Industry News

One of the biggest attractions at this year’s Slam City Jam weekend was the new Hastings Bowl, situated conveniently outside the PNE Coliseum where the contest was held. The bowl, site of many heavy sessions, was designed by Jim Barnum of Canada’s Spectrum Skatepark Creations, Ltd. (spectrum-sk8.com). The Tuesday after Slam City Jam weekend in Vancouver, Dave Duncan and some friends put together a jam-format contest up the hill at Whistler Skatepark that featured 5,000 dollars in prize money.

Foundation, Alphanumeric, and San Diego’s Street Machine skate shop helped sponsor an art auction in June that raised money for a San Diego youth shelter. Understood was organized by Rudy Serrano and Troy Gurling of TARP, a local community-action group that helps raise funds and awareness for San Diego charities. The show featured 50 artists, including Mark Gonzales, Shepard Fairey, and Chris Pastras, who used skateboard decks as their medium to produce a variety of pieces that were auctioned during the two-day exhibit. Foundation supplied decks to artists, and the results included everything from painted decks to mobiles and furniture made from reshaped pieces. Understood benefited The Storefront, a twenty-bed overnight emergency youth shelter. In addition to sponsoring the exhibit, Foundation, Street Machine, and Alphanumeric also donated clothing to The Storefront. For more information on The Storefront, call: (619) 239-4688.

Alphanumeric Founder Alyasha Moore and other staff members have left the company to pursue other interests. Moore has opened a clothing boutique in San Diego and will be launching a new clothing line in the near future.

Meanwhile, Alphanumeric continues to expand internationally. The company recently added new distributors in France, Spain, Denmark, Australia, and New Zealand. New distribution arrangements are also being made in the Phillipines, Korea, and Thailand. New shop accounts will also be opening in Singapore and Taiwan. For more information, call: (619) 702-5775.

In early July Primedia, publishers of such magazines as Surfing and Bodyboarding, announced that it had acquired EMAP USA, publishers of Skateboarder, Snowboarder, Surfer, Powder, and Guns-N-Ammo, for approximately 515-million dollars in a combination of cash and stock. This makes Primedia the second-largest consumer-magazine publisher in the U.S.

The Sector 9/Etnies 2001 World Slalom Skateboarding Championships were held on May 20 in Morro Bay, California, with over 60 entries from six countries. The race was won by Gary Cross of Tahoe Paradise, California. He was followed by Maurus Srobel of Zurich, Switzerland. Paul Dunn of Los Osos, California rounded out the top three. Pro-skateboarder Ben Schroeder made it into the top sixteen after only a couple days of practice. Legendary slalom-racer and early pool-contest-organizer Henry Hester served as announcer along with Hunter Joslin. At a reception the night before the race, Hester and former world-record-holder John Hutson were presented with lifetime-achievement awards. The contest served as a fund-raiser for the Morro Bay Skatepark.

In related slalom news, Comet Skateboards recently collaborated with Fat City Race Team to release a series of graphite/bamboo slalom race boards. Comet now also offers slalom wheels, trucks, cones, and timing systems. For more information, call: (510) 625-8045.

New from the Skate One IT department are the brigadeskateboards.com, skateonemagazine.com, and skateone.com Web sites. The skateone.com site features a complete product catalog of all Skate One brands, and links to each brand’s individual sites, iluding Skate One magazine. Sites for Bones Wheels, Bones Bearings, Mini Logo, Reds Bearings, and Powell Skateboards are coming soon. Javier Sarmiento‘s first pro model is now available from The Brigade and comes in the Magnum concave. Moses Itkonen also has a new graphic deck?The Moses Rasta Man.

Ed Templeton and Arto Saari are both designing clothes for Rusty. Perhaps unrelated, Saari’s face has also been seen on stop signs near Rusty headquarters in Irvine, California. Rusty and Flip teamrider Bastien Salabanzi is working on a movie with Kids Director Larry Clark.

NorCal’s Western Edition hardgoods company has been busy developing its team, which currently consists of Jason Wussler, Brad Johnson, Alex Klein, and Bart Fasano Jones. For more information, call Shrader Street Distribution at: (415) 386-1677.

