2008 PRO-TEC Pool Party – Watch it Live on the Web May 17 – The Combi sessions at the Vans Skatepark are heating up as it’s time for the most anticipated bowl contest of the year. See 40 top pros, masters and ladies vie for their piece of a $90,000 purse in one of the most unforgiving bowls ever built. Held in an almost exact replica of the infamous Upland Combi at the newly remodeled Vans Skatepark in Orange, the Pool Party is going to turn out some of the best bowl action this year. Catch a live webcast of The Pro-tec Pool Party, powered by, at on Saturday, May 17 from 1:00 pm to 9 pm. Enter the ‘Watch and Win’ sweepstakes where one lucky viewer will win a customized Pro-Tec Pool Party Epiphone Les Paul Jr. guitar, autographed by the winners of the Pro-tec Pool Party! The winner will also receive 2 passes to the Vans Warped Tour, so sign up at now. Expected Riders Include: Pros – Rune Glifberg, Bucky Lasek, Omar Hassan, Bob Burnquist, Benji Galloway, Bruno Passos, Josh Borden, Lincoln Ueda, Sergie Ventura, Nolan Johnson, Remy Stratton, Jimmy the Greek. Masters – Chris Miller, Steve Caballero, Jeff Grosso, Lance Mountain, Steve Alba, Lester Kasai, Ben Schroeder, Buck Smith, Micke Alba, Mike Barnes, Tony Magnusson, Pat Ngoho, Steve Steadham. Ladies – Cara-Beth Burnside, Lyn-Z Adams, Mimi Knoop, Julie Kindstrand, Jodie MacDonald, Apryl Woodcock, Holly Lyons, Heidi Fitzgerald, Nicole Zuck, Cressey Rice, Amelia Brodka, Annie Sullivan. Judges include Christian Hosoi, Steve Olson and Bryce Kanights. Debuts September 1 EDT/PDT on FUEL TV. Official Pro-tec Pool Party Site:

INDEPENDENT 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – May 23-July 4, 2008 – featuring Steve Alba, Adam Alfaro, Brian Anderson, Kenny Anderson, Sammy Baca, Steve Caballero, John Cardiel, Chet Childress, Andrew Currie, Dustin Dollin, Dan Drehobl, Fred Gall, David Gravette, Jeff Grosso, Tommy Guerrero, Emmanuel Guzman, Chris Haslam, Omar Hassan, Peter Hewitt, Sam Hitz, Alex Horn, Christian Hosoi, Rick Howard, Lizard King, Eric Koston, Bucky Lasek, Matt Mumford, Darren Navarrette, Steve Nesser, Alex Olson, Al Partanen, Duane Peters, Andrew Reynolds, Geoff Rowley, Omar Salazar, Max Schaaf, Ryan Sheckler, Slash, Spanky, Remy Stratton, Braydon Szafranski, Grant Taylor, Tosh Townend, Chris Troy, Tony Trujillo, Anthony Van Engelen, Danny Way… Independent Truck Company and NHS are proud to present the Independent 30th Anniversary Tour. Over 40 Independent Trucks team riders, traveling in shifts, will embark on a nationwide US tour alongside the custom built Independent 1941 Ford Pickup. The tour will be stopping at 10 locations for skate jams, BBQs, and parties celebrating over 30 years of making the world’s best skateboard trucks. For locations and info go to

VANS SKATEPARK AT THE BLOCK AT ORANGE GETS FACELIFT AS PARK HEADS INTO TENTH YEAR – After almost 10 great years at The Block at Orange, the Vans Skatepark is getting a much-needed facelift to nearly every inch of skateable park terrain. The remodel, which will begin April 7th, includes an entirely new, plaza-inspired layout that will meet the demands of today’s ever-progressing street skater. Exciting additions to the new street course include a massive 80-foot mini ramp, as well as a large viewing area for the public, both of which will be constructed out of the current Vert ramp structure. This new layout will open up an additional 3,000 square feet the the street course area and create opportunities for Vans to host special events and varied skate contests in addition to the Pro-tec Pool Party. The new course will be built by Team Pain Skate Parks, the highly-respected and skater-owned company out of Florida that specializes in custom skate parks and structures. The new park will be completed in time for the 4th annual Pro-tec Pool Party which will be held May 17th at the park’s famed replica Combi Bowl. The Vans Skatepark will remain open throughout the remodel. The reconstruction will be rolled out in phases throughout the next month with various sections slated to remain open to the public. Vans encourages those interested in skating to call the park ahead of time for updated information on course section closures. The Vans Skatepark at The Block is located at 20 City Boulevard West Bldg A – Suite #2 Orange, CA 92868. For more information on Vans and Vans skateparks, visit

TEXAS SKATE ROCK TOUR and HOUSTON SKATEPARK OPENING – McRad, Frontside Five, Bark Hard and the Party Downers will be doing a skaterock tour in conjunction with Grindline’s biggest skatepark grand opening in Houston, Texas on June 1st.. Check the dates: Thursday, May 29th, Dallas, TX, Red Blood Club. Friday, May 30th, Austin, TX, Broken Neck Wharehouse. Saturday, May 31st, Houston, TX at Walters. Grindline Skatepark Grand Opening After Party!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – etnies and Sal united with their friends at In4mation to update the classic Sal 23 for Fall 2008. The Sal 23 In4mation captures the essence of the original shoe with a slimmer silhouette and new thinner sole for better board feel and increased flexibility. The etnies Sal 23 In4mation collaboration includes Sal’s slimmed-down pro model shoe in black action leather or red suede, and a jersey featuring the logo of In4mation. Check out for video footy from Sal and additional details on this collaboration. For additional information, visit

FAIRMAN’S SKATE SHOP SUMMER AM JAM SKATE CONTEST SERIES – Fairmans Skate Shop kicks off its ‘Summer AM JAM Skate Contest Series’ at the Haverford Township Skate Park on Saturday May 17th. This will be Contest #1 of 4 contest this summer. Contest #1 location: 599 Glendale Rd., Havertown, PA. Log onto www.FAIRMANS.COM for info.

