SACRIFICE SKATEBOARDS – Sacrifice Skateboards welcomes new Team riders Jonny Manak and Dave Nelson. These Nor-Cal rippers bring a true ‘core’ attitude to the team. Ben Butler has a new pro model. It’s a unique shape by Ben himself. Board size is: 8.75×32.75 with a 15′ wheel base (semi-squre tail). Also check out the new Sacrifice Skateboards Neil Heddings deck shown below, available now at

PACIFICA SKATEPARK – Grand Opening Ceremony took place on Sunday, December 4th. Photo courtesy – Carolyn Clary-Macy

ETNIES HOLIDAY FESTIVAL – etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest to Host Second Annual etnies Holiday Festival! – etnies to Donate 500 Pairs of New Shoes to Needy Orange County Kids at Holiday Event… Santa, Mrs. Claus, their friendly elves and Pierre Andre Senizergues, owner and CEO of etnies, will bring holiday cheer once again to needy children of Orange County by hosting a Holiday Festival complete with Christmas crafts, a pro skate demo, refreshments and more. Plus, each child will receive a brand new pair of etnies shoes just in time for Christmas. The shoe donation and Holiday Festival is on Friday, December 16, 2005 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00p.m., and marks the success of two years for the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest. Nearly 1,500 youth use the park each week. etnies skaters scheduled to appear include: Arto Saari, Rune Glifberg, Bastien Salabanzi, Ronnie Creager, Kyle Leeper, Elissa Steamer and Lauren Perkins. Orange County nonprofit organizations that will be bringing children to the event include: Big Brothers Big Sisters; Boys and Girls Club (Westminster, Santa Ana and Garden Grove); Human Options (domestic violence shelter in Irvine); Orange County Rescue Mission – House of Hope, Olive Crest; Orangewood Children’s Foundation; Hannah’s Children’s Homes; and Girls and Boys Town. For more info go to

VIDEO PREMIER – Brick and Mortar 3 Premier this weekend with mini ramp, open bar and $1000 best trick – Saturday December 10th at 10pm – A Film by Steve Rodriguez and Justin White with footage of all your favorite NYC and metro area locals including the Official crew, Lola crew, and 5boro crew. BM3 features the talents of more than three-dozen top skateboarders – both established pros and hungry up-and-comers – including standout rippers Rodney Torres, Danny Falla, Dan Pensyl, Taji Ameen, Billy Rohan, Andy Bautista, Joe Tookmanian, German Nieves, Luis Tolentino, Will Nagle, Justin Barnes and Willy Akers, among others. To keep each segment rolling smoothly along, BM3’s background beats were provided by Enoch and Jeff Ricker from Dobbins House in Brooklyn. Brick and Mortar: Volume 3 was made possible with generous support from 5boro Skateboards, Defex Clothing, Lola Skateboards, Official Skateboards, KCDC Skateshop, Autumn Skateshop and Rival Skateshop. Premiere Location – Supreme Trading 213 North 8th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211. 18 to get in 21 to drink. DJ Roni Spinning Live. For more go to

HOSOI ON TV – Dec 24 and Dec 31, 2005 – PalauFest Productions- Livin It: Unusual Suspects TV Special… Visit and it will take you to a site where you can view a video trailer, plus find out when/where the program with Christian Hosoi and Stephen Baldwin will be shown in your area.

Z-BOY NEWS – The legendary Z-Boys, the Dogtown skaters who started the revolution will be at O’My Sole at the corner of 2nd St and Broadway in Santa Monica this Sunday December 18th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM to celebrate the launch of their new Z-BOY shoe line. Come down to get free autographed posters, win free skates and shirts, and check out the shoes. The first 100 persons will receive a free set of limited edition Z-Boy dog tags.

CREATURE NEWS – John Ponts is now riding for Creature Skateboards. Congratulations to Ponts!

5BORO NEWS – 5boro’s new video, ‘New York, New York’ has finally shipped and is available now at a shop near you. For more go to

VENICE SKATEPARK NEWS – The project is on track and is expected to be completed in Spring 2007. VSA board members met with new L.A City Council 11Th District Rep Field Seagrave, project manger Paul Tseng, and RRM project manager Michael Sherrod. What the team is now doing is going back to the Coastal Commission to get approval of a variance to build up to 9-feet. They will attempt to have this proposal heard in late ’05 or early ’06.

