APRIL 2006 NEWS

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DANNY WAY SETS WORLD RECORD – On April 6, internationally renowned pro skateboarder Danny Way (www.dannyway.com) smashed the Bomb Drop world record by freefalling 28 feet from the Fender Stratocaster guitar atop the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas onto a ramp below, built by John Tyson and his team at VP Industries. The guitar, originally estimated at 66 feet tall, stands 12 feet higher than original estimates at 78′. Top skateboarding vert professionals Bob Burnquist, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Rune Glifberg, Tony Magnusson, Mathias Ringstrom, and Jake Brown also made appearances at the Hard Rock on April 6 to ride the MegaRamp. Skateboarding legends, Lance Mountain, Nicky Guerrero, Bruno Passos were there to support. The event was hosted by Felix Arguellas and Dave Duncan. Danny has recently been honored with a nomination for World Alternative Sportsperson of the Year for the 2006 annual Laureus World Sports Awards which will be held May 21-23 in Barcelona.
Key Facts of the world record jump
Freefall World Record measured and confirmed by Guinness Book of World Records: 28’/8.53m
Height of drop-in spot on guitar: 78’/23.77m
Height of the landing ramp 56’/17.1m. Width of landing ramp 24’/7.27m; Flat bottom 64’/19.4m
Height of quarterpipe 27’/8.2m; Width of quarterpipe 48’/14.54m.
Previous record 12′ 3.6” held by Adil Dyani.
For more information, visit www.ignition.tv or www.dannyway.com

VANS NEWS – AVE’s first Vans shoe, the AVE Era will be hitting stores in July. Hosoi’s limited edition Sk8-Hi in stores now … look for his rising sun. Hosoi’s Pro-Tec helmet will be available in a few months!

BLACK LABEL SKATES – Black Label Skateboards is hard at work on their new video effort ”Back in Black”. After their recent departure from Giant Distribution, Black Label is doing better than ever and there are some big announcements coming in the near future. Stay tuned.

GRINDLINE SKATEPARK GRAND OPENING – The Oxford Park Commission and Oxford Skate Park Committee will host the Grand Opening of the Oxford Skate Park in Oxford, MS, on Saturday, May 6, 2006. The Grand Opening celebration will kick-off at 10 a.m. and end at 4 pm. The skateboard competition will feature a division for three age groups on the street course and two older age groups on the state-of-the-art bowl. Prizes will be awarded to the top skaters in each category. Registration will open the day of the event at 9 a.m. The registration form can be downloaded in pdf format on the following site: http://www.oxfordms.net/recent/skatepark. The registration waiver is mandatory to skate in the competition. A skate demo and live music will also take place. The Oxford Skate Park is located in Oxford Mississippi on Bramlett Boulevard across from the public library and covers 10,000 square feet with a bowl and cradle and a street course that features pads, stairs, rails, and a volcano ramp. The Oxford Skate Park features lights allowing skating until 11 p.m. For info oxfordskatepark@yahoo.com. More information will be posted at http://www.oxfordms.net/recent/skatepark.htm

2006 PRO-TEC PARTY – Join Pro-Tec and Vans for a day at the Combi-Pool at the Vans Skatepark at the Block at Orange featuring 40 top pro skateboarders as well as many of the legends of bowl skating. This year, expect great skating as many thought last year’s Pro-Tec Pool Party was one of the best skate contests of all time. Saturday, May 13 from 3 pm to 10 pm (practice Friday 10 am – 4 pm) Prize Money – $90,000. Admission – Admission is FREE, but ONLY A VERY LIMITED number of tickets are available at select Southern California PRO-TEC Retailers which are holding a raffle for the tickets. For your chance to be a part of this year’s party thanks to your PRO-TEC retailer, please visit these five dealers before May 6: Nine Star (West LA), Val Surf (Valencia), Utility (La Verne), Active Ride (Irvine), Hanger 94 (La Mesa). In addition, the following Vans Stores will raffle off tickets now through May 7: Whittier, Westminster Mall, Westminster, Tustin Marketplace, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Brea, Orange, Laguna Hills, Buena Park, Mission Viejo Mall, Huntington Beach, Irvine Spectrum, Mainplace Mall, The Block at Orange. Can’t get a ticket? Catch the webcast at www.pro-tec.net. Expected Riders Include: Pros – Bucky Lasek, Bob Burnquist, Rune Glifberg, Omar Hassan, Brian Patch, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Tony Trujillo, Lincoln Ueda, Benji Galloway, Jimmy the Greek, Andy Macdonald, Max Dufour, Josh Borden, Bruno Passos, Ryan Johnson, Matt Moffett, Sergie Ventura, Jake Brown… Masters – Chris Miller, Jeff Grosso, Lance Mountain, Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, Steve Alba, Duane Peters, Pat Ngoho, Chris Cook, Mike Sanders, Mike Rodgers, Reese Simpson, Dave Duncan, Jim Gray, Tony Mag, Lonnie Hiramoto, Mike McGill, Don Hamilton, Dave Ruel, Mike Smith, Ben Schroeder, Eddie Reategui, Dave Hackett…. Girls – Cara-Beth Burnside, Jen O’Brien, Heidi Fitzgerald, Mimi Knoop, Kim Peterson, Nicole Zuck, Holly Lyons, Amanda Eschemann, Apryl Woodcock…. Judges – include John Cardiel. Television – July 7 and July 14 at 3 p.m. on Fox Sports Net with subsequent airings on the FUEL Action Sports Network (Time/Date TBA) Friday 10a – 12p Girls Practice…. 12p – 2p Masters Practice…. 2p – 4p Pro Practice…. Saturday 10a -11:30a Girls Practice…. 11:30a- 12:30p Masters Practice…. 12:30p-2:30p Pro Practice….. 3p – 10p CONTEST. The Pro-Tec Pool Party is sponsored by Pro-Tec, Vans, Rockstar Energy Drink and Scion. For more go to www.vans.com

EASTERN SKATEBOARD SUPPLY OPEN HOUSE – Eastern Skateboard Supply is hosting it’s 3rd Annual Open House on April 21-22, 2006. Friday night ESS will host a skate jam at the Skatebarn in Hampstead, NC. On Saturday, ESS will host an open house, lunch and Best Trick Contest in the Eastern Skateboard Supply warehouse. Saturday night ESS will host a party at Red Dog’s at Wrightsville Beach. Please call 910-791-8240 for details. Check out footage from the last two open houses at www.easternskateboardsupply.com. For photos click here.

QUIKSILVER BOWLRIDERS CONTEST -May 19-21, 2006 – Malmo, Sweden, After six memorable years in Marseille, Quiksilver has made the decision to organize the 2006 edition of the Bowlriders in Europe’s newest skatepark Stapelbaddsparke in Malmo, Sweden. Malmo is located in the south of Sweden only 20 minutes away from Copenhagen, Denmark. Malmo is already well known in the skateboarding world for it’s fantastic indoor skatepark Bryggeriet. Since 2001 Bryggeriet has been working to build a new concrete park. With the help of the Malmo city council the project became a reality. The skatepark in Malmo is one of Europe’s largest, 2500 square meters, designed by Stefan Hauser from Oregon, USA. Ever since the creation of the Quiksilver Bowlriders in 1999, the concept and format has pulled together the worlds elite of concrete warriors. Following 6 great years in Marseille, Quiksilver decided to hold the event in another place of reference in Europe in order to give it a new dimension. Bologna skatepark (Italy) had been the first option but then, following to logistical constraints, it was decided to hold the final in Malmo, Sweden. For more go to www.stapelbaddsparken.se and www.bryggeriet.org and www.malmo.se.

EARTH DAY SKATE DEMO – APR 23 – AT WHOLE FOODS MARKET – SAN MATEO – 1010 PARK PLACE – SAN MATEO, CA. For info call 650-358-6900. Live Music featuring Blktop Project featuring Tommy Guerrero, Ray Barbee, Matt Rodriguez, Chuck Treece and sets by DJ Clay. www.usasec.org.

