THE SHRIMP. PHOTO: WILLY SIONS
SURFSTYLE UPDATE : DEC 03 – http://www.surfstyle.org – We are starting production for the NYC exhibit and will be meeting with museums and galleries in January. While we are making the rounds, if anyone has suggestions, or hears of new art locales opening up, send us the details and we will meet up while back East. The exhibit is planned for early summer 04 before we ship off to the U.K. WORD – News, Latest Happenings, Etc. _Glass Love – Andrew Kidman’s coming flick is sure to be another masterpiece. Kidman is all soul and I have to say that fella is every single bit of what’s good about our collective love for the glide. If you get the chance, pick up the latest Surfers Journal for some interesting insight on his coming film. _Riding Waves. The sproutly glidester Cyrus Sutton has entered the surf movie arena with a nice burst. His Riding Waves flick has some classic footage of Swami John Peck busting full-on limb-pretzel-meditation moves along with him charging some heavy waves at his favorite SD break. Nice job on laying down the organic punjabi beats courtesy of DJ Cheb I Sabbah (Six Degree Records) – the whole soundtrack is right on. There’s also some super stoney editing of Mr. Donavon that will bring you back to the days of PeeWee’s Playhouse; some family footage of the Machado’s (Producer); and of course JT, among others. We’re including it as part of our film exhibit tour and will be showing it in SF within the next few weeks. Herbie Fletcher – Herbie doesn’t use email, so don’t email him- call him. Okay, Herb rocked SoHo last month for a hot art show that brought out faces from the…(umm)…the bohomeian / society / art world in NYC i.e. the people that make shit happen in the Apple. The ‘large girl w/ no eyes’ board collaboration he’s doing with Julian Schnabel are in our humble opinion, very cool. We love Herb for never slowing down. Patrick Trefz Exhibit Mr. Trefz has his one man foto exhibition in Santa Cruz as well as a new book featuring fotoz in/around the other SC. H’e's got skillz so check it out ptrefzphoto.com Joe Curren speaking of skillz, Joe C has a nice new website to peep out joecurrenphotography.com – in time for holiday gifts. _Ty Trippoli’s fascinating rail-bone barrel-form created quite a buzz at Surf Style. Now Ty’s bailed SF for the Brooklyn, NYC muse and w/o a moment to spare is in the Gallery at 49th exhibit www.gallery49.com The NYC peeps on the list should check it b/c TyRomer charges – on board and studio. Surf Style Books looking bitchin. We are on target to hit our release date of early summer 04. If you’re a retailer or distributor interested in carrying the book, please get in touch. Bill Ogden Documentary We just reviewed partial footage for the coming Bill Ogden documentary and it’s 100% Bill Ogden. Maui’s Randy Mills is behind this one and we will update you as it progresses. Jbrother is making the leap from surf fotag/film director to doing advert and product photography shoots for Madison Avenue agencies in NYC. Congrats to Jbrrr for breaking out! PBS picked up the Surf Style TV documentary for the pop culture show SPARK and will be airing it across the country. Will keep you updated on that. If you didn’t get a chance to buy art at Surf Style and want to pass along a worthy non-consumer holiday present, please email us and we will connect you with the art-ists. WWW.SURFSTYLE.ORG
FUEL TV UPDATES – Please find the following information regarding December programming highlights for FUEL. To find out if you get FUEL, visit www.fuel.tv. SPECIALS Thicker than Water Special (Dec 21st/9:37pm ET/PT) FUEL interviews surfer/musician/filmmaker Jack Johnson and filmmakers Emmett and Chris Malloy along with surfer Benji Weatherly, Ross Williams, Rob Machado and Tamayo Perry about the film that was voted Surfer Magazine Best Video of 2000. The DVD re-release is now available at www.jackjohnsonmusic.com and select music stores nationwide. Women’s Long Board Championship (Long Board TV Special airs Dec 28th/10:35 ET/PT) – From Opper Sports Productions and FUEL, checkout the women’s long board championship in Costa Rica. – MOVIES/STUNTS * Snow Day (Dec 20th and December 25th/1:05pm -2:07am ET/PT) An all day stunt featuring the best of FUEL’s snow related programming including events (World Beat), series (The Standard Snowboard Show) and the World Television Premiere of two snow films (Slednecks and Happy Dayz). o Best of Slednecks (Dec 20th/8:09 ET/PT) – Winner of 2002 X-Dance Film Festival ‘Best Stunt Film’ award, this film is action packed with some of the best snowmobile riding in the world. Featured is Pro Snowboarder Jim Rippey’s famous and flawless backflip on a snowmobile. o Happy Dayz (Dec 20th/9:07pm ET/PT) – Happy Dayz blends style with innovation, speed, with grace, veteran with rookie and backcountry with urban. Experience the revolution where athletes push themselves beyond the edge of the imaginable taking you to skiing’s core culture. SERIES PREMIERES * GKA – (Dec 14th/10:07pm ET/PT) Hosted by women’s snowboarding pioneer Tina Basich, GKA brings attention to the women of action sports and their accomplishments. * World Beat:… (Dec 1st/11:13pm ET/PT Mon-Fri) Each episode under the World Beat umbrella takes you to top contests and events in the world of surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and bmx taking place around the world such as Air and Style Snowboard Competition ’02 held in the Casino Arena in Austria; the Quiksilver Slopestyle Pro 2003; the Burton European Open 2003; and the Etnies Bowl Masters. EPISODIC PREMIERES – Firsthand, Benji Weatherly (12/14 at 9:07pm ET/ PT), Lisa Anderson (12/28 at 9:07pm ET/ PT), Skate Maps (12/7 at 9:37pm ET/PT), The Standard Snowboard Show (12/7 and 12/21 at 8:37pm ET/PT), Also, catch new episodes of 10 Count, ASP WCT 2003, Surge, Project Detention 2003, Core Culture, Fusion and High Octane. Visit www.fuel.tv.
