DIE POSERS DIE! – Tony Alva and Richard Villa III present Die Posers Die! an art exhibition featuring artists/skaters – Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Pat Ngoho, Steve Olson, Clint Peterson, Lance Mountain, Mimi Knoop, Duane Peters, Chris Pastras, David Hackett and Jason Adams on Saturday, May 9, 2009 from 7-11pm. Music by DJ Howie Pyro. Open to the public but space is limited. Please RSVP to guarantee entrance at www.exhibitagallery.com. For pre-showing on May 9, 2009 please call 323-954-7295 to schedule an appointment. Exhibit A Gallery is located at 1086 South Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA. www.exhibitagallery.com
ALL NATIONS SK8 JAM – Apr 25-26, 2009 – All Nations Skate Jam at Los Altos Skatepark – All skaters. All nations. All tribes. National Championships of Native Skaters on the same weekend as the Gathering of Nations Powwow. Gates open at 8am. Special guests: Alva posse legends, Bill Danforth, Jim Murphy and Vans pros tba. Los Altos Skatepark is located at 10140 1/2 Lomas Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM. www.allnationsskatejam.com
JIM MURPHY HAS BEEN NOMINATED AS A HERO. PLEASE GO AND VOTE FOR HIM NOW. LENOX and NASCAR‘s Jeff Burton Team Up For Heroes Program – LENOX, a leading manufacturer of premium power tool accessories, torches, solder and band saw blades, announces the kick-off of the LENOX Extra Mile Heroes Program. NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and LENOX are conducting a search for users and suppliers of industrial tools who go the extra mile. The winner of the LENOX Extra Mile Heroes Program could receive up to $1 million to split with their charity of choice. In recognition of the LENOX Extra Mile Heroes, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) NASCAR Sprint Cup race has added a lap; making it the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. For the first time in NASCAR history, the length of the Sprint Cup race will be 301 laps to honor the efforts of these heroes. To Vote: Beginning on February 1, 2009, all of the finalists and their stories will be posted to www.lenoxhero.com. Customers will be asked to vote on who they think should be named the ultimate LENOX Extra Mile Hero. The finalist who receives the most votes will not only carry the honor of being the LENOX Extra Mile Hero, but they also win the Grand Prize of $31,000 as well as an additional $31,000 to be donated to their charity of choice. But that’s not all! If Burton wins the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 race scheduled for June 28, 2009, LENOX will increase the grand prize to $1 million for the winner to split with their charity of choice! Complete LENOX Extra Mile Heroes Program details are available at www.lenoxhero.com. The program is open to users and suppliers of industrial tools, 21 and over in the United States and Canada and submission will be accepted February 1, 2009 through April 30, 2009. JIM MURPHY HAS BEEN NOMINATED AS A HERO. PLEASE GO AND VOTE FOR HIM AT WWW.LENOXHERO.COM
2009 BASIC BOWL CONTEST is set for Sat. April 18th in Huntington Beach, CA. Email [email protected] for details. Spring has Sprung, the forecast is sunny and the skate sessions will
be hot! FuelTV will be there. Fun in the Sun, HB style!! Take Garfield, just east of Brushard and west of
Brookhurst, turn off of Garfield south on Bluefin, left at T, back left corner house.
FUEL TV DOES NYC – Jim Murphy, Glen E. Friedman, Bam Margera and musical guest The Hold Steady Featured On ‘The Daily Habit’ Friday 4.17.09. Airing Friday, April 17, at 9:00 pm Eastern Time (6:00 pm Pacific Time) and telecast three additional times, Bam Margera and The Hold Steady will appear on ‘The Daily Habit.’ New York Week is officially wrapping up, and we’re finishing strong with pro skater and world renowned jackass, Bam Margera. Plus, legendary skate and music photographer Glen E. Friedman drops in to show us some of the most acclaimed photos of his career. Also, we welcome Wounded Knee Skateboards owner Jim Murphy. And, I dare you not to fist pump along to the rock anthems of The Hold Steady. For program times and other information, visit www.fuel.tv
DITCH SLAP 2009 – The ABQ Ditch Slap is April 30th through May 3rd presented by TimeShip Racing in Albuquerque, NM. www.timeshipracing.com
MAY 14 – ART PARTY BY STEVE OLSON at COLLECTIVE HARDWARE in NYC. Mark Baker is hosting. 169 Bowery New York, NY. It’s on. http://collectivehardware.com
TXOTX – Volcom Stone Presents: TXOTX! Mini Ramp Contest 2009 Cider season is starting again in the Basque Country…and with it the most radical mini-ramp contest of all over Europe: TXOTX! This 3rd edition is going to be awesome. The ramp is coming from Switzerland from the prestigious VERTICAL company . Competitors will battle for the 8000 prize money in a typical Basque atmosphere and as always there will be free cider for everyone!! At night ENTOMBED will kill it live! If you like good skateboarding…don’t miss TXOTX! In Durango, Saturday May 2, 2009. TXOTX ! 09 DURANGO BASQUE COUNTRY. www.volcomeurope.com
SKATE and DEPLOY – Color Magazine invites you to Skate and Deploy on Friday, April 17 at 12:00pm. A skate jam of epic proportions at Underground Parkade – Whistler Conference Center, Canada. It’s a skate jam with $2,000 in cash prizes up for grabs. Skate and Deploy will feature a D.I.Y. street course, DJ’s, vendor booths and an epic skate jam, capped off by the official festival opening party, Skate of the Art, featuring live DJ’s, exhibits from Color Magazine, photography from world renowned skate photographers and deck art from around the world. www.wssf.com/skateanddeploy
JULIAN MARTINEZ has been wrongly accused of robbery in Venice, CA according to his dad Jesse Martinez. Anyone that knows Julian, knows this is a bad rap. The truth will set him free, but he needs your help. Jesse Martinez and his family are seeking help with a legal defense fund for Julian. You may Paypal your donations to [email protected] Please send what you can to help out the Martinez family as soon as possible.
POWELL PERALTA is back! Stacy Peralta rejoins George Powell and the crew to bring you a new revolution in 2009. For more visit Cab’s blog at http://steviecaballero.blogspot.com/2009/03/powell-peralta-2009.html
VENICE NEWS – To all the locals that know Ennis Miller from Venice, write letters to Ennis Miller at Ennis Miller, F72277 CTA North Fork Correction Facility 1605 E. Main Street Bldg. E-North, 245 Sayre, OK 73662.