QUIKSILVER sued by ESPN – Quiksilver Inc. was sued by sports network ESPN Inc. on claims it violated a trademark on the cable channel’s X-Games competition franchise. Quiksilver uses a stylized ‘X’ emblem on clothing, labels and accessories that is ‘confusingly similar’ to ESPN’s logo for the series of surfing and biking contests, according to the lawsuit filed this month in federal court in New York. Copyright 2008 SportsOneSource, LLC.

VENICE SKATEPARK NEWS – A discussion forum will take place pertaining to the Venice Sk8park. Representatives from the L.A City Council Office as well as L.A Recreation and Parks and the City of L.A’s Engineering Dept will be present to answer any questions you may have. Thursday, 15 May 2008, 12:00:00pm-1pm at Oakwood Rec. Center at 767 California St. Venice, CA

2SK8 – Video clips from the amazing Brito Bros.

HAROLD HUNTER DAY II – MAY 17TH – NEW YORK CITY – The Zoo York Institute and New Era, in association with the Harold Hunter Foundation and KCDC Skateshop, are proud to announce the 2nd Annual Harold Hunter Day in New York City. Harold Hunter Day II will unite NYC’s skateboarding community and surrounding scene for a positive day of skating in recognition of the vibrant life and times of New York legend, Harold Hunter. With Harold’s passing in February 2006, HH Day was established to commemorate a life well lived by celebrating the things Harold loved most – skateboarding, music, friends, good times, and of course, NYC. On May 17th, Harold Hunter Day II will kick off at the Manhattan Bridge Skatepark located underneath the Manhattan Bridge on the corner of Pike and Monroe Streets in Chinatown. From Noon-6pm an all ages skate jam will take place, with a massive product toss and live music provided by DJ’s Neil Nice, Vinny Ponte, and New York’s finest, Pete Rock. After the skate jam, a special HH Day II party will go down from 8pm-Midnight at KCDC Skateshop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Open to the 21 and over crowd only, the party will feature free drinks, live music, an art installation by Cinik, and a slide show of Harold pics from acclaimed photographer and long-time friend, Giovanni Reda.

WILD RIDE – Join the Emerica team on Emerica’s Wild Ride, a skateboarding and motorcycle rampage through the Dirty South en route to New York City for Wild in the Streets. The Emerica team will be riding their Harleys from skate shops to skateparks to campsites, and they want you to go on tour with them. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a motorcycle, car or have to hitchhike – all you need to do is make a reservation at the campsites and hit the road with your skateboard. The Wild Ride kicks off on June 10, 2008 in Easley, South Carolina at New Gen Skatepark and ends on June 20, at NJ Skateshop in Sayreville, New Jersey. Go to for more information.

2008 MID ATLANTIC SKATE SERIES – 4 contests, $25 per event, jam session format, all ages and abilities welcome. 9 bowl classes, 3 street classes plus Grenade Pro Bowl Class and Aplomb Clothing Pro Street Class. Raising funds for Mike Rodger’s Grind for Life cancer support charitable organization.
May 17, 2008: Pohwaten Springs Skatepark, Arlington VA
June 21, 2008: Olney Manor Skatepark, Olney MD
July 19, 2008: Charles County Skatepark, White Plains, MD
August 9, 2008: St. Mary’s County Skatepark, Lexington Park MD

SAN LUIS OBISPO SKATEPARK – Send an email or write a letter to support the new skatepark in San Luis Obispo. On May 20th, the city council will discuss a new sk8 park in SLO, so write a letter and convince the City Council that the community deserves their full support for the new skatepark. The locals are going for a pro style concrete park, 18,000 sq ft. You can e-mail Jonny Miller at or send letters to 685 OConner Way San Luis Obispo, CA, 93405.

THIS IS PROGRESS – Progress is manifested in many ways; Social, Political, Philosophical, Scientific, Artistic, Evolutionary…’This is Progress’ will explore the concept of ‘Progress’ through the eyes of the contributors who have heavily influenced our world: both in and outside of our industry. Matix gives a nod to its past and looks to explore the future, through Progress. Contributors: Daewon Song, Marc Johnson, Rick McCrank, Rudy Johnson, Mikey LeBlanc, Reda, Anthony Acosta, Richie Knapp, Paul Park, Colin Kennedy and More.

