SKATE CONTEST NEWS FROM TEXAS – This is Tim Kirby in Midland, Texas. We are hosting the Texas Masters Competition this year on June 26th.. All the OG Texas Skaters will be here… For more info – Call 432-559-2508 or go to www.paroleboards.com.
USA CONTEST POSTPONED – The Grom and Beast of the East contests at Skater Island (May 22 and 23) in Rhode Island have been postponed due to some building problems. Please tell everyone, so they don’t drive all the way there for nothing. I’ll keep everyone posted to let you know when its rescheduled.
NEWS FROM SKATEPARK OF TAMPA (Tampa, FL) 5th Annual Free Day and Thunder High Ollie Challenge on Saturday, May 29, 2004. Everyone gets to skate for free and we’re giving away a bunch of goodies to all the kiddies, including free food and drinks! Look for photos at www.skateparkoftampa.com after the event! – Skatepark of Tampa – (813) 621-6793 – 4215 East Columbus Drive Tampa, Florida 33605 U.S.A. For more go to www.skateparkoftampa.com
NYC – RIVERSIDE SKATE JAM – Saturday, May 22nd, 11AM-6PM – Riverside Skate Park, Riverside Park @ 108th, lower level, New York, NY – A $10 donation at the gate nets you: -Best trick contest… Top prices for top tricks, including gear from Nike, Zoo York, Triple 8 and more. Raffle prizes and giveaways from our sponsors.. Vert and street demos by Nike, 5boro, and others (with pro scouts scoping new talent) -Live Bands and DJs plus great food and drink. (18 or older, or bring your Mom to sign your waiver; and bring your helmet to skate–no helmet, no fun) For schedule or more info, go to www.riversideparkfund.org/skatejam
POST GEN- BE THE REVOLUTION- MAY 27TH @ AVALON in L.A. ! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Post Gen presents Be the Revolution. A Poster Trio by; Robbie Conal, Shepard Fairey, Mear One in association with: Guerrilla One, Z-trip, Lorrie Boula, David J (Love and Rockets/Bauhaus) Musical Performances provided by; Ozomatli, Medusa w/ Feline Science, EdIT, S.T.U.N., The Vacation, David J — more tba. Emcees -Jerry Quickley, Charlie Tuna / Political Satire: Culture Clash. Poster Launch @ Avalon Hollywood, Thursday, May 27, 2004 – Doors open: 8pm. Proceeds to benefit Post Gen to promote political art education for the nation www.postgen.com
PEGGY OKI ART EXHIBIT – April 20 – 31 May 31, 2004 at Tony Rose
Camera and Video in Montecito. ‘A Bit of Spring’ (Plein air watercolors from around Santa Barbara County) @ Tony Rose Camera and Video 1253 Coast Village Road, Montecito, CA 93108. ph:805.969.5846. Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30AM – 6PM. Sat 10AM – 5PM. Sun 10AM – 2PM. Online Art Gallery: http://www.peggy-oki.com
GRAND OPENING OXNARD, CA SKATEPARK: JUNE 5, 2004. For photos go to http://www.socalskateparks.com. Skatepark Address: 1800 E Channel Islands Blvd Oxnard, CA 93033 805-488-8300 Mailing Address: 555 South A. Street Suite 265 Oxnard, Ca. 93030. For more info contact [email protected]
WWW.MILEHIGHSKATES.COM just added Pocket Pistols decks, and will be adding Bozi and Skaterbuilt to the mix, too. Go to www.milehighskates.com.
411VM SKATEBOARDING PRESENTS THE BRAZIL ISSUE! Fountain Valley, CA (411 Productions) – May 3, 2004: Thanks to an incredible rise in global media attention, skateboarding has witnessed some of the most diverse and incredible talent popping up in all four corners of the Earth. Of all the international scenes known for producing amazing skateboarders, Brazil definitely stands out as leader for the present and future. 411 Productions felt it was time to showcase a few of Brazil’s amazing talents. 411VM Skateboarding Issue 64 kicks off with one of the true global ambassadors for skateboarding, Bob Burnquist. Bob hosts the issue, takes us on a Spot Check of his famous back yard skatepark, and leads us into a Controlled Chaos segment featuring Carlos de Andrade, Adelmo Jr., Fabio Cristiano, and Rodrigo Lima. The Brazil issue Hot Wheels is simply shocking. Rodrigo Petersen, Cezar Gordo, and Alex Carolino put their stamp on what is probably the single greatest display of young Brazilian talent to date. Following up on the Hot Wheels segment, another Brazilian Am Andre Genovesi comes correct with a Wheels of Fortune. Fabrizio Santos has an amazing Profile, contrasting and comparing life in both Brazil and California. Firm pro Rodrigo Teixeira checks in with a Day in the Life in his hometown of Sao Paulo. Come along with TX and friends as they show us some incredible local spots and visit Siglio, a skate shop owned by Rodrigo’s brother. The rain puts a stop to their skating, but not before Rodrigo and crew put it down on some of the local ledges. If this segment doesn’t have you digging out your passport, nothing will. Issue 64 wraps up with Profiles from Nilton Neves and Og de Souza. Nilton is all smiles as he cruises through any terrain and takes advantage of his chance to speak about his good friend, Og de Souza. This segment may be the single most compelling article 411 has ever put together. Once you’ve seen what Og can do without the use of his legs, and the obvious joy he takes from his family, friends, and skateboarding, your view of personal limitations will never be the same. Once again, DVD viewers are rewarded with a great deal – bonus footage includes Desafia de Rua and Qix Contests, Iapi Spot Check, and tons more. Plus every DVD comes with a FREE BONUS DISC featuring Brazilian skaters from your favorite 411VM Skateboarding videos. Over 2 hours of skateboarding with every DVD! Get ready to discover a ton of amazing talent in 411VM Skateboarding issue 64, the Brazil issue – every team manager will be watching this one. You can find your copy on DVD in skateboard shops around the world on June 1, 2004! Visit 411 on the Web at: www.411vm.com.
VENICE, CA SKATEPARK ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASE – The VSA is happy to announce a membership drive and screening of surf and sk8 films from the Venice/Santa Monica area on May 7, 2004. In addition, Enie Minie recording artist Blue Eyed Son will perform live as will local punks Frontside Grind. Furthermore, the VSA has invited L.A City Council rep to speak about the Venice Sk8park that the VSA has lobbied so hard for. The event is free, however a $5.00 donation includes a raffle ticket to win great prizes from our generous sponsors. Thanks, Ger-I – VSA WHEN: May 07 2004. WHERE: Sidewalk Cafe – Venice, CA. TIME: 7:30-10:30. For more information or to contribute to the event please e-mail [email protected]
BALLARD BOWL NEEDS YOUR HELP. SPEAK UP! MAKE A STATEMENT! SAVE A SKATEPARK!!!…. NEWS FROM THE PUGET SOUND SKATEPARKS ASSOCIATION… It seems as though the local Ballard Chamber of Commerce and various business interests are keen to see the beloved Ballard bowl go the way of the dodo in favor of a neighboring private townhouse development. We’ve gone a long way to organize and fight to protect it. We’ve formed the Puget Sound Skateparks Association, gained massive local media attention, and even landed support from the President of the City Council and one of our Congressmen. We’ve received emails from local skate organizations across the country telling us that they’re watching what happens here in Seattle and are looking at it as a precedent for future efforts. The final decision will be made on May 13th by the Parks Commissioner Ken Bounds. We’re staging a ‘1000 Skater March’ rally and march to city hall on May 15th to either celebrate or protest the decision. There will be a ton of press, and this promises to be a milestone event in skateboarding history. WE ARE LOOKING FOR PRO SKATEBOARDERS TO SPEAK ON THE PODIUM AT CITY HALL AT THE END OF OUR MARCH THROUGH SEATTLE’S CITY STREETS. WRITTEN STATEMENTS WOULD OF COURSE BE COOL FOR PEOPLE THAT CANT MAKE IT ALL THE WAY TO SEATTLE. Our program includes someone from the music community, someone close to the Mayor, someone from the PSSA, and a keynote. The theme of the speeches will revolve around the role of skaters to get involved in their communities and to work hard to make the world a better and safer place to skate. Show up and speak up.For more information check out the PSSA site: www.pugetsoundskateparks.org.
