Here’s a Ballard (R.I.P.) Shot of Buckithead of Conspiracy who turns 46 years young this month and has been skating for 31 years! Happy Birthday Buckit!
CONSPIRACY NEWS -Check out the New ‘Death and Distortion Board’ 9’x32.5′ (15’wb) in the Swamp Series by L. Kuhn. A great deck for bowls and pools. Good concave, and a square tail shape. Dogear Tail, or Straight Tail. The Dogear Tail has a Tri-Tail Concave, Straight Tail has a traditional tail shape…. Also check out the new color for the ‘Alien Shot’ deck and t-shirt from Pushead. The New Colorado Skatepark Map II is now available with directions to over 90 Colorado skateparks. And check out the New Photo of the Month, and our newest crew member Joe Dirt! www.conspiracyboards.com
JUICE MAGAZINE is proud to announce Herbie Fletcher has joined the JUICE MAGAZINE staff as a features editor. We all consider this a great honor. Much respect is due to the entire Fletcher family. After a recent appearance at the XXL Billabong Big Wave Awards ruckus, Herbie’s been all over the place shooting photos and working on art for upcoming shows. He just came back with 3200 photos from Tahiti. Stay tuned.
JAY ADAMS got married this past weekend on Saturday May 14th on the beach in Waimea Bay in Hawaii. Congrats to Jay and Alisha Adams! Steve Ellis hosted the private reception at his place on the North Shore. Jay will be coming to California soon for the Lords of Dogtown premieres and the Santa Monica Skatepark Opening. Jay says he’ll be skating and promoting his new 100% Skateboarder company. Photo – Grant Fukuda.
HOSOI NEWS – Christian Hosoi is now officially riding for Vans! Another new sponsorship announcement can be expected next week. Hosoi is also sponsored by Quiksilver, Black Label/Emergency, Active Mail Order, Independent, Spitfire/Rocket Wheels, Ogio Bags, Nixon Watches, Khiro Bushings and Ninja Bearings as well as being a new features editor at Juice Magazine. Christian is doing the Uprising Tour with Lance Mountain, Richard Mulder and Brian Sumner. Jay Alabamy is coordinating the event. Go to www.theuprisingishere.com. Hosoi is also doing the Livin It Tour with Stephen Baldwin. The 2005 Tour starts on May 5, 2005 in Atlanta, Ga and runs through Nov 12, 2005 in Little Rock, AR. Find more info at www.livinit.org. Hosoi is also hosting Monday Night Skate Night in Santa Ana at City Lights Dream Center. Pops Hosoi, Christian Hosoi’s Dad has just finished his own DVD featuring Hosoi artwork and conversation about Christian as a kid.
MURF NEWS – Murf has been riding concrete up and down the East Coast, keeping things rolling including a recent session at the Wanchese Bowl and the RoundWall Roundup in Nags Head, NC. Wounded Knee’s best selling deck, the WK Sitting Bull is a favorite among East Coast hardcores. Thanks again to Vans who flew Murf out from NYC for the Pro-Tec Bowl Bash. Murf had a great time! Back on the East Coast, the recent 5.9% party in Attleboro was rained out but the party still raged on. Big Tim, Bato, Sloppy, Murf, Merk and the whole crew showed up with appropriate party antics.
SKATE SOLDIER DOWN – Everyone needs to pull some cash out of your pocket and help out Andy Kessler. Kessler has spent most of his life giving back to skateboarding, as a skateboarder, skatepark builder, NYC Parks and Rec director, skateboard company owner, journalist, photographer and much more. Kessler was recently skating at the Blind Bowl in NYC when he broke his hip and dislocated his femur. He was just released from the hospital along with a mountain of hospital bills. Kick down what you can to help a fellow skate soldier. You can send donations directly to Kessler via Paypal to email@example.com or you can send check, money orders and chicken soup to Andy Kessler at 238 East 95th Street Apt 2B New York, NY 10128.
EASTCOASTAHOLIC NEWS – Rob Nelson and Jesse Davis (who rides for Conspiracy) of Eastcoastaholic.com have a new East Coast skate video coming out soon. They also have a run of boards out now. For more go to www.eastcoastaholic.com.
VIDEO PREMIERE – Pig Woods first ever video is finally done!! Everyone is invited to join us at The Lapaloma Theatre in Encinitas, CA for the world premiere. As always the premiere is free. This coming Sunday May 29th. First show is at 7pm. Second showing will be around 8pm. From LA or SD the La Paloma Theatre is located on the corner of South Coast Highway 101 and D Street in Encinitas California. Take I-5 to Encinitas Boulevard exit and go West one block to South Coast Highway 101 and make a left. It’s are on the left hand side.
