SEPTEMBER 2009 NEWS

VENICE SKATEPARK NEWS – On Saturday, October 3, 2009, the brand new multi-million dollar skatepark in Venice, CA, will be open to the public following a dedication ceremony by officials from the City of Los Angeles. Block’s after party sponsored by Venice Originals, Juice Magazine, Dogtown Skateboards, Sk8 Dice and more is going to be off the chain! Be there.

SKATOPIA SKATEPARK BUILDERS DAY – Skatopia is hosting the first Annual builders day on Sept 12, 2009. We are also celebrating Brandon Martin’s Birthday. It’s a Celebration of skate terrain builders with Skaterock bands playing and we are claiming Pig Roast. More concrete will make Brewce feel better than anything so this is a Benefit for Brewce! Brewce’s buddies, the best builders in the known Universe will be visiting from around the country. If your a skater then come on out and be a part of this, get involved. This is just like a work party except with the best of the best in skatepark building. This is for skateboarders that want to pitch in and help do concrete work only. Donations needed for concrete as well. www.skatopia.org

PHILLY AM 2 SKATE CONTEST on Saturday – Sept 19, 2009 at Woodward Skatepark in Philadelphia, PA. Entry fee $20. 9am registration. Call 610-384-8626 or go to www.three16.com for more info.

GLOBE SHOES welcomes back Jason Ellis. http://www.globe.tv/

SK8 VIDEO ART NIGHT presented by Toby Burger on Sept 12 @ Etnies Sk8park. Toby presents a night of video art and skateboarding 6-10pm. Come one. Come all. Toby Burger will be doing a qanda session. Sponsors include: Factory Mfg (Salba), Scum, Volcom, LA Graffix, Element, and Woody’s Halfpipe in GA.

BULLDOG SKATES – Wes Humpston has thrown down some sick new original BullDog graphics on a new skate shoe. Next day shipping. For more info go to www.bulldogskates.com

BACK TO SCHOOL HELLA EPIC SKATEBOARDING EVENT – On Sunday September 20, 2009 the Virginia Avenue Project will be collaborating with Hella Epic, to produce their Back to School Skateboarding Event! At fifteen, Casper Stockwell, an avid skateboarder, decided that he wanted to help kids less fortunate than himself. From traveling the world with his father, John Stockwell, Hollywood filmmaker, Casper soon learned that not all children had access to skateboarding. He was determined to do something about this and with the help of his family and friends he started Hella Epic. Since its inception, Hella Epic has donated hundreds of skateboards and skateboarding equipment to underserved children. On September 20, 2009, Hella Epic has invited kids from the Virginia Avenue Project and the Santa Monica Police Activities League to attend their next event. The event will include a skateboard clinic that will teach kids skateboarding tricks and discuss safety measures as well as give participants skateboards. Live music, food and many surprises are planned for the day. The Virginia Avenue Project has been providing long-term performing arts mentoring to underserved children for seventeen years. VAP uses the arts to help children think creatively and critically about their lives. The Back to School Skateboarding event is scheduled for Sunday September 20, 2009 at the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club. To get involved with this event please contact Myra Vides at (310) 980-4002.

CROSSROADS RETAIL TRADESHOW – Sept 8-9, 2009 at 2777 Loker Ave West. Carlsbad, CA. For more info go to http://www.blackboxdist.com.

MARGINAL WAY SKATEPARK FUNDRAISER – Sept 4, 6, 7 at The Funhouse at 206 5th Ave North, Seattle, WA. Mini Ramp Sessions start at 5pm. $7 cover. You can donate to the sk8park at http://www.marginalwayskatepark.org

BAKER BOYS DISTRIBUTION presents The Shake Junt After Party on Sept 8, 2009 at the Saloon at 546 S. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA. Special guest DJs.

