We’re Officially Chic

An article in the May 5, 2002 edition of the New York Times (“The Whoosh of What You’ll Be Wearing” by Kate Betts) reports on a recent vintage-skate-clothing sale at Resurrection. A trendy NYC boutique located on Mott Street–in an area notorious for being a magnet for “fashion stylists and idea-starved designers,” writes Betts–stirred a great deal of hype. The sale took over a year of planning and assembling by Resurrection Owners Katy Rodriguez and Mark Haddaway, and its timing coincided with the release of Dogtown And Z-Boys.

Items featured at the sale include 80s-era Vans shoes, Vision shoes, Vision Street Wear items, as well as various new and used skate T-shirts from a range of brands. Vintage shoes at the trendy sale were selling in the 300 dollar range, while some T-shirts approached the 200 dollar mark. Among the most popular items were shoes and shirts with skulls and spider-web prints.

Mall Sponsors Skate-Graphic Contest

The Glendale Galleria mall in So Cal held the Design A Deck contest this spring, inviting teens to draw their own skateboard graphics and win a chance to have the graphic printed on a skateboard deck. The contest was organized to promote the mall’s teen-themed area The Zone–featuring stores and restaurants geared for Generation Y youth. The contest required entrants to draw their own full-scale designs on skateboard-shaped templates. With 350 entrants, seventeen-year-old Glendale High School student John Garcia won the sixteen-to-nineteen division, and fourteen-year-old Toll Middle School student George Koshkaryan won the fifteen-and-under division.

The two winners each received a deck with their designs printed onto them, and runners-up got prizes from World Industries. World pros Mike Crum and Mathias Ringstrom were present to support the event and congratulate the winners.

ESPN To Host Olympics-Style Contest

ESPN will organize and televise a new annual team event: The X-Games Global Championship, featuring two distinct venues, and hosting two competitions held simultaneously–featuring both summer and winter action sports. Planned for May 2003, the world’s top athletes will be grouped together into six teams by their region of origin (U.S., Europe, Canada, South America, Asia, and Australia).

While at the summer X-Games Global Championship site, skateboarding, bicycle stunt, motocross, and in-line skating will be featured. At the winter site, X-Sports competitions, including snowboarding and skiing, will take place. Results from both venues will be combined for an overall team score. The event’s goal is to crown one of the six teams as the X-Games Global Champion.

The BOWL

Swiss ramp-maker BOWL Premium Skateparks has installed one of its custom laminated bowls at the Block Skatepark in Winterthur, Switzerland (block.ch). At a cost of almost 100,000 dollars, the structure is a six-foot-deep flat-walled bowl with several corners and an over-vert dish called The Pit that resembles the famous overhang bowl on Bob Burnquist’s private ramp.

What makes the BOWL product unique is the laminated-birch surface, which company founder and longtime skater Ralf “Pogo” Vogt holds international patents for, including one in the U.S. Each piece of the ramp is preformed, and they fit together on a wooden frame in a virtually seam-free configuration. BOWL can manufacture pieces with flat-wall-style transitions, as on a ramp, or with complex curves for bowls.

The Winterthur bowl is 46 feet wide by 72 feet long, and has eight-foot, four-inch transitions cut at six feet high. The Pit is sixteen feet high at its peak. The bowl joins an existing mini ramp on one wall to form a spine.

Pogo has been negotiating to bring his BOWL product to skateparks in the U.S. and several other countries. For more information, check out bowl.ch for more information.

X Marks The Poi

With many California school districts now running year-round academic programs, many kids are finding themselves with blocks of vacation at odd times of the year. Considering that, Randy Cole and Jason Pennington have opened a year-round action-sports camp in So Cal. Point X Camp, named after their video-production company, sits on 260 lakeside acres near Temecula, California and offers facilities and training for skateboarding, in-line skating, and BMX. A motocross program is in the works.

Built by John Tyson and Vertical Productions Industries–the same company that builds the X-Games courses–the 75,000 square feet of skate terrain will feature indoor and outdoor street courses, vert ramps, resin training ramps, and foam pits designed with step-up sections for every level of skater. The camp will also offer several extra curricular activities such as paintball, rock climbing, video production, photography, bungee jumping, and screen printing.

