Note: It has been brought to our attention numerous times
in the past few weeks that we have been somewhat remiss in updating
The Sack. As in all relationships, sometimes you just don't
feel like it. Please consider this update as the clearing of the
throat or the evacuating of yesterdays corn. You'll also notice
that many of the links listed below have already expired. We'll
be back on track soon. If you've heard anything lately, please
Ben Gets The Sad News
NEWLY UPDATED: Before Ben is able to leave for the road
he gets the news that Santa Cruz surfer Jay Moriarity has
died in a diving accident in the Maldives. It is a sad day for
Ben gets an update from a photographer who was on the island when
the tragedy occured.
Moriarity Dies In Diving Accident
"News of Moriarity's death began to trickle into Santa
Cruz on Friday morning, and by late afternoon grief-stricken friends
had gathered in stunned mourning around Moriarity's widow, Kim,
on the Pleasure Point bluffs," said the Santa Cruz Sentinal.
O'Neill Moriarity press release
Travels With Ike: Ben Marcus
Hits The Road
It is our favorite time of the year. The time when Ben Marcus,
the world's greatest living surf writer, gets stir crazy, loads
up his van and heads north toward Alaska. This time, he has replaced
his old traveling companion, Mr. Walther, with a new one: Ike.
Who is Ike? Read on and you'll learn.
Pro Boat Trip on Surfermag.com
It's not a Bluetorch live satellite broadcast from Teahupoo,
but there are satellites involved. Surfermag.com's Scott Bass
is off the coast of West Sumatra, Indonesia in the Mentawai Islands
madly dialing up his satellite phone to upload images and updates.
So far so good.
Frye Sworn In
She won the votes and a seat on the San Diego City Council now
major politicos are trying to figure out how the wife of surf
legend Skip Frye was able to beat out the entrenched politicians
and if she'll be able to stay around for a win in the next election.
Dr. Beach's List of Beaches
Every year Stephen Leatherman a.k.a Dr. Beach releases
his list of the top 50 beaches in the world. This year he gave
the nod to Kauai's Poipu State Beach. Of course he left California
completely out of the top 10. The OC Register's Gary
Warner doesn't like that and in this story he explains exactly
why and gives his
own top ten list.
on the Down and Up
While the Orange County Register was running a story about
the surf being up for apparel companies, the LA Times points
out that Quiksilver's stock (ZQK)
was down $3 earlier this month even though sales are up. Luckily
for Quik they closed at $24.01 on June 11.
She may have been twice as old as her competitiors, but Kim
Hamrock didn't care about age as she dominated the competition
in the first stop of the Margaritaville Longboard Open Series
on Sunday at the Oceanside Pier.
Wilson Back on Tour
He's got a new bath robe, a new album and a new babysitter (Paul
Simon). The two will be touring together this summer. Simon
will help point Wilson at his piano, and Wilson's genius
will spill forth.
Sacklunch Fan Mail
"Glad that the web provides an outlet for such sorry, unimaginative
pieces of shit as yourself. Shame if you ever had to do something
that required thought." -George
Hurchalla, creator of a Backcountry CD-ROM that got a
bad review in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Gravity Games Relaunches
The Gravity Games a.k.a NBC's slower, dimmer version
of the X Games has a completely new website. And guess
what? They lost most of the flash and followed the three column
format (just like the Sack). It appears that some people finally
are catching on.
Still On The Rocks
According to Inside.com Emap, financial director,
Gary Hughes, practically admitted that the purchase of
Petersen Publishing (Surfer, Snowboarder,
and Guns & Ammo, among others) was a colossal failure when
he fired CEO Kevin Hand, This coupled with extremely disappointing
earnings could mean their price has dropped low enough for the
carrion of the publishing world Primedia to step in.
