To Death In Alaska
Ben Marcus is obsessing on his latest idea, the Red
Bull/Inserts your surf company name here Midsummer longest
day boardercrossover bore riding contest. He's done gutting fish
and he's ready for a new adventure. He's also upset about all
kinds of things. Here is the latest:
Birthday to Ben
It's his 41st birthday and what does Ben "The World's
Greatest Surf Writer" Marcus get? He gets all of his
precious DVDs stolen. If you've enjoyed reading his journals then
send him a birthday wish by clicking
It's a sad world when you can't even visit a snowboard manufacturer
site without being sent to a porn mill. We don't even know what
happened to Elan Snowboards on this one. Someone
appears to be having a little fun with them.(Clicking the headline
may require you to quit your browser. Be careful.)
of the Week?
Who is Bluetorch TV "partnering" up with this
week? If you know, let
Growing On Loners
A new study by American Sports Data says more kids are
getting into "extreme" sports because more and more
of them are becoming "loners."
Zealander Breaks Top 44
Maz Quinn becomes the first Kiwi surfer to make
the ASP top 44. Quinn needed 9000 points to guarantee a place
in the top 16 and he ended up with 9074 after the Rip Curl
Mayor Want's $1000 Fines
As soon as Tallahassee, Florida's first public skate park is finished
next year Mayor Scott Maddox wants to impose a fine on
skaters who are caught rolling in the city's streets. Dork.
Racks Up For Snowboarders
The Silver Queen gondola never needed snowboarder racks
before. Now that Ajax is opening to snowboarding workers
are busy retrofitting the cars for the coming season.
Glacier Beginning To Melt
Who would have thought that an indoor snowboard park in Orange
Country would have so many struggles? Doesn't everyone in So Cal.
dream of spending a day indoors on fake snow? Apparently Gotcha
Glacier investors are beginning to think.
Bluetorch Tanks Running
On Friday August 25 Bluetorch TV's Executive Producer Mark
Jeremias, and Vice President of Marketing Michael Marckx
resigned their positions at the company to pursue other options.
Is Bluetorch going mainstream to survive?
Billabong International easily exceeded almost every financial
forecast it made when it listed a year ago and looks to be on
it's way to another record year according to main money guy Matthew
Perrin. The end result was a net profit of $42.1 million for
the year to June 30, 2001.
Marcus Sleeping With the Fishes
Okay, he's not actually sleeping with the fishes, but I'm sure
Ben Marcus smells a lot like fish after a long day gutting
the things in the Neptune Processing factory. Here's the
latest from Travels With Ike.
BMW Builds a Skateboard?
The guys at TheSSN.com
found a webpage featuring a futuristic skateboard that looks like
someone's engineering school
project gone haywire. Picture if you will an M5 skateboard.
We want one and we want it now.
Boarder Becomes Ninth Shark Victim
An 18-year-old sponger was nipped by a shark Saturday, the ninth
person bitten at New Smyrna in the last week. Ben Gibbs
of Casselberry was bitten on his upper left thigh and right foot.
Apparently Florida sharks are getting smarter.
Surfers Are Not Afraid
If you spent your summers staring out at a flat Atlantic you probably
wouldn't let anything keep you off a swell. At least, that's how
it is in Florida.
Wants Their Helmets Back
About 10,000 World Industries helmets are being recalled
after they failed to pass tests by the Consumer Product Safety
World's Worst X Games Story Lead
"If you've ever dreamed of busting a gnarly rad slappie along
the top of a halfpipe and tranny into a burly casperflip, then
you probably love the X Games." -Mark Melhorn of
the Atlantic City Press Online trying a little too hard
to be down.
Premieres at La Paloma
Taylor Steele and Chris MalloyÍs latest co-op project
launched in Encinitas Friday August 24, 2001 "We havenÍt had a
premiere like this in a long time," said Poor Specimen Sales Manager
Nino Camillo. Of course other weren't so impressed.
Ex Champs Survive?
Swell.com's Nick Carroll profiles the life of World
Champ turned businessman Shaun Tomson and discusses the
life pro surfers have after surfing. "For years your biggest business
decision is whether to use a 6'2" or a 6'8"" Tomson said.
And that doesn't exactly prepare you for life as a business man.
Dean Kuipers writes a story for the LA Times about
how surfers are borrowing tricks from skateboarders and taking
it to the air. Just look at Dana Point local Josh Sleigh.
Yeah, he's good.
Killed On Motorized Scooter
The death of a 6-year-old San Juan Capistrano boy who apparently
crashed while riding a motorized scooter is a tragic reminder
that friends really shouldn't let friends ride scooters.
Reviewed in SF Chronicle
"Maverick's is the sleeping giant of Northern California
surfing. Typically, at least a 14-foot-high ocean swell -- and
a radio offshore buoy report of "Heavy surf advisory for hazardous
seas" -- are needed to make this Goliath awaken and froth at the
mouth." You know the rest of the story.
Takes Heli-challenge Day One
Wanaka snowboarder Julianne Bray has followed her World
Snowboarding Cup success earlier this year with a win in the free
ride on day one of the World Heli-challenge.
to Build 13 Ski Slopes
The Russians are tired of missing out on snowboarding in their
backyards so, they've been busy building hills for people to slide
Hood Not Just For Snow
With the success of snowboarding camps at Mt. Hood, High Cascades
Snowboard Camps have launched The Vans Skate Camp.
And for kids who skate, it could be the best summer ever.
maker rides to Oakland
Jonathan Reese and Jason Salfi the owners of Comet
Downhill have moved their longboard skate company to Oakland
where the rent is cheaper and they have more room to ride their
high-tech, high quality laminated boards. Is slalom really coming
Kid Owns The Shop
Fifteen-year-old Alex Majeska has launched his own skate
shop in Crestline, CA. It's called Vicinity and by the
looks of it, the kid is doing everything right.
Sharky Out There
With Ike Updates
Games Kick Off In Philly
Previous Bags o' Crapola:
-August 20, 2001
-July 31, 2001
-July 5, 2001
-June 19, 2001
Special thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com