Civilization Collapse: I’d rather not!

At GoodPeople, we understand very clearly that selling more things is not the answer to a more sustainable planet. But the truth of the matter is, that in order for us to live happy and healthy lives, we need to make money to provide for our families and for ourselves. There is no way around it. While we hear all of the warnings in the media about the dire predictions of climate change, nothing seems to be happening to prevent the dangers of a warming planet on its people, animals, and ecosystems.

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So what are we waiting for, the oceans to overwhelm our cities or the fires to burn down our forests and homes? The lists of the things that can go wrong on our planet are only getting longer. I’ve had this blog post on my ever-growing to-dos for some time. I was waiting too I guess, until I read this article, Nasa-funded study: industrial civilization headed for ‘irreversible collapse’? Catchy title, but unless you believe in creationism and that the Almighty God who created the Earth in seven days is going to save us all, it might be worth taking a read. 

In a nutshell, “a new study by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilization could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.”[i] As a student of sustainability this does not surprise me one bit. The idea that we can grow as a civilization with profit as the driving force behind that growth is flawed and this study shines some light on the need for urgent action. 

This study looked at our current civilization, as well as the great civilizations that gave birth to the world we know today, the Roman Empire, Han, Mauryan, and Gupta Empires. All of them, no matter how mighty, collapsed. The main interrelated human-nature dynamics that lead to their demise were Population, Climate, Water, Agriculture, and Energy. When these factors are combined with “two crucial social features: "the stretching of resources due to the strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity"; and "the economic stratification of society into Elites [rich] and Masses (or "Commoners") [poor]" These social phenomena have played "a central role in the character or in the process of the collapse," in all such cases over "the last five thousand years."[ii]

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This is what a population curve looks like. Where do you think we are at this moment? 

Some pretty heavy stuff and exactly what our planet is dealing with at the moment. When I went to the Bainbridge Graduate Institute to earn an MBA in Sustainable Business, the school’s founder Gifford Pinchot III used to say, “the planet is going to be fine, it is the people we need to worry about.”

We can continue to wait for these changes to happen to us, or we can learn and make our own changes that protect the people, trees, and animals that make this planet such an amazing place to be a part of. 

Here at GoodPeople, we are trying really hard to do our part. We’ve built a social marketplace that will empower brands and people to be more sustainable and socially responsible.

For brands, we are creating a marketplace that highlights brand’s sustainability efforts while encouraging brands to embrace these changes with partnerships with organizations like B Corporation. This marketplace will use carrots and not sticks to reward companies taking action, while staying inclusive to allow all brands to join the community and work with them to move in a more sustainable direction. 

We do this by focusing on selling products with the least amount of impact and brands that give back to the communities and planet that support them. We also help promote companies that are already operating in this manner like Niche Snowboards, INI Cooperative, and, IRIS Skateboards, to name just a few. Our marketplace will allow users to filter by sustainable and social impacts thereby giving consumers a choice to vote with their dollars and purchase products made from recycled materials like t-shirts from old film, for example. Nice one Soul Poles, I had not heard of that technique before.  

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The Niche Crew - Milesport and Niche Snowboard testing the 2015 boards at Brighton. 

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INI Cooperative - Mindfully manufactured snow, skate, and surf apparel that’s focused on function, authenticity, and street-influenced style which are the core principles of INI Cooperative. 

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IRIS - IRIS Skateboards are the original recycled skateboard. Each deck is made from recycled skateboards while the grip tape is made from crushed class. Ouch in a good way!  

We have a saying here, “We are not perfect, but we are GoodPeople.” That goes for our brands as well. Not every brand can be as sustainable as Patagonia and requiring them to be so would be hypocritical on our part as GoodPeople has plenty of work to do on our sustainability efforts as well. Sustainability is a path and not a destination that we are happy to be walking down. 

There really is no time to wait. It will take more than just people buying sustainable products. It will take a community passionate about giving back and engaging with organizations like B4BC, The High Fives Foundation, and Sustainable Surf who are creating opportunities to engage people and brands to do good.   

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Sustainable Surf: The Ecoboard Project is just one way they are a catalyst that is transforming surf culture and industry into a powerful community that protects the ocean playground. 

Civilization collapse sounds like a really scary thing to me. We don’t have the luxury of waiting anymore. We are Building an Army of GoodPeople. We are looking for people and brands that live and breathe active lifestyles. People looking for a new way to connect with other GoodPeople and find better products. And people that care about protecting the planet and the communities that make our lives possible.

