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This Sunday, August 22, is Emericafest! presented by Active Ride Shop. Emericafest! is the first-ever gathering for Kids in Emerica newsletter subscribers and their friends. The Emerica team will be signing autographs at Active Rancho Cucamonga from 3:00 - 5 :00 p.m. Then it’s off to the Skatepark of Fontana, where you can skate with the team from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and feast on the all-you-can-eat hot dogs supplied by Active. If you haven’t already signed-up to receive the Kids in Emerica newsletter, subscribe now near the bottom right of the Emerica hoempage. You might even win a free pair of Emerica shoes!

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Party report: Emerica pro Erik Ellington, with the help of friends Flip, Reno, Lance Dawes, Dustin Dollin, Shane Heyl and more, recently built himself an outdoor barbeque deck, complete with a professional grade Viking range and granite countertops, in the backyard of his Hollywood Hills home. To celebrate the completion of this monumentous accomplishment, as well as to finally celebrate his recent birthday, Erik held a party last Friday. The grill was all fired-up and the meat was set to sizzlin’, as were Erik and his guests. As usual, some of Erik’s power tools made a special late-night appearance, but everyone fortunately woke up Saturday morning with all their fingers and limbs still attached.

But, before Erik could finish his BBQ deck, he gladly answered the questions for his Member’s Only Blab interview that you guys submitted to him a few weeks back. In fact, he was so glad to get the opportunity to respond to your questions directly, that he picked the top 27 to answer, instead of the usual 20. Bonus levels!

In the event that you’re not spending enough time behind your computer, the crack staff here at emericaskate.com have come up with a new Feature with which you can further occupy your time here every so often. We proudly introduce Site Reviews by none other than the reigning king of wasting time on the web, emericaskate.com’s very own Webnerd! Every month or so, the Webnerd will select a new site to review, so be sure to send in your links.

Team Report 08-09-04

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Spanky’s birthday is officially over, but that doesn’t mean that the party is over, because Monday, August 9 was Emerica pro Erik Ellington’s birthday! Send Erik your shout outs! While we’re on the topic of Erik, he has completed his answers to your questions for his Member’s Only Blab interview and our crack web team is now in the process of formatting those answers for you, so it should be posted any day. Keep checkin’ back to find out which of your questions Erik picked, and to read his answers to those questions.

Great to see some of you guys at the Extreme Circus last week. Here’s an interview with Andrew about his experience there that appeared in the O.C. Register last week. Um, yeah...

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Reynolds’ Silver Worth the Wait

By Daniel Miller

The Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES – Andrew Reynolds won the silver medal in the Skateboard Street event of the X Games at Staples Center on Thursday. It was Reynolds’ first X Games medal, and it was a long time coming. Reynolds, 26, last took part in the X Games in 1998 and is candid when discussing his five-year absence.

"I did it for a few years, and then I stopped just because I didn’t care about the event."

Reynolds was lured back to the X Games by the addition of the Skateboard Street event, which replaced the Skateboard Park event he competed in from 1996-98.

"This year it had real cement ledges and stuff that is in the street," said Reynolds, whose best finish in the park event was fifth in 1997.

The competition took place in a concrete plaza adjacent to Staples Center. It featured rails, stairs, banking and ledges. Unlike the popular Skateboard Vert event, which features a 100-foot wide ramp, the Skateboard Street event relies on realistic street terrain that Reynolds prefers.

Reynolds, who lived in Huntington Beach for several years and recently moved to Hollywood, brings his street skateboarding philosophy to Baker Skateboards, the company he founded in 2001, and now runs. With much of his time spent running Baker and working on new skateboarding videos, when he does take part in competitions, Reynolds said he does it for pleasure.

"It’s just skating to me," he said. "When I compete, it’s the same as if I was going to do a demo for the kids."

Demo Daze!

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It’s summer in So Cal, and you know what that means! That’s right, Demo Daze are upon us! Some Emerica riders are kickin’ things off with a Baker demo on Saturday, August 28 at Active Ride Shop in Escondido, California. As if that weren’t enough, you can also catch the Baker team, featuring some of your favorite Emerica riders, at 118 Board Shop in Granada Hills, California on Saturday, September 4. And lest you Midwesterners feel left out, they’ve also scheduled a demo at KC Indoor Skatepark in Kansas City, Missouri for Sunday, October 10.

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