NIKE VIDEO PREMIERE - Nike Skateboarding to Release First Film ‘Nothing But the Truth’ – Three years in the making, ‘Nothing But the Truth’ is the story of the Nike SB team, on and off their skateboards. Filmed on location in the Santa Clarita Valley of Southern California and set to an original soundtrack composed by Mark Mothersbaugh, professional skateboarders Paul Rodriguez, Brian Anderson, Gino Iannucci, Stefan Janoski, Omar Salazar, Chet Childress, Reese Forbes, Todd Jordan, Daniel Shimizu, Danny Supa, Wieger Van Wageningen, Lance Mountain and amateurs Grant Taylor, Lewis Marnell, Dan Murphy and Clark Hassler teamed up with the Belgian director duo Lionel Goldstein. For more please visit nikeskateboarding.com.
OLD MAN SKATE JAM – RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY NOV. 17TH. Second rain date is SUNDAY the 18th. FUNHOUSESKATEBOARDS.COM.
BLACK LABEL SKATES – Black Label welcomes Shuriken Shannon to the Pro Team. www.blacklabelskates.com.
FLIP FEAST WEST COAST TOUR presented by Monster Energy features a roster of riders that is once again almost beyond comprehension as Geoff Rowley, Mark Appleyard, Arto Saari, Rodrigo TX, Lance Mountain, Rune Glifberg, David Gonzalez, Louie Lopez, Curren Caples and Luan DeOliveira are hitting the road. Some of the finest talent in skateboarding coming to a town near you. www.flipskateboards.com.
TEAM PAIN NEWS – Right after interviewing Jimmy Moore for the next issue of Juice Magazine, Curt ‘Meager’ Baker took off for Antwerp, Belgium to help build a super sick park for Team Pain. Check out the park construction at www.teampain.com.
AST DEW TOUR 2007 – The AST Dew Tour, the world’s premier season-long action sports tour, recaps its third season with a highlight show on NBC, Sunday, November 25 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The program will offer exclusive interviews and footage from the five-city tour that included stops in Baltimore, Cleveland, Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City and Orlando. The 2007 Dew Cup winners include Nate Adams (Freestyle Motocross), Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert), Ryan Nyquist (BMX Dirt), Daniel Dhers (BMX Park), Shaun White (Skateboard Vert) and Ryan Sheckler (Skateboard Park). More information can be found at www.astdewtour.com.
BINKY’S BEER BELLY BOWL JAM – Skatepark of Tampa is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Binky’s Beer Belly Bowl Jam and BBQ on Saturday, December 8, 2007. www.skateparkoftampa.com.
HELP BUILD A SKATEPARK in Rutland, Massachusetts. Up until a few months ago, Rutland had a skatepark. However, due to many harsh New England winters, the park had rotted and many of the ramps had become soggy and collapsed. Because of the poor condition of the skatepark, the town decided that it needed to be torn down to make room for additional sports fields. A select few of the locals that skated the park for the seven years that it was in existence have banded together to try to get a new skatepark. For info on the skatepark, please visit: www.myspace.com/rutlandskatepark and www.townofrutland.org and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S27PUPXReo8
DONNY BARLEY OPENS FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH SKATESHOP – Donny is about to embark on a whole new adventure as he prepares to open his first-ever skateshop in Providence, RI. The Fountain of Youth Skateshop will hold its grand opening celebration on Saturday, November 17th, from 1-6pm, with an after party next door at E and O Tap. FOY Skateshop is located at 287 Knight Street in Providence. If you’re in the neighborhood this weekend, stop by to show your support. Find out more at www.foy-skateshop.com.
MIDWEST BOWLRIDERS CONTEST - Midwest Bowlriders contest Dec 8, 2007 at Modern Skate in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The contest location is a 12-14 foot tile coping tri pool without a single flaw. www.midwestbowlriders.com.
