SKATERS FOR PUBLIC SKATEPARKS NEWS – Skaters for Public Skateparks (SPS) today launched a new informational tool to help public officials and municipalities make key decisions about the site selecting and construction of skateparks in their regions. ‘There is a huge void when it comes to easily accessible information about the ‘who, what and where’ of public skateparks,’ said SPS Executive Director Kent Dahlgren. ‘We are pleased that we can offer this excellent source of skatepark information to public officials and city administrators who may be considering building a park in their town.’ The SPS website is designed to walk interested individuals through the critical decisions and success factors regarding all aspects of public skateparks. From community involvement process to site selection and development, SPS supplies all the answers in one easily accessible location. ‘The website saves cities the trouble and expense of coming up with the same old stuff every time a process starts,’ said Rod Wojtanik, project manager and landscape architect for the Portland Parks Bureau. ‘Giving them the criteria, management approaches, maintenance figures, design costs, etc. for free, means more money goes into the parks.’ SPS, through regional representation and active ties to the communities it serves, represents the aggregate views and wishes of skateboarders as it pertains to public skateparks. ‘Educating a city on the benefits of a new skatepark is an enormous and often complicated task,’ said Dahlgren. ‘The process requires research, organization, and enthusiasm as well as knowledge of what has worked well and not-so-well in other communities.’ Skaters for Public Skateparks (SPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit skatepark advocacy organization, international in reach, dedicated to providing the information necessary to ensure safe, rewarding, freely-accessible skateparks are available to all skateboarders. For more information, please visit us at www.skatersforpublicskateparks.org.
GREEN SKATE LAB – These tires are rammed with earth and used as building blocks for what is going to be a bowl that is 4ft – 9ft deep with an oververt pocket. We are facing corruption issues with the embezzlement of $20,000 in Grants donated to the project’s fund. We filed a complaint and now have the DC Inspector General working on the case. It didn’t matter to us at first because we kept moving forward with a positive attitude that we would raise it on our own. We have now come across a new problem. The Parks and Recreation Department we were working with has new Directors. They seem very unhappy with the project because of the time it is taking to build it. They don’t understand the amount of effort it takes to do what we are doing. The reason we are not moving along swiftly with this project is because the grant money we were issued is now missing. We have to raise this money again so that we can rent equipment and buy materials. To sum it up briefly, we need to get this park done quick and we do not have everything we need to make it happen even though we are providing the labor for free. Below is a synopsis of what we need to do, what we have provided and what we need to make this happen. Here is a breakdown of what we need and it’s approximate costs: 100 Yards of concrete – $10,000 Lumber for forms – $1500 2 Tons of Rebar – $2000 Equipment Rental – $2000 Concrete Pump for 5 days – $5000 Contractor Fees 20% – $4000 Here is a breakdown of what we are providing and it’s approximate worth: Federal Stone Pool Coping – $2500 Tiles – $1000 Labor – $50,000 Phases for completion of the project and time estimates: One – Complete Tire Ramming and Stacking of the Super Structure – 30 Days Two – Fundraising ongoing Three – Install Forms and Rebar – 14 Days Four – Pour Concrete in Sections Shallow, Mid, and Deep – 30 Days Five – Final Touch-ups, Plant Trees, install benches – 14 Days.
We would love to receive donations or hear your ideas of what we can do to help the situation. We have a PayPal account for donations: [email protected] We will have t-shirts for sale very soon and will be accepting pre-orders for them immediately. Thank you and our Sincere Thanks, Chris and Terri Nostrand, Jaime Stapula, Ben Ashworth, John Bullduc, Andy Neal and the rest of our friends at ECRW Foundation . The Green Skate Laboratory will be a multi-purpose space for recreation, arts and science. This is a multi-phase project that will emphasize recycling, physics and environmental science in order to create a skateboard recreation area for the District of Columbia. Integral to the design is the inclusion of areas where students will be able to test and perform physics, engineering and environmental science concepts and experiments. The curved and rolling ‘landscaping’ will be made with environmentally sound building techniques and composed entirely of reused and recycled materials. In addition to the science lab and recreation potential for the space, there will be large areas that will be dedicated to the creation of tile mosaics and other visual arts. Live the Dream with GSL in Washington DC!! Skaters in the Mid-Atlantic Region need your help to support the construction of DC’s FIrst real skateboard park. Members and friends of the ECRW Foundation are working on the Greenskate Laboratory as a multi-purpose space for recreation, arts and science. Much of the emphasis is on recycling. For example, the majority of the super structure is constructed of tires collected from the Potomac River Watershed. If you are interested in helping us with this project, please visit our website at www.greenskatelab.org.
4TH ANNUAL PHOENIX AM CONTEST PRESENTED BY CIRCA – Phoenix, Arizona – Circa presents ‘4th Annual Phoenix Am Contest’, with a $2,000 Best Trick Contest presented by Zoo York, April 1-3, 2005 at Desert West Skateboard Plaza in Phoenix, AZ. Only 100 spots will be available for legitimate industry sponsored skaters. The CASH purse for this years contest is over $5,000! Since 2002, Cowtown Skateboards has put on one of the best industry focused Amateur contests with a prize purse each year. Some of the past winners of the Phoenix Am have included Billy Marks, Jeremy Rogers and Colin Provost. The 100 skaters will compete on Saturday April 2 to qualify for Sunday’s elimination and final round where the 1st place contestant will walk away with a top prize of $2,000 (2nd place -$1,000, and 3rd place – $500). The highlight of Sunday will be the Best Trick contest presented by Zoo York with a CASH purse of $2,000. ‘We put on this event in hopes of improving the skateboarding scene here in Arizona and everywhere else’, says Trent Martin organizer, ‘Everyone has a great time at the contest, and because of all the continued support from the industry, Phoenix AM is another way for AMs from all over the world to be seen and get more exposure.’ Over the years Cowtown Skateboards has put on one of the most exciting and entertaining amateur contest with guest M.C. Mirko Magnum, and celebrity judges like, Matt Milligan, Salman Agah, Frank Gerwer, Dave Duren, Joey Suriel, Nate Jones, and Ronnie Creager. For more information go to www.PHXAM.com
IAN MACKAYE has a new side project called The Evens featuring Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina. They are currently on tour on the West Coast. Check the Juice Magazine calendar listings for dates and locations. For more info: http://www.dischord.com/tour/index.shtml
TAMPA PRO 2005 Presented by DVS and Split – Thursday, March 10 – Sunday, March 13, 2005. Registration – Street Entry Fee: $150, Vert Entry Fee: $150. Email Ryan Clements to register – [email protected]… Thursday – doors open at 9am, Open practice all day, 9pm – doors close in Street Warehouse, 8pm – art show in Transitions Art Gallery/Bowl Warehouse sponsored by Red Bull with open bar, DJ, and ripping Bowl session… * Friday – doors open at 9am – Open practice all day, 5pm – skaters’ meeting, 6:30pm practice/7pm Contest + 3rd Annual Team Manager/Industry VIP Street Contest + 6-pack of beer to enter, winner takes all. Sign up upon arrival… * Saturday – doors open at 9am – 11am – entire Vert Contest and Vert Best Trick, Street Qualifiers immediately following… * Sunday – doors open at 9am – 12pm – Street Semi-Finals, World Industries Moat Race, Street Finals, Mystery Best Trick Contest, World’s Greatest Product Toss, Awards
PRIZE MONEY – $50,000 Worth Of Bling
Place Street Street Best Trick Vert Vert Best Trick
1 $10,000 $1,000 $5,000 $1,000
2 $7,500 $800 $2,500 $800
3 $5,000 $600 $2,000 $600
4 $2,500 $400 $1,500 $400
5 $1,000 $200 $1,000 $200
6 $900 $700
7 $800 $600
8 $700 $500
9 $600 $250
10 $500 $100
ETNIES NEWS – Pierre Andre Senizergues, owner and CEO of etnies, presented the Lake Forest City Council with $30,000 to keep the etnies Skatepark free of charge for the year 2005. Senizergues also made a generous donation to the City in 2003 to make the park free to all guests during its first year of operation in 2004. In addition to this donation, Senizergues is continuing to work with public and private community organizations to provide kids with a safe place to skate and ride BMX bikes at no charge.’ We are really proud of the continued popularity of the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest,’ said Senizergues. ‘It is my passion to provide kids with a park to skate at no charge. The etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest is truly about giving back to the kids in the community, and we look forward to working with the City of Lake Forest to continue making this a reality.’ The etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest is currently one of the largest skateparks in the nation with over 40,000 square feet of terrain. The park was created by etnies and the City of Lake Forest with strong community support and input, and is currently skated by more than 1,500 visitors a week. www.etnies.com
VERT CONTEST SERIES – FACTORY SKATEPARK – Southern Fried Vert Series THOUSANDS IN CASH AND PRIZES! FEBRUARY 25TH -26TH at FACTORY SKATEPARK – 140 WERZ INDUSTRIAL DR. NEWNAN, GA 30263 ph 770-683-SK88. Registration is $25.00 to register $5.00 each additional Division… Sponsors include: Outlook Skateboards, E-llusion Skateboards, Phantom, Eastern Skateboard Supply, Accel Wheels, Burley Wheels, Buffalo Rock, Vans, Time Line, Silver and Manna Skateboards. For details go to WWW.FACTORY-SKATE.COM.
