JANUARY 2007 NEWS

INKWELL NEWS – Inkwell Surf was built on inspiration from the Inkwell Beach in Santa Monica, CA. In the 1920’s and 1930’s, Inkwell Beach was 200ft of roped off sand for ‘Negroes Only’. Inkwell beach was also known as home to the first documented surfer of African and Hispanic descent, Nicolas Gabaldon. Nick was known for introducing Aggie Quigg, Joe Quigg’s wife, (Joe Quiggs had a major surfboard company)) to riding tandem. Some of Nick’s closest friends were Les Williams, Buzzy Trent, Ricky Grigg, Mickey Munoz, Bob Hogan and a few others that surfed in Malibu. In 1951 Nick and Bob Hogan surfed one of the biggest swells of that time, and while Bob called out to Nick to ‘pull out’ Nick unfortunately did not and he ended up passing away when he hit the pier. Nick was found 3 days later by his surfing buddies and is now at peace in the Santa Monica Cemetery. On February 14th 2006 Inkwell Surf went down to Santa Monica City Hall where we asked the council in consideration of Black History Month, to consider placing a plaque at Inkwell Beach memorializing the location and Nicolas Gabaldon. Santa Monica approved the request . Because of this phenomenal story and history, Rhonda Harper began a surf and skate club which allowed disadvantaged and inner city kids the opportunity to get transported to the beach for free surf lessons, the history of the beaches, and where surfing began, and free tutoring for those that needed help with school. In order to be an active member in our club you must receive a c average or better. After trying to find donations, supplies and funds for our events and projects, it became difficult to gain sponsors, so Rhonda Harper started Inkwell Surf’s lifestyle brand to help fund the surf and skate club. For more info go to www.inkwellsurf.com.

NEW ‘CRETE – by Red and crew in progress in northern Washington….

VOLCOM $35,000 MINI RAMP JAM – Volcom Presents a $35,000 Pro Mini-Ramp Jam in Association with SPoTlight Productions at Surf Expo which takes place January 11 – 14, 2007 in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center. Separate Pro and Am Contest. Mini-ramp dimensions: 80′ wide with multiple heights provided by Team Pain – teampain.com. Registration or details please contact [email protected] For more info on Surf Expo, check surfexpo.com
$35,000 Purse
Demos and Contest Schedule
Thursday – Demos
10:30 am – Am and Pro
1:30 pm – Am and Pro
4:30 pm – Pro Only
Friday – Am Contest
11 am – Am Practice
12 pm – Am Contest – Invite Only
Saturday – Pro Contest
11 am – Pro Practice
12 pm – Pro Contest – Invite Only
7 pm – Skateboard Hall of Fame – Florida Inductions
Sunday – Demos
10:30 am – Pro Only
1 pm – Girls Skate Jam

HEDDINGS BENEFIT – Neil Heddings Benefit this Sat. January 13th. Fontana, CA at Ronnie Yerman’s wood bowl. BBQ, raffle, bands, skateboarding. Starts at 12 noon, bands end around 8pm. $5.00 donation. More details here: www.ol84.com.

5TH ANNUAL KING OF THE GROMS 2007 presented by World Industries weekend of February 23rd – 25th, 2007. 12 and under only, street, bowl, and mini-ramp. Beginner, intermediate and expert divisions. Prizes down to the tenth place in every division. Winner of the expert street division is crowned ‘King of the Groms 2007′. Grand Prize #1 – Flow sponsorship from World Industries. Grand prize #2 – one free week at Lake Owen Skatecamp. For more info go to www.3rdlair.com.

FIRST ANNUAL PAT WACHTER PRO BOWL CONTEST! Hosted by Dave Duncan the voice of World Cup Skateboarding Pro and Master Events. Event set for April 28th and 29th 2007 at Ride Skateboards Veterans Skate Park ‘Home of the Butter Bowl’ $6,000.00 in cash prizes. The 4th Annual Alabama Old School Reunion is on the same weekend. For details check out www.rideskateboards.com.

WOUNDED KNEE – Jim Murphy and Chicken Hawk are at work on the new Wounded Knee video. Stay tuned for updates. An in-depth interview with Jim Murphy will be featured in the upcoming 13 Year Anniversary issue of Juice Magazine.

FLORIDA SKATEBOARD HALL OF FAME – Jan 13th @ Orange County Convention Center – Orlando, FL. 2007 Inductees include John Grigley, Chuck Lagana, Greg Meischeid, Rodney Mullen, Jen O’Brien, Kit and Lynda Traverso and Ed Womble.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Starting, December 21, 2006, eS is proud to announce the ‘Take eS to Your Spots!’ contest. Does your neighborhood have spots that would cause most skaters to do a double-take before they see the possibilities? Send a photo of it! That’s what ‘Take eS to Your Spots!’ is all about. If you have a spot that nobody has abused yet, eS will go there with you, film a trick for our upcoming YeS! video and also shoot photos for an upcoming ad! A handful of spots throughout the world will be chosen by the eS team. In late March, they’ll draw straws to see who gets to go where to film and shoot their upcoming ads. Every entrant with a winning spot will be featured on the eS Web site and receive a free travel bag full of eS footwear and apparel. To submit your digital photos, log on to the eS Web site at www.esfootwear.com and click on the ‘Take eS to Your Spots!’ icon, or snail mail photos to ‘Take eS to Your Spots!’ 25422 Trabuco Rd. Ste.105, #441 Lake Forest, CA 92630. Submissions run though March 15, 2007. For additional information, visit www.esfootwear.com.

