TEAM PAIN FLORIDA ‘CRETE TOUR -MAR 10-20 – Just show up and skate… Sarasota, Hiler’s, Libhart’s, Oviedo, Orlando, St. Augustine, Tallahasse and more!!! Email for info. Photos courtesy of Team Pain.

BEAUTIFUL LOSERS at CAC -MAR 13-24,2004 – Cinncinati, OH – group show at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show ‘Beautiful Losers’ takes an in depth look at contemporary art and street culture. It will be on display to the public from March 13 – May 24 2004. The exhibition brings together artists from multiple disciplines, whose works are inspired by various aspects of urban life and street culture. Included are painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, performance artists, graphic designers, illustrators and multimedia artists. The exhibition is organized in five sections: One section is devoted to examining those artists who have had direct influence on the development of the generation of artists and designers that is the focus of the exhibition. This section will include paintings, drawings, photographs, graphics, and samples and documentation of early works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Neil Blender, Henry Chalfant, Larry Clark, R. Crumb, Glen E. Friedman, Raymond Pettibon, Pushead, and Craig R. Stecyk III; and the hand-painted skateboards of DogTown’s Wes Humpston. Schedule of events surrounding the exhibition include several of the artists, including G.E.F. at the opening night the 12th, and on a panel discussion early Saturday evening the 13th. Go to for more info. CAC is located at 44 East 6th Street : Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 – Phone (513) 345.8400

SURFRIDER FOUNDATION NEWS – 2004 Winter Stokefest on March 12 by Jersey Shore Chapter of Surfrider Foundation – The Surfrider Foundation’s Jersey Shore Chapter will be holding its annual fundraiser, The WINTER STOKEFEST, on Friday, March 12th, at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Shake off the winter cold and join us at this family event, from 6:00pm to 2:00am, for an evening of: AUDIO STOKE provided by the Dingoes, Red Headed Boogie Child, Disgruntled Postal Workers, Fivestar and 7 Minds! Plus VISUAL STOKE, ALL-NIGHT RAFFLE and MEXICAN BUFFET. Our Keeper of the Coast Award will be presented to Commissioner Bradley Campbell of the NJDEP! Entry fee is only $5.00 for Surfrider members (please bring your membership card) and $10.00 for nonmembers. Buffet is an additional $7.50. This is an all-ages event. All under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, please write to You can become a Surfrider Foundation member by signing up online at

SKATELAB NEWS – SIMI VALLEY, CA – In the past 30 days SKATELAB has hosted both a Baker demo and a Girl/Chocolate demo. If you are a skateboarder who lives in this area you have been extremely lucky that all those great skaters showed up and skated! (sorry about Koston, not my fault I swear!) but who needs Koston when rippers like Paul Rodriquez, Jereme Rogers, Chico Brenes, Mike York, Richard Mulder, Danny Supa, Danny Montoya and local favorite Torey Pudwill enter the arena. Hope the Lakers won that night! Sam Smyth is bad ass and we love him! As for the Baker demo in a word… wow. Andrew Reynolds held his own solo for 500+ kids for over 20 minutes. I guess that is why they call him The Boss! Spanky ripping as always got mobbed by hundreds of kids but always had a smile on his face. Thanks to Robin for making SKATELAB an annual stop for Baker. – SKATELAB of FLORIDA is hosting their 2nd annual Old Mill Bowl Jam. Kelly is doing a great job and proved it by getting Old Millwaukee to sponsor their jam! Can you say FREE BEER? — CASL contest coming March 19th (Bowl Series) and 20th (Street Series in new course.) Check it and go to for more info.


CAROLINA LOVE – The newest skateboarding vid out of the dirty south entitled ‘CAROLINA LOVE’ features Ty RHODE, Jeremy MENARD, Brett ABRAMSKY, Chad SHOOTER, Jed SHOOTER, Tyler TUFTY, Chet CHILDRESS, Scotty MOORE, Dan MURPHY, Alex TURAN, Justin BROCK and many many MORE… Click here to see photos from the ‘Carolina Love’ premiere party at Project 58 in Raleigh, NC on March 5th, 2004.

CASL NEWS – CASL will be doing a pool/bowl series and a vert ramp series this year. The first bowl contest is on March 19th at the Skatelab in Simi Valley, CA.

TAMPA PRO CONTEST – THURSDAY… Doors open at 9am… Open practice all day – 5pm – skaters’ meeting… 7pm – doors close…. 8pm – Opening of ‘Transformed’ in Transitions Art Gallery/Bowl Warehouse sponsored by Red Bull (open bar, DJ, mad artsy chicks hanging out, etc.) FRIDAY – Doors open at 9am… 10am – 2nd Annual Team Manager/Industry VIP Street Contest… 6-pack of beer to enter, winner takes all – Sign up on Registration Form – 11am… open practice… 1pm – street qualifiers… Cliche Skateboars premiere of ‘Bon Appetit’ in the Bowl Warehouse immediately following qualifiers… SATURDAY – Doors open at 9am… 10am – Worst Trick Contest (pros only)… Let’s see how lame you can get. Whether it be a benihana finger flip to nose on the qp or a early grab melon to smith on the flat rail, we want to see your absolute worst shit. Terrible prizes to be announced… Sign up on Registration Form…. 11am – open practice… 1pm – street qualifiers… World Industries Moat Race immediately following qualifiers… Vert Contest, finals and vert best trick (sign up day of) included right after the Moat Race… SUNDAY – Doors open at 9am…. 12pm – semi-finals and finals… Shorty’s Best Trick Contest immediately following (sign up day of)… World’s Greatest Product Toss… Awards… Send your stuff to: Skatepark of Tampa – Contest Promo – 4215 East Columbus Drive – Tampa, Florida 33605

SKATEPARK OF TAMPA NEWS – Free Vans Demo – Saturday, March 6, 2004 – Starts @ 7pm. Rowley, Greco, Cerezini, Stanton, Kane, Barbee, Caballero, and Wastell. —- 10th Annual Tampa Pro Thursday, Mar 11, 2004 – Sunday, Mar 14, 2004 —-Robin over at Baker has just told us that the entire Baker team will be here for a free demo on April 3, 2004.

VANS PRESS RELEASE – Here is the schedule and venues for the Vans Triple Crown Series this summer. Highlights include a return to Cleveland after a year absence and the Vans Slam City Jam’s move this May to Vancouver’s B.C. Place, the largest air-supported domed stadium in the world. – Vans Slam City Jam – April 29 – May 2 NBC Sports – May 8 / 5:00 PM EDT – (B.C. Place, Vancouver, B.C.) – National Champs of Skate – June 4 – June 6- NBC Sports – August 7 / 3:30 PM EDT – (Nautica Ent. Complex, The Flats, Cleveland, OH) – World Champs of Skate – September 24-26 NBC Sports – December 5 / 2:00 PM EST – (Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA)


FOUNDATION PRESS RELEASE – More Core In 2004 Productions present in conjunction-junction with Foundation and Empire the long awaited DVD release of ‘That’s Life’ Flick – Tuesday March 9th, 2004 La Paloma Theater Encinitas California – Free All Ages Showing 9PM

DVS SHOE COMPANY INTRODUCES ITS FIRST-EVER SKATEBOARD VIDEO – Over the past year, DVS Shoe Company has been pulling together footage and working toward this special time. The special time in a company’s existence, when they get to produce their very own, and very first – team video. The time is here, the time is now and the video is titled ‘Skate More’. Its official release is expected in late 2004, which means there’s plenty more time for filming! With that said, the DVS riders are out working harder than ever. Over the next several months, the team will be traveling and skating the best spots around the world and collecting as much footage as possible. The team being: Daewon Song, Jeron Wilson, Daniel Castillo, Jason Dill, Jereme Rogers, Mike Taylor, Anthony Mosley, Chico Brenes, Keith Hufnagel, Kerry Getz and Steve Berra. First stop is Australia. They’ll be getting it on down under, with Colin Kennedy filming and Giovanni Reda shooting photos. After the big Australia venture, the crew will be heading to Spain in March and then hitting the rest of Europe in summer. Straight off of the Europe blitz, they’ll be taking a cross country road trip throughout the U.S.

AKA: GIRL SURFER DOCUMENTARY – Gallaz Announces the Production of AKA: Girl Surfer – Documentary to Explore Culture of Women’s Surfing – Following the success of AKA: Girl Skater, Gallaz continues in its support of independent girls’ lifestyles, by announcing the production of AKA: Girl Surfer, part of the continuing series of documentary-style films that showcase and support female culture in both art and action sports. The movie is geared to present the real story behind the life of some of today’s top female surfers. Its focus will be to show the unique style and approach that each girl has to the sport, as well as give the viewer an insider’s peak at the lives of top female athletes. It will feature industry pros including 2003’s WQS surfing champion Melanie Bartels, longboarder Belen Connelly, up-and-coming champ Rebecca Woods and Karlee Mackie, the new face of Gallaz. AKA: Girl Surfer will also have special appearances by World Champion Layne Beachley, Chelsea Georgeson, Samantha Cornish and surf veteran Rochelle Ballard. Rising surfer and musician, Tristan Prettyman, will add a musical element to the film. Filming for AKA: Girl Surfer commenced December 2003 in Hawaii, and continued through the first part of the year following the women’s surf team through Philip Island, Australia. In March 2004, after the Roxy Pro, the team will travel south to Sydney and stop at various surf spots along the way. On the road trip, they will also visit and hang at the homes of some of Gallaz’ female surf pros. For additional information, log on to

SXSW 2004 Music Conference will take place March 17 – 21, 2004, at the Austin Convention Center and music venues in central Austin.

