Industry News October 2000

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Element and its teamriders have been keeping quite busy this summer. Colt Cannon was added to an am team already boasting Tosh Townend, Jake Rupp, and PJ Ladd. 411VM‘s Japan Tour Vacation video featuring the Element team will be out soon.

Black Label will be trying its hand at a new type of tour coming up very soon. The brainchild of Kwala Distribution‘s Andrew MacKenzie, the tour will feature the Black Label team versus the Deca team. Mike V. has also been busy working hard on an upcoming video project. And in the Black Label construction zone is a team video that will include Label Skipper John Lucero and new addition Wade Speyer.

Something very interesting has been brewing up at California State University at Chico. This fall a skateboarding physical-education class has made its way into the course catalog. The course will discuss the history of skateboarding, cover videos and legendary skaters of the past 25 years, provide one-on-one instruction, and even feature guest pros. A complete street course and mini ramp have been built for the class by the course instructor, college senior Marcus Dorin. With a product donation from Santa Cruz, TSG, Krux, and Accel. worth about 2,800 dollars, Dorin can offer the students in his class complete skateboards at ten percent above wholesale to help offset the building costs he’s incurred. Check out Chico State’s course catalog at, under Special Topics in P.E. Anyone interested in contributing to the livelihood of this project can contact Marcus Dorin at: (530) 342-9485.

Coming this fall from NHS headquarters is the latest addition to the PowerPly construction family, PowerPlyXS. PowerPlyXS uses a slightly increased concave and other secret methods to increase strength and durability. Santa Cruz pro models and six team models will be available with the XS construction, and all Santa Cruz decks carry a 120-day warranty against all defects in workmanship. Out of the personnel department comes word that Matt Sharkey joined NHS to assume the roles of promotions director and team manager for Santa Cruz and Krux. The release of Santa Cruz’s Uprising video has been postponed until Spring 2001. Log on to for updates. While online, also check out the new Krux site at

TSG has released a safety-gear line designed specifically for skatepark rental programs. To deter theft, the helmet is blue and has the word “rental” woven into the chin-strap, and the knee and elbow pads have blue caps and “rental” woven into the Velcro straps. Also look for new TSG graphic helmets from Alien Workshop, Black Label, The Firm, Flip, Foundation, Element, Pig, Santa Cruz, and Zero. All TSG helmets are CPSC-safety certified.

Announcing the end of A-Team, Dwindle Distribution has launched a new hardgoods brand and released a new Tensor truck model. Masterminded by Marc Johnson, Enjoi is the newest brand out of the Dwindle house. Joining Marc on the team is Rodney Mullen, Dave Mayhew, Jerry Hsu, and ams Louie Barletta and José Rojo. As well as overseeing all of the creative aspects, Johnson has also produced much of the inaugural artwork. Enjoi premiered its new line of goods at ASR in San Diego. Look forward to a five-city tour in November.

Mullen has been busy designing a new Tensor truck that will essentially be a beefier version of the original truck. Look for the new truck to be available to retailers for the holidays.

Darkstar Wood pro models for Chet Thomas and Ryan Kenreich pro models are now available. Visit for more information and a sneak preview of the new Scratch pro series.

New Blind pro Gershon Mosley accompanied his teammates on a three-week East Coast tour, where they filmed for the upcoming Blind video. The new Blind Mosley pro model is now available. Check out for more info.

Over at Think Headquarters, Jake Nunn and German skater Veith Kilbert debuted their pro models at ASR in San Diego. The mystery am for Think has been revealed—his name is Danny Fuenzalida. Bruce Rodela has been simultaneously promoted to sales manager and added to the promotional team. Aaron Jones is now the staff photographer and videographer, and is working hard on the new Think video, due out around Christmas. Think and Ashland, Oregon’s Lowdown Skate Shop have been organizing am contests in the lower Oregon area.

After a two-month U.S. tour, the Status team is getting busy finishing their new video, which should be out by Christmas. Also check out the new bearing press from FKD, which features a handy bearing puller to make shop life a little easier. The FKD-emblazoned press is available from Syndrome Distribution for about 40 bucks: (760) 510-1098. Syndrome has also recently hired Paul Wisniewski, who will contribute his creative talents to the art department.

Look for cameos from the Planet Earth team, including its newest member Joel Meinholz, in Rhythm Skateboards‘ full-length video F.O.R.E. And Friends, due out this fall.

