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New Holiday 2006 Shoe Colorways!

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It's time to head on into the Shoes section to check out the brand-new Holiday 2006 colorways of all your Emerica favorites! A few highlights include the B.Herman in Brown Sand with the special sherpa lining, the Heritic 2 in Black Red with a nice plaid side panel, the KSL 1 in Maroon, the Leo in Blue White and the Reynolds 3 in Purple White, plus many more. New Clothes coming soon!

Antoine Asselin Claims Second at Am Getting Paid!

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As the third annual Am Getting Paid contest in Montreal, Canada draws to a close, we are very proud to look back on such a special event with so many great skateboarders. Adding an extra day helped make the contest run more smoothly and welcomed more amateurs to battle it out for the $15,000 prize.

Friday was a very important night for the Underworld skate team, when they held a world premiere for Yesterday’s Future, a video that they have been working on for the last few years. The place was packed, the drinks were full and the skating was definitely next level. For more info and to view the teaser, check the link just above.

Day two of the contest on Saturday displayed some of the best skateboarding all weekend. Magnus Hanson and Nick Merlino had fun all day and destroyed all the obstacles at South Parc. Jordan Hoffart and Keegan Sauder were some of the smoothest and most powerful skateboarders at the contest. Lastly, Chazz Ortiz blew the crowd away with his impressive skills, consistency and courage. Did we mention he is only 12 years old!

On Saturday night, the Am Getting Laid party went down, headlined by Wu Tang’s legendary Raekwon. With over 300 people trying to get into this sold-out private party, the energy was at an all-time high. People chanted the choruses while chef Raekwon ripped the lyrics.

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Antoine Asselin, frontal nose blunt. Photo courtesy of Am Getting Paid.

Sunday was the final day of the event and it was time to separate the men from the boys. Micky Papa lead the way throughout the whole Semi-Finals with tricks such as kickflip backside Smiths and switch tré flips down the stairs. But when the Finals came around, Ryan Decenzo from Vancouver, Canada took home first place and a hefty check.

He produced flawless runs all weekend, mixing tech and smooth styles on a consistent basis run after run. Taking second and third place respectively were Emerica Canada team rider and local Antoine Asselin, and Detroit’s Dustin Blauvelt. It would be impossible to name all the other notables over the weekend since the skating was at such a high level.

Next up was the Best Trick event on four obstacles. Nick Merlino and Dustin Blauvelt were the only ones who hit the big rail. Amid a bunch of skateboarders all busting out and getting paid, Manny Santiago ended up taking home the most money with a huge bag of tricks.

We would like to thank all the skateboarders, sponsors and parents who made this event possible. For more info and to check out the teaser for this weekend's festivities please visit the Am Getting Paid site. The full-length DVD will be released in January.

Final Results
1. Ryan Decenzo $6000
2. Antoine Asselin $3000
3. Dustin Blauvelt $1500
4. Ben Hatchell
5. Magnus Hanson
6. Chazz Ortiz
7. Collin Hale
8. Jordan Hoffart
9. Will Cristofaro
10. Nick Merlino
11. Thomas Parent
12. Matt Berger
13. Keegan Sauder
14. Micky Papa
15. Manny Santiago

More Wild in the Streets 2006 Utrecht Photos!

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Check out some more photos of the Wild in the Streets event last weekend at the Yard in Utrecht, Holland. All photos were shot by Ruud van Bragt of Rack Imaging. Also, be sure to check out Worldwide Skateboarding, since they have been putting up new photos every day. More photos will be posted there in the next few days, and video is expected at the end of this week. Stay tuned.

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Alex Fortner

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Alex Fortner
Age: 14
Palm Desert, California

Alex rips! I definitely have more positive things to say about this video than negative. His style is really good, considering his age. The only thing that I saw in the video that I didn’t like was the switch pop-shove down the Chino four. It looks like Alex is falling off his board right when it fades. That could have been left out, but everything else was cool. The pop-shove down the 11 stair–the second to last trick–was sick. I’ve been to that set, and it’s pretty big. Keep up the shredding, Alex, and keep sending in footage. Enjoy your free pair of Emerica shoes!--Jeff Henderson

Save Holland's Best Skate Spot!

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One of the most notorious skate spots in Holland, the Yard in Utrecht, is about to be destroyed. The Yard has been home for a lot of Dutch skateboarders over the last few years. The water gaps and some ledges at the spot have been there forever, while some others have been installed more recently with the support of the local skate shop, E-Zone.
To prove to the city council of Utrecht that there are more than enough skateboarders who care about this great, simple and cheap skate spot, Emerica Holland is holdng a Wild in the Streets event, and Emerica pros Bryan Herman and Braydon Szafranski are even flying out to support the cause!

It all goes down at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 24, 2006. The event will start at the Griftpark bowl (which was poorly built by the city council and quite expensive), then proceed through the middle of downtown and end up at the Yard. At the Yard, there will be a Best Trick contest over the water gap. We even built a rail over it for some extra gnarlitude!

We are working on a Save the Yard web page with some info on the event, as well as some history of the spot. Be sure to check it out.

P.S. Here’s a list of tricks that have been done over the big water gap so far. I’m sure there are more.

Backside kickflip – Andrew Reynolds
360 flip – Bryan Herman
Hardflip – Sean Malto
Kickflip – Bas Janssen
Frontside flip – Bas Janssen
Backside heelflip – Bas Janssen
Heelflip – Lindsey Robinson
Switch heelflip – Dennis Durant
First Ollie – Jos Theissens
Ollie to hang-up – Jonny Ganseman (Utrecht local)

Team Report 09-19-06

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Andrew Reynolds has been shredding around Los Angeles lately. He will be flying out to New York later this week for an Altamont Apparel product launch party.

Heath Kirchart is roaming around the East Coast in a van with some of the Alien Workshop team. They are in search of epic skate spots to film for their upcoming video.

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2nd Avenue Zine No. 8

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Title: 2nd Avenue Zine
Publisher: Colin Kinniburgh
Issue Number: #8 Spring / Summer 2006
Page Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 20
Printing method: Photocopy, color cover and black and white interior
Price: Email the2ndavenuezineataol.com (Replace "at" with the @ symbol.)
Web site: 2nd Avenue Zine

Making our way through the Emerica Zine Showroom, we now walk up to 2nd Avenue Zine #8, which is on display behind the maroon velvet ropes to your immediate left. And, aye, what a beauty it is! This edition sports a limited-edition alligator hide landau roof, an eight-cylinder V8 engine, and a smart, four-color cover of Alex Olson flinging himself over a downright dangerous-looking fence gap.

There's also a four-page interview with Alex inside, plus a veritable trunkload of other features like Sticking it to the Man, regarding how to get shit for free, Go Skateboarding Day Skate Jam in New York, Video Reviews on Enjoi's Bag of Suck, Krooked's Krooked Khronicles, Anti-Hero's Bonus Footage, Creature's Born Dead and 5boro's A New York Minute, plus a few Music and Movie Reviews and a Photo Feature. Hit up the 2nd Avenue Web site and order an issue or two. Good job, again, Colin. Keep crankin' em.

You Interview Spanky Again!

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It's time for number 19 in our never-ending series of Blab Interviews conducted by you kids. This month, we're going to hit up Emerica pro Kevin "Spanky" Long for the second time.

Just ask a nice, short question right here in this post and one week from now, I'll choose a few of the best and give Spanky a call. Read his bio and first Blab interview, so you don't ask anything that has already been answered there.