Friday, December 15, 2006

British Riders Cut the Mustard for Burton European Open 2007

British and Nike ACG Snowboarders Dan Wakeham, Angus Leith, and Rebecca Cullum have all been selected to compete at the Burton European Open this year. Naturally the trio are all super-stoked, as are we here at Kaos.

The Burton European Open will be held once again in the freestyle mecca of Laax in Switzerland between the 20th-27th January 2007; the comp makes up one fifth of the Burton Open series and promises to be a huge event for all involved with over 450 riders competeing in Mens, Womens and Juniors Halfpipe and Slopestyle. Dan and Angus will be ripping it up in the pipe and Rebecca will be throwing down some smooth runs in the slopestyle.

With $125,000 up for grabs in prize money, it promises to be a action-packed affair. With the Air & Style behind us, this comp looks to be as big, with some of the most talented riders in the world turning up. Last years event was dominated by the Finnish brigade, but this years competition may prove to much with riders such as Nicolas Mueller, David Benedek, Fredi Kalbermatten, and Burton prodigy Peetu Piironen all signed up as well as Shaun White's first outing in this comp. With the first double-corked 1260 being laid down in competition at the Air & Style, look out for big things.

So, whatever you're doing that week, make sure you say a prayer for our kids and wish them well......more to follow

For more info please check the website

Monday, December 04, 2006

Nokia Air and Style 2006 hailed as 'best ever'

The first weekend in December this year saw the Kaos team witness the return of the Air and Style competition. This is one of the most established European comps around and attracts the worlds top riders; even the Flying Tomato flew in for his only European date this season.

Among the riders were Hampus Mosesson, Nicolas Muller, Mathieu Crepel, and local hero David Benedek who all represent the Nokia team.

Before they demonstrated their skills in front the of a sell-out 30,000 strong crowd, the team spent half an hour chatting and signing autographs before the dizzzying flashbulbs of the industry's press.

When the time came, our riders did not fail to impress. All succeeded in progressing through the first rounds with the exception of Nicolas, whose first round draw was against fellow team mate and Munich resident David Benedek. The epic battle that ensued saw David stomp his huge double-corked 1260 (a feat never before achieved in competition) to outclass Nicolas whose attempt at a one-footed misty 720 nearly came off, but was talked about for the rest of the evening.

Hampus and Mathieu progressed after toppling Torstein Horgmo and Christophe Schmidt respectively, demonstrating some real flair and old fashioned guts to get through to the semis, where they were beaten by Risto Matilla and eventual winner Travis Rice. Elsewhere David's 1260 proppelled him through to the super final, where a imperfect landing saw him grab 4th place. The standard of this final was illustrated by the omission of Shaun White who didn't manage to even qualify for it, despite landing all his tricks.

Additionally, the rookie comp saw some great demonstration of young talent, with 16-yearold Mikkel Bang of Norway taking top podium place. Furthermore the FMX comp was won by American teenager Wiley Fullmer.

All in all, a great day for the boys from Nokia and Air and Style, with this years event hailed as the 'best ever'. However, there wasn't much time for Nicolas and Mathieu to dwell on their performances as they were soon to head out to Japan to compete in the X-Trail event.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Zoe Gillings Sets The Pace in Kaprun SBX

Rounding off an outstanding weekend for the Nike ACG team, Zoe Gillings has been back on the podium having competed at the SBX Europa Cup event in Kaprun, Austria.

With the World Cup season yet to start, Zoe has been biding her time to get into a competitive race and led the British field over in Austria this weekend. Zoe’s eagerness to get back into race mode was never in any doubt as she posted by far and away the quickest time in qualifying for the knockout stages. She was half a second quicker than her closest competitor in a field that mainly comprised of World Cup athletes.

Zoe eased her way through the knockout stages by winning her first two heats with relative ease.

In the final she set herself a target of getting to the front of the field by the first section of the course in order to save herself from possible injury and tangles with other competitors. When it didn’t fall into place for her she shadowed the front two runners and coasted across the line in third.

The following day had a secondary race but Zoe was rested with her pace having been confirmed and good health in mind.

Zoe’s very much looking forward to the World Cup season kicking off. The next stop is Bad Gastein, Austria on 14th / 15th December for 2 World Cup Events.

Padski Lays It Down in Les Diablerets and Bags Fall Line Cover

Paddy Graham, British Half-pipe champion, has just savaged some of the fiercest competition out there to win the Monster Park Open Jam in Les Diablerets, Switzerland.

… and he’s bagged the cover of Fall Line Skiing this month too!

This is Paddy’s second international slopestyle title, having won the Polish Open last season as well.

Paddy beat off some outstanding competition with a variety of tricks that would have done him proud on a one hit Big Air event, let alone a slopestyle course.

His line off the kickers included a switch cork 7 true tail - switch cork 5 nose - bio 7 rev mute - bio 9 rev mute on the step up.

