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Braydon on Ambiguous Northwest Skate Tour 2007!

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All of you Pacific Northwest Emeriheads better keep an eye out for Emerica pro Braydon Szafranski on the Ambiguous Northwest Skate Tour 2007! They will do a signing on Friday, September 14 at 2:00 p.m. at Tactics 375 W. 4th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon, phone (541) 349-0087; followed by a demo on the same day at 5:00 p.m. at Springfield Skatepark 1276 G Street, Springfield, Oregon, phone (541) 736-4104.

The second signing will go down on Saturday, September 15 at 12:00 noon at Exit Real World 502 Chemeketa Street North, Salem, Oregon, phone (503) 585-EXIT. The third signing will be on the same day at 3:00 p.m. at The Office 2139 East Burnside, Portland, Orgeon, followed by a demo at 5:00 p.m. at Burnside Skatepark under the Burnside Bridge.

The tour ends with a signing on Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 p.m. at Skatebarn West, 2900 Lind Avenue Southwest, Renton, Washington, phone (425) 656-2863, followed by a demo at 4:00 p.m. out front.

Andrew Reynolds Sugar Mag Cover!

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First it was the kickflip fakie on the cover of Concrete. Then it was the Wallenburg backside flip on the cover of Thrasher. The third time was an absolute charm with a Bercy big five back heel on the cover of The Skateboard Mag. Now, Emerica legend Andrew Reynolds loosens up his gnar boots for a lil' quarterpipe fun on the brand-new cover of French skate mag Sugar. That's four covers so far this year for Drew. I guess that's why they call him The Boss! As if that weren't enough, peep the absolutely massive 18-page article inside Sugar about Emerica's Terreur Tour through France back in May. Each team rider got his very own spread!

Hymns for Demons Art Show!

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All you Emerica heads in Belgium better head on over to the opening reception of the Hymns for Demons art show featuring Ed Templeton, Atelier Van Lieshout and Edward Lipski this coming Thursday, September 6, 2007 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Tim Van Laere Gallery Verlatstraat 23-25 2000 in Antwerp, Belgium, phone 32-3 257 14 17. If you miss the opening, the show will be hanging up for your viewing pleasure from September 6 through October 20, 2007.

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