News From February 2002

Foundation Pickings from the Glam Boys.

Watch out you hoosers! Around the middle of April the Glam Boys are setting out and up to Vancouver, BC for the Slam Jam contest on May 3rd. They''''re sticking close to the west coast hitting spots along the way through California, Oregon and Washington. No set demos, so if you want to catch this band of traveling marauders you''''ll have to be on your toes. Keep an eye on your most bang''''n spots and parks, cause these guys aren''''t messing around with no curb checkers.

Checkout some photos from the Foundation Tour in Puerto Rico. Pictures

Justin Strubing is feeling a lot better after being sick for a few weeks with something awful he picked up from South America in which he lost 20 lbs. Nothing can keep this guy down, Justin Strubing is invincible. Now better, Justin will be working on his Big Brother interview and finishing up his part for the new Emerica video coming out soon. Is a shoe in the works for Justin?

Pick up the new 411 DVD issue 49 and check out the Foundation''''s Tragic Hysteria Tour Section. It always looks like those F guys have so much fun? Watch the section today! Watch the CHAOS!!!!!!!

Foundations new "POP TOP" board construction is getting rave reviews all over the world for it''''s strength, pop, and durability. You have to check them out!

The Foundation Team is hammering out a section for the controlled chaos in 411 issue 52. Look out for the Chaos coming soon.

Daniel Shimizu has been working on a Rosemead video with his ripping friends up in Rosemead.

Jon West recently finished Filming and Editing The Board Kennel video which is his local shop up in White Rock B.C. This video is really good with a lot of 16mm film.

Tony Silva is all better from a tweaked ankle and is looking forward to going on the upcoming West Coast Chaos Tour. Come out and see Tony kill everything in his path.

Ethan Fowler is working on a long awaited Trans World interview and the rumors are that it will be amazing! This should be coming out in the next few months. Ethan has been on fire all winter and is very excited about all of the upcoming tours he will be on this year. Ethan is also in Australia shredding the World Cup contest with his laid-back style. Ethan''''s new Vans shoe is done so be on the lookout for one of the best new skate shoes ever designed, not to dope and very durable, it''''s a beauty!

Mike Rusczyk will be skating again soon but in the meantime is will be seen riding his bicycle building up his knee muscle damage by a torn ACL and Surgery.

Posted February 27th, 2002 by el ztaffo

Toy Machine News from the front.

Toy Machine is busily working on its massive summer tour schedule. Possibly around June, the team will be heading out on the open road for several weeks of tooth and nail demoing. Everywhere including the cancelled demos from last year’s buskined tour. There is also some talk about a mini European tour.

Also, look out for Toy Machine’s 3 set DVD. The first will have never before released and much anticipated Live, plus Heavy Metal together. Then the second will have Welcome to Hell, the third Jump off a Building. All with never before seen special features. Keep your ears tuned to this for sure!

Austin Stephens has just broken into the unwieldy world of mobile communications with his new cell phone. Austin also just got the cover of skateboarder, to be out in…. right now! Plus! He has taken up residency with Ed Templeton in OC. These two cats living together is a double threat!

Speaking of OC, VH-1 has been tracking Ed Templeton down for an interview about living in OC. I’m assuming this interest in OC has been stirred up by the movie Orange County. As soon as I here anything about an airdate, I’ll be sure to let you’ all know.

For 2 weeks in March Diego and Austin Stephens are cruzing down to Argentina to skate and shoot for Diego’s upcoming Skateboarder interview. Good Stuff!

Posted February 27th, 2002 by Poo Poo Head.

Pig Wheels New Pig riders?

Corey Duffel is now offending everyone on Pig Wheels. New Pig Wheels riders include Power houses Austin Stephens, Corey Duffle, and PJ Ladd. Does Pig have the best team or what? Seriously, think about it for a second.

Because of the overwhelming demand not to change the design of the Pig backpacks, Pig backpacks has kept its Functional design and changed the material to a lighter weight. Going on a trip this Spring? Don''t forget your Pig Duffle Bag! Pig Duffle Bags are flying off the shelves so get them before they are gone.

New Pig stretch denim pants are in and are said to be the best new pant to come along in years, great fit, no more binding, most comfortable pant ever.

New wheels from Pig include the Pig Kiss Series for all rocking Kiss fans, New Punk Flag wheels, and New Pig Thin Cuts "Out Now!" with Animal Slayer Graphics. Pro Series is still available. Pig Wheels are the most durable Wheels EVER!

Posted February 27th, 2002 by Beagle

Zero Zero or Die!

In darkest January, Jamie did a one man, 24 hour in-and-out, demo in Kansas City that was insane. The ground was frozen, Jamie had to rebuild the whole setup by hand (rocks, skateboards and other ghetto tools were employed), even so, the demo lasted hours. The grueling demo didn't keep Jamie from going on an all night skate mission with Mirko, Wiggins and Lee in tow. That's a rough crew. After that it was a quick flight to Hawaii for some chillin', then off to Japan for a tour with Circa. Matter o' fact, he's still in Japan.

Rattray flew back to Scotland to retrieve his Visa, upon returning he will be in the US of A for an extended stay. Rattray's the best thing out of Scotland since The Rezillos, but I guess you know that by now. Come on...Rezillos...Punk Band...Scottish...