VANS NEWS – 2009 Pro-tec Pool Party will happen on Saturday, May 16, 2009 and the 2009 Downtown Showdown is set for Saturday, September 26, 2009. www.vans.com
ADDIKT SKATEBOARDS NEWS – Go For Broke. www.addiktskateboards.com
SMELL THE ‘CRETE presented by Skater Made Films and Bart Saric. Skateboard Film Premiere with live performances by Ladykillers, Me at the Pub and Frontside Grind and DJ Cesar on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the Knitting Factory 7021 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. Box office 323-463-0284 Starring: Kevin Anderson, Eric Britton, Chris Cudlip, Eric Dressen, Connor Getzlaff, Emmanuel Guzman, Bennett Harada, Omar Hassan, Neil Heddings, Christian Hosoi, Brendan Keavney, Jimmy Marcus, Jesse Martinez, Scott Oster, Josh Sandoval, Chris Swanson, Roland Sumile. Co-starring: Bill Danforth, Peter Hewitt, Sam Hitz, Post-Dogtown, Casey McMaugh, Tom Remillard, Robert Russon, Daniel Salgado and Jason Vanzant. www.skatermade.com
ADIDAS SKATEBOARD CLASH 2009 – The Adidas Skateboard Clash is rolling into the fifth round. On May 23rd and 24th, 2009, skateboard Europe will meet up in the ‘Skatehalle Berlin’ to enjoy the unique and relaxed atmosphere of this extraordinary contest. A top notch field of professional skateboarders from Europe and overseas, such as Dennis Busenitz(US) and the wild Russian Connection from Schutzi (IOU Ramps) are expected. Right in time, the whole street course will be redesigned by German skate-pro Jan Kliewer. So be prepared for more street-flavoured sessions and some obstacles which have never been seen before. The street contest will be invitational only for 60 riders, but there are still 15 lucky guys who will have the chance to participate, by winning the pre-qualifications on Saturday morning. 20 Riders will compete jam-style in The ‘Death or Glory Bowl Jam’, with 3 riders per run. Saturday night will cool everybody down with an awesome aftershow party and the premiere of the new adidas video Diagonal. Skatehalle-Berlin is located at Revaler Str.99, 10245 Berlin, Germany. All Info at http://www.skatehalle-berlin.de
STOKED SESSIONS – Stoked Sessions LA – Sat and Sun, May 2-3, 2009 at Upper Playground, Downtown LA featuring Original Work with the theme ‘I LA’ All of the proceeds from the art show will go directly to Stoked LA. Stoked Mentoring is a non-profit organization that teaches life skills to teenagers through action sports and mentoring. Stoked was founded by Selema Masekela, Host of X Games, and Steve Larosiliere, Stoked’s current Executive Director. Stoked Sessions is an art show and fundraiser for Stoked Mentoring that takes places in both New York City and Los Angeles. Stoked teams up with the best artists in action sports, street and fine art to produce original pieces and 100% of the sales proceeds benefit Stoked Mentoring. www.stoked.org
WOODPUSHERS presents BreakYourAss at Now That’s Class Again Skate Jam at 10pm on April 11, 2009 with cash and prizes from Woodpushers, Ohio Surf and Skate, Westside Skates and Fable. Jams courtesy of Mosquito Bandito and Heath Deadger. Now That’s Class is located at 11213 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH. For info go to www.thewoodpushers.com
SILVER STAR NEWS – Silver Star signs skate’s Brazilian wild-man Fabrizio ‘Breeze’ Santos, and the goofy-footed champ, Tyler Hendley to a sponsorship deal. Santos and Hendley are the newest blood to be added to Silver Star’s familia of athletes, musicians and celebrities. The Brazilian-born, dreadlocked deck-warrior, ‘Breeze’ Santos, is known for his one- footed grinds, and finished 6th overall for the AST Dew Tour 2008 making him one of the top 10 in the world. Hendley, with his signature double-forward flip, has been skating for 12 years and has a Neapolitan trifecta consisting of his gold medal from X Games Dubai in 2007, a silver medal in X Games Asia in 2008, and a bronze medal from X Games Mexico City in 2008. Hendley is also Goofy MVP for GvR, 2007. Be on the look out for Breeze’s signature Silver Star shirt, and watch for both skaters as they skate for Silver Star at the X Games in Asia April 29 – May 3, 2009, and the AST Dew Tour this Summer. www.buysilverstar.com
BLIND VIDEO – premiering May 7, 2009. www.blindskateboards.com
WATER BROS. HAS RISEN AGAIN – SID ABRUZZI aka The Package is re-opening WaterBros. http://www.originalwaterbrothers.com
KING OF GEORGIA BATTLE OF THE SHOPS – Woodys Halfpipe and Brook Run Skatepark will be hosting the 1st annual King of Georgia Battle of the Shops Contest on Saturday April 4, 2009 at the Brookrun Skatepark in Atlanta, GA. The format of the Battle of the Shops contest is four categories of skateboarding: Rail, Flow Bowl, Tech and Gap. Shops and crews will enter teams of their top four skaters to represent them on each obstacle. Each skater from each team gets a half hour to session each obstacle. The flow bowl will be two, one minute heats. The shops will be asked to pick one pinch hitter. The pinch hitter’s role is to jump in if any one is blowing it or gets broken. At the end of the day the shop that averages the highest scores on all four of our obstacles gets to take home the cash prize. Each of the four events will have prizes for 1st through 3rd place, too. For info call 770-416-1475 or go to www.woodyshalfpipe.com
PHILLY AM 2009 SKATEBOARD CONTEST – April 18th, 2009 at Woodward Skatepark – Philadelphia, PA. Entry fee is $20. 9am Registration. Groms, intermediate, advanced, sponsored, best line. Call 610-384-8626 or go to www.three16.com
UNDERWOOD SKATEPARK EVENTS:
04/19/09 PIRATE SKATEBOARDS Demo
04/25/09 FOOLZ GET GNARLY Skate Comp
04/26/09 HEATER SKATEBOARDS Demo
05/23/09 MAYDAY Skate Comp …This event is also ‘VANS WARPED TOUR MINI RAMP QUALIFIER’ for Montage Mountain, Moosic PA concert. Underwood Skatepark is located at 432 North Main Ave, Taylor, PA. www.underwoodskate.com
ZOO YORK ‘STATE OF MIND’ WORLD PREMIERE – JUNE 4, 2009 – NEW YORK CITY – Mark your calendar, because Zoo York’s highly-anticipated new full-length video, ‘State of Mind,’ will make its world premiere on June 4th in NYC. More information and additional premiere locations coming soon… www.zooyork.com
OAKLEY INDEPENDENT VERT SERIES 2009 – Seaside Session at Ramp City Blackpool on May 3rd. Blockless Combat at Creation in Birmingham, UK on June 14th.
