Last issue we reported that many companies and friends of Tim Brauch contributed their time and resources to organize and sponsor the Second-Annual Tim Brauch Memorial Contest at the Vans Skatepark in Milpitas, California. What we failed to mention, though, is that the event wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of Justin Gold and Sessions, who coordinated the entire event and whose efforts should not go unrecognized.

South Side Indoor Skatepark in Houston, Texas hosted the 2000 Texas Skate Jam on November 4 and 5. Sponsored by Adio and Hawk Footwear, TransWorld SKATEboarding, On Video, and South Shore Distributing, the annual event raises money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Of The Texas Gulf Coast, Inc. The 17,000 dollars raised this year brings the four-year total to 43,000 dollars. Organized by South Shore Distributing, the Texas Skate Jam attracted about 100 pros and over 1,000 skate fans. Many companies donated products for raffles and giveaways, including Tech Deck and Spitfire, which sponsored the Texas Dunk Tank.

Tony Hawk and Chad Muska fulfilled the wishes of two terminally ill kids when they met and hung out with seven-year-old Conner, who traveled to Houston from Colorado to meet Hawk, and twelve-year-old Josh, who came from New Mexico to meet The Muska.

Hawk was among the many stars at another benefit demo in December, this one for slain San Diego skater Raymond Lang. The event at the Mission Valley YMCA Skatepark in San Diego attracted most of the area’s top pros and a crowd of about 500 spectators. Lang was shot in his driveway in November by a neighbor who was angry that Lang and others had been skating in the street near the neighbor’s car. The suspect is being held without bail as he awaits trial.

The demo was organized by the park, Osiris, and Republic skateboards, and the 4,500 dollars raised through donations and raffle-ticket sales went to Lang’s family to help with funeral costs. About 30 skateboard companies donated prizes for the raffle, and skaters in attendance include Hawk, Bob Burnquist, Jesse Fritsch, Buster Halterman, Peter Hewitt, Bucky Lasek, Andy Macdonald, Tony Magnusson, Dave Mayhew, Colin McKay, Kanten Russell, Kevin Staab, and many others. Lang was a seventeen-year-old honor student at Meade High School in San Diego. His family, including thirteen-year-old brother Kenny, attended the demo and expressed their thanks to everyone involved in making the event a fitting tribute.

The demo also served as a trial run for a new ramp-surface material called Ramp Skin. Promoted by park builders SITE Design Group and Dave Duncan, Ramp Skin is made from a polymer material that they say is impermeable to water, has a low coefficient of thermal expansion, can be cut and drilled as easily as the popular Skatelite material, and can be made in sheets of varying sizes.

Ramp Skin was applied to about half of the Mission Valley YMCA vert ramp as a test run, and skaters at the demo responded positively to it. Park management will assess how well it wears over the next few months. For more information on Ramp Skin, check out rampskin.com, or call: 1-866-RAMPSKIN (726-7754).

The United Skateboard Association held its annual Beast Of The East Amateur Championships in December at Axis Skatepark in Knoxville, Tennessee. The six-month Beast Of The East Tour culminated in the event, which brought 75 of the country’s top ams together to skate in sponsored and advanced categories. Jason Schmale of Austin, Texas won the Beast of The East Sponsored Division, while Kris Murphy of West Palm Beach, Florida won the Advanced Division. For more info on USA or the BeasOf The East series, check out unitedskate.com, or call USA at: (732) 432-5400 ext. 2168 or 2169.

In Dwindle Distribution news Daewon Song and the Deca team have been working hard on a filming project for the last few months. Look for the video to be launched in early 2001. Don’t forget to log on to Blind teamrider Josh Kasper‘s personal Web site, kasperholics.com.

Peter Bici, Peter Huyhn,and Jeff Pang have been running a softgoods operation out of Manhattan for about a year now. UXA custom-label T-shirts, sweatshirts, and beanies are currently available, and the company will be releasing a line of cut-and-sew garments for Fall 2001. Its skate team consists of Bici, Pang, and am Akira, and the partners plan to grow the company steadily and organically. For more information and to view its current line, check out the UXA Web site at: uxalab.com.