SKATE AND CREATE presented by BlueTile Skate Shop in benefit of PourItNow.com. Art show to benefit skateparks in Columbia, SC. The Show will be held at Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 at 808 Lady Street Columbia, SC. www.pouritnow.com

BOWL JAM IN SWITZERLAND – Sept 18, 19, 20, 2009. A miniramp bowl party/contest in Switzerland. Paul is the guy behind Tony Hawk’s state of the art halfpipe design, so you can expect the same type of terrain quality for this event. You may also have seen his logo ‘Vertical’ on many of Europe’s finest vert and miniramps. More info about the event on this link: www.verticalskate.ch/party/

THE WHIP IT GOOD SK8 CONTEST – Friday September 11, 2009 at the OshKosh Skatepark in Oshkosh, WI. www.myspace.com/streetsoffireskateboards

DEBACLE – Debacle, an HD Video Project by Nike SB – Debacle, the new video project by Nike SB, and the first skate video to be filmed entirely in HD, is now available to watch or download for free on http://www.nike.com/nikeskateboarding/debacle and on Blu-ray disc. Directed by Jon Humphries and Jason Hernandez, Debacle was filmed by Hernandez, Joey Ruiz, and Chris Middlebrook, who followed the youngest members of the SB team (Daryl Angel, David Clark, Shane O’Neill, Theotis Beasley, Justin Brock, and Grant Taylor) to 10 countries over the past 10 months. The video is set to a soundtrack that matches the intensity and vigor of the young crew’s skating (featuring Bad Brains, Skid Row, and The Replacements). The Blu-ray disc is now available at SB retailers worldwide. To view Debacle, please visit: http://www.nike.com/nikeskateboarding

BONES WHEELS NEWS – Check out the new Dead Head Series by guest artist Michael Sieben. http://bones.com/

‘SKATE THE COAST’ BENEFITING B4BC HITS SANTA MONICA OCT. 24TH – Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) announces the third annual ‘Skate the Coast’ promoting and benefiting breast cancer awareness and education. Skate the Coast will take place on Sat., Oct. 24, 2009 beginning at 8 a.m. from the Santa Monica Pier. This year’s events are proudly supported by B4BC partners, Skullcandy and etnies, registration is $25, and participants are encouraged to contribute and/or raise additional funds to benefit the B4BC Foundation. The top fundraiser at each event will be awarded a custom B4BC longboard deck and other prizes. Go to active.com/donate/skatethelake to make a donation or create a fundraising page for the cause. For more information or to register online, visit: b4bc.org.

TONY HAWK FOUNDATION NEWS – Since its inception in 2002, the Tony Hawk Foundation has awarded $3-million in grants to help create 450 public skateparks in almost every state across the U.S. These skateparks collectively amount to $180-million in community improvements, and many of them would not have happened if not for THF’s financial and technical assistance. The Tony Hawk Foundation is the only national organization focused solely on empowering at-risk youth and improving disadvantaged communities through the development and financing of free, quality, public skateparks across the U.S. The following is a brief update detailing what your dollars and time have achieved in the past year. Since spring of 2008, THF has awarded 49 grants worth $415,000 for the construction of public skateparks in low-income communities. Pawhuska, Oklahoma earned $25,000, one of the top grants awarded for its skatepark that will draw visitors from the local Osage Nation Native American and other non-Native communities. Our pledge drives at our annual Stand Up For Skateparks benefits raised $53,000 for the Manhattan Bridge Skatepark in New York City, which installed its new skateable sculpture garden in June, and $78,000 for a skatepark project in the military community of Tierrasanta in San Diego, which thanks to Tony’s endorsement and your contributions has become a priority project for the City Council. Updates include news about the Tony Hawk Experience at tonyhawkexperience.com. New Tony Hawk Foundation Board Members include Lhotse Hawk, Jamie Thomas, Bob Kahan and Gerard Cappello. For anyone needing information on getting a public skatepark in your town, go to www.publicskateparkguide.org. Stand Up For Skateparks Benefit – This year please SAVE-THE-DATE for the 6th-annual Tony Hawk RIDE Presents Stand Up For Skateparks event in Beverly Hills on October 11 at Ron Burkle’s Green Acres, and due to popular demand we are launching this benefit in Las Vegas on November 7 at the Wynn Las Vegas resort. Tony Hawk RIDE Presents Stand Up For Skateparks is a family-centric action-sports carnival, featuring a Vert Skateboarding and BMX demo with Tony Hawk and other top pro athletes, interactive games, activities, music, and our live and silent auctions–all to support the creation of public skateparks for youth in low-income communities. We hope you will join us for one or both of these unique, family friendly events! http://tonyhawkfoundation.org

SKATE JAM BELGIUM – Back2oldschool II Skate Jam is planned for Sunday, September 13 at 10:00am at Concrete SkateBowl Dam Antwerp at Park Spoor Noord, Antwerp, Belgium. http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.phpandeid=86257982108andmid=b8e706G61843cfcG5c01c3G7

SLAVE – RADIO TELEVISION VIDEO PREMIERE – September 11, 2009 at Avo Theatre – 303 Main St. Vista, CA.

