News Of The Week 12/11/03
Taking It To The Streets
Real Skateboards recently wrapped up its first series of “Bolt Cutter Projects, impromptu skate jams, demos, and best trick contests held at different skate spots all over the Southwest. The first series took place in Fontana, California; Phoenix, Arizona; San Diego, California; and a San Francisco one that got rained out.
The original location for the San Diego skate jam turned out to be a bust, so the skaters were relocated to another more skate-friendly spot. Generators were fired up, and skaters held a best-trick contest, with a pair of golden bolt cutters as the prize.
Deluxe sales rep Oliver Flores explains the idea behind the Bolt Cutter Project: “We wanted to do demos but didn’t want a bunch of kids just standing around. We wanted a contest where everyone could skate and there wasn’t any entrance fee.
Each of these events were done in conjunction with local shops and aimed to hold skate jams on actual spots, rather than obstacles in a skate shop’s parking lot.
The series of Bolt Cutter Projects ended on Friday, December 5 with a nighttime barbecue at San Diego’s Pala pool. Flores says that there are plans for more Bolt Cutter Projects in the future.
The San Diego Union-Tribune recently ran an article concerning the Skatestoppers phenomenon and inventor Chris Loarie. The article mentions Loarie has had several threats on his life as a result of this invention. Read it online at www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20031205-9999_1n5skate.html