News Of The Week – 03/09/04

News of the Week 3/9/04

The San Luis Obispo mail-order call center that processed telephone orders for CCS will close March 31 when the operation is transferred to Ohio. The 200 employees, mostly part-time college students, were notified in January. None of the positions will be transferred to the Ohio center. New Roads Inc. owns the call center and its primary client is New York-based Alloy Inc., owner of CCS Mail Order. Alloy purchased the call center and warehouse distribution portions in 2000.

Syndrome Information

The entire FKD team is filming for the FKD video. Paul Rodriguez and Brandon Biebel have been filming for a TransWorld SKATEboarding video. Daewon Song is currently in Australia filming for FKD, Almost, and DVS videos, which should all be out this year. Kenny Reed has just finished his part in Static 2, which should be in shops by May. Greg Lutzka is also working on multi-tasking his footage into three video parts: Almost, Volcom, and FKD.

Chris Lambert and Kanten Russell join Chad Knight and Paul Zitzer on STS: INC.–a new division of the former Status skateboards. Look for an INC. video later this year.

Nate Jones, Matt Milligan, and Dave Duren have been filming and editing around the clock for the 6 Newell video which should be out by early summer. The 6 Newell video will feature residents of the now-famous house at 6 Newell, such as Nate Jones, Frank Gerwer, Matt Milligan, Dave Duren, and Peter Ramondetta. John Buchanan has been working on a video part for a video filmed and edited by Trevor Prescott. Jerry Fowler has been back east this winter filming in between snow days. The newest pro on the DNA roster, Vanik Hacobian, is planning a road trip down to the Tampa Pro. After the contest he plans on going down to Miami to stay with Jahmal Williams for filming and photos. Micah Hollinger has been on a photo and filming tear–look for a good part from him in the upcoming FKD video. Ronson Lambert just finished filming his part for the Pacific Drive video.

Skart Shows

There are some art shows going on right now. Max Fish in NYC has Seasons Don't Fear the Reaper, a show curated by Killer of Giants, featuring the artwork of Thom Lessner, Michale Sieben, and Rob Mars. At the Best store in London they'll be launching The Feel on March 18. It's a collection of new paintings by Pinky. Contact the shop at info@bestshopever.com.

News for 3/2/04

Bastien Salabanzi is now on etnies, and Bob Burnquist has left éS for Hurley footwear.

Billy Marks is the new guy to rise with the Fallen. Oceanside local and Ozone board shop employee Peter Watkins is the first known rider on Matt Mumfords Legacy company.

Sun Diego is planning another demo and best-trick contest for March 27. Instead of the San Dieguito rail, this time Jeff King is going to build a replica of the San Diego Sports Arena double set, complete with a powder-blue finish. Should be some carnage. Go to sundiego.com for more information.

Nineteen-year-old Rob Dyer is launching a cross-country fundraising effort in support of cancer—on his skateboard. Rob recently lost one of his best friends and his mom to cancer. He decided to harness this emotional time and direct it into a positive mission. He is skateboarding from Los Angeles to Toronto (roughly 5,000 miles) to raise funds to support the fight against cancer.

We really want to get the message out there, particularly to the kids that they should not be afraid to take action around their convictis. We are not powerless. We can make a difference in the world,” said Dyer.

Rob’s passion and dedication to the cause have inspired friends and strangers alike who have volunteered to follow him in a supply-and-support bus, and chronicle his journey in real time for his Web site, skate4cancer.com.

The Skate4Cancer marathon will begin on March 3, 2004 in Los Angeles, California and is estimated to take approximately 200 days to complete. Rob’s crew will be keeping a daily log of his journey and will update his route and estimated times of arrivals at different cities along his journey. Rob plans to be skateboarding in Toronto in early October and will set two new world skateboarding records.

The general public can log on to skate4cancer.com to get updates of Rob’s journey and to learn ways of supporting the cause.

Tim O’Connor is officially on IPath.