VOLCOM DAMN AM – October 22-25, 2009. Swine grind and amateur skate contest at Volcom 1740 Monrovia Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92627. www.damnam.com

SLALOM CHAMPIONSHIPS – Sept 18 – 20 – Antrim Can/Am Slalom Championships, ISSA Main
Sanction, Antrim, NH. The Antrim Can/Am (formerly the Race for the Old Gold Jug) features three events this year, including a 100-cone tight slalom, the main event hybrid and a GS. One of the six largest races of its kind in North America, the Antrim Can/Am attracts professional and amateur competitors from throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Details for race, held 9/18, 9/19 and 9/20, can be found at http://www.slalomskateboard.com

2009 GRIND FOR LIFE SKATEBOARD SERIES – Grind For Life, Inc., founded by Mike Rogers, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps people with cancer, especially those who travel long distances to treatments. Awards Show will be held November 14 Cocoa Beach Skatepark. Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This event will feature pro demos, live music, mega raffles, food and drinks, and a Silent Auction with great items and a whole lot more! For more info, call (561) 252-3839 or visit www.grindforlife.org

VANS DOWNTOWN SHOWDOWN – Sept 26, 2009 at Paramount Studios at 5555 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA. Gates Open at 4pm. Contest starts at 5pm. Join Vans on Saturday, September 26 to see top pros and ams vie for their piece of $85,000, as the 5th Annual Vans Downtown Showdown invades Paramount Studios’ Back Lot. With top skateboard companies and their riders submitting design ideas for one of four custom obstacles to be built against the Brooklyn brownstone movie set, the Vans Downtown Showdown is always one of the most unique contests of the year. Watch it on the web: Catch a live HD webcast of the entire event, powered by FUEL TV, at www.vans.com/downtownshowdown, Saturday, September 26 from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm. FUEL TV will also be providing live cut-ins on the network throughout the contest to keep viewers up to date on all the action! Tune in to the live webcast for your chance to win prize packs from Vans and Rockstar Energy drink plus an Epiphone Les Paul Jr. guitar. The top teams in skateboarding including Girl, Flip, Blind, Creature, Black Label, Foundation, Toy Machine, SK8MAFIA and Zoo York will compete. Each team will session four unique, custom-made obstacles in a round-robin format with awards going out for top team, best pro, top am and best performance by obstacle. When: Saturday, September 26 at 5 pm (doors open at 4 pm). The event will take place at Paramount Studios Back Lot. Prize Purse: $85,000 in cash and prizes for individual and team winners. The Vans Downtown Showdown is made possible by the support of Rockstar Energy Drink, FUEL TV, Mitsubishi Motors, Epiphone and SPoTlight Productions. More info on the 2009 Downtown Showdown including riders and obstacles coming soon! www.vans.com/downtownshowdown

GEORGIA BOWL RIDERS CONTEST – Georgia Bowl riders competition. 2 Days 2 parks: Columbus, GA – October 17, 2009, and October 18, 2009 at Brook Run, Atlanta, GA. 200 4th Street Columbus, GA 31901-and-4770 North Peachtree Rd.Dunwoody, GA 30338. Hosted by Woodys Halfpipe. www.woodyshalfpipe.com or Call 770-416-1475. www.georgiabowlriders.com

DOUBLE D CUP – WEST COAST – SKATE CONTESTS – Sept 19 at Etnies Skatepark – Street Contest. Sept 20 at Burger Bowl. Registration Fee $20. Winner takes all. Prizes for top 3 skaters for both days. For more info contact BamBam at wahineskate.com.

QUIKSILVER NAMES ANTON NISTL PRESIDENT OF DC SHOES’ AMERICAS BUSINESS – DC Co-Founder Block Joins with Quiksilver CEO McKnight and Nistl to Return Brand Focus to its Core Skate Roots. Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE: ZQK) today announced that Anton Nistl has been named the new president of its DC Shoes business in the Americas effective immediately. Nistl’s appointment marks the culmination of an executive search which began after Quiksilver decided in June to refinance its business, putting an end to alternate strategic paths which included the potential sale of DC. Most recently, Nistl was Senior Vice President of Sales at Vida Shoes International, a licensee of fashion footwear brands including Baby Phat, Phat Farm, Pastry, Run Athletics, J-41, Esprit, Osh Kosh and Carters Kids. He previously held positions of increasing responsibility with Adidas, Fossil and Saucony. In his new role, Nistl reports to Craig Stevenson, President of Quiksilver Americas. In related news, the company announced that it had reached an agreement with DC Shoes co-founder and professional rally car driver, Ken Block, formalizing an endorsement arrangement with him as one of DC’s premier athletes, in addition to his Chief Brand Officer responsibilities.

