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ION Surf Wire: WSL Schedule set

World Surf League Announces 2023 Championship Tour Schedule

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(ION Santa Monica | 24 September 2022)

Today, the World Surf League (WSL) announced the schedule for the 2023 Championship Tour (CT). The calendar marks the second full year of the WSL’s redesigned Tours and Competitions framework, which features a fully combined men’s and women’s schedule, 10 regular-season events, a Mid-season Cut after CT Stop No. 5, and the third-annual Rip Curl WSL Finals. The 2023 CT season will also be the top qualification route for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

“We are proud of the new framework we’ve developed and seen play out over the course of this season with great success,” said Jessi Miley-Dyer, SVP of Tours and Head of Competition. “The 2023 schedule provides the best possible platform and will continue to drive the world’s best surfing. Seeing the women return to Tahiti for the first time in 16 years in August was incredible, and I’m proud to confirm that 2023 will continue to see equal events, venues, and prize money with this fully combined schedule.”

“Following the incredible momentum and milestones we’ve hit in 2022, we will continue to build our global platform to progress and elevate professional surfing,” said Erik Logan, WSL CEO. “We experienced the redesign in its entirety for the first time this year, and we will further strengthen the sport through next year’s fully-combined Championship Tour, which will also qualify the first 18 athletes for the 2024 Olympic Games.”

The 2023 CT will include 10 regular-season events in seven countries, starting in January for the Billabong Pro Pipeline. The Mid-season Cut will come into action following the Margaret River Pro, Stop. No. 5. The WSL CT will return to the Surf Ranch, the world’s largest high-performance, human-made wave 100 miles from the ocean in Lemoore, Calif., as the sixth stop on the calendar. The 2023 Rip Curl WSL Finals will be held in Lower Trestles in San Clemente, Calif., where the men’s and women’s Top 5 surfers will face off for the World Titles.

2023 WSL Championship Tour Schedule:

  • Billabong Pro Pipeline (Hawaii): January 29 – February 10
  • Hurley Pro Sunset Beach (Hawaii): February 12 – 23
  • MEO Rip Curl Portugal Pro (Portugal): March 8 – 16
  • Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach (Victoria, Australia): April 4 – 14
  • Margaret River Pro (Western Australia, Australia): April 20 – 30

Mid-season Cut: 36-man and 18-woman fields reduced to 24-man and 12-woman fields.

  • Surf Ranch Pro (USA): May 27 – 28
  • Surf City El Salvador Pro presented by Corona (El Salvador): June 9 – 18
  • Rio Pro presented by Corona (Brazil): June 23 – July 1
  • Corona Open J-Bay (South Africa): July 13 – 22
  • SHISEIDO Tahiti Pro (French Polynesia): August 11 – 20

WSL Final 5 determined to battle for the men’s and women’s World Titles.

  • Rip Curl WSL Finals (Lower Trestles, USA): September 7 – 15

2023 Championship Tour Is Top Qualification Avenue for Paris 2024 Olympic Games 

The 2023 WSL CT is the top of the hierarchy in the Olympic qualification system for the world’s best surfers. The WSL CT rankings at the end of the 2023 season, starting at the Billabong Pro Pipeline and ending at the SHISEIDO Tahiti Pro, will determine the 18 of 48 spots at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games (10 men and 8 women).

With the 2022 CT season wrapped, witnessing Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Filipe Toledo (BRA) claim the World Titles, professional surfing now focuses on the 2022 Challenger Series, where surfers are competing for the opportunity to make the 2023 CT. The next stop on the 2022 Challenger Series will be the EDP Vissla Pro Ericeira, which opens on October 1 and holds a competition window through October 9, 2022.

Stay tuned for coverage on ION, The Network of Champions, all season long.

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ION Sports Wire: The Winning Side™ debuts

(ION Manhattan Beach | 11 September 2022) The Winning Side™ on ION, First Season debuts multi-platform across North America.

Winning Side™ on ION, Cast of Characters: LA Rams Super Bowl Quarterback Vince Ferragamo, Legendary Sports Host & Anchor Liz Habib, Chief Executive Athlete Dave Behar and LA Rams NFL Hall of Famer Jackie Slater.
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ION Politics Wire: ID Required

This just in from Stand for America, via Nikki Haley

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ION Outdoors Wire: Igloo Grows Its Parks Project Partnership

Igloo continues partnership with Parks Project through the release of a brand-new Playmate cooler made with post-consumer recycled plastic, part of Igloo’s ECOCOOL® collection of coolers. The special-edition Parks Project Mushrooms ECOCOOL Playmate Elite cooler — which joins a previously released Parks Project ECOCOOL Playmate is available now at  igloocoolers.com/parksprojectparksproject.usREI.com and REI stores.