Joining Cole and Pennington is Jeff Jewett, who worked at Windell’s Snowboard Camp in Oregon for a few years, and Brian Harper, formerly of skatepark builders SITE Design Group.

With the camp launching this summer, Point X staff aims to build a reputation as a destination for kids from all over the country. The camp’s location directly serves the San Diego, Los Angeles, California Central Valley, Phoenix, and Las Vegas regions. Regular sessions run Sunday to Saturday, but weekenders and shorter stays can be arranged. For more information, check out pointx.com. Or call the camp at (909) 767-0610.

Deathbox And Jay Adams

O.G. Z-Boy Jay Adams was released from a Hawai’ian state penitentiary in June and has already planned the Jay Adams Invitational Underground Pool Duel. Entrants will be handpicked by Adams to compete for the 100,000-dollar prize purse donated by Jay’s sponsors, Osiris and Deathbox. The purse may go up with additional sponsors. The three-part contest series will take place in three undisclosed backyard pools sometime this fall.

The Deathbox Limited Series decks now available include decks from Jay Adams, Brad Bowman, Wentzle Ruml, Doug “Pineapple” Saladino, Hackett, Inouye, and Folmer. Deathbox grom Nathan Groff, who’s holding down a second overall placing in the 2002 CASL season, is doing a demo for the premiere of the Scooby-Doo movie in Hollywood with the Vans team.

A Hollywood Hit

Hollywood Skateboards recently premiered their promo video at Hangar 18 skate shop in San Diego. It features a montage of top-notch skateboarding from teamriders Kris Markovich, Dorian Tucker, Don Nguyen, Kevin Staab, Richie Belton, Justin Roy, Brad Hiser, Charlie Thomas, and friends. With some of the best footage in the video, Thomas’ stuff is particularly noteworthy. Even more brilliant is the fact that Thomas is the team manager. So great skateboarding along with Hollywood antics, nightlife, and their general high jinks will be available for your viewing pleasure at your local shop in about two weeks. By the way, Don “The Nuge” Nguyen just turned pro and has a pro wheel on Pig out now. Check out hollywoodskateboards.com.

The Hollywood team is cookin’–a barbecue that is. The Hollywood team is planning a California tour/barbecue tour to premiere their new video release. No confirmed dates or locations are set yet. Recently, Kris Markovich held a get-together at his home in Los Angeles for a fashion shoot for Paper magazine. Kris is also working on shoe models for 88, a new shoe company through Alias Distribution.

Skateboard Coaching Down Under

Aussie skater Michael Mulhall has joined with the Australian federal government to develop a coaching-accreditation program for skateboarding. The program, overseen by the Australian Institute Of Sport in Canberra, will train skaters to teach the sport in a systematic and scientifically sound manner. “Once they do that, they (coaches) can get funding from the local council or state, because you have to be accredited for that,” says Brad Shaw of the Skateboard Association Of Australia.

Mulhall wrote the skateboard-coaching program and was trained by a general coaching team to be able to teach skaters how to be coaches themselves. Coaches will be accredited at various levels, level one being those who wish to teach basic skateboarding, and level two being those who can teach others to be coaches themselves.

According to Shaw, the Australian government is keen on developing a coaching program for skateboarding in part because it soon expects skateboarding to be an Olympic sport. A third level of coaching is being considered to accredit those who are qualified to coach at the Olympic level.

Australia already has a coaching structure in place for surfing, and the skateboard-coaching program is partly based on that. Mulhall has been traveling around the country to take his program to the public. “At the moment they’re just (going) to major cities and doing clinics,” says Shaw. “But a lot of kids come from the country to these big shows because they’re like state fairs. They’re getting a lot of the rural kids, and it’s all free, they can ride, and they get coached.”

The overall goal, says Shaw, is to empower skaters all over the country to build and maintain their own skate scenes. To that end, he’s been working with Skate Australia, an organization that has been successful promoting in-line and roller-hockey programs throughout the country. Shaw hopes that the coaching system and local skate clubs will help to bring kids into the sport, allow them to organize locally for events and contests, and create a fun environment that keeps them involved with the sport for the long term. “We’ve got so many public skateparks getting built, and it’s just growing and growing,” he says. “According to the statistics, there are a lot of young skaters out there under the age of ten. The goal is to get them in early and make that lifestyle available for them without getting too intimidated.”

