Industry News August 2000

The June 2000 issue of TransWorld SKATEboarding Business erroneously reported that Danny Gonzalez switched board sponsors. He didn’t, and he continues to ride for Chapman Skateboards. Our apologies to all concerned.

Tony Hawk’s Gigantic Skatepark Tour wound its way around the country in June and July, visiting twelve skateparks with a traveling skateboard and BMX road show that featured Hawk, Brian Anderson, Kris Markovich, Andrew Reynolds, Bucky Lasek, Bam Margera, Alex Chalmers, Anthony Furlong, Kris Markovich, Andy Macdonald, and Willy Santos, plus BMXers Matt Hoffman, Rick Thorne, and Mike Escamilla. Every aspect of the tour was captured by an ESPN camera crew, and the shows will be aired throughout the summer on the ESPN and espn2 networks. Coverage of the tour can also be viewed on expn.com.

411 Video Productions premiered its new On Video in June. The hour-long video magazine features short stories, road trips, and funny stuff, plus a half-hour profile on Danny Way. On Video also includes footage from classic skateboard videos edited between new stuff, effectively comparing old and new styles and tricks. For more information, check out onvideomagazine.com.

Mike Vallely has been documenting all of his travels for another 411 production, Stand Strong: On The Road With Mike Vallely. The video will cover Mike’s travels from May to October 2000 and should hit stores in time for Christmas.

Bones has released a new line of skatepark wheels, the SPF series. These wheels are designed specifically for smooth wood and concrete surfaces, and come in the Bones Gold Dot formula in 53, 55, and 60 mm sizes. Bones has also released a new Street Bones wheel in 50, 52, and 54 mms by 34 mm wide, and either 99A or 101A durometers. HardCore Bones wheels have a new multicolored graphic and are available in 52, 54, and 56 mms, and in 97A and 101A hardness in Bones’ Red Dot formula.

A Brigade trick-tip video is being planned for a September release. The video will contain eighteen different tricks, each Brigade team member instructing and demonstrating two tricks. In addition to the Mini Cab deck that is currently available, Brigade will be issuing a Mini Channita and a Mini Andy Mac deck.

Powell has released the new Voodoo Lounge series of decks, as well as a limited-edition Quicksilver-graphic deck, which features the classic graphic on a 36-inch wood deck. Powell plans to release more classic graphics as it approaches its twenty-fifth anniversary next year.

On Board Entertainment (OBE) has partnered with AMC Theatres to launch Adrenalin Theater, a youth-entertainment concept featuring a series of alternative-sports films. AMC will begin showing the films in approximately 40 major markets across the country on August 4. Adrenaline Theater will feature skateboard, surf, snowboard, free ski, and motocross films on weekends, and is supported by a two-million-dollar marketing campaign.

Invert┬┐The Vertical Sports Carnival, will return to the Anaheim Convention Center November 19┬┐21. This trade-show-style public event features pro street and vert contests with a 60,000-dollar purse. For more info, log on to invert2000.com.

Comet skateboards in San Francisco has expanded its longboard-manufacturing facility to include a full-service OEM deck operation for companies or shops. Available in a wide range of concaves and shapes, Comet decks are single-pressed and heat-cured. The company also has nose-to-tail screen-printing facilities. For more information, call Comet at: (415) 822-4430.

The Concrete Wave, the skateboarding-history book by >Michael Brooke, will soon be available in Braille. Warwick Publishing has granted permission to the U.S. Library Of Congress to print the Braille edition, which will make The Concrete Wave available to the seeing-impaired. For information on the book, contact Warwick Publishing at: (416) 596-1555.

With a few new ams on the Alphanumeric team, the company’s made some staff changes, too. Stacy Dye has made the jump from rep to in-house senior sales, and Flo Diaz has stepped up to senior sales rep, and is still holding down Southern California. Alpha’s marketing and advertising department also welcomes Alfred Hawkins, Iron Mike, and Jason Stein.

North of the border, Inferno Skateboards has been making a splash since it was introduced at Slam City Jam with its sibling brands Cyclone wheels and bearings, and Phenom skateboards. All are available through Distinct Distribution in Montreal. Also available from Distinct is the new Countdown video, which features U.S. and Canadian skaters like Ryan Aningalin, Mark Appleyard, Dan Pageau, Eric Mercier, and others. For information, call Distinct at: (514) 875-7509.

