Update: July 27, 2000
After countless e-mails requesting a complete list of Sacklunch.com
columns, we've finally complied. Now you can look back into the
first year of Sacklunch. Cry as you remember old times, then laugh
as you plow through the wreckage of a year in action sports.
Darn US Open Announcers
The announcers at the US Open of Surfing are funny guys. At least
that's what OC Register writer Carlos Arias thinks. Then
again, maybe he hasn't spent an entire day at the event.
Bans Scooter, Grinding at Skatepark
Leave it to the city council in Laguna Hills to be the first city
to ban grinding at a skatepark. The scooter thing makes sense, but
Cairns Resigns from ASP
The bulldog of professional surfing has left his post as director
of the ASP North American office to dedicate more time to
his "business affairs." Minding his own business could
be Cairns toughest job yet.
Beach Games Big Kicker
In Huntington Beach this week you can't help but notice the 35-foot-tall
skateboarding big air take-off. Seems skaters were getting
tired of snowboarders getting all the big air glory. Just
ask Brian Patch.
Songwriter Post Heart Attack
Merrell Fankhauser, creator of the world famous surf riff
Wipeout clinically died from a heart attack in 1987. Since
then he has learned to enjoy life.
Created for Reckless Skating
In Peotone, Illinois they just aren't going to take it anymore.
The town council voted in favor or a new law that will make reckless
skateboarding a crime. Talk about a big loophole for local
Tests Video Games Waters
The cable network's new game for Sega features Andy
Macdonald among others.
Scott Loses Leg at Knee
Forty-five year old SF skate "enigma" Thomas Scott
skitched a ride behind a semi at 6:20 AM only to be caught under
the trucks back wheels and dragged 200 feet. Ouch.
Skaters Killed In Glendale
Blaine Talmo, 14, of Glendale, and 13-year-old Chris McCulloch
of La Crescenta were found beaten to death in a La Crescenta school
year old arrested in killings
Sorry For Pathetic Comments
In a hand-written note Sunny Garcia apologized to Mick
Campbell for calling him pathetic for "sitting on the shoulder"
Sues For Wrongful Arrest
We told you about this before, but "aspiring filmmaker"
Tony Johnson of Sequim, Washington is suing his local police
department for $5 million after they put him in jail for three days
for filming a police officer.
Beach Considers Contest Ban
City Council members are proposing a near ban on surf contests
on city beaches due to traffic, trash, and other problems.
Beaten With Skateboards
After a conductor asked several youth to stop riding through Boston's
Kingston station they had words. When conductor got out of his car
and walked back toward the youths (silly conductor) they allegedly
beat him with their skateboards
Compares Sherlock to Lewis
Don't tell Carl Lewis, but Associated Press writer David
Rising just compared him to wild-eyed street luger dude Biker
Sherlock. Maybe it was the scientific way in which Sherlock
trains for buttboarding. Who knows?
Bluetorch Pro Special
The Bluetorch Pro went off amazingly well. Big ups to Bluetorch.com
for great live streaming coverage (although it would be cool to
get the links right on the Quicktime side of things.) In
fact, you can still check
out the finals. Even on a dial-up connection the live video
stream was good enough to enjoy the contest.
Southern California newspapers also deserve a hand for their coverage
of the event. When it comes time for the Huntington Beach surf contests
they cover surfing like it's a real sport. Here's just the
short list of coverage:
Wave, Big Finish
Prevails In Bitter Duel
Moves Too Late, Cory Advances
Battles Her Way to the Top
Loses, Beachley Advances
Brace for Surf Battle
Makes Waves in Victory
Brothers Stay Tight
Uses Home Field Advantage
has Sunny Outlook (ouch!)
Surprised by Sudden Success
Stays In Hunt for a Double
Judging is Controversial
Is The Big Man On the Beach
Tries To Help His Sport Out of the Water
Continue to Impress
Death Causes Wave of Gloom
Tries To Win One
The original surf dude waxes poetical regarding Rob Machado
and the dirty, stinky, HB Water. It doesn't get any better than
Day for Campbell
Troubled by Capps Death
Taylor Knox lost a good friend the day before the Bluetorch
began and it's been haunting him ever since.
She's always been on top of her game, but now Lisa Anderson
is learning to love life, or something like that.
Dean is on the move. Long lurking on the edges of the top
16, he's making a move this year to claim his rightful spot. But
then I'm just guessing that's what this story is about.
Notices Surfing Is A Bridge
You never know what writers are going to take away from a surf contest.
Diane Pucin recognizes the generation gap that surfing fills.
Yes, the young and old love surfing.
Caps Falls To His Death
Serfas Loses Camera, Holds Auction
Gruner + Jahr
Looks at TMM
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Special thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com.