Let There Be New Companies

A new board company has popped up at Alias Distribution. Germ Skateboards is represented by pros Tyrone Olson and Dave Coyne and ams Matt Brode, Tyler Moore, Cody Branin, and Brian Emmers. The team manager is none other than San Diego’s own Marcelle Johnson. Be on the lookout for the Get Dirty video coming soon, or you can check out their Web site at germskateboards.com.

Mekanism is a new skateboard company from France under Radikal distribution. The pros are Samir Krim and Geoffroy Leblanc with ams Mathieu Levaslot and Bertrand Soubrier. The boards are made by Chapman in New York and will be available in mid July.

World Wide Web

The female snow/surf/skate clothing brand Nikita has a new Web site. Check out nikitaclothing.com to find out more about this interesting new brand from Iceland. Yes, Iceland.

Quiksilver is launching a new global Web site at quiksilver.com. The new site will amalgamate the four existing company Web sites of Quiksilver Australia, Quiksilver Europe, Quiksilver U.S.A., and Quiksilver International. The new site is designed by graphic guru and former TransWorld SKATEboarding Art Director David Carson.

Strategic Partnerships

Navigator Trucks has picked up several new distributors, including Eastern Skateboard Supply in the U.S. and several internationally. Navigator has also introduced a superior grade of bushings under the Navigator brand. They’re available in 85A, 90A, and 95A hardnesses. Riser pads will also be available in soft and hard.

Imperial Distribution recently announced it has come to a partnership agreement with Quattro Wheel Company. Formed by Dave Santonil, Quattro Wheel Co. is headquartered in Marina Del Rey, California, and boasts riders like e they do that, they (coaches) can get funding from the local council or state, because you have to be accredited for that,” says Brad Shaw of the Skateboard Association Of Australia.

Mulhall wrote the skateboard-coaching program and was trained by a general coaching team to be able to teach skaters how to be coaches themselves. Coaches will be accredited at various levels, level one being those who wish to teach basic skateboarding, and level two being those who can teach others to be coaches themselves.

According to Shaw, the Australian government is keen on developing a coaching program for skateboarding in part because it soon expects skateboarding to be an Olympic sport. A third level of coaching is being considered to accredit those who are qualified to coach at the Olympic level.

Australia already has a coaching structure in place for surfing, and the skateboard-coaching program is partly based on that. Mulhall has been traveling around the country to take his program to the public. “At the moment they’re just (going) to major cities and doing clinics,” says Shaw. “But a lot of kids come from the country to these big shows because they’re like state fairs. They’re getting a lot of the rural kids, and it’s all free, they can ride, and they get coached.”

The overall goal, says Shaw, is to empower skaters all over the country to build and maintain their own skate scenes. To that end, he’s been working with Skate Australia, an organization that has been successful promoting in-line and roller-hockey programs throughout the country. Shaw hopes that the coaching system and local skate clubs will help to bring kids into the sport, allow them to organize locally for events and contests, and create a fun environment that keeps them involved with the sport for the long term. “We’ve got so many public skateparks getting built, and it’s just growing and growing,” he says. “According to the statistics, there are a lot of young skaters out there under the age of ten. The goal is to get them in early and make that lifestyle available for them without getting too intimidated.”

Let There Be New Companies

A new board company has popped up at Alias Distribution. Germ Skateboards is represented by pros Tyrone Olson and Dave Coyne and ams Matt Brode, Tyler Moore, Cody Branin, and Brian Emmers. The team manager is none other than San Diego’s own Marcelle Johnson. Be on the lookout for the Get Dirty video coming soon, or you can check out their Web site at germskateboards.com.

Mekanism is a new skateboard company from France under Radikal distribution. The pros are Samir Krim and Geoffroy Leblanc with ams Mathieu Levaslot and Bertrand Soubrier. The boards are made by Chapman in New York and will be available in mid July.

World Wide Web

The female snow/surf/skate clothing brand Nikita has a new Web site. Check out nikitaclothing.com to find out more about this interesting new brand from Iceland. Yes, Iceland.

