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Emerica Team Report 10.27.03

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Anybody go to the Damn Am contest held at the Volcom warehouse in Costa Mesa, California last weekend? Well, if you did, you got to see some pretty impressive skating from Emerica ams like Leo Romero, Matt Allen and Bryan Herman. I missed qualifying day on Saturday, but judging from the results posted on the Damn Am site, Bryan must’ve been having a hard time out there during his runs. When, a day later, Bryan was asked to comment from Joey Poiriez’s house in San Diego on his disappointing contest showing in Costa Mesa, Bryan seemed shocked and amused by the news that he finished in 99th place. "I got 99th?" he asked, forcing back what sounded like a laugh (but very well could’ve been a cry), "That sucks!"

Matt and Leo seemed to fare a bit better, and both of them made the cut into Sunday’s semi-finals. Matt ended up taking 28th place when all was said and done, but Leo advanced to the finals with some entertaining mid-run antics and some incredible skateboarding. Midway through one run, Leo took a break on the platform of the flatbank to get a quick back and neck rub from a pretty redhead, who sent him back onto the course to complete his run with a swift pat on the ass. Not one to do the same line twice, during another run, Leo stopped in front of 411 filmer Vern Laird and exchanged his board for a video camera. Leo proceeded to film Vern attempt a kickflip, then they exchanged again and Leo finished-up his run. On another run, Leo passed his board off to Emerica flow rider Angel Ramirez, who landed a nice kickflip to fakie on a quarterpipe before handing Leo his board back in time for Leo to take up his run again. Leo came up with something to look forward to in each run and ultimately walked away from the entire spectacle in 7th place overall. Not to be forgotten, Emerica flow riders Rick Eusey (9th place) and Johnny Layton (23rd place) also skated nicely all weekend. Mystery skateboards’ Ryan Bobier took home the victory this year.

Although he wasn’t skating in the contest, Spanky showed-up both days to support his fellow Emerica teammates. At least that’s what he told us he was doing there, but for some reason, I don’t get the impression his attention was focused strictly on skateboarding the whole time.

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Emerica Team Report 10.20.03

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Oops! With everything going on around the Emerica headquarters—like working with the team to design new Emerica shoes and gear, planning Emerica tours and videos, putting the new Emericaskate.com site together and always working to bring you guys the best ads that Emerica can provide each month—we sometimes get a little clumsy with the details. We got a message the other day from a fellow Emericaskate.com member telling us that the new Templeton 3 was sent out with a specs tag that said the upper material was made from leather. Well, it’s not. We screwed up. In the tradition of Ed’s previous shoe offerings from Emerica, all of his Templeton 3 shoes are entirely synthetic. Sorry meat lovers, despite what the misleading tag says, don’t even bother trying to eat them. Thanks for the heads up. Emerica is listening and action is being taken to correct this error on the next round of Templeton 3 shoes being crafted right now. Without you guys to keep us on our toes, things would probably fall apart around here. Thanks again, and keep it up.

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Speaking of Ed, the Tempster’s got a new art show coming up called The Prevailing Nothing. It will be held at the prestigious Roberts & Tilton gallery in Los Angeles from November 15 to December 20. If you’re a skateboarder, a fan of Ed’s or just interested in seeing photos of Ed’s wife Deanna naked and you live near LA, you’re invited to come out opening night and say hello. Here’s the info:

Ed Templeton—The Prevailing Nothing
November 15-December 20, 2003
Opening reception:
Saturday, November 15, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Roberts & Tilton
6150 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 323.549.0223
Fax: 323.549.0224
robertsandtilton@earthlink.net

Emerica pro Aaron Suski is on the road filming with the 5boro team in Philly right now. Aaron and crew are busy putting the final touches on the new 5boro video, Word of Mouth. For those of you that don’t know what 5boro is: it’s an independent board company based out of NYC that is heavily involved in the East Coast skate scene. 5boro is also Aaron’s board sponsor of some years who don’t spend money on ads (hence, the title Word of Mouth), but instead invest what money they do make on paying their riders, creating and sponsoring local events and projects (like cleaning-up the Brooklyn Banks), and doing tours to promote skateboarding in their home territory and elsewhere. Suski and the boys are definitely keepin’ it street for the NYC skate scene. 5boro is skateboarding, so support them and make sure you get your hands on a copy of Word of Mouth when it hits the shelves this December. If any of this sounds interesting to you, check out their web site and learn more about ‘em at 5boro.com

Team rider Kevin Long just left with skateboarding photographer Atiba Jefferson and the following assignment from Emerica: "Don’t come back without a hammer for your next Emerica ad." Knowing Spanky, he’ll probably be back with several hams in a few hours.