Team expansion, touring, and video production are consistent themes at Giant headquarters. Longtime New Deal amateur Kenny Reed has been promoted, and his first model debuted at ASR in San Diego. Kenny joins teammate Rob Gonzalez in Europe to film for an upcoming ND project. Look for most of the New Deal team on the Accelerated Evolution tour, which is headed up the West Coast to Vancouver and back.

TransWorld SKATEboarding‘s founding photo editor Grant Brittain has released a series of skate-photo T-shirts offered by Aaron Chang Clothing. The eight designs depict classic images from Brittain’s vast personal archive, including Chris Miller‘s frontside nosebone over the original Upland Combi Pool, and the June 1987 TWS cover image of Tod Swank pushing along under a freeway overpass. For more information, call Aaron Chang Clothing at: 1-888-350-6188. Or log on to

Alphanumeric continues to expand its sales force. Recently the company’s added Larry Castro as the Northern California rep, Steve Clare will handle Southern California, and Marshall Clark will take care of in-house sales. Flo Diaz has taken charge as sales manager, and Stacey Dye will contribute as snow-products sales manager. For more information, or to see the complete Alphanumeric product line, check out

Chikara Racing Systems is a new urethane company endorsed by pros Gershon Mosley and Caine Gayle, and am Scott Waters. The Caine Gayle 50 mm and the Gershon Mosley 52 mm wheels were released at the September ASR show in San Diego, along with 54 mm and 55.5 mm wheel models.

Ramptech has launched its updated Web site at The revamped site displays pictures of the latest skateparks they’ve assembled, a downloadable version of their most recent catalog, and a section with Willy Santos demonstrating the uses of the Ramptech kicker ramps and the adjustable 5-0 Grindrail.

Ramptech has also developed four unique Internet sites featuring information for developing skateparks, home-use products, Ramptech events, and a directory of skateparks they’ve assembled.

Ramptech customers will be happy to hear that they now offer a five-year limited warranty on all skatepark equipment. For more information, check out Wholesale inquiries should be directed to Eastern Skateboard Supply at: (910) 791-8240.

Arcata, California’s Sat
wheels are available in sizes 51 mm through 55 mm in 101A durometer and a slim-cut design. For dealer inquiries, call: (707) 826-9416.

Former Redsand National Sales Manager Brendan Hanley has been promoted to vice president of sales. Hanley, who has been with Redsand since 1988, was a one-time East Coast rep of the year and took over as national sales manager in 1998.

Pro-Tec will release a signature helmet for new pro Willy Santos later this year. Amid the chaos of a pro-skater’s life, Willy also managed to open a new skate shop in San Diego. For more information about Willy’s Workshop call: (858) 538-5321.

Out of Newbury Park, California comes an alternative to the straight-hanger truck. Navigator Trucks utilizes a concave grinding surface, and the patented grinding system includes a guaranteed nonslip axle. Navigator will introduce two new models this month: a 153 mm, and a 133 mm low-pro with a flatter grinding surface. For more information call: (805) 375-7785.

Magnum Bearings by Terminator are now available with glass-filled silicon-injected nylon retainers and orange friction-free rubber seals. For more information, check out

This has been a busy season for Arcade Skateboards. Recently the company brought Lucas Raines on board to handle sales in the northern U.S. states while Scott Sentianin takes charge as the national sales manager. The Arcade team wrapped up a month-long tour across the states to collect footage for a new video due to be released in early December. For more information, navigate to

XYZ Clothing is preparing for growth and expansion. Besides relocating its facility back to the Armageddon Distribution warehouse, XYZ has a ten-year retrospective video in the works that’s scheduled for release in Spring 2001. The video will feature everything from the XYZ skate-shop days to new footage of its current team: Danny Way, Heath Kirchart, Neal Mims, Chris Lambert, and Alex “Trainwreck” Gall. XYZ’s new address is: 2620 Progress Street, Unit A, Vista, CA 92083. Also check out its new Web site at

Volcom will be invading the Heartland with their We Will Speak To You tour in October. Traveling through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri, Volcom will have Bam Margera, Geoff Rowley, Alan Petersen, and an unnamed fourth individual on board, along with musical entertainers CKY. Check out, or log on to for a list of dates and skateparks the tour will be visiting.

September saw the opening of the world’s largest skatepark in Perris, California. Real Ride Skatepark is a 100,000-square-foot facility located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, with half of the park housed indoors. A sister park to the Real Ride in Salt Lake City, Utah, it was built with a California State grant worth 250,000 dollars. The Perris park includes three mini ramps, a vert ramp, and four street courses. The compound also has a BMX competition-racing track and a jump course. For more information, call Real Ride at: (909) 943-5744.

