ELI LOPEZ at PAUL REVERE: PHOTO: DAN LEVY
SKATEPARK OPENING – Oct 2 – Airspeed Skateparks Press Release – 15 years of work and a dream– Florence Skateparks is finished! Oct 2 Florence, OR Skatepark openning bbq, music, and TONS OF RIDING. The new home of the ‘Double Death Hole’ and ‘Thunder Dome’ Geth Noble rocked the over-vertical death hole side with a frontside line. Come on over and party! – Airspeed Skateparks – ‘The Over-Vertical Specialists.’ For details go to www.airspeedskateparks.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – SANTA CRUZ SKATEBOARDS – SANTA CRUZ, CA – Veterans Division – RON WHALEY BACK ON SANTA CRUZ – Ron Whaley, Nor Cal legend, is back where he belongs–on the Cruz! Ron has just been added to the Santa Cruz Veterans Division, joining Eric Dressen and Tom Knox. Look for Ron in the new Santa Cruz film GUARTE, coming April 2005! For more go to SCSKATE.COM or NHS-INC.COM.
OCT 1-2 – SKATOPIA BACKWOODS BASH X – RUTLAND, OH – To celebrate the 10th anniversary there will be a Contest of Amazing Proportion., The Volcom Highest Line in the Fullpipe, The Vision Best Trick over the Gap, The Balzout Highest Frontside Cradle Carve, Highest Air in the Bean, Longest Boardside in the Pool… The CIA will pay out $500 to each of the five winners ($250 for second and $100 to third). Some generous companies have really stepped up to the copping to sponsor this contest – Randoms, Independent, Electric, Carvin, Jaegermeister, Red Bull, Consolidated.. If more donations come in, the prize money will increase. Skate companies: Call 740-742-2156 to get your company involved. The list of bands performing – NagChaumpa, HR3, Desolute, Noiz Box, El Destructo, Step 13, Mental Pain, Eyes of Hate, General Strike, Brainwashed Youth, Mind Benderz, Subversion, Far from Paradise, Area 51, Atrocious, System Failure… News and Rumours: A new drain is going around the Gonzo Kidney. The Gravity Games donated their old vert ramp to Skatopia. Volunteers will be needed to help move the ramp from Cleveland before the party! Call Brewce today! Rumour has it that CYK is trying to make it to the Bash! For more go to www.skatopia.org/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – INDEPENDENT TRUCK COMPANY RELEASES NEW BOOK BUILT TO GRIND, 25 YEARS OF HARDCORE SKATEBOARDING – After over 16 months of production, Independent Truck Company is extremely proud to announce the release of its new coffee table book entitled Built to Grind, 25 Years of Hardcore Skateboarding from the archives of Independent Truck Company. Built to Grind is 320 pages of fast action skateboarding featuring the world’s best skateboarders and most renowned skate spots, all broken down into five different time periods: 1978-81, 1982-86, 1987-91, 1991-96, and 1997-2003. Through these years Independent has proven to be the epitome of skateboarding’s tried and true- sponsoring hundreds of top professionals that have made the Independent team the most diverse group of skateboarders ever formed. Hear the real stories according to the people that were there including foreword by C.R. Stecyk III with writing by Fausto Vitello, Richard Novak, Steve Alba, Duane Peters, Bryce Kanights, Jim Phillips, Gavin O’Brien, Kevin Thatcher, Jason Lee, Jim Thiebaud, and many more. Featuring the skateboarding of Rick Blackhart, Steve Alba, Duane Peters, Christian Hosoi, Tommy Guerrero, Steve Caballero, Jeff Grosso, Eric Dressen, Ray Barbee, Mark Gonzales, Colin McKay, Danny Way, Tim Brauch, Andrew Reynolds, Peter Hewitt, Bucky Lasek, and Tony Trujillo plus hundreds of other pros, ams, and friends that have made up the Independent cartel since the late 70′s. Visit your local skateboard shop to obtain a copy of this landmark piece of skateboarding history; available now! Independent Truck Company is a skateboard truck manufacturer based in Santa Cruz and San Francisco, California. Established in 1978; Independent Trucks have long been revered as the best skateboard truck available. For information log on to www.independenttrucks.com.