CALGARY NAMED HOST CITY FOR SLAM CITY JAM 2006 SKATEBOARDING CHAMPIONSHIPS AND FESTIVAL – longest-running skateboarding event in North America to be held in Calgary August 25-27, 2006 with more than 150 of the world’s top professionals. After 12 years of building its reputation in Vancouver as one of the world’s most popular skateboarding events, the Slam City Jam has named Calgary as its official host city for 2006. Slam City Jam will feature a new twist designed to stoke the interest of amateur skaters from throughout Alberta and across Canada. Slam City Jam and the DC National Championships today announced plans to team up in support of amateur skateboarding by staging the finals of the DC Nationals Friday, August 25th, in Calgary. The final round of the DC Nationals, a three-month series involving more than 2,500 amateur skateboarders in 80 contests across the country, will take place on Slam’s world class pro course. The affiliation with the DC Nationals will kick off the three day skateboarding festival and allow for the top three men’s and women’s amateur national finalists to earn spots in Slam’s qualifying rounds Saturday, Aug. 26.

CREATURE VIDEO PREMIER of BORN DEAD- April 13th at Santa Cruz Vets Hall with rock by Deer Tractor, Shed and Hightower. Doors at 7:30pm. Bands at 8pm. Product will rain like blood. Brought to you by Independent. $5 cover. Featuring Navarrette, Hitz, Partanen, Horn, Gravette, Perkins, Ponts, Potter, Boat and many more.

DAMN AM – Damn Am at 3rd Lair, Minneapolis, Minnesota- Presented by Adio, Hawk Clothing, and SPoTlight Productions – June 2-4, 2006. It’s a Bowl Jam, Street, and Street Best-Trick Contest. Email Rob Meronek to register – rob@damnam.com. Only a team manager from a legitimate skateboard company can register riders. Individuals are not allowed to sign up directly. Damn Am Street Best-Trick Contest – Entry fee: Free, but only for Damn Am Street Contest skaters. Prize money: $500 donated by Damn Am. Damn Am Bowl Jam – 12 pack of anything to enter the Contest (beer preferably). Event is one advanced division only. 30 skater maximum entrants. Open to anyone including Pro Skateboarders. Previous winners of the Damn Am go directly to the Semi-Finals in future events. Additional details can be found at DamnAm.com.

HOSOI SKATES NEWS – Christian Hosoi’s documentary has been accepted to the Malibu Film festival and as well as the Cannes Festival. With the ressurection of Hosoi skates in full effect, boards will be available soon

WILD IN THE STREETS – For the past two years, Emerica’s Wild in the Streets has brought global attention to skateboarders and the freedoms they rightfully deserve. Literally thousands of skaters in over 30 countries have participated in the world’s largest simultaneous grassroots movement in skateboarding history, with the two main events being held in New York City (2004) and Philadelphia (2005), both of which were led by the Emerica team! This year, Emerica’s main event will be Wild in the Streets of Chicago as we rally to raise awareness of and funds for the United States’ first major metropolitan downtown skate plaza. Mark your calendars for Go Skateboarding Day, 2006! (June 21, 2006) More information will begin to surface at www.emericawildinthestreets.com.

INDEPENDENT TRUCKS – Pick up the new TRUJILLO Signature Trucks. 129 and 139 Sizes Available. independenttrucks.com

EUROPEAN BOWL BASH – The BowlBash 2006 dates are; Qualifications – May 13-14th Malmo Sweden, June 3-4th Hamburg Germany, July 15-16th Burnley UK, August 26-27th Algorta Spain… Finals – October 13-15th Eindhoven Holland… The Malmo qualifier will be the grand opening of the new Stapelbadds park, featuring bands including Millencolin and Sick Of It All. Please check www.stapelbaddsparken.se and www.bowlbash.com

5.9 COMPOUND NEWS – The 5.9 compound is getting a facelift. The crew is widening the deep end and new pool coping is being poured for the ten year anniversary coming up. – Merk and the Four Down ramp builders are going to Vermont to build an outdoor bowl with pool coping for Burton Snowboards.

BULLDOG SKATES – Wes has been working on some Special Edition Super Pigs. There are going to
be approx 100 total made in different variations. Decks are available in the pre-sale threads of the BDS Forum:. http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/bulldogskates/vpost?id=1003604. New BDS wheels coming out soon, plus three more new boards and t-shirts soon after.

INDY NEWS – Indy has announced Eric Koston as a member of the Independent team.

SECTOR 9 NEWS – Long time shredder Jeff Budro stepped up to take over the skate team and marketing. One of the first things Jeff did was to put Vancouver’s Steve Lange on the team. Sector 9 is also working on a pro model with Joel Tudor. Joel’s model will be far different than you expect. Sector 9 is currently working on their latest video, ”Short Bus Chronicles”, which will be out this summer.

GRINDLINE NEWS – Little Eddie, Science, and the boys just finished up the Currituck park in NC, and it’s no less than amazing. Grand Opening day is set for May 13th. – Eddie has moved on to another project in Lakewood, TX where a peanut bowl and street course will keep the locals happy. – Missoula, MT is getting a sick Grindline kidney pool and a street course.

OCEAN CITY SKATEPARK PARTY – One of the first skateparks in the country, Ocean City Bowl in Ocean City , MD, is having it’s 30th anniversary on May 19th. The Mayor of O.C. is calling you out! This bowl bash will also make history. Be there.

25TH MONSTER MASTERSHIP – A quarter century of Mastership: The most important contest of the international skateboard scene celebrates its 25th anniversary. The World Championship of Skateboarding was initially scheduled to take place during summer in the Muensterland Hall (June 30th – July 2nd). In order to avoid getting drowned amidst the media frenzy surrounding the Soccer World Cup, the organizer titus communications GmbH, decided on short notice to postpone the Mastership until fall. This measure is to ensure extensive coverage by the sports media that naturally will completely evolve around soccer during the summer months. This shift of dates is meant to ease decisions of prospective sponsors and potential fans alike. Preparations have been running at full steam for weeks now to ensure that the 25th Monster Mastership will be a sparkling highlight for the alternative sports scene and that the cult status of the event – especially at its anniversary – will come into full effect. The event is now scheduled for the time of October 6th -8th. A brand new street parcours as well as a gargantuan half pipe will lure skateboard enthusiasts from all over the globe to Muenster. The international skateboard elite will decide on their official world champions in the Street and Half Pipe competitions. www.wcsk8.com

CUTTHROAT SKATEBOARDS has introduced a full arsenal of pool shaped decks with some of the finest artwork you’ve ever seen. Pirates and skulls done right. www.cutthroatskateboards.net.

SKATE CONTEST – DoubleOC Uncorporated and Vans Shoes presents CASL Skate Contest – Friday April 21 and Saturday April 22 at Alliance Skatepark – Lake Elsinore, CA. www.caslusf.com

SKATEPARK NEWS – There’s more concrete being built everyday specifically for our enjoyment all over the world. Up and coming sculpturing includes a new effort from Sunrise Construction and Glendale Skatepark designer Ben Schroeder in East LA. The plans have a vert pool with real coping and three different depths: 5-ft, 7-ft and a 10-ft deep end. There’s a large street area with Euro gaps, three rails, ledges, manual pads, and plaza area. There’s also an over vert pocket, a spine with corner, bank to wall and two mini-bowls. Need we say more?

SACRIFICE SKATES NEWS – Sacrifice Skateboards has trimmed their roster. Tony Loco has been let go and Rose Bernfeld has left on her own terms. The new Sacrifice video will be available shortly with new tunes from Johnny Manak.

OLD SCHOOL SKATEBOARD REUNION III – Ride Skateboards and SkateAlabama.com are excited to announce that April 29th is the date for this years Alabama Old School Skateboard Reunion III. This will be the 3rd consecutive year for the AOSSR event and this years event is a historic one! Ride Skateboards has spent the past 3 years working with the City of Alabaster, Alabama to construct the first core concrete skate park in the state. In the process, they have managed to change the way municipality coverage is applied to city operated skate parks and opened the door for future development across the state! The new park consists of a 10′ SKULL BOWL with OG tile and coping ready for the ripping! RIDE SKATEBOARDS AT VETERANS SKATE PARK GRAND OPENING APRIL 1, 2006For details contact Ride Skateboards at 205.823.7889 or visit www.rideskateboards.com or www.veteransskatepark.com.