PRESS RELEASE – BALLARD BOWL BENEFIT – Puget Sound Skatepark Association (PSSA) Skaters and Skate Supporters March on City Hall — Saturday, May 15 – It’s not that unusual to see skateboarders surreptitiously tear down the streets of Seattle, one eye watching the pavement and one eye watching for the law. But on Saturday, May 15, hundreds of skateboarders will legally take to the streets in a skate march on City Hall. Coordinated by the Puget Sound Skateparks Association (PSSA) the march will travel down 5th Avenue to mark the two-year anniversary of the famed Ballard Bowl Skatepark and to draw attention to the need for more skateparks in Seattle and the need to save the Ballard Bowl. ‘The skateboard community is severely underserved,’ says Jason Harrison, the founder of PSSA. ‘Seattle has only two skateboard parks and one of them – the Ballard Bowl – is threatened with demolition to make way for a passive park. It doesn’t make sense to destroy something that serves the community so well, especially when there is such a shortage of skateparks and an obvious user demand. ‘When you consider that Seattle has more than 200 athletic fields, 50+ basketball courts and 10 swimming pools, it’s obvious that skaters have been left out of the loop,’ Harrison adds. What: Skate March on City Hall When: Saturday, May 15. March Start Time: 12:30 pm. Where: Starts at SeaSkate Park, 5th Avenue North and Republican Street Route: Travels from north to south on 5th Avenue to City Hall. Arrive at City Hall: 1:30 pm (600 4th Avenue – entrance on 5th Avenue) Activities: Celebrity skaters and musician appearances, speeches and special surprises. The march on City Hall is just the beginning of an all-day celebration. From 3 pm to 7 pm, a free, all ages show happens at the Funhouse, 206 5th Avenue North, with The Fakies, The Briefs, The F*cking Chaichis, and more. The festivities then move to Ballard with a show at the Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Avenue, from 9 pm to 2am. On the bill: Mudhoney, The Spits, Tyco Party, The Fakies and The Wild Hairs (an amazing kid punk band from Bainbridge Island, featuring an 11 year old and a 13-year-old). Tickets are $10. You must be 21+ to attend the Sunset show. The skaters have proven that they can organize with finesse. PSSA members collected 4000 signatures in a petition drive to save the Ballard Bowl. Among their supporters they count Jan Drago, president of the Seattle City Council, and Congressman Jim McDermott. At previous fundraising events more than $2000 was raised and skaters gathered 175 pounds of canned food for the Ballard Food Bank. More than a dozen skaters volunteered for the recent Ballard Spring Clean-up Day in March. They’ve lead local politicos on tours of the bowl and have garnered wide-spread media coverage, including TV, print and radio. The Ballard Skate Bowl and street course was built nearly two years ago with the help of grants and community volunteers (kids and adults) donating their labor and efforts. The bowl is valued between $50,000 to $70,000. Some members of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce oppose the inclusion of the skate bowl into the proposed $2.4 million dollar park that is set to be built in Ballard in 2005. Also opposed to the skatepark is the private developer of a mixed use retail/residential property slated for construction adjacent to the new park. At a public hearing on April 8, Seattle Park Commissioners heard two hours of testimony from the community. The overwhelming majority of testimony presented favored retaining the existing Ballard skate bowl and street course. The Park Commissioners make a formal recommendation to Park Superintendent, Ken Bounds, on May 13. For more info go to http://www.sleestak.net and http://www.pugetsoundskateparks.org
SKATEBOARD CAMPS – NH – Starting June 27th Waterville Valley will be running 6 weeks of over night skateboard camps. The Camps are run by Eastern Boarder demo skater’s as well as the Waterville Valley Ramp Tour staff. Camps start Sunday evenings and go till Friday afternoon. They include trips to other NH skateboard parks, trip to Nashua’s Eastern Boarder, movie night, lodging, coaching, meals, other activities, and a last day skateboard contest with prizes. Check out www.waterville.com for more info.
VANCOUVER MUSEUM SKATEBOARD EXHIBIT – Opening May 1st, 2004 at the Vancouver Museum is Skateboarding Vancouver, a look at the colourful and controversial history of skateboarding in Vancouver and beyond. See skateboards and equipment from all eras of the sport from the surf-inspired sixties to the electric eighties to the fine-arts inspired nineties. Based on the collection of PD, a local skate shop owner, collector and curator of The Online Skateboard Museum (see www.skullskates.com), this exhibit shows, for the first time, hundreds of skateboards and related gear from the 1920s until today. While illustrating the technical evolution of skateboarding, this exhibit also addresses the social evolution of the sport. For more go to www.skullskates.com or www.vanmuseum.bc.ca
Programming highlights for May on FUEL TV. EVENTS/SPECIALS – Red Bull 5X Surf (May 8th and May 9th @ 2:35pm ET/PT) – Red Bull 5X is a catalyst for progressive wave riding. Some of the planet’s best surfers have been gathered to showcase a format where surfers push each other to the next level…. Hansen’s Energy Pro 2004 (May 20th @ 9:13pm ET/PT and May 22nd and 23rd at 2:07pm ET/PT) – Hansen’s Energy Pro 2004 put on its best show of the season at world-famous surf spot Pipeline on the North Shore. This three star WQS event packs in some of the best surfers and this year’s conditions brought some epic waves…. Blue Carpet Special: Tony Hawk’s Secret Skatepark Tour (May 21 @ 8:11pm ET/PT) – FUEL takes you to the carpet of Tony Hawk’s latest DVD premiere in Hollywood where we caught up with Mike Vallely, Shaun White and Tony himself…. Kokua Festival (May 30th @ 9:37pm ET/PT/May 31st @ 9:13pm ET/PT) – A new surf-lifestyle special co-produced with Opper Sports Productions features Jack Johnson’s January 2004 sellout Kokua Festival which took place before a cheering sold-out crowd of 8,000 at the Blaisdell Center in downtown Honolulu. The Kokua (the Hawaiian word for ‘help’) Festival is Johnson’s way of raising money to increase awareness about Hawaii’s threatened island environment through grade-school education that teaches recycling, organic gardening, alternative energy and an array of sustainable earth-friendly practices. The documentary features music and surfing by Johnson and Kelly Slater…. Also catch new episodes of Exposure, Project Detention, Road Fools, Split and Untracked. Visit www.fuel.tv.
