MARCH 2006 NEWS

CAMS CONTEST II – SATURDAY MARCH 4TH at the Fallen Warehouse Death Bowl located at 2256 Lawrence St. Denver, CO. 6pm Signup. 8pm Contest Starts. Tons of random giveaways, cash prizes, skate rock and cement coping. 1st Stop in the Colorado Bowl Riders Tour. Sponsored by Thrifty Sticks Colorado, Bad Egg, Globe, Conspiracy, Wounded Knee, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Skate Colorado, Negativeion.com and Juice Magazine.

FLIP NEWS – Ali, Geoff, Arto, Bastien, Rune and Eric Fletcher the new hot shot are in Mallorca filming for the new Flip video (which is well under way, and will be coming out when it comes out at a time that is right (and only then) and not before then! Mark Appleyard is in Barcelona in pursuit of better skate spots, and gathering footage for the new Flip video. Tom Penny is in Buenos Aires, Argentina on a secret underground filming mission. David Gonzales the other red hot potato has just been tearing it up in Brazil and Chile on a Globe tour, after visiting OZ for the Globe contest along with Geoff and Appleyard.

REAL DEMO – Saturday – March 4th – at Skatepark of Austin, TX – 4-6pm. www.skateparkofaustin.com

CALGARY NAMED HOST CITY FOR SLAM CITY JAM 2006 SKATEBOARDING CHAMPIONSHIPS AND FESTIVAL – longest-running skateboarding event in North America to be held in Calgary August 25-27, 2006 with more than 150 of the world’s top professionals on tap. After 12 years of building its reputation in Vancouver as one of the world’s most popular skateboarding events, the Slam City Jam has named Calgary as its official host city for 2006.

EASTERN SKATEBOARD SUPPLY OPEN HOUSE – Eastern Skateboard Supply is hosting it’s 3rd Annual Open House on April 21-22, 2006. Friday night ESS will host a skate jam at the Skatebarn in Hampstead, NC. On Saturday, ESS will host an open house, lunch and Best Trick Contest in the Eastern Skateboard Supply warehouse. Saturday night ESS will host a party at Red Dog’s at Wrightsville Beach. Please call 910-791-8240 for details. Check out footage from the last two open houses at www.easternskateboardsupply.com.

SKATEPARK OF TAMPA NEWS – Skatepark of Tampa is proud to announce that we’re hosting our first All Ages Contest of the year, Spring Roll, on Saturday, March 25, 2006. We have five divisions and we’re giving away prizes up to fifth place in each one. We also hope to stoke out the kids with few product tosses throughout the day. We appreciate your support from last year and urge you to continue it by helping out with our first All Ages Contest of 2006! Contact Brian Schaefer: brian@skateparkoftampa.com.

PRESS RELEASE: Hunter Clifft of www.boardtesting.com won 1st place in the Benton County Science and Engineering Fair today for his skateboard related engineering project, A Comparison Study of Skateboards which use Composite Materials in their Construction in Relationship to Skateboard Decks that use Wood as the Primary Material of Construction. Hunter moves on the the West Tennessee Regional Science and Engineering to be held at Union University on May 10th. This is the 3rd year in a row that Hunter has won this science fair award and hopes to have a repeat win at Jackson and possibly attend the International Science and Engineering Fair this year also. At this time Hunter plans to attend the University of Memphis and major in Material Engineering.

CASL at the Block presented by DoubleOC and Vans. March 25th. 6pm Sponsored. March 26th. 8am Unsponsored.

BOMB HILLS HAWAII – A downhill race is set for March 5th at 4pm at Maunawilli hill on the east side of Oahu.

PIG WOOD NEWS – – Matt Ball is now on Pig Wood!! Matt joins long time friend and pro rider Anthony (Ragdoll) Scalamere, with Brian Hansen, Sammy Baca, Shuriken Shannon, Adrian Mallory, Eric Hamamoto, and recently added Don The Nuge Nguyen.