BOARD JUNKIES – The newly launched board company Boardjunkie is looking for team riders. BOARD JUNKIE is sponsoring Skate Festival 2006 on July 15 2006. It’s a benefit for Parkinson’s Disease @ Greenpoint Polo Grounds and Skatepark, Greenpoint NY 11944. $12 advance tickets, $15 day of show. Over 20 Bands (tba) 3 stages. Details coming soon @ www.boardjunkie.com Check www.boardjunkie.com.

CODA SKATES NEWS – The Coda Skates crew which is Jerry Mraz, Jay Burton, Pat Smith, Jake the Mango as well as VIP’s Tim Vanderbas, Andreas Trolf, Aleks Heron and Ben Beasley. The crew just built a bowl on the west side of New York for Chelsea Piers and wrapped up a mini on a roof for Etnies.

DEW ACTION SPORTS TOUR ANNOUNCES PRE-QUALIFIED ATHLETES FOR 2006 SEASON – Athletes are pre-qualified for the 2006 Dew Action Sports Tour’s first stop, the Panasonic Open, based on their rankings at the end of the 2005 Dew Action Sports Tour season. Depending on the discipline, between 10 and 20 athletes are pre-qualified. The full list is as follows – Ryan Sheckler, Bucky Lasek, Ryan Guettler, Jamie Bestwick, Ryan Guettler, Kenny Bartram, Chad Fernandez, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Scotty Cranmer, Kevin Robinson, Corey Bohan, Jeremy Stenberg, Greg Lutzka, Andy Macdonald, Ryan Nyquist, Chad Kagy, Cameron White, Mike Mason, Paul Rodriguez, Bob Burnquist, Dave Mirra, Simon Tabron, Chris Doyle, Adam Jones, Jereme Rogers, Anthony Furlong, Allan Cooke, Dave Mirra, Ryan Nyquist, Ronnie Faisst, Wagner Ramos, Rune Glifberg, Colin Mackay, Dennis McCoy, Mike Aitken, Ailo Gaup, Dayne Brummet, Neal Hendrix, Rob Darden, John Parker, Colin Mackay, Beau Bamburg, Austen Seaholm, Sandro Dias, Josh Harrington, Jay Miron, Cory Nastazio, Drake McElroy, Alex Gavin, Shaun White, Steven McCann, Jimmy Walker, Chris Gerber, Nate Adams, Paul Machnau, Chris Gentry, Tom Haugen, Tom Stober, Stephen Murray, Dustin Miller, Ronnie Creager, Mike Laird, Luke Parslow, Josh Evin, Chad Kagy, Rob Darden, Pat Channita, Alistair Whitton, Paul Kintner, Alex Chalmers, Mike Aitken, TJ Lavin, Michel Simonetto, Gary Young, Steven McCann, Morgan Wade, Dave Dillewaard, Diogo Canina, Dennis McCoy, Michael Cleveland. Athletes who are not pre-qualified may qualify for the Panasonic Open and Right Guard Open, the Tour’s first two events, in one of the following ways: Open-qualifying competitions onsite at the two events, open to professional athletes in each sport… Three to four wild card spots per discipline, to be filled at the discretion of Tour management… Results from the Panasonic Open (applicable to the Right Guard Open only) After the first two Tour stops, current Dew Action Sports Tour rankings will determine the athlete field for the Vans Invitational, Toyota Challenge and PlayStation Pro. Wild card spots will be included at all Tour stops. Dew Action Sports Tour standings are based on a cumulative points system used to rank athletes throughout the season. At the conclusion of each Tour stop, athletes will be awarded points that correspond to their final placing in their respective disciplines, and will be ranked accordingly. Final point standings determine the recipients of the Dew Cup, which will be awarded to champions in the six disciplines within skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross. Athlete of the Year will be awarded to the athlete with the single highest point total in one discipline across the Tour. The Dew Action Sports Tour schedule, events and locations are as follows:
June 22-25 Panasonic Open Louisville, Ky. – Kentucky Expo Center
July 13-16 Right Guard Open Denver, Co. – Pepsi Center
Aug. 17-20 Vans Invitational Portland, Ore. – Rose Quarter
Sept. 7-10 Toyota Challenge San Jose, Calif. – HP Pavilion
Oct. 12-15 PlayStation Pro Orlando, Fla. – TD Waterhouse Centre

Kronik ENERGY Drink and WESTSIDE SKATE SHOP hosted UNFINISHED BIZZNESS April 15th. 2006 in Clearwater, FL. The winners included – Square Pool – 1. Jimmy The Greek 2. Red Kneck Eric 3. Packy and Kidney Pool 4. Alex Watts 5. Josh Black 6. Arron Sumthin.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – X GAMES 12, AUGUST 3-6, 2006 – Los Angeles, Calif. ESPN today announces that X Games 12 will be held August 3-6, 2006 for its fourth consecutive year in Los Angeles, Calif. The annual X Games is the premier action sports event in the world, featuring athletes from across the globe competing for medals and prize money in the following sports: BMX Freestyle, Moto X, Skateboard, Surfing and Wakeboard. X Games 12 will be telecast live on ESPN and ABC. Announced earlier this year, X Games will remain in Los Angeles through X Games 15 in 2009. Details on sports, venues and athletes will be announced next year. Information on all X Games events can be found on www.expn.com.

GHOSTTOWN WHEELS has added Morgan Burgess, Josh ”Skreech” Sandoval, Julie Kindstrand and Marky Clements to the Ghosttown team, in addition to the Wounded Knee Skateboards team featuring Jim Murphy, Science AKA Dave Maxwell, ChickenHawk, Sloppy Sam, Bato, Travis, Smiley, Remy and Big Tim. Ghosttown makes super durable high performance urethane wheels available in 58mm, 60mm, and 63mm. Ghosttown wheels are also available through Eastern Skateboard Supply.

SKATE CONTEST – APRIL 22 – Backdoor Skatepark Indoor Park… Divisions: beginner, intermediate, advanced. Backdoor Skatepark – 108 River Bluff Road Greenville, NC 27834. Phone 252-758-7467. Call for registration info.

PIG WHEELS NEWS – The Nuge is now riding for Sessions clothing!

A WEBSITE WORTH CHECKING OUT. Washington St. has a new website. www.washingtonstreetskateboardpark.org

SKATE CONTEST - The City of Scottsdale’s Parks and Recreation Division will be presenting it’s 7th Annual Skate Competition on Saturday, April 29, 2006. This event will be held at’The Wedge’ Skatepark located in Scottsdale’s Eldorado Park. For more information please email Agrote@scottsdaleaz.gov.

SKATERBUILT NEWS – Esteemed-veteran deckcrafter Chuck Hults will be making the line of new shapes. New decks are out now and several are due out in late spring/summer.Watch for the specially designed Park Slalom VRS III, and the CULT II, III, and III.V due out this summer. Chuck Hults is busily making very limited numbered runs of The Cult II, GroundHog, VRS II, and ConeKiller TS’s. He will also have Mike Maysey’s new pro slalom model ready soon. The Lonny Hiramoto and Rodney Cassell Pro Models are due out in late April. Go to www.skaterbuilt.com.

GRIND FOR LIFE SKATEPARK SERIES 2006 CONTEST SCHEDULE
April 29 – 10am – 2nd contest – Cocoa Beach Skatepark – Flow course
June 24 – 3pm – 3rd contest – YMCA – Oelsner Skatepark – West Palm Beach, FL – Mini-ramp (kids) – Pool (30+)
Sept 9 – 2pm – 4th contest – Stone Edge – Daytona Beach – Bowl
Nov 18 – 4pm – Awards Ceremony to be held in conjunction with the 4th Annual Grind For Life Annual Benefit Event (Cocoa Beach) with pro demos, raffles, silent auctions, live music and more. Each contest entry is $20 and competitor will get a free t-shirt. Trophies and prizes to Top 5. Age Divisions : 9 and under, 10-12, 13-15, 16andover, Sponsored, 30-39, 40 and over, Girls. Grind for Life is a non-profit org that helps people with cancer. Dates subject to change. Call 561-252-3839 or go to www.grindforlife.org.

