Monday, April 20, 2009


Sk8mafia Am Video Premiere Photos

I don’t have to tell you the house was packed with pretty much every skater in SD. Last night the La Jolla Museum Of Contemporary Art, which probably hasn’t had a skate video premiere since Plan B’s Virtual Reality, held two capacity crowd showings of the full-length Sk8mafia video. You can probably guess who had last part, and he didn’t disappoint. After all was said and done, many people claimed some of the gnarliest footage in the video may have belonged to Jamie Palmore and Brandon Turner (who, by the way, is out of the cage and was in the theater). The Friends section is nice and long and the soundtrack has plenty of classic California gangster rap. Be sure to stick around after the credits for an introductory part of new guy Marshall Heath. Oh and today there is a massive skate jam down at Memorial Park.

2009 Shanghai KIA X Games Asia

The city of Shanghai will once again host KIA X Games Asia, Asia's premiere action sports competition, as it returns to China for the third consecutive year -- celebrating 11 years of Asian X Games events.

This year the event will showcase more than 200 of the best action sports athletes from more than 20 countries and five continents in world-class competition in the sports of Skateboard, BMX, In-Line Skate and Sport Climbing. New to the Asian X Games, this year's event will also feature a Moto X Big Air demonstration. Televised live from Shanghai's KIC Jiangwan Stadium, X Games Asia will air May 1  May 3 on ESPN Asia networks and will be organized by sports broadcaster ESPN STAR Sports along with the Shanghai Media Group and Shanghai Sports Federation. The event will also be shown on ESPN International networks in Latin America, Australia, Middle East and Africa.

"We are thrilled to be back in China, and look forward to delivering another exhilarating event to action sports fans in Shanghai," said Rick Alessandri, senior vice president, X Games Franchise. "We are excited to work closely with KIA Motors to continue this tradition of bringing world-class action sports competition to China."

This year, competitors can look forward to an increase in prize money for the event, and Skateboard, BMX, and In-Line participants for the street discipline can also expect a new course design that will resemble real street conditions.

The KIA X Games Asia has earned a strong global reputation with a significant increase in awareness about action sports in the region. Last year's event was enthusiastically received by the Shanghai community and broke attendance records with more than 52,800 people passing through the gates of Yangpu district's KIC Jiangwan Sports Center — an increase of more than 55% from 2007.

The Games are bolstered by the addition of a new Silver Sponsor in Mountain Dew and the elevation of Apparel sponsor Pony to the Silver category. New brands like Doritos and Cold Stone have also picked up sponsorship packages. And ESPN has entered in to a collaboration with licensing agent IMG for the launch of an X Games consumer products line planned for later this year in China.

Leading up to this year's event, KIA X Games Asia 2009 kicked off with a three-city, eight-stop roadshow tour in December and will finish at Shanghai's Wanda Shopping Mall April 25-26. The roadshows include demos in BMX freestyle and In-Line skate, musical performances, entertainment acts, prize giveaways and an interactive mini-skate park for spectators to test their skills.

Event Partners
The event is proudly sanctioned by the Chinese Extreme Sports Association and is organized by ESPN STAR Sports, the Shanghai Media Group and the Shanghai Sports Federation. The Shanghai Yang Pu District Government is the event's Special Organizer and the Shanghai Sports Competition Management Centre is the co-organizer while the Shanghai Extreme Sports Association is the supporting organizer. The KIC Jiangwan Sports Center is the official venue.

Details and a list of scheduled athletes for KIA X Games Asia 2009 will be forthcoming on for the public and for media.


Red Bull's Manny Mania returns to New York on June 7th for the invite only pro contest then hits the road for am contests all across the country.