ACTIVISION’S TONY HAWK’S UNDERGROUND 2 AND THE CREATIVE ASSEMBLY’S ROME: TOTAL WAR(tm) HONORED AT 2005 ACADEMY OF INTERACTIVE ARTS AND SCIENCES SHOW – Santa Monica, CA – February 3, 2005 – Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 and The Creative Assembly’s Rome: Total War(tm) were awarded ‘Best Action Sports Game of the Year’ and ‘Best Strategy Game of the Year,’ respectively, at the Eighth Annual Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ D.I.C.E. Awards Show, held on Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. ‘With all of the amazing titles that were released in 2004, it is both an honor and a compliment to be recognized by the Academy as having some of the best games of the year,’ said Kathy Vrabeck, President, Activision Publishing, Inc. ‘The teams at Neversoft and The Creative Assembly strive to make top quality entertainment and these awards are a testament to their hard work and commitment.’ Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $948 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004. For more go to www.activision.com.
ACTIVISION AND THE JEEP BRAND LAUNCH TONY HAWK’S UNDERGROUND 2 JEEP ‘RAIL RATED’ CONTEST AND SWEEPSTAKES – Santa Monica, CA – February 2, 2005 — Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and the Jeep brand have teamed up on a unique online promotion that gives gamers a chance to tout their design skills by entering the Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 Jeep ‘Rail Rated’ Contest and Sweepstakes. Beginning February 2 through March 15, 2005, consumers have the opportunity to design the sickest skate park for the chance to win the ultimate ‘Rail Rated’ prize package of skateboarding gear and apparel. For a chance to win a 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade visit www.thug2online.com/railrated to enter the sweepstakes. Two hundred additional prizes will be awarded through random drawings of sweepstakes entrants and six semi-finalists from the contest will win secondary ‘Rail Rated’ prize packages that include equipment and apparel from Etnies, Volcom, Quiksilver and others, as well as Jeep branded apparel and RC cars. Participants in the create-a-park contest will be challenged to create their vision of what the sickest skate park is using the in-game park editor from Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 for the PlayStation 2. Entries can be submitted to the Neversoft Online Vault via the PlayStation 2 and will be judged on gameplay, originality, creativity and the integration of Jeep elements. Designers can see if they made the cut by visiting www.thug2online.com/railrated, where semi-finalists results will be posted each week. The Jeep ‘Rail Rated’ sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents that are 18 years or older. Participants can enter the sweepstakes at the promotion Web site. All prizes will be awarded through a random drawing. Winners will be announced at www.thug2online.com/railrated by April 22, 2005. The Grand Prize winners will be notified on or around March 23, 2005. Contest and sweepstakes participants can view the official rules at www.thug2online.com/railrated. For more go to www.activision.com.
U.K. ART SHOW – Superdead Art Show 2 ‘Have You Seen Him?’ Exhibition Date: 1st-17th April 2005 at C.A.S.T, 49 – 51 Thomas Street Manchester M4 1NA, UK. Artist Reception: Friday 1st April 7-9pm w/ guest DJs, Drink Promotions,’Superdead Raffle’. For more go to http://www.superdead.com.
SKATELAB NEWS – Skatelab will be hosting the SKATELAB museum at the Urban Edge show March 4th in Milan Italy. The display will have over 60 vintage skateboards and tons of toys, clothing, posters and other crazy skateboarding items. The show runs for a month. For details go to www.skatelab.com and www.thep4.com.
DOGTOWN DEMO – Best Trick Contest and DT GK Termite demo. Mar 5 at Gilbert Lindsay Skate Park – San Pedro and E. 42 Place. LA, CA. Live music from Left hand Side, Todo Roto. For details, email Geri Lewis at [email protected]
SANTA MONICA SKATEPARK – 11′ deep, 7’shallow – kidney pool coping designed by Wally Hollyday. Full pads required Bikes will also be permitted to destroy the park. Riding fees: $30 per quarter membership plus $3 session fees for Santa Monica residents. Fees are higher for non-residents $200/yr. Check here for updated fee info http://santa-monica.org/cityclerk/council/agendas/2004/20040615/s2004061508-B-2.htm. To voice your opionion go to http://santa-monica.org/ccs/skatepark/skatepark_survey.htm Or email [email protected]
GRIND SYNDICATE NEWS – Visit the south’s newest and greatest skate company, Grind Syndicate Skateboards at www.grindsyndicate.com and see why we’re hellbent on world domination. Our riders rip pools and everything you can think of including our Hanger Bowl, Maryland, the Outer Banks, Florida, Nashville, Louisville and the ‘Pope’s’ Skatopia. Believe it or not, there was an era on the East coast with no indoor or concrete parks, and often we would go for months with nothing to skate. The local ramp was out of action, or torn down. During such ‘droughts’, we would drive an hour or two each way, daily, to another ramp, ditch or pool, whatever the spot, just to skate. The Grind Syndicate grew out of such circumstances. Having lost their ramp, in the mid-1980’s a group of Charleston, SC skaters led by Hank Biering, Mike Thorvelson and Blaize Blouin, known as ‘Team Gypsy’, traveled forty miles up the coast to Georgetown, SC where they established themselves as locals at the ‘Rasta Ramp’ named for its alternating red, yellow and green pool block. The Charleston crew mended with the Rasta crew and called themselves Grind Syndicate. They showed up everywhere and killed it. Over the years Grind Syndicate has produced some of the East Coast’s finest skaters, and thrown some of the sickest annual 4th of July and Halloween jams known to mankind at Syndicate HQ, the infamous Hanger Bowl on John’s Island, SC owned by Hank Biering. Thanks to Hank Biering for the early Syndicate history, and now through the positive energy of Syndicate members Chris Phelps and Mark Gee the World, yes ‘Todo el Mundo’, will be dominated by Grind Syndicate Skateboards, producers of the finest rock maple decks, and cotton clothing. While the big conglomerates get their shit from China, cheaper and of inferior quality, our products are MADE IN AMERICA! www.grindsyndicate.com.
