Saturday, October 4, 2008


Zero's scribbled claim, "New Video 'Strange World' In Progress" is not an outright fabrication. In fact, it will be out this fall. Deadline: deux fortnights. Look it up imaginary reader.Zero

It will feature the jester pants and/or red suit of Garrett Hill, Lil' Baby Jamie Tancowny, Cycloptual Meleshinski, poetry-reading Rattray, Mr. Benjamin Gilley, last-part Cole, the fine female stylings of Marisa and Elissa, Keegan "Kegstand" Sauder, Murderface Brockman and, yes, the illustrious Chief, as well as all the other talented flow guys around.Maybe even some of these Euro guys, who I'm certain will soon drop that qualifier, and become "the European guy who's ripping all of America's spots". Ahhhh.

Courtesy Santa Cruz

Flo Marfaing & Alex Carolino Boards From The Santa Cruz "Save Us" Series
A little while back, Santa Cruz Skateboards released a series of boards entitled, "The Save Us" series, created by NHS resident artist, Lucas Musgrave. The series features different species that are on the verge of extinction and when all 6 pro boards are stacked atop each other, they form a giant mural depicting an ill-ass jungle scene of epic proportions. This mural comes entirely layed out on the large poster that's shrink-wrapped with each deck. The best part of this entire thing is, for every "Save Us" series deck sold, Santa Cruz Skateboards donates $1 to various Wildlife Conservation groups actively involved in efforts to save the animals featured on each deck from becoming extinct. A noble cause indeed. This past summer, NHS main man, Jeff Kendall was kind enough to send me a couple boards from the series to ride. I received boards from two ex-Seek riders, Alex Carolino and Flo Marfaing. The Carolino features a nice rounded shape and the Marfaing a more tapered, pin-like shape. Both decks come with Santa Cruz' signature PowerPly deck construction, aiding in strength and pop without excessive weight. Each PowerPly deck comes equipped with a "PowerWarranty," insuring your purchase against delamination due to workmanship for up to 120 days of its purchase. Not bad. The Carolino measured in at 7.75 X 31.4 and the Marfaing at a bit thinner at, 7.7 X 31.25. I took a break from my usual 8 inch or wider tank and skated both decks back to back. Both boards have medium kicks and a middle-of-the road concave that was noticeable under my feet without feeling overbearing. Each board was light and crammed with a sh*tload of pop that took a long-ass time to diminish. To be honest, I had a tough time determining when I needed to set up a new board. Despite excessive wear to these bitches, they still skated well, seemingly breaking in over time. These boards are stiff and give off minimal flex without flattening out completely over time. I've always backed Santa Cruz. But after riding some PowerPly's, I'm backing Santa Cruz even harder.

DC is back at it with their global “King” series. The ruckus is going down again at the world-famous Lockwood Elementary School and Belmont High spots with 10 Grand in prize money. If you remember, Vincent Alvarez won first and second in last year’s DCKOLA… and he’s doing quite well for himself now. Click the flyer and keep reading for more info and get what’s yours.


Vista, CA… The DC King of Series returns to Los Angeles on October 18th, 2008 to host the city’s biggest un-sponsored amateur street skating contest. Look for the city’s best ams to battle for the prestigious DC King of Los Angeles title at Lockwood Ave Elementary and Belmont High’s well-known spots.

This year, the contest will feature an invite-only list of 50 skateboarders from around the city. DC team members Rob Dyrdek, Colin McKay, PJ Ladd, Lindsey Robertson, Ryan Smith, Greg Myers and Wes Kremer will help judge and award over $10,000 in cash and prizes during the one-day event.

DC first took over LA’s best skate spots just over one year ago, with the DC team on hand to search out the best un-sponsored talent in the city. The DC King of Series began in New York in 2006 with events across its five boroughs, and then traveled the globe finding the best ams in LA, Barcelona and most recently, Sao Paulo.

