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More Lay Offs at Swell.com
Email recently received by Sacklunch stated that on January
15, 2001 approximately 15 more employees were laid off at Swell.com.
"Last week they laid off a whole bunch of people and all
but shut down the Northern California office," said one e-mailer.
Another former employee even called it "Black Monday"
in the San Juan Capistrano office on Martin Luther King Day. "Today
was a day of reckoning," one e-mailer said. "Dead silence
as one by one [employees] were escorted up the stairs by Doug
Snowboard Life (Dead)
On Thursday TransWorld Group Publisher Tim Wrisley
the incredible job the SBL crew did this year editorially. . .
it was too late to persuade the general snowboarding public and
advertisers to buy it." So, TransWorld is suspending publication
of Snowboard Life as of January 11, 2000. It was a magazine
that had a rough time from the beginning. Though readers liked
it, advertisers did not understanding the product. As one staff
member said, "Most of the industry was too narrow minded
to understand that there is a giant market for snowboarders who
don't subscribe to the theory of just hitting kickers all day
Swell.com Story Error
We regretfully admit to a glaring error in a previous Swell
mention (which has been removed from the site). The exiting photographer
from Crossrocket was not the photo editor. According to
Doug Palladini, Crossrocket photo editor Pat Wright
is not going anywhere and will be employed at Swell "as long
as he wants the job."
We apologize for this error.
Major Dave Dies After Snowboard Accident Upcoming amateur
skateboarder, "Major" Dave Bowers, died following a snowboarding
accident at Mount Seymour in Vancouver, Canada. His head injury
was "survivable", but due to complications he died of pneumonia.
Dave was a fixture in the Vancouver skate scene and will be dearly
missed by all that knew him.
Depending on what you believe Ari Marcopoulos is either
a photo genius or snowboarding's biggest sycophant. Either
way he and his camera have had intimate access to snowboarding's
biggest names and in this book he has done them justice. The book
is filled with images of private moments off snow. He captures
the sweaty boy ethic like no one else. Homoerotic? Sure. Worth
the money? Definitely. Click
here to buy one now.
Looks like Emap's snowboard site is hitting on hard
times. Why else would a visit to Surfermag.com
force viewers into loading Snowboardermag.com.
(Try it and you'll see what we mean.) And we thought porn sites
were the only ones to stoop so low.
Humiliated On Ebay
"Jeez, I thought I'd do better than this," said Jon Boyer
recently upon seeing his own 6-year-old Jon Boyer Model Barfoot
Snoboard for sale on Ebay for $49.00. Later when he
tired to bid $50 on it he watched in horror as someone sneaked
in at the last minute and sniped it out from under him.
Waves At Maverick's Yee Haw
It was a big day by any standards and Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, will
probably go down as one of the biggest days of the year. At least
that's what they're saying in Nor Cal. Parsons and Gerlach
were getting towed into the same swell down in Todos Santos. Big
wave mania hits the LA Times.
Jeff Clark Named Chairman of the Boards
Jeff Clark has now joined Tony Hawk and countless
other action sports practitioners to be profiled by lazy writers
to whom "Chairman of the Boards" is the wittiest title they've
ever thought of. Cool story though.
Glacier for Bottrop
Looks like Anaheim, CA isn't the only industrial slag heap
of a city to get an indoor snowboard facility. The grimy coal
mine spoiled city of Bottrop, Germany has an indoor snowboard
dome that is expected to attract 2 million visitors a year. Maybe
there's still hope for the Gotcha Glacier.
Snow Totals Half Off
Snow fall totals won't be the only things that are half off if
this drought continues. Luckily, California began getting some
weather this week or the industry may get to have some real fire
sales this spring.
Article Begins With "Dude"
Want to know exactly how you shouldn't write the next time you're
thinking about doing a story on the action sports market? Then
check this out: it's a virtual how-not-to.
Beach Waits for Surf Museum
For more than five years Abel and Corinne Ybarra
have pushed for the creation of the Hermosa Beach Surfing Museum
but the city won't help them out and donors what to see a permanent
resting place for their collectibles.
of Bodyboarder Found
The body of 16-year-old Juan Jose Mejia Jr., who disappeared
in heavy surf off Redondo Beach on Christmas Day, was recovered
Tuesday when boaters spotted his body.
It's rare that a newspaper will get the story straight on skateboarding
and skateboard parks, this editorial does just that.
Botts Dots Invade Carlsbad Schools
It used to be that you could skate on the roof of a school in
Carlsbad without getting hassled. Thanks to more "anti-skate"
objects those days are coming to an end.
Parents of Dead Skateboarder Sue City
Ryan Crowley was skating in Temecula, CA when he hit his
head and died. Now his parents are seeking $1 million from the
city for not properly designing or maintaining the road. Okay.
Games to Hold Couch Games
This winter's X Games will feature an event for their couch
cruising viewers when they host a competition for players of ESPN
Winter X Games Snowboarding for PlayStation 2.
So Greedy It Allows Snowboarding
The Aspen Skiing Company will finally allow snowboarding
from April 1 forward. Funny thing is, no one really wants to snowboard
Ajax anyway as it's slopes are just crawling with tacky, nouve
Man dies at Breckenridge
Twenty-five- year-old Seth Bender, of Oakland, CA lost
control of his snowboard and struck a tree at Breckenridge.
It was the third death at the mountain so far this year. Come
on guys, be careful out there.
Dies In Colorado Avalanche
A 40-year-old man from Fort Collins was killed while snowboarding
after being trapped by an avalanche on Cameron Pass.
Nicholas III Kicking Ass?
Nabs Wildcard Spot on ASP Tour
Previous Bags o' Crapola:
-December 22, 2000
-December 6, 2000
-November 29, 2000
-November 18, 2000
Special thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com.