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Kevin "Spanky" Long’s KSL 1

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Emerica pro Kevin "Spanky" Long designed his new namesake pro model shoe, the KSL 1, not only with heavy skating in mind, but also a little ’80s retro b-ball styling thrown in for good measure.

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Kevin wanted a cupsole shoe with slightly thinner padding, but with the superior heel and joint protection of our System G2™ gel insert, plus some personalized details, like the argyle print on the footbed—which matches fine Emerica Apparel items such as the Rushmore hoodie, Freshman sweater, Argyle T-shirt, Trust Fund beanie, Frat Pledge cap and Rich Kids socks—and two detail stripes on the side of the shoe. As they say down in the hood, "When it’s the KSL 1 you’re a-rockin’, all the honeys will be jockin’." Buy a pair today at a skate shop near you.

Spanky Blabs Back At You!

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You asked Emerica pro Kevin "Spanky" Long the questions, and he has responded! We just posted in the More section the eighth in a series of emericaskate.com Member’s Only interviews.

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After poring over the hundreds of questions you Kids asked him, we narrowed them down and rang Spanky up for some answers. Thanks to all who participated. Stay tuned, cuz future Member’s Only interviews are in the works!

Abdias Rivera

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Abdias Rivera
Tampa, Florida

Oh man, you guys are going to be stoked on Abdias Rivera’s Sponsor Me vid! In fact, Emerica started flowing him shoes because of this video. Abdias is a ripper with sick tricks, a clean style and awesome spots. A video like this is really what you need to compare your skating to if you’re trying to get sponsored, as Abdias is on the same level as most of the sponsored ams out there. The difficulty in spots is something you have to look at when you see so many Sponsor Me videos. Abdias shows that he can skate really difficult obstacles and make it look easy. I also like to see skaters who can flip their board down big sets of stairs, which Abdias can obviously do, as well. Good filming and editing is also nice to see. You will definitely be seeing more of Abdias in the future. —Jeff Henderson

Wild in the Streets: Holland!

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On Sunday, June 19, the SPUI Square in the Hague was the place to be for all skateboarders in Holland. SPUI Square is suffering the same uncertain future as LOVE Park in Philadelphia, so the locals got together for a Wild in the Streets celebration with Emerica to show the city how much skateboarders care for their spot. At 1:00 p.m., everyone came together. Some skateboarders took a two-hour train to the Hague. And even though it was warm out (almost 30 degrees C, 100 degrees F), most everyone skated all day.

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Wild in the Streets: Romania!

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If there was one word to describe our Wild in the Streets celebration in Brasov, Romania, "gnarly" had to be it. Gnarly was seeing more than 150 people gathered for pure skateboarding. Gnarly was conquering the streets and stopping rush-hour traffic for several minutes. Gnarly was witnessing perfect frontside flips and tré flips stuck on wet marble. Gnarly was riding a skateboard behind a police vehicle together with friends. Gnarly was watching a huge crowd of skaters acting civilized for their sport.

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2nd Avenue #5

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2nd Avenue #5

Title: 2nd Avenue Zine
Publisher: Colin Kinniburgh
Issue Number: 5
Date: Spring 2004
Page Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 22
Printing method: Black and white photocopy (with a four-color cover!)
Price: Email the publisher.
Email: the2ndavenuezine at aol.com (Use the @ symbol with no spaces around it.)
Web site: 2nd Avenue Zine

Aw, yeah! Here be the fifth issue of 2nd Avenue Zine, straight outta Brooklyn...and sportin’ the traditional (for this zine, anyway) four-color cover, to boot. The rest of you zine makers better step it up and go color, too! Just stop buying food and you can afford it. This latest issue features ’80s vert pro Mike McGill dropping in on a hot Autumn skate shop ad; spot profiles of Bobby’s Bank Ledge in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and an Amazing Bank in the middle of nowhere, France; an interview with photographer Bob Kronbauer; plus the obligatory music / video reviews and a nice photo gallery, as well. It’s all wrapped-up with a hilarious Gonz article called The Best Weekend Ever, Part II: Gonzomania! Good job, Colin! This is a well-put together issue, for sure, and you alls is missin’ out if you don’t getchaself one.