The final stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Skateboarding, the Vans/Hard Rock Cafe World Championships of Skateboarding, has crowned the latest winners on the three-event tour. Pacific Sunwear sponsored two bowl events, held in the Pac Sun Soul Bowl, which saw Omar Hassan take the Open Pro event, and Steve Caballero master the Masters Division. In the Best Trick contest, Pat Channita took the street prize with a nollie heelflip 360, and Lincoln Ueda crossed the channel with an alley-oop kickflip backside grab to take the Vert Best Trick event. Matt Beach and Tony Hawk each took first-place honors in the street and vert competitions, respectively, and overall winners for the series were Eric Koston in street and Andy Macdonald in vert.

Over 10,000 spectators filed into the grandstands throughout the weekend of October 1¿3 in Huntington Beach, California to be amazed by three generations of skaters competing in the various disciplines. But the most surprising announcement of the weekend came from Hawk as he reminisced about the final contest run of his professional career. “It was everything that I hoped to put together in a run,” he said, following his victory. “And I think that was my last competition run. Thanks to everyone who comes out to support and embrace the event as it just keeps getting better.”

Hawk’s announcement comes in the wake of his Best Trick victory at last summer’s X-Games, where he pulled the 900, and the win at the Triple Crown finals, which surprised even him. In his seventeen-year professional career, Hawk’s won more contests and titles than any pro skater, ever. While he won’t be competing in regular vert contests, Hawk will continue to skate demos and special events.

With some extra leisure time, Hawk will be spending more time with his family and enjoying his new video game. Last month Activision released Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, a game developed by Neversoft for the Sony PlayStation. The $49.95 (retail) video game allows players to choose real pro characters and customize their equipment. They lead the characters through a series of courses, doing tricks and collecting “videos” for points. One or two players can choose to “be” Tony Hawk, Bob Burnquist, Kareem Campbell, Rune Glifberg, Buck Lasek, Chad Muska, Andrew Reynolds, Geoff Rowley, Elissa Steamer, or Jamie Thomas¿each of whom have personalized strengths and styles, plus signature tricks (Hawk’s character, for example, can do the 900). The game also has a variety of terrain: skateparks, an elementary school, downhill courses, halfpipes, downtown areas, and a shopping mall. For more information, log on to the Activision Web site at: www.activision.com.

Board AID, the original skateboarding/snowboarding/music charity festival,is teaming up with IMGfor Board AID 2000,a festival of awareness. In the seven years since its inception, Board AID has raised over 696,000 dollars for LIFEbeat,an organization that helps fund services like prevention, education, and direct services to thousands of HIV- and AIDS-infected or at-risk young people. This year, TransWorld Foundationand IMGare taking Board AID to the next level with two proposed three-day events in Southern California on March 10¿12, and Colorado on April 7¿9. For more information, call Laurie Bergthold at: (760) 722-7777 ext. 117.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Gotcha Glacier, the Anaheim, California indoor skate/snow/water park, officially launched the bold new project in October. The mammoth 435,000-square-foot structure is to house a climate-controlled snowboard park, a surfing park, a 35,000-square-foot skatepark, a free ice-skating rink, North America’s largest rock-climbing wall, and six different Wave Loch Flowrider suing and bodyboarding waves, as well as restaurants, retail stores, a fitness center, and more. It’s scheduled to open in mid to late 2000, and Gotcha International, a Glacier partner and corporate title sponsor, has also announced plans to build similar facilities around the country. For more information on the Gotcha Glacier, log on to: www.glaciersports.com.

The New Deal team recently returned from a two-week East Coast tour, and suffered only a couple casualties. Ricky Oyolafound himself in the hospital after attempting a late-night bomb down a hill … switch. He is reportedly doing well. Look for the footage in 411VMnumber 37.

Black Label daddy John Lucero has gone to “knee prison” after tearing a couple ligaments at the Vans Skatepark Combi Pool. He’ll be hobbling about for four months before he can skate again. Lucero will reportedly re-issue the Black Label crutch graphic.