International Association of Skateboard Companies Summary Update 3.2004… Most of all of 2003 the board of directors of IASC met in a windowless back storage room of Vans skatepark thankfully to the courtesy Steve Van Doren and Vans of course. We have upped the anti a bit and have had two meetings at the end of the Huntington Beach Pier. The most recent it was a somewhat foggy day with good surf, which was a nice change. Besides the normal group we had Paul Schmitt of P.S. Stix, member company as well as Paul volunteering to the Skatepark Development Committee, Jim Gray of new member company, ABC Board Supply, also participating on the Skatepark Committee and Johnny Shillereff of member company, Element skateboards, all in attendance. No time was wasted and we dived immediately in to the agenda. All in attendance are busy people with other responsibilities so time is always of the essence…. New Board of Directors… Back before ASR spring 2004 ballots were sent out to replace Rob Valerio as a board of director to all member companies. Nominees were requested and was followed up with ballots by mail to vote upon by the member companies. Results were tallied by an outside independent, accounting firm. IASC welcomes Johnny Shillereff of Element Skateboards to the Board of Directors. Rob Valerio willingly will continue to volunteer on the Finance Committee. He has been a great asset to IASC’s invigorating jump-start of 2003. One note, only fifteen of the eligible member companies participated in this vote…. Executive Officers – Since the election of the new B.O.D.s in early 2003 we had yet to vote upon a Executive Committee for IASC. The E.C. is the operations facilitators (hands on responsibilities) of any organization, whereas, B.O.D.s by definition serve a more of a directive role. We went through the voting process which resulted with; Bod Boyle as Secretary, Per Welinder as Vice President and myself as Chairman. Paul Schmitt suggested a change to the bylaws, which currently states that Executive Officers must be a Board of Director, to allow non B.O.D.s to be eligible to hold Executive Officer positions. Thus, in order, to additionally diversify the talents and abilities of IASC. We all agreed and changes are in effect…. Volunteer to a Committee – Currently we have several committees to address different issues. Committee heads are responsible to research issues, suggest action on said issues and present to the board. Discussion then takes place and if necessary a vote is taken on the attack method that IASC shall take in order to accomplish results. This vote may be done by the board solely or if critical require a vote for action by all member companies. I know this sounds all political somewhat and to an extent, it is. It is the democratic process. But committees are what get things done and makes us an effective, decisive and formidable action group. Approved Committees we have currently are: Skateparks Committee-Marketing Committee-Helmets and Pads Committee-Youth Programs Committee-Pro Committee-Accounting/Governess Committee-Benefits Committee-Membership Committee-Fundraising Committee-Media Committee-NGB Committee-Communications Committee and Partner Associations Committee. The board currently requests the participation of individuals to volunteer to an IASC action committee, either current or new, so that we can make shit happen. Contact John Bernards with your pledge of participation today…. Advisory Board of Directors – An A.B.D. can have a huge impact on furthering the effectiveness of IASC above beyond our immediate industry. The following are the first group to be recommended, Paul Schmitt from PST Sticks, Miki Vuckovich from Tony Hawk Foundation, Kevin Flanagan from ASR, Don Bostick from WCS, and Jim Fitzpatrick from UPSA, and Roy Turner from BRA. We are awaiting confirmation from said individuals and are still open to nominees for additional persons….. Committee Updates – ASR Marketing Plan – Part of the agreement that IASC has with ASR is that IASC produces a suggested marketing plan to ASR for each show. This plan consists of ideas and suggestions, if not straight out requests, to ASR that will improve and benefit the skateboard industries results from trade shows. This is for both the exhibitors and retailers alike. John Bernards and Marketing Committee heads, Don Brown and Per Welinder have been working on collecting ideas for the fall 2004 show as well as future shows (while the earth may have created in a day, Burnside was not! Have I used that line before?!?…). John presented a plan for fall 2004 and ideas were discussed (again) by all. The main criteria is to create compelling and economical reasons for retailers and distributors from around the world to attend the show. To make it a necessity and a pleasure to get our industry together and inspire excitement and action for the skateboard industry. Ideas at hand… Wider aisles, clever displays around the section, no carpet, relevant bands, stickers to give out to retailers who show, demo and autograph day, IASC bash for the skateboard industries, kids day, meaningful seminars, aggressive pre-marketing to stores through incentives and more… We hope ASR will respond positively, so that we can show retailers and new exhibiters that ASR is the most exciting action show available…. International Skateboarding Day – Don also, along with Per Welinder have been brainstorming the creation of an International Skateboarding Day. A day where skateboarders and enthusiasts alike take the day off to go out and relax with friends and family for a skate. Just imagine all of us worldwide all going out for a session at the same time. The grind heard round the world. Also a day to honor and celebrate our heritage and unique culture. This can eventually lead into large scale fund raising for special causes or charities. This is only the beginning and this years ‘International Skateboarding Day’ is set for June 21st, 2004, as it is the first day of summer…the season all skateboarders look forward to. However you want to celebrate it is all good. Just make sure you celebrate it…. Skatepark Development – Per Welinder reported on what is happening to work against the development of shitty, un-functional, hastily built and downright unsafe skateparks. Per, along with Paul Schmitt, Jim Gray, Tim Payne of Team Payne and Chad Ford of SPAUSA have been working on a document of ‘construction’ standards to submit to the ASTM which is a very large and powerful group that publishes standards on just about anything out there. Cities and contractors use ASTM standards more than anything to protect them from potential liabilities from building things that may put them in legal jeopardy. Mind you ‘construction’ standards are very different from what several very, very large play ground companies/all of a sudden suito skatepark builders are pushing to the ASTM, which is an, ‘design’ standardization. ‘Design’ standardization, if the ASTM accepts, would essentially mean skatepark ‘designs’ could potentially end the creative freedom to build interesting, challenging and progressive skateparks. This is against the basis drive of existence of skateboarding as we all have lived it and appreciate. Imagine that every skatepark in every town was exactly the same. Nightmare. This is a big one that all factions of skateboarding must rally against. ‘Construction’ standards merely lay out construction detail standards that make a great skatepark. Things like concrete PSI, radiuses of transitions, edge and lip configurations and so on. Let’s leave design to the skateboarders that know what makes a great skatepark. More forthcoming… Olympics?!? AKA NGB AKA USA Skateboarding – John Bernards and myself attended a second meeting of the newly formed USAS (United States of America Skateboarding). At this meeting it was agreed to create a board of directors comprised of IASC along with USPA, SPAUSA, WCS and key individuals such as, Tony Hawk, Dave Carnie, Buster Halterman, Chris Miller, Gary Ream, Miki Vuckovich, Andy Macdonald, Mark Waters, Neal Hendrix and more recently Bryce Kanights, Steve Douglas, Charlie Wilkens and Pete Townend (the list is still growing!). The non-profit USAS has formed to represent skateboarding and it’s best interests for the future growth and preservation