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Ryan Sheckler on top of world

July 29th, 2009   

As Ryan Sheckler was announced as the winner of the Dew Tour Skate Open park competition last night, the female-laden crowd at TD Garden erupted in exultation. It was a fitting conclusion to a weekend of Sheckler-mania in Boston.

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Sheckler, the 19-year-old sensation who has a large female fan base thanks to his good looks and MTV show “Life of Ryan,” also captured the inaugural International Skateboarding Federation world championship with the victory.

“It’s cool,” Sheckler said of his accomplishments. “Like I said earlier, I’m not the world champion – that’s crazy, that’s crazy talk. These guys out here are absolutely amazing on a skateboard. . . . It’s anyone’s day. You come out and someone could be on, someone could be off. Today was my day.”

In the vert event, skate legend Bucky Lasek pulled off an eggplant variation called the McEgg at the end of his first run, putting him firmly in first for the rest of the competition.

The 36-year-old Lasek reveled in the notion that he’s at the very top of his game. “It’s an honor. I set my goals high today and I had fun reaching them,” Lasek said. “Just to know the amount of fans that showed up just for skateboarding, it’s seriously . . . a pretty good feeling.”

Boston native Andy Macdonald’s stellar second run put him in third place in the vert, one spot behind Pierre-Luc Gagnon.

“It means the world to me to come out and skate in front of my hometown and to be able to do well,” Macdonald said. “All these thousands of people were here to support skateboarding.”

Sheckler gave those people a thrill earlier but was pretty excited about the experience, too. “I totally didn’t think I won, but I guess I landed the tricks that I needed to land,” Sheckler said. “I’m very lucky, very blessed and I love skateboarding. I’ll never stop skateboarding, ever.”

Although the rest of the field included stars like Paul Rodriguez, Greg Lutzka and Chaz Ortiz, second place in the park event went to a relative unknown. Ryan Decenzo, 23, earned runner-up status after a first run that left everyone speechless.

“Oh my goodness, Decenzo,” gushed third-place finisher Chris Cole. “It was like he had no clue that it was worth as much as it was, so he just went and skated. I can’t believe the stuff he did.”

Jordan Hoffart won the Transworld Skateboarding Big Trick contest.

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SKATEBOARDS.COM TV does Red Bull Manny Mania in San Francisco

July 27th, 2009   

SKATEBOARDS.COM TV got invited to Red Bull Manny Mania in San Francisco on Saturday July 25th and we readily agreed to show up.  I grabbed B-Lo Brando (of the SKATEBOARDS.COM TV the B-Lo Brando Show), Micah Szoke and Canada and we loaded up in the SKATEBOARDS.COM team van and made a beeline for the city we love…San Francisco. We showed up to blow up and set up…what…sorry after hanging with Del the Funky Homosapien I get a bit lyrical. SKATEBOARDS.COM TV set up to stream and our skaters primed themselves on the course..it was time to get down to biznass. Red Bull Manny Mania San Francisco was about to jump off city style and SKATEBOARDS.COM TV was there to capture it all.  High noon and Red Bull Manny Mania San Francisco was off the a whitehot start, the weather was great we had a smooth course, chicks were everywhere and the beats kept every ones heads dipping and bobbing all day. After 4 plus hours of skating and an insane performance by Del the Funky Homosapien the winners were declared and given their loot including the coveted Red Bull Manny Mania gold medallion. Here is a post from the Red Bull Manny Mania Site…WINNERS

1st Place – Dane Vaughan (Oceanside, CA)

2nd Place – Ryan Guiso (Tracy, CA)

3rd Place – Dwayne Galloway (San Francisco, CA)

Check these photo’s of the day and make sure to check the footage on SKATEBOARDS.COM TV

After Red Bull Manny Mania it was off to LIVE105 and on air with White Menace to discuss the days events and interview Josh from Rebel8 clothing. Overall it was a great skate day and I didn’t leave the city until after midnight.

P.S. before the event started I saw Jake Phelps of Thrasher Magazine cruising the scene and he informed me that San Francisco was on track to build a legit skatepark at Waller St enclosure, thanks for the tip and looking forward to skating another new park!

RD

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Bam Margera OD’s while filming Nitro Circus

July 21st, 2009   

Bam — ‘Dehydrated’ from a Four Day Bender

Posted Jul 21st 2009 12:25PM by TMZ Staff

We just spoke to Bam Margera who said he was rushed to the hospital Sunday after a four day drinking binge — not because of a possible drug overdose.

