After reviewing the 1999 World Cup Skateboarding results, it appears that Pat Channita finished the millennium as the 1999 street champion, while Powell teammate Andy Macdonald took both the vert and overall titles. Congratulations to both Bones Brigade members.

The 1999 Gravity Games took place in September in Providence, Rhode Island (birthplace of the ESPN Extreme Games in 1995). The inaugural Gravity Games featured all the usual extreme sports, including skateboarding, luge racing, BMX, inline skating, etcetera, and aired to a network audience on NBC in October. The 230 athletes competed for a total purse of 800,000 dollars in seventeen events, of which skateboarding comprised four (street, vert, two-man stand-up downhill and four-man stand-up downhill).

Two-hundred-thousand spectators enjoyed a festival atmosphere that included music and activities in addition to the sports events. The Gravity Games was the largest remote operation for NBC in 1999, and reached an estimated 200-million viewers in over 100 countries.

In the skateboard events, Brian Anderson won the street event, Bob Burnquist won vert, Lee Dansie won the two-man downhill race, and Biker Sherlock won the four-man race. In total, Sherlock entered four separate race events to earn 35,500 dollars in prize money, while Burnquist and Anderson each entered one to take home 18,000 dollars apiece.

The first Winter Gravity Games will take place later this month, and will air on NBC in February. The Summer 2000 Gravity Games will return to Providence on July 15¿23, where NBC has committed to hold the event for the next two years. For more information, check out the Gravity Games Web site at: www.gravitygames.com.

The All Girl Skate Jam concluded its third year in November with an event in Haleiwa, Hawai’i. Held in conjunction with the Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing contest, the best professional and amateur female skateboarders from around the world converged on O’ahu to skate and compete for 10,000 dollars in cash and prizes. Cara-Beth Burnside took first in the pro vert division, and Amy Caron came out on top of the pro street, each winning 1,000 dollars. For a list of the complete contest results, visit the All Girl Skate Jam Web site at: www.allgirlskatejam.com.

The Concrete Wave: The History of Skateboarding, by Michael Brooke, was nominated for a Quick Pick 2000 award by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. The committee annually chooses a list of outstanding titles that stimulate interest in reluctant teen readers. The book documents the history of skateboarding and features dozens of interviews with pros, including Tony Hawk and Tony Alva. Look for the television series titled The Concrete Wave, based on the book, to air in early 2000 on the Outdoor Life Network.

Some of Alphanumeric‘s riders have been busy collecting footage for various productions. Jamie Reyes and Forrest Kirby each have been filming with RB UmaliinNew York. Watch for Jamie’s part in the upcoming video Heads. For more information on the company, its riders, or just to peruse the collection, click over to Alphanumeric’s new Web site: www.anumeric.com.

Maple Skateboards has announced that Dave Coyne will be turning pro soon. In the meantime, check out the fifteen-minute Imperial Distribution promo video featuring the Maple, Dynasty, and One Fifty One teams. Spencer Fujimoto and Kien Lieurecently returned from the East Coast where they were filming for the Dynasty team video. Look for their parts in an upcoming Dynasty industry section in 411VM.

Redline Performance Urethane, the wheel company launched by Frontline Distribution rlier this year, has changed its name. After receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Redline Bicycles, Frontline decided to make the name change rather than have to prove in court that BMX companies and skateboard companies don’t share the same market. Competition Brand Urethane is the new name, and the team consists of pros Paul Zitzer and Gershon Mosley and am Scott Waters. For more information about Competition Brand Urethane, call Frontline at: 1-800-260-0580. For more information about Redline Bicycles, call: (425) 251-1516.

In August, Kevin Marks wrapped up a five-month world tour, in which he drove 17,259 miles and visited 134 skateparks and 65 skate shops to document skateboarding along the way. The resulting video, The Four Corners Tour, features the talents of Dave Coyne, Dan Drehobl, Eric Koston, Kerry Getz, Ed Templeton, Donny Barley, Brian Anderson, Jamie Thomas, Arto Saari, Brad Staba, Andrew Reynolds, and a grab bag of other amazing skaters encountered during the trip. It debuted at Hanger 18skate shop in October, where a product raffle raised 1,000 dollars for San Diego’s Washington Street Skatepark project. For more information, contact Overboard Enterprisesat: (619) 702-3523.