Elenex Clothing was founded and created by Dave Mayhew and Kanten Russell in April 2000 after they decided to use their knowledge of the skateboarding and active-lifestyle market to create their own clothing designs. With the force of two well-known pros backing up this company, Mayhew and Russell decided it was time to allow the upcoming ams to share the spotlight. So far the am team consists of Chris Dobstaff and Devine Calloway.

The new E3 truck from Elevate will be available later this summer. It features a 7.625-inch cast-in axle, a reengineered baseplate, and new aesthetic features.

Imperial Distribution will be hosting its own trade-show party during ASR in San Diego. All trade-show attendees with an ASR badge are invited. Imperial will provide a shuttle van from the San Diego Convention Center to the company’s warehouse two miles away. The hours of operation are from noon to 6:00 p.m. each day of the trade show. The festivities will include a full street course, food, and beer. Imperial’s teamriders will be in attendance to display their skills, and anyone who wants to skate is welcome to do so. If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with one of Imperial’s sales reps, you can contact Brody Tugwell at Imperial at: 1-877-700-8383, or e-mail: brodytugwell@imperialdistribution.com.

Imperial is also starting a frequent-buyer program. The program works as follows: Frequent-buyer cards will be shrink-wrapped into all Imperial decks: Maple, 151, or Dynasty. When customers collect five cards, they fill them out and send them to Imperial for a free deck of their choice. Customers can choose their deck from the Imperial Web site: imperialdistribution.com.

Gold Wheels is the latest company to be picked up by San Diego’s Overboard Enterprises. For more info on Gold Wheels, contact Eli at: (323) 263-5469.

In SyndromeDistribution news, The new dNAGlobal Domination Episode VII pro decks are available now. Also, the new Phantom II truck should be out soon. Phantom will also be releasing decks, wheels, and the all-new Phantom mini-tool at ASR in September.

Longtime Think Skateboards staffer Don Fisher has left the company after a decade of service to pursue personal interests. The parting was reported as “a very positive thing for both Think and Fish,” and everyone at Think wishes him the best.

Spitfire Wheels is working on several new shape developments for the future, getting plenty of input from Reese Forbes, John Cardiel, and Andrew Reynolds. And if you didn’t already know, Brad Staba, Stefan Janoski, and Jerry Hsu have also joined Spitfire.

Check out Tas Pappas and friends in his new skateboarding video release, The Brutal Truth. With the support of Vision Streetwear, the video will be available soon. Select Distribution now offers Psycho Skate Accessories, which include bearings, hardware, riser pads, cushions, and more. Psycho Bearings are available in ABEC 3, 5, and 7 ratings.

Harbinger now has new youth pads. The kneepads retail for $39.95, and elbow pads retail for $31.99. For more information on Harbinger’s youth pads or other products, visit harbingerskate.com.

Distinct Video Productions will be releasing a Canadian

video magazine called Version Video Magazine, which will feature profiles on pro and am skaters from across Canada, the U.S., and Europe; profiles on pro teams; spot checks; road trips; and a montage of skateboarding from all over. The video will also have commercials from skate companies and shops. The first issue of Version Video Magazine is scheduled to be out in August. For more information, call: (514) 875-7509.

Look out for Zoo York‘s latest creation, Mix Tape 2. The new video will be highlighted at the Zoo booth at ASR in San Diego.

This year’s Gravity Games will be held September 1?9, 2001, in Providence, Rhode Island. A total of 400,000 spectators are expected at the event to witness athletes from seventeen countries competing in sixteen events, including skateboarding. Broadcast by NBCSports, the event will be available to more than 120-million homes worldwide.

O-Shock, Inc. will have its new Suspension trucks ready for distribution by September 2001. For more technical information, check out: O-Shock.com.

The new Sessions Web site is up and running with the help of Threat Media (Bryce Knights, Tony Guerrero, and Chris Sprouls). Check it out at sessions.com.

Planning has started on the third Tim Brauch Memorial Contest, scheduled for sometime in late September. Once again all proceeds will go directly to the Tim Brauch Memorial Skatepark Fund. To get involved, e-mail Justin Gold at: justing@sessions.com.