JFA is playing Friday, October 8 at the La Zona Rosa #2 with The Stitches, Toys That Kill and The Red Onions. This is an all-ages show to benefit the skater-built Channel Street Skatepark in San Pedro. Tickets are $8 and a full bar is available with ID. La Zona Rosa #2 was formerly the Dancing Waters and is located at 1331 S. Pacific Ave. in San Pedro, CA. After club expenses, all proceeds go to the skatepark. For more info on the park, go to http://www.sanpedroskateparkassociation.org
2004 Gravity Games Skateboarding ResultsSkate – Vert
1. Rune Glifberg — Copenhagen, DEN — 89.4
2. Andy Macdonald — Boston, MA — 87.6
3. Pierre-Luc Gagnon — Montreal, QUE — 86.8
4. Bucky Lasek — Baltimore, MD — 86.0
5. Lincoln Ueda — Sao Paulo, BRA — 85.2
6. Tas Pappas — Melbourne, AUS — 84.8
7. Chris Gentry — Houston, TX — 84.8
8. Bob Burnquist — Rio de Janeiro, BRA — 83.0
9. Rodrigo Menezes — Sao Paulo, BRA — 80.8
10. Rob Lorifice — Ventura, CA — 80.2
Skate – Street
1. Rodil Junior — Curitiba, BRA — 89.4
2. Greg Lutzka — Milwaukee, WI — 87.8
3. Ryan Sheckler — San Clemente, CA — 87
4. Austen Seaholm — Anaheim, CA — 86
5. Kyle Berard — Norfolk, VA — 85.2
6. Chad Fernandez — Los Angeles, CA — 85.2
7. Paul Machnau — Nelson, BC — 82.8
8. Josh Evin — Nelson, BC — 82.8
9. Chris Senn — Costa Mesa, CA — 80.0
10. Rodney Jones — Baltimore, MD — 80.0
11. Avi Luzia — Tel Aviv, ISR — 79.4
12. Fabrizio Santos — BRA — 77.4
13. Mike Peterson — Jacksonville, FL — 76.2
14. Wagner Ramos — Cascavel, BRA — 76.0
15. Andy Macdonald — Boston, MA — 75.0
16. Pat Channita — Seattle, WA — 74.8
17. Wolnei Dos Dantos — Bauru, BRA — 74.8
18. Ronnie Creager — Orange County, CA — 74.6
19. Gailea Momulu — Ottawa, ONT — 73.4
20. Kerry Getz — Leighton, PA — 72.2 –
21. Chris Haslam — Vancouver, BC — 70.0
22. Dayne Brummet — Elgin, IL — 69.4
23. Neves Nilton — Sao Paulo, BRA — 59.2
24. Daisuke Mochiziki — Shizuoka, JPN — 55.2
Women’s Skate – Street
1. Elissa Steamer, Ft. Myers, FL
2. Lauren Perkins, Newport Beach, CA
3. Lyn-z Adams Hawkins, San Diego, CA
4. Vanessa Torres, Oceanside, CA
5. Jessica Krause, Santa Cruz, CA
6. Amy Caron, Castor Valley, CA
7. Kenna Gallagher, Santa Cruz, CA
8. Patiane Freitas, Sao Paulo, BRA
9. Alison Matasi, Vancouver, BC
10. Lauren Mollica, NJ
For more go to www.gravitygames.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Saturday, October 2 – Jason Ellis, Ryan Nyquist and Nate Adams will be at the Hollywood Park in Bellflower for the ‘Break out of the Ordinary Challenge.’ This event offers amateurs around the country a chance to showcase their talent in BMX, skateboarding or Motocross. Athletes between the ages of 15-25 submitted one-minute videos of their best ‘Break Out’ moves in one of the three disciplines: BMX, Skateboarding or Motocross. It was then narrowed down to nine finalists (three from each discipline) and they will receive a three day/two night trip to Los Angeles for the experience of a lifetime as they perform for Nyquist, Adams and Ellis. Nyquist, Adams and Ellis will crown one finalist from each discipline the Butterfinger ‘Break Out’ Rookie of the year and award $1,000 cash and $500 worth of gear, along with the opportunity to have their likeness integrated into a future2 PlayStation 2 version of the Tony Hawk skateboarding video game series.