ELEMENT ENTERS THE SHOE MARKET – Element Skateboards today announced the expansion of its brand into the footwear category. A full line of Element shoes will be launched at the Actions Sports Retailer show in California in September, and will be progressively released to the company’s international markets thereafter. The line will reflect Element’s core beliefs in product development for skateboarders and follow in the footsteps of its success in hardgoods and apparel.
SWAMPCO NEWS – Check out the Tim Kerr series of posters. The skate series titled ‘Dogtown Forever’ features Tony Alva, Jay Adams, and. Stacy Peralta. The jazz series features John Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders, and Albert Ayler, titled ‘The Truth is Marching In’. Both are printed on thick chip board. We have also released a 10 year anniversary box set of No Lie Music. This box features almost everything issued on No Lie, including: Unsane, Blue Meanies, Jack O’ Fire, Lord High Fixers, Steel Pole Bathtub, and many many more. Very limited edition on these box sets. The European Tour in support of the new book ‘The Art of Modern Rock’ is now underway. Lindsey will be traveling across Europe for the next six weeks. There are, however, a couple of new posters that will be available including Peter Murphy. Keep an eye on the Swamp web site for availability. www.swampco.com. Also go to www.lindseykuhn.com.
STEVE OLSON NEWS – Steve Olson is just back from Paris where he was racing in some international slalom events. Mr. Olson has been making art and jetting between LA and NYC for exhibitions of all sorts. Olson is currently riding for Daggers and Black Label/Emergency. Steve’s son Alexander recently landed on the cover of Skateboarder. Congratulations to the Olson family!
DAVE DUNCAN NEWS – Dave Duncan is off to Europe for a month, where he’ll be hitting the bowl in Marseille for the 11th Annual Quiksilver Bowlrider contest. On June 10-12, Duncan will be participating with Black Sabbath, Slayer, Olson, Hosoi and all the Daggers in some slaying and skating. Then it’s on to the LA X Games.
CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRIS NIERATKO – Amazingly, he has found a lovely lady that has agreed to marry him. The wedding is set for July 1, 2006. Start sending gifts now to 389 Washington Rd. #2 Sayreville, NJ 08872. Also see what Nieratko has been up to by visiting www.njskateshop.com.
SKATECOLORADO VIDEO PREMIERE – May 28th – Denver premier of ‘Skatecolorado – Mountains of Trannys’. It will be at the Fallen Warehouse where they have a fun mini to jam on with bands and djs and kegs for $5. For info contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
REBEL SKATES NEWS – Rebel Skates announced today that Rebel Forces have invaded Canada. Rebel Decks and Apparel are now available for the first time to the freedom-loving people of Canada. The Rebel ‘Old School’ line is being distributed exclusively through Outer Edge Industries. Visit www.outeredgeindustries.com to find or become your newest Rebel Dealer. Rebel Skates of America is in Portland, Oregon next to Burnside Sk8Park at 503/282-5092. Email: email@example.com. For US Distribution, contact Eastern Skateboard Supply, VK Skateboard Distribution and Z Sports Distribution.
POCKET PISTOL SKATES NEWS – Long time OC pool and park ripper Chris Hamrock recently moved out to Phoenix where he’s been spotted ripping up the new parks and some killer backyard pools. Keeping PPS on top of the podium, Will Brunson took the Colorado Super G with Jason Mitchell taking second. In the Hybrid race the following day Chris Barker took the win for PPS with Mitchell taking the overall for the weekend and all the cash. CBark has since started a winning streak with a 1st in Mississippi and another in the Athens hybrid. Kenny Mollica who is no stranger to being on top of the podium took top honors in the Athens GS, Kenny road barefoot all day and smoked everyone! The new Christian Hosoi Reissue Hammerhead is available along with the new PPSS Pocket Pistols Sk8Park Series that pays homage to the parks of the past get ’em now because they’re going quick. Jason Mitchell also is on the cover of the new Skatecolorado Mountains of Trannys DVD as well as in the vid ripping the parks and ramps. Look for the new Surf Skate, Ditch Wheels and more coming soon from PPS.