VENICE SKATEPARK UPDATE – Bad news and good news. The bad news is that construction has been delayed, but the good news is the city found more money, so the size of skate park can be expanded to the maximum allowed by the coastal commission. As a result, there will need to be some re-designing work done. Here’s the report from the city. ‘The size of the skate park was 14,500 SF, and will be increased to 16,000 SF (max. allowed under the approved Coastal Permit). The new schedule to accommodate re-design effort for the scope increase. Design complete: April 2008 (including plan re-approval of by Coastal Commission). Bid and Award: April – August/September 2008. Construction start: September 2008 (right after Labor Day). Construction complete: September 2009. Mike Sherrod and Zack Wormhoudt will be working with the same focus group (Geri Lewis, Melanie Berry, Jeff Ho, Jesse Martinez, etc.) to finalize the new 16,000-SF design. Additional funding to be allocated: $150K from CD11 and $500K from RAP.’ – Mike Bonin – Chief of Staff – Office of Councilman Bill Rosendahl City Hall, Room Los Angeles, CA. www.councilmanrosendahl.com.
BONES SWISS BEARINGS NEWS – Bones Swiss Bearings are the proven best. 24 years of performance and the best just keeps getting better. Just ask new Bones Swiss rider Guy Mariano. Back in the late 80′s Guy was rolling on Swiss, and we are happy to have him officially back on the team. Some heavy hitting ams join Bones Swiss this month too: Almost super am Torey Pudwill and Girl stylish rippers Sean Malto and Alex Olson now roll on Bones Swiss. Rick McCrank, PJ Ladd, Danny Garcia, Raymond Molinar and new pros Bobby Worrest and Silas Baxter-Neal are featured in eS video, SKATE. The Nike video premiered last week featuring with Swiss riders Omar Salazar, Wieger Van Wageningen and Swiss and Nike flow-ers Brad Staba, Tony Manfre, Daryl Angel, and Danny Fuenzalida. Lakai video Fully Flared is up next, with Swiss rider Marc Johnson’s long anticipated video part, as well as Cairo Foster, Mike Mo Capaldi and new Swiss riders Alex Olson and Guy Mariano. Osiris has their video coming out November 2nd, so watch for a banging Caswell part in that. Speaking of Caswell, A new Tilt Mode video is in the works for next year, with MJ to have more banging footy, as well as south bayers’ Jerry Hsu, Louie Barletta, Caswell, Colt Cannon and Daryl Angel. www.bonesbearings.com
NEW SKATE VID – Light, Love and Death Pool Skating DVD out in December.
MORGAN BURGESS RIPS – Morgan Burgess has taken the skateboarding world by storm. Dan Rea has been driving Morgan all over the country to skate with the crew. See it with your own eyes at www.poolsnpipes.com/Video/MorganBurgessOregonEtc.mov.
AST Dew Tour Skateboard Park Final Points Standings – 1. Ryan Sheckler, 450. 2. Greg Lutzka, 356. 3. Rodolfo Ramos, 277. 4. Austen Seaholm, 242. 5. Carlos DeAndrade, 224. 6. Fabrizio Santos, 224. 7. Kurtis Colamonico, 167. 8. Tulio de Oliveira, 164. 9. Danny Fuenzalida, 146. 10. Mike Peterson, 137. More information can be found at www.astdewtour.com
MATIX UPDATE – Danny Garcia has left Matix.
HIGH OLLIE CHALLENGE – Nov 23, 2007….Ray Flores and Tony at Coyote Surfboards are putting on the High Ollie Challenge at Board Gallery in Newport Beach, CA. For details contact the Board Gallery located at 3333 Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach, Ca.. Phone (949)675-5183
VF Corp. Third Quarter Sales Exceed $2 Billion – VF Corporation third quarter revenues rose 15% to a record $2,073.2 million, compared with $1,810.1 million in the third quarter of 2006, driven by higher revenues across the Outdoor, Jeanswear and Imagewear businesses and from revenues from 2007 acquisitions. Earnings per share from continuing operations rose 13%, to a record $1.86 from $1.64 last year. Net income was $207.2 million, or $1.84 per share, compared with $197.7 million, or $1.75 per share in the prior year quarter… Copyright 2007 SportsOneSource, LLC
POCKET PISTOLS – Chris Hamrock – www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHVKq-1Ij3A
411VM Classics are now available on iTunes. All the content on the 411 Skateboarding channel including the Classics collection and recent 411VM issues have been digitally remastered to provide the highest quality content of the most extensive skateboarding video footage. www.itunes.com.