FARSHORE – A SURFING VIDEO – PRESS RELEASE – In 1972, young Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson took to the road with surfboards, camera gear and an untamable desire for adventure. For ten years they scoured the planet in search of perfect waves and experiences only a traveler on the road encounters. This documentary film chronicles their journey. Featuring original photos and super 8 footage from California, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Africa, Morocco, Ireland, France and Fiji. In the 1970’s Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson wrote a series of travel articles for Surfer Magazine, documenting their incredible ten-year journey around the globe. The film ‘The Far Shore’ is a cinematic journey inspired by those same articles. A fusion of stills, super 8 film, live interviews and the articles themselves blend together to make this a multi-layered film experience. For those who remember reading their articles in the ’70s to those just beginning their surfing lives, ‘The Far Shore’ is an education. A historical document of surf culture and a deep look into two of surfing’s great personalities. For more info go to


LORDS OF DOGTOWN UPDATE – Nikki Reed, star of ‘Thirteen’, directed by Catherine Hardwicke has been cast to play a role as a kid sister of one of the skateboarders in ‘Lords of Dogtown’ which is ‘a fictionalized version of Stacy Peralta’s documentary ‘Dogtown and Z-Boys,’ based on a Spin magazine article that explored 1970s skateboarding culture.’ Non skaters Heath Ledger, Emile Hirsch, John Robinson and Victor Rasuk have also been cast for the film. ‘THE LORDS OF DOGTOWN will be filming in San Pedro, Huntington Beach and Altadena. Casting sessions are set for Wednesday 3/10 – 12 PM – 3 PM – SAG skaters/surfers at the Vans Skate Park @ The Block 20 City Blvd. West – Orange, CA 92868 and Saturday 3/20 – 11 AM – 4 PM – General Open Call at the VFW Post 1746 – 1032 East South Street Long Beach, CA 90805. LOD HQ is looking for additional extra characters: including ”70s Venice Beach California – surfers guys and gals very NATURAL-no tatts, no piercing, no dyed hair or whacked modern hair styles! 18+, Latino (longer haired) gang types men and women 18+, Longhaired hippie stoners – men and women 18+, Homeless, sun weathered, beach types m and f 35+, Conservative square authority – men and women 30+, Men w/moustaches, women w/long straight hair, Tourists of all types 18+ *Searching for all and mixed ethnicities…’ You can also mail a 3×5 photo to: LORDS of DOGTOWN Casting 8205 Santa Monica Blvd. #1-299 West Hollywood, CA 90046

WASSERMAN MEDIA GROUP ACQUIRES 411 PRODUCTIONS 411 Purchase Signals WMG’s Entry into Content Development – Los Angeles, CA. March 01, 2004 – Wasserman Media Group, LLC, a sports and entertainment company specializing in talent management and lifestyle focused marketing, has purchased 411 Productions, the number one video content provider in the action sports industry. The acquisition offers 411 Productions an opportunity to expand its development and distribution reach across both endemic and non-endemic media and retail platforms. ‘The 411 team identified early on the value in creating premium programming that appeals to action sports athletes and enthusiasts, and they have successfully delivered. As the appetite for this lifestyle content grows and media partners look to resonate with this powerful audience, 411 is positioned to thrive,’ said Casey Wasserman, Chairman and CEO, Wasserman Media Group. ‘We look forward to jointly realizing 411’s potential with additional resources and relationships that will support the exposure of action sports and all of its participants.’ Founded in 1993, 411 Productions remains the leader in action sports content development and production, publishing video magazines featuring athletes and their experiences. The video magazines span coverage of major action sports including skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing and BMX and have connected millions of consumers with their favorite athletes through compelling content. 411 Productions joins Wasserman Media Group’s The Familie, Envision, DC Music and the Los Angeles Avengers. ‘The transition of 411 Productions from a fledgling idea to the dominant global producer of action sports content has been an exciting ride over the past 11 years. Since day one 411 has been committed to supporting and growing the sports we cover by providing authentic coverage to the widest audience possible,’ said Josh Friedberg, President and CEO, 411 Productions. ‘We’ve gotten to where we are today by connecting people to their passions and it’s great to find a partner like WMG who respects and believes in our ideals.’ Through the partnership with WMG, 411 Productions will have more support to service retailers and advertisers, all while leveraging WMG’s general and administrative resources. The core 411 staff will focus on producing, marketing, and distributing top-level action sports content. ‘Not only is this an exciting time for us, it’s also an exciting time for our industry. 411 now has the administrative support that allows us to focus on the things we do best. Also, by reaching a wider audience, we will drive more customers into our specialty retailers and increase our overall viewership, giving our advertisers an increased value for their investment with 411,’ said David Brooks, COO, 411 Productions. 411 is the number-one video content provider in the action sports industry. Formed in 1993, 411 pioneered the concept of the skateboarding video magazine and has since sold over one-million copies of 411 titles. 411 produces 411VM Skateboarding, 411VM Snowboarding, 411VM BMX and 411VM Surfing video magazines, as well as distributing a host of other video productions. 411 is also an industry technology leader, providing content across all media including VHS, DVD, Internet and TV, 411 is located on the World Wide Web at Founded in 1998, Wasserman Media Group, LLC is a sports and entertainment company specializing in talent and lifestyle focused marketing and consulting. WMG’s divisions include Envision, LLC, a naming rights and corporate consulting company, The Familie, the market leader in action sports athlete management and youth marketing, and music management company, DC Music. Envision secured over a dozen major naming-rights deals, including a record $187 million for Atlanta’s Philips Arena, and represented the Philadelphia Phillies in the naming of Citizens Bank Park, while its consulting division handles T-Mobile, Nestle, Perrier, Heinz and The Sports Authority. The Familie represents an impressive collection of action sports stars such as Dave Mirra, Travis Pastrana, Bucky Lasek, Tara Dakides, Bob Burnquist, Chad Reed, Parks Bonifay and Carey Hart. The Familie’s marketing agency develops creative, public relations and marketing campaigns with a wide array of clients including ATandT and Butterfinger. DC Music is an artist-driven music management company that represents established and burgeoning talent including the world-renowned band, Coldplay. Wasserman Media Group is also the holding company for the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League.

25th ANNUAL SPORTS EMMY NOMINATIONS to be Announced at Octagon/Street and Smith’s World Congress of Sports Sports and Entertainment Come Together on March 3-4 in Newport Beach, CA. – NEWPORT BEACH, CA. FEB. 23, 2004 – The National Television Academy will announce the 25th Annual Sports Emmy nominations before the largest gathering of senior executives from the world of sports and entertainment, at the third annual Octagon/ Street and Smith’s World Congress of Sports at the Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach, CA. Richard Weiss, Publisher of the Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Peter Price, President of the NTA on March 4, at 7:30 am, will announce nominees in seven of the 27 categories. They will also unveil the television sports executives being honored with the NTA Lifetime Achievement Award. The 25th annual Sports Emmy Awards Ceremony is scheduled for April 19, 2004 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. ‘We welcome the NTA to our event to announce the nominees for the 2003 Sports Emmys before the largest annual gathering of senior sports marketing executives,’ said Mr. Weiss. ‘Television is the venue that brings the convergence of sports and entertainment home to millions of people, so our event is an appropriate stage to recognize the best in sports broadcasting.’ The Sports Emmys are given to sports broadcasters and industry professionals in such categories as: Live Sports Special, Live Sports Series, Edited Sports Special, Sports Documentary, Studio Host, Edited Sports Series/Anthologies, Weekly Studio Show, Daily Studio Show, Play-by-Play, Studio Analyst and Event Analyst. A complete list of nominees, broken down by broadcast and cable entities and tabulated by the independent accountancy firm of Lutz and Carr, LLP, New York will be available at Reality television pioneer Mark Burnett best known as the Executive Producer of Survivor; the Eco-Challenge; The Apprentice; and The Restaurant, will deliver the opening keynote address at the Congress. Other keynotes will be delivered by Carl Pascarella, President and CEO of Visa U.S.A. Inc. and Jeff Taylor, Founder and Chief Monster of Monster.Com. They will be followed by a who’s who of guest panelists from sports and entertainment, including: Jerry Colangelo, Managing General Partner and Chairman of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns; Rick Dudley, President and CEO of Octagon Worldwide; Dick Ebersol, Chairman of NBC Sports and NBC Olympics; Peter Guber, Chairman of Mandalay Entertainment Group; David Hill, Chairman and CEO of Fox Sports Television Group; Mike Tollin, Partner of Tollin/Robbins Productions; Orly Adelson, Executive Producer of Playmakers; Tony Ponturo, VP Global Media and Sports Marketing of Anheuser-Busch, Inc.; and Casey Wasserman, Chairman and CEO of Wasserman Media Group and many others. For more information about the event visit our website


SIXSPACE NEWS – As there are three major museum photography exhibitions currently on view in Los Angeles, we cannot imagine a more appropriate time to present the world-premiere exhibition of ‘The Idealist’ by New York photographer Glen E. Friedman. The opening reception is Saturday, March 6 from 7-10 pm and continues through April 10. All are welcome and Friedman will be in attendance to answer questions and sign books. While Friedman is well known for being the preeminent subculture (punk, hip hop, and skateboarding) recorder, this exhibition is an introduction to his fine art photography. Comprised of international landscape and cityscape, still life, and documentary images, ‘The Idealist’ traces Friedman’s development as a fine-artist. New and old fans will discover his capacity to capture essential moments of anything he sets his eyes on. This exhibition also acts as the official release for the updated version of the book ‘The Idealist – In My Eyes – 25 Years’. The book will be available at the gallery throughout the exhibition for purchase. You can preview selected images online at Photographs are available for purchase.