FOUNDATION NEWS – Angel Ramirez is getting his own color way design for a new Vans amateur shoe series. Angel Ramirez is now on Independent Trucks, too. Attention Europe!! The Foundation skateboarding stunt team Angel Ramirez, Corey Duffel, Mike Rusczyk, and Ethan Fowler are going to be in Europe during the last half of May 2006.

REAL NEWS – Check out www.dlxsf.com for Real’s Desert Burial Tour. The whole Real team (except for Chima, who is killing it in Australia, watch Life and Times for that) moved their newest pro Ernie Torres out of Kansas to Phoenix, AZ. . www.dlxsf.com

SKATEBOARD INSTRUCTOR NEEDED – Skateboard instructor needed for beautiful skatepark in children’s summer camp in Milford, PA. Responsible for instruction and supervision of children ages 7-16. From June 20 – Aug 17. Salary, room and board and travel provided. For more information, email resume to: clc@njycamps.org or fax to 973-575-4188. Check out www.njycamps.org.

HIGH GRADE DISTRIBUTION NEWS – Nick Matlin joins the High Grade Distribution family as the new team manager for Satori Movement Wheels and Creation Skateboards. Nick will also act as the assisting team manager for Yellow Brand Skateboards.

CONSPIRACY NEWS- Conspiracy has new board models coming out this spring as well as the New DVD ”Saiko”. Conspiracy will also host The 3rd Annual Trinidad ”Funtest”, on May 13th, which is going to have lots of prizes and cash for skaters having the most fun. There is rumor of Park Race also. Frontside Five will be playing that night at a local Pub. If you have any questions, please call Ashley at: 303.383.1895 Or email: ashley@conspiracyboards.com. For more details check out www.conspiracyboards.com .

ZERO NEWS – Congrats to Ben Gilley for joining Zero Skateboards.

FURY NEWS – Diego ”The Butcher” Bucchieri Joins Fury Trucks Team. Fury has also released Signature Trucks for Tom Penny, Tony Hawk and Arto Saari. For more information,visit www.furytruckcompany.com.

BIRDHOUSE NEWS – The Birdhouse Team is currently in full filming mode with back to back trips, all with the goal of logging footage for ”THE BIRDHOUSE VIDEO” set for a Fall 2006 release. So far the crew has visited these countries in the pursuit of the perfect spot: Spain, France, Australia, Japan, The Phillipines, Mexico, Brazil, Lebanon, China, Russia, Holland, Canada, Turkey, Italy, New Zealand along with most of the States… Steve Nesser is currently in Tel Aviv, Israel shooting photos and filming. Steve had only been at home in St. Paul, MN a few days before leaving for this trip, but he managed to open up his shop Familia – www.familiaskateshop.com. Congrats to Nesser for following through on a dream. A large portion of the team is on the road right now, traveling through the Southwest USA including Aaron Suski, Brian Sumner, Anthony Shetler, Jon Goemann, Brandon Westgate and flow rider David Loy. New graphics out soon. Keep posted at Birdhouseskateboards.com

RICTA has added Marius Syvanen and Julian Davidson to the Ricta AM Team.

GOOD WORKS – etnies Gives L.A.’s Homeless New Shoes – Pierre Andre Senizergues, Don Brown and the rest of the etnies’ crew headed down to Skid Row today to give thousands of homeless men, women and children new shoes at the Los Angeles Mission’s Easter Event. The etnies crew personally gave 2,000 folks a new pair of shoes.

AROUND THE WORLD ADVENTURE – Chris Senn and Sasha Steinhorst will start a ”Around the World” adventure this month. Starting in Australia to skate Bondi pool and various other concrete delights… From there on to Malaysia for the Asian X Games in Kuala Lumpur. May 12-14. Then proceeding on to the Quiksilver Bowlriders in Malmo, Sweden. May 19-21. On to the Etnies Bowl masters at the Cradle in Brixlegg, Austria. May 26-28. Hamburg, Germany for the Globe Bowl Bash the following weekend. June 3-4. Amsterdam for a mid week concrete bowl session.. On to Donington, UK for the Soul Bowl comp. June 9-11. Back to Adam for more mid week bowl sessions. Then on to Ravenna, Italy for Giorgio Zatonni’s Slam Trick comp. June 16-18. On to Louisville, KY for the first stop of the Dew Tour. June 23-25. Back to Euro for the a week of filming before going to Prague, Czech Republic for the Mystic Cup. July 7-9. Dave Duncan will be along for much of the action.

FLIP SKATEBOARDS – Flip Skateboards has announced that Rodrigo TX, Bob Burnquist and Lance Mountain have been added to the line-up to create one of the strongest all-around skateboarding teams in modern history. Flip Skateboards is currently in production of the new Flip video due for release in Spring 2007. The Flip Team is: Pro Team – Mark Appleyard, Ali Boulala, Bob Burnquist, Rune Glifberg, Lance Mountain, Tom Penny, Geoff Rowley, Arto Saari, Bastien Salabanzi and Rodrigo TX. The AM Team is David Gonzalez, Eric Fletcher and Shane Cross.

ESPN X GAMES TO ADD RALLY CAR RACING TO ITS SPORT LINEUP – ESPN X Games will add the sport of Rally Car racing to its sports lineup, starting with X Games 12 to be held August 3-6, 2006. X Games 12 will air live on ESPN and ABC Sports from its home in Los Angeles, Calif. Rally Car Racing features a driver and co-driver racing street legal cars on closed sections of roads called ”stages.” The goal in rally is to accumulate the lowest elapsed driving time on a prescribed course. The co-driver navigates the course and communicates upcoming road conditions to the driver, so that a high rate of speed can be maintained around and over natural obstacles such as blind crests, jumps, hairpin turns, dips, etc.

POWELL PERALTA NEWS – Ray Bones Rodriguez deck now comes with a black background and looks sick. Powell Peralta represents products that George and Stacy have agreed to re-issue under that brand name. Powell Classic products represent other products that don’t fit in the vision that George and Stacy have for Powell Peralta. Powell Classic also includes larger deck shapes and wheel sizes. POWELL CLASSIC – New colors for Mike Vallely Elephant, Ripper, Skull and Sword and Hot Rod Flames decks. For more info go to www.skateone.com.

SLAMTRICK 2006 is the seventh edition of the international skateboard contest that will be held in Marina Di Ravenna, Italy, June 16-18, 2006. Slamtrick will stick to its traditional mix made of skateboarding, sun, sea and parties on the beach. The Slamtrick staff is selecting some of the best international riders to compete with the locals Daniel Cardone, Giorgio and Gianni Zattoni, the new European stars Manuel Margreiter (winner in 2005) and Dominik Dietrich (first place in 2004) and Renton Millar from Australia. Prize categories for street and vert: the killer (best trick), the machine (best skater of the day), the doctor (most technical trick) and the crazy horse (the most original trick). The schedule is Friday, June 16 at 4 p.m. – Vert practice at Giorgio Zattoni’s Marianna hard core giant ramp; Saturday June 17 at 6 p.m. – Vert Finals, 10:30 p.m. – Slamtrick 2006 Beach party at Boca Barranca; Sunday June 18 at 6 p.m. – Street Finals, at Oasi Skatepark Marina di Ravenna. Awards at 8:30 p.m. and then party at the skatepark till midnight. Slamtrick 2006 is sponsored by Carhartt, Globe, Stussy and Zoo York and New Era. Stay tuned into www.slamtrick.com.

BACKYARD RAMP CONTEST – Colt Cannon is planning an invite only Phil Shao Memorial mini ramp contest in his backyard for May 20th. Thrasher and Element are sponsoring it and there will be some prize money available for the top shredders.

eS NEWS – Eric Koston has left eS Shoes and is moving on to greener pastures.

BACON NEWS – Benji Galloway and Lincoln Nass are now on Bacon Skateboards.

AUTOBAHN NEWS – Autobahn Wheels has added Lucas Piug to the squad. You can now get rolling with Joey Pepper and Chico Brenes on their new pro wheels.

SKATERBUILT NEWS – Skaterbuilt has been working on a limited run featuring the hotrod art of Big Daddy Roth’s son-Dennis Lil Daddy Roth. The decks will feature metal flake paint jobs by the Spade Bros.

