Industry News June 2000

Danny Way rocked the extreme-sports world in March after winning the Planet-X High Endurance Challenge, a sort of Ironman competition featuring top surfers, motocross racers, and the like. The event took place in Hawai’i and required competitors to swim, run, ride, and climb through various courses over several days. Danny placed first in many of the individual contests, and won the overall title and a hundred grand to boot. Check out Danny’s new personal Web site at DEN (Digital Entertainment Network): www.den.net.

In May TransWorld SKATEboarding hosted its second annual awards show to honor pro skaters, companies, and video makers. Held at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California, the 700-plus crowd drank and cheered for their friends and colleagues who won in a range of categories, including Best Street Skater, Best Style, Best Video, Best Team, and many others. Check out the next issues of TransWorld SKATEboarding and SKATE Biz for more coverage, or log on to www.skateboarding.com for video clips of the mayhem.

Quiksilver has acquired Hawk Designs, Inc., makers of Hawk Clothing. Company cofounder Tony Hawk has also signed with Quiksilver as a team pro and spokesperson.

This summer Hawk will hit the road to visit parks across the U.S. Tony Hawk’s Gigantic Skatepark Tour is a twelve-city U.S. tour featuring Tony Hawk and friends, and will be televised on ESPN and espn2. For more information, call the X-Games office at: (415) 392-9830. A complete listing of dates and cities can be found on www.expn.com.

ESPN and the inaugural Tube 2000 Film Festival have announced the first-ever action-sports film/video festival to be held on August 20¿21 in conjunction with the 2000 Summer X-Games in San Francisco. More information is available through www.expn.com, or by calling the Tube 2000 Film Festival Hotline at: (415) 782-8504.

A new video project titled Skateboarding Saved My Life seeks to explore how outside forces, like the government, are influencing the direction of skateboarding. The creators of the project, Rob Rundquist and Woody Donahue, along with videographer Mark “Mavis” Davis have brought Mike Vallely on-board to narrate the video, and have been busy compiling skate footage and interviews with other top pros¿past and present¿as well as industry veterans. The video is set to premiere at the Tube 2000 Film Festival. For more information, log on to: www.skateboardingsavedmylife.com.

The long-awaited video from Alien Workshop, entitled Photosynthesis, will be released later this month. This 40-minute full-length production will feature Alien Workshop and Habitat team members. Reflex will release a new bearing to the market later this year that will be offered in both steel and ceramic balls. Check out www.alienworkshop.com for more info.

Kingdom Skateboards now has a mobile street course for demos and contests. Individuals interested in hosting an event can contact Ricca Gentry at: (949) 631-0508. Or e-mail: chrisandricca@kingdomsk8.com.

Next year is Powell Skateboards‘ twenty-fifth anniversary, and the momentous occasion will be celebrated with the release of a new Brigade video. The team is currently busy filming, and a search is under way to find a director suitable for the task. In the meantime, look for a new Brigade trick-tip video, available this September.

Powell, Bones Wheels, and Bones Bearings graphics can be seen throughout the new EA Sports Street Sk8er II game. This game features a skatepark editor, dueling pool sessions, and much more. For more information, check out www.streetsk8er.com.

Jason Ellis‘ skate shop in Australia, Red Dragons Skate Supply, iaffiliated with the like-named shop in North Vancouver, Canada.

Willy Santos has joined the Internet revolution and hooked up with Extremesports.com, a multi-sport Web site that has hired various athletes from surf, skate, snow, and motocross as staff writers.

Faction, a Seattle-based snow/skate shop, has launched a new line of clothing called Faction Denim, which was unveiled at the February ASR Trade Show in Long Beach. Faction has enlisted the services of Los Angeles design firm IDC, headed up by designers Dan Peterka and Mike Parillo, to help produce its line of custom-dyed T-shirts, hats, beanies, sweatshirts, shorts, and pants.

In April, Faction hosted the premiere of Coan Nichols and Rick Charnoski‘s pool-skating documentary Fruit Of The Vine. Shot entirely in Super-8, the film explores the history of pool skating on the West Coast, and what’s happening today. The film includes footage from skaters such as Tony Alva, Lance Mountain, Salba, Pat Quirk, Tony Farmer, and Shaggy, among others.