The Familieathlete-management and sports agency represents many famous names in the action-sports industry, including Danny Way, Bucky Lasek, and Bob Burnquist. CEO and founder Stephen Astephen has been busy building a staff to help manage the burgeoning agency: Circe Wallace handles athlete representation, public relations, and corporate consulting; Janine Macdonald heads up event sponsorships and athlete endorsements; and Amy Sorenson runs the administrative division. For more information, call The Familie at: (858) 350-8060. Or check out their Web site at: www.thefamilie.com.

SkatePark of Tampa‘ssixth-annual Pro Street And Vert Contest in March will guarantee a pro purse of at least 20,000 dollars. Duffs shoes and Quiksilver are the exclusive sponsors for both the January Tampa Am contest and the March pro. For more information, contact SkatePark of Tampa at: (813) 621-6793.

Tony Hawk and Rune Glifberg have joined Tas Pappasand Buster Haltermanon the TSGsafety-gearteam.Buster will also be acting as the TSGvert liaison,and will behelping design some new super-high-end knee pads for 2000. TSGhas exclusively sponsored the SkatePark of Tampa’spad-rental program.

Santa Cruz will be releasing some pro-endorsed wheels for Vanik Hacobian, Mike Rafter,and Tony Tieu. The company recently purchased a 1999 Ford Econoline fifteen-passenger van fully equipped with a top-of-the-line video-game system, bumpin’ sounds, and most importantly, one of the most advanced electrocution anti-theft devices. The Santa Cruz team has already begun breaking in this mobile billboard as they travel to collect footage for their next video, Cannon Fodder. During the El Tour De Tres Ciudades (The Tour of Three Cities) in November, Rafter, Ron Whaley,Hacobian, Jayme Fortune,Tieu,and EricBorkput 7,000 miles on the van in two-and-a-half weeks, during which time the van was sideswiped by a crazed deer running along the freeway.

Shops in the Northeast have a new friend in the distribution business. Blue Collar Distributionof Fitchburg, Massachusetts carries a broad range of hardcore hardgoods and accessories from brands like Black Label, Wounded Knee, Consolidated, Scum, Infamous, and others. For more information, call Blue Collar at: (978) 343-9734.

Becket Colón, with a little help from the Swedish government and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, has developed and patented the Performance Tip Skateboard system. Decks with Performance Tips are made from conventional 7ply wood constructions,and feature replacable tips manufactured out of various materials attached to the ends of pre-routed skateboards. The tips are designed enhance the energy transfer when executing an ollie between the area of impact and the riding surface. Performance Tips only fit decks manufactured for them. They are replaceable, and will be available in a variety of sizes and materials for different applications. Look for decks made with Performance Tips at booth 5414 at ASR. Or for more information, contact Becket Colón in Sweden at: (46) 709-688-771. Or e-mail: evolutionsk8@hotmail.com.

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. released its new Thrasher: Skate And Destroy skateboard video game for the Sony PlayStation in November. Laden with brand logos, including the title sponsor, the game includes a classic hip-hop soundtrack with music from Public Enemy, Run DMC, EPMD, Gang Starr, and Sugar Hill Gang. For more information, call Take-Two at: (212) 334-6633.

World Industries has just picked up Ryan Kenreichto add to its amateur team already consisting of Chad Timtimand Jason Wakuzawa. World also has a new “prodigy” team consisting of Grant Taylorand Ryan Sheckler, who is currently featured in a Sony commercial.

Promotions/Product Development Specialist Carrie Hoshide and staff at World Industries have been busy promoting the newly independent brand. Since leaving the fold at Dwindle Distribution last year, World has been pushing its marketing program to the extreme, starting with a red helicopter that hovered over and dropped stickers and money onto an anxious X-Games crowd in San Francisco last summer. Other recent publicity events include television coverage on Fox Sports Net’s Invert TV, co-sponsoring the World Cup Skateboarding contest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in December, including team demos in Brazil and rider profiles for ESPN‘sX2dayprogram; way too many team demos, radio interviews, and appearances at festivals and trade shows to mention; and product placement in movies like End Of Days,Wonder Boys,Galaxy Quest, andKnockaround Guys, and TV shows Malcom In The Middle andFelicity. And don’t forget the surprise birthday bash for am Ryan Scheckler at the Volcom complex in December. Ryan’s ten.

