FORK CREW X WINDSOR WOODS BURNS for the crew.
WILDERNESS SURFBOARDS FUNDRAISER – 317 South Alisos, Santa Barbara – Saturday, June 5 – 2 pm – 10 pm – With city officials threatening to red-tag this original Santa Barbara surf shop haunted by the deepest roots of designer/shaper George Greenough’s genius, the Wilderness surfers and skateboarders are throwing a big fundraiser. Music, pool-skating, raffle, barbequed food, keg beer, and, while supplies last, Save the Wilderness T shirts. Donations at the door, whatever you can kick down. (Also, any art, gift certificates, surf/skate product for the raffle will be greatly appreciated.) Proceeds will go toward a new roof and other imperative improvements. Contact Wilderness Surfboards: (805) 962-9518. For more background go to: http://www.independent.com/news/news904.htm
GRAVITY GAMES AMATEUR SKATEPARK SERIES – The Gravity Games, owned by Outdoor Life Network, announces the 2004 Gravity Games Amateur Skatepark Series, a nationwide series of more than 25 skateboard and bike competitions giving amateur athletes a chance to compete in the amateur finals at the 2004 Gravity Games. The events will begin in Orlando, FL on June 5 and run through August 20 in Cleveland, OH. In 2003, the Gravity Games Amateur Skatepark Series saw more than 1,800 amateur athletes compete over three months of events. ‘The Gravity Games events have widespread appeal and a passionate fan base,’ said Gavin Harvey, President of OLN. ‘By staging the amateur series around the country, we’re able to bring the Gravity Games to the local level, while giving potential stars in each of these communities the opportunity to compete on a much bigger stage.’ Local amateur winners earn a trip for themselves and a guest to the 2004 Gravity Games in Cleveland, September 15-19, to participate in the Amateur Skate and Bike Finals on Sunday, September 19. Local amateur winners will compete against one another on the Pro Street Course for top honors – the 2004 Gravity Games Amateur Skatepark Series crown. Amateur athletes interested in competing at local contests should visit www.gravitygames.com or contact the local skatepark for more information. The Gravity Games is entering its sixth year, and features more than 200 of the world’s best professional action sports athletes competing in various action sports disciplines. The event is expected to draw more than 200,000 spectators to Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor and also includes performances from some of today’s top bands. OLN will broadcast more than 20 hours of exclusive coverage of the 2004 Gravity Games. Check local listings for dates and times. 2004 Gravity Games Amateur Skatepark Series Schedule (Dates/Locations Subject to Change) June 5 – Merritt Island, FL (Orlando)- Skateboard and Bike – Paradise Funplex – 321.454.7777… June 12-13 – Newnan, GA (Atlanta) -Skateboard Saturday – Factory Skate 770.683.7588… June 16 – Nashville, TN- Skateboard only – Sixth Avenue Skatepark – 615.781.8766… June 19 – Cordova, TN (Memphis) – Skateboard only – Skate Park of Memphis – 901.737.8448… June 21 Phoenix, AZ Bike only – Phoenix Skatepark – 602.870.8727… June 23 – West Chester, PA – Skateboard only – Boarderline Skatepark – 610.431.9325… June 25 – Baltimore, MD – Skateboard and Bike – Charm City – 410.327.7909… June 29 – Hoffman Estates, IL (Chicago) -Bike only – Scrap Skatepark – 847.884.0945… July 8 – Oceanside, NY (Long Island) -Skateboard only -Oil City – 516.594.1888… July 11-Milwaukee, WI – Skateboard only- 4 Seasons – 414.933.PARK… July 14- Plano, TX (Dallas)- Skateboard and Bike – Eisenbergs – 972.918.9593… July 17 – Stafford, TX (Houston)-Skateboard – Dex’s South Skatepark – 281.242.6555… July 18-19 -San Diego, CA-Skateboard and Bike – Mission Valley – 619.298.3576… July 22 – Louisville, KY -Skateboard only – Louisville Skatepark – 502.523.9385… July 24- Newberg, OR (Portland) -Skateboard only – Ewing Young Memorial Park – 503.284.0221… July 27- Simi Valley, CA (Los Angeles)- Skateboard only -Skatelab – 805.578.9928… July 31 – Indianapolis, IN- Skateboard only – Major Taylor Skatepark – 317.327.8356… August 1- Golden Valley, MN (Minneapolis) -Skateboard only – 3rd Lair – 612.388.3709… August 4 -Chapel Hill, NC -Skateboard only – Ryan’s World Skatepark – 919.929.9031… August 7 -Rye, NH (Boston) -Skateboard and Bike – Rye Airfield – 603.964.2800… August 8-Madison, WI-Skateboard only – 4 Seasons – 414.933.7275… August 11-West Miflin, PA (Pittsburgh)-Skateboard only – 885 Skatepark – 412.462.1885… August 14- Seattle, WA-Skateboard only – Bonnie Lake – 503.284.0221… August 16 – St. Louis, MO-Bike only – Ramp Riders – 314.776.4025… August 18- Roseville, MI (Detroit)-Skateboard and Bike – Airborne – 586.776.7500 x3… August 19-20- Brookpark, OH (Cleveland)-Thursday Bike, – Chenga World – 216.433.7588- Friday Skateboard… Please visit www.gravitygames.com for more information.