Savier is involved in some art shows: March 9 Savier will premiere its new laser-etched shoes at the Soled Out show in L.A. (sneaker culture show). March 27 at KCDC in Brooklyn, New York, there will be a show with Noah Butkus, Cody Hudson, and Chris Yormick.

Auction For Cards

Independent Trucks along with Anti-Hero and Spitfire are pleased to announce an eBay auction to directly benefit John Cardiel‘s family for travel expenses to and from Australia to aid in John’s recovery from a recent accident that left him with a badly broken back. This auction consists of a one-of-a-kind complete skateboard with graphics by Mark Gonzales and special one-off Independent Trucks and Spitfire wheels. To view the auction and place a bid click here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3663202637

411 Preview

Mikey Taylor had a great year and 411VM has it on film. After completing an amazing video part, doing a TransWorld SKATEboarding interview, turning pro for Seek, and moving to the stacked DVS team, Mikey is back for more as host and featured Profile on 411VM‘s latest DVD.

Issue 63 gets started with some ridiculous openers courtesy of Daewon Song and Mike V. Mikey’s boys from back in the day—Van Wastell, Jereme Rogers, Paul Rodriguez, Eric Bork, and Terry Kennedyall star in Controlled Chaos.

New Bootleg pro Scott Kane lays down hammers, lines, and whatever else he wants in his Rookies segment. If you missed his mind-blowing parts in Bootleg 3000 or ON Video Summer 2003, here is your chance to witness his smooth style mixed with raw skating.

411 took a trip through the Southwest with the Venture team for the annual Make-A-Wish contest in Houston, Texas. Pat Duffy, Jake Nunn, and Joey Brezinski all show up, with a special guest appearance from Clyde Singleton. Upon arriving at South Side Skatepark, Darrell Stanton, Steve Nesser, Danny Montoya, Stacy Lowery, and others destroy the park for a good cause. This year skateboarders raised 34,000 dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Hot Wheels extends its reach around the globe with a multi-national look at four up-and-coming ams: Russ Milligan from Canada, Kelly Hart from Laguna Hills, Sven Kilchenmann from Switzerland, and Bjorn Johnston from New Zealand. Speaking of ams, it’s that time of year again, as 411 highlights all the skating from the ’04 Tampa Am.

Bootleg has the goods, Grant Patterson rolls in with a Wheels Of Fortune that’s just plain nuts. He’s got a nollie frontside flip that you’ve got to see. Can’t go wrong with a good ol’ Chaos article, especially when it features the likes of Henry Sanchez, Nate Sherwood, Danny Wainwright, and Eric Koston.

Mikey’s Profile closes out Issue 63. In his first complete video part since TransWorld‘s In Bloom, Mikey definitely lets his skating do the talking, as there is no shortage of sick tricks in his part. 

Irish Skate Fest

If you’re planning on being in Enniskillen, Ireland on St. Patty’s Day, there’ll be a skate fest with over 30 bands playing. E-mail tomjohnstonskinsk8@hotmail.com for more info.

from Switzerland, and Bjorn Johnston from New Zealand. Speaking of ams, it’s that time of year again, as 411 highlights all the skating from the ’04 Tampa Am.

Bootleg has the goods, Grant Patterson rolls in with a Wheels Of Fortune that’s just plain nuts. He’s got a nollie frontside flip that you’ve got to see. Can’t go wrong with a good ol’ Chaos article, especially when it features the likes of Henry Sanchez, Nate Sherwood, Danny Wainwright, and Eric Koston.

Mikey’s Profile closes out Issue 63. In his first complete video part since TransWorld‘s In Bloom, Mikey definitely lets his skating do the talking, as there is no shortage of sick tricks in his part. 

Irish Skate Fest

If you’re planning on being in Enniskillen, Ireland on St. Patty’s Day, there’ll be a skate fest with over 30 bands playing. E-mail tomjohnstonskinsk8@hotmail.com for more info.