ETNIES NEWS – Ronnie Creager just officially joined the ranks of the etnies Skate Team. One viewing of Ronnie’s parts in Blind’s recent release, What If? and you’ll know he is at the top of his game. Go to www.etnies.com
SKATE CONTEST – Wicked Wahine #3, Ode to the Baja bowl, June 25 and 26 to be held at the Cuatro Casas Int.’L Surf Hostel in Punta San Telmo, Mexico (2 hours south of Ensenada). – The third Wicked Wahine event is an open-invitational for female, Pro/Am skaters/surfers to participate in a two day, multi-talent, jam-style contest. Wicked Wahine is excited to mix the two worlds of skateboarding and surfing at one of the premier surf/skate locations. The Cuatro Casas Surf Hostel, located just 2 hours south of Ensenada, is the home of top notch surfing and a one-of-kind pool designed specifically for skateboarding. Skateboarding will be the focus on Saturday, June 25th as women of all ages and skill levels will be skating the custom poured concrete bowl which is located just a stones throw from the beautiful beaches and amazing surf. More than 20 of the top female skateboarders will be skating for bragging rights and more as onlookers sip cool drinks and relax in the sun while witnessing some awesome skateboarding. Surfing is what is in order for the ladies on Sunday morning. Women from the previous days skate event will be competitively working the waves in hopes of being ‘crowned’ the weekends overall winner. Spectators are encouraged to join in the festivities and enjoy the wonderful surroundings. For more information visit WWW.WahineSkate.Com.
TONY ALVA CHRISTENS SKATE RAMP AT EXTREME HOTELS. (Cabarete, Dominican Republic) – Skateboarding legend Tony Alva officially christened the newly completed skate ramp ‘Six Feet Under’ at Extreme Hotels, the world’s first hospitality venue that caters exclusively to action sports enthusiasts. Alva joined pro athletes from kiteboarding, wakeboarding, surfing and skateboarding in March to help launch the grand opening of eXtreme’s flagship property Extreme Hotels – Cabarete. The middle of the property is home to the world’s first below ground professional skateboard fun ramp, ‘Six Feet Under.’ The 39’x42′ fun ramp was designed by Helmut Ludwig and Hans-Peter Hutter, former top European skateboarding pros, and is already attracting the attention of skateboarders internationally. eXtreme Hotels -Cabarete is just minutes from top-notch surfing at Encuentro Beach, home to the annual Latin Surf Classic. ‘Six Feet Over,’ a reef break for intermediate to advanced surfers is directly in front of the property. For more information on West Coast Holdings, please visit www.westcoastholdings.com.
POPWAR NEWS – Justin Strubing WIG’s OUT Now! POPWAR is Cairo Foster, Kenny Reed, Chad TimTim, Justin Strubing, Adam Crew, Jon Newport, Arron Johnson, Mike Barker and Dennis Durrant.
SKATE CONTEST FUNDRAISER – Skull Bowl Street/Flow L.F.M. Skate Race – May 28 at the Etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest, CA to start raising money for a cradle. Contact Nick Gates via www.EtniesSkateparkofLakeForest.com.
VENICE SKATEBOARD ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP DRIVE – Yo! Now hear this! VSA NEEDS your membership. A membership is only $5.00 or $25.00 (which includes a VSA t-shirt) Thanks to the companies that have agreed to sponsor the T-shirt including Juice Magazine, Rip Curl, (SM), DooGood Foundation, Carver, SVS, 1978, Z-Cult, Ozone, Die Hard and BC Ethic. Join the VSA whether you live in Venice or not and support the fight for a world class skatepark in Venice, CA. Please enclose a 2’x3′ photo of your face for the ID card. $25.00 for t-shirt (specify size) and $5.00 for a sticker membership is good for one year from date of purchase. Make checks payable to Venice skateboard association. PO BOX 334 Venice, CA 90291. If you want your logo on the t-shirt, please send your grafix to this e-address.E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Z-CULT NEWS – Benji Galloway brought home gold from the Basic Bowl for the Z-Cult trophy shelf. Jesse Martinez and Benji’s showing at the Pro-Tec Pool Party was outstanding.
FREE FLOW TOUR – The Dew Action Sports Tour announced the kickoff of the Free Flow Tour, the official amateur series of the Dew Action Sports Tour. A grassroots amateur skateboard and BMX park contest series, the Free Flow Tour will bring jam-style contests to 15 communities across the country. The Free Flow Tour begins May 15 at the Vans Skatepark in Moorestown, NJ. The Free Flow Tour will include skate competitions at 15 sites and BMX competitions at seven sites. The top skate and BMX finishers at each stop will be flown to the Dew Action Sports Tour’s Vans Invitational in Portland, OR, for the Free Flow Tour Finals, where one champion will be crowned in each sport. Each overall champion will win a wild card spot to compete against the pros at the Dew Action Sports Tour’s last stop, the PlayStation Pro in Orlando, FL. The Free Flow Tour Road Crew, all accomplished skaters and BMX riders, will drive a Toyota Tundra and Free Flow Tour Trailer to retail shops and skate and BMX spots throughout the country to hang, skate and ride with local kids. The Road Crew will distribute giveaways and spread the word about the Free Flow Tour and the Dew Action Sports Tour. Following each contest, there will be a post-event party where event attendees can receive autographs from visiting professional action sports athletes, free gear and much more. Judged by road crew staff and guest judges, the Free Flow Tour is open to all competitors, male and female, age 18 and under. Registration is open to 120 entrants at each site. Contest registration forms are available at participating skateparks, area skate shops, sporting goods stores and at www.dewactionsportstour.com/freeflow. There is a $10 entry fee, and all participants under the age of 18 must bring a parent or guardian to the event to sign a liability waiver. The Dew Action Sports Tour’s website, www.dewactionsportstour.com.
