Archive for the ‘Sport’ Category

Raymond Molinar

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Converse presents an exclusive video featuring Skateboarding Ambassador Raymond Molinar for the newly redesigned Sea Star LS available now at finer skate shops around the globe.

Filmed and edited by Dave Hoang with the song titled “Old Soul” performed by The Romany Rye.

Biography:
Raymond Molinar has an affinity for the simpler things in life like fake plastic grapes, RVs and analog cameras. At the same time he always has the latest technology. He’s an avid collector of musical instruments, and is a dedicated musician. His skating is smooth and effortless. He pays a lot of attention to perfecting his style and it shows.

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Coastal Carnage – Art Of Board

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Converse partnered with skateboard recycling company Art of Board at Coastal Carnage. Art of Board accepts used or broken skateboard decks for their nationwide recycling movement called “I Ride, I Recycle”. Using broken skateboard decks, Art of Board transforms interior spaces, offers a sustainable solution to the entire skate industry, and pushes sustainable design to its limits. Check out our profile of founder Rich Moorhead doing what he does best – making beautiful art from recycled skateboards.

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Road To Coastal Carnage

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Four globetrotting skateboarders from Argentina, Australia, Brazil and China, flew to Coastal Carnage to skate, soak in the sun and sample some SoCal delicacies. Follow their adventures as they chat about coming to the mecca of skateboarding, hit up the Orange County Fair and session some legendary skate spots.

Road To Coastal Carnage – Part 1

Converse catches up with the Ambassadors from other countries in a few teaser videos leading into the “Road To Coastal Carnage.”

In this teaser video Converse Brazil Ambassador Carlos Ribeiro visits Venice Beach for his first session there.

In this teaser video Converse Argentina Ambassador Milton Martinez visits the Coastal Carnage bowl for his first session there.

Band Of Ballers 2011

Friday, April 13th, 2012

MTV2 and Converse present Band of Ballers, a one of a kind celebrity 3-on-3 basketball tournament featuring the biggest names in hip-hop and music.

The chance to win the “Golden Speaker Trophy” has brought out music’s hottest super stars in the past, and this year was no exception. Two-time defending champ, Jim Jones and his team, attempted to make it three in a row, but the competition was fierce. YMCMB (Young Money Cash Money Billionaires), Matt & Kim, Wiz Khalifa, Chiddy Bang and Jim Jones assembled all-star teams to challenge for the 2011 title.

If you missed the show for any reason, catch it the full episode here!

Check out behind the scenes footage from Band of Ballers below:

Watch an extended version of the trophy presentation to Band of Ballers winners Matt and Kim, including interviews with the winners and Donald Glover among others. Afterwards – Matt and Kim donated their cash prize to the La Salle Academy, which will go towards refurbishing a new court.

Vote for Converse in the Big Push

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Six competing shoe brands spend a week on the road around the UK visiting the best spots and laying down the best skateboarding possible!

Points are gained by completing tasks and challenges set by Sidewalk, and it’s all wrapped up in a video edit where further points are available from online voting.

Voting is now open and you can decide the winner. Visit BigPush.mpora.com to vote for Converse!

Also, check out some images from the road and view more on the Converse UK team blog.

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The Converse Archive

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

We were founded in 1908, our most famous sneaker was invented in 1917, and we have fond memories of pro basketball before the three-point line, but still we’re a lot more comfortable in the present.

But we’ve kept a lot of our things around over the years, and we know a lot of people like our brand, so we thought they might like to see some of it. We have the first-ever All Star, we have the first one to ever feature Chuck Taylor’s signature, and some wonderful stuff the company made for the U.S. military during the World War II years. As the company grew to include things beyond the Chuck cleats for football and soccer, street-hockey shoes and baseball spikes; hunting and fishing gear; a variety of rubber-based sport product: pucks, skate scabbards, mouthguards, people who worked for Converse kept them, and we have them in a safe place. We have catalogs and yearbooks and shoeboxes and photographs.

We’re going to make the Converse Archive available on the site over the coming months, sharing our stories and our stuff with people who care about the brand. It’s all pretty old, but when you look at it now, we believe you’ll think it’s cool. We hope you like it.

The Star Chevron

Before the Star Chevron, there was just a star. In the early ’70s, Converse devised a shoe we now call the One-Star: A suede low-top with a big star on the side. Over the next few years, it was improved upon until it became less like a Chuck Taylor and more like something entirely different. The folks working here then realized they were on to something new, and that it needed a new mark, something to indicate its forward motion, something to suggest a new era, so they put an arrow on it. And Converse entered modernity.

Coastal Carnage 2011

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

From July 29th through August 7th, in conjunction with the U.S. Open of Surfing, Converse presents the 2011 Coastal Carnage event. Coastal Carnage features a mini bowl free and open to the public to skate, plus an invite only bowl jam featuring world class skateboarders and a prize purse of $75,000.

Friday, July 29th to Sunday, August 7th – Public mini bowl open to skate.
Thursday, August 4th – Invite only Coastal Carnage contest practice begins.
Saturday, August 6th – Coastal Carnage Qualifying Heats.
Sunday, August 7th – Coastal Carnage Finals.

