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TSI Holdings Acquires 88% Stake in Tactics Boardshop

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As retail is currently on hiatus due to the pandemic, the skate industry appears to still be grinding along despite the recent bleak forecasts. This is evidenced by the news that TSI Holdings has acquired an 88% stake in Tactics. The Pacific Northwest-based eCommerce giant with brick-and-mortar stores in Portland, Eugene, and Bend, Oregon is the latest acquisition of the Japanese licensing company that acquired a majority stake in HUF in 2017. Its complete portfolio consists of 40 brands including Undefeated and Stüssy. TSI CEO, Shinichi Uetadani, had this to say about the deal:

We are extremely pleased and thankful to be able to complete this transaction in the current challenging climate. This allows us to further penetrate the action sports/streetwear space and support and encourage business stability and growth at this critical time. Early in our discussions, we recognized Tactics’ enviable position in the online market, superb management team, highly motivated employees, industry-leading technology, and consider Tactics to be an ideal company to help grow our U.S. portfolio. Along with our recent acquisition of HUF Worldwide, our acquisition of Tactics puts us in a strong position to leverage our brand portfolio in the U.S. through e-commerce.

For more info, head over to Shop-Eat-Surf to read the entire article.

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Skater XL Drops 2022 Skatepark of Tampa Pro Course

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Are you stoked for the 28th Annual 2022 Tampa Pro Contest?

So are we!

In the meantime, check out the game Skater XL‘s new map drop of the freshly updated 2022 Skatepark Of Tampa Pro Course featuring the original work of skate artist Lucas Beaufort.

It’s now available on the mod browser for all platforms.

Catch a glimpse of the course IRL in @lucas_beaufort Instagram post below.

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Meet the 2022 USA Skateboarding National Team

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USA Skateboarding just announced the members of the 2022 USA Skateboarding National Team.

The crew members were chosen based on performance in international level events the year before their selection.

The team is led by Andrew Nicolaus, Men’s Head Coach; Alexis Sablone, Women’s Head Coach; and Mimi Knoop, High-Performance Director.

The skaters named to the 2022 USA Skateboarding National Team include:

Women’s Park

  • Bryce Wettstein
  • Jordan Santana
  • Jordyn Barratt
  • Minna Stess

Women’s Street

  • Mariah Duran
  • Paige Heyn
  • Poe Pinson
  • Samarria Brevard

Men’s Park

  • Cory Juneau
  • Gavin Bottger
  • Heimana Reynolds
  • Zion Wright

Men’s Street

  • Dashawn Jordan
  • Jagger Eaton
  • Jake Ilardi
  • Nyjah Huston

Team USA earned two bronzes from Cory Juneau (Park) and Jagger Eaton (Street) during its Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Alexis Sablone made it to the Olympic Street finals placing fourth while Bryce Wettstein earned sixth place for Women’s Park.

In all, nine Skateboarding Olympians will return to the 2022 national team.

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Watch ‘TUANY’ Skate Video Featuring Sebastien Cao and Theo Meas

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Watch Sebastien Cao and Theo Meas as they shred in the streets of South America.

The video was filmed during three months of backpacking from Mexico to Costa Rica, crossing Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Making it even more impressive (and a reason needs to come calling), “TUANY” was entirely filmed, edited, and animated using an iPhone with Theo and Sebastien doing the editing themselves (and some of the filming too).

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