MARCH 2005 NEWS

SKATERBUILT NEWS – Ditch wheels and Pool Side Favors (60mm or 63mm) available from Skaterbuilt Skateboards – home of the legendary Jay Smith. Skaterbuilt is now introducing Jay’s second board design – the Jay Smith II – 10.5′ x 33′ with a 17.5′ wheelbase. Limited SPS Punk Logo Wood Decks, ConeKiller GS Wood/Concave Slalom Decks and GroundHog Pig Series decks (11′ x 33′) are now in stock along with a new batch of PF60 and PF63s wheels! Go to www.skaterbuilt.com. Check out the gnarly Long Beach pipe session photos while you’re there.

R.I.P. Dennis ‘Polar Bear’ Agnew

R.I.P. Wayne Miyata

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – X GAMES 11 SET FOR AUGUST 4-7, 2005 IN LOS ANGELES – ESPN, Inc. and AEG today announce that the 11th annual X Games will be held in and around Los Angeles for a third consecutive year. Primary venues include AEG owned and operated Home Depot Center in Carson and STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles, as well as Long Beach Marine Stadium. The event is scheduled for August 4-7, 2005. The annual X Games is the premier action sports event in the world and showcases more than 150 of the world’s top athletes competing in Bike Stunt, Moto X, Skateboard, Surfing and Wakeboard. X Games 11 will be telecast live on ESPN and ABC. Forthcoming details on X Games 11 can be found on www.expn.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Red Bull Big Wave Africa 2005 – The seventh annual Red Bull Big Wave Africa surfing event is set to take place at Dungeons, Cape Town from the 22 May – 12 June, 2005. The 12 man field of big wave chargers have a three week waiting period for the Roaring Forties to produce the required 5 metre (15 foot) waves needed to stage the contest. Dungeons, the aptly named extreme surf spot situated under the towering cliffs of the Sentinel at the mouth of Hout Bay on the Cape Peninsula, produces the biggest rideable waves on the coast of the continent. The challenge faced by the invited big wave specialists is heightened by the frigid water temperatures making thick wetsuits, booties, hoods and even gloves a necessity for most of the competitors. The treacherous surf, dense kelp beds and abundant sea life which inhabit the marine reserve, including predators preying on the nearby seal colony, make water-safety a key feature of the event. A comprehensive water-safety team is in attendance even during practice sessions at the life threatening surf break. Red Bull Big Wave Africa has secured its position as the world’s second longest running big wave surfing contest after the Eddie Aikau event at Waimea Bay in Hawaii. Only two champions have been crowned in the previous six years – Sean Holmes from South Africa in 2000 and Californian Greg Long in 2003. The line-up of international invitees is still being finalised but the local contingent of Grant Baker and Jason Ribbink from Durban, Sean Holmes and Cape Town’s Mickey Duffus have been confirmed, as are former Capetonian Chris Bertish, now in the UK, and John Whittle (Durban), who make a welcome return to the ranks after missing last year’s event. Gary Linden from California, will fill the positions of Project Manager and Contest Director. Being an experienced big wave surfer himself, Linden has witnessed Dungeons in all its moods and is confident that sooner or later the event will be contested in some of the biggest waves ever ridden by paddle in surfers. As usual, an expert team of local water safety and medical personnel has been assembled under the leadership of Californian rescue expert Shawn Alladio to reassure the surfers no matter what situation arises; they have the best available assistance at hand. The whole event can be followed via www.redbullbwa.com where information on the location, profiles on the athletes and support staff, how to watch the event and daily images, video clips and reports are just a click away. www.redbullbwa.com

VIDEO PREMIERE – ‘Skatecolorado- Mountains of Trannys’ will premier April 16th at the Dark Horse Saloon in Boulder, CO. The video features skateparks, backyard ramps, natural terrain, contests and demos found throughout Colorado. The soundtrack features Colorado’s finest punk, hardcore, metal and country. The weekend will be full of great sessions at Denver’s best spots, so it’s well worth the trip. More info at: http://skatecolorado.com/theVideo/

Quim Cardona has updated his website. Check it out at http://www.quimcardona.com/begin.html. Also check out www.sushiwheels.com. Sushi Team Riders are Quim Cardona, Adrian Williams, Billy Rohan, Carlos Ruiz, Grant Patterson, Kurtis Colamonico and Ricardo Maciel de Carvalho.