POOLS AND BOWLS: Pools and bowls with pool coping in Bizkaia. Basque country. Go to http://www.muralarte.com
BEAUTIFUL LOSERS: Contemporary Art and Street Culture is currently on display at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA and features art by C.R. Stecyk III, Ed Templeton, Phil Frost, Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, Mark Gonzales, Glen E. Friedman, Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Andy Jenkins, Ari Marcopoulos and many others. Beautiful Losers is organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and is guest-curated by Iconoclast Productions with Thom Collins, Rene de Guzman, and Matthew Distel. Beautiful Losers includes paintings, sculptures, photography, film, and performance art and will run from February 6th through May 16th. The Orange County Museum of Art is located in at 850 San Clemente Drive Newport Beach, California 92660. Show runs Feb 6 – May 15, 2005 For more go to http://www.ocma.net.
TAMPA AM 2005 VERT RESULTS
1 Chris Gregson – Sponsors: DVS (flow), Ambiguous, Active, Type S Wheels, Boneless Pads
2 Josh Borden – Sponsors: Globe, Grind King, Active, Lost, CTI, Pro-Tec, Spy, Audobahn
3 Lyn-Z Adams-Hawkins – Sponsors: k-5 Boardshop, DC Shoes and Apparel, Nixon
4 Alex Perelson – Sponsors: Sun Diego, Sessions, Creature Boards, 88 (flow)
5 Packy Fancher – Sponsors: Outlook Skateboards, Burley Wheels, Burley Bearings
6 Dan Stephan
7 Jesse McDonald – Sponsors: Adio, Independent, Ricta, Sure Shot, Frontside Skateshop, Mob Grip Tape
8 Mike Owen – Sponsors: Warp Skatepark, Bad Boys Toys
9 Zach Miller – Sponsors: Adio, Bones
10 Taylor Smith – Sponsors: Alien Workshop, DC Shoes, Independent, Quiksilver, Reflex
Tampa Am Street Finals
1 Nyjah Huston – Sponsors: Element Wood and Thread, eS, Venture, Frontline Skatepark
2 Sean Conover – Sponsors: Flatline, Ezekiel, Circa (flow), Ogio, Bones
3 Danny Rosario -Sponsors: Circa, Connexion Wheels, Maha, Expedition One, Destructo, Speed Metal, Oakley
4 Dominique Johnson – Sponsors: Adio, Real, Shred Shed, Spitfire:
5 Willy Akers – Sponsors: 5Boro (flow), Volcom (flow), Vans (flow), Kinetic Skateshop
6 Danny Cerezini – Sponsors: Hawk Clothing, Flip, Vans, Fury, Ricta, Active
7 Torey Pudwill – Sponsors: Shorty’s, DVS, Venture, Matix, Skatelab, Active, Ghetto Child
8 Sierra Fellers – Sponsors: Mystery, Circa Footwear and Apparel, Venture
9 Tommy Sandoval – Sponsors: Zero, Fallen, Krux
10 Anthony Janow – Sponsors: Fraktured Skateboards, Navigator Trucks, Osiris Shoes, One West Clothing, Smith Optics, Surfin West Skateshop, Playground Hardware, Cowboy Punk Wheels
11 Keegan Sauder – Sponsors: Vans, Stereo, Momentum, Independent, Anti-Social Skateshop
12 Dave Kaule – Sponsors: Triad Skateboards, ABC apparel, Osiris, Phantom Trucks, Bro Bolts, The Headboard Shop, Non-friction Urethane
Tampa AM ZERO Best Trick Results
1 Andrew Pott – Sponsors: Shorty’s, Ghetto Child, Venture, Oakley
Notes: Big flip front board fakie flat rail, hard flip back lip flat rail
2 Sean Conover – Sponsors: Flatline, Ezekiel, Circa (flow), Ogio, Bones
Notes: Kickflip back smith flat rail
3 Kyle Fredrick – Sponsors: G-Spot Skateshop, Krew (flow), X-Games Skatepark
Notes: Kickflip front salad flat rail, nolle back tail round rail
4 Matt Mercer – Sponsors: Ipath, Satori Wheels, Rasa Libre, Thunder Trucks, Zero Gravity Skatepark, Down to Earth, 26 Records Shop
Notes: Switch 270 front board flat rail
5 Sierra Fellers – Sponsors: Mystery, Circa Footwear and Apparel, Venture
Notes: Nollie heel boardslide flat rail
For complete coverage of the event go to www.skateparkoftampa.com
Tampa Pro 2005: March 10 – 13, 2005
THE KANTOR GALLERY is pleased to present… A Decade of Art – After a decade of art, over fifty shows, dozens of artists, and one move, the Kantor Gallery has established itself as a cornerstone of contemporary art in Los Angeles. The 10th anniversary show will display various artists that have been exhibited. From Anthony Ausgang to Jessika Wood, emerging and established artists will display how they have contributed to contemporary art and helped shape what the Kantor Gallery is today. Artists include: Max Eisenstein, David Choe, Henry Vincent, Yumiko Kayukawya and Nick Walker. Established artists that will be shown include Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf. Other artists included in the exhibit are Mel Ramos, Raymond Pettibon, John Scane, Kenton Parker, and others. A Decade of Art at the Kantor Gallery will open February 5th and run through April 16th. For more information please call 323-933-6976. Kantor Gallery, Inc. 7025 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, Ca 90038 www.kantorgallery.com
OL84 formerly know as 1984 now has a new line of threads. The OL’84 Team is Drehobl, Partanen, Hitz, Hewitt, Heddings, Jub, Nemeth, Loco, Swanson, Tonascia, Espinosa, Weeman, Ponts, Cudlipp, Hindery, Horn, Winslow, Kenyon and Shroeder. Go to www.OL84.com.