of the skateboarding industries and culture. What does this have to do with the Olympics? Nothing at this point. Though should the IOC consider a position for skateboarding in the Olympics the USAS will be in place to direct and/or protest such an effort, in the best interests of skateboarding. Much hoopla, misinformation and rumors have floated around skateboarding’s presence in the Olympics for years. Whether or not skateboarding ever has a place in the Olympics, the formation of this non-profit entity can and will be instrumental in protecting and growing skateboarding into the future. I quote Pete Townend – long time surf magnate and father of Element professional skateboarder Tosh Townend, ‘The best interests of skateboarding must be in the hands of skateboarding’ in any and all developments. This ranges from the creation and supporting youth programs, protecting the rights of the core industry in the face of megacorp insurgence, to lobbying government agencies and if need be skateboarding’s role in the Olympics. The formation of the USAS is monumental. Never before in the history of skateboarding has a gathering of groups with this diversity with the common bond in the preservation and benefit of skateboarding culture and lifestyle come together. Just the presence of the groups and individuals noted above is significant. There must be something serious and beneficial happening if all these people are committing time to the USAS. IASC is proud and honored to have a voice within the USAS. More direct information beyond the IASC will quickly become available to all. Before you jump to conclusions or pass judgment, please make an effort to educate yourselves or better yet get your ass involved. Skateboarding’s secure future lies to our own responsibility. Any fault or failure to protect and preserve skateboarding will be by our own hands with lack of action or effort. Skateboarding, and skateboarders, not other organizations should be solely responsible for skateboarding’s future. That’s what USSA provides, skateboarders committed to developing and securing a skateboarder’s future for skateboarding…. Finance – IASC is making headway. 2004 will be a critical year to enact fundraising activities that push the machine forward. There are all kinds of ways to generate money outside of the actual skateboarding industry. We need to capitalize on those other avenues blah blah…. Open Discussion and New Topics – Johnny Shillereff suggested his participation in youth programs and has committed to the creation and development of an IASC Youth Programs Committee. Johnny has had great success with the development of the ‘Element Awareness’ youth programs and surely will be an asset to IASC’s developments in this area…. Jim Gray suggested reaching out to the smaller and niche companies of skateboarding and volunteered himself to assist in our Membership Committee to close the gaps in our loosely knit industry. We need all companies, big and small, participation to be effective. He also brought ‘made in origin’ benefits to point in which we agreed to further research and discussion and decision in our next meeting with his assistance… Per suggested a far-flung proposal, posing three questions to each of the 2004 USA presidential candidates. Let’s bring skateboarding to the forefront of political ignorance. We pay a shit load of taxes. Why not? Whether they answer or not it could bring some serious awareness to our cause…. Steve Van Doren welcomed free IASC member company banner placement and booths at Vans Triple Crown in Cleveland. Member companies should contact Steve for logistics. Steve and Vans have continually offered opportunities to member companies. Membership has privileges. Join IASC today. Contact Steve Van Doren tomorrow…. IASC and Don Brown requests interesting and rare items for donation to the IASC online auction. Contact Don to contribute…. To close, if I already have not done it enough, I want to impose your participation, members and non-members alike. It is wrong for you to just sit there and wait and expect results from IASC without your involvement. This is a two way street. IASC is the catalyst to get things moving to push skateboarding forward. Not to benefit just skateboard companies but all of skateboarding alike. But this cannot and will not happen unless you actively participate. Success depends on us all to put an effort in. From volunteering for action committees to member companies making sure they are responding to the response requests of IASC Board of Directors. Make a point to find out what is going on and what you can do to improve the situation. And that is… the situation. Keep on Rolling. For more go to www.skateboardiasc.org
SURFPARKS, LLC is attempting to construct a wave pool unlike any standing wave or pool that has been built. The first site of construction is set for Orlando Florida next to the Vans Skatepark and is due to open in the Winter 2005. The ‘phase-2’ location is set for Randall’s Island NY, just a few minutes outside NYC, and is due to open in 2006. Both ‘Surfparks’ are going to be much more than just a glorified wave pool. The plan is to create an actual ‘park,’ with 2 wave pools; one for advanced to expert, then a smaller one for beginner to intermediate. A ‘Flowrider’ standing wave, a commercial center with shops and restaurants, and even a stage to host concerts and events. The water in the pools will even be saltwater, and there will be in house pros for lessons and guidance. The bottom of the pool is a unique ‘Versareef’ system which is a bunch of wires connected to a computer that can alter the pool floor to emulate a variety of the best breaks in the world. So not only can you surf perfect waves indoors in warm water anytime of year, but you could surf Sebastian Inlet in the morning and Snapper Rocks in the afternoon without even leaving the building. Memberships range from ‘Platinum Anytime’ which is 2000 waves for $2,000, down to ‘Silver Off-Peak’ which is 500 waves for $625. They will be offering a sort of ‘day pass’ for anyone who walks in off the street. The day pass will run anywhere from $20 to $50 for a two hour session (that’s about15-20 waves) depending on which pool you want to surf. Check it out at www.surfparks.com
DVS NEWS – HAVEN LAMOUREUX JOINS THE ‘SKATE MORE’ PRODUCTION – DVS Shoe Company has announced that Haven Lamoureux will join the team as filmer for the company’s debut video titled ‘Skate More’. Haven’s extensive background in film coupled with his knowledge of the industry and relationship with the team make him a perfect choice for the project. Raised in New England, Haven Lamoureux began his creative path skateboarding in the streets of nearby Boston. While attending Emerson College, he developed an ambition for filmmaking and he began filming his friends who were sponsored and professional skateboarders. He started to make a large impact on the Northeast providing footage of riders in top skateboard films such as ‘Aesthetics,’ ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Zoo York,’ to name a few. He received a Bachelors of Arts in film in May 2002, maintaining honors throughout all four years. Haven has now relocated to Hollywood to pursue film and skateboarding and has made footage contributions to multiple videos, most notably ‘Yeah Right’ and ‘The Hot Chocolate Tour.’ In other ‘Skate More’ happenings, Mike Taylor, Chico Brenes, Jeron Wilson and Daniel Castillo just returned from Miami, where they were out filming and shooting photos in beautiful weather. Upcoming trips include Spain, Philadelphia and San Francisco. The expected release date for ‘Skate More’ is late 2004. For updates, pics, footage and other behind the scenes antics, check out www.dvsshoes.com/skatemore.
OREGON SKATE CONTEST SERIES – HarvestBoards.com located in Eugene Oregon will be holding a series of skateboard contests this summer. Companies are encouraged to donate product for prizes. There will be four contests including the Springfield Street Contest, Date June 27th, The Video Contest, Tapes Due August 1st, Female Skate Jam, Cal Young skate park, August 22nd and Bethel (Meadowview), Date August 29th. To find out more about the contests go to www.harvestboards.com/contests.asp. Or you can contact Mark Page at ph – 541-349-9310.