FLIP NEWS – Two days after officially getting on the team, Luan won the recent GVR contest, beating many of skating’s current elite. Luan comes from Porto Alegre in the South of Brazil, and has been secretly skating there for the last seven years. www.flipskateboards.com.
COPENHAGEN CONCRETE – Denmark’s skateboard superstar, Rune Glifberg has heroically spearheaded the initiative to bring Copenhagen’s legendary ‘Falledparken’ skatepark – which was established way back in 1988 – up to date. At a meeting with the City of Copenhagen’s Parks dept. in early October, an assembly of officials and skaters discussed the plans for an entirely new bowl landscape which includes a full pipe with an elbow in it, along with a modern street area to replace the assorted wooden structures/death traps.
CPH PRO 08 – Royal Copenhagen Skatepark, the indoor park in Copenhagen, will host the second CPH PRO following 2007′s premiere . If they can repeat the excellent organisation and the killer mood of 07′s event, it will definitely be the place to be. Stay tuned for dates.
DEADHEADS SKATEBOARDS – Deadheads Skateboards is a Danish skate company founded in the beginning of 2007, by a bunch of young people living, skating and having good times together and bringing skateboarding to life. Check out the website: www.deadheads.dk
SKULL SKATES – Skull Skates is proud to present limited edition guest model skate decks for Barry Walsh and Marc Tison set for release on Dec. 5, 2007. Both Marc and Barry are hardcore skaters and Montreal locals with a passion for their infamous skate spot ‘The Big O’ – located on the site of the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. The two recently authored and produced the book ‘Pipe Fiends’ paying homage to the rich history of one of the longest running and notable spots in the skateboarding world. Both decks feature original graphics penned by Dave Cummings of Point St. Charles Tattoos in MTL. www.skullskates.com. Check the two Pipe Fiends in action at ‘The Big O’. www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcwOGkC0OOU
RED BULL SKATEBOARDING PODCAST LAUNCHED – Watch the adventures of the Red Bull Skateboarding team and Red Bull skate events on your iPod. Whether it’s traveling the world, skating New York or even in the office, you can take the team with you with free video downloads. Videos include Ryan Sheckler, Zered Bassett, Joey Brezinski, Danny Supa and more. www.redbullusa.com.
ZOO YORK HITS THE LONESTAR STATE – Fresh off an epic two-week skate mission to the People’s Republic of China, the Zoo Crew is back in the States and readying themselves to head down to Houston, TX, for the 11th Annual Texas Skate Jam on Saturday, November 3rd, at Southside Skatepark. Donny Barley, Kevin Taylor, Forrest Kirby, Brandon Westgate, Lamare Hemmings, and Ron Deily will all be along for the ride, and you can bet they’ll shred hard since the Jam benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. To find out more, including a complete schedule of events, check out: www.texasskatejam.com. The day after the Texas Skate Jam, Zoo will host a team autograph signing at Kingpinz Skateshop located at 8584 Westheimer Road in Houston. Find out what the rest of the Z.Y. team is up to at: www.zooyork.com.
SC SKATEPARK – Drew (Sqwearl) and his brother have put together a new skatepark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It features a Team Pain street park, a 40′ mini ramp, and the latest addition, a concrete bowl built by Grindline. For info email Drew at email@example.com.
VOLCOM NEWS – Volcom Q3 Sales Jump, but Q4 Outlook Slashed – Volcom, Inc. reported a 49% jump in third quarter revenues to $91 million from $61 million a year ago. Net income surged 42.2% to $14.5 million, 59 cents a share, from $10.2 million, or 42 cents. However, the surf company slashed fourth quarter expectations and cut its 2007 outlook, due in part to slower-than-expected sales… Copyright 2007 SportsOneSource, LLC
NEW SKATEPARK – http://www.aimpages.com/lakedeltonsk8pk/profile.html. Designed by Mark Scott of Dreamland Skate Parks. Lake Delton, Wisconsin – Spring 2008 grand opening. For details www.lakedelton.org
JOHNY LAYTON AT THE VANS DOWNTOWN SHOWDOWN 2007 – PHOTO: DAN LEVY. FOR MORE PHOTOS CLICK HERE.
