News From May 2004

Foundation Foundation takes over the Airwaves!

Gareth Stehr and Daniel Shimizu have kidnapped the Kill Radio station! Breaking news....they will be taking over the waves of Kill Radio this Monday May 31st, 7pm - 10pm.

The channel will be broadcasted over the FM radio waves on 104.7 in the Los Angeles area of Hollywood California.

They will be playing some music, dropping some knowledge and will be giving away some Foundation stuff. Check out for more details.

You can also listen online at

Nevermind the FCC! Support independent radio!

Posted May 27th, 2004 by Tody-Magody

Foundation Mike Rusczyk's new site?

Is this yet another update on the new site Mike is working on?
Posted May 18th, 2004 by el laffo

Tum Yeto Introducing "Go Skateboarding Day" June 21st, 2004

Go Skateboarding Day The International Association of Skateboard Companies and its member companies introduce the historical beginning of the first annual "Go Skateboarding Day". A day for anyone and everyone to take a break from everything else, get together with family and friends and go to your favorite terrain or spot of choice and let the good times roll. Go Skateboarding Day is June 21st which happens to be the first day of summer in North America. While IASC has initiated this Go Skateboarding campaign we hope to see it grow into an international holiday beast of it's own. Just imagine the grind heard round the world. Spread the word, Go Skateboarding Day, June 21st, 2004 All day, all night.
Posted May 17th, 2004 by Donald Rumsfeld

Toy Machine Billy Marks web-exclusive interview.

"There's a whole new team and nobody has really had a full part recently, besides Ed and Austin. Just wait. I think people will be shocked......." Read more of Billy's interview on Thrasher
Posted May 12th, 2004 by small time

Foundation Leo Romero's going pro party.

Everybody Loves Leo! Leo's party out in the Palmdale desert at the Pharmacy house was off the chains. Best trick contest, a band, DJ, Kids in Emerica video premiere, demo, free food, massive product of the best funnest partys ever! Read more about it with Transworld's coverage.
Posted May 12th, 2004 by el ztaffo

Foundation Free tee with the purchase of any Foundation deck!

Whoops, we did it again! We played with your fart....huh I mean heart...yeah that's it. and Foundation have teamed up together to celebrate the release of That's Life by offering you a free tee with the purchase of any Foundation deck. Go click on the Free tee Foundation banner on
Posted May 10th, 2004 by sukka fish

Foundation The beginings of a Mike Rusczyk site?

What is this before me eyes!?!? Could this be the begining of a Mike Rusczyk site??

Peep this sick Rusczyk shit yo.

Posted May 10th, 2004 by Mike Rusczyk rules!

Dekline Some Dekline news for yer ear.

Our guys just got back from Europe safe with stories we're not at liberty to tell...

Gareth has a 4 page interview in the July 2004 issue of Transworld skateboarding called "9 Lives" pages 190-193.

Melcher is Back from Europe and on the road to Texas with Black Label Teammate Ragdoll and later in the summer doing a US Summer tour.

Ben is back in Birmingham and eyeing a few local spots (sent us Photo's) that are just insane. The "Barbarian" has some battles ahead.

Cyril has been skating the LA, Long Beach area with all kinds of heads shooting photo's & filming. Keep your eye's peeled.

Dekline Flow Rider's Sammy Baca & Josh Perkins have been skating like crazy traveling all over the US. Perkins from Capenedick Maine started his US travels in Arizona hitting up the Phoenix Am landing 7th place after qualifying 1st in the "eliminator" round. Great Job Josh! From there he hit up Los Angeles and then is currently working his way back east.

Sammy from Las Vegas is currently staying in Los Angeles skating & filming having fun with his friends giving Dekline's shoes a good run for their money.

Posted May 6th, 2004 by el laffo

Foundation Leo Romero in The Skateboard Mag!

Holey crap! Check out the new issue of The Skateboard Mag!! Leo got a Milestone Interview. 13 freaking pages of top notch, world class skateboarding.

Posted May 6th, 2004 by elztaffo

Dekline THREESIXTEEN Skateboarding contest series

Dekline want’s to congratulate the winners of the April 24th contest at Wooden Waves Skate Park, Reading, PA.