BYO RECORDS is proud to announce the release of Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records – A 90-minute film directed by Jeff Alulis (Do You Remember? 15 Years of the Bouncing Souls, NOFX Backstage Passport) which documents the band, the label, the brothers and their part in the L.A. punk rock phenomenon. The movie will be released on DVD as part of the label’s Anniversary boxed set which also includes a double LP of 31 bands covering songs from the extensive BYO catalog and a 100-page hard cover companion book with stories and photo’s from the band and their many friends. A show will follow the screening, all ages are welcome, so you can even bring the kids and all be part of this historic night. Punk rock is alive and well and we hope you are too! BYO Records and Nike Sportswear Presents Let Them Know on Thurs. Sept. 10, 2009 at Nike Sportswear at The Montalban at 1615 Vine Street Hollywood, CA 90028
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CLUB BUMBACLOT hosted by Block every Tuesday night at the Garter, which is located at 2536 Lincoln Blvd in Venice, CA. Be there.

T.S.O.L. – To Release ‘Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Free Downloads’ on limited edition vinyl.
SoCal punk legends T.S.O.L. have signed with DC-Jam Records to release ‘Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Free Downloads’ on limited edition colored vinyl. This, the bands 30th anniversary album, was recorded at the Hurley studio’s, and was produced by Grammy winning producer David Bianco. 300 of the LP’s will contain hand signed inner sleeves that will be offered exclusively by Hot Topic. Available everywhere September, 15th, 2009. T.S.O.L. are an American punk band that formed in 1979 in Long Beach, California. This is the bands 19th release and their music has been featured on numerous compilations, films and documentaries. www.dcjamrecords.com

SKATE OR ROCK II – Saturday – Sept 12, 2009 at Alliance Skatepark – Grand Prairie. Featuring live musical performances by Red Car Wire, Kid Liberty, Silverfox, Hey Jersey, ShottyNoJoust. Featuring Skate and BMX competitions. Cash Prizes. Live street art. Gates at 5pm. Event at ASP right next to Nokia Theatre. 1002 Lone Star Parkway – Grand Prairie, TX. For more info go to www.actionparkalliance.com/grandprairie

PERE UBU NEWS – New Pere Ubu Studio Album, Long Live Pere Ubu!, Available Digitally At hearpen.com September 15th, 2009. The album will be released on CD in the rest of the world by British label, Cooking Vinyl, on September 16th, 2009. Pere Ubu’s online-only record store, hearpen.com, is administered by Smog Veil Records. The album was inspired by the proto-Absurdist stage play that gave the band its name – Alfred Jarry’s ‘Ubu Roi’ (King Ubu). The play’s premiere in Paris in 1896 provoked riots in the theatre and a national scandal. The story is a vicious and satiric re-telling of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth.’ David Thomas, Pere Ubu founder and front man explains ‘one early goal, during the course of writing the album, which began in the summer of 2007, was to approach the space between songs in a new way. We began using connective dialog and ambient noise to bridge that space in a thematic way.’ Initially David Thomas was determined to sing the parts of all the characters himself in various voices. This led directly to the notion of a live ‘radio play’ that would compliment the band’s concert set. With the encouragement of Glenn Max, musical director of London’s Southbank Centre, the album begat the theatrical production titled, ‘Bring Me The Head Of Ubu Roi.’ The latter premiered over two days at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, April 25 and 26, 2008. Sarah Jane Morris (ex-Communards, Happy End) was recruited to sing the role of Mere Ubu. Pere Ubu’s soundman, Gagarin, an ambient electronica recording artist, guests on the album and subsequently joined the band on stage. The stage production has the band members playing supporting roles and performing dance routines. Pere Ubu is David Thomas on vocals; Sarah Jane Morris on vocals; Keith Moline on guitar; Robert Wheeler on EML synthesizer, theremin; Michele Temple on bass; Steve Mehlman on drums; Gagrin on electronica. Visit Pere Ubu online at ubuprojex.net and the labels online at hearpen.com and SmogVeil.com