SKATE VIDEO PREMIERE – DVS is proud to announce that ‘Skate More’ is finally finished. After 10 years in business, and three years in the making, DVS is ready to roll out its first-ever skateboard video. Footage from spots around the world – LA, SF, Sacramento, AZ, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Australia, Spain, London and Nicaragua? Jereme Rogers totally nude? Steve Berra, True Hollywood Story, Daewon – Round 241 and so much more. Starring: Daewon Song, Jeron Wilson, Daniel Castillo, Jason Dill, Jereme Rogers, Mike Taylor, Chico Brenes, Keith Hufnagel, Kerry Getz, Steve Berra, Torey Pudwill, Dennis Busentiz and introducing… The video will be available at skate shops June 15th. For more Go to Skate-More.com
PIG WOOD NEWS – Pig Wood is proud to announce Anthony ‘RAGDOLL’ Scalamere as it’s first ever Pro. Originally from Las Vegas, Ragdoll now calls Los Angeles home. Ragdoll rides alongside the Pig Wood Ams Adrian Mallory, Charlie Castelluzzo, Lizard King, Sammy Baca, Shuriken Shannon and Slash. This June, Pig Wood releases it’s first video, Slaughterhouse.
VANS NEWS – The Vans No Skool: Dustin Dollin’s Signature Model Out Now! – Dustin is killing it. And if you’ve seen the black-and-white polka dot kicks he’s been skating in and wondered what they were, wonder no more… The brand new Vans No Skool is the result of Dustin’s desire to progress Vans’ classic Old Skool design. The No Skool fits, supports and performs as only you would expect with this modern cupsole version of Vans’ famous ‘waffle’ sole. After you check out the shoes, be sure to enter for your chance to win an Ipod Photo loaded with 200 of Dustin’s favorite songs, including new singles from Nine Inch Nails, Beck, Weezer and Queens of The Stone Age, along with some exclusive shots of Dustin. The Grand Prize Winner will also take home a pair of new kicks! See for yourself at http://www.teamvans.com
BASTIEN SALABANZI NEWS – Be sure to stop by Bastien Salabanzi’s new website when you have a spare minute. The site is packed with photos, videos, a schedule, contest results, forums and more. Visit www.Bastiensalabanzi.com
CHRIS PASTRAS NEWS – Chris Pastras’ new clothing company WESC has added Daniel Shimizu, Clint Peterson and Austin Stephens to the team.
SKATEPARK FUNDRAISER – Ocean Avenue-Tony Hawk Foundation – Skate Park for the Kids Fundraiser presented by The Ocean Avenue Brewery And the Tony Hawk foundation. In conjunction with skate industry sponsors. It’s a fundraiser to help raise money for the skating youth to build a community skate park. Pro-Skater Artists, Established Artists, Local Artists painting skatedecks to be auctioned off, along with other skate art and collectables in a silent auction format. The event takes place Thursday June 2nd, 2005. 6:30pm at the Ocean Avenue Brewery. 237 Ocean Ave Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2106 …
ECRW Foundation is close to completion on the Green Skate Laboratory – to be Washington DC’s only skatepark bowl. ECRW heads received some out of towner assistence from MSG, Pat Boder, TZ, Mike Rowe, Andy Duck, Bernie McGrew amongst a host of others to help ‘Get er Done’. It includes a a deathbox, Federal Stone Pool Block, amongst other features such as a hump that the locals call Jerome. Check out Eastcoastaholic.com for some recent pics. A lot of children who otherwise would not have had to opportunity or been exposed to something like this were promised skateboards and safety gear. Many of their families can’t afford to give it to them. Please help the ECRW Board Relocation Program succeed by sending used or new skateboard decks/trucks/wheels and/or safety gear. Email Contacts – Ben Ashworth (email@example.com) or Jaime Stapula (firstname.lastname@example.org) For more info on donating – go to http://www.greenskatelab.org
NEW INDY RIDERS. Matt Mumford and Jon Allie join the Independent Trucks team which also includes Adam Alfaro, Kevin ‘Spanky’ Long, Chad Muska, Geoff Rowley, Weiger Van Wageningen, Jimmy Gorecki, Scott Johnston, Keegan Sauder, Brett Stobart, Joey Pepper, Jose Rojo, Jani Laitiala, Phil Ladjanski. www.independenttrucks.com
THE DOOGOOD CONSERVATORY sponsors new parks in Canton, OH, Knoxville, TN, Ft Lauderdale, FL and Paradise Hills -S. San Diego, CA. Alien Workshop and Syndrome Distribution have become new sponsors. Donate at www.doogood.org.