The new Foundation tour video These Good Times Are Killing Me is done and on the shelves. Also, be on the lookout for Art Barsand These Good Times Are Killing Me to be released on DVD. The Foundation tour is being worked on right now. Check out FOSKO.com for more information.

Longtime Foundation cohort and all-around-ripper Bobby Ferry is now in charge of Midwest sales.

In further Foundation news, spread the word that Foundation tattoos mean free gear. If you have a Foundation tattoo, send the company a quality photo of it, and if it’s real, they’ll send you a free deck. Send e-mail to ohshit@FOSKCO.com. All submissions must be authenticated by Tum Yeto staff. Further proof of permanence may be required to redeem offer, one deck per tattoo, and Tum Yeto reserves the right to refuse.

New Zero am Jon Allie will also have a full part in the company’s new video, Dying To Live. Jamie Thomas has designed and built a training facility for the Zero team located somewhere in the San Diego area. Even uncompleted, the park has already been host to some serious sessions.

Ed Templeton‘s art show in Amsterdam was a huge success. The museum even bought several of Ed’s works for permanent display?one of which is the famous Teenage Smokers. One day a hundred years from now, kids might be studying Ed Templeton in art-history class.

Dwindle Distribution has launched Blacktop Griptape, a product tested and used by Rodney Mullen, Ronnie Creager, Reese Forbes, and Danny Garcia. For more information, contact Dwindle at: 1-800-500-5015.

A new Blind video is coming soon, featuring Ronnie Creager, Josh Casper, Gideon Choi, Gershon Mosley, James Craig, and am Corey Shepparill be available soon. Select Distribution now offers Psycho Skate Accessories, which include bearings, hardware, riser pads, cushions, and more. Psycho Bearings are available in ABEC 3, 5, and 7 ratings.

Harbinger now has new youth pads. The kneepads retail for $39.95, and elbow pads retail for $31.99. For more information on Harbinger’s youth pads or other products, visit harbingerskate.com.

Distinct Video Productions will be releasing a Canadian

video magazine called Version Video Magazine, which will feature profiles on pro and am skaters from across Canada, the U.S., and Europe; profiles on pro teams; spot checks; road trips; and a montage of skateboarding from all over. The video will also have commercials from skate companies and shops. The first issue of Version Video Magazine is scheduled to be out in August. For more information, call: (514) 875-7509.

Look out for Zoo York‘s latest creation, Mix Tape 2. The new video will be highlighted at the Zoo booth at ASR in San Diego.

This year’s Gravity Games will be held September 1?9, 2001, in Providence, Rhode Island. A total of 400,000 spectators are expected at the event to witness athletes from seventeen countries competing in sixteen events, including skateboarding. Broadcast by NBCSports, the event will be available to more than 120-million homes worldwide.

O-Shock, Inc. will have its new Suspension trucks ready for distribution by September 2001. For more technical information, check out: O-Shock.com.

The new Sessions Web site is up and running with the help of Threat Media (Bryce Knights, Tony Guerrero, and Chris Sprouls). Check it out at sessions.com.

Planning has started on the third Tim Brauch Memorial Contest, scheduled for sometime in late September. Once again all proceeds will go directly to the Tim Brauch Memorial Skatepark Fund. To get involved, e-mail Justin Gold at: justing@sessions.com.

The new Foundation tour video These Good Times Are Killing Me is done and on the shelves. Also, be on the lookout for Art Barsand These Good Times Are Killing Me to be released on DVD. The Foundation tour is being worked on right now. Check out FOSKO.com for more information.

Longtime Foundation cohort and all-around-ripper Bobby Ferry is now in charge of Midwest sales.

In further Foundation news, spread the word that Foundation tattoos mean free gear. If you have a Foundation tattoo, send the company a quality photo of it, and if it’s real, they’ll send you a free deck. Send e-mail to ohshit@FOSKCO.com. All submissions must be authenticated by Tum Yeto staff. Further proof of permanence may be required to redeem offer, one deck per tattoo, and Tum Yeto reserves the right to refuse.

