ANDY KESSLER will live on in our hearts forever. R.I.P. KESS. 1961-2009. There are certain people that come into your life and change everything and make it better. Andy Kessler was one of those people. Without Kessler, we might not be here today. When Juice Magazine was in New York City, we met Kessler at the 108 Riverside Skatepark and he opened up his world to us. Kessler had a special talent for bringing everyone together. He introduced us to Jim Murphy, Ivory Serra, Wes Humpston, Tony Alva, Jeff Ho, Ray Flores and Steve Olson, and that’s just the beginning of the list of great people in his vast network of a skate army. His raw energy and passion for skateboarding was a constant inspiration. His ongoing fight to provide skateparks and ramps to the New York City area and beyond deserves all the respect and gratitude that can be offered. Kessler was a realist. He’d been to the dark side and prevailed to the light. He brought love, honesty and truth to everyone he ever met. We ask you all to honor Kessler’s memory and spirit by fighting your own fight to maintain the passion for skateboarding. Build a ramp. Fight for your local skatepark. Take the time to teach a kid at the local park a new line or trick. Spend some time each day reaching out to your friends and talking to them about what they’re up to. Go skate every day, and never forget the KESS. He did more for skateboarding than most will ever know. I don’t know what we’re going to do without him, but I think he’d be bummed if we didn’t celebrate our lives and reach out to our skate family every day. Remember the passion and pure dedication. Remember Andy Kessler, a true NYC O.G., who changed the way we look at life. Kessler’s burial service is scheduled for Sunday at Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus, N.J. A memorial paddle out for Andy Kessler has been planned for Friday August 14, 2009 at 7pm at Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY. Saturday night in NYC there will be a skate session for Kessler at the Autumn Bowl. This Saturday night at 7pm there will be a memorial sk8 session in honor of Andy Kessler at the Santa Monica Skatepark in Santa Monica, CA. There is some video of Andy at: ANDY KESSLER – R.I.P. – 1961-2009. Some video from the paddle out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dC7KbQdpC0. Donations to the Andy Kessler Memorial Fund can be made at http://andykessler.kcdcskateshop.com
DAVE CHAPPELLE stopped by Ray Flores’ Board Gallery in Venice Beach, CA and picked up a copy of Juice Magazine. The master comedian and pool skater, Chappelle, hung out and talked shop with Ray and then skated off down the street. The Board Gallery is located at 1510 Pacific Ave., Venice, CA 90291. Phone 310.450.4114. For more go to www.rayfloresboardgallery.com
JIM MUIR BENEFIT with The Duane Peters Gunfight, Ray Barbee’s Punk For Life on August 20, 2009. Come out and help ol’ Red Dog rewire his neck. Dogtown guest artist series auction featuring C.R. Stecyk, Wes Humpston, Kevin Ancell, Chad White, Ando, Andrew Pommier, Chris Pastras, Jeremy Fish, Natas, Tony Larson, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Ian Johnson, Bryce Kanights, Russ Pope, Andy Howell, Desiree Astorga and Gonz. Doors at 7:30 at the Air Conditioned Supper Club located at 625 Lincoln Blvd. in Venice, CA. www.jimmuirbenefit.com.
POWELL VIDEO ‘FUN’ – After nine long years, Powell Skateboards steps up with a new roster of skaters and delivers FUN!, the latest video title. The current roster includes new pro Jordan Hoffart, John White, Josh Hawkins, Dallas Rockvam, Derek Elmendorf, Ben Hatchell and Aldrin Garcia. Internationally there have been showings of FUN! in Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Sweden, England, Russia, New Zealand, Chile, UAE, Poland, Spain, Japan, Italy, Finland and Switzerland, seventy seven total. www.powellskateboards.com and www.skateone.com
NUGE’ NEWS – Don ‘Nuge’ Nguyen is off Foundation and on the Baker Skateboards team! Congrats to the Nuge! www.bakerskateboards.com
ANDY ROY NEWS – Andy Roy and his wife Erin are having a baby. Congrats to the Roy family!
SKATOPIA: 88 ACRES OF ANARCHY – The new skateboard film ‘Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy’ is premiering in choice locations now. On August 7-8, 2009, 88 Acres of Anarchy will premiere at the Docuwest Festival in Golden, CO. Skatopia : 88 Acres of Anarchy http://www.skatopiathemovie.com. The official trailer is posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTgV44R_loU.
ELEMENT TEAM DEMO – August 5, 2009 at Eastern Skateboard Supply at 307 Old Dairy Road, Wilmington, NC. www.elementskateboards.com
BLACK LABEL SKATEBOARDS has added two new ams to the team. Ben Skrzypek from Maine and Ethan Fitzpatrick from Washington state round out the rippers already on the Black Label team. Check them both out in the new Black Label video ‘God Save the Label’. www.blacklabelskates.com
PHILLY AM 2 SKATE CONTEST on Saturday – Sept 19, 2009 at Woodward Skatepark in Philadelphia, PA. Entry fee $20. 9am registration. Call 610-384-8626 or go to www.three16.com for more info.
SK8 VIDEO ART NIGHT presented by Toby Burger on Sept 12 @ Etnies Sk8park. Toby presents a night of video art and skateboarding 6-10pm. Come one. Come all. Toby Burger will be doing a qanda session. Sponsors include: Factory Mfg (Salba), Scum, Volcom, LA Graffix, Element, and Woody’s Halfpipe in GA.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST TOUR 2 – Girl and AntiHero 2009 Tour. August 8th at Hailey Skatepark in Hailey, ID, August 11th at Mobash Skatepark in Missoula, MT and August 16th at Glenhaven Skatepark in Portland, OR. www.dlxsf.com
VANS SK8 POOL SERVICE – Vans Sk8 Pool Service iPhone skate game. Vans and Fuel Games put their heads together to create the most addictive iPhone skateboarding app to date. http://www.vanssk8poolservice.com/
VENICE SKATEPARK UPDATE – A meeting has been set for Monday, August 3rd at the skatepark in Venice Beach, CA to discuss the grand opening plans with the City of Los Angeles Recreations and Parks Department. Anyone planning to skate the Venice skatepark in the future is encouraged to attend. The results of this meeting were a complete success for the VSA. Check out the Los Angeles Times write up here. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/08/venice-skateboarders-win-battle-over-who-get-first-dibs-on-skatepark.html.
