According to an e-mail sent out by Crossrocket
editor Rob Campbell, the Swell-owned snowboard site Crossrocket
is done. In his words, "The rumors are true. Crossrocket's
staff has left the building. Please send all taunts or a mean-spirited
'I told you so' to firstname.lastname@example.org".
Monsterskate.com has been cut to one employee, and Swell is still
Berkley Rests Her Case
Hey, our industry is a boys club. We all know that. But it's amazing
that when women write about our sports the macho mag editors go
crazy. Sure, women can write about other women, the editors seem
to say, but when they write about male athletes they have to be
very careful not to sound (in Steve Hawk's words "goo-goo-eyed").
Luckily, Ali has the tools to fight back. Check it out right
Breast Mold SF Opening
Modart, in conjunction with Boarding for Breast Cancer
has created a whole new art form: the breast mold. Mona
gets all her friends to do molds of their breasts and then gives
them to Modart artists to be decorated. The online
gallery is up and the opening in San Francisco is Friday the
23rd at RED 5. 1472 Haight Street. 7 p.m. Check out he
art online, or go see it in person. DJ Satva Leung will
also be spinning. For info call: (415) 552-6494.
In A Kenny Rogers Crossfire
If you're having a bad day and need to laugh your ass off, stop
by Swell Art Director Jaimie Muehlhausen's side
project site Men Who Look Like Kenny Rogers.com. It's a
site of photos of men who. . . you get it. Be sure to check out
the Gallery because we were caught in a crossfire in Las Vegas
last week and we recorded it on video. Jaimie was cool enough
to include in it. You can check the Quicktime video out right
Book Added To the Reading List
This month's addition to the Sacklunch Reading List include Allan
C. Weisbecker's surf memoir/ surf trip to Central America
in search of his old drug smuggling buddy. It's called In Search
of Captain Zero. Click here
to read the review or click the cover to buy a copy for yerself.
Marcus Rolls North
Ben Marcus has stopped writing about his murder mystery
and is back on the road to Washington after delivering
a singing great white shark to Doc Renneker. The journey is getting
longer by the day.
Hits Las Vegas
Jeff Galbraith and crew (which includes Jamie Lynn,
Chris Brunkhart, Ari Marcopoulos, and Mike Ranquet)
delivered a new snowboard magazine to the faithful at the SIA
show in Las Vegas yesterday. In the editorial Jeff says, "We
believe that snowboarding and our related travel and mountain
cultures deserve more than soda-pop, recruiting, and wack articles.
We believe that there is life out there." Frequency shows
that life. Check out their website
for more info (be sure to get the latest version of the FLASH
media player first).
Skate Nightmare in Santee
The "shooter was a skater" stories are starting to slowly
flow in and of course they are painting skateparks as a
place where delinquents like Mr. Williams hang out. This one is
from the LA Times.
Sentenced to 10 Months
According to the LA Times Silver Strand surfer Allen "Carter"
Slade, 32, was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and
felony witness intimidation last month. The funniest part of the
sentence is that Slade will not be able to surf Silver Strand
for three years. Ba-bye.
Most Dangerous Games?
Seems like action sports always get the blame, but guess what
sports are most dangerous for kids? Yep, basketball, cycling,
football, and baseball. Skateboarding, snowboarding,
and surfing aren't even on the list.
Skateparks for Vans
How a shoe company become one of the leading forces in suburban
mall redevelopment is anyone's guess, but it continues to be working
for Vans. He's news on some of their latest park developments.
We can't wait till Wahoo's gets in there.
Shooter Is A Skater
Get ready for the anti-skating fallout. The shooter in the Santee,
CA high school bullet spree is already being described on TV as
"a skater." What the media will never say is that skateboarding
was probably the best part of his life, not the cause of it all.
Justin Smith was at Black's surfing some of the biggest
waves Southern California has seen this winter when he hit his
board and was knocked out. After being underwater for two minutes
he was rescued and taken to the hospital. Get all the details
in Evan Slater's story on Swell.com.