Paddy travelled to across from Laax having just heard he'd bagged the cover of the latest Fall Line. He also has a centre spread with more stunning shots from his trip to New Zealand in August.

It won't stop there though, on the back of his success over the weekend Paddy has been asked back to Diablerets next week to shoot with Weski Mag. He's also going to fit in the Jib Night in Verbier on 9th December.
Also in attendance was fellow Nike ACG rider Angus Leith, mixing it up amongst the snowboarders. Angus put down some great runs to qualify for the final which was eventually won by Tonton Holland.

Early Season Promise for Dan Wakeham

Dan Wakeham's nerve was tested this weekend by bad luck and poor conditions in Saas Fee for the opening Nokia FIS World Cup Half-pipe of the season. However, Dan can be more than pleased with what he has achieved over the past few days.

The FIS had scheduled a double-header mindful of the fact that this is the only weekend of World Cup competition before the World Championships in Arosa (20th January). This meant the riders had at least two days of competition to look forward to. In the first, Dan had to contend with a disappointing 37th position, having fallen in both his qualifying runs.

However, Dan's second day of competition (Friday) saw him back to form as he put down some really competitive runs in qualifying. In fact, his best score of 33.1 was good enough to qualify him in 3rd place in his heat and guarantee him a spot in the finals on Saturday.

Dan was very much looking forward to going head to head with the likes of Risto Mattilla and Marrku Koski on Saturday but woke to find high winds had closed the mountain. It was a real blow to contend with as Dan had seemingly been guaranteed at least a top 12 finish at the event a day earlier but the results were scrapped altogether with the cancellation of the finals.

Needless to say, Dan is upbeat about his performance. Amongst a highly competitive field he has once again underlined his credentials. According to Dan “it was a good start for the competitive season for me and it has filled me with confidence as I go in to my next event which is the world championships”.

Monday, November 13, 2006

only a surfer knows the feeling......

"When the honesty of everything around you is up to question, only nature's force is beyond reproach. And nothing clarifies that better, faster, and without compromise than an ocean wave. On this you can rely. Like your child saying, 'I love you,' the ocean is something you should be awash in every day."
- Gary Sirota (surfer, ocean advocate, rich in love)

Fylnns Reef - Phillip Is. Vic. - I had a dream day there when I went back to Oz for a couple of weeks. Posted by Picasa

Nike ACG Team Rocks Winterjam

It was the Winterjam in Stockholm ( ) over the weekend and it was a great event for the Nike ACG team.

Friday was the big air ski event and we had a pretty good base of riders with Andreas, Rich, Roy, Martin and a new guy from Norway Thomas, who ripped and blew everyone away for his first big contest.


The event was called the ‘King of Style’ and the judges made it clear they were looking for style ahead of rotation.

Rich was determined from the start of the day and it showed in his face as you can tell!!


However you needed to be doing stylie 10’s to make the final. Even Jon Olssens double Lincoln Loop to switch (which has been perfected over summer in a water jump and he now puts down perfect every time) was not rated by the judges and he made the final only by a wildcard (home town favourite!!) entry.

medium_Winterjam_roy_life2.jpgRoy was bummed not to make the final but rode exceptional for his first major big air contest and has a big future no question.

Nike ended up with 4 of the final 8 qualified entries to the first final and after the first round of jumps we placed 1- 4. However, after the second jump, it was Andreas and Rich who made it to the ‘super-final’ with Sammy Carlson and Jon Olssen (who kept doing the same trick – not rated in the early rounds but with the TV cameras rolling for some reason it was getting points!) His entry edged out Martin to 5th so with good reason, Martin was pissed right off as he was riding amazing, going bigger than anyone all day and deserved to be in the final four.medium_martin_air.jpg Here's martin going massive as he was all day.

Our new rookie Thomas came 6th overall so before the super final Nike had a guaranteed 4 of the top 6th places.

In the super final, Rich and Andreas kept stomping everything and either could have won except for Sammy Carlson leaving his best amplitude and style to last and rinsing the final field on his last 2 jumps. medium_Winterjam_sweden_martin_life.jpg

We were all stoked for Rich especially as it was his best placing in a field of this calibre and will set him up for X Games entry and hopefully a bigger and better career from now on.

Results from King of Style 10:th of November

King of Style: SAMMY CARLSON
2:nd: Richard Permin
3:rd: Andreas Håtveit
medium_Winterjam_sweden_101106_481.jpg 4:th: Jon Olsson
5:th: Martin Mishof
6:th: Thomas Dölpads
7:th: Peter Olenick
8:th: Niklas Karlström
9:th: Charles Garnier
10th:Taisuke Kusunoki

Saturday was snowboarding big air and part of the Nokia FIS series. Nike ACG had Flo Mausser riding for the Austrian team. Again in the snowboarding, it was a world class field. Flo was riding in top form from the outset despite the crap weather...he just had to keep uping the ante as the riding from the rest of the field improved over the course of the day. But Flo was well up to the task stomping 9's and 10's in the final with perfect grabs and amplitude. At the end Flo finished forth in a field of over 80 of Europe and the worlds best.