LORD OF THE LINES – Jan 26th at ASR – San Diego, CA. Matix Presents The Lord of the Lines Contest. Matix developed a skate contest that will take skill, balance and progression to the next level – a flat bar, 30-feet of open space, a manual pad, another 30-feet of open space and an up-ledge box put together in one lane, in one line. Riders will have 5 tries to create a line connecting those 3 items together, meaning they’ll have to do a trick on the flat bar, a trick on the manual pad and a trick on the up-ledge box, all in one line. The more technical the line, the more points the rider receives. If the rider can’t put together a line in 5 tries, they’re out. $15,000.00 purse with sums of $10,000.00 for 1st, $3,000.00 for 2nd and $1,000.00 for 3rd and $1000.00 cash to throw out for best individual tricks! ‘Lord of the Lines’. Friday, January 26th, 2007 located at the ASR Trade Show. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm with a practice beginning at 1:00 pm. Go to MatixClothing.com.

HOSOI SKATES NEWS – Christian Hosoi is back with a new team including Andre Genovesi, Richard Mulder, Daniel Cardone, Sergie Ventura and Christian Hosoi. Along side the International Pro Team, Hosoi Skates is also proud to be sponsoring Jay ‘Alabamy’ Haizlip, Aaron ‘AA’ Astorga and newest amateur Devon Lamb. Hosoi Skates -Yesterday-Today-Forever. Check out the website www.hosoiskates.com.

HELP GET A CONCRETE SKATEPARK IN CHARLESTON – For information – call 843-452-1504.

NEW SHOP IN TEXAS – Heather Roach of Big Brother fame, has a new store opening this weekend – selling toys, books, art, and skate. It’s called the LowBrow Emporium. ‘Cool stuff for cool kids of all ages.’ It’s located at 2708 S. Lamar Blvd. Ste. #1C Austin, TX 78704. Give Heather a call at (512) 462-3739.

PACIFICA SKATEPARK – If you haven’t been to the Pacifica Park yet, don’t you think it’s time?

GLEN E. FRIEDMAN has added over 30 new photos to his myspace page from his books FUCK YOU HEROES, FUCK YOU TOO, THE IDEALIST, and DOGTOWN The Legend of the Z-Boys. Check it out at http://www.myspace.com/burningflagspress .

DOUBLE STACK CASH ATTACK!!! – $50,000 Invitational – Gold Coast Australia – March 1-3, 2007

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS – VF Outdoor Coalition to Acquire Eagle Creek – VF Outdoor, Inc. is in negotiation to acquire Eagle Creek, Inc., Eagle Creek currently has annual sales of approximately $30 million. Eagle Creek brand products are sold through 700 outdoor specialty and 300 luggage specialty accounts. The brand is also sold in Europe and in other international markets through distributors and licensees. Terms were not disclosed, and closing is expected to occur within 30 days. Eagle Creek will remain based in Vista, California. Founder and President Steve Barker will continue to manage the brand, reporting to Gatto. Executive Vice President Ricky Schlesinger will also continue in his current role, reporting to Barker. www.SportsOneSource.com

DANNY WAY has just add his video part from the DC Video and Powell Peralta’s ‘Public Domain’ as well as footage from the Quiksilver North Shore Bowl Jam at Cholo’s Bowl in Hawaii. www.myspace.com/dannyway1

ELEMENT NEWS – Darrell Stanton and Chad Muska are now riding for Element.

STEVE CABALLERO NEWS – Steve Caballero just returned from Hawaii where he skated in an invite only pool event. In early November, he did an autograph signing with Mike Vallely and Mike McGill at a couple of Nordstrom’s in conjunction with a limited release of high end Powell Peralta soft goods. Steve will be teaming up with Warner Brothers and working with Speedy Gonzales in 2007…..

POWELL TEAM RIDER – Rodney Jones is getting in his skating back East before the snow. He has also been doing a few demos and was recently in a scene for an upcoming movie called, ‘Dodge City’.

FOUNDATION VIDEO PREMIERE – Foundation Skateboards presents the World Premiere of Cataclysmic on Jan 26, 2007 at the Pacific Gaslamp Theatre – Auditorium #1 located at 701 5th Ave San Diego, CA. Showings at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.

TAMPA PRO 2007 – Word has it that Rob and Big Black are trying to bring the entire MTV crew to film an episode of ‘Rob and Big’ at this year’s Tampa Pro. The show is now number three on MTV behind ‘Real World’ and ‘Road Rules’.

PLAN B NEWS – Plan B has added Ryan Sheckler to the team.

