HOSOI NEWS – Quiksilver has announced that the legendary Christian Hosoi and the rest of the Quiksilver skate team will tour the country premiering the new documentary ‘Rising Son, The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi.’ The eight-city tour will feature free theater and outdoor screenings of the film as well as demos and signings by Hosoi, Arto Saari, Stefan Janoski, Omar Hassan, Reese Forbes, Kyle Leeper, Dylan Reider, Omar Salazar, Eric Fletcher, and others. This is truly a Quiksilver happening marked by many firsts. The tour will be Hosoi’s first national tour since being released from prison in 2004. It will be the first time in over 10 years that fans will be able to see Hosoi back where he belongs: on a skateboard. And it will be the first time Quiksilver’s entire skate team, including the hottest up-and-comers and the most established legends, will be skating in demos and undercover at the nation’s most famous skate spots. Most importantly, this will be the first time fans will be able to view ‘Rising Son, The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi’ and experience this inside look into the rise, fall and rebirth of a true skateboarding pioneer and legend. Directed by Cesario ‘Block’ Montano, written by Peter Alton, and narrated by Dennis Hopper, the 90 minute film will be released on DVD in November and will be available in skate shops, video stores, and other better entertainment distributors around the world.

Tour cities and dates include:
August 17 – Quiksilver Headquarters, Huntington Beach (Demo and Premiere)
August 19 – Wilson Skate Park, Chicago (Demo)
August 20 – River East Arts Center, Chicago (Premiere)
August 22 – Mt. Trashmore, Virginia Beach (Demo and Premiere)
August 23 – Fairman’s, West Chester, PA (Signing)
August 23 – Chester County Historic Society, West Chester, PA (Premiere)
August 27 – Knitting Factory, New York City (Premiere)
August 29 – 3rd Lair, Minneapolis (Demo and Premiere)
August 31 – Bluebird, Denver (Premiere)
Sept. 1 – Denver Skate Park, Denver (Demo)
Sept. 3 – Pacifica Skate Park, Pacifica, SF (Demo)
Sept. 3 – The Log Shop, Pacifica SF (Premiere)

Check for updates to tour dates and locations.

PRO BOWL CONTEST – Saturday, August 26, 2006, the South Park Rec Center and SkateColorado have teamed up to host South Park’s first skateboarding competition – The South Park Throw Down Weekend. This competition is being held in Fairplay, Colorado at the 2-Mile High Skatepark. We expect a terrific turnout due to this world-class Skatepark, which features Penrose Pool Coping, a Bank Wall, an Over-vert Pocket, and a Cradle. Admission to this competition is FREE. All proceeds from sponsors, entry fees, booths, and food/beverage sales will go toward supporting the South Park Rec Center. Other non-profit organizations are teaming with the Rec Center to make this Throw Down Weekend a success. Rocky Mountain Rural Health and the American Veterans are hosting the VIP Party on Friday night at the American Legion Hall with food, music from The Needles and Frontside Five, and a SkateColorado video show. Saturday night, the Rec Center is hosting dinner and with the American Veterans, is having live bands for entertainment at the American Legion Hall. For details go to

SKATEPARK IN THE WORKS – The west wall is covered with pool coping! Donate to the cause at

MT. TRASHMORE FIRE – The bowl and street course mysteriously burned down August 16, 2006.

OVERLOAD SKATEBOARDING presents – Autobahn Wheel Co. demo featuring Pat Duffy, Joey Brezinski, Clint Peterson, Adelmo Jr. and many special guests. August 26th demo at Clairmont YMCA Skatepark – 3401 Clairmont Dr. San Diego, CA. or

VANS DOWNTOWN SHOWDOWN – on the Web – Watch one of the most unique skate contests around when Vans webcasts the 2nd Annual Downtown Showdown Sunday, September 3 at 4 pm PST. We’ve invited top skateboard companies and their riders to submit designs for one of four obstacles as part of the Showdown, set in the backlot at Paramount Studios. We then asked each company to bring their best pros and ams to fight it out for an $85,000 prize purse. Who: The top teams in skateboarding, including Alien Workshop, Baker, Birdhouse, Element, Enjoi, Foundation, Girl, Real, Toy Machine and Zero. What: Each team will session four unique, custom-made obstacles in a round-robin format with awards going out for top team, best pro, rookie of the year and best performance by obstacle. When: Sunday, September 3 at 4:00 pm PST (sorry, the event is invite only as space is tight!) Webcast: Watch the Downtown Showdown in its entirety at and catch results, photos and coverage at before, during and after the event in Vans’ live event blog. Television: The Vans Downtown Showdown will air on Friday, October 27 during the Vans Off the Wall hour on  is hosting a party and signing autographs from 12-5pm at Alva LA located at 1086 South Fairfax Ave. LA, CA on Aug 19th, 2006.

DOWN FOR LIFE – a letter from Brian Kelly – Alabama skateboarding Pro Legend Pat Wachter contacted me about sponsoring a ‘Pro-Contest’ at Veterans Skate Park in Alabaster, Alabama. It’s been well over a decade since there was a professional skateboarding contest held in Alabama. Pat has personally offered $1000.00 for first place prize money. Pat has offered this generous contribution in an effort to return professional skateboarding to Alabama and to give back to an industry that allowed him to have the opportunities in his life and times as a pro-skateboarder. Pat Wachter’s generous sprit to give back the love and provide future opportunities for skateboarding is exactly the type of energy skateboarding could use more of. Of course, $1000 dollars wouldn’t get the attention of many in the professional ranks today, but it’s a great place to start. Please join us in our effort to bring professional skateboarding back to Alabama by contributing to the event and igniting a flame that has long lingered. All contribution’s our greatly appreciated and contributors will receive advertising at the event in an effort to help raise the prize money that would entice the professional skateboarding community. Best Regards, Brian Kelly – Ride Skateboards at Veterans Skate Park.