DVS presents CPH PRO 2009 – Copenhagen, Denmark on June 26-28th, 2009. http://www.dvsshoes.com/skate/cphpro/
BACKDOOR SK8 JAM – Backdoor has been the birth place for so many great skaters (Brad Reid and Jerry Moody), great artists (Zac Pakersen and The Black Squirrel Syndicate), great bands (Valiant Thorr and Future Islands), great drinkers (too many to name!) and great PEOPLE! Backdoor recently expanded their skate shop and are hosting a sick SKATE JAM on April 4, 2009 in hopes to raise a few bucks to get the renovation track moving again. Live band(s), great friends, beverages, best tricks, and raffle of items from all of our contributors. $3 per person. Please send and any contributions/donations/letters of support/anything to: Backdoor Skate Shop – Attn: Donations for TNT (April 4th) 222 East 5th Street Greenville, NC 27858. www.backdoorskateshop.com
2009 ZOO YORK AM GETTING PAID CONTEST – JULY 24TH-26TH – MONTREAL, CANADA – The Zoo York Institute is proud to announce that from July 24th-26th, the 2009 Zoo York AM Getting Paid (AGP) contest will be held at ‘Le Taz Skatepark in Montreal, Canada. Widely recognized as one of today’s most prestigious international skateboarding competitions for amateurs only, this year’s contest boasts a hefty prize purse of $10,000 USD. In celebration of AGP’s 5th Anniversary, this year’s contest will feature an exciting new format and move to the brand new 280,000 square foot ‘Le Taz Skatepark centrally located in downtown Montreal. www.zooyork.com – www.amgettingpaid.com
SKATE CONTEST – Reid Menzer Memorial Skatepark in York, PA. – April 11, 2009. Street, bowl, best trick. Email [email protected] for info. Music by: Strictly Business, The Mayor’s Wife, The Snails and DJ Jason Forest and DJ Xzact. All proceeds to beneft the REM Skatepark. www.reidmenzermemorialskatepark.org.
MIGHTY MAMA SKATE-O-RAMA SKATEPARK TOUR – The nonprofit Skateboard Moms will be heading out on the Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama skatepark tour, June 19-28, from San Diego to San Francisco and back. Info at www.skateboardmoms.org
ELEMENT NEWS – Check out the new trailer for Element’s upcoming Fall 2009 release…SOLE.
http://www.elementskateboards.com/sole/trailer/ SOLE highlights the Element shoe team; Darrell Stanton, Chad Tim Tim, Mike Vallely and Levi Brown.
PHX AM – April 4-5, 2009 presented by Circa in Phoenix , AZ. Alphanumeric will sponsor the Best Trick Contest. www.phxam.com
BUCKET TURNS 50 – Happy Birthday Bucket! Keep rollin’!
2009 GRIND FOR LIFE SKATEBOARD SERIES – Grind For Life, Inc., founded by Mike Rogers, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps people with cancer, especially those who travel long distances to treatments. Entry Fee: $20 per contest (includes free t-shirt). Trophies to top 5 in each division. Age Divisions: (in the following order) 9 and under skate first. 9 and under, 10-12, 13-15, Girls, 16-29, Sponsored, 30-39, 40 and over. Bowl Contest — April 25. The Ghetto Skate Facility (352) 807-0902. 37216 Chancey Rd. Zephyrhills, FL 33541. Registration at 10:00 am. Contest starts at 11:00 am. Flow Bowl Contest — May 23 New Smyrna Beach. (under construction). Registration at 10:00 am. Contest starts at 11:00 am. Overall Awards — November 14 Cocoa Beach Skatepark. Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 Awards ceremony for the whole series will be held on November 14, 2009 at the 7th Annual Grind For Life Benefit Event from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This event will feature pro demos, live music, mega raffles, food and drinks, and a Silent Auction with great items and a whole lot more! For more info, call (561) 252-3839 or visit www.grindforlife.org
GROUNDBREAKING DAY AT THE NEW SKATEPARK IN VENICE, CA. Aaron ‘Fingers’ Murray designed a special t-shirt (pictured below) just for the homeys to wear in memory of Dennis ‘Polar Bear’ Agnew. Joe Shmo gives representing. Word has it that the skatepark will be officially named the Dennis ‘Polar Bear’ Agnew Venice Memorial Skateboard Park. Photos courtesy of Aaron Murray.