SKATEPARK NEWS FROM TXUS DOMINGUEZ in SPAIN – This is Bermeo Skatepark, one of the new skateparks we are doing here in Spain. We are working a lot now but city halls here suck a lot, but we are still fighting forever. For more go to www.skatepoolparties.com and www.gestaltskate.com (Photos courtesy: Txus Dominguez)
NEWS FROM BRIAN WAINWRIGHT – VERTICAL ROLLERSKATING EVENT – OCT 16 – ‘We have organized a Vertical Rollerskating event at Woodward West Oct 14-17 during the Monsters of Roll. The legends of rollerskating will be there including: Tim Altic, Duke Rennie, Fred Blood, Lee Ettinger, Irene Ching, Joseph McGowan, William Farlow, Brian Wainwright, Bernhard Scheffold and Denny Chaput. Also invited include: Kenny Means, Bobby Means, Jimi Scott, Jay Tubb, Gaston Smith, Daniel Knopf, Chris Allen, Kenny Helbert, Dave Roen, Eric Felts and Ritchie Misterka.’ Woodward West is located at 28400 Stallion Springs Drive Stallion Springs, CA. Phone 661-822-7900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone who would like more information or would be interested in sponsoring the event please contact Brian Wainwright at email@example.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ‘ROB MACHADO and FRIENDS’ A benefit concert at the Belly Up Tavern. On September 26, 2004, 540 Productions in association with Got It Productions will present a Surf Concert with a Message at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA. All net proceeds will benefit the Rob Machado Foundation, the Life Rolls On (LRO) Foundation and the Surfrider Foundation’s San Diego Chapter. The benefit concert will feature local artists: Hunter Harvey and White Buffalo. In addition, the Surfaris, famous for songs that epitomized surfing – Point Panic, Mizerlou and Wipe Out – will perform. The Rob Machado Foundation was created to develop funding for music education programs in the local San Diego community in partnership with VH1′s Save The Music Foundation. Tickets for the Belly Up Show are $15.00 available at the Belly Up Box Office by calling (858) 481-8140. Or may be purchased on line at www.bellyup.com and at the LRO and Surfrider Foundation booths at the 9th Annual Rob Machado Surf Classic taking place Saturday and Sunday, September 25th and 26th at Cardiff Reef State Beach in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The doors open at The Belly Up at 6:00pm after the day’s events at Cardiff Reef State Park have concluded. A special silent auction for surf boards and equipment will be held during the show at the Belly Up, along with a raffle of clothing, gift certificates, prizes, and other contributions from the local merchants of Encinitas, Cardiff and Solana Beach…. About the Hansen/Machado Surf Classic and Cardiff Beach Fair… For 8 years the best amateur surfers have competed in a friendly atmosphere, great waves, and the patented Cardiff sunshine. Attracting nearly 300 competitors, this year’s event is looking into incorporating new divisions with Junior Women Longboard, Hall of Fame, Open Longboard, Menehune, Launch, Air Shows, Open Mens, and High School Scholastic Competitions. For more info go to www.robmachadosurfclassic.com
Super Show to Offer Services to Help Fuel Business Growth – The Super Show is promising to present attendees with an unprecedented wealth of business information at the 2005 show to be held January 17-19, in Orlando Florida at the Orange County Convention Center – North/South Complex – offering more networking opportunities for buyers, sellers and suppliers than ever before. It’s all part of the International Sports Product Experience, a three-day schedule of events that includes The Super Show itself, as well as more than 40 on-site and off-site gatherings for industry professionals… Copyright 2004 SportsNewsSource, LLC
FCC FINES CBS $550,000: Janet Jackson’s breast causes largest FCC fine in history… CBS was hit Wednesday with a roundhouse right from the FCC, which voted unanimously to bestow a $550,000 fine on 20 CBS-owned television stations for airing Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction. Each of the 20 stations was fined $27,500, however, the commission decided not to fine CBS’ more than 200 affiliate stations, which also aired the show but are not owned by the network’s parent company, Viacom. The total $550,000 penalty is the largest fine levied against a television broadcaster. Viacom has said it will fight any fines leveled against its stations for the Jackson performance. Over the summer, Viacom co-president Leslie Moonves said a fine would be ‘grossly unfair’ and promised a court challenge. For details go to: www.EURweb.com
For Immediate Release – WICKED WAHINE BOWL SERIES – GIRLS ONLY SKATEBOARD CONTEST TO ROCK GLENDALE, CA… On September, 18th 2004 the city of Glendale, CA will be overrun with female skateboarders. The Wicked Wahine Bowl Series, presented by Etnies Girl, will hold its debut contest at one of California’s best skateparks. Located just off the 134 freeway at the Verdugo skatepark the contest will consist of three divisions of competition for all levels of girl skaters with tons of prizes and a professional purse over $2000. Included will also be a ‘Best Trick’ contest which is where the girls can push their limits and show their skills. Practice will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the contest starting at 11:00 a.m. and continuing through the divisions until 4:00 p.m. Vendors from the local community as well as the skateboard industry will be on hand providing products, food and services to spectators and participants. Spectators will also be able to participate in product raffles and free product give-aways donated by contest sponsors. Wicked Wahine would like to thank the following sponsors for making this event happen: Etnies Girl, Element Skateboards, Concrete Disciples, Concrete Divas, Cool Girls Skateboards, Dickies Girl Clothing, Cowgirl Punk, Nikita, Burly Girls, Exodus Clothing, Clive, Billabong, Sacrifice Skateboards, Grind Queen, Urban Decay Cosmetics, Independent Trucks, Rockets Bearings, Punk Rock Skateboards, Skaterade, Bhang Bhang, IK Clothing, Amoeba Music, Skelto Trucks, Starbucks Coffee, Wahoos Fish Tacos, Loose Trucks.com, Hurley International, Surfer’s Creed, SPAUSA, and Cherry Skateboards. In order to promote the contest we have invited most of the top women in skateboarding today including; Cara-Beth Burnside, Lyn-Z Adams, Kim Peterson, Heidi Fitztgerald, Mimi Knoop, Holly Lyons, and many more. The first contest is being held at the highly acclaimed Glendale Skatepark on September 18th, 2004 with practice beginning at 10:00 a.m. Wicked Wahine Bowl Series – Sept. 18, 2004 – Glendale Skatepark (Vergugo Park) 1621 Canada Blvd Glendale, CA. For more information and sponsorship opportunities visit WahineSkate.com.
