Monday, June 21, 2010



Sunday, June 20, 2010


The Almost Team rolled into Denver with almost the whole team, except for Daewon Song. The legendary Rodney Mullen showed up as the anchor, and Chris Haslam lead the way in the demo. Lewis Marnell destroyed the double-set with super tech tricks, landing consistently and properly on bolts every time. Ricky Webb skated great, flipping into the hubba with crooks and back tail. Cooper Wilt, Justin Schulte, and Ray Maldonaldo put together some great lines all over the course too.
almost a demo in Denver:

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The Zumiez Best Foot Forward Am Contest Series Results:
1. Julian Christianson.
2. Phil Hansen.
3. Matt Pennington.
Denver has one of the best skate scenes in the country; great spots and great skaters, so we knew this stop would be amazing. Every time the Zumiez Best Foot Forward tour stops in Denver, that winner always makes the top 3, and moves on to the HH Finals at X Games, so we’ll see how they do this year. A lot of familiar names showed up again, and youngsters Phil Hansen and Wyatt Milhollan just keep getting better and better with a bigger bag of tricks and big-man style. Phil got 2nd and barely beat out Matt Pennington who got 3rd and the New Era Originator of the Day by laying down some serious hammers, like a 360 hardflip, which has never been done on the tour. Two-time HH Finals winner, Julian Christianson continued his unbeaten streak in Denver with his switch, nollie, 270, flip and shuv variations all over the course. Julian is tough to beat, so we’ll see how he does on July 1st in Minneapolis.
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Bear with us, YouTube embedding is being funky today, but you can still click on the images and peep the vids on the ‘Tube.
This weeks YouTubes are dedicated to my main man out in Paris, Mister Chasone who sent me a link to Kein Rodriguez’ part in the newish Nozebone video and suggested that I do a skate shop video themed YouTube section. Skate shops are the life blood of skateboarding, please support your skater owned shops with your hard earned cash, they have your back way harder than mall chain stores and will put the money you give them back into making local videos or hooking up local kids instead of into the down payment on a red convertible sports car. Without further ado, kicking of with Chas’ man Kevin Rodriguez:
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Image How gnarly was this part when it came out?! How gnarly would this part still be if it came out in ten year’s time?! This has to be one of the all time greatest video parts on the planet, from Coliseum skate shop, the always-face-melting PJ Ladd:
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Image RDS skate supply has grown into something way bigger than just a shop, but I’m putting this one in there because I’m backing Ryan Smith hard and I remember this period when he was coming up and every month he had something sick come out in a magazine somewhere. The description says it all: “Hard hitting Canadians.”
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Image FTC has dropped more memorable skate videos than any other shop; this is from their first video Finally filmed and edited by Aaron Meza, featuring some serious finesse from Mike Carroll.
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Finishing off this week with two links from the same video, Dan Wolfe had such a massive influence on skateboarding with his sick filming and editing style and pinnacle East Coast videos, it seems only proper that he closes us out with a double whammy from back in the day. Have a good weekend and support skater owned shops:
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Quiksilver Canada Tour Blog Day 2
Words & photos by Matt Ramirez
Day two in Montreal had something planned but it was cancelled, so that means we just get to skate and film. Two problems to start off the day—1, Reese is still MIA with a gnarly flu. And 2, Danny’s board is on the Quiksilver bus and the bus is nowhere to be found, or lost, or something. We’re still not sure. We waited in front of the hotel for a couple hours and decided to cab it to the first spot. Here’s a tip for traveling in Montreal: If the hotel calls you a cab, make sure you know exactly how many cabs they called and use them all. The hotel asked for too many cabs twice, and the one cab driver that comes up empty gets mad, really mad.
The first spot is at the top of Montreal. It’s all marble ground, ledges, and stairs and you can see the entire city. It’s also kind of crowded with tourists and the sun bounces of the marble ground into your face. It’s a cool spot, but some of the guys aren’t feelin’ it. Riley gets a couple shots on the ledge and we were over it. Jordan Hoffart and some of the guys wanted to stay at the spot, while a few of us decided to break out to skate around the city.
Back at the hotel, still no bus, and Danny still doesn’t have a board. So, Dario from Canada hooks us up with a zip zinger and we’re off. Skating around Montreal is fun, but it’s also like a real life game of Frogger. The drivers here are sketchy. They drive fast and have no patience for anyone, especially seven guys skating through traffic. Tory Goodall is a new Quiksilver Canada team rider and our guide through the city. He rolled his ankle the day before we showed up so we didn’t get to skate with him. But he’s a good guy and down to spend the day on a bike so we can find some stuff to skate. Leeper and Riley got some shots at the last spot and we were done. Kind of a frustrating day, but there’s good news back at the hotel. The bus finally showed up, Danny has a board, the Laker game is on at 9:00, and Reese Forbes is back on his feet. Tomorrow we have a shop signing and demo at big indoor park. Should be fun.
Bus stop. Omar, Leeper, Danny, and Riley waiting for the bus that never showed up.
We checked out a giant bee in our 2 hour wait. Dgar has new wallpaper for his phone
Spot 1 is on top of Montreal
Guys warmed up by jumping up on the wall
With no board, this as much as Danny was able to do all day
Most guys start off a new spot with a grind, Riley starts off a new spot with a front blunt
Cruising through Montreal can be sketchy, just stay on the bike road and you should be fine
Riley killed time on this little spot while we waiting for our tour guide
Ollie this rail, land on cracked uneven ground, and run into a wall? No one was into it
Found a good spot
Bill Strobeck gets Riley’s line
No offense Montreal, but your ground sucks. Leeper feels out the terrain before getting his shot
Here’s the reason Quiksilver Canada team rider Torrey Goodall is our tour guide
Torrey’s bummed
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Friday, June 18, 2010


