September 1999

Sacklunch 1.5: September 28, 1999

by The Editors on September 28, 1999

Latest Update: September 28, 1999

Helmet Citations Down In Mission Viejo Park
Things are looking up. Orange County kids are wearing their helmets. What a deal.

ASR Coverage A Little Late
The Orange County Register decides to cover the ASR Show as “millennial fashions.”

Gotcha Glacier Rolls On
Those wacky billionaires are still at it–trying to buy the Angels, the Ducks, and finance the first indoor snowboard and surf facility in the United States. Dream a little dream.

Pipedragon Inventor Dies of Cancer
Doug Waugh helped snowboarding like no one else by creating a machine that could cut perfect halfpipes. We will miss him.

Multi-Sport Madness in Zurich
Swiss sportos put on a big weekend of snow, skate, BMX madness called Freestyle.CH. It rocks.

A Computer Genius Who Snowboards
Philippe Kahn programmed one of the first personal computers, now he’s developing wireless Net technology that could unchain people from their PCs. In his spare time he snowboards. It’s a slim connection but it works.

Church Opens Skatepark to the Public

When Sunland skaters had no place to skate, the Foursquare Church came to the rescue.

Interview with a Moondoggie

James Darren recounts the days of Beach Blankets, surf films and playing one of surfing’s most memorable archetypes in a short interview with the Chicago Sun Times.
Random Quote
“Although she’s easily the smartest, most appealing character here, he’s a low-end yutz with no visible prospects, yet another of TV’s adult man-children whom you could envision going to bed with his skateboard.” —LA Times review of the new TV Show Cold Feet.

Jason Lee in Hit Movie Mumford
It looks like the pro-skater turned actor has another hit on his hands with Lawrence Kasdan’s Mumford. And again, he gets to ride his skateboard on camera.

Brian Wilson Parts Ways with Producer
The king of surf music part ways with producer Joe Thomas and put his 23-room Chicago mansion up for sale.

Police Log
“Pacific Coast Highway: A skateboarder challenged a man to a fight when he was asked to quiet down in the 700 block at 12:59 a.m. Tuesday.”–HB Independent.

Byrne Wins NSSA Opener
HB high school’s Micah Byrne takes NSSA season opener with a big win at Salt Creek.

Kids Riding Skateboards Before Attack
A St. Paul Minnesota 9-year-old girl was “gang raped” by the neighborhood kids and the community is still stunned.

Ski Resorts Hiring “Seniors”
Old people make great resort workers according to Mammoth Mountain’s Bill Medove.

Random Quote
“Confused? Well so am I, and I’ve read the blasted thing. Reading James Joyce while skateboarding through rush-hour traffic would have been a less arduous task.” Richard Roeper review of Ronald Reagan Biography in the Chicago Sun Times.

Richard Schmidt Asked About Future
When the San Jose Mercury News wants to know about the future, who do they ask? A Nor-Cal big wave surfer, that’s who.

Surfwear Hits the Fashion Scene

It looks like New York is on surfing’s tip again. Seems like every ten years the “important” designers actually acknowledge something we’ve known forever: fashion is created by action sports. Period.

Random Quote
Stephen King, 52, has kept his sense of humor throughout the ordeal. He joked that he must wear wide-bottomed skateboard pants to cover a metal device that surrounds his injured leg.” –AP story on the horror writer’s recovery.

Exit Real World’s Missy Samiee
Strother Takes Rusty Newport Pro-Am
Denver All NIMBY on Skatepark


Sacklunch 1.14: September 10, 1999

by The Editors on September 10, 1999

Latest Update: September 10, 1999

Okay, a short excuse note from our doctor: Due to our server host being on vacation, our site was down for nearly a week. A big Sorry goes out to all three of our readers. Sorry.

The Muska Stiffs His Fans
Several hundred skateboarding fans hung out in the chatroom on Thursday waiting for Circa Shoes Chad Muska to show up to chat. Apparently, Chad was too scared to meet the fans face-to-face. Earlier in the day, Mike Vallely showed up on time for his chat. But then he’s a true professional.

Brooke Defeats Redman in France

Keeping a slim chance of a world title alive Serena Brooke edges by Melanie Redman to take the Billabong Pro in Anglet, France. Wednesday’s contest has been canceled and will resume Thursday. Check it out live on

Special Burning Man Update
It has nothing to do with surf, snow, or skate, however, since Burning Man is the coolest gathering ever, we decided to include this.

