Since everyone is entitled to my opinion:
Blog Time! Clarkie
Real Skate will be offline for a while
as we make our move out of state. Our PO box and emails will not
be functioinal. Stick with us, keep us bookmarked and we will
see you soon!
Harbor Hellcats Sell Out Civic in Record Time!
The second home game for the Santa Cruz Derby
Girls on April 10th is a hot ticket the event sold out
nearly three weeks in advance! Proof positive that Santa Cruz
is officially a roller derby town, and the fans are here to stay.
The SCDG Harbor Hellcats
make their 2010 season debut on April 10th hosting SINtral Valley
Derby Girls of Modesto. The Hellcats roster includes favorites
from 2009 along with new skaters who bring topnotch skills and
training to the team. This debut bout will knock your socks off!
Joining the returning
Angelina Rollie, Hallie Pena Popper, Kiki Clash, Pigeon and Pippi
Hard Socking will be Crouching Cougar, Hellga Bent, Ida BlackSheep,
Pink Streak, Polly Kneesya, Queen Litigious, Septicemia and Snarls
Darwin. Also returning to the track and the league is veteran
skater Mojo Vixen.
SINtral Valley Derby
Girls hail from Modesto and will be celebrating their two-year
anniversary this summer. This is the first bout of the season
for the Sinners, who will be bringing their pink and black to
the black and blue.
For more information
on SINtral Valley Derby Girls, visit http://www.myspace.com/sinvdg
TOKYO AT NIGHT!
The Derby Girls assign a theme to each of the home bouts at the
Civic, and April 10th is Tokyo at Night style! Huh? Think Harajuku
girls, Anime, even rockabilly Mystery Train chic!
Editor's Note: Some of the Santa Cruz
Derby Girls are also skateboarders, among other fun things. As
soon as I can get this dang website working on my new computer
I will be featuring some of them. I think you will find them very
interesting.Thanks for your patience!
Santa Cruz Derby Girls - Back in Action!
Please come out this Saturday, March
13th to cheer on our local girls. These bouts are some of the
best times you have had in Santa Cruz in a long time. Some of
the girls are skateboarders themselves as if roller derby isn't
bruising enough! We will be interviewing some gals throughout
the season to give you an inside on derby life. Please visit their
site often to keep up on all their meanderings and as they are
an official 501(c)3 non-profit, drop off a donation. THEY support
our community, LET'S support THEM!
Happy Holidays Everybody! - Bear with
us, Real Skate is going through some technical growing pains but
will soon get on with more regular blogging and a couple of articles
coming down the pipe. Thank you to all our readers and supporters
throughout the years, wow 10 years! Your cards, letters, e-mails
are always appreciated. There are some very good vibes always
coming our way. All I can say is Right Back Atcha!
So sad to report that year's end has
brought on a total hush of sadness and shock to the Santa Cruz
Community. Sixteen year-old Santa Cruz High School student and
avid skater Tyler Tenorio was murdered on the street by a group
of Sureno gang members. One gang member was arrested and another
fled to Mexico though witnesses say at least 10 were involved.
Needless to say our community has been in total shock and doing
our best to support Tyler's family and friends.
In response to this horrific senseless
act a Facebook group called Take Back Santa Cruz sprung into action
and grew to 2,000 members who have all agreed to take a proactive
role in fighting crime in Santa Cruz. Tyler's friends put up a
Facebook group for Tyler where his family and friends post daily.
You are all welcome to join both these groups.
We are collecting donations to install
an engraved City Parks bench for Tyler. As of now we need another
$450. If you are interested in donating any amount, please make
checks out to Penny Tenorio and mail to:
Real Skate (Tyler)
PO Box 2085
Santa Cruz, CA 95063
Thanks again to all our readers and
have a Happy New Year! Love to all. Clarkie
|Tyler Tenorio - RIP
Santa Cruz Derby Girls - Last bout of
Get your tickets fast as the bouts sell out every time. Their
last bout of the season is this Saturday the 24th at the Santa
Cruz Civic. It will be a double header playing two teams on the
Sac City Rollers. I just can not tell you how fun these are and
are attracting quite a skateboarding crowd. Santa Cruz Skate Shop,
Jimbo Phillips (does their artwork look familiar?), NHS are all
sponsors of the Derby Girls and I see more and more skateboarders
in the audience. Hopefully Real Skate can raise enough money this
winter to become an official sponsor next season. Come out and
support our SC Derby Girls! See you there.
Skate Like a Girl San Francisco This Weekend!
Willy Santos on SkateTalk tonight!
Kicks Cancer Foundation It's hard to believe it's been
one year ago today, Johnny Romano lost his battle with Leukemia
(AML). This is a good time to remember and reflect on Johnny and
all his accomplishments, but also remember that the Romano's have
set up a foundation in Johnny's name to work towards developing
a cure for childhood leukemia. Please visit their website and
if possible help out in any way you can. Thank you to Mike, Julie,
Joey, and Sophie Romano. RIP Johnny.
The New Faces of GOSK8!
GOSK8 is proud to welcome onboard pro
skateboarders Erik Ellington (Deathwish Skateboards) and Geoff
Rowley (Flip Skateboards) who will serve as the new face of the
GOSK8 is a new iPhone application/tool
for physically playing the traditional game of skate. The developers
of GOSK8 have gone to great lengths to spice the game up by adding
three different skill levels (basic, medium, advanced) and four
obstacle options (ledge, manual, transition, flat-ground), making
it the only skate application of its kind.
Rowley "GOSK8 takes the game
of S.K.A.T.E. to the next level. There are so many options with
the different levels and obstacles that anyone at any level can
Ellington "When I first downloaded
GOSK8 to my iPhone I didn't expect it to be so sick. There are
hundreds of tricks depending on what level and obstacle you choose.
What I really liked most is that you can play by yourself or against
another skater. This is no "sit on your ass" game. You
actually have to get out there and skate with GOSK8."
Geoff and Erik will be battling it out
in a series of games using the GOSK8 app. Stay tuned for videos
hitting the web soon.
For more information on GOSK8 visit
Supercharged, the life and times of Tim Brauch
Produced and Directed by Pete Koff
An inspiring documentary celebrating
the life and skateboarding career of the late/great
Tim 'Beans' Brauch. From the legacy he left behind, to his induction
into the Smithsonian Institute.
On May 9, 1999 at the young age of 25, Tim passed away of sudden
Tim was a professional skateboarder and an inspirational friend
to all who met him. Tim had practically
conquered the skating world and accomplished more than anyone
thought possible. The Tim Brauch
Documentary is an inspiring in-depth documentary that celebrates
the life of Tim Brauch. Composed by a
community of friends and family, this film explores Tim's intriguing
life. Learn the legend of Tim, who he
was and why he became such a big role model for future generations.
for the film.
available for the Sept 26th San Jose World Premiere show.
available online for the Oct 1st San Francisco show.
available for the Oct. 15th Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz show.
Premieres coming soon to Southern Cal,
Italy, Texas, Australia, Portland, Seattle, Victoria BC, and Japan.
Exactly one year after Dane Williams was found deceased after
leaving the Hurley booth he staffed at ASR, an arrest for murder
has finally been made acording to this San
Diego 6 news report.
Olympics, 2009 - NOTE Skateshop in Manchester,
UK went ahead and got skateboarding into the Olympics last month.
Here is a movie (by Joe Gavelin) of how it went down at the competitions
and award ceremonies. Congratulations to the lucky winning countries!
Santa Cruz Derby Girls This Saturday!
Cruz Derby Girls welcome Tuscon's Roller Derby Iron
Curtain on Saturday, September 12th for a night of high-stakes-on-skates
action at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Santa Cruz' Boardwalk
Bombshells are coming off a 133 - 69 victory over Bakersfield
in July, and look forward to some fierce competition from the
established Arizona team, who are skating their sixth season.
The half-time entertainment will be crowd favorites, Cheer
SF with it's unique brand of high-energy cheerleading
routines. A portion of the proceeds from this bout will be donated
to Cheer SF. Come dressed as your favorite Superhero and don't
miss this bout, it will be a great night of derby! Get your tickets
early as every game sells out (in a good way)!
Disciples is having some fun on their forum with Channel
Street. Long live the DIY's! Here's a word from Jeff Greenwood:
We have an impromptu
photo tribute / photo contest of all things Channel
St. running on the bulletin boards on CD. Take a look and see
not just ripping, but a great community centered around this fun
skatepark under the bridge. Post a pic share a story, or just
enjoy what the others have posted up.
PS - We've included the link to the official Channel St. website
in case you have a few extra dollars for some concrete.
Willy's Workshop still having fun after
all these years! Signings, demos, prizes, giveaways
and game of S.K.A.T.E!
All Girl Skate JamCelebrating
AGSJ has been traveling all summer with Vans Warped Tour,
2009. Their last two jams are coming up this weekend August 22nd
in San Diego, and the 23rd in Los Angeles. Please click logo to
visit their site and do whatever you can to suppport Patty Segovia-Krause
and all the girl skateboarders participating in the All Girl Skate
Jamthe very first organized all girl, all ages event.
Are You Ready For Some
Mark your calendars! Saturday August
22 the Santa Cruz Derby Girls' Harbor Hellcats take on Silicon
Valley's Killa Bytes in a northern California roller derby rematch.
The Hellcats are chomping at the bit to defend their winning home-court
record in this friendly local rivalry. Fierce competition is sure
to fuel some big plays, hard hits and serious takedowns. Buy your
The Derby girls are ecstatic to announce the debut of their pride
and joy, The Santa Cruz Derby Groms! This group of talented and
tireless young women (ages 8-17) represents the brand new Junior
Derby League. They will be performing a twenty minute exhibition
bout at half-time. Stay in your seats and cheer for some future
derby stars as the Sugar Skulls take on the Bumper Scars in their
first live public scrimmage!
A portion of the proceeds
from this bout will be donated to our feature non-profit for the
month of August, The
Boy's and Girl's Club of Santa Cruz. The Boy's and
Girl's club of Santa Cruz is a youth guidance organization dedicated
to promoting the educational, vocational, social and character
development of girls and boys ages 7 to 18. The Club is the only
youth service organization the greater Santa Cruz area that provides
daily drop-in programs five days a week.
The Derby girls are also taking food
donations in support of Grind
Skate Shop owner Danny Keith is on a mission to end
hunger in his community by energizing young skaters to give back.
Since 2004, Keith's organization, Grind Out Hunger, has partnered
with local schools to educate youth about hunger in their backyard
and encourage students to donate food.
For more information check out the new website
Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/SCDerbygirls
Tickets for SCDG's bouts can be purchased online at: santacruztickets.com,
by phone at (831) 420-5260, or at the Civic Auditorium's box office,
located at 307 Church Street in downtown Santa Cruz.
Real Skate sends out our sincere condolences
for the death of East Coast legend, Andy Kessler. Andy succumbed
on Monday to a hornet sting. Andy will never be forgotten for
his dedication and vast contributions to skateboarding. RIP, Andy.
Please come on out this Saturday July 11th at 6:30 pm and support
your local Santa Cruz Derby Girls for their 5th bout of season
two! They will be bouting Derby Revolution of Bakersfield. Hah
- they can beat those valley girls! For tickets and other information
please go to http://santacruztickets.com
Real Skate and Gurlz on Boardz are a totally dedicated and proud
"Friend" Sponsor of the SCRG. I can not even begin to
tell you how fun these games are. Goooooooooo Raven Von Kaos!
RIP Michael Jackson In my lifetime,
Michael was my favorite performer ever. I never once believed
all the accusations he had to endure. Being fond and understanding
of youth myself I completely understand deep down how innocent
that part of his heart was. Michael was a victim of extortion.
My love for dance made me an early fan of Michael's. He invented
moves nobody dreamed of and to this date nobody has successfully
replicated. Thank you for being a big part of my life, all throughout
my life, Michael. Rest now in privacy. The world will miss you.
Nicol in the news again. You remember
Capitola Councilmember Nicol's statement at a Council Meeting
in May of '07 "I don't like skateboarders and I don't like
skateboard parks; never have, never will" (scroll down to
5/07). He has been in the news more recently opposing a tiki the
surfers installed. WELL! seems Mr. Nicol abused his power in a
drunken 3am 911 call (click on the actual call in the article
to listen) falsely claiming to be the Mayor, to ask Capitola Police
to drive his drunk friend home. It is a minimum misdemeanor (Penal
Code 148.5) to use 911 services for anything other than emergencies.
Comments are flooding in and they are not nice. I just hope justice
is rightfully served on this arrogant man who is experiencing
a bad case of Karmetic Disorder at the moment.
Fellow Skater Support - My high school
neighbor across the street, Aubrey, lost all his belongings in
a fire in the wee hours Monday that totaled the house he and his
Mom rent. Aubrey smelled smoke, saw the fast-moving flames in
the garage and immediately ran to the neighbors in his shorts
to wake them up and help them and their pets out safely. The fire
affected the two houses on either side also which are owner occupied
and covered by insurance. But, Aubrey and his Mom Wendy rent and
renters contents are not covered. They lost everything they own.
To get some pants on Aubrey I would
like to ask the skateboard community for donations if you are
able. I would like to get him a gift certificate for Skate Works
for a start so he can pick out his own size. I'm sure he could
use a bike, boards, and everything else a high school skater typically
owns. Anything would be appreciated to help him and his Mom rebuild
their lives. If you are able to donate some cash, please go to
Pal instruction page. If anybody would like to see
me (bottom right) in my nightgown with garden hose before Fire
Dept. arrived, see below. This was before I knew Aubrey and Wendy
escaped to the next street over. It was pretty scary to say the
least. If you can help them out, thank you so much!
Happy Holidays from Real
Skate! I am going to be out for a few weeks, but
back in the new year working on some new projects. The skateboarding
community has suffered some great losses this year. It has been
hard on all of us but I want to let their families and friends
know we are still and will always be connected with them in our
hearts. Holidays are hard, but time heals. Take good care and
always keep it real.
in the house! (courtesy of the Huffington Post)
Obama's Treasury Secretary appointee, Timothy Geithner "...skateboards,
snowboards and exudes a sort of hipster-wonkiness, using "way"
as a synonym for "very"..." Now THAT's change I
can believe in way cool Timster!
Way to go America!
I want to give a special thanks to all the young
people who came out and voted in this election. Keep up
the momentum, keep the hope, keep Democrats in office!
Johnny Romano Story - Here is an account of Johnny's
life written by Lisa Gray for the Houston Chronicle. Be sure to
follow links to the upcoming events in support of Johnny, his
family, and the charities of their choice. Julie Romano is continuing
with the family blog and has posted over 300 pictures depicting
Johnny's short life and lifestyle. What an awesome kid. Never
forget Johnny Romano.
opening in Jersey - The park was helped put into construction
by Todd Schwartz owner of Garden Sk8 and Dave Dowd owner of Division
East Skate Shop at 460 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair,
NJ. This will be Division East's second location after 8 years
of business. The park is in Northern New Jersey- 321 Changebridge
Road Pinebrook, NJ and will be opening this weekend with artwork
by Snow, Rime, Echo, Teck, Demer and many more. DivisionEast.com
will have updates as this facility will be home to many upcoming
skate contests, demos, camps as well as art and music events.
