Quick Hits Archive: August 2 - August 8, 2007Aug 28 2007 / Los Angeles, CA
August 8, 2007
Midnight Swimming Can Kill You in Huntington Beach
Published: 2:36 p.m. PT by Greg
Two men who went swimming last night after midnight with a group of friends in Huntington Beach apparently drowned and were found this morning by surfers.
Four men and one woman went swimming just north of the HB pier and when three of them realized two of their friends were missing, they notified the beach cleanup crew -- the beach officially closes at 10 and lifeguards are gone normally by midnight.
The deal were identified as Christopher Palmer, 24, of Long Beach, and Ryan Reid, 22, of Huntington Beach.
Read more about it.
Coming Soon: A Quad Backflip at the X Games?
Published: 3:22 a.m. PT by Greg
So it turns out that some physics genius did the math and the theoretical maximum of backflips a FMX rider can do is four -- yeah, that's right. Four. That's two more than that pansy Travis Pastrana did last year. And I thought that record was special. Shows you how much I know.
The calculation was done using the "Step Up" record for height (approx. 33 feet) and then figured in the effort needed for the backflip. As James Riordon of the American Physical Society (ie the genius) says, "If you go too high, you'll spin too slowly, and if you spin too fast you won't go high enough to get enough hang time to make it around."
Sounds like sound advice for the Scott Murrays of the world (did you miss his crash? Check it out)
Read more here or check out the orginal calculation...
We thought we'd like to see what a Quad backflip might look like -- so we took a look at Travis Pastrana's double backflip and made it four... Looks pretty wicked to us.
Burton New Zealand Open Underway -- Catch the Webcast on Lat34
Published: 1:51 a.m. PT by Greg
The New Zealand Open kicked off yesterday with qualifiers for the halfpipe taking place, whittling down a field of 70+ men fighting for ten spots and 40 women battling it out for five spots. Japanese riders had a huge showing, while some familiar names are missing the contest. Click here for the results..
Also, Lat34 will be webcasting the main event finals on Thursday and Friday (PT) on the site. Get all the times here.
Almost the Last X Games Recap You Will Read
Published: 1:14 a.m. PT by Greg
Yes, it's been almost three entire days since the X Games finished and you're still reading about them. Don't worry, it's almost over. But not quite.
While there have been a few good straight recaps of the event on the web (two of my favorites are this surprisingly good one from the LA Times and this one from our friend Jonny at South of the North), I thought I would take a little different angle and compare the X Games with the AST Dew Tour -- sure there are some major differences, but it's not as cut and dry as you might think.
Go ahead and read the story.
Oh, and since I am mentioning Jonny's recap of the X Games, that reminded me to go back and check his predictions for Skate. I won't go through those you're more than welcome to, but I did love this one for Big Air: "3. Jake Brown -- Australians never do anything crazy (Odds 18/1)" I don't think he'll underestimate those Aussies any more!
Popular Albuquerque Skateboarder is Big Box Bandit; Jailed For $500K in Robberies
Published: 12:181 a.m. PT by Greg
A 17 year old skateboarder in Albuquerque has been sentenced to Juvie for masterminding robberies that hauled in approximately $500K in merchandise. While there are six other defendents, Nick Jojola has already been sentenced to a year in jail for his role in the crimes -- at one point he faced more than 80 counts in the case, but he pleaded guilty to eight.
Jojola was well-known in skateboarding circles around Albuquerque, but his promising career has taken a hit. Though having to serve only a year does mean he will have time to try and come back.
"I never before thought that I was hurting people," Jojola said in court.
Read more about the case here or check out some video of Nick in action below with a massive kickflip.
August 7, 2007
New Murray Benefit This Saturday; Auctions Ending Soon
Published: 12:01 a.m. PT by Greg
The Compound in Perris, CA, is holding a new Stephen Murray Benefit Jam/Contest this Saturday. It will be a dirt contest only, with a $20 entry fee for two classes, 14 and under and 15 and over. The competition will start at 5 p.m. but the doors will open at 10 a.m. Check out the flyer below or go to The Compound's website for more info.
Speaking of Murray, there haven't been any updates for awhile from his family but one is promised soon. Family friend Paul Roberts was in L.A. for X Games.
