Tim Upson , Richard Paez , and Kerry Getz are all laid up right now after taking some serious breaks during the course of duty: Tim and Richard are both recovering from broken legs, while Kerry is nursing a broken ankle he received trying to frontside 180 a water gap in Tampa. Also on the injury list is Danny Way , who took a Japanese motorcycle to the back when Ryan Hughes landed on him while they were jumping motorcross bikes¿TWS wishes them speedy and safe recoveries.

Planet Earth pro Kanten Russell is now riding for Osiris shoes. His teammate on Osiris, Dave Mayhew, is no longer on the Maple team list. Mayhew goes the same way as former Maple rider Marc Johnson, in this case becoming the newest pro on the A-team . Another leaf off the Maple tree¿pro Frank Hirata now rides for Planet Earth . Vinnie Ponte no longer rides for Zoo York . Cairo Foster is now off Supernaut and is rumored to be riding for Mad Circle. Australian brothers Ben and Tas Pappas are no longer on the XYZ roster.

Skateboarding legend Mark Gonzales has had a busy few months, he’s been working on a signature shoe for Adidas (due out in the summer), as well as making art for a solo show going on in Japan .

A couple of issues ago we ran an am article (Volume 9, Number 7). In this feature, we planted a couple of mistakes on purpose for you to spot. Did you catch them? The first one you should have seen was the lie about Brian Sumner’s age. We added three years onto to the lifespan of the Liverpool ripper¿he’s not that old at all. In fact, he’s in the last year of his teenage life; you guessed it, Brian is nineteen. Secondly (you definitely should have caught this baby), we lied when we told you that Mike Maldonado was doing a switch backside 180 in his interview. Wrong, Mike’s doing that puppy, regs. Keep watching for more of the same little teasers in the future.

Mums In Spain

“All Australian citizens need a visa if they want to get into Spain,” is what the man said to Matt Mumford when he turned up at Barcelona airport visaless. Mums was then separated from the rest of the Zero crew by the powers that be and put on the next flight out of there. In fact, he was deported with nothing but the clothes on his back, the money in his pocket, and a skateboard. He wasn’t even allowed to get his bag off the plane. Luckily for Matt, his sister lives in London, so he flew there. He had to phone his parents in Australia for her number. It took him a few days to get what he needed from the Spanish embassy in London, but after a few unexpected days spent in England’s capital, Matt made it back to Spain and hooked up with his posse.

Have You Seen Him

Chad Muska asks the question that’s on everyone’s lips right now, “Have you seen Tom?” Well, you did if you went to the Sole Technology demos in Spain earlier this year. Or if you’re lucky enough to live in Australia, you might have caught him skating on the recent Sole Technology tour. Tom Penny finally came out from his two-year role as Europe’s answer to Howard Hughes and turned heads yet again when he hit the road. After a two-week stay in Australia, Tom headed straight back to England, and then to France¿he didn’t pass go, missing out on the U.S. altogether.

The Y

The next time you drive past the Encinitas YMCA (if you happen to be in the area, that is), don’t be thinking they hired Noah (remember the Bible?) to build a new arc there. The sea of wood in front of you isn’t preparation for the 40-day and 40-night flood (El Niño is now over). It’s the latest piece of precision wooden curves from ramp-builder Timayne . Taking center stage in the new facility is an 80-foot-wide vert ramp that has ten-and-a-half foot transitions, a bridge of death, plus numerous extensions. To the back of the vert ramp lies a mid-sized ramp that leads into a bowl (see photos). Add to this a full-sized obstacle course , and you have one of the best wooden parks in the country. The park is not yet open (it will be by the time you read this), but has already been sessioned by numerous pros.

Here They Come

As the summer months slowly approach, be on the lookout for these tours around your area: The Axion team is heading over to Europe in May¿Gino , Guy , and Kareem will be doing a two-week tour prior to the summer onslaught of American pros. The A-Team is also on its way over in May for a two-week tour of the UK , with Marc Johnson , Rodney Mullen , and Gershon Mosely . Another DC Super Tour is hitting Europe, so be sure to go see it. DC also has plans for a tour of Australia later on in the year. Innes Clothing and Transit Skateboards have teamed up in one van for a two-week tour of America’s Southwest ; Mike Vallely , Scott Conklin , Matt Hensley , Charlie Wilkins , and Stacey Lowery will all be in attendance. This tour runs from June 1 until June 15 ; check with your local shop for more details.

