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Skateboard Grab Bag: Skateboard Commuters, Zac Efron Skates, The Ripstik, Skateboarding and Camps hot! (Posted 8/4/2008)
Coverage of skateboard commuting in Los Angeles *, Zac Efron with a skateboard, the popularity of the Ripstik, and skateboarding in summer camps. (Full Article) Search *

Skateboard Grab Bag: New Skateparks in USA, Canada, and UK hot! (Posted 8/4/2008)
Several new skateparks * have been announced to be completed, in development, or in planning in the USA *, Canada *, and England *. Locations include Angmering, UK *; Northbrook, Canada, St. Lucie, Florida *; West Oakland, California *; Newport, Virginia *; Little Butte, Oregon *; Whitman, Massachusetts *; Nova Scotia, Pembroke, Portage, and Saint John, Canada. (Full Article) Search *

Tech Deck Live Massively Multiplayer Online Skate Park Scheduled hot! (Posted 4/18/2008)
The "Tech Deck * Live" virtual world is scheduled go online this summer. "We are excited about combining the authenticity and fun of Tech Deck with the immersiveness of virtual worlds, providing a truly unique online experience for kids," said the Vice President of Spin Master Studios. (Full Article) Search *

Skateboard Environmentalism Promoted by Guapo and Daryl Hannah hot! (Posted 4/18/2008)
Guapo Skateboards, LLC is the first skateboard company * to join the United States * Environmental Protection Agency's National Partnership for Environmental Priorities. "Guapo Skateboard Company is committed to reducing our environmental impact," said Al Coker, of Guapo. "Our goal is to give back to the community and to enhance skateboarding's image." (Full Article) Search *

Shred America to Skateboard From Chicago To New York City hot! (Posted 4/18/2008)
Two filmmakers from the Windy City are planning to skateboard from Chicago, Illinois *, to New York City *. They plan to make a documentary about the adventure and the hardships, drama, and triumphs it brings. (Full Article) Search *

Skateboard News Grab Bag: Shanghai Showdown, Limerick Skatepark hot! (Posted 10/23/2007)
The 2007 Coca-Cola Shanghai * Showdown is scheduled to occur this Saturday, October 27th at the SMP Jiangwan Skatepark *, which holds the distinction of being called the "World's Largest Skatepark". Also, the city of Limerick, Ireland * is slated to get its first skatepark. We at SkateboardDirectory.com are soliciting appropriate poems for the occasion. (Full Article) Search *

Skateboard News Grab Bag: Comet To Ithaca; Human-Powered Offroad "Skateboard" hot! (Posted 10/19/2007)
Currently-California *-based company Comet Skateboards *, which is set to make a biodegradable "Green" skateboard with partner e2e Materials, is moving to Ithaca to be closer to its partner. Also, 22-year old Kiwi industrial designer Ben Thomsen won the top prize in the Designers Institute's national award for his skateboard-like device designed to move on grass under human power. (Full Article) Search *

Nike Skateboarding's First Video Premiers in Vancouver To Mixed Reactions hot! (Posted 10/19/2007)
Nike * SB premiered their first skateboard movie in Vancouver, British Columbia *. "They're a big company that bought an image, which anyone with money can do," said Michelle Pezel of local skateshop Antisocial. Added Steve Guisinger of Consolidated Skateboards, "It's kind of like they're distracting these core shops, while they're hijacking the industry in the background." (Full Article) Search *

Wisconsin Bank To Fund Skatepark hot! (Posted 10/19/2007)
Gerry Jacobson, president of Chippewa, Wisconsin *'s Northwestern bank, has arranged for the bank to donate $27,000 toward the city's currently rundown skateboard park. This story begins when Jacobson stopped to speak with a group of young skateboarders who were skating on bank property in the city. (Full Article) Search *

Central Park Longboard Skateboard Race & Earthwing Powerslide Contest, New York, June 2nd 2007 hot! (Posted 6/1/2007)
The semi-annual central park longboard * race is scheduled to go on tomorrow. Since 2003 * the contest has been typically won by Kaspar. Also scheduled for that night is Earthwing Skateboard East Coast Powerslide Jam in the Cloisters in New York *'s Fort Tryon Park, which begins at midnight. (Full Article) Search *

Vancouver Skateboard Coalition Aims To Forward Skateboarding hot! (Posted 5/7/2007)
The Vancouver * Skateboard Coalition has led a free British Columbia * Youth Week event at the Plaza skatepark *. The event forwarded skateboarding and its culture. Said Jeff Cole, "We're trying to show that this is a positive thing. I think this is part of new youth culture and Vancouver is one of the spots it is really growing." (Full Article) Search *

Skateboard Big Air: ESPN X-Games Schedule Announced for August 2-5 2007 hot! (Posted 5/3/2007)
The schedule for the 13th X-Games *, to take place August 2-5th 2007 at the Staples Center and Home Depot Center in Los Angeles *, has been announced. New this year are the placement of the Mega Ramp indoors, and medals for women's surfing, BMX freestyle * big air, and Moto X racing. (Full Article) Search *

Red Bull Manny Mania Skateboard Contest, May 19-August 12, 2007 hot! (Posted 5/2/2007)
Red Bull * has announced the new Manny Mania skateboard contest, to tour the Unitest States this summer. The contest will reportedly be led by Joey Brezinski to pursue the best "super tech manual" across some of the "craziest manny pads ever built". The contest is to start on May 19th, 2007 at the Venice Beach, California * Basketball Courts, and wind its way across the country through Florida *, Texas *, Colorado *, California, Massachussetts, Kentucky *, and finally New York City *. (Full Article) Search *