LISKFEST 2.0 – Saturday – Sept 5, 2009 – Lineup: As I Lay Dying, Insted, H20, Strife, Born of Osiris, Ignite, Eleven Thirty-Four, Death By Stereo, Bold Sleeping Giant, All Shall Perish, Against the Wall, Reign Supreme, Alpha and Omega, Revolution Mother, Monument to Thieves, Caliban, After the Burial, Nations Afire, Chaser and many, many more TBA. LISKFEST is an Orange County punk, hardcore and metal music festival that premiered in Irvine, CA in the fall of 2008. Founded by Chris Lisk, the festival is held annually at Irvine, CA’s Oak Canyon Ranch and features the best in heavy bands. This year’s festival features four stages: A and B main stage and A and B side stage. General admission tickets cost $30. There are also a very limited number of VIP passes on sale for $100. VIP pass holders will have access to all VIP areas, an open bar sponsored by Fullerton’s Slidebar, and access to a special private show for VIP ticket holders only. For more information, visit www.liskfest.com

UP – PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOBIN YELLAND at Cals Pharmacy – 11 NE Hancock St. in Portland, OR. Opening Reception on Sept 19th from 7-10pm. The new show titled ‘UP’ now viewing at Cal’s Pharmacy is a collection of iconic skateboard photographer Tobin Yelland’s favorite photographs that he has taken over the last 20 years. Images of skateboarding , biking and surfing to friends hanging out doing what young people do. Lots of beautiful landscapes- and two decades of having a camera available at all times to capture it. This show is a MUST see. www.departmentofskateboarding.com

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE SKATEBOARDING CULTURE EXHIBIT – Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America. Exhibit runs from June 12, 2009-September 13, 2009 at NMAI on the National Mall, Washington, DC. Ramp it Up celebrates the vibrancy, creativity, and controversy of American Indian skate culture. Skateboarding combines demanding physical exertion with design, graphic art, filmmaking, and music to produce a unique and dynamic culture. One of the most popular sports on Indian reservations, skateboarding has inspired American Indian and Native Hawaiian communities to host skateboard competitions and build skate parks to encourage their youth. Native entrepreneurs own skateboard companies and sponsor community-based skate teams. Native artists and filmmakers, inspired by their skating experiences, credit the sport with teaching them a successful work ethic. The exhibition features rare and archival photographs and film of Native skaters as well as skatedecks from Native companies and contemporary artists. http://www.nmai.si.edu/

OLD COLD GARAGE CO. 2ND ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE and BBQ – Sunday Sept 6, 2009. Free BBQ and beverages. Music by Captain Jeff and the Musical Chumbuckets. Photography exhibit by Adam Wright. Priority parking for hot rods, customs, choppers. Old Gold Garage Co. 1622 Walter St. Unit K. Ventura, CA. For more go to http://www.oldgoldgarage.blogspot.com

TONY ALVA AND RICHARD VILLA III PRESENT AN EXHIBIT A GALLERY EVENT ‘BIPOLAR’ OPENING RECEPTION featuring artists: Sas Christian, Nate Frizzell, Mike Maxwell, Melissa Haslam, Jenn Porreca, Farel Dalrymple, Mimi Knoop, Bigfoot, James Naccarato, Allison Sommers, Tim Biskup, Tiffany Liu. Guest artists: Pan, Karen Lovuk, Giza. Bipolar Art Show Sat. Aug. 29th 7pm-11pm. Exhibit runs 08/29/09 To 09/19/09 Mon – Sat 11am To 7pm. Live music by Black Veil Brides. Music brought to you by Nick Alexander Mini. Dj Howie Pyro:Danzig / D Generation. Open Bar by: Transphusion. Food by: Sandwich Shop L.A. Free Gift Bags for the first 50. Only those in line and on the Rsvp list are eligible. Win a Bvb signed Fender Strat. Featured in the music video ‘ Knives And Pens ‘. Enclosed in a Coffin Case. All are invited, but space is limited. Please Rsvp now to guarantee entrance at: www.Exhibitagallery.com. Exhibit A Gallery: 1086 South Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles CA 90019. Ph. 323-954-7295 WWW.EXHIBITAGALLERY.COM