Live Burning Man Webcast
Arrests down, Drugs Up!
Video from KRON TV
Burning Man Ends with Major Traffic Jam
Drug Problems at Burning Man
Has Burning Man Gone up in Smoke?
Glad Days at Black Rock
DynoComm Relaunches
The Domain that wouldn’t die is at it again. This time with “live coverage” of the Action Sports Retailer Show. We can hardly wait to see “live” shots of a convention hall floor filled with conventioneers. Then again, it couldn’t be worse than their “live” X Games coverage two years ago.

This Summer Sucked
This and more philosophical musings from Surfer magazine editorial guy Scott Bass in September’s Lip Service column.

How To Be A Better Surf Shop Employee
TransWorld Surf’s Chris Cote explains the ins and out of becoming a cooler, doper, less-responisve surf shop employee.

Thicker Than Water Premiere

Chris Malloy and Jack Johnson show their movie at the Key Club and Hollywood comes out in droves.

More Skate Crimes
A teenager accidentally ran over his brother while the two were fleeing from a Costa Mesa music store where they had allegedly stolen several CDs. The injured brother was struck as he tried to escape on a skateboard.

K2 Buys Ride: Interviews with Both Sides
K2’s Brent Turner and Ride’s Robert Markovitch discuss the ins and outs of the deal with Snowboarding Business‘s Sean O’Brien.

Zumiez Goes Online
The large action sports retailers takes it’s show to the web with the help of industries professionals.’s Cintra Wilson Visits Lacanau Pro
That witty girl kicks down the deal with the top pros. It’s pretty funny. Andy Irons: “Andy has a knack for showing up on videos half drunk and talking in an especially depraved-sounding Hawaiian patois — a nearly unintelligible melange of surfer dude-isms and mangled English — and coming off like a real parking lot alky with a big foam head.” You get the picture.

Inlines Skates Are Killers
“News that a Newport Beach woman had died from injuries suffered several days earlier in an in-line skating accident put a shocking stamp on the summer. In-line skating has become, like surfing and skateboarding before it, connected with fun in the sun. Police said that Karen Udell was not wearing any protective gear when she sped into the intersection of Jamboree Road and Bayside Drive.” Newport Daily Pilot.


The Muck Stops Here
Here’s an idea: why not divert runoff into the sewage treatment plants rather than straight into the ocean. That’s what they’re thinking in Huntington Beach, CA.

HB Surfers Look For New Waves
In the wake of a 4.5 mile beach closure HB surfers must travel to your spot. Oh joy!

Everyone Back In the Water
Hungtington Beach lifted it’s polluted beach closure, but Labor Day visitors were skeptical.

Human Viruses In Water: Yummy!
Scientists’ new tests discover that So Cal beach waters can serve as incubators for human viruses. Petri dish surfing has arrived.

Wayne Baglin Hates Water Pollution
Yes, he’s an ex-politician, but this Laguna Beach loc has started fighting for clean water in Southern California. And boy, do we need him.

Sewerless Malibu Fouling Beach? No Duh!
Urban runoff and leaking sewage have turned Malibu’s surfrider beach into one of the unhealthiest strips of sand in the US. But what are the rich and famous going to do about it?

Beach Closures Hell for Retailers
Thanks to dirty water, businesses are suffering in Huntington Beach. Maybe business owners will vote for those wacky pro-enviroment candidates next time around.

Oil Spill in Humbolt Bay
Nearly 2,000 gallons of oil was spilled in Humbolt Bay Monday but clear weather should allow clean-up. The oil came from a dredging ship owned by Bean Dredging Co. of Belle Chasse, La.

The Sweet Police Live Inside of My Head
Ventura Officers relaunch the”Sweet Police” to cite kids with Free Ice Cream if they follow the rules while walking, skateboarding, or riding bikes bringing a whole new meaning to the words, “Want some candy little girl.”

Mindless Quote: Andre Do We Know Thee?
“He is 29. Ancient, dude. The generation of nose rings and skateboards and baggy pants hanging off the hips doesn’t adore Andre, doesn’t even know him.” The LA Times on Andre Aggasi.

Passing The Buck
The Santa Ana City Council recently deferred an issue on building skateparks to the Board of Recreation for “further study.” Apparently, it’s not obvious that when you ban skateboarding from city parks you should build places for people to skateboard.

Americans Evicted from Baja Homes
Sure, owning a beach front home in Baja is cheap, however, when a Mexican developer wants to put in a resort, well, pack your bags.

A Kook Learns To Surf
Is it possible to grow up in So Cal, work at the OC Register and not know how to surf? Steve Plesa says so. That’s why he took surf lessons in Waikiki.

-No More Miss Nice Girl
-Identity Snowboards Goes Direct
-Women’s Longboarding Worlds
-Baywatch Update