With Ike Update
Too much has happened in the past few days. Ben Marcus
has written letters to Patagonia, Steve Hawk, and
even prereleased an obituary for Swell.com. He's also lost
his boots, entered Canada, and run out of money. Still few fish.
Clickto read on.
In Its Element
We told you about this deal over
a month ago, but now it's official. Billabong has purchased
the Element Skateboards
brand. Skateboarding continues to be the industry's savior.
You've all heard the news. Now it's time to wait and see how things
sort out. The big question is: where will the consolidation begin
and who will get canned? Because you know there isn't enough room
for all those egos in two small buildings? Another note: while
the story is huge and getting play all over, the magazines that
matter to us are rarely (if ever) mentioned.
Carroll weighs in
Times Market Watch
Ben Still On The Road
Fear not. Ben has not forgotten the Sacklunch faithful.
Catch up on all the latest from Idaho.
-July 1 and 2
A 10-year-old boy died at a skateboard park in Glenwood
Springs, Colorado Saturday from a massive skull fracture when
a heavy steel rail used for tricks toppled onto him. He was not
skateboarding at the time. Officials are now questioning
the safety of skateparks.
Daily News story
services held for boy
First Person Report On Moriarity
It was a busy couple days in Southern Idaho for Ben Marcus.
First, the world's greatest surf journalist sneaks into a Patagonia
sales meeting and speaks with Yvon Chouinard, then gets
a first hand account from a diver who helped with the search Jay
Moriarity first disappeared death from a diver who helped
with the search.
Breaks a$500 Fly Rod
He's claimed to be a fisherman for quite sometime, however,
Ben Marcus just caught his first keeper (of this trip). Ike the
cat has been running off a lot lately and was nearly eaten by
a badger. Catch up on the latest episode of Travels
-June 24, 2001
-June 23, 2001
Pickled with Billabong
The SoCal debutante season kicked off Wednesday night June 20
with a huge party at Anaheim's Sun Theater to premiere
Billabong's new Jamie Mosberg film Pickled.
If you didn't go, you blew it. Seriously. The place was packed
with Orange County's finest. And the movie, well, it centers around
some middle aged goofball (Robert Earl Wells) floating
in a raft and eating pickles. Apparently there was also some surfing
in the film. Good surfing at that.
Ben Meets A Boy Who Catches Fish
You'd think with the amount of time Ben Marcus spends "flogging
the river" that's he'd bring something home. Nope. The trout
goes to a 10 year old bait fisherman named Austin. More from Montana.
Moriarity's Death Makes Waves
Hawk updated his comprehensive story on Jay's death. Jay died
in Maldives but the out pouring of support for his family and
friends has come in from around the world. Here are just a few
of the stories that have run in recent days:
- Mavsurfer.com's front screen
Grief, shock follow famed young surfer's death
mourning Moriarity's death
Cruz mourns well-known surfer
of world-class surfer stuns coastal community
Ben Eats Elk, Ike Kills
The tip from Mike and Rich's cabin cleaner was, if you're going
to eat elk make sure you marinate it. Ben shops for fixin's and
prepares to begin work on his Jay Moriarity memorial story as
Travels With Ike continues.
Skateparks Are Springing Up All Over
The LA Times notices a trend: skateparks are being built
in city across this great nation. And skateparks are saving todays
youth, just ask Kevin Boland in his "Arrest Me I'm a Skateboarder"
the King of the Surf Guitar
It was 15 years ago that an LA Times writer Martin Smith
visited Dick Dale. The king was down on his luck, getting
kicked out of his Newport Beach mansion and things were looking
to get worse. Now Martin looks back and compares his first impression
of the man to the realities in 2001.
"I've spent more than two years writing about dot-coms, and
I'm kind of sick of them and their latte-chugging, snowboard-toting
CEOs who promise to "change the world."--Eryn Brown,
Fortune Magazine talking about people we know.
Winter Returns In June
When a freak Rocky Mountain storm dumped three feet of snow on
Big Sky Montana the owners could do nothing, but fire up
the lifts and let 'em ride.
Skiing Company Down 66%
Things are not looking rosey for the ski resort company that owns
Heavenly Valley, and you can blame that on "nonrecurring
charges" because everything else at the companies resorts was
up, up, up. Right.
Reef on Florida East Coast?
You know it's scary when people in Florida are saying things like,
"It's been done in California," as a reson to build an artificial
reef on Florida's coast. Even funnier, they hope to generate "8-10
foot waves" on the Gulf coast. Good luck.
Profiled in Seattle Weekly
Pro snowboarder and journalist Arlie Carsten's band Juno
gets written up in the hometown weekly. This ran last month, but
somehow we missed it.
Ben Gets The Sad News
Moriarity Dies In Diving Accident
Pro Boat Trip on Surfermag.com
Frye Sworn In
Previous Bags o' Crapola:
-June 19, 2001
-May 9, 2001
-April 27, 2001
-March 30, 2001
Special thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com