Free Pair of Dekline Shoes Awarded to:
Intermediate & Bowl Jam: MARK SCHWARTZ 1st Place.
Advanced: AARON BEAM 1st Place.
Bowl Jam: RYAN SLOVAK 2nd.
Bowl Jam: TYLER QUINN 3rd place.



Posted May 4th, 2004 by August

Foundation Foundation Skateboards - Fifteen years!

And now a word from our Founder...Tod Swank.

Believe it or not, Foundation Skateboards is still here, alive as ever. Strong-armed into existence in 1989 when the infamous Steve Rocco wouldn’t let me ride for his new endeavor, I had the choice to start a company or take a hike. Starting a company was the last thing I ever dreamed of doing: workman’s comp, employees, accountants, licenses, leases, banks, on and on. But then there was always the skateboarding, being able to do whatever I (we) wanted, having the creative freedom to explore for better or worse - that was the hook. It was so crazy in the early days, I didn’t even know we were actually making a profit by year three until the IRS audited us. Holy shit.

The brand name was inspired by the Foundation series written by prolific writer and future-sayer, Isaac Asimov. Our brand is an ode to what can be, I guess. It goes beyond the actual art of riding a skateboard to all that skateboarding conveys: testing the limits of the unknown, the constant of what skateboarding creates in a homogenized mainstream civilization…looking beyond the impossible. What cannot be done? What cannot be accomplished? To hell with the naysayers!

So here we are. Honestly considered the most unlikely to achieve, amazingly we have, conquering all the ups and downs to bring Foundation to this point. We have an amazing group of team riders, who filled “That’s Life Flick” with a diversity of talents, incredible style and skills. We survive in the midst of the industry’s third market downturn, realizing and accepting that the consistent inconsistency of all our endeavors is the root of Foundation’s success, pushing skateboarding to the edge and test the unknown.

We have had some parties and even a company picnic once, but we have never celebrated an anniversary. We are going to do our best to celebrate our 15 years in our own style. Look for all kinds of specials for our retailers/partners throughout the year (ask your sales rep), and we hope to see you at our big shindig during ASR Fall 2004. There is also a book project in the works, headed up by Josh Beagle, Matt Barker, Dave Carnie, Mark Waters and myself with (hopefully) contributions from every team rider, artist, photographer, employee and friend we have ever had, or better or for worse. With the working title, "When You’re at the Bottom, at Least You Know Which Way is Up," it is set to be released for Holiday 2005.

I am honored to have discovered skateboarding. The personal challenges and demands of riding a skateboard pushed me further in everything I have done. Thanks to everyone that has contributed to our existence. Whether you loved us or hated us, all of you have added to the skateboard social enigma we call Foundation. As Isaac Asimov’s aptly titled fourth book said, so I say to all our friends and foes, past present and future: “Forward the Foundation,” this round’s on me.

Foundation Skateboards - 15 Years! Yea, we can't believe it either.

Posted May 3rd, 2004 by el ztaffo

Pig Wheels Louie Barletta is now a Pig!

Louie Barletta is now a Pig! Pig Wheel rider that is. Welcome to the team Louie!

Posted May 3rd, 2004 by Louie Barletta

Foundation News from the Foundation front.

Leo’s party went off. Best Trick on Donny's Hubba = Leo and Brian Herman tie for first place. Heath Kirchart was a Madman!!!!!!

Gareth And Duffel flew to France for more That's Life premiers and they both get arrested after a fight broke out in a local pub. Someone had to comment on their flair and Corey and Gareth both commented back with a couple punches and kicks to the mallet.

To celebrate Foundation’s 15 years of skateboarding chaos, Foundation is putting together all its classic videos into one easy to access DVD box set. Which will be ready in time for the holidays.

Posted May 3rd, 2004 by FOSKCO!

Pig Wood Where is Steve Fauser?

He is still alive! Steve Fauser is still in recovery, watching movies and working at FA Skateshop while his knees get better.
Posted May 3rd, 2004 by Pig Wood

Toy Machine Johnny Layton on Ricta!?!

Johnny Layton is the proud new sponsor of Ricta wheels.

Posted May 3rd, 2004 by the cheez