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Heath Blab 2

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cara: So, how's your new shop coming along?
Good, I guess. I'm kind of a absentee owner, because I live so far from Iowa. I talk to them daily, but I don't see what goes on.

f0undation00: Do you have a part coming up that will exceed your part in Sight Unseen?


Stay Gold Tour Video

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Matt Zicopula

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Matt Zicopula
Long Island, New York
Age: 16

This morning, I checked out Matt Zicopula's footy for this month's Sponsor Me Video Review, and what a great bunch of film it is! Matt's got some nice tricks stacked up in this sucker, including stellar hardflips and frontside flips, as well as a nice ender: a switch frontside flip down a grass gap.
Matt, the one thing I noticed after watching your footy is that you didn't have much in the way of rail and ledge shredding. While it's not essential, I think it will help diversify the segments that you've put together. Potential sponsors always like to see that you can skate a wide array of terrain, and tearing up the local rail and ledge is a definite plus. You may even want to drop some tranny in here and there to really light some fires.
I liked your run with the switch backside 180, 360 flip, nollie flip down the gap, and would have liked to have seen more connected lines incorporating your hammer arsenal. Don't forget, consistency and good lines are always where it's at...not to mention they are fun to watch and usually tend to be memorable. That being said, you may want to consider linking up some tricks in your next vid.
All in all, your footy is solid, and with some rail jammers and consistent lines, you could command some attention from the couch. Keep it comin' and enjoy your brand spankin' new Emerica kicks! Stay Gold.--Timothy Nickloff, Emerica Sales Manager

Heath's Harley Tour Photo Show!

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Want to check out some amazing photography in-person taken by Emerica pal Jason O'Dell? Jason rode with us on last year's Heath's Harley Tour and the photos he shot while riding his hog no-handed down the highway in excess of posted speed limits make up the basis of his solo exhibition, Our America.

Your presence is cordially requested as the Emerica team joins Jason to relive the memories and talk about fun times to come this coming Thursday, May 11 at Curio 69 Contemporary Art Gallery, 8764 Holloway Drive, West Hollywood, California 90069, phone (310) 659-1695. Ride free, fellow Emericans!

Cinco de Leo!

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Come help Emerica pros Leo Romero, Bryan Herman and am Matt Allen celebrate Cinco de Leo this Friday, May 5 at Pharmacy Boardshops in Fontana AND Victorville, California, where they will be signing autographs and busting up some raw pinatas.

Leo's first Emerica pro shoe is coming out at the beginning of June, and you just might be able to get a sneak peek of it up close and personal at Pharmacy. See you there!

Pharmacy Fontana
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
14405 Baseline Ave, Suite 400
Fontana, California 92336
Phone (909) 823-7861

Pharmacy Victorville
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
16979-G Bear Valley Road
Victorville, California 92395
Phone (760) 955-9505

Paying in Pain No. 18

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Title: Paying in Pain
Publisher: Joey Young
Issue Number: 18
Page Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 40
Printing method: Black and white offset press on newsprint with a four-color glossy cover.
Price: $2.00.
Email: (Use @ instead of "at".)
Web site: Paying in Pain

The first actual printed-on-a-real-press 'zine we've ever reviewed here on the Emerica site, Paying in Pain is flyin' right at ya out of Visalia in the San Joaquin Valley of central California.

Starting out life on a color Xerox machine on the sly at Kinko's in San Francisco way back in 1999, the mag has survived and thrived over the years. Somewhere between issues 2 and 4, publisher Joey Young moved himself and the mag from SF to Visalia. Then around issue 7 or 9, he and his wife, Dannelle, had a daughter, prompting Joey to buy a business license and make Paying In Pain a legit venture. As it says on their site, "Since then it has been a crazy road," but "the future looks bright."

Issue 18 reminds me of early Thrasher back in late 1981 (before your grandpa was born) when they transformed from the big newspaper-style format into standard mag size with a glossy cover and newsprint innards. Features include Big Gun Underdog (Check Out-style) profiles on Alex Villasenor, Josh Baker, Drew Porter and Tim Ward; an Australia / New Zealand travelogue with lots of nice concrete park photos; an article called The Valley 2005 featuring lots of San Joaquin park and pool skating plus interviews with locals Lincoln Nass, Dave Metty and Patrick Bronowicki.

All in all, Paying in Pain feels like a good, raw antidote to the glossed-over mainstream side of skateboarding. Subscribe and help support the cause.