Flo was stoked on his 4th. His next event is the Nokia big air in Paris early december.


2:nd Peetu Piiroinen
3:rd Risto Mattila
4:th Florian Mausser
5:th Andreas Wiig
6:th Stefan Gimpl
7:th Giacomo Kratter
8:th Benedikt Nadig

Both events had pretty good after-parties. An amazingly high proportion of Swedish girls are stunners so the Nike team had a couple of great nights and look forward to heading back to next years event.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Nike ACG "Die-cut" DVD launch

Nike ACG is releasing it’s brand new snowboard DVD, “Die-cut”.

“Die-cut” will officially launch on YOZ (eurosport) on Friday November 3rd in the evening (check listings for exact time) with a special show around the athletes and their video parts. The DVD features the best riders from around Europe, including UK ACG riders Dan Wakeham, Paddy Graham and Murray Buchan, and was shot at locations across the globe.

For more information about the launch on Eurosport check out;

You can also sign up on to receive a free copy of the video and find out more about the riders and product;

Burton "For Right or Wrong" dvd premier

Burton’s global movie tour premiering their new DVD, “For Right or Wrong”, will stop off in London on the 7th November.

"For Right or Wrong" takes an inside look at what it's like to snowboard for a living and combines action and documentary-style footage about riders' lives both on and off the hill.

Not only does the London premier have the best venue but also gets the most amount of global team riders… Terje Haakonsen, Mads Jonsson, Keir Dillon, Kelly Clark, Nicolas Müller and DCP will all be hanging out and doing a signing session during the night. And the first 500 through the door will have the chance to win either a Burton Audex Motorola jacket or Motorola’s latest phone the KRZR. There will also be Burton giveaways and a few extra treats later on.

Pick up your flyer at your local Burton snowboard dealer as this is your ticket to the event and must be completed to gain entry. No ticket no entry and it’s first come first served!

Venue: Clapham Grand, 21-25 St Johns Hill, Clapham Junction, SW11 1TT. Entry from 7pm.

See the Burton website for a short film preview and tour stop venue details;

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Bob Burnquist's Mega Ramp

The largest skateboard ramp in the world can be found on a 12-acre farm north of San Diego, created by the Brazilian pro skater Bob Burnquist.

Approximately 360 feet long, the ramp is 75 feet high at its apex. That is where riders begin their run, speeding down a 180-foot-long roll-in to a ramp that launches them across a 70-foot gap with trapeze netting below. Landing on a 27-foot sloped section, they then boost up to 50 feet above the ground from a 30-foot quarterpipe. A shorter route begins with a 55-foot-tall platform leading to a 50-foot gap, and the 30-foot quarterpipe.
Completed in September after more than a year of construction, Burnquist’s Mega Ramp cost $280,000, part of which was covered by his apparel sponsors Oakley and Hurley. Although not the first — the X Games builds one each year — it is the world’s only permanent Mega Ramp.

The only visitor to ride so far has been professional skater and Mega Ramp pioneer Danny Way. Not wanting to risk injury, other elite skaters have been waiting for the end of the competition season. But beginning next month and continuing through the winter, many of them will descend on Burnquist’s backyard.

Read the full article;

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Protest Jib-Vids on show at the Metro Ski and Snowboard Show

There will be a showing of the 10 Greatest Protest Jib-Vids of all time on each day of this year's Metro Ski and Snowboard Show, London.
If you have so far missed the chance to come to Tignes to share in the Protest Jib-Vid over the last two years, then why not try and attend one of the shows at the Boardroom Bar in the grand halls of Olympia, London.
The show times are:

Wednesday 18th 1930
Thursday 19th 1600
Friday 20th 1930
Saturday 21st 1330
Sunday 22nd 1030

Everyone is welcome to come and join the party as we relive the best of the Protest Jib-Vid in association with the Metro Ski and Snowboard Show, for more details on the rest of the events at this years show, check out

Monday, September 18, 2006

Cypress Mountain

It was all hands on deck last Tuesday and Wednesday, as key VANOC officials together with representatives from the Canadian Snowsports Association (CSSA) and Canadian Snowboard Federation (CSF) reviewed the developments at Cypress Mountain.

Cypress Mountain, the to-be-site of Snowboard and Freestyle Skiing
competitions in 2010, is located in North Vancouver and will be the only snow sport venue in the greater Vancouver area.

Basically, they have finished constructing the mogul and aerial courses ontime and on budget. The final grading of the courses should be finished intwo weeks. The snow making and lighting will be completed next summer. Work for the three Snowboard disciplines is just starting. While a lot remains to be done, the situation is totally under control by VANOC and the team at Cypress.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

British Surf Team Announced

With surfing growing massively year-on-year as a mainstream UK sport, 2006 could see our country’s surf team consolidate Britain’s presence as a key surfing nation at the World Surfing Games on California’s Huntingdon Beach. On Friday 8th September the British Surfing Association announced the names of the Freespirit British Surf team members who have earned the prestigious places representing the country in the event which is widely regarded as surfing’s equivalent to the Olympic Games.