England’s Blueprint Skateboards has released its latest video, Waiting For The World, which is also available in the U.S. in NTSC format. Blueprint is also working on some new board constructions, including a 6.5-ply deck, and a series of seven- and 7.25-inch decks for smaller skaters. For more information, contact M-17 Distribution, or e-mail to: blueprint@miseven.freeserve.co.uk.

Grind King is working on a new Canadian design to complement its GK-6 Custom Series truck. Termite, a new brand launched by Grind King, will introduce new skate decks sized for four to twelve year olds featuring 4.75-inch GK-6 trucks. Termite is currently seeking riders for their team. Interested individuals can send a video to: Termite, P.O. Box 535, Venice, CA 90294.

Video Action Sports has hired Scot Burns as director of marketing. Burns, joining VAS from On Board Entertainment, will handle development, marketing and promotions of new products, business channels, and VAS’ Internet divisions┬┐justpushplay.com and videoactionsports.com.

Xtreme Wheelz has expanded its product line with the release of two new solid-rubber dirt/street wheels, the XT and S/S Sport. Xtreme has been negotiating with Goodyear Rubber to help formulate new street and off-road wheels. Look for the new wheels to debut at the ASR Trade Expo in September.

Buckle Down Skategoods, makers of belts and fingerboard ramps, has launched a custom-ordering feature on its Web site, buckle-down.com. Users can choose their own initials, names, or phrases, which are then reverse engraved on the face of Boy Scout-style cam belt buckles. Custom orders of any quantity are also available to companies and shops.

Spy Optics has released the new Scoop Hybrid sunglass, a rectangular eye shape with Spy’s patented Scoop venting system. The Hybrid is available in an array of colors. Visit their Web site to view the complete line: spyeyes.com.

Systems Distribution has released a line of Halos hardware in a variety of sizes and colors, as well as a pro model for Supernaut vert rider Adil Dyani.

SRH Productions has hired sales rep Matt Lovell to cover the Southern California territory. Lovell will handle the SRH and HRS clothing lines. He can be reached at: (949) 631-4910.

NC Clothing has been busy this summer. Gershon Mosley, James Craig, Gideon Choi, and Jerry Hsu wrapped up a one-week West Coast tour in July while the finishing touches are put on the full-length video, LP, due out in September. Check out their new Web site at ncclothing.com.

Board-Trac has announced the availability of its Skateboarding 2000 study. This study examines brand preferences, ‘core-sports and crossover-sports participation, and shopping habits, in addition to what influences the buying decisions of young skateboarders age twelve and older. The study also looks at brands owned, number of boards owned, favorite apparel brands, and other areas of consumer preference. For more information about Board-Trac, visit board-trac.com.

The team at Big Daddy, Inc. has been growing. Hallie Inlow is the new administration and customer service person, Mike D. heads up logistics, and Ron Camero is now in charge of sales. With the rapidly expanding growth of skateparks worldwide, Big Daddy has been supplying ramp kits to clients in the U.S., Europe, Mexico, Japan, Australia, and Korea. For more information, check out bigdaddyinc.com.

After five long years without a full-length video on skate-shop shelves, Santa Cruz announces the release of Uprising, which will be completed in September and ready to ship November 1. Uprising will feature the skateboarding of Jayme Fortune, Vanik Hacobian, Ron Whaley, Stacy Lowery, Mike Frazier, Mike Rafter, Tony Tieu, and debuting pro Eric Bork. Steffan Attardo, Kyle Kimberling, and Ryan Parsons will be featured ams.

Santa Cruz also supplied 50 complete skateboards for the interactive street course at this year’s Gravity Games. Spectators used the boards to skate the course on the contest grounds, and after the festivities all 50 completes were raffled off.

Volcom will take its We Will Speak To You Tour to Texas, Kansas, and Missouri this October. Teamriders Geoff Rowley, Alan Petersen, Chet Thomas, and Bam Margera will be along to shred the course. Take a peep at volcom.com for a complete listing of cities, dates, and skateparks.

Darkstar has released a pro-model deck for founder and team pro Chet Thomas. Joining Thomas to complete the Darkstar deck team will be pro Ryan Kenreich and am Guy Kampfen. Darkstar, maker of Master Urethane and Dual Durometer wheels, has been making logo boards since the beginning of the year, with the summer selection including six models. A Kenreich model is also in the works.

On the wheel front, Darkstar welcomes Colt Cannon to its am team, and a pro wheel for Ryan Kenreich will be available in September. Information on both the Darkstar wood and urethane programs can be found online at darkstarwheels.com and darkstarwood.com.

