Dianda at DC, Triple Crown HB, Gold for Glifberg

DC SHOES BRINGS ON KIRK DIANDA AS PRODUCER/DIRECTOR OF DC FILMS  

In a move to expand DC’s video production department, DC Shoes, Inc., announced today it has added Kirk Dianda as Producer/Director of DC Films. In his new role, Kirk will be responsible for directing, producing, filming and editing a variety of DC video projects under Greg Hunt, who was recently promoted to Creative Director of DC Films.  

“I see this as an exciting step forward for DC Films, said DC President Ken Block. “It has been amazing watching what Greg has accomplished at DC over the past three years and I’m proud of how he has built our video department. I have also known Kirk for years and am a fan of his work. I honestly don’t think Greg could have picked a better person to compliment what he does. Kirk is great to work with and I am looking forward to more great projects from this department. 

Prior to his working with DC, Kirk Dianda was the Creative Director at 411 Productions, where he served for nine years, and was “the motor behind On Video, according to former 411 owner Steve Douglas. While working for ON Video, Kirk immortalized skateboarders’ histories and personalities, extending beyond the usual tricks on screen. In 2000, he also produced one of the most talked about ON Video segments, Danny Way: Living Legend. Kirk currently lives in Philadelphia.  

“I have always admired DC and how the company touches so many people through its productions, said Kirk. “I have worked with Ken and Greg on numerous projects and honestly I am in disbelief that I get to work with them on a daily basis. I am psyched to get started and really help the film department grow. 

In related company moves, Greg Hunt has been promoted to Creative Director of DC Films. In addition to producing, directing and editing The DC Video & The Deluxe Edition DVD, Greg Hunt has been directing, filming and editing all DC commercials and national TV spots for the past three years. These spots have included Josh Kalis’ “Verdict, Stevie Williams’ “The Reason and Danny Way’s “Aerotech. Greg also oversees all web video and promotional video projects.  

Greg had this to say about Kirk joining the company: “I’ve been looking for someone to help in the department for a while and Kirk is perfect. His skill in documentation and storytelling will totally complement everything we do. There’s a ton of opportunity for him to produce some cool projects, plus having him here will enable me to focus more on skate video production. Kirk’s a good guy and I’m stoked to have him around.

THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS OF SKATEBOARDING DROPS INTO HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA THIS WEEKEND, SEPTEMBER 23-26

September 23-26 Marks the Finales of the Vans Triple Crown of Skate as Bucky Lasek, Ryan Sheckler, and Many Others Compete for a Prize Purse Totaling more than $250,000

The world’s top action sportsathletes will descend upon Huntington Beach, California this weekend(September 23-26) as the World Championships of Skateboarding arrives at Huntington State Beach with Vans TripleCrown titles on the line. The event is free to the public. Thecompetitions are the culmination of the Vans Triple Crown Series with morethan $250,000 and a Ford Ranger FX4 at stake for the skate champ. The World Championships of Skate will air on October 16th on NBCat 3:00 pm EDT.

Highlights this year include appearances by X Games skate medalists BuckyLasek and Paul Rodriguez.

Joining Lasek and Rodriguez at the World Championships of Skateboarding arenames such as Tony Trujillo, Ryan Sheckler, Bob Burnquist, Pierre-LucGagnon, Omar Hassan, Vanessa Torres, and Cara-Beth Burnside.

Thursday, September 23
Practice 9:00a — 5:30p

Friday, September 24
Vert (M) Practice 11:00a — 5:30p
Street (W) FINALS 4:00p — 4:30p

Saturday, September 25
Street (M) Pre-lims 1:30p — 5:30p
Vert (M) Prelims 11:00a — 1:00p

Sunday, September 26
Streeet FINALS 2:30p — 3:30p
Vert (M) FINALS 4:30p — 5:30p
BEST TRICK 5:30p — 6:00p
Vert (W) FINALS 10:00a — 11:00a

*** schedule subject to change

Rune Overcomes Windy Conditions to Win Gold at the Gravity Games

What a windy weekend it was for the Gravity Games in Cleveland, Ohio on September 19, 2004! With 20-25 mph winds forcing Prelims to be cancelled and the Finals to be postponed, etnies’ Rune Glifberg went ahead and nabbed the Vert Gold anyway — despite being blown off the edge of the ramp during warm-ups! In fact, skateboards and chairs were blowing all over the place due to the winds, causing skaters to loose their boards in mid-air. The blustery conditions forced the contest to be delayed until it couldn’t be delayed any longer.

Last year’s silver medalist, Rune Glifberg, possibly the most frustrated of all–especially after being blown off the edge of the ramp an onto a chair–pulled it together minutes before the contest resumed. Rune’s first flawless run of the day consisted of a mix of switch tricks, including a frontside heelflip and lien to tail. His score of 89.4 was enough to hold off Andy Macdonald and Pierre Luc Gagnon to claim the top spot.

Congratulations to Rune on winning another gold medal!

Gravity Games Results
1. Rune Glifberg
2. Andy MacDonald
3. Pierre Luc Gagnon
4. Bucky Lasek
5. Lincoln Ueda