SANTA MONICA SKATEPARK NEWS from – Skate Park on the Fence – After clearing all the hurdles in its path, Memorial Park’s long-awaited 24,000-square-foot skate park hit a kink Monday night at the Architectural Review Board, which remained on the fence over its chain-link enclosure. Mostly content with the rolling concrete and metal layout, board members worried that the proposed fence made the park feel like a ‘prison’ and obstructed the view of spectators. They voted to send the project — which has been nine years in the making — back for revision. The proposed eight-foot-high fence encircling the street-concrete playground, which includes 8,500-cubic inches of curvaceous, multiple-pool ‘vert’ (skate slang for vertical), posed both aesthetic and safety concerns. Board member Iris Oliveras wondered: ‘Won’t kids impale themselves’ on the fence’s exposed spiked top? Another board member worried that the fence’s height would fail to guard unsuspecting children playing nearby from flying skateboards. ‘I certainly hope not,’ Brett Horner, senior analyst for the City’s community and cultural services, said of both scenarios. ‘Unless the skateboard can do it on its own,’ Horner said, an eight-foor fence should do the trick. Comparing it to a skate park he saw in Boulder, Colorado, board member Rodolfo Alvarez said he was generally ‘disappointed’ with the project and saw the fence as a shortcoming. ‘It’s like going to a theatre and having so many columns in front of you that you can’t see the performance,’ said Alvarez. Compared to the more ‘sophisticated’ and ‘advanced’ Boulder park, where ‘they really integrated the fan, the observers, the mother, the father, and other skaters into the skater area — here it seems you’re blocking them out.’ The fence is just one reason the design fails to ascend to a ‘national grandeur’ compatible with his vision of Santa Monica, Alvarez said. With its ‘disappointing’ size and scope, the park will fail to be a magnet for tourists and national and international skateboarding competitions that would pump money in the local economy and put another jewel on the City’s crown. ‘If you were going to have a competition, which would bring money into the city, you would have it in Boulder, not in Santa Monica,’ Alvarez said. ‘Precisely because Santa Monica is where it all started, I am disappointed,’ Alvarez said, referring to the Dogtown skate team revered as the founding fathers of modern skateboarding, having perfected the craft on the streets and in the empty pools of Santa Monica and Venice Beach 30 years ago. However, the designers of the park maintained that while the project was limited by space and money – a much larger space at the beach was shot down – it stays true to the legacy left behind by the living legends and boasts all the features needed for professional competitions. The park, designers said, sports especially designed ‘ShotCrete’ concrete surfaces that are as ‘smooth as butter’ paving three separate and adjoining pools or ‘combi-bowls’ varying in depth from 4 to 11 feet. The pools are encircled by galvanized metal coping on the lips, connecting to metal and concrete handrails, stairs and other street elements. ‘It’ll meet the needs of the old-school and new-school skaters,’ said John Little, who is on the California Skateparks design team. Some board members disagreed with Alvarez’s criticisms. Oliveras pointed out that the park was ‘designed on a small scale’ and was never meant to aspire to national grandeur. While the park is not dug as deep into the ground as the one at Boulder, where observers can safely peer down at the spectacle, it provides a direct eye-level ‘3-D perspective’ of the acrobatic goings on, Oliveras said. Board member Joan Charles agreed. ‘This is an amenity for our citizens. We don’t always have to make things for others (non-locals) to use, we barely have our own things as it is.’ For additional local news visit

CONSPIRACY NEWS – New Video Release titled ‘More Concrete’. Great footage from Colorado, Oregon, Texas, Kentucky, and California. Now available on DVD and VHS! or

SESSIONS NEWS – Sessions Welcomes Emmanuel Guzman to the Team. We’re proud to have Emmanuel (AKA Little Hustler) as our newest am. Born and raised in Santa Cruz and 100% skateboarder he’s a forced to be reckoned with. Emmanuel is also riding for Santa Cruz Skateboards, Krux Trucks, Hard Luck Wheels and Bills Wheels Skateshop.