Red Dragon Apparelhas been gearing up for a big new year. Vancouver, Canada’s RDS skate posse, which formed in 1988 and includes Moses Itkonen, Sluggo, and Colin McKay, has long been famous for its local mischief and world-class skate talent. The gang opened Red Dragon Skate Supply in Vancouver a few years ago, and the shop later spawned Centre Distribution, and eventually Red Dragon Apparel. Red Dragon team riders Richard Angelides, Matt Beach, Ryan Smith, Paul Machnau, and Moses Itkonen have been busy promoting the brand’s new jeans, jackets, and backpacks, which the stubbornly anti-corporate company makes available through select outlets with the promise, “Red Dragon … We kill you with quality.”

The Class Of 2000video from Bones Bearings is out now and features the skating of Steve Caballero, Willy Santos, Danny Wainwright, Frank Hirata, Jeremy Wray, Gianni Zattoni, Rodney Jones, Max Dufour, Mathias Ringstrom, Phil Hajal, Kerry Getz, Mike Maldonado, Brad Staba, Jaya Bonderov, Jon Comer, Jason Ellis, Javier Sarmiento, Moses Itkonen, Rick McCrank, Paul Machnau, and worldholm, has developed and patented the Performance Tip Skateboard system. Decks with Performance Tips are made from conventional 7ply wood constructions,and feature replacable tips manufactured out of various materials attached to the ends of pre-routed skateboards. The tips are designed enhance the energy transfer when executing an ollie between the area of impact and the riding surface. Performance Tips only fit decks manufactured for them. They are replaceable, and will be available in a variety of sizes and materials for different applications. Look for decks made with Performance Tips at booth 5414 at ASR. Or for more information, contact Becket Colón in Sweden at: (46) 709-688-771. Or e-mail: evolutionsk8@hotmail.com.

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. released its new Thrasher: Skate And Destroy skateboard video game for the Sony PlayStation in November. Laden with brand logos, including the title sponsor, the game includes a classic hip-hop soundtrack with music from Public Enemy, Run DMC, EPMD, Gang Starr, and Sugar Hill Gang. For more information, call Take-Two at: (212) 334-6633.

World Industries has just picked up Ryan Kenreichto add to its amateur team already consisting of Chad Timtimand Jason Wakuzawa. World also has a new “prodigy” team consisting of Grant Taylorand Ryan Sheckler, who is currently featured in a Sony commercial.

Promotions/Product Development Specialist Carrie Hoshide and staff at World Industries have been busy promoting the newly independent brand. Since leaving the fold at Dwindle Distribution last year, World has been pushing its marketing program to the extreme, starting with a red helicopter that hovered over and dropped stickers and money onto an anxious X-Games crowd in San Francisco last summer. Other recent publicity events include television coverage on Fox Sports Net’s Invert TV, co-sponsoring the World Cup Skateboarding contest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in December, including team demos in Brazil and rider profiles for ESPN‘sX2dayprogram; way too many team demos, radio interviews, and appearances at festivals and trade shows to mention; and product placement in movies like End Of Days,Wonder Boys,Galaxy Quest, andKnockaround Guys, and TV shows Malcom In The Middle andFelicity. And don’t forget the surprise birthday bash for am Ryan Scheckler at the Volcom complex in December. Ryan’s ten.

Red Dragon Apparelhas been gearing up for a big new year. Vancouver, Canada’s RDS skate posse, which formed in 1988 and includes Moses Itkonen, Sluggo, and Colin McKay, has long been famous for its local mischief and world-class skate talent. The gang opened Red Dragon Skate Supply in Vancouver a few years ago, and the shop later spawned Centre Distribution, and eventually Red Dragon Apparel. Red Dragon team riders Richard Angelides, Matt Beach, Ryan Smith, Paul Machnau, and Moses Itkonen have been busy promoting the brand’s new jeans, jackets, and backpacks, which the stubbornly anti-corporate company makes available through select outlets with the promise, “Red Dragon … We kill you with quality.”