The Skatepark is 1,200 square feet and
-11 1/2' bowl that flows into a 7' bowl, all pool coping
-2 mini ramps joined by a spine
-Full street course
-12 foot vert wall
Support your local shops!
pays off! When Salt Lake City placed a ban on skate
ramps on private property, no doubt they were deluged with worldwide
e-mails from skateboarders. Way to go everybody!
Bureaucrats vs. boarders, from the Salt
Less than two weeks after getting rolled
by Utah's skateboarding community leading to the reversal of a
backyard skate-ramp ban - the health board boss took more lumps
recently from the Salt Lake City Council.
"My main purpose is to offer an
apology to you," a contrite Gary Edwards, executive director
of the Salt Lake Valley Health Board, told the council publicly,
hours after he was admonished privately for agreeing to the (short-lived)
In the days after the prohibition, council
members were bombarded with angry e-mails even though they had
nothing to do with the decision.
After the backlash, Edwards acknowledged
officials have no evidence skate ramps jeopardize public health.
That flimsy premise - some residents complained of noise pollution
in certain neighborhoods - now will be studied before the health
board makes a permanent ruling next spring.
"We found out the skateboarding
community is alive and well and active," Edwards said, "and
If health officials want input, the
city has "quite an e-mail list," Council Chairwoman
Jill Remington Love joked.
Councilman J.T. Martin, the loudest
critic of the move, insisted future crackdowns first see plenty
of sunshine. "We will look forward," he said, "to
the results of your very transparent, very public report."
I came across this interesting article today on the MTV Website:
Local Teens Beat Sarah Palin In The Battle Of The Wasilla Skate
You gosh darn betcha *wink*!
Snowboards - Snowboarders have for quite
a while been protesting the infiltration of large multi-sport
sporting goods companies into their industry they worked so hard
to build (as evidenced in these shots from the snow sports equivalent
of ASR this year).
It's no surprise snowboarders are jumping
on the Don't
Do It campaign and have come up with a parody boot
"drunk" complete with the rotten banana swoosh in a
collab with Consolidated.
Right on, and hope to see more company collabs! Look for the new
"Rome Drunks" wherever Rome snowboarding boots are sold.
ATTENTION Ohio skaters - Your country needs you! Why Ohio? Because
Ohio has all the cool colleges, good skate spots and smart 18
to 25 year olds. Because the majority of registered voters in
Ohio are older conservatives who VOTE. They vote for the benefit
of the filthy rich. The lack of the middle and working class to
speak up it is partly the problem our last two elections have
gone sour winding up with our current corrupt and incompetent
administration. But a lot of hard work has been done to correct
this and get the younger middle class registered and exercising
their rights as citizens to choose the leadership of their country.
Ohio residents can now register and vote early, (Oct. 6th deadline
for Ohio), as early as today! Go to Obama's
website and find out how. Ohio young people can call
the shots and get our country back on track. Please put down those
boards a minute and rule!
There are different deadlines for different
states, but still time in each. Please go to Rock The Vote to
get details on your state you can register right there. VOTE VOTE
VOTE! Pretty please with sugar on top!
Romano, RIP - I can just barely post this through
the tears. Johnny passed on early this morning. He and his family
are just amazing. Getting know Julie a little better through e-mails,
I've started referring to them as the "Mighty Romano's."
All they have been going through and Julie takes the time out
to comfort me complaining through my knee surgery making sure
someone is keeping the popsicles coming. So right on and full
of substance in spite of Johnny's condition and not knowing if
their home is even standing in Galveston, and they still have
strength for others. I am so sad Johnny wasn't able to beat his
battle with leukemia. My heart goes out to the Mighty Romano's.
Skateboarding communities everywhere are crying as hard, of that
I am certain. Check the Romano's family blog for updates on the
memorial services. Johnny's brother Joey has posted a wonderful
Van Wastell - RIP
News started trickling in late last night that
Van Wastell passed away in Berlin, but details have not been comfirmed.
Van had just turned Pro for Krooked. He also rode for Vans, Independent,
Spitfire and Matix. We are very sorry to hear this news and our
hearts go out to Van's family and friends.
What does Ryan Sheckler and John McCain have in common? Must be
senility. McCain can't remember how many houses he owns and Ryan
can't remember how many cars he owns. Well, for sure one is senile
but maybe their commonality is they are just too dang rich! Check
out this interview with Ryan (soon to be a Ferrari owner) in the
Come on out for Ramsay Skatepark Band Night! Real Skate will have
a booth again this year drumming up interest in building a brand
spankin new concrete skatepark. Come help out at the booth, skate
or just chill. We will have some stickers to give away donated
by Consolidated and hopefully other local skate people by then.
Friday the 22nd 7 to 10 pm.
Santa Cruz Roller Girls (Yeahhhhh!) vs. Oakland Outlaws (Boooooooooo!)
tonight, don't miss out!
The O-Games - Anyone going to watch the BMX event at the
Olympics? Be prepared, it's not like any BMX event anybody has
ever seen before. Like with snowboarding whole new competitions
have to be dreamed up to fit with the IOC guidelines.So, this
will be a track race! And prepare yourselves even more for the
scariest part, the UNIFORMS
Nike has designed for them to wear! Yes, Nike is the official
clothing provider for the summer athletes. Any skateboarders out
there who still think they will have things their way if skateboarding
is ever accepted to the O-Games? Well you won't find out anytime
before 2020 at least. (I have a story coming soon to update you
on that. There are still rumors floating around that skateboarding
will be in the 2012 Olys. Nope!)
Jim at Deluxe
has been a godsend to Johnny and the Romano family, beginning
when he and the Real team answered Johnny's wish from the Make-A-Wish
Foundation. Johnny is still in the Children's Hospital in Texas
undergoing more chemotherapy. He has had his ups and downs but
this week in particular has been hard, prompting Jim to ask
all skaters to rally once again with shout outs to
Johnny and support for his family. All the ways you can help and
follow his blog are listed on the Deluxe page, and we encourage
all our readers to take a minute and show your support for this
Magazine goes digital. I'm not sure I agree with Slap's
claim of "last outpost of free speech in skateboarding"
given the fact that posts on their message boards get censored,
counts manipulated, and some deleted entirely such as a controversial
hot topic at the request of Jamie Thomas, one of their advertisers.
Also, I vaguely remember Big Brother as the pioneer of digital
transformation, though not quite up and running yet. Anyway, I
hate to see skateboarding lose another print mag, but best wishes
Underhill, RIP - A skateboarding legend has passed
away. Ray has fought a long battle with brain cancer as many of
you know. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. He will
always be remembered.
Hole - Skate Hole is the first zine of it's kind,
brought to you by a young (well, young to me) guy on the east
coast who has been skating for 6 years. Starting up out of vacation
boredom and on a very slim budget issue #1's entirety was posted
on skateboarding message boards, yep in a message! I loved
it! Well the content was a little similar to parts of print mags
we see over and over each issue, but what I loved is the balls
he had to do it and furthermore maintain his seriousness and professionalism
about it. Starting out in handwriting in black and white, Skate
Hole went color by Issue #3. Of course you can imagine the flack
he got from message board haters in general as messages flooded
in. By Issue #4, he renamed it and subtitled Skate Hole: The
Least Popular Publication in Skateboarding. I loved how he
took the anonymous message board hate blows. Grain of salt is
this kids's middle name.
Real Skate has had some pretty young
talent on staff, Abbey at the age of 12 interviewing, PennywiseMike
McCourt at the age of 15 shooting right alongside the pro photographers,
Tim Fielder at 16 shadowing Wez Lundry for a day at Slam City
Jam. I have always been a supporter and enabler of young people
getting off their duffs and doing something, anything rather than
criticizing how others are doing it. I've always encouraged journalism.
Skate Hole now has a permanent home
on a blog, where all 5 issues are posted. He periodically interacts
on message boards with his readers to get input, and sometimes
quotes in the zine comments posted. I'm beginning to detect a
little hint of acceptance. Keep up the good work Skate Hole, I
don't care what they say - don't let the turkeys get you down,
Some of the most fun I've had in Santa
Cruz lately is the SC Rollergirls bouts at the Civic Auditorium.
Their colors are black and blue and it's out of control! I've
been to 3 bouts now so I'm getting the hang of the game. Like
Lex says, "This is not your grandmothers Roller Derby!!"
Lex, the announcer for the bouts and whose wife is a SC Rollergirl
makes all the action way more fun. You might remember Lex Van
den Berghe from the show Survivor-Africa. Being a Santa Cruz Local,
he wore an Independent hat during the whole show. The first bout
with the Silicon Valley Rollergirls was of course met with lots
of city rivalry, Lex not helping much by leading familiar yells
"Valley Go HOME!" One of my favorites Pippy Hard Socking
has been an inspiration. The first bout she was knocked flat and
carted off to the hospital with a shoulder injury. But intent
not to miss out, she went right from emergency room to the after
party at the Blue Lagoon. The next bout with the Angry Beavers
was a slaughter. In fact I think they are undefeated at the home
games. The last bout I went to, they played each other for an
over the top demonstration game, ending with a fake fight. One
gal got a black widow spider bite that morning but yep, you guessed
it she was there participating 100%. The community loves these
gals and they love their community, providing all sorts of support.
They are sponsored by or friends of all the local skate shops,
SkateWorks, Bills Wheels, Santa Cruz Skate Shop, and of course
Real Skate! Since we have no income I hope to do a fundraiser
in the future to better support them. They may have some tickets
left for tomorrow's bout, or you can come for standing room only.
Some day I will get my courage up to get on the floor and photograph
them; courage being the definitive word here! But for the time
being they have a lot of photos on their website. I thought you
might like to see some action at for-fun bout, Santa
Cruz Skate Shop vs. Santa Cruz Rollergirls. Go SCRS!
Real Skate loves you. Kick some butt tomorrow!
Go Skateboarding Day 2008...
...and the point is??? Oh
yeah it will increase shoe sales.
the Tim Brauch Movie Trailer - Pete Koff is putting together a
documentary film on Tim, scheduled to be out in Spring of 2009
and will go on tour globally. Pete is inviting all of Tim's friends
and acquaintances to participate in this community project by
posting your stories and photos on the BLOG
he has set up for this purpose. Please support Pete by getting
the word out. This movie will be monumental for all those who
knew Tim, and history making for all skaters hereafter to know
why we will never forget Tim
Just another reminder this year, to
possibly spare skateboarders some police brutality and more arrests,
that Go Skateboarding Day is a hoax.
IASC copied "Emerica's Wild in the Streets" who had
their very effective Love Park demonstration, and called June
21st GSD as a marketing scheme. They enhanced it by putting out
media claiming that by way of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, (I
quote from PrimeNewswire)
"United States Government Goes SkateboardingJune 21
officially proclaimed "Go Skateboarding Day" by U.S.
Congress. Ms. Sanchez' office totally denies this, obviously as
anyone knows an act of congress requires just that, an act of
ALL of congress. It's not ever likely a holiday for skateboarding
IASC's message to kids is to drop all
their obligations and get out and take over the streets for "the
grind heard around the world." Can you say "Go Get Yourself
Arrested Day?" We all saw over and over the YouTube accounts
of police interactions on skateboarders including the one famous
account in Hot
Springs Arkansas, when skaters
celebrating GSD took over the sidewalks in an upscale tourist
area where skateboarding on sidewalks is clearly posted illegal.
These skaters were obviously empowered by the invincibility GSD
implies as they mention it a few times in the video. Officer Joey
Williams has been cleared of all charges of wrongdoing and has
returned to duty. The altercations escalate every year and now
cities are preparing for GSD by adding extra police forces on
duty. Is this what we really want? A "Skateboarders vs. COPS
Day?" Use your heads. If your town or your local shop has
planned an event through proper City channels, that's great. But
keep in mind the skateboarding laws are all in place and will
be enforced, perhaps OVER-enforced on June 21st. Thank you very
to advertize and bill GSD, as an official National Holiday and
has taken no accountability for the misery it has caused some
skateboarders and their families, or admit it is a hoax. Congresswoman
Loretta Sanchez can be reached in Garden Grove, CA at (714) 621-0102.
Wild Ride '08 - Been chatting a bit with Ryan Clements
of SPoT who is currently on the Wild Ride. For the remaining few
skateboarders who are NOT on the Wild Ride, Ryan has posted a
blog up today. Check it out and see what you are missing
Romano - Real's youngest pro. who the team met at a
Make-A-Wish Jam in Houston, unfortunately is back in the hospital
with recurring cancer. Deluxe SF has made a message page for anybody
to send little Johnny good vibes and supportive wishes. All our
support and prayers go out to Johnny, his family and medical team.
Come on skaters you know the drill, let's bombard that message
board for this kid!
Talk Shops - Skater, writer, and industry consultant
Bud Stratford has written another well-researched essay on the
state of skate shops. I encourage you all to take a look (grab
a beer 'cause it's long) and hit him up with your feedback. We'll
be hosting this in our "Articles" section.
Stop by and say hello to Peggy Oki in Carpenteria this weekend:
ARTIST STUDIO TOUR WEEKEND
FRIDAY MAY 9th - 5:00-7:00 p.m. -- 855 at the Arts Center
RECEPTION to meet the artists who will be opening their studios
on Saturday. Come pickup a map, enjoy a glass a wine and view
work of the artists on the studio tour.
855 at the Arts Center will feature artist studio artists in the
gallery from May 2nd to May 30th.
Gallery hours Friday thru Monday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
SATURDAY MAY 10TH - 2nd annual
ARTIST STUDIO TOUR - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Over 30 artists (including Peggy Oki) will open their studios.
Maps are available at 855 at the Arts Center, Porch, Hurley Optical
and Sand Castle Time.
Find some old rollerblading gear from
the 80's and skate the opening of Lake Cunningham Skatepark today.
Good luck with knee pads restricting your pants and legs, don't
get hurt. I'm very surprised insurance companies and cities haven't
yet researched ACCURATE injury statistics as to better protect
themselves. If they had, we'd know as the only gear requirement
would be ANKLE PADS!
Consolidated is heading out and about
on a shop demo tour this week:
S.B. Skateshop in Santa Barbara, CA
Fri. April 25th 3pm
The Station in Fremont, CA Sat. April 26th 47pm
Derby Park "Der-b-que" in Santa Cruz, CA Sun. April
27th 4pm hosted by Skateworks
If your local skate shop is interested
in having a demo, please call Leticia at (831) 457-8206
Border contest is set to bring in major $$ to
it's promoters, $$ to the city merchants and $$ in purse to the
token skater who is "crowned." The skateboarding part
of this production is being held in Ventura where skaterboarders
have been struggling for over 14yrs to get a decent skatepark/skateplaza
built. My friendly neighborhood activists to the south decided
to call out the organizer on it and protest/boycott with a demonstration
at the event. The promoter caught wind of it an actually met some
of their demands. But the demonstration is still going to happen
as they have permission to collect (tax deducible) donations for
the skatepark. Please visit their website as plans have been changing,
and if you are in the area tomorrow (4/19) your support would
be greatly appreciated.