EXTREME THING – Nevada’s largest extreme sports and music festival is gearing up for another huge year. This year’s event is scheduled for March 27, 2004 at Desert Breeze Skate Park (8275 W. Spring Mountain Road) Las Vegas, NV from 10am – 10pm. With the support of Vegas’ X107.5 Xtreme Radio, the popular all day happening will once again feature some of the world’s top pro and amateur extreme sports atheletes as well as 3 killer stages of live music boasting an impressive lineup of pop-punk, rock, hardcore, hip hop and ska acts. Some of this year’s attractions include bmx/skateboard/inline competitions, pro skate/bmx exhibitions, motorcycle demonstrations from the Moto-X-XR50 Freestyle Team, a freakshow side stage featuring former Lollapalooza star, Zamora ( and other oddities from Vegas’ hit show SHOCK, plus dozens of vendors and loads of food and drink. Artists confirmed to play on the two main stages include: Sugarcult, The Matches, Story of The Year, Hazen Street, Atreyu, My Chemical Romance, Bowling For Soup, Reel Big Fish, Homegrown, Forces if Evil, Buck O Nine, Over The Line, 12 Volt, Little Man, Voodoo Glowskulls and more… The Hip Hop Stage will feature artists such as Planet Asia, DNA, ill figures and OPM, as well as MC/Freestyle Rap and Breakdancing/B-Boy Battles (each with $500 cash prize). For more information visit:

DONAVAN FRANKERIETER NEWS – Charismatic and soulful both in and out of the ocean, Donavon Frankenrieter will have his land-legs on for his first official tour opening up for groove-sters Of A Revolution (aka O.A.R.) March 1st marks the kick off this set of West Coast dates. The singer-songwriter will be warming up fans for his upcoming self-titled debut that will be released on May 11th, 2004 by Jack Johnson’s label Brushfire Records. With a passion for music as well as the surf, Laguna Beach local Donavon keeps it simple. Frankenreiter’s mellow sound falls into the laid-back So Cal style of Johnson who also produced the album. The release will bring Donavon’s last 10 years alive with songs of love, travel and everything in between. LA date – 3/11/04- Los Angeles, CA: The Wiltern For more tour dates go to!

DIE HUNNS SKATE CONTEST – From Now until April 1st, email pictures of yourself skating in a home made HUNNS T-Shirt to Corey and Duane to pick the winners. Prizes include Die Hunns Skate deck, a Black label DVD, Vision and Black label T-shirts. Signed 7’s – Photos will be posted on the site. – Die’ HUNNS ‘Long Leggs’ will be hitting the stores March 23 2004 . We ended up going back into the studio a few times and Corey is singin on a lot a tunes as a taster of whats to come ! we master’d the record at oasis and the thing smokes! 39 minutes of Kick you in the face Punk RocknRoll ! We got 1000 hand painted posters for the stores and the Road .The Hunns will be doing in stores at Vinyl solution. Headline records and Ameba as well as getting the record on display at ameba for two weeks w/price discount.Also Record release parties to be announced !The Cd is – first digi pak w/ enhanced Rad Video ! Disaster will have joint adds comming out with and , as well as a skateboard comming out on vision for the Hunns and the Bombs.We Licenced the record to For more go to

LIFE ROLLS ON – July 26th, 2004 -Malibu Country Club – 6th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Spinal Cord Injury Research and Education. On July 25th, 2004 at Malibu Inn and Restaurant – LRO hosts Night by the Ocean Dinner, Auction and Concert. Life Rolls On is a non-profit 501(c)3 Foundation dedicated to increasing awareness about spinal cord injuries (SCI) within youth culture via influential action sports athletes. Through recreational, educational, and developmental programs, Life Rolls On raises money to fund research for the treatment and cure of paralysis caused by SCI. The Foundation supports the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, as well as other charities, by raising money to fund more research. The Foundation’s mission is also to spread the word of motivation and to instill in the lives of our nation’s injured, that life with SCI, does indeed ‘Roll On.’ For more info go to


SANTA CRUZ NEWS – The new Tom Knox decks will be ready for shipping April 15th from NHS inc.(Santa Cruz Skateboards). Knox will have two shapes, one with the graphics above and one with my original fire pit graphic. Eric Dressen will also have two shapes and graphics. Check them out at

FACTORY 13 NEWS – Crucial updates from Factory 13… It’s time for a blunt kick to the throat for a communist supporting, people exploiting skate industry… human rights are important… F 13 boards are handmade/handprinted by skaters… to be released March 2004 – 2nd wave blitz – a line of boards for the benefit of humanity… introducing the curbslappys ‘banned in Cleveland’ super pro model – 10 x 32 8 ply 16’wb double kick. Comes with a CD and pointy nose… The JFA ‘good grief’ lineup with four boards, new grapics, shirts… kings of skaterock still destroying pools with true style… Disaster Records working in unity with Factory 13 to make punk rock skateboarding a threat to the masses… with every Disaster Records board comes a silk screened poster for Duane Peters band ‘the Hunns’ on tour now… Keep in mind brothers/sisters… Factory 14 is going full tilt for true skateboard liberation – 6,7,8,9 ply boards… 3 styles of wheel wells… slik ply, custom dimensions… individual design… one of a kind… multiple molds/concaves to choose from… all handmade by skaters… sponsoring true punk rock bands… a new line of model boards to be released in March from F13 will re-install your faith in creativity and style.

DISASTER RECORDS NEWS – DISASTER has nabbed the EXPLODING F**K DOLLS. Their CD is titled ‘Crack the Safe,’ and will be released in May. It’s a collection of material covering the years 1991 to the present day, with their four different lead singers, including Duane Peters who sings on a few tracks; it’s pre- U.S.Bombs stuff and a must have for any true Bombs or Hunns fan. You can see the EXPLODING F**K DOLLS live on March 24th @ China Beach in San Clemente w/ The Hunns and Radio One. SMOGTOWN is back in action! They put down their bongs and surf boards, well, maybe just their surf boards, and picked up their guitars again. SMOGTOWN is playing March 20th at China Beach in San Clemente. Be there or be square. For additional info and regular updates, check our website :

STOKED DVD – The DVD is out for ‘STOKED: The Rise and Fall of Gator’ through Lions Gate/Palm Pictures; in the USA and Canada with 100 minutes of extras! On the DVD: Five page interactive timeline and rare vintage interview outtakes, skate sessions and demo, Extended scenes with arresting new material, Private unseen home movies, Criminal case documentation, New short films by director Helen Stickler ‘Stoked: Uncovered’ FUEL television special, Theatrical trailer, Weblinks, Spanish subtitles with surround sound. Check out the limited edition STOKED signed and silkscreened movie poster at STOKED: THE RISE AND FALL OF GATOR charts 80s skateboarding legend-turned-convict Mark ‘Gator’ Rogowski’s transformation from local hero to international superstar, as skateboarding became a global passion. As part of an elite crew of top pros, Gator held rank with skate icons Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero and Lance Mountain, who in the film recall the culture shock of teens colliding with wealth and stardom. The charismatic, egocentric Gator strove for celebrity, but when styles in skating shifted, his waning fame skidded into infamy in a shocking act of violence. Six years in the making, STOKED mixes high voltage skate footage, home movies, eighties nostalgia, music and interviews to create an unforgettable portrait of an era and a man. For more info about the film or to order a copy of your own – go to WWW.STOKEDMOVIE.COM


BULLDOG SKATES has introduced its new 62mm BDS wheel… For more go to

QUIKSILVER PRO presented by Boost Mobile (March 2nd to 14th) – Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) – 2004 World Championship Tour (WCT) – Shaun Gossmann Wins Trials and Main Event Wildcard Spot – Monday, March 1, 2004 (Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast, Australia) South African born Shaun Gossmann today beat an international field of 12 hopefuls to win the Quiksilver Trials and earn the final wildcard position into the Quiksilver Pro presented by Boost Mobile main event. The US$260,000 World Championship Tournament (WCT) enters its official waiting period tomorrow morning, with great conditions expected to greet the highly anticipated season opener. Gossmann has joined highly touted Californian Dane Reynolds and former ASP Australasian Junior Circuit champion Luke Munro (Currumbin, QLD) as event wildcards. At the Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club at Snapper Rocks, the official Quiksilver Pro presented by Boost Mobile press conference took place with a handful of the world’s best surfers and packed room of media persons in attendance. ASP President Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew got things underway with a warm welcome and set the scene for the tournament. ‘There’s a lot of anticipation for the first event, rolling out the Foster’s men’s World Tour,’ stated Bartholomew. ‘It’s great to see world champion Andy Irons here. I think the challengers are going to be pretty solid. Every heat here in the past few years has been amazing. I’m sure the performance levels are going to be outrageous. Local surfers have won the event the past couple of years – Joel Parkinson and Dean Morrison – so local knowledge has played a lot of advantage, but I’m sure the international guys will really lift their performance and take it to the local surfers this year. It’s going to be something really special. Everyone is on equal points right now, but tomorrow they’ll be thinking ‘yes I can win this event, and yes I can be world champion.’ I think 2004 is going to be really exciting.’ The Torquay ‘Time Tunnel’ award is again being offered during the Quiksilver Pro presented by Boost Mobile, with AUD$5,000 up for gabs to whichever lucky surfer emerges from the longest tube during the competition. With epic waves expected, the bar is definitely going to be raised with some ridiculously long barrel rides. The US$260,000 Quiksilver Pro presented by Boost Mobile has a waiting period from March 2nd through to the 14th featuring the worlds top 45 male surfers. Further information:

2004 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR – (WCT) Surfing World Champions honored at Night of Nights – Gold Coast, QLD, Australia (Sunday, February 29, 2004) The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) officially crowned its 2003 World Champions last night and honored a host of other illustrious contributors to the sport at its annual ‘Champions of The World Awards Banquet’. A red-carpet gala affair, the evening was attended by the top 45 rated men, top 17 rated women, and hundreds of distinguished international guests at the Marriott Hotel in Surfer’s Paradise. A media throng and fans greeted the sports elite as they arrived by limousine and walked the red carpet. Multi-talented musician and Bells Beach-based surfer Xavier Rudd performed at a pre-awards cocktail reception before guests took their places in the ballroom and ASP President Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew opened proceedings with a welcoming speech. ‘This really harks back to the early days,’ explained Bartholomew, the 1978 world champion. ‘Crowning the World Champions just days before the commencement of the new season, before anyone has had a chance to surf a heat or get any runs on the board. We should be in for a great night,’ he joked. ‘Because no one here has any reason to hate the person sitting next to them.’ Local Mayor Gary Baildon praised the surfers and ASP, welcoming the banquet (formerly held in Hawaii) to Australia. ‘The surfing culture underpins the Gold Coast Community. Nowhere is the love of surfing and the respect and admiration of surfing’s stars any greater than here,’ said Baildon. Following what many regard as the tightest, most exciting title race in the sports’ 28 year history, Andy Irons (Haw) was then crowned Men’s World Championship Tour (WCT) winner for the second consecutive year. The Kauaian was gracious in the acceptance of his award, singling out six-time World Champion Kelly Slater as an intense rival that drove him to his own personal limits during the deciding final event at Pipeline last season. ‘There were times when I thought I couldn’t do it and just wanted to forget about it and go home,’ said Irons before receiving a standing ovation. ‘But I’m glad I didn’t. Right now, this is the stuff I dreamed of as a kid.’ Layne Beachley (Aus) then received her record-breaking sixth consecutive ASP world title, and put any unfounded predictions that she may retire to rest by announcing a fully committed return to competition in 2004. In the process, praised female champions who came before her for their pioneering efforts. ‘Pam Burridge (Australia’s first ‘Queen of the Waves’ in the 80s and 90s) used to earn $500 a month and next week we’re competing for US$62,000,’ said Beachley. ‘It’s clear women’s surfing has come a long way. And for all the other girls here tonight, just letting you know I’m not retiring. You’re going to have to win the title off me fair and square!’ 2003 men’s runner-up Kelly Slater made the night’s longest acceptance speech, bringing the room to a hush as he sincerely thanked two close friends, Quiksilver’s Bruce Raymond and former Australian Iron Man champion Trevor Hendy, for helping him shake a personal nadir following his overwhelming competitive run in the late 90s. ‘In 1998 when I’d only just won the World Title from Mick Campbell and Dan Wills (Aus) at Pipeline, I told myself I’d experienced the best time in my life and things probably wouldn’t get any better, and so they didn’t,’ explained Slater. ‘But I finally achieved a turn-around last year when my friends caught me at an opportune time and sat me down. They helped me to become honest with my life and where I was going. I’d like to congratulate Andy for pushing me to new levels last year, the best year of my life. Now I’ve got a total new motivation.’ Other winners included Adriano De Souza (Brz) – World Junior Champion, Beau Young (Aus) – World Longboard Champion, Gary ‘Kong’ Elkerton (Aus) – World Masters Champion (aged 35-44) and Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew (Aus) – crowned World Grand Masters Champion (45+). Young clinched his second world title by defeating American prodigy Joel Tudor in the final of the Oxbow World Longboard Championships at Raglan, New Zealand last November. Beau’s win is the sixth world surfing crown for the Young family, with his father and legend Nat, previously claiming four. ‘The surfing tribe is very large and fills all walks of life. We’re open minded and tolerant of religion, race, income and board choice,’ joked Young. ‘We are all one. We need to ensure that the oceans we enjoy today are here for our children, and our children’s children, years from now.’ Other awards were presented to 2003 women’s WCT runner-up Keala Kennelly (Haw), men’s Most Improved Dean Morrison (Aus), women’s Most Improved Samantha Cornish (Aus), ‘Rookies of the Year’ Luke Stedman (Aus) and Sophia Mulanovich (Peru), as well as the 2003 World Qualifying Series (WQS) winners – Neco Padaratz (Brz) and Melanie Bartels (Haw). Retiring surfers Shane Dorian (Haw), Shane Powell (Aus), and Brazilian heroes Fabio Gouveia (Brz) and Flavio Padaratz (Brz) were also mentioned, with Padaratz receiving special recognition for his tireless competitive energy following 15 years on tour, and serving countless terms as a representative on the ASP Executive Board. The ASP Cultural Award was presented to Jokin Arroyo, on behalf of the Basque people of Spain who have contributed to the growth of international surfing since the late 80s, each year continuing to stage major events while making significant cultural impacts on the sport. Previous Cultural Awards have been presented to the Tahitian Surfing Federation and Chief Druku of Tavarua Island, Fiji. Hawaiian-based Mike Strata accepted the Special Acknowledgement award. Mike kindly allowed organizers of the Xbox Pipeline Masters event to have full use of his four story beachside mansion at Pipeline, when permit restrictions stopped the usual beach structures being setup. Judges, media and promoters made use of Mike’s house for days as the 2003 season came to its dramatic close. A video montage and speech by Rabbit honored the unique lifestyle, skills and character of Californian legend Miki Dora – who passed away aged 67, on January 3rd, 2002 following a six-month battle with cancer. Dora was famous for being one of surfing’s ‘most tirelessly committed surfers’ and for ‘living outside the system’ most of his adult life. There was also an emotional and lengthy standing ovation for the tireless efforts of ASP CEO Peter Whittaker, who has been battling severe illness the past year, yet still managed to attend the function. The night also launched the Fosters Men’s Tour and ASP Women’s Tour into the 2004 season, with the first World Championship events commencing in two days – March 2nd, at nearby Snapper Rocks for the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro presented by Boost Mobile.


DECKARAMA – Skateboard Art Exhibition – Fremont, California -Reception and Lecture – March 31, 2004 – at The Louie-Meager Art Gallery. The art of the skateboard deck exhibit runs March 3-April 11, 2004. The skateboard subculture generates a brash-new-urban folk art with a history stemming from graphic design, underground art and appropriated commercial pop icons. The Louie-Meager Art Gallery is currently displaying a chronology of skateboard decks dating from the 1950’s to the present day. The era of the 1980’s is highlighted through the works and collection of Jim and Jimbo Phillips, as well as other collections representing various eras concerning different styles of art and illustration. Artist from around the nation and locally have also been chosen to display their art and skateboard decks, truly making this an admirable event. In addition, The Gallery will be hosting a reception on Wednesday, March 31st, 2004 from the hours of 6:30pm to 8:45pm. Jim and Jimbo Phillips will be highlighting the evening as guest speakers to discuss art, art techniques, skateboarding and its respective industry. A question and answer period will conclude Jim and Jimbo Phillips panel. A free raffle will be held which will include skateboards, t-shirts, stickers and various related merchandise. The exhibition is currently open for viewing Monday through Friday from 12pm to 3pm; Wednesday evening by appointment, and during most Smith Center events. Admission is Free. The curators for the Deckarama Exhibition are Orlando Lacro and Louis Lima. They are both from the Bay Area being directly impacted by skateboarding at early ages. Their goal is to inform the general public about the art of the skateboard deck and to educate through an artistic perspective. For information:

RIDING GIANTS is the exciting new documentary from Stacy Peralta (Dogtown and Z-Boys) that honors the history of big wave surfing and traces its origins back over 1500 years to present day, celebrating and deifying the legends that made the subculture into an international sport. RIDING GIANTS recently premiered as the opening night film for the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. There is no way to tell the story of big wave riding without tracing the history of surfing itself, a history that goes back much further than the Beach Boys and ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.’ The film begins with surfing’s early Polynesian roots to its rebirth in the early 20th century and the subculture that followed in the late 1940s. A new ideal was created at that time, a hybrid of Polynesian waterman and American frontiersman, from which a spirit of romantic bohemianism that is the mainstay of modern surfing lifestyle was born. In the film, we meet Greg ‘Da Bull’ Noll, pioneering rider whose unrelenting determination to surf Hawaii’s ‘unridden realm’ in the late 1950s and 1960s earned him his nickname; Jeff Clark, Northern California’s lone frontiersman who, after discovering the massive waves of Maverick’s near San Francisco, rode there alone for over a decade; and Hawaii’s Laird Hamilton, the prototypical ‘extreme’ surfer, a rare breed of athlete/innovator considered the best big wave rider who ever waxed a board. RIDING GIANTS is the story of these original big wave riders and the countless others who have followed in their waves and chased their dreams out into the blue water, riding 50 foot, 60 foot and even 70 foot waves in a manner once considered the realm of fantasy. Experience the breathless moments of quiet grace that these extraordinary adventurers believe are achievable within the violent world. Directed by Stacy Peralta and written by Stacy Peralta and Sam George. Produced by Agi Orsi, Stacy Peralta and Jane Kachmer; with Executive Producers Nathalie Delest, Franck Marty and Laird Hamilton. The film reunites Peralta with Editor Paul Crowder, Director of Photography Peter Pilafian and Producer Agi Orsi, who worked with Peralta on DOGTOWN AND THE Z-BOYS.