PUNK ROCK SKATEBOARDS – Check out the TSOL and Exploited decks at

FIRST FLOWING LOOP – September 30, 2003 – Dreamland President and alpha skatepark designer Mark ‘Red’ Scott becomes the first skateboarder in history to successfully perform a ‘flowing loop,’ at the Reedsport Skatepark, in Reedsport, Oregon. ‘Red’ has been skateboarding for 26 years and has 13 years of experience building concrete skateparks and 17 years of experience building wood skateparks. Go to

KEY BISCAYNE, FL – JAN 15TH at the Bayside Hut 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway on Key Biscayne – ‘Endless Summer’ – We will bE showing the original surf movie of all surf movies, the original ‘Endless Summer.’ We also have classic footage of South Beach. LANCE-O will also be spinning classic reggae, dancehall and ska. Rocker-T will be performing live.


PAC SUN NEWS – Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. reported that total sales for December 2003 were $187.5 million, an increase of 22.6% over total sales of $152.9 million for the year-ago month.

QUIKSILVER ISA WORLD JUNIOR SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2003 – August 17 – 23, 2003 – Durban, South Africa – THE QUIKSILVER ISA WORLD JUNIOR SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2003 IS DRUG FREE! The International Surfing Association is pleased to announce that no banned substances, according to the International Olympic Committee’s Anti-Doping Code (adopted by the ISA in 1995), were identified in any of the drug tests taken at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships 2003 last August in Durban, South Africa. This is very good news for the ISA and the surfing world. The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport, which performs all the tests on South African Olympic athletes and other sports in South Africa, conducted the tests for the ISA WJSC according to Olympic Code. For further information, please visit

BLACK LABEL NEWS – ‘LABEL LIVE’ AVAILABLE ON DVD AND VHS AT SKATE SHOPS EVERYWHERE – BLACK LABEL PRESENTS THEIR FIRST TOUR VIDEO FILMED ALL AROUND THE WORLD AND FEATURING THE BLACK LABEL TEAM. THE DVD FEATURES OVER A HALF HOUR MORE UNSEEN FOOTAGE! Here is the latest slab of news from the label; Grant ‘Shark Attack’ Schubert has the final stages of the ‘Label Live’ video in his hands! The video documents the Label and Six Gun boys on tour in Europe and here in the good ‘ole lower 48 and up into Canada. I’ve seen a rough draft and it’s not your run of the mill tour video. In fact, it’s more like a non stop rockin’ party! All done kick ass Label style. As if the action wasn’t enough, the soundtrack will have you pogoing straight to the bar! The DVD will have over a half hour more unused footage, and a photo and a magazine montage from all of the tours! In other news: Our fearless leader John Lucero has been on a mission lately skating everything, everyday! Including hot sessions at the Laguna Niguel Park. John was recently asked by none other than Jason Lee, to film a one minute part for the ‘Friends of Stereo’ video. Tequila! Kristian Svitak is on a U.S. tour with 88 shoes. Look for him to roll in and wreck your town .Kristian’s pro shoe is also available from 88. Patrick Melcher has migrated from Chicago to sunny southern California. ‘The Melch’ can be seen zipping around Hollywood on his Lambretta, and prowling around all the nightclubs of tinsel town. He’s set to return to Chi-town after the winter thaw. Jason ‘El Kid’ Adams as you probably know has returned to his native land of San Jose to frequent the endless skate spots. The Kid’s new pro shoe is out from Duffs. Wade Speyer has been seen around Nor-Cal, and if you know Wade, you know he’s ripping! Strawberry Bowl? Killed! Ripon Skate park? Blown up! Tim Brauch contest? Destroyed! Literally! He really destroyed the bowl at the Milpitas Vans park. During one of his run’s he accidentally launched his board into a light fixture and blew it to pieces! Broken glass everywhere! People were so stoked! The crowd went nuts! The cleanup crew was called in and the contest resumed after 30 minutes. Yeah Wade! Ben Gilley has returned to the dirty south of Alabama. ‘Ole Ben now lives in Birmingham, where he can be seen at Faith skate shop just about every day. Speaking of Chalba, The ‘ODC’ (Old Dirty Crooks) Chet Childress has made the move out west to San Jose to help form the SixGun posse, which includes Jason Adams, Chet, Ricky ‘The Mexican’ Espinoza, Pat ‘StreetRake’ Rakestraw, and John Ponts. Pat Rakestraw’s first pro model board is available from Black Label’s SixGun division. Featuring a clean shape everyone will love and a killer switchblade graphic. The all black dipped shred sled is out now and ready for rippage! Ragdoll is enjoying the rock and roll lifestyle in his band ‘ch ch ch ha ha ha’ They have been touring around southern Cali. to packed houses. Ragdoll’s first pro shoe should be out soon from Duffs. Salman ‘The Sultan’ Agah is working on his new energy/thirst drink called ‘Skaterade’. It will be available in skate shops and parks all over. The can labels will feature different guest skate artists. Salman has been working a long time to make sure he can bring you a beverage that has ‘All the stuff you need, and none of the crap you don’t’. Bowl ripper from So CalAlex Horn has been seen riding Red Kross Boards as of late. Could Neil Blender have anything to do with this? Very limited edition hand painted Duane Peters Red Kross boards coming soon. Handpainted by Duane Peters and John Lucero. Visit for more.