I'd love to see more of this happening.
People exploiting skateboarding to make their dream homes and
caviar wishes come true need to give something back to skateboarders.
All this money floating around and yet some of us are relying
on bake sales to get our local city skateparks built. Major kudos
to the skaters who are making this happen! I hope it sets precedent
for more demonstrations at these high rollin events for the mainstreamers.
Call 'em out!
"He said, for example, that kids at the Skypark skate
park often scatter when they see a police cruiser pull into
the parking lot. By bicycle, he says he can ride up to the
park without being seen and nab kids who aren't wearing
Quote from Press Banner.com
Seems Scotts Valley, CA just can't seem to get enough
of those $360 skatepark tickets. They've tried an undercover cop,
niled the idea of surveillance cameras due to expense, toyed with
ideas of a monitor, paid admission and a dress code. So now have
trained a bike cop to "nab" skateboarders easier. Skating
where you are not suppose to skate will get you a $35 ticket,
on the streets (under 17) without a helmet is $25. So financially
speaking it makes sense to me that if you want to skate in Scotts
Valley don't go to the skatepark that skaters themselves raised
money to build, skate illegally - right? And for safety reasons
you may get off cheaper outside the skatepark but you may get
killed by a car. What's wrong with this picture? I wonder what
Scotts Valley plans to do, in means of police training, about
some of their non-skating teen population with drug problems and
some who have a habit of burning down their schools and libraries
and some who formed an Aryan nation teen group. Scary priorities!
I guess the best advice I can give skaters about skating in Scotts
Valley is don't skate in Scotts Valley.
System Skateboarding Magazine. A fairly new online skateboarding
magazine out of Poland. I love the layout and format; the way
you can turn the pages. Check out Issue 3. It's mostly features
skaters as opposed to product even though it appears to be backed
by a distribution company. Nontheless, it's cool! Thanks for sharing
it with us Mateusz Paszkiewicz!
OOps, looks like ESPN made a mistake. VERT is back in the X-Games.
From ESPN PR:
ESPN X Games 14 Sports & Competition Announcement
ESPN has decided to continue its 13-year tradition of vert competitions
at this year's X Games. Over the past month ESPN has engaged in
many conversations with the X Games BMX and Skateboard vert athletes
in an attempt to transition the Vert discipline into one featuring
a skatepark course design. While many athletes were initially
receptive to the idea, the majority of them have indicated to
ESPN that they would prefer to compete on a halfpipe. ESPN will
also continue its plans to hold SuperPark as a new discipline
for skateboarding and BMX at the X Games while working with the
athletes to better define exactly how the SuperPark course will
be designed. "The X Games has always had a commitment to
the athletes and our consistent communication with them has allowed
us to collectively grow this event to where it is today"
said Chris Stiepock, General Manager, X Games. "In this particular
case the communication took many turns but a consensus by the
athletes has emerged that has lead us to reinstate Vert as an
X Games discipline this year. We will continue to work with the
athletes to make the X Games relevant and successful." Pro
Skateboarder and 14-time X Games medalist, Bob Burnquist, said:
"I think it's great that ESPN will continue to have a Vert
contest, and I'm looking forward to working with them to make
sure the vert competition at the X Games is the best that it can
Real Skate supports the Olympic torch run demonstrations in San
I've been hearing the X-Games (ESPN) was dumping BMX vert and
thinking of doing the same with vert skateboarding. Today they
the axe. Not surprising, but what is surprising is
that they took a decade to figure out vert wasn't popular. They
plan to event a new game, er competition for the mainstream viewing
pleasure called something like "super park." Watch out
street skaters the magic of television is about to invent super
jock park stars to watch on Cribs. This will be interesting, I
imagine the other TV fake skate competition shows will follow
suit. I bet the IOC is laughing their heads off!
Tampa Pro going on right now at the SPoT. 411 Video Magazine is
live webcasting as we speak. Consolidated has 3 pros entered.
Yeah for the home team! Go DON'T DO IT.
You know you've been on the Internet too long when the names of
50% of the people you know, you know only by their handles. Broken
Magazine sent a bulletin "bobcat stuck in the
pool at the skatepark this morning..." Of course I immediately
thought it was "bobcat" from Sleestak and wondered how
the heck that could happen! Check
Now you get it. I swear, I just got
an e-mail from MoveOn.org with the subject "FOX attacks Obama."
Yikes, I'm afraid to look!
Roller Derby Girls! Hells yeah.
So for all you target marketeers here's the new "in"
thing. But don't take it too far, because you wrecked it for them
last time. They have regrouped and doing a great job of mostly
having fun. Here is a letter I recently got from "A-Bomb."
I love their names, tattoos, their whole thing; they are gnarly
for sure. I use to go to roller derby in the bay area with my
Dad. Wow, twice my Dad has appeared here lately. First Willy Nelson
now this! So I saw how it got marketed, finally becoming as fake
as televised wrestling, so fake it just flopped. They're back,
and I can really see some of the parallels with skateboarding.
I think that's why I hear from so many roller girls. Well ladies
you have my support and guess what? I'm going to see the Santa
Cruz Roller Girls tonight!
You go girls!
With all the sports out there for older women, very few allow
you to compete in a full-contact competitive sport with women
half your age.
I hope you are well. My name
is Annette Melillo. During the day, I work as a sales representative
for a heating and oil company. By night, I'm referred
to as "A Bomb," a 42 year old woman standing merely
4'9 tall, yet currently one of the top jammers for
the NJ Dirty Dames Roller Derby League, located out of New Brunswick,
New Jersey. I wanted to maybe pique your interest on the
growing full-contact competitive sport for women, roller derby. In
a way, roller derby has changed my life.
At this point in my life,
in almost every other sport that I've previously competed in,
my opponents' ages ranged from 35 to 50. Oddly enough, roller
derby has allowed me to compete on a level with skaters of varying
ages; however, women in this sport aren't judged by age. They compete
according to the level of their league. This is a sport that is
inspiring and empowers women who perhaps never thought they could
play a sport or had the drive to succeed in something active or
fitness oriented, yet they attend every grueling practice no matter
how difficult and push themselves to become the best athletes
possible and get in the best shape of their lives. They are mothers,
wives, daughters, students, computer geeks, office dwellers, librarians,
you name it, but on the track they are teammates
working together to win.
Roller derby has been around
since the 1930s; however, the sport faded away after it became
scripted much like professional wrestling and fans
lost interest in it. Flat-track Roller derby returned as a competitive
sport in 2001 and since then has grown into over 300 leagues across
Just to tell you a little bit about
my league and what we do: Founded in March of 2006, The NJ Dirty
Dames are a group of hard working successful women from all
different backgrounds, ages currently ranging from 22 to 42 who
are working to get the sport of roller derby back into the public's
eye. We have been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines,
and on television and are constantly trying to put our name out
there aside from our normal day-to-day jobs. We normally have
bouts once a month and practice three nights a week. We are a
by the skaters, for the skaters organization meaning
that every ounce of work comes from the skaters themselves as
opposed to being run by any corporate businesses.
I'm hoping that you will have interest
in letting women know about this great sport. Many people, when
they think of roller derby refer back to the days when it was
scripted and consider it just a bunch of women on roller skates
beating each other up. This couldn't be further from the truth
and my goal is to get people to see that this is 100% a real competitive
sport that has grown away from what made people lose interest
in the first place.
For more info on the
Dames, check out their website. Thank you so
much for your letter A-Bomb!
is having an interesting contest, almost like a treasure hunt.
This weeks' booty is a Consolidated Roberto
Aleman complete. May the best pirate win! UPDATE
- Someone is really running away with the contest so Birdo and
Leticia decided to also offer a complete to the second place winner.
Gotta love our Brazilian skater girls, not only their skating
but their artistic, writing, photography talents as well. Don't
miss AP and Bruna Massadas' photography show beginning March 13th.
What: Ana Paula Negrão &
Bruna Massadas Photography Show
Where: 8484 Wilshire Blvd, suites 711 & 730, Beverly Hills,
When: From March 13 May 8
Contact information: Andrea Curtin, (323) 651-2664, ext. 219 or
Get off the message boards and GO SKATE! Heard that one
before? Well that is exactly what 37 SLAP
Pals have done and came up with their own vid under the
anonymity of their "handles." I love it. I'd give that
a "gnar" if I could! For now it's posted on YouTube
in 9 parts. Check it out and be sure to leave good comments or
better watch out, you might get "kooked!"
bothersome, yeah dude!
2 loophole, rocklobster, MFS,
brandon, Zurg, L.S.
3 Gest, Sony MDR
V2 headphones, ATMurrel, Duffy, tonycoxhox
4 natenola, diabolik, jura, tommy
tuttone, mikey pioggia, somekid, mackattack, matt/tx, forks/knives
5 grimcity & joshewwuh
6 toy machine, stagefright, iskaterowleyclassics,
foray, SRjunky, peter
7 universal remonster, Raw!
8 ah lee, fuckyocouch
9 nick immediato, iwishilevedinfinland
Kat Von D., my new best friend, is throwing the biggest
music/tattoo art shindig of the century at the Orange County Fairgrounds
this weekend. Seriously, Kat and I are tight, after all I'm in
her top 936,840 friends on MySpace! I sent her a Real Skate sticker
for her new ramp but haven't spotted it yet. She's a busy girl
with this event and all.
COP Over the Top - More info is surfacing and more
charges filed against Baltimore Police Officer Salvatore Rivieri.
Was Rivieri the the inspiration for this character? This "dude"
is a monster. God forbid he has kids of his own.
Note to Youth: If anyone EVER abuses
you in any way no matter if it's a COP, parent, teacher, minister,
doctor, neighbor, relative, friend, ANYONE, PLEASE REPORT IT to
the Police or someone. If you are too afraid or don't have anyone,
call me and I will report it for you!
||Baltimore Officer Salvatore
Rivieri has been suspended pending an internal investigation.
Over 500,000 views on YouTube
of him verbally abusing and manhandling a 14 year old skateboarder.
Birdo and Consolidated's
DON'T DO IT campaign against large
sporting goods companies who are taking from skater built and
owned businesses got national recognition last night on CNBC's
new documentary Swoosh!
Inside Nike. Several more air dates are listed
on the site. Of the show my favorite quote is from Michael Jordan
"I never wore a pair of Nike's until I signed with them.
Adidas was always my favorite shoe."
Gone Wild (again). This time in Baltimore, Officer
Salvatore Rivieri. He didn't want this to show up on YouTube,
well guess what DUDE! There's eventually going to be enough of
these incidences for it's own reality show. This is a total abuse
of power and totally unacceptable. I'm glad skaters are exposing
what really happens in their lives. The citizen review board for
formal complaints' number in Baltimore is (410) 396-3141. DUDE!
I went to a Willie Nelson concert last night, how nerdy is that?
I've always loved his songs, they are sweet. And he's 74 and still
going strong. Some of his songs I remember my Dad singing around
the house. Usually the silly phrases he'd sing to me like "Hey
good lookin, what ya got cookin, howz about cookin something up
with me" and he'd do this little dance with me standing on
his toes trying to follow. He cracked me up! Looking around the
theater at all the cowboys, I wondered if they sat around the
campfire (we know they didn't have message boards) talking about
the cowboy boot brands like skaters talk shoe brands these days.
Wondering if one brand tried to monopolize and overtake the cowboy
culture by soaking up all the brands. Saddles, hats, chaps, all
controlled by one corp? Nah, nobody could be more shoe fashion
conscious these last 10 years than skaters. Hey my Dad was a pro
in his younger years! He was a bronco rider in the rodeo circuit
in Laramie, WY. I don't know how good he was but he always talked
about a horse named "One-eye" the meanest horse around.
I like to think he was pretty gnarly. I miss my Dad, RIP. Ohhhhhhhhhh
mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys...let them be
[skaters] and lawyers and such...
love for skateboarders. Fayetteville is
the sixth largest city in North Carolina, praises itself as diverse,
and has won All-American City awards and other honors. It has
many parks, an award-winning golf course, and Cycling, Hockey,
Baseball, and football clubs. Why can't they spare a tiny little
plot where skateboarders can skate legally? There's nothing more
"All-American" today than skateboarding, that's for
Magazine is holding a photo contest - best backyard
shot of Jan.Feb. '08. Winner wins an 8.25 Scarecrow deck.
"It can be a pool, ramp, DIY, or some random thing rotting
in your backyard." Good times!
Skaters, be the first to get your new "skurban"
look on! Now you too can be more presentable (like snowboarders
are now that they are in the Olympics) when you go with mom to
the country club. Hot! Thank you Volcolm, marketing geniuses!
Tomorrow is the big day. After all has been said and done and
all the mud has been slung, Real Skate is endorsing Hillary Clinton.
Hillary played a very important role during Bill's administration.
She's one of the smartest women out there today. If you recall,
their administration cleaned up our country after Bush Sr. screwed
it up, paid off the deficit, ended the meaningless war, etc. Now
that same clean up is needed for what little Bush has done to
this country. Hillary and Bill have the proven formula. Here experience
is seriously something needed at this time. She worked hard on
the Health Care system, only to be rejected by the Republicans
who comprised the majority of both houses. Now both houses are
Democratic controlled, and with that support, I am confident we
will see the changes everyone wants.
I think Obama is a very good Senator
and I would not be disappointed if he became president. And, the
last thing I want is another Republican regime. I swear I will
leave the country. If I had the confidence in American voters,
who are a majority of Republicans over 40 and only 20% of people
18 to 29, and a whole slew of brainwashed evangelicals, I would
push for him. He could be president by a landslide if only young
liberals would participate in voting. And that's what would have
to happen in the general election. The electoral college system
is not the best system but still it is based on how many delegates
are appointed according to popular vote. Bottom line, you have
to register and you have to vote if you want change. And if Obama
wins tomorrow, I'm going to get after ALL you young flake's who
We just got word from VBS.tv that the Epically Later'd episode
1 of 16 of John
Cardiel is finally out. We will be posting early updates
from them as new episodes are released.
Right on THRASHER! Thrasher
Mag has agreed to post this ad from Consolidated
with a url to Birdo's response to Nike's Chet Childress' hypocritical
bashing of Birdo (and other entities) which was printed in The
Skateboard Mag. As you know TSM would not print Birdo's response.
I have canceled my subscription to TSM and removed them from my
Links page. Note to Chet: Take off your shoes and THEN maybe you'll
have some validity in deciding who's keeping it real in the skateboarding
We are very sad to report that Dane's body was found on a street
in San Diego according to this press
release. Our sincere condolences go out to his family
Dane Williams Missing after ASR in San Diego - Got this from the
ASR folks; let's hope he is OK.
Sorry for sending two e-mails this morning.
But just got this and they need everyone's help to find Dane.
Please see below. Dane Williams from the Hurley Marketing Dept.
has been missing since Friday night at ASR (Action Sports Retailers
Tradeshow). He was last seen Friday night at close to 2 am by
the Hard Rock Cafe outside of the Marriott Gaslamp in San Diego.