VIDEO PREMIERE ONLINE – TotalVid, the leading video download store for action sports, anime, and travel enthusiasts, is rolling out the virtual red carpet on May 2 with the exclusive world premiere of the hottest skateboarding video of the year, the Globe 2005 World Cup Skateboarding video, filmed recently in Melbourne, Australia. An entire month before it hits retail stores across the world, this will be the first and only one-stop online location where skateboarding fans can see photos from the competition, purchase via download this much-anticipated video, win great prizes, and chat live with the video’s executive producer. Every year a hand picked line-up of renowned skateboarding legends travel to Melbourne, Australia to test their skills against the best competition skateboarders. This year the Globe World Cup was once again an invitational event, and was the Australian leg and opening round of the 2005 World Cup Skateboarding series. It featured some of the best skateboarders in the world, competing for a total prize pool of $82,000 on one of the most progressive street courses ever built. During the exclusive virtual red carpet premiere on May 2, fans can chat live with Executive Producer Brett Hardy for a behind-the-scenes look at what you’ll see, and won’t see, on the video. Beginning at the premiere, the video will be available for download for $3.99 to be viewed as many times as you like for 7 days, so you can be the first to watch this with your friends before it hits the stores on June 2, 2005. For more details on times for the event, please check for updates on www.totalvid.com.

The South Rises Again… – Grindline is finishing up a park in Athens, GA, while new backyard vert ramps, backyard pools and indoor bowls are going up in SC.

Quiksilver to Acquire Rossignol in $320 million Stock Buy-out – Quiksilver announced an agreement in principle to acquire the Rossignol Group SA. The Rossignol Group owns and operates a diversified portfolio of premier brands including Rossignol, Dynastar, Lange and Look in winter sports, as well as Cleveland Golf. The combination of Quiksilver and Rossignol will create the global leader in the outdoor sports lifestyle market… Copyright 2005 SportsNewsSource, LLC

VF Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all the outstanding stock of Reef Holdings Corporation from an investor group led by majority shareholder Swander Pace Capital. Terms were not disclosed. Reef had sales of $75 million in 2004 excluding royalties, and is looking forward to another year of double-digit growth in 2005… Copyright 2005 SportsNewsSource, LLC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Jet Set’s very own celebrity surfer Sanoe Lake has written a book, Surfer Girl: A Guide to the Surfing Life, under Time Warner’s Little Brown Books. Due to hit stores May 2005, Surfer Girl is not just for die-hard active surfers. It’s for anyone interested in learning how to surf, and interested in the ocean, beach life, fashion and the overall surf lifestyle. But becoming a real Surfer Girl isn’t just a matter of knowing how to stand up on the board. You have to learn the essence of the surf lifestyle: patience, discipline, focus and perseverance. ‘This book was written to inspire and educate any girl who wants to try surfing, learn about the history of surfing and learn about the ever elusive, mysterious and beautiful ocean,’ explains Sanoe. ‘I hope the girls reading this book will get a glimpse of a love that has been a huge part of my life.’ Loaded with illustrations, charts and cartoons as well as full-color pictures and actual ancient etchings from the Hawaiian historical museum, this book will treat your eye, as well as your mind. Surfer Girl is a must read for all water-loving girls,

Congrats Dennis Busenitz for winning Tampa Pro 2005 Street. Congrats Neal Hendrix for winning Tampa Pro 2005 Vert. For complete coverage of the event go to www.skateparkoftampa.com.

April 30, 2005 – 88 presents ‘BowlORama’ at Bryggeriet in Malmo, Sweden. Sponsored by Juice Magazine, Innes, Consolidated, Defekt, Giftorn, Blackout Skateboardz, Lip Service Wheel Co, Strestlab, Semester, Washed Up Skateboards, Deathbox. Go to www.bryggeriet.org to check out the park and go to and www.pitbox.se to find out more about the Swedish rippers in the bowl contest.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sessions would like to welcome John Ponts as it’s newest addition to the team. Residing in San Diego, Ponts is capable of skating everything and anything placed before him. It’s this well roundedness, rawness and 100% skateboarder attitude that make John a perfect fit to the team and we’re proud to have him. John also rides for Black Label Skateboards, Destructo Trucks, Speed Metal Bearings, Hardluck Wheels, Vans Shoes, and Vestal Watches. For more information on Sessions Apparel, log on to www.sessions.com.