BROOKLYN BANKS CONTEST – Second Annual Back to the Banks Contest – Saturday, August 19, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. – Location: Under the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan, New York. Format: One jam and three best trick sections on the banks, the blocks and the stairs / rail. Booty: Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Sponsors: 5boro, Emerica, Spitfire, Volcom, Skateboarder, Red Bull For more information, please visit:

AM GETTING PAID CONTEST – Am Getting Paid is back again this year Sept. 22-24. 2006. AM Getting Paid is proud to announce that the contest this year will be back at the South Park in Montreal, Canada. This contest is brought to you for its third year by Zoo York and Underworld. In Association with Solo Mobile, eS footwear, Blind skateboards, Von Zipper, Independent, Momentum, Dakine, Puzzle Video and Pro-Tec. The prize purse this year is the biggest than ever at a grand total of $15,000 US. The Am Getting Paid DVD 2005 will be out soon. Go to to get one! For more go to

NEW BURTON BOWL – built by 4-Down. Painted black pool coping in the deep.

CALGARY NAMED HOST CITY FOR SLAM CITY JAM 2006 SKATEBOARDING CHAMPIONSHIPS AND FESTIVAL – longest-running skateboarding event in North America to be held at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on August 25-27, 2006 with more than 150 of the world’s top professionals. After 12 years of building its reputation in Vancouver as one of the world’s most popular skateboarding events, the Slam City Jam has named Calgary as its official host city for 2006. Slam City Jam will feature a new twist designed to stoke the interest of amateur skaters from throughout Alberta and across Canada. Slam City Jam and the DC National Championships today announced plans to team up in support of amateur skateboarding by staging the finals of the DC Nationals Friday, August 25th, in Calgary. The final round of the DC Nationals, a three-month series involving more than 2,500 amateur skateboarders in 80 contests across the country, will take place on Slam’s world class pro course. The affiliation with the DC Nationals will kick off the three day skateboarding festival and allow for the top three men’s and women’s amateur national finalists to earn spots in Slam’s qualifying rounds Saturday, Aug. 26.

KRONIK ENERGY DESERT DOG BOWL BASH – Kronik Energy drink in partnership with World Cup Skateboarding, has collectively assembled top professional and amateur skateboarders to participate in the first-annual Kronik Energy Desert Dog Bowl Bash. Held October 28 and 29, 2006 in Peoria, Arizona, the Kronik Energy Desert Dog Bowl Bash is the first event of its kind to be staged in Arizona.

TIM BRAUCH MEMORIAL CONTEST – Sept 23-24 – Tim Brauch Memorial Pro Bowl Contest – Scotts Valley, CA (bowl contest on 24th) World Cup Skate event – pro, grand masters, ladies, concrete bowl series…. SESSIONS, the Tim Brauch Memorial Fund along with friends and family are proud to host the Eight Annual Tim Brauch Memorial Skateboard Contest. Held at the Scotts Valley Skatepark Dedicated in Memory of Tim Brauch, the contest will feature an amateur street course contest on Saturday followed by Sunday’s main event as we welcome back World Cup Skateboarding’s North American Concrete Bowl Series. The 5th stop of the tour offers divisions for Ladies, Masters, and Pros. In an effort to give as much back to skateboarding as Tim did, The Tim Brauch Memorial Skate Park Fund, a non-profit organization, was set up to raise money for the construction of skate parks. Thanks to hundreds of Tim’s friends and supporters, this event has gained more and more momentum each and every year. Making it now possible to hold the event in the Tim Brauch park that was built with donations raised through the fund.

SANTA CRUZ SKATEBOARDS KEITH MEEK ENLISTED TO THE VETERANS DIVISION – Meek was one of the early backyard pool pioneers that helped put Santa Cruz on the map with a timeless style that earned him the ‘Slasher’ namesake and his original Phillips ‘Slasher’ graphic which is still one of the most recognized graphics ever produced by Santa Cruz. His new Vets Division model, ‘Arachne’ will debut at the September ASR Tradeshow in San Diego. Look for some rare footage of Keith coming out in the new Santa Cruz video titled ‘V-Day’ which traces the influence and contributions of Santa Cruz Vets Eric Dressen, Tom Knox, Jason Jessee to the skateboarding community. Coming soon Meek’s web page and bio on

VOLCOM CONTEST AT SURF EXPO – Volcom Presents a $25,000 Pro Mini-Ramp Jam in association with SPoTlight Productions at Surf Expo – September 15 – 17, 2006 in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center. Separate Pro and Am Contest. Mini-ramp dimensions: 60′ wide with multiple heights provided by Team Pain – Registration or details please contact For more info on Surf Expo, check

Friday – Demos
11am – 12pm – Am and Pro
2pm – 3pm – Am and Pro
4:30pm – 5:30pm – Pro Only

Saturday – Pro Contest
11am – 12 pm – Pro Only Practice
12 pm – Contest Begins

Sunday – Am Contest
11am – 12pm – Am Only Practice
12pm – Contest Begins

Aug. 17-20 Vans Invitational Portland, Ore. – Rose Quarter
Sept. 7-10 Toyota Challenge San Jose, Calif. – HP Pavilion
Oct. 12-15 PlayStation Pro Orlando, Fla. – TD Waterhouse Centre


X Games 12 Women’s Skateboard Vert competition
1. Cara-Beth Burnside Encinitas, Calif.
2. Mimi Knoop Encinitas, Calif.
3. Karen Jones Sao Paulo, Brazil
4. Jen O’Brien Carlsbad, Calif.
5. Holly Lyons Encinitas, Calif.
6. Tina Neff Wangen, Germany
7. Jodi McDonald Breckenridge, Colo.
8. Annie Sullivan San Diego, Calif.