VENICE SKATEPARK DOCUMENTARY – 15,000 SQUARE FEET by Masao Miyashiro focuses on the 15 year fight for a public skatepark in Venice Beach, CA. View the trailer here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpg2WGJrQ0E
SIXTH ANNUAL SKATEBOARD SPEED DEMON RACE – Put together your fastest set up and prepare for the skateboard boarder-cross style race on August 22, 2009 from 8pm-until. The dual elmination style race will pit riders against each other on a challenging course for the first time held during nightfall with the track lined with glow sticks. There will be divisions for all ages. Check EtniesSkatepark.com for the latest information and schedule. Fee: $10 entry fee per person. Location: Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest. www.etniesskatepark.com
NEW INDOOR BOWL IN CHAZ – Jon Horne, with a little help from Bob Hart, has built a new indoor wooden bowl in downtown Charleston, SC. It’s about 15 minutes away from the Hanger bowl. A lot of blood, sweat and beers went into the project. Congrats to the crew. For Facebookers, see photos at Bob Hart’s page at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=1011213712andv=photos
RIP THE RIPPER ART BOOK – On January 23rd, 2009, Powell-Peralta hosted the Rip the Ripper Art Show. Fifty eight artists had pieces on display. The reason for the show was to celebrate The Ripper graphic. So many skaters and artists have been influenced by VCJ’s image over the years, we wanted to do something that would pay respect to VCJ and get skaters stoked. We invited a group of artists and asked them to interpret The Ripper in their own style. The book is the culmination of passion, hard work and effort from this exhibit. It features the artwork that was created for The Rip the Ripper Art Show featured at ASR. Curator: Desiree Astorga. Some of the remaining art pieces are available for purchase at http://www.skateone.com/store/category/artwork/Powell-Peralta/
DC ANNOUNCES PRE-QUALIFIERS FOR DC KING OF CHICAGO – With DC King of Chicago quickly approaching, DC is holding a series of qualifying events all over the United States. A large number of amateur un-signed skateboarders are bidding for the DC King of Chicago title-skating one of these pre-qualifiers is the way to get into the main contest on October 10-11, 2009. Top finishers at each qualifier will be laced with automatic entry to DC King of Chicago (KOC). Additionally, the first place qualifier at each event will get full travel and accommodations for KOC (flight, room, board, food) and a chance at the huge $10,000 purse. Now in its fourth year, the DC King of Series continues to tour infamous street spots worldwide. This one-of-a-kind contest travels to local skate spots in cities across the globe, welcoming the city’s best-unsponsored skateboarders to compete in a jam format contest. The inaugural contest launched in 2006, culminating at Manhattan’s legendary Brooklyn Banks. Since then the DC King Of Series has called on undiscovered skateboarders from all over the world to battle for each city’s coveted title. In 2007, the DC King Of Series traveled to the west coast for DC King of Los Angeles, and later that year went worldwide with the DC King of Barcelona. In 2008, the DC King Of Sao Paulo was held followed by DC King Of Los Angeles II, each crowning its own King. For 2009 the DC King Of Series continues to grow, and this year the contest will crown new DC Kings in different cities worldwide. The series kicked off in Dublin last month with a hugely successful contest, and now moves on to Vancouver before ending in Chicago.
SCHEDULE OF DC KING OF CHICAGO PRE-QUALIFIERS
15-Aug / 12 PM Skatepark of Tampa – 4215 East Columbus Dr., Tampa, FL 33605
29-Aug / 1 PM Hill Street Skatepark (Pitcrew) – Frederick, MD 21703
29-Aug /12 PM DC Skate Plaza – Indian Riffle Park 2801 E. Stroop Road Kettering, Ohio 45440
12-Sep / 12 PM Southside Skatepark – 510 Iowa, South Houston, Texas 77587
12-Sep / 12 PM Pioneer Park – 5902 Holly Street, Commerce City, Colorado 80022
12-Sep / 12 PM Hazard County Skatepark – 393 Medonough Pkwy, McDonough, GA 30253
19-Sep / 1 PM LES Skate Park (Coleman) – Pike St and Monroe St New York, NY 10002
19-Sep / 1PM DC Lafayette Safe Spot Skate Spot – 625 South Lafayette Park Place Los Angeles, CA
20-Sep / 1 PM Rye Airfield – 170 Lafayette Road (Rt 1), Rye, New Hampshire 03870
October 10-11 King of Chicago, Chicago, IL – Location to be announced
For more information on DC King of Chicago, visit local participating skate shop or check out dcshoes.com/king.
SKATOPIA BENEFIT – Skatopia Benefit for Brewce Martin on August 22, 2009 at The Skate Barn in Hampstead, NC from 7pm-12pm. Money goes to support Skatopia and help with Brewce’s medical bills. Brewce Martin was involved in a freak accident involving an exploding tire, which resulted in a skull fracture. Please come out and show your support. www.theskatebarn.com and http://twoeightproductions.wordpress.com/
DWINDLE DISTRIBUTION has acquired Cliche Skateboards. www.dwindle.com
QUIKSILVER SKATE IN VISION – The first part out of four of the special event Quiksilver Skate In Vision held in Bilbao is now available at http://www.globalboarding.tv/video.php?id=118
DEBACLE – Debacle, an HD Video Project by Nike SB – Debacle, the new video project by Nike SB, and the first skate video to be filmed entirely in HD, is now available to watch or download for free on http://www.nike.com/nikeskateboarding/debacle and on Blu-ray disc. Directed by Jon Humphries and Jason Hernandez, Debacle was filmed by Hernandez, Joey Ruiz, and Chris Middlebrook, who followed the youngest members of the SB team (Daryl Angel, David Clark, Shane O’Neill, Theotis Beasley, Justin Brock, and Grant Taylor) to 10 countries over the past 10 months. The video is set to a soundtrack that matches the intensity and vigor of the young crew’s skating (featuring Bad Brains, Skid Row, and The Replacements). The Blu-ray disc is now available at SB retailers worldwide. To view Debacle, please visit: http://www.nike.com/nikeskateboarding
DC TAKES OVER THE STANDARD, DOWNTOWN LA – THE GOLD STANDARD IS BACK – BIGGER AND BETTER – For the second consecutive year DC will officially takeover The Standard, Downtown LA from July 30 – August 2 for The Gold Standard 2009. Conceived by DC, The Gold Standard 2009 is a hosted hotel takeover held during the 2009 Summer X Games, developed as a tribute to DC’s X Games athletes over the past 15 years. DC, along with event partners Monster Energy, Codemasters’ DiRT™ 2, New Era and presenting media partners FUEL TV and TransWorld Media will occupy all 12 floors of the swanky hotel in the heart of Los Angeles. Over the course of the four-day event, guests will be treated to the ultimate VIP experience at the hotel, while the biggest action sports event in the world happens just down the street at the STAPLES Center and Home Depot Center. During the day, guests will have exclusive access to lounges filled with entertainment, games, gifting, amenities, and a place to recharge and chill. Each evening The Gold Standard 2009 will host exclusive events where guests can enjoy cocktails, music and live entertainment, and hang with athletes. For the second year FUEL TV joins The Gold Standard 2009, bringing The Daily Habit, a half-hour daily interview and variety show, on location to the rooftop of The Standard Downtown LA where they will film five episodes. Each episode filmed will include interviews and footage with DC athletes, as well as give viewers an insider’s peek of The Gold Standard 2009 experience. DC week on The Daily Habit will air: Monday, August 17 to Friday, August 21, 2009, airing weeknights at 9:00pm ET (6:00pm PT) while re-airing later in the evening at 12:00am ET (9:00pm PT), and the following weekday at 2:30pm ET (11:30am PT) and 5:30pm ET (2:30 pm PT). For more information on The Gold Standard 2009 please visit www.dcshoes.com/goldstandard2009
EUROPEAN SKATEBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2009 – AUGUST 6-9, 2009 – BASEL, SWITZERLAND – The Experiment launches with the 100 best skateboarders in Europe. All information about how to get to the contest, who is qualified, where to sleep and a lot more is available on www.skateboardeurope.com. Download the map of Basel for more useful information and get your ticket at www.ticketcorner.com (Switzerland, Germany and Austria only). The European Skateboard Championships are open to all skaters from Europe. The top 100 skateboarders in Europe are qualified for the contest on Saturday. A list with names is available on skateboardeurope.com. Please note that skateboarders not mentioned in this list have to skate the prequalification on Friday. More and more young skateboarders want to enter competitions, to measure their skills with other riders. The Junior Champs is a platform for the younger generation of skateboarders at the European Skateboard Championships. The winner will be the Junior European Champion and will be able to compete in the main event together with the top 10 skateboarders from the Junior Champs. The Junior Champs are open to anyone from 0-16 years of age.