SUPER BOWL CONTEST – Feb 4th, 2006 – Bill Danforth will host the American Nomad Super Bowl Contest at Modern Skate Park located at Fountain Walk Mall in Novi, MI 48377. $20 entry fee includes skating 11am-8pm. 1st place $1000 cash. Advanced Division. Contest starts at 2pm. For details call 248-735-4446 or go to

INTERNATIONAL SKATE UPDATE – Check out the spot for vert in Sweden at and the one stop shop for all hardcore goods in Sweden at and For killer skate photos, art and hardcore skate visit Team Pain just built a sick new park in Kortrijk, Belgium. For old school skateboarding in France check out

WORLD CUP SKATE NEWS – The 2006 World Cup Skateboarding Schedule is now posted at

STACY PERALTA NEWS – After having shot the documentaries Dogtown and Z-Boys and Riding Giants, filmmaker Stacy Peralta will take an inside look at the gangs of Los Angeles – the Bloods and the Crips. Peralta will produce the untitled project with Dan Halstead. In the film, Peralta will focus on these two specific gangs and the day-to-day lives of a few of their members. Baron Davis of the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets will be providing financing for the film through his Too Easy Entertainment. Rapper the Game will also be financing through Black Wall Street Films. Davis and Game will both executive produce, as will Greg Young and Big Face, their respective partners. Jesse Dylan will also produce in some capacity. Peralta most recently penned a narrative version of Dogtown, Lords of Dogtown, which will be released this summer. He’s also working on a biopic of surfer Greg Noll, who was featured in Riding Giants. For more go to

PHOTO CONTEST – The photo contest is for the Continental U.S. only. The email for the photo contest is sales@sacrificeskateboardscom.

FIST OF FURY NEWS – Aaron Murray’s band Fist of Fury just did two songs with Jay Adams that will be coming out on a compilation of all the O.G. Venice bands being put together by Louichi Mayorga. Email for more information and release date.

NEW SKATE VID IN PROGRESS – For more news about Life and Times from the team at Real featuring Keith Hufnagel, Peter Ramondetta, Max Schaaf, Dennis Busenitz, JT Aultz, Damian Bravo, Ernie Torres, Nick Dompierre, Chima Ferguson, Justin Brock and James Hardy… go to

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

EASTERN SKATEBOARD SUPPLY OPEN HOUSE – Eastern Skateboard Supply is hosting it’s 3rd Annual Open House on April 21-22, 2006. Friday night ESS will host a skate session with live bands at Greenfield Grind Skatepark in downtown Wilmington, NC. On Saturday, ESS will have a street course set up in the ESS parking lot and a half pipe in the warehouse. Lunch will be served followed by the best trick contest. Saturday night ESS will host a party at Red Dog’s at Wrightsville Beach. Please call 910-791-8240 for details. Check out footage from the last two open houses at

SKATE CONTEST – Dec 11 – SNG presents Numero Uno – at Charm City Skatepark – For more info email

HIGH GRADE DISTRIBUTION NEWS – Kenny Hughes will now be rolling tall on Satori’s.. Satori’s, Mapping Time In Space video will Officially be out in Stores early Jan 2006. Go to and

ERIC COSTELLO BENEFIT – Go to and click on the Costello Benefit link to see photos from the Eric Costello Benefit.

JAY ADAMS BENEFIT at Skatelab – Simi Valley, CA – Feb 4, 2006. Tickets will be $10. For more info email

NEW SK8 WEBSITE – A new website featuring skateboarding in Costa Rica will launch soon at

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sessions apparel, is proud to announce the launch of its new web site. Sessions has long been known for creating tried and true clothing for the rawest of skaters in a timeless fashion. Endorsed by Corey Duffel, Chet Childress, Emmanuel Guzman, and, the legendary, Steve Caballero… Sessions clothes have been created for and stood the test of time on every street, curb-cut, empty pool, backyard miniramp and skatepark known to man.

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

GHOSTTOWN WHEELS has announced their sponsorship of the Wounded Knee Skateboards team featuring some of the toughest hardcore skateboarders including Jim Murphy, Science AKA Dave Maxwell, ChickenHawk, Sloppy Sam and Big Tim. Underground ripper Marky Clements has also been added to the team. Ghosttown makes super durable high performance urethane wheels available in 58mm, 60mm, and 63mm. Ghosttown wheels are also available through Eastern Skateboard Supply.

ESPN X Games announces its competition schedule for Winter X Games 10 to be held in Aspen/Snowmass, Colo. January 28-31, 2006. This schedule is subject to change. The most updated schedule will be posted on

SKATE VIDEO – Jon Comer, a skateboarder, who despite losing his leg in a car accident at age four went on to become a pro-skateboarder competing with legendary greats like Tony Hawk and Jeff Phillips. Jon has been able to keep up with and beat the best skaters in the country using a carbon fiber foot and leg. Jon’s inspiring story is being told to thousands of people through the recently released documentary, ‘Never Been Done’. Check it out at

BONES NEWS– Bones Wheels is proud to announce the introduction of Chris Miller’s 60mm Tribute Pro wheel into its line of products. Over the years Chris has shown the world of skateboarding his natural style, raw power and a fluidity on a skateboard like no other. Chris’s 60 x 37 Miller-meters will be offered for a limited time only and produced with Bones Wheel’s most technically advanced Skatepark Formula. Another new addition to the Bones Wheels brigade is the new Chris Senn Street Tech Formula which comes in a versatile 54mm size.