GRINGO SKATEBOARDS NEWS – Jon Comer joins Gringo Skateboards as a new pro rider. DALLAS, TX — Gringo Skateboards — currently producing not only its’ classic series of skateboards, will add 7 year veteran pro skater Jon Comer models to its’ line up of decks. Twenty-eight year old Comer who also resides in Dallas will now call Gringo his home. ‘Texas has always had a unique flavor of skating, and I’m glad to help take some steps to put Tejas’ back on the map,” said Comer. ‘I’m stoked to be riding for Gringo now — I hope I will be able to make a better impact on our local skate scene, as well as help something new grow from Texas.’ Recently, Comer had his documentary film, Never Been Done: The Jon Comer Story, awarded Best Documentary at the 2004 X-Dance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. X-Dance coincides with the Sundance Film Festival, however is geared for action-sports films. Jeff Newton of Zorlac fame and CEO of Gringo Skateboards said, ‘We’re proud to secure Jon and his talents under a new and promising future for all of us here at Gringo.” For more go to www.gringoskateboards.com
PRESS RELEASE – Impact Video The 4th Annual Impact Video XTREMEY AWARDS 2004 – LEGENDARY FILMMAKER, WARREN MILLER, WILL BE ATTENDING THE SHOW! Mr. Miller will be on hand to receive his 2004 HONORARY ACHEIVEMENT AWARD for his contribution to sports filmmaking and the influence his work has had in all the sporting industries. DANA BROWN, FILM DIRECTOR OF ‘STEP INTO LIQUID’ AND ‘DUST TO GLORY’ WILL BE AT THE SHOW TO PRESENT THIS AWARD TO MR. MILLER. SANOE LAKE, ONE OF THE LEADING ACTRESSES IN THE POPULAR SURF MOVIE ‘BLUE CRUSH’ WILL BE AT THE SHOW PRESENTING THE BEST SURF VIDEO AWARD. The Galaxy Theater 3503 South Harbor Blvd Santa Ana, California. Tuesday night, May 4, 2004 7:00pm. Sponsors: Impact Video, Fox Racing, QSC Audio, Fox Racing, Transworld Media, White Knuckle Entertainment, LBZ and Planet X. The XTREMEY AWARDS has become a highly anticipated annual tradition. It is an evening filled with anticipation, fun, and excitement, which leaves a lasting impression on all who attend. Buy your tickets on-line at www.xtremey.net or at the door if not sold out. For more information contact, Docy Andrews at Impact Video 800-697-9914 [email protected] 2004 Nominees for best Skateboard Video are CHILY, THE DC VIDEO, FREE YOUR MIND, EMERICA: THIS IS SKATEBOARDING. 2004 Nominees for Best Surf Video are: AMPLIFIED 2, BOUNTY HUNTERS, CROSSING THE LINE, THE FREEDOM VIDEO, and NIHI.
THIRD ANNUAL MOUNTAIN DEW FREE FLOW TOUR SENDS GRAND PRIZE WINNER TO X GAMES X PRACTICE SESSION WITH THE PROS IN LOS ANGELES – Amateur Skateboarding Contest Series Kicks Off Saturday, May 15th at New Hampshire’s Rye Airfield – Purchase, NY – April 13, 2004 – Mountain Dew is excited to announce the highly anticipated third annual Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour, kicking off Saturday, May 15th at New Hampshire’s Rye Airfield, New England’s premiere indoor skateboard park. A grassroots amateur skateboarding contest series, the Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour will bring jam-style contests to 13 top U.S. skateparks this summer. New for this year’s tour is the first-ever Free Flow finals event at California’s Encinitas YMCA Skatepark, bringing together all 39 winners from this year’s tour. World-renowned Mountain Dew Pros Shaun White, Rune Glifberg and Pat Channita will judge the event and choose the top team rider who will go with Mountain Dew to X Games X in Los Angeles and practice with the pros on the competition street course. ‘Mountain Dew remains committed to supporting grassroots skateboarding by bringing the Free Flow Tour to communities across America for the third consecutive year,’ said John Galloway, Director of Sports, Pepsi. ‘With the inclusion of the Encinitas finals event and X Games grand prize, the 2004 Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour looks to raise the bar for all amateur skateboarding events.’ 2004 Free Flow Tour sponsors include boardsports veteran brands Powell Skateboards and Split Clothing. ‘Powell is proud to be partnering with Mountain Dew and Split Clothing to sponsor this year’s Free Flow Tour and support amateur skateboarding,’ said Michael Furukawa, Promotions Manager, Powell Skateboards. The 2004 Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour schedule includes the following dates and locations: 5/15 – Rye, NH -Rye Airfield; 5/21- Newport, RI – Skater Island; 5/28 – Philadelphia, PA – Title 10; 6/5 – Moorestown, NJ – Vans Skatepark; 6/12 – Woodbridge, VA – Vans Skatepark; 6/19 – Orlando, FL – Vans Skatepark; 6/23 Clearwater, FL – 688 Skatepark; 6/26 – Athens, GA – Glowing Rock; 7/3 – Plano, TX Eisenberg; 7/10 – Denver, CO – Skatepark of Denver; 7/17 – Phoenix, AZ – Phoenix Skatepark; 7/21 – Milpitas, CA – Vans Skatepark; 7/24 – Ontario, CA – Vans Skatepark; 7/31 – Encinitas, CA – Encinitas YMCA (Finals Event – Invite Only) Schedule subject to change. Check out www.freeflowtour.com for additional Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour information.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, X Games X will be held August 5-8, 2004 in Los Angeles with live coverage on ESPN and ABC Sports. ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Action Sports, first developed its X Games franchise in 1995. As part of the ESPN Original Entertainment division, X Games, Winter X Games, EXPN 2Day and X Games Global Championship are just some of the original action sports programming currently shown on ESPN and ESPN2. The brand has also grown to include international X Games events, EXPN.com, EXPN Radio, the large format film ESPN’s Ultimate X, X Games skateparks and various X Games-branded retail products.