KULASHOK PRESS RELEASE – ‘Unity’ on Thursday Dec 18. We are featuring an expo/trade show with lots of surf and reggae products not only on display but on sale. We will have cds, surfboards, t-shirts, hats, skateboards, etc. If you know anyone that would be interested in this expo please have them call me or email 305 534 firstname.lastname@example.org. The expo starts at 7pm and as always, the party starts at 9pm and we do surf movies at 10pm. This month we have Kya-Pi and Mastah’s Peace performing live. It happens at the Bayside Hut 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway on Key Biscayne, FL 305 361 0808. LANCE-O will be playing the best in reggae, dancehall and ska all night long. www.kulchashok.com
HAPPY HOUR PARTY AT NIRVANA RANCH – VENICE, CA – Happy Hour – December 11th 5pm – 7pm. and December 12th 7pm to 10pm. All day Happy Hour Sale – December 13, 2003. noon – 8pm. Entrance cost: Free. Location: 1842 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Free parking. Check www.minawear.com for more details.
ROUNDWALL ROUNDUP, The Outer Banks Family YMCA invites you to compete in the biggest Outer Banks skate event of the season in North Carolina! Grindline built an awesome park for us, and we’re pleased to show it off. Rob Nelson’s site at eastcoastaholics.com has nice pics of the park. Groms, Amateurs, and Open Division skaters will compete for LOTS of merchandise and a top prize of $500. Join us Saturday, November 29 from 9 am until dark at the YMCA Skate Park located at 3000 S. Croatan Highway in Nags Head. Entry fee is $15. The Needles from Wilmington, and Fujiwara from The Outer Banks are the bands that will be playing at the event. This event is brought to you by The Outer Banks Family YMCA and frontsidedesign.com. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA Skate Park and Hurricane Isabel relief fund. For more information call the Y at 252-449-8897 or check it all out at www.roundwallroundup.com or www.obxymca.com.
EASTCOASTAHOLIC.COM NEWS – Hello. This is Rob Nelson from www.eastcoastaholic.com we’ve been putting out this web zine/video zine for about ten months and the response has been overwhelming. The video zine is basically footage compiled at different sessions from all over. Mostly locals and some pros. Most is taken by myself or my partner or donated by other devotees. The first volume sold well. We are now realeasing our second video by the 16th of Nov. The footage will include Outer Banks NC, Philly PA, MD, OH, VA, CO, and other random spots and a killer soundtrack. This is a totally non profit project. Proceeds are put back into the project and any left over goes to build more skate terrain. Check out what the Outer Banks has to offer here: www.eastcoastaholic.com. After the dust settles at the ROUNDWALL ROUND UP we are moving over to The Neptune Grill which is right next door to view our latest release ECA video zine #2 and NorthWest, a super-8 skate film featuring all the Dreamland and Grindline parks in the NW by Rick Charnoski and Coan Nichols. After which the bands will crank up the noise all over again. Please contact email@example.com or call 252 449 8897 for more info.
Bulldog Skateboards is having a contest for anyone purchasing goods from the Bulldog Skates Website between Oct 16th and and December 17th. The winner will recieve a ‘One of a Kind’ Bulldog Hand Drawn and Painted Board from Wes Humpston. Go to www.bulldogskates.com.
THE ALLIANCE AND FUEL TEAM UP ON-AIR – Spots for New Action Sports Network Feature Pro Skateboarders Danny Way, Bob Burnquist, Tony Alva, Duane Peters, Steve Olson, Lance Mountain, Steve Alba and Dave Reul – LOS ANGELES, November 19, 2003 – The Alliance Film Group, an innovative production collective specializing in action sports, has teamed up with FUEL, Fox’s new action sports television network, on a series of promotional spots for the network in addition to GKA, the new girls action sports series hosted by pro snowboarder Tina Basich that premieres on Sunday, December 14 at 10:07pm ET/PT. ‘It’s great working with a super creative crew like the group at Fuel, who support pushing the boundaries of action sport filming, said Chris Zamoscianyk, partner of The Alliance. ‘Plus the caliber of athletes really made for some insane footage.’ ‘Companies like FUEL and DC Shoes have to be on point with their advertising. Chris has the talent and knowledge of action sports that made him perfect for this project. And that is demonstrated by the positive response we’ve had to this creative,’ explains Jake Munsey, Creative Director for FUEL. For the first spot, FUEL and The Alliance coordinated with DC Shoes to shoot exclusive footage of Danny Way on the same ramp he used to set world record marks for highest air and longest air. This spot featuring Danny on the DC Shoes Mega ramp at Point X Camp in Aguanga, California, began airing on FUEL on Sunday, October 12 to the tunes of Slayer. Bob Burnquist welcomed the team into his backyard to shoot both on ‘The Loop’ and his personal vert ramp. The Burnquist spot featuring ‘The Loop’ will begin airing on Sunday, November 23 during the premiere of a new ‘Skate Maps’ episode. Old school skaters Tony Alva, Duane Peters, Steve Olson, Lance Mountain, Steve Alba and Dave Reul came together for a one-of-a-kind pool shoot set in the suburbs. In the spot, the skate legends interrupt the fun of four kids – Joe Graham, Chris Graham, David Robarge and Jesse Alba (Steve’s son) – who thought they’d finally found a perfect secret location. ‘The opportunity was too great to pass up,’ said DC President Ken Block. ‘When Fuel approached us and we knew DC would be one of the first skate companies to have a spot broadcast across all of Fox’s channels, we were psyched. Danny’s skating is unlike anything else out there right now, and it is great to see it showcased in a commercial spot like this.’ The multi-camera shoots for the Way and Burnquist spots utilized cutting edge filming technologies, including a Photosonics high speed 35mm film camera, an 80′ boom lift and an array of other cameras and equipment from Otto Nemenz International. To capture Way in action on the DC Shoes Mega ramp, a special low-level helicopter camera was also used. The pool skating shoot incorporated state-of-the-art 24p digital technology with the new Panasonic AG-DVX100 camera. The footage from all three shoots is being edited into separate national cross-channel promotion spots and network IDs for FUEL. ‘Beautiful Day’ an inspired tune by Spider Harrison, one of the recently unearthed ’70s funk bands, overlays the Bob Burnquist spot and Duane Peters’ band, US Bombs add the final touch to the pool shoot with their song ‘All The Bodies.’ The Way and Burnquist spots were directed and shot by Chris Zamoscianyk with executive producer Scott Mellini – both partners in the Alliance Film Group. FUEL’s creative director Jake Munsey, directed the Bowl shoot with Zamoscianyk as the DP. All spots were produced and edited in-house under Munsey’s supervision. Telecine was handled by top commercial post-production agencies Company 3 and R!OT, both based in Santa Monica. Entertainment business veterans Zamoscianyk, Scott Mellini and J. Tosh Lu, themselves active participants in action sports culture, created The Alliance Film Group to produce and develop films, videos and episodic production with a unique, irreverent style but without the Hollywood hype. The Alliance inspires creativity through an experimental, fun and interactive environment, while leveraging cutting edge production techniques. With vast experience in all facets of filmmaking including concept, production, post, marketing and distribution, The Alliance has the sensibility and experience to uniquely bridge the action sport and entertainment world. FUEL is the first 24/7 US cable network dedicated to the world of action sports. As a driving force in youth culture, action sports have captured the imagination, energy and excitement of a generation. FUEL covers both competitive and non-competitive action in the arenas of skateboarding, surfing, BMX, freestyle motocross, snowboarding and wakeboarding. Programming includes top-level international sports events and competitions, featuring elite extreme sports athletes. Original and co-produced series are complemented by unique and compelling interstitials, featuring the best slams, the top tricks, and the voices of the action sports industry. Launched on July 1, 2003, FUEL is available in 5 million homes.
Team Pain – Oviedo FL. – By Josh Rabinowitz for SkateboardDirectory.com – Oviedo, Florida * — After using city funds to build a 30,000 square-foot skateboard park, the Parks and Recreation department of Oviedo, Florida, is now charging up to $12/day for admission. Local residents and skateboarders in Oviedo complain that the vast majority of publicly owned skateparks * in the United States * are free, and Oviedo’s should be too. So, they are banding together to show support to make the Oviedo skatepark free on Monday, December 1st at 7PM at the Oviedo City Hall. A poster for the event states: ‘Free the Oviedo Skatepark. Community Skate Park? So why are you charging big $$? Is that fair to the the little kid that cannot afford to skate? NO! Come show your support, Monday December 1st at 7pm at the Oviedo City Hall.’ The skatepark in question is no little snakerun on the edge of a ballfield. This is a well-designed and constructed masterwork by respected longtime skatepark builder Tim Payne’s company Team Pain. According to the Tallahassee parks and recreation website, Tim Payne has received a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his ‘pioneering spirit and innovative ideas’ in designing and building over 100 skate parks worldwide, including those used for the ESPN * X-Games * each year. Tim’s references include Tony Hawk * and Miki Vuckovich *. Trice Guisinger, of the Oviedo Parks and Recreation Department, said that the park cost approximately $700,000-800,000 to build, including land purchase, landscaping, and construction. About $200,000 of the cost of the park went to Team Pain for the construction of the actual skateboarding structures. The all-concrete park is about half street course and half pools. ‘Basically,’ explained Tim, ‘the cities make skateboarding illegal, and then they build these parks, and they should be free. … Our whole business (philosophy) is that when we build a city park, it should be free.’ Trice Guisinger of the Oviedo Parks and Recreation department said that she understood that the skatepark fees were put in place to fund the maintanance of the skatepark, and to monitor the park to help avoid lawsuits. But Tim feels those aren’t good reasons. Budgets for park maintanance, he explained, ‘are already in place.’ In addition, ‘the state of Florida put skateboarding on the list of hazardous activities, so there’s no way you can sue the state’ for using an unmonitored skatepark. And Tim says that based on his research, monitoring of a park actually puts the city at increased liability, as the monitor can be held responsible if, for example, they fail to keep someone wearing their helmet. Some think that the park’s maintanance could be payed for with a concession on the premise instead of through fees to skaters. ‘They would make so much more money on concessions if the park was free’, said local skater Tito Porrata. Tito also expressed that the entrance fee kept the park from being skated much. Most skaters, he explained, opt to travel to free skateparks instead. According to Tito, other Florida cities with skateparks include Tampa *, Deltona, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Navaree City, Collier Count-Naples, Tallahassee, North Port, Tavares, Lakeland, lakeland, Gulfport, Marathon, Boca Raton, Defuniak Springs, Denudin, and Venice. And other communities have come up with other solutions to cover the ongoing costs of a skatepark. According to David Hormuth, who helped organize the operation of the Tallahassee skatepark, most cities in Florida with longstanding Parks and Recreation departments have ‘Friends of the Park’ funds set up, where funds and property can be donated to the park and earmarked for particular purposes. In Tallahassee, he explained, the operation of the park is funded by donations raised at events put on by the local skateshop. The proceeds are then placed in the Friends of the Park fund specifically for the operation of the skatepark. David also explained that wasn’t much monitoring needed: ‘Skaters are a no-hassle kind of people’. And there’s also an argument that the park should just be open and unmonitored. ‘There’s over 1,000 other public city skateparks, and a lot of them don’t even have fences,’ explained Tim. The poster for Monday’s ‘Free Oviedo’ event also states that ’97% of the skateparks in the US are free, unfenced and unsupervised’. But the most important thing to realize, Tito told me, is that for some, having a park fee or not means the difference between being able to go to the park or not. Many local kids, he explains, have trouble finding money to pay the skatepark’s daily fee. Plus, let’s not forget what we’re talking about here: a city park. Points out Tim: ‘It’s supposed to be a community thing.’ Notes in support of a free Oviedo skatepark can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESS RELEASE – FROM JIM GRAY – I am in the process of helping set up an organization to help keep some skateboard manufacturing in America. Some of my competitors are trying to sell us out to the Chinese. We are forming an organization called ASBMA-American Skateboard Manufactures Association. We need a good logo as we plan on sending out stickers, flyers, building a website, etc…….. I am looking for any donations of a logo design that you are willing to do purely out of love for all those beautiful skateboards you’ve ridden or otherwise appreciated in your life. If you feel up the the challenge, throw something my way, if you don’t-then don’t. If you think someone you know would be into doing something, forward this to them. Thanks, Jim Gray – Abc Board Supply 1977 Placentia Ave Costa Mesa, CA 92627 www.abcboards.com and www.skateparkcoalition.org
Beau Young Wins World Longboard Surf Crown – Australia’s Beau Young captured his second world longboard crown, winning the Oxbow Pro Longboard Championships in Raglan, New Zealand. Young defeated his close friend and rival Joel Tudor in a final that truly featured the sport’s two greatest performers. Young, the son of longboard legend Nat Young, had also won the world title in 2000, while Tudor was the 1998 world champ. For more information, go to www.ispo.com.
Digital – Everday: Digital Skateboarding proudly presents EVERYDAY. Digital raises the bar once again with this non stop, hard hitting feature. This is the must see skateboarding at it’s finest! Starring Bakers smooth as can be Evan Hernandez holding down the LBC., New Expidition and DC pro the ultra talented Ryan Gallant. Making it safe through the fires but always on fire Emericas Bryan Herman. Last but not least the first ever full length street video part from the man of the year (I mean kid) new Almost pro Ryan Sheckler.You have to see it to believe it! Digital is not a video magazine. Digital Skateboarding is a production company. Every film is self titled and a individual project. We work hard with the worlds best skaters to offer our customers what skating is all about fun,comedy and the best skating from the best in skateboarding! Time and time again. We offer a video every five months or so with no direct deadlines as we care more about quality than quantity.
etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest To Be Free! Lake Forest, CA. (21 November, 2003) – etnies and the City of Lake Forest have strengthened their partnership even more by creating a deal that will make the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest a completely free facility. Hearing news that the three million dollar, three acre public skatepark was planning to charge a membership fee to maintain its use, etnies owner, President, CEO and former professional skateboarder Pierre Andre Senizergues met with the City of Lake Forest Tuesday to discuss how to make the park free and open to everyone without any fees. ‘People will go broke if they have to pay all the time,’ said Pierre, laughing. ‘Our park is way too good!’ Remembering that he had to pay a fee to skate a local park near his hometown of Antony, France, Pierre recalled how he and his friends often had trouble finding the funds to skate as much as they wanted to. That same humbling feeling has stayed with Pierre throughout his life, and was a driving factor in calling a meeting with the City about the annual and daily fees for the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest. During the meeting, Lake Forest City Manager Bob Dunek and Assistant City Manager Mark Pulone described their own passion to give the community a free all access public skatepark. ‘ We would love to make this park completely free,’ insisted Bob. ‘Let’s see if we can work something out to make this skatepark something very special for our community.’ Working together as they always have, etnies and the City of Lake Forest figured out a plan that will ensure the park is a free facility. Thanks to a large financial investment on etnies behalf, which will pay staff and maintenance fees, the City guarantees that the skatepark will be free for at least the first year of operation. Each additional year will be financed through special etnies contests and events, generating enough revenue to help the park become a self-sufficient operation. ‘This is huge,’ said Mark Pulone at the end of the meeting. ‘We’ve accomplished something really great today!’ The deal will be presented to the City Council on December 2, and once approved go into effect immediately, thanks to etnies and the passionate representatives of the City of Lake Forest! The etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest will host a huge Grand Opening Ceremony on Saturday, December 13. After this deal is approved, skateboarders around the world will have much more to celebrate than just an amazing etnies skatepark. They’ll have few bucks in their pocket to grab something to eat when they are done skating. etnies, giving back to skateboarding since 1986. www.etnies.com
OUTLOOK SKATEBOARDS PRESS RELEASE – Just in: The New OutLook Skateboards Video #3 – INFESTED – Featuring the complete OutLook Skateboards / Burley Wheels and Bearings Team: Ray Fennessey, Tommy Harward, Packy, Mike Webb, Charles Conti, Peter Caple, Keith Renna, Alex Morris, Chae Devine, Dave Capouano, and Damon Matik. Also Appearing:Tony Alva, Chet Childress, Matt Mumford, Brewce Martin, Jesse Fritch, Duane Peters, Benji Gallaway, Steve Olson, Pat Chanita, Kyle Berard, Dave Hackett, Science, Darren Navarette, Billy Marks, Ryan Sheckler, Reggie Barnes, Mark Lake, Neal Mims, Chris Kendal, Tim Johnson, Yancy Meyer, Jay Stevason, Julian Ethridge, and more! This video features never seen before ground breaking Flatland tricks by Tommy Harward and Keith Renna. With additional coverage of the: Tampa Am 2003 Contest (Street, Vert, and Bowl Contest) Eastern Skateboard Supply Open House 2003 (Freestyle demo by Per Welinder and Tommy Harward), (Mini Ramp Jam with Tony Alva, Matt Mumford, and the OutLook Team), Kona Summer National 2003 Contest (Street, Pool, Vert, and Slolam contest) To view or purchse go here: http://www.outlookskates.com/my_OutLookVIDEOS.htm.