ETNIES GOOD WORKS – etnies Donates Over 2,000 Shoes To L.A. Mission! On Good Friday, the Los Angeles Mission will serve nearly 3,000 hot meals to adults and children, wash and care for the feet of the homeless, and give them over 2,000 brand-new pairs of etnies shoes. For the last three years on Easter, the Los Angeles Mission has offered podiatry services to the homeless, healing the feet of those in need. Located in an area often referred to as Skid Row, this foot care warms the souls of the homeless by reaching out to them in a loving manner. The effort is an outreach by the Los Angeles Mission Medical Clinic to address the foot problems suffered by many on Skid Row, an area the Mission has renamed Hope Central. This Easter event is a way of inviting the less fortunate, who seldom receive normal loving contact, to join the Mission’s program to help them get off the streets permanently. In addition to receiving podiatric care, participants will receive a warm meal, an Easter gift bag, and a free pair of etnies shoes! Hosted by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., plus hundreds of volunteers that will participate, the event will also include Patricia Heaton, John Larroquette, Jayne Meadows, Enrico Colantoni, Ellen Dubin, Edwin Hodge, Aldis Hodge, Arlen Escarpeta, Scotty Levenworth, Marsela Lusha, Gerren Taylor, Courtnee Draper and etnies CEO / owner Pierre André Senizergues. The entire block of 5th Street between Wall and San Pedro will be closed to vehicular traffic for the Los Angeles Mission Easter event, starting at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, April 9. etnies is proud to support the Los Angles Mission and give back to the community in such a great way. For further details go to

DIE HUNNS NEWS – Die Hunns have been stayin way busy… Free Show for fuel T.V. on April 4th with T.S.O.L. – Confirmed at the Key Club in L.A, All ages! And it’s fuckin Free! This will be the Last show in the states till May…. Split single comin out in May with Radio 1 – One brand new Track apiece/Disaster. We’re in Europe from April 6th til May 11th. Check in for our Road diary with pics exclusively on our website! The new Record ‘Long Legs’ Is Out and Doing Great! The Response Has been unreal! And The Band Thanks Anyone who’s Purchased or stolen it! Shows comin up in the States in clubs and Punks Vs Psychos, and warped Dates. Fuel T.V. (Go to has been rotating tons of D.P. skate footage and Hunns tunes to go along with 24 hr skate, surf and what not T.V. ch.612.

FUELTV, 24/7 action sports television, will be shooting the next installment of our original series Check 1, 2 with Duane Peters and TSOL this Sunday, April 4th, and you are invited to join us. Check 1, 2 fuses the world of action sports with the world of music, as FUEL captures the musicians in the action sports world performing on stage with their musical heroes. Duane Peters has been a professional skater for almost 20 years and has been punk his whole life. Both bands will play and Duane and Jack from TSOL will join each others’ bands and perform together for a good portion of the event. This is an event you can’t miss – how often is real punk rock on TV. – Key Club – 9039 Sunset Blvd – West Hollywood, CA 90069 – Sunday April 4th – Doors open at 5 PM – Duane Peters and the Hunns 6 PM… TSOL to follow. For more go to 24/7 action sports television


SURF: THE AUCTION – EVIL MONITO.COMMUNICATION- In4mation and Evil Monito.Communication will be launching an online auction of surfboards from the show – SURF – The auction will proceed via EBAY starting on March 25, 2004, 10:00 AM PST on The Auction will end on April 1, 2004, 10:00 AM PST. The show was a benefit for pro-surfer Jason Bogle whom has been diagnosed with EWINGS SARCOMA CANCER… Please keep in mind that this is a benefit so all proceeds will go the JASON BOGLE Cancer Fund. Thank you all for everything you have done and lets spread the word so Jason can cover his expenses. For details go to

JOHN CARDIEL TRUST FUND – The John Cardiel Trust fund is a great way to donate to John’s recovery and expenses. Please send donations and contributions to: John Cardiel, c/o El Dorado Savings, 10612 Combie Road, Auburn, CA 95602… Cards and letters can be sent to John at: Deluxe – Attn: John Cardiel 1775 Egbert Avenue San Francisco, CA 94124

BALLARD BOWL MEETING – Thursday 4/8 5-8pm. EMAIL This is going to be a crucial and detrimental meeting concerning the fate of our only city-owned skatepark. South Lake Union Armory – 860 Terry Ave N (south end of Lake Union) For updates go to

FLORIDA BRO BOWL JAM 2004 – Entertainment Warehouse Productions and Reklis Products Co. is holding an all day Bro Bowl Jam in downtown Tampa, FL on April 3rd, 2004 sponsored by Nike, Dinosaur Skates, Reklis Products,, West side skateshops, Skatepark of Tampa, 688 Skatepark, and Etnies. If you have some stuff that you would like us to give away as prizes at the Jam, send a package to: E. Warehouse Inc. 311 Missouri Ave. N Largo, Fl 33770

NEWS FROM FRANCE – The holes in the Marseille park are being fixed right now and the Holenite bowl is still sessioned every Thursday. The Holenite party is planned for June 12-13 (a week before the Quiksilver contest) but it’s not official yet. I just returned from a great sk8 trip to Algorta, Spain (Hewitt cover) and it’s one of the best places ever. Keep ripping, Jean Terrisse.

ART PROSTITUTE – NAKED – featuring the work of Ryan McGinness, Michael and Laura Leon, David Choe, The Girl Skateboard Art Dump at THE LITTLE TEMPLE 4519 Santa Monica blvd. Los Angeles, CA – March 25, 2004 – 10PM-2AM, No Cover, 21+… Made possible by Obey Giant, Whittier Graphics, American Apparel, and Foundry Press. Featured artists will be in attendance and limited edition Art Prostitute shirts by Michael Leon, Andy Mueller and Andy Jenkins will be available for purchase at the event. For more info

USAS – The newest ‘governing body of skateboarding’ – the USAS – which stands for ‘USA skateboarding’ is now in place. A recent meeting of the USAS was led by Gary Ream and Mike Jacki of the Woodward Skate Camp. They have a relationship with Olympic gymnastics and have been approached by the International Olympic Committee. Motions were made and the executive board was nominated as follows: Gary Ream – President, Tony Hawk – Vice President, Jim Fitzpatrick – Vice President, Don Bostick – Vice President, Miki Vuckovich – Member, Dave Carnie – Member, John Bernards – Treasurer, Mark Waters – Secretary, Neal Hendrix – Athlete, Buster Halterman – Athlete. Skateboarding is slowly but surely making its way toward the Olympics…

SUN DIEGO BOARDSHOP BEST TRICK CONTEST – Sun Diego Boardshop ‘Best Trick’ contest – Saturday, March 27th, 2004 at the Westfield Shoppingtown in Escondido, CA. Winner takes home $2000. Pro demo by Adio, Hollywood and Krew included.

SAVIER NEWS – Savier will discontinue current operations due to an inability to achieve its financial goals. Savier’s management team is exploring a number of strategic alternatives that will leverage Savier’s brand and successful designs. ‘We founded this company with a mission to design and develop performance product to meet the needs of serious skateboarders,’ said Paul Fidrych, founder of Savier. ‘Although we are small, we have created a strong connection with the skate community and have been backed by a tremendous team of riders, retailers, and employees. We owe them tremendous thanks for their support over the last 3 years. We still believe in our product and our brand, our sights are set on the future and on finding the right model that will let us continue to deliver product that sets a new standard in the skateboarding market.’ Over the next 30 days, Savier’s management will work closely with its retail and distribution partners, athletes and suppliers to ensure a smooth transition. Savier will continue to deliver product through its summer line of orders.

TAKE ACTION! Many states across the country, have instituted a ‘full pads’ law for all public skateparks. In the state of North Carolina, the man responsible for bill SB0774 requiring skateboarders to wear full pads at skateboard parks is Senator Walter Dalton from Rutherfordton, NC. His email address is Write him a letter expressing your thoughts and ask for an amendment to the law. Make your voice heard. Fight for an amendment to the full pads law. Speak up.

QUIKSILVER TO ACQUIRE DC SHOES – Quiksilver, Inc. Set to Acquire DC Shoes, Inc…. Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE: ZQK) and DC Shoes, Inc. announced a definitive agreement whereby Quiksilver will acquire DC Shoes, the premier designer, producer and distributor of action sports inspired footwear, apparel and related accessories in the U.S. and internationally. Quiksilver, Inc.’s surf-inspired Quiksilver and Roxy brands will be complemented by the DC Shoes brand with its skate-driven lifestyle. The combined businesses are perfectly positioned in the global youth market. DC Shoes, Inc. achieved total sales exceeding $100 million in the year ended December 31, 2003. Its broad product line includes a full range of skate shoes and snowboard boots with various technical and design features, as well as men’s and junior’s apparel and accessories. Quiksilver, Inc. reported revenues of $975 million for its fiscal year ended October 31, 2003. Robert B. McKnight, Jr., Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Quiksilver, Inc., commented, ‘DC shoes is a tremendous fit with our organization from a cultural, strategic and operational standpoint. They are a young, aggressive and energetic company which reminds me a lot of Quiksilver. We both share respect for the authenticity that makes our brands powerful, and we both benefit from product design that reflects technical excellence and great style. We expect to see tremendous synergies between our teams.’ Bernard Mariette, President of Quiksilver, Inc., commented, ‘DC Shoes fits all of the criteria we identify as key for an acquisition. DC has fantastic global potential, sizeable revenues, and their culture is very similar to Quiksilver’s. In fact, they have already demonstrated international success, and we can build on this with our global platform that has been developed over the past ten years. We expect DC to flourish with its separate design and marketing teams supported by the logistics of Quiksilver. While we have successfully developed a growing branded footwear business, DC’s management team will help fine tune our footwear operations and product. At the same time, we believe that DC has an excellent, but so far, relatively untapped opportunity, to deliver an even stronger sportswear line to the youth market.’ Headquartered in Vista, California, privately-held DC Shoes, Inc. commands a leadership position in the action sports industry as the premier designer, producer and distributor of skate-inspired shoes, apparel and related accessories. DC’s brand transcends the traditional boundaries of both footwear and skateboarding, with a diverse product mix respected by boardriders as well as a broad base of consumers. As one of the cornerstones of its marketing strategy, the company has built a world-class team of professional athletes that exemplify and enhance DC’s brand, develop its signature products, and support its promotional efforts. Ken Block, President and Founder of DC Shoes, Inc., said, ‘We are very excited to be partnering with Quiksilver, the number-one action sports brand in the industry. Their global platform will provide us with the resources to make DC even stronger, while allowing us to maintain the integrity and spirit of DC’s roots.’ Damon Way, Executive Vice President and Founder of DC Shoes, Inc., added, ‘Quiksilver is the ideal partner for us. Their understanding of our vision as it relates to product development, marketing, distribution, global strategies and athletes could not be any better.’ Mr. McKnight concluded, ‘We believe this deal represents yet another step in the evolution of our business and that our shareholders will be well served through this transaction. It fits incredibly well with our strategy of pursuing opportunities in the global youth market. We are thrilled to expand both the depth and breadth of our management team and portfolio of brands, and we remain highly focused on our goal of building one of the world’s leading branded consumer apparel, and now footwear, companies.’ The total purchase price for the acquisition will consist of an initial payment of $56 million in cash and 1.6 million restricted shares of Quiksilver common stock and the assumption of approximately $10 million in funded indebtedness. In addition, the sellers may receive up to an additional $57 million paid over 4 years through 2007 if DC Shoes reaches certain performance targets. Quiksilver designs, produces and distributes clothing, accessories and related products for youngminded people and develops brands that represent a casual lifestyle – driven from a boardriding heritage. Quiksilver’s authenticity is evident in its innovative products, events and retail environments across the globe. Quiksilver’s primary focus is apparel for young men and young women under the Quiksilver, Roxy, Raisins, and Radio Fiji labels. Quiksilver also manufactures apparel for boys (Quiksilver Boys and Hawk Clothing), girls (Roxy Girl, Teenie Wahine and Raisins Girls), men (Quiksilveredition and Fidra) and women (Leilani swimwear), as well as snowboards, snowboard boots and bindings under the Lib Technologies, Gnu and Bent Metal labels. Quiksilver’s products are sold throughout the world, primarily in surf shops and specialty stores that provide an authentic retail experience for our customers. For further information about Quiksilver, Inc., you are invited to take a look at our world at For further information about DC Shoes, Inc., go to

