Update: September 9, 2000
and Hardcloud.com Merger?
Okay, let just say I jumped the gun a little on this story. There
has been no "official confirmation" of a "merger,"
only triangulated rumor (which really isn't enough for posting on
this site). I'd like to personally thank everyone at the ASR
show who reminded me that rumor is not the same as news. And I do
mean everyone. Sometimes I'm just overcome with dot.com fever and
I lose control. That won't happen again. Really. Trust me. On the
other hand, posting rumors sure does increase traffic on the site.
Live ASR Coverage on
Alan Gibby, Bob Yehling, and the crew are covering
the ASR live. So live that other journalists were not allowed
to bring in "digital video cameras because the exclusive digital
video rights are owned by Extemesports.com." What did
we tell security? "Video? This is no video camera. It's a still
digital camera." Yeah, right.
The Way to the Forum
Today's super snow show at LA's Great Western Forum is Onboard
Entertainment's first test to see if American kids will accept
the Stadium Rock Snowboard shows that are crazy popular in Europe.
Hopefully the Eminem-crazed crowd will be able to sit through the
quarterpipe contest without rioting out of boredom. For the live
webcast of the action check out Sega.com.
Glacier Signs Sport Chalet
The Anaheim industry sport complex/indoor snowboarding mountain
signs up a mega-retailer Sport Chalet for their space in
what is being described as 15 to 35 year lease. No wonder there's
no rush to sign on the dotted line. Glacier Chief Executive Brad
Kinney said agreements with other tenants will be announced
in a few days (or years, if Glacier of Anaheim LLC's past record
is anything to go on).
X Games Bigger than Superbowl
According to recent survey info obtained by ESPN, in the
6 to seventeen age group the only thing bigger than the X Games
are the Olympics (and probably Jesus). Yes, they are bigger
than the Superbowl, the World Series, and the World
Cup. But then, that's not news to any of us.
Wife Called Out on Anti-Violence
After having appeared in some of the most violent movies of the
1990s, Juliette Lewis, wife of skate pro Steve Berra,
is now speaking out against it. Some are skeptical.
Times' Cody Simpkins Profile
While other kids were rip-slashing their way through high school
21-year-old Simpkins was watching old surf movies and planning
on become a professional longboard surfer. Now he has done
Scooters Claim 9500
Luckily, the Darwinian nature of these new fangled toys will
bring on their own demise. So far nearly 9500 have visited emergency
rooms as a result of scooting.
Signs Nike Deal
Paul Fidrych, Rob Levigne, Jeff Jewett, and
the rest of the boys have had a busy week. They signed Brian
Anderson and Brad Staba to their new skate team and inked
a deal with the devil, I mean Nike.
Surf Sites Features on TechTV
On the show Internet Tonight the women's surf sites got a
big plug for helping to spread the surf word among the women folk.
Swell.com and Hardcloud.com
It looks like those two "revolutionary" surf sites who
couldn't change the world alone are joining forces. Which reminds
us of the old Internet adage, "Sure, we're losing money on
each transaction, but we'll make up for that in volume." If
you know anything about this, please e-mail us.
Mania Won't Die
The biggest foe to the skate industry since inline skating is showing
no signs of stopping. The razor rage keeps on keeping on. God, when
will it end.
Getting Sue Happy
They may not have invented it, but Burton got a patent on
the "hidden pass window." Now lawyers are going after
anyone who tries to use their idea. How much? A dollar a jacket.
Guess times are getting tough for the snowboard giant.
Hoax PR Started By Snowboarder
A 23-year-old El Segundo man who allegedly made $241,000 in profit
with false news release on high-tech firm get caught in the first
week and all the reports say his favorite hobby was. . . yep, snowboarding.
Glacier Gets Forth Extension
Still saying that they're going to build the massive indoor sports
park in Anaheim, the people behind the world largest fridge paid
another fine and now say the park will be ready to open in 2003.
and Iron Fist Fight In France
The lovable never-causing-controversy Aussie Mick Campbell
took a swing at Andy Irons after narrowly defeating him in
Lacanau. Apparently, he didn't like being called a kook. Surfing
magazine's PT says "It just shows how much they care."
Tapping the Source?
Andrew Luster heir to a piece of the Max Factor fortune
knows what people are saying. From a jail cell, the Mussel Shoals
millionaire says accusations of rape and kidnapping are 'ridiculous.'
Was he just acting out a part from Kem
Nunn's early surf noir book
Is it a magazine for budding homosexuals, or is it a magazine for
the aging bum lover with a predilection for young boys. Either way
it's a bomb. But here's what the LA Times thinks.
The surf industry must hate these guys, they buy no boards, no mats,
nothing. They just slide through the water on their skin.
Camp In Newport
Geez, learning to surf sure is fun. Everyone should try this because
all we need is more beginners in the water. Come on people now,
enter the water, learn to love one another right now.
"Eminem has fueled the sales of his controversial album
"The Marshall Mathers LP" with a string of headline-making incidents
and tireless concert appearances. . . but the oddest gig of all--headlining
an indoor snowboard contest Saturday at the Great Western Forum."
-- LA Times.
To School Clothes Sales Weak
Damn, how is a surf clothing company supposed to survive when sales
are down at Pac Sun.
Is that a bad sign, or just more proof that people are moving online
with their shopping?
Girl Skate Action
Syndication Help Failing Websites?
Bluetorch.com Launches Redesign
and Hearst Launch Media Play
Previous Bags o' Crapola:
18 , 2000
11 , 2000
Special thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com.