X Games 12 Men’s Skateboard Vert competition
1. Sandro Dias Santo Andre, Brazil 87.50
2. Bob Burnquist Sao Paulo, Brazil 84.00
3. Bucky Lasek Baltimore, Md. 83.75
4. Andy Macdonald San Diego, Calif. 83.50
5. Rune Glifberg Copenhagen, Denmark 82.75
6. Anthony Furlong Tampa, Fla. 81.75
7. Mathias Ringstrom Stockholm, Sweden 81.00
8. Shawn White Carlsbad, Calif. 80.75
9. Jean Postec Annemasse, France 71.00
10. Tas Pappas San Marcos, Calif. 63.25

X Games 12 Men’s Men’s Skateboard Street competition.
1. Chris Cole Statesville, N.C. 90.68
2. Ryan Sheckler San Clemente, Calif. 85.31
3. Andrew Reynolds Winter Haven, Fla 85.06
4. Jeremy Rogers Boston, Mass. 84.43
5. Eric Koston San Bernadino, Calif. 83.43
6. Greg Lutzka Huntington Beach, Calif. 81.87
7. Paul Rodriguez Tarzana, Calif. 79.75
8. Nyjah Huston Davis, Calif. 78.00
9. Billy Marks Corona, Calif. 76.37
10. Rodolfo Ramos Florianopolis, Brazil 69.50

X Games 12 Men’s Skateboard Vert Best Trick competition.
1. Bucky Lasek Encinitas, Calif.
2. Max Dufour Montreal, Can.
3. Bob Burnquist Carlsbad, Calif.
4. Jake Brown Sydney, Aus.
5. Danny Mayer Omaha, Neb.
6. Colin McKay Vancouver, Can.
7. Jean Postec Annemasse, Fra.
8. Shaun White Carlsbad, Calif.

X Games 12 Skateboard Big Air competition.
1. Danny Way San Diego, Calif. 95.00
2. Jake Brown Sydney, Aus. 93.00
3. Bob Burnquist Sao Paulo, Brazil 91.25
4. Bucky Lasek Baltimore, Md. 88.00
5. Andy Macdonald San Diego, Calif. 44.50
6. Rob Lorifice Encinitas, Calif. 41.50

Girl vs Chocolate Summer Tour 2006. For more go to

BOWL BASH RESULTS – NICHOLAS CORNELL WINS GLOBE BOWLBASH BURNLEY QUALIFICATION IN BANKRUPT INTERACT SKATEPARK. July 15th and 16th, the third qualification of the ‘Globe BowlBash’ took place in the Interact skatepark in Burnley. The five highest ranked skateboarders of the Globe BowlBash in Burnley qualified for the Finals that will take place in the Area51 skatepark in the Netherlands, October 13-15th. The next qualification events will take place in Algorta Spain, August 26-27th and October 14th in Eindhoven, the day before the Grand finals. The results (qualified for the Grand Finals) 1. Nicholas Cornell (18 UK) 2. Jasper Tattersall (15 UK) 3. Josh Parr (14 UK) 4. Sam Becket (14 UK) 5. Stephen Roe (20 UK). Underneath this spectacle Interact skatepark is in serious financial trouble. If no help from the council or industry comes quick, the Interact skatepark won’t be able to survive over the summer. The Interact skatepark houses the biggest indoor bowl in Europe. Closing of the park would be a big loss for the skateboard community and the city of Burnley. Keep track on how Europe’s best transition skateboarders kill Europe’s sickest bowls on

GLOBE BOWL BASH – August 26th and 27th, the creme de la creme of concrete warriors will come together at the legendary pool in Algorta at the Basque coast. Check

MASS 2006 – Mid-Atlantic Skateboard Series.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The Seismic U.S. Nationals of Slalom Skateboarding – Over 70 elite skateboard racers from all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe will meet August 17 – 20 in Longmont and Windsor, Colorado, for the Seismic U.S. Nationals of Slalom Skateboarding – the highlight of the 2006 season of American skateboard racing. Champions in multiple divisions – kids, juniors, amateurs and professionals both male and female – will be crowned in four disciplines: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Tight Slalom, and Skatepark Slalom. Overall titles will also be awarded to the combined champion of each division. Winners in the professional category will receive many thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Notable competitors will include two-time Overall World Professional Champion and Boulder resident Jason Mitchell; 2005 U.S. Tight Slalom Champion and Longmont resident Chris Barker; as well as several previous U.S. and World Championship title holders in individual slalom disciplines, both professional and amateur. The event title sponsor, Seismic Skate Systems, is a Boulder-based manufacturer of high-tech trucks and wheels sold worldwide for use on longboards and slalomboards. For more information, please contact Daniel Gesmer at 303-440-9449, or email, or visit

STOKED MENTORING AND DC HOST SKATEBOARD EVENT FOR LOS ANGELES’ RAMPART DISTRICT YOUTH – Stoked Mentoring, the non profit action sports organization that brings together at-risk youth to learn about life mentoring through action sports, and DC announced today that it will holding a Skate Jam in the Rampart District in Los Angeles on August 19. The event, held at the Lake Street Community Center Skatepark will let area kids showcase their skills for the community, hold a best trick contest, and expose inner-city Los Angeles youth to the mentoring opportunities Stoked provides through its action sports programs. The event will also feature a ‘best trick’ contest sponsored by, the leading mobile media provider focused on providing action sports content for wireless phones. The best trick contest will be judged by skateboard industry team managers. In addition to DC and Ignition’s support, other leading companies in and outside of action sports have joined together to help make the Skate Jam a success. Brands such as Zoo York, Glaceau Vitamin Water, Active Mail Order and Nine Star have all volunteered to support the event through product donations for attendees. Details on the Stoked Mentorings Skate Jam presented by DC are as follows: Date: Saturday, August 19. Time: 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Location: Lake Street Skate Park 227 N. Lake Street (1 block west of Alvarado, 1 block north of Beverly) Los Angeles, CA 90026. What: Skateboard exhibition, music by DJ Bennett Harada, best trick contest and product raffles and giveaways Admission: Free. For more check out