POPS HOSOI SKATEBOARD -Skull Skates has released the new 9 1/2′ x 46′ directional shape POPS HOSOI model from the legendary IVAN HOSOI, father of Christian Hosoi. See it at

COMET SKATEBOARDS NEWS – Comet Skateboards has been helping kids in the tougher sections of Oakland get the skateboard experience through their collaboration with Keith ‘K-Dub’ Williams. K-Dub is the head of the Oakland High School arts department and together they put on two separate ‘Hood Games’ this past spring and fall. It brought together local youth musicians, artists, and skaters for a day of fun in the sun deep in East O. Comet also recently released all-new graphics for their longboard and shortboard lines. The Comtop shortboard models are constructed using six ply maple with a carbon fiber / epoxy top sheet, making them stiffer, stronger, and longer lasting than a normal 7-ply board. Key is that they still feel like wood. Check out the new Comet line, as well as some crazy streaming video (try Rizzo going over 50 mph down Clairmont Canyon while being filmed by Noah Sakamoto skating just as fast) at

THE FIRM NEWS – Wieger’s First Pro Model Out Now From THE FIRM! – The Firm is proud to announce the first pro model for Wieger. Featuring an orange motif with a gold lion, the graphics represent the ‘Dutch Weapon,’ a symbol of the Netherlands, from whence Wieger hails. Known far and wide for his innovative combinations and precise control Wieger’s first board has been a long time in the making. For almost a decade, Wieger has been paying his dues on both sides of the Atlantic, making believers out of everyone who has seen him skate. Though not what you would call a ‘contest skater,’ Wieger has consistently made the finals in pro contests as an amateur for the past two years. His skills were also featured prominently alongside other riders for The Firm in the tour video ‘Riding Shotgun with Wieger.’ Wieger’s sponsors include The Firm, Nike, Independent Trucks, Mob Grip, Bones Swiss and 100% Board Shop of Holland. For more information, go to

MATIX and PHARMACY BOARDSHOP PRESENT… A Matix Team Signing with Daewon Song, Marc Johnson, Mike Taylor, Jeron Wilson, Van Wastell and Danny Garcia on January 8th at 3:00 pm at Pharmacy Boardshop located at 16970 (Unit G) Bear Valley Rd. Victorville, CA. 92395. For more info go to and

SURF EXPO VOLCOM CONTEST – Volcom Presents a $25,000 Pro Mini-Ramp Jam in association with SPoTlight Productions at Surf Expo – January 13-15, 2006 in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center. There will be a separate Pro and Am Contest. Mini-ramp dimensions: 60′ wide with multiple heights provided by Team Pain – $25,000 Purse. Registration or details contact
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

GIRL NEWS – Greg Carroll has resigned his post as the General Manager of Girl Skateboards Inc. as of December 30,2005. Carroll is said to be leaving on good terms and is looking forward to taking his career up a few levels.

SKATEBOARDING LAWS – One of the biggest obstacles in getting a skatepark is liability. Virtually every other sport has HRA (Hazardous Recreational Activity) status. Skateboarding is recognized as a HRA in only 14 states. SPAUSA has a petition for you to sign to help add skateboarding to the HRA list. Please take a few minutes to sign this and please spread the word. If your state already has HRA or if you are not sure then sign anyway. Califorinia does NOT have HRA status. By signing this you will assume all risks associated with skateboarding.

CHANGE THE LAW – If you live in California you should also sign this bill. Realskate is petitioning to repeal the Morrow/ IASC bill SB 994 that requires ticketing and arrests for skateboarders riding in skateparks without full pads and helmets. If you live in California I urge you sign this petition. ‘Repeal California SB 994 – Skatepark Helmet and Pad Law’ petition at
You can visit for more information.

KRONIK NEWS – Kronik Energy drink has signed legendary skateboarder Pat Ngoho to its team of riders. Finishing second in World Cup points for 2005 in the Grand Masters North American Bowl Division, Pat will join Benji Galloway, current World Cup North American Bowl champion as Benji moves into his second year of Kronik Energy sponsorship. Kronik Energy drink also fuels 45 other top professional and amateur action sport athletes spanning all 50 states. For additional information about Kronik Energy or its team of riders, check-out

OLLIE NEWS – Skateboarding legend Alan ‘Ollie’ Gelfand has sued Disney, Sega and other big-name companies over the use of the name ‘ollie’ in skateboarding games and products.