PRESS RELEASE – Jesse and the ‘Life Rolls On’ foundation are holding it’s annual concert/auction and celebrity golf charity event coming up soon. Coming into its sixth year, the Life Rolls On Foundation (LRO) continues to bring together sports stars, Hollywood celebrities, and community leaders for one ambitious goal – to cure paralysis. Now, due to phenomenal growth and new partnerships, LRO is proud to announce our first Night by the Ocean Dinner and Concert on July 25, 2004 at Malibu Inn Restaurant and Bar (Night By The Ocean). The 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament will take place on the following day, July 26, 2004 at the Malibu Country Club (Golf Tournament) The mission of LRO is two-fold. We are dedicated to increasing awareness about spinal cord injuries (SCI) within youth culture via influential action sports athletes. LRO seeks to instill positive messages of inspiration and motivation. LRO also raises money to fund research for the treatment and cure of paralysis through recreational, educational, and developmental programs. You may submit your donation to: (Please make checks payable to the Life Rolls On Foundation) 2004 Summer Events c/o Life Rolls On Foundation 7770 Regents Road, #113-199 San Diego, CA 92122. You can also donate online at http://liferollson.kintera.org/donations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SAGE ISLAND’S ROY TURNER NAMED 7TH MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN THE SURF INDUSTRY Wilmington, NC, April 22, 2004 – Transworld SURF Business Magazine (www.TransworldSURF.com) has named Roy Turner of Wilmington the 7th most influential person in the surf industry. Along with his role as Partner and head of Internet and Search Engine Marketing at Sage Island, Roy is also Founder and President of the Board Retailers Association (BRA, www.BoardRetailers.org), a non-profit trade association supporting specialty retailers in the surf, skate and snowboard industries. Known locally as a successful entrepreneur and the former owner/operator of Surf City Surf Shop for 25 years, Turner is now being recognized throughout the surf, skate and snowboard industries for the impact BRA is having and the power it affords to its members. It enables them to unify, compete with ‘big box’ mega-retailers and influence the direction of their industry. Joining Turner in the top 7 list are CEOs and executives of industry leading-companies like Quiksilver, Pacific Sunwear, Surftech, Volcom, Billabong and Becker Surfboards. BRA was born of Turner’s concern for future of the board sport industry and the effect giant retailers were having on smaller specialty shops. He saw an urgent need for these shops to organize and have a unified voice in communicating their issues to manufacturers, mega-retailers and the industry as a whole. Knowing the power of the web for communicating, marketing and organizing, Turner saw synergies between what it would take to get BRA off the ground and the technical capabilities of Sage Island. He enlisted the support of Sage Island’s CEO and fellow surfer, Mike Duncan, who built BRA’s extensive database and designed its website and communications tools. Duncan, Turner and the staff at Sage Island had previous experience in building database applications and websites for large associations, including the North Carolina State Bar Association and the North Carolina Association of CPAs. Duncan now serves as BRA’s Vice President. BRA and Sage Island have also collaborated in their charity efforts with Surf Aid International (SAI, www.SurfAidInternational.org), a non-profit organization of surfers and surf companies dedicated to improving health conditions in the Mentawi Islands, a famous surfing destination. Lack of access to medication in Mentawi results in enormous death and illness rates from easily preventable diseases like malaria, diarrhea and measles. Sage Island developed SAI’s association database applications and BRA recently held a fundraiser that raised over $27,000 for SAI – enough to buy over 18,000 vaccinations for the Mentawi people. That event was attended by surfing legend Bruce Brown, maker of the Endless Summer films, and renowned longboarder and Endless Summer star, Robert ‘Wingnut’ Weaver. Sage Island provides comprehensive web design and traditional marketing services to businesses of all types and sizes. Services include: web design and hosting; online marketing research and strategy; traditional print marketing; packaging design; interactive media and custom software applications. www.SageIsland.com. The Board Retailers Association acts as the primary voice and action group within the retail board sports industry. The Board Retailers Association organizes the concerns of Board Sport Retailers and expresses those views to Manufacturer Associations and Trade Show Organizations in an effort to promote our Industry and support the Independent Retailer. www.BoardRetailers.org.
DVD PREMIERE PARTY – May 25, 2004 – Concrete Disciples DVD Release Party – We’re toasting the Release of our new Pool Skateboarding Video ‘The Best of Concrete Disciples Volume 1’ at the Thunderbird Saloon in North Hollywood CA. 21 and over only. Special Guests: The Dimwits, Punkin Drunkin Idiots and Punk Rock DJ Aztec Vampyre. Location: Thunderbird Saloon 4657 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA (818) 766-4644 **Just North of the 134 FWY on your left** Discounted DVD’s will be made available for $15 bucks. Email: [email protected] or go to www.concretedisciples.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – BLACK SABBATH TO HEADLINE OZZFEST 2004; FIRST LIVE APPEARANCE SINCE 2001 – Call it a mandate from the people. Call it a rumor that just won’t die. Call it what you want, but since the April 27 release of the CD/DVD BLACK BOX: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH (1970-1978), there’s been enormous public demand for a Black Sabbath tour. Original Black Sabbath members OZZY OSBOURNE, TONY IOMMI and GEEZER BUTLER (as well as Osbourne-solo band member Mike Bordin, on drums) – will storm the U.S., performing 26 shows on OZZfest, starting July 10 in Hartford, Conn. OZZfest had already unleashed the biggest buzz of the upcoming tour season, with OZZY (now as a member of BLACK SABBATH) to headline the main stage along with a fistful of rock legends, including a reunited Judas Priest, Slayer, Dimmu Borgir, Superjoint Ritual (featuring Phil Anselmo) and Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society. Fans checking out OZZfest’s Second Stage will get a real treat with a ‘get close to the fans’ set by headliners Slipknot. Hatebreed, Lamb of God, Atreyu and 10 other up-and-comers will keep (hell) fires burning there throughout the day. www.OZZfest.com is the place to get the best tickets and up-to-date information.
New SK8MAFIA DVD (Pete Smolik’s New Board Company) is available now through Concrete Distribution. You can also order Sk8mafia t-shirts, S-One helmets or Sushi wheels from [email protected]
Tampa Pro 2004 Contest Video Premiere Party Saturday, May 22, 2004 – Doors at 8pm, Video Premiere 9pm – All ages welcome! Free stuff from DVS, Quik, Shorty’s, Masquerade! Masquerade in Ybor City (side bar) 1503 E. 7th Ave. Tampa, FL 33605 (813) 247-3319 For more visit www.skateparkoftampa.com.
Incoming Transmission from Old Star Skateboards, Santa Monica… New Factory 13 Decks NOW IN STOCK! These are some of the coolest decks we’ve ever had here at Old Star. The Super 8 is incredible, plus a great JFA Cruiser! Check it out all the Factory 13 products here. PLUS! All new items this week.. Antihero Tent City DVD and Concrete Disciples DVD. Order at www.LooseTrucks.com
LOHAS 8 EVENT – Danny Way and Block made the scene at the RITZ CARLTON in Marina Del Rey, CA for LOHAS 8.- For more info and photos from the event… Click Here…
HOLLYWOOD NEWS – The Hollywood team is trying to squeeze a few last minute tricks for the upcoming promo video – ‘Smoke Break’. Starring – Don Nguyen, Dorian Tucker, Justin Roy, Charlie Thomas, DJ Chavez, James Atkin, and new acquisition Lizard. After placing 9th at the Phoenix am contest and killing every spot on a recent film trip to Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Salt Lake City, Lizard’s flow status was bumped up to the real deal. Keep an eye on this cat, he’s reeeeaally good! After nearly a year of been injured Don Nguyen is back skating and is currently filming everyday for ‘THE Lords of Dogtown ‘ movie in which he plays Shogo Kubu – not only skating pool is the shortest 70’s nut huggers you can find and his own trailer! Not to mention his scalp fused hair extensions. The Nuge’s hair is really long. Keep your eyes peeled for a new Hollywood website – with a teaser trailer for ‘Smoke Break ‘.
FOUNDATION NEWS – Gareth And Duffel flew to France for more That’s Life premiers and they both get arrested after a fight broke out in a local pub. Someone had to comment on their flair and Corey and Gareth both commented back with a couple punches and kicks to the mallet. To celebrate Foundation’s 15 years of skateboarding chaos, Foundation is putting together all its classic videos into one easy to access DVD box set. Which will be ready in time for the holidays.
DEKLINE NEWS – Melcher is Back from Europe and on the road to Texas with Black Label Teammate Ragdoll and later in the summer doing a US Summer tour. Ben is back in Birmingham and eyeing a few local spots (sent us Photo’s) that are just insane. The ‘Barbarian’ has some battles ahead. Cyril has been skating the LA, Long Beach area with all kinds of heads shooting photo’s and filming. Keep your eye’s peeled. Dekline Flow Rider’s Sammy Baca and Josh Perkins have been skating like crazy traveling all over the US. Perkins from Capenedick Maine started his US travels in Arizona hitting up the Phoenix Am landing 7th place after qualifying 1st in the ‘eliminator’ round. Great Job Josh! From there he hit up Los Angeles and then is currently working his way back east.