SXSW 2004 Music Conference will take place March 17 – 21, 2004, at the Austin Convention Center and music venues in central Austin, TX. Each year the music festival attracts approximately 35,000 music fans over five nights to hear more than 1000 showcasing artists and solo acts from across the globe performing in approximately 50 music venues. Offerings include blues, conjunto, tejano, country, bluegrass, dance, jazz, rap, hip-hop, r and b, rock, pop, singer/ songwriter, spoken word, performance art, world and reggae. At the same time, the conference gathers about 6,300 music business professionals from every aspect of the industry to participate in panel discussions and the Trade Show.

PHAT FARM NEWS – Russell Simmons has sold Phat Farm and Baby Phat into a partnership with clothing company, Kellwood. Simmons received $140 million dollars in cash and will continue to manage the company on a day to day basis.

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEWS – 2004 Sundance Film Festival- Jan 15 -25, 2004 – Park City, Utah – Opening Night Screening of ‘Riding Giants’ – Director: Stacy Peralta, Screenwriters – Stacy Peralta, Sam George, Executive Producers – Nathalie Delest, Franck Marty, Laird Hamilton, Producers – Agi Orsi, Stacy Peralta, Jane Kachmer, Cinematographer – Peter Pilafian, Editor – Paul Crowder, Narrator – Sean Penn, Cast – Laird Hamilton, Greg Noll, Jeff Clark – ‘Riding Giants’, Stacy Peralta’s surfing sequel to his Sundance debut and award winner, Dogtown and Z-Boys, is a semiserious, often rollicking, multigenerational insider’s look at the origins of surfing, the colorful and subversive birth of surf culture, and the mythology and lure of the ‘big wave.’ This passionate and fluid film is without question the first authentic history of surfing from its humble Hawaiian beginnings to the big business it became to the still-rebellious universe it inhabits today. ‘Riding Giants’ is a study in individuality and freedom, the pursuit and techniques of pure kinetic pleasure, and the risk taking and attitudes that characterize its leading figures. For some viewers, this is perhaps more than they ever wanted to know. But Peralta’s detailed knowledge of the surfing lifestyle, its icons and locations, its boom and exploitation by the media, and the fascination it has held for young men for more than five decades is unparalleled and fuels this expedition for the expert and initiate alike. Closely chronicling the sometimes-life-and-death drama that big-wave riding entails, ‘Riding Giants’ is an often-mesmerizing visual thrill ride. But the most appealing aspect of this often revelatory documentary is the realization that the man versus nature dialectic never ends; the search for the ultimate wave and the spiritual pinnacle can only be pursued but never reached. Screening Times – Thursday, Jan 15 6:30 PM Eccles Center. For more listings go to

SKATEPARK OF TAMPA – SPoT 11-Year Anniversary Party – Rukus starts up this year on Friday, January 23rd at Masquerade in Ybor City when DVS, Shorty’s, Hawk Clothing, and Skatepark of Tampa serve 10 free kegs of beer during a show featuring Hot Water Music, Irish Car Bomb, Stress Face, My Hotel Year, and Tim Version. Tickets are just $10. For details go to

AIRWALK UPDATE – Airwalk chooses Bluetorch as a new apparel licensee.

SMUT PEDDLERS SHOW – January 17th – Julia Smut’s birthday celebration! @ The Thunderbird Saloon 4657 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood, CA – 818.766.4644 – 21 and over 9:30pm (we play around 10:30pm) with: the Black Jetts, Bad Machine (from Finland) and friends… For details go to

SPORTS SEMINAR – The Business of Action Sports Seminar in Europe – Jan 29, 2004 – London – The seminar will be held at Norton Rose, Kempson House, Camomile Street, London EC3A 7AN. For more information or a full seminar program, contact SportBusiness Seminars on 44 (0)20 7934 9008 or email

TITUS NEWS – Titus Skates Germany will be bringing out a new CLAUS GRABKE model in March 2004! The graphics will be designed by Jimbo Phillips.

