Biz Buzz, Shoe Box, Roster Hops (13#6)

Supernaut Skateboards is working on its second full-length video, entitled State Of Grace, to be released early this summer. The video will feature pros Matt Pailes, Aaron Vandenbulke, Matt Rodriquez, Paul Sharpe, and Tony Cox, and ams Nick Matlin, Will Harmon, Carlos Young, Adam Tobler, Chris Head, and Trevor Prescott.

Toy Machine is busy working on its massive summer tour across North America, anticipated to begin around June, and including the canceled demos from last year?s tour. There?s also talk about a mini European tour. If you?re interested in a demo and have a good park, e-mail Mike Page at: mike@tumyeto.net. Or call: 1-800-TUM-YETO, ext. 123.

Also, look for Toy Machine?s three-set DVD, featuring Live and Heavy Metal together on one disc, in addition to Welcome To Hell and Jump Off A Building. Toy Machine ams Austin Stephens and Caswell Berry are turning pro in June.

Look for some footage of the Deathbox Expression Session in the new upcoming pool-riding documentary CHLORINE, by English filmmakers Julie Angel and Milan Spasik.

Doug “Pineapple” Saladino, Dave Hackett, and other hardcore Tum Yeto pool rippers have been seen hopping fences, barging backyards, and infiltrating pools from San Diego to Salba land?compiling footage for their first video, Tales From The Deathbox, to be released sometime next year.

The new line of Deathbox Pro decks were released in time for the release of the Dogtown And Z Boys film in May. Look for some very different shapes, sizes, concaves, graphics, and just about everything you?ve never seen. Deathbox has signed mini ripper eight-year-old Nathan Groff to its competition and flow team. The company is on a worldwide search for well-rounded hardcore skateboarders to represent the company. If you think you?ve got what it takes to “Ride The Box” send in your photos, videos, and e-mails to: info@deathbox.com.

After months of tinkering, adjusting, and readjusting, the new Zero Web site is finished. Check out zeroskateboards.com.

Zero, like every other company, is working hard on their video, Dying To Live. No official release date has been set, but check zeroskateboards.com for more details.

In San Diego, the Washington Street Skatepark is finally happening, thanks to the Washington Street Skatepark Association (W.S.S.A.), a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to building free, skater-run parks in conjunction with federal and local governments, local businesses, and residents. The park was born when local San Diego skaters took over an area under an overpass and began building concrete obstacles. After a few years of wrangling with the city over permits and permission, the skaters have finally secured the area for their park, and construction on the current phase began in April. For more information on how to be involved, check out washingtonstreetskatepark.org.

Imperial Distribution recently finished their annual spring promo video, previewing the new Maple, 151, and Judah videos. It includes a mini documentary on Kien Lieu and his travels in Asia. Also included is a teaser for Satva Leung?s new video Blackout, available now, featuring skateboarding from around the world. The full-length videos will be done by August 2002.

Sessions is happy to announce the appointment of Overlook Textile GmbH as its licensee for the European market. The former distributor for Sessions, Rainer Soelch, retains a prominent sales position in the new organization. For more information, check out sessions.com.

After a few months of concerted effort from both Element Skateboards and Donny Barley, Donny has left the Element team on good terms. With no corete plans for board sponsorship at press time, Barley will take his time and survey his options.

Extreme Group, the media company in the action-sports sector and parent company of the Extreme Sports Channel, recently announced the launch of the hour-long action-sports series EX TV on Fox Sports Net in the U.S. EX TV launched March 18 on Fox Sports Net?s regional sports channels, reaching over 78-million U.S. homes. The series showcases action-sports lifestyles, plus top athletes, events, bands, and more. It will air on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4 p.m. as part of FSN?s Rush Hour, the network?s weekday action-sports programming block. EX TV will span a number of sports, including snowboarding and skateboarding.

Real Skateboards is releasing an am tour video entitled Recipe For Disaster, featuring ams Dennis Busenitz, J.T. Aultz, Damien Bravo, Chris Trembley, Peter Ramondetta, and Darrell Stanton. For more information, call Deluxe distribution at: 1-800-935-7045, or (415) 468-7045.

Gouge Clothing is now available in Japan and Australia through Daiwabo Corporation in Osaka, and Boydex International Ltd. in Australia. For more information, in the U.S. call: (858) 391-3380.

