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Emerica at Bling Fest This Saturday!

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Meet Emerica pros Andrew Reynolds, Kevin "Spanky" Long, Bryan Herman, Leo Romero, Austin Stephens and ams Matt Allen and Braydon Szafranski this coming Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at Active Ride Shop’s Bling Fest at the Rancho Cucamonga Epicenter, 8408 Rochester Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, California.

All kinds of fun junk will be going down, including the Hundred Dollar Hammers best trick contest, plenty of autograph signings, raffles, give-aways, a bunch of bands, etc. For more info, call Active at (909) 987-9928.

Slap! Another Suski Cover!

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Emerica pro Aaron Suski has done it again! For the second time recently, he has found his way onto the cover of yet another skate mag. This time, it’s the December 2005 issue of Slap, which also features an article covering the Emerica Holland trip that we went on last Summer with Suski, Tosh Townend, Leo Romero and Matt Allen. The cover photo of Suski was shot in Amsterdam, and in case you’re wondering, yep, he definitely is defying the norm by frontside boardsliding up the hand rail!

Limited-Edition Heritic 2!

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Designed by Fos

(Owner / Artist, Heroin Skateboards)

Fos drinks too much coffee and draws monsters a lot. He likes Tom Waits, skateboarding, Coke in glass bottles, Japanese horror films, Egyptian death metal, Osaka, Earl Grey tea, ice cream, sketchbooks, films about possessed cars, girls who work in coffee shops, salt and vinegar chips, lemon cheesecake, Stockwell skatepark, Alphons Mucha, The Addams Family, old horror films, popcorn, driving in L.A. while listening to Morrissey, layback frontside rocks, power slides and black coffee.

Fos doesn’t drink alcohol, smoke or take drugs. He doesn’t have any pets. He lives in New Cross in London. He owns (and does graphics for) two European skateboard companies, Heroin and Landscape. He’s also done graphics for Toy Machine, Zero, Black Label and Volcom.

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Heroin’s name refers to Fos’ addiction to skateboarding. "I was in the hospital with a badly broken wrist (from skateboarding), when I came up with the name. I don’t do any drugs or drink, so it plays on irony." The core of the company concentrates on skateboard hardware, such as premium quality maple decks and urethane wheels. Heroin also puts out hats, T-shirts,

sweatshirts and stickers. What ties it all together is hauntingly good screen-printed graphics, mostly designed by Fos.

Like Fos and Heroin, Emerica is committed to skateboarding 100%. Emerica believes that through skateboarding, people can EmPower themselves to do great things, not just on their skateboards, but in life in general. Fos is an example. Get up and get out! Start your own company. Create something!

The Limited-Edition Heritic 2, emblazoned with artwork by Fos, is super rare and available only in shops in Japan and the UK. Or maybe you can find a pair on the Web somewhere? Ya better hurry up, though, cuz these pups won’t be around for long.

Team Report 11-24-04

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Emerica pro Heath Kirchart just returned from a busy week meeting Kids across the U.S. (at an Alien Workshop demo in Florence, Kentucky and a Fast Forward skate shop appearance in Austin, Texas). Unfortunately, Heath couldn’t skate at the Alien demo due to an ankle sprain, but he should be back on his board this week to put the finishing touches on his upcoming Skateboard Mag interview. In the meantime, peep Heath on the cover of the new TWS with a gnarly bluntslide to gap out. The sequence is in the mag, as well.

Fellow Emerica ripper Leo Romero also made his way home after being on the road last week. Leo was up in Sacto and S.F. for a TWS video filming mission, where he bagged three tricks for his upcoming TWS part, due out next May. Oh, and scope the other covey Leo recently bagged!

Emericans Andrew Reynolds, Erik Ellington, Bryan Herman, Spanky, and Braydon Szafranski are still waist deep into filming for the next Baker video. No release date is set, but it should be out sometime next year.

Speaking of Baker, Emerica will be helping out with their second annual Baker Holiday Demo and Charity Product Giveaway on Saturday, December 4 at Hollenbeck Park in East L.A.

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Also, there’s some new emericaskate.com features to keep you all occupied over the Thanksgiving weekend:

1. Zine Reviews by the O.G. skate ’zine innovator, GSD (of Skate Fate ’zine fame), himself. Skate Fate (1981–’91) is credited with being the first homemade skate ’zine, and is arguably responsible for establishing the genre. Check out the first two reviews of ’zines made by kids just like you, and then get creative and send us your own submissions!

2. Also, check out Emerica’s Wild in the Streets Manifesto. Any of you who made it out to the two Emerica Wild in the Streets events we did this year in NYC and Athens, Greece surely know that this event marks a paradigm shift in the way skateboard events should be run and organized. Check the Manifesto to get a better understanding of the event and see just how we skateboarders can DEFY convention and make a difference! Emerica will be sure to keep you guys posted of more Wild in the Streets events happening in cities around the globe in the coming months.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and don’t forget to take advantage of schools and businesses being closed Thursday and Friday!