SKATERBUILT NEWS – Skaterbuilt is proud to announce three new models due out in late Spring in addition to the continuation of the o.g.- friendly 12′ x 34′ Pigs, 10′ x 33′ Piglets, and 11′ x 32′ Jay Smith models. The 10′ x 36′ ‘SkaterCult’ model is a fishtail hybrid deck with a ‘magic’ 18′ wheelbase. It’s functionally designed for all types of skating and is sure to be a great ride. The new (VRS) Vert Rider Series deck is a 9′ x 33′ modern 15′ wheelbase (directional) side-cut shape designed for today’s serious vert, park, and pool skater. The new (SPS) Street/Park Series deck is an 8′ x 31′ modern 14′ wheelbase (semi-directional) shape designed for the new generation of young street and park rippers. *All Skaterbuilt decks will continue to be made with shiny-black Formica bottoms only. Poolside Favors (PF-63’s) are new 63mm tall, 39mm wide, 99a, ‘church-glass’ style wheels manufactured at Creative Urethanes and were designed for serious vert, park, pool, and pipe riders. The PF 63’s are tall, hard, grippy, and fast- really fast. Skaterbuilt and Jay Smith logo t-shirts, jerseys, and decals are in stock and now available. Contact Skaterbuilt at: or call: 562-431-2406.

JELLO BIAFRA APOLOGIZES TO FANS FOR LATEST DEAD KENNEDYS ‘DEAF CLUB’ FIASCO – ‘I am sorry I have to be the whistle blower yet again. I am deeply embarrassed by the poor quality of their new ‘Live at the Deaf Club’ CD. It could have been a good album. But in my opinion the sound quality and remix are so lame it’s not even as good as the versions on ‘Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death.’ And those mixes are almost 20 years old. If they really ‘spent the better part of a year’ on this, I wonder what they were really doing most of the time. I don’t think the artwork is as boring as ‘Mutiny on the Bay,’ but it doesn’t really rock my world either. To me it’s a dumbed-down version of the good stuff Winston Smith and I made, but now it seems deliberately designed not to offend anyone. Sad. I relayed my concerns to East Bay Ray, but as usual I never heard back. I have also been confronted several times at shows by people feeling ripped off by the ‘Making of In God We Trust Inc.’ DVD. They said they felt especially burned by only 22 minutes of content, and that the karaoke section was as stupid as the elves (yes, elves) on the cover. Please, folks, I had nothing to do with this! Like the fake Dead Kennedys ‘reunion’ tours, I did not authorize either of these projects and was not allowed any meaningful input at all. I can’t double-check the 22 minutes or whatever because I am not allowed to possess the MVD releases unless I buy them from a store. I have never received copies, or even a contract, from Ray and Co. at all. Nor am I allowed to see all the books. In 1998 the other ex-Dead Kennedy’s filed a vicious lawsuit against me stemming from a dispute that got ugly when I opposed putting ‘Holiday in Cambodia’ in a Levi’s Dockers TV commercial. Unfortunately, their lawsuit is still going on. I maintain my innocence, and am sickened by what they have done to exploit Dead Kennedys once – good name and legacy since. I would like to go into much deeper detail about all this, but our attorneys have asked me not to. Let’s just say it is far from over, uglier than ever, with no end in sight. So please be aware of the mentality behind all current Dead Kennedys releases, and where the money is really going. If anyone wishes to help in any way, please support the Alternative Tentacles Legal Defense Fund: Alternative Tentacles Legal Defense Fund P.O. Box 419092 San Francisco, CA 94141. On the Internet: Any and all help is very deeply appreciated. Lick Bush in ’04.’ – Jello Biafra

VENICE, CA SKATEPARK ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASE – The VSA is happy to announce a membership drive and screening of surf and sk8 films from the Venice/Santa Monica area on May 7, 2004. In addition, Enie Minie recording artist Blue Eyed Son will perform live as will local punks Frontside Grind. Furthermore, the VSA has invited L.A City Council rep to speak about the Venice Sk8park that the VSA has lobbied so hard for. The event is free, however a $5.00 donation includes a raffle ticket to win great prizes from our generous sponsors. Thanks, Ger-I – VSA WHEN: May 07 2004. WHERE: Club GoodHurt Venice Blvd and Centinella Ave. TIME: 8:00-10:30. For more information or to contribute to the event please e-mail

SKATEBOARDERS AGAINST DRUGS – MISSION STATEMENT – ‘SkateBoarders Against Drugs’ is an exciting, innovative public service whose time has arrived and frankly, we’re surprised no one thought of it sooner. The main focus will be a series of ‘Drug Awareness’ skateboarding demonstrations at elementary schools here in Los Angeles and in the surrounding cities. Our Mission is to put on a spectacular show that will impact the lives of children. We have united the alcohol and drug free members of the Southern California skateboarding community in support of this cause. A team of notable skateboarders has been carefully selected to perform in these events. The video to the left was shot at the first event held on October 29, 2003, at Pine Crest Elementary School in Woodland Hills, CA. Unfortunately the rental equipment that was used cost the school $1400 dollars. With additional expenses the total cost of the event was almost $2000 dollars! With the proper funding our organization can purchase the necessary equipment, cover all expenses and put these events on at no cost to the schools. Can you see how important your contribution would be? We preciously need your Corporate Sponsorship to make these events become a reality. We’re also looking for Grants and Donations from Government Agencies, Foundations, Small Business’s and the Private Sector. ‘SKATEBOARDERS AGAINST DRUGS’ will combine with other non profit organizations who will donate services and/or items such as T-shirts, stickers and posters to be given away to the kids. At each event we will talk to the kids about the hazards of drugs and alcohol-reminding them to stay in school in order to achieve their goals in life. We’re searching for a benefactor with the same enthusiasm as us to serve our local communities by making these events HAPPEN! The Skateboarders Against Drugs Team is Rich Zuccarello, Chuck Wampler, Mike Reider, and Zack Grove. For more information contact ‘SkateBoarders Against Drugs’ at 310 574-4725. Thank you for Your Support. S.B.A.D President – Richard Zuccarello. Visit for details.


UNITED SKATE NEWS – The first grom contest of the year is gonna be at WARP skatepark in Woodstock, IL on May 8th. Go to or for more info. There will be two divisions – beginner and intermediate for skaters 13 years old and younger. It costs $20 to enter and registration is at 10AM and the contest starts at 12. Visit

2004 UNITED SKATEBOARDING ASSOCIATION GROM CONTEST SERIES CONTEST SCHEDULE – May 8 – W.A.R.P. – IL, May 22 -Skater Island -RI, June 12 – 885 – PA, June 27 – Rampage – NY, July 10 – Modern – MI, August 14 – Charm City – MD, and September 11 – Skate Shelter – NY. For more go to

2004 BEAST OF THE EAST UNITED SKATEBOARDING ASSOCIATION CONTEST SCHEDULE – May 9 – Warp Skatepark – IL, May 23 – Skater Island – RI, June 13 – 885 – PA, July 10 – Modern MI, July 31 – Sessions – OH, August 15 – Charm City – MD, September 12 – Skate Shelter – NY, October 10 -Title 10 – PA. For more go to

2004 SOCAL C.A.S.L. STREET SERIES – SOCAL-4 – APRIL 24, 2004 – HOLLYWOOD SPORTS – SOMERSET BLVD. – BELLFLOWER, CA; SOCAL-5 – MAY 22, 2004 – BOOMERS – 3405 MICHELSON DRIVE – IRVINE, CA…. CALIFORNIA STATE GAMES – VERT CONTEST – APRIL 23, 2004 – HOLLYWOOD SPORTS PARK SOMERSET BLVD. BELLFLOWER, CA…. C.A.S.L. adds VERT RAMP SERIES and POOL SERIES – The VERT RAMP SERIES and POOL SERIES will each have 3 to 5 Qualifing contests with the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP for each being held on JULY 18, 2004 in San Diego at the CALIFORNIA STATE GAMES. These schedules will be posted on the web at Also check future C.A.S.L. NEWSLETTERS for contest information. For more info go to