What was formerly known as the Action Sports Retailer trade show, and casually abbreviated as ASR, has now officially changed its name to ASR. Upcoming ASR trade shows are on the following dates: September 5?7, 2002 in San Diego, and February 2?4, 2003 in Long Beach. For more information, log on to asrbiz.com, or call: (949) 376-6223.

The new Elevate trucks video, Levitate, is done and is available through East Coast Skates, Video Action Sports, and Elevate. The video features Rodd Marks, Nate Sherwood, Jared Faustino, Ben Butler, Cristian Lopez, and Ty Cabaya, among others. Check out elevatetrucks.com for the trailer, or call: (650) 355-0679.

In another case of corporate America mining skateboarding?s talent in an attempt to target the youth market, Virgin Records hired San Diego?s Mad Media to produce a commercial for the release of the Neptunes? N*E*R*D album. Mad Media, in turn, enlisted pros Dave Mayhew and Kanten Russell, filmed for a couple days around L.A., and the commercial has since debuted on MTV and MTV2.

Tony Hawk?s Midas touch is still going strong as Tony Hawk?s Pro Skater 3 was named Best Console Sports Game Of The Year by the Academy Of Interactive Arts And Sciences. In addition to being Activision?s top-selling game of 2001, the game will also be released as a PC version so players can shred online with friends around the world.

Volcom is running its Pick A Winner Stonestakes at volcom.com. Simply log on, click on the booger, and you?ll be entered to win limited Volcom goodies not available in stores.

Good news in NorCal?the IRS has official recognized the Tim Brauch Memorial Skate Park Fund as a Publicly Supported Organization with tax-exempt status. The Organization is making its first donation to help build a 20,000-square-foot park in Scotts Valley, California, and plans to help San Jose with the construction of its park.

Skateboarding has made it to pay-per-view. On June 28, you can pay to watch Bob Burnquist, Tony Hawk, Eric Koston, Geoff Rowley, Mike Vallely, and Danny Way compete in the Op King Of Skate event for a winner-take-all cash award of 25,000 dollars. The skaters designed and executed their own stunts, and 900 Films produced the footage. Check out kingofskate.com for details.

In NHS news, Threat Media got the job to redesign the Independent Trucks Web site. The “history heavy” site will be revamped this summer. The Krux April Fool?s Tour included Caswell Berry, Colt Cannon, Louie Barletta, Alan Peterson, and SC Pros Ron Whaley and Steffan Attardo. Look for the Krux Tour Video soon. Bootleg Skateboards welcomes Scott Kane and Van Wastel as the team?s newest ams. Look for rider Anthony Mosley (Bootleg Am) this September starring in Dustin Dollin?s flick Hated And Proud.

Girls skate/snow-clothing brand Nikita is finally going to be available in the U.S. Check out Nikita?s first summer collection at nikitaclothing.com.

Ramptech has been busy building skateparks all over the country and Canada, as well as designing and constructing equipment for the Vans Triple Crown Of Skateboarding contest in Cleveland this year. Visit ramptech.com to see all the new ramps and rails it has to offer, plus its Skate At Home Creator, where you can design and order your own driveway skatepark. Ramptech recently installed new parks in the Rex Plex facility in New Jersey, the City Of Rockville Skatepark, the Marathon Skatepark in the Florida Keys, a park in Stevensville Maryland, and one in Vancouver, Washington. They also updated the Myrtle Beach Park in South Carolina with a bowl.

Tikal is a new French wheel company created in October, 2001 by Samir Krim and Fred Maechler. The team consists of the following skaters: Vincent Bressol, J.J. Rousseau, and Nicolas Caron from Cliché skateboards; Krim and Mathieu Levaslot from Street Machine Paris; plus Bertrand Soubrier, Alex Van Hoecke, Lucas Puig, and hot am Soy Panday.

The Lordz Conspiracy and the Square Team will celebrate the birth of a new skate-shoe brand called Aeon Footwear during a twelve-day tour in Japan. Florentin Marfaing, Alex Carolino, Henning Braaten, Franck Barattiero, Bastien Salabanzi, J.B Gillet, and Luy-Pa Sin will be there from May 16 to May 28, visiting five cities (Osaka, Mie, Nagoya, Yokosuka, and Tokyo), doing demos, and filming.