Our soldiers don’t carry guns. They carry surfboards, skateboards, and skis. GoodPeople are not looking for a fight, only an adventure. They are certainly not perfect, but they are GoodPeople.

We won’t ask you to cut your hair or take a drug test, but we want you!

We look forward to meeting you. 

Cheers,
Denny

Snowboard and Save Boobs!

What can be better than that?!? The answer….NOTHING.

That’s why we are raising money to support Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) and their mission to educate and prevent breast cancer. Please take a look and help spread the word! 

We’re also hosting a party in San Francisco with GoodPeople as guest bartenders and raffles items from our brand partners. Click the banner below to get more info:

Lifestyle brand “Cuipo” Save Rainforests…..and Our Souls?

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Cuipo was founded on the idea that people and not governments are key to creating the groundswell movements needed to protect the rainforests, an ecosystem essential for our planet’s survival. They’ve partnered with One Meter At A Time so that every Cuipo product you purchase buys one square meter of rainforest. We chatted with Matt Genova, Cuipo’s Sales Director to find out about him and what inspired Cuipo to take on such an big mission.

PBR or Fat Tire?
No brainer…PBR!

Surf or Snow?
Surf

How young is your brand?
2 years young!

What is the driving purpose behind your brand?  
To Save Prime Rainforest around the world

How does your brand Go Big and Do Good?
  
Everything we sell saves prime rainforest. 20% of the world’s fresh water and oxygen comes from the rainforest. 50% of Earth’s plants and animals live in the rainforest. 70% of the plants used in cancer fighting medicines come from the rainforest. All around, think we can make the connection that what we do is pretty unique and entirely awesome.
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If your brand were a donut, what kind would you be?
A Bacon Maple Twist

If your brand was a dog, what kind would you be?  
Labrador- Loyal, Hardworking and never bites.

What is your favorite shitty TV show?
Moonshiners

What websites (other than goodpeople.com) do you check out regularly?
Ummmmm…let me erase my History then answer this. Let’s go with www.theinertia.com ,escapekit.camocoloco.comfastcompany.comhuffingtonpost.com/green, and my fantasy football sites!

Who is your favorite instagram profile?
Draw between @mycuipo @punkerpat and @pfeifferlab

What music is in your iPod right now?
Action Bronson, Ben Harper, G Love, Jack White, Divine Fits, Johnny Cash, Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Jack Johnson, Social Distortion, Misfits, Phish, Dispatch…I’m a mixed-up hodge podge. I’m old but try to stay hip with my kids. 

What song will play that would embarrass you?
"Price Tag” by Jessie J….I have no excuse.

Do you have a nickname?  If not, do you want one?  
Nope and nope.

Who is inspiring you at the moment?  
Yvon Chouinard- Founder of Patagonia…he was the first and still the best.

What is your brand’s home town?
Newport Beach, CA

What makes you different?  
We are the only environmental cause-brand that actually OWNS the property we protect. The only “true” way to keep the property pristine in perpetuity.

Best accomplishment:
Making a “real” difference in the world thru the actions of an amazingly talented group of likeminded people for future generations.
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Hobbies:
Hanging with my sons, Burritos, Wings, Beers, Beach, Baseball

Biggest fail:
If you’re not failing, you’re not trying.

Favorite Quote:
"Do or do not…there is no try”…Yoda

Words to live by:
There is no sustainability as far as any human, economic endeavor. Were polluters here and we recognize that. All you can do is work towards minimizing the damage that you do”…Yvon Chouinard
 

Well said Yvon. And well said Matt! We’re so stoked to be working with Cuipo, hope you guys are too. You can check out all their whole line here.
-Mike

GoodPeople Happy Hour Feb 20 at 620 Jones

We brought you Outdoor SF and it rocked! But once per year isn’t enough. So we decided to launch a Meetup for monthly happy hours. Come hang out and meet other outdoor/action sports people!

http://www.meetup.com/GoodPeople-Happy-Hour-SF/events/165853912/

Sees Things Differently with Bosky Optics

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These are exciting days at GoodPeople with incredible new brands joining up everyday. Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Matt Miner, co-founder of Bosky Optics, and the cutting edge work he’s doing with goggles and sunglasses. Between plant based biourethane frames and hemp ventilation systems, Bosky is changing the way we see things. Matt took some time during the crazy conferences of SIA and OR to chat with GoodPeople, here’s what he had to say: 

How long has Bosky been around?

1 Year 

What is your brand’s home town?