“Our gratitude runs deep for our continued partnership with Parks Project,” said Brian Garofalow, Chief Marketing Officer at Igloo. “National Park adventures and Playmate coolers already go hand in hand, so it only gets better when that cooler is made with recycled materials and supports Parks Project’s mission to preserve the parks we love and leave it better than we found it. The next generation of Park Champions will really dig the new mushrooms design too!”

Igloo and Parks Project created the new ECOCOOL Playmate cooler with custom mushroom graphics that depict a variety of flora and fauna found in the national parks around the country. Notably, this special-edition Playmate is made with a post-consumer recycled resin compound that repurposes discarded plastic yogurt cups and milk jugs that would otherwise end up in landfills. In 2022, Parks Project will contribute $100,000 to the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) to support their work to preserve and protect parklands.

The special-edition Parks Project ECOCOOL Playmate Elite cooler collection (with a 16-quart capacity fitting up to 30 12-ounce cans) is available for $54.99 each, while supplies last.

Born from a modest metalworking shop back in 1947, Igloo has been instrumental in redefining how we live, work and play. What began with bringing clean water to the worksite quickly moved into super-functional, best-in-class ice chests. Igloo products made the family outdoor recreation movement of the 20th century possible. Suddenly, taking your kids camping on the weekend became easy and cross-country road trips became a summer vacation staple.

As we approach our next century, Igloo is 1,200 employees strong. We are proud to call—a 1.8-million-square-foot, three-building facility in—Katy, Texas home. With more than 500 products sold at thousands of retailers around the globe, we can confidently call ourselves the number one cooler manufacturer in the world.

And through it all we haven’t lost sight of our original goal—to create products that enable the pursuit of happiness (however you define it). That’s why we’re still working hard every day to innovate, create and make it easier for you to get out, work hard and play even harder.

About Parks Project

Parks Project is in business to save parks, appreciating all that parks offer under threat of extinction. Parks Project aims to use its resources business, investments, voice, and imaginations—to do something about it. Parks Project has collaborated with over 40 parks and conservancies, designing collections that inspire conservation projects in national, state, and local parks. To date, Parks Project has contributed over $2,500,000 and more than 5500 volunteer work hours back to parklands. Parks Project is available in over 100 retailers around the country, including major outdoor retailer REI. Shop and learn more at www.parksproject.us.

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ION Kids Wire: Friendship Foundation Groundbreaking

GREENBERG FAMILY / SKECHERS CENTER @ FRIENDSHIP CAMPUS GROUND BREAKS ON AUGUST 10.

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ION Sports Wire: NPL on ION

National Pizza League™ rolls out North America teams and Regional Conference Championships

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ION Humanitarion Wire: Cotopaxi Partners with Mercy Corps Raising Funds for Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine

ION UKRAINE – (March 15, 2022) B Corp and impact driven brand Cotopaxi, is driving awareness and raising funds for the ongoing humanitarian  crisis in Ukraine.  In alignment with their goal to eradicate global poverty and support major humanitarian and human rights change, Cotopaxi is encouraging people to join in supporting Ukraine refugees through the Cotopaxi Foundation and its partnership with Mercy Corps.  Now through April 15, Cotopaxi will match up to $10,000 in consumer and employee donations, allocating 100% of funds raised to the cause.

The humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Ukraine is threatening lives, infrastructure and livelihoods, driving food shortages, and causing significant mass displacement.  Almost 3  million people have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict, and it is estimated there could be 4 million Ukrainian refugees in the region if the conflict continues. The crisis is on track to become Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II. Cotopaxi’s foundational purpose as a disruptor of capitalism and proponent of conscious consumerism, is to support the global population and eradicate poverty.

Through the Cotopaxi Foundation, donations will  be allocated to Mercy Corps, one of the most recognized global humanitarian organizations helping people recovering from crises. Mercy Corps has team members on the ground in Ukraine, Poland, and Romania, working quickly to understand the evolving needs as they respond. They are currently funding local organizations that know their community needs best and are already working to meet urgent needs, distributing items like medical supplies and food stables as well as supporting marginalized groups like third-country nationals crossing from Ukraine into neighboring countries As their response gets underway, they plan to provide emergency cash assistance and connect people on the move with information, such as where to access basic services, information on safe routes, and legal rights.

To learn more about Mercy Corps, Cotopaxi’s partnership, and ways you can support the Ukraine Crisis, visit Cotopaxi’s blog, or donate here.

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ION ActionSports Wire: Vans encourages No Compliance

Collection features Vans Skate Half Cab, Vans Skate Grosso Mid, Vans Slip-On Trek, along with apparel and accessories

ION AUSTIN, TX (March 13, 2022) Locally grown in Austin, Texas, No-Comply Skateshop celebrates 15 years with the release of their third exclusive collaboration with Vans Skateboarding. No-Comply is honored to have its endeavors represented by the art and memory of Austin legend Daniel Johnston. A portion of the footwear sales will benefit the ‘Hi, How Are You Project’ and its mission to encourage open conversations around mental health.

