Appleyard, Ragdoll, Game Of SKATE, Slam City, and more.

In shoe news, Ragdoll is on Dekline and Mark Appleyard is on Globe.

SLAM CITY JAM UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

On behalf of Slam City Jam, the North American Skateboarding Championships, we’d like to announce that the event is now under new ownership and will take place at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC on August 26-28, 2005.

Slam City Jam has historically taken place in May, however as the change in ownership has just been finalized the event will be moved to August. 

Eric Koston’s éS Game of SKATE Series Goes World Wide

éS announces 12 U.S. major cities and 10 international countries set to host Koston’s éS Game of SKATE Series

During the months of June, July and August 2005, éS will host 12 Game of SKATE tournaments in 12 U.S. cities, where skaters will compete to win a trip to San Diego in September. There, these finalists will skate against four global champions from Europe, Japan, Australia / New Zealand and Canada, with the winner automatically seeded into Eric Koston’s éS Game of SKATE, where he’ll go head-to-head with today’s top pros.

U.S. Major Cities:

Los Angeles
San Francisco
Portland
Salt Lake City
Phoenix
Chicago
Houston
Boston
New York
Philadelphia
Atlanta
Tampa

International Countries:

England
France
Holland
Germany
Switzerland
Spain
Canada
Japan
Australia
New Zealand

TotalVid Hosts Exclusive Virtual Red Carpet Premiere for Globe’s Hottest Skateboarding Video of the Year

TotalVid, the leading video download store for action sports, anime, and travel enthusiasts, is rolling out the virtual red carpet on May 2 with the exclusive world premiere of the hottest skateboarding video of the year, the Globe 2005 World Cup Skateboarding video, filmed recently in Melbourne, Australia. An entire month before it hits retail stores across the world, this will be the first and only one-stop online location where skateboarding fans can see photos from the competition, purchase via download this much-anticipated video, win great prizes, and chat live with the video’s executive producer.   

Every year a hand picked line-up of renowned skateboarding legends travel to Melbourne, Australia to test their skills against the best competition skateboarders. This year the Globe World Cup was once again an invitational event, and was the Australian leg and opening round of the 2005 World Cup Skateboarding series.  It featured some of the best skateboarders in the world, competing for a total prize pool of $82,000 on one of the most progressive street courses ever built.  

Last year, a sold out crowd from around Australia witnessed an unbelievable event.  This year with the high quality field out there, skate enthusiasts once again got to see the best in the world such as the 2003 World Cup Skateboarding Champion Ryan Sheckler.   

The event also played host to the seventh annual Gallaz Skate Jam featuring some of the best female skateboarders in the world.  The Gallaz Skate Jam has become the cornerstone for girls worldwide skate culture. Six years in the running with record breaking prize purses across seven countries, Gallaz Skate Jam is still the only global girls skate series, and one of the few times the girls can showcase their talent alongside the best of the best in men’s skateboarding.

THE OTHER VENICE FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR ITS SECOND SEASON MARCH 18-20, 2005

Featuring More Than 40 Filmmakers, Two Screening Venues And a Party Every Night in Celebration of the Venice Centennial

The Other Venice Film Festival (OVFF), a community event dedicated to screening full-length, short and animated films that embody the spirit, energy and diversity of Venice, returns for its second season with three days of film screenings, panel discussions, local artists, parties and live music from Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20.

The 2005 OVFF packs more than twice the punch of the sell–out, inaugural 2004 season with the work of more than 40 filmmakers being highlighted (up from 17 in 2004), two venues instead of one and a party every night in celebration of the Venice Centennial.

On Saturday, the OVFF will celebrate “Dogtown-born filmmaker Stacy Peralta with a screening of his big wave surf documentary Riding Giants at 7:30 p.m. Legendary surf rock band The Mermen (www.mermen.net) will set the mood with live music starting at 7 p.m., and follow the film with a second set. The screening will take place at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave, in Venice, followed by a Q&A session with Paul Crowder, the ACE Award-winning film editor who worked with Peralta on Riding Giants and Dogtown & Z-Boys.

The upcoming dramatic film Lords of Dogtown — inspired by Peralta’s documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys about the birth of skateboarding, which brought the unique community of Venice, Calif. to the world — will be the topic of Sunday’s 5-7 p.m. panel discussion: “From Doc To Drama: Lords of Dogtown. Named after Venice founding father Abbot Kinney, the Abbot Award ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, is free to the public and will be followed by a closing night party.