Industry News April 2000

The Beast of The East Amateur Skateboard Championship II saw skaters from around the country flood the all-new Utopia Skatepark in Raleigh, North Carolina in December for a three-day event and park grand opening that was kicked off with demos by Tony Hawk and bikers Matt Hoffman and Dave Mirra. Utopia is a 70,000-square-foot facility built by Team Pain (Tim Payne and crew). The contest saw Chris Cole (World Industries) and Kyle Berard (Powell, Hurley, Reef) find their way to first and second place, respectively. For more information on the United Skateboard Association, including a 2000 schedule of events, check out its Web site at: www.unitedskate.com.

If you weren’t able to attend the 2000 Tampa Am contest and SkatePark of Tampa‘s seven-year anniversary party, then maybe the full-length video, produced by SkatePark of Tampa and Deluxe Distribution, will be of some interest. Available from Deluxe, it features contest runs and footage from the anniversary party. Also keep an eye out for the 2000 Tampa Pro contest coverage from 411VM.

On Video is a new skateboarding video magazine from the creative think tank at 411 Video Productions, and will feature in-depth articles and modern skating with today’s prominent professional skaters. On Video will showcase footage from the past, some that’s never been seen before, along with footage from some of the best company videos of all time. Available through Giant Distribution, this new video magazine will have seasonal release dates (spring, summer, fall, and winter) and is set to launch in April.

First Major Corporation, a San Diego-based video-game developer, presents Kickflip, a free interactive skateboarding simulation that can be downloaded from their Web site at www.kickflip.net. The game features seven different riders┬┐five guys and two girls (each with their own skills and attributes), thirteen real-world levels, as well as dozens of tricks to perform. Kickflip also gives users a chance to customize their skaters’ gear, including pro-model shoes, decks, shirts, and pants. Current Kickflip sponsors include Aesthetics, Alien Workshop, DC Shoe Co., Dynasty, Elwood, Foundation, Maple, and Pig.

Activision‘s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was the best-selling PlayStation title by units sold from October to December of last year. Now Hawk and game studio Neversoft Entertainment are busy developing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 for the PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, Sega Dreamcast systems, as well as PCs. Eric Koston, Steve Caballero, and Rodney Mullen will be added to the lineup to complement the original game’s roster. The sequel is expected to be released this fall, and will include more tricks and combinations, a skatepark editor, pro-skater customization, and the ability to build new characters from scratch. For more information, log on to www.activision.com.

Look for the new Signature Series wheels from Competition Brand Urethane, as well as new pro wheels from Gershon Mosley and Natas Kaupas.

Mike Vallely and the Accel. wheel team recently completed their first tour through the Southwest. Along the way they attended South Shore Distributing‘s Texas Skate Jam benefit in Houston, Texas to help raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation (see page 16). Look for the footage in 411VM number 38.

Accel. welcomes Ann Vallely to its sales force. Ann has worked on and off in the industry for many years, but is most noted for her deft management of the Vallely household (a position she will retain). Interested in getting Accel.n at your shop? Give her or Gish a call at: 1-877-90-ACCEL.

The Arcade team traveled to Japan in late February, where they visited and demoed in Osaka, Tokyo, and Fukuoku. There they attended the Active Collection Show┬┐Japan’s answer to ASR. Speaking of demos, Arcade is currently organizing a summer tour, and interested shops can call and talk to Scott or Nate at: (858) 874-4970.

Congratulations to Steve Caballero for being voted as having the best footage in The Class of 2000 Bones Bearing video. Reply cards were placed in the first 5,000 videos, and skaters sent their cards back choosing which Bones Bearing team member had the best part.

Watching him skate, it’s easy to forget that Bones Bearing team member Jon Comer‘s right leg is amputated below the knee. Comer recently visited a public elementary school in Santa Barbara, California and gave an encouraging and well-received talk about his “disability” during a presentation on how skateboard decks are made.