WICKED WAHINE BOWL SERIES #1 RESULTS – GLENDALE VERDUGO SKATEPARK – GLENDALE, CA – SEPT 18, 2004. – PROS – 1st – Mimi Knoop – Encinitas, CA (sponsor: Nikita, Factory), 2nd – Heidi Fitzgerald – San Diego, CA (sponsor: Autobahn, Dickies Girl, Independent, FAB Optix, Dagger Skates, Randoms), 3rd – Holly Lyons – Encinitas, CA (sponsor: Roxy, Power Shoes, Nixon), 4th – Julia ‘Juwels’ Bauer – Seal Beach, CA (sponsor: Nikita, Eastern Boarder), 5th – Nicole Zuck – San Diego, CA (sponsor: Lady Daggers), 6th – Amber Cangilose – Carlsbad, CA (sponsor: Gallaz, Black Label, Nixon)… AMs – 1st – Apryl Woodcock – Chino, CA (sponsor: Termite, Protec, Vans, Eyewitness, Grindking, Rims, Rampwerx, Termitegrip), 2nd – Jean Rusen – Tempe, AZ (sponsor: ConcreteDivas.com), 3rd – Rose Bernfeld – Oceanside, CA (sponsor: Sacrifice Skateboards, Rockets, Daughter Jasymn), 4th – Caylen Dakin – Trukee, CA (sponsor: Nikita, Electric, Skatepark Guide, Exit Real World), 5th – Heidi Kreis – La Palma, CA… GROMS – 1st – Lexi Barclay – Folsom, CA (sponsor: Surf and Skate Board Shop, Skate Park Guide), 2nd – Felicity Corra -l Fontana, CA, 3rd – Chelsea Olsen – Round Lake, IL (sponsor: Grandpa Roy), 4th – Amee Jay Papelora – Lakewood, CA, 5th – Michelle Buck – Lake Forest, CA, 6th – Nicole Sheridan – Culver City, CA (sponsor: SPAUSA), 7th – Cara Lawson – Fonata, CA, 8th – Melissa O’ Grady – Los Angeles, CA (sponsor: SPAUSA)… Best Trick – Apryl Woodcock – slide n roll on the over vert pocket… Special Awards – Farthest Travel – Chrissie Stegt Munster, Germany, Youngest Skater – Lexi Barclay 8 yrs old. For more go to www.wahineskate.com.