The Class Of 2000video from Bones Bearings is out now and features the skating of Steve Caballero, Willy Santos, Danny Wainwright, Frank Hirata, Jeremy Wray, Gianni Zattoni, Rodney Jones, Max Dufour, Mathias Ringstrom, Phil Hajal, Kerry Getz, Mike Maldonado, Brad Staba, Jaya Bonderov, Jon Comer, Jason Ellis, Javier Sarmiento, Moses Itkonen, Rick McCrank, Paul Machnau, and world champions Andy Macdonald and Pat Channita.

In November Macdonald jumped four cars and set aGuinness world skateboard-jump record of 52 feet, ten inches. Look for the full story in the April issue (18#4) ofTransWorld SKATEboarding. Footage of the jump has also been included in TransWorld’sThe Reason video, and theClass Of 2000 (it’s at the end, twenty seconds after the credits).

In philanthropic news, Jay Moore, owner of World Boards in Bozeman, Montana, helped organize the donation of 25 complete skateboards to a Ukrainian orphanage in early December. Powelldonated the decks and wheels while Tracker Trucks contributed 25 sets of trucks.

The Reasonpremiered in November at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, the site of many memorable skate-video premieres, including Plan B‘s Revolution. the 500-person auditorium was packed to see footage of Matt Mumford, Danny Gonzalez, Neal Mims, Cairo Foster, Stevie Williams, Danny Montoya, Moses Itkonen, Gershon Mosley, and others. The Reasonis the ninth TransWorld SKATEboarding video, and another fine product from the hands of Ty Evansand Jon Holland.

Mad Media Design has added Mark”Mavis”Davis to its lineup. Mavis’ most recent achievement is the Expedition One video, Video Out Soon. Davis will be heading up the new Video Services division of Mad Media, which currently offers a range of services, including print, Web, and P.O.P. design, among other things. Check out the Mad Media Web site at: www.madmediadesign.com. Or call them at: (760) 729-5005.

Arcade Skateboards will be releasing a new board graphic to coincide with the release of its new video, Gumbo. For more information, log onto the Arcade Web site at: www.arcadeskateboards.com.

After seven years, Milwaukee’s Beer City Skateboards has released its first video, Tanked, featuring it’s team of street and vert rippers. Scott Smiley, Davey Rogers, David “Shaggy” Palmer, Chris Benge, and Duane “The Master Of Disaster” Peters get it going to an all-punk soundtrack, which also features Peters’ band, U.S. Bombs. For more info, log on to www.beercity.com.

Sixteen Skateboards recently premiered its video I Hate Children, which features incredible skating from riders who are sixteen years old and younger. The video’s opening montage lets you know just how serious these young annihilators are. I Hate Children was edited and partially filmed by Dave Bergthold, who has also recently been filming and editing for Invert TV.

Climax Manufacturing has been busy updating its Web site at www.climaxmfg.com. Look for LL Cool J sporting full Stamina gear in his newest video for the appropriately titled Stamina track. Tracker Trucks is celebrating 25 years of manufacturing by releasing special limited-edition products throughout 2000.

Bucky Lasek is the first skateboarder to be added to the Cliveprogram. Bucky will be representing Clive and its variety of space-age backpacks, shoulder bags, travel bags, and accessories. He joins other athletes Todd Richards (snowboarding) and Joel Tudor (surfing) on the Clive team. More information is available on the Clive Web site at www.cliveyo.com. Or call Clive at: 1-877-CLIVEYO.

Am Adam Alfaro, featured in the first Progressionvideo magazine, has joined the Ambiguous Industries skate

team. The small team is being gathered together by Jonas Wray. Those interested in joining forces with Ambiguous clothing may send sponsor-me videos to: Ambiguous Industries 1882 Reynolds Ave. Ste. A, Irvine, CA 92614.

Hugo Laird from France and Joe Buffalo from Ottawa, Ontario,