New Zero am Jon Allie will also have a full part in the company’s new video, Dying To Live. Jamie Thomas has designed and built a training facility for the Zero team located somewhere in the San Diego area. Even uncompleted, the park has already been host to some serious sessions.

Ed Templeton‘s art show in Amsterdam was a huge success. The museum even bought several of Ed’s works for permanent display?one of which is the famous Teenage Smokers. One day a hundred years from now, kids might be studying Ed Templeton in art-history class.

Dwindle Distribution has launched Blacktop Griptape, a product tested and used by Rodney Mullen, Ronnie Creager, Reese Forbes, and Danny Garcia. For more information, contact Dwindle at: 1-800-500-5015.

A new Blind video is coming soon, featuring Ronnie Creager, Josh Casper, Gideon Choi, Gershon Mosley, James Craig, and am Corey Sheppard.

Darsktar Wood teamrider Guy Kampfen has turned pro, and will have two pro models released this fall. Also look for new graphics for the Chet Thomas and Ryan Kenreich decks.

Darkstar Wheels will be launching all-new pro graphics for its riders soon.

Montreal, Canada-based helmet-company U-Projects recently finalized its pro team. It features Pierre Luc Gagnon, Jesse Fritsch, Brian Howard, Dan Pageau, Matt Dove, Max Dufour, Billy Rohan, and Renton Millar. Check out coredist.com for more information.

If you’re interested in skateboard history, check out skateboardcollector.com. It’s a cool site through which you can relive your youth, if that’s what you’re into. The skate-tattoo page is particularly cool.

And if you’re looking for longboard or skateboard rails, call Crooks Skateboard Accessories at: (626) 221-9578.

Madrid will be reissuing the original Flypaper Griptape. It will be available in two sizes, complete with die-cuts and single packaging. For more information, call: (714) 897-5556.

Electric Visual Evolution has released its first set of women’s sunglasses for 2001. Named the Electris, the glasses feature spring-loaded flex hinges, gradient lenses, and a distinct design. The company has also released The Noise, a model designed by Kip Arnette with input from teamriders Peter Line, Bam Margera, Colin McKay, Luke Egan, and Shawn Barron. For more information, call: 1-800-958-6556, or visit: electricvisual.com.

A new skate company is producing decks and clothing in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Section 8 Apparel, Inc. was founded in January of this year by President and CEO Rob May. The company is currently seeking skateboarders and in-line skaters for its team. For more information, e-mail: info@section8apparel.com, or call: (450) 962-2112.

California-based research-company Board-Trac has released its Board-Trac Skateboarding 2001 Study. The report examines brand preferences?hardgoods and softgoods, shopping habits, ‘core-sport and crossover-sport participation, in addition to other influences on the buying decisions of skateboarders aged twelve and up. The research for this study was conducted between April 15 and May 31, 2001. For more information, contact Angelo Ponzi at: (949) 858-9095, or check out: board-trac.com.

Quiksilver and Hawk Clothing are proud to announce that former professional-skateboarder Kevin Staab has joined Hawk Clothing as events coordinator and skate-team manager. Staab will act as liaison with Tony Hawk-related events, Tony Hawk Inc., Hawk Shoes, Tony Hawk’s Gigantic Skatepark Tour, and Hawk’s production company 900 Films.

In BlitzDistribution news, Billy Tinnell is the new Birdhouse team manager.

Spy Optics welcomes Alain Mang as its new European sales and marketing manager. As Spy’s European manager, Mang will be responsible for Spy’s sales and marketing operations. The company has also brought Jeff Jackson on board as the new skate-team manager.

In Arcade news, Andy Gomez and Bryan Nolte join the company as domestic salesmen, and Craig Glover as domestic-sales manager.

Cowboypunk clothing has promoted Larry Leonard to VP of sales. He’ll be handling all national and international sales, and hiring sales reps for regions around the country. He can be reached at: Larry@cowboypunk.com. Or find him at ASR booth 728. Cowboypunk is still looking for riders, and videos can be sent to: Cowboypunk, 152 Meagan Place #8, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.

Netherlands distributor Windmill Trading Company will be handling all Cowboypunk sales in that region. The folks