EXTREME SPORTS CHANNEL SEARCHES FOR REEF’S SURF ANGEL… Extreme Sports Channel and Reef have come together on the search for Miss Reef 2004. The international competition, which has run as an annual event since 1985, is famed for bringing bikini-clad beach babes to the fore in popular advertising campaigns and calendars and this year, it’s tuned into TV to find a surf angel. On-air promotions on Extreme begin this week with calls to bikini-loving girls to enter the competition. 60-second interstitials of the surf chicks will then be shown between programming in June for Extreme’s viewers to vote on via SMS or the web. The winner of the on-air competition will be flown to Newquay to meet nineteen other contenders for the Miss Reef 2004 title, which results in a year’s modeling contract and other benefits. A program covering the final event will then be shown in Extreme’s early autumn schedule. For further information go to www.extreme.com
CONSPIRACY NEWS – Conspiracy Skateboards and Swamp! We finally have the new Pushead skateboards that everyone has been waiting for. Mohiconspiracy, and Foot of Fear: Klassic Pushead Edition One Nine 9. The Mohiconspiracy is a 7.87 inch street deck, and the Foot of Fear measures 9 inches wide, perfect for pools and parks. Each deck comes in a black Silk Screened bag and a sticker of the same graphic. They are available now, until they run out. In other Conspiracy news, we are having a video party, and premier of part one of the new Conspiracy video. This Saturday at the Bluebird Theatre in Denver. Also playing: Dog Town and Z-Boys, and Future Primitive. It’s Free, 21 and over only, and CHEAP DRINKS! Come on down, doors open at 8pm. On the Swamp side, Lindsey has been busy making lots of kick-ass Rock Posters. You can now start your own collection of Lindsey Kuhn rock posters by joining the Swamp Poster Club. It’s a great way to get a lot of posters, with a great discount! Go to Swampco.com for more information on the Swamp Poster Club. More posters and new skateboards graphics on the way! Keep checking back on both sites for the latest information. www.swampco.com and www.conspiracyboards.com
FUEL, 24/7 ACTION SPORTS TELEVISION NEWS – FUEL, the first 24/7 action sports network dedicated to surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, BMX, motocross and wakeboarding, has created The FUEL Experiment, it was announced today by FUEL’s Vice President of Programming and Marketing, CJ Olivares. The program will provide up to 10 aspiring action sports filmmakers the opportunity to fulfill their cinematic dreams with a production budget of as much as $100,000 each, courtesy of FUEL. ‘Recently, we’ve seen the emergence of a handful of gifted filmmakers who are not only skilled at capturing amazing action but who are also developing excellent storytelling skills,’ said Olivares in making the announcement. ‘The action sports world is filled with compelling characters, action and, most importantly, stories. With the FUEL Experiment, we have the opportunity to nurture, support and expand this culture through narrative filmmaking.’ The FUEL Experiment will not only support as many as 10 filmmaker’s dreams, but may also put a production budget of up to an additional $1 million in the hands of the final would-be action sports filmmaker. The year-round program kicks off today with a call for submissions and a submission deadline of Monday, August 13, 2004. The FUEL Experiment is open to all aspiring filmmakers who meet the criteria and submission is free of charge. Guidelines, along with submission and eligibility requirements are now available at www.fuelexperiment.tv.
OXNARD SKATEPARK Opening reaching fever pitch… The long-awaited skatepark, Oxnard’s newest recreational facility, will be celebrating its Grand Opening on Saturday, June 5 at 10:00 a.m. Located at College Park, 3250 Rose Avenue, the 14,500 sq. ft. skate park, offers bowls, grinding blocks, rails, power points, tombstones and pyramids to skateboarders and in-line skaters. This state of the art facility was designed by world-renowned architect/surfer/skateboarder Zach Wormhoudt who, through public workshops, received input from many local skateboarders and used it to develop a facility that would meet their needs. Built at a cost of $430,000, the park was funded by Certificate of Participation (C.O.P.) and Quimby interest. Oversight of the project was led by Dave Gorcey with the assistance of Larry Thompson and Doug Bungert. The contractor was Channel Islands Paving of Camarillo and California Skate Parks as the sub contractor. Oxnard’s Skatepark will be open from 10 a.m. to dusk during the daylight savings time of year and from 10 am to 5 pm during the rest of the year. Skaters interested in enjoying the skate park will be required to pre-register. Admission will be free. For more information and to receive registration forms contact the PAL (Police Activities League) at (805) 385-8230.
NEWS FROM CLAUS GRABKE – Here’s the first Shot of the new ‘TITUS SKATES Claus Grabke Model’. In 1980 TITUS SKATES became my very first board-sponsor and after more than 20 years and after Model-Boards on POWELL PERALTA, MADRID SKATEBOARDS, and SANTA CRUZ SKATEBOARDS I am now back on TITUS SKATES! I still skate, I never stopped, just quit my sponsors around 1993, because I just wanted to skate for myself and didn’t want to get caught up too much in the business side of the Skate-Industrie! Anyways, I was approached by a couple of Companies in the Meantime and finally decided to give in and bring out a Board again! The attached Photo was taken by Jim Gray, right after he personally made these decks at ABC…the purple deck is the 7,6 and the pink deck is the 8,25 version of the board! graphics by Jimbo Phillipps, son of Jim Phillipps, who did my original SANTA CRUZ graphics! I’m excited and just wanted to share the news with everyone! For anyone interested in what I do these days, please go to: www.alternative-allstars.de…
ESPN X GAMES ANNOUNCES A SERIES OF ENHANCEMENTS FOR X GAMES X, AUGUST 5-8 IN L.A. Complete Live TV Schedule and On-site SportsCenter, Plus New Competitions and Venue Among Changes to World’s Premier Action Sports Event – X Games X will be telecast LIVE across ESPN and ABC, with consistent programming windows at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT on ESPN and a Sunday night primetime window on ABC. SportsCenter, the leading sports news and information program, will report live from X Games X and will be hosted by anchor Linda Cohn. The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. will serve as a new venue, joining STAPLES Center (both AEG owned and operated venues) and additional Los Angeles-area sites. Each event will feature the best of the best showcasing maximum starting fields of 10 athletes in Finals only competitions.* The lineup of sports has been refined. Among the changes, it includes the addition of Skateboard Big Air and Moto X SuperMoto. Skateboard Big Air – An emerging discipline, Big Air is the newest member to the X Games Skateboard sport category. Skateboard Big Air consists of a jump that has a 60-80-foot takeoff ramp, followed by a gap jump, landing and quarterpipe at the bottom. The gap jump set-up is much like a snowboard big air jump. In this judged event, the athlete jumps the gap and executes tricks. Big Air gained its notoriety through skateboarders like Danny Way, who has been leading this movement and can be seen in The DC Video by DC Shoes. The Big Air competition will be held at STAPLES Center…
Thursday, August 5th
Skateboard Vert Finals STAPLES Center
Moto X Best Trick Finals STAPLES Center
Friday, August 6th
Skateboard Street Finals STAPLES Center
Bike Stunt Vert Finals STAPLES Center
Moto X Step Up Finals STAPLES Center
Saturday, August 7th
Aggressive In-Line Vert Finals STAPLES Center
Wakeboard Women’s Finals Long Beach
Surfing The Game – Finals Huntington Beach
Wakeboard Men’s Finals Long Beach
Bike Stunt Park Finals STAPLES Center
Skateboard Vert Women’s Finals STAPLES Center
Skateboard Vert Best Trick Finals STAPLES Center
Moto X Freestyle Prelims Home Depot Center
Sunday, August 8th
Skateboard Street Women’s Finals STAPLES Center
Skateboard Big Air Finals STAPLES Center
Moto X SuperMoto Finals Home Depot Center
Bike Stunt Dirt Finals Home Depot Center
Moto X Freestyle Finals Home Depot Center
A full detailed schedule is forthcoming and will be listed on www.expn.com.