HELP BUILD CRETE – This weekend is the final dig of the first private indoor skate pool in Portland, OR. Send raffle items and donations to aid with the final pour. If you have any questions, call Dave Tobin or Shaggy (Palmer Pools) at 206-818-0854 or the number below. Send your tax deductable items and donations to The Tobins – 1721 N.E. 80th Ave Portland, OR 97213 or e-mail tobin_dave@hotmail.com

2005 PATRICK KERR SKATEBOARD SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS – The application deadline for the 2005 Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship is April 20th. This is the only college scholarship fund for skateboarders. Awards are based on activism for skateboarders. For application information, visit www.skateboardscholarship.org

VANS NEWS – Introducing Vans’ Tony III-Tony Trujillo’s New Signature Model – For the latest shoe with Tony T, Vans’ designers fused performance and Tony’s hard rockin’ lifestyle. Featuring our classic sidestripe and Off the Wall logo, Tony’s third signature shoe will have you looking and skating like the little rock ‘n’ roll hellion from Santa Rosa. The Tony III features ImpactSorb technology with a high-impact resistant gel that makes heel bruises a thing of the past!! Enter now to win a Tony III prize package including a trip to the Vans Downtown Showdown in Southern California on May 13, 2005 along with a pair of Tony IIIs and a complete Anti-Hero deck signed by Tony. Five runner-up’s will get a pair of the Tony III shoes. For more go to www.vans.com.

BPSA Tour Springs back into life with the Saltrock Open – The first leg of the British Professional Surf Association (BPSA) UK Tour will commence with the Saltrock Open, North Devon BPSA at Croyde bay from 25 – 27th March 2005. With the cream of UK surfers and residents ready to compete, 2005 looks set to be a great year for British surfing and what better way to kick it off than at the UK’s best beach break and a great British company, Saltrock Croyde Bay located 8 miles North West of Barnstable, North Devon, has what many surfers consider one of the best beach breaks in the country, with classic low tide hollow waves pealing up and down the beach. Prize money has been raised to a minimum 2000 per leg. The best surfers in the country will compete at the Saltrock Open in order to get off to a good start in their campaign to become UK champ. Surfers include current BPSA champ Alan Stokes, 2002 champion Mark Harris and former English champion and Saltrock team rider Eugene Tollemarche. Thanks also to tour sponsors, including Foster’s, who will be providing beer and Barbie as well as putting on an Expression Session, Cadbury’s, who are always around with their delicious energy Boost bars and finally Freerange Sunglasses (FSO) who will provide shelter for surfers in their marquees as well as hot drinks. For the latest information on the BPSA UK Tour, images or Press Releases, please contact James Rodd on 0044(0)208-789-6655 or Fax: 0044(0)208-789-6644 or Email: james@sportsvision.co.uk

Coming soon to a theatre near you! ‘Who Cares – The Duane Peters Story’ which will be available from Black Label on DVD and VHS. Check out the trailer: http://blacklabelskates.com/htmls/video/DP_video_window.htm

Ragdoll joins the Dekline team.

SKATE CONTEST – Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama coming up on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8, 2005. It’s at Laguna Niguel skatepark in Orange County, CA. Lots of raffle prizes. All proceeds go to children’s literacy. All are welcome. For info www.skateboardmom.com

