JANUARY 2010 NEWS

DARKSTAR NEWS – The newest Darkstar pro is Ryan Decenzo from Montreal, Canada. Decenzo joins Adam Dyet, Pierre-Luc Gagno, Paul Machnau, Chet Thomas to round out the Darkstar team. http://www.darkstarwood.com/

ALIEN WORKSHOP AND ANDY WARHOL ART – Alien Workshop is proud to introduce the initial, limited-edition collaboration offering with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Five of the decks feature work from Warhol’s Death and Disaster series and five showcase his iconic Pop works. The complete set is shipped in custom printed board box packaging inspired by Warhol’s box sculptures from the 1960s. For details, visit http://www.alienworkshop.com. For more information about Andy Warhol and The Andy Warhol Foundation please visit www.warholfoundation.org or The Andy Warhol Museum at www.warhol.org

ALVA DAGGERS – The Alva Dagger tail Re-Issues will be available soon. Pre- order your deck today at www.AlvaSkates.com. Jake Brown will be doing a piece of art for the upcoming event Daggers Rule! at Alva Los Angeles at Exhibit A Gallery. www.exhibitagallery.com

SALBA’S BIRTHDAY – On February 5th, Powerflex 5 and Ready for Vegas will play at a birthday jam for Salba at The Continental Room located at 115 Santa Fe Ave, in Fullerton, CA. http://www.myspace.com/notesfromthecontinentalroom

AMATEUR AWARDS NIGHT – Amateur Awards Night Years Best Am vs Damn Am of the Year Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00pm at Tum Yeto HQ. www.skateparkoftampa.com

SK8 RACING AT THE VELODROME – Skateboard Velodrome Racing Circuit #6 on Saturday, January 30th, 2:00pm at 17301 Oxnard St. Encino,CA 91416.

MIGHTY MAMA SKATE-O-RAMA – Mothers Day Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama will be in Venice/Santa Monica, CA May 7-9, 2010. http://mightymamaskateorama.blogspot.com

BROADCAST WHEELS – Broadcast Wheels is pleased to formally announce the launch of the Broadcast skateboarding brand and welcome our team of truly talented individuals. With the help of pro skateboarders Ethan Fowler, Paul Shier, Shiloh Greathouse, Gareth Stehr, Danny Falla, Aaron Harrison, Joel Meinholz, Eric Gilbert, Kevin Coakley, and Connor Getzlaff, Broadcast Wheel Company has developed a premium street and park urethane formula that is the direct result of feedback and testing from droves of skaters who were disappointed with the mediocre wheels that were currently available from other brands. Our small product line will always remain tight and top-quality while we continue to add new products and styles. Keep your eyes and ears open for further team additions and product announcements next month. For more information, please visit www.THISISABROADCAST.com

187 NEWS – The 187 has added Juice contributor and park builder Curt Baker to it’s line up of old dogs and young guns. Check out the whole crew and killer pads at the187.com. PHOTO: JERRY HAHN

DOWNHILL RACE – Barrett Junction Downhill Skateboard and Outlaw Soap Box Race on February 6th…California Outlaw 2010 Race #2 – http://bit.ly/5Ue2Qc

VANS STORE GRAND OPENING – Saturday, February 06, 2010 from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Costa Mesa Courtyards 1835 Newport Blvd. Costa Mesa, CA 92627 www.vans.com

ELEMENT IN VENICE – Ryan Kingman, Johnny Schilleroff and Ryan Dewitt, leaders of the Element Skateboards movement, joined Element team riders at the Air Conditioned Supper Club in Venice, CA for a screening of Element’s Make It Count: The Element Story. For more about the movie, go to www.elementskateboards.com.

