Monday Madness (Sept 27)

Tim Brauch Memorial Skate Park Opens in Scotts Valley, Ca.  

After years of struggle, City Council meetings, and fund raising The Tim Brauch Memorial Skatepark finally broke ground in April of 2004.The 22,000 sq. foot concrete playground was designed by Wormhoudt, Inc., a landscape architectural firm that first became involved in skatepark design and planning in 1973 with one of the nations oldest public skate parks, Santa Cruz’s own “Derby Park”. Now thirty years later, they have designed over 70 skateparks across the nation and provide skatepark consulting services for hundreds of communities worldwide.

On September 21st the park official opened to the public with an incredible turn out of more then 500 people. After some brief speeches from city counsel, the mayor, Sessions’s own Cindi Busenhart, and the Brauch family the ribbon was cut and the park was flooded of what will be the first of uncountable sessions to be had.

Sessions and the Tim Brauch Fund are proud to have been the backbone of the fundraising effort for the past 5 years with the annual Tim Brauch Memorial Contest, as well as many community based fundraisers held to benefit the park in Tim’s name. In the past 2 years alone, Sessions and the Tim Brauch Memorial Fund have raised over $485,000 for the Scotts Valley skatepark with the help of sponsorships and donations from countless friends throughout the skateboard industry. Our gratitude goes out to each and every one of you, and we invite you all to come out and ride with us, and Tim.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for this years Tim Brauch contests, the first of which is being held at the Strawberry bowl in Strawberry Ca. on October 2 & 3 then the following weekend on the 9th will be the first Tim Brauch contest to be held at the Tim Brauch Park…

Check the links for more info and photos!!!


etnies Girl team riders lead women’s skateboarding movement as girl’sskate contests gain legitimacy with official medals, larger prizepurses, bigger crowds, TV coverage

Straight off winning the first XGames women’s street skate gold medal in August, etnies Girl team riderElissa Steamer made history yet again by winning the gold medal and thelargest prize purse ever offered in women’s skateboarding at the GravityGames in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 19, 2004. Fellow etnies Girl teamrider Lauren Perkins rolled away with the silver medal.

This year’s competition boasted the largest prize purse and the firsttime women have medaled at the Gravity Games, one of the world’s leadingaction sports competitions. The women’s contest drew 12 competitors andlarge crowds of spectators, and will be televised along with the men’scompetition from Sept. 21-25 on OLN.

“The girls are building momentum this year and finally getting therecognition they deserve,” says Mark Holder, etnies skate team manager.”The stands at Gravity Games were packed with people watching the womenlike we’ve never seen before and we’re stoked to see the women’s eventson television.”

True to form, Steamer dominated the entire women’s street competitionwith frontside flips and kickflips all over the course, and a solid rockfakie on bank to wall ride to secure the gold. Other highlights includeda frontside 50/50 down the hubba, a crooked grind down the littlehandrail and a kickflip up the big euro gap. For her first place win,Elissa banked a piece of the $12,500 women’s prize payout.

Another dominating etnies Girl team rider, fifteen-year-old LaurenPerkins, secured the silver medal at the Gravity Games after pullingtricks like a feeble grind on the flat bar, a kickflip up the big eurogap and boardsliding the big rail.

etnies Girl congratulates both Elissa and Lauren on their outstandingaccomplishments and wishes them well in the Vans Triple Crown Finalss onFriday, Sept. 24, at Huntington Beach State Park in Huntington Beach,Calif.

Tony Hawk’s Stand Up For Skateparks

Tony Hawk and event co-chairs: Sean Penn, David Spade, Bobby Kotick (CEO, Activision), Bob McKnight (CEO, Quiksilver), Casey Wasserman (CEO, Wasserman Media Group) John Lewicki (Sports Marketing Director, McDonalds), and the William Morris Agency invite you to “Stand Up for Skateparks on Sunday, October 3rd at 3:00pm.  The benefit will be a unique fun-filled, family event at Pinz Bowling Alley in Studio City and will include skateboard demonstrations with Tony Hawk and top pros Bob Burnquist, Andy Macdonald; games; bowling; arts and crafts; a concert by Blink 182; and, a comedy performance by David Spade and friends.  Proceeds from the event will be awarded to the Tony Hawk Foundation.

“Stand Up for Skateparks is an opportunity not only to share a memorable day with family and friends, it is also an opportunity to help others across this country.  The Tony Hawk Foundation seeks to foster lasting improvements in society, with an emphasis on helping children.  Through grants and other charitable donations, the Foundation supports programs focusing on the creation of high-quality public skate parks across the country, giving kids a safe place to socialize and skate.  Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has given away over $900,000 to more than 230 communities throughout the United States.

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