OLD SCHOOL SKATEBOARDING – Old School Skateboarding has been updated. Added to the 70’s and 80’s History including a vintage interview with Chris Strople, Skateboard Mania, the Oxnard and Reseda Pro-Am’s, Vintage galleries and New Ads. New Submitted galleries from SoCal, the Pacific NW, Philly, Germany and Spain. www.oldschoolskateboarding.com

SKATE SITE – Giving props to the Murf. Go to http://thehouseofsteam.wordpress.com/tag/jim-murphy/

DVS TOUR – ‘DVS European Vacation’ Debuts on FUEL TV – Find out what happens when the DVS team of American pros including Jereme Rogers, Zered Bassett, Torey Pudwill, and Jeron Wilson is sent to Europe to travel with the DVS international team members such as Janne Saario, Kristian Bomhot, Paul Shier, Mark Baines, and Andrew Brophy. Considering that they’re from different countries, don’t speak the same languages, have completely different backgrounds, and have varying skate styles, things get pretty interesting. The show will take a lighthearted look at the anatomy of a professional skateboarding tour in Europe. It will cover all aspects of a tour, the ups and downs from all perspectives, focusing on the riders, and the crew behind the scenes. Experience the excitement, adventure, chaos, and overall good times that occur on a DVS European vacation.
‘DVS European Vacation’ Airs on FUEL TV:
1/12/2007 5:00 pm ET/2:00 pm PT
1/19/2007 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT
1/19/2007 11:00 pm ET/8:00 pm PT
1/30/2007 6:00 pm ET/3:00 pm PT
Check local listings to confirm air dates/times. www.dvsskate.com.

VENICE SKATEPARK MEETING – A meeting is scheduled for the beginning of January with the city of Los Angeles. The VSA has had a few skater meetings with some of the legends and best skaters in the world have given their input and consultation to the design of the skatepark. It is imperative that the skatepark is the most ridable/rippable skatepark in existence. It’s a unique opportunity to build a crown jewel to the Venice oceanfront, that will not only serve the community but honor a brotherhood of sk8r/surfers who shaped the history skateboarding and surfing. The Venice Skatepark, will be building the future for generations of youth to contribute to the great sport of skateboarding.

DC SHOES NEWS – DC is proud to introduce The Life Collection in 2007-its first full line of fashion, art, and music inspired footwear pieces. Drawing from our industry leading performance skateboarding shoes and from the success of DC’s Artist Projects, Remix Series, and Double Label Projects, The Life Collection showcases DC’s pursuit for innovation in footwear design. The Life Collection is available exclusively to a small, select group of fine retailers. Check out www.dcshoes.com for more info.

NEW BOOK – ‘Faces of Skateboarding’ The Swedish skateboarder and photographer Daniel Mansson, travelled and worked for two years to complete this book. He has a raw documentary portrait style, using sharp contrasts and natural moody lighting. Daniel Mansson is a advertising, press and skateboard photographer, located in Stockholm and Los Angeles.

WADE MARTIN PROMOTED TO PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF DEW ACTION SPORTS TOUR — Wade Martin, who has guided the Dew Action Sports Tour during the Tour’s first two successful seasons, has extended his contract and been promoted to President and General Manager. Owned by NBC Universal and Live Nation, the Dew Action Sports Tour, the pro tour of action sports, debuted in June 2005, and consists of five major, multi-sport events with a cumulative points system, a $2.5 million competitive purse – the largest in action sports – and an additional $1 million bonus pool based upon year-end standings. NBC and USA Network will combine for exclusive Dew Action Sports Tour coverage with the largest combined network and cable commitment in action sports. The Tour features skateboarding (park and vert), BMX (park, vert, and dirt) and freestyle motocross, and at seasons end, the Tour awards champions in the six combined disciplines with the Dew Cup. ‘Wade’s vision and leadership are largely responsible for the early success of the Dew Action Sports Tour which in just two years boasts the largest on-site and media audiences, an impressive roster of complementary sponsors and the enthusiastic support of the globe’s top action sports athletes,’ said Schanzer. Wade Martin joined NBC Sports in the fall of 2003 as General Manager of Action Sports. In this role, Martin spearheaded the creation and development of the Dew Action Sports Tour, the first season-long competitive tour featuring skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross. Before assuming his current position, Martin was Senior Vice President/Executive Director of the Gravity Games and oversaw Octagon Marketing’s Action Sports Division. Martin developed the Gravity Games into one of the most widely recognized action sports properties in the world. Martin began his career in the sports industry at Advantage International, where he worked in event management for several professional tennis tournaments before leading the creation and management of the emerging sports group. Martin earned a B.S. from Michigan State University, where he was a four-year letter winner on the tennis team, and a M.S. in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Additionally, Martin was named to Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under Forty list in 2005. Wade lives in Hinsdale, Illinois with his wife Paula and children, Tosh, 5, and Elle, 2.

GRIND FOR LIFE SKATEBOARD SERIES 2007 – 4 contests – 4 disciplines – 4 different skateparks… Grind For Life, Inc. founded by Mike Rogers is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that helps people with cancer, espectially those who travel long distances to treatments. Entry fee $20 per contest (includes frree t-shirt) Trophies to top 5 in each division. Age divisons 9 and under skate first …. 9 and under, 10-12, 13-15, girls, 16-29, Sponsored, 30-39, 40 and over

1st Contest ‘Street’ – Feb 17 – Jupiter Skatepark 561-630-5684
1501 W. Frederick Small Rd. Jupiter, FL 33458
Registration – 10am. Contest starts at 11 am

2nd Contest ‘Flow’ – March 31 – Cocoa Beach Skatepark 321-868-3238
1450 Minuteman Causeway. Between the two schools.
Registration 10am. Contest starts at 11am