SESSIONS UPDATE – Chet Childress has headed out on a 3 month long road trip across the US. From March through May in his trusty Volvo filming and shooting photos. They’re traveling will take them all over the US skating parks with locals and checking spots everywhere, they plan to visit Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia Virginia, Washington DC, Boston, NYC, Ohio, Colorado, Nevada, and beyond…..The cross country expedition is primarily to film for the Nike video. In addition to Chet’s video part, they hope to have the trip as a special bonus feature in the Nike video called Lost-N-Crookslation.

SKATE CONTEST - Skatepark of Tampa is proud to announce the School’s Out Jam All Ages Contest on Saturday, May 27, 2006. For details go to skateparkoftampa.com.

SK8MEDIX – SK8Medix is the new ultimate skater’s first aid kit, complete with hardware, bearings, bushings, kingpin, axle nuts, sk8tool, pivot bushings, a bottle opener, bandages, antiseptic wipes, aspirin, gauze, tape, antiseptic ointment and butterfly bandages. Call Trace at (714)369-4643 to order yours.

POWELL PERALTA NEWS – Bubble Gum pink CAB Original Dragon graphic deck is now out. The CAB Street is the latest deck to be offered on Ebay to help promote public skateparks.

ASR Holiday’s Debut Set to Pack the Beach – As ASR Holiday prepares to kick off in Newport Beach, CA, the exhibit space is sold out. Over 100 action sports and youth culture brands will be onsite May 31-June 1 at the Newport Dunes. This will be the first opportunity for influential buyers from across the country to see action sports’ hottest holiday lines in a convenient 2-day event. Get info at www.ASRbiz.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NEW Trujillo Savage Denim OUT NOW! Independent Truck Company and NHS, Inc. are proud to present the very first Independent signature pro jean; the Tony Trujillo ”Savage” denim. 2 different colors in 2 different fits are being offered during this early release and available now at your local skate shop. Independent Truck Company is a skateboard truck manufacturer based in Santa Cruz and San Francisco, California. Established in 1978; Independent Trucks have long been revered as the best skateboard truck available. For information about Independent Truck Company’s history or products, log on to www.independenttrucks.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – CIRCA NEWS – Namethisvideo began in 2002 when we couldn’t decide on a name for our skateboarding video. www.namethisvideo.com was launched to house the trailers for the full length skateboarding DVD and invited viewers to enter their suggestion for what they would name it after watching. The waiting is over and Namethisvideo has announced the world premiere of its full-length skateboarding DVD feature, the name of which will be revealed on June 6th, 2006, and the grand prize, a new ultra sheye lens from Century Optics ($900.00 value), will be given to the winning entrant.The historic Gaslighter Theater (www.thegaslighter.com) in downtown Campbell will be the location for the premiere on June 6th, 2006, at 6pm and will be immediately followed by the premiere of the full length video from Circa shoes (www.circafootwear.com), directed by world renowned skateboard lmer Lee Dupont. Admission for the event is a skater-friendly 6 dollars and the event will be sure to sell out its collectible tickets early. For more go to www.namethisvideo.com.

SKATER-TRADER NEWS - Skater-Trader, the vintage board swap is being hosted by Sk8supply.com and scheduled for Saturday, May 13th, 2006 at SkateLab in Simi Valley. Skater-Trader( the 6th bi-annual event) will include vintage skateboards and parts from all eras on display for trade/sale/show. Grab your vintage sk8 stuff and head on down! More info, visit http://www.skater-trader.com or call David at Sk8supply (858)581-0049.

GandS NEWS – GandS Skateboards is re-issuing the first 80’s decks which will include the Chris Miller Faces, the Billy Ruff Challice and the GandS Foil Tail. These three models will be available June 2006!

KRUDCO NEWS – Krudco has added local rippers Tyler Davis and Evan Dow to the team. Evan Dow is on Duffs, Navigator Trucks and Ninja Bearings Flow. Caleb Michalowski is on the Destructo Trucks flowgram and is on Movement
Skateboards.

PREMIUM SKATES NEWS – Alex Gavin, Dayne Brummet and Josh Evin are pre-qualified for the 2006 Dew Action Sports Tours first stop, the Panasonic Open, based on their rankings at the end of the 2005 Dew Action Sports Tour season. Dayne and Josh will be touring this summer across Canada on PWR mini-ramp tour. They will be hitting Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. More info to follow. Alex Gavin just came back from shooting photos in Halifax, Canada with Ted Power. Dayne Brummet will be competing at 1st Annual MASA Pro All American Street Style Pro Skateboarding Open in Fayetteville, NC May 5-7, 2006. If you are in the area, go and check him out.

SANTA CRUZ SKATEBOARDS 2006 EURO ENDURO TOUR – Santa Cruz Skateboards is pleased to announce the 2006 Summer Euro Enduro Pro Team Tour. The all-star tour team line up includes Vato slash-dog Emmanuel Guzman, smooth and easy Henning Braaten, tech twins Flo Marfaing and Alex Carolino plus special guests along the way. Team Manager Jake Jones and staff videographer Mike Poore will be there to coordinate and document the mayhem. For more information about Santa Cruz Skateboards team and products, log on to www.santacruzskateboards.com.

SKATE CONTEST – Top Shop in Minneapolis at 3rd Lair will be held April 21-23. Check www.3rdlair.com for more info.

DEW ACTION SPORTS TOUR ANNOUNCES 2006 FREE FLOW TOUR SCHEDULE – The Dew Action Sports Tour today announced the kickoff of the Free Flow Tour, which provides amateur, locally-based athletes the prospect for professional sponsorship and recognition by the pros. As the official amateur skateboard and BMX contest series of the Dew Action Sports Tour, the Free Flow Tour begins April 29 at the Rye Airfield in Rye, NH, and will visit communities across the country all known as hot-spots within the action sports culture. The Free Flow Tour will include skate competitions at 16 sites and BMX competitions at eight sites. The top skate and BMX finishers at each stop will be flown to the Dew Action Sports Tour’s Vans Invitational in Portland, OR for the Free Flow Tour Finals, August 17-20, where one champion will be crowned in each sport. Encompassing the Flow to Pro theme, the two overall skate and BMX champions win a wild card spot to compete against the pros at the Dew Action Sports Tour’s last stop, the PlayStation Pro in Orlando, FL. In addition, there is more than $7,000 in cash prizes for the Free Flow Tour. WWW.FREEFLOWTOUR.COM

NIKE IN PLAYBOY - Phil Knight In May Playboy – Nike co-founder and COB wrote an article for the May edition about the late Bill Bowerman, co-founder and track coach. Knight’s former partner was also his track coach at Oregon. Knight submitted the article, titled ”It’s not just how fast you move your legs,” to Playboy because he wanted to let people know about Bowerman’s career. The two formed the company that would become Nike with $500 and a hand shake. © SPORTSSOURCE

KRUX KICKFLIP CHALLENGE 2006!! Over 20 shops and skateparks will be hosting the Krux Kickflip Challenge in Spring and Summer of 2006. Brought to you by Krux, the Kickflip Challenge is a skating game that anyone who can do a kickflip can enter. Checkout www.kickflip.kruxtrucks.com for updated shop locations and dates as well as rules and info on how to host your own Krux Kickflip Challenge!

SUPERBOWL OF HARDCORE 2006 ANNOUNCED – Black N Blue Productions has announced the 2006 Superbowl of Hardcore set for Sunday April 23rd at Club Spirit in Manhattan. The lineup includes co-headliners Underdog and Vision of Disorder, with Killing Time, Crown Of Thornz, Shutdown, Indecision, District 9, Murphy’s Law, Kickback, Doomsday Device, Do or Die and One Man Army. According to co-producer, Freddy ”Madball” Cricien, ”This is the second year we’ve presented the Superbowl; last year’s event sold out, with over 1,300 attendees from all over the world. We’re honored to bring the event back to New York and add international talent this year.” The Superbowl of Hardcore originally started in New York in the early ’80s. Held at the legendary Ritz, it featured bands like Warzone, Agnostic Front, Sick of it All and Gorilla Biscuits – all the forefathers of the renowned New York Hardcore movement. This event has returned, promising to keep the tradition alive. Doors for the Matinee event are at 11 a.m. with a 10 p.m. curfew; Club Spirit is located at 530 W. 27th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues in Manhattan. The show is 18 and over, you must have valid ID and be 21 to drink. Disposable cameras only. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 on the door. Tickets available online at www.pitchforkny.com. Black N Blue Productions is based in New York City. Run by Freddy ”Madball” Cricien, Joe ‘Cuz’ Cammamata, and friends. Black N Blue is sponsored exclusively by Franky and Minx (www.frankyandminx.com) and Pitchfork Hardwear (www.pitchforkny.com). More info can be found at www.blacknblueproductions.net.

