Takes Bids On US Pubs
Emap, which is seeking more than $720 million for the business,
may receive bids offering only about $460 million. Guess who is
in the lead? Yep, Primedia Inc., which is bidding with
buyout firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. The Ing and Er could
be together at last.
Mag Cuts Online Staff
The word from San Clemente, CA is that Snowboarder Magazine's
web editor was canned April 26, 2001 along with several other
workers as "Emap trims the fat" and gets ready to dump
Peterson Publications on someone (probably American
Media). More as this develops.
Generation Wave Pool
Former Snowboarding Magazine editor Jamie
Meiselman has been flying under the radar lately. Now,
thanks to a story on Swell.com
we all know the truth: he's been developing a wave pool that could
bring surfing to the Heartland. Check out this
story by Marcus Sanders.
From all inside sources the word is that the "award winning"
sport site Quokka.com
will hit the skids later this week or early next. You know, it's
really sad to see another useless, over-produced, VC funded, over-hyped,
sport site bite the dust.
White in SI's Adventure Magazine
Sports Illustrated launched a new title this week called
SI Adventure that hopes to capitalize on the whole
outdoor thing (will yuppies still have enough money to travel
after all the dot.carnage?) and Shaun White gets a short
No one has had a bigger effect on the music we all listen to today
than The Ramones. They had a way of creating unbelievably
catchy punk rock that changed the face of pop music. Now all that
is over as Joey Ramone succumbed to cancer on Easter Sunday
April 15. He will be missed.
Mama Rides the Wind
In Santa Monica it's not strange to see a 77-year-old woman skating
along with a sail. It's Liz Bevington and she never has
to push because she's three sheets.
Hamilton is So "Extreme"
The LA Times gushes over recent ESPN Action Sports and
Music Athlete of The Year Laird Hamilton's work at
Teahupoo. It's a story we've all heard a hundred times, but it's
cool to see a full profile in The Times.
Swart Gets Nailed in Hit and Run
Swart decided to catch another powder day at LA's Mt. Baldy
on Sunday April 8. "I was riding the trees all day and rode
out of the trees onto the run and got hit," he said. Apparently
two guys were racing. Neither stopped. The accident, which could
have killed, Swart left him with a double compound fracture on
his arm. An ambulance ride and surgery later he's got two plates
and 16 screws holding his arm together. "Luckily I hurt something
that can heal," he says. "It could have been so much
K. In the Sun
Okay, we don't usually post forwarded junk mail, but this time
we just had to do it. Please forgive us for linking to these photos
of Anna Kournikova. But we had too do it.
Late Snow Stokes Snowboarders
Two feet of snow in April? Yep, that's what resorts got a week
and a half ago. (This isn't news as much as an archive of the
(Full story now linked.)
According to a story in the April 13, 2001 issue of the Sacamento
Business Journal John Baccigaluppi and Sonny
Mayugba have sold a majority interest in Heckler
magazine (Nor Cal's core snow/skate magazine) to Sam Toll,
a 38 yr. old entrepreneur who already owns three publishing-related
businesses.Hey, maybe the second time is a charm.
Files Suit Against Vans
In a painfully whiny press release (that appears to be written
for third graders) Burton announced that they have filed
suit against Vans/Switch for the company's unwillingness
to pay the 3D disk licensing fee. "It sucks when you spend
a lot of resources developing a technology, only to have someone
come along and rip off your idea." Yeah, doesn't that just
suck when someone like copies your algebra homework?
A Sack of Letters
We've now added a letters section to the Sack. If you have something
to kick down, e-mail it in and it will be added to the small,
yet strong, list of e-mail. We'll even link the hate mail.
Do You Like China Now?
The Chinese have our "spies" and they're not too interested
in letting them go. What does that mean for an industry that relies
on cheap China labor for its profits? We don't know, we're just
Owner Builds 3-D Site for Pearl Harbor
Sims Snowboard financier, and former pro skateboarder John
Textor of JesterDigital
continues to take 3-D to the web when he launches a website for
college roommate Michael Bay's new film Pearl Harbor.
Cool, huh? Not if you're on a Mac.
