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TRASH: "Chiller-of-choice for the fuzzy dice set".

ANDREW REYNOLDS HAS BEEN HEADING UP THE BAKER TOUR, which is a paragon of efficiency. Coming correctly, the Bakers drive a single van picking up whatever, whomever and whenever. They added so many people that by the time they reached New York there wasn't even room for Ghetto Jay, O'Dell, or Knox Godoy. Terry Kennedy got his first bee sting in Philly, and was seen running around some bar drinking old beer out of empty bottles in celebration.

All's said to be good between Terry and Stevie (though his boys got a bit overeager, no word on if any curb sessioning took place). Reynolds was not ill-recieved, despite Emerica's sponsoring of Corey Duffel, Skateboarding--One Love.

In the You-Can-Fight-City-Hall department, Danny Montoya got a Long Beach city permit (which included a team of deputies) to session the court house rail and get his last trick for the Adio video, One Step Beyond. In the four-hour time slot, Danny not only nailed his manuever, but also got to tell the security guard who has repeatedly kicked him out of the spot for the last year to move along.

The Inland Empire's Tony "Not Da" Silva has joined the F-troop and Pig teams (with his startling display of handrail mastery), while gentle giant Judd Hertzler has been officially let go after years of fickle handling. In related Yeto news-type stuff, Hollywood am Richie Belton is no longer shy. Former Yeto strongman Mark Waters has given up the TV biz and returned to skating with a marketing gig over at Sole Tech and a new mini-ramp complex, the caliber of which has not been seen in OC since Hellbow.

Has the individual once known as "The Man Who Killed Skateboarding" due to his inspired editorship of the mag Action Now been reborn as a Christian filmmaker? Apparently so, for D David Morin has just released a film titled Father which is rife with Christian theological and scriptural references. Visual metaphors jump out of this heartfelt work, such as the eerie presence of prominent surfer/skater Mitch Abshire who sports some sort of science fiction raccoon make-up. Students of skate media may recall that Morin once mixed up vert, horseback riding, BMX, and punk rock in the same Action Now issue. So we reckon that condensing the entire Bible into a 20-minute film should come naturally.

In Memory of Phil Shao the video debuted at San Francisco's Justice League. Copies of the piece, which was done by Greg Smith and Mark Whiteley, are available. Proceeds of sales go to cover the cost of the tape and towards the Shao Skatepark Fund. Call 415.671.2430.

RIP: Paul Hackett, long time Malibu skater and early proponent of foot straps and aerials, succumbed to cancer. His brother David survives him.

Brian Sumner, his wife and one-year-old son as well as Mark Appleyard were driving down Topanga Canyon when they hit some loose gravel. Over-correction of the Jeep Cherokee caused a roll over. The vehicle skidded upon the roof until it impacted a concrete retaining barrier. Fortunately, it stopped them from falling hundreds of feet over a cliff. They are safe but shaken.

Z Girl Peggy Oki has been signed to Rookie Skateboards.

Daniel Shimizu managed to fracture his wrist in Europe.

Huntington Beach is the alleged future home of Salman Agah.

The Jon West "Blood Bath" ad was recently banned by TWS. Didn't the same rag send out an issue with an America Online disc attached? Would AOL Time Warner's ownership have anything to do both with the censorship and the blatant corporate self-promotion? Will AOL Time Warner's latest trim of 1,700 more jobs from its online operations further impair the TWS website?

Vans has convinced Dan Drehobl to leave Emerica. Will he wear Geoff Rowley's sig shoe as they design him one of his own in their black ops agency? Just to demonstrate that they are not nappin', Jay Wilson and the Vans consortium are alleged to have acquired Dogtown.