Lib Technologies has released its Phase 4 construction, which features 84 vertical-wood laminates on the nose and tail, alternating between zero and 90 degrees. With this new construction comes five new graphics and a new mini deck. In personnel changes, Rich Merlino is the new skateboard business manager, and Micah Shapiro has taken the reins as the new skateboard product manager and will be actively growing the skate team as well as continuing with the technological advancements. Keep an eye out for Lib’s upcoming skate video. For more information, visit Lib Technologies on the Web at

Over at Tum Yeto there’s been a personnel shuffle. Longtime Tumyetoan Billy Weatherford has relinquished his team manager duties to Charlie Thomas, and Mike Page will be handling the promotions part of his position.

NC Clothing has expanded and moved into a new 7,000-square-foot warehouse. In addition to the growth, NC would like to

welcome James Kolbjornsen as its domestic and international sales manager. NC’s feature-length video, LP, is due out in stores soon. All shops interested in carrying the NC line are encouraged to call and talk to James at: 1-888-249-3535. NC’s new address is: 1821 McGaw Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614.

Besides developing a new 6.5-ply construction, London, England’s Blueprint Skateboards has called upon Blue Collar Distribution to assist with distribution in the U.S. Dealer inquires can contact Blue Collar Distribution at: (978) 343-9734, or contact MI-7 distribution at: (714) 841-5299.

In addition to releasing the GK-6 mini truck for its Termite line and new tattoo graphics on its Custom Series trucks, Grind King has enlisted the help of Terence Freedman to handle press relations and PR. Look for Grind King’s new Lift Kit riser pads, and check out for more info.

A new online custom-deck manufacturing service offered by allows customers to design every aspect of their skateboards, including a choice of hundreds of graphics, multiple shapes, sizes, seven- or eight-ply construction, as well as a choice of concaves. This unique method of single-board manufacturing for the individual skater uses an intuitive interface to guide online customers through the specification process. Shipment is guaranteed within two weeks, and future options include allowing customers to customize their own graphics. Navigate to to see for yourself.

Recent Roster Hops
Skaters land new sponsors.

Pro Sponsor

Anthony Carney Omega
Alex Chalmers Dragon
Tony Cox Satori
Johnny Fonseca Affiliate
Fabio Frugis Elevate
Anthony Furlong TSG
Caine Gayle Chikara Racing Systems
Kerry Getz DVS, Electric
Vanik Hacobian Venture
Frankie Hill Webb
Jerry Hsu Enjoi
Tim Jackson Webb
Marc Johnson Enjoi
Bucky Lasek Genetic
Bam Margera Electric
Dave Mayhew Enjoi
Joel Meinholz Planet Earth
Gershon Mosley Blind, Chikara Racing Systems
Toan Nguyen Darkstar Wheels
Steve Olson Satori
Matt Pailes Satori
Mike Peterson Illineum
John Rattray Circa
Willy Santos Pro-Tec
Ed Selego Satori
Nate Sherwood Elevate
Wade Speyer Black Label
Chad Vogt Nirve
Chuck Wampler FUCT, Tom’s Nuts
Pat Washington Affiliate
Karl Watson Satori

Am Sponsor

Kurt Braget FUCT
Sam Baptista Ghetto Child
Louie Barletta Enjoi
Chris Bennities Omega
Wes Berry Navigator
Colt Cannon Element, Krux
Leonard Crowley Webb
Brian Edwards Rhthym
Brigham Edwards Webb
Danny Fuenzalida Think
Robert Fuller Navigator
Alain Goikoetxea Dragon
Braden Hebner Navigator
John Hoisington 5boro
Stefan Janoski Planet Earth
Joel Kirkwood Omega
Billy Lane Grind King
Robert Lim Venture
Ely Lund Navigator
Paul Machnau Dragon
Billy Marks Omega
Jason Masse Darkstar Wheels, Venture, NC Clothing
Aj Mazzu Satori
Phil McKenzie Navigator
Gailea Momolu Darkstar Wood and Wheels
Lucian Moon Satori
Craig Nejedly Satori
Toan Nguyen Venture
Jason Palaez Navigator
Sean Payn
e Venture
Robert Reed Omega
Jose Rojo Enjoi
Jacob Rupp Satroi
Austin Seaholm Omega
Kyle Sellers Omega
Anthony Shetler 5boro
Mizael Simao Elevate
Eddie Villa Navigator
Scott Waters Chikara Racing Systems
Chris Williamson Grind King
Cooper Wilt Elevate