Friday, May 14, 2010

Spice up your desktop with a new photo each week. Here’s Jeff Marshall getting up on one hell of a backside Smith grind from our May 2010 issue. Wail ’til you see his Check Out in the Am Issue—Oh, Lordy! Click the photo for a larger version, then drag it to your desktop or right click and save it.
Photo: Brian Fick

This time around we have Plan B skateboards Felipe Gustavo explaining how he does nollie flip crooked grinds.

Creature Skateboards and some others came up to shred the new Vert Ramp in Minnesota. Darren Navarette, Peter Hewitt, Al Partanen, Sam Hitz, Mike Owen, Greg Fountain, Justin Lynch, Dave LeRoux, Jeff Grosso, Greg Witt, Olaf Gilbertson, Fred. Dont forget to subscribe to watch the rest as we upload it!

Element skateboards Levi Brown talks about his recent move from his home state of Arizona to Long Beach, California.

We’ve finally arrived in China—with Ryan Sheckler, Ryan Decenzo, Andrew Cannon, Curren Caples, David Loy, and a bunch of other skaters—at Woodward Beijing and since we’re jetlagged out of our minds, we figured why not give you a quick tour of the new park? The place is amazing with a lakeside plaza filled with granite and marble, an outdoor vert ramp, and a huge indoor park that has everything from a ski jump into a foam pit to a gnarly street course. The official grand opening of Woodward Beijing is only days away, with a contest to kick it off, so stay tuned. Much more to come.

George C. Moreno
Hometown: Burbank, California
Sponsors: World Industries, éS Footwear (flow), Select Wheels
Am who should be pro: Jake Johnson.
Best video of 2009: Moving In Traffic.
Music you’re always listening to: It varies from day to day.
Good advice you’ve been given: “Seek peace and pursue it.”
What you’d do if the world ended tomorrow: Hopefully be ready.
Favorite skate spot: Rough ground.
Bad habit: Falling asleep with my glasses on.
Place you want to travel to next: Somewhere scenic.
Worst injury: Almost slicing one of my fingers off when I was a child.
Best skate shoes: The simpler ones.
Web site you check every day: My friend Jeb Allred’s photo blog.
Who hooked you up: The good Lord!

This weeks Thursday offering comes courtesy of Mydumbluck’s Isaac Mckay-Randozzi, who shot and edited a nice looking day of skating in Northern Cali with HIFI pro Tony Manfre. The crew hit up a few gritty looking street spots, then make their way to Santa Rosa before rounding it all out with a mini ramp sesh. Give it a whirl.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

GuéSs That Collab Contest
Two winners will have a chance to enter and win all of the éS collaboration shoes that release in 2010. That’s 10 pairs of éS shoes in all, for the mathematically challenged. Become a fan of éS Skateboarding on Facebook, name the collaborations and the season for each collaboration and you will be entered to win this entire collection of shoes. Damn son, that’s coming up hard on some shoes!
1. Must be a fan of éS Skateboarding on Facebook. Go to to become a Fan of éS Skateboarding.
2. Peep the numbered shoe boxes and name the collaboration and what season they come out.
3. Submit your entrees to
4. Contest ends May 21, 2010 and the TWO winners will be announced a week later.

Amid this trailer for something Tactical is a full-length Nick Merlino part full of gnar. Check it.

This Saturday come on down to Belmont Park in Mission Beach, San Diego for another awesome Am Slam event. Details below.

Jake Johnson is now riding Destructo trucks
“New generation East Coast powerhouse. A true individual, Jake’s approach to skating is very unique. Style for days, pop for miles. Welcome to the team Jake!”—Arto Saari


Globe has a couple of wild contests going right now. The first contest is draw Jake Duncombe’s next tattoo. Its the Ink up and Lace up contest. Winner gets to have their art tattooed on Jake and win a prize pack of Jake’s signature shoe The Bender and a prize pack of Jake’s sponsors. This one is off the hook! Check out Jake’s current tattoos right here! Click here to check out the official contest rules.
The second contest  is Globe x G Shock X Sneaker Freaker online contest. Come up with the best tag line and win Globe x G Shock package. Contest page here.

Osiris 5 Stop Shop Tour in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with Duffel, Shuriken, Bartie, and more. Starting May 31. More info below.

Young Tom Grom has quite a gnarly video up at the CONS site. Check it out.