If you're looking to help Stephen, there are 35 items up for auction on the Charity Folks website -- all of the proceeds go to the Stephen Murray Recovey Fund (aka the family fund). There are some really interesting items here, some with no bids. I understand that this Charity Folks site specializes in charity auctions, but there's a reason everyone uses EBay -- I bet some of these would have considerably higher bids on there. So, that said, you might want to check it out. Among the interesting items: A big prize package to go to Orlando for the last Dew Tour stop including lunch with Ryan Sheckler (market value: $2500) and a LG Action Sports Championships VIP Trip Package to Dallas ($1350 value) -- both of these have $800 bids.
Among the items with 0 bids -- lunch in Portland with TJ Lavin (min. bid $300) and Dinner with Twitch, Kenny Bartram, Greg Lutzka and more in Portland (also only $300 -- talk about a deal). Check them all out.
Keep up with all the updates re: Stephen on our Stephen Murray update page and visit www.stephenmurrayfamilyfund.com to donate to help Stephen and his family.
Surf News: Kling Wins in Japan; Rip Curl Boardmaster Kicks Off
Published: 12:01 a.m. PT by Greg
While X Games 13 was going down this weekend, there were other sports going around, including surfing (yeah, I know X Games has surfing but does that really count?). For the guys, Gabe Kling won the WQS event in Tahara, Japan. You can read more about that here.
Meanwhile, the women got started with the Rip Curl Boardmasters in England. They already have burned through two rounds and among the surfers making it through are WCTer Megan Abubo, Jacqueline Silva and Jessi Miley-Dyer. Some of those who have been knocked out are Karina Petroni, who was just in the finals of the US Open of Surfing, Serena Brooke and former women's Pipeline Master Alana Blanchard. More on that here..
Win Free Stuff From Lat34: Element, X Games DVDs
Published: 12:01 a.m. PT by Greg
You may recall that we're already doing a giveaway for the new TWS DVD "Let's Do This!" -- well now, thanks to the good folks at Element, we've got the new Element DVD "This is My Element" to give away. It features Nyjah Huston, Bam Margera, Darrell Stanton, Levi Brown and the rest of the Element team in action. Great stuff. More on that here.
If you live in the east coast, Element will be doing a tour supporting the DVD from August 13-25, hitting Florida, Georgia, Virginia, New Jersey and ending up in New York City at the Times Square Element Store. More info.
August 6, 2007
Kevin Robinson Named King of the X Games... Er, Outstanding Athlete of X Games 13
Published: 1:53 a.m. PT by Greg
And here's an announcement from the X Games:
At the medal ceremony that followed Rally Car Super Special, BMX Freestyle rider Kevin Robinson was named Subaru's Most Outstanding Athlete of X Games 13. He will receive a 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX.
Robinson won gold in this year's BMX Freestyle Big Air event and bronze in the BMX Freestyle Vert competition, where he landed a double flair. He remains the only rider in the world who has successfully landed the trick in competition. A native of East Providence, RI, Robinson competed in the very first X Games in 1995 and has only missed one of the 13 total X Games to date.
Congratulations to Kevin! Check out the Big Air BMX Photo Gallery!.
Foust Takes Gold in Rally Car Super Special
Published: 12:21 a.m. PT by Greg
Stunt driver Tanner Foust has won the Gold in the Rally Car Suprt Special -- the final event of the X Games. Second place went to DC Shoes owner Ken Block and third place went to FMX-retiree Travis Pastrana, who actually lost his match against Foust due to a disqualification (crossing into Foust's lane).
More photos coming soon (a couple are below) but here is more about the race....
The winners: Block, Foust and Pastrana photo cr. Jennifer Huskey
Pastrana is a crowd favorite. photo cr. Jennifer Huskey
Jake Brown Looks Good
Published: 12:07 a.m. PT by Greg
As anyone who has watched any of the X Games knows, it looks like Jake Brown has come through his horrifying fall last Thursday with minimal side effects.
Not only did make an appearance yesterday, he was back today at the Skate Vert finals. And normally by his side was Danny Way, his friend and fellow megaramp skater who helped train him.
"I was just trying to work out how the best way to fall would be," Brown told the LA Times about his fall.
Brown's fall was the talk to the X Games, with hardly an event going down without a mention of Brown. During interviews, the topic was hard to ignore. But while athletes may have questioned the value of the megaramp for the sport, they did agree on one thing: That Jake Brown came through as well as he did was amazing. Another skater, Pat Duffy, had a similar fall on Bob Burnquist's Megaramp last December and suffered a badly broken leg.
