The incident began before 9 p.m., when about 1,500 skaters and skate fans showed up to a theater that only holds 600 people to watch a free premiere of the skateboard movie, “Bake and Destroy.”
At least NBC News knew what was going on. One site said it was 300 “protestors” who were mostly skateboarders, except they couldn’t say what they were protesting. That’s the left wing media for ya man, I’m voting for Reagan.
- Tanks [sic.] to Evil Tom for the tip.
I would like to apologize to the posts that appear above and below this one.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports:
CAPITOLA – A 17-year-old boy riding a skateboard downhill Tuesday hit an 83-year-old woman crossing the street. The Capitola woman later died in a San Jose hospital, authorities said.
Apparently the kid saw the lady at the last minute and tried to avoid her, but that’s not good enough is it? No charges filed as of yet.
[source: LA Weekly] - Thanks to… everyone for the tip.
Some people like to geek out on skateboard paraphernalia, while others like to geek out on intellectual property rights. Our worlds have collided. If you know Zorlac you probably know it was sold some time in the late 80′s, with Jeff Newton remaining on in some capacity, but the company definitely had an altered vibe. Some time in the next decade the brand ceased to exist for all intents and purposes. Some time after the millennium Jeff started up Gringo skateboards, using some similar imagery and marketing, and then suddenly Zorlac reappeare, but with Newton at the helm again. I wondered how he gained control of the trademark, or if he was just barging it since no one else seemed to be using it. Back in 2000 Rob Mertz was quoted in Transworld Business (summarized here) about the apparent retiring of the Zorlac brand, right about the same time all the old school guys and collectors were coming out of the woodwork. The phrase “Smooth move Ex-Lax” seemed appropriate at the time, but eventually Syndrome wasn’t going to take it, ahem, sitting down. Property, intangible has an interesting piece on the battle for the Zorlac trademark that Newton apparently lost. It’s written from a skateboard-agnostic perspective and contains a bit of history as well. Worth reading if the name Zorlac holds any place in your head or heart. The image used for this post was from a Starkist Tuna promotional t-shirt featured in the May 2008 eBay Watch. If you look closely you can see a small Zorlac sticker on the ramp. It seemed fitting.
Update: Turns out Jeff Newton posted the link on Skull & Bones.
In this amusing video you can hear the newscasters baffled, scratching their heads trying to figure out why anyone would bother to steal all the parking blocks from a parking lot. Even the business owner is shocked that the more valuable items in the window were left behind. There really is a glaringly obvious reason… It must be a cult. Turns out parking blocks cost about $25 a pop. Somewhere there’s a DIY spot in the greater Kansas City area that just received a nice donation. Check out “Strange Theft Of Parking Stops Confuses Police, Victim” on KMBC.com.
[Source: Yahoo News]- Thanks to Jeff Roenning for the tip.
Portland skateboarders foiled a possibly deadly assault on a woman, knocking out the ice pick wielding assailant with a skateboard and holding him until police arrived. Good job citizens. Were these skaters the PDX equivalent of the Red Angels of Dragnet City? (Noprize anyone?) Nope, they were skating a recently built concrete ramp outside of River City Bicycles, where the owner of the shop had the ramps built specifically “for learning tricks on.” While he doesn’t specify whether it was built for skateboards or bicycles, he credits the “quarter pipe” with saving the woman’s life. OK, we can give him that. There’s room for bikes and skaters to get along in Portland (BIke lane! Bike Lane!) especially if you keep building spots for us… As long as you look up the definition of quarter pipe. Is it just me, or does that look like banks and not tranny?
- Thanks to Shawn F and Sam for the tip. [Source: BikePortland]
Keep your eyes peeled on eBay for this one.
This G & S Billy Ruff Fiberlite deck with Z Roller trucks and Vision Blurrs was stolen from the Bones Brigade Documentary set last week. The skateboard belongs to Todd Huber of Skatelab. If you have any information in regards to it please contact us. email@example.com or Skatelab 805-522-2221.
That stinks, but I guess the Bones Brigade documentary is on. I think I knew that already. There’s a still from what looks like a set after the jump, although the fact that there is a set seems a little odd. Maybe they are doing a talk show.
44 year old Mark “Gator” Anthony was denied parole in his 31 year to life conviction for the 1991 murder and rape of Jessica Bergsten. He won’t be eligible for a release again for 7 more years.
[Source: Sign On San Diego] - Thanks to Jeff Roenning for the tip