For Immediate – The Dew Action Sports Tour, the first-ever, season-long professional multi-sport tour in action sports, has released its qualification criteria and pre-qualified athletes. The announcement was made today by Wade Martin, General Manager, Dew Action Sports Tour. The 2005 Dew Action Sports Tour will feature competitions in the six disciplines of Skateboarding Park and Vert; BMX Dirt, Park and Vert; and Freestyle Motocross. Athletes may qualify for the Panasonic Open and Right Guard Open, the Tour’s first two events, in one of four ways: Pre-qualification based on results of top action sports competitions in the past year… Open-qualifying competitions on-site at the two events, open to professional athletes in each sport… Two to three wild card spots per discipline, to be filled at the discretion of Tour management. Results from the Panasonic Open (applicable to the Right Guard Open only) After the first two Tour stops, current Dew Action Sports Tour rankings will determine the athlete field for the Vans Invitational, Toyota Challenge and PlayStation Pro. Wild card spots will be included at all Tour stops. Some of the pre-qualified athletes for the Panasonic Open include skateboarders Bucky Lasek, Andy Macdonald, Pierre Luc Gagnon, Eric Koston and Ryan Sheckler; BMX riders Dave Mirra, Jamie Bestwick, Chad Kagy, Ryan Nyquist and TJ Lavin; and FMX riders Nate Adams, Jeremy Stenberg and Kenny Bartram. A complete list of pre-qualified athletes and qualifying criteria is attached. ‘The Dew Action Sports Tour’s qualification system recognizes the accomplishments of the best-performing athletes over the last year, but still provides opportunities for other top athletes and new talent to gain entry through the open qualifier,’ said Wade Martin, General Manager, Dew Action Sports Tour. ‘The structure of the Tour has been designed to produce top athlete fields through a comprehensive qualifying process, while providing context and continuity through a cumulative points system and purse structure.’ A cumulative points system will be used to rank athletes throughout the season. At the conclusion of each Tour stop, athletes will be awarded points that correspond to their final placing in each discipline, and will be ranked accordingly. During the inaugural season of the Dew Action Sports Tour, a total of $2.5 million will be awarded through the five events, making it the largest prize purse in action sports history. Every athlete, regardless of final standing, will earn prize money at each Tour stop. In addition, a $1 million bonus pool will be distributed, based on season-ending point standings, to the top 10 finishers in each discipline. Final point standings will also determine the recipients of the Dew Cup, which will be awarded to champions in the six combined disciplines within skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross. The complete 2005 Dew Action Sports Tour schedule is as follows: June 9-12 – Panasonic Open – Louisville – Kentucky Expo Center… July 7-10 – Right Guard Open – Denver – Pepsi Center… Aug. 18-21 – Vans Invitational – Portland – Rose Quarter… Sept. 8-11 – Toyota Challenge – San Jose – HP Pavilion… Oct. 13-16 – PlayStation Pro – Orlando – TD Waterhouse Centre…

CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH? Check out www.skateboardingsucks.com. This website is one of the most interesting skateboarding websites in cyberspace. Always worthy of the daily visit.

APRIL 15-17, 2005 – Top Shop Team Skateboard Competition at 3rd Lair Skatepark – 850 Florida Ave. South Minneapolis, MN. $2,000 Cash Purse and other prizes. From the brainchild of resident pro Chad Benson – the Top Shop Team Skateboard Competition pits 5 man park and shop teams against one another for bragging rights for the best amateur shop team in the U.S. A best trick contest will immediately follow the team competition. Friday – Practice, riders meeting, heat sheets posted… Saturday – contest – first three riders of each team. Sunday – contest last 2 riders of each team, best trick, prize ceremony, product toss. Sponsored by The Skateboard Mag, S-One, Destructo, Stereo, Girl, Chocolate, Royal, Four Star, Duffs, Split, Project, Black Label, Accel, Alien Workshop, Reflex, Habitat, Pop War, Real, Rase Libre, Spitfire, Thunder, Pig, Foundation, DeKline, Toy Machine, AntiHero, The Firm, Hook-UPs, Birdhouse, Flip, Fury, Baker, Powell and Bones. For details www.3rdlair.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Cain Angelle, Jon Layne and Matt Solomon have renewed their deal with the 24/7 action sports network FUEL to produce season two of the half-hour skateboard talk show series, ‘The Captain and Casey Show’ through self-owned production company, BoobTube FoodGroup. Bet your chips that the always irreverent ‘anchorman’, Casey (Chris Casey) and his unexcited cohort in crime Jeff Carlson, a.k.a. The Captain, along with their unpredictable cast of friends and guests will be just as random, disturbing, unusual and odd as the previous season. BoobTube FoodGroup is a production company and creative think tank comprised of Cain Angelle, Matt Solomon and Jon Layne. The three self-sufficient filmmaking producers started BoobTube FoodGroup as a means of producing real and honest material, not infected by the corporate world for an audience not easily duped by BS. BoobTube FoodGroup is dedicated to opening their arms and lending their hands to distinctive, creative voices and storytellers when it comes to producing entertaining and inspiring content for screens of all sizes. Check out more at: www.boobtubefood.com and visit www.fuel.tv.