The Deca and Blind teams are spending their summer touring various regions of the Earth. Check out blindreaper.com to see some of the photos from a recent trip to the UK and Germany by the Blind team. Look for footage of the Deca tour throughout Europe on both decaskateboards.com and antix.com.

Over at the foundry, Tensor trucks are now available in both 5.0 and 5.25 sizes, and come in a variety of colors. Tensor has added Salman Agah, Chris Cole, and Dave Mayhew to its team, and a new Tensor truck tool will be available in September.

New dNA Hybrid decks featuring a thinner construction will be available in September. Also, the dNA summer EuroTour will visit France, Italy, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Austria, and England. Keep an eye out for the Status Skateboarding Allowed Tour through the U.S. this summer. For a list of dates and places visit syndromedist.com.

Keeping things rolling, Terminator Bearings has named High Output Sports to manage its Canadian distribution channels. Terminator’s also had some recent personnel changes. Rebekah Roy due out in September. Check out their new Web site at ncclothing.com.

Board-Trac has announced the availability of its Skateboarding 2000 study. This study examines brand preferences, ‘core-sports and crossover-sports participation, and shopping habits, in addition to what influences the buying decisions of young skateboarders age twelve and older. The study also looks at brands owned, number of boards owned, favorite apparel brands, and other areas of consumer preference. For more information about Board-Trac, visit board-trac.com.

The team at Big Daddy, Inc. has been growing. Hallie Inlow is the new administration and customer service person, Mike D. heads up logistics, and Ron Camero is now in charge of sales. With the rapidly expanding growth of skateparks worldwide, Big Daddy has been supplying ramp kits to clients in the U.S., Europe, Mexico, Japan, Australia, and Korea. For more information, check out bigdaddyinc.com.

After five long years without a full-length video on skate-shop shelves, Santa Cruz announces the release of Uprising, which will be completed in September and ready to ship November 1. Uprising will feature the skateboarding of Jayme Fortune, Vanik Hacobian, Ron Whaley, Stacy Lowery, Mike Frazier, Mike Rafter, Tony Tieu, and debuting pro Eric Bork. Steffan Attardo, Kyle Kimberling, and Ryan Parsons will be featured ams.

Santa Cruz also supplied 50 complete skateboards for the interactive street course at this year’s Gravity Games. Spectators used the boards to skate the course on the contest grounds, and after the festivities all 50 completes were raffled off.

Volcom will take its We Will Speak To You Tour to Texas, Kansas, and Missouri this October. Teamriders Geoff Rowley, Alan Petersen, Chet Thomas, and Bam Margera will be along to shred the course. Take a peep at volcom.com for a complete listing of cities, dates, and skateparks.

Darkstar has released a pro-model deck for founder and team pro Chet Thomas. Joining Thomas to complete the Darkstar deck team will be pro Ryan Kenreich and am Guy Kampfen. Darkstar, maker of Master Urethane and Dual Durometer wheels, has been making logo boards since the beginning of the year, with the summer selection including six models. A Kenreich model is also in the works.

On the wheel front, Darkstar welcomes Colt Cannon to its am team, and a pro wheel for Ryan Kenreich will be available in September. Information on both the Darkstar wood and urethane programs can be found online at darkstarwheels.com and darkstarwood.com.

The Deca and Blind teams are spending their summer touring various regions of the Earth. Check out blindreaper.com to see some of the photos from a recent trip to the UK and Germany by the Blind team. Look for footage of the Deca tour throughout Europe on both decaskateboards.com and antix.com.

Over at the foundry, Tensor trucks are now available in both 5.0 and 5.25 sizes, and come in a variety of colors. Tensor has added Salman Agah, Chris Cole, and Dave Mayhew to its team, and a new Tensor truck tool will be available in September.

New dNA Hybrid decks featuring a thinner construction will be available in September. Also, the dNA summer EuroTour will visit France, Italy, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Austria, and England. Keep an eye out for the Status Skateboarding Allowed Tour through the U.S. this summer. For a list of dates and places visit syndromedist.com.

Keeping things rolling, Terminator Bearings has named High Output Sports to manage its Canadian distribution channels. Terminator’s also had some recent personnel changes. Rebekah Royall was named head of international sales, and she can be reached at: email@terminatorbearings.com. Take a look at Terminator’s new online catalog at: terminatorbearings.com.

Bulletproof is now in production with a new composite skateboard. The company is currently building a pro team. Interested parties call Chad or Tyler at: (519) 637-8745.

