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Currently being discussed: Swell selling Monster Skate.
Is it true, Batman? And who would buy it? Also, rumors of Airwalk/Genetic/Tare7
closing doors just surfaced. There should be more, so be sure
and post your latest news item.
In the last issue of Surfer magazine, someone Photoshopped
a logo off a T-shirt from an historical photo of Kelly Slater
after his sixth World Championship title. Is altering photos okay?
If so when. Click
here to vote.
Burton Holds Dean Fundraiser
Looks like Jake and Donna "Burton" Carpenter
are doing what they can to elect the next president of the United
States as they hosted former Vermont Governer Howard Dean
in their home. The $250 a plate dinner raised more then $25,000
for Dean's campaign. Dean says if he wins he will come back to
Vermont to ski, but not snowboard. "I'm just not coordinated
Hires New Brand Marketeer
The snowboard giant was happy to announce that they've hired Scott
Struve as the new "director of brand marketing."
Scott comes to Burton from Timex where he launched
line of watches. His PR says he's formerly worked with Airwalk
and Converse skate shoes. Looks like working with winning
companies has finally paid off for Struve.
DynoComm Sports Shuts Down
They were the first TV production company to put snowboarding
on TV with early Op Pro and US Open events on ESPN
and FOX Sports Net, but the company founded by Alan
Gibby had to close in May after a bad experience with a "motosports"
most recently produced TV shows for Clear
Channel's SuperCross MX series.
Three Year Old Sports Stars? Kansas City Star sports columnist Blair Kerkhoff
weighs in on the trend of sponsoring younger and younger kids
including Mitchie Brusco, Termite's six-year-old
main boy. He also makes mention of "pushy" sports moms.
Hmm, do we know any of those?
Tony Hawk Metaphor
"Otherwise, it's like asking (skateboarder) Tony Hawk to
compete in a 2-foot halfpipe. I'm no Tony Hawk, but I tend toward
going bigger and harder." --South African freestyle kayaker Steve
Fisher talking about a course in the Teva
BMXers Trying to Barge Alameda
The city of Alameda, CA has a skateboard park that BMXers
are slowing destroying. Now the BMXer's are begging for a chance
to ride park legally. Don't those bikes work on dirt anymore?
Surfer Magazine Alters
It was a simple thing that was easy to do, but the question remains:
why would Surfer Magazine jeapardize 44 years of photo
integrity just to mask out a TransWorld Surf logo on Benji
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was December 1998 and Kelly Slater had just clinched his
sixth world championship. To Kelly's left was a stoked Benji
Weatherly in a blue TransWorld shirt that Steve Zeldin
had just given him. Surfing magazine ran the photo in their
April 1999 North Shore issue. Last month when Surfer magazine
ran a look back story a similar photo appeared except the logo
on Benji's shirt was mysteriously missing. If petty magazine rivalries
are enough for Surfer editors to doctor a photo, what would they
do if $60,000 were on the line? -What
do you think? Click here to Sack the Vote.
Relaunches Website Water Magazine has a smooth new website with story previews
from current and past issues, lots of subscribing opportunities,
and best of all a link to the Sack in the "supporters"
section. Thanks, Zeldo.
Gets $400 Million Upgrade
The town of Breckenridge, Colorado has okay'd a 20 year, $400
million redevelopment that will bring new village units to Peaks
7 and 8 with hundreds of new units and retail space. Isn't it
nice to have Realtors on the town council?
Vision Launches Sportskool
A new sports how-to video-on-demand channel is launching later
this year. Featured on the new video: Revin' Kevin Delaney
teaching you how to snowboard.
The Game Goes X
Looks like surfing has finally make ESPN's list of marketable
sports as surfing joins the summer X Games with an East
Coast/West Coast battle royale based on Brad Gerlach's
new comp format. Damn, now surfing can be as exciting to watch
Register Story on X Games Surfing
Death Knell #2
The OC Register says the number of skateboarders
has dropped 7 percent in the past year. This and more interesting
discussion of skateboarding pending death.
Launches Skateboarding Line
We give Nike a lot of shit, but just when the market is
taking a dive they announce their plans for skateboarding. Sounds
like a recipe for failure, no? At least they have Kevin Imamura
doing the talking.
