Update: September 28, 2000
Beach High Bans Skateboards
The special lockers used by kids to store their skateboards
at school were removed and now no one can use skateboards
as a mode of transportation to school. Officials say this new rule
is designed "to reduce the possibility of accidents, vandalism,
classroom disruptions and truancies." Yeah, blame skateboarding.
Contest "Crowds Locals"
The ASP tour rolls into San Clemente with the Billabong
Pro and guess what, there are some unhappy locals. Now there's
a real newsbreak.
Wilson's Latest New Beginning
He looks a bit lost on stage and could be described as "looking
like a zombie" but Beach Boy genius Brian Wilson is
still on the road showing glimmers of the musical brilliance that
helped him influence the world of pop music.
Give A Little Back In Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz surfers Danny Cortazzo and Kirby Kotler
teamed up with The Ronald McDonald Camp 8 years ago to teach kids
with cancer how to surf and they're still going strong.
Beach Party Rocks
The off-Broadway play is now a movie which "discovers a post-Freudian
nightmare world of repressed violence and kinky sex bursting to
get out." Yeah, just another day at the beach.
Lays Off 105
As more proof that there really is no "mainstream" online
youth market, MTV's online venture (which includes the site
formerly known as SonicNet) lays off 20 percent of it's workers
and cancels plans for an IPO. What a great time to launch a new
Exclusive SURF NEWS Online
One of our "friends" at Surf News has pre-released
a copy of their comprehensive overview of recent dot.com crashes.
It reads a little too much like a locker room interview with the
coach of the losing team, but check it out before Bill Sharp
makes us take it down.
Online Media Ever Succeed?
Inside.com (and Spy
Magazine) co-founder Kurt Anderson goes over the "Five
Things We've Learned in the Last Year." But the advice comes
on the heels of Inside.com's announcement that they are launching
a print magazine sometime in October.
Out of Context
"In the culture of hype, experience and understanding are often
brushed off as bitterness and jealousy."
Lays off 20 Percent of Workers
It isn't exactly a dot.com death, but we'll take it. The oddly positioned
online site fired 10 editors and producers from iFuse's
site, including four of five senior editors as it prepares to
announce it's purchase of niche cable network College Broadcast.
Looks like TV is the model for successful websites.
Pro at Trestles
The top 44 at Lowers? Yep. Believe it. Sunny Garcia says,
"It will be the best surfing Southern California has ever seen."
Some locals do not agree. To watch the contest live click here for
Billabong's Live Webcast.
Conditions Poor on First day
Event Stokes the World
Rabbit wishes Trestles would have been on the world
tour when he was surfing it. The rest of the crew is glad to be
surfing real waves in California.
Trestles Fading South?
Oceanographers and lifeguards say that over the past 20 years the
peak has move 100 feet to the south. That means the left is slowly
Fatal Shark Attacks In Australia
One day after the honeymooner was eaten by a Great White, a 17-year-old
kid gets attacked and killed. All this is making surfers down under
Merced, Calif. resident David Lange, 18, had problems with his mother
for months. But he solved them all by allegedly stabbing and beheading
her in the home they shared. Friends who stopped by to pick up Lange
for skateboarding trips said the two were always fighting over religion.
Video game makers and website management the world over rejoice.
Soon the kids of the world will be too fat to actually go outside
All the great surf designers have tried it, Schroff has probably
taken it the farthest. Now you can buy surfboard furniture
a new store with an old name, it's called Surf's Up.
Reef Started In El Segundo
Yep. That's what they say. What man has ruined, he can fix. Or at
least that what these guys think.
Calendar Confounds the Faithful
The ASP just release it's pie-in-the-sky event calendar and
very few are stoked. In fact, many are saying it just won't work.
Some claim this is just more evidence that the surfers are not capable
of controlling their own organization.
Weekly Jumps on Broadcom
Signs Deal With iTurf
The Human Drama of Olympic Corruption
Bags o' Crapola:
9 , 2000
Special thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com.