Planned It All Along
Swell.com cuts 20 more jobs including all of the Crossrocket
staff and all but one of the Monsterskate staff while trying
to swing a chain of retail stores. Through it all CEO Jeff
Berg has played it off as part of a master plan. Unfortunately,
Mr. Berg sounds a little too much like a kid who, after falling
flat on his face, jumps up and says, "I meant to do that."
Last New Resort
About the only people who have ever heard of Westwood, California
are crystal meth heads and loggers. That could all change as plans
for Dyer Mountain Resort move forward. When completed the
resort will feature a base village with a hotel and condominiums,
single-family homes, three 18-hole golf courses, hiking and riding
trails, water recreation on Walker Lake and a fly-fishing stream,
as well as 600 acres of ski runs that will rotate around Dyer
MTV Sued for
Two 14-year-old girls have sued MTV after being showered in a
spray of excrement during an event at Big Bear, CA.
Plane Crash Kills 18
It was a sad day in Aspen. The mountain had been preparing for
it's spring celebration and a Gulfstream jet full of friends was
on their way to a great weekend in Aspen. Our thoughts and prayers
go out to all the families and friends of those on the flight.
Look, More Sewage in OC
Seems like Orange County just can't get enough crap in their water.
Sewage spills last Sunday and Monday caused the closure of about
1 1/4 miles of Orange County beach, including a stretch just north
of Dana Point's luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotel.
Just a Plot
The Seattle PI's Greg
Johnson has it right: "Everyone knows skate parks
are a corporate/civic plot to contain growing numbers of rolling
rebels on boards with wheels." He goes on to pen a great
overview of Washington State's public skateparks.
Skateboard Used in Attacks
Jerell Thomas of Skyway, Washington has been charged with
second-degree murder for the beating death of Kristopher Kime
during Seattle's violent Mardi Gras celebration. He was also charged
with two counts of third-degree assault for using a skateboard
to attack other people.
pleads not guilty
loses last Shred of Dignity
Aspen Skiing Company finally pulls it's head out of it's
ass long enough to open Ajax to snowboarding and by the amount
of media coverage they got you'd think the Berlin Wall had come
learns to play nice.
Wins Snowboard at Dunkin Donuts
When 85-year-old Anna Fietel heard she won an enter-to-win
DunkinÍ Donuts contest she was thrilled. And when she received
new snowboard she really thought she was ready to head
to the slopes.
Teen Killer Buys Snowboard for Trip
A week before Tim Courts and Robert Tulloch allegedly
stabbed Dartmouth professors Half and Susanne Zantop
to death Jan. 27 the former purchased an expensive snowboard
he planned to use in Colorado.
Survives Shark Attack
Surf shop owner Richard Ellis, 40, was attacked while surfing
off Nambucca Heads in an area known as the "V Wall". He underwent
surgery to severe lacerations in his right calf yesterday afternoon,
and is recovering in Coffs Harbour Base Hospital.
Wins XXL Big Wave Award
Mike Parsons' Cortez Bank wave landed him in the history
books as the rider of the biggest wave of the 2001 winter season.
For his work he took home $60,000 from the struggling retailer
Wave Contest starts message board war
Shows that Hawaii Is Racially Diverse
Lifeguard Dave Yester has known if for years, but the Census
department has finally figure it out: Hawaii is the most ethnically
and racially mixed state in the United States and becoming more
so. "Visitors become friends, friends become lovers and everybody
becomes Hawaiian," said Yester, overlooking a diverse group of
sun worshipers on this famed surfing beach on Oahu's North Shore.
"It's the Hawaiian way."
World Honors Brian Wilson
Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Elton John, Ricky
Martin and David Crosby and a host of other turned
out at Radio City Music Hall to honor the founding member of The
Beach Boys. Too bad heÍs out of his head crazy or he may have
enjoyed the evening.
Work of Staggering Luck?
Writer Dave Eggers, founder of Might Magazine, discusses
the odd it is that his first novel/memoir was such a success.
But does he snowboard or skateboard? Chances are no. He has, however,
sold 300,000 copies to date.
Berkley Rests Her Case
Mold SF Opening
In A Kenny Rogers Crossfire
Previous Bags o' Crapola:-
-March 30, 2001
-February 23, 2001
-February 6, 2001
-January 31, 2001
Special thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com