Brazilian Daniel Vieira Wins the Street Competition at the $200,000 U.S. Skateboarding Championships – Old School Meets New School as Two Generations of Skateboarding Compete in the Finals – (Los Angeles, Calif., November 22, 2003) – Eager fans looked on as Daniel Vieira (Brazil), ranked second in the world, took home $30,000 at the first-annual LG Action Sports Championships. Vieira had a clean first run landing everything, but he still managed to top his first score with his second run of 91.00 points. Leading by 5 points in the second round, Vieira put down a 360 flip up the step-up and a backside flip over the hip. At the buzzer he stuck a big noseslide down the ledge getting a huge applause from the fans and judges. His Brazilian compatriots, including vert skater Sandro Dias, were vocal throughout Vieira’s runs and rushed onto the course to congratulate him. Vieira was relieved to end his season on such a high note. ‘In the preliminaries I was nervous,’ said Vieira. ‘But after my first run when I landed all of my tricks I relaxed. This event was a great way to end the season.’ In second, 30-year-old Chris Senn (Grass Valley, CA), the 2003 X Games Street Bronze Medallist, had two clean runs with the smooth style, creativity and high-speed flow he is known for. In third place after the first round, Senn bumped himself up to second place with a score of 87.33. Starting up on the 20-plus-foot back wall, Senn dropped into the course from the steep transition ramp with a huge amount of speed. He did a backside alley oop over the hip, a big wallride backside grab over the channel, a crooked grind on the rail and a kickflip up the step-up. But Senn was just happy to be skating tonight. ‘I didn’t even think I’d qualify,’ said Senn. As for his expectations, Senn leaves a lot of his skating to luck: ‘I try not to have expectations because you try your best out there and you either do it or you don’t. It might have something to do with the stars lining up.’ Ryan Sheckler (San Clemente, CA) took third, ending an amazing season that earned him the 2003 X Games Gold Medal and a first-place world ranking. A tie-breaker determined who would take home the $12,000 prize because Sheckler’s score of 83.76 tied Paul Machnau (Canada). Machnau was the number-one qualifier and ended his second run with an impressive frontside lipslide on the rail. The judges broke the tie using Sheckler’s first score of 83.76, which beat Machnau’s by 4 points. From the top of the back wall, Sheckler skated straight down the near-vert wall gaining a ton of speed for a perfect frontside flip up the step up on the far side of the course. He also flowed into a frontside half-cab over the hip, kickflip 50/50 on the picnic table, and a backside 50/50 down the ledge, which he could not stick. Although he faded at the end of both runs and fell, the 13-year old phenom was still pleased with his performance tonight: ‘I did the best I could even though I got tired. It was such a big course.’ Tomorrow the vert skaters take the stage as they vie for their share of the $100,000 up for grabs in the vert portion of the U.S. Skateboarding Championships. Bucky Lasek, Bob Burnquist, Sandro Dias and more practiced on the huge 60-foot vert ramp today, perfecting their lines for tomorrow’s main event. Skateboarding Street Top Ten Final Results – 1. Daniel Vieira Curitiba, Brazil, 2. Chris Senn Grass Valley, CA, 3. Ryan Sheckler San Clemente, CA, 4. Paul Machnau Vancouver, Canada, 5. Chad Bartie – Gold Coast, Australia, 6. Josh Evin Nelson, Canada, 7. Kyle Berard Virginia Beach, VA, 8. Ronnie Creager Orange, CA, 9. Tosh Townend Huntington Beach, CA, 10. Paul Rodriquez North Hills, CA. The LG Action Sports Championships will be televised on Fox Sports during a minimum of 18 hours of programming in the U.S. from November 28 – January 3 and will be seen in 180 countries worldwide. For a complete schedule of events and additional info, log on to www.LGactionsports.com.
Bucky Lasek Wins Final Event of the LG Action Sports Championships (Los Angeles, Calif., November 23, 2003) – Democracy prevailed at the LG Action Sports Championship during the U.S. Skateboarding Championships. Honoring the spirit of the sport and the preference of the skaters, event organizers converted the competition format for prelims from 4-man, 7-minute jam sessions to two 12-man, 30-minute contest sessions, encouraging skaters to raise the bar with progressive moves and creativity. In the end, it was Bucky Lasek (Baltimore, MD) who took home the $30,000 first-place prize and the title of U.S. Champion. Lasek, the 2003 X Games Vert Gold Medallist, linked a nollie kickflip slob over the channel, a frontside cab kickflip, a nollie flip 360 mute grab and a frontside heelflip gay twist in his run to take the win. ‘I had fun out there. The jam session does not limit us to a 45-second run where we are so pressured to have a clean run. It reminded me of skating on backyard ramps as a kid with my friends,’ said Lasek. In second, Sandro Dias (Brazil), the number-one ranked vert skater in the world, would not give up on landing the 900, which he tried four times during the final session. The ramp cleared and the fans were silent as Dias came close to sticking it the last time. Dias has never landed the 900 in competition or even practice, but the U.S. Championships seemed like the best place to try it. ‘Normally I wouldn’t have tried it in competition, but the format allowed me to push myself and take the risk,’ said Dias. With major amplitude, Dias also did a huge McTwist, alley oop melon 540, alley oop heelflip indie, alley oop 540 over the channel and his signature gnar-jar. ‘There was such a high level of skating tonight,’ Dias added. Bob Burnquist (Brazil), the 2003 Vans Triple Crown Vert Champion, took third impressing the fans and judges with what seemed like endless back-to-back switch maneuvers. He also pulled a big backside 540, kickflip indie and a one-footed backside grind and a samba flip, a move that Burnquist himself invented. ‘The fans came out to see us skate our best and the jam session allowed us to have a good time and push our skating,’ said Burnquist. The contest also brought the best out in Neal Hendrix (Redondo Beach, CA) who took fourth. Hendrix made his presence known on the ramp by tirelessly and repeatedly dropping in, earning himself the nickname the ‘Energizer Bunny’. His 360 indie to fakie and ollie heelflip frontside air over the channel were just some of the tricks Hendrix powered through. Skateboarding Vert Final Results – 1. Bucky Lasek – Baltimore, MD, 2. Sandro Dias – Santo Andre, Brazil, 3. Bob Burnquist – Rio de Janiero, Brazil, 4. Neal Hendrix – Redondo Beach, CA, 5. Tas Pappas – Melbourne, Australia, 6. Mike Crum – Long Beach, TX, 7. Paul Zitzer – Milwaukee, WI, 7. Lincoln Ueda – Sao Paulo, Brazil, 9. Pierre-Luc Gagnon – Canada, 10.Chris Gentry – Houston, TX, For more go to www.LGactionsports.com.