We are worried because no one has had contact with him since then.
If you have heard from him or seen him, please contact the San
Diego police department or call:
Or his parents Jim and Valen- 714-960-1341
PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO EVERYONE WHO WAS AT THE SHOW AS SOMEONE
MIGHT HAVE SEEN SOMETHING. THANKS!
Hurley Creative Dept.
Here is Birdo's
(Consolidated) response to The Skateboard Mag's article by Nike's
boy Chet Childress (See 1/10 below.) Interesting TSM refused to
print Birdo's response. Something's flat out wrong with this scenario.
Keep fighting the good fight Birdo! When the day comes when Nike
dumps skateboarding shoes, their pros, their mag spreads, we'll
see articles titled "We Should Have Listened to Birdo."
Keep it real out there!
Nike is on the cover of the February Forbes
business magazine, "Going for the Gold." Gold, meaning
money to Nike, of course. Personally I've never known a skateboarder
who would fall for such a hoax as Nike trying to convince the
world they are a skateboarding company. I don't even know anyone
who would wear a pair of Nikes if they were free! But, they are
walking the walk by buying a few pros as they have done with all
their other disciplines like golf, running, biking, hockey, etc.
It reminds me of a used car dealer "have I got a car [shoe]
for you" thing. Interesting read for any skateboarders on
the cusp of buying into this fashion statement illusion of a shoe
being marketed primarily to sneaker freaks and non-skateboarders.
Danny Renaud - We were hoping it was a rumor, but Stereo
has confirmed their Pro Danny has survived a 9-story fall from
a building in Miami. He suffered broken legs but a full recovery
is expected. Stereo also has provided a way to get well-wishes
to Danny as he recovers. Please check out their website. Our best
goes out to Danny. We will be supporting him 100%!
Starting off the year with a bang, but no big surprise. Pretty
predictable actions when a skater and a skate magazine jump in
bed with a major sporting goods company. You know the one. So
Nike pro Chet Childress calls out Birdo in print in The
Skateboard Mag. Birdo writes a response but TSM won't
print it?? Something is wrong here, but like I said, predictable.
Check it out. We'll follow this one for sure, and if Birdo wants,
I'll publish his response here, gladly!
1/1/08 - Happy New Year!
Lists tend to pop up at the end of the year among ambitious people.
Since I don't have one of my own I will post Michael Brooke's:
WHAT IF WE TREATED ALL ATHLETES
1. A scandal would rock the badminton
community when it discovered that some shuttlecocks are blanks
with no graphics.
2. Swimmers, gymnasts and weightlifters
would be pimping out their new Mercedes Benz's.
3. Golfers, curlers and dart players
would wind up on MTV "Cribs."
4. Bowling shoes would be a 3 billion
dollar industry. Studies would show that 90% of all bowling shoe
buyers didn't actually bowl, but purchased the shoes because they
looked cool and "felt comfortable." There would be 300
different types of bowling shoes.
5. The US Military would run recruitment
ads in bob sledding magazines.
6. South Korean Archery champion I'm
Dong Hyun would have his own reality show with Big Black. It would
be called I'M DONG AND BIG.
7. Axe Deodorant spray would pimp out
world champion fencer Keeth Smart's bathroom.
8. Table Tennis clubs would be set up
at churches to bring in youth.
Disciples and (cream of the crop) company get a secret
test drive of the new Lake Cunningham monstrosity. Nice work Zach!
Happy Winter Holidays from Real Skate!
Thank you, Z-Girl! Same to you and thank
you for all your hard work throughout
the years with the whale movement. Peggy invites you all to participate
in the "Minds
in the Water"
Visual Petition campaign and help her
win the competition for a sponsored trip to the IWC
meetings next May in Chile.
Blank Planks? A World without steel
wheels? Gotta love those So. Cal. freestylers.
But, careful Bob you might incite a riot! Merry Christmas to you
too, and thanks for
all your good work with the good non-profits.
to Big Mike - Any friend of Neal Boyd
is a friend of us all. Hammond, LA's backbone of skateboarding
Big Mike Jeansonne lost his life on November 16th in a freak
skateboarding accident. Mike leaves behind his wife and
son for whom Neal and the community have set up a trust
fund. We are encouraging our readers to help
out, any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated.
If you are getting Christmas money for a new deck, you
might want to wait until January and grab up Mike's tribute
deck, designed by Neal and manufactured by Deluxe,
SF. This will be a Real deck, part of the "Actions
Realized" series sold through regular distribution.
Look for it in your skate shops around the 3rd week in January.
Call your shop and make sure they will be carrying it. Most
shops will do a mail-order transaction, so if you're stuck
out in the middle of nowhere, you're covered. All proceeds
from the deck sales will go to the trust fund.
Huge, gigantic thanks goes out to Jim Thiebaud and the
staff of Deluxe who went out of their way to do this tribute
deck for Mike's family. And of course thanks to Neal, Small
Time Skates shop, and all those who have contributed in
some way to help out Mikes family.
The skateboarding community and all its goodness just makes
me sit down and cry sometimes!
Our sincere condolences go out to all of Mike's people
who are suffering a tremendous loss.
RIP Big Mike.
I had a nice long chat with Patrick O'Dell about the Epicly Later'd
which aired Saturday night on MTV2. I think he did a good job
editing which parts would work. By work, I mean depicting what
pro skateboarders are really like. While watching it, I couldn't
help doing my own mind comparison to Ryan Sheckler's skateboarding
life. Quite an extreme difference (excuse the word extreme) whether
it was intentional on Patrick's part or not. I loved Spanky's
part and his Dad recollection of him as a young kid as well as
Alex Olson's interaction with his legendary skate dad Steve. Spanky
and Alex are skateboarders. Ryan is an "athlete." Braydon
is just Braydon! hahaahh. Of course getting around to the proverbial
question was this money driven, Patrick said no in fact he lost
money producing this for MTV. He added EL is not scheduled for
future MTV2 shows and doesn't think it ever will show again. Let's
hope not, plus I don't think this will appeal to the mainstreamers.
Let them idolize the White and Sheckler jocks of the skateboarding
ranking system. Save the blood, cuss, and piss (and excellent
skateboarding) for the rest of us to appreciate. Thank you Patrick,
keep up the good work.
||We are very saddened to hear Michael
Reed, 21 of Rialto was fatally shot last Wednesday
trying to stop an armed robbery at the Fontana Skatepark.
A teen was holding a gun to another teens head when Michael
intervened and was shot instead. Michael will certainly go
down in history as a hero. RIP Michael.
Happy Thanksgiving Everybody! - Whether you celebrate the
holiday or not there is always something to be thankful for. I'd
like to thank all our readers and supporters and skateboarders
all around the world. Keep fighting the good fights for your deserved
Epicaly Later'd - I'm not so sure I want to post this,
but so far I think EL has been keepin it pretty real. Colab with
MTV though? I don't know, every skate thing that has mainstreamed
to MTV has been a money driven flop, at least in the minds on
non-mainstream skate minds. I'll give them the chance but well
we shall see when the reviews come in. I hope they don't tell
the world ALL our secrets!
Hey Real Skate,
Just wanted to drop you a note about the VBS.tv skate show Epicly
Later'd. On Saturday, November 24th at 9PM/ 8C, MTV2 will air
a compilation of three episodes of the popular VBS.tv web series,
Epicly Later'd. Based on the photo blog of the same name and brought
to life through VBS.tv, Epicly Later'd is the brainchild of Vice
magazine photographer and skate world insider Patrick O'Dell.
Hosted and filmed by O'Dell, Epicly Later'd features intimate
and exclusive interviews and footage from the lives of pro skateboarding
legends and young up-and-comers alike. It's a casual and candid
look into the real, weird life of the pros. Saturday's 30-minute
program profiles three of the hottest young skaters around today:
Braydon Szafranski, Kevin 'Spanky' Long and Alex Olson. If you
never seen it before, check out Epicly
Later'd. You can also check out the clip about the
show on Saturday here.
Longboarding - Found this article in the LA
Times containing some competitive longboarding history.
John Hutson is a Santa Cruz local, and there is quite a contingency
of longboarders here trying to bring back the Capitola [Downhill]
Classic. It's definitely not died and may even be safe to add
it's growing. A friendly suggestion, please wear helmets on
the roads! You are not a car. Bombing hills at high speed
requires special boards and wheels. According to statistics compiled
by Skaters for Public Skateparks from media feeds, last year over
40 deaths to skateboarders occurred on the streets, most of them
hit by cars or just going too fast and out of control. I'd be
safe to guess from my Google alerts it has risen this year. California
has a mandatory state law that 17 and under wear helmets while
skating on roads, it's a vehicle code. Yet the skateparks are
getting stormed with riot tactics to ticket for helmets and pads
which are not needed for park skating anyway. You don't see helmets
and pads in the X-Games park and street comp. do you? The fine
for being helmetless on the roads is $25. The fine for skating
in a park without a helmet $360 or more. Go figure.
So you think voting doesn't matter? Check out this article
about the city of Los
Gatos, in the Santa Cruz mountains and the skaters
major fight to get a decent skatepark in their town. This is the
first I've heard of a skatepark going up to a vote. Who do you
think will win if skaters aren't registered to vote? Who will
win if the majority of your town is conservative and NIMBY? If
you are 18 better think twice about how lame you think it is to
vote. And you can also vote for or against the city council based
on their interest or lack of it in youth. Even the signers on
the petition for the referendum have to be registered just to
get it on the ballot. The article points out out of 3,098 sigs
only 1833 were valid. They did get enough, however, to get it
on the February ballot. For those skaters under 18 (which are
probably the majority) better get on the campaign and get those
18 year olds on the stick and Rock The Vote in Los Gatos!
Mainstream Mania - Lately I have been receiving tons of
skate related writings, photos from professional photographers
of skaters which in their minds is a great skate shot, bands on
the skate band bandwagon, and video companies producing "skate
vids." This would be all good content and are the things
I would normally gladly accept and post, however one glance and
you know how clueless these submissions are. I'd rather post a
pic a Dad took of his kid attempting a trick, no matter how blurry
or fuzzy, or how "beginner" but because it is in fact
a trick; it's real and depicts sincerity and meaning.
Nike, the biggest non-skate mainstreamer
of them all (with no disrespect to the pro skaters they bought
to form a "skate team") continues to detract all sincerity
and meaning, all in the name of marketing shoes. I mean come on,
Mamma, Pappa, and Baby bear skate shoes? Do they really think
they are appealing to skateboarders? Check out Michael Brooke's
opinion of the latest Nike "skate video."
The Whole Truth
About Nike's Nothing But the Truth
November 15th, 2007
Not only did I
receive the new Nike dvd, but on Monday, I received a 300 page
hardcover book that features stills and information about the
dvd (there is also another dvd tucked in the back of the book).
I managed to catch about 45 minutes of the dvd. I have promised
myself to watch the rest. The truth about Nothing But the
Truth is that the skating is amazing, but the bits in between
are having a weird affect on me. I can't really explain it, but
the video (not the skate parts, mind you) seems like one of the
most self-indulgent things ever done in skateboarding.
Arts for ARTS sake?
What does it REALLY mean?
How does it FEEL?
It's like some bad art film
you just want the damn thing
Maybe I am too old
perhaps my generation doesn't get it
we're not supposed to.
Look, I am not denying that Nike has a great skate team. They've
also pumped a ton of money into skateboarding. Through an incredibly
shrewd marketing dance, they have cultivated their Nike SB in
core shops while at the same time moving the Nike 6.0 line thorough
mass market channels
Yes Virginia, a 16.3 billion dollar
company can suck and blow at the same time.
Yep, Nike posted 16.3 billion in sales in the last fiscal year.
Their goal is to be 23 billion company by 2011.
That's a A LOT of money.
It buys you a lot of talent.
It also appears to buy you a lot of video tape and self indulgence.
It's not just me who thinks this film was a dud.
Check out this review:
"You know what, I'm so sick of this
movie, after 35 minutes, I can't stand it. full of scum, crap,
lame stuff, non-skateboarding stuff (hey it's nike, what did you
expect?) and it's straight up boring. i haven't been stoked once.
i'll just wrap this up now, and say it's crap, i don't feel like
watching the rest."
Hard to believe that a skate video would turn skaters OFF skateboarding.
Ironically enough, Craig Stecyk has contributed to the book. Yes,
the Craig Stecyk who inspired and continues inspire skaters worldwide.
Perhaps instead of giving him the writing gig, they should have
put him in the directors chair?
The truth for me?
Nike will pump money into skateboarding till it bleeds
their investors run for cover!
Thanks for the
free content Michael!
SMP - Smoke More Pot? Skate More Pools? Nope, Terry
Kennedy explains for Thrasher that the new acronym
is Sober Mind Power. Seems the message is on the ups, let's hope
this one sticks.
Our sincere hopes for the best go out to all those in So. Cal.
experiencing the tragedy of the fires. Our support goes out to
all the firefighters working with limited personnel and equipment
due to our Reserves and planes being dedicated to Iraq. It's messed
up. Here are some practical ways you as citizens can HELP. Help
Skateboarding as a Sideshow? Casino owner Joe Maloof is
throwing down 1.5 million to showcase an X-Games style invitational
competition they term as the Maloof Money Cup, the "The superbowl
of skateboarding" to attract more attendees to the Orange
County Fair according to this article in the OC
Register. Step right up folks, here ya have yer livestock,
here ya have yer carnival, here ya have yer skateboarders and
the Flyyyyyyyyyyyyyying Tomaaaaaaaaaaaaaaato! If they're lucky,
maybe a skateboarder will get badly hurt. Geeze, when we wanted
to increase our fair attendance, we hired the Alaskan Racing Pigs.
Worked like a charm. And they're cool. The announcer divides the
audience to root for a certain pig. Their "purse" is
a trough of food at the end of the course. And the girl pigs get
as much "purse" as the boy pigs. Speaking of which,
I noticed there will be no female vert skaters. Ya think Cara-Beth
told them to $%@#-Off? If so, good for the vert ladies. Wow, just
think want 1.5 mil could do for skatepark development. See you
at the pig races.
Verdugo Skatepark Event - We are happy to announce that
we will be having our third annual Teen Equinox at the Verdugo
Skate Park. This is a great event and we have some great sponsors
this year including eS shoes and our local Kiwanis club. We have
a Battle of the Bands; which the grand prize winner gets to play
at the 2008 Van's Warped Tour in Los Angeles, and a great 18 years
and younger Game of SKATE with a best trick contest on a flat
bar to follow. It is FREE to enter in the Game of SKATE and the
Battle of the Bands but the bands need to submit a CD to us ASAP
if they want to play. There will be fun booths which will include
hair painting, henna tattoos, skateboard stenciling, photo buttons
and more. Plenty of food and good music!
Community Services Specialist/Skate Park
City of Glendale
work (818) 548-2786
Capitola Skatepark - Judi O is informing that Thursday,
the 11th the Capitola City Council has the skatepark issue back
on the agenda. Skaters are needed to rep and support the skatepark
and voice your opinion on location. Meeting starts at 7pm but
the issue won't be heard until 8 or 9pm. Please attend if you
can, and please help spread the word among local skaters,
it's very important to have a turnout of skaters any time skateboarding
related issues are on the agenda. The Council chambers are where
you see all the cop cars parked.
