Update: July 16, 1999
Steals Pro Surfing and Texas Sucks
The ASP offices move from Huntington
Beach and writer Dave Wielenga isn't happy about it. "Again,
you don't have to be a surfer to feel a little sad about all of
that," he says. "In fact, not being a surfer kind of makes
it even sadder." Steve Pezman and Peter Whittaker
Hosts Winter Gravity Games
Suprising to many, Mammoth actually does something major to
promote itself. Network TV's not a bad place to start. The Games
will be held Jan. 20-23, 2000
City to Host Shockwave US Open
"Surfing is the original extreme sport," says Ian Cairns,
"but sports like snowboarding, skating, and wakeboarding, all are
derivatives of surfing. This event will help re-invent surfing's
extreme sports image." Yee haw, Mr. Cairns getting "extreme."
Hungtington Beach Surfer: A Survey
HB locs Bjorn Joffee and Brian Graham invite the media
into their Surf City lifestyle. How can they afford it? With plans
for a Live Cam and a future cable access show how can they not?
Pat Channita Gets Done in the OC Register
Writer Marcia Smith is oblivious. Here's what she said about
Pat: "before his event, nobody knew Pat Channita."
Nobody? Where has Marcia been?
Random Quote (Classic)
"We were out surfing the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
I think we were all on the beach playing volleyball when we heard
the news. We knew the world would never be the same." --Leroy
Grannis, on the Surfer
Making a Comeback
According to the LA Times,
an "aging surfing population finds them easier to ride."
Wow, this is cutting edge news. Story includes quotes from Guy
Motil, Randy Rarick, Peter Johnson, Stewart
Surfboards, Alan Seymour, and more.
Games Vs. Women's World Cup
Russell Morse visits two sporting events and decides that
the female ball kickers beat ass on the X Games ball busters.
"The X Games turned out to be an event crowded with suburban
middle-school boys charged on Mountain Dew, clad in No
Fear T-shirts and each carrying a skateboard or a BMX bike."
Attacks on the Rise
Reported shark attacks in Hawaii have tripled since the 1970s. This
is not good news for the surf community. "The ocean is not a swimming
pool or a bathtub
Moves On Up At Rusty
Peter "PT" Townend now global brand manager at Rusty
and former Disney emp Bill Holford replaces him. (This is
old, but we missed it before).
Surfer Magazine Interview with PT
"I don't know where Supervisor Newsom lives, but I do know
that it's not in my neighborhood. If he did, I doubt he would be
waxing rhapsodic about having to step over broken bottles, vomit
and piles of debris left by X-fans. I guess benefit is in the eye
of the beholder. --Beth Christensen ina letter to the SF
Stamp Decision Could Come Next Week
One week before the fate of the proposed Duke Kahanamoku
commemorative postage stamp is to be decided here, supporters remain
optimistic that the legendary Hawaii surfer will be awarded the
Builds A Skatepark in Newport, CA
Finally, a church being smart about attracting kids. If more religions
used this kind of marketing they'd probably be growing much faster.
"For a darker aesthetic, listen to Los Fabulosos Cadillacs'
Grammy winner Fabulosos Calavera, where death is seen as
a lonely, sarcastic buffoon surfing under the moonlit sky.
Fabulosos combine hardcore with jazz, salsa with rock, tango with
soundtrack music." -- Ernesto Lechner, LA MUSIC WEEKLY
Wins A Big One in Washington
San Onofre Day 2 Heatsheet
Bags o' Crapola:
thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com
for the inspiration. In the words of Eddie Murphy on doing
Richard Pryor material, "It's a tribute."