TONY HAWK FOUNDATION – The Tony Hawk Foundation announces the recipients of its Spring 2008 Skatepark Grants, as selected by an expanded Board of Directors. As the Foundation’s programs and fundraising efforts continue to grow, the role of its Board has also evolved. At its Spring meeting, THF introduced five new Board Members who each bring vast experience from their respective fields to the group, helping to round out the nonprofit organization’s governing body. Kent Dahlgren (founding member of Skaters For Public Skateparks), Sandy Dusablon (CFO of Tony Hawk, Inc.), Bobby Kotick (CEO of Activision), Erica Zohar (CEO of American Groove, Inc.), and Lior Zohar (CFO, COO, and General Counsel of American Groove, Inc.) join Tony Hawk, Pat Hawk, Lenore Hawk Dale, Steve Hawk, Jared Levine, Mike Vallely, and Miki Vuckovich in the effort to help low-income communities build free, quality public skateparks. The group wasted no time in voting to award $251,516 to 29 applicants for Spring 2008 Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grants. Three projects won the top award of $25,000, each demonstrating the economic and social challenges their youth face, strong local support for a skatepark, success in their previous fundraising efforts, and the involvement of local skaters in pursuing an ambitious, landmark skatepark. In particular, Oceanside, California’s decision to implement to a multi-skatepark system demonstrated the city’s forward-thinking solution to the growing need for safe, sanctioned places to skate. Oceanside will begin with three skateparks, which will be built in the next year. Tony and the entire Board of Directors congratulates each of the following communities that have been working hard to build free, quality skateparks for their youth. Spring 2008 Tony Hawk Foundation Grants: $25,000 – Oceanside, California; Columbus, Georgia; Erie, Pennsylvania… $15,000 – Mount Shasta, California, Kirksville, MissourI… $10,000 – Waldron, Arkansas, Crawfordsville, Indiana, Augusta, Maine, Ironwood, Michigan, Pascagoula, Mississippi, Mexico, New York… $5,000 – New Smyrna Beach, Florida; Pembroke, Georgia; Onawa, Iowa; Oblong, Illinois; Goodland, Kansas; Melvern, Kansas; Bethel, Maine; Mayville, Michigan; Boulder, Montana; Beulah, North Dakota; Ellenville, New York; Hyde Park, New York; Winnsboro, Texas; Jonesville, Virginia; Chester, Vermont; La Farge, Wisconsin; Milton, West Virginia… $1,516 – Myrtle Creek, Oregon… In addition to its Spring round of grants, the Tony Hawk Foundation also awarded $50,000 to the town of Nederland, Colorado in tribute to Nathan Lazarus, the nine-year-old who was key in helping Tony win $175,000 for the Foundation on the Fox Television game show Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? last year. His contribution will allow the Foundation to award grants to dozens of communities across the U.S. Including a grant in 2007, the Tony Hawk Foundation has awarded $75,000 for the Nathan Lazarus Skatepark of Nederland, Colorado, which is expected to open later this year. The occasion will celebrate the extraordinary efforts that Nederland youth have contributed to the skatepark, as well as the contributions of individuals like Nathan, who despite their age have the opportunity to impact the lives of other youth, both in their communities and across the country. Applications for Fall 2008 Tony Hawk Foundation skatepark grants can be accessed after August 15 via the Foundation’s Web site at Applications must be completed by October 1, 2008.

AM GETTING PAID CONTEST – Zoo York is proud to announce the fourth installment of the most prestigious international amateur skateboard contest ‘Zoo York’s AM Getting Paid’. The focus of the contest is to showcase the very best in amateur skateboarding like no other amateur event out there. This event will happen during July 18th to 20th 2008 at South Parc in Montreal, (Quebec). This years prize purse is $10,000 dollars.

PACK YOUR BAGS AND SUITCASE SKATE CONTEST at Port Angeles, WA – May 26, 2008. For info go to

SKULL SKATES celebrates it’s 30th year with brand new Bill Danforth, Barry Walsh and Marc Tison Bro model skate decks as well as a new series of four Consumer Goods decks – out now.

BULLDOG SKATES – Bart Saric Guest Artist BDS Model – 20 Gold Limited Edition Board’s Signed and Numbered by Bart and Wes Humpston. It’s 32.5’X 9.5′ with a 15, WB. They go for $150 + $15. shipping, CA residents add 7.75% sales tax. Be sure to say what board your getting, the Gold or a Rider in your Pay Pal. The Rider’s for Bart’s Model on sale today 5:00 PST also. They sell for $62.50 and 2 boards for $115. + $15. shipping. CA residents add 7.75% sales tax. PayPal to

ART OF SKATEBOARDING – Guapo Skateboards will be presenting an evening of spectacular art, style, skateboarding, cocktails and infinite fun benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, St.Philips School and Community Center, and The Dallas Arts Community on Friday, June 20, 2008. The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. with Cocktails and Appetizers at South Side on Lamar. Throughout the evening guests will bid on and purchase their favorite artist’s skateboard and other auction items. South Side on Lamar will have on display 120 skateboards designed by either a celebrity artist, a St.Philips student, a graphic designer, or a local artist.

SKATERBUILT BRO JAM – 3rd Annual SkaterBuilt BBQ Jam. Celebrate skateboarding with the SkaterBuilt Family, Friends, and Team on Saturday June 21st at Volcom Skatepark in Costa Mesa. There will be plenty of skating, food, refreshments, schwag and goodtimes for all. Prizes will be given to ‘the Raddest Grom’ (Girls and Boys), as well as to ‘the Rippingest Old Guy’. We plan on skating and hanging out from 10am to 6pm, so bring your family and friends to SkaterBuilt’s BBQ Jam. For event information, please contact Dave Hegstrom at:

AST ANNOUNCES 2008 FREE FLOW TOUR SCHEDULE – The Free Flow Tour is the official amateur series of the AST Dew Tour and provides amateur athletes with the opportunity to qualify into the final event of the AST Dew Tour, the PlayStation Pro, as well as the prospect for professional sponsorship. The Free Flow Tour will include a total of 29 skate competitions (five skate vert and 24 skate park) and 20 BMX competitions (four BMX vert and 16 BMX park) at 28 parks across the U.S. The top skate and BMX finishers at each of the 49 competitions will be flown to the AST Dew Tour’s Toyota Challenge, in Salt Lake City, Utah for the Free Flow Tour Finals, where one champion will be crowned in each discipline. Encompassing the ‘Flow to Pro’ theme, the two overall skate and BMX park champions and the two overall skate and BMX vert champions win a wild card spot to compete against the pros at that final stop of the AST Dew Tour, the PlayStation Pro, in Orlando, Fla.