PRESS RELEASE – HOLLYWOOD SKATEBOARDS NEWS – Hollywood is the big news this month: The Captain has definitely left the ship and the sailors have taken over! The new Hollywood arrangement is going to be a unique one, because rather than having one captain, the entire Hollywood team is going to steer its own new course together. One big upcoming project the team is working on is the video; no name or date yet, but plans are in the works. We’re all excited to see what great things the Hollywood team can bring us next! Hollywood welcomes DJ on as their newest AM, but there’s no time for celebration since DJ is off to Hawaii, to do some demos and some all around good promo. Phil Ladjanski is clocking footy back home in Philly and he’s also gained some new sponsors: Indy, FKD bearings and Nike Flow. James Atkin has been going on trip after trip. He just got back from Spain and is already cracking down on a couple of different projects. Check out www.hollywoodskateboards.com right now for a peek into their new direction and a full team list.
PRESS RELEASE – TOY MACHINE – Austin Stephens recently went on an Emerica road / demo trip to the East Coast, where he and the sick ass Emerica team showed a full frontal force. He’s currently nursing a rolled ankle and can’t wait to continue filming for the upcoming TM ‘Good and Evil’ video. Billy Marks killed the Active Bling demo, doing kickflip lipslides with no problem. Diego Bucchieri just got back from Spain where he and filmer Kevin Barnett were filming in Barcelona, getting some untapped good spots for the new Toy Machine video ‘Good and Evil.’ Ed Templeton is getting hurt, and working on his art show ‘The Prevailing Nothing’. Ed is very busy right now, that shit opened in LA last weekend! It’s officially official: JLAY is now a full-blown AM on Toy Machine. Watch out for Johnny ‘JLay’ Layton, this kid is blowing up.
PRESS RELEASE – FOUNDATION NEWS – Corey Duffel is currently designing a signature pant with Sessions. The F crew is finishing their new tour video featuring footy from the epic European tour as well as all the other mini trips from this year. The rest of the Foundation team is busily filming for the new full-length video, titled ‘That’s Life.’ Featuring arguably the best team Foundation has had yet, you can expect some great parts from established riders – Ethan Fowler, Justin Strubing, Daniel Shimizu and Mike Rusczyk, plus some break out parts from the new up and coming AMs – Gareth Stehr, Leo Romero, Matt Allen and Angel Ramirez.
PRESS RELEASE – DEKLINE NEWS – Patrick Melcher is starring in a video shoot for a Flogging Molly video, skateboarding, cruising on his scooter, shooting pool, and doing his gig. Gareth Stehr, apart from having a very creepy mustache, just turned 21!!!!! Ben Gilley just moved back to Birmingham, Alabama for a little while…he’s still skateboarding all the time and hanging out at Faith Skate Shop. Cyril Mountain, along with the rest of team, travelled to the Windy City of Chicago for a mini Halloween photo tour. On all Hallows eve the guys were at a ramp party on an indoor ramp somewhere outside the city.
PRESS RELEASE – PIG WOOD NEWS – Adrian Mallory and Charlie Castelluzzo have been setting the haters straight, and both have parts in the new Pacific Drive video. Also in the video are clips from Shuriken Shannon. It’s a good video, worth checking out if you can get your hands on a copy. Try the PD site www.pacificdrive.com for a copy.