PUNK ROCK – The one and only. FRONTSIDE GRIND at MR T’S bowl. 10:15 Sat. MAY 29th. MR T’sBowl is located at 5623 and a half N. Figuera Blvd in Beautiful Highland Park. FREE Show. This will be our last shoW with Craig on BAss for a while. So come out and kill yourself. Bring your sk8s cuzz sk8brdng is allowed on the dance floor! Ger-I Lewis will give a SMA deck and Surf-A-thon Shirts out to the best FRONTSIDE GRIND.
ASSEMBLING ON ANDROID – June 3 – Makers presents – Assembling on Android – Art, Music and Skateboarding. Obtuse Concept, Adrian Nyman, Ron Camron, Kris Markovich, Corey Sheppard, Adam McNatt, Mt. Egypt, End of June, Big Chings, You, Me and Iowa, Scarlet Symphony and special guest! Thursday June 3, 2004, Indigo Flower 2913 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405. Phone 310-581-9227. Doors open at 6. All Ages.
PODIUM SKATE NEWS – A few of the boys headed down to South Beach Miami to film for the video. Chico Brenes, Mikey Taylor, Daniel Castillo, and Jeron Wilson hit plenty of spots and were able to get some footy even with some bad weather. Mikey and Eric Bork had their room broken into, luckily all things are replaceable. Another Slam City Jam and Jereme Rogers, Chico Brenes and Kerry Getz were able to make the trip. Peter from Supra set up an autograph signing with one of the local shops and about 300 or so kids showed up for an autograph. Steve Berra is back on the stick and he is excited about filming for the video. Keep a look out for Berra on the DVS site in the blogs, he will be joining us in the next film trip. Daewon Song, one of the hardest workers in the biz, is nominated for the Readers Choice Award in the Transworld Skateboard Awards. He is up against Mark Appleyard and P.J. Ladd. Daewon is the man! Go vote for him. Keith Hufnagel will be featured in 411VM # 65 with a Check Up section. Check out what Huf has going on up in the best city on the West Coast (San Francisco if you didn’t know). Keith is also busy filming for the Skate More video. Staying consistent with the top 10 in contest, we have Mr. Rick McCrank placing again! Rick placed 7th at Slam City Jam, congrats Rick! Van Wastell has signed on with Matix for two more years, I got the contract today! Van has been busy up in SF filming for the Krooked vid. Biebel is hanging in the heat up in Sac Town. As we all know, Biebel is a heavy Kings fan but he did take their elimination like a man. Manual down to your local skate shop and check out his new deck from Girl Skateboards…. On the weekend of May 15th, Rick Howard, Mike Carroll, Marc Johnson, Scott Johnston and Danny Garcia headed for the high altitude of Denver, CO via Albuquerque, NM for a three day demo tour. Look for photos from the trip at both lakai.com and crailtap.com. Beginning on July 1, Rick, Mike, Jeff Lenoce, Anthony Pappalardo and Danny Garcia will all be heading up to Canada for a 10 day tour that spans most of Eastern Canada. Quebec City will be the starting point with Oshawa, Ontario (outside of Toronto) being the trips final destination. Check lakai.com soon for dates and details. Rob Welsh has finally been cleared for takeoff after many a long ride on his track back down Recovery Road. It’s been almost 7 months since Welsh went under the knife to repair a torn ACL, and although he’s still not ready for big spin fakie manuals at the pier, he’s already been spotted getting re-acquainted with his nollies. He’s as skate-minded as they come, so it won’t be long until he’s back at 100%. Cairo foster has been on a Popwar tour in Europe for almost three weeks now and there’s no indication that he will be home any time soon. Last we heard from him, he had just arrived in London after a week in southern France. Rumor has it that he is scheduled to return to the US at the beginning of July. For more information, contact Podium Distribution at 310.715.8300.
SKATERBUILT NEWS – Skaterbuilt is proud to introduce the newest members of our Bro-Team: Tristen Adamson – 15, Laguna Hills, CA… Brennen ‘Captain America’ Mulcahy – 15, L.B., CA… Stephan Hoelzel – 13, Trabuco Hills, CA… For more go to www.skaterbuilt.com.
HELLFEST 2004 – July 23, 24, 25. Hellfest is an eight year strong music and skate festival with 5,000 to 8,000 people a day. If you would like to get more info check out www.radiotakeover.com , www.hellfest.com and www.rexplex.com for more info. The bands scheduled to appear include 25 TA LIFE, A LIFE ONCE LOST, THE AKAS, ALEXISONFIRE, ALL ELSE FAILED, ALL THAT REMAINS, ANDREW WK, AGNOSTIC FRONT, ARMSBENDBACK, AS I LAY DYING, THE ATARIS, THE AUTUMN OFFERING, AVAIL, BANE, THE BANNER, BEAR VS. SHARK, BELOVED, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, BLACKLISTED, THE BLED, BLOOD FOR BLOOD, THE BRONX, BURNT BY THE SUN, BURY YOUR DEAD, CALIBAN, CALICO SYSTEM, CANNAE, COMEBACK KID, CONVERGE, DAY OF CONTEMPT, DEAD POETIC, DEAD TO FALL, DEATH BY STEREO, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, DRI, DROWNINGMAN, DRY KILL LOGIC, ED GEIN, EMBRACE TODAY, ENGINEER, ENSIGN, E-TOWN CONCRETE, EVERGREEN TERRACE, FEAR FACTORY, FOLLY, FOR THE LOVE OF, FORDIRELIFESAKE, FOREVER IS FORGOTTEN, FOUNDDEADHANGING, FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW, FULL BLOWN CHAOS, GIVE UP THE GHOST, GLASSEATER, HALIFAX, HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS, HIMSA, THE HOPE CONSPIRACY, HORSE THE BAND, IF HOPE DIES, IT DIES TODAY, THE JUDAS CRADLE, THE JULIANA THEORY, LAST PERFECTION, LIFE OF AGONY, LOVE IS RED, MARTYR AD, MASTODON, MEST, THE MINOR TIMES, MISERY INDEX, MISFITS, MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD, NO HOLLYWOOD ENDING, NO REDEEMING SOCIAL VALUE, NORA, NORMA JEAN, PARK, PLANES MISTAKEN FOR STARS, PRAYER FOR CLEANSING, PYSOPUS, PREMONITIONS OF WAR, RAG MEN, REFLUX, REMEMBERING NEVER, THE RED CHORD, SAVING THROW, SCARS OF TOMORROW, SHADOWS FALL, SHAI HULUD, SHATTERED REALM, SICK OF IT ALL, SPITALFIELD, STABBED BY WORDS, STRETCH ARMSTRONG, STRIKE ANYWHERE, SUFFOCATION, SWORN ENEMY, TERROR, A THOUSAND FALLING SKIES, THROUGH THE DISCIPLINE, TO THE GRAVE, UNDEROATH, UNTIL THE END, WALLS OF JERICHO, WITH DEAD HANDS RISING, WITH HONOR, XDEATHSTARX, YOUR ENEMIES FRIENDS, ZAO, ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE. For info contact – Front Side Skate Shop- RexPLex Skate Park at (908) 355 7797 x 333 FS Skateshop 1001 Ikea Drive Elizabeth, NJ 07201or go to www.hellfest.com