GIRLS LEARN TO RIDE – Boarding For Breast Cancer (B4BC) is a nonprofit, youth- focused education, awareness and fundraising foundation designed to increase awareness about breast cancer, the importance of early detection and the value of a healthy lifestyle. Boarding For Breast Cancer was inspired by Monica Steward, who started her battle with breast cancer at the age of 26. B4BC’s achievements are made possible through the generous donation of time and resources provided by our volunteer staff and companies within the action sports industry, Our mobile educational facility can be found at youth-oriented sports and entertainment events such as ESPN’s X Games, The Sundance Film Festival and the Vans Warped Tour, to name a few. We would like to invite you to one of the many B4BC ‘Board-A-Thons’ taking place at ski resorts throughout the United States this winter. Board-A-Thons are all day events created to support B4BC’s nationwide youth initiative. Each event is individually styled for, and unique to, the hosting resort. Many attendees are inspired to support the cause by collecting pledge dollars and taking part in fun day-of-event activities such as product raffles, snowboard contests and live music. The festival village includes B4BC’s mobile educational tent, which is supported by local area medical facilities. A local health non-profit with a similar mission will also participate in the on-site activities. The 2005 ‘Board-a-Thons’ will take place at ski resorts throughout the United States: February 19 Mountain Creek, NJ, February 26 Crystal Mountain, MI, March 4-6 Bristol Mountain, NY, March 5 Mountain High Resort, CA (with Emu/Sg Queen of the Mountain), March 10-13 Killington, VT, March 14-20 Stratton, VT (with US Open of Snowboarding), March 19-20 Northstar-at-Tahoe, CA, March 26 Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, OR. For more go to http://opgirlslearntoride.com
BPSA Tour Springs back into life with the Saltrock Open – The first leg of the British Professional Surf Association (BPSA) UK Tour will commence with the Saltrock Open, North Devon BPSA at Croyde bay from 25 – 27th March 2005. With the cream of UK surfers and residents ready to compete, 2005 looks set to be a great year for British surfing and what better way to kick it off than at the UK’s best beach break and a great British company, Saltrock Croyde Bay located 8 miles North West of Barnstable, North Devon, has what many surfers consider one of the best beach breaks in the country, with classic low tide hollow waves pealing up and down the beach. In previous years this event was held later in the year, however due to increased chance of swell the event has been moved forward, once again showing the BPSA dedication to putting on the best tour possible in terms of waves and also prize money which has been raised to a minimum 2000 per leg. The best surfers in the country will compete at the Saltrock Open in order to get off to a good start in their campaign to become UK champ. Surfers include current BPSA champ Alan Stokes, 2002 champion Mark Harris and former English champion and Saltrock team rider Eugene Tollemarche. Dave Reed director of UK Surf Promotions said ‘We are extremely pleased that one of the top surf brands in the UK, Saltrock based in Braunton, will be returning to sponsor this event, Martin Peirce Marketing Manager of Saltrock said, ‘We’re delighted to continue our support of British Surfing this year with the Saltrock Open. When the conditions are good the beach break at Croyde has a lot to offer. We’re expecting a good entry for this years contest, including most of the Saltrock team, so we’re looking forward to a good event’. Thanks also to tour sponsors, including Foster’s, who will be providing beer and Barbie as well as putting on an Expression Session, Cadbury’s, who are always around with their delicious energy Boost bars and finally Freerange Sunglasses (FSO) who will provide shelter for surfers in their marquees as well as hot drinks. For the latest information on the BPSA UK Tour, images or Press Releases, please contact James Rodd on 0044(0)208-789-6655 or Fax: 0044(0)208-789-6644 or Email: [email protected]
VK SKATEBOARD DISTRIBUTION is carrying the new Modern Skateboard Wheels. The team consists of Danny Supa, Kenny Anderson, Javier Sermiento, Chris Roberts, Jerome Rogers, Robbie McKinley, Jesus Fernandez, Jimmy Goreki, Rodrigo Peterson and Jose Rojo. Contact Vk Skateboard Distribution | 1948 E. Pomona | Santa Ana | CA | 92705
DEW ACTION SPORTS TOUR – NBC SPORTS and USA Network will televise 32 hours of the 2005 Dew Action Sports Tour, the first-ever, season-long professional multi-sport tour in action sports. NBC and USA will combine for 32 original hours of exclusive Dew Action Sports Tour coverage – the largest combined network and cable commitment in action sports. The announcement was made today by Ken Schanzer, President, NBC Sports. ‘NBC Universal’s commitment to action sports and this exciting new Tour is manifest by our robust programming schedule, the largest ever for these growing sports,’ said Ken Schanzer, President, NBC Sports. ‘And to continue that growth, action sports will benefit from the context and continuity provided by the Dew Action Sports Tour, the significant broadcast schedule and promotion from NBC Universal and the targeted, off-channel marketing from our Clear Channel partners.’ NBC plans to broadcast 22 hours of Dew Action Sports Tour coverage, an increase from the previously announced 16 hours. The NBC Sports broadcasts will feature live coverage of the Dew Action Sports Tour’s inaugural season on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, beginning Saturday, June 11, with a live broadcast from the Panasonic Open in Louisville, Kentucky. USA Network, available in more than 88 million U.S. homes and one of the top-rated networks on cable television, will present 10 hours of late night coverage from Midnight-1 a.m. ET/PT on Friday and Saturday nights. The Dew Action Sports Tour will make its television debut on USA on Friday, June 10 from the Panasonic Open. The Dew Action Sports Tour will feature the top professional action sports athletes competing in skateboarding (vert and park), BMX (vert, park, dirt), and freestyle motocross. In addition to these three primary sports, each tour stop will feature a unique ‘specialty comp.’ At season’s end, based on a cumulative points system, the Tour will award the Dew Cup to champions in the six combined disciplines of skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross. ‘NBC Universal’s decision to televise every stop on the Dew Action Sports Tour, with a record number of hours, is an indication of the company’s commitment to the Tour and action sports,’ said Wade Martin, General Manager, Dew Action Sports Tour. ‘Fans will now have a place to watch the most talented action sports athletes compete over the entire five-month Dew Action Sports Tour season.’
The complete 2005 Dew Action Sports Tour schedule is as follows:
Date Event Site – Venue
June 9-12 Panasonic Open Louisville – Kentucky Expo Center
July 7-10 Right Guard Open Denver – Pepsi Center
Aug. 18-21 Vans Invitational Portland – Rose Quarter
Sept. 8-11 Toyota Challenge San Jose – HP Pavilion
Oct. 13-16 PlayStation Pro Orlando – TD Waterhouse Arena
Owned by NBC Universal and Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports, the Dew Action Sports Tour boasts the biggest competitive purse in action sports, plus a $1 Million Bonus Pool based upon year-end standings.
THE BLVD. NEW SKATE VID – The Blvd featuring Dan Connelly, Tom Penny, Peter Smolik, Chad Muska and Guy Mariano and many more directed by Danny Minnick trailer can be viewed at http://friendsproductions.tv/
DAVID NUUHIWA SR. passed away January 21, 2005. RIP. Service and paddleout was held on Saturday the 12Th of February at the Huntington Beach Pier.
QUIKSILVER, the world’s largest surf company, today announced a sponsorship worth US$1,000,000 over three years to the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, the prestigious annual event that decides all-important world champions in boys U/18, U/16 and girls U/18 divisions, as well as deciding the National Team World Surfing Champion in the junior division. The 2005 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships are scheduled for October and will take place at California’s famed ‘Surf City’, Huntington Beach – home to Quiksilver Inc. The event will be hosted by Surfing America, the newly appointed National Governing Body (NGB) of the sport of surfing in the United States. Last year, Tahiti’s Papenoo Beach was the site for the event which attracted almost 200 competitors from 23 nations, including surfers from traditional surfing powers Australia, USA, South Africa, Brazil and Hawaii along with surfers from nations as diverse as Germany, Ireland and Costa Rica. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the world’s largest governing sporting body, recognizes the ISA as the world governing authority for surfing and as such the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships emulate the Olympic format with all participants competing on behalf of their country, and medals being awarded to the top four finalists. American surfing legend Tom Curren holds the honor of being the first surfer to claim an ISA world junior title when the blue ribbon U/18 boys division was first introduced in 1980. Former world top 10 men’s surfer Australian Dean Morrison, Hawaiian surfing prodigy and current world number 15 Kalani Robb, along with current women’s world champion Sofia Mulanovich of Peru have also all won ISA world titles. More than 50 nations are officially registered as ISA members, with thousands of surfers every year attempting to qualify on behalf of their respective countries. Just 12 surfers are eligible to compete across the three divisions for each country at the annual championships. For more visit www.isasurf.org.
STAGE DIVER FACES UP TO 8 YEARS – The Associated Press is reporting that a man charged with injuring two women when he dived off the stage at a heavy metal concert said he never realized someone in the crowd could be hurt. Joseph Seink wept Monday (Feb. 7) while testifying in his trial on two counts of felonious assault. Authorities say two 28-year-old Cleveland women each suffered a cracked neck vertebra but no serious spinal damage when the 195-pound Seink landed on them last June 4 at Scene Pavilion downtown. Seink, 34, of suburban Solon, said he sneaked backstage to see his favorite band, CLUTCH, and celebrated by jumping into the crowd when his favorite song began. ‘The last thing I wanted was to hurt anybody,’ Seink testified during his one-day trial in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. He could be sentenced to two to eight years in prison if convicted of both charges, said Jamie Dalton, a spokeswoman for the county prosecutor’s office. Judge Nancy Fuerst is expected to rule Wednesday. ‘He should have known he was going to hurt somebody,’ said Brian Deckert, an assistant county prosecutor. Catherine Tressa and Tammie Myers both said they didn’t expect someone would jump off the stage over security guards during the concert. Witnesses told Seink’s public defender, Walter Camino, that heavy metal shows are characterized by violent slam dancing. Occasionally, witnesses said, audience members dive off the stage, expecting the crowd to catch them Followup story: The Associated Press is reporting that a man who dived off the stage at a CLUTCH concert, injuring two women in the crowd, was found guilty of reduced charges Wednesday (Feb. 9) and put on probation for one year. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Nancy Fuerst convicted Joseph Seink, 34, of suburban Solon, on two misdemeanor counts of reckless assault. Seink, who agreed to a non-jury trial, could have faced eight years in prison if convicted on two counts of felonious assault. Seink’s attorney, Walter Camino, said he didn’t think an appeal would be filed. ‘We’re satisfied with the verdict,’ he said.