2nd ANNUAL DEW ACTION SPORTS TOUR CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND WITH VANS INVITATIONAL ON NBC and USA – Skateboard Vert and BMX Park highlight NBC Sports’ coverage of the Vans Invitational from the Rose Quarter in Portland, Ore., the third stop on the Dew Action Sports Tour. NBC Sports’ live coverage of Skateboard Vert airs Saturday and BMX Park airs Sunday 2:30-4:30 p.m., ET both days. USA Network will air late-night coverage of the BMX Vert competition Friday and Skate Park Saturday, midnight-1 a.m. ET/PT both nights.

NEIL HEDDINGS BENEFIT – Product donations for raffle or fundraiser are welcome. Contact Scott at: or Mario at: for details. Or just bring product to the show. – THANKS

SURF/SK8 NIGHT – The VSA is having a surf/sk8 video night at Club Zanzibar in LA on Aug 15th. Sponsors include Z-Boy, Juice Magazine, Grind King, Pep Wheels, SMA, Cove, Dogtown, B-Art, Arbor, Dead Betty Dies, 1978, Lost, Sector9, Koping Killer, Bulldog Skates and Z-Flex. Surf and skate flicks all night. Fat Head and Global Sense are playing. DJ D’Nero will be spinning. Raffles, etc.

SKATE CLINIC – etnies Girls Get on Board Action Sports Clinic Series Hits Los Angeles Area – etnies Girls Get on Board (GGOB), a series of all-girls action sports instructional clinics, is set to hit the Los Angeles area this weekend with a skateboard clinic on Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Skatelab, located at 4226 Valley Fair Street in Simi Valley, Calif., from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In conjunction with the clinic and as part of the CosmoGirl! Beach House Tour, 17-year-old skate pro and recent X Games silver medalist Lauren Perkins will be signing autographs at the Journeys store at Thousand Oaks Mall from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19. Perkins will also make a special guest appearance at the clinic Sunday.

BOWL JAM – August 26th will be the 5th Annual Scott Stamnes Summer Bowl Jam at the Port Angeles Skate Park in Port Angeles, Washington. Join Scott’s friends and family to remember Scott and enjoy the day.

ELEMENT SKATEBOARDS LAUNCHES NEW MULTIMEDIA DIVISION, ELEMENT AUDIO VISUALveteran, Kirk Dianda, Element Audio Visual will produce, and distribute branded content from within Element Skateboards. In addition to creating a host of projects including a broadcast commercial in support of the X Games, Element Audio Visual will be releasing Elementality Volume Two on September 1, 2006. Following the success of Elementality Volume One, Element Audio Visual has borrowed the name to title a new, branded video magazine. Released twice a year, Elementality is being re-introduced as a video journal that documents the travels, skateboarding, and life of the Element family. Elementality will be distributed as a free DVD and online at Elementality Volume Two features the first full-length video part from Element Am, Dallas Rockvam, a team montage, a tour through Bam Margera’s personal board collection, Brent Atchley’s Pro debut video part, behind the scenes of a DelphixElement art show, and much more. In addition to the projects currently in production, Element Audio Visual has begun the pre-production of Element Skateboards next team video scheduled to release on June 21, 2007

SABRE VISION – The newest alternative in the sunglasses market features a team of outlaws including Christian Fletcher, Tom Knox, Trigger Gumm, Casey Brown, Hank 3, Greyson Fletcher, Casey Brown and Joe Wood. Sabre Vision announces new team member Koby Abberton. See for yourself at

CHANNEL STREET SKATEPARK WHEEL – The Channel Street Skatepark Project was begun back in the Fall of 2002. City Officials in San Pedro, part of LA’s harbor area, had been promising a quality, concrete skatepark for several years, but nothing ever seemed to happen. All suggestions by local skateboarders were disregarded and instead plans were made to build a modular, plastic skatepark sometime in the future. Frustrated and tired of waiting around for an unchallenging ‘plastic’ skatepark, a group of San Pedro skateboarders began building their own skatepark on a neglected ‘eyesore’ piece of land located under the 110 freeway at Channel St. What started out as a small concrete quarter-pipe slowly blossomed into a compact, yet functional skatepark within the span of a year. Money for the project came from the pockets of the skateboarders themselves and generous community members. In the Fall of 2003, the skaters created the San Pedro Skatepark Association, incorporating as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization later that year. As it stands today, the Channel Street park is skated on a daily basis by skaters from San Pedro and the rest of planet Earth. The skateboarders continue to run the show, maintaining the park, building additional terrain, and raising funds to keep the place around. Your purchase of these limited edition Channel Street Project wheels is greatly appreciated, as you are helping keep a park built by skaters for skaters alive and kicking. Thank you and please go skate. Channel Street Locals. For more go to and Wheel is available in 53, 55 and 57, in September 2006