3rd Contest ‘Bowl’ – May 5 – Stone Edge Skatepark 800-905-5238
1848 S. Ridgewood Dr. South Daytona, FL 32119
Registration 10am. Contest starts at 11am

4th Contest ‘Pool’ – Sept 23 – Kona Skatepark – 904-725-8770
8739 Kona Ave Jacksonville, FL 32211
Registration 3pm. Contest starts at 4pm

Overall Awards – Nov 17 – Cocoa Beach Skatepark – Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. Awards ceremony for the series will be at the 5th Annual Grind for LIfe Benefit Event from 3pm-8pm. This event will feature pro demos, llive music, mega raffles, food and ddrinks, and a silent auction.
For more info call 561-252-3839 or visit www.grindforlife.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – ‘The Legacy Continues’ – Designed with quality in the U.S.A., newly formed ‘Legend Distribution, LLC’ will produce and distribute a new line of ‘GandS’ Skateboards that have traces of the past in present graphics and shapes, to compliment the current ‘Fibreflex’ Skateboard line available for 2007. ‘Legend Distribution, LLC’ brings ‘GandS’ Skateboards and ‘Fibreflex’ Skateboards together as a Gordon family business – organized by Deb Gordon (Larry Gordon, owner/founder of Gordon and Smith’s daughter). Deb has been producing and distributing ‘Fibreflex’ Skateboards (By ‘GandS’) and ‘GandS’ Re-Issues for the past 10 years, and is now ready to expand. The new ‘GandS’ Skateboard line includes 70’s and 80’s Re-Issues along with a new collection of Street Boards, Mini-Cruisers and Longboards. New ‘GandS’ Decks are being pre-booked now for the 1st delivery of January 25th, 2007. How many times have you heard someone say……. ‘My first board was a ‘GandS?’. For more info visit www.gordonandsmith.com and www.fibreflexskate.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – STEVE-O SLAMS RINGLING BROS. IN EXCLUSIVE PETA2 RANT AGAINST CIRCUS – Jackass star and red-carpet stunt impresario Stephen Glover, a.k.a. Steve-O, might be best known for his penchant for self-inflicted pain, but if you so much as mention how animals suffer at the hands of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Steve-O goes off like a cannon. Just ask the folks at peta2-the world’s largest youth animal rights organization-whom Steve-O invited to his house to videotape his thoughts about circuses in an aptly dubbed session called ‘Steve-O’s Rant Against Ringling.’ ‘The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus has been abusing animals since the 1800s, and I’m sick of it. What a bunch of dicks!’ says Glover, who performs a few Steve-O specialties in the video-like balancing a knife on his nose and walking down a staircase on his hands. The rant can be seen at http://www.peta2.com/OUTTHERE/o-steve_o.asp?c=p22173. Why does Steve-O wish that Ringling would fold up its tents for good? After graduating from Ringling’s Clown College several years ago, Steve-O performed in another circus, where he saw firsthand how trainers routinely strike elephants with steel-tipped bullhooks in order to instill fear and obedience in the animals. ‘You read about a lot of elephants going berserk in the circus, and it’s obvious why they go berserk. It’s because they’re fricking tortured every day. I saw it myself,’ he says. Why does Ringling Bros. get Steve-O especially ticked? Tigers live in cages so small that they can barely turn around, elephants live the majority of their lives in chains and are beaten with bullhooks in order to force them to perform, and baby elephants are separated from their mothers long before they would naturally leave their families. Steve-O joins an ever-growing list of athletes, musicians, and other celebrities-including Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Peaches, Rick Thorne, Ed Templeton, and Fall Out Boy-who have teamed up with peta2 to inspire kids to challenge outdated, cruel attitudes about animals. For more information and to view Steve-O’s ‘rant,’ please visit peta2.com.

GLOBE BOWLBASH DVD – The film features Europe’s best riders doing their thing at Europe’s sickest skateboarding bowls, pushing transition skateboarding to the fullest! Another work of the hands of director Billy Pols and producer Alrik Swagerman. Vew the trailer at http://play.freecaster.com/1000008/1001287 or visit www.globebowlbash.com.

TOMMY GUERRERO has a new album out called ‘From the Soil to the Soul’. You can get it anywhere. Find out more at www.tommyguerrero.com and www.quannum.com.

MEDIA TAKEOVER – Billionaire music mogul David Geffen, long known to be interested in owning the Los Angeles Times, has made a $2 billion cash bid for the paper, but the newspaper’s corporate owner has declined to accept or reject the bid as it continues to seek offers for the entire company.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – PERRY FARRELL ANNOUNCES GROUNDBREAKING NEW MUSICAL PROJECT SATELLITE PARTY – Concept album features a wildly diverse group of artists, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and John Frusciante, New Order/ Joy Division Bassist Peter Hook, Thievery Corporation, Black Eyed Pea’s Fergie, Hybrid, Film Composer Harry Gregson-Williams, as well as an unreleased Jim Morrison vocal track. Debut album ‘Ultra Payloaded’ to hit Stores on May 15th 2007. Group to make it’s debut live appearance at the 2007 ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen Colorado on January 25th. Additional tour and exclusive live dates to be announced shortly. Stay tuned to www.satelliteparty.com.