SKATEPARK OPENING – New Hans Christian Skatepark is opening next week on Atterdag Ave in Solvang – Santa Barbara, CA. – 13,000 sq. ft. designed by California Skate Parks. Killer clover bowl and street course. Helmets and pads req. The park is unmonitored but you must sign a release. For more info contact Holly at 805 686-5886
BOWLORAMA – April 30, 2005 – 88 presents ‘BowlORama’ at Bryggeriet in Malmo, Sweden. Sponsored by Juice Magazine, Innes, Consolidated, Defekt, Giftorn, Blackout Skateboardz, Lip Service Wheel Co, Strestlab, Semester, Washed Up Skateboards, Deathbox. Go to www.bryggeriet.org to check out the park and go to and www.pitbox.se to find out more about the Swedish rippers in the bowl contest. JUICE MAGAZINE – BOWL CONTEST IN SWEDEN – RESULTS. The contest went really well. One of the owners of Pitbox won the contest. You can look at videoclips at http://www.tacky.se/skateboard/video/vis_video.asp?id=21962. This is the new concrete park that they started building last Monday in Sweden, Malmo. Go to www.stapelbaddsparken.se/design.asp. The design and building of the park is made by Stefan Hauser and John Magnusson. Kalle Hellegeson did the 3D model of the park.
TONY HAWK NEWS – Quiksilver Inks Tony Hawk Deal with Kohl’s – Kohl’s Corporation and Quiksilver, Inc. on Wednesday jointly announced the signing of a license agreement, under which Quiksilver would grant exclusive rights to the Tony Hawk clothing brand to Kohl’s. The license encompasses a range of apparel and related products, including outerwear and accessories, for both the boys and young men’s categories and will be in all Kohl’s stores and Kohls.com beginning in the spring of 2006… Copyright 2005 SportsNewsSource, LLC
3RD LAIR NEWS – 3rd Lair Skatepark is hosting a mini skate tradeshow. Go to www.3rdlair.com for details.
CONVERSE and HURLEY NEWS – Converse to Partner with Hurley on Footwear Development – Nike, Inc. is realizing more synergies in its global multi-brand strategy, announcing Thursday that Converse will partner with Hurley to produce Hurley footwear beginning with the Spring/Summer 2006 season. Converse and Hurley will collaborate together on design and development, leveraging Converse’s strength and operational expertise in the category. Hurley will handle brand strategy, design and marketing from its Southern California headquarters.. Copyright 2005 SportsNewsSource, LLC
CITY OF MESA PARKS AND RECREATION – REED SKATEPARK SUMMER MUSIC BASH – Free Admission – Saturday, June 4th 2005 – From 5:00pm-9:00pm – Free Live Concerts – Skate Shop Vendors – Food/Drinks – Free raffle. If you are interested in attending this event as a vendor or if you would like to have a band play this event, please contact Dave Bennett at email@example.com. I will get you all the details. Vendors will be allowed to set up and sell from a booth for free, but you must RSVP by calling 480-644-4925. Dave Bennett – City of Mesa, CA – Parks and Recreation.
MAVERICKS LIVE TOUR – Hard Rock International and Mavericks Surf Ventures, LLC today announced the launch of the ‘2005 Mavericks Live Tour,’ a multi-city concert tour bringing the authentic experience of Mavericks – the ‘most dangerous wave on the planet’ – to Hard Rock Cafe audiences in California and Nevada this month. The Mavericks Live Tour will feature live performances by the Mermen (the legendary Northern California band known for its high-powered surf anthems and psychedelic sounds) as well as World Champion surfer, model, and recording artist Daize Shayne. Memorabilia and video footage from The Mavericks Surf Contest will be on display, and some of the world’s best big-wave surfers will be on hand to speak with fans. The nine-city concert tour – sponsored by Verizon Wireless and Surfer Magazine – will kick off on Thursday, May 19 at the Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco. More information is available at www.maverickssurf.com.