The International Surfing Association’s World Surfing Games will take place at Huntington Beach, California from October 14th – 22nd and over 350 competitors from 35 nations will be entering. British hopes are high as a result of an extremely credible 10th placing in Ecuador in the 2004 games, and those selected represent the cream of UK surfing talent.

Left - Right. Johnny Fryer, Sam Lamiroy, Alan Stokes, Ben Skinner, Mark Harris

Open: Alan Stokes, Mark Harris, Johnny Fryer, Sam Lamiroy
Bethan Mason, Robyn Davies
: Damien Prisk, Bjorn Storey
Women’s Bodyboard:
Gemma Harris
Longboard:Ben Skinner

The British Surfing Association Official Website

Jesus Surf Classic

The weekend of 9th -10th September saw the 14th running of the Jesus Surf Classic at Croyde Bay, North Devon. After an anxious wait , Sunday lunch time saw the arrival at last of the swell needed for the competition to begin.

3 out of the 8 planned finals were held in 2-3 feet of clean surf late Sunday afternoon. The Junior ladies was won by Gwen Spurlock from Wales. The Youth division was again closely contested, with Braunton's Alex Baker, who came 3rd in 2005, taking away the prize this year. The longboards certainly made the most of the good conditions with local Ashley Braunton coming out on top.

The five remaining surf competition categories, Open surfing, Junior surfing (U18 ), Cadet surfing ( U16 ), Masters surfing ( Over 35's ) and Ladies surfing have been carried over until October 14-15 at Croyde Bay. This replaces the Bude Surf Classic, also run by Christian Surfers UK, which had just been cancelled.

Obviously for organisers, Christian Surfers UK and competitors alike, the lack of swell was frustrating. However, there was a great spirit amongst the 150 competitors who had arrived with their families and friends for the weekend. The weather was glorious and the majority of competitors and spectators chilled around together at the contest site on Saturday, watching movies on the big plasma screen in the marquee, enjoying a BBQ, and watching or competing in the skate contest.Games had been organised to provide entertainment, including a team volley ball competition and paddle races during the afternoon.

Check out the Christian Surfers website

Time Inc. puts Transworld Media up for sale

September 12, 2006

Time Inc. plans to put the Parenting Group and most of its Time4 Media magazines up for sale today -- kicking off much-anticipated but previously uncertain asset dispositions by the country's biggest magazine publisher.

One of the Time4 Media businesses for sale is TransWorld Media (TW Skateboarding, TW Snowboarding, TW Surf, TW Motocross, Ride BMX, Quad).

Time Inc sent a statement to their employees today, stating that: “Time Inc. is focusing its energy, resources and investment on our largest and most profitable brands, brands that have demonstrated an ability to draw large audiences in print and digital form.”

In all there are 18 print titles for sale. 440 employees work at the Time4 Media titles involved and another 120 work at The Parenting Group.

Read the full article here;

Thursday, August 31, 2006

European Wakeboard Championships 2006

The UK team has just returned from the 2006 EAME Wakeboard Championships in Vilvoorde,Belguim. We're pleased to announce that out of the possible 9 medals the team could win they did us proud and won 6 in the following categories:

Open Men Gold : Ben Hitch
Open Ladies Gold : Louise Moore
Girls Gold : Nicola Butler
Jr Men Silver : Nick Davis
Boys Silver : Kris Janczuk
Team : Gold medal

This is the 5th occasion Britain has won this highly acclaimed title in the eight year history of the event.
In Total there were 12 countries present with 110 riders over four days of very intensive competition.

For full results visit the EAME website;

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Globe Bowlbash

On August 26th and 27th the fourth qualification of the Bowlbash will take place at the legendary pool in Algorta at the Basque coast at La Cantera skatepark. The prize money will be 1000 euros divided over the 1st till 5th place, with the five best riders also qualifying for the grand finals and a part in the Globe Bowlbash TV show and photoshoots.

More information:

New Zealand Free Ski Open 2006

Right: Paddy Graham performs a tweaked-out tail-grab

The southern hemisphere’s largest event of its kind kicked off on the 15th August at Snow Park NZ, with 45 men and women pushing their limits on the massive 150m long halfpipe, impressing judges and wowing audiences throughout the day.

The halfpipe event was followed up the next day by slopestyle. The slopestyle course began with a quarterpipe-style drop-in, down to a custom Snow Park NZ stair feature. Skiers then approached a gap-to-snow box, before moving to a 14m jump, followed by an 18m jump. They completed the course by hitting a flat-down rail and a jump-to-down box, which is the latest craze in free skiing slopestyle and makes for spectacular tricks, such as 900 and 1080 rotations.