In their quest for global distribution, Afroman Productions has enlisted the help of Link Distribution in Germany and Voodoo Distribution in Australia. Afroman is also looking for riders and reps on the East Coast and in the South. Tapes and resumes can be sent to: P.O. Box 585, Venice, CA 90294, ATTN: Collin. For a copy of their current catalog, e-mail to: info@afroman.com.

Sessions has expanded and promoted its production, product-development, and sales staffs. Truc Truong is the new vice president of production, and oversees all elements of manufacturing and sourcing for both snow and apparel lines. New employees Esther Zhang and Tina Kwan are assisting Truong as production managers. Additional department action includes the promotion of Jennifer Slack to production manager, and Liz Schaefer to production scheduler.

Sessions recently split its production department, creating a new department of development and merchandising. Seven-year Sessions veteran Andrew Wightman has been appointed vice president of development and merchandising. Assisting Andy is new employee Debbie Chialtas.

The recent addition of Drew Holderman as director of North American sales is keeping the sales department charged. He recently hired two new in-house reps: Denise Tinkess joins Sessions as the sales representative for the Northwest, and Ron Baird is the new Rocky Mountain sales representative.

Michael “Mickey” Beddow has been hired as distribution manager, and he’s supported in the warehouse by a team including Scott Blenkarn, Brian Carey, and Mateo Headrick.

In other news, five-year Sessions veteran Paul Merrell has been promoted to vice president of sales, and Alan Gulko is now vice president of finance. For more information, check out sessions.com.

Freestyle has unleashed four new watches: 716 Xterra, 889 Digital Compass, 795 Carabiner, and 797 Backcountry Enthusiast. Each watch has many technical features, including water-resistant casings, illumination, and digital compasses. To view the entire Freestyle line and a complete list of features, log on to freestyleusa.com.

Recent Roster Hops
Skaters land new sponsors.

Pro Sponsor
Salman Agah Tensor
Kyle Berard Chapman
Scott Bourne Halos
Rob “Sluggo” Boyce Sens
Diego Bucchieri Dragon
Tommy Budjanec Media
Steve Caballero Dragon
Chris Cole Tensor
Jason Ellis Dragon
Jerry Fowler dNA, Unit
Jesse Fritsch Accel.
Daniel Haney Arcade
Brian Howard Accel.
Pierre-Luc Gagnon Premium Wood
Alex Gavin Premium Wood
Kerry Getz Clive
Danny Gonzalez Ghetto Child, Globe
Dave Hupp Airwalk
Ryan Kenreich Darkstar
Stacy Lowery Santa Cruz
Andy Macdonald Grind King
Mike Maldonado World Industries
Kris Markovich Pig Wheels
Dave Mayhew Tensor
Rick McCrank Dragon
Adam McNatt Sens
Eric Mercier Premium Wood
Tas Pappas Vision Skateboards and Shoes, Smith Safety Gear
Chris Pastras Pig Wheels
Mike Peterson Illenium
Joey Pulsifer War Effort
Kenny Reed I-Path
Jamie Thomas Circa
Mike Vallely TSG
Scott Yamamura Cyclone

Am Sponsor
Mark Appleyard Alphanummeric
Chris Bennities Webb
Joey Brezinski Arcade
Colt Cannon Alphanumeric, Clive, Darkstar
Patrick Carney Webb
Jerod Hall Webb
Wes Hoppins Webb
West Jones SRH
Todd Jordan Alphanumeric
Guy Kampfen Darkstar
Chad Kirkwood Webb
Bryan London Arcade
Billy Marks Webb
Nancy Nguyen Rookie
Ross Norman Status, FKD
Pat Rakestraw War Effort
Ahron Rosenhammer Webb
Don Rosenhammer Webb
Justin Roy Foundation
Eric Shelley Airwalk
Damien Smith Duffs
Austin Stephens Toy Machine
Josh Stone Webb
Mike Taylor Duffs
Stefanie Thomas Rookie
Joe Turgillio Webb

was named head of international sales, and she can be reached at: email@terminatorbearings.com. Take a look at Terminator’s new online catalog at: terminatorbearings.com.

Bulletproof is now in production with a new composite skateboard. The company is currently building a pro team. Interested parties call Chad or Tyler at: (519) 637-8745.

In their quest for global distribution, Afroman Productions has enlisted the help of Link Distribution in Germany and Voodoo Distribution in Australia. Afroman is also looking for riders and reps on the East Coast and in the South. Tapes and resumes can be sent to: P.O. Box 585, Venice, CA 90294, ATTN: Collin. For a copy of their current catalog, e-mail to: info@afroman.com.

