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Spanky Scumstache Challenge!

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What is a scumstache? Some say it’s a scummy, dirty-looking mustache, and others say it’s merely patchy, pre-pubescent peach fuzz. The word "scumstache" is not in Webster’s dictionary, but Kevin "Spanky" Long sure knows how to sport one, and now Pharmacy Board Shop is giving you a chance (excuse) to grow one, too! Whatever your scumstache is like, Pharmacy wants to see it!

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They’re giving you until June 30, 2005 to grow your best scumstache and send them a photo. If your ’stache is worthy, you’ll have the chance to have your lucky mug plastered on their site, and the Grand Prize Winner will get two pairs of Spanky’s upcoming Emerica pro model shoe, the KSL-1!

Twenty-five Runners Up will also receive a limited-edition Pharmacy scumstache T-shirt! Pharmacy wants to start a scumstache revolution, so put away the razor and get your scumstache growing!

Enter the Spanky Scumstache Challenge at the Pharmacy Web site.

You Interview Leo Romero!

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Now’s the time for number seven in our ongoing series of Emerica Blab interviews in which you, the ever-loyal Kids, get to ask your favorite Emerica team rider that burning question you’ve always wanted to know.

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This month’s subject is Emerica pro Leo Romero—upcoming banger brother and beyond-excellent wood pusher. Without further ado, get your bad self into the Blabs section and ask away. Before you ask anything, however, be sure to read Leo’s bio and interview first! Also, please keep your questions short and to the point.

New Emerica Team Manager!

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Meet the new Emerica Team Manager, Hal 3000. We’re taking skateboard team management to the next level with high technology! Hal’s official duty is to babysit the Emerica team: Arrange their travel plans, escort them on tours and demos, assign filming missions, compile their magazine coverage, pay out photo incentive, write team reports, perform many other menial tasks, and generally attend to their every beck and call. It’s a tough job, but someone (or something) has to do it. Do you Kids think Hal can handle it?

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The Reynolds 2: New Colorways!

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Andrew designed his second Emerica pro model skate shoe, the Reynolds 2, even more basic than his first, with less lines and a cleaner overall look.

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Boasting a lower heel and no air system, it’s easier to feel your board, too. And let’s not forget the suede toe, which provides better flick and is more giving during toe jams. All in all, it’s safe to say the Reynolds 2 is yet another long-lived Emerica classic. Be sure to scope the brand-new colorways, too, Kids.

Team Report 04-12-05

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This past weekend’s Emerica demo in Des Moines, Iowa was insane! Emerica pros Andrew Reynolds, Heath Kirchart, Erik Ellington, Kevin “Spanky” Long and Leo Romero have just returned home from their weekend jaunt out to the Midwest to hang out and skate for the 500 plus Kids in Emerica who came to Subsect skate shop and Skate South skate park in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday, April 8.

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Ross Hammershlag

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Ross Hammershlag
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I was going through a pile of Sponsor Me videos when I popped Ross Hammershlag’s tape in. A few tricks in, I could tell that he is sick! He put together a decent video with a wide variety of tricks and obstacles, and his style is pretty solid. Ross lives in New York, which has some pretty gnarly Winters, but his tape proves that he skates any chance he gets. For example, there was a clip of him skating with snow on the ground. That’s dedication! Ross can definitely get down on some rails, and also get tech on the ledges. The only thing I didn’t really like in the video was the opening line where he does a switch frontside flip, a 360 flip, and then gets off his board and back lips a rail. I would have rather just seen the back lip as a single trick. Those flip tricks could have been in another line somewhere that flowed easier. Not a big deal, though. Overall, I liked his skating. Thanks to Ross for sending in the video. Enjoy the free shoes. I’m out. —Jeff Henderson

Suski In Spain!