VERTICAL SMILE SKATEBOARDS available through ASF Distribution. The idea of VS started between a couple of industry veterans about 5 years ago over a few drinks and some naughty business. The idea was to have a home for skateboarders who don’t really care about playing by the industry’s narrow rules of engagement but deserve to be hooked up nonetheless. A place for guys you see murdering a spot one day and 5 years later you see them with the same dirty t shirt on and still killing it. You wonder why they never ‘made it’, and while we can’t speak for everyone out there, some people just don’t care about jumping through hoops for a free skateboard. VS is down for the modern day skater and his set of skills while staying true to the values that started this culture. You can’t forget your past while heading into the future and we plan on doing it by shredding hard and having a killer time! Some heads will get it and some heads won’t but that’s not our concern. We are staying true to what we feel is our brand of skateboarding and letting everyone else sort themselves out. NO we don’t accept sponsor me tapes so don’t ask, If your supposed to be on the smile you’ll get on, simple as that. What was started as a joke 5 years ago has reached cult status in Northern California and we are ready to inject our brand of skateboarding to the rest of the world- get on board or get lost. http://www.vertsmile.com
HOSOI SKATES introduces new team rider Jason Vanzant. www.HosoiSkates.com
REID MENZER SKATEPARK BLOWOUT – First Annual Skatepark Blowout Event at Reid Menzer Memorial Skatepark in York, PA on September 5th. www.reidmenzermemorialskatepark.org
EAST COAST IN SHOW – Monday, August 31-Sept 1 at The Holiday Inn Resort, Wrightsville Beach, NC.
LAKAI IN-STORE SIGNING – On Saturday, August 1, 2009, Lakai will be doing an in-store signing at CCS located at 1416 3rd Street in Santa Monica, CA. Team riders scheduled to appear include Rick Howard, Mike Carroll, Guy Mariano, Jeff Lenoce, Rob Welsh, Brandon Biebel, Cairo Foster and Mike Mo Capaldi.
BOARD RETAILERS ASSOCIATION NEWS – The Board Retailers Association (BRA), a non-profit representing 550 independently owned surf, skate, snow and wake retailers, is pleased to announce Duke Edukas from Surfside Sports in Costa Mesa, CA, and Deepak ‘D’ Nachnani from Coastal Edge in Virginia Beach, VA, as BRA Co-Chairs for the 2009-2011 term. Duke and D. replace Todd Roberts, from ZJ Boarding House in Santa Monica, CA, who successfully served as Chairman since 2007. Todd will retain his position as a Member of the BRA Board of Directors. Over the next two years, BRA plans to continue to grow its retail certification program, educational offerings, industry research and charitable contributions. ‘The purpose of the association is to unite specialty retailers and serve as a voice in the industry,’ said Duke Edukas of Surfside Sports. ‘I look forward to utilizing my industry connections, experiences and over 25 years in business to build on the strength of that voice.’ Please join BRA in welcoming Duke and D as BRA Co-Chairs at the upcoming Surf Expo and ASR tradeshows. www.boardretailers.org
NATURAL KONCEPT UPDATE – Check it out! http://skateboarding.transworld.net/2009/07/16/natural-koncept-invades-dalton-georgia AND http://naturalkoncept.com
NIKE NEWS – To celebrate the release of Paul Rodriguez’s third shoe, Nike SB has produced a new commercial titled ‘Today Was a Good Day’ which will air during NBC’s national broadcast of the Maloof Money Cup, this Sunday, at 11am PST/2pm EST. You can visit http://www.nike.com/nikeskateboarding/paulrodriguezIII/ to watch ‘Today Was a Good Day’ now. Inspired by the 1993 hip-hop classic ‘It was a Good Day’, the commercial shows Paul’s version of what a perfect day in LA looks like. In addition to the commercial, there will also be a web exclusive extended version of ‘Today Was a Good Day’ that stars Paul with some special friends. This version premiers on 7/31/09 at: http://www.nike.com/nikeskateboarding/paulrodriguezIII/ The micro-site will also feature extra content from the commercial shoot and information on the Zoom Air Paul Rodriguez III, which will be available at Nike SB dealers worldwide on 8/08/09.
REMEMBERING RANDY LOWE – It’s been three years on Aug 5th, 2009, that the world lost another great skate warrior, Randy Lowe. A memorial session is planned for Aug 5th at th Hanger Bowl in Charleston. His sons, Jordan and Chris Lowe are carrying on the skate tradition for their dad and making everyone proud. Much love and respect to all the Charleston crew. R.I.P. Randy.
LOW LIFE TOUR 2009 – Baker Skateboards, DeathWish and Shake Junt will be out on the Low Life Tour 2009 which will hit up Cowtown in Glendale, AZ on July 27, 2009, Crooks in El Paso, TX on July 29th, Goodtimes in San Antonio, TX on July 30th, Mustache in Austin TX on July 31st, Southside Skatepark in South Houston, TX on August 1st, Rukus in Baton Rouge, LA on August 3rd, Humidity in New Orleans, LA on August 5th, Ambush in Kennesaw, GA on Aug 10th, New Generation in Easley, SC on August 11th, Sinister in Cornelius, NC on August 12th and Exodus in Winston-Salem, NC on August 13th.