A whole lot of people were in Japan, including Kevin Ancell, Keith Hufnagel, Javier Sarmiento, Erik White, Hewitt, Nate Jones, Andy Mac, Dennis Booze 'N' Tits, Gomez Bueno, Cairo Foster, Suski, Bailey and the Butcher. All are denying that they saw or participated in the 81 Zaibatsu's takedown of an upscale Kyoto nightclub. The outrage initiated when Tokyo clan member Jun Bug Ikeda forward-flipped, stage-dove and flattened a particularly well-connected 15th generation cultural icon is everlasting, as is the damage to the haute coture of several females present. Jun Bug's reputation for the absurd is once again reinforced. This may be an even bigger stink than when he got popped for skating in the Imperial Palace.

On the ridiculously popular side, Tony Hawk won $125,000 for the creation of public skateparks on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" special celebrity athletes week.

Arizona filmmaker Ryan O'Toole is pooling data for an upcoming Nude Bowl documentary. Nude enthusiasts with video, film or anecdotes of that famous desert pit should contact Ryan at

Fans of the Cheyenne skatepark and Juice Harding can get Wet Dreams, the new John Doe video at

Toy Machine am Austin Stephens has been doing the Lord's work at some Christian skate events in Idaho and Vancouver, while TM owner Ed Templeton has been playing the devil's music (rock 'n' roll) with jam-mates Deanna and Lance Mountain Jr and Senior. Toy am-for-a-moment Vinny Vegas has taken up with Sumner and signed onto the Birdhouse team, along with Flip-almost Matt Allen. Birdhouse has also been rumored to have signed on a handful of kickflipping teens amped and ready to turn the heat up on Willy.

Matt Hensley is back in the pro shoe game with a Duffs model that is said to have become the chiller-of-choice for the fuzzy dice set. Another dude getting a shoe is Adrian Lopez, the East County recluse, whose signature kick is dropping from Circa ASAP.

Out on the East Coast, Bobby Puleo seems to be on Enjoi.

Rodney Torres is pro for Arcade and Danny Falla is riding for Zoo. Alex "Trainwreck" Gall had an extended Philly vacation after the Zero tour, and Englishmen Alex Moul and Clifford spent a week in Philly filming scenes for Barn's new big budget film as did Matt Mumford and Chad Bartie, who were filming for the Zero and New Deal videos, respectively.

After the fall of Rhythm the entire team was shuffled over to Planet Earth, except for Kanten, who was let go. No news on Kanten's new home.

In a shocking move that has baffled even the most hard-nosed industry insiders, Dave "Not Leaf Boy" Coyne was kicked off the Osiris team. "We never thought he was that good anyway," the suits are reported to have said regarding his dismissal. Obviously they've never seen the noseslide tailgrab finger flip out in person.

"The radical viewpoint needs to be thought as a prescription for accepting the moniker of skateboarder. Burn, burn, burn."

Blue Tile Oz

"To censor the original Z-Boys for their use of language is pathetic and wrong.





Early skate video disciples were beaten about the head with the lesson that "fun"--not money, jumpin' on cars, or sponsorship--was what skateboarding is really about. "'Cause it's fun!" you automatically barked should anyone ask. And though Rodney Mullen's childhood barn might attest to the contrary, it's often difficult to have much fun without friends.

FORE and Friends premiered in Encinitas, and pumped up the fun quotient with tits, drunk dudes slamming, and a cornucopia of Forest Kirby's newer and longtime homies to the heart tearing up the raw streets, parks, and ramps across the world. Focusing in on a perhaps overlooked but explosively talented skater like Forest was a great idea, and the montage of images from his every-kid skate upbringing were touching and revealing in a time where many pros must appear to the newer skate fans as if they were born into their gold chains and tight pants. Post-premiere conversation had Kenny Anderson and Forest as the show stealers, with lots of compliments aimed at newcomers Nate "The Bruiser" Broussard and Jason Jones. Decide for yourself. Have some friends over and host your own premiere. It'll be fun.

"Down in front!"

Poser of the Month

Poser: Jeff Free/Not Free

Crime: Bottle in front of me

Punishment: Frontal lobotomy
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