For Immediate Release: The 2004 Summer Gravity Games presented by Saturn are taking place from Sept. 15th – 19th on Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor. The Games, owned and televised by Outdoor Life Network, will feature the best action sports athletes. A specially constructed 4,480-square foot ramp will allow skateboarders to catch more air, thereby performing bigger tricks than your traditional ramp. The Gravity Games will air on OLN from September 20-25. The youngest skateboarding competitor at the Gravity Games happens to be returning Gold Medallist Ryan Sheckler. He’ll make his way around the Street Course along with Chris Senn, Kerry Getz, Pat Channita and 21 other worthy competitors. The Skate Street finals throw down on Saturday afternoon. Bucky Lasek, Bob Burnquist and Andy MacDonald are among the skateboarding icons who will take on the 4,480-square foot Vert Ramp in Voinovich Park during the Skateboard Vert competition. Lasek returns looking to take home his third consecutive Gravity Games Gold Medal…. For the first time ever, women’s skateboarding will be a medal event at the Gravity Games. Top qualifying athletes include Vanessa Torres, Lauren Perkins and Lyn-z Adams Hawkins. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FSN and FUEL, in conjunction with Quiksilver Entertainment, will premiere FUEL’S 54321 WEEKLY UPDATE, the new, fast-paced half-hour weekly spin-off of FSN’s original 54321, Sat, Sept 18th on FSN, with additional viewing opportunities on FUEL throughout the weekend. The premiere episode of FUEL’S 54321 WEEKLY UPDATE will feature complete coverage of the LG Action Sports Championships taking place at the Los Angeles County Fair in Southern California, plus highlights from the Vans Triple Crown of Freestyle Motocross in Phoenix and the Quiksilver Pro Japan, an ASP WCT surf contest. The premiere will also have an exclusive one-on-one interview with skateboard legend Christian Hosoi, who was recently released from prison after serving a four-year sentence for drug possession. For specific FSN times and local listings, visit www.msn.foxsports.com.
RYAN SHECKLER took 1st place and $30,000 in the 2004 LG Action Sports Championships Sept 10-12, 2004 in Pomona, CA. For full contest results go to: www.lgactionsports.com.
FILM FESTIVAL – Sept 16th-23rd, 2004 – The fifth annual Malibu International Film Festival, presented by Paul Mitchell, is a weeklong set of events to take place beginning this Thurs, Sept 16th. The festival kicks off with an Opening Night Film and Party, plus a Billabong Fashion Show at the Malibu Sports Fishing Pier (23000 Pacific Coast HWY Malibu, CA) with live music, a DJ, and sponsored beverages from Tequila Patron, Saddlerock Vineyard, and Unibroue. (Independent film screenings take place throughout the week at the Malibu Library, Malibu Inn, Monica 4 Plex, and Cine Space.) The festival ends on Thurs, Sept 23rd with the Vermeer Dutch Chocolate Cream Awards Party at the Malibu Vineyard (23825 – Stuart Ranch Road Malibu, CA) with beverages, appetizers, music, dinner for VIP guests, and the Awards Banquet. For more tickets and more information go to www.malibufilmfestival.org
For Immediate Release – eS Footwear’s own P.J. Ladd took home the big $10,000 check at the end of Eric Koston’s eS Game of SKATE this weekend at the Action Sports Retailer trade show in San Diego! The second day of ASR kicked off with the Amateur National Championships of the eS Game of SKATE, including the top 13 winners from across the country, who were flown in for the weekend to compete. The winner, Orlando, Florida’s A.J. Burnett, was then seeded into the first spot in Koston’s Game. The final four skaters were Haslam, Javier Sarmiento, Eric Koston, and P.J. Ladd. As the game drew to an end, Eric Koston took out Chris Haslam to set up the ultimate match: P.J. Ladd vs. Eric Koston. The bets were flying, and more than a few lost as P.J. eventually took Koston out.
For Immediate Release – Nov 6-7, 2004 – Third Annual Global Entertainment And Media Summit Brings Visionaries And Leaders Together From Music, Film, DV, Gaming, Multimedia And New Media Worlds in New York City at Spirit New York, NY – 530 West 27th Street. Website: www.globalentertainmentnetwork.com
OCT 2-3 – Red Bull, Etnies and Sessions present the 2004 STRAWBERRY BOWL JAM – in Memory of Tim Brauch hosted by The Strawberry Lodge, The N-Men and World Cup Skateboarding. Women/AMs on Saturday and Pros/Masters on Sunday. For lodge reservations, call 530-659-7200.
For Immediate Release – Sat. Sept 18 – 19th Annual International Coastal Cleanup. We invite you to join hundreds of thousands of other concerned volunteers dedicating a few hours of one day to cleaner, safer waterways by participating in the International Coastal Cleanup – the largest (and oldest) one-day volunteer effort on behalf of the marine environment of its kind. Cleanups are being organized throughout the country (on inland waterways as well) and around the world. Find out where your local Surfrider Foundation Chapter will be cleaning at www.surfrider.org/chapters.asp.