GROSS MISCONDUCT – To celebrate the fact that Steve-O’s new DVD, Gross Misconduct, is 100 percent animal-friendly, visitors to peta2.com can score one of five copies of the DVD and five Steve-O GM decks from May 25 to June 15. All visitors have to do is register to win. Visitors can also register to win an autographed Girl deck from Brad Staba from now until June 30. In an exclusive interview at peta2.com, Brad, whose sponsors include Girl Skateboards and Royal Trucks, explains why he is a vegetarian. ‘I felt terrible eating animals. And to be honest, it just tasted wrong,’ says Brad. ‘The better stuff you put in your body, the better it responds to the abuse you put it through. Skateboarding is hard on your body so anything helps.’ Steve-O, on the other hand, prefers to be hard on his body and can be seen swallowing shards of glass and setting himself ablaze in his new DVD. Brad and Steve-O join an ever-growing list of athletes and musicians – including Ed Templeton, Anti-Flag, Laban Pheidias, Glen Friedman, Bouncing Souls, and Scott Bourne – who have teamed up with PETA to inspire kids to challenge outdated, cruel attitudes about animals. For more information, please visit peta2.com.
ROYAL ORDER – Nicole Zuck and Heidi Fitzgerald made the scene in Hollywood with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. The girls were also doing lunch recently with the stylish execs at Royal Order, a Hollywood fashion haven with an eye for promoting the hot skater girls and decking them out with jewels and sterling silver. See for yourself at www.royalorder.com.
OUTLOOK SKATES – OutlookSkates has released new Limited Edition Skateboards including Murphy’s Law Decks (two styles….Killer Beer and Cavity Creep), KMFDM (Tail Gunner) decks and GG Allin Tribute Decks. OutLook is proud to have new street PROS Cody Eurich and Rodd Marks.
SKATE TV – The Made in America episode featuring Powell Skateboards is scheduled to premiere June 14th at 9PM on the Travel channel. Powell Skateboards will be featured along with Serta Mattress and Pepsi Cola. To find the Travel channel in your area and the time the show will air for you go to http://travel.discovery.com.
DEVO LIVE 1980 – Music Video Distributors and Devo Inc. are pleased to announce the home viewing release of the DEVO – Live 1980 for worldwide distribution on DVD. This concert is testament that DEVO was a brilliant live act. This DVD includes a full length concert from 1980 supporting their breakthrough album Freedom of Choice. This is DEVO at their very peak. Although hard to fathom nowadays, there was a time when there was no MTV. In fact, rock music visuals on TV were usually delegated strictly to the weekend, when you had to burn the midnight oil to catch Saturday Night Live, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, the Midnight Special, or Friday’s. And mostly, it was either straight-ahead live performance footage, or else blah lip-synched stuff, with the musicians playing to an empty arena on the afternoon of a show. This all changed with DEVO. It’s becoming rare nowadays for full-length shows to have survived from this era, but that’s what this DVD is all about – a full-length live set, just as Whip It was beginning to make DEVO a household word. And while all the group’s hits up to this point are included, hardcore spuds will enjoy such run-throughs of the obscurities It’s Not Right and Swelling Itching Brain. Preview clip: http://musicvideodistributors.com
SUICIDE GIRLS NEWS – The coolest radio station in the US now has the baddest girls. On Sunday, May 22nd, SuicideGirls (www.suicidegirls.com) launched ‘SuicideGirls Radio’ a new relationship advice show on Indie 103.1 (KDLD 103.1 FM) in Los Angeles. The weekly show, hosted by SG founder Missy Suicide, airs every Sunday night from midnight to 2:00 AM and features some of your favorite SuicideGirls discussing a variety of topics you’ve always wanted to ask but were afraid to because they would mock you including romance, relationships and dating. Be sure to tune in to Indie 103.1 on Sunday nights or you can log on to http://suicidegirls.com/radio/ or http://indie1031.fm/listenlive.html.
NEW SURF HISTORY BOOK NOW AVAILABLE – Legendary Surfers Volume 1 (2500 B.C. to 1910 A.D.) book has been published and is ready for purchase. Legendary Surfers Volume 1 covers the very beginning of surfing history, 2500 B.C. to 1910 A.D., through the life of Duke Kahanamoku. Volume 1 incorporates not only all the material available on the Legendary Surfers website for that period, but greatly expands on all subjects. If you are a serious reader of surfing history, this book was made for you. If you or your loved one(s) just want to know how surfing began and progressed on into the time of ‘The Father of Modern Surfing’ Duke Kahanamoku, then the book also makes a great gift to give at $29.95 plus shipping and handling. Go get yours at www.LegendarySurfers.com.
