Biz Buzz, Roster Hops, and Shoe BoxApril 2002 (13#5)

Biz Buzz

Tony Hawk will star in a traveling action-sports and music show that debuts in April at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort. Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom HuckJam will also feature Bob Burnquist, Andy Macdonald, Lincoln Ueda, and Sergie Ventura, plus other BMX and motocross stars-as well as musical acts The Offspring and Social Distortion-rounding out the show. The tour will include 27 stops around the U.S.

If you don’t catch him on your, Hawk’s also been working on a cartoon series in the vein of the 70s hit Fat Albert, and Disney has recently secured Hawk’s life story for a feature-length film based on the autobiography, Hawk: Occupation Skateboarder. Hawk and his 900 Films company will oversee the film as executive producers. Hollywood Reporter suggested that the Hawk film will be in the vein of Rocky and Fast Times At Ridgemont High.

Sports-management company Infinite Management Solutions (IMS) has announced the addition of Rune Glifberg, Kyle Berard, and Mathias Ringstrom to its list of skateboard clients which also includes Pierre Luc Gagnon, Renton Millar, and Pat Channita. IMS Senior Manager of Athlete Representation Circe Wallace says the company’s objective is to work with top athletes in their respective sports and contribute to their success by bringing them domestic and international opportunities and resources.

RAX Skateboard Distribution announced the launch of its new and improved Web site. With many new unique features and a user-friendly shopping-cart feature, retailers can shop online 24 hours a day, and get live updates on the status of inventory, orders, and customer accounts. Check it out at raxusa.com.

Madrid has reintroduced its Fly Paper griptape program. The identifiable fly-shaped die cuts were common on big boards in the 80s, and the new and improved product features the same logo. Fly Paper features a special formulation that includes metal shavings for better grip and longer wear, and is available in two grit types-regular coarse for street application, and a grippier smooth surface for larger boards. Both types come with the fly-logo die cut in 8.5-inch-square sheets and 8.5-by-33-inch sheets, and without the fly die cut in 60-foot rolls. For more information, call Madrid at: (714) 897-5656. Or online at madridskateboards.com.

In a special cooperative development, Tod Swank has teamed up with some of skateboarding’s greatest riders to create Deathbox Skateboards, a classic board company psyched on pool riding, street cruising, style and well, skateboarding. The company is headed up by the legendary Dave Hackett and Doug “Pineapple” Saladino. Tum Yeto will be assisting with manufacturing and distribution needs. For more information, check out tumyeto.com.

The Tum Yeto Vancouver tour will begin in the middle of March. Destinations are to be announced with Foundation taking on the whole West Coast and Toy Machine taking on the whole northern U.S. and Canada. Check tumyeto.com for dates and locations.

Ruckus Metal hardware features half-threaded bolts for a tighter fit and added strength. They are also guaranteed for life.

Hollywood skateboards seems to be growing pretty fast. The current pro series features models for Kris Markovich, Dorian Tucker, Kevin Staab, and the new Charlie Thomas “Professional Team Manager” board. One of Tucker’s models comes wrapped in fishnet. The new Hollywood promotional video should be out this summer.

NBC Sports, Primedia, and Octagon (octagon.com) have joined together to form a new entity responsible for growing the Gravity Games domestically and internationally. While NBC and Octagon have increased their equity stake in the property, NBC will continue to broadst the Gravity Games and plans on increasing promotion around the property. The 2001 Gravity Games were the highest-rated action-sports event in network-television history, according to A.C. Nielson Media International (acnielsen.com), and included the most-watched single episode in action-sports history when the September 30, 2001, broadcast drew a 2.8/6 rating. The televised event has also earned five sports Emmy nominations, and has drawn nearly a million spectators in just three years. Consequently, the Gravity Games will form a separate company to build upon the success of the Gravity Brand. For more information, check out primedia.com.

Satva Leung and graphic artist David Flores have collaborated to create Judah Skateboards, which is currently sponsoring amateur skateboarders Andy Bautista, German Nieves, Adam Crew, and Mike Barker. Satva and Dave will be running all the marketing operations from their San Francisco office, while all sales and distribution will run out of Imperial Distribution in San Diego. Check out judahskateboards.com.