PRESS RELEASE- NEWBURYPORT SKATEPARK NEEDS YOUR HELP – We are a passionate group of adults from Newburyport, Massachusetts, advocating on behalf of our city’s youth, in the interest of protecting and encouraging the enjoyment of our local skate park. In 2001, after fundraising for two years, we built a beautiful, 10,000 square foot concrete skate park, designed and installed by Airspeed. At present, there are challenges in city finances and we are concerned about the lack of funding available to maintain our skate park. Therefore, we have invited Barbara Odanaka to come to Newburyport, MA to hold one of her Mighty Mama events. The Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama is planned for September 25th, from 10-3pm and will consist of a Skate Demo by female skaters and pros and demos by some of our local kids. We would be very grateful for whatever items you could send for our raffle. Donate items (skateboard decks, helmets, clothing, etc.) that we could raffle. Donate free stuff that we can distribute to the kids (stickers, etc.). For more go to www.newburyportskatepark.com or www.skatebaordmom.com.
Variflex acquired by Bravo in $38 million merger deal – Variflex, Inc. and Bravo Sports, a privately held leading global manufacturer and marketer of branded and OEM hard goods, components and accessories for the skateboard and in-line skating markets, have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Bravo Sports will acquire Variflex in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $38 million. www.SportsOneSource.com
VANS WARPED TOUR TURNS 10 – The 10th year of the VANS WARPED TOUR marked the most successful year ever for America’s longest running touring festival with over 650,000 tickets sold. This marks a 30% increase in ticket sales, with average show attendance of approximately 13,500. Some of the dozens of bands that appeared on this year’s trek include: Bad Religion, Good Charlotte, NOFX, Thursday, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, The Vandals, Taking Back Sunday, Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards, Story Of The Year, My Chemical Romance, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Coheed and Cambria, Bouncing Souls, Flogging Molly, Atmosphere, Anti-Flag, Rise Against, The Casualties and Yellowcard… Highlights from the 10th Anniversary 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. Check out www.warpedtour.com for more information.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Op Men’s/Women’s Surf Contest Returns to So. Calif. – Men’s and Women’s Pro-Am, Airshow, Retro Contest; Amateur City Championship; and GLTR Surf Clinic… Slated Sept. 23 to Sept. 26 at the 56 th Street Jetty in Newport Beach, the Op Newport Classic includes something for every level of surfing enthusiast, featuring top ASP pros and aerial specialists from around the world, a city championship that will showcase local amateur performers of all ages, and female surf instruction. Headlining the Op Newport Classic are the Men’s and Women’s Pro-Am contests. A total field of 72 male and female professional and amateur surfers will be competing on a progressive format for local bragging rights and part of the $5,000 (men) and $2,500 (women) bounties. Qualifying heats are scheduled to commence on Sept. 24, and finals will take place on Sept. 26. Additionally, a field of 48 sky-bound surfers will be pushing the boundaries of innovation in the Op Surfing Magazine Airshow, an aerial battle with a $5,000 prize purse, guaranteed to provide a dynamic, crowd-pleasing experience for onlookers. Qualifying heats for the Airshow start on Sept. 23, and finals take place on Sept. 26, immediately prior to the Pro-Am finale. The third component of this year’s Op Newport is the 16 th Annual Newport Beach Surf Championships, an amateur surfing contest hosted by the City of Newport Beach in conjunction with Op, offering-up a booty of products valued at $5,000. The competition focuses on the sport of surfing in the community and is open to competitors of diverse ages and abilities. Divisions include the following: Elementary; Middle School, High School; College Men’s; Men’s, Masters; and Op Girls. The contest commences on Sept. 25 with College Men’s and Masters initial rounds, and High School, Men’s, Middle School, Elementary and Op Girls heats; and all subsequent rounds, semifinals and finals will take place on Sept. 26, culminating in an awards ceremony scheduled for 2:15 p.m. Spectators at the Op Newport Classic will additionally be treated to an invite-only ‘Twin Fin’ battle, featuring a variety of surf legends of past and present competing atop a variety of surfboards. Twin Fin participants will paddle-out in this old-school/new-school fete scheduled immediately before the Airshow finals on Sept. 26. For more information go to: www.opnc.asglive.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Tony Hawk, Sean Penn and David Spade Launch the First ‘Stand Up for Skateparks’ Benefit -Hawk’s Inaugural Charity Event to Help Build Skateparks in Low-Income Communities – Tony Hawk and event co-chairs: Sean Penn, David Spade, Bobby Kotick (CEO, Activision), Bob McKnight (CEO, Quiksilver), Casey Wasserman (CEO, Wasserman Media Group) John Lewicki (Sports Marketing Director, McDonalds), and the William Morris Agency will host the first ‘Stand Up for Skateparks Benefit’ in Studio City, CA, on October 3, 2004. Proceeds will benefit the Tony Hawk Foundation. The ‘Stand Up for Skateparks’ benefit is a unique family event which will include a skateboard demonstration with pro skaters Tony Hawk, Bob Burnquist, Andy MacDonald and Lincoln Ueda. Blink-182 will perform along with a line up of A-list comedians headlined by David Spade, games, arts and crafts, and a silent auction. ‘My plan is to make the Stand Up for Skateparks an annual event to raise money and awareness for the Foundation, so that we can continue to help create these skateparks where skateboarders can practice, socialize, build confidence and just be kids.’ says Hawk. ‘We focus on low-income communities where skateboarders do not yet have a public skatepark.’ The Tony Hawk Foundation- Nearly 12 million skateboarders and only 1,000 skateparks nationally. The Tony Hawk Foundation seeks to foster lasting improvements in society, with an emphasis on helping children. Through grants and other charitable donations, the Foundation supports programs focusing on the creation of high-quality public skate parks across the country, giving kids a safe place to socialize and skate. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has given away over $900,000 to more than 230 communities throughout the United States. www.tonyhawkfoundation.org
Krooked made a Lance Mountain Limited Edition Guest Deck and The Firm is making a Mark Gonzales version.