GRAND OPENING OF THE LAKE DELTON SKATE PARK – The grand opening of the Lake Delton Skate Park in Lake Delton, WI is scheduled for Saturday, May 17th from 10:00 am to 8:30 pm. A special thank you goes to Dreamland Skate Parks LLC and their construction crew for the design/build of the Lake Delton Skate Park. At 10:00 a.m. the formal ceremonies will begin. Then VIP Remarks from Mark ‘Red’ Scott, Danyel Scott, Sage Bolyard and Jack Marsh of Dreamland Skate Parks LLC the design/build team. At 10:30 a.m. The Event Sponsor announcements will be followed by mixed styles and skills/open jam demo. 11 am – Open for all Skate till Dusk.

GUAPO SKILL CENTER – The new Guapo Skill Center with Kechaud Johnson frontside blasting the first night the coping was cured. PHOTO: AL COKER

MATIX NEWS – Jesus Fernandez has officially been with Matix since January 2008 and we’ve been compiling footage for your viewing pleasure.

STILL DIRTY SOUTHEAST TOUR FEATURING THE VANS TEAM – The van is already on the road, headed through Texas. The crew rolling out on this stop of the ‘Still Dirty South East Tour’ are Van Wastell, Ray Barbee, Johnny Layton and Massimo Cavedoni. Wastell’s holding it down the entire tour, but check back for updates on as different team riders are jumping on every few days.

RIGHTEOUS KILL, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro will be released on September 12. The film also stars Carla Gugino, Donnie Wahlberg, John Leguizamo, Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) and Rob Dyrdek (ROB and BIG) and is directed and produced by Jon Avnet. The film is a crime drama about two veteran New York City detectives (De Niro and Pacino) who work to identify the possible connection between a recent murder and a case they believe they solved years ago.

FDR UPDATE – The Sean Miller memorial vert ramp at FDR is finally getting a much needed overhaul. Thanks Carlos! A stand-alone peanut pool is also in the works. Buy a benefit shirt to help the project along. 15 bucks. Email Bryan Lathrop at for details.

QUIKSILVER BOWLRIDERS 2008 – World Cup of Skateboarding – June 12th – June 15th, 2008 – Malmo, Sweden. For the third year in a row, Malmo is becoming the world capital of skateboarding. From June 12th to June 15th, the Quiksilver Bowlriders sets up in the best concrete skatepark in Europe for one of World Cup Skateboarding’s most spectacular stops. This time around, 48 of the world’s best pro skaters will try to oust last year’s winner, Denmark’s own Rune Glifberg, from his throne. In 2008, the take-no-prisoner-style battle promises to be fierce…

RACE FOR THE OLD GOLD JUG – This year’s race adds a 100 cone tight slalom on Friday afternoon to make it a three-day event. The race now includes the TS on Friday, the main event Hybrid on Saturday, and the Giant Slalom on Sunday. Antrim CAN/AM Slalom Championships (formerly the Race for the Old Gold Jug) September 19-21, Antrim, New Hampshire USA part of Antrim Home and Harvest Festival One of the premier events on the East Coast. Parade (racers included in it), fireworks, BBQ, festival, music and more. Bring the family. See details on the hill and the event at our points of contact

– 2008 is the second year of the independently run vert contest series presented by Vans and the United Kingdom Skateboarding Association and it’s getting bigger and more successful.

AST DEW TOUR 2008 – AST Announces 2008 Dew Tour Schedule – The AST Dew Tour, the world’s premier season-long action sports tour, today announced its schedule for the 2008 season. In addition to returning to Portland, OR. and Orlando, FL for the fourth time, the Tour will stop in Baltimore, Cleveland and Salt Lake City for the second consecutive season. The complete 2008 AST Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Panasonic Open June 19-22 Baltimore, Md. — Camden Yards Sports Complex
Right Guard Open July 17-20 Cleveland, OH — North Coast Harbor
Wendy’s Invitational Aug. 21-24 Portland, Ore. — Rose Quarter
Toyota Challenge Sept. 11-14 Salt Lake City, UT — EnergySolutions Arena
PlayStation(R) Pro Oct. 16-19 Orlando, Fla. — Amway Arena
More information can be found at

BACKYARD BOWL SERIES presented by DVO and 158 – May 10th. OBX, NC. Each pool will host it’s own event and the overall points winner will take the series. Cost is $25 per person per event and includes a free t-shirt. If you have any questions call either 158 @ 252-255-1581 or DVO @ 252-261-7222. Dates are subject to change due to weather conditions. Sign up for the event at and

GRIND FOR LIFE SKATEBOARD SERIES 2008 – 3 contests – 3 disciplines – 3 different Florida skateparks. Grind For Life, Inc. is a non-profit organization that helps people with cancer. Entry Fee: $20 per contest (includes free t-shirt). Trophies to top 5 in each division. Age Divisions: 9 and under, 10-12, 13-15, Girls, 16-29, Sponsored, 30-39, 40 and over. 3rd Contest ‘Flow’ – May 31 at Cocoa Beach Skatepark (321) 868-3238 at 1450 Minuteman Cswy. Overall Awards – November 15 Cocoa Beach Skatepark. Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. For more info, call (561) 252-3839 or visit