STOKED MENTORING NEWS – Stoked Awards – November 7, 2007 at Room Service, one of New York City’s most exciting new venues located in Gramercy Park. In addition to honoring a mentoring pair, donor, and volunteer, the Stoked Achievement Award will be presented annually to an individual who has achieved Success Through Opportunity, Knowledge, Experience, and Determination and who serves as an example to our teens through his or her commitment to improving our community. This year that award will be presented to Marc Ecko. We will also honor an action sports athlete who excels at his/her sport and gives back to their community. Time: 7pm-11pm. Tickets or More Info: stokedawards.com.
THRASH BASH – Nov 3 – Thrash Bash @ Stone Edge Skatepark – Daytona, FL
SKATEBOARD AUCTION – Kat Von D of the hit show L.A. Ink joined Dogtown’s Wes ‘Bulldog’ Humpston to create a unique hand-drawn skateboard that was auctioned on eBay to raise funds for the Tony Hawk Foundation. The board is a one-of-a-kind old-school deck that each artist took turns drawing on. The collaboration and process was featured on L.A. Ink (The Learning Channel) in October, and the board was then donated to the Tony Hawk Foundation, which auctioned the collector’s item on eBay. Proceeds from this auction help the Tony Hawk Foundation continue its work promoting the development of quality skateparks where youth can skate safely, be active, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. For more information on Wes ‘Bulldog’ Humpston or Bulldog Skates, log on to www.bulldogskates.com. For more information on Kat Von D and L.A. Ink, log on to www.TLC.com/la-ink
TWENTY-FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS UP FOR GRABS AT BOSTON FALL BRAWL AND BEST TRICK – New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley Resort, is once again hosting this year’s highly anticipated Fall Brawl skateboard contest at the Boston SnowSports Expo on Saturday, November 17. A new Best Trick contest has been added for Sunday, November 18th. 15 and under contest begins at 2:00 p.m., and all ages for the cash purse starts at 3:00 p.m. Skaters are placed in heats of five with one person being eliminated per round. The final 10 skaters will have two runs to impress the panel of judges with the best score counting. Cash prizes will be awarded to top finalists in the all age’s division. Prizes from Waterville Valley Skate Camp, Loon, Volcom, Oakley, Red Bull, Eastern Boarder, DC Shoes, Circa, Substance Skate Boards, Fast Life, Smoke and Mirrors Ramp Design will also be up for grabs. New to this year is a Best Trick Contest on Sunday the 18th. For more information on the Fall Brawl and Best Trick contest or to pre-register, visit www.boothcreek.com or call 1-800-GO-VALLEY.
HARVEST JAM – Skatepark of Tampa is proud to announce the Harvest Jam All Ages Contest on Saturday, November 17, 2007, the final All Ages Contest of the year. With the addition of a Girls Division, we have a total of six Divisions and we’re giving away prizes up to 5th place in each one. We also hope to stoke out the kids with few Product Tosses throughout the day. We appreciate your support from last year and urge you to continue it by helping out with the Harvest Jam of 2007! Please find it in your hearts (and budget) to send any promotional items for the event. All banners sent with promo will be well-hung on the Street Course during the event and will remain there for at least one month. Please send all products to: Skatepark of Tampa Attn: Barak Wiser/Harvest Jam 4215 East Columbus Drive Tampa, Florida 33605
GRINDLINE ACTION – GRINDLINE NEWS – Monk, Vogt, Greg and Alfred just finished Tel Aviv, Israel skatepark measuring in at 14,000 square feet. Rabi and the Snowman with the Klinket crew just finished Sitka, Alaska. Donnie Kyle and the crew finished Kremling, Colorado. The Brute and Vogt skatepark machine finished Winterpark, Colorado. Shags Palmer pools just set up Tuba City, Arizona Navaho Nation and Lil B and the concrete conformists are going in for the finish. Little Eddy and the wasted and wild crew are almost done with Wheeling, West Virginia. Shags is on to Houston. Next we’re starting Bellevue, Washington. Just to name some of the chosen few. ‘Grindline: many are called, few are chosen. Destiny prevails’ – Monk Hubbard. www.grindline.com.