NEWS FROM PORTLAND – Portland Oregon is getting the first of some 16 to 19 Skateparks in the greater metro area. It will be built on the site of the current Pier Park skatepark, which is a prime example of what not to do when designing and building a skatepark. Built by the Army Corps of Engineers several years ago it will be raised to make room for the epic new structure. which will include a decent ‘street plaza’ section as well as,beginner and intermediate bowl sections. the gem in this setting will be the 20′ full pipe w/ a 11.5′ Square and 9.5′ Round pool/bowl at opposite ends of the pipe. the beginner and intermediate sections will offer traditional steel coping with the advanced pool/pipe section offering some real vert and pool coping. for more info go to skatersforportlandskateparks.com. The projected opening date is June 21st 2006.

REBEL SKATES NEWS – Rebel Skates, which just opened it’s factory outlet store, just up the street from Burnside Skatepark, is working with Kronik energy drink, on throwing a huge contest at the new Pier Park Skatepark in mid July. It will be a Pro/AM Bowl Bash. Including a big $$$ prize in the ‘Pipe-pasting’ event. Keep an eye out for more info as it becomes available.

WILD IN THE STREETS – For the past two years, Emerica’s Wild in the Streets has brought global attention to skateboarders and the freedoms they rightfully deserve. Literally thousands of skaters in over 30 countries have participated in the world’s largest simultaneous grassroots movement in skateboarding history, with the two main events being held in New York City (2004) and Philadelphia (2005), both of which were led by the Emerica team! This year, Emerica’s main event will be Wild in the Streets of Chicago as we rally to raise awareness of and funds for the United States’ first major metropolitan downtown skate plaza. Mark your calendars for Go Skateboarding Day, 2006! (June 21, 2006) More information will begin to surface at www.emericawildinthestreets.com.

CONTEST UPDATE – Elemental Awareness rocked out the fourth stop of the Fleur De Lis Contest Series this weekend in the small Central Valley town of Delano, California. Though the rural farming town is small in size, it boasts a large skate park full of unique street and tranny obstacles. The local kids ripped the place up, despite the downpours of rain that made the coping and bowl corners slippery as heck. The community support was excellent, with even the mayor himself in attendance cheering the kids on as they skated. This contest was made possible by Element Skateboards, The Southern Sierra Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and Shark Energy Drink. The next stop in the Contest Series will be in Bakersfield, California on April 8th.

PIG NEWS - Pig Wheels welcomes Patrick Melcher to its ever-progressing Pro Team.

25TH MONSTER MASTERSHIP – A Quarter of a Century of Mastership – Preparations for the anniversary are already going ahead at full steam – June 30- July 2, 2006 – In July 2006, the most important contest in the skateboard scene will be celebrating its 25th anniversary The two-day Monster Rock Festival will mark the occasion. 25th Monster Mastership: World Skateboarding Championships – It is just 4 months since the 24th Mastership in Munster. More than 20,000 visitors applauded the World Champion in Street Style, Daniel Vieira, and held their breath as Sandro Dias rocked the Pipe with a perfect 900 in the Vertfinal. To mark the occasion, the skateboard community celebrated along with lovers of funky guitar-chords to the tunes of Mando Diao, Pennywise and Turbonegro at the Monster Rock Festival. Since September, the organiser of the event, titus communications GmbH, has been pushing ahead at full steam with plans and preparations for the forthcoming 25th anniversary of the Mastership. The next Mastership will be held in the Munsterland Arena from June, 30th until July, 2nd 2006: a completely new street course and half pipe, will attract riders from all over the world and skateboard fans to Munster. Then, the University town will once again be firmly under the control of the international skateboarding elite, who will determine their official World Champion in the ‘Street’ and ‘Half-pipe’ competitions. The highly personal atmosphere of the event promises the public close-up contact to their heroes. Given its history, the wealth of innovation (such as the legends contest and Europe’s first looping) and, finally, the level of the prize money, the Mastership has, over the years, succeeded in establishing itself in the face of competition from other skateboard contests. In addition, it is one of three official World Cups on this continent. This fact and initial discussions with USprofessional riders associations, will also guarantee a high-calibre field of participants. The Mastership is now in the position of being able to welcome the third generation of skateboard professionals. Riders who, in the 1980s, themselves hurtled daringly into the pipe, are today team managers and company bosses, and now send their own riders onto the course. The whole thing started 25 years ago in a company car park in Munster: at the time, skateboarding was completely new in Germany and a mere 20 spectators were able to generate enthusiasm for the first World Skateboard Championships. A quarter of a century later, the Monster Mastership is an established feature in the tightly-packed event calendar of professional skateboarding, and will once again fully live up to its cult status within the community. www.wcsk8.com