ROUNDWALL RUMBLE – Saturday August 1, 2009 at 6pm at Drew’s Bowl at the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark in Houston, TX. Participants must be able to drop in the bowl. No entry fees.
THE UPRISING SEASON 2 PREMIERE on Sunday, August 30 at 6:00pm at the The Sanctuary Church located at 8642 Westminster Blvd. Westminster, CA. Email [email protected] for more info.
RVCA TEAM DEMO AND SIGNING on August 15, 2009 at Utility Boardshop located at 1207 Foothill Blvd, La Verne, CA. Team riders appearing include Lee Romero, Kevin ‘Spanky’ Long, Josh Harmony, Ed Templeton, Austin Stephens, Julian Davidson and Donovan Piscapo. http://www.rvca.com/
RIDE – Tony Hawk: RIDE, with its innovative motion-sensing skateboard controller, will be available at North American retailers on November 17, 2009 and at retailers in the U.K. and Germany on November 20, 2009. http://www.thride.com
DC’S ROB DYRDEK TO BEGIN SECOND SEASON OF ‘ROB DYRDEK’S FANTASY FACTORY’ ON MTV – DC would like to congratulate pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek on the upcoming second season of his hit MTV show, ‘Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory.’ MTV has announced that ‘Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory’ will air on Thursday nights beginning August 27th at 9 PM ET/PT. The show will follow Dyrdek as he runs Dyrdek Enterprises from his office turned playground, the Fantasy Factory. The first season of ‘Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory’ is set to release on Tuesday, September 1st. The 2-disc DVD set includes all 10 episodes as well as behind the scenes footage, deleted scenes, and commentary from Dyrdek and the Fantasy Factory crew. To view the trailer for the upcoming season of ‘Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory,’ and get more information on Dyrdek, including photos, videos and exclusive content, visit www.dcshoes.com/skate.
TONY HAWK FOUNDATION NEWS – Since its inception in 2002, the Tony Hawk Foundation has awarded $3-million in grants to help create 450 public skateparks in almost every state across the U.S. These skateparks collectively amount to $180-million in community improvements, and many of them would not have happened if not for THF’s financial and technical assistance. The Tony Hawk Foundation is the only national organization focused solely on empowering at-risk youth and improving disadvantaged communities through the development and financing of free, quality, public skateparks across the U.S. The following is a brief update detailing what your dollars and time have achieved in the past year. Since spring of 2008, THF has awarded 49 grants worth $415,000 for the construction of public skateparks in low-income communities. Pawhuska, Oklahoma earned $25,000, one of the top grants awarded for its skatepark that will draw visitors from the local Osage Nation Native American and other non-Native communities. Our pledge drives at our annual Stand Up For Skateparks benefits raised $53,000 for the Manhattan Bridge Skatepark in New York City, which installed its new skateable sculpture garden in June, and $78,000 for a skatepark project in the military community of Tierrasanta in San Diego, which thanks to Tony’s endorsement and your contributions has become a priority project for the City Council. Updates include news about the Tony Hawk Experience at tonyhawkexperience.com. New Tony Hawk Foundation Board Members include Lhotse Hawk, Jamie Thomas, Bob Kahan and Gerard Cappello. For anyone needing information on getting a public skatepark in your town, go to www.publicskateparkguide.org. Stand Up For Skateparks Benefit – This year please SAVE-THE-DATE for the 6th-annual Tony Hawk RIDE Presents Stand Up For Skateparks event in Beverly Hills on October 11 at Ron Burkle’s Green Acres, and due to popular demand we are launching this benefit in Las Vegas on November 7 at the Wynn Las Vegas resort. Tony Hawk RIDE Presents Stand Up For Skateparks is a family-centric action-sports carnival, featuring a Vert Skateboarding and BMX demo with Tony Hawk and other top pro athletes, interactive games, activities, music, and our live and silent auctions–all to support the creation of public skateparks for youth in low-income communities. We hope you will join us for one or both of these unique, family friendly events! http://tonyhawkfoundation.org
ADDIKT SKATEBOARDS SKREECH DECK – First 50 limited edition decks come with FREE copy of Peacock’s CANCER DUST featuring Skreech and many other ridiculously retarded rippers: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individualandVideoID=44959973 Get ’em while they last – any size you want as long as it’s either 8.0′ or 8.25′ – $50 includes grip tape and shipping. www.addiktskateboards.com
SKATE JAM BELGIUM – Back2oldschool II Skate Jam is planned for Sunday, September 13 at 10:00am at Concrete SkateBowl Dam Antwerp at Park Spoor Noord, Antwerp, Belgium. http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.phpandeid=86257982108andmid=b8e706G61843cfcG5c01c3G7
VOLCOM DAMN AM – October 22-25, 2009. Swine grind and amateur skate contest at Volcom 1740 Monrovia Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92627. www.damnam.com
ELEMENT SKATEBOARDS welcomes Nick Garcia to the family. www.elementskateboards.com.