With the creation of the third Vans x No-Comply x Daniel Johnston collection, No-Comply had the opportunity to continue their partnership by supporting The Contemporary Austin in their exhibition “I Live My Broken Dreams”, Daniel Johnston’s first ever museum exhibition, currently on display through March 20th; and also by supporting a Daniel Johnston mural on the wall of The Contemporary Austin. The experience of their exclusive release will include a viewing of the mural, followed by a walk through of the full exhibition and an invitation to the celebration on March 19th.

The collection features a Vans Skate Half Cab, Vans Skate Grosso Mid, Vans Slip-On Trek, plus apparel and accessories. The Vans Skate Grosso Mid and Vans Slip-on Trek will be sold exclusively through No-Comply Skateshop. The Vans x No-Comply collection will be released as an experience and “pop up store” in The Contemporary Austin at the Jones Center, Saturday, March 19, 2022 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, March 20, 2022 from 12pm to 3pm (includes gift with purchase). The online release will be 7pm Sunday, March 20, 2022 at nocomplyatx.com. Followed by a release at finer Vans skate retailers globally on March 24, 2022. Please visit The Drop List, a calendar of Vans’ most exclusive product drops, for more information and where to purchase.

About Vans

Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans® authentic collections are sold in 97 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans® has over 2,000 retail locations globally including owned, concession and partnership doors. The Vans® brand promotes creative self-expression in youth culture across action sports, art, music and street culture and delivers progressive platforms such as Vans Checkerboard DayVans Park SeriesVans Triple Crown of Surfing®Vans Custom Culture, and Vanscultural hub and international music venue, House of Vans.

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ION Nutrition Wire: Chicago Vegan Foods still under age at 20

20 Years of Family Owned,Vegan Ionnovation

ION Chicago, IL – Chicago Vegan Foods, which introduced Dandies, the first internationally available vegan and gelatin-free marshmallow, is turning 20 years old this year. Family owned and self-funded, the vegan food company continues to innovate in the plant-based category with its takes on classic comfort foods.

With their beginnings traced back to the ‘90s animal rights movement, founders Ryan Howard and Dan Ziegler started Chicago Vegan Foods in 2001 to channel their activism into a business that could help bring awareness to animal rights and create alternatives to products that were harmful to animals and the environment. The company got its start making Temptation Vegan Frozen Dessert (which evolved to include Temptation Vegan Soft Serve) and Teese Vegan Cheese. In 2010, their flagship product, Dandies Marshmallows, launched into stores. With a taste and texture indistinguishable from conventional marshmallows, Dandies have become the go-to ingredient for baked goods, campfire s’mores, and hot cocoa. Made with no artificial flavors or colors, no corn syrup, no gelatin, and free from gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, corn, peanuts and tree nuts, these vegan marshmallows are also a better-for-you and allergy-friendly version of the classic confection. Today, Dandies is a top-selling item in the U.S. natural channel and sold at conventional and natural grocers across the U.S. and Canada, plus select retailers in the U.K. as of summer 2020. Dandies are a popular item for foodservice and industrial applications as well. Propelled by the success of Dandies, Chicago Vegan Foods has experienced 40x growth over the past 10 years. An expansion into a 40,000 square foot SQF certified facility in 2018 allowed the company to meet growing demand with increased capacity, automated production, and customized, state-of-the-art equipment. The company is currently ramping up for a new line of plant-based product offerings in new categories launching under the Dandies brand for 2022.

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ION Nutrition Wire: Dandies Marshmallows Plants Another

Chicago Vegan Foods brings maple iongredients to flavor forefront

ION Chicago, IL – Chicago Vegan Foods is expanding its flagship lineup of popular, plant-based marshmallows to include a delicious new flavor addition: Maple! Made with better-for-you ingredients and perfectly flavored with real maple syrup, Dandies Maple Marshmallows make for a delicious snacking treat, are a versatile baking ingredient (think maple-flavored crisp rice treats), and can be used to top a cup of coffee or hot cocoa! Like the brand’s original, top-selling vanilla marshmallows, Dandies Maple Marshmallows contain no artificial flavors or colors, no corn syrup, no gelatin, and no gluten. Produced in the company’s dedicated vegan and nut-free facility, the treats are also free of the common allergens wheat, dairy, eggs, corn, peanuts, and tree nuts, along with being vegetarian friendly, certified kosher and Non-GMO Project Verified. Shared Dan Reed, “The delicate sweetness and fluffy texture of our maple flavored plant-based marshmallows is appealing to a range of health-conscious consumers craving a creative, uniquely flavored sweet snack they can feel good about.” Packaged in convenient, 5oz snack-size bags that have a shelf life of seven months, Dandies Maple Flavored Marshmallows are available for retailers nationwide to carry for an SRP of $3.69. Contact info@chicagoveganfoods.com for information about retail displays containing 10 units and 40-unit shippers. Dandies are also available for foodservice and industrial customers.