CHUCK KATZ NEWS – Chuck Katz, legendary Venice-based photographer and icon, has released the first in a series of four limited edition skateboards, as well as apparel. The first edition features a classic Katz image entitled Pacific Avenue. Get yours at www.zazzle.com/fshtail

TOMS + ELEMENT recently collaborated on a ‘One for One’ project, for every shoe and skateboard sold, a child in need would receive one. The project came to culmination when Friends of TOMS and Element headed to South Africa to hand place the products, interact with the children, and receive a better understanding of the world they live in. Follow the journey through the photo and videos below. Photos by Marc Falkenstien. http://www.elementskateboards.com/oneforone/south%2Dafrica%2Dshoe%2Dskateboard%2Ddrop/

TONY HAWK FOUNDATION NEWS – Help Build A Skatepark In Watts – Tony Hawk Foundation announces latest skatepark Grant Awards. The Tony Hawk Foundation Board of Directors has announced the recipients of its Fall 2009 Skatepark Grant Awards, as well as a special allocation to match, dollar-for-dollar, donations to the Watts Skatepark project in Los Angeles. From the 52 applications submitted for this season’s Grant Review Session, the Board of Directors selected fourteen from low-income communities across the U.S., and collectively awarded $130,000 to help build free, quality skateparks that will serve at-risk youth. The Tony Hawk Foundation Board also allocated $10,000 in matching funds for the Watts Skatepark project in Los Angeles. Through January 15, 2010 all donations made via skatewatts.org will be MATCHED by the Tony Hawk Foundation*. Having helped launch it in October, the Tony Hawk Foundation is also featuring the Watts Skatepark project during the Athletes For Hope Who Gives? Racing For A Cause challenge, a widely publicized fundraising event hosted by globalgiving.org/athletes-for-hope/. With few alternatives to crime, gangs, and drugs, youth in the Watts community struggle daily to find healthy pastimes that can keep them engaged and active. Through this effort to build a free-quality public skatepark in Watts, the Tony Hawk Foundation is helping local youth realize their dream of a world-class skatepark. Make a contribution during this limited campaign, and the impact of your donation will be DOUBLED. Visit skatewatts.org and support the youth of Watts today. (*All donations made during the Who Gives? Racing For A Cause challenge – December 15, 2009 through January 15, 2010 – will be matched by the Tony Hawk Foundation, up to $10,000.). A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, to promote and provide funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States – with an emphasis on the word quality. Since then, the Foundation has awarded $3,111,000 to 444 communities. The Foundation focuses on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with strong experience designing and building skateparks. http://tonyhawkfoundation.org/

RIDE – Tony Hawk: RIDE, with its innovative motion-sensing skateboard controller, is now available. http://www.thride.com
DREAMLAND SKATEPARKS – You can now skate Dreamland Skateparks in Winston, Oregon, Pendleton, Oregon as well as the new snake run in Lincoln City, OR. Check out all the new terrain at http://www.dreamlandskateparks.com

SKATERMADE is proud to announce Smell the ‘Crete has been recognized for its film excellence in the action sports world. Congratulations to all involved. The X Dance screening of Smell the ‘Crete will go down on Jan 21-26, 2010 at the Off Broadway Theater located at 292 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT. www.x-dance.com and www.skatermade.com.

EMBASSY SKATEBOARDS NEWS – Texas bred skateboard company, Embassy Skateboards is the brainchild of skateboard legend John ‘Tex’ Gibson and Bark Hard bandmate Lee Leal. Managing partners include ’80s vert pros Ken Fillion (team captain), Todd Prince (Sgt at Arms), Troy Chason (frontside specialist) and Gene Hare. Team riders include Max Peterson, Ben Johnson, Edward Sanchez, Gary Morris and Priscilla Lee. Art direction by Jester. http://www.embassyskateboards.com/

ALL NATIONS SKATE JAM 2010 – April 24-25, 2009 at Los Alto Skatepark, located at 10140 1/2 Lomas Blvd., Albuquerque, NM. National Championship of Native Skaters. Same weekend as Gathering of Nations Powwow. Gates open at 8am. Contest starts at 10am. Live Music all day long. Special guests: Alva posse legends: Bill Danforth and Jim Murphy. Vans pros TBA. www.allnationsskatejam.com