Portland, Oregon the greatest city in the U.S

What is the driving purpose behind your brand?  

Designing and creating performance ski snowboard goggles and sunglasses made from environmentally conscious materials to give people the chance to see the environment better through a lens. 

What makes you different?  

We think outside of the box and go against what people find as regular. Being different is interesting especially when you are in uncharted territory. I’m different because I want to help people think differently about environmental issues through changing the products they use. 

How does your brand Go Big and Do Good?

By reinventing optics for the everyday adventurer while eliminating environmentally toxic materials that are present in other sunglasses and ski snowboard goggles. By having gear that is more in line with the places we explore.  

 Who is inspiring you at the moment?  

I would have to say Patagonia, their company does a lot with sustainability efforts in their products. Their founder has also spear headed a massive preservation project in Patagonia. 

PBR or Fat Tire?

PBR is always a good fall back when you don’t have enough for Fat Tire. 

Surf or Snow?

Surfing in Oregon is a let down compared to California, but do we make up for it with our mountains. 

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What is your favorite shitty tv show?

Hmm… I would have to say Robot Chicken. Shitty as can be but so funny. 

What websites do you check out regularly?

Freeskier, POW, Quirky, Oregon Feild Guide, and GoodPeople!

Who is your favorite Instagram profile?

I would have to say extreme athlete Dean Potter, a professional wingsuit maniac! Do check him out. 

What music is in your iPod right now?

Ungodly amounts of electronic music! There are so many free mixes in the podcast section on iTunes 

What song will play that would embarrass you?

Hahaha, Heat of the Moment by Asia

Hobbies: mountain biking, snowboarding, mountaineering, skydiving, electronic music and of course friend making and retaining. 

If your brand were a donut, what kind would you be?

Jelly donut with peanut butter on top, yes it exists. 

If your brand was a dog, what kind would you be?  

Jack Russel they have so much energy and they like to climb trees. 

Best accomplishment: So far in my life I would have to say being apart of Bosky!

Biggest fail: There are a few, but I would have to say geting 2nd degree burns while bombing hills on my drop deck longboard

Fav Quote: Be the change you want to see in the world-Gandhi

Words to live by: The future is pointless if the present is secondary

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- DP

Top 5 highlights for GoodPeople at Winter X Games Aspen

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Things have been busy for the past week with the GoodPeople crew hitting the road for the X Games. Especially because they just announced a deal for 5 more years of the event in Aspen. This year we got hooked up with Press Passes and had a front row seat for the most insane tricks we’ve ever seen! We want to give you a feel of what it’s like to be behind the scenes and up-close at one of the worlds best winter sports event. So here are the top 5 highlights from our weekend in Assssspeen!

1. Repreve, Elena, and the X Games turn the pipe green!

Going green is here to stay. Giving back socially and environmentally is not marketing, it’s a way of life. It’s necessary and improves everyone’s lives in the process. Repreve and Elena Hight did an amazing job bringing this to life by “turning the pipe green”! Repreve is a company that recycles plastic bottles to make new clothes. Combined with Volcom, Elena’s jacket was made of 100% recycled plastic bottles!

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2. Gretchen Bleiler Retires from competition

The living legend, Gretchen Bleiler, announced that she would be retiring after this X Games and moving on to other things. We had a chance to hang out with her after her last half pipe run ever, and she was happy and ready for the next steps. And guess what the first thing on her plate is? A trip to Baldface Lodge up in BC to shred some pow!

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3. Matt and Kim are seriously GoodPeople.

They went huge in Aspen putting on one hell of a show and then shredded Ajax the next day! Even though Kim had never snowboarded before, she picked it up super quick thanks to hanging with Hannah Teter and the Burton Crew.

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Here’s a link to some unedited GoPro footy from the show!

4. We were stoked on Danny Davis’s switch method! He’s bringing style back to the pipe.

5. Riding Buttermilk with GoPro crew and Grete Eliassen

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- Mike

Hit the Backcountry with Flylow

In between praying for snow in Tahoe and catching some insane powder days in Colorado, we caught up with Flylow founder Dan Abrams to see how things were going. We’re so stoked to have Flylow on GoodPeople because we think they are making some of the coolest products for the backcountry/freeride community. Dan and co-founder Greg Steen have a great thing going and we wanted to know more about what it takes to create such a sick line of outerwear that has the mobility of mountaineering gear but the style and fit of freeride apparel.

Here’s what Dan had to say:

PBR or Fat Tire?

