Mandatory Information March 2005

Reebok has officially sent out a press release disclosing that Stevie Williams is the newest member to the Rbk family. According to the release, the deal will include a line of skateboarding footwear and apparel called DGK-an extension of Stevie’s DGK board brand. Stevie becomes Reebok’s first skateboarder to represent the company-are more on the horizon?

The original Bones Brigade-Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, Mike McGill, and Tommy Guerrero-are working on a director’s cut for The Search For Animal Chin DVD. Loaded with extra features including never-before-seen footage and comments from the riders, Animal Chin’s due out Spring 2005.

DVS added Shorty’s am Torey Pudwill to its team. Being the youngest member of the team, Torey will join Daewon Song, Steve Berra, Chico Brenes, Jereme Rogers, Jeron Wilson, Keith Hufnagel, Mike Taylor, Kerry Getz, Jason Dill, and Daniel Castillo-and he will certainly be working on a part for Skate More.

It looks like the rumors were true-Seek skateboards disbanded. Rob Dyrdek, Josh Kalis, and Mike Taylor have been added to Alien Workshop. There’s no confirmation yet, but Greg Myers might find himself on Mystery flow. And is Bjorn Johnston on Real? No word on the fate of Florentin Marfaing or Alex Carolino, but we’ll give you the scoop as soon as we hear. Alien is working on a video with a release date of Winter 2005/Spring 2006. DC’s own Greg Hunt will be behind the lens. Look for a Habitat video to be done before then.

Rob Gonzalez has left Popwar and started a new board company with longtime friend Danny Montoya-it’s called Listen skateboards. Rodrigo Peterson is the first am to join the team and Danny assures us some big additions in the coming months.

The Vancouver skateboard company, Village Green, added Mitch Charron to its team. For a small glimpse of Mitch and what’s going on in the western seaboard city, check out North 2: Port Moody Blues.

Here’re some quick roster changes: Chris Senn is on the Element squad. Daniel Shimizu is on Stereo. Gary Collins and Consolidated have parted ways. Willy Santos has added Jedidiah clothing and Grind King trucks to his sponsor list. Felix Arguelles and Alphanumeric ended their relationship. Cairo Foster grinds with Krux trucks. Ams Jon Goemann and Ernie Torres represent Analog clothing.

Geoff Rowley was featured in a cell-phone video game called Vans Skate And Slam-we haven’t seen the game, but we heard it’s good. Speaking of Vans, even though Darrell Stanton is no longer on Vans, Evan Hernandez is still skating with the Waffle sole. John Cardiel is reportedly improving every day, and we could see him on a skateboard soon.

Filming for the first Mystery video is underway. There’s also a new video from the Minneapolis skate shop Fobia in the works. Check out the trailer: www.platinumseagulls.com/all-in_trailer.mov.

Real’s Roll Forever is apparently going to be a free almost-full-length DVD. Check out realskateboards.com for info about getting this free merchandise. The DVD will feature Keith Hufnagel, Max Schaaf, Peter Ramondetta, J.T. Aultz, Darrell Stanton, Dennis Busenitz, Damian Bravo, Ernie Torres, and Nick Dompierre-available in early February. Get ready, ’cause the next ones won’t be free.

Think skateboards has released its newest full-length, iThink. It’s the company’s first release since Dedication and its recent roster changes. iThink will have parts from Daryl Angel, Adam Dyet, Jake Nunn, Danny Fuenzalida, and an am montage with Jake Palu, Jesse Bracewell, and Jerry Smyth.

Mada clothing is putting its newest team members-Matt Allen, Charlie Castaluzzo, and Scott Kane-to work right away on a video project called Meet The Mada Fockers! The video’s due out Fall 2005. Look for the rest of the team as well.

Get off those message boards and stop spreading rumors-just ride your stick.

Baker Does Good And First Flip Demo Since ’96

On December 4, 2004, the entire Baker tm-minus Spanky and Dustin Dollin-put on a demo at the Hollenbeck Boyle Heights skatepark near downtown Los Angeles. Nearly 1,200 kids were on hand to see their heroes skate. The event was sponsored by Baker, KR3W, RVCA, Volcom, Vans, and Emerica-who all donated massive amounts of products to make sure every last kid got something to take home. SPAUSA (the Skatepark Association Of The U.S.A.) bused in a bunch of kids from Watts and Compton, while the Doogood Conservatory (an organization that donates complete skateboards to really needy skateparks) helped organize the entire event with Baker-who has been involved with this event for a couple years now. It was definitely a good way to kick off the holiday season-see you there next year.

Active Ride Shop hosted a Flip demo on Saturday, November 27, 2004. It was the first time since 1996 that the (almost) entire Flip team had been together for a demo. The scene took place in Rancho Cucamonga, California with Arto Saari, Bastien Salabanzi, Rune Glifberg, Alex Chalmers, and Tom Penny-no P.J. Ladd. With the event taking place in always-sunny Southern California, what’re the chances it would rain on the demo? Well, it did, but that didn’t stop the Flip team from skating, signing autographs, and throwing out product to the wet crowd for three hours. Since the photo opportunities were lacking on Saturday, the team returned to the location and skated to a virtually empty parking lot on Sunday to take care of some unfinished business. Check out skateboarding.com for some footage or flip ahead to Nine Frames Per Second on page 126 to peer at some sequences.