POUR IT NOW NEWS – Pour It Now and the city of Columbia broke ground on their first concrete park, 16,000 sq feet by Wally Hollyday. You can contribute to the cause and donate at http://www.pouritnow.com/

THE HOUSE OF STEAM has added some classic shots of Papo Capillo and Harry Jumonji. Jason Olivia also put a super cool tribute to Andy Kessler on the site. Stop in and leave your comments. Get it all at http://thehouseofsteam.wordpress.com/

EAST COAST ON THE WEST COAST- Sid The Package Abruzzi and Big Tim dropped in at Juice Magazine’s West Coast headquarters with a whole new line of Water Bros apparel. Check out the Water Bros. goods that Sid has put together at http://www.waterbrothers.net

BRO PRINTS NEWS – Need stickers? Go with the bros at BroPrints. BroPrints screenprinting has been printing shirts and stickers for over a decade and is continuing to produce quality screenprinting in an affordable and efficient manner. Starting in 1994 in a small garage with little homemade equipment, Broprints has steadily grown into one of larger screenprinting shops in the Santa Cruz area.http://www.broprints.com/

PAINCHEATERS NEWS – Ride big terrain in style with Pain Cheaters knee pads. To order call Kevin Day at 978-657-7746. Check out some action with team riders Eastie, Sebastian Nichols and Jonathan O’Donnel at http://www.paincheaters.com/

WAREHOUSE SKATEBOARDS NEWS – Build your own custom skateboard from the vast selection of world class goods available at http://www.warehouseskateboards.com/

POUNDING OUT RANDOMS – New sk8 and shenanigans video starring Steve-O, Ryan Simonetti, Mike Rosa, Billy Roper and many many more! Check out the trailer and order your copy at http://www.myspace.com/poundingoutrandoms

PHILLY TRADESHOW – The Focus Show – North East’s Skateboarding Tradeshow – All Brands and Shops Welcome. January 4th and 5th 2010! The mission is to provide the North East skateboarding community with a highly-productive, centrally located all-skateboarding tradeshow. With Philadelphia being the venue, not only is this a great skate destination but, but a show great for your business, shops and vendors alike. http://phillyskateshow.com

VSA – VENICE SURF and SKATEBOARD ASSOCIATION CALENDAR OF EVENTS.
Jan. 9-10 – VSA Sponsoring Katin Seal Beach Surfing Championships
Jan. 15- VSA time trial@ Venice Polar Bear sk8prk
Jan. 22 – VSA supporting Life Rolls On, They will Skate Again event@Venice Polar Bear sk8prkMar.
Feb14 – Black Surfing and Skateboard pioneers recognition jam Gibert Lindsay sk8prk, L.A
Feb- 21- Black Surfing and Skateboard pioneers recognition jam Gibert Lindsay sk8prk, L.A
Mar 5- VSA FundRaiser/Membership drive/film expose/Art auction.

http://venicesurfandskateboardassociation.blogspot.com/

ASR 2009 – Stock up for your 2010 fall, back-to-school and holiday season(s) with the hottest action sports fashions, footwear, hardgoods and accessories. ASR Access provides you a platform to conduct business with the most influential surf and skate lifestyle brands in the market, get familiar with new emerging trends, witness product launches and shop multiple product categories in two full business focused days. Online registration for ASR Access and CLASS@ASR 2010 is now open. This year’s show is taking place February 3-4 2010, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. www.ASRbiz.com