L.A. ART SHOW – Serigraphie Populaire (aka Seripop) will be showing at ‘Yo! What Happened to Peace?’ (group show) Jan 9- Feb 1 @ the Transport Gallery in LA. For details visit or

SWEDISH SKATEBOARD SUMMER CAMP DOCUMENTARY – ‘1985 Swedish Skateboard Summer Camp Nostalgia’ features invited trainers Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain and Rodney Mullen. (plus many more). Check out the new trailer at where you can find more information about the camps and the progress of the film. There’s a new strip of photo’s from Jurgen Kreis from the camp 1983. Including Martin Sweeny and Jani Soderhall running slalom. Rodney, Claus Grabke and Frank Messman doing freestyle… New strip of photo’s from Jonas ‘Yoda’ Wickstrom from the camp 1981. Including Mike McGill, Steve Caballero, Hans Gothberg, Tony Janson, Hazze Lindgren, Per Holknekt Neil Blender, Claus Grabke, Hans Guthberg, Bruno Peters, Rodney and Martin Sweeny. See for yourself at

FUEL TV NEWS – January 2004 programming highlights for FUEL, 24/7 action sports television. To find out if you get FUEL, visit * Boost Mobile Surf (Jan 24th/12:32pm ET/PT) Presented by Quiksilver at Trestles Beach, California. This event took place September 4-13, 2003 and features 45 of the top surfers in the world surfing in this exciting competition. * World Beat: Boat Trip with O’Neill Team Surfers (Jan 26th/10:15pm ET/PT) Join 12 O’Neill team surfers from around the world as they set sail in two boats for a little friendly competition and a few thousand Euros. * Insane Cinema Day (Jan 19th/1:00pm ET/PT) The best of FUEL action sports movies from our library including recent films like Propaganda and Project 1242 from Poorboyz and Occy the Occumentary and Sik Joy from Jack McCoy.

NEWS FROM TOM KNOX – Tom Knox and his band The Cacti Widders just played a New Years Eve show at the Ventura Theater in Ventura, CA with the Rev. Horton Heat. Also in the works are two new models from Tom Knox and Eric Dressen on Santa Cruz Skateboards. These boards will be slightly larger new school shapes (8 3/4′) some featuring their old school graphics and also new graphics. These boards will be for normal sale, not re-issues, intended for the skaters who want to go big and fast, not tech. Expect them around April.

ART EXHIBITS- SIXSPACE IN LA, CA has a very exciting exhibition schedule lined up for this year starting off with the much anticipated two-person show with Donovan Crosby and Martin Ontiveros called ‘Risen’ on January 24th. Other shows include the world-premiere of Glen E. Friedman’s ‘The Idealist’, a two person show with Megan Whitmarsh and Rachell Sumpter, the next solo exhibition by Seonna Hong, ‘Sent: America’s first camera phone exhibition’, Coop, Florencio Zavalla, and the mark of Space Invader. Our artists also have some amazing projects coming up including Seonna Hong’s New York debut at 5BE Gallery in the fall. As always, will keep up updated on the latest projects. Also, don’t forget that the hugely successful ‘Drawing Show’ is up through January 17th and Emmeric James Konrad’s ‘Pedagogic Eruptions’ continues through the 10th. – sixspace – 549 West 23rd Street – Los Angeles, CA 90007 –
The Drawing Show – Dec 13 – Jan 17
6PR: Emmeric James Konrad – Dec 13
Risen: Martin Ontiveros and Donovan Crosby – Jan 24 – Feb 28

JOHN CARDIEL INJURY – John Cardiel seriously injured his back on recent filming mission in Australia…. Visit for the most current information regarding Cardiel’s status.John ardiel

KRUX VIDEO – Krux Video ‘Blown Out!’ Coming in April featuring Colt Cannon, Caswell Berry, Louie Barletta, Ricky Oyola, Ron Whaley, Seth McCallum, Steve Caballero, Steffan Attardo, Jeremiah Babb, Dan Murphy, Tony Silva, Billy Roper, Nestor Judkins and Emmanuel Guzman…

TAMPA AM – Tampa Am 2004 presented by DVS, Shorty’s, and Quiksilver – January 22-25, 2004.

AMBIGUOUS NEWS – Ambiguous is proud to announce the addition of Vinny Vegas and Matt Ball to the skate team!

