Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Free Flow Tour @ Mesh Skatepark in Longwood, FL

If for some reason you missed out on Timmy Knuth and Paul Hart annihilating Kona Skatepark at the Mountain Dew Free Flow tour earlier this month, you still have a chance to catch all the Mountain Dewness going down at Mesh Skatepark on Saturday, August 30th. If you are interested in competing, hit up the Mesh Website or the Free Flow website for more information. Entry to compete is 20 dollars, and you can sign up as early as August 27th. (which happens to be today.) You can also give Mesh a call at (407) 657-2002 for more info.

....aaaaaaaaaand we're back.

Hopefully you people who read the blog are doing alright wherever you are. My home has gone through a number of disasters in the past week, but hopefully by the end of this week we'll have all of our amenities back in working order, all at the same time. Working plumbing, electricity and most importantly AIR CONDITIONING is what I'm hoping for here.

New original content on the way, stay tuned. Also, the Surf Expo is coming up. Will I cover it, you ask? Lets keep our fingers crossed, bro!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Image of Finn Andres, found here.

Red Bull Results, Writeup and More

If you don't know already, There have been some big deal contests over this past weekend. In addition to the Oregon Trifecta and the bank to ledge contest at the Brooklyn Banks, Red Bull's Pro Edition of Manny Mania went down, and the coverage on the Red Bull website is amazingly well put together. Go check it out, and when you are done, get back to me and help me start a petition to get MiniMania to make a stop here in J-Ville.

Image above is property of Red Bull, courtesy of

More Details on Skate It for Nintendo Wii

Today, Game Blog Kotaku Posted up more info on the control methods for the Nintendo Wii (and Nintendo DS) version of Electronic Arts' Skateboarding game, Skate It. If you read my blog regularly, you might already know about this stuff, but the video does show some more footage of the game in action, and it's interesting to watch if you are into playing video games or interested in the technology behind skateboarding simulation. According to the post, we should be able to expect the game to be on store shelves sometime this holiday season. Check out the clip here.

Skate and (pro)Create

This lil' mama in Jerusalem is stoked now that she has a new set of wheels. Thanks to her new skateboard, she's once again free to perform turtle flips, tuck-everything inverts, and the horizontal hula, ifyouknowwhatimean. Good luck!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Oregon Trifecta - Another Update

I just caught an Update from Skatedaily, which shows that the overall winners for Pro/Am and Masters are Tim Johnson, and Buck Smith respectively - which is even better news than I had on the last post. Congrats again.

Congrats to Buck Smith, Tim Johnson - Oregon Trifecta Results Tigard

Just a quick post to say congrats to Jacksonville pros Buck Smith and Tim Johnson for doing so well at the Oregon Trifecta. You can read more about the contest here, and the other events (and webcasts) at Skate and Annoy. Image courtesy of Kilwag @ Skate and Annoy. Results Below.



First: Daniel Cardona
Second: Tim Johnson
Third: Kevin Kowalski
Fourth: Steve Reeves
Fifth: Benji Galloway


First: Buck Smith
Second: Pat Nogho
Third: Pat Black
Fourth: Jason Parks

(looks like the ladies' results aren't quite complete yet)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Back to School

The summer is almost over, and do you know what that means? Well, for many of you it probably means you are going back to school. It also means that Kona's extended summer hours are over with. And most importantly, it means that shops all over the damn place are having back-to-school sales, so now would be a good time to get on the ball and nag your mom for some new high-top moon shoes made specifically for skateboarding and to be sold on ebay. I mean-skateboard gear. I know for a fact that Board City in Orange park, Kona in Arlington, Square One at the beach, and Skatepark of Tampa online all have some pretty significant deals going on. If you aren't friends with these places on 'the space', Look up their numbers and give em a call to find out about what they have going on. And don't forget to say thanks to your mom if she buys you some new moon shoes. I mean- skate stuff.

If you are having trouble with finding a new kit that's just right for you, I put together something on polyvore to help you get started:

Manny Mania in NYC

For those that don't know, Red Bull's Manny Mania (pro) is going down in NYC this weekend. If you don't have the money haul yourself up there to watch, you can check it all out at
So, get to it.