SNOOP DOGG 13 YEAR ANNIVERSARY – Snoop Dogg commemorates 13 years in the rap industry with the release of his eighth album ‘Tha Blue Carpet Treatment'; a return to the original sound that put the Long Beach rapper on the map. The album features hitmaker producers Timbaland, Rick Rock, The Neptunes, among others; along with guest appearances by artists such as D’Angelo, Stevie Wonder, Ice Cube, The Game, Nate Dogg and Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley.

SXSW NEWS – The Who’s own Pete Townshend will give the keynote address at South by Southwest 2007. www.sxsw.com.

FEB 10 – Annihilation Time, Destruction’s End, Rabies, Bad Reaction, The Cannibals, The Indolent @ Zamakibo – 1320 S. Grand Ave. Downtown Los Angeles.

JENNY LENS NEWS – The Institute for Unpopular Culture is pleased to announce a collaboration with Jenny Lens, renowned seminal punk rock photographer. Her iconic shots of Joey Ramone, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry/Blondie, Iggy, Clash, Sex Pistols, Devo, X, the Rolling Stones, etc have been in continuous publication since 1976. Jenny recently opened her vaults and is slowly releasing rare limited edition silver gelatin fiber black and white prints and Lambda/Lightjet Kodak metallic color prints for personal purchase. Photos available from jennylens.com.

THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES ITS INDUCTEES FOR 2007 — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation today announces its inductees for 2007. The inductees are: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (Kid Creole, Cowboy, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Mr. Ness, Raheim), R.E.M. (Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe), The Ronettes (Estelle Bennett, Ronnie Spector, Nedra Talley), Patti Smith and Van Halen (Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth) The five inductees will be honored at a ceremony on March 12, 2007 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will also honor Ahmet Ertegun, legendary founder of Atlantic Records. Ertegun, who was a crucial figure in the careers of artists ranging from Ray Charles to Aretha Franklin to the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin, was instrumental in founding and was the Chairman of the Foundation. The Rock Hall Museum in Cleveland’s main exhibit hall is the Ahmet Ertegun Exhibition Hall. The 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, were chosen by the 600 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after their first recording is released.

FLOGGING MOLLY NEWS – Matt Hensley, accordion/concertina player has left Flogging Molly. While this has been rumoured for some time, official confirmation from the band came in today. Matt leaves the band on good terms and had this to say: ‘First let me say that it has been an honor to play with Flogging Molly for the last 10 years. I would have never thought that playing the accordion, an instrument that almost got me shot when I first was learning, would have led me down a road to Molly Malone’s, Dave King, and an extended family called Flogging Molly. I have been blessed to be so lucky. I am writing this to tell you that I am leaving the band. This decision was not easy for me. I have an eight year old son Oliver who is becoming a little man, and the feeling that he needs his old man around is becoming too strong for me to ignore. The older my son gets the harder it is for me to leave him behind to go out on tour. Flogging Molly, as you know, is a hard working band that tours most of the year; I would never try to change that. I must follow my guts and step down. I’m departing the band but I will never leave what Flogging Molly has meant to the fans and myself. I look forward to playing on some songs when the band is in San Diego.’ Speaing of touring, Flogging Molly is hitting the road for a month-long tour beginning February 22nd.

HOSOI DOCUMENTARY SOUNDTRACK /DVD– ‘Rising Son, The Legend of Christian Hosoi’ DVD (QD3/Image Entertainment) – This DVD documentary chronicles the colorful life and career of CHRISTIAN HOSOI, one of skate boarding’s most talented and adored superstars whose meteoric rise to superstardom was matched only by his spiraling descent into a federal prison sentence for drug trafficking. Produced by Jared Freedman and directed by renowned skate cult photographer Cesario ‘Block’ Montano, the story of the young renegade’s redemption will be released on DVD November 14 via QD3 Entertainment, the six-year-old multimedia production company founded by second-generation television and film producer Quincy (‘QD3′) Jones III in conjunction with Image Entertainment. That same day, Image will release the film’s soundtrack, which features music by Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age, Gnarls Barkley and more, setting the high-energy tone of the film. To view the fim’s trailer, visit: http://www.visionfilms.net/hosoitrailer.html.

COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL EXPANDS TO THREE DAYS: FRIDAY, APRIL 27, SATURDAY, APRIL 28 AND SUNDAY, APRIL 29 – For the first time in its history, Goldenvoice has announced that this year’s COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL will be a three-day event–Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 and will take place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL has been held seven times before. For more information visit: www.coachella.com.

MUSIC NATION CONTEST – Music Nation, a NYC-based artist development company, is offering urban, rock, and pop-star up-and-comers a new way of gaining recognition this year through an innovative online video music competition. The payoff is a recording contract with Epic Records. Aspiring musicians can upload a video onto the site, create an artist page, and immediately be entered into the 15-week contest. Musicians can upload their videos for free until January 29, after which there will be a registration fee of $25. The competition officially begins January 29th when voting begins (the public and a panel of celebrity judges – TBA – will vote) and ends with three winners, one in each genre of urban/rock/pop receiving a recording contract with Epic Records. One of these winners will also be featured on STRIPPED, Clear Channel Radio’s exclusive in-studio performance series. www.MusicNation.com.