RUN FOR RAY – It’s ‘Run for Ray’ time again on Feb 27, 2010 at Blue Clay Mountain Bike Trail in memory of Ray Underhill who lost his battle to Cancer in August of 2008. This event will raise awareness and funding for the Chordoma Foundation in Ray’s honor. Please consider helping by doing what ever you can. Sign up to participate in the ‘Run for Ray’. There are all levels and ages of participants and it is a fun filled day of love and compassion. Everybody gets an award for finishing. Register on-line www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1804635. You can make a cash donation that is 100% tax deductible. Please make checks payable to:’Run for Ray’ 1337 Heron Run Wilmington, NC 28403. http://runforray.blogspot.com

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES NEWS – The First Ever SUICIDAL TENDENCIES DVD To Be Released This January – Since their beginnings in Venice, CA in the early ’80s, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES have led the charge in the skate punk/thrash metal movement, consequently influencing an entire generation of bands along the way. Fontana Distribution is proud to announce Live At The Olympic Auditorium, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES’ first ever DVD release! The DVD will street January 26, 2010 via the band’s own imprint, Suicidal Records. The approximately 80-minute DVD features 16 tracks including ST classics ‘Institutionalized,’ ‘War Inside My Head,’ and ‘Possessed To Skate’ and captures SUICIDAL in their most natural environment: Onstage, uncensored and ready to tear you to shreds. Elaborated ST founding vocalist Mike Muir: The band started getting emails from some crazy guy that always said, ‘I know you’ll probably think I’m crazy, but I’m not. I’m wanna book ST for a show and I got this idea…’. Well, one by one we shot down the ‘unique’ ideas until one time he emailed and said the Olympic Auditorium was being bought by a Korean Church. Shouldn’t it be sent off with a special last gig? The band agreed and then the work began. The promoter — Evel Dick Donato who went on to win Big Brother — tells a bit about the show, making of etc. on the intro. Lots of drama, none more than the day before the show when I woke up and couldn’t walk. But the show must go on and the back surgery would have to wait till afterwards. SUICIDAL recorded live at the Olympic Auditorium in front of 4,000 Cycos…but now you can enjoy it in the safety of your living room. http://www.suicidaltendencies.com

HR DOCUMENTARY TRAILER SCREENING – Thursday January 28th there will be a special trailer screening of the upcoming documentary on HR from Bad Brains/Human Rights. In hopes of raising financing for the film they will be raffling offproducts donated from sponsors and Bad Brains/Human Rights music and memorabilia. McRad from Philadelphia will be performing along side some local DJ talent. For details contact [email protected] or go to www.myspace.com/HRDocumentary

BEBE BUELL NEWS – Singer Bebe Buell will headline live at Hiro Ballroom in Manhattan on Wednesday, January 13th 2010, to launch her new full-length CD Sugar. Buell will perform every song on the new disc and will also be debuting her brand new Bebe Buell – Oscar Wilde rock-n-roll couture T-shirt, as part of the immensely popular Worn Free vintage rock t-shirt line. Buell released her hugely successful latest single Air Kisses, from the new CD, this past summer and will now premiere the Air Kisses for the Masses anime video, produced/created by The Nerdy Duo, at the Hiro Ballroom event. Sugar marks the charismatic Bebe Buell’s first new record in ten years, being a deeply autobiographical, cinematic rock ‘n roll affair…wide in scope and very emotional. The new disc offers an amazing range of original material including Black Angel, a beautifully heartbreaking tribute to her late friend, Joey Ramone, along with a smoldering rendition of Johnny Thunders’ Untouchable(a song he always wanted Bebe to cover). Says The Aquarian Weekly in their recent review of Sugar……. This CD is the real deal by a genuine prodigy of punk rock pioneers. Sugar takes chances and stands out bold in an industry that sorely needs to return to the rock and roll direction that I’ve heard here today. In a word: Classic ! The new shirts will hit stores in April 2010 but will be available exclusively at Bebe Buell’s Hiro Ballroom show on Wednesday, January 13th and at www.wornfree.com after that event. Please visit www.bebebuell.org

FRONTSIDE FIVE NEWS – Here some new video from the Frontside Five West Coast tour. Tons of skating, beer, fun and rock n’ roll. http://www.ejvasko.com/bernalhill.html and http://www.ejvasko.com/nuclearsolution.html