ASR Celebrates 25 Years – ASR marks 25 years as the pre-eminent trade show in the surf, skate, snow, swim and youth culture market. For a quarter century, ASR has grown up alongside the action sports industry. Since 1981, companies and retailers have relied on ASR’s global reach to take their businesses to the next level. This January, ASR celebrates how far action sports have come and where the industry is headed next. Celebrate a quarter century alongside industry leaders and pros from past and future on Friday, January 20th in San Diego. The first night of ASR January, the House of Blues will host ASR’s 25th birthday bash! The high-fashion Elle Girl runway will host next season’s cutting-edge designs at 9. Right after the fashion show, Gunner Down, a hard-charging, ’80s-influenced band will kick things up a notch. Long-time ASR attendees won’t want to miss a slideshow retrospective that will project the funny, bizarre and classic moments of ASR’s first 25 years. ASR’s future looks bright with plans for more events, a new ASR Holiday show and emerging brands popping up in the Boost Mobile Gold Box Mission. The world’s top pros continue to build ASR into their busy schedules, this January skaters from around the world will compete for $10,000 in Matix’s ‘Rack a Few’ Rail Contest. While in 1981, computers couldn’t be found on ASR’s floor, today the entire show is wireless. It doesn’t stop there, in the next decade ASR plans to make doing business at the show even more productive using new technologies. Also be on the look out for more international expansion to meet global demand for action sports lifestyle products. Check out

RAMPTECH PARK IN THE FLORIDA KEYS – Hurricane Wilma threw down a beating on the Florida Keys but this new RampTech park withstood the fury of the storm.

CONGRATS – Congratulations to Dylan Rieder who is the newest am for Alien Workshop.

BILLABONG NEWS – Billabong Acquires Nixon Inc. – Billabong International Limited announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Nixon Inc, a leader in the premium watch and accessories boardsports market. Nixon is a California-based, closely-held corporation, founded by Andy Laats and Chad DiNenna who together hold an effective 50% ownership interest in the company. Nixon is expected to comprise 5% to 6% of Billabong’s group sales for the 2006-07 financial year. Copyright 2005 SportsNewsSource, LLC.

INTERNATIONAL SKATE UPDATE – The European Skateboard Association has a new website up at If you have updates for the European schedule, please email Also check out Bram Waterman’s skate site at

INDEPENDENT NEWS – LANCE DAWES APPOINTED INDEPENDENT TRUCK CO. TEAM MANAGER – Veteran photographer Lance Dawes has been appointed Team Manager and Staff Photographer for Independent Truck Company. Lance has been documenting the music and skateboard scene for over 15 years; shooting quintessential photos at punk and hip-hop shows with the likes of the Beastie Boys and Bad Brains as well as working some of skateboarding’s best like Independent Team Pros Andrew Reynolds and Jim Greco. After moving to San Francisco from Washington D.C. in 1990, Lance launched Slap magazine out of High Speed Productions and has since moved to Burbank, California where he shoots and writes about skateboarding regularly as an editor and staff photographer for both Slap and Thrasher. In Independent Team news… Independent Truck Company is proud to welcome Pro Skateboarder Chris Haslam to the team. Chris currently resides in Vancouver, BC and rides for Almost, Momentum, Independent, IS Design, and DaKine. Chris also joins Tony Trujillo, Peter Hewitt, and Darren Navarrette on the clothing team. For information about Independent Truck Company’s history or products, log on to

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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- SYSTEM OF A DOWN MAKES CHART HISTORY AS NEW ALBUM, HYPNOTIZE, DEBUTS ON BILLBOARD TOP 200 AT #1– The new System Of A Down studio album, Hypnotize, has just debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 best-selling albums chart, giving the groundbreaking Los Angeles-based rock band its second #1 debut in a mere six months. As Hypnotize glides into the top slot of the Top 200, System Of A Down–Serj Tankian (vocals), Daron Malakian (guitar, vocals), Shavo Odadjian (bass) and John Dolmayan (drums)–has become the first band in the history of the chart to score two #1 debuts with new studio albums in a single calendar year. Hypnotize, the fifth studio album from System Of A Down, is the group’s third to debut at #1. Toxicity, the watershed release that brought the band its first major success, debuted at #1 the week ending September 9, 2001 with first week’s sales of 222,037. The album has gone on to sell more than 6 million copies worldwide. Global sales for System Of A Down albums and singles now total more than 16 million records. For more go to

RIP Link Wray – Guitar master Link Wray, the father of the power chord in rock ‘n’ roll has died. Wray, 76, died at his home in Copenhagen November 5, a statement from his wife and son on his Web site said. No cause of death was given, but his family said his heart was ‘getting tired.’ He was buried quietly after a service at Copenhagen’s Christian Church November 18, 2005.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – LEGENDARY PUNK ROCKERS THE NEW YORK DOLLS SET TO RECORD NEW ALBUM JANUARY 2006 – On January 15, 2006, seminal lower-east side punk-rockers the NEW YORK DOLLS will enter a hometown studio with producer Jack Douglas (Aerosmith’s Toys in the Attic, John Lennon, New York Dolls’ self-titled debut, etc.) to record their first album of entirely new material since their sophomore album Too Much Too Soon. Led by David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain, the band Rolling Stone Magazine credits with ‘the sound and snarl of jubilant outlaw spirit’ will record new tracks including ‘Punishing World,’ ‘Plenty of Music’ and ‘Rainbow Store.’ The New York Dolls are Johansen (vocals), Sylvain (guitar) with Steve Conte (guitar), Sami Yaffa (bass), Brian Delaney (drums) and Brian Koonin (Keyboards). The ‘DOLLS will tour the world in support of the new release scheduled for summer 2006 on Roadrunner Records.

