August 1999

Sacklunch 1.13: August 26, 1999

by The Editors on August 26, 1999

Latest Update: August 26, 1999

No More Miss Nice Girl
More and more girls are taking to the surf, however, it doesn’t mean all things are peaches and cream. No, they have to fight for waves, too.

Identity Snowboards Goes Direct
Hey, if you can’t sell them in stores, why not on the Internet. Identity President John McGinnis wants his retailers to know they’re not being sold out. On second thought, what retailers?

Women’s Longboarding Worlds
It’s been over 30 years since the women have had a longboarding world championship. Well, Boca Barranca Costa Rica was the place.

Baywatch Update
Yeah, we all need to know what’s up with those bouncing bodies. Good thing the Honolulu Star is all over it.
Great White Shark Spotted At Stinson
Almost a year to the day that a boy was bitten by a great white shark at Stinson Beach, CA a large dorsal fin was spotted off shore from the popular beach just North of San Francisco. This great white is estimated to be approximately 14 feet in length.
Beach closed after siting.
The shark caught on video.

More Dr. Laura/Big Brother Fall Out
Dana Parsons has some advice for Dr. Laura on being thoughtful on the airwaves. How she should have thought before she mentioned Beach Access. But there’s no hope of that.

Thrasher’s Golf Magazine in LA Times
It’s got all kinds of nasty stuff in it, plus golf. The Schwing! staff includes a guy from No Doubt and another from the Vandals. Looks like Orange County punk was just a pose after all.

Crime Beat San Fernando, CA District
300 block of West Valencia Avenue: A 15-year-old Burbank boy was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon Thursday at 4:15 p.m. The boy allegedly hit his 17-year-old half-brother in the back with a skateboard and sprayed mace in his face. –from the LA Times.

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Sacklunch 1.12: August 25, 1999

by The Editors on August 25, 1999

Latest Update: August 25, 1999

Great White Shark Spotted At Stinson
Almost a year to the day that a boy was bitten by a great white shark at Stinson Beach, CA a large dorsal fin was spotted off shore from the popular beach just North of San Francisco. This great white is estimated to be approximately 14 feet in length.
Beach closed after siting.
The shark caught on video.

More Dr. Laura/Big Brother Fall Out
Dana Parsons has some advice for Dr. Laura on being thoughtful on the airwaves. How she should have thought before she mentioned Beach Access. But there’s no hope of that.

Thrasher’s Golf Magazine in LA Times
It’s got all kinds of nasty stuff in it, plus golf. The Schwing! staff includes a guy from No Doubt and another from the Vandals. Looks like Orange County punk was just a pose after all.

Crime Beat San Fernando, CA District
300 block of West Valencia Avenue: A 15-year-old Burbank boy was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon Thursday at 4:15 p.m. The boy allegedly hit his 17-year-old half-brother in the back with a skateboard and sprayed mace in his face. –from the LA Times.

Curran and Abubo Win in Lacanau
Californian Tim Curran and Hawaii’s Megan Abubo overcame odds which were heavily stacked in Australia’s favor, taking first place in the 1999 T&C Lacanau Pro in France today

Marker Files Chapter 11
The maker of DNR snowboards, Marker Bindings and more files for bankruptcy protection, but claim it’s all part of a new deal they’re doing.

Technology Billionaire Invest In Gotcha Glacier
Henry T. Nicholas, the founder of Broadcom Corp says he’s investing in the indoor surf, snow, skate, rock climbing facility in addition to buying the Ducks.
Tiny Chips, Big Success
Boardcom CEO More Than A Fan

Surfer Magazine Knows What’s Cool?
Orange County Weekly’s Steve Lowery thinks so. He stopped by their offices to see just how surf culture is changing the face of marketing to young people. Apparently no one told Steve that Surfer is only read by those over 35. Joke’s on Steve.

Random Quote
“After a 3-year-old was nearly run off the boardwalk, half a dozen complaint calls were received Sunday about motorized skateboards, police said.”–LA Times Orange County.

A Skateboard as Rape Bait
A 14-year-old boy in Renton, Washington used skateboards and inline skates to lure young girls away from school then sexually assaulted them.

Teens Attack Homeless With Skateboards
Kids in Seattle are killing homeless people. One 14-year-old used a skateboard and pocket knife to kill one man. What is it with 14 year olds, skateboards, and crime?

