Vintage Vortex

Slugball is taking the holiday weekend off — back in action on Monday Nov 30.

To keep you sharp, a vintage vortex is enclosed below — five terrific longform stories that won’t disappoint, plus the usual array of eclectic sports and culture.

Many thanks to the Slugball readers — you are awesome.

Have a safe and fun weekend.

– Matt

The all-consuming surf culture at MavericksN+1

The technology, marketing and human know-how behind Felix Baumgartner’s space jump – Vanity Fair

Pat Riley’s escape from New YorkBronx Banter (this article contains explicit language)

How the thrill of the powder chase led 16 skiers to their deathThe New York Times

Bison Dele’s mysterious disappearanceSports Illustrated

In Other News

Two Bald Blokes

How the Men in Blazers are delivering soccer to AmericaCNN

Wheel Time

David Letterman is in the driver’s seat – Maxim

This Must Be The Place

Mike Krzyzewski is doing exactly what he wants – Vice Sports

Features & Benefits

How gear companies set their pricing – Outside Magazine

Rounders

Photo: awesome skateboard wheelsInstagram

Cover shot: Arizona v. Arizona St – Getty