AGENDA TRADESHOW – San Diego, September 8th – 9th, 2006 at The San Diego Concourse
202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101 – AGENDA new Brands Include: Alpha Industries, Arbor, Artful Dodger, Beautiful Decay Tees, Dissizit, Dragonfly, Gallaz, Generic Youth, hello minor, Levis Shoes, Mishka NYC, Owl Movement, Palis, Paul Frank, Reason Brand, Reebok, To Die For, Ubiquity, DCMA Collective, Mighty Healthy… and many more. Returning Staple Brands: 10Deep, Adidas, Andy Warhol Museum, Arkive, Atticus Clothing, Blood is the New Black, Brown Sound, Cardboard Robot, Cr8tive Recreation, Cryin Tiger, Drifter, English Laundry, Fender, FiveFour, Fourstar, Fourth World, FreeGums, Freshjive, Fuct, Fyasko, Goodie Two Sleeves, GRN Apple Tree, Imaginary Foundation, Jeepney, LOW, MacBeth, Monarchy, OBEY Clothing, PF-Flyers, RIV, RVCA, RZST, Scifen, Shalom, Strand Mfg., TheSeventhLetter, Upper Playground, Z-Boy, Z-Brand… The ART installation area will feature work from The7thLetter and RVCA’s Exterior Motives vs. Interior Motives show and a NewEra cap instillation. For more info visit

SKATEPARK OF TAMPA – Back to School Bash – All Ages Contest – Aug 26, 2006 – Street and Vert Divisions.

ROCKSTAR BEARINGS NEWS – Danny Renaud is the newest member of the Rockstar Bearings pro team roster. More to come. For more go to

1. Benji Galloway 2. Chad Bartie 3. Jimmy ‘The Greek’ 4. Steven Reeves 5. Dennis Busenitz 6. Chris Senn 7. Mike Peterson 8. Tim Johnson 9. Taylor Bingaman 10. Colin Provost

NEW SKATEPARK – Franklin, Tennessee is getting a new skatepark built by Wrex Cook and the California Skatepark crew. Check it out. Photo by Wrex Cook.

VINTAGE SKATE VIDEOS ON DVD PRESS RELEASE – NSI Video has decided to release some of their Old School Vintage Skate, Surf, Snowboard and Motocross videos on DVD for the upcoming season! Vintage Skateboard DVD’S: Duel at Diablo, Streetstyle in Tempe, Ohio Skateout, Gotcha Grind, Savannah Slamma III, Summer Sessions and Sacto Street Contest. TO ORDER CALL: NSI Video (310) 374-7476.

915 SKATEPARK celebrates it’s 9 year Anniversary on August 5th in Greensboro, NC. Live bands and skate jams. Congrats to the 915! For more info call 336-856-9112.

POWELL NEWS – Jordan Hoffart and TM De Ville Nunes will be meeting up with Rodney Jones in Philadelphia in the early part of August. John White, Steve Caballero, new am John Motta, Justin Figueroa and Peter Raffin will join them at Woodward and they will all travel to New York for a week of street skating. Danny Wainwright maybe joining them for this team trip as well. Phoenix, AZ trick wizard, John Motta joins fellow shred dogs, Jordan and John White as the newest addition to the retooling Powell Skateboards Am roster. Cab was married in Capitola, CA in the middle of July. He and wife, Rachael promptly left on a three week honeymoon to an exotic island location after the ceremony. Steve did the artwork for the latest Powell Pro Model graphics. They should be out by the end of summer. For more go to

SKATE CONTEST – The 5th Annual – Midwest Melee – All Ages Skateboard Contest in on August 5th – 6th, 2006 at the 3rd Lair SkatePark. Grand Prize – Expert Street and Best Trick: will receive a day of media coverage and street skating with- STACY LOWERY and THE BUENO SKATEBOARDS TEAM and THE ROOTS SKATEBOARD TEAM!! also included: PHOTOGRAPHER – SAM MCQUIRE and VIDEOGRAPHER – DAVID FINK. Divisions – Beginner, Intermediate, Expert. 3rd Lair is located at 850 Florida Ave. South, Golden Valley, MN web:

SESSIONS TOUR – The Sessions team is getting ready to head out on the road again. This time Corey Duffel, Chet Childress, The Nuge, Dyson Ramones, and John Ponts will be hitting up The South East as they trip through Florida on their way to Surf Expo. Then it’s all the way up to Virginia on a hunt for some Bells.
Sept 11 – Skate Park of Tampa – Tampa, FL.
Sept 13 – Havoc – Lakeland FL.
Sept 14 – Galactic G (Signing Only) – Orlando, FL.
Sept 15 – Covert Skate Shop – Orlando Skatepark
Sept 19 – Hazard Co. Atlanta, GA
Sept 20 – New Generation – Greenville, NC
Sept 23 – Hot Line Skate Shop – Virginia Beach, VA 23452

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 2006 Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship Recipients Announced Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) August 15, 2006 — The 2006 recipients of the Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship, the nation’s only college scholarship program for skateboarders, have been selected. The scholarships are awarded to students who have been activists for skateboarding in their communities. $5000 scholarship to Aaron Eisenberg presented by Activision/Tony Hawk’s Underground. At age 13, Aaron created the first radio show in the world entirely dedicated to skateboarding, called Skateboarder’s Paradise. He is the host and producer. On the air for five years, his show can be heard on KVMR FM and on the web at Aaron is an honor student and his high school Valedictorian. $1000 scholarship to Joshua Fangman presented by Jones Soda. He will attend the University of Wisconsin. Josh has been involved in all aspects of planning, fundraising, design, and maintenance for the Ashland Bay Area Skatepark. Josh graduated first in his class and was his high school Valedictorian. $1000 scholarship to Clayton Wurtele presented by The Tony Hawk Foundation. He will attend Dana College and major in Pre-Law/Criminal Justice. Clayton is the President of the Nebraska City Skatepark Committee. He created petitions, held fundraisers and wrote grants for skatepark funding. Clayton graduated first in his class. $1000 scholarship to Mark Miller presented by Mountain Dew. Mark has been a key member of MASE (Monroe Area Skating Enthusiasts) and involved in all aspects of design, fundraising, and lobbying for a public skatepark. Mark’s Eagle Scout project was the creation of a bench for the skatepark. He is a member of the National Honor Society and will study Research Psychology. $1000 scholarship to Sam Davidson presented by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC). Sam initiated a campaign for a public skatepark in Athens, GA. After four years of lobbying, fundraising and design, the Skate Park of Athens was completed. Sam and his fellow skaters raised $17,000 for Hurricane Katrina victims. $1000 scholarship to Josh Belotti presented by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC). Josh lobbied for a public skatepark in Marathon, Fl and was active in all aspects of fundraising and design. He will study Marine Biology. $1000 scholarship to Charlie Mrusko presented by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC). Charlie has been a lobbyist for public skateparks, has helped design and build ramps, helps organize and judge skate contests, gives skateboarding lessons to beginners, and held skate-jam fundraisers for the American Red Cross. He will major in Secondary Education (Chemistry).