Adam Gottlieb has taken the position of team manager for Blue Light wheels and Infamous skateboards.

Grind King will be unveiling new mounting hardware as well as its Termite line of skateboards and apparel sized for kids four to twelve years old at ASR in September. Termite will offer a specially designed deck with 4.75-inch Grind King trucks. For more information, visit their Web site at www.grindking.com.

Grind King is also currently looking for new talent for their flow and am teams. Shop and team riders are encouraged to send their sponsor-me videos to: P.O. Box 535, Venice, CA 90294.

Split welcomes Pete Thompson as its new skate-team manager. Thompson is a seasoned skate photographer, and will be attending to the Split pro and am skate teams, including new additions Danny Gonzalez and Pete Eldridge.

After a decade of vert famine, Santa Cruz is back in the game after adding the talent of Mike Frazier to the team. Look for his pro model to be out by the end of summer. Santa Cruz is also producing a limited-edition Until the Wheels Come Off Tour T-shirt to prelude the trek.

Matt Sharkey has been appointed team manager for Santa Cruz skateboards, relieving Mike Rafter of his temporary duties as TM. Rafter will now focus on his professional-skateboarding career and filming duties. The first full-length video from Santa Cruz in over five years is scheduled to be released at ASR in September.

Plenty has been happening over at Giant headquarters. Between launching the premiere issue of ON Video this month and adding Bam Margera to the Element team, Giant has also released Bam’s new video production, CKY2K, which features some comical skits with Bam and company causing chaos everywhere. Keep an eye out for the skating long after the credits roll by.

Congratulations to Ricky Bedenbaugh, formerly of DuFFS, on his new position as Giant Distribution videographer. Along with the editing wizardry of Wing Ko, Dag Yngvesson, and Kirk Dianda, Bedenbaugh will be contributing regularly to ON Video.

Frank Hirata has launched his own skateboard company. Optimis Skateboards features Frank and am Tobee Parkhurst on its inaugural team, and currently offers three deck models and a modest line of softgoods. For more information, call Optimis at: (714) 626-0293.

Look for Deca team rider Daewon Song to be featured in the new Sony PlayStation game, Grind Session, while A-Team‘s Rodney Mullen will be a featured character on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater II.

Axion, Blind, and Deca team up to send pro riders Neal Mims, Josh Kasper, and Mike Maldonado to Panama for SkateFest, hosted by Underground Distribution. Deca will kick off summer tours in Puerto Rico where pro skaters Daewon Song, Enrique Lorenzo, and am Luis Cruz will do a three-day tour hosted by Deca distributor Hectic Distribution.

Darkstar Wheels will introduce a softer formula (97A) and a black Master Urethane (54D). Darkstar also has four new deck graphics.

Skateboard.com, designed and developed exclusively for the skateboard community, announced the sale of its domain name to a group of senior management investors and the complete revamping of its Internet site. Tod Swank, president and CEO of Tum Yeto, Inc. first registered the URL in 1996 with the intention of building the world’s first end-to-end skateboarding-information resource. Under his agreement with the new investors, Swank will act as a strategic liaison between Skateboard.com and the skateboarding community.

Stink Brand Skateboards is in the final research-and-development stages of their new Thinline skateboard. It measures .375 inches thick and features a seven-ply maple construction with thinner laminates reducing the weight by a full 1/4 pound. Thinline decks carry a 100-percent warp-free guarantee.

Nixon has introduced a new watch to its collection of time pieces. The Super Hero is a full-featured digital watch beneath a two-handed analog design. A special built-in device allows the user to turn off the digital display at any time.

NC Clothing has released a video by Gershon Mosley entitled For The Love Of. NC has teamed up with A-Team and Globe for a cross promotion to give the videos away with Gershon’s boards and shoes. NC Clothing is currently looking for motivated sales reps in Florida and New York. Interested parties should fax a resume to Adrian Nyman at: (949) 477-6362.