CITY OF SANTA MONICA SKATEPARK NEWS – The City of Santa Monica is proceeding with plans to construct a skatepark at Memorial Park, 14th and Olympic, with a projected completion date of Fall 2004. This fully staffed, state-of-the-art 20,000 square foot facility will be the only year-round skatepark of its kind within the City boundaries. To support the costs for staffing, facility maintenance and park monitoring, the following fee structure is proposed. PROPOSED FEE SCHEDULE – Residents – Youth 17 and Under – Registration Fee $10, Quarterly Pass $20, Daily Pass $3… Residents – Adults 18 and over – Registration Fee $15, Quarterly Pass $35, Daily Pass $5… Non-residents – Youth 17 and Under – Registration Fee – $15, Quarterly Pass, $35, Daily Pass $5… Non-residents – Adults 18 and over – Registration Fee $20, Quarterly Pass $45, Daily Pass $6.50. Financial assistance is available to resident youth. Liability release required. Includes one free skatepark entry… The proposed schedule of operation for the skatepark is Monday through Friday – 3PM – dusk, during the school year and 11AM to dusk on weekends year round, plus weekdays during summer, winter and spring breaks. Public comment regarding the proposed fees is welcome at the Santa Monica City Council Budget Adoption Meeting – June 15, 2004 at 5:30PM (tentative time) at City Council Chambers at 1685 Main Street in Santa Monica, CA.
PINK MOTEL SK8JAM – MassDistraction Sunset Sessions #1- SATURDAY JUNE 19 – 6-11PM – PINK MOTEL SK8JAM. A launch party for Mass Distraction Clothing and the first in a series of fund raising events for the Skatepark Association of America. Support the SPA in it’s fight to get insurance, proper skatepark construction, and parks in the inner city areas. There will be live Performances by North Coast Underground, Fine White China, Schemers and Frontside Grind. DJ sets by David Bacon. Suicide Girls in attendance. As part of Mass Distraction Sunset Sessions #1, JUICE MAGAZINE will sponsor THE SUMMER 2004 SUN VALLEY MASSACRE featuring FOUR SKATE CONTESTS including LONGEST CARVE sponsored by Z-CULT SKATEBOARDS, LONGEST GRIND sponsored by BULLDOG SKATEBOARDS, HIGHEST AIR sponsored by BLACK LABEL / RED KROSS and BEST TRICK sponsored by THE FIRM. $100 TO THE WINNER OF EACH CONTEST and PHOTOS OF EACH WINNER WILL BE FEATURED IN THE NEXT ISSUE OF JUICE MAGAZINE. $10 registration for each contest. The best all around skater of the day will win the ZEPHYR MVP (Most Valuable Pool Rider) AWARD which includes $100, a JEFF HO/ZEPHYR collector’s skateboard, a ZEPHYR competition team shirt and will become an honorary team rider of the ZEPHYR COMPETITION TEAM. Register for the skate contest by e-mailing [email protected] or call 310-399-5336. The Pink Motel is located at 9457 San Fernando Rd. Sun Valley, CA 91352… From Hollywood take the 101N to the 170N exit Sheldon St. Left on Sheldon St. Go 1 Mile. Left on San Fernando Rd. Pink Motel is on your left. Only 20 minutes from Hollywood. $10 to get in or FREE with RSVP to [email protected] Brought to you by SPAUSA, Mass Distraction, The Lunch Program, ADD Marketing, Suicide Girls, Hampton, Astrodeck, DVS Shoes, 118 Boardshop, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, VSA, PEP and JUICE MAGAZINE. For skate contest info please e-mail [email protected]
NEW AMERICAN NOMAD DECKS – Bill Danforth and tattoo artist Jay Kelly have teamed up to create American Nomad Skateboards. We have the limited, signed and numbered Bill Danforth with a sick graphic from the archives. Plus the heart logo deck featuring classic tattoo graphics by Jay Kelly at Shamrockcustoms.com.
GO SKATEBOARDING DAY EVENT – JUNE 21 – What: Central Village / Tum Yeto / Memorial Skatepark ‘Go Skateboarding Day’ Free Skate Day – When: 1:00 PM – 8:00PM Monday June 21st, 2004… Where: Memorial Skatepark – Dolores Magdaleno Memorial Recreation Center 2902 Marcy Ave, San Diego, CA 92113( address of the skate park is 702 30th St.
NHS GO SKATEBOARDING DAY GAMES – We’re chartering a couple buses and taking the entire company to a local concrete park to hold the first ever NHS Skatepark Games. It will be a series of contests that both our skating and non-skating employees can partake in. When: 5:15 – 7:45pm – Monday, June 21st 2004… Where: The Newly Rebuilt Encinitas YMCA – 200 Saxony Rd., Encinitas CA… Description: Celebrating skateboarding’s new holiday – the one day of the year you can ‘officially’ take off and skate all damn day! June 21st in ‘GO SKATEBOARDING DAY’ and SKATEBOARDER magazine invites you to join us at the newly re-built YMCA in Encinitas. During the 2nd session, 5:15-7:45pm we’ll be skating, providing FREE bar-b-que, and some of your favorite companies will be on hand with product and pros. Go to skateboardermag.com for more info.
GO SKATEBOARDING DAY – What: Giant Skateboard Distribution, Vans and Family celebrates Go Skateboarding Day… Where: Vans Skatepark at the Block, 20 city Blvd. West Bldg. A Ste. 2, Orange, CA 92868… When: 12:00pm – 5pm Monday June 21st, 2004 Description: Giant Skateboard Distribution and our brands are celebrating ‘Go Skateboarding Day’ at the Vans Skatepark. Some pro and amateur riders at Stereo, Popwar, Black Label, Destructo and Skaterade will be joining us for the cause. Friends, family and the local community are invited to come celebrate with food, drinks and skateboarding! $5 cover.