In NHS news, the Santa Cruz PowerLyte boards seems to be growing in popularity. These boards are six-ply maple with a top sheet of “bulletproof” Kevlar material, and NHS says these boards are twenty-percent lighter, and 400-percent stronger than standard seven-ply boards. Santa Cruz also offers a new Dangler denim jean that features a vented crotch. The vent is very indiscreet, but apparently works quite well.

Ricta has a new 98A durometer park-formula wheel. It’s available in 53, 55, and 57 millimeters. The Ricta Slims packaging converts into a space-saving P.O.P. wheel display.

Bullet now offers a new value-priced griptape. It’s being hailed as a better-priced option for shops who offer a free-griptape-with-deck-purchase program.

At TSG, the new Tony Hawk Pterodactyl graphic-signature helmet that was a CCS-exclusive graphic for the last several months is now available to all distributors and wholesale accounts.

Capix is a new safety-gear company out of Southern California. Its team features Danny Way, Colin McKay, Chet Thomas, and Gershon Mosley. These guys all have their own pro-model helmets that come with attachable headphones. Capix also has invented a new item to safely carry a skateboard on any bike. Check out capixco.com.

Andy Macdonald joined Nickelodeon Games And Sports’ Mati Moralejo to host the first-ever Maximum Rocket Power Games. Based on Nickelodeon’s hit animated Rocket Power series, the Maximum Rocket Power Games is a half-hour live-action special inspired by the new Rocket Power movie Race Across New Zealand. The Maximum Rocket Power Games consists of three teams-each comprised of two action-sports pros and four hand-picked groms. All of the skateboarding and BMX footage was shot at the Encinitas YMCA in front of bleachers filled with screaming fans. The Maximum Rocket Power Games aired on Nickelodeon in February.

Rob Washburn has left his post as team manger for Brigade and Powell skateboards to become the first product manager for Bones wheels and bearings. He now oversees all aspects of the legendary Bones wheel line, from new product development to managing the team. For more information, check out skateone.com.

Steve Caballero‘s band, The Faction, is currently in the studio finishing up four new tunes. The Faction will be going to Germany this summer to play at the twentieth anniversary of the Münster Mastership contest. Cab will be a featured skater in Activision‘s Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 video game, and is working on a new Cab 8 shoe for Vans. He’ll also be presenting the Skater Of The Year award at the ESPN awards in April with the original Bones Brigade crew.

On April 1, Caswell Berry, Colt Cannon, Alan Petersen, Louie Barletta, Ron Whaley, and Steffan Attardo will be embarking on a three-week journey covering 4,000 miles of the Southwest and Pacific Northwest appropriately titled the April Fools Tour. Joining the team will be TransWorld SKATEboarding photographer Brian Uyeda and Krux den mother Matt Sharkey. NHS filming-guru Eric Noren will be accompanying the crew to document the trip.

Navigator Truck Company announces the addition of its Stealth series trucks. They are available in two styles: Black hanger with black base, and raw base. Both styles will be available in 127 mm and 133 mm sizes. A 137 mm truck is also now available in raw with anodized baseplates. Navigator is also launching its branded softgoods line with T-shirts, sweatshirts and Flexfit caps-available now. Check out NavigatorTrucks.com, featuring updated products, team information and more.

In Grind King news, the Paulo Diaz Switch Ollie Challenge held on Superbowl Sunday at this year’s February ASR Trade Expo in Long Beach, California, was a huge success, drawing many spectators who chose not to watch the game. Lib Tech and Tracker’s Alex Bland won the contest with a 40.125-inch switch vault and walked away the 8,000-dollar prize purse.

Grind King is expecting the long-awaited GK AXL to arrive for shipment in late March. Also new is the redefined Econo-Truck, with the sleek simplistic styling of the GK Standard at a lower cost. The Grind King Titanium truck is available now, and the original GK-6 has two new custom graphics, Leopard and Union Jack.

Rocketbolts hardware is now available. They have a star-shaped head and strategically placed knurls that lock the bolt into your board and reduce stress cracks at the same time.