PBR.. I was in high school when Fat Tire came out, can’t really drink it anymore. no comment on the quality. I love New Belgium’s Ranger IPA.

Surf or Snow?   

Snow. I like to surf, but I am more for the mountains and longer rides then surfing can provide.

What is your favorite shitty tv show?

Right now, Battlestar Galactica.

What websites other than GoodPeople.com do you check out regularly?

opensnow.com/dailysnow/tahoe

http://www.colbertnation.com/


Who is your favorite instagram profile?

Garrett Grove

What music is in your iPod right now?

I just bought James Brown’s Motherload album


What song will play that would embarrass you?

Tom Cochrane - Life is a Highway 

Hobbies:

Mtn Biking, skiing, wake surfing, waterskiing, playing music

How long has Flylow been solving the world’s backcountry gear problems?

8-9 years

What is the driving purpose behind your brand?  

to make the best outerwear for hunting powder in the mountains.

If your brand were a donut, what kind would you be?  

Old fashion


If your brand was a dog, what kind would you be?  

New Mexican Street Mutt named Bill.

How does your brand Go Big and Do Good?  

We make gear the bridges the gap between backcountry and freeride. We are solid company that does not aim to grow super fast, just very well. We want to create jobs in the ski industry that will last.


Who is inspiring you at the moment?  

Always Yvon Chouinard


What is your brand’s home town?

The Rockies… We have 4: Jackson, WY. Seattle, Denver, Tahoe City, CA.


What makes you different?  

Our blend of design and materials… may be that Greg and I own, design and actually ski in the gear. Not sure all of those other companies have folks that do all of it and still love to shred above all.

Best accomplishment:

Marrying my wife.

Biggest fail:

no failures, only learning experiences.

Favorite Quote:

"Well it really doesn’t matter which way I want to go, because the night has fallen and I am a long long way from home"—-Stevie Ray Vaughn  

Words to live by:

"No problems, only solutions"… spoken by ‘Happy’ (Feliz) the police chief in the ski town of Moena, Italy that throws the best freeride festival in the world, Scufonera, in the Dolomites…get there.

 

***Big thanks to Dan for hanging out, we’re looking forward to finding some freshies with you guys sometime soon! If you want to check out more of their collection, click here.

- DP



Deep Thoughts with iNi Cooperative

At the heart of the GoodPeople community are the brands pushing all of us to Go Big and Do Good. Last time we sat down with Misty Casseus, from Flipside Fresh, this week we bring to you Abran Abeyta, Creative Director at iNi Cooperative. In this post, we asked him some very serious questions about life, his brand, and…we got to hear about his pursuit of women. 

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PBR or Fat Tire?

Fat tire

Surf or Snow?

Trick question… Both, it’s all water!

What is your favorite shitty tv show?

Definitely going to have to go with Cops

What websites do you check out regularly?

GoodPeople, Hypebeast, WorldStar, & Wikipedia

Who is your favorite instagram profile?

@iNiCooperative duh

What music is in your iPod right now?

I never opened it up… How do you get the CDs in there?

What song will play that would embarrass you?

When Doves Cry, only because I have to sing along, with jazz

hands of course.

Do you have a nickname? If not, do you want one?

No. Yes.

Best Halloween costume?

Crash Test Dummy

When was the last time you wore a dress?

Prom, senior year of high school. It sucks when you lose a bet to

your bros.

Hobbies:

Snowboarding, skating, hunting for Mushrooms, Competitive Hot

Dog Eating, & Underwater Basket Weaving.

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How young is your brand?

i.N.i is entering our 3rd year

What is the driving purpose behind your brand?

Women. Everything we do in life is for them. Why get out of bed,

Why cut your hair, Why brush your teeth… Women.

If your brand were a donut, what kind would you be?

Double Chocolate Glazed

If your brand was a dog, what kind would you be?

A wolf, back to the basics.

Who is inspiring you at the moment?

We are more inspired by our surroundings, than any one person in particular. With offices in Los Angeles and Mt. Hood, we frequently get to jump between the busy urban city life, and the quiet natural mountains in the Pacific NorthWest. This provides us with a unique perspective and balance that I think really inspires everyone in the Cooperative.

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What is your brand’s home town?

Our Home Town is Mt. Hood, OR. And our secondary home in good old Southern California.

What makes you different?

Our DNA, there is not another like it.

"There is not another like it." We think that says it all. We see huge things coming from iNi over the next year. Make sure to checkout iNi’s incredible selection on GoodPeople and pick yourself up some new gear for this winter! And a big thanks to Abran for taking the time to meet with us. We’d be stoked to après with you this winter and have some Fat Tires!