UPCOMING SHOWS – The Cliftons and Texas Thieves – Weds June 23th at the Showcase Theater in Corona, CA and Thurs 24th in Downey, CA at the Stardust Lounge, Fri 25th in Anahiem, CA at the Doll Hut with the Smut Peddlers…
SKATEBOARDING PHENOMENON TONY HAWK EXPLAINS THE GROWING APPEAL OF THE SPORT ON ’60 MINUTES,’ Charlie Rose explores the growing popularity of professional skateboarding with the sport’s most awe-inspiring trendsetter Tony Hawk on 60 MINUTES, Wednesday, June 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. A self-described outcast as a child growing up in San Diego, Hawk turned his skateboarding hobby into a profession at age 14. Now, 20 years later, having invented over 80 tricks and becoming the first to master the ‘900,’ two-and-a-half airborne revolutions on the board, Hawk has become the face of modern skateboarding. At age 34, he sports an image so squeaky clean that companies are lining up to do business with him. Activision’s video game ‘Tony Hawk, Pro Skater’ is one of the top-selling video games in the world and Hawk’s own line of skateboarding-inspired products has earned more than $20 million over the last two years alone. Inspired by his need for constant stimulation as a child, Hawk created the ultimate answer to attention deficit disorder. ‘Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huck Jam,’ an extreme sports spectacle packaged for arenas around the country, features the world’s best motocrossers, BMX bikers and skateboarders. ‘I was just doing a lot of exhibitions in recent years, seeing the crowds grow and grow and I felt like there was enough interest where we could be the focus of the tour.’ When asked to explain the extreme sport’s popularity, Hawk says, ‘I think the growing appeal is constant action, constant excitement.’ Comparing a skateboarding competition to an auto race, Hawk says, ‘I think the fans like the perceived risk factor. You know, whether anyone wants to admit it or not, they like to see us take spills.’ For details go to www.cbsnews.com/stories/1999/05/24/60II/main48284.shtml
ONE-OF-A-KIND SURFBOARDS CREATED BY THE MASTERS TO BE UNVEILED – DISPLAYED TO PUBLIC BEFORE GALA CHARITY AUCTION – Benefits the Surfrider Foundation… WHO: The Michelangelos, Michael Jordans and Rodins of surfboard shaping, the art of ‘building’ a surfboard. Boards by artists like Dale Velzy, Drew Brophy, Reynolds Yater, and others. WHAT: Shown for the first time ever, these 10 boards are the Last Supper, Lamborghini Diablos, and Great Pyramids of surfboards. For instance, Velzy boards have been known to go for $30,000 at auction, Reynold Yater’s board is the first, and because of the cost and labor, most likely the only board of its kind. At the very least, all of these boards are original and unique works of art. WHEN: Thursday, June 10th – 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM on display through June 16th. WHERE: Swatch Store – South Coast Plaza – Costa Mesa, CA FACTS: On June 17th, the Surfrider Foundation will auction these 10 boards along with 19 other boards to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, with the funds raised to be used to continue the protection and preservation of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers, the Foundation now maintains over 37,000 members and 60 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico, with international affiliates in Australia, Europe, Japan and Brazil. For more information or to join the Surfrider Foundation, visit us at www.surfrider.org. Click here for Surfrider Foundation 20th Anniversary Gala and Surf Auction Photos
CALIFORNIA STATE GAMES – Final Bowl qualifier for the California State Games…June 25th at Chula Vista Skatepark… All entries also get an invite to the warped tour. For more go to www.caslusf
HAVASSY Signature Apparel Launch Party and Art Show at 9 Star – Saturday – June 19, 2004. 8pm-Midnight. Musical Performance by The Groove Ensemble. 9 Star is located at 11103 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. For more info go to www.havassyart.com or www.9star.com.
DAMN AM 2004 at Minneapolis, Minnesota Results – The Damn Am at Minneapolis was yet another super fun weekend of skating and hanging out with friends new and old. Andrew Cannon from Glen Mills, PA riding for Fairman’s Skate Shop, Osiris, Krew, and Nixon won Street. Trace Saylor from Sugarland, TX riding for Adio, The Source Board Shop, and Pangea Skateobards won the Adio Best Trick Contest for a switch frontside feeble down the rail. Chris Lehman from Tampa, FL won the Damn Am Bowl Jam on Friday night.
POOL PARTY 2004 -Jun 23 – Pool Party 2004 -La Kantera Skatepark Arrigunaga Beach – Getxo- Euskadi -Spain. For more go to www.skatepoolparty.com
VANS SKATEPARK CLOSING – The Vans Skatepark at the Ontario Mills Mall will be closing for good on Sunday June 13th.
SKATE RAMPS LOOKING FOR A HOME – To any one interested. The corners from the Red bull ‘Urban Waves’ race are looking for a home. There are 10 corners and one start ramp 6′ tall. You can take one or all. The corners break down to five pieces. They are in storage in Northern New Jersey and Red bull no longer want to pay to store them so if no one takes them they’ll be dumped. You can check out eastcoastramp.com to see what they look like.
ISA NEWS – SURFING NEWS – ON THE OLYMPIC FRONT Information for WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) WADA has requested that each ISA NGB know what travel plans its athletes have for the month of July because WADA will be conducting out of competition testing. This is mostly for Sports included on the official Programme, but since surfing is a recognized sport, the ISA, and all of its NGBs come under this umbrella of WADA and therefore; out of competition testing. WADA wants to know the exact addresses and exactly where the NGB athletes (those that participated in the last WSG in Ecuador), will be in the month of July 2004. As part of the WADA code that the ISA has signed, out of competition testing is a part of the code and can be conducted at any given time. The ISA kindly requests each NGB to submit information and contacts to the ISA for each competitor from the WSG 2004 in Ecuador. For the NGBs that did not participate in the WSG 2004, please send a list of athletes from the last WSG that your national team participated in, along with their addresses and travel plans for the month of July 2004. For those NGBs who have never participated, please send the ISA a list from your last national series. The ISA would really appreciate this information by no later than Thursday, June 10th to be able to send it in. Please send it to Maile Aguerre at the following email: [email protected]
RAY CHARLES IS GONE – Ray Charles, an American icon is dead at the age of 73. Brother Ray died today after a long fight with liver disease. Charles, who was best known for such hits as ‘Georgia On My Mind’ and ‘Hit the Road Jack’ and ‘America The Beautiful,’ died at 11:35 a.m. PDT on June 10th at his Beverly Hills home, surrounded by family, friends and business associates.
