Quick Hits Archive: May 17 - May 23May 25 2007 / Los Angeles, CA
May 23, 2007
Red Bull Elevation Returns to Whistler
Published: 7:36 a.m. PT by Greg
The high-flying Red Bull Elevation competition is returning to Whistler, BC for its third edition. There are 35 invited riders for the BMX dirt event, including 2006 champ Corey Bohan, 2005 champ Ryan Nyquist, Luke Parslow and Anthony Napolitan.
Read all about the 2006 event here and read more about this year's event..
Dave Mirra Gives Back
Published: 1:47 a.m. PT by Greg
Dave Mirra has donated the $20K he won in last month's Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race to the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It was made in honor of Haley Harrington, sister of BMX Pro Josh Harrington.
“I’ve known Josh for years,” Mirra stated. “Haley is very important to him so I wanted to support Josh and honor Haley at the same time. Her courage to keep going and keep helping people inspires me.”
Haley, 28, was diagnosed with a severe form of multiple sclerosis at the age of 14.
More about this..
Denver Skateboarders - Who's Skitching?
Published: 12:05 a.m. PT by Greg
After a high-school senior was killed in Littleton, CO, last week after skitching (grabbing a ride on the back of the car) the story has been making headlines all over papers in Denver and across the nation. Now someone chimes in to say that all the hype is just that -- hype. No one really skitches and it's just an isolated incident. .
May 22, 2007
More Manny Mania
Published: 1:21 a.m. PT by Greg
Okay, we said they were coming -- now you can check out some more details about last weekend's Manny Mania comp in Venice. We got photos, too!
Here you go..
AST Dew Tour Gets Charitable
Published: 1:12 a.m. PT by Greg
The AST Dew Tour already announced a chairtable event with Bucky Lasek that took place in Baltimore -- now they went out and gave a few more details for the program named "AST Drops In."
In addition to the actual events that the tour will put on in each host city, there will be online auctions going on featuring collectables like Ryan Sheckler’s autographed skateboard, Mike Mason's goggles and more.
Burton's "For Right Or Wrong" Hits Down Under
Published: 12:16 a.m. PT by Greg
The latest Burton snowboarding flick "For Right or Wrong" is coming to Australia, with two free screenings at Melbourne (5/31) and Sydney (6/13) scheduled. Tickets are free through any Burton dealer.
And if you don't live in one of those cities, you pretty much are not out of luck -- you can download the entire movie for free from Burton.com
Check it Out.
May 21, 2007
Phillip Soven Wins Pro Wakeboard Tour in Acworth
Published: 1:33 a.m. PT by Greg
Phillip Soven has won the first Pro Wakeboard Tour (PWT) stop in Acworth, GA, in a final over Rusty Malinoski. On the women's side, Emily Copeland Durham finished first over Aussie rider Amber Wing, while Shelby Kantar finished third.
The PWT comes to Forth Worth, Texas from June 1-3 for its second stop.
You May Want to Stay Out of Nicaragua
Published: 1:09 a.m. PT by Greg
Speaking of Outside magazine (see below), both it and Men's Journal have stories about magazine publisher/surfer Eric Volz, who in February was convicted of murder in Nicaragua despite questionable evidence to the contrary.
Magazines being a little behind the times, they're just picking up on the story, but friends and family are working feverishly online to find any way to help get him freed. It's not something that seems like it will be at all easy to do and they can use all the help they can get.
Learn more about his story and visit the MySpace page to provide some support.
Laird Hamilton - Physically, Mentally Ripped
Published: 12:52 a.m. PT by Greg
Laird Hamilton is featured on the cover of this month's Outside magazine. There's an interview inside, but there's also a good podcast on the Outside website with him. Among some of the nuggets you will learn: He doesn't weigh his food (um, that's good), he doesn't like American coffee and thinks fear is a great motivator.
A lot about his health, not much about his hot wife Gabrielle Reece, but the focus of the interview was how to stay fit, so I guess it's okay.
To hear more, check the Podcast Out.
Into the Minds of Train Surfers
Published: 12:11 a.m. PT by Greg
Occasionally we come across a story about a death of some kid while train surfing, and when we do, the story is normally from South Africa, where it's become some sort of rite of passage for the young kids from in and around Soweto. Last year 18 deaths were reported and there have been five so far this year.