CPH PRO – DVS, Spotlight Productions and The Copenhagen Skatepark bring you the second annual CPH Pro – Copenhagen, Denmark June 27-29, 2008. Pros from around the world will converge upon Copenhagen for three days of skateboarding, parties and Viking traditions. $50,000 prize purse. Contest open to PRO skaters from around the world. Newly revised street course. Incentives for Team Managers who bring the most riders. One of the most organic contests in all of skateboarding. More Info:

SKATOPIA – June 13-14, 2008 – In addition to the massive amount of expected chaos, there will be multiple contests including highest air, longest grind, etc. For more info go to Also check out

WATERVILLE VALLEY SKATE CAMP in New Hampshire is proud to announce that the Skate Camp is back for its 7th summer with 7 midweek and 6 weekend sessions including overnight and day camps running June 29-August 10. The WV skate park will have some new and improved features; plans include a new pyramid and a euro gap with stair set section. The Mountain Park will be in full effect with a resurfaced indoor mini ramp. WV Skateboard Camp is open to skaters of all abilities. Check out the new for all the details.

DITCH SLAP 2008 – The Albuquerque Ditch Slap is May1-May 4th, 2008. Sign-Up;

FLIP NEWS – Flip is gearing up for the release of ‘Extremely Sorry’ with gnarly filming missions taking place 24-7. The video will be out by Fall of 2008 so stay tuned for more news, trailers and team updates at

FURY TRUCKS just re-launched their new and improved website, which features a new media section featuring interviews with Bob Burnquist, photos, team profiles and a ton of new video clips from the entire Fury team at

BIRDHOUSE has been releasing one web exclusive interview per week with the riders. Check out Randy Ploesser and Nate Lacoste are currently on a month long, cross-country road trip. This is the second video clip from their cross-country road trip. Here’s the link. Video credit: Mark Stewart.

STALEFISH BOOK SIGNING – Writer Sean Mortimer and a pile of the famous interviewees from his new book STALEFISH will sign copies of the book at SkateLab in Simi Valley, CA on May 31. Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, Rodney Mullen and more will have their Sharpies locked and loaded. There will also be a silent auction of before/after boards (two decks: one new and the same model ridden) from some of the pros who contributed to the book. All benefits go to Ray Underhill and his war with a brain tumor. Check for more details. In Stalefish, veteran journalist and former pro skater Sean Mortimer interviews Rodney Mullen, Steve Olson, Tony Hawk, Stacy Peralta, Jamie Thomas, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero, Russ Howell, Mike Vallely, Dave Hackett, Daewon Song, Jim Fitzpatrick, Steve Alba, Kevin Harris, Bob Burnquist and Chris Haslam in search of answers, and to discover what drove them and millions of other disenfranchised youth to obsession with empty pools, sewer ditches, and handrails. Stalefish Skateboard culture from the rejects who made it will be available everywhere books are sold in June 2008.

MALOOF MONEY CUP NAMES ADVISORY COMMITTEE – Maloof Money Cup U.S Skateboard Championships, the biggest purse event in skateboarding history slated for July 11-13, 2008 at the OC Fair and Events Center, in Costa Mesa, California during the opening weekend of the OC Fair, today announced the members of its advisory committee. Joe Maloof, embarking on his first action sports endeavor, said today’s announcement represents ‘just the beginning of our commitment to skateboarding. These individuals have exceptional reputations, and we are excited to have them on our team as we move toward putting on an outstanding skateboarding event.’ The members of the committee bring all aspects of skateboarding expertise to the table, and include the following individuals: Rob Dyrdek, Pierre Luc Gagnon, Jake Brown, Don Bostick, Dave Duncan and Mark Waters. The event will include a Men’s and Women’s Pro Street Contest, and a Men’s Pro Vert – and the U.S. Amateur Championship, the Maloof Money Cup boasts the largest purse in the history of professional skateboarding with over $450,000 in prize money, while also setting the benchmark at each prize level. California Skateparks has partnered with the Maloof Money Cup as their exclusive designer/builder to develop the world’s first concrete skateboard plaza created for competition. The contest plaza will be designed by Pro Skateboarders Andrew Reynolds and Eric Ellington along with the California Skateparks design team. etnies is proud to announce the etnies Festival Village at the Maloof Money Cup 2008, featuring more than 40,000 square feet of skateboarding retailer and manufacturer booths with interactive games, challenges and chances to win prizes, including a charity raffle for a new vehicle.

BOARD GALLERY – NEWPORT BEACH, CA now features the Black Kat Kustoms Lounge upstairs at the shop. There is also an Art Show coming up with ‘The Godfather of the New York Skate scene’ Jeremy Henderson. The Board Gallery is located at 3333 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach. Ph. (949) 675-5183.

DUDES, DUDES, DUDES – In its first major production since 2005’s acclaimed Skate More, DVS’ Video Production Department proudly presents its latest offering appropriately titled ‘Dudes, Dudes, Dudes’. Chronicling the lives of the DVS skate team, Dudes, Dudes, Dudes takes a probing and remarkably candid look into the life of the modern skate dude, embodied by 20 unbelievably talented young skateboarders who share a natural urge to ride their skateboards on all obstacles that stand in their way. ‘Dudes, Dudes, Dudes’ will be available for free at skateboard retail stores on May 5, 2008 and will also be viewable on

GRIND KING is launching a contest on May 1st that will give aritsts a chance to have their art showcased on a set of their own trucks. One lucky winner will have their trucks manufactured here at Grind King and distributed around the world. They will also receive a royalty of 25 cents per each truck sold.