SANTA MONICA AIRLINES SKATEBOARDS is planning a new line of board graphics with artwork by Aaron ‘Fingers’ Murray. Murray has been working on new designs for Jay Adams, Jesse Martinez and the Jackson Bros. – Tim and Kelly. Stay tuned for more at www.smaskateboards.com
BRYAN’S BRAIN BENEFIT – April 18, 2009 at Skatelab at 18 W 3rd St Atlantic Beach, FL 32233. $45 Entrance fee. Prizes awarded for top places in amateur, pro and master divisions. Call 904-307-8234 for contest info. All proceeds to benefit Bryan Farabagoli and family. www.bryansbrainbenefit.org
6TH ANNUAL BOARD RETAILERS ASSOCIATON RETAIL SUMMIT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES STILL AVAILABLE – Board sport companies have a unique opportunity to support the initiatives of independent retailers from across the country as they gather for the 6th Annual Board Retailers Association Retail Summit in Huntington Beach, California, April 22-24, 2009. The Retail Summit will provide specialty board sport retailers the opportunity to get together for three full days of seminars, workshops and panel discussions focused on improving business and more importantly, their bottom line. The Retail Summit has traditionally been a grandiose affair held at a luxury resort destination, but this year due to the economy and the struggles facing the industry and specialty retailers in particular, we have cut the frills and are going bare bone minimum in order to still provide the educational component at a fraction of the cost. Despite these cuts and the bargain registration fee of $300, there are still retailers who can use your support via a Retail Summit Scholarship. Consider Sponsoring-a-Retailer from Southern California that you know can benefit from participating in a conference that focuses on credit and debt management, pricing and discounting, merchandising, marketing and customer service. With speakers ranging from Tommy Knapp, former Founder/President of Honolua Surf Company, to Charlie Cotton of Path to the Rack Consulting, the BRA Retail Summit is sure to leave retailers better prepared to move forward in 2009. For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.boardretailers.org. While the focus of the Summit is business, there will be ample opportunities to mix and mingle with industry representatives in a fun and relaxed setting at the beach demo day and movie premiere party at the Newport Beach Film Festival. For more information on attending or supporting this event, please contact BRA at [email protected] www.boardretailers.org
SANTA CRUZ SKATEBOARDS BLOG – Check out the news about the Jason Jessee re-release of the Neptune deck. Get your blog on at www.santacruzskateboards.com/swordboard_neptune.html
IASC ANNOUNCES THE 6TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL GO SKATEBOARDING DAY – Go Skateboarding Day (GSD), Sunday, June 21, 2009, founded by International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC), is recognized internationally by skateboarders, skateboard companies and the industry as a whole as an official holiday and continues to grow exponentially each year; both the number of people who celebrate it and the number of unique events taking place in its honor around the globe. Events include contests that help fund special charities, build skate parks and give scholarships as well as festivals and impromptu skateboarding sessions. Event locations are disclosed at local skateboard shops and on www.goskateboardingday.org, where you will also find info on how to create your own event or rally among other things. The mission of GSD is to ‘Go skateboarding and have fun!’ Last year, millions of skateboarders participated in thousands of events held worldwide. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the holiday, whether they are devoted skateboarders or first-timers. World-renowned professional skateboarders such as Rob Dyrdek, Tony Hawk, Bucky Lasek, Bam Margera, Andrew Reynolds, Ryan Sheckler, Cara-Beth Burnside and Elissa Steamer among many others have paid homage to their sport by celebrating and getting involved with GSD in past years. This year’s holiday poster was created by skateboarding legend, Steve Caballero. The excitement for GSD is consistently growing worldwide and events are currently being planned to take place in Portugal, Africa, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Netherlands, Japan, England, Australia and Canada as well as hot spots in the United States such as Atlanta, Chicago, Dayton, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Tampa. To check out the latest schedule of events in your area visit www.goskateboardingday.org or www.skateboardiasc.org. For questions regarding Go Skateboarding Day please contact Jen Mangiacapre at 310-996-0239 or [email protected]
LARAMIE DEATHMATCH at the Laramie Skatepark, Laramie, WY. The second and third installments of the John Doe Zine 20th Anniversary contest series are coming up. The John Doe Zine 20th Anniversary skate jam is on Sunday May 3, 2009 and the Laramie Death Match is on Sunday May 24, 2009. If you would like to donate prizes to either of these events please contact www.geocities.com/johndoezine
VENICE SKATEPARK UPDATE – ‘Ten years ago a group of local lifelong sk8boarders banded together to lobby the City of L.A to build a sk8park after their beloved Venice Pavilion was demolished. Much as David and Goliath, the fledgling platoon of sk8boarders took on a near insurmountable task, unknowingly entering into the lion’s lair of L.A City politics. By 2000 The platoon of sk8rs had grown to company size and had held several protests/sk8board demonstrations to arouse public awareness of their battle for a world class sk8park. The first obstacle on the path to construction turned out to be the L.A Kings Hockey organization of all people. It turned out that the L.A Kings had a back door deal to exchange advertising for venture capitol. Imagine, a City Counsel member’s Sr Deputy assistant had plans for an ice hockey and ice skating rink where there was once the very alpha centre of sk8boarding culture. Well, the skaters opposed the Kings/City Counsel deal. A showdown came to head in San Diego at a California Coastal Commission(CCC) hearing in April of 2000. Fortune smiled upon the sk8boarders as the CCC deemed the Kings plans not within the parameters of the CCC requirments. Amazingly the City Council switched sides and supported the construction of a sk8park. This small victory was only the beginning of an incredable series of negotiations, campaining and lobbying that eventually led to the 2009 construction of the only sk8park in America on the sand. The skaters have had direct involvement in every stage of the process on the road to completion of the sk8park including the design and construction.’ – WORDS BY EG AT SECTOR 9. www.sector9.com.
SALAD DAYS – TURF 30TH ANNIVERSARY – April 10, 2009. Photos from the glory days of Turf Skatepark by Peter DiAntoni. Music by DJ Eric Von Munz. On-site screened Turf T-shirt. Half off with Turf ID. Vetter Denk Building 161 S. 1st (corner of 1st and Pittsburgh) Milwaukee, WI.
ELEMENT NEWS – http://www.elementskateboards.com/team/
SKATE TIL YOU DIE – 60 Miles from Richmond to San Jose. May 21-May 23, 2009. Midnight skate after the show. Benefit for Adaptive Action Sports and Bay Area Kids Who Rock. www.myspace.com/jtbskates
SPRING RAMPAGE 2009 – The Fuel TV Skate Park at The Plex in Columbia South Carolina is looking for sponsors for its next competition, the SPRING RAMPAGE ’09 at The Fuel TV Skate Park at The Plex. It’s a two day competition in the bowl and in the park with four different skill categories… Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. This contest will take place on April 3rd and 4th. Contributions can be anything from shirts, hats, dvds, wrist bands, posters, etc… and stickers. For more info call Dan Martin at The Fuel TV Skate Park at The Plex at 803-447-7720.
FOOLZ GET GNARLY SKATE CONTEST – April 25, 2009 at Underwood Skatepark – 432 North Main Ave. Taylor, PA 18517. Competition starts at 2pm. Sign up at 11am-1:30pm. $10 to compete. $3 to watch. Dontation goes to improve park. Events include skate jam, king of the mini, bust a nut stair contest, product toss and prizes. www.myspace.com/underwoodskatepark
HEAVY WORLDWIDE RAMPS UP WITH EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FROM ALLIANCE OF ACTION SPORTS PARTNERSHIP – Heavy Worldwide www.heavy.com announced a partnership with the Alliance of Action Sports, a global business that encompasses national and international action sports tours and events, multimedia production, and a consumer facing lifestyle brand. As a result of this partnership, Heavy’s worldwide audiences in the US, UK, Canada and Australia will be getting two new video channels of Alli content. One channel will feature exclusive online videos from the Alliance including Dew Tour and other select Alli properties, with the other showcasing public videos from each member of the Alliance, which includes: the Dew Tour; Winter Dew Tour; China Invitational; Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, King of Wake series and the Gatorade Free Flow Tour. Both channels will launch in June, 2009. www.allisports.com
CONVERSE CLIP – Alex Kundera is a filmer from Brazil. Please see his new video for Converse:
ANY DAY NOW VIDEO PREMIERE at The Soapbox in Wilmington, NC on April 10, 2009. Free show with three bands: All Lines Parallel, Fight Like Giants and What’s Good. Show starts at 7pm.