Has Best Season In 2 Years
Leave it to the PR wonks at Colorado Ski Country to send
out a press release claming that 2001 was the best year since
1999. How hurting do you have to be to make that claim? "The
nation's No. 1 ski state reported a big comeback this year from
two straight dismal skiing seasons, but much of the gain came
at the cost of reduced revenue from lift ticket sales resulting
from discounted season passes." If you pay them, they will
Last year, in some strange act of soul/socialism Occy and
Rochelle Ballard decided to split their Op Pro Boat
Trip Challenge winnings with everyone on the trip. Talk about
peer pressure. This year Op is splitting the money up themselves
in a win-win situation for all surfers. Click here to read the
Arrested In Block Stabbing æ
Seven men who police say are Los Angeles County gang members have
been arrested in the October stabbing death of a rival out in
front of the Vans Skatepark at The Block in Orange,
California. Sure, the Combi pool is dangerous, but it's nothing
compared to walking back to your car after 9 pm. æ
Literature We Haven't Read
The LA Times asked readers for reviews of good books kids
have read and someone turned in a review of this gem: Skateboard
Tough by Matt Christopher. It's a fantasy story about
a boy who finds a skateboard owned by former champion Lance Hawker
and meets an old woman who decides to build a skatepark in her
backyard so the neighborhood kids have a place to skateboard.
Yes, we said fantasy.
"Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt looked like refugees
from the skateboard park--wearing the appropriate gear,
with caps turned backward, of course--who happened to wander over
to the French Open."
La Canada/Flintridge decided to give it's juvenile delinquents
a place to skateboard when the city's Joint Use Committee
approved a plan to build a temporary skate park at Foothill Intermediate
School. The park is scheduled to open in July and operate for
at least 60 days. Wow, 60 whole days? What about the other 305?
Meets Discusses Skatepark
Purkiss Rose-RSI is building the new park in Arcadia and
Frank Hirata was there in person to explain to the kids
exactly why this park was going to be great. "We want to build
something where you're never bored, you're never at a dead end,"
Hirata told the crowd of youngsters. æ
Mesa Gets Mobile Skatepark
You'd think that all the local taxes that the action sports industry
pours into Costa Mesa city government that they city would come
up with something better than a "mobile skateboard park".
But no. In a perfect answer to the "not in my backyard" problem,
the city will open a park that can be moved from spot to spot
staying one step ahead of the angry neighbors.
Ross-RSI Builds Upland Park
The Fullerton, CA based landscape architecture firm has been retained
to design a park for Upland, former home of the most famous skateboard
park in the world. Upland's Memorial Park will play host.
Surfers Tango Twice
When Craig Stromsoe hoists girlfriend Andi Broccoli
over his head it's not to look up her skirt. Well, he may do that
sometimes, but not while he's tandem surfing with her.
Click for the story.
First Timers Hit the Water
Whittier Elementary's Surf Day brings 30 third-grade students
to Sunset Beach to learn how to catch a wave. Of course, they
really should learn how to swim first.
Up With ... Scott Morlan
Ever wonder what Newport Harbor High surf coach Scott Morlan's
been upto lately? Didn't think so.
Industry Pulls It's Pants Up
Sales have been down, but after that wonderful SIMA trip
to Cabo it looks like everyone is giddy with excitement for the
coming back to school boom. This story by Chad Hoctor includes
quotes from Dick Baker, TransWorld Surf Business,
and Pac Sun's Greg Weaver. PT even got to mention
what a great success Surfing Girl has been. Really, now?
The Vans/Surfing Magazine Airshow Series, gets written
up in the LA Times. "In the airshow we only judge ATL, which means
'above the lip.' It's unique and totally different," said Darren
Brilhart, director of the series. "We only score on aerials."
Hey, maybe that's why it's called an air show.
Please God, No.
First it was Windsurfing, then came the strap on crowd,
now it's flying a kite while standing on a surfboard. If this
isn't a definite sign of the apocalypse I don't know what is.
In this LA Times article you can get all the latest news
on "a sport so new most people don't even know what it is." But
then again, I guess all those over-the-hill Windsurfers do deserve
to make a living.
Surfing Keeps You Young
Blending interviews with solid archival footage, writer-director
David L. Brown's movie Surfing For Life profiles
bronzed enthusiasts in their 60s, 70s and 80s, including John
"Doc" Ball, John Kelly, and Woody Brown among
Beach's Eve Fletcher Profiled
Not Go In There
Summer is just around the corner so the Orange County Register
decided this would be a perfect time to remind everyone just how
dangerous it is at Orange County beaches. Obviously, these are
glass half empty editors.
Memoir Worth Reading
Launches Surf Europe
Sunwear See Saw
Previous Bags o' Crapola:-
-May 9, 2001
-April 27, 2001
-March 30, 2001
-February 23, 2001
Special thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com