NEW OUTLOOK LIMITED EDITION FACTION POOL DECKS – Get a FREE Steve Caballero Bandoligy CD with every Faction Deck. Also new Team USA OutLook Decks. For more or to purchase:

QUIKSILVER PRO – presented by Boost Mobile (March 2-14) – Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) – 2004 World Championship Tour (WCT) – Lowe Defeats Irons To Win Final – Friday, March 12, 2004 (Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast, Australia) Australian – Michael Lowe (Windang, NSW) today defeated the biggest names in surfing to win the Quiksilver Pro presented by Boost Mobile. The US$260,000 World Championship Tournament (WCT) resumed with round four and ran right through the business end of the draw, climaxing at the grand finale and crowning of the 2004 champion. Clean 4ft (1.3m) righthanders persisted throughout the day at Rainbow Bay, offering plenty of room for the world’s best surfers to cut loose on. Conditions became more inconsistent during the higher tide, but this did little to slow down performances. Following an amazing day of surfing, in which world #8 Lowe accounted for six-time world champion Kelly Slater (FL, USA) in the quarterfinals and California Taylor Knox in the semis, the 26-year-old then faced reigning two-time world champion Andy Irons (Kauai, Haw). The goofy footer wasted little time in the 35-minute final, posting an 8.17 on his first ride and then snuck a great wave under his opponent’s priority to earn a daunting 9.17 midway through and gain control. Having won his last WCT title two years ago in Fiji, the victory brings his overall tally to three, but more significantly sees him on top of the world ratings for the first time in his career. It also generated a cool US$30,000 in prizemoney. Irons had been the form surfer of the event, posting a 9.63 and then the tournaments only perfect 10-point ride in the quarterfinals. Against Lowe his ability was never in question, but unfortunately a lack of waves and wrong decision to allow his opponent to catch a good one proved costly. Nonetheless, the runner-up finish is the Kauaian’s best ever season opener, and left him charged for the year ahead. Equal third today were Tom Whitaker (Bronte, Aus) and Knox. Both earned US$10,000 and are sitting pretty on the world ratings for at least the coming weeks. Knox, who finished last year rated 7th with three semifinal berths to his credit, appeared a dark horse leading into the final rounds. His match with Lowe proved extremely inconsistent however, and the pair sat waiting most the clash. Holding advantage with an eight in his tally, the Californian mistakenly allowed his opponent to catch a good wave near the end and there lost his chance of a finals berth. Finishing equal fifth in the Quiksilver Pro presented by Boost Mobile were Occhilupo, West Australian Jake Paterson, Slater, and Brazilian Victor Ribas. The Torquay Mineral Water ‘Time Tunnel’ award was won by Quiksilver Trials winner Shaun Gossmann (Gold Coast, Aus) for his amazing 13-second barrel in round one. The South African born surfer collected an additional AUD$5,000 pay packet. The Quiksilver Pro presented by Boost Mobile marked the first event on the 2004 Foster’s ASP men’s World Championship Tour (WCT). – Further information: and

SLAM CITY JAM returns April 30 – May 02 2004 to Vancouver BC for its 11th year! – This year Slam will be moving to a new venue located in the heart of downtown Vancouver called BC Place with a bigger street course, huge public skatepark, close proximity to clubs and hotels, easier access by transit, loads of skate spots nearby, better food, more toilets, security that’s way less lame and overall more to see, hear and do!!!

SKATELAB NEWS – SKATE CAMP – Summer Camp Dates are July 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th and August 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th. The hours are 9am to 12noon with instruction and 12pm to 6pm open skating. Cost is $125 for all 4 days. Includes lunch on Friday and camp t-shirt. You can sign up at… CASL Contest Coming MARCH 19th and 20th! New Bowl Division added for 2004. We are pround to be hosting CASL for our 5th straight year. This year the contest will be on SATURDAY, MARCH 20th for Street and FRIDAY NIGHT, MARCH 19th for bowl. Sign up at and you can go to for any other details.

SURFRIDER FOUNDATION – Surfrider Foundation Announces Paddle Texas – An Ultra-Long Distance Paddle and Fundraiser for the Surfrider Foundation’s Education Program in Texas (Houston, Texas) Starting May 1, 2004 Gene and Rachel Gore of South Padre Island, Texas will paddle the entire length of the Texas Gulf Coast on a 12′ paddleboard. They will paddle a distance of approximately 375 miles to support the Surfrider Foundation’s ‘Respect the Beach’ education program in Texas and to raise public awareness about environmental issues on state beaches. ‘PADDLE TEXAS’ will begin at the mouth of the Rio Grande on the Texas/Mexico border Saturday May 1, 2004 and end at the mouth of the Sabine River at the Texas/Louisiana border 10-14 days later. Gene and Rachel will take turns paddling in 1-hour shifts from 8-10 hours a day, with vehicle escort along stretches of driveable beach, and boat escort along the areas where vehicles cannot travel. Check Gene and Rachel’s progress online ( with daily reports and photos. All of the funds raised by pledges to ‘PADDLE TEXAS’ will be used to support the Surfrider Foundation’s ‘Respect the Beach’ education program for Texas schools.
There will be designated stops and press events at: South Padre Island (Isla Blanca Park – Sat. May 1, 10 a.m.);… Corpus Christi (Bob Hall Pier – Tues. May 4);… Port Aransas (Horace Caldwell Pier – Wed. May 5);…. Surfside Beach (Jetty Park – Sun. May 9);…. Galveston (51st Street Jetty – Mon. May 10);…. Sabine Pass (Wed. May 12) Finish…. (All dates and times are tentative due to varying weather conditions). Surfrider Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches, for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education. The Texas Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, founded in January 1999 with over 1,000 members statewide, is dedicated to protecting Texas’ public beaches.

MANIFEST – Saturday – September 25th 2004 – Seaside Park, Ventura – 9am – 6pm – Gold Coast Broadcasting is, for the first time, producing a major event that will take over Seaside Park in Ventura! We’re calling this event Manifest and can be described as a ‘Amusement Park for Men.’ The show will include: Classic Car Show, Extreme Sports Show, Technology Expo, Apparel Expo, Video Game Tournaments, New Car Expo, Cruiser Show, Sport bike Show, Water Crafts Exhibit, Kids Korner And more! This event will also include three Concert stages that will star musicians within the Rock, Alternative, and Hip Hop genres. Manifest at Ventura Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA on September 25th. For more info contact

ELEMENT SKATEBOARDS PRESENTS compressionSF, THE FIRST PHILANTHROPIC FUNDRAISER BENEFITTING ELEMENTAL AWARENESS – WHO: Johnny Schillereff, Founder and President, Element Skateboards, Todd Larson and Mike Kershnar, Co-Founders, Elemental Awareness… Confirmed guests include Element Team Riders Jeremy Wray, Tosh Townend, Colt Cannon, Terry Kennedy, Tony Tave and Mike Vallely… Expected guests include Mayor Gavin Newsom, Olympian skier Johnny Mosley, actor Jason Lee, Olympic soccer player Cobi Jones, Reality TV contests Russ Woods, Kelly Ford, Erin Brodie and others. WHAT: compressionSF is a journey through the urban landscape. Through diverse mediums of expressions including art, skateboarding, music, fashion, and nature skills, guests can experience the elements of the world touched by Elemental Awareness. Sponsored by Element Skateboards, 7×7 Magazine, Emerald Vodka and Skaterade Energy Drink, activities include a silent auction of action sports, outdoor, and gourmet gift packages, an Element Skateboards pro/am team riders’ half pipe exhibition, graffiti art installations, a modern art showcase and auction, fashion and breakdancing presentations, and vodka and wine tasting bars. WHERE: Suite one8one – 181 Eddy Street (between Mason and Taylor) – WHEN: Thursday, March 18, 2004 – 7:00 – midnight. For more information and tickets, please visit:

SOCALSKATEPARKS NEWS – The Glendale Skatepark will open Saturday April 17th! Visit for more updates, future skatepark information, event information, and more!