FACTORY 13 NEWS – The new Factory13 website is running now at… www.factory13experimental.com

SLAM CITY JAM UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP! SLAM CITY JAM DATE CHANGE! The Slam City Jam North American Skateboarding Championships have announced that the event is now under new ownership and will take place at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC on August 26-28, 2005. Slam City Jam has historically taken place in May, however as the change in ownership has just been finalized the event will be moved to August. Visit www.slamcityjam.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 22nd Annual WaveMasters Surf Contest – Jacksonville Beach, Florida – April 30 – May 1, 2005 – North Florida’s showcase surf event will once again attract thousands of spectators and over 300 of the state’s hottest surfers in 16 divisions of shortboard and longboard competition. More than $10,000 worth of prizes, including a trip to Costa Rica, will be on offer at this year’s venue, the newly completed Jax Beach Pier. For details e-mail radside@bellsouth.net

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – CBSI Distribution, distributor of Osiris shoes and 88 footwear, has named Alex Striler as President. Striler comes to CBSI with a strong financial background and extensive management experience. Mr. Striler was awarded an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont University, serves on the board of the Bob Burnquist Foundation and has consulted for small- and middle market companies. Mr. Striler was hired by CBSI as a consultant in April, 2004. He achieved immediate success with his plan implementations and was named President on December 1. CBSI has also contracted with Jay Wilson, formerly VP of Global Marketing at Vans footwear, as consultant for the sales, marketing and product development for Osiris. CBSI, re-capitalized in recent months, has restructured internally to maximize product, marketing and sales in order to achieve Mr. Striler’s projected 3 year growth plan. The principal shareholders of CBSI have assumed new duties within CBSI to deliver the expected performance. Tony Chen has been named the company’s Sr. V.P. of Sales and Marketing. Laura Kim is the Vice President, Doug Weston is the Chief Operations Officer (C.O.O.), and Brian Reid is the Sr. V.P. of Product Development. Tony Magnusson has been elected as Chairman of the Board and will continue to play an active role in the skate industry, skating in world cup events and working with the newly formed P.R.O. (Professional Riders Organization) association as the executive director of skateboarding. Key employees retained in the restructure include Hans Molenkamp (Marketing Director), Tom Tarrant (International Sales Manager), Chris Smith (Domestic Sales Manager), Dave Ross (Director of Footwear Design), Brian Barber (Purchasing and Inventory) and Craig Munson (Controller).

Danny Way to gap Great Wall of China! – Danny will be the first skateboarder to attempt the gap, although a few others have already seen that unique birds eye view. Taiwanese motorcycle daredevil Kor Shou-liang successfully made the distance in 1992 and a year later London’s Eddie Kidd jumped it on his 500cc motocross bike. More recently Michelle Yeoh successfully jumped it on a BMW motorbike for the martial arts movie Silver Hawk. At 2000 miles long the wall is the biggest man made structure – but it’s only about 18 feet wide. So depending on how he does it, the distance of the jump shouldn’t be a major problem, as Danny’s 360’d a 79 foot gap for a World Record. The news is that Plan B will be relaunched soon. Stay tuned.

FUNDRAISER – Wave Aid All Day Skate Jam for the Tsunami Relief Fund – April 10, 2005 @ Boarderline Skatepark in West Chester, PA. Skate All Day for a $20 Donation. Proceeds go to the Red Cross Relief Fund. Come and meet and skate with some of the top talent at the area’s premier skatepark. Raffles. Giveaways. Skate clinics. For more go to www.blskate.com.

COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL 2005 – Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 are the confirmed dates for this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Set on more than 78 acres amid towering palm trees and mountainous views of the Palm Desert area and featuring close to 80 acts spread out over four stages, the COACHELLA festival is, according to BILLBOARD, ‘…America’s premiere music destination’ and is hailed as ‘The Best American Festival’ (Rolling Stone) and ‘probably the best festival in the world’ (England’s NME). Information on performers and ticket on sales will be available at www.coachella.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – THE 2004/2005 Mavericks Surf Contest was held March 3, 2005 at Half Moon Bay, CA. 20-year-old Santa Cruz resident Anthony Tashnick was crowned as the new champion, walking away $25,000 richer. Tashnick and his fellow competitors faced waves cresting over 40 feet at times, amidst a flotilla of spectator boats and a slew of helicopters swarming overhead. ‘Today was a great day for Mavericks, a great day for surfing, and one we won’t soon forget,’ commented Contest Director Jeff Clark. Police officials’ estimates suggested as many as 50,000 spectators flocked to Half Moon Bay to mingle on the beach and get a glimpse of ‘the most dangerous wave in the world.’ A last minute injury-related withdrawl by three-time champion Darryl ‘Flea’ Virostko opened the door for the rest of the field, with the talented Tashnick pulling away from an all-star group while surviving pummeling surf. Tashnick added from the awards stage, ‘It was a dream come true and worth the beating I took to be out there surfing with my heroes.’ The podium and Balance Vector prize purse was shared by Greg Long (2nd), Tyler Smith (3rd), Zack Wormhoudt (4th), Shane Desmond (5th), Matt Ambrose (6th), and Brock Little and Shawn Rhodes (equal 7th). Matt Ambrose received the prestigious Jay Moriarity award, and Ryan Augustine received the Reactor Watches Heavy Water Award. NBC Sports will broadcast the contest on April 24th at 4pm ET. Further information is available at the official website, www.maverickssurf.com.