Read more in the article.
Also, in case you haven't seen it (how could that be?) we have the video in our list of the top slams of the X Games. What's number one? What do you think?
Brown at Skate Vert finals cr. ESPN
Pierre Luc Gagnon, Jake Brown and Danny Way on Saturday at the Home Depot Center.
August 5, 2007
Shaun White Wins X Games Gold
Published: 1:57 p.m. PT by Greg
Shaun White finally has a X Games gold medal to keep his Winter X gold medals company. The 20-year-old won the Skate Vert contest today in thrilling fashion, scoring a 95.75 in his third and final run, the second-to-last run in the competition.
Canadian Pierre Luc-Gagnon took second place while Mathias Ringstrom took third. The competition was marked by a difficult conditions, with all riders falling their first run. Bucky Lasek, a perennial favorite and previous gold medalist, fell on all three of his runs keeping him from the top spot.
Here are some more details and also a photo gallery.
Adam Jones Wins Moto X Freestyle; Richy Carmichael Wins First; Step Up Results
Published: 12:09 a.m. PT by Greg
Adam Jones won his first X Games medal Saturday and it was a good one -- he took gold in the Moto X Freestyle contest final against favorite Nate Adams, who was racing with a broken finger (which had forced him to miss Thursday's Best Trick contest). Third place went to Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg, who took the bronze after Jeremy Lusk was knocked out of the contest after a crash.
Check out more about the contest here.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Ricky Carmichael took the gold in the inaugural Moto X Racing contest, showing why he is considered the greatest motocross racer of all time. The 10-time AMA Motocross Champion was one of the few people who could make people forget that Travis Pastrana was actually also racing in the event (he was eliminated in the second round).
Full details here.
Friday night the Moto X Step Up contest took place at the Staples Center -- Ronnie Renner took the gold by reaching 33 feet. No other medals are awarded in the contest, but three riders (Brian Deegan, Matt Buyten and Tommy Clowers) finished in second at 32 feet, followed by Jeremy McGrath at a mere 26 feet. Want more? Here you go plus photos.
Adam Jones tastes Gold cr. Jennifer Huskey
Renner at Step Up - cr. Jennifer Huskey
Jamie Bestwick Wins BMX Vert Gold at X Games; Tabron Takes Second with Double 900
Published: 12:01 a.m. PT by Greg
Simon Tabron made history Saturday by landing the first-ever back-to-back 900 s-- two 900s done in order -- but even that amazing trick wasn't enough to unseat Jamie Bestwick, who had such a huge first run, punctuated with a double opposite tailwhiip, that he scored a 93.66 and never looked back. Kevin Robinson ened up in third after falling on his second run trying to land the double flair (he was already guaranteed the bronze at the point).
"I'm happy with the second and I'm happy to have pulled the trick," Tabron told Lat34 after the contest. "I'm so happy with the riding. I felt so good all day. I was on it."
For Bestwick, who is widely considered the best Vert rider ever, the win marked his fourth gold medal. He did not win last year (the injured Chad Kagy took gold) but he had previous victories in 2005, 2003 and 2000.
Get some more details here. A full photo gallery is coming, but until then check out a couple below...
The winners - cr. Jennifer Huskey
The man - Bestwick. Cr. Jennifer Huskey
August 4, 2007
Moto X SuperMoto Finals: Burkhart Wins; Ward Second
Published: 2:52 p.m. PT by Me
Yep, there is racing at the X Games -- most of the two and four wheel action happens today and tomorrow, with Moto X SuperMoto finals taking place today.
Jeff Ward had a huge lead for most of the race today, but in the final three laps Mark Burkhart made his move and passed the leader and charged ahead taking the gold. Jeff Ward took second while more than 30 seconds behind David Pingree, a X Games rookie, took bronze. Last year Ward took home gold to Burkhart's silver.
Read the full recap here for more info on the SuperMoto finals. Photos to come...
Dhers Wins Gold in BMX Park at X Games; Cranmer Second
Published: 1:30 p.m. PT by Me
Quick question: who is the most-decorated athlete in the history of the X Games? Well, that would be BMX legend Dave Mirra, who won his 21st X Games medal today in the BMX Freestyle Park finals. Mirra took the bronze, while Scotty Cranmer and Daniel Dhers battled over first-place with Dhers securing the win with his second run of 91.66. Cranmer got to take the last run of the day but could only muster a 90.33, leaving him with the silver.