SKATE CONTEST – Skateboard for the Homeless’- Saturday March 11th.
Let me know what you would like to do. – Krudco. skateshop : 83 Howell St. : Rochester, NY 14607 [585.325.4790] www.krudco.com

TUM YETO NEWS – Check out the Tum Yeto videos page on Veoh.com and watch clips from Pig’s Slaughterhouse, Foundation’s That’s Life, Toy Machine’s Good and Evil and Greth Stehr’s Go Go Toe Jam tour. Also check out a snippet from the upcoming Foundation video ‘Cataclysmic Abyss’! Just do a search for Cataclysmic Abyss and there ya got it… Don Nguyen, Matt Ball, and Corey Duffel will be in China for Ten days for a new park opening from March 29th – April 8th.

3RD LAIR CONTEST WINNERS – High Ollie, Switch High Ollie, Hippy and Barrel Jump Results from the 3rd Lair SkatePark on Friday, March 24th, 2006

2006 ROOTS – HIGH OLLIE
CONTEST RESULTS
HIGH OLLIE CONTEST
1.NATE COMPHER: MADE 36 INCHES: $250.00
2.ELIJAH COLLARD: MADE 35 INCHES: $50.00
3.PAT HICKEY: OUT AT 35 INCHES

SWITCH HIGH OLLIE CONTEST
1.NATE COMPHER: MADE 32 INCHES WITH EASE: $250.00
2.ANTHONY HART: MADE 31 INCHES: $50.00
3.ELIJAH COLLARD: OUT AT 28 INCHES:

HIPPY JUMP CONTEST
1.ELIJAH COLLARD: MADE 51 INCHES: $250.00
2.RYAN HANSON: MADE 49 INCHES: $50.00
3.TIM STUFFERT: OUT AT 49 INCHES

BARRELL JUMP CONTEST
1.JAN JACOBSON: MADE 8 BARRELS: $250.OO
2.JEFF BAUMAN: MADE 7 BARRELS: $50.00
3.IAN SHERMAN: OUT AT 7 BARRELS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – X GAMES 12, AUGUST 3-6, 2006 – Los Angeles, Calif. ESPN today announces that X Games 12 will be held August 3-6, 2006 for its fourth consecutive year in Los Angeles, Calif. The annual X Games is the premier action sports event in the world, featuring athletes from across the globe competing for medals and prize money in the following sports: BMX Freestyle, Moto X, Skateboard, Surfing and Wakeboard. X Games 12 will be telecast live on ESPN and ABC. Announced earlier this year, X Games will remain in Los Angeles through X Games 15 in 2009. Details on sports, venues and athletes will be announced next year. Information on all X Games events can be found on www.expn.com.

GHOSTTOWN WHEELS has announced their sponsorship of Morgan Burgess, Marky Clements, Julie Kindstrand and Skreech, in addition to the Wounded Knee Skateboards team featuring Jim Murphy, Science AKA Dave Maxwell, ChickenHawk, Sloppy Sam, Bato, Travis, Smiley and Big Tim. Ghosttown makes super durable high performance urethane wheels available in 58mm, 60mm, and 63mm. Ghosttown wheels are available through Eastern Skateboard Supply.

WOUNDED KNEE warrior Science aka Dave Maxwell has been working with Little Eddie and the Grindline crew in Currituck to build yet another Grindline park on the East Coast. Go to www.eastcoastaholic.com for updates.