Powell Skateboards welcomes Chad Bartie
When he was 12, the Bones Brigade skated his backyard mini ramp and stayed at his house in Australia. Yesterday, he became the newest skater on Powell.
“Chad’s skating has always been an inspiration to me growing up, I remember watching the New Deal video 7 year Glitch over and over thinking, ‘Damn, that bow-legged Aussie has so much board control.’ Haha. It wasn’t until I finally met him that I realized he’s the full professional package. He’s super motivated, kind-spirited, generous, extremely humble and most importantly, genuinely loves skateboarding. You see a lot of pros fall off their game as they mature, but Chad’s one of the few that has kept his skills progressing and is skating the best he ever has. So as a friend and now teammate, I’m beyond stoked to have him join up with the Powell family.”—Jordan Hoffart

70,000-dollar purse, Beauty & The Beast demos, and plenty of live music slate DVS’ CPH 2010 to be the best event yet.
The fourth annual DVS Copenhagen Pro is drawing near and this year’s events schedule is shaping up to be the biggest and best on record.
As usual, the CPH Pro is offering the largest prize purse in Europe with this year’s purse topping out at 70,000.00 US.
“After four years of producing this event, the DVS CPH Pro is really beginning to take on a life of it’s own,” says Podium Distribution VP Tim Gavin. “We’ve worked very hard on helping this event organically evolve into the number one skate contest in Europe and it’s great to see people coming out to support it.”
While the CPH Pro Contest is the main focus, this year’s CPH Pro is offering all types of new attractions that will add serious fuel to the family-style party that rages throughout the event’s five-day schedule.
Wednesday the 23rd of June.

What: Thrasher Magazine and Volcom will present a hammer session contest event in Copenhagen featuring an 8,000 dollar cash prize, a double set, a flaming Volcom stone, and a treacherous leap of doom.
DJs Include: Simon LeBon (Den Sorte Skole) & Chonny Jazz.
Location: Amager Strandpark, Station 3
Time: 20:00
Thursday the 24th of June.

What: Girl and Anti Hero will be wrapping up their European Beauty & The Beast tour with a demo at Copenhagen’s new cement skatepark. This event will include Danish hotdogs, freezing beers, and plenty of good times.
DJs include: Nicky Guerrero and Tue Track
Location: Jägers skatepark – Gentofte
Time: 17:00
Friday the 25th of June.

What: It’s a grand Copenhagen Pro tradition to roast a wild boar among friends and blazing fires to welcome travelers to Copenhagen.
DJs Include: RubADub Sound-System and PAW PAW
Location: CPH Skatepark
Time: From 22:00 - 04:00
Saturday the 26th of June.

What: CPH PRO 2010 street qualifiers and Vert competition followed by a backyard party with live acts including Ghost Society, Booty Cologne, Timbuktu with Big Band and Specktors.
DJs include: Pato, Eggers, and Faggot Fairies
Location: CPH SKATEPARK secret palmgarden
Time: From 18:00 - 04:00
Sunday the 27th of June.

What:  Sunday will feature the Street finals and the Cliche Best Trick contest.
DJs include: Both events include special Sunday Brunch hosted by Master Fatman and his Lindberg Hemmer Foundation jazz band. The prize ceremony will follow and will be hosted by Master Fatman and his famous Favela Chics.
After-party at Kødboderne 18 featuring a Special Ghetto Booty Line Up

Blueprint is having a premiere in Minneapolis this Sunday in conjunction Steve Nesser’s store Familia. Be there!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Original longboards have just arrive today. Grab it before it's too late!!!!
The 12th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards are coming soon! The winners are chosen by the pros, so we’ll be posting interviews of pros revealing who they voted for. Who’d Ol’ Dirty Smolik vote for? Find out below. Who’s gonna win ‘em all? Find out June 15. See the other pro votes here.
The official date for the 12th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards has been set for June 15. Mark your calendars, the biggest and best skateboarding awards show is only months away and will be held once again at the Avalon in Hollywood. Along with honoring skateboarding’s finest, we’ll also be premiering our 22nd film, Hallelujah, starring Ryan Decenzo, Pete Eldridge, Torey Pudwill, Taylor Bingaman, and Tyler Bledsoe. Stay tuned to for more info and complete Awards coverage before, during, and after the event!