GO SK8 IPHONE APP – Go Sk8 iPhone App Hits the Market – In the tradition of skateboarders playing the Game of Skate, now comes along GO SK8. GO SK8 takes the traditional game one push further including obstacles into the game. In addition to being able to play the game on Flat-ground, players/users are now given the option to compete on three obstacles including Manual Pads, Ledges and Transition (quarter pipe/mini-ramp). An added feature to the game is the ability to play in three different skill levels including basic, medium and advanced. The developers of GO SK8 have gone to great lengths to include a few hundred tricks in each category that are standard for each skill level but with enough difficulty to make any level on any obstacle challenging and fun. Although by the very nature of skateboarding there is an infinite amount of variations of tricks and combos on numerous obstacles, GO SK8 was built with the intention of serving the skate community as an addition to the progression and culture. www.gosk8app.com
NATIONAL CONTEST SERIES FINALS AT SKATE CAMP – Congrats to Vincent Luevanos who took first place at the MAKE IT COUNT National Contest series, making him the newest Element flow rider! Watch the video to see outstanding skating from skaters across the U.S. All entrants won contests to earn their trip to skate camp and a shot at sponsorship! www.elementskateboards.com/audiovisual/elementtv-136.html
SWEDISH SKATEBOARD REUNION 2009 – August 28-30, 2009 at Area 51, Goteborg, Sweden. Skateboard, party and contest! Not neccesarily in that order. http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.phpandeid=66025444480andmid=9d976fG61843cfcG4ef283G7
UNITED BY FATE EPISODE 5 – In the past, MACHNAU, HASLAM, MUMFORD, DUNCOMBE, and LUTZKA all fall under the spell of the mysterious BLACK VAN. Where it’s taken them, we don’t quite know. But alas, the youth are getting restless. The hunter becomes the hunted in EPISODE 5 as RYAN DECENZO and the GLOBE skate team are UNITED BY FATE. Check out the best of UBF here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt0pJxodpYw and go to www.unitedbyfate.tv
SLALOM CHAMPIONSHIPS – Sept 18 – 20 – Antrim Can/Am Slalom Championships, ISSA Main
Sanction, Antrim, NH. The Antrim Can/Am (formerly the Race for the Old Gold Jug) features three events this year, including a 100-cone tight slalom, the main event hybrid and a GS. One of the six largest races of its kind in North America, the Antrim Can/Am attracts professional and amateur competitors from throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Details for race, held 9/18, 9/19 and 9/20, can be found at http://www.slalomskateboard.com
ROYAL HAWAIIAN POOL SERVICE has launched their new web/blog/store. Not on ‘Hawaiian Time’ anymore. See the latest in pics, events, history lessons and products. www.royalhawaiianpoolservice.com
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. Awards Show will be held November 14 Cocoa Beach Skatepark. Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 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
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, Tim Jackson and Kelly Jackson. Stay tuned for more at www.smaskateboards.com
GEORGIA BOWL RIDERS CONTEST – Georgia Bowl riders competition. 2 Days 2 parks: Columbus, GA – October 17, 2009, and October 18, 2009 at Brook Run, Atlanta, GA. 200 4th Street Columbus, GA 31901-and-4770 North Peachtree Rd.Dunwoody, GA 30338. Hosted by Woodys Halfpipe. www.woodyshalfpipe.com or Call 770-416-1475.
MAKE IT COUNT – On August 1st, 2009, Element will release MAKE IT COUNT – The Element Story. MAKE IT COUNT showcases Element’s defining moments and will delve into it’s compelling story. From it’s humble beginnings, to a forward thinking global brand. The full length film will release for free on the Element site. Leading up to the release, a specially devoted blog will be updated with out-takes, archived footage and more. More info and official trailer at http://www.elementskateboards.com/makeitcount/
TONY HAWK HONORED AS FIRST ACTION SPORTS PERSONALITY TO BE IMMORTALIZED IN WAX. Skateboarding Pioneer on Hand for Figure Unveiling on Wednesday, July 29, 2009. The Unveiling of Wax Figure in a unique action pose, will be the first action sports figure in Madame Tussauds Worldwide Collections. Los Angeles’ biggest new attraction for 2009, the contemporarily designed, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, is a new magnet for tourism, with more than 100 ‘Famous Figures’ – at a cost of $300,000 each – which will populate the lavish multi-story landmark attraction. Madame Tussauds is located at 6933 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA. (corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Orange Dr.). www.madametussauds.com
WES HUMPSTON has teamed up with fashion designer Anthony Quiroz to design a new shoe brand that is set to release in Summer 2009. The shoe collection focuses on Wes’ trademark hand drawn artwok combined with classic skateboard styles. Currently selling at www.bulldogkskates.com
DC-JAM SKATE ROCK VOL. 1 including bands: Swingin’ Utters, Government Issue, JFA, The Copyrights, Amercian Werewolves, Psycho, Painted Willie, Venomous, Plan 9, Frontside Five, The Heard, The Big Boys, The Dwarves, The Rudy Schwartz Project, Suspect dc, Trusty, 300 Pounds, Minus-One, McRad, Off With Their Heads!, Wednesday Night Heroes, Whatever Dude!, The Party Downers, Narcopleptic Youth, Pezz, New Skool Kings, Naked Lady Wrestlers, Disastroid, Neutralboy and Fishbone. www.dcjamrecords.com
PEARL JAM NEWS – Jeff Ament, the bassist for 90s grunge rock pioneers Pearl Jam, was mugged last month outside Southern Tracks, a north Atlanta studio where the band was recording, police said Thursday. DeKalb County Police said the muggers, clad in black, emerged out of nearby woods in the area and ambushed the musician and another man after the pair arrived to the studio. The muggers smashed the Jeep’s windows and pillaged a blackberry and two computers before robbing the men of another $3,000 in cash. The incident was recorded via surveillance camera http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2009/05/caught-tape-pearl-jam-bass-player-mugged# , authorities said. No one has been taken into custody in connection with the mugging, police said.
NEW SKATEBOARD LAUNCH – DC-Jam Records has hooked up with TGM Distribution to launch a new skateboard deck line called Backstage Boards. It will feature decks by JFA, The Meat Puppets, T.S.O.L., Narcoleptic Youth, Dr Strange, Fishbone, McRad, The Youth Brigade, Frontside Five, Teenage Bottlerocket, 300 Pounds, Government Issue, and of course, DC-Jam Records. More bands on the way so stay tuned! The decks are available for immediate purchase go here: http://tgmdistro.com/c-213-backstage-skateboards.aspx
T.S.O.L. – To Release ‘Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Free Downloads’ on limited edition vinyl.