For Cranmer, last year's gold-medalist, the judging may have been a little questionable given that his run included tricks like a huge triple-tailwhip into a double tailwhip and a front flip, and that he used the full 75-second allotment (vs. Dhers pulling out of his second run with 15 seconds left to go). Dhers did have plenty of smooth tricks during his run like the no-handed flair and tailwhips galore. It was only Dhers second X Games appearance (he won the bronze last year) but he's been on a tear in other events like the Asia X Games, the AST Dew Tour and the ASA World Tour.
Cranmer has not been on a tear lately, missing the finals in the first two ADST Dew Tour events of the season (after having a major crash in the season-ending PlayStation Pro in Orlando in 2006) and skipping other competitions, though he has done some touring. The silver shows he's still got the moves that have many calling him one of the best in BMX
Read the full recap here for more info on Dhers' win or check out the photo gallery right here.
Cranmer reacts after hearing the score for his second-run -- it wasn't good enough to take the lead. cr. Jennifer Juskey / (c)Lat34
August 3, 2007
Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins Wins Women's Skate Vert Gold At X13
Published: 9:46 p.m. PT by Me
Three medals in four years and she's only 14 years old. Nothing's stopping Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins as she ascended the podium one more time for Women's Skateboard Vert at X Games 13.
Check the recap for more on Hawkins' win
Name / Hometown
1. Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins / Cardiff By The Sea, CA
2. Mimi Knoop / Norfolk, VA
3. Cara-Beth Burnside / Encinitas, CA
4. Karen Jones / San Andre, Brazil
5. Holly Lyons / Walnut Creek, CA
6. Apryl Woodcock / Chino, CA
7. Jodi McDonald / West Palm Beach, FL
Kevin Robinson Tops BMX Big Air Finals at X13
Published: 7:56 p.m. PT by Me
Kevin Robinson won first as BMX riders took to the Staples Center course Friday night for BMX Big Air. Kevin topped a field of six including surprise entry Mat Hoffman.
1 Kevin Robinson -- 95.33
2 Steve McCann -- 93.00
3 Anthony Napolitan -- 92.66
4 Morgan Wade -- 92.33
5 Allan Cooke -- 89.00
6 Mat Hoffman -- 86.00
More details later...
Chris Cole Repeats as X Games Skate Street Champ
Published: 1:59 p.m. PT by Greg
One of the craziest Skate Street finals in X Games history went down today with a ton of broken boards and even a few lost shoes. But at the end of the day, Chris Cole stood at the top of the podium for the second straight year, as a formidable group of opponents including Ryan Sheckler, Paul Rodriguez Jr. and Greg Lutzka tried to dethrone him.
Cole had no problem securing the win, taking the first zone by more than 5 points. He fell behind Lutzka in the second zone and the third zone was close, though Cole took it thanks to tricks like the Nollie heel back 180. Cole scored a 96.75 in the final zone, an almost unbeatable score, with Lutzka coming very close with a 96.00.
Cole said he didn't know where he was ranking because he couldn't watch the action himself.
"If I know what trick you did, you snaked me," Cole said.
"I think I just progressed today," Lutzka said after the contest, which saw him land new tricks like the Front 270 noseblunt.
The rest of the field was far out of the competition, with Jereme Rogers (pictured) taking second (87.42) barely edging Sheckler (87.17).
For a full recap of the finals go here, to see what went down at the finals head to the photo gallery.
1. Chris Cole -- 94.33
2. Greg Lutzka -- 93.42
3. Jereme Rogers -- 87.42
4. Ryan Sheckler -- 87.17
5. Tommy Sandoval -- 86.25
6. Paul Rodriguez -- 86.00
7. Mark Appleyard -- 84.92
8. Eric Koston -- 82.75
9. Andrew Reynolds -- 80.50
10. Nick Dompierre -- 78.42
Marisa Dal Santo Takes Women's Street Skate
Published: 12:22 p.m. PT by Greg
X Games Vet Marisa Dal Santo took home her first gold medal (after a bronze in '05) today, dominating the field and passing No. 2 Elissa Steamer by almost 6 points. The domination was thanks to her amazing performance in the third session. Amy Cron was third.