George C. Moreno
Hometown: Burbank, California
Sponsors: World Industries, éS Footwear (flow), Select Wheels
Am who should be pro: Jake Johnson.
Best video of 2009: Moving In Traffic.
Music you’re always listening to: Well, I work at a record shop, so I would say a bit of everything.
Good advice you’ve been given: “Seek peace and pursue it.”
What you’d do if the world ended tomorrow: Hopefully be ready.
Favorite skate spot: The East Coast.
Bad habit: On occasion I’ll forget to turn off my record player when the last side is finished, which usually only happens when I’m distracted by something.
Place you want to travel to next: Somewhere scenic.
Worst injury: Almost slicing one of my fingers off when I was a child.
Best skate shoes: The simpler ones.
Web site you check every day: My friend Jeb Allred’s photo blog.
Who hooked you up: The good Lord!
Filmed by: Daniel Shetron & Sage Caswell. Edited by: Daniel Shetron
Marquee Photo by: Chris Ortiz. Portrait by: Jared Sherbert
George lives down the street from me. He’s one of the most humble and smartest persons I have ever met. Once he skated over a Christmas present to my house. Anyways, George rips and always tells me about new spots in the neighborhood, even about the school across the street from my house. You can find George slangin’ records or exploring the streets of Burbank for skate spots. Let him know the Yankees suck if you see him.—Scuba Steve

Garrett Hill takes the TIH full titanium hangers for a test run at the Blackbox warehouse and gives a sneak peak of his TIAX and CSX Pro Models dropping this month.

Check out the new Tum Yeto Pocket Cam, Episode #5
Featuring: Matt Bennett, Austin Stephens, Johnny Layton, Dakota Servold, Corey Duffel, Dan Murphy, Angel Ramierz, Nick Merlino, Elijah Berle and Special guests: Gilbert Crockett & The Black Box homeys.


Mark your calendars, etnies presents Am Getting Paid in Montreal, Canada on September 25. Visit here for more info.

Tickets Start at $15, On Sale Now at Ticketmaster
Following a gold-medal-winning performance at the Vancouver Olympics in snowboard halfpipe, Shaun White will now be vying for a new title to add to his collection – Skateboarding World Champion. White’s opportunity for his second major accolade of the year will take place at the Dew Tour’s Skate Open, International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) Skateboarding World Championships June 25-26 at Boston’s legendary TD Garden. Tickets for the first stop of the 2010 Dew Tour are on sale now at starting at just $15.
In addition to White, top skate athletes from around the world will be competing at the Skate Open in both skate park and vert, including defending Dew Cup champion and Skate Vert World Champion, Bucky Lasek. Boston-local Andy Macdonald, up-and-comer Alex Perelson and vert legend Bob Burnquist will also be among those competing at TD Garden against White in a fierce battle for both the Skate Open win and the title of ISF Skateboarding World Champion in the vert discipline.
The defending Skate Park World Champion and three-time Dew Cup champion, Ryan Sheckler will look to repeat his World Champion status again in 2010. However, he will have to contend with the likes of Paul Rodriguez, Chaz Ortiz and Greg Lutzka.
A sneak peek at the skate park course for this year’s Skate Open, ISF Skateboarding World Championships is available by visiting

Tickets to see White, Sheckler, Rodriguez and more than 150 of the world’s best skate park and vert athletes at TD Garden, June 25-26, are now on sale at Ticketmaster, and select Ticketmaster retail outlets or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
For Saturday’s finals, Action Zone tickets cost $100 a day for adults and children and provide access to priority reserved seating for all finals contests on Saturday, in addition to official Dew Tour merchandise, a behind-the-scenes tour, athlete autograph session, merchandise discount coupon, Fast Pass access into all venues and interactive areas, and cold Mountain Dew. Reserved seating tickets will be $35 for children and adults and guarantees seating for all finals competitions. Grounds Pass tickets cost $15 for adults and children.
Friday’s event tickets are on sale for $15 for all ages. The ticket will include admission to all preliminary round competitions held at TD Garden.
In addition to world-class competitions, the two-day event will also include a free music concert – taking place at City Hall Plaza on Friday, June 25 – and an interactive Festival Village featuring Mountain Dew and FUEL TV’s Green Label Experience, the Nike iD program where fans can customize their own pair of shoes, the NERF Dart Tag World Championships and free product giveaways, demos of the latest Sony and PlayStation games and electronics and athlete autograph signings.
For more information, visit
The Skate Open schedule of events is as follows:
Friday, June 25 – Gates open at 3pm
3:00pm                  Festival Village opens
3:45pm-5:00pm           Women’s SKB vert prelims
5:15pm-6:45pm           Men’s SKB park prelims, Group 1
7:15pm-8:45pm           Men’s SKB park prelims, Group 2
9:00pm-10:30pm  Concert at City Hall Plaza
Saturday, June 26 – Gates open at noon
Noon                    Festival Village opens
4:00pm-4:45pm           Women’s SKB vert finals
5:00pm-6:00pm           Men’s SKB vert finals
7:00pm-8:00pm           Women’s SKB park finals
8:30pm-9:30pm           Men’s SKB park finals
**Schedule is subject to change**
The complete 2010 Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Event                           Date                    Location
Skate Open,                     June 25-26              Boston, Mass. – TD Garden
ISF Skateboarding World Championships
Nike 6.0 BMX Open                July 23-24              Chicago, Ill. – Soldier Field South Festival Lot
Wendy’s Invitational            Aug. 12-15              Portland, Ore. – Rose Quarter
Toyota Challenge                Sept. 16-19             Salt Lake City, Utah – EnergySolutions Arena
Dew Tour Championships  Oct. 14-17              Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Deluxe just put up an interview with Giovanni Reda about his new book Demigods & Cosmic Children coming out this week. Check out some of the portraits from the book, his interview plus watch Steve Olson’s video interview.