SoCal punk legends T.S.O.L. have signed with DC-Jam Records to release ‘Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Free Downloads’ on limited edition colored vinyl. This, the bands 30th anniversary album, was recorded at the Hurley studio’s, and was produced by Grammy winning producer David Bianco. 300 of the LP’s will contain hand signed inner sleeves that will be offered exclusively by Hot Topic. Available everywhere September, 15th, 2009. T.S.O.L. are an American punk band that formed in 1979 in Long Beach, California. This is the bands 19th release and their music has been featured on numerous compilations, films and documentaries. www.dcjamrecords.com
HANK WILLIAMS III’S BAND ‘ASSJACK’ TO RELEASE SELF-TITLED ALBUM ON CURB RECORDS AUGUST 4 – ASSJACK–the death-metal band founded and fronted by HANK WILLIAMS III–will release their first album of fully authorized music August 4 via Curb Records. Featuring tracks like ‘Redneck Ride,’ ‘Wasting Away’ and ‘No Regrets,’ the self-titled album personifies the split in the psyche of the singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer who last year released the psych-country album Damn Right, Rebel Proud. While they’re two vastly different sonic experiences, both projects reflect the diverse musical interests of the self-professed ‘crazy fuck from Tennessee.’ ‘Nowadays, there’s a whole group of people that love Waylon and David Allan Coe and love Pantera and Slayer– there’s a whole breed of them out there,’ says Hank III. HIII will take both his ‘Damn’ country band and ASSJACK out on the road beginning June 16 in Louisville, KY, with U.S. dates confirmed through July 15 in Knoxville, TN. For these shows, both the ‘Damn’ band and ASSJACK will perform 45-minute sets, with a 15-minute changeover in-between. http://www.myspace.com/hank3
EPICENTER ’09: ‘SO CAL’S ROCK EXPLOSION’ – NEW ANNUAL ROCK FESTIVAL DEBUTS SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 AT FAIRPLEX IN POMONA with Tool, Linkin Park, Alice In Chains, Wolfmother, Atmosphere, Hollywood Undead, Atreyu, Street Sweeper Social Club, Aesop Rock, Sonny and others TBA. The annual music festival will feature 12 acts throughout the day on multiple stages, with music set to kick off at 12 Noon. Tickets are $79.50 for general admission/$125 for VIP and go on sale Saturday, June 27 at 10:00 AM at www.TicketMaster.com. For up-to-the-minute updates, go to www.epicenterfestival.com
MILES DAVIS – KIND OF BLUE 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION BOX SET RECOGNIZED WITH 2009 MOJO AWARD WIN FOR ‘BEST CATALOG’. KIND OF BLUE – by late jazz icon MILES DAVIS, continues to celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a 2009 MOJO AWARD win for ‘Best Catalog’, paying homage to the KIND OF BLUE 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION BOX SET. The 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition box set previously won a GRAMMY this year for ‘Best Liner Notes’ and KIND OF BLUE received its RIAA 4X platinum certification in October `08. Universally recognized as a timeless masterpiece, KIND OF BLUE is ranked #12 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time, confirming that its influence reaches far beyond jazz. KIND OF BLUE is still the most significant and best-selling jazz record of all time, continuing to sell millions of units worldwide. Erin Davis (son of Miles Davis) and Vince Wilburn, Jr (nephew of Miles Davis), representing Miles Davis Properties, LLC accepted the MOJO Award on behalf of the estate.
1978 – CRASHED MEMORIES by Ger-I Lewis – This new book by Venice hardcore Ger-I Lewis will drag you down the black worm hole of time to the late ’70s as punk grabbed a hold of the Los Angeles underworld and set it on its ass. Lewis gives personal insight into the true core of the sk8, surf, punk scene from a refreshingly honest and raw point of view. Not only was Lewis an observer of the burgeoning punk rock/surf/sk8 ideology, he was an active participant, singing in various bands, and playing his own unique role in the L.A. music scene. From the early days of Devo playing shows at the skateparks, to the beginning, middle and end of the infamous Germs and their mysterious lead singer, Darby Crash, Lewis gives you a backstage pass to the real deal. Anarchy was the cause and the reason. Gangbangers, punks, hippies, cops and chaos painted the landscape, backed by an evolving soundtrack of the Clash, the Sex Pistols, the Cramps, Vicious Circle and 999. There was stage diving, localism, surf and skate legends, seaweed salaries, the punk army, leather and spikes, fists and boots, slamming and pure anarchy. This is a must read for all true punks and skate/surf history heads. Publisher: Global Authors Publishers. Format: Paperback, 140 pages. To order, email Ger-I Lewis at [email protected]
TECHNIQUE – Blackass presents ‘Technique’ on Tuesday, August 4 at 8:00pm at Zanzabar in Santa Monica, CA. Weside Loc’s Unite. Club Party. http://www.zanzibarlive.com
WEEDEATER NEWS -Sound the alarms: North Carolina’s sludge pillagers WEEDEATER have been confirmed as support for a full-on North American DOWN tour! The lineup changes throughout the routing; The Canadian dates feature secondary support from VOIVOD, while the bulk of the American dates feature THE MELVINS. Other opening support for the tour will be DANAVA for the first half and EVIL ARMY for the latter half of the dates. WEEDEATER will play several shows in North Carolina and Tennessee on the way to the opening and after the closing of the tour, and will headline sporadically in chunks throughout the main tour. And of course they will do what they do best: sonically reduce every venue they enter to a resin-coated heap of rubble. WEEDEATER’s latest album God Luck And Good Speed was released in 2007 on Southern Lord Recordings; a deluxe double LP version just released in 2009. They have ruled the stage with their filth-mongering approach within the doom, stoner and metal circuits for over a decade now, and it appears things are about to get a whole lot filthier for us all. http://www.myspace.com/weedeater