Beginning spring of 2000, Splitclothing will offer Woodward Skate Campshirts to help fund a camp scholarship program. A portion of the retail price will help bring more kids to Woodward. For more information, call Split at: (714) 847-5702.

Chapman skateboards debuted its new promo video at ASR in September. It features pros Danny Gonzalez, Billy Rohan, and Mathias Ringstrom, and is complemented by the amateur stylings of Scott Pazelt and Anthony Furlong. Also, look for a new Chapman concave designed by Danny Gonzalez. For more information, call: (516) 952-1772.

Jessupgriptape is now available in 100-pack boxes. Previously only available in boxes of twenty, distributors can now reap the benefits of bulk packaging. Jessup griptapeis also available in both rolls and sheets of many sizes.

Skinny Boy Productshas released the Ollie Up, a skateboard for beginners that features an elastic handle¿”training wheels” for young skaters learning to ollie. This device is designed to help new skaters by allowing them to hold the Ollie Up handle as they jump. Once the technique is mastered, the user can remove the handle. The complete beginner package includes the Ollie Up handle, a complete skateboard, and a full set of protective gear. For more information, contact Skinny Boy at: (805) 481-0938.

Pro-Tec released new pro model helmets for Bucky Lasek, Brian Patch, Bob Burnquist, and Lincoln Ueda. Each helmet will feature a signature color scheme and ship with a sticker pack representing each pro’s sponsors. Also out of the Pro-Tec plant are two new backpacks, the Herman, a basic pack that holds a skateboard, and the Brian Patch, which is a more technical pack with plenty of storage capable of holding a skateboard or a snowboard.

In Climax Distribution news, Neighborhood skateboards has released three new pro models: Daniel Lebron, Alfonso Fernandez, and Jesus Fernandez. Look for Sixteenskateboards’ new video, I Hate Children, featuring footage of its team of mostly under sixteen year olds. Stamina clothing is working on a team video, which should be available in early 2000. Orion Aluminum has created custom truck display stands, which are now available for retailers. Tracker also has some new in-store product displays and in-store signage. For more information, call Climax Distribution at: 1-800-206-5280.

Fresh out of Mervin Manufacturing, Lib Tech has developed the new Phase IIboard construction, which features birch rail-wood for durability and a new custom fiberglass weave for increased pop. The Phase II is also available in a broader range of sizes. Watch out for an upcoming promo video from Lib Tech featuring the talents of Ben Krahn, David Bowers, Buster Halterman, and Matt Cantor.

Grind King is set to launch a new hardgoods and clothing line, Termite, which is geared toward smaller rippers. Just in time for the holidays, Grind King also has Christmas stockings filled with pairs of GK6 trucks and hardware. For more information, call Grind King at: 1-800-840-0172.

Arcade has been busy adding the final touches to its new team video. Come December, get ready for Gumbo. For more information, call Arcade at: (858) 874-4970.

Paul Sharpe is back on Supernautskateboardsand is featured in their new video, Infinite Momentum.

Randaltrucks have achieved some successes in recent luge and downhill-skateboard competitions. The culprits are Randal’s Downhillmodel and the Comp II, which features a floating axle for reduced rolling resistance. For more information, call Randal at: (650) 327-5566.

Sugar Sports will soon release its new video, demonstrating the abilities of pro Gino Perez and ams Brian Edwards and Marko Jazbinsek. Also be on the lookout for upcoming Sugar commercials in 411VM.

Once competitors, textile wholesalers Glazer and McLaughlin have joined forces to launch the 58/Sixty fabric-sales house. The new company was designed to service the action-sports market, and in addition to offering everything from technical fabrics to woven cotton basics, 58/Sixty features in-house art and printing services. For more information, call 58/Sixty: (949) 515-0707.