A pleasant day of cruising comes through this week courtesy of Nate Broussard, Adrian Adrid, and Steven Webb. The crew spends a couple hours out in a San Bernardino schoolyard. I’d say worth a viewing or two. In further Nate news, his longtime coming Day The The Life Part 2 (Part 1 in case you missed it) will be up in full splendor next week.
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If you’re in North County San Diego, catch up with Osiris on Go Skateboarding Day.
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Ramp master Brent Kronmueller is busy building the Copenhagen Pro course for next week’s jump off. Check out these course preview photos and an interesting ramp feature in the video below.
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We’ve got another Park Jam Session going down, this time in Miami, Florida with Sk8mafia ams Wes Kremer, Tyler Surrey, Jamie Palmore, and Jimmy Cao. It’s going down Saturday June 26 at MIA Skate Park. Come get gree food from Ball Park, product, and more! Peep last summer’s Jam in Chicago.
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Today éS launched the year 1999 on the website. Filming for Menikmati was definitely on everyone’s mind’s this year. Take a peek at the video éS just filmed with Rodrigo TX where he is going over 1999 on the timeline Web site and telling stories about trips and filming for the video and where éS is headed today. You can also catch the commercials that were created as the teasers for Menikmati and the iconic shoes that were launched in 1999.

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Rob Welsh and Joey Pepper are going back to their roots this summer and hitting some of the best shops in the New England area. Come out and see the boys at any of these events between June 26th-June 30th. Check out all the events and dates here.
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Val Surf just posted its Valendar Summer Calendar. See what they have cooking for you.