LIVING THINGS TO PLAY THE RAMONES IN RUNAWAYS MOVIE – Hot Rockers Filming Cameo As Punk’s Godfathers in Highly Anticipated Flick – St. Louis garage rockers Living Things are about to appear as one of their hero bands, the Ramones in the now-filming The Runaways, the biopic about the groundbreaking 70’s all-girl hard rock group led by Joan Jett. Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame plays Jett, with Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie and Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon as the band’s ‘Svengali’ Kim Fowley. In the scene, which is shooting this month, the Ramones are playing at Rodney Bingenheimer’s notorious English Disco nightclub in Los Angeles circa 1975. Living Things have already recorded a cover of ‘We’re A Happy Family’ for the scene. In addition to having a useful resemblance in attitude to the punk progenitors, the band has a direct line into the production – singer Lillian Berlin is the husband of the film’s writer and director Floria Sigismondi. Living Things are currently on the road in support of their latest album Habeas Corpus which was released earlier this year and has garnered substantial critical acclaim. The band also dropped an iTunes exclusive EP on June 16th based around their latest single ‘Oxygen’ which is currently impacting at Alternative radio. Living Things will continue touring throughout 2009 and will play a high-profile slot at Lollapalooza in Chicago’s Grant Park on August 8th. The Runaways will hit theaters in 2010. http://www.livingthingsmusic.com
THE ACCUSED’s long awaited new full-length, The Curse of Martha Splatterhead, is scheduled for release August 18, 2009 via Southern Lord Records. The band teamed up with Billy Anderson at Seattle’s Soundhouse Recording studio to create the epic beast of a long player. With Anderson at the controls, THE ACCUSED have indeed splattered the carnage far and wide. The Curse of Martha Splatterhead — their first full-length in four years — features 14 tracks of brutal splatter rock mayhem chock full of the band’s trademark buzzsaw-guitar riffs and manic, glass-shard-swallowing vocals. Commented founding guitarist Tommy Niemeyer on the new record, ‘…old fans of the band will not be disappointed in the feel and intensity on this record… and those who’ve never really heard THE ACCUSED are in for something like they’ve never heard before!’ Song titles include ‘The Splatterbeast,’ ‘Bodies Are Rising’ and ‘Martha’s Disciples.’ The band will kick off a string of live dates starting at the Supersonic Festival in Birmingham on July 25th with Thorr’s Hammer, Corrupted, Skullflower and more. The official record release celebration for The Curse Of Martha Splatterhead is scheduled for August 5th at Neumo’s in Seattle where THE ACCUSED will be joined by headliners Sunn O))) as well as Black Breath and Trap Them. http://www.southernlord.com
THE ANGRY SAMOANS, SOCIAL TASK, LOVE CANAL, STAY ALERT, AWOL 69 at The Blue Cafe located at 17208 Pacific Coast Hwy in Huntington Beach, CA on August 15, 2009 at 8:30pm. www.thebluecafe.com
LOVE AND GUTS – Art show on Saturday, August 1st, 2009 featuring artwork by Steve Olson, Christian Hosoi, Steve Caballero, Bryce Kanights, Lance Mountain, Sasha Steinhorst, Aaron Murray, Chet Childress, Chris Pastras, Eric Dressen, Bart Saric, Rune Glifberg, Dean Trikot, Omar Hassan, Chris Ortiz, Richard Villa III, Cesario Montano, Dave Hackett, Chris MIller, Pat Ngoho, C.R. Stecyk III and Jay Adams at Crewest Gallery – 110 Winston St. Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 627-8272 phone. http://loveandgutsart.com/L+G_August.html
TONY ALVA AND RICHARD VILLA III PRESENT AN EXHIBIT A GALLERY EVENT ‘BIPOLAR’ OPENING RECEPTION featuring artists: Sas Christian, Nate Frizzell, Mike Maxwell, Melissa Haslam, Jenn Porreca, Farel Dalrymple, Mimi Knoop, Bigfoot, James Naccarato, Allison Sommers, Tim Biskup, Tiffany Liu. Guest artists: Pan, Karen Lovuk, Giza. Bipolar Art Show Sat. Aug. 29th 7pm-11pm. Exhibit runs 08/29/09 To 09/19/09 Mon – Sat 11am To 7pm. Live music by Black Veil Brides. Music brought to you by Nick Alexander Mini. Dj Howie Pyro:Danzig / D Generation. Open Bar by: Transphusion. Food by: Sandwich Shop L.A. Free Gift Bags for the first 50. Only those in line and on the Rsvp list are eligible. Win a Bvb signed Fender Strat. Featured in the music video ‘ Knives And Pens ‘. Enclosed in a Coffin Case. All are invited, but space is limited. Please Rsvp now to guarantee entrance at: www.Exhibitagallery.com. Exhibit A Gallery: 1086 South Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles CA 90019. Ph. 323-954-7295 WWW.EXHIBITAGALLERY.COM
PATTY SEGOVIA SOLO PHOTO EXHIBITION – August 23, 2009 at Ark Gallery at 445 E. Wilshire Blvd. Fullerton, CA. Wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and prize giveaways. AGSJ skateboard movie will be shown on wall outside of gallery at 8pm. Bring your lawnchairs. www.studiosegovia.com.
HARLEY-DAVIDSON – IRON 883 – Harley-Davidson Launches a Blacked Out Bike with a Stripped Down Price for Young America. – In an era of compromise on all fronts, Harley-Davidson gives riders every reason not to sacrifice a thing. The new Iron 883TM motorcycle is the company’s response to those who thought they had to settle for a so-so ride. With a ticket to ride of just $7,899, the Iron 883 brings the attainability of a Harley-Davidson to a young, defiant generation. Dripping in black from fender to fender, the latest motorcycle in Harley-Davidson’s Dark Custom collection quickly sends a message that glimmer and shine are not welcome here. Neither are frills. The Iron 883 is stripped down and devoid of anything that isn’t necessary or would overshadow the bike’s bold, brash character. With no bells and no whistles, the Iron 883 is just pure motorcycle leaving plenty of time for riding with less to polish and more freedom for creative customization. Iron 883 has a back-to-basics look that pushes the style of motorcycling minimalism to the edge. The Iron 883’s dark side isn’t limited to its paint job either. The 883cc Evolution engine delivers plenty of power for the city scene, backed up by a combo of old school garage features like front fork gaiters, drag style handlebar, chopped fenders, and straight cut shorty dual exhaust that roars the distinctive Harley-Davidson V-Twin sound. The Iron 883’s name is a nod to Harley’s heritage. Harley-Davidson bikes have long been known as ‘Milwaukee Iron’. At a time when other motorcycles have become more plastic than metal, the Iron 883 is as pure and genuine as it gets. The heritage that runs through the Iron 883’s blood goes even deeper. The Iron 883 continues the rebellious tradition of Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycles that have gone against the grain since their introduction in 1957, when the modern rebel culture was bred from restless veterans and hot rod pioneers. Sportster motorcycles became the starting point for many legendary choppers of the 1960s, while also getting pumped up for championship dirt racing and dare devil stunt riding in the 1970s. That rebellious spirit is alive and well in Iron 883 and is something the company believes will allow the rebel culture to live on through new generations. Check out more on Dark Custom motorcycles at www.harley-davidson.com/darkcustom
CHOPS and RODS SHOW – August 1st @ Hensley’s Pub and Grill @ 850 Tamarack Ave, Carlsbad, CA. Product giveaways. Drink Specials. Live music by the Drowning Men.