PRESS RELEASE – The Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama series continues with the following events: Sunday, Sept. 19: Sebastopol, Calif. (north of San Francisco); Saturday, Sept. 25: Newburyport, Mass. (north of Boston); Sunday Dec. 12: Las Vegas, NV. All events will include a raffle of cool stuff–with all proceeds going to charity (either the local skatepark campaign or Rolling for Reading literacy program). For more information go to www.skateboardmom.com
Russ Pope ‘Will Travel’ – September 3 – October 3… Opening Reception: Friday, October 3, 6-10pm… Open Sundays 1-5pm through October 3 and by appointment. Foundation gallery is opening below ground level with ‘Will Travel’, new paintings by Russ Pope. Russ pope has made a career of integrating his dedication to skateboarding and art for the past twenty years. From start-up skateboard ventures to his current position as creative director for Black Label Skateboards, Russ creates an aesthetic that reiterates the energy of skateboarding culture. Raw surfaces meet the free-flowing style of his paintings where movement is key. Foundation Gallery is located in Chicago in the River West district at 700 North Carpenter and is open Sundays 1-5pm. To make an appointment call 312.860.0740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
GLOBE MATCHES HYPE OF WORLD POKER SERIES WITH GLOBE WILDCARD SERIES – The Globe Wildcard Series are twelve skate contests held throughout the US and Canada between September and November 2004. The top three qualifiers from each event will parlay their chips for the Globe Wildcard Series Finals to be held in Los Angeles on November 21st. The top two finishers from the LA final will then receive Wildcard entry to the invitation-only 2005 Globe World Cup of Skateboarding in Australia, the most prestigious and progressive event on the WCS. The Wildcard Series are fun, free sessions, held in a Jam format, open to anyone over twelve, un-sponsored, sponsored, local shredders and seasoned pros. Previous players to have a seat at the table of the Globe World Cup of Skateboarding in Australia have included Tony Trujillo, Danny Way, Rick McCrank, Ryan Sheckler, Greg Lutzka, and 2004 GWCS Champion, Ronnie Creager. With free entry for competitors and visitors, free shuttles from local shops to each location, a DJ, free BBQ and drinks… Wildcard Series Schedule – Sep 19, Grapevine TX – ESPN X-Games Skatepark; Sep 25, Seattle WA – Milton Skatepark; Oct 2, Phoenix AZ – Desert West Skateboard Plaza; Oct 9, Grass Valley CA – Grass Valley Skatepark; Oct 10, Vancouver Canada – Tsawwassen Skatepark; Oct 16, Orlando FL – Paradise Skatepark – Merritt Island; Oct 17, Denver CO – Boulder Skatepark; Oct 23, Philadelphia PA – Boarderline Skatepark – Westchester; Oct 24, Springfield MA – Junction Skatepark; Nov 6, Milwaukee WI – Four Seasons Skatepark; Nov 7, Toronto Canada – The Ward – Guelph; Nov 13, Los Angeles CA – Donny’s House in Victorville; FINALS Nov 20, Los Angeles CA – Torrance Skate Park… Checkout www.globeworldcup.com/wildcard for details.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Emerica Helps Protect the Feet of Underprivileged Youth in Phoenix… Emerica is not just about skateboarding — it’s about giving back to those who are less fortunate — whether on or off a skateboard. On August 21, 2004, in Tempe, Arizona, Emerica did just that by donating 100 pairs of shoes to the First Annual Shoe Drive for underprivileged kids in the Phoenix area. The goal was to raise over 1,000 pairs of shoes to help prepare kids for back-to-school! Salvation Skates Stores asked for additional help from the community to donate their old shoes. In return, they received a $10 gift certificate for their next shoe purchase at any Salvation Skates Stores location. Communities in Schools of Arizona, a non-profit organization was on hand to distribute all donations within partnering Valley schools. For more visit www.emericaskate.com