BOARD RETAILERS ASSOCIATION Renews Endorsement of ActionWatch – The Board Retailers Association has renewed its endorsement of ActionWatch, the action sports industry’s POS-based market-tracking service developed by AA Data Company. ‘ActionWatch is an important service to help surf and skate retailers stay on top of national trends in the industry and to provide benchmark data to compare our stores against,’ said Todd Roberts, BRA chairman and co-owner of ZJ Boarding House. ‘We encourage all action sports retailers to participate in this program – it’s free to retailers and provides many valuable benefits to its members and to the industry as a whole.’ The ActionWatch Retail Panel currently includes more than 200 independent specialty surf and/or skate stores throughout the nation. Participating retailers receive access to a series of over 50 relevant reports that are updated each month along with comprehensive annual reports that include detailed information on each significant product category and the performances of the top brands in each product class. ‘In addition to the great benchmarking and trending data, one of the most valuable benefits to retailers is that ActionWatch helps increase the voice of the independent specialty retailer,’ stated Melissa Clary, BRA Executive Director. ‘As this is one of the main goals of the Board Retailers Association, endorsing ActionWatch is well aligned with our mission.’ Retailers participate by providing monthly sales and inventory reports, which are translated into a product and categorization system, before being merged together. This process serves the purposes of combining the data into a usable format and also protecting the confidentiality of individual store’s information. Participation can be automatic or require only a few minutes each month, depending on the POS software used by the retailer. ‘Market-tracking programs like ActionWatch can’t exist without participation of the industry’s retailers, so we really appreciate BRA for encouraging their members to be a part of the program,’ states Cary Allington, co-founder of AA Data Company. More information about the ActionWatch program can be found at www.ActionWatchReports.com. The Board Retailers Association (BRA) is a non-profit trade association representing over 500 action sport retailers in the surf, skate, snow, wake, kite and wind industry with over 3,000 storefronts across the country. For a complete explanation and description of Retail Member benefits, visit www.boardretailers.org
2ND ANNUAL 3 UP 3 DOWN BEST TRICK CONTEST presented by Highgrade Distribution and Culture Skate at 214 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA on Sunday April 19, 2009 from 2-9pm. Contest starts at 3pm. www.cultureskate.com
BATTLE OF THE SUMMIT – April 18, 2009 – The Hollywood Summit Show present the BATTLE OF THE SUMMIT at Stirling Skate Park located at 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin, FL. Gates open 10AM and Contest starts at 11:30am. Gate Donation: $1.00/ Person, Under 6 FREE (To the Ian Tilmann Foundation)
Skate Competition: $25.00 (includes T-Shirt/1 Raffle Ticket and Swag Dread or Dead Sponsor Contracts will be awarded to 2 top skaters at this event! A portion of the Entry Fee will be donated to Helmet for a Promise program. www.thehollywoodsummitshow.com.
FANG, VERBAL ABUSE, CAPITALIST CASUALTIES, LAB DISASTER on Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 10:00 AM at THE DISTILLERY at 2107 L ST. @ 21ST, SACRAMENTO, CA.
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES SHOW – DHP Concerts Presents SUICIDAL TENDENCIES at Camden Electric Ballroom in London, England on June 15, 2009 w/support from The Inspector Cluzo. Doors 7.00pm. 14+. Tickets Available from – http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.gigantic.com%2Falttickets%2Fevent_gce_11068a.html
DC-JAM SKATE ROCK TOUR 2009 – The DC-Jam Skate Rock Tour 09′ is well under way on the West Coast and features performances by: Frontside Five, JFA, Anarchy Taco, Minus-One, 300 Pounds, 5 Days Dirty and Hightower. This tour will be hitting the Midwest/South by mid-summer and the East Coast in early Fall. www.dcjamrecords.com
UNDERGROUND REVOLUTION FEST – MAY 22-23, 2009 at The Blender Theater at Gramercy 127 East 23rd Street New York City, NY. Celebrating the Legendary H.C. Punk Reggae Oi!/Skampilation 15 yr Anniversary– Jumping off With the American Hardcore Punk Rock Pioneers of A-7! FRIDAY MAY, 22nd 2009 with MIDNIGHT/ ANTIDOTE -NYHC 1983, 10:45pm REAGAN YOUTH -American Hardcore Anarcho Punk Rock Pioneers, 10:00pm KRAUT w/Doug Holland of Cro-Mags -Age of Quarrel, 9:15pm BLANKS ’77 -the Sprirt of ’77 live’s on. 8:30pm HUB CITY STOMPERS -Featuring: T-Dog Inspecter 7’s Other Great NJ Oi!/Ska PUNK PROJECT, 7:45pm LAST CALL BRAWL -W/ Mike of Sick of it all Crew, 7:00pm U.F.C.-W/ Danny Pukes, Chris and Johnny of the Krays…. SAT MAY 23nd, 2009 features HUMAN RIGHTS -HR of Bad Brains, THE PILFERS -x- Toasters, Bim Skala Bim, The ALLSTONIANS (Boston), RUDER THAN YOU (Philly), INSPECTER 7 (NB NJ), FUNKFACE (NYC), SILVER DOLLAR (NJ).