HAWAII – Surfing becomes an official High School sport in Hawaii – Excerpt from CNN.com, posted Friday, May 21, 2004 – Riding the waves was made an official high school sport on Thursday, May 20th by the State Board of Education. The decision on whether to have a surfing team will be up to each school. Before voting 9 – 0, board members heard about one hour of testimony mostly in favor of sanctioning the sport. Despite its history as the birthplace of surfing, Hawaii had never allowed recognized interscholastic high school surfing teams because of concerns over safety, costs and liability. Public School students now compete in surf meets as members of clubs, but they can’t use their schools’ names. The new policy will allow surf clubs to be official school teams. For the full story, please go to: http://www.cnn.com/2004/EDUCATION/05/21/high.school.surfing.ap/.
RED BULL BIG WAVE AFRICA 2004 – Surfing South Africa (SSA) Specialty event. June 7 – 27, Dungeons, Hout Bay, Cape Town – The challenge to surf the biggest ride-able waves on the coastline of Africa is based in Hout Bay on the Cape Peninsula and the competitors, along with the three alternates, wait for swells exceeding five metres in height at Dungeons, the open ocean reef under the towering cliffs of the Sentinel Mountain, during the 21 day holding period. The life threatening nature of big wave surfing has led to the contest itself only being staged twice since it was initiated in 1999 – in near perfect 15 – 18 foot (5 – 6 metre) swells in 2000 when Holmes clinched victory and in similar size but incredibly hollow waves last year when Long dominated proceedings – ironically both occasions held on the day after the holding period ended! However, the invitees challenge Dungeons every time it breaks and several wind-blown sessions that were unsuitable for the contest have produced rides on swells in the 20 foot plus (7-8 metres) range, creating wave faces the height of a four story building. A prize-pool totaling R125 000 is at stake, while the streamlined contest format geared to completing the contest in under four hours enables contest director Gary Linden (California) and his newly appointed assistant, local big wave surfing legend Jonathan Paarman from Hout Bay, to thoroughly check the conditions before giving the contest the go-ahead. The all important safety aspects of Red Bull BWA will again be coordinated by California based water safety expert Shawn Alladio and her Brazilian partner Marcelo Ulyssea on PWC’s. Dr Duncan Laurenson, himself a surfer, and a pair of paramedics with state-of-the-art life-support systems are in the line-up at Dungeons on every day the break is surfed, backed up by an interim trauma unit and ambulance available at the event HQ. Red Bull Big Wave Africa 2004 Competitors include Grant Baker (Durban), Carlos Burle (Brazil), Mickey Duffus (Cape Town), Sean Holmes (Wilderness), Greg Long (California), Andrew Marr (Cape Town), Coco Nogales (Mexico), Jason Ribbink (Durban), Jamie Sterling (Hawaii), Justin Strong (Cape Town), Darryl ‘Flea’ Virostko (California), Grant Washburn (California). Alternates – International: Doug Young (New Zealand)… South African: David Smith (Cape Town), Richie Sills (Durban) Information on the status of the event: www.rebullbwa.com
SIDE ONE DUMMY NEWS – PUNK ROCK RADIO LA – There is a killer new radio station in L.A. called INDIE 103. They play all kinds of cool tunes from The Shins to The Ramones to Bad Religion and Flogging Molly. Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols is the daytime freakin’ DJ. COMPLETE CONTROL is a new show on INDIE 103 that airs for an hour every thursday night from 9-10 (pst) hosted by Joe Sib. He gets to play whatever he wants. Punk Rock, old and new! So far both CJ Ramone and Rick Thorne have stopped by the show and later this month Fat Mike will be on the show. If you don’t live in L.A. or O.C. you can listen to the show online at INDY 103 ONLINE. Click ‘Listen Live’ right under the INDIE 103 logo. COMPLETE CONTROL airs from 9-10pm (pst). That’s west coast time!!! Check it out. Joe is also spinning alot of stuff from unsigned bands. So, if you have music and it doesn’t suck, send it to him here at SideOne, attn: ‘Complete Control’ PO Box 2350 Los Angeles, CA 90078.
OUTLOOK SKATEBOARD NEWS: Burley Wheels and Bearings (a division of OutLook Skateboards) is proud to WELCOME Adam Bateham to the Team. Pictures and video clips may be viewed on our web site. I also have lots of sick footage of him which can be seen in the next video. Adam’s mother also just passed on and there is a donation being taking for her funeral….. Adam’s mom was an amazing woman who took in many disabled kids, including Adam, and gave them a life. Adam, who is wheelchair-bound except while skating, is at the mercy of the funeral home. I have contacted the funeral home and begged them to carry a loan so that Adam and his foster brothers and sisters can relax have a nice funeral for their Mother. I am counting on the skate community to come together for Adam . If you can send a check, or wire some money as soon as possible, may it come back to you thricefold. Let’s show a fellow skater we care. Please forward this to your mailing lists and post on your websites. Thank you so much. – Send to: Adam Bateham 2901 E. Yorba Linda Blvd., Apt. 122 Fullerton, CA 92831… e-mail [email protected]
SKATELAB NEWS – Summer Camp is filling up…. Longer Hours on Sundays… Wednesday Night Skateboarding Lessons Start June 16tH… 2nd Annual Alfa Night Car Show June 19th… For more go to www.skatelab.com
JEFF HO – OUT OF CONTROL – June 5th, 2004, the legendary Jeff Ho, owner of Zephyr Productions, will be hosting a surf art party in Beverly Hills, CA. The show entitled ‘Out of Control’ will include custom made Zephyr surfboards and Zephyr skateboards along with a display of paintings by Adam Kirby, and surf photography by Grant Rohloff and Geoff Van Dusen. The show will feature extraordinary big wave surfing action photography – past and present – from all around the world. The event starts at 7PM on June 5, 2004 and will take place at the Dionicia Essence Boutique – 9320 Civic Center Drive Beverly Hills, CA. For photos from the Opening Party : click here.
