Update: November 29, 2000
Gets Exactly What It Deserves!
Lays of 90 People
The Luddites were right again. The site that purchased Moutainzone.com
and developed the "dissappointing" NBC's
Olympic website says the 90 workers were "made redundant
by new technology and mergers." We want to put that on our
resumes, "Redundant due to new technology." Kind of has
a ring to it no?
Diego Teen Shot For Skateboarding
In Lomita, CA witnesses say 44-year-old Ruben Tadepa walked
out of his house and fired several shots from a rifle because some
kids were skateboarding. Seventeen-year-old Raymond Lang-Huffman
was shot and killed.
Biz Expose-O-Meter Unleashed
TransWorld Surf Business has turned out a completely anal
accounting of surfer coverage in the mags. To find out who the most
"promoted" surfers in the world are check the chart (over
1000 surfers listed). The funniest thing is looking at last place:
where else can Sonny Miller, Robert Duvall, Richard
Woolcott, Pamela Anderson, and Ozzy Osborne
tie for the same award.
site, Monster Skate came online sometime in the past week.
It features a similar setup to Swell. It also includes a Tony
Hawk story by Hawk biographer Shaun Mortimer.
That site founded by Tod Swank has changed it's face again.
Now it looks just like their print ads. As is usual in successful
site evolution it is also getting more simple.
Crossrocket Get's New Excuse
Progress on Swell's snowboard site Crossrocket
is not coming along as well as skate apparently. The new front sceen
says, "Right now, Crossrocket is on the prowl. . . in anticipation
of showing everyone what we've been working on for the past eight
months." Cool. We didn't know anyone was wondering.
Beachley Rox (y)
It will be no surprise when it happens, but Layne Beachley
will probably win her fourth Quiksilver Roxy Pro this year.
Something about big waves, huh? Who is her coach again?
Triple Crown Coverage
While Swell.com's front
screen is becoming more and more like Surfermag.com's
their live video coverage of the Triple Crown is probably
pretty cool. Unfortunately, Swell is running their video in Windows
Media Player and Sacklunch.com does not do Windows.
"The whole snide, sarcastic, caustic, cynical Dennis Miller
thing is really tired." Famous travel journal writer Ben
Marcus, in an AOL Instant Message.
Has Big Problem with Skateboarders
Seems the powers that be at the University of California Irvine
are getting a little fed up with extreme sports athletes using their
"stairways, rails, concrete planters and fountains" as a training
facility. And they're going to do something about it. And they mean
Reef Still No Olas
The Surfrider Foundation put in a artificial reef in El Segundo,
CA in September and so far it's done absolutely nothing for the
waves. In an amazing case of backpedaling the reef's designer David
Skelly said, "Nobody ever promised the Banzai Pipeline." Dave,
how about a breaking wave?
Always Has Loved Jackasses
According to Mr. Showbiz,
America's favorite Jackass has come to the attention of Sex
in the City's Sarah Jessica Parker and will star in the
offbeat romantic comedy Life Without Dick, written by Bix
Skahill. In the film, Knoxville (a.k.a J.P. Clapp) will
play a hitman hired to kill Parker's boyfriend. That starts shooting
next month. He's also reportedly getting $1 million to star in The
Tree, a comedy that starts shooting in February.
Gets A TV Pilot and Disney Movie Deal
Site Home to Toxic Groundwater
From the "skateparks are always built on land no one else wants"
file, the planned park in Berkeley, CA will cost even more because
of toxic waste that was found in water being pumped out of the work
site last week. Of course, the health department said there are
no "immediate health risks." Yeah, okay.
Chapel Gets Green Valley Resort
The little LA resort that rarely opens, Big Air Green Valley
was recently donated to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. The pro-life
Bible thumpers have renamed the resort Green Valley Winter Sports
Park and are calling on all their members to pray for snow with
joyful, willing hearts.
