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13 , 2003
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Currently being discussed, K2 cutting it's non-work force
(if they were working they'd still be there, right?) and Burton
fires 42 people worldwide. If you read a post, write one.
Last issue we said that reports of Skateboarding's death are premature,
but if, on the outside chance the skate market did crash, who
would be to blame? Sixty percent of of our readers said, "Nothing,
skateboarding will never die."
Cans 42 Employees
In what Burton president Laurent Potdevin called
a "restructuring" the company cut employees in nearly
Globe President Stocks Up Paul Isherwood, this week's chairman of Globe International
shoes ponied up $72,000 of his own money to buy stock proving
that he is serious. . . . about dumping them as soon as they go
back up. "Yes, it's an indication of a reasonable confidence in
the company," he said showing good humor. "But if anyone followed
my career as an investor, they would not have much success."
chief on skates in revamp
To Sell Remaining Shares Billabong's former CEO Matthew Perrin, 30, is laying
the ground work to sell his remaining stake in the company. The
sale could net Perrin another AU$25 million. What can you say?
and Hurley: A Happy Sellout
The Orange County Register says the two are getting on
quite well and that fears of kickback from "the kids"
didn't happen. Even the derivatively cautious Hurley shoe
line is selling well. Maybe that's why Bob is smiling in
Paddle for Peace in SF
Two dozen surfers paddled out at Fort Point Sunday March
9, 2003 with a banner that read "Surfers Against War".
Chris Kendrick, an organizer, said part of the reason for
the protest was that during Orange Terror Alerts Bay Area surfers
were not allowed to surf the Point because of safety concerns
for the Golden Gate Bridge.
Garage Meets Mr. Hawk
In a new episode of the cult classic TV show, West Coast Chopper's
Jesse James will ask his crew of metal shapers to transform
the Jones Soda RV into a "one of a kind mobile skate
ramp." If you've never seen this show be sure to watch on
April 14. This will be cooler than turning a limo into a fire
truck, trust us.
Rides Away with $24,000
In two days Shaun White rolled away with more than many
make in a full year behind a computer. The San Bernardino Sun
even called him a "former skateboarder." Just wait 'till
the summer X Games.
Helps Longboard Skate Company
Sure, walking to you car after work may be a bit sketchy, but
when Jason Salfi looks at all the perks he's gotten for
moving his company, Comet Skateboards, to Bay Area's toughest
city it all works out okay.
Labor Pays Off For Microsoft
You know a company is in trouble with it thinks that simply asking
kids what they want is an amazingly innovative way of getting
information. That's the kind of thinking that gets you a raise
in Redmond. Vallely
Signing Autographs at Best Buy
Last weekend Mr. Vallely was out promoting his video Drive,
which is now available in So Cal Best Buy stores. So far there
are no reports of any fights breaking out.
The Master of Disaster Interviewed Duane Peters kicks down the stories of the road in a interview
covering US Bombs, skateboarding, and the future of punk rock.
A snowboarder at Japan's Miyagi Zao Eboshi Ski Area was
crushed to death when she unexplainably slid into a "snow
pounding" machine. "We did not take sufficient safety
measures and apologize deeply," a spokesman for the ski resort
said. Japan, where the word respect still means something.
Snowcave Kills Snowboarders
When four snowboarders died in an Australian snow cave
four years ago it was not understood what actually killed them.
Now, it's become more clear.
My Beach, My Wave
Hawai'i has some pretty good rules that keep contests on the North
Shore to a minimum (16 days a year at any beach) the problem is,
that's not enough for the promoters who want to hold events at
Pipeline. It's no surprise to anyone that Eddy Rothman
has had his dates for the past two years.