A couple of good objective articles on Nike.
Validates everything Birdo has been trying to get across for years.
Wake up some of you, and stop stretching it - Nike is not a skateboarding
and criticism for Nike's foray into skateboarding culture
The Canadian Press
Abandons Hockey The Star.com
Peggy Oki, the Z-Girl of Dogtown is still doing good things; from
saving the whales to blessing our world with her beautiful art.
Here are two of her current art shows:
One-Woman Exhibit of Paintings by Peggy
8 October - 1 December 2007
Mon-Sat: 11:30am - 3pm and 5pm - 9:00pm
5404 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013
One-Woman Exhibit of Paintings by Peggy
3 November - 14 December 2007
Reception 3 Nov (Saturday) 3-5 pm
Monday thru Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Sunday: 11am - 10pm
134 E. Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
And speaking of bananas, here is a press release on the new "Drunks"
Osiris (and later other major core skate companies in solidarity)
will be making in support of the DON'T DO IT campaign.
Press ReleaseOSIRIS TEAMS UP WITH
CONSOLIDATED SKATEBOARDS FOR THE DRUNK
SAN DIEGO, CA, Sept. 26, 2007
Diego-based skate/surf lifestyle brand, Osiris
has teamed up with Consolidated
Skateboards to create a new special-edition of their
infamous shoe called "The Drunk," which takes aim at
large sporting good companies who are strategically trying to
invade the action sports industry. The shoes are going to be sold
only at core skate and surf shops in support of the Don't Do It
campaign, a movement that seeks to put the power back into the
hands of those companies that built the action sports industry.
The Drunk, a thinly
veiled comedic wordplay on a popular shoe style from one of the
large sporting goods companies, bears a signature banana logo
on the side of each shoe. It was created as a playful knock on
the large sporting goods brands that are now making a strong push
to take a share of the market in the action sports industry. Though
the shoe is humorous in it's design, the message that the Don't
Do It Campaign conveys is a very serious one. Steve "Birdo"
Guisinger, owner of Consolidated Skateboards states, "There
is a reason there are no football, baseball, basketball, or soccer,
player owned companies-and there should be. "We don't want
this to happen to our industry." Jay 'The Wizard' Wilson,
Executive Vice President for Osiris, adds, "If they can make
skate shoes, we can make basketball shoes that you can skate in.
Can't we all have a little fun?"
Osiris will be the first in
a series of core skate companies who will be creating a new version
of the Drunk each season. The Osiris Drunk is a patent leather
paneled quarter top shoe, with it's design borrowed from a new
style of shoes from Osiris called the South Bronx. "Ever
since I can remember, I longed to work with the famous banana.
It's a legend in its own right, for it's continued efforts to
break down the corporate evils that plague our industry,"
says Brian Reid, Chief Creative Officer for Osiris.
who has been leading the Don't Do It campaign since 1997, rallied
the support of the heads of many of the core industry companies
to lead this awareness campaign by creating a new version of the
Drunk each season. "Making quality skate shoes is not our
specialty, so we are excited to co-op "Drunks" with
Osiris and other quality skate shoe makers." says Steve "Birdo"
The Osiris Drunks will be
available at select core shops and will be priced at $69.95
For more information, visit: DontDoItArmy.com
Consolidated's new video "Goin' Bananas" is being shipped
out now and will only be sold in skate shops. Support your local
skate shops and DON'T DO IT!
No Skateboarding in the Olympics! No, I'm not bugging you
about my petition
any more. I am announcing that there will be no
skateboarding in the Olympics! At least not unless it's done
right, by the rules, through the front door, and if skateboarders
really want it to happen. I think we have spoken out loud and
clear not only to USA Rollersports, the Cycling Fed, and the IOC
but to Gary Ream's questionable USAS and International Skateboarding
Federation and except for the latter, they listened.
Below is a news item that went out on
Monday at "Around
the Rings" a subscription-only news website all
about the Olympics nitty gritty. I was given special privy to
post it on Real Skate. You will more than likely be seeing this
in mainstream media soon, especially by those who reported grave
misinformation in all those articles in June.
had been under consideration for addition to the London Olympics.
Plans to bring
skateboarding to the program for the 2012 Olympics are headed
for a crash landing, sources tell Around the Rings. Discussions
have been underway for months between the International Cycling
Union and leaders of the nascent International Skateboard Federation
about forming an unlikely marriage.
In a bid to increase
youth appeal for cycling the UCI wants to add half pipe BMX to
the London program, joining the motocross discipline which will
debut in Beijing. As part of a play to make maximum use of the
BMX half pipe track, UCI was also willing to consider bringing
skateboarding into the federation for a double-barreled shot at
attracting younger sports fans for the Olympics.
UCI's ardor for
skateboarding has cooled, however, in the face of a number of
issues, several of them involving breaches of established rules
and requirements for adding sports and disciplines to the Olympic
Games. UCI sports director Olivier Queguiner, who met recently
with IOC officials to discuss the situation, now tells Around
the Rings that the "no decision about skateboard" will
take place during the UCI Congress in Stuttgart later this month.
A vote of the UCI Congress is a must to bring a new discipline
into the sport of cycling. Failure to act this year effectively
kills the chance of adding skateboarding to London.
in Lausanne say the IOC will take no action on skateboarding until
it hears from the UCI. One source indicates 2016 is a more likely
start for skateboard. But before the sport can make it to the
Olympics, organizational issues have to be addressed, including
whether riding along with cycling is the proper way to join the
program. A number of federations which meet IOC requirements to
join the program were said to be concerned over what they saw
was a backdoor effort to bring skateboarding to the Olympics.
the sport is also a divisive question. The U.S. based International
Skateboarding Federation has yet to stage a world championship
and is way short of the number of national federations needed
to be considered for the Olympics. Efforts to reach the federation
for comment for this report have been unsuccessful.
International Roller Sports Federation, which is planning to stage
a world championship in 2009 for skateboarding, remains committed
to seeking a spot in the Olympics for traditional speed skating,
not skateboarding. And there seems to be as little enthusiasm
among serious skateboarders for representation by the IRSF as
there is for the current leadership of the International Skateboarding
Federation. Skateboarders are also apparently divided on what
event to stage in the Olympics, with the majority of top boarders
believed to be in favor of a street-style event, not the half-pipe
proposed by UCI.
Thank you, Around the Rings. So there
you have it. Thanks to everyone who signed and helped circulate
our petition and kept up the good fight on all the message boards;
and thanks to those who had my back. I'm keeping the petition
going as I have a hunch though this has been nipped in the bud,
maybe not the end. But to anyone standing next in line to try
and pull this off again, all I can say is BRING IT ON and let's
play above the table this time. - Clarkie
Break Wainwright's Ollie Record!
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Date: November 2, 3, 4 2007 Organization: Concrete Wave
Can you beat Danny Wainwright's High
Ollie Record of 44.5"? If you can, you'll make it into the
Guinness World Book of Records! If you do the highest Ollie
for the weekend, you'll take home $500. Even if you don't win
you could win clothes, shoes, boards and other prizes.
Here's how it works: Fill in the application
Send it along with a check or money order for $5.00 to The Hobby
Show, 365 Colonsay Court, Oshawa, ON L1J 6H3. Yep. It'll
cost you $5.00 to enter, but you also get a weekend pass to the
Hobby Show worth $24.00!
The rules are simple. Each skater gets
two shots at every level; if you fail, you are out. The finalists
in each contest get three tries. The Contest winners will compete
on Sunday for the final $500 and the draws for the raffle prizes.
This is your chance to showcase your
skills. But even if you can't ollie that great, you'll enjoy watching
the contest along with all the cool stuff at the Hobby Show. If
you are under 18 we must have your parents' signature on the application.
Contest times are: Friday 4PM & 7PM, Saturday 12PM, 2PM, 4PM,
7PM, Sunday 12 noon and Finals 3PM.
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1054 Center Street, Suite 293
Thornhill, ONTARIO L4J 8E5
The Olympics apparently does NOT want skateboarding!
My suspicions all along have been confirmed by a July '07 e-mail
conversation from Christophe Dubi, (IOC Director of Sport; through
the e-mail address of Pierre Ducrey), when I submitted our petition
to the IOC. Over the last few years, more than a dozen people
in the sports field told me the IOC doesn't go looking for new
sports to add to the program, that this push for skateboarding
more than likely came from Gary Ream and Mike Jacki after the
bombarding outrage from skateboarders effectively suggested Roller
Sports change their mind about putting skateboarding in the Olympics.
Gary was quoted in the media as saying he wanted to form USAS
to "protect the look of skateboarding" in the Olympics.
Another subsequent quote I found interesting from him something
to the effect "...if we don't put skateboarding into the
Olympics ourselves, someone else will," and "they (IOC)
can do it with or without us." Gary hasn't spoken much to
media, but every quote (NY Hearald; NY Times) implies that the
IOC is responsible for approaching UCI to work on including skateboarding
and that it was inevitable it would go in by 2012.
The e-mail exchange:
Dear Mr. Dubi - Skateboarders all over
the world request that you do not
include skateboarding in Olympic games. It is not a sport.
Skateboarding was built as an ALTERNATIVE to sports for its
individuality and freedom. Skateboarders have no governing body
not want one. We urge you to leave skateboarding out of your long
plans. Note our petition which has gained national attention.
Many professional skateboarders have signed it and big names in
Clarkie, Editor Real Skate Magazine
Dear Ms Clarkie,
Thank you for your interest and views.
Please note that the inclusion of the discipline of skateboarding
Olympic Games can only be considered if an International Sports
Federation puts such a request forward.
We would therefore advise you to contact UCI [Cycling Federation],
should you wish to discuss
further of the creation of an international governing body for
Although Gary Ream has his USAS members
under gag order, (perhaps to hide the inclusion of skateboarding
from the Cycling athletes as they will lose two more events to
skateboarding as they did to make way for BMX, which Gary holds
a seat on) I think he owes the skateboarding community an explanation.
So given this information, we will switch
our petition and address the Cycling Federation which Gary holds
a seat on. There is still time to sign our petition and we will
be giving you a way to give your input.
Here is an article I stumbled across
showing the cycling athletes presenting UCI with over 11 thousand
signatures of bike riders protesting losing two Kilo races. Here
again, UCI blamed it on the IOC.
Interesting stuff. You will be hearing
more very soon.
With Gusto - I was happy to hear from Ana Paula, one
of our awesome Brazilian girl skaters, and happier to hear she
is still involved in supporting not only female skaters, but any
skater who needs funds to travel to events in So. America. I hadn't
heard from her or Luciana and that crew in a long time, but they
say they are still doing their magazine, Check It Out.
If you are in the LA area, please do what you can to help support
the cause. They will send us pics and coverage from the event
later. Contact AP for more info.
The X-Games always stirs a flurry of laughable disgust among the
skateboarding community. Not too many, if any skate media report
on the X-Games at all. We did once, since we had a staff member
in Sydney and there was nothing else to cover so we ran it. We
will probably even see less as these fake TV show "contests"
and non-skateboard related sponsors continue to attract mainstream
media and turn ordinary kids into TV stars.
I seriously loved and laughed at the
Disciples did on this year's X-Games 13. More than
likely their last article on the topic, but it's a gem. They also
have some good pictures, however, in their gallery (even pics
of WOMEN skateboarders; unusual).
Got this from our Aussie friends. I think it's a video game??
Check out their website for more details.
9th Annual Tim Brauch Memorial Contest coming up next month, don't
Biz needs a few good opinions. I don't know what
rock they've been living under lately, but it looks as if they
may do an article about skateboarding in the Olympics. That's
good, the more people getting exposed to it the better. It's being
handled under gag orders and backroom dealing by people who have
no business representing/governing skateboarding. Send in your
letters, however note that the e-mail addy they provided doesn't
work. Send to one of the e-mails on their "contact"
page. You may also express your opinion (which will be sent directly
to the IOC) by signing our petition (above).
Problems, problems everywhere! Even in London. Got this from the
UK Skate Association. Please help them out by signing their online
Written by Kevin Parrott, Thursday,
23 August 2007
In an amazingly odd move the management of the new London bridge
skatepark have imposed a rule banning skateboarders over 18 from
skating the park. Sign the petition organised by Seth and Slam
Here's a quote from the parks management..."In
the case of Whites Grounds, we are not permitted to allow unaccompanied
adults on the site at any time as young people. If a young person
was to be assaulted or groomed during our supervised sessions,
we would be held accountable."
You also have the chance to write a
comment on the petition so please keep it articulate and sensible.
This is a crazy rule that needs overturning so get signing.
More info can be found on the UKSA
Well hello! No, I haven't been traipsing off on exotic tropical
vacations, I chose something about the same cost this year, knee
replacement surgery. Insert your favorite swear word here as I
tell you it HURTS! I will be back more often, I have some cool
pics people have been sending in and other things to post. See
you soon! *ouch, spell-check hurts*
Local shop, SC Skateshop has developed a skateboarding
community on their website. It's kind of like a
MySpace for skateboarding. It's pretty cool, you can post pictures,
vids, blogs, stories, just about anything skate related, check
X-Games - We don't report on the X-Games, nobody cares
and it's more fun to make fun of them on message boards. But one
thing that must be said is how irresponsible they were in handling
Jake Brown's accident. We're hearing today that he has stress
fractures of the spine, concussion, fractured liver, etc. Must
be in the ESPN contracts that any injured "athlete"
must walk off the stage after an accident? After a fall like that
anyone in their right mind would have put him in a neck brace
and back board before moving him. The so-called paramedics did
nothing of the sort, in fact made him get up and walk off, put
him in a chair and began manipulating his neck! How much more
blood and guts will skateboarders give television programming
before they realize their safety is not in the best interest of
their viewers? It's really too bad skateboarders didn't come up
with their own way of "advancement." And now the vert
jocks going along with the Olympic movement, can't get much worse.
We need to hit the reset button, get back to basics, and not consider
skateboarding success dependent on how many cars you drive or
getting a segment on "Cribs."
Our best goes out to Jake, and we hope
he will make a full and speedy recovery.
Articles - We covered the 4th annual Ramsay Skateboard
Competition, check it out.
We asked local skate artist Jim
Phillips to provide us with some info on his new book
fresh out, no doubt slated to be every skate collector's must-have:
ART OF JIM PHILLIPS
This retrospective on Jim's skateboard art boards the reader with
colorful skateboard decks, logos, ad art, ad layouts, photos and
stickers to illustrate the history of skateboarding from before
the urethane revolution up to the present. You are invited for
a ride, and an inside view of Phillips Studios, to observe the
wacky world of his crazed studio artists, and examine their graphic
assignments. The story traces the roots of skateboarding with
more than a half-century of Phillips' involvement. It provides
insight into the creative evolution of the sport and the worldwide
interest and influence that has occurred from this California
artist. 208 pages.