POWELL NEWS – Skate One has announced a limited edition Ray Underhill Powell Peralta ‘stained’ deck offering. There will be only 100 of these decks offered. All decks have been numbered and signed by Ray. All proceeds will go directly to Ray to help with his cancer treatments. A Powell Peralta Ray Underhill re-issue deck will also be added to the Powell Peralta line up. www.skateone.com.
ROB and BIG TV- Upcoming DVD release of MTV’s hit show ‘Rob and Big.’ This ‘extreme’ reality series documents the day-to-day goings on of professional street skater Rob Dyrdek and his bodyguard/best friend Christopher ‘Big’ Boykin in their shared Hollywood Hills house. The first two seasons will be released together, uncensored, in a four-disc set on January 8, 2008. In addition to all 16 episodes, the DVD will include deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more.
WOMEN’S WORLD RECORD SK8FEST – Dec 15th – 11am-3pm. High Jump, Highest Air, Highest Ollie, Longest Ollie, Longest Manual, Longest Grind at The SpaUSA Ramp – 2210 Lincoln Blvd. Venice, CA. www.spausa.org
SPOT NEWS . Tampa Am – January 17th – 20th, 2008 – Team Managers contact Rob Meronek for Registration – firstname.lastname@example.org…. Tampa Pro – March 14th – 16th, 2008 – $100k Purse…. The Skatepark of Tampa site has been re-vamped…check it at skateparkoftampa.com.
MTV2 TO AIR VBS.TV ORIGINAL SERIES ‘EPICLY LATER’D’ NOVEMBER 24th On Saturday, November 24th at 9PM/ 8c, MTV2 will air a compilation of three episodes of the popular VBS.tv web series, Epicly Later’d. Based on the photo blog of the same name and brought to life through VBS.tv, Epicly Later’d is the brainchild of Vice magazine photographer and skate world insider Patrick O’Dell. Hosted and filmed by O’Dell, Epicly Later’d features intimate and exclusive interviews and footage from the lives of pro skateboarding legends and young up-and-comers alike. It’s a casual and candid look into the real, weird life of the pros. Saturday’s 30-minute program profiles Braydon Szafranski, Kevin ‘Spanky’ Long and Alex Olson. To start watching Epicly Later’d, visit: http://www.vbs.tv/epiclylaterd
SKATE CONTEST – Grande Premio Brasil de Skate Slalom – Nov 2, 2007 in Sao Paulo Brazil. For details go to www.waveboys.com.br.
KING OF THE GROMS – 3rd Lair is Proud to Announce The 6th Annual King of the Groms – 12 and Under Only Skateboard Contest has turned into a National 3 Event Series! Qualifiers will be held at the Skatelab West in Simi Valley, Ca. and another at the Skatelab East in Atlantic Beach, Fl. The Final Stop which is the Qualifier/ Championship will be held at the 3rd Lair SkatePark in Minneapolis, Mn. First qualifer is at Skatelab West – Simi Valley, Ca. December 14th – 16th, 2007. The second qualifier is at Skatelab East – Atlantic Beach, Fl. January 4th – 6th, 2008. The Championship will be held at 3rd Lair SkatePark – Mpls., Mn. February 22nd – 24th, 2008. www.3rdlair.com.
JAY ADAMS UPDATE – Jay just got moved to Oregon and is due to be released in June 2008. Send letters to Jay Adams #92665-022 Federal Correctional Institution PO Box 5000 Sheridan, OR 97378.
SKULL SKATES NEWS – 10 new skateboard decks on the way. All new models will be available the first week of December 2007. For a preview go to: http://skullskates.com/preview07winterdecks/preview.htm
BIRDHOUSE VIDEO PREMIERE – LOS ANGELES, CA – PHOTO BY DAN LEVY – FOR MORE PHOTOS: CLICK HERE.