THE BUZZCOCKS HIT THE US FOR WARPED TOUR JUNE 2006 WITH SELECT HEADLINING DATES. FULL HEADLINING TOUR TO FOLLOW IN JULY – Buzzcocks, the band that has personified punk rock and who literally gave life to the indie DIY ethos, hits the US this June with select headlining dates, joining the WARPED TOUR for two weeks of rock and roll galore. The godfathers of punk, are back in the US touring in support of their power punch of an album – Flat Pack Philosophy. The first Buzzcocks album on Cooking Vinyl packs 14 songs into 36 frenetic minutes.

SKATE JAM – Ziggys Family Reunion by the Sea – Featuring Skate Jam and Live Music: the Arrival, In-V, Cryptorchid Chipmunk, Omega Agency, and TBA . Last Saturday in May starting at 1pm! Family Reunion BYOB / Bring your own tent! Where: 125 Oak Point Road Sneads Ferry, NC 28460. Call for more info (910) 330-3140.

VISION NEWS – Vision has released a signature shoe for the legendary NYC band Sick Of It All, tapping into the hardcore segment of music with the forerunners of the game.

BIG WORLD NEWS- After months of one thing after another BIGWORLD’S new cd ‘SIZZLE+CRACK’ is coming out in late April. The band will be appearing again at SKATOPIA this year as well as doing a date with AGENT ORANGE in April in Newport. May 11 Big World will play NYC at the Crash Mansion. Sid goes on at 11pm. Check out more dates + info about the band at www.bigworldband.com and www.myspace.com/bigworld

COACHELLA MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL 2006 LINE-UP TO INCLUDE PERFORMANCES FROM HEADLINERS DEPECHE MODE AND TOOL – APRIL 29 AND SUNDAY, APRIL 30 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA. Artists confirmed for April 29th: Depeche Mode, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur R’s, Common, Damian Marley, Atmosphere, Carl Cox, My Morning Jacket, Ladytron , Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Tosca, Cat Power, Animal Collective, HARD-Fi, Derrick Carter, Devendra Banhart, She Wants Revenge, The Walkmen, The Juan Maclean, Audio Bullys, Imogen Heap, Lady Sovereign, Deerhoof, The Duke Spirit, Editors, stellastarr*, Lyrics Born, Matt Costa, The New Amsterdams, The Zutons, Platinum Piped Pipers, White Rose Movement, Chris Liberator, Colette, Joey Beltram, Hybrid, Wolfmother, The Like, Living Things, Nine Black Alps, The Section Quartet, Infadels, Youth Group, Shy FX and T Power, Infusion. On Sunday, April 30 confirmed artists are: Tool, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bloc Party, Paul Oakenfold, Scissor Sisters, Matisyahu, James Blunt, TV on the Radio, Sleater-Kinney, Mogwai, Coheed and Cambria, Gnarls Barkley, Coldcut, Phoenix, Digable Planets, Amadou and Mariam, Little Louie Vega, Mylo (DJ Set), Seu Jorge, Wolf Parade, The Go! Team, Kaskade, Metric, Art Brut, Dungen, The Dears, Jamie Lidell, The Magic Numbers, Los Amigos Invisibles, Jazzanova, Michael Mayer, Mates of State, Gilles Peterson, Gabriel and Dresden, The Subways, Minus the Bear, Be Your Own Pet, Giant Drag, Kristina Sky, The Octopus Project. For information check out www.coachella.com.

NEWS FROM GERMANY – Claus Grabke is debuting his first ever solo album very soon. It will be a double-album. one side, very uncompromising rock with no studio overdubs, just raw power. That album will be called ”Dead Hippies”. The other album will be called ”Sad Robot”. Stay tuned for release dates and more information.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Pearl Jam Breaks Their Career Record With #1 Positions at Modern Rock Radio and iTunes — Pearl Jam has begun their assault on both the airwaves and the internet with their first single, ”World Wide Suicide” off of their forthcoming, self-titled album due out May 2. ”World Wide Suicide” hit number #1 on the Modern Rock Chart this week. The single was released to radio only two weeks ago and not since U2’s ”Discotheque,” nearly a decade ago, has a song moved so quickly to the top spot. The song entered the chart at #3 – the highest radio debut of the band’s 15-year career. The song is also the #1 most added track of the year at Modern, Active and Rock radio formats, and #1 in Audience for both Modern and Heritage Rock formats. At the same time the song was offered to radio, Pearl Jam offered it as a limited unrestricted free download for fans through their website and through a partnership with myspace.com – an unprecedented move for a band of this stature. The song was downloaded over a quarter of a million times before being put up for sale on iTunes where it is currently ranked #1. Upon the release of the album, the band is scheduled to begin their North American tour. Pearl Jam announced today the second leg of their 2006 U.S. tour is scheduled to kick off on June 23 in Pittsburgh, PA and will finish on July 22 in George, WA. For more information go to www.pearljam.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM JELLO BIAFRA – Due to reports of people buying $25 tickets to a so-called ”Fab Mab Reunion” concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco thinking it’s a Dead Kennedys reunion, Jello Biafra responds: Enough people are confused that we need to set the record straight. No, it is not a Dead Kennedys reunion. Yes, I am boycotting the whole scam. These are the same greed-mongers who ran to corporate lawyers and sued me for over six years in a dispute sparked by my not wanting ”Holiday in Cambodia” sold into a Levi’s commercial. They now pimp Dead Kennedys in the same spirit as Mike Love suing Brian Wilson over and over again, then turning around and playing shows as the Beach Boys. They despise everything our band ever stood for. ”Money Uber Alles” is what all these bands used to stand against. Back in Mabuhay days, no one was more up front about not selling out to Bill Graham than Dead Kennedys and Flipper, especially Will Shatter (RIP). Now Bill Graham Presents has been swallowed and the name is being used as a front for Clear Channel, as nasty a corporate predator as Fox News and Wal-Mart. It breaks my heart that Dead Kennedys now seems to have the worst reputation of any old punk band trying to cash in on their names. We still get complaints from people who bought tickets to shows expecting Dead Kennedys and getting stuck with the world’s greatest karaoke band. Others report someone they know getting ripped off thinking they were seeing me the whole time because no one on stage ever mentioned the singer’s name. I guess it’s sort of like paying to see Black Sabbath and finding out the singer is Donny Osmond. So I hope people who go know in advance what they are getting into. As Johnny Rotten said at the Sex Pistols’ own miserable Bill Graham experience, ”Ever get the feeling you’re being cheated?” For more go to www.alternativetentacles.com.

ICE CUBE KICKS OFF 21 CITY CLUB TOUR – Legendary rapper Ice Cube will kick off his first tour in six years April 20th, in Anaheim, California. The cross country tour is in support of his forthcoming, seventh solo LP, ”Laugh Now, Cry Later,” scheduled to be released June 6, 2006 independently through his own label, Lench Mob Records. The tour will hit 21 cities through May 28th where it concludes in Phoenix. Fellow West Coast rappers Tha Dogg Pound as well as The Clipse have been tapped to support Ice Cube on this rare club run. Ice Cube will debut material from his upcoming album and dig deep into his 20-year recording career. Boasting production from top-level producers like Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz and Lil’ Jon, and featuring guests Snoop Dogg and Dub C, Ice Cube is set to reclaim his title as Rap’s Heavyweight Champion

ART SHOW – RAYMOND PETTIBON – April 8 – May 6, 2006 – Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 6:00 pm. Regen Projects is pleased to announce a new exhibition of drawings by Raymond Pettibon. One of the most influential artists to emerge from southern California, Pettibon’s drawings pull freely from a range of sources including music, politics, religion, art history, sex, sports, movies, and comic books. Regen Projects 633 North Almont Drive Los Angeles, CA 90069 Tel. (310) 276-5424. Visit www.regenprojects.com.