Jon Allie is officially living the thug life now that he's sporting cornrows. A player in the making, he's been handing out beat downs at the Zero Park on a regular basis. He's also been getting a grip of coverage, peep the Skater of the Year issue of Thrasher for some.

Adrian Lopez is filming his ass off, but during down time he's been playing some drums and catching quick flights to Vegas. There have been at least 3 trips to Vegas in the last month (that he'll admit to), but I suspect more. No reports on whether he's winning or loosing $$ on these trips but word has it that one of his cohorts on the last trip dropped a cool 2 g's...Keep in mind, that's a homie without a shoe deal. Speaking of shoes, get yourself some of Adrian's new Circas, they come with a heap of goodies and are badass. Shops around here sold out of their first shipments within days.

Ryan Smith has been lurking lately. Right now he's in Canada, but soon he'll be back in San Diego. Check out the spankin' new RDS video cause he has a killer part in it. CCS is now sponsoring the young Canadian, so he'll be making regular appearances in their catalogues and videos (?)

Matt Mumford is enjoying his new house. Enough Said. Also spotted at the usual hangout (Zero Park) with Chad Bartie. Man when those two get together to skate it's enough to make a brotha sick.

Lindsey Robertson is holding it down in Ft. Lauderdale.

Bobier is holding it down in Encinitas.

Everybody is filming.

Posted February 27th, 2002 by Oooh Billy!

Tum Yeto Inferior Media.

Strength March 2002: Chris Pastras sounds off in Sound Off!

Transworld May 2002: Starting point with Ethan Fowler, pg. 124. Trick tip with Justin Strubing, pg. 127. Ed Templeton feebles grinds a virgin rail, pg. 186. Jamie Thomas 5-0s a bunch/water gap, pg. 189. Justin Strubing, b’s 180 over some stuff, pg. 250-251. Jon Allie get gnarl on page 293. Jon Allie gets a check out pg. 372.

Slap April 2002: Congrats to Slap for an amazing 10 years!!! Jamie Thomas on page 12. Ed Templeton feebles a grind on page 75. A small photo of Jason Adams on page 97. Kris Markovich, b/s smith page 107. John Rattray, gap to f/s tail, pg. 110. Caswell Berry on a tall b/s lip, pg. 116.

Thrasher April 2002: Austin Stephens, pg. 131. Caswell Berry page 134. Ryan Smith pg. 140. Jon Allie page 142. Richie Belton page 144. Ethan Fowler goes stale fish on page 153. Ethan again! Over the back lip pg, 163.

Posted February 27th, 2002 by Dookie Boy

Zero Zero site is up!

This just in! After months and months of tinkering and adjusting and readjusting, the new Zero site is state of the art. New flash skillz are amazing. It's finished and ready for your veiwing pleasure. Enjoy,
Posted February 25th, 2002 by el ztaffo

Deathbox Dave Hackett interveiw.

Check out the Skateboarder exclusive interview with the legendary man that is David Hackett. This candid interview covers the roots and progression of skateboarding. Where it's been, where it is now and where it's going. Meanwhile setting the groundwork for Deathbox and it's renaissance team of all-stars.

Check it out!

Posted February 21st, 2002 by el ztaffo

Tum Yeto Washington Street Skatepark Update.

This just in, the blueprints to the Washington Street Skatepark.

The ultimate goal is to have the park up and running by the beginning of June, 2002.

The Washington Street Skatepark is located at the bottom of Washington Street and Pacific Highway under the freeway. The park will be free to the public and all are welcome. In order to skate the park you must become a member of the W.S.S.A. organization (also free of charge), accomplished simply by signing a waiver (available at Hanger 18 Skateboard Supply). For more info, check out

Posted February 21st, 2002 by Claypool

Deathbox TSOL ticket giveaway.

Death Box and TSOL have joined forces and are giving away some Unity Fest tickets for So. Cal dates. TSOL and Death Box go way back, friends are founders and founders are friends. Go to and enter to win. It's just too easy.
Posted February 18th, 2002 by el ztaffo

Zero Winner for January!

New study suggests that bees can think! However, the new study proved that they can not. Our very own Andrew elmo is the first winner of the year. And he has got the fever! He wins the new Firebird deck, the Zero rip-stop cargo pants, a set of 52mm green punk wheels, Blackwidows, 2 tees, a skull beanie, Zero or Die cap, a skull embossed belt, a new skull embossed bracelet, a pair of skull socks, a new Army zip-up sweatshirt, a skull banner and a Tum Yeto flag, plus a hand full of stickers! This heavy box was sent to elmo's house in Dearborn, Michigan.

Now split like siamese twins, and one of you die. Click here to enter next months drawing.

Posted February 15th, 2002 by el ztaffo

Tum Yeto Washington Street Skatepark.

The Washington Street Skatepark is happening! Thanks to the W.S.S.A. - The Washington Street Skatepark Association is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to building free, skater run parks in conjunction with federal and local government, local businesses, and residents. Just in case you forgot and for more information, the url is:
Posted February 6th, 2002 by el ztaffo

Foundation Vote for your favorite decks.

The Foundation and BD4D deck design submissions are now over. All of the submissions have been counted and there is a whopping 1300 deck designs. Go to to vote for your favorite. The top 40 votes will then be narrowed to 5 winners by our prestigous panel of judges. The 5 winners will get their design printed on a board. Now go vote sukka fishes!
Posted February 6th, 2002 by el ztaffo