PUNK ROCK SOCIAL LIVE featuring Battalion of Saints, The Uprising and The Voids plus special guest on Sat. April 11, 2009 at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, CA. www.punkrocksocial.com
JFA NEWS – Legendary skate rock band JFA has recently signed with DC-Jam Records for the release of their latest LP titled ‘To All Our Friends’ which is slated for rollout in early April. This ‘live’ CD will be the bands first since 1985 and their first full length album issued since 1999. Stated JFA frontman Brian Brannon, ‘This is something we’ve been wanting to get out there for a while now so we’re excited to get it going.’ JFA is one of the premiere skate punk bands of all time, leaving an indelible mark on the entire skate rock movement and forging an unbreakable link between hardcore skateboarding and punk rock music. Since the band’s founding in 1981, the members continue to shred pools, pipes and ditches whenever the moment allows. www.dcjamrecords.com
THE SHRINE – free show at Canter’s Deli on Friday, April 17 at 8:00pm in Hollywood, CA www.theshrineband.com
CYCLE OF PAIN – Cycle of Pain, brainchild of journeyman bassist John ‘J.D.’ Deservio, has announced an April 21 street date for their upcoming self-titled debut, as well as upcoming tour dates to support the release. The album will be released on Reform Records/Rock Ridge Music. Cycle of Pain will be playing several local shows in February and will open for Black Label Society later this spring. John ‘J.D.’ DeServio’s time spent with Black Label Society has taken him around the world and made him a sought after bassist for clinics from Japan to South America and back. Cycle of Pain also features many guest performances by such credible names as Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy), Ray Luzier (Korn) Brian Tichy (Billy Idol), Sen Dog (Cypress Hill), Russ-T Cobb, Hugo Ferreira (Tantric), Marcus Ratzenboeck (Tantric), Clip Payne (P-funk), Burton (Fear Factory) and Russell Allen (Symphony X). www.myspace.com/cycleofpain
BLACK N BLUE BOWL 2009 ANNOUNCED – Superbowl of Hardcore Legend Continues. Black N Blue Productions has announced the date and lineup for the 2009 Black n Blue Bowl (formerly known as the Superbowl of Hardcore). This legendary event will take place on Saturday, May 30th at Studio B in Brooklyn. The lineup includes Earth Crisis, Bold, Crown of Thornz, Killing Time, Indecision, Murphy’s Law, Walls of Jericho, Terrorzone, Sub-Zero (final show), Stigmata, Urban Waste, Second to None, Son of Skam, Mongloids, Backtrack, Forfeit and a special guest. Doors for the Matinee event are at 2 p.m.; Studio B is located at 259 Banker Street in Brooklyn. The show is all ages this year; you must have valid ID and be 21 to drink. Disposable cameras only. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. On March 31, they will be available at Generation Records (210 Thompson Street, NYC), Lotus Tattoo (291 W Main Street, Sayville, NY), Brooklyn Monster Factory (493 7th Ave., Brooklyn / cash only) and online at www.pitchforkny.com. A percentage of the ticket sales will go to Built on Respect http://www.builtonrespect.com . Black N Blue Productions is based in New York City. Run by Freddy ‘Madball’ Cricien, Joe ‘Cuz’ Cammamata, and friends, it is THE hardcore production company. More information can be found at www.blacknblueproductions.net
BROKEN BOTTLES, LOCAL HATE @ Ferns in Long Beach, CA.
EMINEM TO INDUCT RUN-DMC LIVE ON FUSE, APRIL 4TH, 2009 at 9 PM ET/PT. In what is shaping up to be a truly historic night, Fuse the official TV broadcaster of the RRHOF has just confirmed that Eminem will induct Run DMC. Other presenters include Flea inducting Metallica, Jimmy Page inducting Jeff Beck, Smokey Robinson inducting Little Anthony and the Imperials and the Rolling Stone’s Ron Wood inducting Bobby Womack. In anticipation of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, head to FUSE’s all NEW ‘Rock Madness’ challenge where fans can vote for the greatest artist of all time. Log on to Fuse’s ‘Rock Madness’ Challenge: http://rockmadness.fuse.tv now and don’t forget to watch the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony only on Fuse.
DAYCARE SWINDLERS, LUCKY SO FAR, KILL THE CAR, RENDERED USELESS, ON CALL – April 18, 2009 at the Bing Crosby Park Youth Center at 200 E. 8th Street, Front Royal, VA. A benefit for the Warren County Skatepark from 4pm-10pm.
DRUNK INJUNS Show at UPTOWN in Oakland, CA, on Saturday, April 25 at 8pm-2am. To see more details, follow the link below: http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.phpandeid=57704459097andmid=31d7f0G61843cfcG25d681G7
VICTORY RECORDS has signed Los Angeles recording artist OTEP. OTEP’s all encompassing musical approach coupled with her shaman like artistic qualities and other creative musings have lead to over half a million albums sold over the course of three studio albums. Singer, songwriter, renegade Otep Shamaya describes the band’s music as …’a total and complete mutiny on the senses. We are a fusion band by nature, inspired by many styles and tones from a variety of musical genres- rock, punk, metal, hip-hop, spoken word, jazz and classic rock. We never allow the antiquated limits of a genre confine or restrict us. Our music is universal and does not belong nor can it be contained in a nice, neat, little box.’ The first release under the new alliance is OTEP’s highly anticipated fourth full-length studio album ‘Smash the Control Machine’. The new studio album will be released August 18, 2009. www.otep.com and www.victoryrecords.com
DIRTY DIAMOND, IRON HEEL, DIN CALIBER, THE SHRINE and MOON SASSAFRAS at The Troubadour at 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA on April 10, 2009. 8pm. $12. Catch The Shrine April 17th at The Canter’s Deli Kabitz room on Fairfax and hear their Hendrix meets Black Sabbath meets punk sound. For more about new local heavy rock and roll trio The Shrine go to www.theshrineband.com
VICTORY RECORDS NEWS – Victory Records recording artist A DAY TO REMEMBER are hitting the road in support of their newest effort ‘HOMESICK’. The band will be co-headlining shows with The Devil Wears Prada starting March 14th leading up to this summer’s Warped Tour. Also on the bill is Sky Eats Airplane and Emarosa. Dates are selling out quickly and becoming a hot ticket on the spring circuit. Their new album ‘HOMESICK’ sees them using their ascension as a springboard, ready to launch them into the big time. ‘HOMESICK’ debuted in its first week at #21 in the Billboard Top 200 and #1 Billboard Independent Chart. The CD kicks off with the powerful intro of ‘THE DOWNFALL OF US ALL’ which is also the first video and beign played on MTV and FUSE. MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/framinghanley
EARACHE RECORDS NEWS – Crossover thrash band Municipal Waste is going to be in town from April 4th to the 7th. They are quite known throughout the skate scene and their music feeds off of it as well. They’ve got a new album coming out on August 25th and were recently named in Billboard as one of the ‘Up and Coming’ metal bands of 2009. myspace.com/municipalwaste