I came across this story featuring short interviews with five "surfers" that gives a little bit of an insight into what's going on in their minds. It's amazing how they think nothing about putting their lines on the line almost every day, riding trains and ducking below electrical lines that could kill them in an instant.
It's fascinating, but also incredibly sad. Read the full story.
May 20, 2007
Manny Mania Results
Published: 1:04 a.m. PT by Greg
Check out the results from Saturday's Manny Mania contest in Venice Beach.
1. Joel Brezinsky - $10,000
2. Chico Brenes - $6,000
3. Daniel Castillo - $4,000
4. Chris Roberts - $3,000
5. Malcom Watson - $2,000
6. Zered Basset - $1,000
7. Danny Montoya - $900
8. Kenny Anderson - $900
9. Aaron Snyder - $400
10.. Rob Gonzales - $400
11. SAD - $200
12. Danny Supa - $200
More Manny Mania coming soon...
May 19, 2007
Headlines: Wake, Surf, Rally and More!
Published: 12:19 a.m. PT by Greg
It's Saturday, and there's plenty of news to check out...
- Travis Patrana, Ken Block have a rally-car event this weekend...
- Amazing -- someone wants to paddleboard for 200 miles nonstop And he isn't Australian...
- Indo Garut Widiartha, one of the top young surfers in the world, reups with Rip Curl.
- BLIMEY! The Brits discover wakeboarding in the city...
- Yeah, um, Skitching is stupid.
May 18, 2007
SPoT-ted in Venice
Published: 2:17 a.m. PT by Greg
Some of us from Lat34 went down the street to say hello the SPoT guys in town for the Red Bull Manny Mania event tomorrow -- we saw Rob and Ryan relaxing in the lobby of the chic Best Western right in the heart of Venice Beach . They consulted on the event with Red Bull and it sounds like it will be great.
Check out some photos from their first day in Venice... And you can watch the webcast tomorrow from 11-4 PT.
Volcom Samples its Bands
Published: 2:17 a.m. PT by Greg
Interested in hearing some bands from Volcom Entertainment? You can check out a six-song sampler from the company featuring new music from Year Long Disaster, Birds of Avalon, and Totimoshi - each of the bands is currently touring and you can grab some free mp3s from their sites.
Here's what on the sampler:
01 Leda Atomica - Year Long Disaster - ed. note -- good track.
02 It Ain't Luck - Year Long Disaster
03 Bicentennial Baby - Birds of Avalon
04 Horse Called Dust - Birds of Avalon
05 The Dance of Snakes - Totimoshi
06 Gods of Earth - Totimoshi
Listen to it...
No Better Way to Beat the Commute
Published: 1:04 a.m. PT by Me
An IT manager has found the best way to avoid traffic jams while heading to work: He kite-surfs.
The 37 year-old IT manager puts on a wetsuit each morning and kitesurfs to his office.
Can't beat that commute!
The whole story...
Helicopter Saves Surfers From Great White
Published: 12:42 a.m. PT by Me
South Africa is historically known for their shark attacks. And had a helicopter not literally flown in-between a group of five surfers and a Great White the helicopter spotted above swimming right towards them, this story would have read, "Great White Shark Chomps Down on Five Surfers."
Any video footage of this? Talk about a heli-raiser!
Metal Mulisha Featured in Esquire Magazine
Published: 12:03 a.m. PT by Me
The chic men's magazine Esquire has a full eight-page fashion layout featuring the Metal Mulisha.
Further evidence that the former bad-boys of motocross are now the pretty boys of motocross. Although they're still bad-asses.
Check it out...
May 17, 2007
Concrete Rodeo Results
Published: 6:07 p.m. PT by Greg
We've been a little slow to get these up, but we got some results for the first two Concrete Rodeo stops of May in Peoria and Tempe, AZ -- we also have a few photos of the events. you can see them here... but here's one photo of Aaron Homoki, who placed first in Tempe (and third in Peoria).
Tony Hawk Proving Ground Screenshots
Published: 10:07 a.m. PT by Greg
GamePro.com has come through with what it promised late last week -- screenshots of the new PS3/XBox 360 game Tony Hawk Proving Ground, which will be out later this year. Check them out...