American Ramp Company has recently moved into a new facility to meet the increased demand for skateparks. ARC offers free sample designs and pricing on their Web site along with free skatepark layouts, estimates, custom designs, and consultation. ARC specializes in steel ramps. Visit their Web site at arc-ramp.com. Or call: 1-877-RAMPS-R-US.

Nixon watches and Eastern Boarder skate shop sponsored the New England Am Challenge in September that brought 25 of the region’s best skaters together for a one-day skate jam. The invitation-only event took place in the bowls and ramps of Nashua, New Hampshire’s new public skatepark. The idea was to give New England’s top shop-team riders some recognition and have them compete in a jam format. The festival environment also included bands and a barbecue. After a five-man, fifteen-minute final jam, Coliseum shop-rider P.J. Ladd took first, followed by teammate Jeremy Rogers, The Boarding House‘s Zared Baset, and Theory‘s Barry Scott and Russ Kalita.

Nixon has also had some personnel changes in its product and marketing departments. Niki Tison has taken the product manager position and Will Reed will assist the marketing department by focusing on expanding communication and support for the regional team and media.

The S-One insole company will be expanding its line this spring to include an Alan Petersen helmet to its catalog. The company is also working on a team video to showcase all of its talent. For more information, check out S-One’s new Web site at s-onetech.com.

Flatland-freestyle enthusiasts gathered in November on a San Francisco pier for the Flatland Freestyle Skateboarding World Championships. Dan Gesmer, Reggie Barnes, Per Welinder, Chris Chaput, Bruce Walker, Mike Foster, Ray Meyer, Peggy Owen, and others came to help rejuvenate the now-underground form. They all had a hand in running the contest, which featured a diverse group of youngsters and old-timers alike, and hosted about 60 spectators. Frank Lee came from Georgia to win the amateur division, while Ultimate Distribution’s Kevin Harris made the trek down from Vancouver, B.C., Canada to overcome Sweden’s Stefan “Lillis” Akesson and California’s Primo Desiderio to take first among pros. Another flatland-freestyle contest is in the works. For more information, e-mail the International Network for Flatland Freestyle Skateboarding at: inffs@swipnet.se.

Along with receiving a patent on their Inerlock system, Expedition One is also the distributor of Obey skateboards, decks featuring graphics by artist Shepard Fairey. Fairey is well known for his series of Obey political posters that have appeared around San Diego and other metropolitan areas. The posters depict the now-iconic face of pro wrestler Andre The Giant, as well as militant graphics and slogans like “The Medium Is The Message” and “Paste And Destroy.” Four limited-edition models by Fairey should be available in January.

ESPN has announced that Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will host the next two X-Games events. The first will take place from August 17 – 23. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABCSports will combine to televise more than 25 original hours of X-Games coverage, while ESPN International will distribute the Games worldwide. In addition, EXPN.com and ESPN.com will offer extensive coverage, including streaming video from the X-Games.

NBC and E-Map have announced that the frequency of their Gravity Games event will increase in 2001 to six shows from five. In an effort to further increase ratings among its core eighteen-to-34 male audience, NBC’s NASCAR Winston Cup will be the lead in for several Gravity Games shows. For more information, check out gravitygames.com.

Thrasher magazine announced its Skater Of The Year in December. Geoff Rowley was voted to the honor by Thrasher readers and received the award and 1,000 dollars during a ceremony in San Francisco.

The Accel. wheel team will be touring the East Coast in February. Featuring Mike Vallely, Stacy Lowery, Joey Pulsifer, Steffan Attardo, and Kristian Svitak, the two-week tour will begin in Chicago on February 15 with stops at several indoor skateparks. Indoor skateparks in the Northeast interested in hosting a demo should call Gish or Roger at Accel.: (714) 903-9745.

Accel. has also announced a new series of pro wheels to be released in February. Model pros include Mike Vallely, Chad

Bartie, Kristian Svitak, and Chet Childress. Along with the new series, Accel. has released the 698 wheel, which uses a smaller bearing than the standard 608 size. The new wheels are sold with or without the bearings.