Brooklyn Banks Done?

Skateboarders have lost another historic skate spot-not totally, but for the most part. New York’s Brooklyn Banks that we’ve grown to know from past East Coast videos-Zoo York’s Mixtape, any Eastern Exposure, or more recently 5boro’s Word Of Mouth-will be gone in the near future. The Seaport/Civic Center Committee approved a Parks Department design proposal that will drastically change the red-brick monument. “”The Brooklyn Banks as we know them are over,” says 5boro’s Steve Rodriguez. “(It’s) one of the best and last bust-free natural spots on the East Coast-gone.”

The new design of the gritty Brooklyn spot that no one cared about for years except skaters will remove dead tree stumps, repair the pavement, add some greenery and seating, incorporate Ping Pong tables as well as volleyball and basketball courts, and tetherball areas will line one side of the park. There’ll even be a place for people to practice tai chi. Skateboarding will continue to be allowed on a narrow strip at one end. “As far as the path they’re talking about still being there (for skaters)-it’s worthless,” explains Rodriguez. “It’s like eight feet wide, and there’s nothing to skate-it’s not even smooth. I’m sure it’ll be such a bust-downtown will never be the same.”

Are You Sirius?

“This is Tony Hawk and you’re listening to Demolition Radio,” Tony says into the microphone from inside his custom radio studio located in Vista, California-the same place where Tony’s Boom Boom Huck Jam ramp is housed. The hour-long weekly show on Sirius satellite radio is cohosted by fellow vert riders Jason Ellis and Jesse Fritsch, and sometimes in-studio guests. But it’s not always that easy to get people to visit the show. “Usually we try to have our guests in-studio,” Tony says. “But it’s not always easy to get big-time celebs to drive to Vista, (California).” On this particular day, when TransWorld visited Tony’s show, The Cult’s frontman Ian Astbury called in to the show to chat about a new project-so having guests call in seems to work with the show’s format. “We had Lars Ulrich call in when we did an all-Metallica show, and sometimes we get calls from bands because they heard that we’ve played their music on the show-like Agent Orange, Mad Parade, and The Killers,” says Hawk.

Along with Tony Hawk, currently you can listen to shows hosted by Bam Margera, Kelly Slater, and Lance Armstrong, among others. If you’re not sure what Sirius is, it’s a satellite radio service that’s been around for a couple of years. Basically, you buy a unit, pay a subscription fee, and 120 channels of music and talk entertainment (65 commercial-free music channels) are yours-and it’s uncensored.

Tony’s Demolition Radio revolves around its hosts in a three-way storytelling session with the show’s guests, who have included people like Tom Green and bands like Hot Hot Heat, and of course some skaters-Danny Way, Mike Vallely, Ryan Sheckler, Andy Macdonald, Shaun White, and Bob Burnquist. In addition to the banter, Tony takes a few calls from listeners, reads e-mails, and plays five or six songs for variety. “I realized that it’s easier to not have a strict agenda and just let it flow,” explains Tony. “We get on some funny tangents, and I don’t like to cut them short just because something else is written on the schedule.” And when you think of an hour, it’s not that long, but in radio time, it can be a lifetime when there’s dead air. In Tony’s case, being worried about dead air wore off pretty quickly. “I did (worry) at first, but we only do it (the show) once a week and an hour goes by quickly when (we’re) relaying stories,” says Hawk.

Tony’s show is on live every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. PST on Sirius’ channel 28. You can get more info and listen to the music channels online for free for three days by visiting sirius.com. Also, check out radiofaction.com for the time slots for other athletes-I’ve heard that Bam’s show is over the top.

s hosted by Bam Margera, Kelly Slater, and Lance Armstrong, among others. If you’re not sure what Sirius is, it’s a satellite radio service that’s been around for a couple of years. Basically, you buy a unit, pay a subscription fee, and 120 channels of music and talk entertainment (65 commercial-free music channels) are yours-and it’s uncensored.

Tony’s Demolition Radio revolves around its hosts in a three-way storytelling session with the show’s guests, who have included people like Tom Green and bands like Hot Hot Heat, and of course some skaters-Danny Way, Mike Vallely, Ryan Sheckler, Andy Macdonald, Shaun White, and Bob Burnquist. In addition to the banter, Tony takes a few calls from listeners, reads e-mails, and plays five or six songs for variety. “I realized that it’s easier to not have a strict agenda and just let it flow,” explains Tony. “We get on some funny tangents, and I don’t like to cut them short just because something else is written on the schedule.” And when you think of an hour, it’s not that long, but in radio time, it can be a lifetime when there’s dead air. In Tony’s case, being worried about dead air wore off pretty quickly. “I did (worry) at first, but we only do it (the show) once a week and an hour goes by quickly when (we’re) relaying stories,” says Hawk.

Tony’s show is on live every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. PST on Sirius’ channel 28. You can get more info and listen to the music channels online for free for three days by visiting sirius.com. Also, check out radiofaction.com for the time slots for other athletes-I’ve heard that Bam’s show is over the top.