Think Skateboards has infiltrated Hollywood with various product-placement arrangements. Along with styles being worn by the likes of Robin Williams, Beastie Boys, and Eminem, look for Think boards to be ridden by Eric Christian Olsen on Fox‘s new show Get Real. Think products can also be seen in some upcoming films; Loser (Sony Pictures), and Cutaway (Artisan Entertainment). The Think crew is also working on its own video project. The Works will be a full-length team video, and may be available as you read this. For more information, call Think at: (415) 822-7190.

One evening during the Vans/Hard Rock Cafe World Championships, Clockwork skateboards hosted a party at its new warehouse/skatepark in Huntington Beach. The Clockwork facility houses the original Soul Bowl, a ten-foot-deep wooden bowl built by Dave Duncan. The all-night session went down there and on the adjacent street course. In other Clockwork news, Orren Herold has joined the cause as the company’s national sales manager.

Shorty’shas hired Bruno Herzog as the company’s international sales manager. Bruno has been skateboarding and involved in the action-sports industry for over seventeen years.

Select Distribution has hired international shoe designer Mike Acosta as head footwear designer for Vision shoes. Vision will be introducing three new styles for the U.S. in November.

Select is also introducing two new nine-ply skateboard deck series. The Shuvit Omega will feature the Shuvit Flex concave, and both it and the Vision Nine-Ply Lites are designed to be stronger and lighter than traditional seven-ply decks, while maintaining their concave and pop. For more information, call Select Distribution at: 1-800-854-7370.

Gen-X Equipment, Inc.announced the appointment of John Collinsas president of the company. John was the former vice president/general manager of Bauer/Nike Hockey, Inc. Mark Brasier, formerly vice president of sales at Ride Snowboards, has been appointed as vice president of sales and marketing for both the Off Price and Action Sports divisions of Gen-X.

J.J. Tostenfon, formerly of Birdhouse, has joined Kingdom skateboardsas the company’s new sales manager.

 

Recent Roster Hops

Skaters find new sponsorsTermite, which is geared toward smaller rippers. Just in time for the holidays, Grind King also has Christmas stockings filled with pairs of GK6 trucks and hardware. For more information, call Grind King at: 1-800-840-0172.

Arcade has been busy adding the final touches to its new team video. Come December, get ready for Gumbo. For more information, call Arcade at: (858) 874-4970.

Paul Sharpe is back on Supernautskateboardsand is featured in their new video, Infinite Momentum.

Randaltrucks have achieved some successes in recent luge and downhill-skateboard competitions. The culprits are Randal’s Downhillmodel and the Comp II, which features a floating axle for reduced rolling resistance. For more information, call Randal at: (650) 327-5566.

Sugar Sports will soon release its new video, demonstrating the abilities of pro Gino Perez and ams Brian Edwards and Marko Jazbinsek. Also be on the lookout for upcoming Sugar commercials in 411VM.

Once competitors, textile wholesalers Glazer and McLaughlin have joined forces to launch the 58/Sixty fabric-sales house. The new company was designed to service the action-sports market, and in addition to offering everything from technical fabrics to woven cotton basics, 58/Sixty features in-house art and printing services. For more information, call 58/Sixty: (949) 515-0707.

Think Skateboards has infiltrated Hollywood with various product-placement arrangements. Along with styles being worn by the likes of Robin Williams, Beastie Boys, and Eminem, look for Think boards to be ridden by Eric Christian Olsen on Fox‘s new show Get Real. Think products can also be seen in some upcoming films; Loser (Sony Pictures), and Cutaway (Artisan Entertainment). The Think crew is also working on its own video project. The Works will be a full-length team video, and may be available as you read this. For more information, call Think at: (415) 822-7190.

One evening during the Vans/Hard Rock Cafe World Championships, Clockwork skateboards hosted a party at its new warehouse/skatepark in Huntington Beach. The Clockwork facility houses the original Soul Bowl, a ten-foot-deep wooden bowl built by Dave Duncan. The all-night session went down there and on the adjacent street course. In other Clockwork news, Orren Herold has joined the cause as the company’s national sales manager.