The Illenium skateboards Web site is now operational and features an e-commerce section, ad archive, and teamrider profiles. Meet the team at illeniumskateboards.com.

Fresh out of the Skate One house is a new instructional video, Basic Training, with the teachings of the Brigade pro team: Steve Caballero, Pat Channita, Jon Comer, Jason Ellis, Moses Itkonen, Paul Machnau, Javier Sarmiento, and Danny Wainwright. All are featured instructing and demonstrating two tricks each from the ollie through nollie backside 180 heelflip.

Dark Horse Distribution has been busy filling orders since the release last September of the new ‘Kre-per truck and the ergonomic skull-shaped ‘Kre-per wax to complement.

After over a year of testing, Grind King has developed a new high-rebound formula to its bushings. They’re molded with a synthetic lubricant to prevent cracking and feature new conical shapes for snugness and graphite-impregnated pivot cups eliminate any squeaking. On the personnel front, Grind King welcomes Damon Robinson as its new art director.

With the recent success of the Grind King Pro Backpack, they’ve expanded their backpack line to include the Custom Backpack and Termite Backpack, both of which are capable of carrying a skateboard. For more information, call Dark Horse at: (310) 822-4567.

Seattle-based Faction Denim has launched a new line of skateboard- and snowboard-inspired bags and accessories, including two skate packs, two snowboard-specific packs, several travel bags, wallets, and more. To take a look at the Faction Denim lines of apparel and bags, visit their new Web site at factiondenim.com. Designed by Faction’s graphic designer Dan Peterka, the site highlights the current line of apparel and includes a U.S. dealer locator.

Eastern Skateboard Supply has moved into a new larger facility cs and slogans like “The Medium Is The Message” and “Paste And Destroy.” Four limited-edition models by Fairey should be available in January.

ESPN has announced that Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will host the next two X-Games events. The first will take place from August 17 – 23. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABCSports will combine to televise more than 25 original hours of X-Games coverage, while ESPN International will distribute the Games worldwide. In addition, EXPN.com and ESPN.com will offer extensive coverage, including streaming video from the X-Games.

NBC and E-Map have announced that the frequency of their Gravity Games event will increase in 2001 to six shows from five. In an effort to further increase ratings among its core eighteen-to-34 male audience, NBC’s NASCAR Winston Cup will be the lead in for several Gravity Games shows. For more information, check out gravitygames.com.

Thrasher magazine announced its Skater Of The Year in December. Geoff Rowley was voted to the honor by Thrasher readers and received the award and 1,000 dollars during a ceremony in San Francisco.

The Accel. wheel team will be touring the East Coast in February. Featuring Mike Vallely, Stacy Lowery, Joey Pulsifer, Steffan Attardo, and Kristian Svitak, the two-week tour will begin in Chicago on February 15 with stops at several indoor skateparks. Indoor skateparks in the Northeast interested in hosting a demo should call Gish or Roger at Accel.: (714) 903-9745.

Accel. has also announced a new series of pro wheels to be released in February. Model pros include Mike Vallely, Chad

Bartie, Kristian Svitak, and Chet Childress. Along with the new series, Accel. has released the 698 wheel, which uses a smaller bearing than the standard 608 size. The new wheels are sold with or without the bearings.

The Illenium skateboards Web site is now operational and features an e-commerce section, ad archive, and teamrider profiles. Meet the team at illeniumskateboards.com.

Fresh out of the Skate One house is a new instructional video, Basic Training, with the teachings of the Brigade pro team: Steve Caballero, Pat Channita, Jon Comer, Jason Ellis, Moses Itkonen, Paul Machnau, Javier Sarmiento, and Danny Wainwright. All are featured instructing and demonstrating two tricks each from the ollie through nollie backside 180 heelflip.

Dark Horse Distribution has been busy filling orders since the release last September of the new ‘Kre-per truck and the ergonomic skull-shaped ‘Kre-per wax to complement.

After over a year of testing, Grind King has developed a new high-rebound formula to its bushings. They’re molded with a synthetic lubricant to prevent cracking and feature new conical shapes for snugness and graphite-impregnated pivot cups eliminate any squeaking. On the personnel front, Grind King welcomes Damon Robinson as its new art director.