- Denny

Get to know Flipside Fresh

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At the heart of the GoodPeople community are the brands pushing all of us to Go Big and Do Good. This week we sat down with one of the raddest people we know, Misty Casseus, founder of Flipside Fresh! We first met up with Misty at the X Games this summer and are super stoked on the way she lives life and breaks down barriers. In this post, we asked her some very serious questions about life, her brand, and the pursuit of happiness. 

If your brand were a donut, what kind would you be?

A chocolate glazed doughnut. We take what’s already classic and good, then add an extra layer of goodness on top.

Tell us about Flipside Fresh?

Flipside Fresh, is about breaking down stereotypes and exposing minorities to sports that you may not normally see a lot of diversity in. Many individuals don’t know how to get involved or that they are actually fun sports. On our blog we highlight individuals that are involved in these sports. We show how they got involved, and what they like about it. This way people can say, “Wow, they are a lot like me” and be encouraged to go out and try something new. 

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Where did the idea for Flipside Fresh come from?

When I started snowboarding about 7 years ago, I would be one of very few minorities on the mountain. When I told people I snowboard in winter, they would say things like “Really?? No offense, but I didn’t think black people snowboard, I didn’t even realize black people liked cold weather.” They were even more shocked when they found out I surf, and like outdoor activities like hiking.

How does Flipside Fresh Go Big and Do Good?

We integrate hip-hop, and popular culture into the sports we love. Some of our t-shirts also make bold statements that erase some of the stereotypes about minorities being involved in extreme/alternative type sports. We also ran gear drives and donated gear to Hoods to Woods, an organization that takes inner city kids to the slopes to teach them how to snowboard. http://www.hoodstowoodsfoundation.org/

Why are you stoked about GoodPeople?

I love what GoodPeople has done…Creating a community for people that are interested in similar sports is such an amazing concept.  It’s unique, there is nothing else out there like it.  And I also like that GoodPeople helps people to discover brands like Flipside Fresh that are all about promoting aspects of the sports they love, while doing great things for the environment, and for people in their community.

What makes you different?

Besides the fact that I’m a Haitian-American female who loves to snowboard, surf, and climb crazy tall mountains…I guess nothing.

If your brand was a dog, what kind would you be?

We are a baby Lab. We are loyal to the core, but are still in our growing stage. Give us time and we will become your best friend.

What are you most excited about at the moment?

Starting a business is one of the most challenging things I’ve ever attempted. There’s always something going on which makes it exciting all the time. At this moment I’m excited that our lookbook is finally complete and you will start to see a larger presence of our t-shirts in stores coast to coast this winter season!

What are your core values?

Be loyal to the people that matter, love yourself and all your quirks. Most of all, be true to yourself.

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Who is your favorite Instagram profile?

Rihanna…she has killer style. It’s fun to see what she is doing next with her look. And of course, Flipside Fresh! You can follow us at flipsidefresh

What song will play that would embarrass you?

“Call Me Maybe.” I’m a sucker for catchy lyrics!

What is your favorite shitty tv show?

E! Entertainment channel always sucks me into their reality shows. I’ll end up watching a marathon of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and waist my whole day away. smh

If you could blow off work, where would you go?

My 1st instinct is to say my cali-king (aka: big-ass bed), because I don’t get a lot of down time/sleep. But, I would have to say a warm beach with clear blue water, anywhere in the world that I can practice surfing.

Who is inspiring you at the moment? Every person in the world that is thinking outside the box, and creating something memorable. People who are going to leave a great mark in the world…that’s inspiring.

Unknown fact: My nickname is “Moo Moo” but I’m not telling you what it means. Maybe if you follow me on Instagram you’ll find out!

Music in her iPod: Everything from Drake, to Little Dragon, to Yuna, to Quadron, to Sarah Jaffe and all great music in between.

Hobbies: I just learned how to surf this past summer and I love it. I have also been snowboarding for 7 years. I dabble in everything creative, including fashion styling, photography, video editing, and blogging.

Best accomplishment: I made it to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro ~ 19,341ft club ;-)

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Biggest fail: Not taking the red pill

Fav Quote: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” –Dr. Suess, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Words to live by: An old man once said…”Chewing iron nails is easier than going through life.”…boy do I believe him!

Huge thanks to Misty for taking the time to talk with us and share some of the magic behind Flipside Fresh! You can support her and her mission to breakdown stereotypes by picking up some new gear on her GoodPeople shop.