BIRDHOUSE SKATEBOARDS VIDEO ‘The Beginning’ features Tony Hawk, Matt Ball, Steve Nesser, Brian Sumner, Jeremy Klein, Willy Santos and Shaun White will be representing the pro team, while Justin Figueroa, Randy Ploesser, David Loy, Derek Burdette, Sean Eaton, Shaun Gregoire, Jean Postec, Riley Hawk, Nathan LaCoste, and Jon Dickson will be representing the am team in this video. Video trailers and updates on the 2007 Birdhouse Tour at www.birdhouseskateboards.com.
C.A.S.L. CONTESTS – NOV 18 – SOCAL CASL AWARDS DAY @ Vans The Block – Orange, CA… DEC 8 – CASL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS @ Camp Woodward West – Stallion Springs, CA… NOV 10 – NORCAL #10 and NORCAL CASL AWARDS NIGHT @ Deez Board Shop – Yuba City, CA… www.caslusf.com.
GRIND FOR LIFE SKATEBOARD SERIES 2007 Overall Awards – Nov 17 – Cocoa Beach Skatepark – Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. Awards ceremony for the series will be at the 5th Annual Grind for Life Benefit Event from 3pm-8pm. This event will feature pro demos, live music, mega raffles, food and drinks, and a silent auction. For more info call 561-252-3839 or visit www.grindforlife.org.
BEANIES and BIKINIS – Sun Diego’s Beanies and Bikinis presented by Monster Energy and Boost Mobile returns to Mission Beach on November 24th. Visit www.sundiego.com for news and updates.
TONY HAWK FOUNDATION SKATEPARK GRANT APPLICATIONS are available at the Foundation’s Web site at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. Since 2002, the Tony Hawk Foundation has awarded over $1.7-million to 336 communities for the construction of public skateparks. Over 200 of these parks are currently open and serving more than 1.8-million youth annually. Tony Hawk Foundation grants are offered to qualifying municipalities and registered nonprofit groups for the construction of free, public skateparks. Awards range from $1,000 to $25,000, and are based on a one-time, single-year award. The Foundation does not provide sustaining funds or multi-year grants. Grant applications are completed online, and may be submitted through October 1, 2007. Grant awards will be announced in December. Visit the Grant Application section of www.tonyhawkfondation.org.
FILM FESTIVAL – Krudco Skateshop and Sole Technology present Film Fest – Nov 18, 2007 – Hosted by X-Dreams Skatepark. 135 Despatch Drive E. Rochester, NY. Viewing starts at 1pm. www.krudco.com.
‘KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN’ – New book by GLEN E. FRIEDMAN. Released twenty years to the day of the very first Fugazi show. www.southern.com/BURNINGFLAGS
FLOGGING MOLLY AND BOUNCING SOULS SET TO HEADLINE CHARITY EVENT IN HOLLYWOOD DEC.11, 2007 – The second annual ROCK TO ROLL charity event spearheaded by SideOneDummy Co-Founder Joe Sib is happening this year at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood, CA on December 11th. The event will directly benefit the non-profit organization WHEELS FOR HUMANITY. Headlining the event this year is FLOGGING MOLLY just back from recording their new album in Ireland. Also on the bill will be BOUNCING SOULS and DEAD TO ME. The night will kick off with a set from PUNK ROCK KARAOKE (featuring members of NOFX, Bad Religion, Adolescents and Social Distortion). TICKETS go on sale Friday Nov.9th. www.sideonedummy.com.
GRAMMY Foundation/MusiCares Foundation – Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell Launches Benefit Auction For MusiCares and the Layne Staley Fund
Beginning Nov. 5 (noon EST) through Nov. 26 (noon EST), Visit www.aliceinchains.com/contests/auction/ to see the items that will be available and for more information: www.musicares.com or www.aliceinchains.com .
THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 2008 INDUCTION – The nominations for 2008 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced today. The nine nominees are: Afrika Bambaataa, Beastie Boys, Chic, Leonard Cohen, The Dave Clark Five, Madonna, John Mellencamp, Donna Summer and The Ventures. Five new inductees will be honored at the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on March 10, 2008 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.