Dr. Laura Served With Demand for Retraction
A Lawyer for Beach Access the shop which Dr. Laura said was selling “pornography” has served the batty old talk show host with papers.

Strange Tattoo
“He has multiple tattoos: a dragon on his right shoulder down to his forearm, a skull-and-crossbones on the biceps of his left arm, a skeleton in a champagne glass holding a skateboard on his left inner forearm and an anchor on his left wrist.”–SF Chronicle‘s description of brain-dead motorcyclist found on the 880 freeway.

Fast Lane Boardshop Fighting AMC Theaters
Dan Wonser says he’s not selling his land to the developers of the $76 million Burbank Entertainment Village until they offer him a reasonable price.

Jane Taylor’s Custom Hawai’ian Prints
Want a custom, handmade Hawai’ian print shirt? This is the woman to call. Or visit her website right here: www.islandshirts.com.

The Word Police: Two Counts of Misuse
Janowitz, the literary brat packer of yore, is now Tama the mama, so she has a few other things on her mind–not least of which is raising a multicultural child–as she surfs the wave of buzz for her sixth novel. —LA Times Review of Tama Janowitz sixth novel, A Certain Age.

“Audiences say that the silence between my words keeps them going inside,” he says. “I’ll tell you what I’m doing — I’m surfing the silence.” —Ram Das on his speech patterns after his stroke in the SF Chronicle.

Teens Open Skate Shop in San Lorenzo
A grant from the city for young entrepreneurs allowed four kids to open their own skateshop in the parking lot of a church. Sounds like the plot to a sitcom.

Stalking the Sewer Leak In Huntington
Workers still can’t figure out where all the sewage is coming from even with a round-the-clock effort. And the beach is still closed as it has for almost three weeks.
Surf Shops Worry about effects of closure.
Another Mile of Shorline Closed.
HB Keeping People out of the Water
Looking For Leaks In All the Wrong Places
Surfers Pissed Off About Beach Closures
Questions and Answers

Mission Viejo Skate Park Opens
That’s right. A public skate park behind the Orange Curtain. Will the wonders never ceases. How did those dirty skaters slip one by the Religious Right? We may never know.

Surfing Doctor Helps Save Fijian Girls Life
Pollution and Small Waves End Contest
Answers to beach closing questions.
Sanitation workers can’t find sewer leak.
Artificial Swelling in So Cal

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Sacklunch 1.11: August 11, 1999

by The Editors on August 11, 1999

Latest Update: August 11, 1999

Outdoor Retailer Show Hit by Tornado
Salt Lake City gets hit by freak tornado just when the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show is setting up shop. One person dies as an entire exhibit Pavilion is destroyed.

Andy Mac Meets the President
Why are vert skaters meeting with Bill Clinton? The bigger question: did Andy Macdonald wear his knee pads on his recent visit to the White House. We want to know!

Tara Dakides Writes Poetry
Sure, aside from kicking ass on the snowboard big air circuit and raging on her motocross bike, she occasionally puts pen to paper.

All Terrain Board Gaining Ground
Thougth those mountain skateboards were lame? Well, in Denver kids are getting way into them.

Beachley Wins $20,000 in Newquay Surf 99
The world’s richest women’s surf tournament was on hold Sunday, but Monday was a whole different story for Layne Beachley as she edged out Serena Brooke.

Deja.com Rates Snowboards
They don’t have much data in their ratings system, but Deja.com still has a list of boards that users can rate. To bad someone messed them all up.

Rip Curl Heli Challenge is Over

David Pujol of Spain, and Canada’s Karleen Jeffery take first place in the rip roarin’ heli blow out in Wanaka, New Zealand.

K2 Files S-4 With the SEC
When K2 bought Ride, Inc. they had to file some serious paperwork. If you’re into it, here are 80 pages of inside scoop from the deal including notes on Ride’s attempts to sell themselves to other companies.

Late Night with the Silver Surfer
Some have called him a punk, others think he’s a good surfer on the verge of becoming great. Either way, Jay Larson gets interviewed. Questions by Benji Weatherly.

MTV Launches a Snowboard Video Game
THQ Inc. hooks up with Radical Entertainment to creat “the ultimate snowboarding experience” for Sony Playstaion and MTV jumps on for a free ride (as usual).

Random Quote
“Travis is one of those guys who lives on the edge,” Mariucci said. “Whether it’s football or snowboarding or parachuting or whatever.”–49ers Coach Steve Mariucci on special teams placer Travis Jervy in the San Jose Mercury News.