MOB GRIP NEWS – Mob Grip welcomes international player Jackson Curtain to the team. Hailing from DC, check out Jack’s part in 411VM 14.1 as well as his part in the new Strange Notes due out April 2006. MOB GRIP ALSO WELCOMES RYAN SHECKLER TO THE TEAM! For more information about NHS Inc and these other brands, visit www.nhs-inc.com.

SKATE CONTEST – The City of Scottsdale’s Parks and Recreation Division will be presenting it’s 7th Annual Skate Competition on Saturday, April 29, 2006. This event will be held at ‘The Wedge’ Skatepark located in heart of Scottsdale’s Eldorado Park. If you have any questions or would like more information please call email Agrote@scottsdaleaz.gov.

FUEL TV – Bart Saric will be featured in ‘The Daily Habit’ featuring clips from ‘Skinned ALive and ‘Smell The ‘Crete’. The show is scheduled to air on Friday, March 17th at 6pm PST on Fuel TV and rebroadcasts again the following day at 12pm PST.

MATIX IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE ADDITION OF ITS FIRST UK TEAM! Matix Clothing is proud to announce the addition of its first UK team! Its roster reads like this; Danny Brady, Daniel ‘Snowy’ Kinloch, Lewis ‘Chewy’ Cannon, Jody Smith and Joey Pressey, as well as Josh Perret, Joe Linskey and Jak Pietryga.

SKATE CONTEST – Would you like to donate prizes for the 2nd annual St. Flatty’s Day contest? The contest will be held on Saturday March 18, 2006 at the Cheyenne skate park at 2 p.m. The contest consists of tricks that have never been done over the bank at the Cheyenne WY skatepark. Whatever you have lying around to donate please send it to: John Doe Magazine 916 Cottonwood Dr Cheyenne WY 82001. Thank you for supporting the Cheyenne skate scene. Email johndoezine@hotmail.com

DEKLINE NEWS – Dekline footwear has entered into an exclusive distribution deal with Eastern Skateboard Supply. ESS will distribute Dekline footwear for the Eastern region of the United States. Tum Yeto Inc., a 15 year-old vertically-integrated supplier of skateboard products, has supplied ESS with its top selling skateboard brands, Toy Machine, Foundation and Pig since 1989… SportsNewsSource, LLC.

CHET CHILDRESS UPDATE – Chet Childress continues an already hectic traveling schedule. He’s been in and out of town since the beginning of the year. Crooks claims to be done filming for the Black Label video ‘Back in Black,’ which comes out this summer. He says he’s moving onto his next video part/project, which is the Nike movie. Chet is planning on being gone for the next couple of months straight, on the road, filming and shooting photos with Grant Schubert (filmer) and Rhino (photographer)! For more go to www.sessions.com.

HAVE YOU SEEN HIM? Feb 23rd, in Santa Monica, CA, skateboarding history unfolded in a small theater known for re screening classic films. Stories and comments were shared by the original Bones Brigade along with Stacy Peralta and an audience of family, friends, and skateboarders after the screening of The Making of The Search for Animal Chin. FUEL TV held the screening as part of an upcoming blue carpet special that will be aired at a later date.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S STUNT JUNKIES: GO BIG OR GO HOME HIGHLIGHTS RENOWNED SKATEBOARDER BOB BURNQUIST IN UNPRECEDENTED GRAND CANYON SKATEBOARD/BASE JUMP — Special Media Day for Stunt on Thursday, March 23, 2006 — WHAT: Bob Burnquist, professional skateboarder renowned for revitalizing vertical skateboarding in the late 1990s, will fulfill his lifelong dream as he strives to skateboard/BASE jump Hell Hole Bend of the Grand Canyon. Discovery Channel’s STUNT JUNKIES will be there to capture every moment of this unprecedented, extremely complex stunt. In order to survive unscathed, Burnquist must possess faultless balance and concentration to skate down a rail and safely convert into a skydive/BASE Jump. WHO: Burnquist, a professional skateboarder since the age of 14, has won close to every award and contest in the skateboarding world – dominating the X Games, Gravity Games, OP King Skate, Vans Triple Crown and Slam City Jam. Bob has been bestowed the prestigious Laureus World Sports Award (Alternative Sports Person of the year), voted Best Vert Skateboarder, and honored with several TransWorld Skateboarding Readers and Rider’s Polls Awards. STUNT JUNKIES airs Wednesday nights at 10 PM (ET/PT) on Discovery Channel.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NEW YORK DOLL TO BE RELEASED ON DVD APRIL 4TH – Visual Entertainment and First Independent Pictures are proud to announce the release of the critically acclaimed film New York Doll on DVD on April 4th, 2006. Released in theaters in October 2005, the film is director Greg Whiteley’s debut effort and was a Grand Jury Prize Nominee at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The film includes interviews with all the surviving New York Dolls, as well as Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Sir Bob Geldof, Chrissy Hynde, Mick Jones of The Clash and many others close to or influenced by the Doll’s legacy. The DVD’s bonus features include the full 20-minute interview with Morrissey, a music video of David Johansen singing a Mormon Hymn, and an interview with Whiteley about the making of the film.