1. Rune Glifberg 2. Chris Cudlipp 3. Tim Johnson
4. Mason Huggins 5. Benji Galloway 6. Mark ‘Red’ Scott
7. Omar Hassan 8. Jimmy The Greek

Grand Masters
1. Steve Caballero 2. Glen Charnoski 3. Pat Ngoho
4. Chris Cook 5. Mark Conahan

1. Heidi Fitzgerald 2. Nicole Zuck 3. Mandy Esch
4. Kim Petersen 5. Holly Lyons

1. Tim Johnson 2. Benji Galloway 3. Rune Glifberg
4. Steven Reeves 5. Vince Del Valle 6. Taylor Bingaman
7. Daniel Cardone 8. Mason Huggins

Grand Masters
1. Steve Caballero 2. Glen Charnoski 3. Pat Ngoho
4. Chris Cook 5. Steve Alba

1. Mandy Esch 2. Kim Petersen 3. Jessica Starkweather
4. Amelia Brodka 5. Liz Brandenburg

1. Mason Huggins 2. Rune Glifberg 3. Daniel Cardone
4. Omar Hassan 5. Benji Galloway 6. Chris Cudlipp
7. Ben Krahn 8. Tim Johnson

Grand Masters
1. Glen Charnoski 2. Steve Caballero 3. Pat Ngoho
4. Steve Alba 5. Chris Cook

1. Amelia Brodka 2. Nicole Zuck 3. Holly Lyons
4. Cressy Rice 5. Heidi Fitzgerald

SKATERBUILT BRO-DOWN SKATE JAM NEWS – Skaterbuilt hosted their ‘Bro-Down Skate Jam’ at Volcom/Costa Mesa Skatepark under sunny, skies, mild temps, and a cool vibe. Some of the more notable attendees who skated were Mike and Christian Hirsch, Dan Coburn, Richard Armejillo, Mike Cottrel, Lester Kasai, Billy Wahl, Mike Maysey, ‘Psycho Dave’ Ortiz, injured Jake Piasecki and family, Bennett Harada, Jim Gray, Uncle Bucky and the AZ Crew, Dan and the TX crew, Tiger Williams and the SD Crew, Pink Floyd Reid and the LA Crew, Dale Arden and Skatopia Crew, Big Bob from Khiro, Mark Kessinich, Chas and Sam Wickwire, Tommy Tear, Dave Heady and Dennis ‘Lil’ Daddy’ Roth. After the dust settled, SB owner davO held a raffle/giveaway and an awards ceremony where Dan Colburn won 1st prize for being the ‘Rippingest Old-Guy’ and Big Bobby from AZ left DNA to take out Dushoni for the ‘Slam of the Day’ award. In the end, no one came away empty handed, everyone had a great time, and most of all, The Hegstrom Family showed why Skaterbuilt is such a class act.

JAY ADAMS BOOK – A collection of photos that were taken by Jay’s stepfather, Kent Sherwood capture a remarkable time in California during the late 60’s and early 70’s. The photos have all been recently captioned by hand and provide an amazing insight into Jay Adams. Book release party of ‘Jay-Boy’. Saturday, Sept 9 at the Basic Urban Kitchen and Bar, San Diego 410 10th Street (near J Street/near the stadium) 4-6pm.

SKATE CONTEST – Nokia LX Skateboarding Cup is going to happen in September, from 15th to 17th, in Skate Park of Monsanto. Monsanto is already considered the best outdoor park in Lisbon and now is even better with new ramps and new plywood on the riding surfaces. The competition website is almost ready, but in you can already see the poster. Nokia LX Skateboarding Cup is an outdoor street competition, open to every skateboarders, no matter age, level or nationality.

GOOD WORKS – Brendan Borek Family Volume 3 CD. – The benefit CD is a grassroots music initiative that benefits a non-profit pediatric cancer fund (The Brendan Borek High Tides Memorial Fund) in NJ that looks after children and families dealing with pediatric cancer. Family Volume 3 consists of a double disk limited edition cd set with unreleased music from Jack Johnson and G.Love, Pepper, McRad, The White Buffalo, Dave Quicks, Don McCloskey, Bad Brains and Chino Moreno of the Deftones. It also features music from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ben Harper, The Black Keys, Diplo, The Weakerthans, Donavon Frankenreiter, Safety Orange, The Beautiful Girls, Adam Arcuragi, Timmy Curran, Goons Of Doom, State Radio, Joanna Newsom, Hello Stranger, The AB’s, Slightly Stoopid And Toko Tasi, Bouncing Souls, Mishka, Metroplex, Meg and Dia, Matt Costa, Leiana, Greg Graffin (Bad Religion), and Face To Face. This past December Chino Moreno (Deftones), Doc and Darryl Jennifer (Bad Brains) and Chuck Treece (McRad) met up at Maja Studios in Philadelphia to re-record a version of ‘Rock For Light’ for this amazing benefit CD. For more info on The Brendan Borek High Tides Memorial Fund or making a donation go to: website: Family Volume 3 will be available at the events in New Jersey or online at the end of August at:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JOAN JETT and THE BLACKHEARTS ROCK ICON RELEASES NEW ALBUM, VIDEO WITH CARMEN ELECTRA and PERFORMS ON WARPED TOUR THIS SUMMER – Joan Jett, the queen of punk and rock, releases her new album, ‘Sinner’, on Blackheart Records.