For Immediate Release – BUZZCOCKS – LIVE AT SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE 2003 – Available on DVD – January 24, 2006 Through Music Video Distributors – Music Video Distributors and Secret Films are pleased to announce the home viewing release of Buzzcocks – Live at Shepherds Bush Empire 2003 for US distribution on DVD. This full-length concert DVD was filmed and recorded at Shepherds Bush Empire, London, England on April 27th, 2003 in Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. It includes an amazing 32-song performance as well as an exclusive interview with Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle. Special features include Australian Tour Footage, Sound Check Footage and a Tour Memorabilia Photo Gallery. Please visit

LIVEWIRE RECORDINGS TO RELEASE – ‘SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE: THE BIRTH OF GRUNGE’ – RARE 20-TRACK COMPILATION IN STORES FEBRUARY 7th – Los Angeles, CA – December 6, 2005 — Livewire Recordings announced today the February 7, 2006 release of ‘Sleepless in Seattle: The Birth of Grunge,’ a compilation of 20 rare tracks from some of the most influential bands to come out of the Seattle scene. Chronicling the beginnings of Seattle’s underground rock movement from the mid 80s to early 90s, the album features seminal recordings from the pioneers of the grunge-era movement, including Green River, The Melvins, Malfunkshun, Screaming Trees, Mudhoney, Babes in Toyland, Tad, Skin Yard, The Gits, 7 Year Bitch and the Supersuckers, among many others. Widely considered the first grunge band, Green River (featuring Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, and Mudhoney’s Mark Arm) released their debut album ‘Come on Down’ in 1985, giving birth to a new movement in music that would continue for over a decade. Executive produced by Colin Cobb, founder and president of Livewire Recordings and produced by Grammy-nominated producer Ted Myers (Nuggets, Troubadours of British Folk) as well as Clark Humphrey (‘The Real Seattle Music Story’), famed journalist and Seattle music historian. ‘Sleepless in Seattle: The Birth of Grunge’ will also feature a 16-page booklet of liner notes penned by Humphrey, detailing the history of the Seattle music scene from the mid 80s to early 90s. For more go to

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2006 WINTER SKA BRAWL TOUR – The Toasters, America’s longest running Ska band are embarking on another nonstop 50-city swing through the USA and Canada for the 2006 WINTER SKA BRAWL TOUR. Several stops on the Ska Brawl Tour will feature guest performances from Go Jimmy Go, Satori (ex- RX Bandits), Westbound Train, and Mustard Plug. The Toasters are currently in the studio in Valencia (Spain) laying down tracks for the You’re Gonna Pay single which will be out early in 2006 on the Megalith and Moonska World labels. They will then head immediately to the states where they’ll be playing every day from January 18th through March 11th. For more information visit

FLOGGING MOLLY NEWS – Flogging Molly recently sat down in the Sony Connect studio for a little acoustic jam session. The result is three of your favorite Flogging Molly songs with a different sound – a new twist on what you’re used to hearing. The CD is available online through Sony Connect.

CELEBRITY DJs CREATE ‘HOSTILE TAKEOVER’ EXCLUSIVELY ON SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO… Korn, Jason Lee, Dave Mirra, Pennywise and more to guest host new weekly program on SIRIUS Faction 28 channel… – Stars from the worlds of action sports, television and music will be taking over SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s Faction channel 28 on a weekly basis, when the new Faction program Hostile Takeover launches on Friday, December 16. The special guests can spin any tunes they like for SIRIUS’ nationwide audience, take calls from listeners, and talk about whatever they’re into, in a completely uncensored environment. Scheduled to host the first four weeks of Hostile Takeover are skater-turned-actor Jason Lee, star of the acclaimed new NBC-TV comedy My Name Is Earl and his partner in the Stereo brand of skateboards, Chris Pastras; BMX bike rider Dave Mirra, the most decorated medalist in X Games history and host of MTV’s Real World / Road Rules Challenge; southern California punk icons Pennywise; and multi-platinum rock band Korn. Future scheduled guest hosts of Hostile Takeover include punk legends Bad Religion, punk band Offspring’s Dexter Holland, Mike Shinoda of GRAMMY-winning rock band Linkin Park (along with his new band, Fort Minor), emo-punk band Taking Back Sunday, Spike TV’s Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell, pro skater Mike V, and the voices behind the characters of Cartoon Network’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force series. Hostile Takeover launches on Friday, December 16 at 7 pm ET and will be heard every Friday at that time, exclusively on SIRIUS’ Faction channel 28. Faction 28 is the commercial-free, uncensored music channel created by SIRIUS to focus on the action sports lifestyle. Faction presents a mix of punk, rock, metal and hip-hop, and weekly radio programs hosted by MTV’s Bam Margera, skate legend Tony Hawk, pro cyclist Lance Armstrong, pro surfer Kelly Slater, pro skier Bode Miller, Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley, and others. For more information, visit and

