Terje’s Mini Ramp Jam

by The Editors on January 26, 2007

Terje RampSome of Terje Hakonsen’s neighbors on Oslo’s exclusive Bygdoy Peninsula are not happy about a skate ramp the pro snowboarder has built in his backyard. That does not include downhill skiing star Kjetil Andre Aamodt:

I haven’t been bothered by the ramp, and we’re good neighbours,” Aamodt told newspaper Aften. “But it is important for us here that everyone follows the laws and the rules.”

It seems Terje built the ramp without the proper permits. When he did apply them on December 19, 2006, his request was denied for a lack of “proper documentation.”
[Link: Aftenposten]


Snowboarding Bank Robber Guilty

by The Editors on January 26, 2007

Bilde-1It only took a Douglas County District Court jury three hours to convict 27-year-old snowboarder Steven Simmons of robbing a Minden, Nevada bank in 2005.

Tellers in the bank testified that the robber threatened to shoot and pointed the loaded gun at the head of one of the women . . . The suspect ran out of the bank and deputies who arrived on the scene within seconds of the alarm spotted Simmons in a field, eventually finding him hiding in the doghouse.

Simmons could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison when he faces the judge on March 5.
[Link: Nevada Appeal]


Bank Robbing Snowboarder Faces Jury

by The Editors on January 25, 2007

In November of 2005, Steven Simmons, a 27-year-old snowboarder from Mammoth Lakes, California, decided to rob the Minden, Nevada branch of Bank of America using a handgun. Being a less than proficient criminal, he was immediately captured, arrested, and charged with “robbery with the use of a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm with the serial number changed, altered or obliterated.” Today jurors may begin deciding his fate. We doubt it will involve much snowboarding for the next five to seven years.
[Link: The Record-Courier]


Grinding Banned In Corpus Christi

by The Editors on January 24, 2007

The insightful members of the Corpus Christi City Council have decided that while skateboarding is not a crime, grinding is. Those caught doing it could face up to a $500 dollar fine.

We’re not restricting them like other cities have,” Chief Bryan Smith said. “We’re not saying ‘no skateboard.” We’re just saying they cannot use them in a manner that is destructive to city property.”

Apparently, in this part of Texas sharp concrete curbs are a national treasure.


Skater Jailed For “Unlawful Rollerskating”

by The Editors on January 22, 2007

Skater300Atlanta, Georgia skateboarder Adam Kowzun, 25, rolled down town following the Tampa Am to check out some action on a 12-set with about 40 other skateboarders. A while later police shut it down. Kowzun and his friends left and rolled back to the hotel, but before he could get on the elevator he was grabbed by police and taken to jail for “unlawful rollerskating”:

‘No skating’ to me means no jumping downstairs, getting hurt,” Kowzun thought. . . Sunday morning [after a night in jail], Kowzun said the judge and lawyers laughed when his charge was announced.

Surprisingly, Kowsun was the only skater arrested in what seems to have become an annual event for Tampa police.
[Link: St. Petersburg Times]


Surveillance Cams To Catch Illicit Skateboarders

by The Editors on January 19, 2007

Cameras280Big Brother is watching even more closely as an Oceanside, California school district installs new surveillance cameras:

It should be easier to bust students and others for vandalism, fighting and illicit skateboarding at two schools since Oceanside Unified began monitoring images from more than four dozen new surveillance cameras on those campuses this month.

Yes, kids: vandalism, fighting, and “illicit skateboarding” go hand in hand.
[Link: San Diego Union Tribune]


Aussie Surf Rage Part III

by The Editors on January 8, 2007

Drop InFormer rugby player Scott Freestone was fined AUS$1,8000 and forced to pay damages to Brett Mitchell after an altercation in the surf at Australia’s Rainbow Bay. Scott’s son Jack Freestone, 13, let lose with a stream of profanities after being dropped in on by 45-year-old Terry Simmons. Simmons then allegedly wacked Jack in the face with his surfboard. That’s when the senior Freestone jumped in and beat up both men saying:

YOU want to pull the cat’s tail? Here’s the whole cat!”

Apparently, Jack’s dad can beat up your dad and his friend. . . at the same time.
[Link: Courier Mail]


Snowboard Thieves Nailed on Ebay

by The Editors on January 6, 2007

Two 17 year olds from Richmond Hill, Ontario were arrested after a snowboard they stole and posted for sale on ebay was identified by the board’s owner. Maybe those Boreal Ski Resort snowboarders should check in on ebay.
[Link: CBC Toronto]

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Snowboards Are Hot Hot Hot

by The Editors on January 2, 2007

Great news: only 24 snowboards were stolen from California’s Boreal Ski Resort in 17 days between November 24 and December 10, 2006. Boreal’s “freeway close access” has always made it perfect for stealing stuff, but what is interesting is that not one pair of skis has been reported stolen from the resort all season. Then again, who buys used skis?
[Link: Tahoe Daily Tribune]


Snowboarder Goes To Jail

by The Editors on December 20, 2006

Snowboarder Greg Doda, 18, of Crownsville, Md., pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, in the death of Heather Donahue a skier who Doda crashed into at Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 2005. On December 20, Doda received a one-year sentence with six months suspended and the remaining six months stayed. Doda will be spending the holidays in jail because Teton County Circuit judge Timothy Day wanted him to feel “in some degree that emptiness that Heather Donahue’s family feels every day.”
[Link: Jackson Hole Guide]