Sports Network Survives Crash
Despite Broadband Sports and Freestyledirect joining the ranks
of the dot com bombs, Mark Bertignoli CEO of Action
Sports Network says it's business as usual at Surflink,
Sorry, we didn't mean to dance on any empty coffins. If anyone
would like to pay big bucks upfront for Sacklunch and then
give it back to us after 90 days please send e-mail.
White Profiled in LA Times
He's been dubbed "Future Boy", but pro snowboarder Shaun
White is not waiting around to dominate the snowboard world.
Pete Thomas of the LA Times explains.
Feeling a little left behind in the "live surf cam"
has struck a deal with Surfcheck.com
(formerly known as Hardcloud.com). The deal will apparently
provide Surfermag.com with 35 small flickering images of waves
A recent perusal of the Toronto, Canada based site for the Boardpass
affiliate card program revealed an extremely familiar collection
of news stories. Turns out their "archive" of Snowboarding
news stories is an exact copy of Transworld
Snowboarding's Snowbiz, News, and Competition
sections, only hosted on the Boardpass site. Hey, why do the work
collecting relevant press releases when you can just steal them
from someone else.
Marcus Hasn't Caught A Thing
Mr. Marcus has been holed up in an Econo Lodge in Cresent City
for the past couple days sending letters to friends, pitching
books, and trying to catch some Steelhead. So far he's caught
nothing. Here are his latest updates:
-February 20, 2001
-February 18, 2001
-February 17, 2001
Sports Paddles In, Empty
The owners of Surflink,
et al. will cease operations on Feb. 23. The big question, will
anyone notice? Other than the 160 employees, probably not.
Falls Short This Quarter
The company, which owns Surfing Magazine and About.com,
fancies itself a "major new media player," but losses
were 11 cents a share (up from 13 cents a share last quarter)
yet analysts expected only 6 cents a share. Bummer.
Back In the Saddle
According to a story on the front page of Antix, the "Swell-owned"
site is back in business. Interestingly enough the "product"
button links directly to the MonsterSkate
shop. LOL. Those Swellians are finally catching on.
At ASR in Love with Brisick?
In a column titled, "People I Haven't Slept With," OC
Weekly party girl Rebecca Schoenkopf pledged her undying
love for Jamie Brisick ". . . a long-standing and
unrequited crush on former editor Jamie Brisick, whom I
also haven't slept with," and compared the ASR Show
to a Candy Apples gang-bang.
Having only seen the former, we can't imagine sitting through
the latter (though we'd sit through just about anything with Becca).
Marcus Back On The Road
It's been a while, but Ben Marcus is back on the road.
He's living in Santa Cruz, but had to excape the city. Why should
the self-titled "best surf journalist in the world"
stay home for the Cold Water Classic? This week he's going
fishing with Greg Noll. Should be interesting.
Considers Dumping US Magazines
Could this be the end of the emap bankroll for Snowboarder,
Surfer, et. al? According to a story in the UK's Guardian,
"Emap. . .Admitted last night that it would consider
the sale of its US publishing business." Uh oh.
Kick Media Kicks The Bucket
As if the possibility of getting dumped wasn't enough,
according to inside sources Kick Media the company that
produced the online sites for Surfer, Snowboarder,
Skateboarder, and Teen magazines is dot gone. Apparently,
all the inhouse web workers will stay and so will the sites. With
an office that over the top it's really no wonder, is it?
Palmer Wins an ESPY
And exactly which award did he win? Yep, the Action sports
performer award. Kind of sounds like they came up with the
award after they decided Mr. Palmer needed to win one doesn't
XXL On CBS
The Cortez Bank story that won't die continues to roll
on. This time on CBS News. Yeah, just wait till Dan
Rather gets his teeth into this Snips story.
Artists Paint Breasts
Modart has worked with Boarding For Breast Cancer
for the past few years by making plaster molds of girls breasts
and then getting famous action sports artists like Ed Templeton,
Tina Basich and others to paint them. This year the painted
molds will be on tour at The Inhumane Shop in New York
and Red Five in SF.
vs. Surf Check
Joseph Menn of the LA Times puts Swell
to the test to see just where you should surf before you surf.
Since we never check the surf reports we have no idea who is better.
Though we have to admit the Surf Check guys are much nicer.
Petroni Super Gromess
Karina Petroni is a 12 year-old-ripper who surfs Florida
and Australia. But Point Conception,
and Surf Co. Hawaii already know all about this girl. If
you don't know Karina, check out this cool little profile from
the Jacksonville First Coast Community.
Gets Ready for the Olympics
Salt Lake City tries to get past the bribery scandal by
pretending it never happened and focusing instead on the upcoming
Olympics. But will the world remember? Hell yes.
Attacks Snowboard Market
Strategy Magazine deftly points out that Nike has
made a career out of messing up with the action sports market.
Yeah, we know that's no news.
Jones Soda Story
Over the years Rob Wells has taken credit for quite a few
marketing coups. Jones Soda is just one of them. Here is
a profile on the soda company that doesn't mention him once. Sorry
Dies At Bogus
Joshua Baxter, 23, Boise, Idaho died when he jumped and
crashed into a cluster of brushy trees at Bogus Basin.
He was not wearing a helmet and died instantly of head injuries.
Paralyzed at Mt. Hood
Pat Stark, 18 of Tualatin, Oregon fell forward, hitting
his head and then whiplash back and crushing his sixth cervical
vertebrae at Mt. Hood. Stark is in intensive care at Legacy
Emanuel Hospital, and is paralyzed from the waist down.
Drunk Snowboards Lost at Mountain High
Three drunk snowboarders. Three drunk snowboarders. See how they
flounder. See how they flounder. They all went riding at Mountain
High, after 9 beers they took off to fly, out of bounds they did
nearly die. Three drunk snowboarders. Roy Paul Brown, 38;
John Catlan, 31; and Gerald Clingan, 30, were found
12 hours after they went snowboarding in an out-of-bounds area
at Mountain High West.
Dies Snowboarding at Mt. High
Newport Beach resident Mike Collins was killed after
jumping a four-foot berm on his snowboard and landing head first
at Mountain High last week.
Colorado Snowboarders Rescued
Two sisters who got lost snowboarding and spent a night in the
frigid Colorado mountains were rescued in good condition Monday
after a helicopter crew saw the SOS they carved in the snow. Jenni
Councell, 20, and Martha Councell, 16, got lost near
Loveland Pass and had to build a snow cave for shelter.
A Surfer Part 2
Kimberly K Terauds writes a first person story about the
travails of falling in love with a surfer. Women just don't learn,
Wow, put the words women's, longboard, and contest together and
what do you get? Not a whole lot, but that isn't stopping tour
organizers. Each event will include a minimum $5,000 prize fund,
with $1,500 going to the winner.
Tries to Keep Scooters Going
Desperate to keep last year's coast-to-coast scooter craze on
track, Razor USA LLC and other distributors are adding
features like motors, suspension and flashing lights to try to
stay in the public eye. How about installing a spring loaded knife
blade that impales anyone who sets foot on one? Now that's a feature.
Ride Shop Profiled In LA Times
Mesa Kills Skatepark
Attack in Sydney
and the Z-Boys Reviewed
Previous Bags o' Crapola:
-February 6, 2000
-January 31, 2000
-January 23, 2000
-January 16, 2000
Special thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com