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Team Report 02-14-05

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The land down under has been the hot spot for professional skateboarders lately. After hitting up the World Cup contest in Melbourne, Australia, Emerica pro Kevin “Spanky” Long stayed behind to get some filming in for the upcoming Baker video. Kevin also stopped in at PSC skate shop in Melbourne for an autograph signing. Thanks to all 30 of you Kids who showed up to hang out with Spanky.

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Design-A-Tee II Contest Winners!

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Finally! We’re ready to announce the winners of the Emerica Design-A-Tee II contest.

Our first Emerica Design-A-Tee contest was so successful, we’ve decided to keep holding new contests for you kids every season! Once again, we posted a T-shirt template here on emericaskate.com for you to print out and draw the most interesting Emerica T-shirt graphic you could muster. And muster you did! We received nearly 3,000 entries total via email and snail mail, sifted through them all, thinned out the herd, and came up with these three winning beauties. Each one was lovingly and painstakingly designed by you ever-creative Kids in Emerica!

Without further ado, the three winners are:

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Drew Potter

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Drew Potter
San Diego, California

All right! This month, we have a Sponsor Me video coming out of San Diego, California from Drew Potter. Filmed and edited by Jon Coulthard, Drew’s video stands out from a lot of the other Sponsor Me videos that I’ve seen because, first and foremost, his skating is awesome. He rides everything, which is always a plus. From gnarly transitions at Washington Street to big handrails, this video has a good variety of skating. Drew also has a really clean and solid style that I was stoked on. Style is really important when it comes to choosing someone to sponsor. Just because you land every trick in the book doesn’t mean you should be sponsored. How you do a trick is just as important as what trick you are doing. Drew’s video also stands out because it was all shot in black and white. I like black and white footage, there’s just something about it that looks cool. Drew kept his video short and sweet. He used good discretion when choosing what to use. I didn’t see any tricks in there that should have been left out. Overall, Drew’s video is a good example of what a Sponsor Me video should look like. Keep it up, Drew, I’m sure we’ll be seeing more from you in the future! —Jeff Henderson

Self Educated #3

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Self Educated #3

Title: Self Educated
Publisher: Steve Ayers
Issue Number: 3
Date: Summer 2004
Page Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 10 (one-sided)
Printing method: Black and white photocopy
Price: Send $2.00 to Self Educated Zine c/o Steve Ayers 1927 CR 738 Webster, FL 33597
Email: selfeducatedmag at aol.com (Use the @ symbol with no spaces around it.)

Ah, yes. Here we have a nice, not-so-little, literary washcloth that, from the looks of it, could’ve blown straight out of the hills of West Virginia back in the early ‘80s. Bearing a striking graphic resemblance (featuring handwritten text and snapshots glued haphazardly on the pages) to Bryan Ridgeway’s Monthly Shredder circa 1983, Self Educated is one of dozens of titles that continue to carry the torch of skate zine publishing some 23 years after the birth of the genre.

Operating under the theme of ’summer Is For Roaming’, Issue Number 3 tucks the 10th edition of the Tampa Pro contest under its wing, as well as offering up gems like Ramp Deck Stories (featuring random skaters Steven has met in his travels). This issue also includes Opener (’the Catch Is Important’, regarding well-caught flip tricks), Photo Showcase (’Easy Money’, featuring Kareem Campbell playing dice with kids for cash at Tampa Pro), Photo Outtro (’Be Like T’, featuring Tony Trujillo smearing his name on the Tampa judge’s stand with a ’jock’ nutrition bar) and more.

All in all, Self Educated is chock-full of funny commentary and rad snapshots, and you can consider yourself a little more than advised to give it a gander. So, go ahead and email Steven and maybe he’ll send you a copy!

Reynolds 3 In Shops Now!

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It’s been called everything from the "best skate shoe ever made" to an "ugly piece of poo" by you all of you Kids here on emericaskate.com. That’s right, we’re talking about the Reynolds 3 here, folks—the first-ever vulcanized-outsole skate shoe to incorporate heel protection technology. Not only that, but the upper contains no overlay /underlay stitch lines to blow out in the high abrasion areas for less chance of ollie holes. This means you will be skating longer with less chance of heel bruises.

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To top it all off, the Reynolds 3 comes tricked out with a removable faux diamond on each top eyelet that’s guaranteed to keep all the shorties drooling. You know Drew and his shoe are the shiznizzle fo shizzle, so you better grab a pair now before they sell out!