England’s Danny Wainwright won the Reese Forbes Ollie Challenge in Long Beach in February (see page 25). He’s recently hooked up with Anthony Claravall of 411VM and videographer Preston Maigetter to film, and is working with Vans on a signature shoe to be released in Europe.

City Stars merchandise will now be distributed through KSL Distribution in El Segundo, California. KSL was founded by Kareem Campbell, and will also distribute Velocity Bearings, Aerial Wheel Company (co-owned by Guy Mariano), Heavy Hitters Clothing, Cottonmouth Clothing, and City Stars Shoes. For more information about KSL, contact their in-house sales reps, Michael Mallillin or Wade Barth at: (310) 414-1KSL.

New York City’s Uptown Projects, distributors of G-Pak, Infamous and Blue Light, has moved its Infamous wood production to New York and has released two new board series. The Varcity Series features the T-7 concave, while the Grand Prix Series offers the Active concave (a deeper concave for strength and stiffness). Look for the new Infamous video, which premiered at ASR, to be in skate shops soon. Rolling along, Blue Light has released a new thin-cut wheel series, which uses a new formula to resist flat spots, and ranges in size from 50 to 55 mm.

In NHS news, Santa Cruz has organized a spring/summer U.S. tour dubbed Until The Wheels Come Off that’s co-sponsored by Sports 3, Independent, Emerica, 411VM, and Jamba Juice. Weekly reports and video clips will be updated on the Santa Cruz Web site at www.scskate.com and on the Sports 3 site at www.sports3.com. Autograph signings will take place at Jamba Juice locations along the route.

Things have been hectic at Tum Yeto. Brad Staba has fallen off the Foundation wagon right into Toy Machine. And as quick as a wink, Foundation picked up Justin Strubing. Matt Mumford is currently back in his Australian homeland touring through April, and will be joined by Adrian Lopez. Photographer Gabe Morford joined Jamie Thomas, Elissa Steamer, Brian Anderson, Nate Jones, and Erik Ellington on a tour through Florida leading to the SPoT Pro Contest. Tum Yeto teams will be touring Canada, from the East to West Coasts, and will land at the Slam City Jam in Vancouver. In May, Toy Machine and Zero will be in Japan for ten days of demos. Early summer will see a three- to four-week U.S. tour by the entire Zero team. Shops and distributors that would like to host a Tum Yeto demo should call: 1-800-886-9386 ext. 112. Or e-mail: billy@tumyeto.com.

It seems the tech heads at Tum Yeto have been pretty busy lately totally revamping their Web site, www.tumyeto.com. The updated site includes fancy Flash media graphics, as well as the Tum Yeto summer schedule, job opportunities, and an updated order-information page with links to online customers. While they were at it, they also overhauled the skateboard.com site.

Tum Yeto expanded its global distribution by adding Kewday Distribution in Australia and Irrom Distribution in New Zealand.

Syndrome Distribution has been on the product-development tip for a while now. Its Unit Phantom trucks are now available in sizes from 7.5 to 8.25 inches and a vast array of colors. Look for a new dNA promo video, Micro Analysis, featuring the entire dNA team.

Canada’s Inferno skateboards is no longer associated with True skateboards. The company will be launching its new line at Slam City Jam, and is now handled by Montreal-based Distinct Distribution. Inferno is also actively recruiting an elite team of ams. For more information, check out Inferno’s Web site at: www.infernoskateboards.com.

Actor Eric Olsen of Fox Network‘s Get Real has been spotted sporting Think gear on more than one episode. Thinker Keith Cochrane has been in the L.A. area scouting talent and securing more air play with the Think line in upcoming movies.

Deluxe Distribution’s Anti-Hero and Spitfire are teaming up with Vans for a Southwest tour through Arizona and New Mexico. Meanwhile, Dan Wolf and Gabe Morford are working on the new Real video.

The PR machine at World Industries has been turning its gears once again. Besides the endless product placement in movies and TV shows, World Industries’ pro Chad Fernandez participated in the Schwing Golf Tournament on March 19. Also look for the April video release of Secret Agent 420, a James Bond spoof featuring Fernandez, Chad Timtim, and Ryan Kenreich. World Industries has teamed up with radio station KMEL to present a series of three events at skateparks around San Francisco.