Sessions has expanded and promoted its production, product-development, and sales staffs. Truc Truong is the new vice president of production, and oversees all elements of manufacturing and sourcing for both snow and apparel lines. New employees Esther Zhang and Tina Kwan are assisting Truong as production managers. Additional department action includes the promotion of Jennifer Slack to production manager, and Liz Schaefer to production scheduler.

Sessions recently split its production department, creating a new department of development and merchandising. Seven-year Sessions veteran Andrew Wightman has been appointed vice president of development and merchandising. Assisting Andy is new employee Debbie Chialtas.

The recent addition of Drew Holderman as director of North American sales is keeping the sales department charged. He recently hired two new in-house reps: Denise Tinkess joins Sessions as the sales representative for the Northwest, and Ron Baird is the new Rocky Mountain sales representative.

Michael “Mickey” Beddow has been hired as distribution manager, and he’s supported in the warehouse by a team including Scott Blenkarn, Brian Carey, and Mateo Headrick.

In other news, five-year Sessions veteran Paul Merrell has been promoted to vice president of sales, and Alan Gulko is now vice president of finance. For more information, check out sessions.com.

Freestyle has unleashed four new watches: 716 Xterra, 889 Digital Compass, 795 Carabiner, and 797 Backcountry Enthusiast. Each watch has many technical features, including water-resistant casings, illumination, and digital compasses. To view the entire Freestyle line and a complete list of features, log on to freestyleusa.com.

Recent Roster Hops
Skaters land new sponsors.

Pro Sponsor
Salman Agah Tensor
Kyle Berard Chapman
Scott Bourne Halos
Rob “Sluggo” Boyce Sens
Diego Bucchieri Dragon
Tommy Budjanec Media
Steve Caballero Dragon
Chris Cole Tensor
Jason Ellis Dragon
Jerry Fowler dNA, Unit
Jesse Fritsch Accel.
Daniel Haney Arcade
Brian Howard Accel.
Pierre-Luc Gagnon Premium Wood
Alex Gavin Premium Wood
Kerry Getz Clive
Danny Gonzalez Ghetto Child, Globe
Dave Hupp Airwalk
Ryan Kenreich Darkstar
Stacy Lowery Santa Cruz
Andy Macdonald Grind King
Mike Maldonado World Industries
Kris Markovich Pig Wheels
Dave Mayhew Tensor
Rick McCrank Dragon
Adam McNatt Sens
Eric Mercier Premium Wood
Tas Pappas Vision Skateboards and Shoes, Smith Safety Gear
Chris Pastras Pig Wheels
Mike Peterson Illenium
Joey Pulsifer War Effort
Kenny Reed I-Path
Jamie Thomas Circa
Mike Vallely TSG
Scott Yamamura Cyclone

Am Sponsor
Mark Appleyard Alphanumeric
Chris Bennities Webb
Joey Brezinski Arcade
Colt Cannon Alphanumeric, Clive, Darkstar
Patrick Carney Webb
Jerod Hall Webb
Wes Hoppins Webb
West Jones SRH
Todd Jordan Alphanumeric
Guy Kampfen Darkstar
Chad Kirkwood Webb
Bryan London Arcade
Billy Marks Webb
Nancy Nguyen Rookie
Ross Norman Status, FKD
Pat Rakestraw War Effort
Ahron Rosenhammer Webb
Don Rosenhammer Webb
Justin Roy Foundation
Eric Shelley Airwalk
Damien Smith Duffs
Austin Stephens Toy Machine
Josh Stone Webb
Mike Taylor Duffs
Stefanie Thomas Rookie
Joe Turgillio Webb

Appleyard Alphanumeric
Chris Bennities Webb
Joey Brezinski Arcade
Colt Cannon Alphanumeric, Clive, Darkstar
Patrick Carney Webb
Jerod Hall Webb
Wes Hoppins Webb
West Jones SRH
Todd Jordan Alphanumeric
Guy Kampfen Darkstar
Chad Kirkwood Webb
Bryan London Arcade
Billy Marks Webb
Nancy Nguyen Rookie
Ross Norman Status, FKD
Pat Rakestraw War Effort
Ahron Rosenhammer Webb
Don Rosenhammer Webb
Justin Roy Foundation
Eric Shelley Airwalk
Damien Smith Duffs
Austin Stephens Toy Machine
Josh Stone Webb
Mike Taylor Duffs
Stefanie Thomas Rookie
Joe Turgillio Webb