If you're feeling your hand screaming,
tell it to grab your credit cardSkateboard Art of Jim
Phillips can be ordered online
Books for $29.95, or check with your local skate shop
to see if they are carrying it.
Good luck Jim!
Good article from the Wall
Street Journal about branded skate gear. Pretty much
validates what I keep saying about the industry being to blame
for their "world without pros" scheme. The only pros
that will be well-known are those on TV, and yet the industry
keeps pushing skateboarding towards the Olympics where then only
ONE pro will be well-known, the vert winner. Can anyone even name
the 2nd place winner of snowboarding half pipe in the O-Games?
Ramsay Skatepark Competition (ages 8 to 21) is tomorrow from 10
to 2pm. Real Skate will be one of the sponsors this year. We'll
be out there schmoozing and drumming up interest to get a permanent
park built replacing the metal ramps. Consolidated and SC Skateshop
have donated stickers to hand out at our booth and we'll be giving
out free bottled water. Come chill with us!
Ok this news
article is making me crazy. Read it and see what you
think yourself. A city is freaked out and requiring helmets because
a skater dislocated his shoulder? And they call it life thraetening?
Then, the fire department takes an hour using ropes and ladders
to get the kid out of a 10ft. bowl? Isn't that standard? An hour?
A 6ft. guy could have just walked or skated in right? I'm glad
my life doesn't depend on THAT fire department! Or is this some
kind of scare tactic propaganda. I see the city aims to go into
the helmet business though. Geeze.
FLIP DEMO IN GERMANY/WUPPERTAL
Skateboarding is DyingFINALLY! Here is an interesting
article showing (according to the Sporting Goods
Manfacturers Association), skateboarding isn't quite the cat's
meow we have all been advertising it to be. Several years back
the SGMA statistics showed skateboarding high on the fastest growing
list: "More kids are skateboarding than registered in Little
League." It helped getting concrete skatepark approval, and
I think at least in California will continue to do so. They include
skateboarding in "extreme sports" which includes definite
extremes like motocross. I would think that is probably the most
popular spectator sport. I wonder if TV crews still stage the
X-Games spectators right around the vert ramps to make it appear
well attended on camera? I was at the X's when Tony did the 900
and I seriously don't think there were more than 50 people there.
Me and my crew were more interested watching the street skaters
practice haahahahah. By 2012 the O-Games might get 50 people
to watch a vert show, who knows.
TWS is publishing a story
written by Yoon Sul on the "Wild in the Streets"
final day in San Francisco. It sounds to me like WITS 2007 will
go down in history as a success. Unrelated to the ride, Yoon writes
of a very disturbing incident that happened afterwards that I
am posting in hopes of helping out this young woman.
On that night at Delores Park, some asshole was throwing M-80's
at crowds at the park. Look, I know I love fireworks, but not
dynamite, and I especially dont throw little sticks of dynamite
at crowds. One of the M-80's blew up the hand of Roisin Isner,
a drummer from the local SF band Tinkture. Unfortunatley, her
hand is now disfigured and lost a couple of fingers. Her music
career is over because of this asshole. I know that park was filled
with skaters, so if you were there and saw this asshole, hit up
roisin's father at chrisisner (at) hotmail (dot) com. He's offering
a $20,000 reward for this mark ass bitch. Here's a description
of the mark ass bitch: he was a white male, mid 20's, 5'10, had
a dark newspaper boy cap on and had a black with red plaid messenger
bag. He was last seen riding a medium blue fixed gear bike with
black wheels and stickers on the down tube. thanks." - Yoon
It is with heartfelt sadness to report that 20 year old Chelsea
"Chess" Peters, son of skateboarding legend Duane
Peters, was killed in an auto accident in Orange
County 7/6/07. Our condolences go out to all his friends
and family, we are so saddened. We will keep you posted of any
memorial services and jams.
Sorry for the delay, I've been gathering all the reports on arrests
and tickets Go Skateboarding Day brought to skaters. The worst
reported was in Hot
Springs, Arkansas: Advance media
reports looked grim on the upcoming
"Wild in the Streets" scheduled for July 4th
in San Francisco that Emerica puts on each year (normally on 7/21).
Misinformed press made it look like they were expecting a riot
of 5,000 skaters. I must admit, I was nervous and feared a big
mess would jeopardize the new skateparks plans for SF. Mark Waters
of Sole Tech/Emerica who organized and was at the event put it
all into perspective for us:
The Critical Mass
comparisons that have worked in the past don't work in SF due
to the history of the event and the militancy of that event in
SF compared to other cities. It really worked against us.
The police weren't
in the dark, in actuality. I was in touch with the Sergeant in
the Southern Station who was in charge since last Thursday, June
28, but the media was apparently asking the wrong people. We are
not in any hurry to cooperate with police unless we have to.
I'm not sure which
skatepark advocates you spoke with who didn't know anything about
it. The folks in SF sure did. They brought out a banner, and raised
more than $1000 at the barbeque and through Emerica.
As of Tuesday afternoon
deadlines at 4p.m., everything was very neutral/factual or positive.
As the event got closer and we released more info, everyone relaxed...
We turned the tide Tuesday with some key interviews and everything
from the day of the event was positive-There were the basic "skateboarding
hooligan" questions, but most of the interviews were handled
The funny thing about the police escort is that every time we've
done this event we've had police escorts-so this was not really
anything new or special to us. The cops know that anytime you
get a large group together you've got to make safety the number
one concern, and they've given us escorts in NYC, Philly, Chicago,
over the last few years...
I think the 5,000 came
from the expected attendance from a too-hyped media alert... The
actual number on-site at the start was 700-800, and probably 500-600
who made the skate. We cooked and gave away 360 hot dogs and 120
burgers and veggie burgers, 360 bags of chips, and 900 bottles
of water. I'd say that 3rd & Army had a solid 400 people for
90 minutes and another 250 for another couple of hours... It was
a fun session, although it was much smaller than the last two
years. I wasn't surprised based on the general SF hardcore attitude,
but it was still a bummer that the number was small. But other
than less people, the event was great in every way.
The Arkansas thing
was terrible, but actually very typical throughout the midwest
about skateboarding or anything else that doesn't fit their molds...
A very similar thing happened to me in Oklahoma City about ten
years ago... With no cameras there to film. - Mark
Here is the article
in the Streets website.
Ream Doesn't Speak For Me - Bud Stratford
has pretty much summed it all up about skateboarding being inducted
in the Olympics and calls out Gary Ream of Camp Woodward, the
man most directly involved in doing just that. Please help spread
and our Petition
around especially to those who may still be confused about this
and what it will mean to the future of skateboarding. So far,
all Gary's dealings has been behind closed doors, closed to the
public with mostly IASC members. There is nothing whatsoever informative
on the websites of his self-appointed president of International
Skateboarding Federation or USA
Skateboarding. He needs to listen to skaters. Hopefully
this will get his attention.
the battle is on! Who will win the the $$$$ for
being granted the "governing body of skateboarding?"
Gary Ream, owner of Camp Woodward gymnastics/bmx camp and on the
Cycling Federation, vs. FIRS and the Roller Sports Federation.
A gymnastics/bmx camp or a rollerskating camp? Isn't it a no-brainer
that skateboarding doesn't want either? Well, at least 99.999999%.
The only true voice of skateboarders that I can find is our petition
above. Please sign and spread the word. Stand up now, or these
men could ruin skateboarding forever, trust me on this one. Petition
Some pros who have signed it: Koston, Rob Roskopp, Bob Burnquist,
Eric Ellington and many more.
Bender Benifit T-Shirt Lee was recently
diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. His friends in Arizona have
made a benefit T-shirt to help his family out with medical expenses.
$15 with $10 going directly to Lee. Log on to AZPX
Skateboards for details and please help out if you
Element team coming to Santa Cruz/Capitola. I'm told the action
starts at noon and Strange Notes will be there to vid all the
fun! Muska, Nyja and all the team is scheduled to show up.
Go Skateboarding Day - To all the skaters planning to act
like total idiots in your city streets tomorrow for no apparent
reason other than the encouragement by the IASC, I just want to
say thanks a lot from those of us who have been striving for years
to gain respect of city officials for skateboarders.
Tony Hawk invents new trickThe 360° Flip Flop!
I think everyone who has read anything anywhere about skateboarding
has seen a similar quote from Tony:
"Someone has to stop the madness
with the Olympics. They need skateboarding way more than skateboarding
needs them." -Tony Hawk
He went on to speak about how lousy
the Ski Federation was to the snowboarders and how their pros
boycotted it. I even checked with him before posting his quote
in one of my articles to make sure he wanted that comment to be
set in stone. He said go for it. According to this article
in the NY Times and Herald Tribune this week he says:
"It is about time," according
to the skateboarding icon Tony Hawk, who has helped organize the
sport worldwide. I believe the chances are good skateboarding
will appear at the 2012 Games," Hawk wrote in an e-mail message.
"The Olympics desperately need a cool factor for their Summer
Games. They finally figured out that snowboarding is more popular
than curling during the winter. Now they need to make the same
realization for summer sports."
It was announced about the same time
last week that Tony has endorsed a mass production bicycle corporation,
Dynacraft. Ah OK. Tony serves as one of the VP's on Gary Ream
and Mike Jacki's self proclaimed governing body of skateboarding.
This and their International Federation of Skateboarding which
also seems to be nonexistent and is also not recognized by the
IOC must be the reason Gary got himself on the Cycling Federation
as he finagled betting BMX in the 2008 Olympics. What a smart
move on his part, owning high end BMX and skateboarding training
camps! Yeah, Tony, we need to stop this madness with the Olympics.
You have disappointed your own as we were counting on YOU to be
the one to stop it.
SKATEBOARDING DAY! My boy Neal Boyd, super genius
of the skateboard world, and the one who brought us all "A
World Without CEO's" in response to IASC's attack
on shops, has struck the IASC again! Seriously, would you risk
getting a ticket or arrested for being a little heathian in the
streets for an IASC t-shirt? It's just another way they are using
you without caring about you. Way to go Neal, and thank you so
much for the shout out!
Oh boy the Olympic parodys are already starting to float around.
I don't know who to give credit, but thanks, this is great! Only
I'm sure Koston wouldn't be caught dead at the O-Games, he signed
our petition! If anybody has any more, please send them my way.
Wave Magazine has a special spring
edition posted online for your viewing pleasure.
Imperial Beach Skatepark Design Meeting June 19th
The City of Imperial Beach will hold a public meeting to solicit
input and design ideas for a proposed Imperial Beach Skatepark
on Tuesday June 19th. Over the past year City staff and Imperial
Beach council members have worked with local skateboarders to
build support for a skateboard facility that would be built at
Sports Park. Last August more than 50 people attended a City of
Imperial Beach council meeting to urge the Mayor and Council to
move forward on the skatepark project. Supervisor Greg Cox has
provided a grant to the City of Imperial Beach for such a facility
Emily Young, the mother of two young skateboarders has been working
closely with city staff and council members to involve the skating
community in design efforts, "This is a great opportunity
for skaters of all ages to provide ideas for the type of facility
that will provide a great recreational resource for our children."
According to Young, "The Tony Hawk Foundation has been extremely
helpful in this process. We are grateful to Tony's brother Steve
who is a writer on HBO's "John from Cincinnati" for
connecting the City to the Foundation. I am hopeful that we can
work proactively with the City to identify a variety of grants
to build a park we can be proud of."
The meeting will be held on Tuesday
June 19th, 6:308PM at IB Sports Park recreational facility
at 423 Imperial Beach Blvd. For more information contact Tom Ritter
of the City of Imperial Beach at 619.423.8614 or contact WiLDCOAST
at 619.423.8665 ext. 201 firstname.lastname@example.org. WiLDCOAST will provide
pizza for meeting participants.
Serge Dedina, Ph.D. Executive Director, WiLDCOAST
925 Seacoast Dr.
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Tel: 619.423.8665 ext. 202
Well our petition (above) has kicked into gear since the announcement
that the Cycling Federation is going to try to include skateboarding
as an Olympic discipline. Anybody surprised? Let's backtrack a
bit. So Gary Ream, owner of Camp Woodward, sweeps up our group
forming to OPPOSE the Olympics saying he's going to protect it
and its look. He fails at getting skateboarding recognized as
a federation, so he gets a hot shot position on the Cycling Federation;
they kick out a women's cycling event and get in BMX for 2008.
Now he's acting not only as a cycling head, but the self proclaimed
president of the governing body of skateboarding, along with IASC
members and some vert pros. So he's consulting with himself whether
or not to get skateboarding into the cycling program? Camp Woodward
is a training camp right? So Gary has the training camps, a ramp
building company, in his mind is skateboarding's leader, cycling
leader, and he has Tony Hawk on his "governing body"
wow! Sounds like quite a one-man show to make one rich man even
richer, and the biggest conflict of interest I've ever heard of.
All at the expense of making skateboarding dorky. And Tony Hawk
has said repeatedly he is opposed to skateboarding being in the
Olympics. Where are you Tony, why aren't you speaking out against
It's interesting how some skateboarders
are taking this. Some just see it as a television appearance for
4 days or so, no big deal. But it WILL be a big deal. It will
affect all competitive skateboarding at every level. Not to mention
the bad publicity skateboarders will get if even once a "doping"
violation happens. And they test at all times, not just during
the Olympics, they test during practice and can even go into your
home unannounced and hand you a sample jar! Seriously, if you
do just a little research you will see how badly the corruption
of the Olympics will affect skateboarding. Skateboarders have
a bad enough rep as it is, which we try and change every day to
our city officials and communities.
Thanks to Real Skate, we managed to
get Roller Sports disinterested in skateboarders through our e-mail
link to them. They gave in after floods of e-mails, they do not
want skateboarding because skateboarders don't want the Olympics.
Nuff said. The voices of many are very effective.
We all know skateboarding is not represented by any group, but
it takes a large consensus to get representation respected and
validated. Skateboarders are the voice.
So please take a minute to sign our petition (above). Spread the
word through your MySpace accounts and let's get another 10,000
signatures like we did on the helmet repeal petition!
Here is a link to contact the International
Update on Ali Boulala on the Flip
site. As you probably know, Ali was involved in a motorcycle accident
in Australia in which Shane Cross lost his life. Ali seems to
be improving, Keep those thoughts and prayers headed his way!
We'd like to give a shout out to two skaters who were seriously
beaten by 6 guys with bats at a party for no other reason than
being skaters. One may lose sight in his eye, and both sustained
major facial injuries. Their friends are asking that we pray for
their full recovery. 16 year old
Frese and 15 year
Bucher, our thoughts and prayers are with you,
please keep us posted on how you are doing. The guys who did this
are going to hurt even moreso in other ways, guaranteed.
Congrats are in order for Caliskatz
the Enter the Dojo shop team winner! Metro
Skate Shop came in 2nd and my homies Skateworks
in 3rd. Special thanks to Deluxe
for putting this on. I'd like to see more events like this to
help support the bona fide skate shops out there.
Always buy your gear from
a real Skate Shop (i.e. one with a front door and a bathroom)!