Alphanumeric‘s riders have been busy filming commercials: Kenny Hughes was featured in a Mountain Dew spot; Spencer Fujimoto helped out Saturn, “a different kind of car company,” for its marketing campaign; and Jamie Reyes was one of the skaters in a Pacific Sunwear commercial filmed at the Los Angeles courthouse that premiered during the Super Bowl.

Expedition One has launched its new Web site, www.expedition-one.com, which features rider info, trick sequences, and the entire product line, including the innovative Inerlock Advanced Technology boards.

Stink Brand Skateboards is currently booking dates for their Summer demo tour, which will feature Bill Danforth and a number of ams. The team will be collecting footage for Stink’s second video, The Wall Socket Piss Experience. Stink’s first video, Free Manure, is currently available to retailers free of charge. Call 1-800-288-9222 for further details and booking.

Contrary to rumors, Neighborhood team pros Daniel Lebron, Alfonso Fernandez, and Jesus Fernandez are still riding for Neighborhood, which is led by Team Captain and Founder Julio De La Cruz.

Diabolical has added a couple ams, and has produced a promo featured at the end of the new Chapman Skateboard Co. video. Chapman will also manufacture all new Diabolical products.

War Effort skateboards, a new company based in Elmore, Alabama, was formed by Chris Atchison and his partner Vinny Raffa. The team consists of Dan Rogers, Joey Pulsifer, Brian Young, Aundre Page, and Ryan Simonetti.

Pro-Tamping their Web site, www.tumyeto.com. The updated site includes fancy Flash media graphics, as well as the Tum Yeto summer schedule, job opportunities, and an updated order-information page with links to online customers. While they were at it, they also overhauled the skateboard.com site.

Tum Yeto expanded its global distribution by adding Kewday Distribution in Australia and Irrom Distribution in New Zealand.

Syndrome Distribution has been on the product-development tip for a while now. Its Unit Phantom trucks are now available in sizes from 7.5 to 8.25 inches and a vast array of colors. Look for a new dNA promo video, Micro Analysis, featuring the entire dNA team.

Canada’s Inferno skateboards is no longer associated with True skateboards. The company will be launching its new line at Slam City Jam, and is now handled by Montreal-based Distinct Distribution. Inferno is also actively recruiting an elite team of ams. For more information, check out Inferno’s Web site at: www.infernoskateboards.com.

Actor Eric Olsen of Fox Network‘s Get Real has been spotted sporting Think gear on more than one episode. Thinker Keith Cochrane has been in the L.A. area scouting talent and securing more air play with the Think line in upcoming movies.

Deluxe Distribution’s Anti-Hero and Spitfire are teaming up with Vans for a Southwest tour through Arizona and New Mexico. Meanwhile, Dan Wolf and Gabe Morford are working on the new Real video.

The PR machine at World Industries has been turning its gears once again. Besides the endless product placement in movies and TV shows, World Industries’ pro Chad Fernandez participated in the Schwing Golf Tournament on March 19. Also look for the April video release of Secret Agent 420, a James Bond spoof featuring Fernandez, Chad Timtim, and Ryan Kenreich. World Industries has teamed up with radio station KMEL to present a series of three events at skateparks around San Francisco.

Alphanumeric‘s riders have been busy filming commercials: Kenny Hughes was featured in a Mountain Dew spot; Spencer Fujimoto helped out Saturn, “a different kind of car company,” for its marketing campaign; and Jamie Reyes was one of the skaters in a Pacific Sunwear commercial filmed at the Los Angeles courthouse that premiered during the Super Bowl.

Expedition One has launched its new Web site, www.expedition-one.com, which features rider info, trick sequences, and the entire product line, including the innovative Inerlock Advanced Technology boards.

Stink Brand Skateboards is currently booking dates for their Summer demo tour, which will feature Bill Danforth and a number of ams. The team will be collecting footage for Stink’s second video, The Wall Socket Piss Experience. Stink’s first video, Free Manure, is currently available to retailers free of charge. Call 1-800-288-9222 for further details and booking.