FISHBONE NEWS – The Familyhood has something to look forward to this winter as Fishbone gears up for a 20-date national tour with The English Beat and Outlaw Nation. Click http://www.facebook.com/fishbonemusic?v=app_2344061033 to join the facebook events and get ticketing information. 2010 also marks FISHBONE’s 25 year anniversary! Look out for more exciting news and updates for this very special banner year for the band. And if you haven’t already, join the Facebook cause Induct Fishbone into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame 2010 and pass it along to a friend! http://apps.facebook.com/causes/280711/28770896?m=6d54c0aa

THE CASUALTIES DEBUT NEW NEW VIDEO ON MYSPACE – Los Angeles, CA – With seven albums under their collective belt and countless tours across the U.S., Europe, South America, Japan and Mexico it would seem hardcore punk stalwarts The Casualties have done it all. But one shouldn’t be so quick to assume anything with these guys who still have much more to bring to the punk-rock scene. To wit, their latest album, We Are All We Have, though full of their signature bracing, high-octane hardcore punk, also features a few surprises. http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individualandvideoid=101053389

BURNING TREE RECORDS – Ventura County, CA punk rock, known as Nardcore, has been pumping out their distinct yet diversified sound since 1979. Now 30 years later the scene is still going strong and arguably better than ever. Nardcore 30 Years Later is the follow up to the 1984 classic Nardcore compilation produced by Tony Cortez. Tony has again compiled the best bands from the area and put them together on this must have collector’s pack, showcasing 20 bands with 2 songs from most. A 28 page ‘zine dedicated to all the bands and local photographers is thrown in along with a surprise or two to round out this quintessential chronicle of punk rock. http://www.myspace.com/burningtreerecords

SMITH ON SMITH – featuring Patti Smith paying tribute to the one and only Harry Everett Smith at the Billy WIlder Theater at the Hammer Museum – 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. www.hammer.ucla.edu

CHELSEA GIRLS rock. Check out Corey Parks and her new super group of chic rocknrollas. For more info go to http://www.myspace.com/chelseagirlsrock

RANDY KATEN RADIO SHOW – The first and third Sunday of every month Randy Katen has a vintage punk rock Radio show from Missoula, Montana . it can be streamed at kbga.org. Great Music from the pioneers of it all, plus interviews with the likes of Duane Peters, Henry Rollins, Exene, Jack Grisham, Billy Zoom and Brian Brannon. Check it out. www.kbga.org

BYO RECORDS is proud to announce the release of Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records – A 90-minute film directed by Jeff Alulis (Do You Remember? 15 Years of the Bouncing Souls, NOFX Backstage Passport) which documents the band, the label, the brothers and their part in the L.A. punk rock phenomenon. The movie will be released on DVD as part of the label’s Anniversary boxed set which also includes a double LP of 31 bands covering songs from the extensive BYO catalog and a 100-page hard cover companion book with stories and photo’s from the band and their many friends. www.byorecords.com

DC-JAM RECORDS signs Dirty Filthy Mugs. The band will be releasing their 3rd record Titled All Yobs In on DC-Jam in early 2010. Read more at www.dcjamrecords.com

SMOG VEIL RECORDS NEWS – Pistol Whip was the first ever punk band from Erie, PA, and their lone 7-inch on Endangered Species, released in 1977, is a scorcher and a prized collectible. This release contains the original 7-inch, plus the 1978 demo. The DVD contains wild 8mm footage from back in the day plus interviews, photos, and more! http://www.SmogVeil.com