Tribute to the Life of Shane Cross - Slam
Magazine out of Oz has posted a very touching tribute to Shane
written by his friends and family.
Don't miss this
one! It's bound to be the laugh of the century.
When Hollywood gets a hold of skateboarding there's bound to be
hilarity. Where are all the "hard core freaks" who built
Burnside, are any of you in the movie? Does Vallely star as the
skater who kills the security guard? Pretty funny stuff.
So Capitola won't feel singled out, I will rag on Scotts Valley
for a bit. My letter to the editor today:
What Goes Around Comes Around
In a community where many adults (led in part by councilmember
Jim Reed with the blessings of councilmembers Paul Marigonda and
Randy Johnson) formed an organization to try to keep skateboarders
(who they termed "undesirables") out of their town,
why is it any surprise that some youth of Scotts Valley are forming
aryan nations, burning buildings and making pipe bombs? Mayor
Bustichi called out for a fix. Here's what you do, you start deprograming
in the home and your own public offices.
|Photo: From City Council Website - Courtesy
of Pacific Publishing/John Terry Photography
"I don't like
skateboarders, and I don't like skateboard parks,"
Get this, Kirby Nicol actually added "...I
never have and I never will."
Then later said "I'm done"
[with skateboarders] and motioned to scrap the whole skatepark
idea. I got a copy of the video from the meeting where this was
said, as Mr. Nicol claimed it was taken out of context by the
reporter. Not so, and I was even more shocked to hear the rest
of his statement! He said later that his bias would not affect
his political actions. Now to me this would be about as believable
as Hitler saying he didn't like Jews, but he would treat them
fairly! To make matters worse, Mr. Nicol has not apologized even
though there has been quite an outcry for his apology and even
demands for resignation. Here is the SC
At the next meeting, Birdo, Leticia,
Judi O, Victor Y. and myself showed up. Here is my speech.
You will see that I apologized on behalf on anyone who sent him
a rude e-mail, although all the e-mails that bc'd me were very
well written, respectful and sincere. He was given every opportunity
to accept MY apology, but didn't and hasn't yet. It was reported
to me (after we left) at the end of the meeting he said he did
like baseball players, and got a good chuckle from the rest of
the council. I got a call a few days later from Councilmember
Graves; no apology from him either. The whole just of that conversation
was that people are too sensitive these days, clinging to "the
statement was taken out of context" and "...I shouldn't
believe everything I read in the paper." Yes, he did know
I SAW the tape! Geeze, insult to my intelligence or what? Storey
told a reporter he apologized for Nicol to all the e-mail senders,
but I did not even receive a response to two e-mails and nobody
I know did. Before the meeting I overheard the mayor, Termini
and Graves in a condescending conversation about skateboarders.
You might want to check your microphone fellows! So what's your
guess, do you think Capitola is really going to get a skatepark
anytime soon? Register and vote people,
that's how to get rid of bigoted, small minded people controlling
your cities, and country for that mater!
Judi Oyama's slalom class and instructors
on Sunday. Judi's classes are taught through the
City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department. They are very
successful and more
are planned in the future. Go Go Judi O!
Happy Mother's Day to all the Mighty
Last year Ray was diagnosed with a chordoma
brain tumor. He's undergone surgeries and battled back from paralyzed
vocal cords and other complications. He'll spend the summer at
Loma Linda medical facilities in California for radiation treatment.
It's a testament to Ray's personality that so many heavies in
the skate world pitched in for the cause. All proceeds will benefit
the Underhill family so you can bid away knowing that at the very
least, you're helping an awesome skate brother (and also getting
some sweet gear in the process). How can any significant other
argue with you dropping some bills on skate gear with motivation
like that? Rock on Ray!
- Miki Vukovich, Tony Hawk Foundation
Michael Brooke, Editor of Concrete Wave Magazine, sent us this
trailer which recently went live about a documentary in the works
Heard from Miki at THF today with their latest press release.
They are also following the Capitola situation.
Tony Hawk Foundation Spring 2007
Grant Awards Announced 23 communities receive financial assistance
for skatepark construction.
5/8/07 (Vista, CA) - The Tony Hawk Foundation has announced its
Spring 2007 skatepark grant awards. Collectively worth $210,000,
the 23 grants were awarded by the Foundation's Board of Directors
to help build free, quality public skateparks. Grant recipients
were selected based on a number of criteria set out by the Tony
Hawk Foundation, including the local median income and demonstrated
need of the community where the skatepark will be located, the
scope and quality of the skatepark design, the degree to which
skaters themselves are involved in all aspects of the project
(including planning, fundraising, and design), and other factors.
The Spring 2007 Tony Hawk Foundation
Grant Recipients include the following communities:
Nederland, Colorado ($25,000)
New Braunfels, Texas ($25,000)
Fowler, California ($15,000)
Cedaredge, Colorado ($15,000)
Coos Bay, Oregon ($15,000)
Barstow, California ($10,000)
Spirit Lake, Iowa ($10,000)
Duluth, Minnesota ($10,000)
Poteet, Texas ($10,000)
Clifton Forge, Virginia ($10,000)
Redlands, California ($5,000)
Hart, Michigan ($5,000)
Keewatin, Minnesota ($5,000)
Crookston, Minnesota ($5,000)
New Madrid, Missouri ($5,000)
Newport, New Hampshire ($5,000)
Hugo, Oklahoma ($5,000)
Echo, Oregon ($5,000)
Pendleton, Oregon ($5,000)
Spearman, Texas ($5,000)
Almira, Washington ($5,000)
Durbin, West Virginia ($5,000)
Viola, Wisconsin ($5,000)
The Tony Foundation welcomes two new
members to its staff. Scott Taylor joins the Foundation as Programs
Manager and is the primary contact for the Foundation's Grant
and Technical Assistance Programs. Scott spent the past decade
working in the skateboarding industry, most recently as Web Editor
for Skateboarder Magazine. C.C. Flashman is the Foundation's new
Development Associate, and will be working with our team to further
develop sponsorship and fundraising programs. C.C. has extensive
experience in sales, marketing, and event planning.
Applications for the next round
of Tony Hawk Foundation grants are due October 1, 2007. For more
information about the Tony Hawk Foundation and its Grant Program,
A charitable, nonprofit organization,
the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake,
professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, to promote and provide funds
for high-quality public skateparks throughout the United Stateswith
an emphasis on the word "quality." Since then, the Foundation
has awarded $1,712,334 to 336 communities. The Foundation focuses
on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based
organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with
strong experience designing and building skateparks.
The Tony Hawk Foundation was
established by a gift from Tony Hawk. Its directors raise additional
funds through events, industry donations, and continuing contributions
from Tony and other entities. In addition to skateparks, the Foundation
also makes donations to other children-related charities, as chosen
by its Board Of Directors. For more information or to make a donation,
visit the Foundation's Web site at
Quote of the day! From Tom Honig's (editor of the Sentinel) blog:
Pat Kittle / May 8, 2007 at 5:08 am
In the interest of fairness, we must always remember that even
though the vast majority of skateboarders may very well be truly
horrible people, we should never assume that every single last
one of them is.
Well here's one for my book! Looking through Capitola's council
meetings I came across this request a couple of years ago from
a business person in Capitola whose mother and partner were hit
by a bicycle rider, so she wants to propose banning skateboarding???
Terri Baker, Capitola Village merchant
for 15 years, informed the council that her partner and mother,
Jean Baker, was run over by a 22-year-old bike rider on the sidewalk
in front of their business. She discussed the extent of her mother's
injuries and her concerns about bicyclists and skateboarders in
the Village. Ms. Baker said she met with Chief Ehle about her
concerns, and she believes verbal warnings are not working and
that strict enforcement of the rules be undertaken. She also asked
the council to reenact skateboard prohibition in the Village.
Sharing with you an editorial comment from Tom Honig, our right
Cruz Sentinel editor expressing support for Kirby Nicol
and further criticizing skateboarders. Very scary stuff. The Sentinel
is one of the main sponsors of Mr. Nicol's Wharf to Wharf race.
I love the comment from one of Mr. Honig's blog suscribers identifying
as wgscott "From a group of people who like to sport red,
white and black iron cross logos on their sleeves, their feelings
seem to get hurt kind of easily." I guess he doesn't know
how much money NHS brings into this county; far more than Mr.
Nicol's running race!
In case you've shown up to skate at the Fun Spot and see a sign
saying "Bikes ONLY" relax, it's a good thing. The City
has allowed Barry Swenson builders, The Bicycle Trip and local
BMX groups to remodel the spot for BMX use only. Have you seen
them? Some of those riders are amazing. While it is only temporary,
(the site is scheduled for construction of a visitor center),
hopefully this should help enforce the no-bikes law in the new
skatepark. Here is an article from the Sentinel:
Mr. Nicol is apparently sticking to his story, per the front page
article in the SC
Sentinel today. I am reading into it a tone of acusation
as being devious for posting the article on the Internet. The
Sentinel posted it on the Internet. But, regardless, Nicol said
it at an open, public meeting. Saying what he said is what's wrong,
where his words wind up later is beside the point.
Another reason I think he should be
removed from his seat is that (as reported in the Good Times in
February), there seems to be a conflict of interest. Mr. Nicol
is a real estate developer who according to that article and subsequent
Council minutes, has his eyes set on the MacGregor property. His
alternate suggestion for a location was bound to cause neighbor
opposition, I think we all knew that. Noble is the worst site
imaginable for a skatepark and too small. But if we proceed to
support a skatepark, it puts us on very uneven ground to begin
with since Mr. Nicol is apparently sticking to his biased convictions.
We need elected officials to be completely unbiased or they can
not honestly represent their constituents.
Also, the minutes for the 4/26/07 meeting
reflect that after discussions, the Council is unanimously NOT
interested in funding the skatepark, so I am confused. I think
we should still advocate for the skatepark and try and work with
the City and the residents, perhaps through open informal and
informational meetings. We can't expect politicians to know what's
up if we don't educate them.
I want to remind anyone who is writing
to the Capitola
City Council to please be respectful. I understand
how you feel; we've dealt with hurtful remarks and stereotyping
before from residents and political figures in Santa Cruz and
Scotts Valley, but don't stoop to their level. We don't condone
rudeness, profanity or threats of any kind; not cool.
I sent a letter to Mr. Nicol who replied stating that the reporter
took his statement out of context and posted it on the net. I
reminded him that the Sentinel does have an online paper they
post every day. To give him the benefit of the doubt, I invited
him to set it straight and I would print it, in that case, but
he did not respond. Therefore, I am sending letters to the Council
and the local paper asking for his resignation. It's hard enough
trying to get a skatepark built without having a biased person
in the power seat to make/sway the decisions. We at least deserve
to be on a level playing field. I want to remind everyone who
is writing to be extra professional and decent. We don't
want to validate what in his mind is an already disrespectful
impression of skateboarders. Thank you for all your support from
all over the world! The Internet is a remarkable thing. (Didn't
Bud Stratford just say that?) Yes, we are watching; Google alerts
are definitely working.
|Photo: From City Council Website - Courtesy
of Pacific Publishing/John Terry Photography
"I don't like
skateboarders, and I don't like skateboard parks,"
said [Capitola] Councilman Kirby Nicol
before he proposed scrapping the entire idea. -Santa Cruz Sentinel
Wow! I woke up this morning with an
e-mail from Judi about this article in the Sentinel.
I am in shock! Maybe we should e-mail the Capitola
City Council and show
them how nice and intelligent we are.
Judging from Kirby's
e-mail domain "Wharf to Wharf" he at least likes athletes
and races, runners that is. That event attracts tons of traffic,
noise and litter - so I am confused. But maybe there's hope for
him yet to change his mind that people are people no matter what
their sport of choice is. If you write please cc the mayor and
cc me also. I am shaking, I can't stop shaking! WOW!
Enter the Dojo - AGAIN! Wow, the ballot box got totally
stuffed! Electronically that is. But Deluxe got wise made a few
fraud prevention changes and reset the counter. So go back and
one more time, (not 50) for your favorite Skate Shop who entered
the best vid contest. I like all the teams, but GO SKATEWORKS!
We were sent an interesting article written by Bud
Stratford on the skateboarding industry,
marketing, IASC, etc. and wanted to share.
Tonight on Fuel TV skatepark advocates Neal Boyd and his friend
Kerry from Hammond, LA appear on Mike V's show Drive talking
about skateparks, skate communities, etc. They explain the impact
that having a proper skatepark has had in their community. It
airs at 7pm and 10pm Central time tonight, so check your programming
guides for your time zone. They are going to try to make it Internet
friendly later on so everyone can see it.
UPDATE: Here is a You Tube clip of the
segment; very nice!
420 86'ed - 420 began at a high school in San Rafael, CA
which later became code for lighting up at 4:20 on 4/20. This
was in the 70's, those teens now turning 50. Jerry Garcia Band
loved it. How this innocent little teenybopper secret became the
USA's code for mass massacre week, I don't know. The Waco massacre,
the Oklahoma City Bombing, Columbine, Virginia Tech and lord knows
how many other copycat or attempts have happened we don't hear
about. What's wrong with us? I say it's time to denounce 420 altogether.
No more "Happy 420." There is nothing happy about it
anymore and time to turn 4/20 into something fresh and positive.
SPoT is posting a post on the condition of Ali
Boulala. His prognosis looks good! Keep those good
vibes headed his way.
Redwood City Skateworks Grand Opening this Sat. Go on down, or
We get a lot of hits from Virginia Tech.
Know that our hearts go out to all of you during this unbelievably
difficult time. I'm at a loss for words. Bless you all, sweet
When I start talking about the Olympics, people who haven't done
their homework must think I'm making stuff up. Follow this ESPN
Sports link for a while and you will see what I am
talking about. Put aside from your mind the bright shiny faces
of the accomplished athletes we see once every four years on TV
and delve into the corrupt, dark, bribing, back door dealing world
of the Olympics. Here you will see snowboarders mentioned all
the time. About their rad snowboarding skills? No. It's all about
doping charges, year round even during training sessions. Do we
really need skateboarding to become a part of this smeary organization?
Even Tony Hawk has said "...they need us more than we need
them." Skateboarding has become pretty big on its own without
any help from a huge corrupt corporation. Skateparks get built
out of the persistence of local skateboarders and advocates. The
IOC won't be sending checks to cities to build public parks. They
will be sending huge checks to build VERT training camps. Could
this by why Gary Ream of Camp Woodward formed USAS
and appointed himself as "governing body of skateboarding?"
Learn up, fight the good fight, and be sure to sign our petition.
An announcement from Peggy Oki. You know Peggy, she was the only
female skater on the Z-Boys team of Dogtown days. Peggy does good
Most of you are familiar with my work as a painter. However, I
have also been making Environmental Art since my senior year focus
in 1993 at the College of Creative Studies, UCSB. The Origami
Whales Project, which I conceived of in 2004, continues to expand
as the threat to whales increases at an alarming rate. Further
information and photographs about the Origami Whales Project is
online at: http://www.peggy-oki.com/cu_origami.html
This year's project of creating the "Curtain of 28,500 Origami
Whales" will serve as a memorial representing the number
of whales killed since the 1986 moratorium on whaling. Upon completion,
the work will be 5 feet high and over 200 linear feet in length,
and will be displayed during the International Whaling Commission
meetings in Anchorage, Alaska in late May of this year.