Rims Bearing Protection System will be available for shipment by the time you read this. Rims keep the dirt out and the oil in, and they guard bearings against tool damage. They’re available in four custom styles: Defender, Spoke, Roadstar, and Rallye. Rims will also be available in “Bling-Bling Gold.”

In Dwindle news, Darkstar’s Tyrone Olson, Kanten Russell, and Daxter Lussier have new pro wheels out. Darkstar Thin wheels are now available, and Aaron Snyder-who turns pro this month-will soon have two pro models available. The Deca 2nd To None video will soon be released on DVD.

There is an East Coast tour in the works for enjoi. Tentative plans are for the tour to go from Maryland to Georgia, hitting about ten shops between April 18 and May 4. It will be based around the Second Annual Skater Island Am Contest in Middletown, Rhode Island. The event goes down on April 13 and 14, and will be cosponsored by enjoi, Tensor, and Speed Demons.

The King Of Street contest will return this year to Birmingham, England with a 15,000-pound sterling purse, building on the initial success of last year’s event. Once again, it will be held at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. King Of Street will offer the UK’s top skaters and BMX riders a platform on which to showcase their talent. BMX day is Sunday May 5, and the skate contest will take place on Monday, May 6. Last year Danny Wainwright took the top spot. The beauty of this event is that the cream of British talent get a chance to express themselves without a horde of American pros taking center stage. For more information on KOS 2002, phone Susan at Board-X: 020-7729-8442, or check out board-x.com

The new Think video Free At Last is finished and should be on store shelves before you read this. And get this, it’s free! It’s not a ten-minute promotional video, either. It runs approximately 30 minutes long, and is the first in a series. Next up is the Think Am VCaswell Berry, Colt Cannon, Alan Petersen, Louie Barletta, Ron Whaley, and Steffan Attardo will be embarking on a three-week journey covering 4,000 miles of the Southwest and Pacific Northwest appropriately titled the April Fools Tour. Joining the team will be TransWorld SKATEboarding photographer Brian Uyeda and Krux den mother Matt Sharkey. NHS filming-guru Eric Noren will be accompanying the crew to document the trip.

Navigator Truck Company announces the addition of its Stealth series trucks. They are available in two styles: Black hanger with black base, and raw base. Both styles will be available in 127 mm and 133 mm sizes. A 137 mm truck is also now available in raw with anodized baseplates. Navigator is also launching its branded softgoods line with T-shirts, sweatshirts and Flexfit caps-available now. Check out NavigatorTrucks.com, featuring updated products, team information and more.

In Grind King news, the Paulo Diaz Switch Ollie Challenge held on Superbowl Sunday at this year’s February ASR Trade Expo in Long Beach, California, was a huge success, drawing many spectators who chose not to watch the game. Lib Tech and Tracker’s Alex Bland won the contest with a 40.125-inch switch vault and walked away the 8,000-dollar prize purse.

Grind King is expecting the long-awaited GK AXL to arrive for shipment in late March. Also new is the redefined Econo-Truck, with the sleek simplistic styling of the GK Standard at a lower cost. The Grind King Titanium truck is available now, and the original GK-6 has two new custom graphics, Leopard and Union Jack.

Rocketbolts hardware is now available. They have a star-shaped head and strategically placed knurls that lock the bolt into your board and reduce stress cracks at the same time.

Rims Bearing Protection System will be available for shipment by the time you read this. Rims keep the dirt out and the oil in, and they guard bearings against tool damage. They’re available in four custom styles: Defender, Spoke, Roadstar, and Rallye. Rims will also be available in “Bling-Bling Gold.”

In Dwindle news, Darkstar’s Tyrone Olson, Kanten Russell, and Daxter Lussier have new pro wheels out. Darkstar Thin wheels are now available, and Aaron Snyder-who turns pro this month-will soon have two pro models available. The Deca 2nd To None video will soon be released on DVD.

There is an East Coast tour in the works for enjoi. Tentative plans are for the tour to go from Maryland to Georgia, hitting about ten shops between April 18 and May 4. It will be based around the Second Annual Skater Island Am Contest in Middletown, Rhode Island. The event goes down on April 13 and 14, and will be cosponsored by enjoi, Tensor, and Speed Demons.