Cuts Staff in Half
The marketing geni behind Airwalk and Genetic shoes
cut nearly half their 100 person staff last Friday. Hey, it can't
Check out the list of the richest women down under and you'll
see some familiar names. It's the dueling Nicoles: Kidman
and Perrin. Sound familiar? Mrs. Matthew Perrin is worth
$109 million. Thanks, Billabong.
Not Going Private Globe International's leading shareholder's rejected plans
to take the company private Tuesday. Apparently, they'd rather
lose the rest of your money the old fashioned way.
Stores Down, Chain Stores Up
The SIA recently released the results of it's annual retailer
survey and guess what? Snowboard buyers are tired of service and
are only interested in chasing down bargains. Or is that just
what we got out of the results?
The retro shoe company that is owned by an artist management company
has hired a new ad agency to represent the brand and cut porn
starlet Jenna Jameson. Don't worry, she won't go hungry,
Jenna still has her Sims Snowboards deal.
Boom Huck Jam Is Back Tony Hawk's traveling extreme circus will be back again
for another season and rumors are some of the bands that played
last year will play again. Let's all pray that Good Charlotte
isn't one of them.
Sk8er Boi Becomes Feature
The song that launched the return of pop girls who act their age
will be turned into a film with the help of some TV writers and
is being described as a musical like Footloose. Poor Avril
Sun Doubles Up
Sales more than doubled in the first quarter of this year compared
to 2002 and everyone who screens a surf logo on a T-shirt is ecstatic
because all the big guys love the malls because they offer "more
Apparel 5 for 1 Stock Split
Apparently, America's youth are so excited about Hot Tuna
that the company is kicking down a split for it's faithful shareholders.
President and CEO Bruce MacGregor couldn't be happier.
Senn Hates The X Games
In a Modesto Bee story the Grass Valley pro skater mentioned
how stupid he thinks judging skateboarding is and how "ESPN
just doesn't listen" to skaters. Then again Senn never would
have been interviewed for the story if he hadn't been at the X
Ski Team Begging People To Ski
The US Ski Team is now combing the country begging former
gymnasts to join the ailing ski aerials team. They'll even teach
you to ski. How sad is that?
Most Feeble John Walsh, 57, father of missing son turned fugitive hunter
recently broke his left ankle while trying to copy a skateboard
stunt done by a child. Stick to chasing the bad guys, John.
Surf Beating Part 2 Bodyboarder Ryan Farrell got 120 days house arrest, a couple
hundred hours of community service, a ban from SF beaches and
four years probation for a beating he delivered at Fort Point.
Guerrero's Taqueria Deluxe Skateboard's co-owner's most recent album is more
smooth-groove cool. He played May 16, but we missed it.
Rods In, Poles Out
In a bid to "focus on core product" the owner of Adio,
Ride Snowboards, Planet Earth, and Shakespeare
fly rods sold it's light pole business for $19 million. The company
will now be able to focus more of it's energies in the highly
stable action sports industry.
May Pulls Down Bikini Sales
The month that usually launches everyone into summer turned out
too cold and bikini sales are close to 10 percent down over a
year ago. Even Quik's Time Square store is feeling the
Steps Into Liquid
The entertainment company has bought the rights to Dana Brown's
new surf documentary Step into Liquid for a possible August
release. Unfortunately, no one told the Hollywood reporter that
Dana is a he.
Skaters Get Written About Derek Munson and Ashton Mey have learned to pump
their skateboard to gather speed and Seattle Times writer
Ken Lambert thinks it's amazing. Someone's bong must be
Hood vs. The Developer
More than 1000 people met in Hood River when county officials
held meetings to discuss the $120 million expansion plans at the
160 acre Copper Spur Ski Area.
The company Tony Hawk Pro Skater built lost 4.5 percent
in early May when analysts wondered if the company would be able
to sell enough games.
Boys In Sacramento 40 years?
It was 1963 and the Beach Boys played one of their first
big shows in Sacramento at Memorial Auditorium. This is the story
behind that show. Huh?