Canadian Kaya Turski, who is also a pro rollerblader, picked up the winning title for the women’s slopestyle event. Jossi Wells (16), who is now New Zealand’s top freestyle skier, came first in the men’s slopestyle , pulling a switch 720 double nose grab, a switch 630 before landing successfully on the rail, as well as a switch 1080. UK Nike ACG rider Paddy Graham came 13th in the Men’s Slopestyle event and an impressive 9th in the Superpipe comp.

To keep up to date with the NZ Open check out

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Braehead Orange Aim Series

The 2006 Orange AIM Series delivered the British Indoor Slopestyle Championship event in Glasgow on Saturday 5th August. Premiering at the Braehead SNO!zone, the National Freeski and Snowboard competition attracted over 500 competitors and spectators to the brand new complex at Xscape.
The skiing competition saw Nike ACG rider, Murray Buchan, leading the pack with a switch 270 on along the flat down rail and a switch 270 on 270 off over the box, taking the title of British Indoor Slopestyle Champion at the young age of 14!

Skiing Results:
1st - Shelley Jones, Stoke-on-Trent
2nd - Kerry Daniels, Castleford
3rd - Amber Connors, Milton Keynes

1st - Murray Buchan, Edinburgh
2nd - Charlie Smith, Stoke-on-Trent
3rd - Will Burrows, Sheffield

Snowboard Results:
1st - Laura Berry, Milton Keynes
2nd - Kirsty Taylor, Angus
3rd - Claire Frost, Aberdeen

1st - Jamie Nicholls, Bradford
2nd - Damian Doyle, Castleford
3rd - Gordon Adam, Moray

The next event on the Orange AIM Series calendar is the British Indoor boarder / skiercross championships, plus slopestyle at Milton Keynes SNO!zone on Saturday 19th August 2006. For more info about the series and upcoming dates, check out:

Friday, August 04, 2006

The Park and Etnies Girl Party

The Park is a contemporary streetwear trade show held in the Vinyl Factory, off London’s Carnaby Street. Industry people were invited to browse through the spring/summer collections of brands such as gravis, etnies, burton, volcom, es and emerica; with buyers deciding what’s going to be in the stores in the coming months. It’s hard work shopping and networking, so to tie in with the launch of their new spring/summer collection, Etnies threw a party at the CC Club in Piccadilly Circus. A free bar courtesy of Bacardi was a major draw for many of the industry insiders and team riders. The party kicked off with a fashion show by Etnies, with girls dancing to banging beats in their Bon Voyage and Cowboy Junkies collection threads. The party continued until the early morning with DJs from Guilty Pleasures and Sweet Mayhem.

Check out upcoming Park Events at
To see the Etnies Girls new collection for yourself

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Winter Olympics 2010 Funding Package

UK Sport has revealed a £6m package for the cycle up to the next Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, in 2010. This is an overall 20% increase for winter sports, with bob skeleton and curling, which have been Britain's most successful events at the last two Olympics, receiving the bulk of the cash.

However the alpine skiing and snowboarding budget up until the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver has been reduced by almost 50% from £1.72m to £922,000.

As well as cutting the overall budget, Slalom skiers Alain and Noel Baxter will no longer receive Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) individual sponsorship cash because their World Cup and Olympic results were not good enough. Only downhill skiers Finlay Mickel and Chemmy Alcott and snowboarder Zoe Gillings will receive this.

Cockburn, Snowsport GB's chief executive, said “It will be youngsters who are targeting the 2014 and 2018 Games who will see their programmes cut. This means we will have to try and get more commercial income to keep British skiing performing at the highest level."

At 24, Noel Baxter will get his funding cut
before he reaches his prime

Read about the funding package at

Friday, July 28, 2006

Saas Fee Ride 2006

The second event in the 2006 Ride series took place on Saturday 22nd July in the glacial resort of Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

The first discipline of the day was Half Pipe. The pipe, 110 metres in length, 20 metres wide and 5 metres in height, was in great shape considering the heavy rain fall on Friday evening. Paddy Graham (Nike ACG, Line), one of Britain's finest freestyle athletes, put together a smooth run with a Corked 540 mute grab and Alley oop flat spin 720. This earned him a deserved 3 rd place podium finish. Another UK pro rider, Murray Buchan (Nike ACG) took home 7th place in the Men's Halfpipe.
In the woman's event Beanie Milne Home (White Stuff, Dynastar) from Scotland came 3 rd with alley oops on both walls and good height.

During the competition many athletes were travelling around 25 metres in the air from take off to landing. A huge variety of jumps were being thrown down including Cork's, Double Grabs, Underflips, Switch 5's, 7's, and 9's. All athletes were given two hits at the kickers and the best score out of the two jumps counted.