1. Marisa Dal Santo / LaGrange, IL / 86.08
2. Elissa Steamer / San Francisco, CA / 80.33
3. Amy Caron / Huntington Beach, CA / 80.16
4. Lacey Baker / Covina, CA / 71.41
5. Evelien Bouilliart / Aaler-Oost, Belgium / 65.75
6. Vanessa Torres / Silver Lake, CA / 62.66
7. Lauren Perkins / Huntington Beach, CA / 60.08
8. Leticia Bufoni / Sao Paulo, Brazil / 58.16
Get a full recap of the event here.
Kyle Loza a Surprise Winner in Moto X Best Trick
Published: 5:45 a.m. PT by Greg
If you were watching the X Games at home, I bet you didn't know there were any riders taking part in the Moto X Best Trick contest other than Scott Murray. There were vignettes about the good 'ole boy from the backwoods of Michican who decided to take on the double backflip after seeing Travis Pastrana do it last year. He even had to convince the X Games to invite him to the competition by sending in a video of him pulling the trick on a resin mat (vs. dirt).
In person, it wasn't as bad (the hype) but before he even got to run Kyle Loza threw a crazy new trick called "The Volt" which was basically a body variel -- but with a twist. The crowd went crazy and so did the judges, giving him a 94.20 and setting him up as the one to beat.
Rider after rider took a run, but no one could come close and then it was Scott Murray's turn. After a big lead off, he seemed to get a slow start and was off and on his ramp, almost being able to complete it but couldn't pull it out. He had a pretty good slam, but jumped to his feet to show he wasn't too badly injured.
Alternate Adam Jones (replacing the injured Nate Adams) by throwing down a Shaolin backflip. Todd Potter was in third.
You can read more about the finals here and check out some photos here.
To see video of Potter's attempt and slam check out our top slams feature.
Happy Winner Loza (photo cr. Jennifer Huskey)
Burnquist Wins as Brown Falls in Big Air Skate
Published: 4:33 a.m. PT by Greg
Bob Burnquist took the gold in Big Air Skate last night after Jake Brown suffered a stunning fall and slam on his final run, right before Burnquist.
Brown lost control after landing a 720 over the gap off the megaramp (the first time that has been done in competition), with his board just getting away from him. He fell about 50 feet to the bottom of the ramp with such a strong impact that his shoes flew off. The crowd went quiet as the medical crew rushed to his aid for about 10 minutes, after which he got up and was led off the ramp.
The crowd cheered at his recovery, but he was certainly far from okay, and was taken behind the scenes, examined and then prepped for a trip to a hospital.
While he was being looked at, Burnquist took his final run and took a slim win, which led to a big reception from the crowd, but anger from others, who though Brown deserved the win, despite the fall. Taking third was Pierre Luc Gagnon, who missed the comp last year. Read more here about the final results beyond the top three and Check out a photo gallery from Big Air (and after)
Brown was hardly the only skater to have a fall -- his was just the most spectacular. Rob Lorifice and Buster Halterman barely had a clean ride between them trying for trick after trick unsuccessfully. Burnquist also had a scary moment but was able to slide down the ramp versus landing at the bottom like Brown did.
We saw Brown after the match waiting to go to the hospital (photo below)-- he was a bit banged up, but otherwise was okay.
Check out a video clip of the fall...
Zenetti Wheels' Skate Team
Published: 1:49 a.m. PT by Me
If they weren't certified ballers already skaters like Terry Kennedy and Paul Rodriguez will be now, that's because Zenetti tires (makers of those expensive rims you see all up in those music videos) has hooked up with Brooklyn Projects to form a skate team. And as you can see they're not just picking skaters at random, no, they're going for the cream of the crop with top pros like Jereme Rogers, Stevie Williams and Braydon Szafranski, along with those mentioned above. Check the Zenetti site to see what rims each skater is bringing to the table as well as a peak at their own rides. Crazy right?
"Jackass: The Game" Review
Published: 1:12 a.m. PT by Me
Do you have dreams of putting leeches on your eyeball just like the Jackass guys? How about trying a urine snowcone? Well with "Jackass: The Game" for PS2 and PSP you can do just that, minus all the disgusting-ness. Underground Online just got a preview of the game and they report back with details and screen shots. Head over to their review for all the digital corruption
2007 US Open Of Surfing Model Search
Published: 1:11 a.m. PT by Me
As with most things, the US Open of Surfing this past weekend was not just about the US Open of Surfing. There were other more sinister things at hand...like a Model Search.