The Original éS Game of SKATE 2010 Tour Kick-Off
Friends of Atiba éS Game of SKATE Starts the Tour
On Thursday, July 1, 2010 the éS Game of SKATE tour kicks-off in sunny Venice Beach, CA. Skaters will complete thousands of crazy trick combos at 19 regional US locations and numerous stops around the globe. The tour will culminate at the éS Game of SKATE Amateur World Championship in South Houston, Texas on November 6, 2010 at the Johnny Romano Skate Jam for Make-A-Wish Foundation. The finals will also include a Pro éS Game of SKATE where top professional skateboarders will battle for a $10,000 prize purse.
Along with the launch of the éS Game of SKATE in Venice Beach, CA, éS will be hosting the Friends of Atiba éS Game of Skate to celebrate the launch of the éS x Atiba Jefferson Collaboration Shoe and 15 YearéS of PhotoéS by Atiba Jefferson book. In the Friends of Atiba éS Game of Skate, skateboard industry veterans and pros will compete against each other  for the right to challenge Atiba Jefferson in the final for a $1,000 prize purse and huge bragging rights.
Visit to find the latest updates about regional qualifiers, global tour locations, and contest rules and information.
éS Game of SKATE 2010 - Official Tour Locations
Date                            Location                        Host                                    Info
July 1 (Thursday)           Venice Beach, CA           Active Ride Shop                 1502 Oceanfront Walk
July 7 (Wednesday)      Oklahoma City, OK         Arockalypse                         (405) 286-3103
July 9 (Friday)                 Des Moines, IA                 SubSect                                (515) 276-4365
July 11 (Sunday)            Chicago, IL                       Uprise                                   (773) 342-7763
July 12 (Monday)           Royal Oak, MI                   Modern Skatepark            (248) 546-7275
July 17 (Saturday)          Boston, MA                       Orchard                               (617) 782-7777
July 19 (Monday)           New York, NY                    KCDC                                  (773) 342-7763
July 21 (Wednesday)     Wilmington, DE                 Kinetic Skateboarding     (302) 477-1533
July 22 (Thursday)           Frederick, MD                   Pit Crew                             (301) 698-1813
July 24 (Saturday)          Winston-Salem, NC          Exodus Skateboards         (336) 748-9712
July 26 (Monday)           Tampa, FL                         Skatepark of Tampa          (813) 621-6793
July 28 (Wednesday)     Atlanta, GA                      Ruin                                     (404) 943-1178
July 30 (Friday)                Baton Rouge, LA             Rukus Board Shop              (225) 755-3970
August 19 (Thursday)     Simi Valley, CA                 ValSurf                                  (818) 769-6977
August 28 (Saturday)     Santa Cruz, CA                Bill’s Wheels                         (831) 469-0904
Sept. 17 (Friday)              Phoenix, AZ                      Cowtown                           (480) 379-3605
Sept. 23 (Thursday)         Las Vegas, NV                  Pharmacy                          (702) 228-4755
Sept. 27 (Monday)          San Diego, CA                Pacific Drive                        (858) 270-3361
October 2 (Saturday)    Downey, CA                     Legends                              (562) 869-2726
Nov. 6 (Saturday)           South Houston, TX            South Side Skate Park       éS Game of SKATE Amateur
World Championships and
Pro Finals held at the Johnny
Romano Skate Jam for
Make-A-Wish Foundation
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Catch another CCS opening on June 19 in Orlando, Florida. Fifty lucky heads will receive a $50 dollar gift card at this one also. Check out a write up and photos from the Austin, Texas opening here.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010


Adio Footwear is pleased to present the trailer for the Going Forward video series. This trailer sets off what will be a new full-length part from every Adio team rider, beginning with Chris Troy in August of this year. Stay tuned each month following for a new full-length part from a different rider.
Watch the trailer here or below.

Adio “Going Forward” Trailer from Mike Metcalf on Vimeo.

Hosted by Brian Schaefer and Pat Duffy
Winners To Be Announced On June 15, 2010 In Hollywood, CA
TransWorld SKATEboarding, the world’s largest and most respected skateboard magazine for over 25 years, announces the nominees for the 12th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards. The winners will be named during a live event on June 15, 2010 at Avalon in Hollywood, California.
The TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards honor skateboarding’s top riders, presenting eight awards to professional skateboarders in the categories of Best Rookie, Best Street Skater, Best Transition Skater, Best Team, Best Video, Best Video Part, TWS Readers’ Choice, and the TWS Legend Award. The award winners are determined by polling more than 150 professional skateboarders worldwide, with thousands of TransWorld SKATEboarding’s readers voting for the winner of the TWS Readers’ Choice Award. This year’s TWS Legend Award will be presented to one of skateboarding’s most widely influential skaters, Matt Hensley. Previous winners of this prestigious award include Christian Hosoi, Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, and Mark Gonzales.
Directly following the awards, TransWorld SKATEboarding is pleased to host the world premiere of its 22nd video, Hallelujah, the newest film by Jon Holland and Chris Ray, featuring Ryan Decenzo, Pete Eldridge, Taylor Bingaman, Tyler Bledsoe, and Torey Pudwill.
The official nominees for the 12th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards are:
Grant Taylor
Brandon Westgate
Luan Oliveira
Zered Bassett – State Of Mind
Grant Taylor - Debacle
Bob Burnquist – Extremely Sorry
Zoo York
Chris Cole
Dennis Busenitz
Zered Bassett
Bob Burnquist
Grant Taylor
Jake Brown
Extremely Sorry
State Of Mind
Sk8mafia Am Video
Chris Cole
Lizard King
Sean Malto
Matt Hensley
“Once again the pros have spoken, the votes have been tallied, and on June 15 the very best of the past year in skateboarding will finally be revealed; not to mention we’ll be honoring Matt Hensley with the Legend Award and premiering our 22nd video, Hallelujah. It’s another memorable year for TWS.”

