Brand of Aloha
Those price slashers at Costco recently stumbled on some
great surfboards from Aloha. They're selling them for $199.
Get them while they're hot. Of course, HIC, Sims,
Morrow, and Rusty have all been there before.
A Mild Contusion
Looking for a laugh-a-day habit? Check out the latest frame Contusion,
a one-panel cartoon ala Redmeat meats The Quigmans
from the minds of Jaimie Muehlhausen and Roger Scarbossa
(you know them from Swell and Swag). It will get
under your skin.
Gets His Tongue Clipped
After weeks of spilling every last detail of his life on the road,
Ben Marcus (the World's Greatest Surf Writer) has been
forced to curb his appetite for destruction. Apparently, his discussions
of a trip to surf a far away place were getting in the way of
his ability to write the story for the Primedia Action Sports
Cartel. Funny that a big magazine photo editor would be worried
about a little site like this.
-Click here for the latest update.
Ben has now left Whistler, BC on Sunday and is headed north with
no money and a dead battery.
Last Board Hits The Water
When a surfboard owned by The Duke went up for auction
a week ago in Hawaii, we wondered who would buy it. Swell.com
found out. It was Haleiwa Surf n' Sea surf shop owner Joe
Green who paid $15,000 for the board and then took it out
the next morning for a surf at Waikiki.
Segundo Names Park After Boy
Segundo council votes to name skate park after Joshua Gardner,
11, who was killed in a skateboarding accident in June. City hopes
to raise awareness about safety and responsibility.
Beck Goes Pro
She's the nation's top am, but at next week's US Open of Surfing
Holly Beck will be competing as a pro for the first time. Holly
even gets called "Anna Kournikova with a surfboard"
by LA Times writer Mike Bresnahan.
Nuuhiwa Turns 53
The "king of the noseriders" has a birthday and Rockin'
Fig is there to get all the details in his weekly surf column
from the LA Times.
For Older Pro Surfers?
XXL winner Mike Parsons says there's room in pro
surfing for guys with more experience. At least that's what he
said on TransWorldsurf.com.
Hoping for World Tour Spot
Ryan Simmons is currently in the number one spot on the
PSTA tour, however, he dreams of making the big show. The
US Open of Surfing this weekend, may give him a chance.
The Bicycle is Dead
Huffy's recent bid to takeover Schwinn drills this
point home even harder: kids just aren't riding bikes anymore.
Most have traded them in for skateboards, scooters, and Sony
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2x
Activision has ported THPS 2 for Microsoft's new
Xbox platform and so far everyone is stoked. Of course, we're
all waiting for THPS
3 which should be out later this year.
It seems logical, but when city officials in Calgary, Alberta
looked at the numbers they found that while only 7,000 kids played
hockey more than 17,000 skateboarded. So, they did the smart thing
and built the world's largest skatepark in Centenial park. Now
people are traveling from all over just to ride the place.
Takes Billabong Pro
Jake Paterson became the first surfer to win back-to-back
WCT surfing tournaments today when he defeated Taylor Knox
in the Billabong Pro.
Sponsors Vans Triple Crown
Microsoft has announced that it has signed on as a sponsor
for the Vans Triple Crown Series. As part of the three-year
partnership, Microsoft has secured the rights for the Xbox
Pro of Freestyle Motocross, the Xbox World Championships
of Skateboarding, and the Xbox Pipeline Masters of Surfing.
World's Finest Skate Museum
Todd Huber gave up cigarettes in 1989 and says he needed
a hobby. That hobby was collecting one of the largest groupings
of classic skateboards in the world. Currently he has more than
Hobgood Advances at Billabong
There's nothing like hometowm coverage of far away events. Florida
Today is keeping track of local heros, the brothers Hobgood
and their progress at Jeffreys Bay.
coverage of Jake Patterson
We've been surfing in a rusty tub for what seems like weeks, and
Swell's Marcus Sanders finally kicks down all the
knowledge on exactly what we've been packing our nasal passages
with the past few days.
Travels With Ike Update
The most recent Ben Marcus updates features stories of
wild barefooters, BC Canada, rantings about Frank, and some excruciatingly
detailed plans for the Russia trip. If you haven't been following
along you also need to check out the July
16 update. It was written entirely by Ike the Cat and
is gut-busting comedy.
Getting Bad Rap
After the alligator attacks and a slew of shark problems Florida
is worried that all this media coverage is going to hurt tourism.
Kind of reminds me a little of that movie about the huge shark.
Challenges Gas Pipeline
NY resident Ross M. Weale always dreamed of living near
Pipeline, he just didn't know it would be Columbia (S.C.) Gas
Transmission Corp.'s $700 million underground natural gas
Millennium Pipeline. Now he's bummed.