SLAMTRICK 2008 will take place June 28-29 in Marina di Ravenna, Italy. Street contest on June 28 at Oasi Skatepark. Qualification and slamtrick beach party. June 29 will feature the street finals and prize giving. Stay tuned to

1ST ANNUAL SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL – June 26 – 28, 2008. It’s one of the most legendary and notorious places in the world – a stretch of blocks where the clubs gave birth to an unforgettable musical revolution. The Strip’s rich history will be celebrated with the first annual Sunset Strip Music Festival, a three-day event set for Thursday, June 26-28 in the City of West Hollywood. Legendary music from the past, present and future will shake up the notorious 1.3 mile stretch during the festival. The music lineup will be announced in the coming weeks. In the 1970s, artists like Van Halen, Prince and David Bowie catapulted to stardom and reached multi-platinum sales due to the strength of engagements on the Sunset Strip. When L.A. punk blossomed around 1980, The Strip was home to X, The Germs and Black Flag before hard rock giants like Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses and Jane’s Addiction took flight.

THE NEEDLES with RPG @ The Outer Banks Brewing Station in association with the OBX Backyard Bowl Series May 10, 2008 – brought to you by 158 and Duck Village Outfitters.

PEARL JAM TOUR-– Pearl Jam announced a ten date East Coast tour, which begins June 11th in West Palm Beach, FL and wraps June 30th in Mansfield, MA. Kings of Leon will open the concert. For more information regarding this show go to For more information on Pearl Jam, visit

THE MELVINS release ‘Nude With Boots,’ the follow-up album to 2006’s ‘(A) Senile Animal,’ on July 8 via Ipecac Recordings. The eleven track album features the same line-up as the previous outing. Also coming in July is The Fantomas/Melvins Big Band ‘Live from London 2006’ DVD featuring audio commentary from Buzz, Danny DeVito and Ipecac co-owner Greg Werckman.

THE FIRST ANNUAL ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL has announced dates for the highly anticipated all-star thunderfest. Multi-platinum rock acts SLIPKNOT and DISTURBED will lead the much-buzzed-about amp-shattering road show. The tour is set to kick off July 9 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle and will hit Live Nation Amphitheaters in 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada between July 9 and August 19, 2008. or

WARBIRD ENTERTAINMENT NEWS – Hailing from the Netherlands, hardcore act Harbour 81 are will release their new full length Live Your Dreams on May 20th via Warbird Entertainment. The 11 song album will feature guest vocals by Jeff Breakdown, Buddha (Blood For Blood) and Dries (Second Chance)… Warbird Entertainment will be bringing The Negatives(Swe) third album, ‘At The End Of The Rope’, to the U.S. as a vinyl-only release on May 20th ’08 – limited 500 copies hand-numbered red vinyl…. Summer 2008 Warbird . is gonna re release for the USA only ‘One Good Round Deserves Another!’ by the German band LOUSY.

SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL(TM) TO PREMIERE ‘THE SWEET LADY WITH THE NASTY VOICE’, an acclaimed documentary about rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Wanda Jackson. The world wide broadcast premiere is set for Sunday, May 18 at 9pm on Smithsonian Channel. THE SWEET LADY WITH THE NASTY VOICE is the culmination of a two-year journey with Jackson, now 70, in performances across the United States and Europe, and features rock immortals in interviews with Elvis Costello, Patti Scialfa, Bruce Springsteen, Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Slim Jim Phantom (The Stray Cats), and Terry Stewart, President of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the 1950s, Wanda Jackson kicked open the door for women in rock ‘n’ roll, and empowered female rockers to be in control, to be sexy, and to write their own songs. The film features never-before-seen film of Jackson’s concerts with rock icons Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Visit Smithsonian Networks on the internet at

JOAN JETT’S BLACKHEART RECORDS SIGNS SEATTLE PUNK BAND THE CUTE LEPERS – Blackheart Records, the fully independent record label started by Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna almost three decades ago, has added another band to their already rockin’ roster – Seattle-based mod-revival, power pop infused punk band, The Cute Lepers. Currently touring the U.S. with The Horrorpops, The Cute Lepers are slated to release their full-length debut, Can’t Stand Modern Music! late May 2008. The Cute Lepers were started by Steve E. Nix of Seattle-based punk rock group, The Briefs. Already longtime fans of The Briefs, Joan Jett and Blackheart VP Carianne Laguna constantly air their music on ‘Joan Jett’s Radio Revolution’ on Sirius Satellite Radio. Once word got around that Nix was reconfiguring his band and forming The Cute Lepers, Jett and Laguna immediately signed the band to the Blackheart family.