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

GORILLA BISCUITS TOUR – New York City’s own Gorilla Biscuits are planning a full US tour, starting on August 4th. There are also bound to be some surprises in store, and we will announce them as soon as anything official comes through. This is the first full tour by Gorilla Biscuits since 1991 – that’s left a lot of people waiting, eagerly anticipating one of the most highly revered bands of their era to resurface. Although the members have stayed active in bands such as Quicksand, Civ, Rival Schools and Walking Concert, it’s obvious that there is a lot of excitement surrounding Gorilla Biscuits that people can’t wait to be a part of, especially seeing the original lineup of the band. Joining GB on this tour will be Comeback Kid and, on select dates, the infamous Murphy’s Law. For more info go to

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The Golden Age of Surfing: Leroy Grannis: The Sixties Black and Whites and Jeff Divine: The Seventies Kodachromes… July 8-Sept 9, 2006 – Artists’ Opening Reception – Saturday July 8th from 7-9pm. M+B Los Angeles is pleased to present an exhibition bringing together two of surfing’s legendary photographers for the first time: LeRoy Grannis and Jeff Divine. Both Grannis and Divine are the undisputable capturers of their generations, with Grannis documenting the humble beginnings of the sport in the ’60s and Divine picking up the lens and capturing the psychedelic spin of 70s. Featuring over forty large-scale limited edition photographs focusing on what many consider to be the golden age of surfing – the Sixties and Seventies – both Grannis and Divine artfully capture the purity, soul and lifestyle of a seminal moment in American cultural history. M+ B Gallery is located at 612 North Almont Drive Los Angeles, CA 90069. For info go to

ART SHOW – Todd Jordan – Close to Me – Art Exhibition July 27- Aug 22 at the Journal Gallery – 619 E. 6th St. New York, NY. This exhibition is sponsored by The Journal, Nike SB, Shut, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Print Space.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – ONE-OF-A-KIND SKATE DECKS PAINTED TO RAISE MONEY FOR V FOUNDATION – Top X Games athletes, Powell Skate One and more than 60 talented artists across the country have joined forces in creating original, one-of-a-kind skate decks to raise money for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Powell Skate One donated blank skate decks for the first-ever X Games and V Foundation skate deck fundraiser. The unique pieces of art will be sold during a silent auction on-site at X Games 12 at The Home Depot Center. X Games artists, which will include Moto X riders Kenny Bartram and Mike Metzger and BMX rider Ryan Nyquist who will be painting a BMX bike frame will autograph their decks which incorporate a stylized V logo. ESPN founded The V Foundation with the late basketball coach and ESPN commentator Jim Valvano in 1993. Jim’s very public 10-month battle with cancer was immortalized with the inspiring speech he delivered at the first ESPY Awards a few weeks prior to his passing. His favorite coaching phrase became the battle cry for friends and fans to follow in the fight against cancer – ‘Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!’ For additional information about Jim or The V Foundation’s mission, you can visit The Foundation’s website at

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Son of the Sea, Inc. announced that it will represent popular artist Phil Roberts, best known for his insightful depictions of a surfers’ lifestyle. Phil’s illustrations have been published in books such as The Book of Waves and the cover of Dale Velzy is Hawk, as well as dozens of Hollywood movie posters and the cover of Surfer Magazine. A master painter, Phil’s expertise is capturing personalities in portraits. Phil’s most recent piece is the popular painting titled ‘Pro’s at Teauhupoo’ which was printed in the current Surfer Magazine’s Big Issue. ‘Phil Roberts is a master draftsman, painter, sculptor and a brilliant inventor. I consider him a modern day Da Vinci, because he is capable of so much more than just painting. When you look at Phil’s sketch books, you see that he possesses a rare talent for engineering as well as a deep understanding for oceanography – his versatility and affluence in all artistic mediums is astounding. It’s an honor to be working with him.’ said Maria Brophy, Vice President of Son of the Sea. ‘Phil’s talent will help Son of the Sea to provide our clients a complete solution for their art and design needs for a variety of projects. Phil has been commissioned to portray most every Hollywood celebrity in the last 25 years and that’s just one of many talents that he brings to Surfing, a combination of the great John Singer Sargent and Jack Davis!’ View Phil Robert’s newest masterpiece titled ‘Pro’s at Teauhupoo’ on

SURF CAMP – Surfers Healing Surf Camp – Sept 13th – Wrightsville Beach, NC. Israel Paskowitz and the crew will be in town for one day to conduct a surf camp for the area. Pro surfers Garrett McNamara and Buttons may also be making guest appearances. The Surfers Healing Surf Camp will also be making other East Coast stops on Aug 19th in Virginia Beach and in New Jersey on Sept 10th. You can donate and get involved as well as finding additional information about the surf camps at For specific information regarding the Wrightsville Beach camp you can contact John Pike at 910-270-6222.