SEATTLE SKATEPARK NEWS – Over the last couple months you have seen us gathering steam using the locomotive called the Puget Sound Skatepark Association. In case you’ve been out of the loop, we are having a battle to save our lovely Ballard Bowl to a group of closed-minded individuals with private interests in pocket. The bowl itself takes only 3% of the overall new proposed civic park space, yet some folks wish to see the bowl, created with volunteer donations destroyed and replaced with a lackluster and quite expensive ‘street feature’. You might of asked yourself, ‘What can I do to help out?’.. well here is the chance. We need signed petitions from Seattle residents, King County residents and especially Ballard community residents. I urge you to take a moment and print out at least 5-10 copies of the attached flyer. Take them to your school, your church, your AA group, your skateshop or skatepark and get them filled out. Every one counts from little Timmys to your Grandparents and neighbors. We don’t care if you only skate street, ditches or dead mules, the point is clear and our intentions are to create a well-connected network of skateboard parks catering to every aspect of the activity we call our own. Now is your time to be part of an unparalleled skateboard activism movement that will make history culminating in a skateboard rally march from Seattle Center’s Seask8 park to City Hall on Saturday, May 15th (Which is also the bowls’ 2 year anniversary). There we will present the petitions and have presentations for the City of Seattle to hear our collective voices. Please make plans to attend this event, as now is the time and saving our only park is the cause. We are looking for special guest speakers and sponsors to help our grass-roots cause. If you know of someone who can aid us, please forward this email to them with our gratitude. For more information please contact us at Thank you – Jason Harrison – Founder – Puget Sound Skatepark Association – PO BOX 95922 Seattle, WA 98145

FOX CABLE NETWORKS’ 24/7 EXTREME SPORTS CHANNEL FUEL SURFS THE AUSTRALIAN AIRWAVES… FUEL, the 24-hour extreme sports network launched July 1, 2003 by Fox Cable Networks, had its official launch in Australia this week as one of the digital networks featured on the new FOXTEL Digital platform, it was announced by FUEL General Manager David Sternberg. With more than 130 channels and unique services at launch, FOXTEL Digital will include FOXTEL’s current suite of subscription channels and a carefully selected range of compelling new channels, including an international version of FUEL, together with time-shifted channels that enable greater choice and convenience for viewers to enjoy their favorite programs. FOXTEL Digital’s new channel line-up will give subscribers greater choice and value by allowing them to tailor their packages to better suit their viewing habits. FUEL on FOXTEL Digital will include about 80% of the original domestic programming and all the same unique branding that clearly identifies FUEL in the United States. Since the network’s launch in July, FUEL is now seen in nearly 6 million domestic homes. In the past two months, FUEL has launched on additional systems in 25 cities across California, Texas, Kansas, Utah, Indiana and Maine. The network has launched a combined total of 25 original series, specials and interstitials along with over 90 licensed series, events and action sports films in the last eight months adding more than 450 hours of fresh content to the small screen. FUEL just completed one of its largest production endeavors to date: a one-hour special devoted to the history, athletes and filmmakers of the X-Dance Film Festival which took place in Park City, Utah during the renowned Sundance Film Festival this past January. The award ceremony footage, coupled with interviews with big-wave surfing legend Laird Hamilton, Dogtown and Riding Giants producer/director Stacy Peralta, Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Bruce Brown (Endless Summer, On Any Sunday) and record-breaking skateboarder Danny Way, aired on Sunday, March 14, following an all-day extreme sports movie marathon. Fuel is the first 24-hour US cable network dedicated to the world of extreme sports. Fuel programming includes competitive and non-competitive action from skateboarding, surfing, BMX, freestyle motocross, snowboarding and wakeboarding, through coverage of major extreme sports events and industry trips with renowned action sports athletes. Launched on July 1, 2003, Fuel is a division of Fox Cable Networks. Fox Cable Networks provides the nation’s broadband operators access to numerous national and regional programming networks, including: FX, Fox Sports Net and its 11 owned-and-operated Fox Sports Net regional sports networks, plus Sunshine Network, National Geographic Channel, Speed Channel, Fuel, Fox Movie Channel, Fox Sports World, Fox Sports en Espanol, Fox Sports Digital Networks and related interactive television and broadband services. Together, Fox Cable Networks are distributed to over 275 million subscribers and represent one of the television industry’s most diverse portfolios of global, national, regional, local and personal programming services. For more info go to


FULLPIPE.COM NEWS – Here he is, ‘the Nozzle’, 12 skateparks built in a year… Carl Saunders, Grindline’s East Coast Shot Crete Shooter. Somebody hook him up with some size 11’s or I’m gonna be heckling some shoe companies. The forms were pulled out of the pipe on Saturday and we skated, it’s pretty damn good. Agents will roll out before May 1st to skate a couple of the Duck pools before they’re filled for the season. We’re also in a crazy planning stage right now for a 20 backyard pool contest series. I’ll be structuring what we’re going to be doing with it in the coming weeks. I’d appreciate it if the word was put out that Greg Castle will accepting the sponsorship money for these contests. Also, The Basic bowl contest will be held on April 24th in HB, CA and sponsorship money for that has to be received at Lido Extreme Boardshop in Newport Beach by April 1st. …For more go to

GRAVITY GAMES FROM SEPTEMBER 15-19 – Outdoor Life Network to Air 20 Hours of Exclusive Coverage- Outdoor Life Network announces that the Gravity Games – the world’s leading action sports competition – will return to Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor for the third consecutive year. The event will take place from September 15-19 and OLN will broadcast more than 20 hours of exclusive coverage during the event. ‘Cleveland has a proven track record of hosting this event and drawing fans,’ said OLN Vice President of Business Development Brad Friedrich. ‘OLN’s coverage of the event will capture the unique spirit of the Gravity Games and of the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. We’re excited to work with local officials and the organizers to make this a spectacular event.’ The 2003 Gravity Games drew 163,000 spectators, as more than 225 world-class action sports athletes from 13 countries competed in nine events, including bike, inline skating, skateboarding, wakeboarding and freestyle motocross. The Gravity Games held their first-ever live broadcast from Cleveland on September 14, 2003, featuring the freestyle motocross competition. The event also featured performances from two of today’s top bands, Jane’s Addiction and Simple Plan. The Gravity Games is the highest-rated, action sports television event in the United States. NBC aired a total of 10 hours of national coverage in 2003. In 2004, OLN will double that coverage by broadcasting more than 20 hours of the event.


CIRCA presents 3rd Annual Phoenix Am Skateboard Contest at Desert West Skateboard Plaza! – April 2 and 4, 2004 – Desert West Skateboard Plaza will hold it’s third annual amateur skateboard contest. The 1st and 2nd Annual Phoenix Am contests were huge successes with over 1200 spectators and contestants from across the world. This year, Circa Shoe Company and several other skateboard industry sponsors are providing their support. KR3W Apparel and Cowtown Skateboards are sponsoring the brand new street course! Nixon is the official timekeeper. This contest provides a way for the City of Phoenix and the Skateboard Enthusiasts to raise funds for additions to the skate park. In the past four years, over $52,000 has been raised through entry fees, donations and concessions. The park is located at 6501 W. Virginia Ave in Phoenix, AZ. The contest is scheduled from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday, and from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday. To raise additional funds, a $3.00 general admission is charged at the gate and concessions are sold. The PhxAm After Party is held Saturday night and will feature an AZ Roller Derby demo, mechanical bull, and live music by The Loud Pipes, The Hardways, and The Dropouts. One hundred riders will be accepted for the Qualifiers on April 3. All riders must have a legitimate industry sponsor and the top 35 of these qualifiers will skate in the semi-finals April 4. Only ten riders will be selected to compete in the finals on Sunday. First Place is competing for $2000, Second Place $1000, and Third Place $500. Also on Sunday, the Best Trick contest will commence with Zero Skateboards sponsoring the $2000 prize. Banner space and advertising packages will be available for purchase prior to the event. All proceeds from this contest will go directly to the Desert West Skateboard Plaza. There have been 16 contests at Desert West Skateboard Plaza since opening on May 31, 1997. The proceeds of one contest were donated to the Paradise Valley Skate Park. Each contest has approximately 200 riders of all levels of age and skill. Desert West Skateboard Plaza is skateboard only and it is the only free public park of it’s kind in the country. A dedicated committee of skateboarders and the City of Phoenix collaborated to put this park in the ground. Local skateboarders raised funds by holding skateboard contests on basketball courts and having concerts at local clubs. The City of Phoenix matched the funds and the first public skateboard park in Phoenix became a reality. During the park’s early years, skateboarders traveled to Desert West from all parts of the country, which prompted the growth of more than 25 parks throughout the state.

PHOENIX AM AFTER PARTY – – Saturday, April 3, 2004. Doors open at 8:30pm. – Surfside Skateland Roller Rink in Tempe, AZ! All ages! Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door.

RANDOM NEWS – Tia Carrere to host Eddie Would Go Benefit with Live Performance by David Boyles and Surprise Guests – Where: Level 3 – Hollywood and Highland 6801 Hollywood Blvd – When: Tuesday, March 23rd 2004 – Time: Press Check-in 8pm Red Carpet Arrivals 9pm – Who: Kevin Costner, Minnie Driver, Gisele Bundchen, Adam Sandler, Pierce Brosnan, Keanu Reeves, Neal McDonough, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Laird Hamilton, Gabrielle Reece, Clyde Aikau, Ty Pennington, Jeremy Piven, Brock Little, Noah Johnson, Brian Keaulana, the Malloy Brothers, Rob Machado, Traci Bingham, Tara Dakides, Lesley McKenna, Andy Macdonald, Travis Pastrana, Rodney Mullen, Bucky Lasek, Bob Burnquist, Mike Metzger, Ryan Sheckler, Holly Beck, Jay Anderson, Steve Bigler, Greg Noll, Bruce Brown, Tom Moore, Robert ‘Wingnut’ Weaver, Jamie Sheridan and many more celebrities expected…. Tia Carrere is proud to host the book launch for Stuart Coleman’s ‘Eddie Would Go’ to benefit the Eddie Aikau Memorial Foundation and Surf Aid International. A silent auction with many original and unique items is sponsored by: Quiksilver, PLAYER Magazine, Stockholm Kristall Vodka, the Palms Hotel and Casino, Ultimate Fighting Championship, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Surfer Magazine, Surfing Magazine, SG Magazine and Your Half Pictures…. About Eddie Aikau: Eddie Aikau was a legendary Hawaiian surfer and lifeguard. As a surfer, he rode the biggest waves in the world; as a lifeguard, he saved hundreds of lives on the North Shore. Tragically, Eddie lost his life in 1978 at the age of 32 when his 16-member canoe capsized during a storm. With no rescue craft in sight, Eddie attempted the 12-mile open ocean paddle to shore to seek help. Although the rest of his crew was rescued, Eddie was never seen again. This event is dedicated to his memory and bravery. About Surf Aid International: a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and health conditions of the Mentawai people and to encouraging and coordinating the support of the global surfing community. For more info go to

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