MIGHTY MAMA SKATE-O-RAMA – The International Society of Skateboarding Moms is pleased to announce… The MIGHTY MAMA SKATE-O-RAMA in Manhattan, NY! When: Saturday, June 26. Who: Skateboarding moms and all who support them–skaters, non-skaters, male, female, young and not-so-young! Where: Hudson River Park skatepark (morning) and Central Park (afternoon). Why: Because moms gotta have fun! It’s also the first week of summer and the week of Go Skateboarding Day (June 21). What else: Raffle of cool skate goods and other products/services. The event ends with a ‘Rolling for Reading’ book distribution to local kids. Details to come at www.skateboardmom.com
VERT RAMP FOR ENCINITAS YMCA – Target Stores-Sponsored Vert Ramp To Be Dedicated At The Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA in Encinitas, Calif. Shaun White and Mat Hoffman to host Encinitas skate park Grand Reopening and Media Day with top Southern California pro athletes. Target Stores announced today that it will dedicate the 2003 Summer X Games vert ramp during the facility’s skate park Grand Reopening and Media Day on Sunday, June 13, 2004. Target acquired and donated the ramp to the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA during its recent remodeling in order to preserve vert riding for future generations. The day’s festivities will be hosted by Target-sponsored action sports athletes Shaun White and Mat Hoffman. The Grand Reopening and Media Day, which will begin at 1:00 p.m., will include a demo by top pro skateboarders and BMX riders, an autograph signing session and a silent auction featuring items donated by the athletes. The proceeds raised from the silent auction will be donated to the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA. The long-awaited reopening of the Encinitas skate park, which has a hillside view of the Pacific Ocean and is one of the most photographed locations in the sport of skateboarding, also will include an open skate session for YMCA members after the pro demo. In addition to the vert ramp contribution by Target, the 33,000 square-foot park will also feature two new concrete bowls, including a clover bowl and a kidney bowl, and a 15,000 square-foot street course. In recent years, Target has increased its support of the action sports community in a positive and unique way. The sponsorship of the X Games vert ramp at the YMCA is part of its commitment to the communities where it does business and its support of programs that promote the arts, education and social services. Nationally, Target, along with its parent company Target Corporation, gives back more than $2 million a week to communities across the United States. For more go to www.target.com
BEAST OF THE EAST CONTEST – The next contest is at 885 Skatepark in West Mifflin, PA on Sunday June 13th. There are 3 divisions – intermediate, advanced and sponsored. It costs 20 bucks to enter and registration is at 10am and the contest starts at 12. Check out unitedskate.com.
QUEEN OF SURF – SG Magazine Announces Third Annual Queen of Surf Event June 12-13th in San Diego, California… The Year’s Only WQS Four-Star All-Girl Professional Surfing Event on the Mainland Benefits Boarding For Breast Cancer… SG, the world’s leading action sports-lifestyle magazine for girls, is pleased to announce its Third Annual Queen of Surf event benefiting Boarding For Breast Cancer (B4BC). Scheduled to run June 12-13 at the Pacific Beach Pier in San Diego, California, this year’s event will build on the momentum and success of the 2003 contest by attracting even more big-name athletes and expanding the amateur division. Queen of Surf is one of 10 events on the 2004 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) in the U.S. and one of 20 contests internationally. This year’s Queen of Surf is WQS four-star rated, up from last year’s one-star rating, and is offering $20,000 in prize money for the pros. With big points and prize money on the line, SG has already locked in commitments from elite professional surfers from around the globe including 2003 WQS champion Melanie Bartels, 2003 NSSA champion Erica Hosseini, 2003 Triple Crown of Surfing champion Keala Kennely, Holly Beck of the WB’s Boarding House fame and two-time Queen of Surf victor Prue Jeffries to name just a few. Due to the success of last year’s amateur competition, SG has expanded the amateur field to include a total of 48 competitors. Girls of all ages and abilities are invited to compete in the am division, embracing the local athletes and providing an opportunity for youth to compete alongside their favorite pros. Amateur divisions are: Mermaid (12 and under shortboard), Princess (13-15 shortboard), Open Shortboard (16 and up), and Open Longboard (all ages). $5,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winners in each of the four divisions. In addition to the $20,000 prize purse and $5,000 in prizes, a monetary donation will go to Boarding for Breast Cancer to support efforts to educate and raise awareness about breast cancer. A slew of sponsors who share SG’s dedication to the event and the cause include Aaron Chang, Fender, Hawaiian Tropic, Mt. High, O’Neill, and Point Conception. In addition to the competition, spectators can also participate in the OP Girls Learn To Ride surfing clinic where qualified instructors will be on site providing hands-on surf instruction to women of all ages, check out up-and-coming DJ’s in the Tascam booth, and walk the festival area to get a chance to score T-shirts, posters and stickers, as well as get autographs from their favorite pro surfers. Fans can also check out all of the action on GKA, the all-female television show from 24-hour action sports network FUEL (airdate TBA). For additional event-related information and athlete registration details, visit www.sgmag.com/queenofsurf/
WILD IN THE STREETS – Wild In The Streets ’04 – Saturday, June 12, 2004, history will be made and Enarchy will reign as skateboarders from all over the Northeast will descend upon NYC on Saturday, June 12, 2004, for a day of renegade skateboarding with the Emerica team at secret street spots throughout Manhattan! Hosted by the Emerica Crew, Wild in the Streets ’04 will bring skaters together from all over for what will turn out to be the largest, out-of-control, kick-ass street session ever. Featuring best trick contests, free product, and plenty more at a series of undisclosed real street locations throughout Manhattan, skaters truly will be Wild in the Streets with Emerica. 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., Autumn Skate Shop – Skaters from all over the East Coast are invited to meet up with the Emerica team at Autumn skate shop in Manhattan. From there, they will recieve the Emerica Wild in the Streets ’04, NYC skate itinerary. This itinerary will disclose the times and secret skate locations of where the team is headed. The intinerary will also have skating (and subway) directions from each spot to the next, and will be available only at Autumn skate shop at noon on Saturday, June 12…. 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Real Street Spots – From Autumn, skaters will mob together with the Emerica team at renegade skate jams throughout a series of pre-selected NYC street spots! Each of these spots will host best trick contests, give-a-ways, and more, as the Emerica crew and the entire East Coast skateboarding community claim the streets of Manhattan! 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., KCDC Skate Shop – After taking the streets, the Emerica Crew will lead the way to KCDC Skate Shop in Brooklyn for a raging mini-ramp jam, free BBQ, even more giveaways, Emerica team autograph sessions, and the Mega-Raffle* that will benefit the John Cardiel Fund. Emerica presents Wild in the Streets ’04. Saturday, June 12, 2004 New York City 12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m. For more information on Emerica’s Wild in the Streets 04, NYC, please contact Autumn and KCDC skate shops: Autumn Skate Shop 436 East 9th ST New York, NY (212) 677-6220 and KCDC Skate Shop 99 North Tenth ST #104 Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 387-9006. Product for the Mega-Raffle* generously donated by the following companies: Alien Workshop, Almost, Anti-Hero, Baker, Chocolate, enjoi, eS, Flip, Foundation, Girl, Habitat, Independent, Lakai, Mystery, Rasa Libre, Real, RVCA, Seek, Skaterade, Spitfire, Thunder, Toy Machine, Vans, Venture, YMCA Skate Camp, Zero. *All proceeds collected go directly to benefit the John Cardiel Recovery Fund. Mega-Raffle tickets available for purchase on day of event only. Must be present at KCDC at time of Mega-Raffle to collect prizes. Prizes will be awarded to Mega-Raffle ticket holders only! For more info go to www.emericaskate.com.