KISS TAKES THE WORLD BY STORM BY ANNOUNCING THE FIRST EVER FAN-ROUTED TOUR – KISS is celebrating 35 years of rockin’ the world like no other band has ever done before. The legendary band, currently touring soccer stadiums of South America, announced from Brazil today that their upcoming U.S. and Canadian tour will be the world’s first to put fans in charge of where their favorite artist plays. By partnering with Eventful, the leading social media company for events, fans will ‘Demand’ where KISS will perform on their latest trek across the top-voted North American markets beginning this September. No matter where the fans say–from stadiums to cornfields–if there are enough votes, KISS will be there! And in order to keep the competition fair for smaller cities, final site selection will weigh population size versus total votes. Fans across the U.S. and Canada can cast their votes at www.eventful.com/KISS to have their town included on the KISS 2009 North American tour. Even after garnering more than 30 gold and platinum records and in excess of 90 million albums sold worldwide, KISS continues to prove the band makes the fans their #1 priority. www.KISSonline.com
FIFTH ANNUAL MUSICARES MAP FUND BENEFIT CONCERT TO HONOR ANTHONY KIEDIS. Legendary Punk Rock Icon Iggy Pop to Perform as Special Guest – The fifth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert will honor multi-GRAMMY-winning Red Hot Chili Peppers co-founder and lead singer Anthony Kiedis, and it will take place for the first time at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Friday, May 8, 2009. Kiedis will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation. Hosted by Greg Behrendt, comedian and author of He’s Just Not That Into You, the evening will feature a special performance by Kiedis along with Red Hot Chili Peppers bandmates Flea and Chad Smith, as well as performances by Thelonious Monster vocalist and ‘Celebrity Rehab’ participant Bob Forrest with his son Elijah Forrest, musician/producer Josh Klinghoffer, the Mars Volta, the Neville Brothers’ Ivan Neville, and Iggy Pop. DJ AM will perform live during dinner. Additional artists will be announced shortly. This special dinner and concert offers Living Room Sets that seat 10 for $12,500, Individual Floor Seats for $1,250 per person, and Preferred Balcony Seats for $100. Contact Wynnie Wynn at 310.392.3777 or [email protected] for tickets and information. General admission balcony tickets are available for $50 each through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com http://www.ticketmaster.com. Out of respect for the clients the MusiCares MAP Fund serves, the event will be alcohol-free. Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.com
WANDA JACKSON NEWS – Rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson has been selected for 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction – Nominations for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum were announced September 22nd, and the nine nominees were: Jeff Beck, Chic, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Metallica, Run-D.M.C., the Stooges, War, Bobby Womack, and Wanda Jackson. Ballots were sent out to more than 500 voters, who voted for their choice of artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 24th Annual Induction Ceremony. Wanda Jackson will be one of five nominees inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4 at the historic Public Hall in Cleveland, with tickets to the ceremony available to the public for the first time. Wanda Jackson is one of the original pioneers of ‘Rockabilly.’ Her raw vocals, brazen melodies, and overall spirit have influenced many musicians over the years; she has helped shape today’s sound of modern music. Her songs have stood the test of time, and Wanda continues to impress a new wave of rockabilly fans with her live shows and stage presence. For more information, visit www.rockhall.com and www.alfred.com
SERRA BROS. ART SHOW – April 25, 2009 from 7-10pm. ‘Atmosphere’ artwork by Ivory Serra and Shelter Serra at Fuse Gallery at Lit Lounge – 93 2nd ave between 5th and 6th St. Open Wed-Sat – 3-8pm or by appt. www.fusegallerynyc.com. Phone 212-777-7988.
TONY ALVA and RICHARD VILLA III INVITE YOU TO THE OPENING ART RECEPTION FOR CIEGO AL COLOR. Greg ‘PNUT’ Galinsky new original art. 50 limited edition Alva fish tail decks hand painted by PNUT. Opening reception Thursday, April 9th 2009. 7pm-11pm. music by: DJ Al G. Open bar provided by: Transphusion. BBQ food by: S.V.D. Gift bags for the first 50 guests provided by: Vans. Exhibition runs 04/09/09 – 04/30/09. Wed – Fri, 1pm – 7pm. All art will be available for purchase. Open to the public. Exhibit A Gallery is located at1086 South Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles CA, 90019 (between Olympic and Pico) www.exhibitagallery.com
NaTuRaL KoNcEpT’s Exclusive Artist Katch one Gallery opening on April 8, 2009 at GALLERY BAR at 120 Orchard St (between Rivington and Delancey) NY, NY 10002. (212) 529-2266. 7pm – midnight. http://naturalkoncept.com
SEEN OF CHANGE – Portland, Oregon’s Artery gallery is set to open a skateboarding photography exhibit called The Seen of Change, curated by Bryce Kanights. The name of the show Seen of Change refers to the ways in which photography has endured a transition from analog to digital over the years, while showcasing how skateboarding has changed and progressed along with it. Photographers in the show include Grant Brittain, Joe Brook, Jon Humphries, Bryce Kanights and Ryan Flynn. The Seen of Change will open on Friday March 13, 2009 at 6pm for a kick off celebration at Artery, 4114 N. Vancouver Avenue in Portland, with a bar hosted by Red Bull, and complimentary drinks and food served. Ben Krahn will be on the scene with an acoustic performance. Nike SB is a fellow sponsor of the exhibit. The show ends April 30, 2009. www.arteryportland.com
TIM KERR NEWS – Check out this Tim Kerr masterpiece on the side of a building in New York City at 11 Prince Street. Kerr finished this 8 feet by 12 feet tribute to Claudette Colvin that will hang outside a building in lower Manhattan. Tim has art shows coming up April 3rd in Pittsburgh at Zombo Gallery and a group show on April 23rd in Austin, TX at Domy Books featuring Tim Kerr, Rich Jacobs, Cynthia Connolly and Bill Daniel. Kerr will also be doing some t-shirt designs for Altamont, plus a 10′ of music, along with the cover for their spring 2010 catalog. Check out more art and news from Tim Kerr at www.timkerr.net. Here’s a film that Tim’s friend O did when he was in Austin for SXSW. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSSny_uJRyc
SURF + SCHOOL presented by Green Classroom. Please join Tom Curren and Pat O’Connell for an evening to benefit Costa Verde International School. The first green school in Mexico. This event will feature a surf inspired auction, art exhibit, entertaintment, food and drinks on Thursday, April 2, 2009 from 6-10pm at 1129 State Street in Santa Barbara, CA. Live performance by the Tom Curren Band. Special opening performance by Redswitch. Special appearances by legendary surfers: Kelly Slater, Malloy Brothers, Rob Machado, Donovan Frankenreiter, Danny Kwock and more. RSVP [email protected] $10 suggested donation at the door. For more about the Green Schools go to www.colegiocostaverde.com
LIVIN’ THE LIFE WITH HERBIE FLETCHER – Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88HIlbHKIhY
DRAGON OPTICS NEWS – Dragon, a youth lifestyle brand specializing in sunglasses, goggles and youth accessories, continues its design innovation of unique eyewear with the launch of its Rob Machado ‘Experience’ style, hitting the market this month. The bold and progressive new styles include retro, aviator-esque designs in color ways such as the Momentum, Mellow Tort, and the E.C.O – all collaborated on, designed by, and inspired by the life of symbolic surfer, Rob Machado. www.dragonalliance.com
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH EAST COAST TRADE SHOW – Sunday, May 17-18, 2009 from 9:00am-5pm at Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC hosted by Shari Sacchi.