DOCUMENTARY FILM ENTITLED ‘COACHELLA’ SET FOR THEATRICAL RELEASE JANUARY 24, 2006; DATES SET FOR COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL 2006: SATURDAY, APRIL 29 AND SUNDAY, APRIL 30 AT EMPIRE POLO FIELD… As excitement builds for 2006’s COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL–set to return for its seventh year on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at the breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA–music fans across the country will now have the chance to experience six years of festival highlights when the documentary film entitled COACHELLA arrives in theatres January 24, 2006. Directed by Drew Thomas and produced by Goldenvoice, the two-hour feature film captures the magical sense of adventure that is unique to the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL, hailed as ‘The Best American Festival’ by Rolling Stone, ‘…the nation’s most respected rock festival’ by the Los Angeles Times and ‘probably the best festival in the world’ by England’s NME. The film is filled with one classic performance after another by iconic headliners and wide-ranging, forward-looking artists, and also includes interviews with COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL artists and fans amidst the vast green landscape framed by beautiful desert mountains. Stay tuned for additional news about the COACHELLA documentary (which will make its public debut with a Los Angeles premiere on January 19 at the Orpheum Theatre) and the 2006 COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL. For up-to-the-minute updates, go to

SNOOP DOGG UPDATE – Beverly Broadus Green, the mother of superstar rapper Snoop Dogg has helped create and launch The Mothers of Entertainers (M.O.E.), a new organization designed to help steer children away from gangs and violence. Green, an ordained evangelist, is kicking off a nationwide campaign starting at Epiphany School in Dorchester, MA tomorrow (Dec. 14). ‘For the last 15 years this has been a dream of mine’ Green stated. ‘To reach out, touch and help the kids in the streets, the kids on drugs, the mothers on crack or mothers who are experiencing domestic violence, it is my dream to help them.’ For the full story log on:

HENRY ROLLINS NEWS – Indie 103.1 FM is proud to welcome back Henry Rollins to Los Angeles/Orange County and everywhere on the World Wide Web. Henry’s show ‘Harmony In My Head’ will be back in Indie live starting December 27th. Henry will be bring his mind back to the radio every Tuesday night from 8pm to 10pm Pacific time for all of 2006. Listen live at

ANTHRAX TOUR – VH-1 CLASSIC and HOT TOPIC PRESENTS ANTHRAX WINTER 2006 US HEADLINE TOUR – Anthrax will start off the New Year with their first reunion US headline run with support from God Forbid, Sworn Enemy, and Manntis. Anthrax will continue to tour with their original line up. Already selling out the pre-sale tickets for LA and NY, Anthrax will prepare once again to spread the disease. Anthrax will be visiting many markets that weren’t hit on their recent North American tour with Judas Priest. For ticket and show information, please visit

SK8ART SHOW AT SURF EXPO – Sk8Art, an art show about skaters that are artists featuring the legendary Steve Olson and Ray Barbie. Bands, DJs, showing old school and new school videos on the walls… Painted skateboard decks, skateboard furnisher, skate demo, lots of give aways. All artwork is for sale. There will be a board signing with Ray Barbie and Steve Olson at the Galactic G Sk8 Shop from 3-5pm preceeding the show. Galactic is located at 334 Harvard Street in Orlando, FL. The Sk8Art Show will be in downtown Orlando at The Social 54 N Orange ave at 8pm. Cash bar, lite bites and more fun then you can shake a stick at. Date set for January 14, 2006 with tickets for $10 in advance and $12 at the door. This is an age 21 and over show. Bands featured include The Worst and The Delusionaires. DJs include DJ Sunny and DJ Gomes. Tom Groholski and Dave Segal will be showing old and new school skate videos. For more info email Victor Perez at or call 215-498-4186.

BOB GRUEN NEWS – Wednesday, Dec 14, 7pm – Borders Books at Columbus Circle – NYC – presents Bob Gruen Discussion and Booksigning. Announcing the release of the new DVD ‘All Dolled Up’ a New York Dolls story! Videotapes made by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck of the Ledgendary New York Dolls in their heyday – 1973-74. In the early 70’s, rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya purchased a portable video recorder. In a period of three years they shot over 40 hours of New York Dolls footage. Now for the first time ever this footage is unveiled. This feature length documentary captures the band during early performances in New York at Kenny’s Castaways and Max’s Kansas City, then follows the Dolls on their tour of the west coast, including footage from the Whisky A Go Go, the Real Don Steele Show, Rodney Bingenheimer’s E Club and much more. Intercut with revealing interviews, backstage banter and late night debauchery, this is the definitive document of the New York Dolls. For info go to