A Day in the Life of Salba
Take a dip in the old school pool with Screaming Lord Salba a.k.a. Steve Alba for a pool riding manifesto by Ozzie from Heckler Magazine.

Bjorn Leines Incorporated
The intro to this interview is difficult to read and includes strange musings on Kate Moss, but the rest is there, even a discussion of the Y2K bug all from the pages of Strength Magazine.

Random Quote
“[Jaws] was a very heavy negative [even though] more people die surfing than by sharks. More people die playing tennis. More people die from bee stings for sure. But what I have just cited is not as spectacular or visceral or frightening.” Al Giddings,on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week in the LA Times.
Huntington Beach Economy Look Up
Thanks to surfing HB city coffers are filling up and local business people are very happy.

Jamie Salter Buys Limited
United Sports International Exec. Quits

OC Weekly Gets On Dr. Laura
Daily Pilot Readers respond to Dr. Laura story.
McElroy Sells Out Huge

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Sacklunch 1.10: August 6, 1999

by The Editors on August 6, 1999

Latest Update: August 6, 1999

Jamie Salter Buys Limited
Perry Gladstone is finished with Limited and Gen-X, owner of Lamar and Dukes, decides to pick it up from Volant.

United Sports International Exec. Quits
Lambert D. Vander was accused of running a stock-manipulation scheme with United Sports, then the next day he quits. Coincidence? Does anyone care?

OC Weekly Gets On Dr. Laura
The online sham-shrink didn’t know what she was messing with when she started slamming Big Brother.
Daily Pilot Readers respond to Dr. Laura story.

Thicker Than Water: A New Kind of Surf Film
Jack Johnson and Chris Malloy are making a film that “could change the face of surf filmaking.” Haven’t we already seen it all?

An LA Times Surf Video Review
Apparently, all the great writers are working on more important projects. So Mike James gets to review the surf videos like Got Surf.

McElroy Sells Out Huge
Foote Cone and Belding grabs the Newport Based surf, snow, skate advertising agency. Thom McElroy and Timmy Garret must be stoked!

Magical Mystery Water
Cold Hawai’ian water pumped from far below the ocean’s surface is a hot commodity. Seems it works wonders on nearly everything. Looks like it was the water after all.

Hynd Launches New Surf Tour
What the world needs now is a new surf tour, like I need a hole in my head. Or could this be a good thing?

Store Demands Apology From Dr. Laura
Beach Access owner says the radio host must say sorry or endure the wrath of the courts. The Big Brother magazine fiasco continues.

Epoxy Board Revolution
Surftech’s Randy French is making boards that are stronger, lighter, and more environmentally healthy, but how do they surf?

Body Boarding at Huntington
Big Deal. Sponge posturing in the HB Independent.

LA Times at the Waterman’s Ball
The 10th anual event attracked the kings of surf riding to the Dana Point Ritz for a party like no other. Gerry Lopez even made it.

Padaratz: From Wild Card To Winner
Neco Padaratz
climbed up from the basement to win the Gotcha Pro at Huntington Beach. But no one was all that surprised.

Random Quote
Cal guard Yauger Williams is awaiting word from the NCAA on whether he will be granted a sixth season of eligibility. Chronic knee pain forced Williams to retire from the game heading into his senior season last summer. But when he discovered that he felt no discomfort in his knees while snowboarding in the spring, he petitioned the NCAA.–San Jose Mercury News.

Day In the Life of A Surf Bodyguard
Thomas McClellan is a 6’4″ 320 mountain of a man and it’s his job to make sure the surfers make it up the beach and into the competitors tent. Who would mess with T.

Ballard Wins But She’s Not Quiting
She may have won the biggest mainland contest, but Rochelle Ballard is not packing it in just yet.

Surf City Walk of Fame Profiles
Six new names were added to the Walk of Fame among them Chuck Allen, George Downing, Tom Carroll, Leroy Grannis (Yeah Carlsbad!), Jack Haley, and Jericho Poppler.
Surf Walk Adds Six to Lineup.

Autobytel.com’s Pete Ellis Loves To Surf
For some reason the Autobytel annual shareholders meeting looked more like a luau.

Random Quote
“I love to go to the beach, which is why I live here. I ride my bike and take the Balboa Ferry over to the beach. I don’t really body surf or surf or anything like that, but I do go in the water.”–Lindsay Davenport in the LA Times.