OUTLOOK SKATES NEWS – Congratulations to OutLook Skateboards AM rider Packy who took 5th place in Tampa AM Vert Contest. BURLEY Wheels and Bearings is honored to have skateboard legend, former Dogtown team rider, and Guinness Book Of World Records skateboarding highest wall ride record holder Aaron ‘FINGERS’ Murray to the team! Look for Aaron’s PRO Pool wheel soon!!! OutLook Team Rider Jay Bertsch just got flow sponsored by: Tensor Trucks, Globe Shoes, and DarkStar Wheels. Check out the NEW Ray Fennessey BURLEY PRO Vert / Pool wheel on the BURLEY Wheels Page. For more go to www.outlookskates.com.
DUANE PETERS GUNFIGHT – Duane Peters’ (U.S.Bombs/DieHunns) new band!!! – Already the leader of two infamous, kick-face punk bands, die HUNNS and U.S. BOMBS, Duane has a new band called The DUANE PETERS GUNFIGHT. With members of The Ultravires, Spent Idols, The Sleepers, The Masons and Black Lab — this ‘punk rock n roll’ band serves up gut wrenching, guitar slinging, saloon stomping tunes, that’ll make the gound shake and yer ears bleed. Full length CD due May 2005 with debut single out in April on Disaster Records. Keep yer eyes pealed for a new die Hunns CD and a new US Bombs CD out later this year…and coming soon to a theatre near you! ‘Who Cares – The Duane Peters Story’ which will be available from Black Label on DVD and VHS. Check out the trailer: http://blacklabelskates.com/htmls/video/DP_video_window.htm
MIKE VALLELY LEAVES ETNIES – After eight years, etnies announced that the company and Mike Vallely have parted ways–both pursuing other opportunities. ‘Mike has been a valuable part of etnies,’ says Don Brown, etnies Vice President of Marketing. ‘Because we know that Mike is an amazing skateboarder, we know that he will continue to be successful.’ In 1984, Mike started street skating with his original and creative approach. He immediately began a successful career, and etnies signed him onto their team of professional riders in 1997. Shortly after joining etnies, Vallely released his pro model shoe, which was a strong seller for many years. In addition, etnies and Vallely collaborated on three successful video projects, including Sponsored. Mike continues to tour, participate in contests, perform at demos, sign autographs and simply hang out with his fans. etnies wishes him the best as he continues to pursue his passion for skateboarding. For more visit www.etnies.com
SAE WINS BEST EDITING AT X-DANCE – Congrats to Whyte House productions, Globe’s film production company, for their win at X-Dance for Best Editing of ‘Somewhere, Anywhere, Everywhere!’ X-Dance Film Festival took place in Park City, Utah January 21-25, 2005. Held in conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival, X-Dance celebrates the action sports culture by showcasing the best in action sports films throughout the week. ‘Somewhere, Anywhere, Everywhere'(SAE), a film edited by George Manzanilla, was the winner for Best Editing. Among the nominees in this category were ‘A Broke Down Melody’ by Clark Eddy and Dustin Lynn of Woodshed Films, ‘Blue Horizon’ by Calli Cerami and Billabong Films, ‘The Great Outdoors’ by Paul Holtzhausen and The Project, and ‘Chichagof: the hook’ by Remy StrattonVeeco and Productions. SAE was also one of the five nominated films for the Best Core Film Award in all categories including surf, skate, snow, and moto. Whyte House productions is currently completing the final touches on its next release, ‘What If?’ the Blind Skateboards movie. For more information on SAE and/or Whyte House Productions, please contact Maria Boschetti, Media Relations Manager, at 310.297.1612 and [email protected], or visit www.globe.tv.
SOCALSKATEPARKS.COM NEWS – There has been a lot of skatepark activity in SoCal over the past few months. Be sure to check out the news, articles, future skatepark section, photo galleries, and forum for all the latest details. WWW.SOCALSKATEPARKS.COM
GRAVITY GAMES – OLN’s Winter Gravity Games presented by Saturn announces the addition of two events to the schedule, which will take place from March 3rd – 6th at Copper Mountain._ A Frisco Rail Jam and a Freestyle Snowmobile demonstration will complement the competitive events of the Winter Gravity Games._ OLN will televise the Winter Gravity Games March 27th 9:30 PM _ 11:30 PM and March 28th – 30th 9:00 _ 11:00 PM ET/PT and include highlights from these rail-grinding, high-flying events. A crowd and athlete favorite, the Frisco Rail Jam will take place Friday night and will bring street skateboarding-influenced tricks to the lighted streets of downtown Frisco, CO. _The snowboarders and skiers will come together to throw their whole bag of tricks, while being judged on style, difficulty, landings and overall impression on the Gravity rail. Throughout the weekend OLNafs Winter Gravity Games spectators will be treated to freestyle snowmobile demonstrations by The Godfather of Freestyle Snowboarding, Jay Quinlan and his elite snowmobile team. Quinlan, a Colorado native, is a 2000 Winter Gravity Games gold medalist and the first man ever to complete a backflip on a snowmobile in competition._ Quinlan and his demo group will perform in the spectator village Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM, giving Gravity Games spectators plenty of chances to see Freestyle Snowmobiling up-close and personal. OLNafs Winter Gravity Games is a major extension of the franchise, following the 2004 Gravity Games, which were held in Cleveland, OH from Sept. 15th _ 19th and televised on OLN._ The event featured 121 athletes and more than 125,000 fans in attendance. The 2005 Winter Gravity Games will include world-class competition, a festival village featuring Gravity Games sponsors and partners, and family-oriented interactive areas. Please log on to OLNTV.com for more information.
BIOHAZARD NEWS – Biohazard Bassist Looses Dog; Offers Reward – Evan Seinfeld, the bassist for heavy metal band Biohazard, and his wife Tera Patrick have lost their dog and have enlisted the services of FidoFinder.com, to help them find their lost dog. Their listing, which has a hefty $5,000 reward, can be viewed at FidoFinder.com. If you live in the Encino, California area, keep your eyes pealed for a black and white toy fox terrier named Chopper.
COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL 2005 LINE-UP: Expect music fans to head to the Southern California desert for the sixth COACHELLA MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL in Indio. Concert-goers will have the chance to see performances from Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Bauhaus, New Order, Weezer, Bright Eyes, Cocteau Twins, The Chemical Brothers, Wilco, Prodigy and a Gang of Four reunion (the complete line-up–as of 1/31–is listed below). Returning COACHELLA performers include: Bright Eyes, Cafe Tacuba, The Chemical Brothers, DJ Peretz, Eisley, Hernan Cattaneo, Prodigy, Roni Size, Sage Francis and Weezer. The Chemical Brothers and Prodigy will perform their sets in the Sahara Tent (the largest of the dance tents at the festival). Tickets for Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 go on sale this Saturday, February 5 at 12 Noon. More than 90 acts will perform this year, marking the largest collection of artists at the critically acclaimed festival. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (213) 480-3232 and at all Ticketmaster retail ticket centers or via www.ticketmaster.com. General admission tickets are priced at $80.00 for a one-day ticket and $150.00 for two-day pass, plus applicable service charges and a $1 donation per day for charity. Note that there is an eight ticket limit per person. In the Coachella festival tradition, there is free parking and the doors to the venue will open at 11:00 AM on both days. Parking lots and the box office open at 9:00 AM. In addition, camping will go sale at the same time and is available for anyone 18 and over. The cost is $35 for a three-night stay (Friday, April 29 at 3:00 PM through Monday, May 2 at 10:00 AM). The campground facilities will include a general store, food court, restrooms, showers and shade areas. The COACHELLA campground is conveniently located adjacent to the festival grounds and campers may park in a special camping parking lot next to the campground. Parking is included with the price of each camping ticket. The COACHELLA MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL line-up (as of 1/31) is as follows: Saturday, April 30th: Coldplay, Bauhaus, Weezer, Cocteau Twins, The Chemical Brothers, Wilco, Keane, Snow Patrol, Rilo Kiley, Cafe Tacuba, Doves, Sage Francis, Armin Van Buuren, The Raveonettes, Bloc Party, Mercury Rev, Fantomas, Hernan Cattaneo, Zap Mama, DJ Peretz, The Secret Machines, Jamie Cullum, M83, Ambulance LTD, Four Tet, MF Doom, Josh Wink, Amp Fiddler, Tiga, The Kills, Donavon Frankenreiter, Spoon, Boom Bip, Katie Melua, DJ Marky, Immortal Technique, Jean Grae, Razorlight, Swayzak, Radio 4, Buck 65, Eisley, The Sexy Magazines, k-os .. Sunday, May 1st: Nine Inch Nails, New Order, Bright Eyes, Gang of Four, Prodigy, Black Star, The Faint, Roni Size, The Arcade Fire, Roots Manuva, DJ Krush, Thrice, Junkie XL, M.I.A., British Sea Power, The Dresden Dolls, Miss Kittin, The Fiery Furnaces, Aesop Rock, The Perceptionists, Jem, Autolux, Sixtoo, Tegan and Sara, Stereophonics, The Bravery, Matthew Dear, Diplo, Subtle, Beans, Shout Out Louds, The Futureheads, Sloan, Kasabian, The Blood Brothers, Matmos, Wolf Eyes, Gram Rabbit, Smokestacks, Zion I. For information about nearby hotels, camping facilities, restaurants and more, check out www.coachella.com.
TUNNEL is making a comeback. Mike Horelick and Jon Carnoy, are the two guys bringing back Tunnel Skateboards and Tunnel Rock wheels. New products are in the works and will debut this summer. These two are also the filmmakers of a low-budget skate flick called ‘Pee Stains and Other Disasters’. It stars P.J. Soles of ‘Rock ‘N Roll High School’. It also has cameos by Wee Man and Laban Pheidias.
NEW EAST COAST SKATER OWNED COMPANIES – Check out the positive side of skateboarding brought to you by owner/skater John ‘Toast’ Oast. Check it out at http://justiceskateboards.com and http://agencyskateboards.com and for a current listing of skate contests coming up visit http://skateboardcontests.com/
MAVERICKS SURF CONTEST – Ground-breaking coverage of 2004/2005 contest produced by Surfing Live – January 27, 2005. Half Moon Bay, CA – Mavericks Surf Ventures announced today that the world-famous Mavericks Surf Contest will be the subject of a first-of-its-kind live Internet webcast this season. Surfing Live will produce the multi-camera webcast, streamed onto the official website powered by Bolt Media at www.maverickssurf.com. Crowned by Sports Illustrated as the ‘Super Bowl of big-wave surfing,’ the contest will take place on 24 hours’ notice any day before March 31, and visitors to the official website can catch all the live action on a subscription basis. Mavericks is a world-renowned big-wave spot located one-half mile off the coast of Half Moon Bay, California which has played host to three historic big-wave surfing contests. Last season, 15,000 spectators and two million television viewers experienced the event. This year, on just 24-hours’ notice, the best big-wave surfers on the planet will return to face waves that have crested over 60 feet, frigid waters, dangerous currents, jagged rocks and the ever-present threat of the Great White Shark. Heralded as the ‘Holy of Holies’ by the San Francisco Chronicle, this year’s $75,000 contest will be broadcast live over the Internet for the first time. The webcast will capture the contest all day long-from the first wave to the awards ceremony to the invitation-only private party after the event, where hard core competitors will describe what it’s like to face ‘the most dangerous wave in the world.’ ‘Mavericks is known the world-over, but because Mother Nature insists that the contest occur on such short notice, it’s proven a real challenge for many fans to experience the event first-hand in Half Moon Bay,’ commented Mavericks Surf Ventures’ Keir J. Beadling. ‘So this year, we’ll deliver the live contest footage right to your computer monitor-it’s the next best thing to being on the beach at Mavericks.’ Added Surfing Live Creative Director Jay Johnson, ‘Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Surfing Live will capture all the action: in the water on a jet ski, from the cliff looming 200 feet above the contest, on the sand amidst the surfers between heats, and at the awards show and post-contest celebration. We’re thrilled to be pioneering this historic webcast, and looking forward to a classic day.’ Further information is available at the official website, www.maverickssurf.com,
VISION STREETWEAR NEWS : NEW RAMONES Shoes available through Select Distribution
SMUT PEDDLERS SHOW – Feb 26th to celebrate John Ransom’s b-day! At the Doll Hut 107 S. Adams Anaheim, CA 92802 – ph 714.533.1286 – 21 and over – 8pm – with: the Pervz, SMOGTOWN and the Loud Pipes. Happy Birthday John! Go to www.smutpeddlers.net
BLR/LCB OUTLAW SERIES RACE I RESULTS – Sunday, January 16, 2005 – Format: GIANT SLALOM – Location: PUMP STATION ROAD, SAN DIEGO Organizer: BLACK LEATHER RACING/LA COSTA BOYZ RACING – 1st Chicken, 2nd Brent Kosick, 3rd Brown Bomber, 4th Mike Maysey, 5th Keith Hollien, 6th Rob Palmer, 7th Hackett, 8th Chris Chaput, 9th Bill Wahl, 10th Steve Olson, 11th Steve Evans, 12th Wes Carpenter, 13th Michael Kealon, 14th Jeff Budro, 15th Andrew Mercado, 16th Brad Jackman, 17th Jeff Thomas, 18th Johnny Miller, 19th Dave Rogers, 20th Greg Fadell.
