Showtime for Cushe Ambassador - Matthias Giraud

Matthias, the self-proclaimed “Super Frenchie”, was born for adventure, and never refuses an opportunity to find the edges of his limits; which, we don't think he's even seen yet. First to ski BASE jump off Mississippi Head at Mt Hood, Oregon, and last to leave the party — Matthias’ latest stunt features a paraglide rope swing that is exactly as dangerous and as it sounds.


Matthias has been with Cushe since 2012 — we’re smitten with his charismatic mug and wild-man antics, and we’re not the only ones to have taken notice. "60 Minutes Sports" examines the wild mind of the creative thrill seeker who calls ski base jumping "his calling” this week!


The 13-minute segment airs Tuesday, February 3rd at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.


See a short preview of the segment courtesy CBS News HERE.

 

Tune in or visit the cushe.com blog next week for an update including the full video from SHOWTIME — stay up-to-date with Matthias on his website.

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Today is a Good Day (day)

So it's January, holiday season is over, and maybe you're feeling like you don't have a lot left to celebrate. Well at least one South Central Hip Hop icon might beg to differ.

As immortalized by O'Shea Jackson, better known by the the Goodyear Blimp as Ice Cube, Tuesday, January 20 marks the official Today Was a Good Day day (just click the link, you won't be disappointed).

What do you need to partake in the festivities? We're not sure, but a drop-top couldn't hurt. Or maybe it's an all-day marathon of the delightfully awkward '90s time capsule, Yo! MTV Raps.  There are no hard and fast rules, but if you find yourself yelling, "Domino!" you're probably on the right track.

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August Playlist

In the thick of summer, these were the songs of our August. Time to go find a cool breeze and some #CusheTime. 

Young Statues - Eraser 
Field Mouse - Glass
A Sunny Day In Glasgow - The Body, It Bends
Wintersleep - Archaeologists 
Vacationer - The Wild Life 
The Rural Alberta Advantage - On the Rocks
Bahamas - All the Time
French Style Furs - (World in My) Bloodstream
Little Racer - Ghostly 
Hozier - From Eden

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#CusheTime Photo Contest

Get stoked - it’s contest time! Which means some peoples are getting free shoes! 

Participation is easy, but if you are unsure, just ask yourself:

1. Do I take pictures of stuff while I’m doing stuff?
2. Do I share those pictures online sometimes / all the time / maybe too much? 
3. Am I currently using the internet? 

If you answered ‘yes’ or ‘hell yes’ to any or all of those questions, you can totally do this! If you answered ‘no’ to question #3, we are scientifically confused and will need to draft an immediate email to Neil deGrasse Tyson for clarification.  

So how do you play along with this contest? Simple, just share a picture of your #CusheTime with us! #CusheTime is YOUR time - and it could be anything. A sunset on the beach, a couple of good friends and a bonfire, a photo from a concert… whatever it is that helps you find a little happiness - that’s your #CusheTime. 

Post and tag your photo using the hashtag #CusheTime on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or upload it directly to our contest page

One important thing to note - if any of your social accounts that you share this photo on are private, we can’t see your entry! No worries if you wanna keep things private though, just use the uploader on the contest page we linked above. 

Make it fun / awesome / silly - ‘cause we’re picking a winner each week for a free pair of Cushes! Now get our there and find some more #CusheTime, share a photo, and win some shoes! 

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We’re On The Cover!

Why is this ridiculously good looking dude all smiles? Probably because he’s wearing the Cushe Slipper! Possibly because he’s a model - but likely it’s just the Slipper. 

The Cushe Slipper is gracing the cover of the September issue of Outside Magazine by way of this extremely happy fella’s feet, and popping back up again on page 47! So exciting! Our little Slipper is all growns up, and we’re so proud. We hope it doesn’t forget about us on its meteoric rise to fame. 

The September issue of Outside is on shelves right now - so pick one up and pin us on your bedroom wall!

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July Playlist

The month of July has been brought to you by hammocks, bonfires, the letter Q, and the following playlist:

Stars - The Theory of Relativity 
Wild Belle - Keep You
Big Data feat. Joywave - Dangerous
Spoon - Do You
Jungle - Busy Earnin'
The Horrors - In And Out Of Sight
GRMLN - Teenage Rhythm 
Crooked Colours - Come Down
The Orwells - Always N Forever
Woods - Size Meets the Sound


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The Summer's Best Flip-Flops

Of course, we've been saying this for years, but now Outside Online has included the Manuka Wrap in their list of Summer-Changing Flip Flops

Outside says the Wrap is best for minimalists - and walking in them is "as close to barefoot as you can get with shoes on."

Big thanks to the Outside crew for including little ol' us! 

Snag a pair for yourself here

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Our Favorite Surf Flicks

Disclaimer: This list doesn’t contain either “The Endless Summer” or “Point Break”. “The Endless Summer” is a great and timeless movie – it arguably launched surfing into the lives of everyone outside of the core culture. That pretty much puts it on every ‘Best Surf Movies’ list ever. “Point Break”… not exactly a pure surfing movie, but popular and pretty damn quotable. 

Who kinda didn’t want to be agent Johnny Utah? 

Film still from "Step Into Liquid"

In no particular order, surf flicks we like are:

Step Into Liquid (2003)
Beautiful cinematography, some brave footage and riders, and a solid soundtrack. This film is so pretty, we’ve seen it being played with no sound, and it’s still engaging. 

Riding Giants (2004)
Great stuff from director Stacy Peralta - the guy behind “Dogtown and Z-Boys”, and of course a famous surfer/skater in his own right. “Riding Giants” goes from talking surf origins, to profiling the biggest waves, and the biggest personalities that go after them. 

Surfwise (2007) 
Kind of a deeper watch – “Surfwise” tells the story of Dorian Paskowitz, his wife, and their 9 home-schooled and beach-raised kids. Literally. Paskowitz raised all of his kids in a small camper on the beach. Directed by Doug Pray, who also made a great DJing documentary called “Scratch”

The September Sessions (2002)
Directed by Jack Johnson (yep – the singer / surfer), this shorter film is a look at some big names simply getting into some good waves. It’s just an enjoyable watch. As you may imagine, solid music plays a part in this one as well. 

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Cristian Merello Joins Cushe

So here is a thing that is awesome: superstar Chilean surfer Cristian Morello joins team Cushe as an international ambassador! 

Morello has as many trophies as we do slippers, plus he's an all-around cool dude. A perfect addition to an already great squad. 

Bonus science-y information: Winter in Chile is June to August. Also, on a synoptic scale, the most important factors that controls the climate in Chile are the Pacific Anticyclone, the southern circumpolar low pressure area, the cold Humboldt current, the Chilean Coast Range and the Andes Mountains. Despite Chile's narrowness, some interior regions may experience wide temperature oscillations and cities such as San Pedro de Atacama, may even experience a continental climate.

What just happened… we blacked out. 

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