ZEPHYR NEWS - Jeff Ho is hosting a new Zephyr Surf/Skate Art show at the Milk Gallery, LA, CA on May 11th. Jeff has been busy in the shaping room building boards and working on new designs.

PUNK BOOK – July 15th the book ”Punk is Dead, Punk is Everything” featuring artist Richard Sanchez. the follow up book to ”F**ked Up Photocopy” through Kill You Idols Press.

ART SHOW – SAT APRIL 22 – SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE SKATEBOARDERS featuring works of art by over 30 artists including Shepard Fairey, House Industries, Jim Houser, Andy Jenkins, Chris Pastras, Evan Hecox, Ben Woodward, Gina and Matt, Thom Lessner, Rob Montejo, Anthony Skiavin, Joes Castro, Errandboy, Squindo, Beck[y] Hickey, Bullette, Becky Schmidt, Renegade Art Coalition and Scott Kip. A One-Night only Artistic Blitzkrieg to benefit the Wilmington Skate Project. Art Show Hours – 5-10pm – Location – Brandywine Community Town Center. For details go to www.wilmingtonskateproject.org.

DOLLS TO THE WALLS – A photography annual featuring works by fierce young female photogs, skateboard industry pros and more. When: April 13 – April 25, 2006… reception: Friday, April 21st, 2006 from 8pm-1am $10/Open Bar . Where: Project: 5016 Venice Boulevard, (one block west of La Brea), Los Angeles, CA 90019 . www.project.bz. Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday 11- 5 and by appointment. Information: Gallery: info@project.bz. Featuring Photographs by: Elk Amanita – Chris Anthony – Hal Bergman – Jeff Charbonneau – Hanna Dryland – R.C. Durston – Jon Humphries – Mark Hunter the Cobrasnake – Mark Kamps – Tamar Levine – Larry Mills – Alex Prager – Hannah Ruskin – Marla Rutherford – Aline Smithson. Installations by veteran Skateboard Mag photog. Jai Tanju, Jerm… … Vintage Skateboards by Cruz at Aloha-Cruz.com will be on display

GRIP TAPE ART – Are you the Picasso of skateboard art? Show your skill through the Jones Soda and Motto grip art contest, taking place June 1st to June 30th. Submit a photo of your customized grip tape to boardgallery.com for a chance to win. Designs will be judged on creativity and originality and the winners will be announced in August. 1st place: 50 sheets of your own custom cut grip tape or stencils and a Jones Soda sweatshirt. 2nd place: 25 sheets of custom grip and a Jones Soda hat. 3rd place: 15 sheets of custom grip and Jones Soda stickers

DAY ONE OF THE BODY GLOVE SURFBOUT PRESENTED BY ADIO – Day one of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) four-star Body Glove Surfbout Presented by Adio began April 25th at Lower Trestles with overcast skies and small, clean conditions. Motivated by the $75,000 prize purse, valuable World Qualifying Series (WQS) points and the promise of better waves in an almost empty Lower Trestles line-up, competitors made the best of the challenging surf. After a slow start to round one, Roger Eales looking smooth and quick on his feet, was rewarded for his efforts with two of the best scores of the morning, an 8.67 and 8.07. Other round one competitors who worked the small surf and managed to post solid score totals were Chris Drummy with a combine score of 14.93 and Dennis Rizzo with a combine total of 16.06. Round two commenced at mid-day and with a little help from the tidal push, Lowers stayed contestable with light winds and improving glassy conditions. In heat three of that round Jeremy Jones posted the highest score of the day, an 8.83. But even with the day’s best wave, his second ride wasn’t enough to advance him in first place. Instead, it was Jeremy Johnston, with a pair of mid-range scores who made it to round three in the top slot. By the end of the day, with a swell scheduled to arrive later in the week, it was clear that those who advanced were relieved. The Surfbout is also the first stop of the Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series. The Trifecta was formed in 2005 as part of a three-year plan to strengthen surfing in America by uniting the Body Glove Surfbout presented Adio, the Newport Pro presented by Wavewatch, and the O”Neill Cold Water Classic under one banner. The Trifecta will award a $33,333 bonus to the surfer that takes first-place in all three events. Should no one surfer take the win in all three events, the Trifecta also awards an overall points-winner bonus of $10,000. Live scoring available at www.bodyglovesb.asglive.com. FUEL TV will telecast the Body Glove Surfbout on June 12, 2006 at 9:30 p.m.

SURF CONTEST - For Immediate Release: OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR SURF CONTEST HITS LOWER TRESTLES APRIL 28 AND 29 – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) today announced that for the first time ever, the Grade 2 Oakley Pro Junior will be held at Lower Trestles. The event, which takes place on April 28 and 29, is being held in conjunction with the Body Glove Surfbout Presented by Adio and is also the first stop of the Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series. Thirty-two top American and International surfers under the age of 20 will compete for the $10,000 prize purse and the opportunity to earn valuable points toward the 2007 Billabong World Junior Championships. After Lower Trestles, the Oakley Pro Junior’s second stop will be a stand-alone event held August 5-6 in Ocean City, New Jersey. The series of Oakley Pro Junior events will culminate at the 2006 O’Neill Coldwater Classic at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, Calif., October 17-22, which is also the final stop of the Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series. www.adiofootwear.com

ANALOG NEWS – Analog welcomes Cody Lutgens from North Carolina to the Analog Surf Team and Jim Tarlton from North Carolina to our snow team.

HAWAIIANA EXPO – Cruz Island+Beach 4: Surf, Skate and Hawaiiana Expo which will be held on June 17th in Redondo Beach, California. For details go to www.aloha-cruz.com.

BPSA UK Tour to Commence the O’Neill Highland Open – The 2nd leg of the BPSA UK Tour takes place from April 23-24, 2006, with the O’Neill Scottish BPSA Challenge at the legendary Thurso East. The O’Neill Scottish BPSA Challenge will precede the 5 Star WQS O’Neill Highland Open Event and is a two day event with a 1 star rating. The event will also offer a wild card place into the 5 Star WQS for the highest rated Scottish Surfer, giving him the chance to pit home break knowledge against the best in the World. Also confirmed for this event is the UK’s most successful competition surfer, Russell Winter! Thurso East breaks over kelp covered slate reef for 50 – 100 metres and is a World class break. Brimms Ness Bowl, just around the corner, picks up any swell available and can be 4ft even when Thurso is flat. Other quality breaks in the region, that can be used for competition include Castletown, Murkle and Sandside Bay. The main difference to the event for 2006 is the time of year. If the competitors found the water cold at the last BPSA stop in Croyde for the Saltrock Open, they are in for a shock. This is one of the factors that make this such an interesting event with temperatures resting at a chilly 8 degrees. Elsewhere at the event, Foster’s will be bringing their beer and their Barbie to feed and ‘water’ the competitorsas well as putting on a killer party at Thurso’s legendary Skinandi’s Nightclub! Freerange will be around as always. This event’s move will be best barrel. Micah Lester got it last year, who will take home the extra cash this time? Massive thanks goes out to all the sponsors, especially O’Neill as title sponsors and tour sponsors Foster’s and Freerange Sports Optics.

SAVE TRESTLES – If Surfers Do Not Save Trestles, Who Will? The water quality, sandbar sedimentation, and glorious sense of place of Trestles are threatened by an ill-planned toll road highway that would parallel (not just cross) the largely pristine San Mateo Creek that empties into the great Trestles breaks. It’s very important to keep the proposed toll road highway out of San Onofre State Beach and away from the San Mateo Creek. For more info on saving Trestles from the tollroad, see Surfrider’s Save Trestles web section at http://www.surfrider.org/savetrestles.