‘INSTALLATION-IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD‘ – May 10 – June 01, 2008. Featuring artists: Andrew Pommier, Andy Mueller, Angela Boatwright, Blaine Fontana, Blek Le Rat, Books lll, Caia Koopman, Chris Yormick, Cody Hudson, Dalek, David Choe, David Ellis, Eye One, Francesco Locastro, Freddi C, J. Shea, James Jean, Jeff Soto, Joshua Krause, Kelsey Brookes, Kenton Parker, Kofie, The London Police, Mel Kadel, Michael Sieben, Mike Giant, R. Grimes, Rammellzee, Retna, Ron English, Sage Vaughn, Tim McCormick, Travis Millard, Yoskay Yamamoto. For information, visit:

WESTSIDE ART SHOW – ROOTS ROCK REVIVAL ART OPENING featuring artists: Jay Adams, Christian Hosoi, Jeff Ho, Lance Mountain, Aaron Murray, Brian Sumner, Josh Harmony, Shannon McIntyre, Alan Scott, Rachel Anne Rainwater, Vulcho and more. Live Music and DJs. May 2, 2008 – 6-10pm at 8642 Westminster Blvd. Westminster, CA. For info contact Alan Scott at 714-402-6738.

CALIFORNIA SCREAMIN’ 3 – Saturday – May 10th from noon to 6pm. Gasoline presents Art and Hot Rod Show featuring the art of The Pizz, Keith Weesner, Jeral Tidwell, John Bell, Makoto, Dave Deamon, Johnny Ace and Kali, Damian, Sara Ray, Mr. G, Candy, Tyson Mcadoo, Doug Dorr, Grimb, Steve Caballero, Von Poot, Squindo, Wish, Johnny Crap, Big Toe, Rob Schwager, Nash, 13:11, Max Grundy, Jason Cruz, Ryzart, Kent Reppert II, Nik Scarlett, Jim Owens, James McLeod, Voodude, Rob Enright, Keith Ciaramello, Jay Thomas Mason, Fudemae, Jet Wrench, Scott Aicher, Tick One, Shaun Nadolny, Andy Broadhurst and more at Gasoline 423 Main St. El Segundo, CA 90245. Art show runs May 10-June 28th. For more info call 310-416-9186 or visit

ART SHOW – Gasoline presents Twisted Steel Benefit Art Show – Sunday July 13, 2008. Noon – 6pm featuring over 50 of the top Kustom Kulture and hot rod artists in the world at Gasoline 423 Main St. El Segundo, CA.

SKATEBOARD LAMP ART featuring skateboard lamps made from used skateboards and parts will be on display @ the M Room in Philly on May 28th, 2008. Two bands, DJs, film, lots of giveaways and fun. After that you can find Victor and his skateboard lamps at the Art street opening on May 30th in Philly. For details email Victor at

158 ROAD WARRIORS CHALLENGE – Savage Rips and Hooked Surfboards proudly present the 158 Road Warriors Challenge. Contest starts June 7th and ends on August 7th.

QUEST filmed in IMAX format, 35 mm and HD, takes you to the heart of the most exciting and dangerous sport; intimately documenting the lives of giant wave riders as they seek out and ride monster waves. Starring big wave chargers; McNamara, Mamala, Gerlach, Parsons, Dorian, Burle, Sterling and many more. DeepWater Films.

BEN BOURGEOIS CLAIMS 6.0 LOWERS PRO AND TAKES RATINGS LEAD ON MACY’S CALIFORNIA TRIFECTA SURF SERIES – Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Top 45 member Ben Bourgeois (Wrightsville Beach, NC to Carlsbad, CA) took down the 2008 6.0 Lowers Pro in pumping three-to-four foot surf at Lower Trestles over fellow finalists Fredrick Patacchia (North Shore, HAW), Joel Centeio (North Shore, HAW) and Patrick Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA). The ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 4-Star event wrapped up a week’s worth of competition this afternoon with Bourgeois showcasing the form that has taken him to the most elite level of competition in the world. With the completion of the 6.0 Lowers Pro, the next stop on the Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series is the Oakley Newport Beach Pro held in September. For more information about the 6.0 Lowers Pro, go to

SEBASTIAN ZIETZ CLAIMS OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR IN PUMPING CONDITIONS AT LOWER TRESTLES – Sebastian Zietz (Hanalei, HAW) has claimed the 2008 Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge North American Qualifier in firing three-to-four foot surf at Lower Trestles over fellow finalists Jason Harris (Huntington Beach, CA), Travis Beckmann (Vero Beach, FL) and Dusty Payne (Lahaina, HAW). The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-2 Oakley Pro Junior event culminated a week’s worth of competition this afternoon as performance levels went through the roof, with some of the highest scored waves of the event being logged in during the hard-fought final. Oakley Pro Junior action is available at

NSSA Mid Atlantic Surf Contest Series – The first contest is in Emerald Isle, NC August 9-10. Check the NSSA website at

SAVE HATTERAS – In Fall of 2007, the National Audubon Society, The Defenders of Wildlife and the Southern Environmental Law Center filed suit in Federal District Court against the United States of America to limit or ban access to many of the primary areas of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, including Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, most of Ocracoke and many others. This will also have a devastating effect on the culture, businesses, tourism, property values and the economy as a whole in an area with an existing healthy natural environment. Learn more at

MIKI DORA BOOK – David Rensin’s riveting new biography ALL FOR A FEW PERFECT WAVES: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora tells Miki ‘Da Cat’ Dora’s singular story as never before revealed. For most of the 1950’s and 1960’s, Miki Dora was probably the best surfer in the world. For the rest of his life Dora remained surfing’s most outspoken practitioner, charismatic prince, chief anti-hero, committed loner, and enduring mystery. His God-given gifts in the water coupled with the living theater of his complicated, comic, non-conformist personality on and beyond the beach, made him what his peers could never be: a legend in his own time. In All For A Few Perfect Waves, Rensin draws upon a forty year love of surfing, and more than four years of extensive interviews (over 300) with Dora’s friends, enemies, family, and lovers to craft a compelling narrative of a loner, rebel, outlaw, wanderer, and legend the likes of which has yet to pass this way again.

