Update: October 7, 2000
We (okay, I) have been riding Swell.com for not having a
site up and apparently Tom Haan has had enough. "Last
I checked Surfline.com
is alive and kicking," Hann said. "In fact, it gets over
5x more traffic than any other surf-related site."
We have no idea about the traffic, however, Surfline is indeed up
and running, just as it was "up and running" before any
one had even thought of Swell. Tom, it's a little like giving Peterson
Publications credit for Surfer,
but you're right Surfline is a Swell property.
Mainstream Media Overview
Hey look, a collection of links to mainstream media coverage of
the surf market. Check out this list of newspaper coverage.
Far No Swell Launch
October 5, 2000 was supposed to be the unofficial "late summer"
launch of the website known as Swell.com. But it didn't happen.
Yesterday Swell announced their whole management team filled with
high-end Internet commerce players from E-Toys, Carsdirect,
Quokka, and several other yet-to-be-profitable online sites.
If you can't launch, introduce your staff. Oh, and they plan to
launch sometime "in the next couple weeks." Please, no
Wonderkinder On Front Page
Ten-year-old skater Ryan Sheckler is no secret to the skateboard
world, but now he's no secret at all as he gets front page profile
in the LA Times.
Marcus On A Road to Nowhere
Sometime last month, World Famous surf scribe and damn good photo
caption writer Ben Marcus left the warmth and hospitality
of Northern California and hit the road to Alaska. He's been sending
his friends daily e-mail updates recounting the wackos, wonders,
and wilds of life on the old two-lane. We kind of sneaked onto his
e-mail list and have been posting his journal in its entirety. If
you have the time, you really should check this out.
So Far No Swell Launch
Today, October 5, 2000 was supposed to be the unofficial "late
summer" launch of the website known as Swell.com. At last check
it still said, "Coming Soon". Will their doors ever open
Survives Mavericks Great White
Paul Evwer was about a quarter mile into his Maverick paddle
out when a 6 to 8 foot great white hit his board. He got back to
shore untouched, however, his board had a 13 inch bite mark in it.
Swell.com's Steve Hawk is reported to have said, "This
makes a long paddle even longer."
Hates Skateboarders, He's Not Afraid
LA Times writer Dana
Parsons hate's skateboarders. He hates the sound
they make, the people who ride them, and he's glad Huntington Beach
High School banned them from campus. He even jokingly suggests shooting
skateboarders with pellet guns.
TransWorld Surf Launches
Anyone interested in writing a short, pointed, cynical, blurb on
the newly redesigned TransWorldSurf.com is hereby invited
to send their ramblings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll be more than happy to replace this with whatever you send
in. Remember, Sacklunch is an online co-op.
Andy Throws Up the Iron Curtain
With all the action going on at Trestles, Garcia gunning
for the title, the ASP wondering what next year will look
like, Andy Irons edges Jake Paterson to take the gold.
win helps Sunny Garcia
return of Pauline Menczer
set for first world title
Da Bull Is Back in the Rag Trade
Greg Noll is back in the fashion business with his line of
cloth body coverings called, "DA Bull." If you
were at the ASR you may have been lucky enough to get a signed
poster from the man himself. I didn't.
The Wahine Classic at San Onofre
While the top 44 were battling it out at Lowers, San O was filled
up to the brim as the Wahine Classic was in full effect.
If you have pictures from this wonderful event, please e-mail them
Beach High Bans Skateboards
Contest "Crowds Locals"
Wilson's Latest New Beginning
Exclusive SURF NEWS Online
Bags o' Crapola:
-September 28, 2000
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Special thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com.