ED TEMPLETON ART SHOW – Ed Templeton’s The Fogged Mirror – Skateboarding’s ever-present artist and photographer extraordinaire, Ed Templeton, has a new show opening next month in Los Angeles. The Fogged Mirror opens on January 7, 2006 with a reception from 6:00pm -8:00pm at the Roberts and Tilton Gallery. The show will feature new paintings and runs through February 4, 2006. For those of you lucky enough to get your hands on a photographic original at one of Ed’s shows in the past few months, this is your chance to match it with a painting. Come on out and support Emerica’s favorite artistic genius! For more information please visit: and and

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 2006 MAVERICKS SURF CONTEST – On Saturday, January 7th, the 2006 Mavericks Surf Contest holding period will officially commence with a ceremonial prayer and paddle-out followed by a kick-off celebration. Mavericks Surf Ventures is pleased to announce the final five competitors who will round out ‘The 24′ competing in the 2006 Mavericks Surf Contest. The five were determined with input from the public who voted in a poll at With an overwhelming 30 percent of the vote, Alex Martens was a shoe in. He’s joined by other poll favorites and Mavericks standouts Grant Baker, Josh Loya, Danilo Couto and Russell Smith. The Mavericks Surf Contest brings together 24 of the world’s best big-wave surfers on just 24 hours’ notice – between January 1 and March 31, 2006. Historically, Jeff Clark, contest director, board shaper and Mavericks surfing legend, has hand-picked ‘The 24’ – those with the courage and commitment to face what CNN calls ‘the most dangerous wave in the world’. This year, Clark selected the first 19 and then with input from thousands of voters at determined the final five. The remaining nine surfers from the poll will become alternates. Clark explained that the surfers were selected not just on their popularity, but also on their commitment to surfing Mavericks and how well they’ve done when they’ve had the opportunity to surf in previous Mavericks Surf Contests. ‘We’re opening the door for guys who are really pushing it. You never know where the next superstar is going to surface. We want to help them get their day in the sun.’ Clark, a legendary surfer in his own right also owns the Mavericks Surf Shop in Half Moon Bay and shapes boards for Jeff Clark Surfboards. He continues to surf competitively and recently placed fourth at the Nelscott Reef tow-in contest among peers Zach Wormhoudt, Shane Desmond, Peter Mel and Anthony Tashnick, who will all surf in the 2006 Mavericks Surf Contest. The 19 surfers previously selected for the contest include: Anthony Tashnick, Greg Long, Tyler Smith, Zach Wormhoudt, Shane Desmond, Matt Ambrose, Brock Little, Ryan Seelbach, Ryan Augenstein, Evan Slater, Eraldo Gueiros, Shawn Rhodes, Randy Cone, Grant Washburn, Darryl Virostko, Kenny Collins, Peter Mel, Nathan Fletcher and Mike Gerhardt. Clark also named the alternates which include: Mike Brumett, Troy Virostko, Jake Wormhoudt, Carlos Burle, Ross Clarke-Jones, Garrett McNamara, Ion Banner, Noah Johnson and Rodrigo Resende. When Mavericks roared through Half Moon Bay last March, 30,000 spectators and two million television viewers in 70 countries watched the best big-wave riders on the planet conquer waves that crested at nearly 50 feet in frigid waters with dangerous currents, jagged rocks and the ever-present threat of the Great White Shark. Last year’s contest was dominated by 20-year-old local surfer Anthony Tashnick, who will be one of the key threats in this year’s contest. But this year also brings the return of three-time Mavericks champion Darryl ‘Flea’ Virostko looking to reclaim his title. The 24′ surfers get the call and have a mere 24 hours to be onsite and ready to compete. Surfers and fans can track the waves and stay up-to-date on contest announcements on the official website,

BLACK MONDAY – Clark Foam shuts down, Panic in the Surfboard sector. In a move that could have long-term repercussions on the domestic surfboard market, Clark Foam Founder Gordon Clark announced today in a faxed letter to shapers that ‘effective immediately Clark Foam is ceasing production and sales of surfboard blanks.’..