Day Swell Rumors
Let's just say right upfront that the following are rumors we've
heard from various corners of the industry. Click the link for
a full listing of the most recent round of rumors. Damn, if rumors
were only dollars . . .
TW's Big Changes
For a run down of all the news that is news at AOL Time Warner
(parent company of TransWorld) check out this info-collection
from The Industry Standard. It's got all the blood and
guts of great drama.
King Killed In Gun Accident
Syrus King is gone. At 20 years old, he was one of California'
most gifted longboard surfers. The story being reported is that
the North County San Diego resident picked up a gun that he thought
was unloaded, held it to his head, and pulled the trigger. Police
are calling it an "accident" and are not investigating,
however, the King family still has many unanswered questions.
According to Kevin Kinnear, "Not since Bobby Brown
died in Australia during a bar fight in the 60s has any longboarder
with so much potential died so young." Syrus will be missed.
Issues Earnings Warnings
Los Angeles-based sporting goods company K2 Inc. says will
come up 15 cents a share short on $1.21 earnings forecasts posted
by First Call/Thompson Financial. Bummer.
Did CCS Buy Strength Magazine?
Rumors on the street are that CCS (owned by the publicly
traded Alloy.com) has
purchased the Midwest's number one action sports magazine Strength.
Is this their play to get into the boy mag business? If you have
any info please let us
Cuts Half of its Staff
The online retailer has decided to cut half it's staff and is
retreating from several markets. Did they really need those 125
Buys Sunglasses Hut
owner of Ray-Ban (and Arnette) has purchased the
nations largest sunglasses retailer for $462 million. Talk about
owning the supply chain. The buy caused Oakley's
stock to fall $2.45. Ouch.
LA Times Newport Metro Editor Tony Dodero writes
an extremely poignant editorial on skateboarding based on his
running from the cops when he was a kid. Tony, thanks for being
an adult who remembers. We need more of you. Click
here to send Tony e-mail.
Considers Skateboard Helmet Law
Hawaii's Senate Bill 164 will require children under 16
to wear helmets while riding skateboards and scooters. As we all
know, Helmet Laws Suck.
Spill Closes Doheny
It's great to be a surfer in Southern California, isn't it? Our
beaches are some of the filthiest in the world. At Doheny 42,100
gallons of raw sewage spilled into the ocean on Monday. Yum.
Launchs News Site
The UK website that keeps track of worldwide surfing has just
launched a news site Globalsurfnews.com that will "provide
a comprehensive news service reporting" on the surf world."
Kevin Ancell Profile
Scott Hulet is writing a profile on Pacifica, CA based
artist Kevin Ancell and guess who got a short little preview
of the story? Check it out, the whole story will appear in a future
issue of The Surfers
Content Sites Dead In the Water
The Washington Post looks into the idea of profitable content
sites and notices that no one is making any money. That include
Salon, Slate, or most other big online brands.
Lost Overnight At Mt. Baldy
27-year-old Palos Verdes man spent the night in Mt. Baldy's
Coldwater Canyon after getting lost while snowboarding at the
Benny Caron was caught in an avalanche on Mount Albert
near Quebec in Canada. He triggered the slide while on the mountain
filming a documentary.
Snowboarder Gets Help
Pat Stark was paralyzed in a snowboarding accident a few
weeks ago, but is regaining movement in his limbs after taking
an experimental drug Sygen.
Rescued from San Diego Surf
Big surf in San Diego county means overtime work for San Diego
lifeguards. Last week them pulled seven people from the water.
In SD Murder Story
When San Diego diet doctor Kent Delong was murdered in
the alley behind his weight-loss clinic it has nothing to do with
the Sack's normal stories. The doctor, however, was also involved
in a Nevada-based company called Internet Development Corporation
which according to the LA Times once owned the skateboards.com
domain. How weird is that?
White Profiled in LA Times
Marcus Hasn't Caught A Thing
Previous Bags o' Crapola:
-February 23, 2000
-January 31, 2000
-January 23, 2000
Special thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com