SLAM CITY RESULTS 2004 – STREET – 1 Greg Lutzka 2 Rodil Junior 3 Ryan Sheckler 4 Colt Cannon 5 Austen Seaholm 6 Chris Haslam 7 Rick McCrank 8 Dayne Brummet 9 Carlos de Andrade 10 Tony Trujillo 11 Paul Rodriguez 12 Chad Fernandez 13 Daniel Vieira 14 Paul Machnau 15 Clint Peterson 16 Kyle Berard 17 Pat Channita 18 Nathan LaCoste 19 Jereme Rogers 20 Trevor Dunnet… VERT – 1 Bucky Lasek 2 Chris Gentry 3 Sandro Dias 4 Lincoln Ueda 5 Andy Macdonald 6 Anthony Furlong 7 Rune Glifberg… GIRLS STREET – 1 Vanessa Torres 2 Elissa Steamer 3 Lauren Perkins 4 Patiane Freitas 5 Jessica Krause 6 Kenna Gallagher 7 Lauren Mollica 8 Amy Caron 9 Jessie Van Roechoudt 10 Alexandra White
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Surf City Gears Up for the US Open of Surfing and ESPN’s X Games… Once a fringe sport for young beach bums, surfing is now a multi-billion-dollar industry with its own line of radical clothes, major box office movies and reality-based television shows. This phenomenal resurgence of the surf scene born in the 1960s has more visitors to Southern California looking for the quintessential surf vacation – whether or not they plan to take part in the sport itself. There is no better time than summer and no better place than ‘Surf City’ to soak in the cool vibe that defines the modern surf culture. For a full emersion experience, visit during the upcoming U.S. Open of Surfing in July or the ESPN 10th Annual X-Games in August. Both events are being held in Huntington Beach, a revered Mecca for the sport. Stretch out your beach towel for a shorefront view of the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing and kick back as superstar surfers perform their maneuvers to cheering crowds. Picture the surfboards stacked upright in the sand, music drifting over from the nearby outdoor amphitheater and the hottest bikini ands board-shorts you’ve seen on any beach. The event, which runs from July 24 through August 1, is one of the most prestigious surf competitions in the world with some 500 top athletes competing for the $175,000 purse. This year’s competition is expected to attract more than 300,000 spectators over its nine-day run. Kelly Slater and other top professionals will make appearances and some will take part in daily autograph signings. Some other names you should know are Cory Lopez, Rochelle Ballard and Rob Machado will be there, too. No other city can boast it is home to the International Surfing Museum, which hosts free concerts on summer Sundays featuring authentic surf bands. During the U.S. Open, a concert is scheduled for Sunday, July 25, for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Huntington Beach also is the site of the Surfers’ Walk of Fame, where the names of surfing legends are etched into granite stones embedded in the sidewalk outside Jack’s Surfboards like the celebrated Walk of Fame in Hollywood. This year’s new inductees will be unveiled during a ceremony on July 29 at 10 a.m. Across the street, at rival surf shop Huntington Surf and Sport, the Surfers’ Hall of Fame is where surf legends’ hand and footprints are preserved in concrete tiles. Watch as new inductees — Mark Occhilupo, Gerry Lopez, Peter Townend, Jericho Poppler and Jack Haley — become immortalized during a ceremony at 10 a.m. on July 30. During the U.S. Open, spectators can walk down the beach to the Soul Bowl to watch 100 other athletes compete for $50,000 in skateboarding, BMX bike and beach volleyball competitions in the Bank of the West Beach Games. The week-long festival will also feature the TransWorld Surf Village, Honda Base Camp, Philips Vortex, PlayStation Gaming Lounge and Paul Mitchell ‘Cut-A-Thon.’ There will be dance contests, DJs, guest emcees and prize giveaways. Live outdoor concerts are planned for the Bank of the West concert stage from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The event will be broadcast on Fusion TV to air on Fox Sports Net. No tickets are needed for these events, which are free to the public. Surf film buffs will enjoy the Surf Film Festival, a three-day extravaganza of the best in this genre held to coincide with the U.S. Open of Surfing competition on July 28 -30 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Mann Pierside 6 Cinemas in downtown Huntington Beach. The first weekend in August brings ESPN to town for the 10th Annual X Games on Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The X Games event features a new surf team contest created by local surfer Brad Gerlach. For more information on: The U.S. Open of Surfing go to www.usopensurfing.com. The ESPN X-Games go to www.espn.com
BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR VANS WARPED TOUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION SHOW – AUGUST 20 IN BOSTON; SAMSUNG AND CINGULAR WIRELESS SIGN ON AS PRESENTING SPONSORS; WARPED DIGITAL MEDIA PAVILION UNVEILED FOR THIS YEAR’S TOUR; FUSE TV ANNOUNCES ‘WARPED WEDNESDAYS‘ In celebration of the tenth year of the VANS WARPED TOUR, presented by Samsung and Cingular Wireless, veteran bands will come together August 20 at Boston’s Gillette Stadium Parking Lot for the VANS WARPED TOUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION SHOW. Artists confirmed so far include: Rancid, Pennywise, Good Charlotte, New Found Glory, Less Than Jake, Unwritten Law, face to face, The Vandals, Finch, Sick of it All, Something Corporate, Simple Plan, Hepcat, Ozomatli, Strung Out, and many more TBA. Highlights from this show will be broadcast exclusively on Fuse as a 90-minute concert special, scheduled to air Friday, September 24 at 7:00 PM Eastern/Pacific. Fuse will build up to this event with weekly ‘Warped Wednesdays’–a slate of weekly programming premiering on June 16th. Every Wednesday all summer long between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM (EST).Check out www.warpedtour.com for more information, tour dates and the complete band listing.
ENTER THE 2004 INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION NOW – For Immediate Release, May 20, 2004…$100,000 in cash and prizes will be shared by 50 winners in 16 categories. All musicians, bands, artists, and songwriters are invited to enter their songs. Since its inception in 2002, ISC especially takes pride in its judges and this year is no exception. ISC 2004 offers both aspiring and established songwriters the opportunity to have their songs heard by a prestigious panel of judges that so far includes: Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs (Grammy award-winning Artist, Producer/Songwriter), Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC), Aaron Lewis (Staind), Sully Erna (Godsmack), John Ondrasik (Five for Fighting), Macy Gray (Grammy award-winning Artist), Scott Kirkland (The Crystal Method), Monte Lipman (President, Universal Records), Stacey Earle (Americana Artist), Clint Black (Grammy award-winning Country Artist), Tracy Gershon (Sr. Dir. AandR/Artist Rel., Sony Records Nashville/Producer, Nashville Star), Alan Meltzer (CEO, Wind-Up Records), Kim Stephens (VP of AandR, Lava Records), Peter Furler (Lead Singer/Songwriter, The Newsboys), Chris Parr (VP of Music Programming and Talent Relations, CMT), Michael McDonald (President, ATO Records), Paul Asher (Co-President, Sanctuary Artist Management) More judges will be added soon. ISC’s mission is to provide songwriters and musicians exposure in the international arena. Aside from the cash and prizes, ISC winners will also benefit from a promotional campaign that includes an annual compilation CD distributed to AandR executives, artist showcases at various conferences, air-play on ISCRadio, and more. Enter your songs now. Visit www.songwritingcompetition.com for updates, an entry form and more information.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MOVEON TO ADD POLITICAL MUSCLE TO LOLLAPALOOZA MUSIC FESTIVAL Stops In 8 Cities Will Include Voter Registration, Issue Ads, Political Speakers Unique Partnership with Perry Farrell Dubbed the ‘Revolution Solution’ – MoveOn.org is teaming up with legendary musician and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell to launch a major effort to register and mobilize young voters at this summer’s revived Lollapalooza Music Festival. The tour will feature a wide array of rock musicians, including: the Pixies, Sonic Youth and Morrissey. The ‘Revolution Solution’ will be part of festival concerts in at least eight cities. ‘Never before in the history of mankind has there been such an opportunity to change the world through the power of one’s own presence. The Revolution Solution happens now because we are living in a world that is hyper-informed and organized. Today we need political leaders less to direct us-we need to direct them,’ said Farrell. First staged in 1991, the Lollapalooza Festival is a touring two-day music and cultural event expected to draw tens of thousands to each location. The team-up with MoveOn.org will take place in Auburn, WA, July 14-15; Ventura, CA, July 22-23; Greenwood Village, CO, July 26-27; Clarkston, MI, Aug. 2-3; Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Aug. 9-10; Columbia, MD, Aug 12-13, New York City, Aug 16-17; and Camden, NJ, Aug. 18-19. A press conference to unveil additional details will be held on July 8 in New York City, featuring participating festival artists and speakers.