Half Pipe
Men: 1st place - Loic Collomb Patton (France), 2nd Place - Oscar Harlaut (SWE),3rd Place - Paddy Graham (UK)
Women: 1st Place - Marta Ahrenstedt (SWE), 2nd Place - Sofie Windstedt (SWE), 3rd Place - Beanie Milne Home (UK)

Big Air
Men: 1st Place - Henrik Harlaut (SWE), 2nd Place - Paddy Graham (UK), 3rd Place- Loic Collomb Patton (FRA)Women: 1st Place - Marta Ahrenstedt (SWE), 2nd Place - Terri Spencer (UK), 3rd Place - (Joint) Vanessa Colletta (France) / Sofie Windstedt (SWE)

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Globe Bowlbash Burnley, UK

On July 15th and 16th, the third qualification of the ‘Globe BowlBash’ took place, with Professional and amateur Skateboarders joining the contest in the Interact skatepark in Burnley. Eighteen-year-old Nicholas Cornell from Newport pulled everything out of his closet and won the BowlBash qualification convincingly. The five highest ranked skateboarders of the Globe BowlBash in Burnley qualified for the Finals that will take place in the Area51 skatepark in the Netherlands, October 13-15th. The next qualification events will take place in Algorta Spain, August 26-27th and October 14th in Eindhoven, the day before the Grand finals.

The results (qualified for the Grand Finals)
1. Nicholas Cornell
2. Jasper Tattersall (15 UK)
3. Josh Parr (14 UK)
4. Sam Becket (14 UK)
5. Stephen Roe (20 UK)
Best trick: Darryl Cashman, Backside Tailslide Bigspin

Keep track on how Europe’s best transition skateboarders kill Europe’s sickest bowls on

Monday, June 26, 2006

Red Bull Storm Chase!

Red Bull and Big Sexy Pictures proudly present the most challenging windsurf production ever - the Red Bull Storm Chase!

This visionary concept unites all windsurf addicts in several northern European countries in one mind-blasting mega-show on DVD. The basic idea is to feature one big storm in many different spots along the north European coastlines plus to let the stormriders be voted by the community. Go to to keep you informed on every phase of the event

Boiling North Sea at Klitmoller/Denmark//photo_bevis

Friday, June 23, 2006

World Cup Frenzy and Bmibaby winter routes on sale!

To get behind our boys in Germany and to celebrate the football frenzy that's sweeping the nation, bmibaby is offering winning World Cup fares. BMI is offering up to 25% off all its flights for as long as England remain in the World Cup, giving you even more reasons to back Sven's men. The price reduction means that you can now grab fares from as little as £11.95 one way, including taxes & charges!

Also if you’re missing the mountains then it's time to start planning your winter holidays! Bmibaby has recently announced the launch of its winter 2006/07 timetable. So book early to grab the lowest fares!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

53 degrees North (Dublin) - Bungee Jump

On Monday 5th June at the 53 Degrees North store in Dublin, 90 people took part in a promotional Bungee Jump. It was a great way to bring in the summer at the store and lots of fun was had by all!

Nike ACG was supporting the event and great coverage was gained on the local 6 O’clock news as well as on FM 104 with lots of prize giveaways!

If your ever in the area its worth checking out the store @ The Park Carrickmines.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Two British Winners!

Today in the Chevy truck Revolution Tour, ticket to Ride at Mt Hood USA in the 22 foot supper pipe with clear skies, saw 50 men and 26 women competiting in the half pipe event. The UK team members ruled with Dan Wakeham and Kate Foster taking 1st place! The other members of the British team did well, see results;

1st Dan Wakeham (Nike ACG)
2nd Ross Baker USA world cup team
3rd Jake Black USA world cup team
4th Ben Kiner

14th Sam Cullum
31st James Mac veaney
40th Angus Leath (Nike ACG)

Angus had a bad luck day falling on both of his qualifying runs. James had a really good solid run and did well. Sam worked his but off the last 2 weeks and it worked out for him. Ben's was out of 3rd place by 0.1. Dan just killed it! he has also qualified 1st in his heat and 1st over all.

For women
1st Kate Foster
2nd Hayley Simpson USA team
3rd Sabri Ste-Marie USA team

Kate had a unreal day, her last run was the biggest she has ever gone

Slope style is on tomorrow, Nike ACG rider Zoe Gillings is going to do it as well. If you all remember 3 years ago Zoë won the big air at board x. and beat natisha zurck, this time Zoë is up ageist Lindsay Jackbelus as some of the USA bx girls and guys are here as well.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Emerica Presents Wild in the Streets 2006 in London, England

History will be made as skateboarders from all over the world descend upon local cities for a global day in celebration of pure skateboarding.

Wild in the Streets is an unconventional event that is happening simultaneously on the same day globally.
Facilitated by Emerica, Wild in the Streets '06 will bring skaters together from all over London, England and globally for what will turn out to be the largest, out-of-control, kick-ass street session ever. Featuring best trick contests, free product, and plenty more at a series of undisclosed real street locations throughout London, England, skaters truly will be Wild in the Streets with Emerica.