Century of West Coast Surfing
The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum in Newport Beach is exhibiting artifacts from the last century of surfing from now until November. Who said Museums were boring?

Mission Viejo Skatepark Opens
The grand opening will be celebrated on August 18. Another public, free, skatepark for California.
Newberry Park Skatepark in the works.
Tustin Council Votes Not To Ban Skateboarding In Public parks.

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Sacklunch 1.9: August 4, 1999

by The Editors on August 4, 1999

Latest Update: August 4, 1999
Autobytel.com’s Pete Ellis Loves To Surf
For some reason the Autobytel annual shareholders meeting looked more like a luau.

Century of West Coast Surfing
The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum in Newport Beach is exhibiting artifacts from the last century of surfing from now until November. Who said Museums were boring?

Mission Viejo Skatepark Opens
The grand opening will be celebrated on August 18. Another public, free, skatepark for California.
Newberry Park Skatepark in the works.
Tustin Council Votes Not To Ban Skateboarding In Public parks.

Garcia Obliterated by Padaratz in Semis
Hawai’ian Sonny Garcia gets caught waiting for the good waves by Neco Padaratz at the Gotcha Pro at Huntington Beach. Padaratz, who took all the small waves inched up his scores against Garcia. Sonny only took two waves in the 30 minute semi final Sunday morning. Garcia’s loss guarantee an all Brazilian final.

Ballard Advances to the Finals at Gotcha Pro
It wasn’t a big thrill, it was a relief for Rochelle who has had a frustrating year. “About time,” she said of the win.
Ballard Makes Final.
Slater Still In there
Six-time World Champion Kelly Slater is still in there at the Gotcha Pro. Looks like the time off hasn’t hurt.
The Champ squeeks buy Machado.

Padaratz Moves to Gotcha Quaterfinals
The Brazilian “mystery man” Neco Padaratz contined his “hot streak” according to the LA Times and moved right up on.

Slater Wins Surfer Poll
It’s pretty much a no brainer, but Kelly Slater won the Surfer Poll again. The big winner was Bruce Irons, however, he drove home in a new Nissan for being best new starlet.

Stern Comes To Beach Access Defense
No one hates Dr. Laura more than Howard Stern and when she started picking on Beach Access for selling Big Brother he decided to jump in the frey.

Foundation Super Company Video Premiere
San Diego’s Casbah celebrated the release of the new Foundation Video and helped raise money for the Washinton St. skatepark.

Random Quote
“Don’t let the skateboard theme. . . stop you from enjoying the tapas menu. While the skateboard-shaped pizzas can be off-putting, they are impressive with a roasted garlic tomato sauce holding together fresh toppings.– Review of Newports Buzz Retaurant in OC Register.

Curren Down to the Wire with Dorian
Tom Curren sneaks by Shane Dorian in the last minue of the heat. And the crowd goes wild.

Occy Ouchy: Champ gone in Second Round
The dream heat of Curren and Mark Occhilupo washed away when the tour leader was knocked out by Brazilian Neco Padaratz.

Lopez Advancing to Gotcha Quarters
The San Clemente Loc Shea Lopez hung tough to make the quaters. Now people are comparing him to Andy Irons. Is that a good thing?

Anderson Surfs in Air Show
She had to sit out the contest because of a back injury, but when it came time for the Air Show Lisa Anderson was ready to ride.

Trudy Todd Profiled in OC Register
“For Austrialian surfer Trudy Todd, each day brings a new adventure,” another wonderful lead written by Sacklunch’s favorite writer Marcia Smith.

Martinez Pans For Gold
Skateboard exporter Jesse Martinez spends weeekends dredging for gold in them thar San Gabriel hills. So that’s what he’s been up to.

Corky Carroll Weighs in On Slater’s Day
Friday Kelly Slater had a real close call, and the king of wacky absurd surfdom has something to say about it.

Curren Back in the Limelight
He’s old, he’s tired, but the champ Tom Curren is not ready to throw in the towel just yet.

LA Times Pick Up Abercrombie & Fitch Suit
We mentioned this before, but George Downing, Richard “Buffalo” Keaulana, Rick Steere and Ben Aipa (among others) are asking for $500,000 for being featured in a “Surf Nekkid” photo section in the company’s catalog. They also would like $5 million from the sales.

ASP Holds Open Summit
Rabbit Bartholomew leads a meeting to discuss the future of the Association of Surfing Professionals and to help develop a “five year plan.” TWSurf’s Aaron Checkwood was there.

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