SAVIER UPDATE – Colin Kennedy and Rodney Jones join the Savier Pro Team.

FIRST METAL PIPE LOOP – Bob Burnquist Makes Skateboarding History – Carlsbad CA, Dec 10th- Legendary skater Bob Burnquist continues to set the bar for the skateboarding world. Making skateboarding history, Burnquist looped his infamous backyard twelve-foot steel full pipe Nov 23rd, 2003 at 4:20pm. Although a handful of opportunists have been able to complete track-style loops-generating speed from a starting ramp-until this point, no one had ever successfully looped a ‘natural’ full pipe. Having tried and failed the maneuver once before, ending up with a broken foot and sprained ankle after his efforts at the Baldy pipe on Dec 14, 2002, Burnquist was determined to overcome this elusive challenge. Featured on the cover of the April 2003 issue of TransWorld Skateboarding magazine inside the pipe at Mt. Baldy, Burnquist took the front-and-center coverage of his near miss as a personal challenge to make the full-pipe loop a reality. His recent attempt at the pipe was the result of nearly a year of mental preparation…. Although there are nearly a dozen skaters in the world who can currently complete a track-style loop, to date, looping a full pipe has been an unobtainable feat. To navigate his way around a ‘natural’ full pipe a skater must first generate speed by gyrating back and forth within the pipe. As Burnquist sees it, ‘it’s like doing a loop and a half, really. By the time you decide (to commit) and put your wheels down on the frontside kickturn, it’s over. You’ve got to think so quick.’ A born-and-bred Brazilian, Burnquist is known as one of the most progressive skateboarders in the world. With a long list of contest wins including nearly every present-day event, and a style driven by pure innovation and originality, Burnquist is admired by skaters and fans of skateboarding alike.

ES TEAM NEWS – eS 2004 Team is PJ Ladd, Rodrigo TX, Tom Penny, Rick McCrank, Cale Nuske, Eric Koston and Justin Eldridge…. and that’s all folks.

STEREO SKATEBOARDS NEWS – The new Stereo team consists of Clint Peterson, Jason Lee, Chris Pastras, Jayme Fortune and Benny Fairfax.

REDSAND UPDATE – Perry Ellis Buys Redsand – While selling off his personal shares to the tune of $549,201 Perry Ellis CEO George Feldenkreis mentioned that the clothing giant had purchased Redsand a ‘San Diego action sports brand’ for an undisclosed amount.

Feb 13-14 – Globe World Cup Skateboarding – Invitational – Melbourne, Australia – Ladies Street
Feb 19-22 – Asian X Games VI – Invitational – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Pro Street and Vert
Mar 19-2 – Kona Nationals – Pro Street, Vert, Slalom, Masters/Grand Pool – Kona Skatepark, Jacksonsville, FL
May 6-9 – Latin X Games – Invitational – Rio de Janerio, Brazil – Pro Street and Vert
Apr 28-30 – Slam City Jam 11/Vans Triple Crown #1/WCS N. American Championship – Vancouver, Canada
Jun 3-6 – Van’s Triple Crown #2 – Open – Ladies Street – New York, NY
Jul 2-4 – Armageddon Cup – England – Pro Street and Vert
Jul 9-11 – Scandinavia Open – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pro Street and Vert
Jul 16-18 – Globe World Cup – Invitational – Dortmund, Germany – Pro Street and Vert
Jul 23-25 – Mystic Sk8 Cup – Open – Prague, CZ – Pro Street and Vert
Aug 5-8 – X Games – Invitational – Los Angeles, CA – Pro Street and Vert
Sept 24-26 – Van’s Triple Crown #3- Invitational Ladies Street and Vert- Oceanside, CA – Street and Vert
Oct 1-3 = West 49 Canadian Open World Cup of Skateboarding – Invitational – Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Toronto, Canada – Street and Vert
Nov 13-14 – Crail World Cup – Open – Sao Paulo Brazil -Pro Street and Vert, Ladies Street

UPCOMING SKATEPARK OF TAMPA EVENTS – Emerica Demo – Friday, January 9th, 2004 – Starts @7pm. Andrew Reynolds, Heath Kirchart, Erik Ellington, Bryan Herman, Matt Allen, Leo Romero, and more!