PRESS RELEASE – DEATHBOX NEWS – Pineapple and Shey have been seen sessioning with legendary skate photog Ted Terrebonne at Clairemont. Couple of pics can be seen at www.sessions.com. Shey Saladino was last seen on a mini park tour in So Cal with dad. Pineapple was blown away with Shey’s acid drops at Coronado and ollie to frontside airs. Hackett and Pineapple are working hard on the new product line for Spring 2004. Rumor is a new shape and graphic from Pineapple is in the works. Ricky Stiles is now living in Long Beach again. Have you seen him … Mike Folmer? If any knows his whereabouts, please let us know ASAP. Email email@example.com Nathan Groff last reported charging once again after being recovering from a fruit booter months ago. Most of the O.G. Deathbox team will be featured in the upcoming Independent Trucks 25th Anniversary coffee table book. For more visit www.TUMYETO.com
PRESS RELEASE – 411VM Skateboarding presents the greatest road trip of all time! 411VM is kicking off the New Year with the greatest road trip of all time! Tilt Mode spokesman, Louie Barletta, racked up the most frequent flier miles while filming for 411VM Skateboarding issue 62 and got the hosting job…. In the single greatest road trip of all time, check out Daewon Song, Mike Taylor, Brandon Biebel, Kenny Reed, Rob Gonzalez, Jerry Hsu, Justin Strubing, Kenny Hughes, Richard Mulder, Chad Tim Tim, Danny Montoya, Scott Johnston, Donny Barley, and Stefan Janoski as they tour through North America, Asia, Russia, Japan, Australia, and Jamaica. Issue 62 kicks off in the USA with the DVS and Matix teams. Satori heads to the Caribbean for ‘Jamaican Me Crazy!’ Kenny Hughes, Justin Strubing, and more return ‘From Russia With Love.’ Next stop is the ‘Asian Invasion,’ featuring Kenny Reed, Louie Barletta, Rob Gonzalez, and Jerry Hsu. This crew took an amazing tour of nine countries with 24 flights in only 30 days! Stussy dresses up to get down in Japan while Quiksilver gets up down under in Australia. Donny Barley left 411VM a little present from his trip. log on to www.411VM.com and enter to win his board! First Step Trick Tips are back to wrap up issue 62. Colt Cannon lays down the technique for Frontside Nosegrinds. Each 411VM Skateboarding issue 62 DVD comes with a FREE Bonus disc! The second disc includes extended edits of ‘Asian Invasion,’ ‘From Russia With Love,’ ‘Jamaican Me Crazy!’ and the Stussy Japan Road Trip! The Bonus disc also includes the 2003 Damn Am finals at Volcom, a Globe Europe Road Trip, Pro Setup with Tom Green, the 2003 Tim Brauch Memorial Contest, West 49 Contest, Ezekiel Eurotour, and tons more! Visit 411 on the Web at: www.411vm.com.
Christian Hosoi’s court date has been postponed once again. The new date is now set for March 22, 2004.
The DOOGOOD CONSERVATORY, BAKER SKATEBOARDS, EMERICA, VANS, SPAUSA AND GLACEAU VITAMIN WATER are doing a free demo for the inner city kids of L.A. – Free Raffle, Free Water. The mission of the DOOGOOD CONSERVATORY is free skateboards for the underprivileged during the Holiday Season and free-to-use skateboards at 100 skateparks. The Doogood Conservatory currently sponsors eleven skateparks. Current product donators are: Independent (trucks, bearings, mounting hardware and griptape), Blitz Distribution (Firm, Flip, Baker, Birdhouse and Hook-ups) You can donate to the Doogood Conservatory at P.O. Box 2740 Olympic Valley, CA 96146 phone: 530.386.2160. For more details please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESS RELEASE – 2nd Annual Top Shop Team Skateboard Competition at the 3rd Lair SkatePark – Saturday March 6th, 2004 @ 5:00 PM – 5 riders per team (skateshop or park teams only) – 100.00 Entry fee per team – cash purse and other prizes – an open best trick contest after the team competition – party / concert to follow in the the evening. For more info, call us: 763 79 SKATE or go to WWW.3RDLAIR.COM. Format: 2 runs per rider – best score counts toward team total (subject to change) Pre-registered teams will receive free skating from Thurs. Mar 4th- Mar 7th. Register over the phone – Call Mark at 763 797 7401. 3rd Lair SkatePark and SkateShop 850 Florida Ave. South Golden Valley, Mn. 55426. Office: 763 797 7401. Go to www.3rdlair.com or e-mail email@example.com.
PRESS RELEASE – THE DC VIDEO DELUXE EDITION DVD SET TO RELEASE JANUARY 31, 2004 – Vista, CA . . . Wondering what the DC team has been up to since The DC Video wrapped in June? The answer is simple: skating. In the case of Danny Way, skating and filming an entire new part on the Mega Ramp. The results will be seen in The DC Video Deluxe Edition DVD, set to hit shops January 31, 2004. The Deluxe Edition DVD incorporates new and unreleased skate footage of the DC skate team, and also includes many other bonus features. A first in skateboarding, the packaging for The DC Video Deluxe Edition DVD is a full-color, hardbound book that contains 86 pages of unreleased photos, tour notes, memorabilia, and exclusive team interviews. The book/DVD packaging is the same size as a regular DVD case, so The DC Video Deluxe Edition DVD will fit on shelves with other DVDs. ‘There was so much good skating and so many good ideas that came out of The DC Video that we felt people should see,’ said DC President Ken Block. ‘The DVD format really lends itself to bonus features and a collectible book. We now have a place to tell many stories that came out of The DC Video, like how Dyrdek’s part came together, what went into building the Mega Ramp, and what Danny went through in breaking his own world records on the Ramp less than a week before our LA premiere.’ Included in Danny Way’s new Mega Ramp part is a generous amount of groundbreaking footage filmed on the Mega Box, highlighted in the Decade print ad. The ad, currently running in skateboarding magazines, is the subject of much speculation and buzz on what Danny is going to pull off in the new DVD. There is also new footage of other DC team members, worldwide video tour footage and segments originally intended for The DC Video, but didn’t make the final cut. ‘After the premiere and the tour, Danny kept skating and filming out at the Mega Ramp,’ Block said. ‘It quickly became obvious that he was once again doing some incredible stuff, and in some new directions. We’ve pushed the release date back twice because Danny was still skating and getting even more footage. We wanted to let him have more time…and it has been well worth it. I think people are going to be shocked.’ As well as a host of other special additional features, viewers will be treated to a brand-new part that follows the further adventures of Rob Dyrdek and Big Black. DC is premiering the DC Video Deluxe Edition DVD at ASR in San Diego on January 17th, 2004. For more information, visit www.dcshoes.com/dcfilms
Orange County’s Brian Patch has just signed on as a new team rider for Dogtown Skateboards. Dogtown Skateboards is currently under license to the Darkhorse/Grind King/Kreper family based out of Marina Del Rey, CA.