WEEDEATER Announce Winter Dates – Sludge-masters WEEDEATER have announced a rash of Midwestern and Southeastern US dates for late January into early February. While most of these dates will bear the typical WEEDEATER trio – busting out with some new material from their upcoming album, by the way-two of the dates will feature the band’s stripped-down, acoustic, two-piece bass and banjopersona, known as BARSTUL, supporting Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age). The confirmed dates are listed below, and as always with this band, more dates are to be announced shortly. The WEEDEATER crew will enterSteve Albini’sElectric Audio studio in Chicago this moth to being tracking their next full-length record for Southern Lord Records, due out later this year.
1/23/2010 The Triple – Richmond, VA w/ US Christmas, Battlemaster
1/24/2010 The Milestone – Charlotte, NC
1/25/2010 The Muse – Nashville, TN
2/01/2010 Double Door – Chicago, IL [Barstul show] w/ Nick Oliveri
2/02/2010 Carabar – Columbus, OH
2/03/2010 Southgate House (parlour) – Newport, KY [Barstul show] w/ Nick Oliveri
2/04/2010 V Club – Huntington, WV
2/05/2010 The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
2/06/2010 Static Age – Asheville, NC
For more info go to http://www.myspace.com/weedeater and http://www.southernlord.com

TIM KERR ART SHOW – Truth: A Kill Souless Bullshit Happening is slated for February 13, 2009 at Family in Los Angeles, CA which is located at 436 N. Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036 USA. Tim Kerr with the help of Family, Altamont, and lots of friends, will be showing art and playing music in hopes of planting self expression seeds in others. No Age and members of Triple Chicken Foot and Sausage Grinder with assorted friends Mike Watt, Exene, Sausage Grinder, O, Russ Pope, Rich Jacobs, Marsea Goldberg, Chrissy Piper, Charles Pegot, Chad Keko, Craig Jackson, Michael Coleman, Triple Chicken Foot, GSD to name a few…. will be celebrating expression, community, and friendship. http://www.familylosangeles.com

BUTTONS NEWS – Buttons Kaluhiokalani is working on his autobiography and needs your help.He needs your memories- good, bad and ugly- to tell the story truthfully as a way to help others. Here’s a short video he put together to help spread the word. Please enjoy. (Nuutea is growing up so fast!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1Ochsia5ww. Please leave your memories at [email protected] so we can keep track of them! And finally please check out Buttons new coffee line, Buttons’ Brew atwww.808company.com

CHRISTIAN FLETCHER – Christian Fletcher has a new website. It’s a must see classic. www.christianfletchersurf.com

KATIN PRO/AM TEAM CHALLENGE RETURNS TO HUNTINGTON BEACH JAN. 12-17, 2010 – The legendary Katin Pro/Am Team Challenge is set to return to the north side of the Huntington Beach Pier, for two days of camaraderie-driven competition. More than $28,500 in cash and prizes will be on the line for both individuals and teams. The format will feature 64-80 competitors competing both individually and in four-man teams for a total of 16-20 teams in an open-draw format. Team results will be determined by the placement of individual competitors. Surfers will receive points in each heat (4 pts for 1st, 3 pts for 2nd, 2 pts for 3rd and 1 pt for 4th place). The four teams earning the most points will share in $10,500 worth of advertising and the top eight individuals will receive a cash payout worth $10,000. For more information, visit www.katinusa.com

SANTA BARBARA SURF MUSEUM – Established in 1992, the Santa Barbara Surfing Museum is the premiere surfing museum in S.B. Complete with vintage skateboards, surfboards, hula girls, classic guitars and ukuleles, this museum will take you on a surf/sk8 safari that you will never want to leave. James O’Mahoney’s one-of-a-kind collection is located at 16 1/2 Helena Ave #C, Santa Barbara, CA. http://www.sbsurfingmuseum.com

