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The Vote Makua Rothman won the Billabong XXL with a macking, bone-crushing
66 foot Jaws monster, however, you weren't on the judging panel.
If you had been who would you have chosen as the Billabong
XXL Winner for the winter of 2003?
Wrisley Leaves TransWorld
After 15 years at TransWorld Media, Group Publisher Tim
Wrisley announced on Friday May 2, 2003 that he will be leaving
the company in mid June. Wrisley was removed from his current
job and "offered another position in the company which he
declined." The change comes as part of a "management
Burnquist Backs The Reefer Bob supported his girlfriend Jen O'Brien when she
appeared on the cover of High Times and says, "I feel
like I have to fight for what I believe in."
On Promo Drive Through Japan Rob and the crew on are tour in Japan in support of the
new Steelhouse film Drive Thu Japan. The Japanese media
appears to be paying attention.
Parks & Rec Board to Quit Over Skatepark
The board of director of the Parks and Rec department said they
would all resign if the city of Berkley Springs, West Virginia
puts a skateboard park in a public park. These are exactly
the kind of idiots who should resign.
Sued by Levi's For Tab Placement
A small Welch denim company is being sued by Levi's for
placing the Howies logo tab in the same place that Levi's places
there. The Howies
website is now providing tabs for people who would like to replace
the tab on their Levi's.
SF Surfer Sentenced In Beating Ryan Farrell, 31, of San Francisco got 150 days house arrest
and a three year ban from surfing any of San Francisco's beaches
after he and several others were found guilty of beating Adam
Browning, 32, of Berkeley at Fort Point, under the Golden
Gate Bridge. The story appeared in more than 24 daily news papers
across the nation.
Market Taking a Dive?
According to the San Diego Union the once hot skate market
is beginning to cool as company begin cutting back on skateboards.
Watson Liminates laid off 35 in January and most others are feeling
the heat as well.
Kids Don't Get the Element
You've seen the ads popping up everywhere, but something about
Honda's alterna-SUV just isn't appealing to the young skate/snow
crowd. The average age of Element buyers so far has been 41, and
most of those are women wearing "practical shoes" if
you know what we mean. What gives?
Trouble at Four Star Distribution
Word is that Steve Ruff was cut cold on Friday. Sack sources
also claim that riders and reps aren't getting paid on time. Raul
Reis is scrambling to keep the company rolling and has reportedly
asked for two more months to pay them off.
More Layoffs At Burton
On Friday approximately five more people were laid off at Burton
including long, long-time VP and Director of Global SAles Dave
Schmidt. More layoffs may be on the way as the company reportedly
moves torward a more broad-based, Quiksilver like approach
Shooter Described as Skateboarder
We just can't get a break. James R. Sheets, the 14 year
old from Red Lion, PA who shot his principal and then killed himself
was described as an "avid skateboarder." Luckily,
he also played team sports as well.
Jailed for Injury to Kids Michael Wolff, 20, of Killeen, Texas, has remained in Garfield
County, CO Jail on a $15,000 bond since March 15 when he blasted
through a ski school class on his snowboard and seriously injury
three 5- to 7-year-old skiers at Sunlight Mountain. Quik's Bright Lights, Big City
Taking the beach to the city has been the dream of action sports
brands since Hang Ten first grabbed the malls of America,
now Quik is doing it right with their store on the corner
of 42nd and Broadway.
Stance Gets Pantsed
It started circa 1991 as Blast then became Warp
and finally relaunched as Stance. But new names couldn't
attract readers and now TransWorld Media's action culture
magazine has gone the way of Action Now! and Dirt
before it. Apparently, there's not a wet eye in the building.
Girl Books Gets 'Em Young
First it was tiny, sexy, swimsuits for 14 year olds, now it's
books for the Tweenagers. Quiksilver is launching a bookline
with HarperEntertainment with adventure stories for young
girls. Saucy and well read? Bring it on.
This is Where Reef Finds The Girls
Ever wondered how Fernando and Santiago end up with
all those beautiful girls to represent them in their trade show
booths and the pages of surf magazines around the world? Talk
about "shock and awe".
Opens Streets To Skateboarding
In an era of skate hate it's amazing to see the actions taken
by the city of Vancouver, BC to legalize skateboarding, take away
the right of officers to confiscate skateboards, and build
Andrew Crawford: Guidance Counselor? Crawdaddy stopped by Miss Waldop's freshman English
class at Salem, Oregon's McNary High to tell kids that it's okay
to follow their dreams. Andrew did and now he's making "$300,000
to $400,00" a year doing snowboard tricks? Really?
Profiled in Modesto Bee Vanessa Torres, Lyn-Z Adams, Cara-Beth Burnside,
and Jen O'Brien are on their way to Slam City and
they're making stops along the way.
MJ Gone Who Can Endorse
Marketeers are now scrambling to find the next huckster for their
products. Mitchie Brusco and Luke Mitrani are a
couple that sponsors have already picked up.
Ice Luge and Street Luge Unite
Proving once and for all the street luge is one of the silliest
things you can do on four wheels, USA Luge (the group that
sends people to the Olympics) has teamed up with International
Gravity Sports Association to help make luging cool. Will
we see a two man street luge? Gee, we hope so.
Duper Pipe Still Sucks
A few months ago we told you what a stupid idea Mammoth
Super Duper pipe was. Now the local paper is even getting into
the pipe bashing.
Bad Year In Seattle
After a winter that the Seattle PI described as "lackluster"
Northwest shops are trying anything to keep things rolling. Quotes
from Sno Con's Atlee Treasure included. Sessions
Sign Of Business Growth
When the Santa Cruz Sentinel wants to show how business
is picking up look who they go to, Joel Gomez and Sessions.
Apparently he just leased 19,000 square feet in Scotts Valley.
Dye Their Hair Too
Just ask Taylor Knox. He'll tell you he's rockin' Maxim
hair color for men. Yes, the magazine that launched the brand
that launched the hair dye of the aging action sports stars.
In OC Weekly
This story is only four months old, but we missed it when it came
out and it's well worthy of a checkout if you didn't happen to