Here it is via YouTube, the new wonderfully hilarious, cinematic trailer for Skate 3 starring Joey Brezinski, Lizard King, Chris Haslam, Danny Way, and so many more.

The infamous Hot Tubb caught up with Chet Childress to do this interview of the artist now know as Adul Skoorc. Read on.

Element is proud to begin the release Trio this Friday, May14 with a full part from Chad Tim Tim! Trio is a new Element video with parts from Tim Tim, Levi Brown and Darrell Stanton. To watch online this Friday, and for more info visit

Catch some weird art from Werdlifers Geoff Rowley, Mark Appleyard, Arto Saari, DJ Baron, Todd Bratrud, and more June 6 in Brooklyn, NYC.

Monday, May 10, 2010



 This week’s online Thursday treat comes in the form of none other than Sound Agency friend and Hall of Fame classic Ray Barbee. Could there be a more positive person on the planet? Take a little break, pour yourself a Jasmine tea, and get Ray’s take on anything from The Minutemen to his early days on the Bones Brigade roster. When you’ve finished all that, don’t forget to smile. Welcome to May.

Here is a welcome to the team video of Orchard Skateshop outta Boston’s new teamrider Eric Dasaro. Check it out.

New York City O.G. and Queens representative to the fullest, Rodney Torres, just launched his personal Web site. Check it out, it’s full of videos, photos, and info.

Tony Alva & Ray Barbee @ New TX Vans Stores
Vans skate legends Tony Alva and Ray Barbee will be stopping by new Vans stores in Houston & Corpus Christi, TX this Friday and Saturday for autographs and giveaways. There will be free limited edition Vans t-shirts for the first 50 people in line, plus a chance to take home a pair of free Vans.
Friday, May 7th @ 6:30PM
Vans Store
Houston Galleria
5085 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77056
Saturday, May 8th @ 2PM
Vans Store
La Palmera
5488 S. Padre Island Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX 78411

The Adio team is headed out this weekend toward Phoenix, Tuscon, El Paso, and Dallas on the HOT ASSPHALT TOUR.

It’s official! Riding high on the success of Give Me My Money Chico, LRG has just added Tommy Sandoval, Billy Marks, and Tom Asta to its team. They’re already working on a new promo video that is due out at the end of this year.

Birdhouse just posted its East Coast tour video: Tony Hawk, Willy Santos, Kevin Staab, Matt Ball, Derek “Ghost” Burdette, Randy Ploesser, Riley Hawk, David Loy, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, John Rob Moore, Alan Young, Shaun Gregoire, Jesse Fritsch, Lyn-z Adams Hawkins, Drew Etzkorn, Fritz, Sean Eaton Check it below.

$lave just posted up some photos and a video from its Borrego Desert Trip.

The Sound Agency and HIFI Wheels are proud to announce the additions of Clint Peterson, Danny Brady, Andrew Brophy, and Benny Fairfax. Look for their pro model wheels at finer skateshops today. Welcome to the team mates!

DVS’ Grip It And Phlip It Tour Video—Daniel Goes Home
Back in December of 2009, DVS riders Chico Brenes, Daniel Castillo, Kenny Hoyle, Zered Bassett, Jeron Wilson, and Torey Pudwill headed south of the equator to the island nation of the Philippines for a tour. Little did they know that this adventure would prove to be one of the wildest journeys of all time. Not only did veteran DVS pro Daniel Castillo get to shred some of the best skate spots in his native country, but the rest of the crew got to experience the Philippines at it’s finest. From jungle demos and police escorts to epic spots and bizarre local cuisine, the DVS crew picked up tour memories they won’t soon forget. Watch it here.
DVS Use Your Shoes video contest winner and finalists are all here.