GoodPeople SoCal Roadtrip

As usual, a lifetime seems to have passed between blog posts without any chance of slowing it down or documenting everything. The last 3 months has been the most exciting and non-stop work for GoodPeople since Pablo and I were doing snowboard split at Vail Ski School. Although I won’t be able to capture each and every detail but hopefully I can at least share the ridiculous fun and support we received at every stop along our journey!

1: Agenda Trade Show in Long Beach

2: Van’s US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach

3: X Games in LA

1.  Agenda Trade Show in Long Beach: AKA, the largest convention in the “Action Sports Industry”, showcases the new collections of about 600 of the best surf, skate, and lifestyle brands. After considering a partnership with the Agenda Crew to sponsor part of the convention for the up and coming brands, we decided against it and hit the trade show gorilla style. With a crew of 5, we rolled into the convention center and talked with just about every brand in there.

Since we had recently launched our marketplace specifically geared towards these brands, we were kids in a candy store. We began by asking questions. Asking a lot of questions…Where do you sell online? How do you deal with retail stores while needing to sell online? How do you drive traffic to your site? Where do you spend your marketing $$$? What are you doing to build your brand? The overwhelming answer was that there is no good solution for these questions yet. Everyone is patching together a plan while the industry tries to fix itself. Cue GoodPeople.com!!!! 

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2. Van’s US Open of Surfing in Huntington: AKA, Sex-charged Teenage Beach Rave that coincides with a killer surf event at a world class venue. Over the final weekend of the event, we met up with our friend Chrissy from the ASP and got to hear about all the awesome new changes they are making to improve the tour. I’m so stoked for their vision with the Big Wave tour and can’t wait to see it roll out. We also spent time with our pro-photographer buddy Adrian Wlodarcyk who was kind enough to show us a few of his tricks. There is no doubt, he is the real deal and seems to always get the shot! After spending 5 days at the beach, surfing, skating, and dodging riots, it was time for the rest of the GoodPeople crew to move on to downtown LA and mob the X Games!

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3. X Games Los Angeles: GoodPeople has been to a lot of X Games, but this time was different. This time we were running the Interactive Parks and had our own booth right across from RedBull. In between visits from pro’s like Tony Hawk, Mitchie Brusco, Allysha Bergado, Candy Jacobs, Lizzie Armanto, and Mimi Knoop, we somehow managed to coach over 1500 kids on skateboards, bmx and scooters without a single injury! Our coaches put on demos and worked with both kids and adults on a mini-ramp, street course, longboarding area, and park setup. We were also so stoked to be able to partner with GRO and B4BC to run girls only clinics and have a pro-panel that included some of the top athletes at the games, including: Mimi Knoop, Allysha Bergado, Lizzie Armanto, and Maria Forsberg.

In addition to the Interactive Parks, our booth was packed from start to finish and we spread the stoke of GoodPeople to thousands of people throughout the 4 days of the event. With a graffiti wall for everyone to tag up and a red carpet backdrop for photos, it was a non-stop party in the booth. We gave away 4 X Games complete skateboards and signed up about a 1000 new users to the site! 

I have to thank a ton of people for helping make the whole road trip a huge success. First, the amazing crew with the X Games: Val, Kyle, Amy, Jackie, Brittany, Nathalie, Matt, and many others for their help putting it all together. Second, my friends and family who came out to LA, worked their asses off and showed everyone what it means to be GoodPeople: Pablo, Dano, Agustin, Julieta, Rachel, Denny, Rie, Damon, Cassy, Andrew, Patrick, Rob, Edward, Nikita, Nicole, Lynn, Jeremy, Robbie, Tyler, Jake, Kevin, Max. Our friends at B4BC and GRO that helped us bring girls riding to the forefront of the event with some incredible sessions and events: Erika, Blair, Liza, Courtney and their volunteers were awesome and I look forward to working with them again soon! Chrissy, you are awesome and no doubt we are going to do some big things together. Chris at DCL, you’re the man and I’m looking forward to sending more business your way. Baz, killer work on the logo, t-shirts, hats, bags, booth, couldn’t have done it without you. GoPro for supporting us with cameras and Woodward for some awesome sessions in the park. Sunskis for your sweet shades. FDV for representing and throwing down some amazing demos. Colorado Skateboards for going huge. SkateStart for leading the progression. To all, my sincere thanks. You are my GoodPeople.

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- Mike