All the latest on DC King of Los Angeles–invited riders, locations, contest details, videos, photos, results—can be found at The DC King of Los Angeles event is produced by SPoTlight Productions.

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About DC:
Founded by Ken Block and Damon Way in 1993, DC quickly grew to a leader in performance skateboarding shoes and renowned action sports brand. Today DC stands as a global brand whose product line has expanded to include men’s, women’s and kids’ skateboarding and lifestyle shoes, apparel, snowboard boots, outerwear, and accessories.

As one of the cornerstones of its marketing strategy, DC has built a world-class team of professional skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX, motocross and rally athletes that exemplify and enhance DC’s brand, develop its signature products, and support its promotional efforts. DC is a subsidiary of Quiksilver, Inc


adidas Skateboarding & FTC Japan shoe release party in Tokyo.
Skate team joins at event, Friday October 10.

adidas Skateboarding is proud to partner with iconic skateboarding brand, FTC Japan to launch a limited edition FTC Superstar skate and apparel collaboration. This project pays tribute to San Francisco’s 1990’s Embarcadero skate scene- and the authentic heritage that both adidas and FTC celebrated there.

In conjunction with the upcoming adidas skateboarding Japan tour, the adidas Skateboarding team will be traveling through Tokyo to celebrate the event on Friday, October 10.

Join the team on tour- Dennis Busenitz, Tim O’Connor, SIlas Baxter-Neal, Lem Villemin, Benny Fairfax, Dave Bachinsky, Nestor Judkins and Vince Del Valle for a cocktail and some adidas Skateboarding gear at La Boheme- 6-2-2, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku from 22:00-29:00. The reception will feature new adidas Skateboarding product on display, music from DJ/VJ’s ; Tucker, DJ Kango, Grooveman and Nanmix.

The party marks the first time these shoes will be available .


Tony Hawk Foundation Celebrates 5th Annual Benefit

Activision Presents Stand Up For Skateparks to support youth in low-income communities.

The Tony Hawk Foundation will host its fifth-annual benefit event, Activision Presents Stand Up For Skateparks, in Beverly Hills on Sunday, November 9, 2008. This family-centric action-sports carnival will feature a vert demo on Tony Hawk’s personal ramp with an all-star cast of BMX and skate pros, including Hawk, Shaun White, Bucky Lasek, and Andy Macdonald, plus BMX icons Mat Hoffman and Kevin Robinson. As many of them are veterans of Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom HuckJam tour, the riders are excited to be re-united to perform for the exclusive event’s 900 attendees.

Co-chaired by Tony Hawk, Lance Armstrong, Rob Dyrdek, Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mia Hamm, Dana White, Jr., Jon Favreau, Mat Hoffman, Shaun White, Robert Kotick, Bob McKnight, Scott Greenstein, and Ron Burkle, the Activision Presents Stand Up For Skateparks benefit will take place at Burkle’s expansive Green Acres estate. In addition to the vert demo, the event will include interactive activities, crafts, food, live and silent auctions, giveaways, plus a skate clinic and a special musical performance by Social Distortion.

Proceeds from Activision Presents Stand Up For Skateparks will help the Tony Hawk Foundation fulfill its mission of assisting low-income communities in the development of free, quality public skateparks. A focal point of the day’s fundraising will be the special Pledge Drive for a skatepark in the military community of Tierrasanta in San Diego, California. Many Tierrasanta youth have parents deployed overseas, and the skatepark will be a tremendous recreational opportunity and meeting place where over 2,300 military families and local civilians will come together to enjoy the benefits that a free, public skatepark offers. The son of a Navy pilot, Tony Hawk grew up in Tierrasanta, and this special Pledge Drive at Stand Up For Skateparks will kickstart the fundraising campaign for his hometown skatepark.

For more information on Stand Up For Skateparks, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities, log on to

A charitable, non-profit 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 States—with an emphasis on the word “quality.” Since then, the Foundation has awarded $2,400,000 to 391 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