Quiksilver is launching a new global Web site at quiksilver.com. The new site will amalgamate the four existing company Web sites of Quiksilver Australia, Quiksilver Europe, Quiksilver U.S.A., and Quiksilver International. The new site is designed by graphic guru and former TransWorld SKATEboarding Art Director David Carson.

Strategic Partnerships

Navigator Trucks has picked up several new distributors, including Eastern Skateboard Supply in the U.S. and several internationally. Navigator has also introduced a superior grade of bushings under the Navigator brand. They’re available in 85A, 90A, and 95A hardnesses. Riser pads will also be available in soft and hard.

Imperial Distribution recently announced it has come to a partnership agreement with Quattro Wheel Company. Formed by Dave Santonil, Quattro Wheel Co. is headquartered in Marina Del Rey, California, and boasts riders like Marc Johnson and Kenny Anderson. Quattro’s distribution and sales will be done out of Imperial’s San Diego office.

San Diego’s Mad Media will be directing and coordinating this summer’s Aftermath Tour. Claiming to be the biggest skateboard tour ever, Mad Media locked down some big sponsors like DVD Express and Virgin Records for giveaways at each stop. It’ll also have Aftermath Tour music samplers for the taking.

TARE 7, Shah Safari, and Alphanumeric have all partnered up to benefit from each other’s resources. Here’s the breakdown: TARE 7 will license and develop a new Alphanumeric footwear line to debut for the back-to-school 2003 season. In return, Shah Safari will enter into a joint venture with T7 and be responsible for design, development, sourcing, and production of the skate, lifestyle, and snow outerwear apparel lines for TARE 7′s flagship Airwalk brand.

Calling It Quits And Getting The Boot

Daewon Song has left Deca and is an official free agent. Fellow heavy-hitter Kenny Hughes has quit the DC team. At Flip skateboards, longtime team am and Canadian Andrew Gordon has quit the team and is currently getting boards from Blind. In unemployment news, Jesse Paez has been cut from the Think team, Scott Pazelt has been let go from Maple, and Enrique Lorenzo is no longer on the Lordz team. Last but not least, Charlie Wilkins has also been let go from the Maple team.

Corporate Roster Hops And Such

Over at Four Star Distribution, Jeff Osthus has become the vice president of sales for U.S.A., and Dutch Schultz is the new national sales manager for winter brands. Reef announced Brett Ritter as the new director of product creation, where he’ll oversee the product creation process from conception to final product. Besides handling Skate One Magazine, Bones Bearings team manager, photographer Erik Olsen has chosen to take on the added responsibilities as the official Powell Skateboards team manager. Brian Garofalow, the ex-PR representative for Sole Technology’s ThirtyTwo brand, is the new sales and PR manager at 411VM. Tony Heitz is the new team manager for Alien Workshop, Habitat, and Seek.

A couple of promotions over at Giant Distribution–Rima Romero is the new VP of sales, and Hugh “Bod” Boyle has been promoted to general manager.

Savier has a new Midwest sales rep–Tom Crowe. He was a former sub rep for the Team Maxem rep agency that represented Sole Tech and Da Kine.

Video Action Sports is pleased to announce the addition of Colin Miller as new-products manager to its growing team of professionals.

Mick Wallace has taken over as community manager for Board ISPO. He’ll be in charge of the skate, surf, and board segments and corresponding interests of industry, commerce, and media.

Over at Freshjive, Long Island native Dave “Big D” Seltzer has filled the seat of team manager, marketing and promotions.

Jamie Thomas In Ireland And Rattray’s New Boards

One of Jamie Thomas‘ upcoming trips for the summer is a seven-day mission/outreach/demo tour to Ireland with Calvary Chapel Churches. Check out zeroskateboards.com for times, dates, and all the scheduled stops.

John Rattray’s first Zero boards have finally hit the streets. He has two to choose from, The Stitches and Good Versus Evil. Also new from Blackbox Distribution is Zero Hardware.

Television And Videos

Congratulations to Bob Burnquist for winning the 25,000-dollar grand prize at the Op King Of Skate premiere on June 21 in Anaheim, California. The Op King Of Skate pay-per-view special event premiered Friday, June 28, and for a cost of $19.95, viewers could watch 90 minutes of skateboarding in the first-ever pay-per-view skateboarding television