assets and liabilities of Sanuk U.S.A. LLC and of C. & C. Partners, LTD., the exclusive licensee for the Sanuk brand in the United States, Europe and Canada. The total purchase price for the assets of both companies related to the Sanuk brand is an initial payment of approximately $120 million in cash subject to certain post-closing adjustments, and includes additional participation payments based upon performance over the next five years. The combined businesses generated in excess of $43 million of unaudited net sales in 2010. Based on the expected closing in the third quarter of 2011, due to the seasonality of the business Deckers expects the acquisition of Sanuk to be modestly accretive to earnings for 2011, before transaction costs. Sanuk will remain headquartered in Orange County, California and senior management will continue to manage the brand.
In announcing the definitive agreement, Deckers President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors Angel Martinez, said, “Sanuk is an ideal addition to the Deckers family of brands. It’s a profitable, well-run business with a corporate culture similar to ours, and provides substantial growth opportunities, particularly within the action sports market where it has a large and loyal customer base of active outdoor enthusiasts. Its authentic product collections complement our existing portfolio with minimal overlap, and it’s a brand that we believe has true global lifestyle potential.”
Sanuk (which means “fun” in Thai) was founded in 1997 by entrepreneur Jeff Kelley, whose first product was a sandal made of green indoor-outdoor carpet. With a history of innovation, product invention, foot-friendly comfort and clever branding, Sanuk is now one of the fastest growing footwear brands in the action sports, outdoor and sports markets. Sanuk is currently available in more than 1,700 retailers in 40 countries and at Sanuk.com, and enjoys diverse acceptance across multiple channels including in most surf/action sports retailers, outdoor retailers such as REI, EMS and Bass Pro, specialty retailers Fred Segal and Nordstrom and large chains including Journeys, Dillards and The Buckle.
As many of you know by now, I have joined a new company – Venture Sports. We are a new-school sales and marketing agency based in, and covering the Southeast. From here on out most of my blog posts will be on the Venture Sports website, but this website will remain active.
Stop by and check it out! www.VentureSportsGroup.com
In 1975 a young German climber named Kurt Albert started painting small red dots at the base of old aid climbs in the Frankenjura to signify that they had been climbed free, without the use of direct aid. Albert, along with a new generation of strong sport climbers pushed the limits of what was possible and the small red dots, or “Rotpunkt” were added to the lexicon of modern sport climbing. Today, climbers all over the world still say that they “Redpointed” a route when they free it after several tries.
Beyond his contribution to modern sport climbing vocabulary, Albert created some of the most difficult climbing routes in the world – some took over a decade to repeat. In addition, Albert and his close friend, Wolfgang Gullich, created the basis for modern climbing training methods, including the campus board.
Check out his full obituary on PlanetMountain.com.