GO SKATEBOARDING DAY – ‘Go Skateboarding Day’ June 21st, 2004. The International Association of Skateboard Companies and its member companies introduce the historical beginning of the first annual ‘Go Skateboarding Day’. A day for anyone and everyone to take a break from everything else, get together with family and friends and go to your favorite terrain or spot of choice and let the good times roll. Go Skateboarding Day is June 21st which happens to be the first day of summer in North America. While IASC has initiated this Go Skateboarding campaign we hope to see it grow into an international holiday beast of it’s own. Just imagine the grind heard round the world. Spread the word, Go Skateboarding Day, June 21st, 2004 All day, all night. Site: skateboardiasc.org
RED BULL NEWS – The Red Bull Vert Sessions returns for its second annual tour of the UK, visiting Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and Brighton between May and September. The tour will feature some of the UK’s premier vert kings including Ali Cairns and Dave Allen. The Vert Sessions is a combined series of demos and workshops, held in the best skate parks around the UK, open to any level of skater under the age of 20. Each visit will consist of a two-day session hosted by the pros themselves. A clinic on day one will teach riders everything they need to know about the discipline, whilst day two will see four pros performing their best and brightest tricks and going out to the crowds on the massive Red Bull 15-metre King-size II Vert Ramp in the city centres. We all know that as of late that vert has been pushed to the side by street skating basically due to the time, patience and difficulty the discipline requires. However, as part of its continued commitment to the scene, Red Bull is hosting this tour to enable riders to get to grips with the basics, feel confident about their riding and discover that je ne sais quios and essence of how rewarding sessioning vert can be. As well as offering a platform for those who have never ridden vert before, it will also provide the chance for those to take their riding that all important next step. Last year, over a hundred riders between the ages of 8 and 18 took part in the Sessions. Some had never even stood at the top of a ramp before, never mind attempt to drop in. However, with encouragement, advice and geeing from the pros, little dudes were mastering their first ever grab on every single leg along the tour! Ali Cairns reckons, ‘It’s great to be back for another year, the whole event is really rewarding, especially when you see a kid drop in their first time. One minute they’re shaking at the top of the ramp, the next they’re riding it! But more than anything, it’s rewarding to know that we’re really helping to shape the future of the British vert scene and hope we can recruit even more riders this time round’. The Vert Sessions will visit the following locations: 25th -26th August – Birmingham (Centenary Square); 1st -2nd September – Leeds (Millennium Square); 4th -5th September – Brighton (Beach outside Zap Club). P.S. There could be a few legendary ‘mystery’ pro’s turning up from stop to stop, so don’t say you haven’t been warned!
UNITED SKATE NEWS – The next Grom Contest is gonna be at 885 Skate Park in West Mifflin, PA on Saturday June 12th. registration is at 10am and the contest starts around 12. There are 2 divisions – beginner and intermediate. It costs 20 bucks to enter. The grom series is for skaters 13 years old and younger. Check out unitedskate.com.
BRICK AND MORTAR, DOCUMENTS NYC STREET CULTURE – New York, NY (May 20, 2004): NYC skateboarding fixtures Steve Rodriguez and Jay Maldonado are proud to announce the release of Brick and Mortar – a mix-tape style DVD that provides a candid, inside look at the Big Apple’s unique street culture melting pot. Slated to hit shelves in early June 2004 and backed by Mountain Dew, Brick and Mortar will be distributed free of charge at select retailers throughout New York’s metropolitan area. ‘This project isn’t about making a profit,’ says noted videographer and Lower East Side resident, Jay Maldonado. ‘It’s about celebrating the many different cultures, lifestyles and mind-sets that have shaped New York into such an incredible city.’ To help ensure the 30-minute DVD retained a gritty edge and accurately captured the sights, sounds and experiences that truly define NYC street culture, Rodriguez and Maldonado collected footage from an array of NYC-based independent filmers. Submissions included everything from skateboarding, graffiti and hip-hop, to b-boys and blow out parties. After countless hours of sifting and editing, an authentic snap-shot of everyday city life was born – Brick and Mortar. ‘I was initially hesitant to enlist corporate support for an underground project of this nature,’ comments 5boro Skateboards Founder and Owner Steve Rodriguez, ‘but Mountain Dew gave us complete creative control which was great because Jay and I were able to make something that really supports and represents many aspects of the New York scene. Brick and Mortar was a huge undertaking and I’m really happy with the final product.’ On the skateboarding front, Brick and Mortar features the talents of Pat Smith, Quim Cardona, Dan Pensyl, Andy Bautista and many more NYC locals, including an extended segment with Billy Rohan. It takes you where few skateboarders have gone before – to a session at Brooklyn’s indoor, privately owned-and-operated Autumn Bowl. Organized and run as a co-op, only a handful of key holders and their friends usually skate this oasis. Plus, Brick and Mortar takes a first-hand look at the family-like environment cultivated within the walls of KCDC Skateshop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Featuring a special intro by Earsnot – the creative force behind one of Manhattan’s more prevalent tags – Brick and Mortar also examines NYC’s music and art scenes including Tuff City Styles which runs a tattoo shop, record label and entertainment company. Sample fresh beats from the Flame Torches and check out elaborate tattoos and graffiti from urban art pioneers Cesone and Med. Finally, catch a special guest appearance by NYC’s elusive graffiti legend, Espo. A DVD release party is scheduled for Saturday, June 5th from 8pm-2am at Brooklyn’s Autumn Bowl located at 73 West Street between Milton and Noble. The party is open to the public and will feature a Brick and Mortar video premier, live graffiti exhibition, skate contest, DJ’s and more. In addition to Mountain Dew, Brick and Mortar was made possible with generous support from 5boro Skateboards, Etnies, Defex Clothing, KCDC Skateshop, ABC Skateshop, Autumn Skateshop, and web portals 5050skateboarding.com and OfficialNewYork.com. Keep an eye out for Brick and Mortar: Volume 2, scheduled to drop Fall 2004. Find out more at www.brickandmortar.tv.