SURF SHOP SHOWDOWN SURF CONTEST RESULTS – San Luis Obispo surf-product manufacturer, Poorboy USA, held their inaugural Surf Shop Showdown May 21, 2005 at Morro Rock. Local shop teams, consisting of 3 employees, battled it out in The Rock’s 4-6 ft. windy conditions for the bragging rights of the Central Coast’s best surfing staff. Other Central Coast manufacturers – Azhiaziam Clothing, Video Action Sports, and Guayaki Yerba Mate – supported the event, which raised scholarship money for Morro Bay Rec Dept’s summer surf school. Local knowledge paid off as Morro Bay Surf Company dueled Wavelengths Surf Shop, also of Morro Bay, in the final. When the scores were totaled, it was MBSC just grazing the Wavelengths posse thanks to their impressive double-whammy wave claimed by shop owner Anthony Randazzo. The perpetual Poorboy Horse’s Skull trophy will hang at Morro Bay Surf Company until it’s up for grabs again next year. In the Open division, Dustin Ray shot down more than 20 other hungry competitors and took home $150 loot for his efforts. All finalists received prize bags full of Poorboy traction, leashes, wax and apparel, Azhiaziam threads, V.A.S. Surf DVDs and more. Competitors and spectators all got a chance to spin the Poorboy ‘Wing P’ Wheel of Luck providing fun prizes and a casual atmosphere throughout the event….. Shop Showdown Results: 1. Morro Bay Surf Company, 2. Wavelengths Surf Shop #2, 3. One Way Boardshop, 4. Wavelengths Surf Shop #1, 5. Central Coast Surfboards #2, 6. Central Coast Surfboards #1……Open Results: 1. Dustin Ray, 2. Dan Hoover, 3. Mike Cianciulli, 4. Michael Harris, 5. Matt Gentilucci, 6. Stephen Kerster. Event photos are available for viewing at www.poorboyusa.com.
KELLY SLATER RE-WRITES THE RECORD BOOKS WITH TWO PERFECT TENS TO WIN THE BILLABONG PRO TAHITI. producing two perfect 10 point rides, pro’ surfing’s freak of freaks, six-times world champion Kelly Slater (USA) today proved he was still the man to beat on the Foster’s Men’s World Tour, winning the final of Billabong Pro Tahiti with savvy and commitment that defied comprehension in faultless 4-6’+ (2m) waves at Teahupoo, Tahiti. The only negative of what was an otherwise incredible day of surfing energy and spirit was the demise of Slater’s contender in the 35-minute final Damien Hobgood USA, who dislocated his shoulder half way through the concluding chapter of this epic of epic events. Beyond today’s personal calamity for Hobgood, many assessed today’s action as one of the greatest days of competitive surfing ever witnessed. Billabong Pro Live Webcast: via www.billabongpro.com and www.aspworldtour.com
ASP WORLD TOUR UPDATE – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) and FUEL TV have signed a three-year deal securing exclusive USA and select international rights to televise the ASP’s Foster’s Men’s World Tour and the Women’s ASP World Championship Tour. Often deemed the ‘Dream Tour,’ the professional surfing circuit is a 12-stop pilgrimage that couples the world’s best surfers with the world’s best surf breaks. From the exotic locales of Tahiti and Fiji to the time-honored breaks of Bells Beach and Pipeline, the top 45 surfers circumnavigate the globe battling it out for prize money, bragging rights and ultimately a World Title. The Foster’s Men’s World Tour returns to FUEL TV, which televised the 2003 tour in the network’s inaugural year. Beginning in June, each of the twelve men’s WCT stops along with Women’s ASP WCT events is scheduled to be telecast in prime-time on FUEL TV. The men’s tour will also be telecast on sister sports network FSN (Fox Sports Net). FUEL TV will televise multiple repeats of each event across a variety of timeslots, enabling the broadest possible audience to view the program. ‘As a non-profit organization governing one of the most exciting displays of athletism in awe inspiring natural arenas ASP is very pleased to boost our broadcasting presence in North America’ said Bartholomew. For specific dates and times visit www.fuel.tv. For more information on the Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour visit www.aspworldtour.com.