With the recent success of the Grind King Pro Backpack, they’ve expanded their backpack line to include the Custom Backpack and Termite Backpack, both of which are capable of carrying a skateboard. For more information, call Dark Horse at: (310) 822-4567.

Seattle-based Faction Denim has launched a new line of skateboard- and snowboard-inspired bags and accessories, including two skate packs, two snowboard-specific packs, several travel bags, wallets, and more. To take a look at the Faction Denim lines of apparel and bags, visit their new Web site at factiondenim.com. Designed by Faction’s graphic designer Dan Peterka, the site highlights the current line of apparel and includes a U.S. dealer locator.

Eastern Skateboard Supply has moved into a new larger facility just up the street from its previous home of ten years. Customers are invited to stop by their new offices and warehouse at 6612 Amsterdam Way, Wilmington, NC 28405; (910) 791-8240 ph; and (910) 791-0609 FAX.

The Killing Machine hardware company has decided to pack its bags and move to California. They boast guaranteed, unbreakable bolts geared for the raw skater. Killing Machine’s new address is P.O. Box 12212, San Diego, CA 92112-3212. For more information call (619) 702-3523, or navigate to killingmachine.com.

While undermining the ultra-establishment, Tum Yeto has orchestrated a strategic product placement in a Honda commercial–look for a young lad sporting a Pig wheels T-shirt in the back seat. The Toy Machine bloodsucking Web site, toymachine.com, is finally updated, and tumyeto.com has some fancy new features, including the Ally Oop! Navigator.

On the team front, Toy Machine asks all rippers under the tender age of sixteen to send in their sponsor-me videos. Both the Zero and Toy Machine camps are in the midst of video projects, which should be out in Summer 2001.

Tum Yeto introduces Jordan Snodgrass as its new Webmaster.

Giant Distribution has announced the addition of Bod Boyle to its senior management team. Bod joins Giant as vice president of sales. With the infrastructure in place, the Black Label video, Label Kills, is set for a February release under the videography expertise of Patrick Nagy, who is heading up the project. Mike Vallely‘s new video project, Stand Strong! On The Road With Mike V., should be out by the time you read this. New Deal has been working hard on a new video, Accelerated Evolution, featuring Chad Bartie, Rob Gonzalez, Ryan Johnson, Ricky Oyola, Lincoln Ueda, and new pro Kenny Reed.

“Let the revolution begin” is the slogan behind Giant’s newest company, Revolution Wheels. Currently Revolution is building a world-class roster of ams and pros.

From the people behind the Web site “built by skateboarders for skateboarders” comes the relaunched Skateboard.com. The site features better navigation so users can get the information they want faster. Skateboard.com has also launched shop.skateboard.com, an e-commerce feature built into the site. Real-time inventory, secure transactions, easy navigation, and live chat help in bridging what the site’s operators describe as the digital divide between skateboarders and the skateboard industry.

The Glacier of Anaheim has announced that Active Ride Shop has signed a lease for retail space in the Gotcha Glacier action-sports facility. The Glacier, America’s first indoor skateboard, snowboard, and surf park, is scheduled to open in 2002. For more information, check out glaciersports.com.

Andy Macdonald has joined the European producers of the Air & Style snowboarding events to promote a skateboarding contest in Berlin, Germany. Scheduled for June 23, 2001, the event will include a straight-jump best-trick competition, vert-ramp jam with best-trick and high-air contests, and a street contest. For more information, check out the Air & Style Web site at air-style.com.

Elevate Trucks has begun filming for their new video, Levitate, which will be available at the ASR Trade Expo in San Diego. To correct some information from last issue’s Roster Hops section, Elevate rider Cristian Parra Lopez is pro–not am, as reported.

Navigator Truck Company introduces its newest lighter-weight truck with improved geometry and new-formula bushings. The trucks reportedly weigh in at less than 11.4 ounces and include a nonslip axle, low-profile grade-8 button-head kingpin, and the exclusive Nutgrabber kingpin-nut retainer. Each set of trucks ship with two shock pa