SEX PISTOLS NEWS – The Sex Pistol’s Johnny Rotten’s response to the Sex Pistols recent induction announcement and invitation to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Look for JOHN LYDON (Johnny Rotten) to appear as a panel guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live this Friday night (March 10) at midnight. Earlier on Friday, fans can tune in to Indie 103.1 in Los Angeles and online at www.indie1031.fm/listenlive.php to hear JOHN and STEVE JONES on STEVE’s radio show Jonesy’s Jukebox, airing between Noon and 2:00 PM Pacific Time. For more information on the SEX PISTOLS, please go to www.thefilthandthefury.co.uk and www.johnlydon.com.

CABALLERO NEWS – Steve Caballero has started pitching around the idea of writing a book about his life. Although still in the infancy stage Steve is already working with Sean Mortimer who co-wrote Tony Hawks best-selling autobiography ‘HAWK Occupation: Skateboarder.’ The book will provide readers with a first-hand account of how skateboarding traveled from the cockroach of sports to one of the most popular pastimes in America.

CBGB To Close On Halloween 2006 – The New York Daily News is reporting that after a long and nasty rent fight, the owner of the legendary rock club CBGB agreed yesterday to move out of its grungy East Village site next year. ‘I guess money talks. That’s the name of the game,’ said Hilly Kristal, who opened the dank punk mecca in 1973. ‘We tried our best.’ CBGB, which gave bands like the RAMONES and TALKING HEADS a start, will leave its home on the Bowery next Halloween. Kristal is hoping to move the club to a new spot on the lower East Side and has looked at several spaces. But he also is considering opening a namesake joint in Las Vegas and is negotiating with deep-pocketed partners. ‘I’m trying to stay in New York, but New York is expensive,’ Kristal said. The Bowery Residents’ Committee, a nonprofit homeless-support group, owns the building housing CBGB and has long maintained that Kristal was paying far too little rent. ‘[We] can now concentrate on helping the needy and homeless of New York City’ said Executive Director Muzzy Rosenblatt.