The King Of Street contest will return this year to Birmingham, England with a 15,000-pound sterling purse, building on the initial success of last year’s event. Once again, it will be held at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. King Of Street will offer the UK’s top skaters and BMX riders a platform on which to showcase their talent. BMX day is Sunday May 5, and the skate contest will take place on Monday, May 6. Last year Danny Wainwright took the top spot. The beauty of this event is that the cream of British talent get a chance to express themselves without a horde of American pros taking center stage. For more information on KOS 2002, phone Susan at Board-X: 020-7729-8442, or check out board-x.com

The new Think video Free At Last is finished and should be on store shelves before you read this. And get this, it’s free! It’s not a ten-minute promotional video, either. It runs approximately 30 minutes long, and is the first in a series. Next up is the Think Am Video.

In New Deal team news, Lincoln Ueda is featured in two new video games. The first is ESPN X-Games made for the PlayStation 2 console, and the second is an online game that can be played at www.statcard.com.

Billy Pepper, Element‘s longest-standing pro, is now celebrating his ten-year anniversary with the company. Expect to see some visuals commemorating to this special occasion. Speaking of special visuals, Element has just released a rendition of Natas Kaupas’ SMA Panther graphic. Tosh Townend, if you haven’t already heard, is now pro, and Bam Margera has been editing nonstop to complete his new movie, Haggard.

Ben Gilley, Patrick Melcher, Adam Alfaro, and Anthony “Ragdoll” Scalamare, are the newest pros on Black Label. Each of their debut boards feature custom Lucero graphics.

Build Worldwide has announced the upcoming release of Drive, a 50-minute documentary film directed by Mark Jeremias. Drive tells the story of Mike Vallely and his life in skateboarding. Based on a cross-country road trip, Drive uses America’s landscape as the impetus to explore Mike’s views on the current state of the skateboard world, as well as reflections on what’s really important to Mike and why he skates. The film was shot on location in the U.S., Europe, and Russia, and will be released this month on both VHS and DVD. Look for a premiere tour soon that will include spoken-word performances and question-and-answer sessions with Vallely in major cities across America, as well as select international locations. Check mikevallely.com for more info.

Mike V. has teamed up with Giant Distribution to establish his own board company. Mike Vallely Skateboards debuts this spring with nine decks, including three pro models. After fifteen years as a pro, Vallely is stoked to finally have a viable brand of his own. The prolific tourer and promoter will design the entire line, and will make boards for all types of skating. The company will reflect Mike’s skate-everything attitude, and the line will eventually include everything from mini decks and popular shapes to longboards. For more information, call Giant at: 1-800-229-3325. Or log on to mikevallely.com.

Mad Media Design recently announced the addition of Carter Gibbs to its team. Gibbs is the former owner, designer, and marketing director of SRH clothing, and will head Mad Media’s new business development, as well as handling special projects. Gibbs brings over twenty-plus years of experience in the youth market to Mad Media. The company is also expanding its public-relations department with the addition of Nicole Carrico. She’ll be running all the day-to-day public-relations operations for new and existing clients.

Mad Media has also recently added S. Vincent Knakal to its creative team as director of photography. Knakal is a graduate of the Otis Art Institute School of Design in Los Angeles. For more information, visit madmediadesign.com, or call Mad Media at: (760) 721-3600.

Hawk Apparel introduces a new addition to the Hawk sales-rep team. Jono Hicks will be representing Northern California, and comes to the team with years of solid sales-rep and retail experience. Feel free to call him at: (805) 733-1086.

Liz Lurie is the new marketing coordinator at Element. She can be reached at: (949) 789-7890, or via e-mail at: liz@elementskateboards.com.

Roster Hops

Pro
Louie Barletta–Osiris
Jon Comer –Da Kine
Alex “Trainwreck” Gall –TSA
Paul Machnau–World Industries
Neal Mims–Shorty’s hardware, Black Magic, Black Panthers
Colin McKay –Capix
Gershon Mosley –Capix
Don “The Nuge” Nguyen–4CE footwear
Bobby Rodriquez –Kreper
Anthony “Ragdoll” Scalamare–Droors
Chris Swanson–Kreper
Chet T