In other French news, Jan Kliewer is the newest pro on Cliché. His board will be out this summer. Former The Firm amateur Wieger Van Wageningen is now on the Cliché team. Cliché will have its first booth at this year?s September ASR trade show. Check out clicheskate.com.

The Orange Crush Backyard Jam and Joe Lopes Memorial Barbeque went down on April 20 at the mini ramp of Sole Tech?s Mark Waters?Brand Manager for éS and Emerica? in Orange, California with much success. The jam-style session and barbecue was to commemorate Lopes and his contributions to skateboarding. Lopes hosted the first-ever jam-format pro contest on his backyard ramp in San Leandro, California twenty years ago. Element provided barbequed grub while Etnies, Foundation, Pig, and Split all kicked in for the 4,500-dollar purse. Winners were chosen via secret ballot by the skaters involved. Neil Heddings placed first, Chad Vogt placed second, and Patrick Melcher placed third.

Giant Skateboard Distribution is now marketing chewing gum. Ollie Pop Bubble Gum will be sold in pouches containing seven pieces of gum and four or five free stickers from premier skateboard brands.

The Black Label team has been filming for a new video, tentatively titled Can?t Wait. It should be out in the fall.

The Element Twig team is on the rise with young guns Tyler Bledsoe, Devon Lamb, Collin Provost, Corbin Hames, and Grant Taylor. Billy Pepper is the confirmed Twigs team leader, and will guide these kids in the right direction.

Hollywood Sports, a 30-acre theme park in Bellflower, California is scheduled to open this summer and plans to draw a million sports enthusiasts a year. The park will feature a 50,000-square-foot skatepark, paintball games, a BMX raColt Cannon, Louie Barletta, Alan Peterson, and SC Pros Ron Whaley and Steffan Attardo. Look for the Krux Tour Video soon. Bootleg Skateboards welcomes Scott Kane and Van Wastel as the team?s newest ams. Look for rider Anthony Mosley (Bootleg Am) this September starring in Dustin Dollin?s flick Hated And Proud.

Girls skate/snow-clothing brand Nikita is finally going to be available in the U.S. Check out Nikita?s first summer collection at nikitaclothing.com.

Ramptech has been busy building skateparks all over the country and Canada, as well as designing and constructing equipment for the Vans Triple Crown Of Skateboarding contest in Cleveland this year. Visit ramptech.com to see all the new ramps and rails it has to offer, plus its Skate At Home Creator, where you can design and order your own driveway skatepark. Ramptech recently installed new parks in the Rex Plex facility in New Jersey, the City Of Rockville Skatepark, the Marathon Skatepark in the Florida Keys, a park in Stevensville Maryland, and one in Vancouver, Washington. They also updated the Myrtle Beach Park in South Carolina with a bowl.

Tikal is a new French wheel company created in October, 2001 by Samir Krim and Fred Maechler. The team consists of the following skaters: Vincent Bressol, J.J. Rousseau, and Nicolas Caron from Cliché skateboards; Krim and Mathieu Levaslot from Street Machine Paris; plus Bertrand Soubrier, Alex Van Hoecke, Lucas Puig, and hot am Soy Panday.

The Lordz Conspiracy and the Square Team will celebrate the birth of a new skate-shoe brand called Aeon Footwear during a twelve-day tour in Japan. Florentin Marfaing, Alex Carolino, Henning Braaten, Franck Barattiero, Bastien Salabanzi, J.B Gillet, and Luy-Pa Sin will be there from May 16 to May 28, visiting five cities (Osaka, Mie, Nagoya, Yokosuka, and Tokyo), doing demos, and filming.

In other French news, Jan Kliewer is the newest pro on Cliché. His board will be out this summer. Former The Firm amateur Wieger Van Wageningen is now on the Cliché team. Cliché will have its first booth at this year?s September ASR trade show. Check out clicheskate.com.

The Orange Crush Backyard Jam and Joe Lopes Memorial Barbeque went down on April 20 at the mini ramp of Sole Tech?s Mark Waters?Brand Manager for éS and Emerica? in Orange, California with much success. The jam-style session and barbecue was to commemorate Lopes and his contributions to skateboarding. Lopes hosted the first-ever jam-format pro contest on his backyard ramp in San Leandro, California twenty years ago. Element provided barbequed grub while Etnies, Foundation, Pig, and Split all kicked in for the 4,500-dollar purse. Winners were chosen via secret ballot by the skaters involved. Neil Heddings placed first, Chad Vogt placed second, and Patrick Melcher placed third.