Bones Team News – New Additions To Team Bones… Josh Evin and Colt Bowden. Go to Bones.com and find out more about Rodney Jones’s bet with Chad Bartie, Pierre Luc’s 900′s, Chris Senn’s 2nd Place at Pomona. Chad Bartie and Graham Bickerstaff’s new board sponsor. Fabian Gosin getting put behind bars for skateboarding. Angel Ramirez’s promotion..!!! www.bones.com
Cape May, NJ decided not to outlaw ‘Skateboard Possession’… Now we can all put our thinking caps back on.
AZPX is rolling in Arizona with three new team riders: Matt Thrasher, Aaron Schediwy and Natalie Das. The boys have five models including the RKL tribute board that vary in sizes and shapes. AZPX will be producing a pig pool deck next year with the artwork of Sam Esemore. He has done work in the skate industry for years and then went underground. He has been painting and making custom painted tables with really sick artwork and will be doing some art for the new line of model decks. AZPX is also producing some really cool old Phoenix punk remastered on CD. The first release will be a re-release from Junior Achievement ‘Fade to Black’ that came out on vinyl in ’84. This is Todd Joseph’s band and he still rips in the pool. It’s due out in January 04. www.azpx.net
Photographer Andrew Einhorn, author of Naked Happy Girls will be at DCA’s — LIVE DRAW! 3 – Saturday, December 13, 6-10pm – 219 Rose Ave., Venice, CA. In addition, framed limited-edition prints from the book will be on display and available for purchase. Live Draw! 3 Reservations – Call 310.396.8565 – Artists Announced! Returning artists include Live Draw! favorites David Schoffman, Todd Becraft, Bogdan Dumitrica and Samantha Ollstein. Exciting newcomers include Andrea Chung, MeiLisa Luther, Richard Pietruska, and Aidan Rumack. DCA FINE ART – 219 Rose Ave., Venice (across from the Rose Cafe) – 310.396.8565
EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: THIS SATURDAY – DEC 13 ’03 – ONE DAY ONLY – THE FIRST LOS ANGELES SKATE FESTIVAL — Skate with Caine Gayle, the Monkey Skateboard Team and Bob Burnquist!!! — At one of the best parks in LA — Skate free all day (normally costs $$) — Free In-N-Out burgers from 11 till 4 — Free Boards, Decks, Trucks — giveaways every hour — Bags of cool stuff for everyone — CD’s, T-shirts, stickers and more — Free copies of So Cal Skatepark Guide book for first 200 people… THIS SATURDAY FROM 10 TILL 6 AT BURBANK SKATEPARK – 1625 N. Valley St, Burbank, CA. For details, visit http://www.laskatefestival.com.
ASR PRESS RELEASE – ASR January 17-19th ‘Back to Business, Back to San Diego’ will bring a fresh crew of emerging labels and, of course the finest established brands around. Over the past 2 decades, ASR has become the preeminent show to unveil new labels and styles in the action sports and youth lifestyle market. This year get a first peek of what’s to come from the year’s most highly anticipated brands like Mada, Modern Amusement and Z-Brand and the new lines from Hurley and Alpinestars only at ASR at ASR January 17-19, 2004 at the San Diego Convention Center. ‘The youth culture audience craves innovation and is always looking for ‘what’s next.” ASR has always been the place to catch the very latest, be it a brand or trend,’ says Kevin Flanagan, ASR Show Director. ‘Retailers use the show not only to buy for the season from their current brands, but also use this valuable time to pick up new labels and gauge lines for the next year.’ Talk is already buzzing around Mada, the new label coming from Ezekiel founders and the head designer described as having an ‘edgy fashion vibe’. ‘We see that the marketplace needs new brands. Mada has the feel and look of a new company, but with the experience and maturity of an established brand,’ says Vince De La Pena, co-founder of Mada. ‘We picked ASR as Mada’s first showing, because southern California is the heart of the action sports industry and we are based here, so it is just natural.’ While Modern Amusement could previously be found mostly in Japan and Europe, the US market is demanding more of the line. ‘We are attending ASR for the first time in years as part of our effort to reach and expand into the US market,’ says Kurt Schroeder, Director of Marketing at Modern Amusement. After years of attending the show as a buyer, Bryan Johnson, Brand and Product Director for a denim driven apparel brand labeled Z-Brand, will be returning as an exhibitor. ‘ASR is a good show and a great opportunity to ground ourselves with specialty stores you can only find here,’ he says of Z-Brand’s decision to introduce themselves to the action sports market at ASR. Established brands like Alpinestars continue to use ASR to launch new lines and expand popular lines like women’s and juniors. ‘Alpinestars looks for quality specialty retailers, ASR has them and a nice mix of buyers that match our level, clean and paced growth mentality,’ says Bill Gage, National Sales Manager for Alpinestars, who is expanding farther into soft goods through a women’s line with motor sports influence. Swim continues to grow at ASR with Hurley entering the market for the first time and Girl Star returning to the show with Brazilian cut suits. Check in with Hurley’s new line of bikinis and tanks at ASR in the Hurley booth and Girl Star right next to Aaron Chang. 2004 Dates – ASR January 17-19 – San Diego, CA, ASR FALL March 9-10 Huntington Beach, CA, ASR Europe July 11-13 Anglet, France, For more info go to www.asrbiz.com
DVS SHOE COMPANY BREAKS INTO THE GIRLS MARKET – DVS Shoe Company has announced its official entrance into the girls market with its DVS Girls line. The company delivered a small selection of girls products for Holiday 2003 and after a couple of seasons of testing the waters, DVS now plans to move forward with an all out effort to cater to the girls market. DVS Girls product is currently available at skate/surf specialty stores worldwide.