ZERO G SKATEPARKS – Zero G Sports and Entertainment, Inc. is working with the Simon Property Group (the largest mall developer an operator in North America), and developing premier action sports centers to be located throughout the country. The first three facilities are located in major malls in Phoenix, Atlanta, and San Antonio. The Phoenix location is already open, and both of the other locations will be opening in time for the peak summer season. Zero G has formed an alliance with the Fast Forward – Action Concepts, USA and will co-locate with them in each skate park facility. Zero G will create a Zero G Sports Team to participate in industry competitions as well as sponsor its own series. Skateboarders/Riders in each location will be able to compete among themselves and with skateboarders/Riders in other locations live via Internet broadcasts. Music, motion picture video projection screens, multi-media displays, live-action video, etc, all add up to give customers a total sensory experience. Skaters can be tagged for video coverage and can see instant replays of their moves, save them to disk, and email them to their friends. The Simon Property Group has entered into a strategic alliance with the company in order to place Zero G facilities in as many of their malls as possible. Simon has offered prime locations 1. Metrocenter, Phoenix, Arizona. This former Vans skatepark facility of approximately 36,778 square feet is also prime mall property, and has already opened as the Phoenix Skatepark. 2. Mall of Georgia, Mill Creek (Atlanta), Georgia. Initially, Vans opened and operated this skate park of approximately 29,129 square feet. Renovation is currently underway and this facility is scheduled to open in Summer 2004. 3. Rolling Oaks Mall, San Antonio, Texas. Contact [email protected] for more information.
MONTHLY GROUP ART SHOW – May 29 – Illogical Technologies and Entertainment and E Records Invite You to The Cannibal Flower Group Show and Performance – location 1018 S. Santa Fe Ave. Go to www.hangar1018.com. Just past downtown LA 90021 between 7th and Olympic. Entrance to event in on Sacramento St. Group Show: Robert Yager, Adam Kilss, Kristin Baker, Dennis Larkins, Shannon Crawford, Brandi Milne, Jason Vaughn, Muffinhead, Nathan Cartwright, Bob Dob, Jason Maloney, Chet Zar, Ruben Garcia, Shino Arihara, Brian Tucker, Louie Metz, Wayne Kirk, L. Croskey, Brent Spears, Jaclyn Presant, Eric Alos, Jena Moya, Matt Foote, Jean-Paul Garnier, Edward Benedetto, Anna Blossom, Luke Chueh, Mike M Morales, Conner S Che, Scott Mayoral, Rob Malone, Country Neal, Jerrell Conner, Lesley Reppeteaux, Ken W. Baker, George Pulido, Jesse Spears, I. Niemand Amalagamated, Sophia Pottish, John Gill, Preston Thomas, Leo Eguiarte, Michele Waterman, Jeremy Szuder, Len Davis, Bob Lizarraga, Snow Mack, Misha, Randy Saba, Bernie Zuber, Eban Lehrer, Dover, Yoko, Sagor, 35, Joe Castro, Tim McCormick, Sean Russell, and featured artist – Elizabeth Lopez. Performing live – Octavius, Miss Satanica’s Extreme Burlesque, Anna Bells of the Fishnet Floozys. Resident DJS, DJ Patrick Ocon, DJ Tim Okain, DJ LEn:Deluxer, and DJ Zewter. $7 donation or in costom / walking art $5. For info 626-212-1851. A portion of this events proceeds will be donated to: MAHAPACA (a Guatemalan AIDS project).
SKATERBUILT NEWS Skaterbuilt Skateboard Co. is dedicated to producing the highest quality skateboards made. Each deck is designed by owner/operator Dave Hegstrom and handcrafted in Huntington Beach, CA. We use the strongest glues and finest rock hard maple veneers available. Our decks come with an exclusive deep, linear concave system, shiny formica bottoms, wheel wells, and superb craftsmanship. Our goal is to set a new standard of excellence within the skate industry by paying greater attention to detail and by making products that more than exceed skaters’ needs, wants, and expectations. We are proud to announce the newest additions to our lineup- The 10’x 36′ SkaterCult model is a fishtail hybrid deck with an 18′ wheelbase. It’s designed for all types of skating-from high performance ripping to liquor store cruising, and is sure to be a great ride. The Vert Rider Series (VRS) is a 9’x 33′ modern 15′ wheelbase directional shape (pointed nose and squared tail) designed for today’s serious vert, park, and pool skater. The Street-Park Series (SPS) I and II are 8’x 31.5′ modern 14′ wheelbase semi directional shapes designed for the new generation of young street and skatepark rippers. Poolside Favors (PF-60’s) are 60mm, 99a, ‘Church-Glass’ style wheels made for vert, park, and pool riders. The PF-60’s are fast, tall, grippy, and hard-did we mention fast too? Real fast. The 10′ Piglet is a flawless blend of old and new. This modern-day pig features deep, linear concave combined with a steep, bullet shaped nose and square tail. Wheel wells and shiny black formica bottom make this high performance pig a truly refined classic. — The 11′ Jay Smith Model is a spoon nose shape much like the decks that Jay rode back in the day. This modern-hybrid deck was designed for hardcore pool and park skating-just the way Jay likes it! The deck features a line-art graphic by Jay’s tattoo artist Bob Raft, shiny black formica bottom, nose and tail kick, wheel wells, and deep, linear concave. The ‘Layback Master is back!’ — The 12′ Pig is an extra wide modern-day pig shape. This deck is the perfect blending of an old school template with new school kicks and curves. It features deep, linear concave combined with a steep, bullet shaped nose and wide, square tail. Wheel wells (optional), shiny black formica bottom, and overall dimensions make this high performance pig a true legend in a class of it’s own. 2004 looks to be the best year ever for Skaterbuilt and for every skater. Parks and pools are popping up all over the place-and this time it’s here to stay. This is the best time EVER to be a skateboarder. Amen. For more info call: 562-431-2406 or go to:www.skaterbuilt.com