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The “Jackass” star blames the “4-day bender” on marital problems, telling us “I may get a divorce … booze helps.”

TMZ also spoke to Bam’s mother — who told us Bam’s wife Missy called 911 because she was worried about his health after learning that he popped an Ambien during the drinking bender.

Margera says his kidney and leg muscles were a mess from not eating or drinking enough water — but the hospital flushed out his system and he was released to his home after speaking to a psychiatrist.

Now, Bam claims he’s in good health and he even sent us this photo — taken after he was released from the hospital — to prove it.

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The Alex Perelson 900 We Missed

July 16th, 2009   

TakePart.com article on Girl Skateboards/RED

July 15th, 2009   

Shop Smart, Shop Girl Posted by Adriana Dunn on July 15, 2009 at 6:38 pm

In an op-ed in Friday’s New York Times, on the eve of President Obama’s first official trip to Africa, Bono highlighted that opportunity is indeed on the rise in Africa, while simultaneously cautioning that assistance is still needed:

Amid poverty and disease are opportunities for investment and growth — investment and growth that won’t eliminate overnight the need for assistance … but that in time can build roads, schools and power grids and propel commerce to the point where aid is replaced by trade pacts, business deals and home-grown income.”

In addition to the need for assistance in building the infrastructure, many African countries will undoubtedly continue to require assistance in fighting the HIV/AIDS and Malaria epidemics. That’s just what Bono’s RED Campaign continues to provide by raising money and awareness for The Global Fund. RED has been extremely successful since Bono founded it with Bobby Shriver in 2004, with more than $130 million contributed to The Global Fund to date. In part due to this ongoing contribution, according to the website, The Global Fund has reached 62 million people with HIV counseling and testing, provided 3.2 million AIDS orphans with basic care and support, reached 91 million people with community outreach services for one or several of the three diseases, and trained 7.6 million health or community workers to deliver service. 3_3_1_girl-skateboard_mike-carrol_2a

RED is a smart combination of philanthropy and consumerism. Brands involved thus far include American Express, Apple, Dell, Starbucks and Girl Skateboards, who introduced their first contribution to the Product(RED) line in 2007 with a pair of skateboard decks designed by Girl Art Director Andy Jenkins. Says Jenkins:

“I think with skateboarding, like with any other subculture, if you’re in or around it long enough you have a tendency to kind of get insulated in that little world that you’re in. … With the RED project it helps us to reach outside of our own little world without really changing what we really do.”

The formula of the Girl/RED partnership is a smart, simple pairing of great design (based on original paintings by Jenkins) and a great cause, making it easy for people to raise awareness for Africans in need. Skaters are already buying decks (lots of them: More than 5 million sold in 2004) and Girl is donating more than half the profits directly to The Global Fund. I spoke with Girl co-founder Megan Baltimore about the partnership.

How did the RED/Girl partnership form back in 2007 when you launched the first set of decks?

MB: I had read several articles about RED and the philosophy and was really impressed with the idea. Spike [Jonze] got in touch with Bono and we went from there.

Is this a limited edition or will you manufacture additional decks if the demand presents itself?

picture-41We want to make as many decks as we can sell. We want to raise the awareness for such a great effort that is RED.

I love that some of my friends collect decks as pieces of art and often display them prominently as such. Do you find that people are actually skating with the decks or saving them as art? Who designed this year’s set?

People are definitely collecting them. Andy Jenkins has designed both sets of decks so far and his art is always pretty special.

Was there any concern about partnering with RED based on the criticisms about the lack of transparency, and some estimates the campaign has spent upwards of $100 million on advertising, marketing, events and salaries?

We’re proud of our partnership. In a perfect world, you could generate funds for a cause with no press and attention but this is something that is working.

TP: What has been the response from the skating community?

The skateboard community has given us great feedback. For me, the skaters that are so happy to be part of the partnership is really great.

Is Girl involved in other charitable projects that you’d like to highlight for our audience?

Right now, RED is the only project like this we are involved in.

Where can we send people interested in purchasing the decks?

If you go to any of our websites, it will take you to a list of shops that carry our product. Or you can call us at 800 948 SKATE and we will help you find the shop in your area.

Article provided by Take Part

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