WORK TO SURF MOVIE – Almost ten years in the making, ‘Work to Surf’ chronicles the life and times of Allen Sarlo, one of the surfing world’s most accomplished and committed performers. From the earliest days in Venice’s Dogtown haunts to earning his place in the legendary Malibu lineup; from the birth of professional surfing to the cutting edge of big wave tow-in surfing; from ultimate local to consummate world traveler, Allen’s story is as diverse as the sport itself. Shot and edited by renowned surfing cinematographer Dave Ogle, Work To Surf takes us from the beaches of Malibu to hidden barrels in Mexico, from Oahu’s thundering North Shore to the wild islands of Indonesia, from desert Baja pointbreaks to 30-foot Island outer reefs. Featuring the surfing of Mark Foo, Kelly Slater, Jay Riddle, Rob Machado, Yadin Nicol, Pat O’Connell, Bobby Owens, Jay Adams, Peter Cole and Derrick Doerner, mixed to a dynamic soundtrack that includes songs by Ben Harper.

ASTRODECK NEWS – Wave Warriors Vol. 1-5 is available now, as well as Astrodeck surfpads and Astrodeck sandals that are a must have for any true surfaholic. Get it all at http://www.astrodeck.com/

2010 WORLD JUNIOR SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP will be held in New Zealand, one of the World’s most unique surfing destinations. The Junior Champs will be held at Piha Beach, a beautiful black sand beach famous for its large waves, just 45 minutes drive from downtown Auckland. The event will begin on January 20, 2010, at the peak of the Kiwi summer. New Zealand is one of the world’s most rewarding surfing spots with quality waves, plenty of choice and relatively few surfers. The main source of swell for both the North and South Islands is from the low pressure systems of the roaring forties, but New Zealand is fortunate to pick up swell from just about anywhere. For those used to fighting for a beach park and some room in the line up, surfing in New Zealand offers a very different experience. Parking is mostly free and being a country of only 4 million people there is plenty of room to catch the perfect wave. For those looking for an adventure, the best surf spots can be found off the beaten track.

SURF STORY PROJECT – 444 pages and 88 of the most inspirational and creative surfers in the world… their art… their stories. Sales from the Surf Story Project will benefit the Surfrider Foundation. Available exclusively at www.surfstoryproject.com

THE ULTIMATE WAVE TAHITI TRAILER, WEBSITE, AND POSTER ART FOR KELLY SLATER IMAX FILM NOW AVAILABLE – Nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater comes to IMAX and other Giant Screen theaters in early February with the premiere of The Ultimate Wave Tahiti, shown in both 3D and 2D formats. For those hoping to get an early look at the action and Tahiti’s beauty in director Stephen Low’s film, the distributor has launched a new Website at www.ultimatewavetahiti.com

THE PAYOFF world premiere is being presented by Surf Expo at the January 2010 tradeshow in Orlando, Florida. Soul tripping Indo with the bros, not the pros… Hard work pays off for 8 American surfers who travel to the opposite ends of the earth… Here’s the link to the Movie Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtDoJfUndss

LEGENDS OF SURFING: the Greatest Surfriders from Duke Kahanamoku to Kelly Slater is a celebration of surfing culture and includes profiles of the world’s greatest surfers, board builders, writers, filmmakers and photographers. Written by Duke Boyd, surfer and founder of Hang Ten surf wear and a surfing legend himself, with photographs by Jeff Divine, a surfing photography superstar, Legends of Surfing is a rare firsthand look at what it’s like to live to surf. Available at bookstores and online booksellers and from www.mvpbooks.com

BRENDAN BUCKLEY SIGNS WITH KONA’S SURF TEAM – Kona Sports is proud to announce the latest addition to its pro surf team. Jersey dark horse and rising surf pro, Brendan Buckley, has joined forces with the retail giant. ‘Buck is one of the most innovative surfers to come out of the east coast and we feel he is a perfect fit for our team and what we stand for as a shop,’ says Josh Wilson, surf team manager for Kona. Buckley spends his time in Belmar, NJ when not circling the globe with the ERGO team or the Spectacular Adventures Crew. He is not typically a contest surfer, but is a threat in any heat due to his unpredictable attack. His sponsors include: ERGO, AJW Surfboards, Smith, Sanuk, Freak, Kona Sports and Christopher Bean Coffee. Kona Sports, a retail specialty shop and online leader was established in 1970 by Mike Scierra, whose passion for simply building surfboards in his garage has transformed into the largest surf shop in southern New Jersey. Mike and his sons, Brendan and Chris, wanted to get back to their original roots and have given surf team manager, Josh Wilson, the ability to build a team that will compliment its thriving retail and online business they have built. For more info visit: www.konasports.com