-->25 Jun 2006 @ 12:00 pm

Meet @ Slam city skates, Neals Yard, Covent Garden, London EnglandLondon, England, This event will occur simultaneous to the main Wild in the Streets event kicking off in Chicago, Illinois and carrying across the world in countries such as Chile, Norway, Australia and more. -->

UK and European Emerica team riders..

Skaters from all over London, England are invited to meet up at Meet @ Slam city skates, Neals Yard, Covent Garden, London England. From there, they will receive the local London, England Wild in the Streets skate itinerary. This itinerary will disclose the times and secret skate locations of where the group is headed. The itinerary will also have skating directions from each spot to the next, and will be available only at Meet @ Slam city skates, Neals Yard, Covent Garden, London England at on 25 Jun 2006 @ 12:00 pm.

In addition to providing them with the best, no-nonsense skateboarding shoes and gear available, Emerica believes in the ability of skateboarders to EmPower ourselves to do great things and create our own future!
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Skateboarder makes history

On Friday 2 June, Dave Cornthwaite, a 26 year-old British man from Swansea, made history by rolling in to Land's End and becoming the first person to skateboard the length of Britain this marks the beginning of an epic journey for the skater, who only took up the sport last year.

In August, Cornthwaite will travel with a support team to Australia and attempt to break another world record by skating from Perth to Brisbane, a daunting distance of 4000 miles.
The record-breaking skate is part of a project dubbed 'BoardFree', founded by Cornthwaite with the aim of raising £50,000 for three children's charities, Link Community Development, The Lowe Trust, and Sailability Australia.

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Surf Girl Classic

Surf girl classic calling all ladies who would love to get fit and learn to surf. The Gul SurfGirl Classic weekend is being held at Fistral beach in Newquay on July 8th to July 9th.

This course is aimed at beginners and those who have never surfed before. With tuition from first class English Surf Federation (ESF) coaches as well as GUL team riders (including national champions Beth Mason and Lee Ryan), the course will be much more than a surfing experience.

It includes yoga, fitness tips and massage for relaxation after the days work out and before the night’s festivities. Its a great opportunity for a fun-packed weekend with a group of friends or family, as part of a girl’s holiday or as a way of starting the summer. Free entry into renowned Berties Nightclub or Koola Bar can be arranged for those who want to party
in style.

The Gul SurfGirl weekends are the perfect opportunity for women from 8-80 to learn a new sport, make friends and embrace Cornwall’s vibrant surf culture."

For more information and bookings contact Rob Barber by email: or Tel: 01637 878074.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Nike ACG UK Riders update: 15/06/06

Hi all,

With summer upon us you will have noticed that the weekly updates have been lying dormant for a little while. But fear not, the team are busy mixing up some rest and recuperation with training camps.

So, here’s an update of what’s been going on- I’ll keep these coming intermittently but feel free to get in touch if you need any up to the minute news or info!

Dan Wakeham
Prior to jetting out to Mt. Hood, Dan returned home to Plymouth to earn some cash, working for his Dad. He also kept in shape by visiting Bath University once a week where he caught up with Zoe at the Institute of Sport.

He is now in Mount Hood sessioning a vast playground of pipes, kickers and rails. He has his pick of 21ft pipes which is the standard size for all World Cup & TTR events etc. Check out the attached shot of him coming out of one of the beasts, pulling a massive frontside air.

Dan will be returning in about 10 days before securing a filming trip for the European DVD.

Zoe Gillings
Zoe was 21 yesterday: Happy Birthday!

With only a couple of weeks to rest up after the Dolomites trip she was straight back to Bath for more work on her foot. As part of this programme she has been trying her hand at surfing, which she has loved. Zoe has been feeling really good about the strength gained and was raring to get out to Hood with the gang.

After Mt Hood, Zoe will no doubt be back in the gym prior to heading over to New Zealand for her final preparations before the World Cup season starts in Chile.

Angus Leigh
Angus has been working up in Scotland at his local slope getting some cash together before his summer training. He got back from Italy to find that the Scottish season had been extended and promptly cleaned up in local comps.

Angus is also out in Mt. Hood. This is a great opportunity for him to ride the super pipes and he should gain a lot from his first chance to spend a sustained length of time training in them. Check out the shot of him jibbing the barrel- by the looks of things both he and Dan are rocking the Minima jacket to deal with the heat out there.

Angus will be at the Board Test later this month.

Rebecca Cullum
Since the Dolomites Trip Rebecca has been back at school, but still mixing it up at Bracknell each week.

Rebecca has been selected for the GB Jnr Olympic Team! This takes place in February ‘07 in Jaca, Spain. She still has to go through the formalities of qualifying onto the team at the selection camp in August, but she’s understandably delighted. Rebecca follows in the footsteps of Angus and Zoe who have both competed in the event in years gone by.