SURF ROOTS VOLUME 1 – Surfing America-the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of Surfing in the United States-and Hermosa Beach-based Resin Music today announced a the upcoming release of ‘Surf Roots’ Volume One, a compilation music CD to benefit the USA Surf Team. Resin Music has assembled an all-star cast of music artists for the project. The Surf Roots CD will be sold at countertops in surf shops throughout the country starting on Tuesday, June 21st. This release date is one week prior to the Surfing America USA Championships presented by SIMA which takes place June 27 – July 2 at the Huntington Beach Pier. Surf Roots contains a mix of rock, reggae, punk and hip hop tracks from artists including PEPPER, STEEL PULSE featuring ‘JR.GONG’ DAMIAN MARLEY, SLIGHTLY STOOPID, MICHAEL FRANTI and SPEARHEAD, TRE HARDSON (of the PHARCYDE), JOHN BROWNS BODY, LB SHORTBUS, TOO RUDE, THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, MISHKA, THE EXPENDABLES, WILL DAILEY, DREADSTARR, SOULDIER OF FORTUNE and 3-time ASP World Champion TOM CURREN! The 2005 USA Surf Team will represent the United States in the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships taking place in Huntington Beach, CA this October 8 – 16. For details go to http://surfingamerica.org http://usasurfteam.org
NSL ANNOUNCES 2nd ANNUAL QUIKSILVER CALIFORNIA CUP DATES – Building on the explosive debut of the California Cup in 2004 and a groundbreaking partnership with ESPN’s X Games X, The National Surf League is pleased to announce the dates for the 2005 Quiksilver California Cup. Starting on April 6th in Santa Cruz, CA, the 2005 Quiksilver California Cup will showcase 100 of California’s top surfers competing on five regional teams. The teams will face off in five events, which take place in five different locations in California (Ventura, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County), over a six-week time period. The whole competition is based on a revolutionary format called THE GAME. Founded by National Surf League president, Brad Gerlach, and his father, Jumpin’ Joe Gerlach, THE GAME is loosely based on the NBA (4 quarters) and Golf’s Ryder Cup (team based golf). The result is a unique competitive environment that creates the hometown pride in each team’s local community and intense team and regional rivalries that are missing from current professional tours. The teams compete in four ‘home’ and four ‘away’ games, balancing the playing field during the month and a half-long season. The teams consist of 20 competitors (8 starters, 4 subs and 8 second string), with head, assistant and in-water coaches. Eight players per team count their two highest scores. One score in the first half and one score in the second. The team with the highest cumulative score after four quarters wins ‘THE GAME’. This year, each team will debut its own team name and icon. The current roster of NSL teams includes: Santa Cruz Stormriders, Ventura Pelicanos, Los Angeles Arc Angels, San Diego Sea Lions, and defending 2004 California Cup Champions, Orange County Octopus. Team members consist of the top 100 professional and amateur surfers in California. Participants include: Taylor Knox, Rob Machado, Tim Curran, Tom Curran, Timmy Reyes, Dane Reynolds, Chris Ward and Bobby Martinez among many others. For more information on the 2005 Quicksilver California Cup go to www.nslgame.com
SURFER’S JOURNAL VOLUME 7 – The Surfer’s Journal Volume 7 Hardbound Edition just arrived. An elegant hardbound book containing all four issues from year seven, ‘including my all-time favorite travel/discovery article, ‘Custodians of the Point’ by Kevin Lovett, the epic saga of Lagundi Bay, Nias.’ -Steve Pezman. For more information go to: http://www.surfersjournal.com
2005 RED BULL BIG WAVE AFRICA NEWS – Anthony Tashnick, winner of the 2005 big wave event at Mavericks, near Santa Cruz, California in March, has joined the star-studded international line-up for the 2005 Red Bull Big Wave Africa event that runs from May 22 to June 12 in Cape Town. Tashnick will have plenty of experience to call on amongst the other 13 invitees for this year’s event including Mickey Duffus, Jason Ribbink Sean Holmes, John Whittle, Jamie Stirling, Grant Washburn, Greg Long, Carlos Burle, Virostko, Ross Clarke-Jones, Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker, Chris Bertish and Andrew Marr. The full line-up for the seventh annual renewal of man’s confrontation with Dungeons includes local alternates David Smith and newcomer Thomas Kleynhans while the special guests invited this year feature American Kim Hamrock, winner of the longboard division in the inaugural women’s event at Hawaii’s Pipeline and who will become the first woman to surf at Dungeons. Info at www.redbullbwa.com.
SIMA Signs on as Presenting Sponsor of Surfing America USA Championships – Surfing America, the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of Surfing in the United States, today announced that the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (‘SIMA’) has signed on as Presenting Sponsor of the 2005 USA Championships and USA Surf Team Selection event. The 2005 Surfing America USA Championships presented by SIMA will run from Monday, June 27th – Saturday, July 2nd on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. The Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships, held annually, will come to the USA this October 8 -16 and will be hosted by Surfing America in Huntington Beach. Contact: Mike Gerard or Meg Bernardo Surfing America http://surfingamerica.org http://usasurfteam.org
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HEAL THE BAY – For 20 years, the environmental non-profit organization Heal the Bay has worked to make Southern California waterways safe and healthy for people and marine life. To support its ongoing work with water quality challenges while celebrating its many accomplishments, Heal the Bay will be joined by celebrities, business leaders and the environmental community on Thursday, June 2 at its annual ‘Bring Back the Beach’ fundraiser and dinner. This year’s dinner will be held at the beach in Santa Monica (2030 Barnard Way, a block and a half south of Pico Blvd.) For more info visit www.healthebay.org.
BILLABONG XXL GLOBAL BIG WAVES AWARDS – Dan Moore Wins $68,000 Billabong XXL Award with 68-foot Wave at Jaws, Maui. Desmond Takes Monster Paddle Honors, Longbottom Has Monster Tube, Dorian Best Performance. www.billabongXXL.com