ART SHOW – Jan 13th featuring fabulous artwork by Steve Olson, Jason Jessee, Brett Hammond and Yaniv of Powerplant Choppers @ Idle Hands Gallery / Store @ 606 E. 14th St. Denver, CO. Show starts at 8pm.

‘WELD THIS’ ART SHOW – Group art show featuring artwork from The Von Dutch Family, Bob Burns, The Pizz, Johnny Crap, Gene Winfield, Stone, Doug Dorr, Sara Ray, Damian, Bo Huff, Ian Roussell, Jack Butler, Jsin, Dudley, El Jefe, Max Grundy, Crash, Randy St George, Justice Howard, Dan Collins, BSB, Kirk Jones, Chick, Tony Huntmer, Dale Sizer, Craig Renywick, Awesome Air, Slim Cranford, Holly and Danny West, The Lordsmen and more… Feb 10 at Gasoline – 423 Main Street El Segundo, CA. www.gasolinegallery.com.

BUILT TO EXPOSE – The Built to Expose Art exhibition from Amsterdam is coming to Berlin. January 26-28. It is going to be an eye catcher at the Spirit of Fashion tradeshow during the Berlin Fashion week. The Strychnin gallery (Berlin, New York) was asked by the organization if they could organize an art show at the Spirit of Fashion and Yasha Schulz-Young, owner of the gallery, thought that the Built to Expose art exhibition would be perfect for such an event. Built to Expose is an exhibition of over 70 skateboards that have been turned into great pieces of art by over 60 artists from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, US and Australia; painters, tattoo-artists, illustrators, graphic designers, skateboarders, graffiti artists, muscicians, etc, etc. Over 70 very different pieces of art that all started out from one shape, the shape of a skateboard. For Berlin there will be new pieces added to the exhibition. Several artists from Berlin (Chris Koch, Sara Rosenbaum, Chrissi Julich aka NABF and Julia Surba), well known artist Jason Jacenko from Autralia and Liorcifer from Last Rites tattoos in New York. Thanks to Built to Destroy skateboards and Eastpak Benelux(Built to Resist) this exhibition has already been in several locations in Amsterdam (Art Beat, de Cantine, de Jam), Huizen (het Huizer museum) and Antwerp (club Petrol, Fish ‘n Chips). At all these places in the Netherlands and Belgium the show had a lot of response from the public and press. For more info: www.myspace.com/builttoexpose

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Board Show SAVE A SKATEPARK Benefit Art Show – The Board Show was established in February 2005 to bring a fresh perspective on the connection between creativity and skateboarding. The Board show will benefit DIY skateparks and public parks in need of funds and or representation. As of Sept 5th, the Ripon City Council is trying to take the park for no reason at all. In Oakland, Boardertown will have to obtain $2.5 million in liability insurance and apply for building permits to complete the park before it can reopen to the public. We need these parks for our youth and ourselves. The point of the Boardshow is to take something they already have and put a creative spin on its purpose. The plan is to develop an ongoing art show that shows the unlimited possibilities of the skateboard as a canvas, while distributing funds to various skateparks in need. Various skaters and artists have agreed to design skateboards. The boards will be displayed in 3 cities in 3 months. The show will continue online where they will be auctioned off with all proceeds to benefit California’s public skateparks. This will continue every year. Artists involved: Dave Hackett, Judi Oyama, Danny Minnick, Kris Markovich, Ray Willis, Lippy, Snap Jackson, Red Rocket, Janet Men, Lee Smith, James Kelch, Chuck Norris, Greg Smith, Jaya Bonderov, Matt Dove, Clyde Singleton, Greg Carrol, Karl Watson and other, pro skaters, surfers, custom car builders, song writers, graffiti artists and one playboy model. 1st show: Jan 5th at The Space Gallery 1141 Polk St, San Francisco, CA. Contact info: www.myspace.com/theboardshow.

PEGGY OKI ART SHOW – Recent Watercolors from Santa Barbara, New Zealand, Mexico, and the Southwest – January through February 4, 2007 @ Tony Rose Camera and Video at 1253 Coast Village Rd. Montecito, CA 93108. ph: 805-969-5846. For more go to www.peggy-oki.com.

SURFRIDER FOUNDATION NEWS – The Montauk Point Lighthouse, located in Long Island, is in
danger of being destroyed should a major storm hit it while it is situated in its precarious location. While the Army Corps of Engineers has a plan to reinforce it with giant boulders, which would create a wall that is 840-feet long and 40-feet thick, their plan is short sighted and doesn’t really solve the coastal erosion problem facing the lighthouse. Instead, Surfrider Foundation has proposed an alternative plan to move the lighthouse 800 feet away to higher ground – a plan that makes more sense but may initially cost almost twice as much. Needless to say, efforts are being met with some opposition. Read
more at: http://www.surfrider.org/blogger/2006/12/article-in-ny-times-on-montauk.asp