LATEST UPDATE
Monday, August 8th 2011
2011 Converse Coastal Carnage Finals and Best Trick Highlight Video
The 3rd annual Converse Coastal Carnage Finals and Best Trick jams were held on Sunday, August 7th. Qualified competitors advanced to skate in one of the three 5 man jams. Best Trick was held immediately afterward on the Shark Bite obstacle. Tom Remillard took home 1st Place and $15,000 in the Finals and Tony Hawk won $2,000 for a McTwist during Best Trick. Check out the highlights video recap from the Finals and Best Trick jams.

FINAL JAM RESULTS:

1. Tom Remillard – $15,000
2. Pedro Barros – $12,000
3. Curren Caples – $8,000
4. Tony Hawk – $7,000
5. Ben Hatchell – $5,000
6. Ben Raybourn – $4,000
7. Robbie Russo – $2,500
8. Kevin Kowalski – $2,000
9. Kalani David – $1,500
10. Andrew Langi – $1,200
11. Josh Mattson – $1,100
12. Div Adams – $1,000
13. Christian Hosoi – $1,000
14. Kyle Berard – $1,000
15. Lance Mountain – $1,000

BEST TRICK JAM RESULTS:

1. Tony Hawk – McTwist on Shark Bite extension – $2,000

Sunday, August 7th 2011
2011 Converse Coastal Carnage Qualifying Highlight Video

Coastal Carnage Qualifying jams heated up on Saturday, August 6th. Each of the competitors battled to advance for a spot in the finals.

Saturday, August 6th 2011
2011 Converse Coastal Carnage Practice Highlight Video – Day 2

Coastal Carnage practice session day two included more competitors skating the course on Friday, August 5th. Check out a unique perspective of the bowl from Kenny Anderson’s skateboard view followed by highlights from the day of practice.

Friday, August 5th 2011
2011 Converse Coastal Carnage Practice Highlight Video – Day 1

The 3rd annual Coastal Carnage event has kicked off with the first official practice session on Thursday, August 4th. Check out a few of the competitors warming up the bowl during the first day of practice.

Thursday, August 4th 2011
2011 Converse Coastal Carnage Practice Begins At The US Open

The 2011 Coastal Carnage event scheduled for August 4th-7th, 2011 has kicked off in the updated contest bowl. Practice sessions start on Thursday, August 4th with appearances from many of the competitors. Practice continues on Friday, August 5th followed by qualifying heats beginning on Saturday, August 6th and Finals on Sunday, August 7th.

This year the public can also bring a board and sign up to skate in the Coastal Carnage public bowl adjacent to the competition bowl. Check back daily for more photos and video from the 2011 Converse Coastal Carnage.

Check out the Coastal Carnage Event Breakdown video to find out what the contest is all about.

For more information visit USOpenOfSurfing.com

The re-designed 2011 bowl construction is currently in progress. For now, check out a video from the construction of the 2010 event bowl.

Also remember check back often for more Coastal Carnage videos to be added soon.

L.A. TO VEGAS – Starring Kenny Anderson

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

“L.A. TO VEGAS” is a short film celebrating the launch of Kenny’s new pro shoe, the KA-ONE. Watch Kenny attempt the longest nose manual in history from his current home in Los Angeles to his hometown of Las Vegas. On the journey, he passes by iconic landmarks like Cherry Park in Long Beach, the L.A. River, the 405, and the desert, before he hits the Vegas strip and finally his old neighborhood. He is joined by many of the friends who have influenced him, his skating, and who have helped him get to where he is today. This isn’t just a homecoming back to Las Vegas, it is a return to Converse, the brand where it all started for Kenny.

Kenny Anderson talks about shooting the “L.A. To Vegas” commercial and his inspiration for the concept behind it. He also points out some highlights from the days of shooting when he exceeded his previous records for performing continuous nose manuals during the film segments.

Also, check out a collection of behind the scenes photos shot during the journey from L.A. to Vegas.

Converse China Skate Film

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The full-length film.

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Converse embarked on a 20-day skate odyssey with four of its new China team riders: Fu Ling Chao, Xu Ying, Luo Jian Shen, and Du Ming Gen across 5 cities including Wuhan, Xining, Qinghai, Dali and Kunming. They reveal a multitude of surfaces, communities and creative cultures that are a part to their lifestyle. Their story of independence and dedication to their sport and lifestyle–despite obstacles– serves as an inspiration to be true to yourself. The film and their journey marks the rise of skate culture in China.

Photos from the locations along the journey.

Open Gym – 2011 Schedule

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

ATLANTA

3/19: Georgia Tech Campus Rec Center
3/26: B.E.S.T. Academy
4/9: Georgia Tech Campus Rec Center
4/30: B.E.S.T. Academy
5/7: B.E.S.T. Academy
5/21: B.E.S.T. Academy

Atlanta Location Info:

B.E.S.T. Academy
1890 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30318

Georgia Tech Campus Rec. Center
750 Ferst Drive
Atlanta, GA 30332

BOSTON

3/19: Boston University Fitness & Rec Center
5/14: Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center

Boston Location Info:
Boston University Fitness & Rec Center
915 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center
1350 Tremont Street
Roxbury, MA 02120-3400

CHICAGO

5/14: Attack Center

Chicago Location Info:

Attack Center
2641 West Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612

MIAMI

5/7: Jose Marti Community Center

Miami Location Info:

Jose Marti Community Center
351 Southwest 4th Street
Miami, FL 33130-1407

PHILLY

4/2: Girard College

Philly Location Info:

Girard College
2101 South College Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Info:
Registration Form (PDF)
Waiver Form (PDF)