Ships More Jobs To China
Looks like K2 will eventually fire just about everyone
from their Vashon Island, Washington headquarters. They plan to
lay off another 190 workers in the move to get their boards made
even cheaper. Of course, this will probably be reported as another
Names Idiot to Board of Directors
The only thing better than shipping all your production to China
is putting a Class-A idiot on your board of directors. Maybe K2
management put former Vice President Dan Quayle on the
BOD so they'd have someone to blame. It worked well for Daddy
George. "We chose Dan Quayle for his China connections, his
knowledge of the Asian landscape and his political savvy," said
senior vice president for finance John J. Rangel proving he has
no concept of the term "political savvy."
Sharp Milks the Big Wave Lotto
In a run to knock Corky
Carroll out of his position as the surfer who's made the
most out of nothing, Bill Sharp has suckered yet another
company (this time Billabong) into financing the third
incarnation of his "big waves for money" ponzi scheme. Fortunately,
the big media world just can't get enough of this stuff.
it appeared in TransWorld Surf
UK Sunday Times Coverage
Found Two Years Too Late
Park rangers searching for two missing climbers on Mount Rainier
discovered the body of a snowboarder missing for over two years.
Dr. William Tres Tietjen's body was found at 5,800 feet
beneath a waterfall at the edge of the Nisqually Glacier. Click
the link to learn exactly what not to do when snowboard mountaineering.
Master of Disaster
Duane Peters named by Heckler Magazine editors as
"the reason people hate skateboarders" is profiled in
the OC Weekly. Read it and recognize.
ha ha ha haaaaaa Wipeout
When he joined The Surfaris, Jim Pash didn't know
what an impact the group's signature recording "Wipe Out" would
have on generations to come. Nor did he know that it would someday
become second only to Stairway to Heaven in driving music store
employees out of their fricking gourds.
Wins A Webby
It was a night of geeks and freaks in San Francisco at the Annual
Webby Awards and guess who was there to claim the prize
for best sports site? Yep, the Swell.com guys. Well at
least Swell investors got something for their $20 million.
Open Skate Shop
Matt Sexton and Adam Cowell, both 19, opened Hooligan's
at 2101 Central Ave. in Ceres, CA and are catering exclusively
to skaters, Hooligan's carries boards, wheels, posters, clothing
Still Legal In Chino
Skateboarders will continue to rule the streets of the city at
least until September, thanks to the City Council's decision.
The council lead by the coolest major in the United States Earl
Elrod, decided that the proposed ordinance was too strict.
"I don't want to put an ordinance into effect that basically eliminates
the fun that they're having in town," Elrod said. Why can't we
all have a mayor like that?
Pipeline Returns to Upland
Upland, California's proposed skateboard park will pay homage
to its skating past with a full pipe. The park's plans call for
a 24-feet in diameter, 24-foot-long aqueduct-style pipe that was
featured in the Upland Pipeline.
Has A Friend
The Benicia skatepark was one of the first concrete parks to spring
up in the post park era and after 14 year, the thing has seen
better days. That's why Mike McDaniel of Verb DNA
has spearheaded an effort to build a new skatepark in Benicia.
If you would like to donate money or product to the mission you
can send Mike e-mail at email@example.com
or call him at (707) 746-0444 ext. 23
Gets Skatepark on the Pier
Pier 24, a little-used storage shed near the foot of the Bay Bridge,
is set to be transformed into an indoor skateboard park -- providing
one of the few hassle-free venues in San Francisco. The ramps
are leftovers from the X Games which has packed up and moved on
to Philly this year. One mans trash. . .
Mom Becomes Skate Mom
Mother Anna Gordon has traded in her soccar mom duties
and become a skateboard mom. Now she's telling other moms what
they can expect now that their kids are leaving the balls behind
and picking up skateboards.
and Wall Street
Camp Woodward makes the Wall Street Journal. Yes,
son, there is big money in "extreme sports" camps. And guess who
is cashing in?
Looks For Clean Waves
Jeff Duclos, co-chair of the Surfrider Foundation's
Malibu chapter, would tell you, "the definition of 'clean' has
totally changed." As the water quality in the Malibu Creek and
lagoon has gradually gotten worse over the past 20 years, surfers
faithful to the Malibu waters may have suffered the most."
Readies for X Games
"Being welcomed in Aspen is the surest sign of your eminent demise."
Hunter S. Thompson didn't say it, but he should have. Less
that a year after opening the slopes of Ajax to snowboarding,
Aspen Ski Corp. is playing host to the 2002 X Games
and going almost head to head with the Olympics. Will anyone
care? Well, Aspen sure is excited.
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Previous Bags o' Crapola:
-July 5, 2001
-June 19, 2001
-May 9, 2001
-April 27, 2001
Special thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com