C.A.V.E. GALLERY presents On the Bright Side Art Show on Sept 4, 2009, featuring Anthony Ausgang, Gosha Levochkin, Rebecca Hahn, Steven Sattler, Carl Lozada, Dabs Myla, Josh Hart, Ben Silva, Euth, Spectr, Macsorro, L Croskey, Paul Torres, Max Neutra, Tony Venegas, Sophie Bastien, Robert Connett, Thomas Lynch III. http://www.cavegallery.net/

2010 WORLD JUNIOR SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP will be held in New Zealand, one of the World’s most unique surfing destinations. The Junior Champs will be held at Piha beach, a beautiful black sand beach famous for its large waves, just 45 minutes drive from downtown Auckland. The event will begin on January 20, 2010, at the peak of the Kiwi summer. New Zealand is one of the world’s most rewarding surfing spots with quality waves, plenty of choice and relatively few surfers. The main source of swell for both the North and South Islands is from the low pressure systems of the roaring forties, but New Zealand is fortunate to pick up swell from just about anywhere. For those used to fighting for a beach park and some room in the line up, surfing in New Zealand offers a very different experience. Parking is mostly free and being a country of only 4 million people there is plenty of room to catch the perfect wave. For those looking for an adventure, the best surf spots can be found off the beaten track.

HEAL THE BAY SOIREE – A benefit evening for Heal the Bay and the One Drop Foundation. Featuring the Santa Monica Premiere of Cirque du Soleil Kooza and Exclusive After-Party on the Santa Monica Pier. http://www.healthebay.org

STILL FILTHY – ZJ Boarding House presents ‘Billabong’s ‘Still Filthy’ at AC Supper Club’ in Venice, CA on Thursday, September 17 at 7:30pm. ‘A slick surf flick, mashing music and legendary libations!’

MSA CLASSIC SURF CONTEST – The Malibu Surfing Association’s MSA Classic surfing contest will be held September 12-13, 2009 at First Point, Surfrider Beach, Malibu. We expect the MSA Classic – California’s premier club surfing competition – to turn out another great group of celebrities, Malibu residents, surfing legends, and up-and-coming greats; all against the backdrop of one of the world’s most famous beaches and within the heart of the LA media market. Your tax-deductible contribution to the MSA Classic offers excellent exposure to both contestants and visitors. We offer a compelling suite of pre-event, on-site, post-event, and year-round values, including prominent recognition in the official program. The MSA is an all volunteer, 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to the fellowship of surfing and to the stewardship of Surfrider Beach. We believe that Malibu is one of surfing’s crown jewels and a special resource for all its visitors. With this belief, we’re actively engaged in improving the Surfrider Beach experience, whether on the beach or in the water. We’re Califorina’s ONLY surfing club whose fundraising efforts go directly back into preserving the beach we love — Surfrider Beach. On behalf of the members and Directors of the MSA, thank you for your time and consideration. www.msaclassic.com and www.msasurfing.org

SURF STORY PROJECT – 444 pages and 88 of the most inspirational and creative surfers in the world… their art… their stories. Special Pre-Release Offering on $150 for the first 500 copies or until Sept 15th, after which it will be $250 each. Sales from the Surf Story Project will benefit the Surfrider Foundation. Available exclusively at www.surfstoryproject.com

JIM BEAM SURFTAG COMPETITION MAKES U.S. DEBUT ON THE CALIFORNIA COAST. – Teams of local surfers will hit the waves off Manhattan Beach on Sept. 19 in the first Jim Beam Surftag U.S. National Series. In the relay competition, each surfer must catch three waves and then return to the beach to tag the next team member. Saturday, Sept. 19 will be the first of three qualifying rounds held on different Southern California beaches over the next two months. Jim Beam Surftag will award $25,000 in cash prizes throughout the series. In addition to competing for cash, teams will vie for the opportunity to advance to the championship round in November and claim the title of ‘No. 1 Surf Club in California.’ Jim Beam, the world’s No. 1-selling Bourbon, supports surfers around the globe. Jim Beam Surftag started in Australia in 2001 and has grown into the country’s largest team boardriding competition. The U.S. version will attract dozens of competitors and crowds of fans to each venue along the California coastline. Be there at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009 for Qualifier 1 at Manhattan Beach at El Porto, Vista Del Mar and 45th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA. UPCOMING COMPETITIONS: Qualifier 2 – Sept. 26 in Ventura, CA at Surfer’s Point. Qualifier 3 – Oct. 11 in Oceanside, CA at Harbor. Championship – Nov. 13-14 in Huntington Beach, CA at the Pier.

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