Santa Cruz pro Ron Whaley is the new Krux team manager and reportedly has some new team riders in the works. Brian Childers is retiring from skateboarding to go back to school for his master’s degree. Two members of the Chapman skateboard team have broken into the world of television. Danny Gonzales “loves Dave Thomas’ chicken sandwich” in a current Wendy’s commercial, and Mathias Ringstrom will “obey his thirst” in an upcoming Sprite commercial.
Based on the success of its first skatepark in Orange, California, Vans plan to open four more parks. The new Vans Skateparks are to be built at existing Mills mall complexes in Ontario, California; Prince William, Virginia; Toronto, Canada; and Orlando, Florida. The Ontario, California Vans Skatepark is expected to open in Fall 1999. It will be a 60,000-square-foot facility catering to both skateboard and BMX. The Vans Skatepark in Virginia should then open in Spring 2000, and Toronto sometime in 2001. The 50,000-square-foot Orlando Vans Skatepark will open Spring 2000. For more info, check out the Vans Web sit at: http://www.vans.com.
Bam Margera and Kerry Getz have both been bumped up to pro status, creating an all-pro Toy Machine team. Zero premiered their new video, Misled Youth , at the Spreckels Theater in downtown San Diego on March 5. Erik Ellington was carried out of the theater Rocky-style on the shoulders of adoring fans, and is now rumored to be turning pro for Zero in the near future.
Mike Vallely , Charlie Wilkins , and Kenny Reed have all been added to the Pig Wheels team roster.
Black Label ‘s Matt Hensley was the unfortunate victim of a typo on a recent graphic. The board, which featured a gun and was supposed to read “homicide” slipped out of the Black Label art department reading “homocide.” For the record, Black Label is not a homophobic company and this was an unfortunate mistake. They apologize if anyone was offended, and especially to Matt for enduring such a dilemma.
The Element team, under the wing of Kwala Distribution , spent the better part of April on tour in Australia. Giant Head Photo/Video Editor Dan Wolfe was along for the ride to film an Element tour video, including Donny Barley , Kris Markovich , and Natas Kaupas , who celebrated a birthday while on tour¿which one, they didn’t say. New Deal pro Chad Bartie has relocated from Australia to Southern California. He’s just in time to lay down some lines for the upcoming New Deal video. In control of all of this is Ryan Kingman , Giant’s new team manager for Element, New Deal, and Destructo . Good luck, Ryan.
Cinematographer Wing Ko is currently filming a documentary about Mike Vallely and his contribution to skateboarding. The film will also include some of Mike’s recent spoken-word engagements. Look for more information on Mike’s Web site: http://www.mikevallely.com.
Split has announced the addition of Australians Renton Millar , Brett Margaritis , and Trent Bonham to its team. The entire team will be featured in the upcoming video Icons and Outcasts , which will premiere this spring. Longtime Santa Barbara ripper and Powell sales-staffer Rob Washburn has been inducted as the new Bones Brigade team manager. Also new at Powell is designer and photographer Erik Olsen , a recent graduate of San Jose State University and creator of City One ‘zine. Olsen will be concentrating on the Bones Brigade Team Zine , Powell’s free quarterly house mag. According to Powell over 150,000 copies of the last issue were printed.
Giorgio Zattoni wants to bring serious pros to Italy to compete in an invitaation-only 900 contest¿the first skater to pull one wins.
Bones bearings will release its first team video in September. The Class of 2000 will be Powell’s seventeenth video and will showcase the talents of the Bones bearing team, including newcomer Rick McCrank . The new Bones Ceramic Swiss bearings are also now available.
China Bones Reds contest grand-prize-winner Shawn Storch enjoyed a trip to California, courtesy of Bones/Skate One . While in So Cal, Shawn and a friend visited Skate Street Ventura, Vans, Duffs, TransWorld SKATEboarding, Innes, Roughhouse, and the Encinitas YMCA.
Skateboarding will be featured in a series of U.S. postage stamps that celebrates new sports, including snowboarding, BMX, and in-line skating. While the skater is not identified on the stamp, the image was derived from a photograph of a prominent Powell and Airwalk vert champion taken by TransWorld SKATEboarding Photo Editor Grant Brittain . Thirty-eight-million of the skateboarding stamps will be in circulation in June, coinciding with the ESPN X-Games.