BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM AND BOOK FESTIVAL

Who doesn't like watching movies or reading books-especially when they are about the spirit of the outdoor adventure, exploration and wild places? Here at Cushe, we love a well-shot flick, and we're pumped to once again be partnering with The Banff Centre to host the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival - the world's best and largest mountain festival.

The festival kicks off in beautiful Banff, Calgary, November 1st.  But if you can't make it to Calgary that's ok, becuase the tour packs up and hits the road.  Click here for tour dates.

And if you are looking for something to get your heart racing, check out the Radical Reels program-made up of short, action-packed climbing, paddling, mountain biking, BASE jumping (we know our buddy Matthias Giraud will be checking this out), skiing and snowboarding.

Go forth, watch movies, read books and find happiness. #HappinessHunting

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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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June Playlist

Some jamz (the 'z' makes it more boss) we collected in June. Not gonna lie, Tacocat was likely included because Tacocat spelled backwards IS STILL TACOCAT! 

Kaiser Chiefs - Good Days Bad Days
Temples - Shelter Song
Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)
Pattern is Movement - Make It Right
Bearhug - Grapefruit
To Kill A King - Cold Skin
Little Green Cars - The John Wayne
Tacocat - You Never Came Back
Bad Books - It Never Stops
Modern Baseball - The Weekend

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