I am pleased to announce the exhibit of the "Curtain of 2,285
through April 27th
Great Pacific Iron Works Patagonia
235 West Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA 93001-2717
Hundreds of children and adults around the world have been contributing
origami whales for the creation of the "Curtain of 28,500
Origami Whales" currently in progress. Please come stitch
a strand with us to add to the current project of creating the
"Curtain of 28,500 Origami Whales" at the Great Pacific
Iron Works Patagonia (Ventura) EARTH DAY event Sunday, 22nd of
April, 11am - 3pm The information above is online at: http://www.peggy-oki.com/current.html
Also, from April through early May, "Origami Whale Stitching
Parties" are being held to make strands for the "Curtain
of 28,500 Origami Whales". All are welcome to participate.
Please join us! The April calendar is online at: http://www.peggy-oki.com/events.html
Happy Easter to You & Yours,
We don't bother keeping up with the endless pro team shuffle;
there are plenty of skate sites and mags that do a good job of
that. But we wanted to give a shout out to our homie Justin
Strubing who Santa
Cruz Skateboards just picked up. Best part is now guaranteed
he'll show up at all our skatepark events! Right on Justin!
sq. ft. Skatepark for Charlston Maybe? - Perhaps
something good may have come out of the incident where a Charlston,
SC Policewoman pushed
over a skateboarder while he was skating a ledge. I
think she got her point across, but seriously would she push to
the ground an old lady jaywalking where she shouldn't? The scariest
part of this ordeal is the responses from people even a religous
minister who said he deserved it. I don't think Jesus would have
Bright - Check out one of our local (Santa Cruz)
rippers on You Tube. How old were you when you made your first
demo tape? It also gives some good views of our new skatepark
bowls. I'll have an upcoming article on the park soon, I promise.
And maybe an interview with E.J.!
Skateboarding Union - These guys contacted us about
a year ago. They have come a long way since and looks like they
are finally getting through all the red tape in order to receive
non taxible gifts. If you have any flow for them, follow their
instructions on their website. Good luck Uganda skaters!
This sucks very much. Anyone with any info on this please contact
Deluxe at the numbers listed below:
Nike - No, I'm not necessarily out to get Nike, but this
one jumped right out in front of me. I was viewing theskateboardindustry.com
who posted all the IASC stuff. I read a post from a shop owner
who was praising Nike for making a commitment to shops by selling
their skateboarding line to bona fide shops exclusively. On the
sidebar, appeared an ad "Skate Shoes on Sale...Nike SB."
I checked the site thinking maybe they were just the basketball
lines, but nope, there right in front of my eyes some P. Rod's.
I did a google and sure enough found several online shopping cart
sites selling Nike SB shoes, one direct from China. I know Nike
recently joined IASC but could they have picked up some of their
bad habits already? I've alerted some shops, and some not so shops
who are investigating and we'll see where this goes.
Year of the Skateshop (again) - The support skateshops
are getting since the IASC 32-page manifesto backfired on them
is amazing. What did I tell you; didn't I tell you so? I was just
invited to a new MySpace
account to support real skateshops. "Basically it's setup
to help support skateshops by informing people where the closest
one is and thus making the percentage of people going to places
like [mall chain stores] as well as people ordering from mailorders
smaller. It's skateshops that fuel the industry and have been
since day one."
Wow, if bona fide small skateshops went public, I know where I'd
be buying my stock. Rock on Skateshops!
Happy St. Patrick's Day -
Wow, just came back from downtown - very crazy. Lots of green
attire out, lots of black attire too (SCPD). Santa Cruz on St.
Paddy's day is wilder than any other holiday as far as arrests
go, including New Year's Eve. Halloween is a close second. A big
war protest at the town clock, lots of spring breakers, a kayak
contest at Steamer and our skatepark is totally full! Lots of
COPs at the contest too, seems the surfers use the kayakers for
punching bags during this event to claim their turf, er ocean.
Amazing how the skateboarders get along. I love watching the pecking
order at the skatepark and how the more experienced help out the
little guys and everyone waits their turn. Ah Santa Cruz, I love
you. I hope none of you think we are normal or anything, that
would wreck our scene! Take care and if you've had too much green
beer, please don't drive.
Ben Pappas - More heartbreaking news from down uder. Ben
was found drowned, apparently victim of murder. Details are sketchy
according to Aussie press. Hopefully we can get some of the details
soon. In any case, we have lost another great skater. RIP Ben;
our hearts are with you Tas.
A World Without Skateshops - Got an e-mail this morning
inviting to join a new forum that is intended to support skateshops.
A World Without Pros by IASC, then A World Without CEO's by Neal
Boyd, skateboarder, then Hubba Wheel's satire of them both A World
Without Hoes, and now this. This is truly skateboarding history
making! You are all welcome to join in the chatter:
You are receiving this e-mail because we thought you might have
interest in knowing about a new message board. It's called www.aworldwithoutskateshops.com
Over the past several months, there has been a tremendous amount
of discussion about the sale of blank and shop decks. A great
many people were compelled to weigh in with their thoughts. Now
that some of the dust has settled, the question of where we go
next was raised. We decided to launch this site in the hopes of
giving a boost to the local independent skate shop the true
heart of skateboarding who seem to be increasingly UNDER FIRE!
We NEVER want to see a world where there
are no skateshops. The only way to truly ensure this is for shops,
manufacturers and consumers to really communicate what works and
what needs fixing.
This site is a way for EVERYONE who
is involved with skateboarding to discuss what is on their minds
in a very FOCUSED environment.
If you could let people know about this
new site, we'd very pleased.
The folks from aworldwithoutskateshops.com
Concrete Wave has their new 2007
Guide online and downloadable. Check it out and
get in on the deals. They are giving away 4 completes and
50 skate tools! Hello there Mr. Gonz on the cover!
Shane Cross - It
is with heartfelt sadness to report that Flip am 20 year old Shane
Cross of Australia died today in a motorcycle accident. He was
riding with Flip pro Ali Boulala. Ali is reportedly in critical
but stable condition. Our hearts go out to Shane's friends and
family. May he RIP. Our prayers go out to Ali and his family for
a full and speedy recovery.
Flip Skateboards is hosting a message board of condolences for
and one for words of encouragement for Ali
with updates on his condition. Everyone
is free to contribute.
2007, Year of the Shop - Perhaps IASC members were influenced
by the Chinese New Year of the Pig when they put out their latest
failed marketing scheme. They finally gave back to skateboarding
in a way that was never expected. Their recent marketing actions
leads me to pronounce this year, the Year of the Shop!
Anyone who as ever worked in the industry
knows that it was never OK to sell blanks. But now that has all
changed. I predict more blanks and shop decks will be sold this
year than ever, and without guilty conscience. Skaters saw right
through this blaming marketing scheme and are out in force promoting
small board companies and shop products. It's now OK!
It is rumored that even mail order companies
are planning to set up physical shops. Deluxe in SF is planning
a shop team video competition. Skaters are coming up with their
own logos for product. I have been receiving more than usual requests
to link to online shopping carts, and as usual hearing from more
Chinese board manufacturers wanting me to set up my own "skater
boarder shop." I'm still reluctant to promote any online
carts as I want to support bona fide shops as the main retail
outlet for skateboarding product.
So, can the IASC morph themselves back
to "the little guy?" I don't think so. Can their CEO's
and high paid pros be deemed both corporate monster and also be
one of you; your average Joe Skater? I don't think so. Will Michael
Brooke continue to get his points across by comparing the skate
industry to things like Kentucky fried rats, and Taco Bell ratritos?
Yes, I think so. It will be interesting to watch how this all
unfolds by the end of the year. In the meantime, Gung Hey Fat
Choy to the shops!
Benefits - Real Skate is raising some money for legal assistance
(just in case) for Neal Boyd, a skateboarder who came up with
an answer to IASC's A
World Without Pros with his own version: A
World Without CEO's You may donate
through our PayPal
Also, Pat Duffy
was injured attempting a mega ramp stunt and needs help with mega
medical bills. Here is the benefit info:
Save Zephtyr Surfshop - The original Z-boys shop is scheduled
to be demolished. Help save and preserve this important landmark
in skateboarding's history by signing this petition http://www.petitiononline.com/surfshop/petition.html
Santa Cruz Skatepark Grand Opening - It happened yesterday,
midst rainstorms but went off well. Tons of pros around all waiting
patiently to skate Zach Wormhoudt's newest creation after many
design meetings with the locals. This is so far the only full
pipe park in No. Cal. It was pretty exciting seeing it open after
17 years working for it. One pool is soooooooooo deep I got dizzy
just looking down into it. This one will separate the skilled
from the whiners! The street course has ample room and lots of
ledges; not just a spot crowded into a corner of a skatepark like
some I've seen. It was a good day, I saw so many people I knew.
Birdo said he gave out 130 "Don't
Do It" t-shirts. I will post some pics in the
"Skateparks" section to finalize our skatepark's long
Mini Ramp Auction - This just in from Parks & Rec.,
City of Santa Cruz:
I'm pleased to let you know the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
Department will be auctioning off the 3' Ramptech mini-ramp from
the Fun Spot at the Grand Opening of the New Skate Park at Mike
Fox Park on Thursday, February 22. The event, from 35 p.m.,
features official ceremonies, tours, prize drawings, refreshments,
NHS/Santa Cruz Skateboards, Consolidated and Sessions tents and
pros (rain or shine). Pro/Am demos and Open Skate (weather permitting).
The auction for the Fun Spot mini-ramp will be at 4:30 p.m. Dimensions
are 3'H x 15'W x 22'L. Highest bid takes it!
Please spread the word to family and friends who might be interested
in having a backyard ramp. If you have any questions, please do
not hesitate to call me at (831) 420-5277.
Locals: Santa Cruz County Skatepark Advocacy - We need help!
Ramsay Park, Watsonville
I have kicked off a campaign to build a permanent concrete park
at Ramsay to replace the current metal modules. The families of
the 5 skaters who were crash victims have built a wonderful permanent
memorial in their honor, with benches for each, a water fountain,
artwork in a little corner of the skatepark. This lays the foundation
towards making this a memorial state of the art skatepark. We
have begun circulating petitions which will be collected and presented
to the City Council at some point, hopefully before the schools
let out in June. Attached is a pdf
of the petition, please help out by printing some out and obtaining
signatures. The more we get from the Watsonville residents will
be better. A LOT of residents, skaters, businesses, etc. need
to get involved. The more successful skate parks happen in cities
that have organized skater advocates. Otherwise, it doesn't work.
Cities deal with numbers, and if the numbers aren't there other
projects get priority. We're not expecting NIMBY's because it's
already a skatepark located in a recreational facility owned by
the city, it's already a memorial skatepark, and seriously, there
are skateparks in Uganda more updated than this one. So I think
we have a good chance if we can raise a lot of money, and get
a lot of skaters on the bandwagon. Please help out all you can.
The ongoing Ramsay webpage will be on our "Skateparks"
page at http://realskate.com/ramsay.htm
so bookmark it and try to get involved. Please contact me if you
can circulate petitions, speak at meetings or school, raise money,
have ideas or can help in any other way.
There is going to be a City Council meeting to discuss 3 locations
proposed in Capitola. I don't know all the details, but they DO
need skater bodies to show up to support the proposal. It is on
It is planned for Thursday, Feb. 22 at Capitola's City Hall (at
the Police Department) at 7pm.
Santa Cruz Skatepark
In case you don't already know, the grand opening is Thursday,
Feb. 22 at 3pm. I hope that gets you in the skatepark building
mode enough to go to the Capitola meeting and show your support.
I was very happy to hear the city has agreed to use the old Fun
Spot Ramp Tech ramps to set up in a parking lot near Laurel St.
Ext. and Main for BMX use. This is opposite the river from the
skatepark. I hope this makes them happy!
Scotts Valley Skatepark
It looks like there are no council runners for the one seat other
than Jim Reed. If you remember, he is the one who adamantly spoke
out against the skatepark. He is fairly new to the area, highly
conservative, and his main focus is on the "jewel of Scotts
Valley," the town center where the skatepark is. He wanted
at the last minute to downsize the park calling it "gargantuan"
and campaigned heavily that it would bring in "undesirables."
So, he IS going to be on council, so expect the worst up there.
It's a shame.
I promise I won't be writing about IASC every day, though I have
enough experience with them to write a book. Maybe someday I will.
But one thing I will say is that this latest controversy is probably
the biggest backfire I've seen in skateboarding's history. I am
stoked on all the skaters responses to the report. I've always
said it; the voice of skateboarding is the voice of skateboarders
themselves. IASC will never be the voice of skateboarding. Their
taking credit for hard work of others, trying to get skateboarding
in the Olympics, and now blaming shops, blank deck sales, etc.
for ruining their industry will never get them into the hearts
of skaters, shops and consumers. They want to be both corporate
mainstream and core. They can't have both. They screwed up all
these years, did not treat pros very well, and now putting out
material suggesting that you should only buy their signature product
to be core and supportive of skateboarding. They have a strange
notion the consumer is not giving back to skateboarding by not
buying their product. Again, what have they done? Their pros are
only making it by taking on shoe and other comodity sponsors.
I'm almost seeing this as a threat to
drop all their pros, then blame it on the shops because they sell
blank and shop decks. Doesn't their "World Without Pros"
sound pretty much like a scare tactic or a threat? World Industries
dropped their pros. Must be quite a savings there huh? I can see
all the rest of the IASC affiliated companies following suit.
IASC never comes up with anything original. It will be interesting.
In the meantime, voice your own opinions on the forums. SLAP Magazine
seems to be the main information highway. The Internet is very
cool. 15 years ago, we had to wait for a magazine issue to come
out to see who's dissing who. Other than that, the fax machine
was the main communication tool. Times have changed but one thing
has remained a constant. The industry still can not successfully
dictate to the skaters, shops, media and consumers. Never will.
Let us decide what and who is "core."
What an exciting time in skateboarding to start a blog. The "you
know what" is seriously hitting the fan in the faces of some
of the industry gentlemen. By now everyone has seen all the discussion
on the skate forums. I wanted to wait to comment until I actually
read the IASC
report, (there are other names for it) on how shops,
their consumers and blank decks are destroying the industry and
may make pros extinct. They didn't post their sales reports, but
we know some of these guys are livin pretty large. Didn't take
me long to develop de ja vu. Could I have read this before? Well,
When I worked in the industry, I remember
a memo coming across my desk entitled "Gentlemen's Agreement."
Almost identical to this "report" and including most
of the same players. I reread it and couldn't believe it. What
was this agreement about? Blank decks! And how they were going
to destroy skateboarding. And when did they come up with this
gentlemen's agreement? January, 1994 13 friggen years ago!
I will say more tomorrow, but until
then read the report and the gentlemen's agreement, still posted
on DansWorld after all these years. Enjoy! http://www.dansworld.com/meeting.html