COACHELLA MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL 2006 LINE-UP TO INCLUDE PERFORMANCES FROM HEADLINERS DEPECHE MODE AND TOOL; JOIN BILL OF MORE THAN 80 ARTISTs FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 29 AND SUNDAY, APRIL 30 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA. Other artists confirmed for America’s most critically acclaimed music festival include Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Franz Ferdinand, Scissor Sisters, Coheed and Cambria, Matisyahu, James Blunt, Common and returning COACHELLA performers Atmosphere, Bloc Party, Hybrid, Ladytron, Mogwai, Paul Oakenfold, The Section Quartet, Sigur R’s, stellastarr* and Sunday headliners TOOL. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, February 4 at 12 Noon and are available through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (213) 480-3232 and at all Ticketmaster retail ticket centers or via www.ticketmaster.com. Saturday, April 29th: Depeche Mode, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur R’s, Common, Damian Marley, Atmosphere, Carl Cox, My Morning Jacket, Ladytron , Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Tosca, Cat Power, Animal Collective, HARD-Fi, Derrick Carter, Devendra Banhart, She Wants Revenge, The Walkmen, The Juan Maclean, Audio Bullys, Imogen Heap, Lady Sovereign, Deerhoof, The Duke Spirit, Editors, stellastarr*, Lyrics Born, Matt Costa, The New Amsterdams, The Zutons, Platinum Piped Pipers, White Rose Movement, Chris Liberator, Colette, Joey Beltram, Hybrid, Wolfmother, The Like, Living Things, Nine Black Alps, The Section Quartet, Infadels, Youth Group, Shy FX and T Power, Infusion. Sunday, April 30: Tool, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bloc Party, Paul Oakenfold, Scissor Sisters, Matisyahu, James Blunt, TV on the Radio, Sleater-Kinney, Mogwai, Coheed and Cambria, Gnarls Barkley, Coldcut, Phoenix, Digable Planets, Amadou and Mariam, Little Louie Vega, Mylo (DJ Set), Seu Jorge, Wolf Parade, The Go! Team, Kaskade, Metric, Art Brut, Dungen, The Dears, Jamie Lidell, The Magic Numbers, Los Amigos Invisibles, Jazzanova, Michael Mayer, Mates of State, Gilles Peterson, Gabriel and Dresden, The Subways, Minus the Bear, Be Your Own Pet, Giant Drag, Kristina Sky, The Octopus Project.For information about nearby hotels, camping facilities, restaurants and more, check out www.coachella.com.

ENJOI ART SHOW - Down We Go Together. On Tuesday, March21st, the new Alphaville gallery in melbourne launched its first show with Down We Go Together, an exhibition by the Enjoi skate and design team who are currently visiting from the usa. Featuring works by Vice contributor Jerry Hsu, Enjoi graphics honchos Matt Eversole and Winston Tseng and pro skaters Louie Barletta and Jason Adams.the show was packed from start to finish and kicked on to an impromptu after party at the pub across the road until last drinks were called. Down We Go Together continues until March 28th, before moving onto Sydney and New Zealand. For more information contact leo moscicki at enjoi australia on (03) 8671 1712 or leo.m@globeintltd.com

ART and HOT ROD SHOW – California Screamin’ Art and Hot Rod Car Show – March 11, 5PM – 10PM – Gasoline Gallery 423 Main Street El Segundo, CA. Check out http://gasolinegallery.com/events.htm

ART SHOW – Art by Jason Adams and Ed Templeton. – Onsix gallery presents CARPE DIEM a group show including Art by Jason Adams and Ed Templeton. Reception taking place Friday March 10th from 7pm to 2am At ONSIX GALLERY in San Francisco. They’ll be joining other artists such as Bigfoot, Steve Caballero, Neckface, Brian Anderson, Chris Pastras etc.. for more info go to onsixgallery.com

SAVE TRESTLES – If Surfers Do Not Save Trestles, Who Will? The water quality, sandbar sedimentation, and glorious sense of place of Trestles are threatened by an ill-planned toll road highway that would parallel (not just cross) the largely pristine San Mateo Creek that empties into the great Trestles breaks. It’s very important to keep the proposed toll road highway out of San Onofre State Beach and away from the San Mateo Creek. For more info on saving Trestles from the tollroad, see Surfrider’s Save Trestles web section at http://www.surfrider.org/savetrestles.