"Green" Skateboard Invented hot! (Posted 4/30/2007)
e2e Materials of Ithica, New York *, has announced a biodegradable composite which is made completely of plant materials and which can, at least in concept, be used to make skateboards. The material is said to be ten times stronger and 25 percent lighter than current particleboards, and made from fibers of plants including bamboo, pineapple, and coconut. (Full Article) Search *

Skateboard Grab Bag: Skateboard Dog, Phone Video Game, Bart Simpson Streaking hot! (Posted 4/30/2007)
Tyson, the self-taught "skateboarding bulldog" was to appear at Stockton, California *'s Asparagus Festival, this past weekend. Tyson has reportedly appeared in multiple movies, one of which was called the "worst movie of the year". DoCoMo, a Japanese * mobile phone provider, is releasing a new "skateboard dash" game which uses the phone much like a controller on the Nintendo * Wii *. Also, Bart Simpson will reportedly streak on his skateboard in the upcoming Simpsons' movie, after accepting a dare from his father, Homer. (Full Article) Search *

Learn To Skateboard Program In Clarkstown, New York hot! (Posted 4/25/2007)
The STAR Kids program in Clarkstown, New York * has started the third year of its learn to skateboard program, which teaches beginner and intermediate skateboarders of all ages how to improve their board skills. (Full Article) Search *

Dogtown Skateboard Shop May Become Landmark hot! (Posted 4/25/2007)
The building which housed original Zephyr Surfboard Productions shop, which sponsored the Z-boys/Dogtown skateboarding team in the mid-70's, is being considered for protective landmark status in the town of Santa Monica, California *. (Full Article) Search *

Untitled Skateboard Art Show at Eyejammie, NYC, April 12-May 5, 2007 (Posted 4/17/2007)
The Eyejammie Fine Arts Gallery has teamed with Consolidated Skateboards and other companies to put on "Untitled: An Exhibition of Original Skateboard Art" at the gallery's location at 516 West 25th Street in New York City *. Presenting the work of painters, photographers, and other artists including cats and dogs. "Hiphop as a visual art tends to get overlooked. I founded Eyejammie to do what I could to correct that imbalance" says gallery founder Bill Adler. (Full Article) Search *

Bridgewater Canada Skatepark Movement Raises $41K (Posted 4/16/2007)
Local teenagers in a Bridgewater, Canada * have raised CAN$41,452 ($36,637 in USD) in cash, material and labor towards the construction of a new skateboard park in Lunenburg County. Said Lea Stuempel of the local Rotary Club "We are 100 per cent behind this project." In 2006 the teenage organizers created a temporary skatepark * on the South Shore Exhibition grounds with the blessing of the locality. (Full Article) Search *

Pueblo Aims To Rename Skatepark for Local Soldier Lost (Posted 4/16/2007)
Local skateboarders in Pueblo, Colorado * want to rename the Pueblo skatepark * in honor of a local soldier who died in Iraq * last month. Said Terri Wenzel, "Blake was an all-around fun guy and he was with us from the beginning when we were trying to get the skate park built." People can show their support for the idea by signing a petition at the Next Skateboard and Snowboard Shop in Pueblo. (Full Article) Search *

Norway Moves To Legalize File Sharing and Change Copyrights (Posted 4/16/2007)
The Liberal Party Congress of Norway * has moved to change their copyright law to adapt to modern society. They suggest legislation to make file sharing and audio and video sampling easier, to ban DRM technologies, and to shorten how long copyrights last. (Full Article) Search *

Skateboard Grab Bag: Skateboard Statistics, Sole Goes Environmental, Hawk and Kohl, Koston's Golfing (Posted 2/12/2007)
Apparently, US skateboarders will outnumber baseball players in 2008, Sole Technologies has hired a Manager of Environmental Affairs, Tony Hawk * has inked a deal to sell his footwear through the 800-some-odd chain of Kohl's stores, and Erik Koston and Active have announced an annual Golf fund raiser for the Santa Ana Dream Center's skatepark *. (Full Article) Search *

Skateboard Grab Bag: Marathon Longboarding, Disney's Skateboard Question, Kalamazoo Trailway (Posted 1/15/2007)
The BeatsWalkinEurope team is set to begin a 4000-kilometer (2485 mile) 'skate marathon' across Europe * to raise awareness and funds for children's charities. The Disney Channel wants to know what skateboard trick to feature in an upcoming production. The Kellogg company has arranged for a total of $4M to be used to build, promote, and eventually maintain a 40-mile pedestrian, skateboard and bike path between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, Michigan *. (Full Article) Search *

Skateboard Grab Bag: Schmitt's CreateASkate, Rodeo Deck, Sony's Skateboard-Like Patent (Posted 1/14/2007)
In Tampa * Bay, Florida *, Paul Schmitt's "Create A Skate" spent time with 100 wood shop and art students, teaching skateboard construction, along with fractions and the properties of wood. "I'm actually empowering kids to make something with their own hands," said Schmitt. Wired has reported on the weSurf!, which is like a cross between a mechanical bull and a balance board. "It's like a skateboard going down a mountain." said tester Eric Carson. Also, Sony * has applied for a patent on a Segway-like skateboard to be controlled by the rider simply adjusting their weight. (Full Article) Search *

Powell Team Update, September 2005 (Posted 9/11/2005)
Info about new Tough Ply Pro decks, Street decks and Street wheels *, along with updates on Steve Caballero *, Danny Wainwright *, Pat Channita *, Rodney Jones *, and Jordan Hoffart *. (Full Article) Search *

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