Enrique Lorenzo left Monkey Business to ride for World Industries.
Windsor James, a rising Darkstar am, recently got hooked into C1 denim.
Pat Rakestraw is pro for SIX Gun from the Black Label family.
Look for 3 new boards for Jon Allie from Zero.
Please help Sole Technology welcome the one, the only, Rune Glifberg to etnies.
Aaron Harrision is now on ATM.
Alan Petersen is the latest addition to the 88 Footwear roster.
Savier might have lost some of their heavy guns.
Gino Iannucci is the latest hot shoe to start riding Fillmore Wheels! The team now consists of Mike Carroll, Justin Eldridge and Gino.
New Yorker’s might have caught sight of Mark Gonzales and/or Frank Gerwer in July. They were skating around the city having a good time.
Toy Machine did NOT go to Europe, and will be spending all of their time filming for their new video instead. The new video could also include footage from the last Toy Machine tour, “Berzerker.” The full length doesn’t have a title yet, or a release date, but it is expected to be out eventually.
When it comes out.
Ed Templeton recently did a fashion shoot for Dazed and Confused magazine’s LA issue. Some of his artwork is also included in a book called “The Fourth Sex”. Ed’s photo book, “the Golden Age of Neglect,” is very rare since it sold out at retail.
Skate Lab just wrapped up a week of camp where Steve Berra came and hung with the kids. They just embarked on a giant remodel of the park’s wood room headed up by Team Pain. It will be done Aug 23 just in time for a $3000 best trick contest by Osiris shoes.
The big Toy Machine news is of course that Billy Marks will be going pro in September, and will have three Billy Marks pro boards at the trade show.
The black label world / domestic tour if now officially done and in the can! Look for the video evidence in the form of video / dvd, aptly named “LABEL LIVE”.
The 411 database is up and functional — it’s a searchable database of just about every pro and am in the industry, every company, and all 411 videos including contents, clips, sound tracks, etc.
Anyone can now easily find out bio information on their favorite skater, what teams they’re on, what 411 articles they’ve had, what music was used in their parts, descriptions of every company in the industry, contents lists of every 411 video ever made, etc. All the information is searchable by keyword, linked for easy navigation, and available for free at www.411VM.com.
Steve Caballero has been healing from a skate injury. He has been working on an instrumental solo project, will be playing with The Faction at Slims in SF on the 17th, and shot new photos for the box for his new signature Pro Tec helmet.
Rodney Jones missed his return flight after a very successful month in Europe and had to hang out for three extra days without his luggage which made the flight. Rodney will also be competing with Pat at X Games and will be on the second half of the D-Tour sponsored by Fuel and Skateboarder Magazine. Rodney is currently rocking Savier shoes.
Aaron Perko hails from Carpenteria and is the newest addition to the Powell team.
There is an IASC Ebay Fundraising Campaign that’s going on with some rare and vintage skate gear. The IASC has created a Ebay auction house as a fundraiser to help support the IASC. This ongoing auction will offer limited and rare, personalized products from skateboarding’s great professional riders as well as weird, odd and interesting memorabilia from skateboarding. Proceeds help support the IASC and skateboarding. What better way to buy cool things and feel good about it to.
Atlas Distribution announcced the addition of TONY HAWK and ALEX CHALMERS to the Adio Footwear professional skateboard team.
Matt Allen has flown the coop from his old team to ride for the Foundation Super Company!!! Matt is on a mission and will have a full-length part in the upcoming Foundation video entitled “THAT’s LIFE”.
After hearing Tony Silva brag about all the good spots he gets to skate in Colorado, Leo Romero booked himself a flight right away. Lee is now having a blast in Colorado with his friend and teammate Tony.
Corey Duffel nearly escaped death on the 88 Footwear tour when the team RV burst into flames while doing 90mph on the freeway. Everyone quickly jumped out and watched the whole RV just melt away. Evidently while everyone was stunned and still shaken up over the event, Corey Duffel was laughing hysterically, thinking that this was the funniest thing he had ever seen. After all this went down, the 88 team rented a new vehicle and will continue to finish the tour to Toronto, Canada.
Gareth Stehr will be visiting the south for the first time, meeting up with Pig Wheels and Dekline teammate Ben Gilley and Patrick Melcher. They have a few demos lined up, plus a lot of chaos.
Pig Wood would like to welcome Vista ripper Brian Hansen to its AM Team. A Pig Wood video is in the works, featuring its amazing new team of young rippers. Name of the video is “not yet titled?”
Heath Kirchart is back on board after hurting his foot last week and is already heading back out on late-night filming missions in order to wrap-up his mini-part in the Alien Workshop segment of the upcoming Habitat video, Mosaic, before deadline. Never one to give anything less than 100%, you can bet Heath’s mini-segment will be something to remember. Mosaic should be arriving in stores by the third week of August.
The Emerica crew has also been attempting to make the most of the fact that area schools are out of session and even made a trip up to Burbank on Sunday to skate a certain wooden nine-stair rail. The good news is Spanky got a frontside 180 to fakie nosegrind, back to forward, before the cops came. The other good news is that both Spanky and Herman were able to flee the scene before the long arm of the law came down.
The bad news is that when Johnny Law finally left the scene himself, he didn’t leave alone. Sitting handcuffed in the back of the squad car on their way to the booking house was photographer Scott Pommier, filmer Kevin “Boots” Barnett and Emerica pro Ed Templeton. Ed was released from jail some six hours after booking. Deanna had to drive up from Huntington Beach to the Burbank police station in the middle of the night to pick up Ed and his two wanton cohorts. Turns out the police decided to impound cohort Scott Pommier’s car, cameras and all of his gear as evidence in the upcoming court proceedings.
Hot Chocolate Tour dates
August 14 – FTC – San Francisco, CA
August 16 – Out of Bounds – Reno, NV
August 19 – Emage – Denver, CO
August 22 – Revolt – Iowa City, IA
August 23 – Fobia/3rd Lair – Minneapolis, MN
August 25 – 4 Seasons – Milwaukee, WI
August 27 – Uprise – Chicago, IL
August 29 – The Garden – Pittsfield, MA
September 5 – Endless Grind – Raleigh, N.C.
September 8 – Sixth Avenue Skatepark – Nashville, TN
September 11 – The Mark It – Tulsa, OK
Word on the street says that Darkstar’s new video is nearing completion.
Is Element working on a new video?
Osiris’ new video might be out in September. Looks like they’ve titled it, “Subject to Change”.
Fans of Dan Wolfe are in for a treat later this month. He is releasing his last video called CLOSURE. It’s going to be a best of the best from all his past videos.