SURFERS HEALING – For a surfboard collector very cool stuff! For a great cause too. http://www.surfershealing.org/

ISA NEWS – The International Surfing Association and Surfing New Zealand are proud to present the Official Website for the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship,which will takeplace in Piha, New Zealand fromJanuary 20th through the 29th.Visit www.isaworldjuniors.comto be a part of this historic event.

SURF FOR A CAUSE – It’s that time of year to support a great Cause and freeze your ass off doing it! The 3rd Annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Freeze for a Cause is going down on Saturday, February 6th. The contest will be at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, NJ starting at 10:00 am sharp and will run until 3:00 pm. Slots are going to be very limited this year. There will be 3 divisions for the Freeze this year Open Shortboard, Open Longboard, and Open Womens. It’s highly recommended that you sign up early to reserve a slot for this event so you don’t get left out in the cold! The entry fee/donation is $20. After the contest come out and join us for a raging after party at the Crab’s Claw in Lavallette, NJ hosted by the Hammer Family starting at 6:00 pm. There will be great raffle/auction prizes and drink specials. There is a $10 donation to get you into the party of the winter. If you want to go big a $20 donation includes a official DRCF Freeze for a Cause Tshirt! We hope to see everyone there and thank you for your continued support of the DRCF. For further information please contact. Nick Bricker at [email protected] Or go to http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=231062155932andref=mf.

NRG NEWS – NRG surf wear is proud to announce that NRG surfer Blake Thornton has beaten thousands of hopefuls to qualify for the prestigious Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 2010 Dream Tour. The 24 year old local surfer from Little Bay in Sydney has cemented his reputation as one of the world’s top 44 surfers and will compete against current world champion Mick Fanning and surfing greats Kelly Slater and Andy Irons. Fresh from his $50K win of the Cold Water Classic Series in South Africa, Blake joins a record number of Australian surfers who have qualified for the ASP Dream Tour including Owen Wright and Daniel Ross. http://www.nrghome.com/

HANK FOTOS NEWS – Hank Foto the remarkable North Shore photographer – Hank Foto was born in Newport Beach, California, home of some of the best surfing locations. He began his photography career as a runner in the mailroom at Surfing Magazine in 1985. For the rest of the story, visit Surfers Village at http://www.surfersvillage.com/surfing/44841/surf-news.htm

GOD WENT SURFING WITH THE DEVIL – Since the year 2000, over 4,300 Palestinian and 1,000 Israeli lives have been claimed by the escalating conflict in the region. The situation grew markedly worse in 2006, when Israel responded to the election of Hamas by sealing off the borders, ending the free-flow of people and goods. Palestinian militants reacted to the siege by targeting Israel’s civilian population with deadly rocket strikes; the Israeli Army countered with air strikes, targeting militants but often claiming the lives of innocent residents. In 2007 it emerged that a small group of young men were surfing in Gaza, sharing battered surfboards they had attained prior to the siege. Word traveled north to Israel, and that same year, a mixed group of Israelis and Americans delivered a dozen boards to their Palestinian counterparts. In the spring of 2008, they would attempt to deliver another 23 surfboards into Gaza. By this time the situation in Gaza had deteriorated further, the border still sealed, with military activity a near daily occurrence. God Went Surfing With the Devil charts the difficulties and dangers encountered by surfers in the region, while charting their daily struggle to supersede the conflict through the joys of surfing. http://www.godwentsurfing.com

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