Zumiez ‘Best Foot Forward’ Am Contest Series Presented By Boost Mobile

zumiez-logo.jpgOFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – SEATTLE, WA – PREPARE FOR LAUNCH… Zumiez Best Foot Forward (BFF) Am contest series 2008 presented by Boost Mobile is "One giant leap for Am kind"!  Zumiez Best Foot Forward is a jam format Am contest series that will give up-and-coming skaters a boost. The BFF series takes off from the Rio Vista skate park in Peoria, AZ on May 27th.  It then continues on to the Zumiez Couch Tour 2008, with a local contest at all 12 tour stops.  New in 2008: A BFF open qualifier at each event!!

Twenty spots in each local BFF qualifier are up for grabs!  First come, first sign up, first to compete jam format contest.  The top three skaters from each BFF open qualifier will be cordially invited to compete in the Invite – Only BFF contest later that day.
The top Am skater from each of the 12 BFF contest stops will be flown to the last stop of the Zumiez Couch Tour in Maplewood, MN to compete in the 'Best Foot Forward' Finals.

From there, the top three Am skaters will earn an all – expense paid trip to compete at the Hometown Heroes Skate Finals as a part of the 5th Annual etnies GvR Skate weekend in Lake Forest, CA.  For these winning Ams, the etnies GvR Skate weekend is a chance to be in the national spotlight and skate alongside 100 of the best Pro skateboarders on the planet.
About Zumiez Inc.

Zumiez is a leading specialty retailer of action sports related apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories. Our stores cater to young men and women between ages 12-24, focusing on skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, motocross and BMX. We currently operate 306 stores, which are primarily located in shopping malls and our web site address is www.zumiez.com <http://www.zumiez.com/> .

About The Zumiez Couch Tour 2008
Announcing the launch of the eighth annual Zumiez Couch Tour…it's killer! The tour takes off May 31st in Puyallup, WA. The Zumiez Couch Tour 2008 presents skateboarding demonstrations by the Lakai, Element, Baker, Volcom, C1RCA, Flip, and Enjoi skate teams, as well as live music performances by bands including Alkaline Trio, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Bayside, Volcom Entertainment band Year Long Disaster, plus more. For more information visit www.zumiezcouchtour.com.
Based in Irvine, California, Boost Mobile, LLC, a division of Sprint Nextel Corporation, (NYSE: S), is a lifestyle-based telecommunications brand focused on offering premium Pay-As-You-Go wireless phones and services to the youth market.  Boost is among the fastest growing wireless services in the U.S. and now has 4.3 million customers – the majority of which are under the age of 25.  Boost-branded wireless phones with its exclusive BoostTM Walkie-Talkie service and Re-Boost® Cards are available nationwide at locations where youth prefer to shop, including national retailers and convenience stores, and merchants that focus on fashion, music, and action sports-related activities. Experience Boost on the Web at www.boostmobile.com.

About Hometown Heroes Skate
Hometown Heroes has proven to put the love back into skateboarding each year with the most credible Am skateboarding tour to travel over 30,000 miles to 40 cities in less than 3 months, creating an active network of talented skaters all over the country. In each city, the HH Skate crew infiltrates the local skate scenes: visiting local shops, holding contests at the local park, filming with local skaters at all the secret spots, ultimately paving the way to link each city to the next just by having a passion for skateboarding and its culture. Top Ams from each stop are invited to compete in the Hometown Heroes Finals against the best of the best from across the country, in front of the who's who of the skateboarding industry, at one of the largest skateboarding events of the year: etnies GvR. Hometown Heroes is the most instrumental in reaching youth culture and bringing together skateboarders through their passion for skateboarding.

Though all skateboarders are created equal, an age-old unspoken question remains: Which stance is superior, Goofy or Regular?  Etnies GvR Skate is a one-of-a-kind skateboarding event that pits goofy foot skateboarders against their regular foot counterparts in the most action-packed shred sled shindig ever witnessed by human eyes!  The 5th year of etnies GvR Skate will have the world's top pro skateboarders throwing down all weekend long, October 2-5, 2008, at the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest in California. With a tied score of 2-2 between the teams, the rivalry has never been bigger! www.gvr.etnies.com.