24/7 ACTION SPORTS NET FUEL AND VANS BRING VANS TRIPLE CROWN SERIES LIBRARY AND ‘OFF THE WALL’ SERIES TO FUEL- VANS, Inc., one of the most recognized youth brands in the world, and FUEL, America’s first and only network of its kind dedicated to surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, BMX, wakeboarding and motocross, have entered into agreements giving FUEL the television rights to the Vans Triple Crown Series library and second-window telecast rights for the VANS television series ‘Off the Wall’, which will run initially on FUEL sister network FSN, it was announced today by Doug Palladini, Vans’ Senior Director of Marketing and CJ Olivares, SVP and Assistant General Manager, FUEL. ‘Vans’ renewed partnership with FSN, now paired with FUEL’s innovative network, gives us a powerful platform on which to share our all-new, progressive, action sports programming,’ said Doug Palladini, Vans’ Senior Director of Marketing. ‘We have completely re-engineered the way Vans creates TV for our ‘Off the Wall’ hour; making it much more an accurate reflection of what is current in action sports. Along with historic Vans Triple Crown shows, FUEL viewers will be watching a full slate of Vans events this year.’ ‘By partnering with Vans, we are bringing FUEL audiences a prestigious collection of existing and new events in all areas of action sports,’ said Olivares. ‘And by obtaining the Vans Triple Crown library, we are able to engage new and existing participants with a historic collection from the Vans Triple Crown Series franchise.’ The deal makes FSN and now FUEL the television home of Vans’ 2004 and 2005 event coverage. A minimum of 21 new episodes of ‘Off the Wall’ featuring Vans events will air over the course of the year. Coverage will include the 2004 and 2005 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, 2004 Vans Championships of BMX, 2004 Vans Championships of FMX, Vans Tahoe Cup, Vans Downtown Showdown, Pro-tec Pool Party, Vans BMX Open, 2004 Best of Skateboarding, 2004 Best of BMX and 2004 Best of Snowboarding. Additionally, the ‘Rip Curl Search’ with Rip Curl surfers combing the planet for the world’s best waves will be featured in five ‘Off the Wall’ episodes. New ‘Off the Wall’ episodes for 2005 began airing on FSN in early January at the new Thursday 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm time slot and will air on FUEL starting in February. In a separate deal, FUEL has licensed the Vans Triple Crown Series library consisting of 26 one-hour episodes featuring skateboarding, wakeboarding, surfing, snowboarding, freestyle motocross, supercross and BMX. These programs will air in a branded block later this year. Additional Note – ‘Orange Crush’ at the Orange County Museum of Art – FUEL and VANS are also teaming up to co-sponsor ‘Orange Crush,’ a series of Thursday night after-hours events at the Orange County Museum of Art from February 17 through May 12. Coinciding with the acclaimed Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture exhibit, ‘Orange Crush’ features live bands, film screenings and skate demos. ‘Orange Crush’ opens with special guests writer-director Stacy Peralta, producer Agi Orsi and editor Paul Crowder and a screening of their ground-breaking film ‘Dogtown and Z-Boys.’ Visit www.ocma.net for a calendar of events and more information. For more information on Vans visit www.vans.com. For local listings on FSN, visit www.foxsports.com. For more information on FUEL or to learn how to get FUEL, visit www.fuel.tv or call 1-877-4FUELTV.
SHREDDING FOR HEDDINGS – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2005 = WASHINGTON STREET SKATE PARK – SAN DIEGO, CA
As you may or may not know, Neil Heddings and Christine Rams, our good friends, are still sitting in jail for the death of Neil’s son, Marcus Heddings. The trial that awaits them was scheduled for a year and a half ago but has been pushed back month after month. The trial is now tentatively scheduled for February 3, 2005, but will most likely be rescheduled to a later date. As friends, we have an obligation to not forget them and continue to show our support. In order to bring attention, spread awareness and raise money for the wrongful imprisonment of Neil and Christine, there will be a best trick contest at the Washington St. Skate Park in San Diego, CA. The contest will be on Saturday Feb 26th, beginning at noon and ending when the sun goes down. Neil and Christine are in dire need of money to finance their defense. We are selling banner space at $100 per banner, per company. Each additional banner will be $25. We will also be selling raffle tickets to raffle off donated products from skateboard manufacturers, shoe companies, skate clothing companies, etc. Granted this is a rough time in the skate industry but it couldn’t be as rough as sitting in jail for the death of your son. This is not only a good promotion for your company it is a great donation for two friends. Your donations will be recognized with a receipt from a non-profit organization which Neil’s mom, Shirley Brookey, has set up. All banner sales will go through The Marcus Heddings Family Foundation and all product donations shall be sent to the Marcus Heddings fundraiser committee in San Diego, CA (Info regarding sales and donations, below…,) Those of us who know Neil and Christine know that these two people are gentle, kind parents who love their children. To put two people in jail for the death of their son for over two years without a fair and speedy trial is unjust. We as friends and fans need to donate and show our support in order to make sure they are not prosecuted for a crime they did not commit. Neil has contributed a tremendous amount to the skateboard industry and has a heart of gold. Now we must show our gratitude by helping them through this. Your contributions are truly appreciated and paramount in our quest for justice for Neil and Christine. Sincerely, John Ponts
SHREDDING FOR HEDDINGS WASHINGTON STREET SKATE PARK – 555 TARENTO DRIVE SAN DIEGO, CA 92106 – Contest format: Best trick. Shred all day long in the name of Neil and hope your rider can pull the best trick. Judges will be on hand in the morning and will begin judging from the first cheers, and end when shredding stops. Media coverage: Thrasher, Skateboard Mag, Juice, 411VM, Skateboarder, Transworld, Concussion, Automatic, San Diego Tribune, L.A. Times… Music: DJ Cesar spinning punk, metal and rock-n-roll all day long…. Food: bbq carne asada/pollo tacos…. Product donations: Please send as much product as you can, as there will be a raffle. All proceeds from the raffle will go directly to the Marcus Heddings Memorial Foundation. Send product and banners to: Marcus Heddings Fundraising Committee 555 Tarento Dr. San Diego, CA 92106. Attach an estimation of product value and your company will receive a receipt for tax deductions. NPO #68-0562505. Questions regarding product, contact John Ponts (707) 484-2966. Banner Sales: $100 for one banner, any size: $25 each additional banner, any size. All sales shall be made through Neil’s mom. Shirley Bookey: Marcus Heddings Family Foundation P.O. Box 26 Newberg, OR 97132 All banner sales must be made by February 18. Marcus Heddings Family Foundation #68-0562505. Shirley Brookey (503) 560-5967 Directions: Interstate 5 to Washington St exit, head west toward airport on Wash St. Park will be in front of you. Park the car and shred for Heddings!
LEROY GRANNIS PHOTO EXHIBIT: ‘BIRTH OF A CULTURE’ – ’60s and ’70s Surf Photography by Leroy Grannis – Feb. 26-March 30, 2005. Opening reception – Feb. 26th 6pm-8pm. Nostalgic images from surf photography icon serve to document a seminal moment in American cultural history. MB Fine Art Los Angeles presents the first exhibition of large-scale, limited edition prints by legendary surf photographer Leroy Grannis in Birth of a Culture: 60’s and 70’s Surf Photography by Leroy Grannis from February 26 through March 30, 2005. Featuring over thirty works focusing on what many consider to be the golden era of surfing-the Sixties and Seventies-Grannis’ artistry captures the purity, soul and lifestyle of a seminal moment in American cultural history. Whether shooting surf-god (and surfing buddy) Mickey Dora catching waves in Malibu or a San Onofre parking lot filled with long boards, VW buses and surfer girls, Grannis’ work nostalgically embraces both the lost elegance of the sport as well as the idealization of this uniquely California lifestyle. Grannis’ poignant images record the decades’ surfing spirit and evoke a sense of timeless grace that greatly contrasts to the modern-day ‘extreme sport’ notion of surfing. A surfer himself, Leroy Grannis was born in Hermosa Beach, California in 1917 and began shooting surf-culture images on 22nd Street in Hermosa in 1960 as a hobby at the suggestion of a family doctor. He quickly became one of the sport’s most important documentarians, voted into the International Surfing Hall of Fame as the number one lensman in 1966, awarded SIMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 for his legendary surf photography and most recently, featured on the cover and within Taschen’s Surfing: Vintage Surfing Graphics. The Leroy Grannis photo exhibit will be hosted by MB Fine Art 612 N. Almont Dr. West Hollywood, CA 90069 tel: 310.550.0050. Visit www.mbfala.com for more.