ISA NEWS – ISA Announces 2007 World Masters Surfing Championship Judging Panel – The ISA World Masters Surfing Championship will be taking place January 20-28, 2007 in Rincon, Puerto Rico and the judging panel had been selected. ISA member nations were asked to nominate judges for International and team judging positions. The ISA Technical Committee reviewed all of the applications and selected the panel based on team’s placement at the 2006 ISA World Surfing Games, judge’s previous ISA contest experience, judging certifications and overall judging experience. The panel represents 7 different ISA member nations and is lead by Head Judge Cyril Nel (South Africa). International and team judges are Jordao Bailo (Brazil), Nathalie Massin (Tahiti), Miguel Yecerra (Venezuela), Cirilo Yagual Ramirez (Ecuador) Sandile Cyril Mqadi (South Africa), Yannick Lecoz (France) and Jorge Gonzalez (Puerto Rico). Over 16 teams are confirmed to compete in the 2007 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship. These Master surfers from around the globe will compete as members of their national surfing teams and will surf for medals and national pride as Master (35 and older), Grandmaster (40 and older) and Kahuna (45 and older) titles are awarded. Live webcast and scoring of the 2007 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship at www.rincon-hangout.com/isa/rinconpr.html.

FLORIDA BOARD BUILD-OFF – The Board Retailers Association and Reef have partnered to sponsor the 2007 Florida Board Build-Off. A dozen elite Florida shapers, plus an honorary ’13th Shaper’ have been hand picked and commissioned to create one of a kind surf boards. The thirteen boards will be on display January 11th-13th during the Surf Expo tradeshow, and all will be up for silent auction. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Board Retailers Association and used to design and implement a nationally accredited retailer education program. The shaper whose board raises the most money in each auction will receive $2,000 from Reef, as the ‘winner’ of the Board Build-Off. ‘Board builders are the foundation of our industry, and we wanted to provide a platform that would spotlight what true craftsman and creative thinkers they all are’, said Bob Tanner, Reef’s Strategic Marketing Manager and Board Build-Off organizer. ‘We are really appreciative of REEF for partnering with us on the 2007 Florida Board Build-Off and to all of the shapers who are donating their time and resources to raise money for retail education. The continued support for BRA’s retail initiatives is invaluable to us and the industry as a whole’ said Roy Turner, President of the Board Retailers Association. List of participating Florida Board Build-Off Shapers: Ricky Carroll, AJ Finan, Greg Geiselman, Chris Birch, Brian Tudor, Matt Kechele, Glenn Klugal, Tom Neilsen, Pete Dooley, CT Taylor, Rich Price, Kirk and Eric Brasington, DJ Kane – as Reef’s ’13th Shaper’. For more info www.reef.com and www.vfc.com and www.boardretailers.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – OPENING CEREMONY KICKS OFF THE 2007 MAVERICKS SURF CONTEST PRESENTED BY ASK.COM – On Saturday, January 6, The 2007 Mavericks Surf Contest waiting period was officially launched with a ceremonial paddle-out and prayer circle at the famed Mavericks surf break followed by a celebration. Greeted by sunny skies, Contest Director and surf legend, Jeff Clark welcomed the surfers and spectators, reminding the crowd of the great bond and respect competitors have for one another in the water. Surfer and Mavericks ambassador Grant Washburn spoke, echoing this sentiment, and prompted the Contest invitees, some family members, head judge Gary Linden, and a few alternates to paddle-out together and join hands in a prayer circle to ask for a safe and successful upcoming event. The celebration then moved to the Harbor House Convention Center where competitors were greeted with a charming party which included locally designed eucalyptus leis and conch shell awards presented to past Contest winners. After dinner, the impressive $75,000 prize purse was announced and the highly anticipated draw for the heat selections was conducted by master of ceremonies Jeff Clark. Unlike other big wave events where the heat selection is pre-seeded, The Mavericks Surf Contest allows the athletes to draw numbered golf balls which determine who they will surf against in the first round. This process, requested by the surfers, reflects their feelings about the Mavericks wave itself; you never know what you’ll get. Prize Purse… The Contest prize purse for 2007 is worth a total of $75,000. The purse breakdown awards $30,000 for first place, $12,000 for second place, $7,500 for third place, $3,500 for fourth place, $2,500 for fifth place, $1,500 for sixth place and $1,000 for seventh through 24th place.

Random Draw for Heat Selections
Heat One: Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker, Kenny ‘Skindog’ Collins, Brock Little, Garrett McNamara, Peter Mel, John Whittle

Heat Two: Matt Ambrose, Shane Desmond, Josh Loya, Shawn Rhodes, Ryan Seelbach, Zach Wormhoudt

Heat Three: Ion Banner, Randy Cone, Danilo Couto, Evan Slater, Russell Smith, Darryl ‘Flea’ Virostko

Heat Four: Ross Clarke-Jones, Greg Long, Tyler Smith, Jamie Sterling, Anthony Tashnick, Grant Washburn

SAVE TRESTLES – By now many of you may have heard or read about the Surfrider Foundation’s campaign to save Trestles. Surfrider Foundation. Located on the border of Orange and San Diego counties, the breaks at Trestles, including Uppers, Lowers, Cotton’s, Middles, and Church, are California surfing at its best. The world-class peaks are accessible by footpaths that wind along Southern California’s last unspoiled coastal creek. The Orange County Transportation Corridor Agency is now seeking to build a multi-lane toll highway down this unique and special watershed, and directly through the heart of San Onofre State Beach Park. If constructed as planned, this toll road project will result in profound devastation to our State Park resources, surf break and the sensitive environment along the San Mateo Creek watershed, including:

* Permanent closure of 60% of San Onofre State Beach Park Area
* Abandonment of San Onofre State Beach Park’s 161 site San Mateo Creek Campground
* Destruction of habitat critical to 11 federally designated endangered or threatened species, including the Southern Steelhead Trout
* Irreparable damage to seven archaeological sites, including one Native American site
* Degradation to the water quality throughout San Mateo Creek, as well as the coastal areas along Trestles and San Onofre State Beach
* Possible significant impacts to the quality of the surf breaks at Trestles

This is one of the very last natural coastal areas available to the public in southern California, and needs to be protected at all costs! Save Trestles To win this vital campaign to Save Trestles, we need your help. With mounting legal costs as well as the need to further fund our grassroots efforts, your support is imperative. You can help save it. Questions, comments or concerns? Email us at [email protected] or call us toll-free at 1-800-743-SURF.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2007 ISA Individual Scholarship Recipients Named – The ISA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2007 ISA Individual Scholarships. We received over 20 applications for the scholarship program and had to narrow it down to five recipients. After careful review, the ISA Executive Committee chose to award Guillermo Satt (Chile), Imani Wilmot (Jamaica), Deigo Vargas Silva (Ecuador), Ariel Aguero (Costa Rica) and Lungani Memani (South Africa) with $1,200 scholarships each. The Individual Scholarship Program’s main objective is to provide funds to facilitate experience in surfing while encouraging the importance of education. Each recipient will be awarded $1,200 which may be used to travel to surf contests, buy new surf equipment and support an education. The ISA hopes that the scholarship will help enable these young surfers to follow their dreams by using the support to become better surfers, potential national champions and even possibly world champions while at the same time continuing with their education. www.isasurf.org

SURFRIDER NEWS – Global Warming Threatens Ocean Stability – While the damaging effects of global warming on our oceans’ temperatures have long been on the radar, there is new evidence to support this claim. By studying images taken by NASA’s SeaWiFS satellite over the last ten years, researchers have now concluded that an increase in temperature could severely harm phytoplankton and endanger our oceans’ biologic production. Read more at: surfrider.org/Coastal_news.aspx?CN_Id=200610155

NEW SURF TOY – www.veoh.com/videoDetails.html?v=e151908prwBWWZm.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – TIM GARRETT APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF LOST CLOTHING – Dysfunctional Clothing (Lost licensee for clothing) announced today the appointment of Tim Garrett as President, effective immediately. Garrett will oversee the day-to-day operations of the brand, and will be based out of the offices in Irvine, CA. He will report directly to Toby Bost, Chief Executive Officer of O’Neill, Lost and Metal Mulisha Clothing brands. Garrett brings 15 years of Action Sports industry experience to the brand and prior to joining Lost Clothing Garrett was Vice President of Marketing at O’Neill Clothing. Lost Clothing USA (DCC) is the domestic licensee of Lost apparel. Lost was born around ’91 or ’93 in San Clemente, California with the simple premise of not being lost in the ‘herd’ of mainstream sports but rather immersed in the surfing and skating lifestyle of southern California. Now, 13 or 15 years later, Lost continues to thrive with the brand reaching over 35 countries around the world. With team rider feedback from Chris Ward, Pat Duffy, Trigger Gumm, Eddie Wall, and many others, Lost continues to stand out from the rest. For more info, videos, and pics, check out www.lostenterprises.com.

O’NEILL CLOTHING APPOINTS STEVE WARD TO VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING– O’Neill Clothing announced today the appointment of Steve Ward as Vice President of Marketing. Ward will oversee the day-to-day operations of the marketing department and will be based out of the offices in Irvine, CA. He will report directly to Toby Bost, Chief Executive Officer of O’Neill, Lost and Metal Mulisha Clothing brands. Ward has served as National Sales Manager for O’Neill over the past two years and is stoked on his new assignment. Ward, whose experience dates back to sweeping foam dust and working retail for Stewart Surfboards, as well as being a Californian pro surfer in the 80’s, will replace out going Vice President Tim Garrett, whom has been appointed as President of Dysfunctional Clothing, licensee of Lost Clothing. O’Neill is the world’s original surf brand. The family-owned and operated company distributes its products to 85 countries, including more than 2,000 specialty wetsuit and clothing retailers in the United States. For more information on O’Neill, visit www.oneill.com

ASBE-SURF.COM – Action Sports Business Europe (ASBE) launch ASBE-Surf.com B2B website – Surfersvillage are pleased to announce the launching of ASBE-Surf.com an industry news website dedicated to the Action Sports Industry in Europe, and worldwide, and focused on the Surfing sector. Action Sports Business Europe (ASBE) has been established to provide regular up-to-date industry news, posted promptly and quickly in the style for which Surfersvillage has become well known. Surfersvillage created ASBE to cater to industry needs, and to provide an efficient reliable service in a sector often found to be fragmented and unpredictable. The design, navigation, and overall layout, are simple and business-like. There are no bells and whistles, just basic information provided and displayed in a clean easy to read format. The ASBE Stock-Ticker lists industry corporations trading on the various international exchanges. At a glance one can check the latest Dow Jones, NASDAQ, S and P 500, FTSE, CAC 40, etc movements, as well as what is happening with the industry’s listed companies. Check it out, visit www.ASBE-Surf.com.

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