LYNYRD SKYNYRD TO TAKE TO THE SEAS WITH ‘SIMPLE MAN’ CRUISE – Lynyrd Skynyrd will join 2,000 fans for a cruise that will last an entire weekend, January 10-14, 2008 on one of Carnival Cruise’s luxury ships. The cruise will start in Miami and travel to Key West and Calica. Joining the band will be the Marshall Tucker Band, Cowboy Mouth, Blackberry Smoke, Kneckdown, Grayson Hill, the Georgia Satellites and more. To book now visit www.simplemancruise.com
SXSW 2008 – March 12 – 16, 2008 in Austin, Texas. A keynote address anchors four days of panels, interviews, workshops, peer meetings and the trade show exhibition at the Austin Convention Center. Daytime events flow into the world-renowned music festival, which showcases over 1,000 acts on stages throughout downtown Austin. Go to http://sxsw.com to learn more and to register to attend.
‘HELP US HELP CLETUS’ ART SHOW – Dec 8th at Yer Cheat’N Heart Tattoo at 15400 S. Vermont Ave. Gardena, CA. Art up for auction from Dalek, Tyson, Mcadoo, Roman Dirge, Jim Miner, Jeff Rassier, Justin Shaw, Chopper Dave, Sawdust, Yer Cheat’N Heart Tattoo Shop Gang and many more. Music by Carter Falco. 8pm.
‘THE GRIND’ SKATE ART SHOW and AUCTION – Todd McFarlane, Shepard Fairey, Jason Adams, Chris Pastras, Ben Horton, Mike Giant, Don Pendleton, Johnny Mojo, David Carson, Alex Pardee have contributed a custom painted skateboard deck as part of ‘The Grind’ – an upcoming exhibit and auction to benefit the Swift-Cantrell Skate Park near Atlanta. The boards will be auctioned, with all funds going directly to help fund the skate park. You can preview the skateboard decks and participate in the online auction at www.foundationonegallery.com/show12/art/web/index.html. The online auction begins Saturday, November 24 and will end on December 8, 2007. To read more about Swift-Cantrell Park, you can visit www.swiftcantrellskatepark.com.
ART SHOW – Truxtapoz Group Art Exhibition – Nov. 24th @ Meltdown Comics – 7522 Sunset Blvd – LA, CA.
PEGGY OKI ART – ‘Homage to Megaptera’ Recent Works by Peggy Oki at The Sojourner Cafe Nov. 3- Dec. 14, 2007. Sojourner Cafe 134 E. Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara, CA. www.sojournercafe.com and www.peggy-oki.com.
SCION PRESENTS: RUGS DURING WARTIME AND PEACETIME – Scion, in conjunction with Mark Mothersbaugh, one of the founding members of the band DEVO, presents RUGS DURING WARTIME AND PEACETIME. Mothersbaugh’s love of art started early in his childhood, just after it was discovered that he was extremely nearsighted and legally blind. After he received his first pair of correctional glasses Mothersbaugh had a new view of the world that inspired his obsession with imagery and illustrations. With DEVO, his most successful music project, Mothersbaugh was able to showcase his artistic abilities on a larger scale, and to millions of people. Through their films, videos, costumes, LP covers, stage shows, and printed materials, Mothersbaugh and DEVO forever altered commonly held preconceptions of how a rock band should function in popular culture. During his downtime on early worldwide tours with DEVO, he began illustrating on postcards to send to his friends, which he still creates, and has been creating every day for over 30 years. Scion Installation LA Gallery, 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, CA 90232. For more information, visit www.scion.com/space.
BILLABONG XXL BIG WAVE AWARDS LAUNCHES FOR ’08 WINTER SEASON WITH NEW WEBSITE… The eighth-annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy is underway, with a brand-new event website chock full of photographic evidence of what has already proven to be a remarkable year in the big wave realm. All the latest entries from around the world may be viewed at the new event website at www.BillabongXXL.com. The current event period continues through the Spring Equinox on March 19, 2008, with the annual gala awards ceremony scheduled to take place in Southern California on April 11, 2008. All event details can be seen at the event website at www.BillabongXXL.com.
