Team Report 03-29-04

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The Central Emerica tour of Panama and Costa Rica is all wrapped-up and Emerica riders Heath Kirchart, Kevin Long, Leo Romero and Bryan Herman are all sunned and tanned and heading home today from San Jose, Costa Rica. I’m happy to report that the entire tour went off with only one snag worth mentioning. About eighteen months ago, we had an Emerica signing at Ranas skate shop in Costa Rica that drew a crowd of over 300 Kids in Emerica that nearly shut down an entire city block in the tiny town of Liberia in the county of Guanacaste. A near-riot ensued as the devoted skaters from this relatively remote region came out en masse to meet in-person some of the Emerica pros they’d only seen and read about in videos and magazines.

Thanks to the brotherhood amongst skateboarders, nothing bad actually happened, and everybody remained calm and got a chance to meet the Emerica team during our visit. This time around, we had another signing scheduled for Ranas, but it turns out that the necessary approvals were not granted to Ranas to hold the appearance once the mayor of Liberia caught wind of Emerica’s plans to revisit the local skateboarders of Guanacaste. So, if you’re a skateboarder from Liberia and you happen to be reading this, sorry we missed you this time around and we hope to see you again as soon as you get everyone you know to vote that skateboarder-hating mayor out of office. Viva los patinadores!
Back in the U.S., if you’re among the unfortunate few living along the East Coast who happened to miss the Emerica team on the East Coast Kids in Emerica tour, then you may still have a chance to meet some of the boys live and in-person in the coming few weeks. Emerica team riders Andrew Reynolds, Kevin Long, Bryan Herman and Braydon Szafranski are leaving California on April 1 to embark on a nearly three-week-long Baker East Coast Tour along with the rest of the Baker crew. Check the dates and locations below and be sure not to miss this one if it heads anywhere near your way. Show up in your Emericas and get a FREE autograph from any one of the Emerica riders on the tour!

Baker East Coast Tour

Saturday, April 3
Demo 2:00 p.m.
Skatepark of Tampa
4215 E Columbus DR
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 621-6793

Sunday, April 4
Demo 3:00 p.m.
2555 Cobb Place Lane
Kennesaw, GA 30144
(770) 420-9111

Tuesday, April 6
Demo 5:00 p.m.
Sanctuary Skatepark
1801 Carter ST
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 267-4005

Wednesday, April 7
Demo 5:00 p.m.
New Generation Skatepark
5208 Calhoun Memorial HWY
Easely, SC 29640
(864) 855-1393

Thursday, April 8
Demo 5:00 p.m.
915 Skatepark
1616 W Lee ST
Greensboro, NC 27403
(336) 856-9112

Friday, April 9
Demo 5:00 p.m.
3008 West Cary ST
Richmond, VA 23221
(804) 359-7384

Saturday, April 10
Demo 2:00 p.m.
43 West Gay ST
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 344-9959

Sunday, April 11
Demo 2:00 p.m.
Hardpact Boardgear
901 Monroe AVE
Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 271-5170

Tuesday, April 13
Demo 5:00 p.m.
454 Franklin ST
Melrose, MA
(781) 662-3400

Wednesday, April 14
Demo 5:00 p.m.
Pit Crew
153 N Market ST
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 698-1813

Thursday, April 15
Demo 5:00 p.m.
NJ Skate Shop
389 Washington RD #2
Sayreville, NJ 08872
(732) 651-1123

Saturday, April 17
Demo 3:00 p.m.
99 North Tenth ST #104
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 387-9006

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