WINGNUT’S COMPLETE SURFING BOOK – Surfing legend and world-class expert Robert ‘Wingnut’ Weaver guarantees that with the right instruction, he can get get any surfing novice from boogie board to surfboard. Popular professional surfer and featured in such classic surfing films as ‘Endless Summer II,’ ‘Step Into Liquid,’ and ‘Chasing Dora,’ Wingnut knows most surfing teachers will give you the basics of easing into a wave, hopping from crouch to standing positio’ But will they offer you the history of surfing, and the anatomy of wave dynamics? The right gear for your level, tips on traveling to the perfect wave, and background on the modern surfboard? In Wingnut’s Complete Surfing (McGraw-Hill Professional, Paperback, May 2009) you’ll get a primer of surfing how-tos from one of the sport’s greatest legends, providing essential pointers for both beginners and intermediate-level surfers of all ages. Filled with hundreds of photos that illustrate the right way to stand, turn, maneuver, and read the shoreline, Wingnut will get you from paddle to first ride to popping up like a pro. Along the way, he’ll give you the crucial low-down on everything from the right accessories to riding the wave, from reading wind and swells to the spiritual aspects of surfing.www.mcgraw-hill.com
SURFLAND – Upcoming exhibition SurfLand features 40+ tintypes of surfers taken by NY-based photographer, Joni Sternbach. Over the years surfers have been drawn to the unusual sight of Joni’s portable darkroom and large format camera perched on the beaches of Montauk, San Diego, and Santa Cruz and have become volunteer/impromptu subjects for her portraits. Her method yields a survey of portraits that express an almost anthropological feel; a subculture of men, women, and children poised with their boards at the edge of the ocean. These luminescent images communicate a compelling magnetism and deep humanity that we are pleased to share with the public in, this, Joni Sternbach’s first solo museum exhibition. PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM East India Square Salem, MA 01970 978.745.9500 x3228 www.pem.org and http://pem.org/exhibitions/showcase.php#id=surflandandnum=1
LIGHTNING BOLT RE-LAUNCHES BRAND WITH APPAREL COLLECTION AND NEW OWNERSHIP – Jonathan Paskowitz and TMG Join To Resurrect Legendary Surf Brand in the U.S. – Lightning Bolt, originally founded in Hawaii in 1972 as a board shaping and manufacturing company, will re-launch with its debut collection scheduled for Fall 2009 featuring a men’s and women’s apparel line inspired by surf and skateboarding culture. ‘We believe that some soul of the product within the industry has been lost. We plan to unite the quality of product originally made ‘by surfers for surfers’ to society’s fashion sensibility to restore the essence of the product and evoke passion in consumers,’ says Jonathan Paskowitz, President of Lightning Bolt, USA. ‘By revisiting the foundation on which the company was founded, we stand for something more powerful than just the sport of surfing – Lightning Bolt really is a pure source of inspiration and a way of life.’ Lightning Bolt’s stylish line features high-quality fabrics, fashion-forward colors, original graphics, beautiful stitching and dynamic detailing. The collection’s designs were inspired by soul surfing and its riders’ pure and passionate lifestyles. The company prides itself on manufacturing premium goods in the optimal geographic location for that particular garment style. Beginning June 2009, Lightning Bolt will be distributed at select high-end and core retailers. Lightning Bolt’s collection offers a range of high-quality graphic tees, wovens, walk shorts, board shorts, denim and other accessories ranging in price from $31 to $250. Lighting Bolt’s U.S. satellite office is located in Los Angeles, Calif. and the company remains committed to staying true to its roots with the mentality that surfing is a way of life. Lightning Bolt, originally founded in Hawaii in 1972 by Gerry Lopez and Jack Shipley, is a collection of men’s and women’s apparel inspired by both original and modern concepts of the world of surf and skateboarding. Lightning Bolt’s fashionable and functional collection offers various styles created by a young and experienced team of designers who are inspired by the true spirit of soul surfing and its riders’ lifestyle. Portuguese textile group, TMG, and surf industry veteran, Jonathan Paskowitz, have partnered to re-establish Lightning Bolt in the United States. Lightning Bolt, ‘A Pure Source.’ For further information, please visit www.lightningbolt-usa.com.
DEAN RANDAZZO BENEFIT – ‘I’m not sure where it was that first footage of Dean Randazzo surfing but it was his style that first got my attention, and then, once I found out he was from Jersey, it all made sense. Dean was the first surfer from New Jersey to qualify for the World Championship Tour. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in June 2001. His cancer went into remission following chemotherapy treatments in 2002. In 2004, Dean won the Red Bull Ice Break Challenge in Nova Scotia in 32 degree water…Now that’s just badass Jersey representation right there. On Saturday May 2nd, there will be a charity golf outing down in South Jersey to raise money for Dean’s cancer foundation www.deanrandazzocancerfoundation.org. If you are interesting in participating or being a sponsor please call (609) 653-2917’ – WORDS BY Derek Rinaldi