Contrary to rumors, Neighborhood team pros Daniel Lebron, Alfonso Fernandez, and Jesus Fernandez are still riding for Neighborhood, which is led by Team Captain and Founder Julio De La Cruz.

Diabolical has added a couple ams, and has produced a promo featured at the end of the new Chapman Skateboard Co. video. Chapman will also manufacture all new Diabolical products.

War Effort skateboards, a new company based in Elmore, Alabama, was formed by Chris Atchison and his partner Vinny Raffa. The team consists of Dan Rogers, Joey Pulsifer, Brian Young, Aundre Page, and Ryan Simonetti.

Pro-Tec offers pro-model helmets for each of its riders: Brian Patch, Bucky Lasek, Bob Burnquist, Lincoln Ueda, Steve Caballero, and Andy Macdonald. The helmets carry an MSRP of $49.99.

Ezekiel Girl was recently launched by 3 Point Distribution, manufacturers of Blond Outerwear and Ezekiel Clothing. The fall collection, which debuted at ASR, utilizes several fabrics including denims, cotton canvex, microfibers, cotton/poly fleece, and more.

Split and Split Girl have launched the Learn To Ride program for women. Learn To Ride offers instruction in various sports, including skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, and motocross, and is designed to give women the opportunity to learn in relaxed environments with their peers. Split Girl premiered its first collection of women’s wear for Spring 2000 at ASR, and will be available at select specialty stores across the country.

Chandler, Arizona is the happy home of the latest skatepark by Mike McIntyre and Brian Harper of SITE Design Group, a Tempe-based skatepark-design company. SDG is also responsible for parks in San Diego, California and Albuquerque, New Mexico, where opening ceremonies were nearly riotous. The expertly crafted parks are all concrete collections of bowls and banks, including street plazas with funboxes, ledges, and rails. For more information, contact SDG at: (480) 894-6797. Or check out their Web site at: www.sitedesigngroup.com.

After three long years, the city of Glendale, California has finally opened its first skatepark. The Parks and Recreation Department allocated a 10,000-square-foot section of a parking lot adjacent to a shopping center, and Big Daddy, Inc. recruited an army of local skaters to assemble wedge ramps, funboxes, street spines, flat banks, handrail boxes, grindrails, and quarterpipes on the lot. The entire park was constructed from Big Daddy ramp kits in four hours. After supplying the trade-show street course to ASR, the company will be busy building between 50 and 75 parks in 2000.

Gravity Boarding Co. has released a pro longboard for team rider Jeff Budro that measures 8.5 by 40 inches. Check out the current line of Gravity products at: www.gravityboard.com.

In March, Envy sponsored the Kona Skatepark Challenge contest in Florida and premiered its new video, ENVY This, throughout California. Envy now also offers shorter skateboards, and is currently looking for a skate team. Interested individuals should contact Toby at: (760) 431-5545.

Flexdex has hired Rick Sharpe as its National Sales Manager. Flexdex is introducing five new boards, including a 60-inch longboard and two manufactured from wood.

Afroman Productions has been filming for its potential blockbuster, Afroman Vs. Bruce Lee. The video will include a variety of skateboarding and kung fu, and a whole lot of funk. For more information, log on to: www.afroman.com.

Dragon Optical has released a new line of eyewear catering to the younger, more savvy customer. New models include the women’s Lucy and A-Box (available in an array of unique colors), and the mens’ Trap and Rake (sport-specific riding glass with interchangeable lenses), and a unisex model, Locks. For more information, log on to www.dragonoptical.com.

Daggers Optics has introduced two more models to its line of sports-oriented eyewear, the Triton and Hurricane. Both models are available in multiple colors with polarized and non-polarized lenses.

CAM Data Systems, Inc. has expanded its offering of free software for small retailers by adding a complete Windows-based accounting solution to its already free Retail ICE (Inventory Control Expert) software. Retail ICE is a comp