MSA CLASSIC SURF CONTEST – The Malibu Surfing Association’s MSA Classic surfing contest will be held September 12-13, 2009 at First Point, Surfrider Beach, Malibu. We expect the MSA Classic – California’s premier club surfing competition – to turn out another great group of celebrities, Malibu residents, surfing legends, and up-and-coming greats; all against the backdrop of one of the world’s most famous beaches and within the heart of the LA media market. Your tax-deductible contribution to the MSA Classic offers excellent exposure to both contestants and visitors. We offer a compelling suite of pre-event, on-site, post-event, and year-round values, including prominent recognition in the official program. The MSA is an all volunteer, 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to the fellowship of surfing and to the stewardship of Surfrider Beach. We believe that Malibu is one of surfing’s crown jewels and a special resource for all its visitors. With this belief, we’re actively engaged in improving the Surfrider Beach experience, whether on the beach or in the water. We’re Califorina’s ONLY surfing club whose fundraising efforts go directly back into preserving the beach we love — Surfrider Beach. On behalf of the members and Directors of the MSA, thank you for your time and consideration. www.msaclassic.com and www.msasurfing.org
SPONSOR ME HAWAII – Sponsor Me Announces Hawaii Pro-Am Surf Contest: SPONSOR ME HAWAII, August 15-22 – Sponsor Me announced today that it will stage the ‘Sponsor Me Hawaii’ 1-star World Qualifying Series (WQS) event, August 15-22, at Ala Moana Bowls, Hawaii. The event is sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) and is open to both amateur and professional surfers who are looking to gain traction in the pro ranks. The event will be broadcast live over the internet by surf.transworld.net, the leader for online surfing culture. As the only entry-level WQS event to be staged in Hawaii this year, Sponsor Me will offer an opportunity for locals to earn a start in the coveted year-end Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series. It is precisely this window of opportunity that is the mission behind Sponsor Me, bringing the spotlight on the best undiscovered action sports talent in the nation. Sponsor Me is creating contest opportunities for rising action sports athletes. The contests are supported by live webcasts via the Sponsor Me site and delivery to mobile devices. Sponsor Me competitions will be held regionally, judged by the pros, and the winners will go on to compete on a national level where fans will have the opportunity to vote online and via SMS. For more information visit www.sponsorme.tv
LEGENDS OF SURFING – Surfing, Jack London remarked, is ‘a royal sport for the natural kings of earth.’ Legends of Surfing profiles the greatest of those natural kings in a glorious celebration of the world’s best surfers. Part exquisite picture book and travelogue of the best surfing spots on earth, part biography and reference guidebook, Legends of Surfing profiles one hundred great surfers, men and women, from throughout the world. In life stories, and in exclusive interviews, notable surfers such as Wayne Bartholomew, Tom Curren, Andy and Bruce Irons, Duke Kahanamoku, Dave Kalama, Gerry Lopez, Rob Machado, Mark Occhilupo, and Kelly Slater give us a rare firsthand look at what it’s like to live to surf. Written by Duke Boyd, a legendary surfer himself and co-founder in 1962 of Hang Ten surf-wear, Legends of Surfing is the perfect gift for anyone who surfs or dreams of surfing. Legends of Surfing: The Greatest Surfriders from Duke Kahanamoku to Kelly Slater By Duke Boyd; Photography by Jeff Divine; Foreword by Steve Pezman. Retail: $35.00 US. Hardcover / 9.25 x 10.875 / 208 pages / 150 color and 100 b/w photos. Pub Date: November 2009. www.mbipublishing.com
GOT HERB – Better get some. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73jSh8OeODo
ERGO presents SOCAL GRAB AND SMASH TOUR coming to your local shred spot, surfing hole, backyard bash, skate shop, red carpet shindig, or whatever else we can crash, in LA, Orange County and San Diego in June, July and August. www.twitter.com/ergotwitt and www.ergophobia.com
FREESTYLE PREMIERS FIVE NEW STYLES AND COLOR UPDATES TO ITS BURGEONING FALL COLLECTION – Momentum is building at Freestyle, the original action sports watch manufacturer, as the brand introduces new styles, updated watch colors and unveils Free Fit technology. Five new styles including the Navigator 2.0, Buzz 2.0, Karlton, Tetra and Shark Analog, will be on display alongside five new colors in the highly popular Shark Classic collection. All Freestyle watches are water resistant up to at least 100 meters, and are always backed with the company’s limited lifetime warranty, dubbed ‘Till Death.’ www.freestyleusa.com
SURF STORY PROJECT – 444 pages and 88 of the most inspirational and creative surfers in the world… their art… their stories. Special Pre-Release Offering on $150 for the first 500 copies or until Sept 15th, after which it will be $250 each. Sales from the Surf Story Project will benefit the Surfrider Foundation. Available exclusively at www.surfstoryproject.com
SLATER SURFS TO SECOND LAUREUS AWARD – The Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award went for the second time in three years to legendary American surfer Kelly Slater, who won a record ninth world title in 2008. The 37-year old legendary surfing master completed his most dominant year yet. Claiming an unprecedented ninth world title in 2008, Slater took first in six of the 10 contests he entered. His 8,832 points this year absolutely dwarfed the 6,780 of his nearest competitor. Slater did not even plan to compete in 2008, giving his rivals a false sense of confidence that he later dashed when he changed his mind and returned to the waves. Slater has won championships at age 20 and 34. Slater received his award at a special ceremony at the Home Depot Centre on the final day of the 2009 X Games from Laureus World Sports Academy members and action sports legends Tony Hawk and Robby Naish. The Laureus World Sports Awards are the only global sports awards honoring the greatest sportsmen and women across all sports each year. The winners are selected by the ultimate sports jury – the 46 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, a collection of the world’s greatest sportsmen and women. The Laureus World Sports Awards recognize sporting achievement during the period January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008. www.laureus.com
LIGHTNING BOLT KICKS OFF SUMMER WITH DYNAMIC WEBSITE LAUNCH AND INSTANT SUCCESS WITH TRENDY RETAILERS – Lightning Bolt, the iconic surf-inspired apparel brand recently re-launched in the United States, has quickly become a hot commodity to surf shops and boutiques alike. Lightning Bolt has also kicked off the summer by launching a sophisticated and engaging website. The site features the current collection; the legend of the Bolt; nostalgia photos of the original Bolt team; and information on its present team, which consists of inspirational young riders who are a part of a new generation that surfs with a mix of old-school ethos and grace and modern skill. Fans and friends are able to catch behind-the-scenes video footage of the voyages of Lightning Bolt’s motley surf crew by tuning into ‘Bolt TV,’ also featured on the website. 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-SA, 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
ROXY ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES FOR TIFFANY CAMPBELL AND ANDRIA LESSLER’S DEAR AND YONDER – Roxy and Villa Villa Cola Productions are pleased to announce the official tour dates for Dear and Yonder, the groundbreaking feature film by noted surf filmmakers Tiffany Campbell and Andria Lessler for summer 2009. Documenting the most progressive surfing of today, Dear and Yonder follows top professionals including Roxy team riders Sally Fitzgibbons, Sofia Mulanovich and Kassia Meador, as they surf their home breaks (Dear) and travel the world (Yonder). In addition to chronicling today’s surfers, Dear and Yonder spreads its roots deeper and cultivates a sense of place and knowledge of history, reaching back in time to unearth footage of iconic surfers such as Linda Benson, Rell Sunn and Lisa Andersen. Shot by surf cinematographers Thomas Campbell, Sonny Miller, Scott Soens, Dave Homcy and Tiffany Campbell. the film captures the authenticity of each surfer’s experience through imagery, music and art that reflect the vision of the project. Filmmakers Tiffany Campbell and Andria Lessler tie these carefully crafted pieces together to tell a story that demonstrates the inner spirit of the female surfer . Dear and Yonder pays homage to the most avant-garde female surfers of the past forty years, some who have enjoyed the limelight and others that have only existed in quiet pockets, but have pushed the boundaries and changed the face of the sport in their own way. Dear and Yonder tour will cross the country with more than 20 stops over three months. For more information on the film and tour events visit www.dearandyonder.com