MACY’S CALIFORNIA TRIFECTA SURF SERIES BACK FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR – Action Sports Group is pleased to announce the return of the Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series for the fourth consecutive year. The North American Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) specialty series unites three prominent ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) events held in California: 6.0 Lowers Pro at Lower Trestles, San Clemente, April 29-May 3; Oakley Newport Pro at 56th Street, Newport Beach, Sept 16-21; and O’Neill Cold Water Classic at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, Oct. 21-26. For the second year, Juniors will also get in on the Trifecta action with an increased $10,000 bonus purse for the top three overall points winners from the three Trifecta series associated Oakley Pro Junior events. The Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series was formed in 2005 to strengthen surfing in America and has added additional cash and prize incentives each year since its inception. For more information: or

CLEAN WATER CLASSIC – The Clean Water Classic, to be held May 16-18th in Westport, Washington has just opened registration! This popular surf contest in the Pacific Northwest covers Oregon, Washington, northern California and British Columbia. It’s a very interesting event as it usually takes on a USA versus Canada flair as surfers compete to see which country will take home first in the respective divisions. For more information including registration details visit

LOWER TRESTLES TO HOST 6.0 LOWERS PRO – Nike 6.0 Signs Deal Which Will Upgrade to 6 Star in ’09 and ’10. The 6.0 Lowers Pro will hit world famous Lower Trestles, San Clemente, Calif. for the first stop of the Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series April 29 to May 3, 2008. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) event will launch as a 4 Star for 2008, and as part of a three-year deal, will upgrade to a 6 Star in 2009 and 2010. Lower Trestles will also play host to an ASP Grade 2 Oakley Pro Junior May 2-3, in conjunction with the 6.0 Lowers Pro. The five-day world-class surfing event will feature top professional and junior competitors from around the globe. This year, 192 of the world’s best surfers will battle for an increased prize purse of $80,000, as well as, valuable ASP WQS points and the possibility of a Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series bonus. All 6.0 Lowers Pro action will be viewable online with streaming video and live scoring at

OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR SERIES – Oakley announces an expanded nine-event international Oakley Pro Junior series and the all-new Oakley Global Challenge for 2008. The Oakley Pro Junior series will criss-cross the globe landing in nine of the world’s best surf spots and offering up a cumulative prize purse of $193,000 for the series. Six of the nine events will serve as qualifiers for the new Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge in Bali, Sept. 25 to Oct. 5, with a $75,000 prize purse. 2008 OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR SCHEDULE April 29-May 3: Lower Trestles, CA, USA STOP #1 MACY’S CA TRIFECTA 4. May 26-27: Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach, Brazil 5. Aug. 9-10: Grand Plage, Lacanua, Gironde, France 6. Aug. 29-30: Sea Isle City, New Jersey, USA 7. Sept. 16-21: Newport Beach, CA, USA STOP #2 MACY’S CA TRIFECTA 8. Sept. 25-Oct. 5: The Global Challenge Championship, Bali. 9. Oct. 21-26: ASP North America Pro Junior Championships, Santa Cruz, California, USA STOP #3 MACY’s CA TRIFECTA For more info check out:

4TH ANNUAL SWITCHFOOT BRO-AM – The Switchfoot Bro-Am charity surf contest and music festival returns to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas on Saturday, June 7, 2008! This year’s event benefits the San Diego and Oceanside branches of StandUp For Kids, a national nonprofit volunteer outreach organization that started right here in San Diego and is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at-risk, homeless, and street kids.

RIP CURL BOARDMASTERS – The countdown to Europe’s biggest surf, skate and music festival has officially begun. The Rip Curl Boardmasters in association with Relentless Energy Drink will return for a 27th year to Newquay from August 4th – 10th, 2008 for its biggest event to date and an epic week of world class action sports and music. The Rip Curl Boardmasters over the last few years has built up a reputation for great action sports and also live music. This year will be the highest profile so far with Groove Armada headlining Friday night at the Unleashed Music Festival.

SURFRIDER ANNUAL ART GALA – An evening of beautiful art, fine food and drink and coastal conservation will combine in an upscale affair when Surfrider host their Eighth Annual Art Gala at The Powerhouse in Del Mar on Thursday May 8th from 6-10pm. The environmentally inspired event will include silent and live auctions of ocean and surf themed artwork from renowned local and national artists including Andy Davis, Michael Cassidy, Wade Koniakowsky, Leroy Grannis, Jeff Yeomans, Neil Bociek, Wyland, Ned Evans, John Sterling, Seth Thompson, Stephen King, photography from Rob Machado, Aaron Chang and many more. Attendees can also bid on one-of-a-kind surfboards from the likes of Rich Pavel and Holeman Surf Designs along with other unique items. Tickets cost $80 for one or $150 for a pair. Proceeds from the ticket sales and auctions fund local Surfrider campaigns including education outreach, beach cleanups, pollution monitoring, Rise Above Plastics!, advocacy efforts and more.

SIMA SURF SUMMIT – MAY 14-17, 2008 – SIMA is proud to announce that Surf Summit 11 will be taken to a whole new level in 2008. After five years of being held at the same hotel venue, SIMA has decided to up the ante and move to the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Resort and Spa in Los Cobos, Mexico.

2008 SIMA SURFING AMERICA USA CHAMPIONSHIP – Nation’s best surfers return to Huntington Beach on August 19-24, 2008. Learn more at

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