Rebecca will also be at the Board Test.

Noddy Gowans
Noddy has been out to Riksgransen, Norway for their national Big Mountain Champs. He had a great time and was happy to laugh off some rather over-zealous local judging. However, he also was out there in order to write a piece for Fall Line. In fact, he has his own freeski column in the Mag next season.

At the moment, Nodds is back in the UK trying to get some cash together and having a break from the hills. He’s hoping to get some climbing and windsurfing in over the summer months and will be doing a lot of work on the column.

Paddy Graham
Paddy is going to be flat out this summer. He’s just got back from the IPP, where he helped to shape and work behind the scenes as well as slaying the park himself. He walked straight off the plane into the AIM Series Schools Tour and is working the trampoline as well as being an ambassador for skiing.

At the beginning of July he travels out to Norway with the European rookies to film their section for the upcoming DVD. He’ll be joined by Muz and a whole host of young talent. From there it’s off to New Zealand for a month where he’ll be taking on Snowpark and hooking up with more of the ACG European family who will be in attendance. It’s a great opportunity for him to train alongside team mates who will push him hard. After New Zealand he’ll have a second stint on the Schools Tour before he gets a chance to finally catch his breath.

Murray Buchan
Murray has had his head down at school since he got back. This hasn’t stopped him from sessioning the rails and kickers at Braehead though. Murray also ventured down to Castleford for Xscapeology last month where he turned heads as per usual.

As mentioned above, he’ll be laying it down with Paddy in Norway as part of the rookie’s filming trip. Prior to the guys leaving, they’ll be shooting LINE’s new ads in Edinburgh as a group.

Tom Last
Tom has been getting some down time in since the adventures of Italy and BUSC and making plans of his own. In fact, he’s going to be juggling studies and skiing next season thanks to being offered a place at Leeds Met for a degree in Music Technology. Tom’s stoked because the faculty will be supporting his skiing through part subsidising his course as well as allowing him to take sustained periods off to go skiing.

Tom will be joining Muz and Paddy in Edinburgh for the LINE shoot.

PWA World Cup Guincho Wave Contest 2006 Day Six

After five days of little wind speculation ended and the sleeping monster woke. Magnificent Guincho on the Estoril coastline finally served up a feast of wind and waves after a weeklong high tension waiting game. As predicted the Nortada wind arrived, slightly onshore at first allowing riders to use 5.7 sails to enjoy the solid waves, and then gradually increased and swung more cross-shore throughout the evening. Logo high sets produced clean walls for spectacular riding and outrageous jumps.

See Seven X Lucy Robsons commentry on the event @

Monday, June 12, 2006

Think you've got what it takes to be an ASSASSIN?

StreetWars is a 3 week long, 24/7, watergun assassination tournament that has already taken place in New York City, Vancouver, Vienna, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and is now coming to London!

At the start of the game you will receive a manila envelope containing the following:

  • A picture of your intended target(s)
  • The home address of your intended target(s)
  • The work address of your intended target(s)
  • The name of your intended target(s)
  • Contact information of your intended target(s)
  • Upon receipt of these items, your (or your team's) mission is to find and kill (by way of
  • water gun, water balloon or super soaker) your target(s).
  • You can hunt your target down any way you see fit; you can pose as a delivery person and jack them when they open the door, disguise yourself and take them out on the street, etc.

If you are successful in your assassination attempt, the person you killed will give you their envelope and the person they were supposed to kill becomes your new target. This continues until you work yourself through all the players and retrieve the envelope with your (or your team's) picture(s) and name(s). Then you win. Cash…but first live in fear.

Go to to sign up!

Go Skateboarding day - 21st June

On June 21 skateboarders around the globe will celebrate the pure exhilaration, creativity, and spirit of one of the most influential activities in the world by blowing off all other obligations to go skateboarding!
Skateboarders everywhere will hold fundraisers, contests, protests, demo’s, they’ll skate across cities, gather in skateparks, stream into their local skate shop and some will even revel in the solitary act of skateboarding alone, all bringing together the skateboarding community in the grind heard around the world. Check out the website for more info @

Friday, June 09, 2006

Eric Koston Exclusive Interview

See this brilliant interview with Eric Koston on his new signing with Lakai, it’s a little old but well worth viewing it!

Go to view Press conference @

Come on England!

The World Cup is upon us, and és are showing their support for the England team with this special edition skate shoe. Not only is it well constructed with all the features you could ask for, but it is also has an encouraging 'Come On England' print on the insole!

  • The 'Standard' skate shoe from és
  • Leather upper
  • Box-stitched ollie protection
  • Padded tongue and collar for comfort
  • Elastic tongue centering straps
  • Full-length EVA internal midsole
  • STI foam level 2 footbed cushioning
  • 400 NBS stitched gum rubber outsole
  • Spare set of red laces
  • Come On England!

To purchase this little baby go to;