SURFRIDER FOUNDATION – Greetings, Dedicate yourself this Holiday Season to a healthy ocean environment by joining the Surfrider Foundation today. The Surfrider Foundation is asking you to help us advance our important goal of preserving our oceans, waves, and beaches. This past year, the Surfrider Foundation, through its grassroots efforts, achieved substantial victories involving beach access in Texas; water quality in Oregon; water pollution reduction in Orange County, California; wave access in New Jersey; and rejection of harmful development projects on the Gaviota Coast in California and the Rincon coast in Puerto Rico. We introduced our Respect the Beach program to 1,500 students across the United States. This program recently was awarded the 2003 California Governor’s Award for Environmental Leadership in Children’s Environmental Education. The Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards are California’s highest and most prestigious environmental honor recognizing individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership in building public-private partnerships while making notable contributions in conserving California’s environment. Our ocean, waves and beaches are under siege. Consider these few facts: 2.8 billion gallons of industrial waste will be discharged into the world’s oceans in the next 24 hours. 329 million gallons of untreated sewage will be discharged off our nation’s coasts in the next 24 hours. In 2002, there were more than 12,000 beach closings and advisories due to water pollution–the second highest number of beach closures and advisories in thirteen years. Our oceans need your support! By signing up today to become a Surfrider Foundation Member on or before December 31st, 2003, your year-end membership gift will be tax deductible for 2003. 86 cents of every dollar of your membership donation goes directly to our beaches. Thank you in advance for your generosity and commitment to a healthy ocean environment. For more information about the Surfrider Foundation, please visit our web site at

ESPN WINTER X GAMES VIII in Aspen/Snowmass, CO. For more info visit

POWELL NEWS PRESS RELEASE – Cab Bandology- Now available at Skate One, Steve Caballero’s Bandology cd Vol. 1. in early 2004, POWELL is releasing Bones Brigade Video Show, Future Primitive, Search for Animal Chin, Public Domain, Ban This and Propaganda, straight from video to DVD. Each of these DVD titles will not have any bonus footage. We will continue to edit and capture the bonus footage for each of these titles and will release a collector’s edition of each in the future.

POWELL PRO TEAM NEWS – Danny Wainwright is home in England where he recently had some bits of his artwork featured in an Art Exhibition set up by local artists at a old cemetery house in the town of Bath. Danny pasted up some cat paws and hung some paintings. The display was up from November 10-24. Danny also won a contest in London recently, making that five 1st places in a row for D-Wubs in the euro contest scene. — Jon Comer Jon Comers’ foot broke off! As it has many times before, jon’s foot broke off recently. He drove 4 hours to Houston to attend the make a wish benefit at South Side Skatepark. As soon as he got there and started ripping, his foot broke off his leg. So he hung out a little while, then drove back to Dallas. He has been skating around a lot with his son Gabe skating on his walking foot, which isn’t as strong as his skating foot, so he has been getting his flatland stuff wired. — Steve Caballero Steve Caballero raced in the Skatercross, an event where Pro Moto racers and Pro skateboarders converge for three days of dirt, mud, and transition. Pro skateboarders Steve Caballero and Salman Agah (who are both veterans of the Supercross Crossover Challenge at Anaheim) were the driving force behind this. — Rodney Jones won the first round of the Bolt Cutter Project which is a contest series from Deluxe which real skateboarding happens at real skate spots! They did 4 Cities. RJ won the Oceanside bolt cutter contest, which was on the Mirimar hubba. — Visit for more.