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Hey Kids, Aaron Suski checking in. Here’s a brief summary of my recent adventures in the Spainish lands. I was out there for about five weeks, and I’m not sure where to start. I guess the begining would be appropriate, huh? I arrived in Barcelona on Febuary 22 to meet up wtih the 5boro crew. Basically, it turned out to be a rewarding skate mish around Barcy. We went to a lot of spots that I didn’t get to go to last time. Everybody was ripping, and it was a pleasure skating with the 5boro crew agian. They ended up leaving on March 1, or so, and that’s when a whole other adventure began for me.

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I managed to hook-up a place to stay for the month of March with a friend and amazing skateboarder, Hector Garcia. So, for a week, I didn’t do too much skating. I pretty much just did a lot of walking around and drinking cafe con leches. I had an ample amount of time to myself, which I realized I haven’t had in a long time. But, since it was in a foriegn place with different people, I got a little homesick, to tell you the truth, and was planning on going back to the States on March 15, but I didn’t, and I’m glad. I was actually invited on a trip to down South to a city called Malaga. I’ve been there before, but only for two days, and I had some unfinished bussiness to tend to.

So, the crew drove down and I hopped on a train to the South of Spain. It lasted a grueling 14 hours, which was the longest train ride I’ve ever been on. It was pretty amazing. There’s something about a train that just has that epic feel to it. I listened to some Bob Dylan and gazed out the window at the countryside. It sounds like a song, doesn’t it? After about 11 hours, I wondered if the ride was ever ging to end, or if I even had a destination, for that matter. Whatever the case, I was down for it.

I did finally arrive in Malaga, and was picked up by some fellow companions. Alberto, who is a Spanish skate photographer for a magazine called Dogway, and Kike, who is a filmer here in Spain. They took me back to the apartment, where we were to staying for 10 days. I was introduced to the rest of the crew: Orlando, Raura, and Ivan, who skate for a Spanish board company called Jart, and Raul and Amigo, who skate for Nomad Skateboards. All of them are awsome people and are stoked to roll.

Basically, our days were pretty routine: We would eat cafe con leche, skate, eat more cafe con leche, skate some more, eat, drink, relax, share some laughs, sleep and repeat. It definitely all resulted in a super-productive and fun trip. I ended up taking the train back to Barcy on March 20 and left again the next day to a town called Figueres, about two hours away. Figueres is where Salvador Dali is from, and needless to say, the town has an amazing Dali muesum. I arrived there too late to see it the first day, so I spent the night and woke up early the next morning to check it out. Basically, Dali is the man. The muesum has paintings, sculptures and installations that are incredible.

I relaxed there for the rest of the afternoon and again took a train back to Barcelona. As result of all the skating and train rides, my back was’nt too pleased, and I had to chill for about two days when I arrived back in Barcy. Hector actually planned a huge dinner for the crew. Steve Messer and Kenny Anderson were in town and accompanied us, as well. I believe there were about 16 people in a room about 17 square feet. Hector, by the way, cooks the best meals. He’s the man. So, basically, we all ate, drank and were merry.

During the following week, we had a good time on our shred sticks. We went to some new spots I’ve never skated before and enjoyed the Spring weather that was arriving. The days were getting longer and the clocks had been set ahead, which gave us more time to enjoy the sun. My date to fly home was on March 31, which was approaching fast. I decided to take it easy on the last day, and did some sightseeing, shopping and drank some more cafe con leches.

I actually got all fired-up from the caffeine and decided to have one last session at Universtat, one of my favorite spots, featuring smooth, buttery ground and three long, black marble benches. After a good two-hour sesh, I headed back to the casa. About 50 feet from "home", I did one last tre-flip, landed, rolled another five feet and realized my front truck was a tad loose. So, I stepped of my board, popped it up and my truck fell off! What an epic way to end my five-week skateboard mission.

That night, Hector cooked yet another amazing meal, and again we ate, drank and were merry. We headed out for one last night out on the town and walked the streets until the early morning. Good times. I’d like to thank Hector, Alex, Pali, Alberto, Kike and everyone else that made my stay in Spain a pleasant one. I greatly appreciate all of their kindness. Until next time, be well and have fun.—Aaron Suski