Mike Gilligan was promoted to national sales manager of Rusty Apparel And Surfboards, and David Spier was appointed sales rep for Rusty in Florida. Rusty has also added key personnel to its domestic merchandising and sales team: Cynthia Falk returns to Rusty as director of design and merchandising for men’s apparel; J.D. Hendley joins the team as accessories and snow designer; and Kari Kramer was recently appointed to national sales manager for the juniors (girls’) division.

Select Distribution has undergone a recent expansion of their woodshop to double their skateboard-manufacturing capacity. Leading the way in the expansion is Senior Accounts Executive Adam Grossman. Joining Adam is new-accounts reps Dave Stolsch, Andrea Gonzales, and J.J. Tostenson. Select’s international sales department has also expanded to include Tom Torgersen as executive manager of international sales and Dawn Sutton as the senior assistant of international sales.

J. Strickland, former Birdhouse team manager/filmer and now owner of 2c Productions, produced and directed a new Baker 2G film dubbed 7 Day Weekend. Exclusively distributed by Blitz Distribution, the release date is scheduled for late summer/early fall.

Bulletproof Boards‘ new carbon-fiber composite decks will be released this summer. Bulletproof is currently welcoming sponsorship videos and portfolios. Shops wanting more info can contact Tyler Deer at: (519) 637-8745. Or visit their Web site: www.bulletproofboards.com.

Alfred Hawkins, graphic designer and creative director at Aesthetics and Elwood, has been made marketing director at Alphanumeric. Jason Stein, formerly of TransWorld STANCE, is Alpha’s new marketing media-relaa team up to send pro riders Neal Mims, Josh Kasper, and Mike Maldonado to Panama for SkateFest, hosted by Underground Distribution. Deca will kick off summer tours in Puerto Rico where pro skaters Daewon Song, Enrique Lorenzo, and am Luis Cruz will do a three-day tour hosted by Deca distributor Hectic Distribution.

Darkstar Wheels will introduce a softer formula (97A) and a black Master Urethane (54D). Darkstar also has four new deck graphics.

Skateboard.com, designed and developed exclusively for the skateboard community, announced the sale of its domain name to a group of senior management investors and the complete revamping of its Internet site. Tod Swank, president and CEO of Tum Yeto, Inc. first registered the URL in 1996 with the intention of building the world’s first end-to-end skateboarding-information resource. Under his agreement with the new investors, Swank will act as a strategic liaison between Skateboard.com and the skateboarding community.

Stink Brand Skateboards is in the final research-and-development stages of their new Thinline skateboard. It measures .375 inches thick and features a seven-ply maple construction with thinner laminates reducing the weight by a full 1/4 pound. Thinline decks carry a 100-percent warp-free guarantee.

Nixon has introduced a new watch to its collection of time pieces. The Super Hero is a full-featured digital watch beneath a two-handed analog design. A special built-in device allows the user to turn off the digital display at any time.

NC Clothing has released a video by Gershon Mosley entitled For The Love Of. NC has teamed up with A-Team and Globe for a cross promotion to give the videos away with Gershon’s boards and shoes. NC Clothing is currently looking for motivated sales reps in Florida and New York. Interested parties should fax a resume to Adrian Nyman at: (949) 477-6362.

Mike Gilligan was promoted to national sales manager of Rusty Apparel And Surfboards, and David Spier was appointed sales rep for Rusty in Florida. Rusty has also added key personnel to its domestic merchandising and sales team: Cynthia Falk returns to Rusty as director of design and merchandising for men’s apparel; J.D. Hendley joins the team as accessories and snow designer; and Kari Kramer was recently appointed to national sales manager for the juniors (girls’) division.

Select Distribution has undergone a recent expansion of their woodshop to double their skateboard-manufacturing capacity. Leading the way in the expansion is Senior Accounts Executive Adam Grossman. Joining Adam is new-accounts reps Dave Stolsch, Andrea Gonzales, and J.J. Tostenson. Select’s international sales department has also expanded to include Tom Torgersen as executive manager of international sales and Dawn Sutton as the senior assistant of international sales.