SURFRIDER FOUNDATION NEWS - Surfrider Foundation to Protest Representative Ken Calvert’s Support of Environmentally Damaging Toll Road Extension. WHAT: The Surfrider Foundation is planning a protest event to coincide with an appearance by California Representative Ken Calvert. WHEN: Thursday, March 23 at 2 pm. WHERE: San Clemente Community Center, San Clemente, CA. WHO: California Representative Calvert will be speaking at the San Clemente Community Center to discuss Medicare Part D. Activists from the Surfrider Foundation will be on hand to publicly protest Representative Calvert’s ongoing support for the Transportation Corridor Agency’s planned extension to the 241 Foothill-South toll road. Despite compelling evidence that the project will not only devastate portions of the San Onofre State Beach Park, harm eleven threatened or endangered species, degrade the surfing resources at Trestles, and also likely fail at its stated objective of reducing traffic congestion through South Orange County, Representative Calvert continues to advocate for the project. For info go to www.surfrider.org.

WATERMAN’S WEEKEND -
The Surfer’s Path Comes to Television – SIMA Honors McKnight, Johnson, and Kekai at Waterman’s Weekend. The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) will honor Quiksilver CEO Bob McKnight as Waterman of the Year, surfer and singer Jack Johnson and his wife, Kim, as Environmentalists of the Year, and legendary Waikiki Beach Boy Rabbit Kekai with the Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the association’s annual Waterman’s Weekend environmental fundraiser… SportsNewsSource, LLC.

THE SURF BOOK – NOW AVAILABLE – From the beginning of his career, photographer Michael Halsband has made portraits of artists and musicians. In 1981 he traveled with The Rolling Stones as the official photographer on the Tattoo You tour. In the years that followed, he transitioned to editorial and commercial photography, until 1991, when he returned to portrait work. Since the 90’s he has also written and directed music videos and commercials. Halsband’s personal photo-documentary projects include a book project with AC/DC (1996, 2000), nudes and portraits of sex industry workers (1991-6) and a project with the School of American Ballet (1986-1991). His latest work, Surf Book, (with Joel Tudor), a book documenting the most influential people in surfing, hit bookstores earlier this year. For more go to www.michaelhalsband.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The 1st Annual Delray Beach Film Festival announced today that a surfing contest for professionals and celebrities has been added to the list of weeklong events for the inaugural Festival. Among the many celebrities attending the event, Olympic Gold Medalist Tristan Gale and Gene Racine will partake in the event. Following the surfing contest, celebrities and locals alike can enjoy one of the film’s being featured by the Festival within eyes view of the beach. Participants’ fun in the sun will kickoff earlier in the week with surfing lessons provided by local professional surfers. Festival coordinators are currently accepting entries from members of the film industry to enter the competition boasting sponsors such as Quiksilver, Hurley, Globe and Redbull. The Delray Beach Film Festival begins March 8 and runs through March 12th, 2006, in Delray Beach, Florida. Organizers plan to screen over 100 shorts, features, documentaries and Xtreme sports films. A portion of the profits will go to the Humane Society of the Palm Beaches. Film Festival organizers are continuously seeking sponsors that would like to join this blockbuster event from its inception. For more information contact Michael Posner (561) 213-5737.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Go from ‘Bro’ to ‘Pro': Learn to Surf with Andy Irons Now Available on DVD from VAS Entertainment – Whether you already think you’ve got what it takes to surf like a pro or you’re fairly certain that surfing is something completely out of your klutzy reach, Learn to Surf with Andy Irons can help you out. Learn to Surf packs plenty of expertise, easy-to-employ tips and tricks, often-forgotten details, and amazing surfing footage – all of which is sure to get you stoked for a ride in the tide. According to a recent review conducted by TransWorld Business, Andy Irons is currently the most recognizable figure in surfing. In Learn to Surf, the three-time World Champion of Surfing joins up with TransWorld Surf Magazine Editor Chris Cote to show eager athletes everything needed to get started surfing – or to finely tune those previously-acquired surf and safety skills. Including important details on water safety, board choice, how to stand up, how to paddle efficiently, proper surfing etiquette and more, this is one film that is sure to make waves. In addition to packing all the information you need to bring out your inner surf pro – plus bonus expert advice from Andy – each Learn to Surf DVD also comes with a free subscription card to TransWorld Surf, ensuring that you’ll stay in the loop even when you’re out of the water. For more information, visit the website at www.vasentertainment.com.

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