VENICE OLD SCHOOL RAMP JAM – March 26, 2005 at SPAUSA Headquarters 2210 Lincoln Blvd Venice, CA 90291 – Divisions 21-29, 30-39, 40-Up, Practice 9am-12pm. Contest 12pm-4pm. Barbeque All Day. Entry Fee $5.00. SPA Members $1.00. Bands include Left Hand Side and Rabies.

CONSPIRACY NEWS – A showing of Lindsey’s work at Revoluciones Collective Art Space in Denver, CO will run through March. Check out artwork from: Jay Vollmar, Stainboy, Firehouse, Scrojo, Jeff Holland, Mike Martin (Engine House 13). For more visit: www.revoluciones.com. Lindsey has been spending a lot of time creating individual pieces of art. We have a new web site to showcase some of these works at: www.linsdeykuhn.com . New at Conspiracy: All new web site, new Swamp series decks, new t-shirts, and the latest Conspiracy video ‘Die…Skate or Die! www.conspiracyboards.com

ESPN TO STAGE FIRST-EVER THAILAND X GAMES CUP – MARCH 24-27 IN BANGKOK… ESPN will team up with some of the world’s best action sports athletes to support tsunami relief efforts with the inaugural Thailand X Games Cup in Bangkok, March 24-27. The event, which will take place at Huamak Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, will feature demonstrations by several former and current X Games champions, including aggressive inline skaters the Yasutoko Brothers from Japan and Fabiola da Silva from Brazil; BMX riders Mat Hoffman, Jamie Bestwick, and Kevin Robinson; and skateboarders Bob Burnquist and Sandro Diaz, among others. To help raise awareness of the devastation caused by the tsunami and to support relief efforts in Thailand, ESPN Inc., ESPN STAR Sports, and the athletes are joining together to donate a portion of the proceeds from the event. All contributions, including a portion of the athletes’ appearance fees, will go towards the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation, which comes under the patronage of Thailand’s Royal Family. The Foundation’s beneficiaries include children who were orphaned in the wake of the tsunami tragedy. In addition to the planned demos, Thailand’s top 12 athletes from bicycle stunt park, aggressive inline, skateboarding park, and wakeboarding will compete in the National Thai qualifier held at the event. The top finisher in each discipline will receive an invitation to compete in the Asian X Games 2005 presented by KIA in Seoul, South Korea from May 26 – 29, 2005.

RASA LIBRE welcomes Nilton Neves to the team.

VANS WARPED TOUR 2005 line up includes THE OFFSPRING, THE TRANSPLANTS, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, THE STARTING LINE, SENSES FAIL, THE BLED, THE EXPLOSION, DROPKICK MURPHYS, THRICE, MXPX, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, SOMETHING CORPORATE, STRUNG OUT, HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS, ATREYU, FALL OUT BOY, MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK, TSUNAMI BOMB, THE MATCHES, HORRORPOPS, UNDEROATH AND MORE. Go to www.warpedtour.com for details.

For Immediate Release – CCS is proud to announce adding Ryan Sheckler to its roster of some of the world’s best professional skateboarders. At 15 years old, Sheckler is both one of the top up-and-comers in skateboarding today and the same age as many CCS customers. Sheckler has already bagged some of the top professional skateboarding events including the Slam City Jam, Triple Crown New Jersey, Gravity Games and the X Games. He regularly hucks himself off the biggest spots around without a second thought, and his skating is super consistent and strong on the street and tranny. The CCS 2005 Skate Team includes: Brian Anderson, Cairo Foster, Ed Templeton, Heath Kirchart, Jason Adams, Keith Hufnagel, Mark Gonzales, Rick Howard, Ryan Smith, Stevie Williams, Tosh Townend, Kareem Campbell, Chad Muska and Ryan Sheckler. For additional information visit www.ccs.com.