New Videos

Rising
A World Market Video

The name of this video reflects not only what’s going on in Tampa, but skateboarding throughout the entire Sunshine State. Over the years, Florida has produced some amazing skateboarding talent: Mike McGill, Rodney Mullen, Scott Stanton, Buck Smith, Kris Markovich, Montessi, Mike Daher, the Conklins, Caine Gayle, Bo Turner, Andrew Reynolds, Mike Frazier, Paul Zitzer, Felix Arguelles. The list goes on and on. Over the past four years in particular, Tampa has been rising to the top of the state, and really the whole Southeast. The Skatepark of Tampa, a.k.a SPoT, has been the catalyst behind Tampa’s rapid growth¿all since Brian Schaefer opened the park five years ago. In the third year of SPoT’s existence, Brian, along with counterpart Chris Williams, opened up a skate shop outside the park’s confines, and thus began World Market.

This is World Market’s first video, and the quality is superb all around. Tampa’s filming phenomenon Josh Stewart took on the project, making this his fourth video. He began with Prospects I and II before he created his breakthrough Cigar City, and then changed the name of his production company to Prospects. Josh has developed his own distinctive filming style; it involves a bit more camera movement, creative angles, and nifty lines when follow filming. The skating in this video is nothing short of top-notch.

What I enjoyed so much about this video was watching the Floridians well-rounded skateboarding. You’ll see gnarly gaps and long rails, technical street lines and raw park footage, vert annihilation, and bodily destruction¿everything skateboarding is truly about. Each team member put a hell of a lot of time and effort into their parts. Birdhouse flow-recipient Jeff Lanoce lays down some heavy moves, and Ed Selego’s part is dynamite. Not to mention Paul Zitzer, Brian Howard, and Mike Frazier’s lethal assault on the SPoT’s vert ramp.

Other World Market team members include Paul Urich, Allen Russell, Chris Williams, Jerry Giardina, Mike Daher, and Scott Conklin. All of the skateboarding is original and stylish. This video is a winner, if you want to see what new prospects are on the rise, get yourself a copy of Rising.¿John Holland

For more info on this video write to: World Market, 11502 N. Nebraska #108, Tampa, FL 33612.

Mixtape
Zoo York

I have to confess that my friends and I all wanted this video to suck. The whole Zoo York attitude and negative vibe has been so overdone; we were sick of it and its representation of New York as a whole. But guess what? This video is dope! Not only that, but it appears after watching the video, the whole negative vibe doesn’t originate from the Zoo York team. These guys seem to really just be having a good time. In the process, they are skating and innovating like true rippers.

Mixtape starts out with infamous N.Y. DJ Roc Raida on the wheels spinning some dope Poppa Large shit. Later in the video, Roc has his own part and it’s one of the video’s highlights. Other highlights include a sick uphill handrail grind from Robbie Gangemi, Harold Hunter’s nollie heelflip down a flight of steps, and a huge clean- caught backside 180 flip by Danny Supa. In between all this four- wheeled mastery are home-video clips of today’s dopest hip-hop artists spittin’ their shit on the Stretch And Bobbito Show.

Original, unique, refreshing, and well-filmed, Zoo York’s Mixtape is all of this¿and the soundtrack should be released on its own.

This video is one of the best I’ve seen and more importantly, I can’t watch it without grabbing my board and running out my front door.¿Andy Seifert

Zoo York

I have to confess that my friends and I all wanted this video to suck. The whole Zoo York attitude and negative vibe has been so overdone; we were sick of it and its representation of New York as a whole. But guess what? This video is dope! Not only that, but it appears after watching the video, the whole negative vibe doesn’t originate from the Zoo York team. These guys seem to really just be having a good time. In the process, they are skating and innovating like true rippers.

Mixtape starts out with infamous N.Y. DJ Roc Raida on the wheels spinning some dope Poppa Large shit. Later in the video, Roc has his own part and it’s one of the video’s highlights. Other highlights include a sick uphill handrail grind from Robbie Gangemi, Harold Hunter’s nollie heelflip down a flight of steps, and a huge clean- caught backside 180 flip by Danny Supa. In between all this four- wheeled mastery are home-video clips of today’s dopest hip-hop artists spittin’ their shit on the Stretch And Bobbito Show.

Original, unique, refreshing, and well-filmed, Zoo York’s Mixtape is all of this¿and the soundtrack should be released on its own.

This video is one of the best I’ve seen and more importantly, I can’t watch it without grabbing my board and running out my front door.¿Andy Seifert