Melcher off Label, GVR Update, West 49 & Tim Brauch Results

In team change news, Patrick Melcher and his board sponsor, Black Label, have parted ways.

Athletes, Team Captains, Bands and Special Events Announced for First-Ever etnies GvR (Goofy vs. Regular) of Skateboarding

Event Set for October 8-10 at the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest

As the first-ever etnies GvR of Skateboarding quickly draws near, etnies is proud to announce a “who’s who roster of professional skaters that will be competing in the contest on October 8-10, 2004. In addition to all the skateboarding action set to take place at the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest, etnies has also secured a host of bands, parties and other happenings that will no doubt keep all the skateboarding fans entertained day and night.

The unique format of the etnies GvR of Skateboarding contest pits two teams, Skateboarder Magazine’s Regular Foot riders (left foot forward) against The Skateboard Mag’s Goofy Foot riders (right foot forward), with each team appointing a Team Captain to “coach the athletes during competition. Representing Skateboarder Magazine, the charismatic and outspoken pro skater Clyde Singleton will act as Team Captain for the Regular Team. Athletes handpicked for the Regular Team include Andrew Reynolds, Ryan Sheckler, Tony Trujillo and Chris Senn, among other world-class candidates. Representing The Skateboard Mag, Editor-In-Chief Dave Swift will act as Team Captain for the Goofy Team, guiding handpicked athletes including Eric Koston, Paul Rodriguez, Heath Kirchart and many more. Check out for a complete line-up of confirmed athletes.

While a fierce amount of action is taking place in the skatepark, a hefty line-up of bands will take the Epitaph stage throughout the weekend. On Saturday, punk band Contribution, the five-piece rock band Waking Ashland, and alternative rockers Aphasia will perform and on Sunday, alt-rockers Aphasia return to the stage with South Bay rockers 1208 and rock trio High Speed Scene.

Taking place in the Festival Village, event sponsors such as SoBe will host its famous Lizard Lounge, complete with video games and beverages welcoming spectators to hang out. At the Fender Guitars tent, fans can pick-up custom “Kill Goofy or “Death to Regular guitar picks, and the etnies booth will offer up a chance for spectators to go head-to-head in oversized sumo wrestling costumes or purchase raffle tickets to win prizes such as etnies gear, portable skate ramps from Freshpark, complete skateboards, magazine subscriptions and much more.

If all this isn’t enough, then join etnies afterhours at Club Pearl in Costa Mesa to keep the party going. On Friday night, etnies will be host to DJ’s Exile, Double Ooh, and Willow as well as an art show featuring the works of Deanna Templeton, Ryan Callis, Dave Banks and Tape Art. On Saturday, etnies will kick things off again with a host of DJ’s and a special surprise guest.

See below for a schedule of events (subject to change):

Friday: etnies GvR Pro Practice (Pre-contest athlete interviews available.)
12:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
etnies Bowl Qualifying & Finals (Traditional skateboarding bowl contest.)
2:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: éS Game of SKATE (In Festival Area.)
10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
etnies GvR Team Practice & Qualifiers (Pro riders vying for team placement.)
1:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: Hometown Heroes Am Finals (National Amateur contest finale.)
9:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
etnies GvR of Skateboarding Practice & Finals
10:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.

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Sessions, Etnies, and Red Bull host the 6th annual Tim Brauch Memorial Bowl Jam  

This past weekend saw the first collaboration of the Tim Brauch Memorial Contest and the N-Men’s Strawberry bowl jam. Taking place at the legendary Strawberry Lodge near Lake Tahoe, the usually dormant lodge was filled with some of skateboarding’s most recognizable names inncluding Wade Speyer, Chet Childress, Brian Patch, Jimmy the Greek, Benji Galloway, and many more.  

The weekend long events hosted categories for Amateurs, Pros, Masters, and Ladies with Etnies graciously putting up $5k in prize money that was awarded. 

After the weekend was over the final result where: 

Pro Results:
1 Benji Galloway
2 Chet Childress
3 Brian Patch
4 Jimmy The Greek Marcus
5 Matt Moffett 

Grand Masters Results (over 30):
1 Reese Simpson
2 Bruce Rodela
3 Chris Cooksie Cook
4 Don Hamilton
5 Mark Anolik

Ladies Results:
1 Heidi Fitzgerald
2 April Woodcock
3 Kim Kimba Petersen
4 Liz Brandenburg
5 Melissa Dafnos

This success of this event was made possible with the help from sponsors like Independent Trucks, Dragon, Red Cross, Deathbox, Concrete Wave, Team Goon, Daggers. Beer City, Protec, Good Times Board Shop, Bones Wheels, Foundation Skateboards, and World Cup Skateboarding…Thanks to every on who made it out and made the event a success… 

For more details and photos visit and don’t forget this Saturday the October 9th is the 6th annual street contest and the new Tim Brauch Memorial Skatepark in Scotts Valley. 

W49 Canadian Open World Cup

Paul Machnau took 2nd place in the Nokia Super Rail Invitational with a slew of tricks landed including a Kickflip Crooked Grind. Paul also took 4th place in Men’s Street. Mike Peterson finished close behind capturing 6th place Men’s Street. Brazilian ripper, Rodrigo Menezes locked down 6th place in the Vert contest, clinching the win for Globe Shoes in the Brand Challenge.  

Vanessa Toress, who just can’t be beat, once again took 1st in Women’s Street, and Patiane Freitas came in 3rd. Congrats ladies!  

Globe and Dwindle brought home the win in the first ever Brand Challenge by West 49. Team Managers Al Partanen of Globe Shoes won the shoe category and Tom Curran of World Industries won the board category. Both took home the Mounted Bear Head Trophies and $5000 for themselves and their teams.                                                          

Mens Street: 

1st Wagner Ramos, 2nd Colt Cannon, 3rd Rodney “GooGoo” Ramos, 4th Paul Machnau, 5th Mark Appleyard, 6th Mike Peterson, and in 10th place last year’s winner, Greg Lutzka.  

Womens Street:  

1st Place Vanessa Torres, 2nd Lyn-Z Hawkins, 3rd Patiane Freitas.  

Mens Vert: 

1st Sandro Dias (with a 900 in his run), 2nd Bucky Lasek, 3rd Rune Glifberg. Representing for Globe Shoes on Vert, Brazillian ripper Rodrigo Menezes took 6th place clinching the win for Globe Shoes in the Team Challenge.


The third stop of the Globe Wildcard Series took place in Phoenix Arizona this past weekend. Skaters and fans from all parts of the Southwest showed up at the Desert West Skatepark to show their support and compete for the coveted 3 tickets to the Wildcard finals to be held in Los Angeles, CA on November 20, 2004.  

Cowtown skater Shane Reddy took top honors on Saturday with two flawless runs. A new member to the Globe family, Kyle Adams riding for Freedom, placed an impressive second. The third and final golden ticket to LA went to Mike Clark, also riding for Cowtown. Congrats guys! Many cheers go out to Industrial Ride Shop,Cowtown, Salvation Skateshop, and Freedom Boardshop for all their support and help at the Phoenix stop!  

The Globe Wildcard Series will be making its way over to Grass Valley, CA. for the 4 th contest on October 9 th , and then heading over to Vancouver, Canada for the 5th stop of the series on October 10 th . Stay tuned for more Globe Wildcard Series updates! For more information on the Globe Wildcard Series and the Globe World Cup 2005, please take a look at