Emerica teammate Bryan Herman has been doing kickflip front crooks down rails lately. Bryan’s impressive talent has led this partial observer to overhear more than a few jaded industry insiders wonder aloud, "What can’t this kid do?" Tech, gnar—Bryan’s got it covered, and at only seventeen years of age, one can only ponder what the future holds in store for Emerica’s uber-am. His Baker part is almost guaranteed to set new standards for what can be done on four wheels when it finally drops. Pick up the new issue of Skateboarder magazine (December 2003) and check out Bryan and Spanky’s "Cohorts" article. Also, feast your mind on an Andrew Reynolds "Anatomy" article to be found therein and find out why skateboarding is so much better off since Andrew decided to put down the bottle.

Last but not least, young Emericans Leo Romero and Matt Allen are heading back home to Southern California after spending a week or so filming in and around the Colorado Rockies for the upcoming Circle F video, That’s Life.

Emerica Team Report 10.13.03

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Northeast Kids In Emerica Tour
I’m happy to say the Northeast Kids In Emerica tour was a complete success despite a few minor injuries. Andrew Reynolds, Heath Kirchart, Kevin Long, Bryan Herman, Aaron Suski, Austin Stephens and Braydon Szafranski all took part in Emerica’s nine-day East Coast extravaganza. At each stop in each new city, the team was happy to meet and touch base with every one of their fellow skateboarders who came out to show their support. The positivity and enthusiasm for raw skateboarding, personified by all the Kids in Emericas we encountered along the way, was overwhelming, to say the least.
Big ups to all the shops who put up with us during our visit to their territory and especially to all the Kids that made the effort to come meet the team or check out the demos. A special thanks, goes out to Amy from KCDC skate shop in Brooklyn, New York for being such a gracious host to the Emerica team during our stay in the city. Check the More section soon for a complete tour report. And for those of you who couldn’t make it out to any of our stops this time, check out the upcoming Kids In Emerica tour video when it finally drops to catch the best of the action that went down. In the meantime, check out this teaser that Emerica videographer Jon Miner put together. As always, let us know what you think.
Bling Fest
While the above listed Emerica crew were making their way across the East Coast, another group of Emerica team riders were holding things down on the Westside at the second annual Active Ride Shop Bling Fest Best Trick contest that went down last Saturday, October 11 in California’s Inland Empire. Although reigning champion Andrew Reynolds was unable to make it out this year, fellow Emerica riders Erik Ellington, Ed Templeton, Leo Romero and more were on hand to represent Emerica and take part in the Active madness that’s fast becoming a yearly tradition. The appearance of the Emerica team and the impromptu autograph signing by Emerica pro Erik Ellington kept the Emerica booth hopping all day long. A big thanks goes out to all the Kids who came by the Emerica booth and filled out the questionnaire. Your voices were heard.
Tosh On Element Tour
While all this was going on in the U.S., Emerica pro Tosh Townend was on the road with the Element team, hitting Canada hard and with a vengeance. No word from Tosh yet on how the tour went, but if he skated half as good as he skated during our Euro Kids In Emerica tour, you can bet that more than a few Canadian skateboarders were left with their jaws on the floor.
Active Escondido Demo
Before the Emerica team left for the Northeast Kids tour, we did a demo for the Active Ride Shop in Escondido. Check out this video clip from the Skateboarding.com site to see some of the action from the Emerica team and everybody else...
Josh Evin Tearing It Up
Speaking of Canada, Emerica Canada rider Josh Evin has been making a name for himself on the World Cup contest circuit. Josh followed up his 4th place finish in Oceanside at the Triple Crown finals that took place there September 25-28 with a respectable 7th place finish at the West 49 Canadian Open Championship that went down in Toronto October 4-5. Check out the international montage in Emerica’s This Is Skateboarding bonus DVD to see some footage of Josh and his patented brand of skateboarding annihilation.
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Senn Sweeps Heckler
The Heckler Strawberry Bowl Contest in Nor Cal is a backyard pool competition that is actually more like a session than an actual contest. Senn-Dog won this year and received $300 bucks and a new BBQ for his trouble. His bag of tricks included: Blunt to backside disaster in the shallow end (quick tranny to two feet of vert), backside Smith in the shallow, big backside kickflip in the deep end (9 ft.), long (6-8 ft.) Smith ginds around the light and over the deathbox, nosegrind tailgrabs, Indy nosepicks, backside grab to backside disasters, frontside disasters, frontside ollies, backside ollies and chicken wings. Chris also attempted to frontside boardslide to frontside revert over the stairs in the shallow end (8 ft. wide), but didn’t quite pull it.
Other competitors included seasoned tranny dogs such as Wade Speyer, Toad, Bailey, Darren Navarette, Remy Stratton, Mark Partain and Brigham Edwards. They were all skating really well—especially Wade and Toad. Duane Peters, Chris Cook and Sam Cunnigham skated in the Masters Division (35 and older), and Duane claimed this one. This contest was a lot of fun. Congrats to Senn-Dog for taking top honors!