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

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

GRANT ROHLOFF NEWS – VINTAGE SURF PHOTOS HOLIDAY SALE – Vintage Surf Photos and Present Day Surf Photos from Indonesia and California. Photos by Grant and Chris Rohloff. Go to www.GRANTROHLOFF.COM.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – YOUNG BUCKS WIPE OUT VETERAN SURFERS AT PINILLA CLASSIC DATE OF COSTA RICA’S CIRCUITO NACIONAL DE SURF. TAMARINDO’S ISAAC VEGA HITS HARD; ESTERILLOS’ MUNOZ BROS. FORM DYNASTY; JACO’S JASON TORRES RETURNS AFTER YEAR OFF. In a stunning upset based on ‘a new strategy where I really tried to stay focused and relaxed, allowing me to concentrate more, ‘ 18-year-old Isaac Vega from Tamarindo claimed 1st place Open in the Pinilla Classic of the 2005-06 Circuito Nacional de Surf (CNS). Jaco’s Jason Torres, who returned to the water after a year away from competition, surfed away with 1st place Juniors, Playa Esterillos’ Danny Bishko won for Boy’s, and Esterillos’ brother team of Carlos and Alberto MuNoz took the Grommet and Mini-Grommet crowns, respectively, in this past weekend’s 5-star point-valued contest that took place Saturday and Sunday under beautiful skies in the Little Hawaii area of Avellanas on the North side of the estuary. Both days beginning at 6:30 a.m., excellent conditions developed in the early morning, with glassy, 1 to 3 foot waves and offshore winds, which held until noon, and then even as the tide went out in the afternoon, and the wind shifted, competitors received good sets, though smaller. All in all, the Pinilla Classic results show that the young guns of surfing who have spent a few years in the CNS’ six years of exostence have finally earned their stripes, blowing stalwart top-ranked guys out, heat after heat – 54 heats in all, as 195 surfers inscribed for this date of the CNS, the most single-contest registrants ever. Next Circuito Nacional de Surf date: Trofeo Vista Villas on December 17 and 18 in Playa Tamarindo

Results of Pinilla Classic Circuito Nacional de Surf – November 26, 27, 2006 – Playa Avellanas
OPEN 1. Isaac Vega, Tamarindo. 2. Luis Vindas, Jaco. 3. Jason Torres, Jaco. 4. Durby Castillo, Pavones… WOMENS 1. Ana Caraway, Jaco 2. Melody Mi USA 3. Lisbeth Vindas, Jaco 4. Kristin Wilson, USA… JUNIOR 1. Jason Torres, Jaco. 2. Carlos MuNoz, Esterillos 3. Jairo Perez, Jaco. 4. Jorjany Ruiz, Tamarindo… JUNIOR WOMENS 1. Angie Foriga, Jaco 2. Lupe Gallucio, Tilaran 3. Kiara Chellini, Portrero. 4. Ariele Weller, Canada… BOYS 1. Danny Bishko, Esterillos. 2. Anthoni Flores, Jaco. 3. Derek Gutierrez, Jaco 4. Carlos Munoz, Esterillo… GROMMETS 1. Carlos Munoz, Esterillos. 2. Danny Bishko, Esterillos. 3. Rudy Jimnnez 4. Manuel Mes’n… MINI-GROMMETS 1. Alberto Munoz, Esterillos. 2. Manuel Mes’n 3. Joshua Rodriguez 4. Marcos Rojas,… BOOGIE 1. Ivan Castillo 2. Carlos Jiminez 3. Fernando Artavia 4. Fabin Busano,… LONGBOARD 1. Ronald Reyes, Jaco 2. Juan Evangelista 3. Jerry Hirsch, Tamarindo 4. Louis Maresca, Tamarindo… LONGBOARD WOMENS 1. Hannah Rico, Jaco 2. Zephyr Robb, Jaco 3. Eve Meier, Tamarindo 4. Lisbeth Vindas, Jaco…. MASTERS 1. Carl Harwin, Avellanas 2. Louis Malesca, Tamarindo. 3. Michael Cowart, Avellanas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Drew Brophy’s Third Annual CUSTOM PAINTED SURFBOARD GIVE-AWAY on CHRISTMAS EVE! – This is your once-a-year chance to win a surfboard painted by Drew Brophy! For the third year, Drew Brophy is holding a Christmas Eve drawing to give away one of his coveted painted Surfboards! Also, ten lucky 2nd place prize winners will each win three of Drew’s surfboard posters. Drew Brophy, based out of San Clemente, California, is reputed as the surf artist who pioneered the art of surfboard painting. Known as the surfboard artist of the rich and famous and world-wide art collectors, Drew has painted thousands of surfboards over the last two decades. He’s also known for his bright, colorful surf lifestyle scene paintings. One (1) GRAND Prize: A 6’6′ Concept Surfboard, beautifully painted by Drew Brophy in his signature style, bright and colorful. This board is a wall-hanger, so you won’t be surfing it! (Winner is responsible for actual shipping charges.) Surfboard Prize is Valued at $3,000.00. Ten (10) Second Place Prizes: A 3-Pack of Surfboard Prints – a $60 value! Winners will be notified by e-mail. Shipping will be paid by Son of the Sea. TO ENTER IN THE DRAWING: Anyone can enter in the drawing. To enter, Log onto and sign up! No purchase necessary. DRAWING DATE: Winners’ names will be drawn at 5:00 p.m. P.S.T. on Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2005. The grand prize winner’s name will be posted on the site immediately. All winners will be notified by e-mail. For information:

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Surfersvillage Global Surf News-Alert – R.I.P. Malik Joyeux from Tahiti dies at Banzai Pipeline.

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

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