ISA SUPPORTS BRITISH SURFING ASSOCIATION’S PETITION TO STOP BRITISH AIRWAYS SURFBOARD BAN – The International Surfing Association, ISA, is shocked to learn of the British Airways (BA) ban on the carriage of surfboards (effective from 6th November) and supports the British Surfing Association’s petition to lobby the airline to reverse their decision. Like the British Surfing Association, the ISA is also urging all surfers to utilise a new members group on the social networking site Facebook, complain directly to British Airways and spread the word amongst other surfers. The British Surfing Association online petition means that people all over the world can add their support to our campaign and can add their personal comments about the issue. Go onto www.britsurf.co.uk and click the ‘SIGN ONLINE PETITION OF PROTEST IN THE NEWS SECTION ON THE HOME PAGE’. Follow the easy steps to sign this online petition and add any comments.
SURFBOARDS LOAD FOR FREE ON VIRGIN ATLANTIC – Virgin Atlantic announced that its passengers are allowed to take an item of sports equipment on their flights free of charge. The news followed a recent ban by British Airways (BA) on surfboards and similar items. Copyright 2007 SportsOneSource, LLC
2007 ROXY JAM – World Champion surfer Jennifer Smith (Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA) won the 2007 Roxy Jam Cardiff in San Diego, CA. The current Women’s World Longboarding Champion earned the title of U.S. Regional Champion with the victory of this event. 21-year-old Smith is known for her good attitude and style, and will compete in Biarritz, France in 2008 in hopes to keep her World Champion title. The Roxy Jam Cardiff is a six star women’s longboarding event consisting of over 80 competitors, and featuring the world’s top seeded women longboarders. The winner of the event will be crowned the U.S. Regional Longboarding Champion and earn a coveted spot in the prestigious Roxy Jam Biarritz Women’s World Longboard Championships, in July 2008.
ROXY PRO Hawaii 2007, Watch LIVE Online at Roxy.com and See the Ladies Take on the Waves for the Prize Purse of $80,000. Sunset Beach, Hawaii – ‘ROXY Pro Hawaii’ 2007′ watch it live and experience it with the women real-time online at www.roxy.com, from November 25 through December 6th. Live from Sunset Beach, as the longest running professional women’s surfing event in Hawaii, the Roxy Pro Hawaii will again return to test the women’s big wave skills. With the prize purse raised to $80,000 this year and a Schick(TM) Quattro(TM) for Women(TM) Style Award of $3,000, a lot is on the line at Sunset Beach for these ladies. www.Roxy.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ‘BLOODY MONDAY’ – Less than 24 hours after professional surfer Dave Rastovich led an international group of over 30 surfers, celebrities, and musicians on a peaceful paddle-out ceremony to honor the more than 25,000 dolphins killed each year in Japan, fishermen in the tiny village of Taiji resumed the slaughter that had been delayed by the increased worldwide media attention. In response, the surfers decided to make a pre-dawn return to the killing cove to recreate the ceremony. Rastovich and the others paddled within a stone’s throw of a pod of captive pilot whales that had been herded into the cove for early morning slaughter. ‘The reason we surfers were there was to share the blood-stained waters at eye-level with our ocean kin awaiting their execution,’ said a dripping, visibly shaken Rastovich just after paddling in. ‘Despite the fishermen taking great pains to hide their acts of cruelty, we seized an opportunity to bring this travesty to the world’s attention.’ Rastovich and his core team of surfers trailed by camera crews arrived at Taiji cove to paddle out to the captured pilot whales. The six paddlers, including Rastovich, formed a traditional surfers’ memorial circle situated between the whales and the blood-ridden shallows. Local fishermen converged almost immediately, harassing the paddlers with yelled threats and advancing on them with whirling propeller blades. The irate fishermen then used a long wooden pole to attack the surfers. Even though the fishermen used force to try and break the circle, the surfers held their peaceful stance. Reflecting on the day’s experience, a somber Isabel Lucas expressed,’We couldn’t save these whales but hopefully shining the light on their deaths will save others.’ For more info: www.surfersforcetaceans.com and www.SaveJapanDolphins.org and www.savethewhalesagain.com.