VON DUTCH FOOTWEAR – Collective Licensing in JV to Launch Von Dutch Footwear in U.S. – Collective Licensing International, LLC has entered into a joint venture with France-based Footwear Europe Export and Trading (F.E.E.T. s.a.s.) called Marque Group USA. F.E.E.T. s.a.s., a subsidiary of Groupe Royer, owns the worldwide rights for the Von Dutch footwear license. Marque Group USA will be responsible for all facets of Von Dutch Footwear in the United States. www.SportsOneSource.com
Gen-X Acquires Rights to Savier Brand – Gen-X Sports, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Forzani Group Ltd. has acquired the North American rights to the licensed trademark of ‘Savier’. Savier is an authentic skate shoe brand that is owned by a wholly owned subsidiary of Nike Inc… Copyright 2004 SportsNewsSource, LLC For more go to www.SportsOneSource.com.
OCT 8-10 – ULTIMATE SKATEBOARDING BATTLE – Etnies is proud to present The Goofy versus Regular (GvR) of Skateboarding, a team competition based on skateboarding stance. GvR will bring together the world’s very best professional skaters grouped by stance to compete as a team in the first and only event to reveal which stance is better – Goofy Foot or Regular Foot! Live music and special artists provided by Epitaph Records(Saturday and Sunday only). An entire weekend of skateboarding contests culminating in the GvR of Skateboarding competition. Friday: etnies Bowl Masters (Traditional skateboarding bowl contest) 5 pm -7 pm… etnies GvR pro practice (Pre-contest rider interviews available) 12 pm – 4 pm… Saturday: Hometown Heros Finals (National Amateur contest finale) – 9 am – 12:30 pm GvR Team Tryouts (Pro riders will be vying for team placement)… Sunday: GvR of Skateboarding 3 pm – 7 pm… WHERE: etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest – 20028 Lake Forest Drive – Lake Forest, CA. Street closure on Lake Forest Drive between Rancho and the 241 S. Tollway. Over 100 professional skateboarders have been invited. Invited guests include: Eric Koston, Andrew Reynolds, Rodrigo TX, Bastien Salabanzi, Ryan Sheckler, and more.
PRESS RELEASE – Surfrider Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Coastal Summit, Oct. 16-17… Save the Date! The Surfrider Foundation will be hosting their 20th Anniversary Coastal Summit on October 16-17 at the Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa, California. Because of the positive response for attendance at this two-day conference we had to change the venue to larger accommodations. The new venue will allow all of our chapter activists and members the opportunity to come together under one roof to listen to presentations from experts across the country. The keynote speaker for the Saturday night dinner reception is legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle. You will not want to miss this event. Registration information and more details are now available on the special Coastal Summit web section at www.surfrider.org/summit
O.G. Z-GIRL ART SHOW – Aug 2- Sept 30, 2004 – Peggy Oki Art Show – one-woman exhibit at Friends of the Carpinteria Book Store -929B Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA – Hours: Noon to 4PM, Monday thru Saturday. For info call (805) 566-0033
STOKED ON SUNDANCE - Stoked is scheduled to premiere on the Sundance Channel on Oct. 4th at 9:00pm! Repeat performances TBA. For more go to www.stokedmovie.com.
PRESS RELEASE – Vans World Championships of Skateboarding/Championships of BMX – Sept. 23-26 – Vans World Championship of Skateboarding and BMX Championship Series – final part of the competition’s Triple Crown – will feature 200 of the sports’ best athletes competing for a share of $250,000 in purses. This is the first time winners of the two separate tour events, skateboarding and BMX, will be crowned together. All the high-flying action will be captured on video tape for special programs to be broadcast by NBC Sports in October and December. The World Championships of Skate will air on Oct. 16 on NBC at 3:00 pm EST, while the Vans Championships of BMX will air on NBC on Dec. 12 at 2:00 pm EST. Location: Huntington State Beach between Newland and Magnolia. Hours: 9:00 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. daily. For more information visit www.vans.com.