Writes Book on Surf Rage
After getting a world class beat down, former world surfing champion
Nat Young has channeled his energy into a new book titled,
Critic Goes Shopping, Again
Seems like everywhere we turn Thomas Frank (editor of The
Baffler) is going shopping with another journalist. Each
time says exactly why being cool isn't really cool and that the
true form of being cool is telling cool people they're not really
cool, especially when they're buying products from cool retailers
who aren't really cool either. For someone who talks so much shit
about blind consumerism, Frank sure does like to shop. In fact,
I think he's got a shopping fetish.
Frank Goes To Old Navy with Salon.com
to Tom speak on the sorry state of shopping
Trend Spotters Sellout Full Time
The LA Times Patrick
Goldstein reports on the new teen trend spotting firm Look-Look
founded by Sharon Lee and DeeDee Gordon. The site,
which charges out-of-touch mega corps for a direct line into what
is hip in teen culture hope to sell you out before you even know
you're cool. Also employed at Look-Look is former "master cluster"
member Mark "Lew" Lewman.
LReport does a similar thing.
Sponsorships at Phatsaks.com
A company called Phatsaks.com
is claiming to help action sports kids get sponsored. All they have
to do is send a video of three landed tricks and $20 and then Brad
Court (a former "sponsored" snowboarder) will "help" them get
a real sponsorship from one of the 80 companies he has "contacts"
with. Sounds like the top beneficiary will be Brad's pocket.
Dog Reunited with Owner
Thai, a dog who "enthralls onlookers with his ability
to jump and turn on his skateboard" was stolen from Darren
Munday when thieves broke into his van two days ago. Now, the
dog is back on his wheels.
A Blind, Obese Guy Sponging
Dan Harder's blind, 300 lbs friend asked to be taken bodyboarding
and he wouldn't take no for an answer. Dan finally agreed and learned
all over again, how cool riding waves can be. Here is his story
from the SF
The Gayest Ski Site Ever
Think skiing is gay? Well this site tops them all. No, it's not
the home page for SWING
(Skiing With International Gays). That's right, if you ski
and you're gay then make sure and visit SWING. It's especially designed
for people who ski and are gay.
New Yorker Reviews The Offspring
This has nothing to do with our topic, however, it's always fun
to read The Village Voice
writers talking about O.C. and California in general. This time
David Wondrich spills California über alles in a review
about The Offspring. And it's good.
Variflex just spent $4.3 million defending a suit on their
new pop-up tents only to settle out of court, and then were named
and then dismissed in a lawsuit filed by Razor Scooter. But now,
it appears that things are looking up in Mr. Losi's neighborhood.
November Good for Resorts
Duh? According to Bob Roberts of the California Ski Industry
Association it looks like things are adding up to a great year
for California resorts. Then again, they always say this in November.
Time For Nor Cal Waves
Thanksgiving week is the perfect time to surf on the 25-mile stretch
of coast between San Francisco and Half Moon bays, at least that's
what it says in the San Francisco Chronicle. The article
says, "Maverick's is the perfect place to start a surf-themed outing
that will work northward through Pacifica and Ocean Beach and end
at sunset at Fort Point in the Presidio." They meant watching surfers
Graffiti Writers Still Getting It Up
Skateboarding and graffiti have had similar histories. Both
are art, both are illegal. No where has the battle gone harder than
in New York City. While snowboarder/graffiti artist Tyler Lepore
may say he doesn't bomb anymore, on the streets of NYC that's all
there is. In this Village
Voice story, Richard Goldstein brings home the joy
of bombing East Side style.
Wins G-Shock Pro
This should have been up last week, but we lagged. You already know,
but Sunny Garcia took first place in the G-Shock Hawaiian
Pro. Now he just has two more to go.
Exploding Tennis Balls
Okay, this was just plain weird. A man playing fetch with his neighbor's
dog watches in horror as the dog's head explodes when Ivy the lab
bit down on the tennis ball. Police say the ball was loaded with
an explosive device.
End of the Marcus Trail
Buys the PSTA
Sports Acquires Action Sports Network
RSN Signs Conent Deal
Bags o' Crapola:
-November 18, 2000
-November 9, 2000
-October 30, 2000
-October 25, 2000
Special thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com.