PEARL JAM PITCHES IN TO HELP SAVE TRESTLES – The Surfrider Foundation today announced that the Vitalogy Foundation will be donating $1.00 from every ticket sold for Pearl Jam’s upcoming Los Angeles concert to help with the organization’s Save Trestles campaign. The donation will be made in memory of longtime band friend and Surfrider Foundation activist Dave ”the Rapscallion” Russell. This is made possible by Pearl Jam’s agreement to contribute a portion of its ticket sales to the Vitalogy Foundation in support of local charities. Pearl Jam will be performing at the Forum in Los Angeles on July 9th and 10th, with special guests Sonic Youth. Proceeds from the show will go to assist the Surfrider Foundation in their efforts to stop a proposed toll road project that threatens both San Onofre State Beach and the world class surf break at Trestles. The project is being undertaken by a private company, the Transportation Corridor Agency, who was recently named in a lawsuit filed by the California State’s Attorney General’s office. Separate lawsuits were also filed by the Surfrider Foundation and its partners, and the Native American Heritage Commission. ”This project would profoundly compromise Southern California’s last remaining, unimpeded coastal watershed,” says Matt McClain, Surfrider Foundation spokesperson. ”It not only harms our State Park and surfing resources, but significantly jeopardizes the eleven threatened or endangered species that call San Mateo Creek home.” The donation will be made in the name of Dave Russell. Russell, a long-time Surfrider Foundation activist, lost his fight with a rare form of thyroid cancer on February 1st, 2006 at the age of 39. Dave’s tireless energy and passion for surfing, filmmaking and environmental activism made him an irreplaceable asset to the San Diego surfing community. In addition to his contributions to various surf films on the resurgence of post-modern surfboard designs, Dave was also in the process of documenting the history of the Surfrider Foundation when the cancer was discovered. For more information on Pearl Jam or their upcoming tour, please go to www.pearljam.com.

COALITION SUES TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR AGENCY TO BLOCK TOLL ROAD THROUGH SAN ONOFRE STATE BEACH – A coalition of environmental organizations today filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court in San Diego County against the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) for violations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). On February 23, 2006, the TCA certified the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report and selected a route that would build a toll road directly through California’s fifth most popular state park, San Onofre State Beach, devastating it and other recreation and conservation lands. The lawsuit charges that the TCA failed to adequately analyze the environmental impacts of the proposed toll road, did not provide adequate mitigation for those impacts, and ignored feasible alternatives to the toll road. These deficiencies represent significant violations of CEQA. ”The TCA has grossly underestimated the impacts that this toll road would have on San Onofre State Beach. It undermined the public process by failing to explore alternatives that would avoid the State Beach entirely and would provide traffic benefits equal or greater than the toll road,” said William White of Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger LLP, the lead attorney for the coalition. Mr. White is joined by a legal team that includes, Joel Reynolds and James Birkelund, attorneys for the Natural Resources Defense Counsel; Michael Fitts, staff attorney for the Endangered Habitats League and Elizabeth Lake and Amanda Monchamp from Holland + Knight, LLP. ”Bulldozing a toll road through San Onofre State Beach makes no environmental, economic or legal sense,” said Joel Reynolds, senior attorney, National Resources Defense Council. ”We designate state parks to protect them, not to warehouse them for future development.” ”This is an unprecedented taking of State Park land that would destroy a unique resource and undermine affordable access to the coastline. It would be precedent-setting for development projects across the State. No part of the State Parks System would be safe in the future if the TCA is allowed to build this toll road through San Onofre State Beach,” said Elizabeth Lake, attorney for Holland + Knight, LLP and a board member of the California State Parks Foundation. ”We are pleased to see the Attorney General also is filing a complaint on behalf of the people of the state of California,” commented Elizabeth Goldstein, president, California State Parks Foundation. ”A recent poll of California voters across the political spectrum showed that 73% opposed the toll road cutting through San Onofre.” TCA is a joint powers agency comprised entirely of local governments within Orange County. The proposed toll road alignment would destroy San Onofre State Beach, which is located in San Diego County. San Onofre State Beach, which is currently enjoyed by 2.5 million people a year, is the fifth most heavily used park in the California State Parks System. The toll road would force the closure of the majority of the park, destroy its most popular campground, pollute its world-class surfing beaches and degrade habitat for 11 endangered or threatened species. The park was established for the citizens of California by then Governor Ronald Reagan and then President Richard Nixon. At the dedication of the park, Governor Reagan said ”I firmly believe one of the greatest legacies we can leave to future generations is the heritage of our land, but unless we can preserve and protect the unspoiled areas which God has given us, we will have nothing to leave them. This expanse of acreage, San Onofre Bluffs State Beach, now has its future guaranteed as an official state park.” The coalition includes the California State Parks Foundation, the Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sea and Sage Audubon Society, Laguna Greenbelt Inc., and the Endangered Habitats League.

OSIRIS Surf Team Update- Matt Archbold moves back to North Shore of Oahu. Brian Conley came back to Cali for a day to make an appearance at the Oakley premiere then hopped on a plane to catch a swell in Tahiti. Cheyenne Magnusson is in Lahina, Maui currently filming a reality series pilot for MTV. The reality series is based off of the hit TV shows, The OC and Laguna Beach. Our smallest team rider, Kalani David makes the hot 100. He has also left No Fear to ride for Shane Beschan’s company, Monument. Results from the Matix/Sun Diego PRO-AM – 1. Teddy Navarro – $1,500… 2. Chris Abad – $800… 3. Brett Simpson – $500… 4. Anthony Petruso – $300…. 5. Gabe Kling – $200…. 5. Micah Byrne – $200…. www.osirisshoes.com.

THE SURF BOOK – NOW AVAILABLE – From the beginning of his career, photographer Michael Halsband has made portraits of artists and musicians. In 1981 he traveled with The Rolling Stones as the official photographer on the Tattoo You tour. In the years that followed, he transitioned to editorial and commercial photography, until 1991, when he returned to portrait work. Since the 90’s he has also written and directed music videos and commercials. Halsband’s personal photo-documentary projects include a book project with AC/DC (1996, 2000), nudes and portraits of sex industry workers (1991-6) and a project with the School of American Ballet (1986-1991). His latest work, Surf Book, (with Joel Tudor), a book documenting the most influential people in surfing, hit bookstores earlier this year. For more go to www.michaelhalsband.com

QUIKSILVER ISA WORLD JUNIOR SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS SET NEW ATTENDANCE RECORD – The Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships will be held in Brazil for the first time next month (May 6-14) with a record 28 national teams competing, one more than last year’s highly successful event at Huntington Beach, California. The prestigious junior event has seen a steady climb in numbers since 16 countries competed in the inaugural event in South Africa in 2003, which increased to 23 in Tahiti the following year. Each country is represented by four athletes competing in the boys under 18 division, four in the boys under 16 division and four in the girls under 18 division. The scores of the top three athletes per division are added up to reach the final ranking to decide the World Junior Surfing Champion Team.

SURF HISTORY UPDATE – Recently, a cover and short column in an 1888 Asbury Park ”Police Gazette” have had the surf historian community a’buzz. ”The Sandwich Island Girl” story is one that — so far — cannot be confirmed nor denied, but must hold some truth to it on some level. It is significant for surfing historians and writers of surfing history because it indicates that the first USA mainland surfing was most likely NOT performed by Hawaiian princes schooling in the Santa Cruz area in 1895, nor by hapa haole George Freeth at Venice Beach in 1906. It was probably performed by an unknown Hawaiian girl or woman in Asbury Park, New Jersey, in 1888! Read the rest of the story at www.legendarysurfers.com.

REEF’S BRAD GERLACH WINS TOP HONORS AT BILLABONG XXL AWARDS – In front of an audience of 2000 surfing and industry professionals, Brad Gerlach was recognized at the Billabong XXL awards for riding the biggest wave of 2005. Measuring in at 68 feet, the December session at Todos earned Gerlach $68,000 and further validation of his incredible talent as a big wave surfer. Notable mentions to Reef team riders Ibon Amatriain from Spain and Laurie Towner from Australia for their nominations, as well as photographer Robert Brown who was honored with a $5000 check for capturing the footage of Gerlach’s winning wave. When asked how he celebrated after the awards, in true Gerlach style he went up to LA to party with friends and celebrated with a few bottles of Cristal. Visit www.reef.com and www.vfc.com.

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