Shorty’shas hired Bruno Herzog as the company’s international sales manager. Bruno has been skateboarding and involved in the action-sports industry for over seventeen years.

Select Distribution has hired international shoe designer Mike Acosta as head footwear designer for Vision shoes. Vision will be introducing three new styles for the U.S. in November.

Select is also introducing two new nine-ply skateboard deck series. The Shuvit Omega will feature the Shuvit Flex concave, and both it and the Vision Nine-Ply Lites are designed to be stronger and lighter than traditional seven-ply decks, while maintaining their concave and pop. For more information, call Select Distribution at: 1-800-854-7370.

Gen-X Equipment, Inc.announced the appointment of John Collinsas president of the company. John was the former vice president/general manager of Bauer/Nike Hockey, Inc. Mark Brasier, formerly vice president of sales at Ride Snowboards, has been appointed as vice president of sales and marketing for both the Off Price and Action Sports divisions of Gen-X.

J.J. Tostenfon, formerly of Birdhouse, has joined Kingdom skateboardsas the company’s new sales manager.

 

Recent Roster Hops

Skaters find new sponsors.

Pro – Sponsor

Jason Acuna – Grind King

Chad Bartie – Accel.

Chet Childress – Accel.

Donovan Dresti – Shuvit

Danny Montoya – Accel.

Gershon Mosley – Competition Brand Urethane

Tas Pappas – Kingdom

Justin Reynolds – Grind King

Henry Sanchez – Stamina

Jamie Smith – Shuvit

Danny Supa – Lucky

Chuck Wampler – Essence

Paul Zitzer – Competition Brand Urethane 

Am – Sponsor

Omar Alverio – Stereo

Junichi Aratata – Venture

J.T. Aultz – Real

Brandon Bieble – Venture, Circuit

Damian Bravo – Real

Justin Case – Venture

Chris Dobstaff – Ezekiel

Pete Eldridge – Stereo

Jesse Erickson – Sessions

Shon Ferron – Sessions

Daniel Haney – S-One

Shane Heyl – Stereo

John Igea – Aesthetics

Stefan Janoski – Think, Venture

Colin McNamara – Freeride

Joel Mienholz – Stereo

Jake Palu – Circuit

Anthony Pappalardo – Venture

J.T. Pulford – Venture

Jason Reagan – Freeride

Corey Ryan – Sessions

Daniel Shimizu – Venture

Austin Stephens – Sessions

Nikhil Thayer – Venture

Chad Timtim – Drawls

Brandon Turner – Venture

Scott Waters – Competition Brand Urethanesors.

Pro – Sponsor

Jason Acuna – Grind King

Chad Bartie – Accel.

Chet Childress – Accel.

Donovan Dresti – Shuvit

Danny Montoya – Accel.

Gershon Mosley – Competition Brand Urethane

Tas Pappas – Kingdom

Justin Reynolds – Grind King

Henry Sanchez – Stamina

Jamie Smith – Shuvit

Danny Supa – Lucky

Chuck Wampler – Essence

Paul Zitzer – Competition Brand Urethane 

Am – Sponsor

Omar Alverio – Stereo

Junichi Aratata – Venture

J.T. Aultz – Real

Brandon Bieble – Venture, Circuit

Damian Bravo – Real

Justin Case – Venture

Chris Dobstaff – Ezekiel

Pete Eldridge – Stereo

Jesse Erickson – Sessions

Shon Ferron – Sessions

Daniel Haney – S-One

Shane Heyl – Stereo

John Igea – Aesthetics

Stefan Janoski – Think, Venture

Colin McNamara – Freeride

Joel Mienholz – Stereo

Jake Palu – Circuit

Anthony Pappalardo – Venture

J.T. Pulford – Venture

Jason Reagan – Freeride

Corey Ryan – Sessions

Daniel Shimizu – Venture

Austin Stephens – Sessions

Nikhil Thayer – Venture

Chad Timtim – Drawls

Brandon Turner – Venture

Scott Waters – Competition Brand Urethane