SOBE NEWS and ATHLETE UPDATE This Year’s Team is bigger and better than ever, with 16 athletes in six sports. In Surf, Skate, Snowboarding, Wake, BMX, or Freestyle Motocross, SoBe has the BEST athletes in world. If it’s the Olympics, X Games, Gravity Games or just superstardom, SoBe has the past, present and future of action sports. Skateboarding – Andy Macdonald (vert and street), Ryan Sheckler (street), Mike Vallely (street) BMX -* Jamie Bestwick (vert), Cory Nastazio (dirt) Snowboarding- Keir Dillon (halfpipe), Mason Aguirre (halfpipe, slopestyle), Tyler Flanagan (rails, slopestyle) Freestyle Motocross (SoBe No Fear) – The Metal Mulisha- Brian Deegan, Ronnie Faisst, Jeremy ‘Twitch’ Stenberg and Jeff ‘OX’ Kargola Surfing – Jon Jon Florence, Garrett McNamara (SoBe No Fear), Ikaika Kalama (SoBe No Fear) Wakeboarding -Phillip Soven (formerly ‘Froggy’)Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huck Jam is scheduled for this June and July. For details visit www.Boomboomhuckjam.comRyan Sheckler is now owns his very own new 2005 Range Rover. His MTV Cribs show will air on February 14th, 10:00PM. Ryan, at age 15 is the ‘official’ athlete for this year’s Dew Tour Marketing campaign.
SKATELAB of Florida For those who may remember the owners, Brian and Dale Christensen owned the famous Band-X pool throughout the 70\’s and 80\’s. You gotta go check out their ever expanding park. With locals like Todd Johnson and Buck Smith the sessions are what some see as skateboarding at it best. They just built an incredible Vert/Street creation that has about 50 feet of pool coping on one side is covered in Skatelite. Check it… http://www.skatelab.com/florida/main/index.php
OLYMPIC NEWS – Adidas-Salomon AG and the Beijing Olympic Organizers announced Monday that adidas has been selected as the Official Sportswear Partner for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The sponsorship agreement was signed at a ceremony in Beijing attended by 250 invited guests, including Olympic officials, Chinese Olympic athletes and media. Under the agreement with the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG), adidas will supply sportswear for all the Beijing 2008 staff, volunteers and technical officials of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games as well as the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. adidas will also outfit the Chinese Olympic teams for the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games… Copyright 2005 SportsNewsSource,
LEGENDARY SURFERS NEWS – A Definitive History of Surfing’s Culture and Heroes By Malcolm Gault-Williams – LEGENDARY SURFERS VOLUME 1 PAPERBACK COMING SOON! Volume 1 covers the very beginning of surfing history, 2500 B.C. to 1910 A.D. and through the life of Duke Kahanamoku. For details go to www.legendarysurfers.com
DIRTY DONNY NEWS – Donny has a set of 17 brand new full color stickers as well as some New T’s available coming soon though the fine folks at POPSTER POP. COMET SKATEBOARDS has just released two new Dirty Donny longboard designs! Also have a look at some of the Art DD did with Metallica. WWW.DIRTYDONNY.COM
COLORADO SKATE PARK MAP – Version 2 brought to you by Conspiracy: As the first skate park map ever printed, the Conspiracy Colorado Skate Park Map was a huge success. Over 3,000 copies were distributed throughout Colorado and the United States. The map was printed in 2002 and featured over 50 Colorado skate parks. Colorado has nearly twice that many parks today. So we’re putting together a new map that will feature all of the new and old parks. Ad space will also be available inside the map. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
BLUETOOTH SUNGLASSES – Oakley and Motorola Introduce First Bluetooth Sunglasses – Motorola, Inc. and Oakley, Inc. unveiled a new line of premium Bluetooth wireless technology eyewear designed to keep consumers comfortable and connected. Named RAZRWire, the invention frees the wearer from cumbersome wires and allows active users to quickly answer or place calls with the touch of a button. RAZRWire represents the fusion of world-class Oakley optics with Motorola’s industry-leading Bluetooth technology.. Copyright 2005 SportsNewsSource.
SKATE CONTEST IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA – The City of Scottsdale’s Parks and Recreation Division will be presenting our 6th Annual Skate Competition on Saturday, April 23, 2004. This event will be held at ‘The Wedge’ Skatepark located in heart of Scottsdale’s Eldorado Park. Many professionals, local heroes, magazines and television industries know this facility nationwide. Our amenities consist of a Fun Box, Amoeba Bowl, Launch Box, Quarter-Pipe, Pyramid, curbs, rails and much more. As always, support from businesses such as yours is vital to the success of the Skate Competition. We are currently seeking donations that we can hand out as prizes for this event. In the past, businesses such as yours have helped us through generous donations of merchandise, gift certificates and/or personnel. For those businesses that make a donation, a poster-sized logo or banner will be displayed at the event for participants and citizens to view. This is an excellent opportunity for your business to market its amenities to thousands of skateboard enthusiasts throughout the community. The City of Scottsdale is dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable family activity for local skateboarders. We appreciate any assistance you and your business can provide. If you have any questions or would like more information please call (480) 312-2483. OR email Amy Grote – Office Manager Eldorado Park and Community Center at [email protected]
DVS NEWS– Jason Dill has a fourth shoe coming out this summer named the Dill 4. A limited edition co-op of the Dill 4 is also being offered in conjunction with Dill’s company Fucking Awesome. The Dill 4/Fucking Awesome shoes will be super limited, with only 500 (numbered) pairs being produced… Steve Berra has a new training facility in Los Angeles and has been putting in double-time in order to get back into shape after his ankle injury last year. Berra’s also gone nocturnal and has been on some heavy late night filming missions. He’s also eating meat now days so he has a lot more energy to go the extra distance. Be sure to check out the Berra 4 at dvsshoes.com. The Video Scoop – ‘Skate More’ – it’s almost here. Seriously, it is and there will even be a couple of special guest surprises. We will keep you posted, or not, you might just have to wait and see for yourself. The premiere will be in Hollywood, CA in the middle of May and you can follow up on www.skate-more.com for more information on that. For all the news from DVS go to www.dvsskate.com.
AIGA LA PRESENTS TUNNEL VISION – PATRON’S NIGHT 2005, A SKATE and SURF THEMED, TRADE SHOW EVENT WITH SKATEBOARDING DEMOS, FOOD AND VENDOR BOOTHS – The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA LA) presents TUNNEL VISION – PATRON’S NIGHT 2005 on Wednesday, May 4, 2005, in the Wind Tunnel at Art Center College of Design (South Campus) in Pasadena. The event starts at 6pm and registration is required. Tunnel Vision – Patron’s Night 2005 is AIGA LA’s annual celebration to thank their sponsors who have supported the Chapter during the past year. This mini trade show will feature an assortment of vendors within the graphic design community in a unique and fun skateboarding and surfboarding atmosphere. Open to all, this year’s Patrons Night 2005 is definitely going to set a new standard for this annual event! Professional skateboarders will perform tricks on a vert ramp and street course, and the food is strictly from the beach?including corn dogs, popcorn and cotton candy. And, there will also be a silent auction of designer skateboards created by an array of Los Angeles area designers. New vendors are also invited and encouraged to purchase a booth at the event. Because the attendees will include graphic designers, art directors, creative directors, copywriters, photographers and illustrators, this will be an outstanding opportunity for a company to meet and connect with these graphic design industry professionals. For all info, including costs to attend and to purchase a booth, please visit our website at: www.aigalosangeles.org You can also call 818.558.3968. The Art Center College of Design (South Campus) is located at 950 South Raymond Avenue in Pasadena. The purpose of the American Institute of Graphic Arts is to set the national agenda for the role of design in economic, social, political and cultural contexts. AIGA serves as a hub of thought-leadership and activity for the design community. The association is committed to stimulating thinking about design through the exchange of ideas and information, the encouragement of critical analysis and research, and the advancement of education and ethical practice. For more information on AIGA Los Angeles please visit www.aigalosangeles.org or call the AIGA Los Angeles office at 818.558.3968.
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