For Immediate Release – The San Diego rock band Switchfoot will combine the group’s twin loves of music and surfing at the Switchfoot Bro-Am, a benefit contest/concert event raising money and awareness for Care House, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving homeless teens, teens in crisis and young mothers in crisis pregnancies throughout San Diego county. Described by the band as ‘More Bro Than Pro,’ the Switchfoot Bro-Am is scheduled to take place at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, on Saturday, May 14, from 7am to 3pm, with a private awards ceremony/Switchfoot concert, including performances by surprise special guests, taking place at the historic La Paloma Theater at 7pm that evening. The Switchfoot Bro-Am surfing competition will consist of 16 teams of four surfers each. Each contestant will be scored on two waves–one ridden normal stance, the other ridden ‘switchfoot’–for each heat. The winning team and the winning surfer will be announced at the awards ceremony that evening. Team/financial sponsors for the Switchfoot Bro-Am include: Hurley, Jedidiah, O’Neill, Transworld Surf Magazine, Redsand, Surfer Magazine, OP, Stone Tylyer Shapes, Jet Pilot, Atticus, Arnette, Macbeth Shoes, Ambiguous, Walking On Water, Lowercase People, and Nixon Watches. Product sponsors for the event include: Volcom, Cobian, INT Softboards, and DaKine. Every penny of the proceeds will go towards Care House, an organization that serves the homeless kids in San Diego. For more information www.switchfoot.com and www.columbiarecords.com.

PRESS RELEASE – 4TH ANNUAL PHOENIX AM CONTEST PRESENTED BY CIRCA – Phoenix, Arizona – Circa presents ‘4th Annual Phoenix Am Contest’, with a $2,000 Best Trick Contest presented by Zoo York, April 1-3, 2005 at Desert West Skateboard Plaza in Phoenix, AZ. Only 100 spots will be available for legitimate industry sponsored skaters. The CASH purse for this years contest is over $5,000! Since 2002, Cowtown Skateboards has put on one of the best industry focused Amateur contests with a prize purse each year. Some of the past winners of the Phoenix Am have included Billy Marks, Jeremy Rogers and Colin Provost. The 100 skaters will compete on Saturday April 2 to qualify for Sunday’s elimination and final round where the 1st place contestant will walk away with a top prize of $2,000 (2nd place -$1,000, and 3rd place – $500). The highlight of Sunday will be the Best Trick contest presented by Zoo York with a CASH purse of $2,000. ‘We put on this event in hopes of improving the skateboarding scene here in Arizona and everywhere else’, says Trent Martin organizer, ‘Everyone has a great time at the contest, and because of all the continued support from the industry, Phoenix AM is another way for AMs from all over the world to be seen and get more exposure.’ Over the years Cowtown Skateboards has put on one of the most exciting and entertaining amateur contest with guest M.C. Mirko Magnum, and celebrity judges like, Matt Milligan, Salman Agah, Frank Gerwer, Dave Duren, Joey Suriel, Nate Jones, and Ronnie Creager. For more information go to www.PHXAM.com

APRIL 23, 2005 – GRIND FOR LIFE SKATEPARK CONTEST SERIES - 11 AM YMCA SKATEPARK. REGISTRATION STARTS AT 10AM. STREET CONTEST ONLY. AGE DIVISIONS: 9 AND UNDER, 16 AND OVER, 10-12, SPONSORED, GIRLS, 13-15, 30 AND OVER, 40 AND OVER. ENTRY FEE FOR EACH CONTEST IS $15 AND INCLUDES CONTEST T-SHIRT. PLEASE CALL 561-655-9855 FOR MORE. SPONSORED BY JUICE MAGAZINE, THE ONE EIGHT SEVEN, OCEAN AVENUE, EASTERN SKATE SUPPLY, ETNIES, DUFFS, OUTLOOK SKATES, INDEPENDENT, TIMELINE SKATEBOARDS, BONES, ES, EMERICA, INITIAL SKATEBOARDS. WWW.GRINDFORLIFE.ORG.

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