Well maybe "sinister" wasn't the right word in this case since the Model Search was full of beautiful young women as opposed to old rich scheming white men. The best part of all this: Transworld Surf got it all on camera (154 images to be exact). You can thank them later, but first things first here's the gallery.
Puma Releases Urban Mobility Bike
Published: 12:55 a.m. PT by Me
From the "Step Your Bike Game Up" department comes the newest creation from Puma Mobility (Puma's sophisticated urban brand): a new sleek 8-speed bike. The bike, pictured here features lots of features useful for the urban citizen-on-the-go including a luggage/bag rack, a nifty semi-folding function, and a built in wire lock that causes the bike to self-destruct a la Mission: Impossible if cut by any would-be thieves.
For full specs and a nice Flash demo on the bike's effectiveness check the Puma Mobility site.
ESPN Releases Schedule For X Games 14
Published: 12:26 a.m. PT by Me
They usually say every end is a new beginning, but in the case of the X Games it seems every beginning is a new beginning. That's because on the eve of X Games 13 in Los Angeles, ESPN has released the early schedule for X Games 14, also to be held in Los Angeles. In anticipation of the '08 Olympics in Beijing where some of the athletes will be heading ESPN has planned for X Games 14 to run from July 31st to August 3rd, 2008.
For full details check the press release...hopefully while you're already watching the X Games that's going on now.
Etnies Focuses On The Ladies
Published: 12:02 a.m. PT by Me
As X Games 13 gets going in Los Angeles, shoe company Etnies sends their girl team correspondent to check in with the rest of the girls to see...like y'know...how they're doin'.
From the Etnies Blog:
It is that time of the year again, folks. Where we all come together for another summer X Games in Los Angeles. Elissa Steamer, Evelien Bouilliart, Lauren Perkins and flow rider Holly Lyons will all be returning for another year of summer X madness. A new addition the crew is flow team rider and Dirty NJ representative, Lorena Lima, who was picked as the first alternate in the contest...
For the rest of the story check the blog entry, and then watch the X Games to see how the girls do.
August 2, 2007
Action Sports World Tour Announces U.S. Dates and Cities For 2007
Published: 6:36 p.m. PT by Me
If you aren't getting enough of all the action sports being supplied by X Games 13 then you'll be happy to know that ASA Entertainment has announced the 2007 dates and stops for their Action Sports Tour 2007. The tour will run from September to November and feature top athletes from multiple action sports disciplines including Skateboarding, Moto x, BMX, and yes even inline skating.
The action will kick off in Phoenix, AZ on September 1st and quickly head to other stops throughout the West. For full details head over to the ASA press release.
Appleyard Leads Street Skate Selection; Brown Leads Big Air Skate
Published: 5:45 p.m. PT by Greg
The first finals are underway, but here are the results for the first two selections (read: prelims).
Jake Brown edged Bob Burnquist to take the top spot in the Big Air Selection -- Read more here. Meanwhile, in Skate Street, Mark Appleyard led the pack in Skate Street. read more here (in our X Games Blog) about my thoughts and observations or just jump to the results.
More coming, of course!
Handicapping the Skate Contest
Published: 12:45 a.m. PT by Greg
Jonny Burns (we have a pic of him, so we're gonna use it) is laying odds on who will win the major skate contests on his blog South of the North. Among the notable picks: Bob Burnquist to take Vert (he places Shaun White in fifth), Sheckler or Rogers to take Street and Burnquist again or Skate Big Air.
We're big fans of Burns - he is a former Exec. Producer of Lat34 and is a pretty smart guy when it comes to skateboarding. So we tend to listen to what he says.
The White pick is based on the ramp construction and after seeing him tear it up in practice today, it doesn't seem like he'll have too many problems, but sometimes being on the big stage can throw people off. After all, the only time Sheckler has been able to win was his first year when he was a true phenom. Sheckler should have a good time on the course -- not sure if Rogers will even be in the mix given how he's been so far this season. There's more practice later today so we should be able to tell who's doing well on the course.
UPDATE: Burns will be doing some live blogging on his site for X -- check it out. We'll try and get a peek into it, too...
Read more at his blog.
Heath Brinkley Moves to etnies
Published: 12:09 a.m. PT by Greg
Heath Brinkley has moved from DC Shoes to etnies as its new Skateboard Team Manager. Brinkley was at DC for three years and prior to that started Logic video magazine and filmed a ton of video parts.
Read more about it here.