J. Strickland, former Birdhouse team manager/filmer and now owner of 2c Productions, produced and directed a new Baker 2G film dubbed 7 Day Weekend. Exclusively distributed by Blitz Distribution, the release date is scheduled for late summer/early fall.

Bulletproof Boards‘ new carbon-fiber composite decks will be released this summer. Bulletproof is currently welcoming sponsorship videos and portfolios. Shops wanting more info can contact Tyler Deer at: (519) 637-8745. Or visit their Web site: www.bulletproofboards.com.

Alfred Hawkins, graphic designer and creative director at Aesthetics and Elwood, has been made marketing director at Alphanumeric. Jason Stein, formerly of TransWorld STANCE, is Alpha’s new marketing media-relations director, and Mike Alzona is the new events coordinator.

Big Daddy, Inc. has been supplying ramps and obstacles for skateparks all over the world, and Big Daddy ramps are now distributed in the Midwest by Midwestern Ramp Supply: (513) 321-8192. For more information on Big Daddy, read “Ramp Builders” on page 30, or visit their Web site at: www.bigdaddyinc.com.

Ramptech has also been supplying obstacles to numerous skatepark projects across the U.S., including the competition vert ramp at the Magic Show in Las Vegas. Ramptech even designed, engineered, and constructed the street course and vert ramp for the second leg of the Vans Triple Crown in Cleveland, Ohio, and is reported to be sessioning a new fullpipe ramp in their warehouse. For more information, log on to: www.ramptech.com.

The Huffman Group is gearing up for another year of Invert¿The Vertical Sports Carnival, scheduled to take place at the newly remodeled Anaheim Convention Center on November 17¿19. For more information, call The Huffman Group at: (714) 847-5003.

There have been a few changes around the offices at Alias Distribution. Nathan Ashton has taken the position at Arcade Skateboards as southern domestic sales representative. James Illera has moved across the office from Osiris to Arcade to be its new production manager. Arcade also recently hired Josh Whitmore to assist Jason Rogers and General Manager Doug Johnson. Alias Silkscreen is now run by Steve Marin. Arcade’s summer U.S. tour is set to hit the road in August.

Progression Video Magazine has just released it’s third all-skate video featuring Jesse Paez, Jason Masse with Ronnie Creager, Nick Matlin, Dustin Charlton, Adam Alfaro, and JUB. The footage was filmed all across the U.S. and Japan. Progression filled its sales-manager position with sales guru Craig Glover.

Blueprint skateboards in London, England has introduced a new B8 construction in its eight-ply Prevail Series. Blueprint’s third video, Waiting For The World, is set to be released on June 5, and retailers in the U.S. can place orders by faxing MI-7 Distribution at: (714) 841-5299.

New Jersey-based watch manufacturer Spoon has been busy keeping up with demand on some of its Michi Tabi and S.A.M. (Secret Agent Man) models. Michi Tabi scrolls the time in 38 different cities and displays corresponding country codes for long-distance calls. The S.A.M. has storage capacity for 100 memos and the ability to display over 45 pre-programmed greetings. To view the entire Spoon line, navigate to their Web site: www.virtualspoon.com.

Climax Manufacturing welcomes Chris Lopez to its sales staff. Lopez, a fifteen-year action-sports-industry veteran, will be handling sales and support for some of Climax’s multi-location accounts.

There’s a slew of developments at 11-11 Distribution, distributors of Fluid, Power Paw, Equal, and Logic. Power Paw Wheels, a resurrected brand from the 70s, is being produced by 11-11 in 74A- and 78A-durometer formulas. All Power Paw wheels have Kevlar cores and include custom T-6 aluminum spacers. Equal Skateboards is producing five- and six-ply decks built for kids four to twelve years old.

On May 19 Essence skateboards kicked off its Annihilation Tour in Maui with new ams Kurt Braget and Josh Feldman, and will continue through North America. Essence is still planning East Coast dates, so interested shops can e-mail: essencemfg@hotmail.com. Or call Nick at: (805) 390-2037. A tour video is scheduled to follow with a release date around Christmas.

California-based surf- and skate-inspired apparel brand, Jimmy’Z launched five n