PIPELINE MASTERS: Xbox Gerry Lopez Pipeline Masters (Dec 8-20) Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) – 2003 World Championship Tour (WCT) IRONS WINS CARBON-COPY OF TRIPLE CROWNS – Friday, December 19, 2003 – (Pipeline, HAWAII) — Hawaii’s Andy Irons duplicated his clean sweep of professional surfing at the Banzai Pipeline today, winning the three most coveted awards in the sport: the Xbox Gerry Lopez Pipeline Masters, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title, and the Association of Surfing Professionals world title. It was a carbon copy of his result here last year. Pushing six-time world champion Kelly Slater to the very last heat of the year, Irons, 25, handled the pressure of being ranked second in the world coming into this event to emerge victorious. His payoff was a $30,000 Xbox winner’s check, a $7,500 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing bonus, and a second consecutive world crown. He is the only surfer to ever win all three titles two years in a row. For more info visit
Xbox Gerry Lopez Pipeline Masters
1st Andy Irons (Haw) 15.16 – US$30,000
2nd Joel Parkinson (Aus) 14.4 – US$16,000
3rd Phil MacDonald (Aus) 9.6 – US$11,000
4th Kelly Slater (USA) 9.6 – US$9,000
Semifinals (1st, 2nd, Final; 3rd=5th receives US$8,500; 4th=7th receives US$7,500)
SF1: Joel Parkinson (Aus) 15.9; Andy Irons (Haw) 15.17; Luke Hitchings (Aus) 11.57; Pancho Sullivan (Haw) 8.83
SF2: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.6; Phil MacDonald (Aus) 12.3; Bruce Irons (Haw) 11.5; Cory Lopez (USA) 7.06
Quarterfinals (1st, 2nd, Semifinals; 3rd=9th receives US$5,500; 4th=13th receives US$4,500)
QF1: Joel Parkinson (Aus) 14.83; Pancho Sullivan (Haw) 12.93; Kieren Perrow (Aus) 12.8; Jamie O’Brien (Haw) 8.1
QF2: Andy Irons (Haw) 17.4; Luke Hitchings (Aus) 12.33; Shea Lopez (USA) 8.27; Marcus Hickman (Haw) 5.8
QF3: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.8; Phil MacDonald (Aus) 9.67; Beau Emerton (Aus) 6.0; Dean Morrison (Aus) 5.4
QF4: Bruce Irons (Haw) 17.33; Cory Lopez (USA) 11.8; Kalani Robb (Haw) 9.14; Derek Ho (Haw) 4.03
Round Three (1st, 2nd, Quarterfinals; 3rd, 4th=17th receive US$4,000)
H1: Kieren Perrow (Aus) 14.57; Jamie O’Brien (Haw) 13.63; Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.73; Nathan Hedge (Aus) 12.37
H2: Joel Parkinson (Aus) 14.33; Pancho Sullivan (Haw) 12.4; Victor Ribas (Brz) 10.34; Mark Occhilupo (Aus) 9.75
H3: Luke Hitchings (Aus) 16.93; Shea Lopez (USA) 12.33; Fabio Gouveia (Brz) 7.5; Luke Egan (Aus) 3.36
H4: Andy Irons (Haw) 16.27; Marcus Hickman (Haw) 11.03; Guilherme Herdy (Brz) 9.66; Peterson Rosa (Brz) 2.67
H5: Phil MacDonald (Aus) 12.2; Kelly Slater (USA) 11.33; Kalani Chapman (Haw) 9.67; Trent Munro (Aus) 8.34
H6: Beau Emerton (Aus) 11.83; Dean Morrison (Aus) 10.56; Danny Wills (Aus) 10.03; Tim Curran (USA) 8.7
H7: Kalani Robb (Haw) 14.23; Derek Ho (Haw) 13.83; Mick Fanning (Aus) 11.94; Paulo Moura (Brz) 10.76
H8: Cory Lopez (USA) 15.23; Bruce Irons (Haw) 12.87; Mick Lowe (Aus) 9.73; Neco Padaratz (Brz) 9.24

Official ASP Ratings After The Xbox Pipeline Masters, WCT #12/12
1. Andy Irons (Haw) 8,964-points
2. Kelly Slater (USA) 8,544
3. Taj Burrow (Aus) 7,344
4. Mick Fanning (Aus) 7,080
5. Joel Parkinson (Aus) 6,972
6. Kieren Perrow (Aus) 6,480
7. Taylor Knox (USA) 6,000
8. Michael Lowe (Aus) 5,820
9. Jake Paterson (Aus) 5,772
10. Dean Morrison (Aus) 5,592
Further information:

– Kelly Slater to officially become surfing’s first millionaire.
– Billabong celebrates 30 years and releases birthday book .
– Video Analysis Service used by 2003 World Champions.
– Land of Saints surf film released to excellent reviews….
– More Atlantic Hurricanes than normal as season ends….
– Betty Series looking for girls to participate in TV Series.

OZZY OSBOURNE UPDATE – December 23, 2003 – Ozzy Out Of Intensive Care – Ozzy was taken out of the intensive care unit that he was in after suffering the injuries from his quad-bike accident two weeks ago. Doctors still say it will take 6 months for him to fully recover from the accident. A statement was issued from the family that said ‘The Osbourne family are very happy that Ozzy has been allowed out of the Intensive Care Unit for Christmas and would like to thank everyone for their kind support, well wishes and prayers.’ For more information on the ongoing story, check out

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