SURF CONTEST – The ISA World Masters Surfing Championships will be held January 20-27, 2007 in Rincon, Puerto Rico. The divisions are as follows: Masters, 35-39, Grandmasters, 40-44m Kahunas, 45+… Athlete must be of appropriate age as of January 2007. All divisions are ‘open’ and women are allowed to compete. This is the first ISA Masters contest under this new format and in the future, the ISA plans to add more age and gender divisions. All entries must be submitted by an NGB, not individuals. For details go to

NEW BOOK SHARES INSIGHTS FOR ‘RIDING THROUGH LIFE’ -According to South African surfing champion, Shaun Tomson, catching a wave is a privilege, a commitment and a roaring good time. From years spent riding the world’s best swells, Tomson has compiled a set of values, a ‘code’ applicable not just to surfing, but to business, competition, and personal relationships. Tomson’s new book, Surfer’s Code: 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life ($18.95, Gibbs Smith, Publisher, Paperback, August, ISBN: 1-4236-0076-2) features twelve lessons learned through his career as a world champion surfing competitor from the sands of South Africa, Europe and California. For more go to

ISA WORLD SURFING GAMES 2006 SET FOR HUNTINGTON, CALIFORNIA, USA – The International Surfing Association (ISA) is pleased to announce that the ISA World Surfing Games 2006 will be held in Huntington Beach, California, USA, October 14 – 22, 2006.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Quiksilver Open Cloud Nine – September 26th – October 1st 2006 – A relatively untouched tropical paradise in the southeast of the Philippines Archipelago is set to host an international field of world-class surfers for the Quiksilver Open Cloud Nine. Siargao Island; a jungle-drenched jewel with its virgin beaches and warm clear waters will transform as surfers from Australia, Bali, Japan, South Africa and the USA test their skills against arguably the world’s premier right-hand tubing reef-break, the infamous ‘Cloud Nine’. An the 12th annual exclusive specialty event held amidst the Philippine’s cyclic typhoon season, the Quiksilver Open Cloud Nine offers a limited round of 32 surfers the chance to compete in one of surfing’s elite arenas. Scheduled to commence on the 26th September, 2006 and running through to the 1st October, 2006, the unique Quiksilver Open Cloud Nine boasts an astounding USD$11,000 prize purse as well as an exciting second-chance format that will ensure surfers a six-day surfing window for a mere 9 hours of competition surfing. As a result, surfers will be given optimal surfing conditions to test their tube-riding prowess.

SURF CONTEST – Roxy Jam – Sept 23-24 at Cardiff Reef – Linda Benson Women’s World Longboard Pro featuring a $15,000 prize purse. Amateur longboard divisions open to all ages. Beach fair, art and music. Register at

2006 USA SURF TEAM NEWS – The following athletes, listed by division, were named to the 2006 USA Surf Team: Under 18 Boys- Cory Arrambide – Ventura, California; Trevor Saunders – San Clemente, California; Cody Thompson – Jacksonville Beach, Florida; Kris Weirnicki – Melbourne Beach, Florida; Michael Dunphy – Virginia Beach, Virginia; and First Reserve – Jordan Gaudet – San Diego, California… Under 18 Girls – Courtney Conlogue – Santa Ana, California; Amy Nicholl – New Smyrna Beach, Florida; Sage Erickson – Ventura, California; Sarah Taylor – Huntington Beach, California; Kaleigh Gilchrist – Newport Beach, California; and First Reserve – Lexi Papilion – San Clemente, California…. Under 16 Boys- Riley Metcalf – San Clemente, California; Evan Geiselman – New Smyrna Beach, Florida; Kolohe Andino – San Clemente, California; Luke Davis – Capistrano Beach, California; Evan Thompson – Jacksonville Beach, Florida; Dan Zaun – El Porto, California; and First Reserve – Nick Hagen – San Clemente, California

U.S. OPEN OF SURFING NEWS – In front of a cheering crowd of thousands, Rob Machado re-claimed his U.S Open title for the third time in his illustrious career, while fellow Reef rider and former world champion, Sofia Mulanovich, claimed her first. The win catapulted Rob back into the competitive spotlight, and gave Sofia a huge boost heading into the last few events of the WCT season. Rob, a runner-up in a close final against Andy Irons last year, was able to beat out some of the world’s best surfers to edge his way to this year’s final. He surfed sharp and consistently through out the week-long event. Machado showcased his signature poise and style in the finals, overtaking Hawaiian Roy Powers to re-claim the U.S. Open Title. Machado gave a heart felt acceptance speech and his time on the winner’s podium was made more poignant due to his recent induction into the Surfer’s Hall of Fame. The celebration will continue in San Diego on August 2nd, as Machado hosts the first stop of the Planet Reef West Coast Parties – a series of California events honoring Reef riders in their hometowns.

PEARL JAM and THE SURFRIDER FOUNDATION NEWS – Thanks to the members of Pearl Jam, the Surfrider Foundation was able to take a big step forward with its efforts to save the surf break and surrounding watershed at Trestles. The band donated $1.00 from every ticket sold (nearly $30,000 total) from their recent sold out appearances in Los Angeles to help with Surfrider’s Save Trestles campaign. The donation was made through the group’s Vitalogy Foundation and was in memory of longtime band friend and Surfrider Foundation activist Dave ‘The Rapscallion’ Russell. ‘

BILLABONG PRESENTS THE 10TH ANNUAL EAST COAST WAHINE CHAMPIONSHIPS – On August 19-20 the East Coast Wahine Championships will celebrate 10 years of women’s surfing. The ECWC was the first ever all women’s surfing event held on the east coast. Surfers from Rhode Island to Florida will take to the waves in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina competing in shortboard,longboard, and bodyboard. A novice division will be held for first time competitors, as well as a surf clinic presented by Surf Diva for girls that want to learn to surf. Also new this year is the Global Surf Industries One Design Division where surfers will compete on the same size and shape board. The two-day event will draw close to 200 surfers and their families in a celebration of women’s surfing.

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