The 12th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards is proud to be associated with the following sponsors: Ball Park, New Era, and Red Bull.  For more information on TransWorld SKATEboarding and the TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards, please visit
About TransWorld SKATEboarding
Transworld SKATEboarding has been the largest, most respected skateboarding magazine in the world for over 25 years. Delivering the most innovative photography and cutting-edge editorial, TransWorld SKATEboarding offers its audience an inside look at skate culture through news, product reviews, and in-depth profiles of the world’s top skateboarders, in print, Web, video, and events. You can find TransWorld SKATEboarding online at  TransWorld SKATEboarding is published by TransWorld Media, the world’s leading action-sports media company.

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We broke this story about Bam being beaten by a bat-wielding woman over the weekend. Well, TMZ keeps the news coming with exclusive photos of Bam after the beat down and now a new bit about it messing with the Jackass 3D filming schedule. Read more here.
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You probably already know that Billy Marks joined the LRG team recently, well now feast your eyes on this artsy intro video.
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2010 King of New York Skateboard Dates and Events Announced
Mark your calendars, the King of New York will be happening Saturday, August 7 at Tompkins Square Park. King of New York Champions will be named for Skateboard Street and Highest Ollie. Returning this year will be the unique King of New York “building block” format conceived in 2009 where the competition course obstacles and ramps change configuration frequently throughout the day’s events, mimicking a street session where multiple spots are hit on the same day.
Prizes and giveaways this year are courtesy of Akademiks, Civilian Skateboards, and Triple 8.
For more info contact


Just in case our Maloof coverage wasn’t enough, you can check the LRG team right here.
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Josh Evin, Canadian ripper, pro for Premium, and friend of many at TransWorld, was reported missing yesterday after a motorcycle accident threw him and his passenger into the Kootenay Canal. The passenger made it to shore but Josh’s body is yet to be recovered.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. More in a local news article is here.

The Element Make It Count Contest Series finals are this Sunday, June 20th at Element YMCA Skate Camp. The finalists are coming from around the world, along with last year’s champ Vincent Luevanos, will battle it out for Element Sponsorship and the 2010 crown! Who do you think will win? Watch the compilation video of finalists and vote here.
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Chima has added another new part to his Lost Days and Throwaways Video log. Check out Chap. 36 part 4 now live.
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Subscribe to the Theeve Trucks YouTube page now and you’ll have a chance to win a new pair of trucks, a tee, and a skate key. Chad Bartie breaks down the details below.

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Monday, June 14, 2010


This just in via TMZ
0612_bam_margera_tmz_ex“TMZ has learned “Jackass” star Bam Margera has been hospitalized after being attacked by a bat-wielding woman.
Cops tell us … it happened at 2 AM this morning, outside Bam’s bar in West Chester, PA. There was some sort of fight, that ended when the woman allegedly hit Bam in the back of the head with a baseball bat.
The woman was arrested and charged with assault. Bam was taken to the Chester County Hospital.  His condition is unknown.”
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The NYC posts continue even though we’re all back in Cali. Venture into the Sunday night Smiths night at Sway and a Supra autograph signing at Dave’s Quality Meat after the Maloof circus left town.
Part 1 here. Part 2 here. Part 3.
A quick stop by the packed house at Gallery Bar for the Full Bleed book launch. JZ and Brad Clarke with some lovelies.
A li’l bathroom art a Mama’s.
Then into the man/dude sweat nohomo Smiths night at Sway. That’s Allen Ying’s red shirt, Daryl Angel survived a Hulk Hoganing of his shirt, but Joey Digital wasn’t so lucky.
Monday we were all a little haggard. Met up with Eli at DQM.
Muska and TK.
TK greets the fans.
Lizard, looking and feeling like a million bucks.
Dan Murphy was in town.
The sidewalk started gettin’ packed.
3rd Street got busy!
TK puts these Skytops through the roof in eBay value.
Lizard needed a nap. Chad prepares to give him the boot.
Guess who’s toes?
Muska and JZ talk turkey while Thiessen updates his facebook status.

Go Skateboarding Day 2010 NYC / Chad Muska and Lizard King brought to you by KR3W. Check out what’s happening on GSD everywhere here.
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