Giant Skateboard Distribution is now marketing chewing gum. Ollie Pop Bubble Gum will be sold in pouches containing seven pieces of gum and four or five free stickers from premier skateboard brands.

The Black Label team has been filming for a new video, tentatively titled Can?t Wait. It should be out in the fall.

The Element Twig team is on the rise with young guns Tyler Bledsoe, Devon Lamb, Collin Provost, Corbin Hames, and Grant Taylor. Billy Pepper is the confirmed Twigs team leader, and will guide these kids in the right direction.

Hollywood Sports, a 30-acre theme park in Bellflower, California is scheduled to open this summer and plans to draw a million sports enthusiasts a year. The park will feature a 50,000-square-foot skatepark, paintball games, a BMX racetrack, restaurants, an arcade, a nightclub, and beach volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts. Check hollywoodsports.com for details.

The Hollywood Sports skatepark ramps are surfaced with Ramp-Lite, a new product designed by Joel Klippert specifically for skateboard ramps. Klippert formerly worked with Ranier Richlite, where he helped develop and market the popular Skatelite material. For more information, call: (253) 576-7002.

Skatepark builders Spohn Ranch Incorporated have opened up three new skateparks recently in Oakdale, Lincoln, and Los Angeles, California. For more information, check out spohnranch.com.

The first Phoenix am contest thrown by Cowtown skate shop was a huge success. Danny Wallace (Lucky, Venture) took the golden ticket on Saturday with a flawless qualifying run. Billy Marks took first place in the finals with an amazing technical run on Sunday. The Circa 1,000 Dollar Best Trick contest went to Danny Wallace with a nollie heelflip backside 50-50 down the rail.

Mike Vallely?s been busy promoting his new video, Drive, that comes with a three-song demo of his new band, Mike V And The Rats. Check out mikevallely.com for more details and gig dates.

New at Mike?s Speak Distribution is Fast Times Accessories. The Fast Times griptape has hit. As of right now Mike V. is the only teamrider, but expect more soon. For more information, call Speak at: 1-877-902-2235.

After a ten-year absence from the U.S. marketplace, Skull Skates is opening a new outlet in Santa Cruz, California which will serve as a retail storefront, mail-order service, and a distribution center for the United States. Meanwhile, Skull Skates Japan is celebrating its eighth anniversary and is being run by Satoshi Ono. Check skullskates.com for the full line of products.

Trabuco Canyon, California-based Board-Trac has summarized the size of the skateboarding, snowboarding, and wave-riding markets. Compiled from Board-Trac?s 2001 retail and consumer survey data, the company?s market reports include dollar volume for hardgoods, softgoods, shoes, and accessories in each of the three board-sport categories. Also new from Board-Trac is the State Of The Girls Market In Action Sports report. Board-Trac also rolled out its new Trend Watch Program earlier this year, which offers information to the action sports industry from both the consumer and the retail standpoints. For more information, call Marie Case at: (949) 721-8422. Or visit board-trac.com.

Powell has just released the classic Caballero graphic from 1989, as seen in the Powell-Peralta video, Ban This. The graphic comes on a contemporary deck and is 7.75 by 31.75 inches with the company?s steepest concave.

Mini Logo will be releasing a new skateboard bearing, featuring a removable rubber shield on one side, a removable metal shield on the other, high-speed molded ball retainer, precision ground and super-finished, hardened chromium-steel racers and balls, and pre-lubed with Bones Bearings Speed Cream.

Bones Wheels now offers their SPF skatepark-formula wheels in their popular Skinny Bones shape in sizes 54 mm by 32 mm and 52 mm by 31 mm.

Bones HardCore bushings are now available in some new colors. The Bones natural color will feature either a blue, yellow, or black insert to indicate hardness. If you haven?t tried these, e-mail promo@skateone.com with an address and they?ll send you out a set.

Surf One has released a new longboard wheel, featuring a clean simple Surf One logo and is available in a 65 mm, 80 A durometer translucent ocean-blue color.

In dNA news, Matt Milligan is in a new pilot television show about skateboarding on the WB Network being produced by Tom Green. For more information, check out syndromedist.com