And, as a reminder, if you missed out on the local Manny Mania contest, you can always check out the BusStop linked coverage here and here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Gus Cooper: Chronicles of Gnarnia

So me and my homie Ryan King from Red Bull have been working together a bunch on an event that will be so rad that once it is finally announced, the whole of Jacksonville will crap a collective brick. Sounds painful, huh? So yeah, I don't know how you will prepare yourselves for that, but you've been warned. Well, to get to the point, today Ryan made sure to inform me about what Gus Cooper has been up to lately, and I have to say that I was impressed. If you don't know, Gus currently films a show that goes by the name 'The Chronicles of Gnarnia', which you can view on both and on

It's definitely worth checking out, and just to prove it, I'm embedding two videos, right in this very post.

This first one features Paul Hart, whom you'd better recognize from the Kona contest I posted a few posts back. This kid is unbridled rippage.

This next guy, maybe you've heard of him too. He's won some contests, he's had a few beers, and he's owned a few mesh hats in his time. Mike Peterson.

BusStop Magazine - What's With the Name?

So you may be wondering how I came up with the name "BusStop Magazine". Well, honestly the answer is pretty simple. Some time back, a rad guy I know put together a skate mag with a similar name, and he went pretty damn far with it. It was the big thing on the east coast in regards to skate mags, at least that's how I saw it. This mag was known as 'Truckstop Magazine', and I have many fond memories of it, and fond memories of all the people I knew that played a part in it's making. The magazine was a great read, and they even included reviews of the zines I used to put out from time to time.

So, I mean naturally, I'm not out to steal the thunder from anyone, rip off a name, or to mooch off of Truckstop's legacy. Think of it this way: A truckstop, for many road-faring burlymen, is kinda like an Oasis. You can sleep, buy gas, eat, and at some truckstops, you can even find a special lady to spend some time with. At a Bus Stop, on the other hand, you can rest for a minute, read the paper, pretend not to hear people, and perhaps even "enjoy" the weather. You can't really sleep, because most benches have bumstoppers, (yeah, remember that term for when the economy goes to shit) and you probably don't want to eat anything while you are there either. You might very well find a 'special' lady to spend some time with though. So yeah, it's like the bobo little red-headed stepson of a truckstop. Or, maybe like Jason Lee's character in that Pixar movie The Incredibles. I dunno. But anyway, I wanted to take the time to acknowledge where the name came from, and say thanks to Lep and to truckstop for inspiring me.

Slap Magazine, now Digital

With the popularity of the Internet, the state of the economy, and the environmental concerns of the globe, who can really blame the Slap guys for going digital? I dunno, I mean-I went from doing cheap print zines to doing a cheap blog site due to financial concerns and lack of free time. So I, for one will welcome and embrace their new format. But unless you use your laptop more than you really should, you are going to have to find some other kind of bathroom reading material. And that is actually kind of tragic.

If you don't know already, you can check out Slap Magazine's website here.
(click on the image to embiggen it)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Even More Big Air Verts Coming Your Way!

I noticed an interesting article linked to by today, and I thought I'd share. Looks like ESPN is planning on getting way more in-depth with their 'action sports' (who the f invented that term, anyway) coverage, with a new online network for more sport-specific coverage. I thought that was what EXPN was, but who knows. Here's a quote and a link:
"But don't expect big air verts to replace "Monday Night Football," at least not soon."

Also, in an unrelated note -
Would someone please fix the label on THIS IMAGE!?

Monday, August 4, 2008

EA's Skate 2 Gameplay Footage and Impressions Posted at

I know that if you like skateboarding and have ever had any interest whatsoever in videogames, you'll probably agree that EA's Skate was pretty much the most awesome videogame ever. Well, just today, Joystiq posted some hands-on impressons of the game, along with a gameplay trailer that is sure to get you feeling a little stoked in the pants. Notable points of interest include an eerily Koston-like dude skating a girl board, a pair of Lakai shoes, Dyrdek running up some stairs, a guy pushing a picnic table into place, and Danny Way doing a powerslide under the coping, while a guy doing an invert was perched above him. Check out the full writeup here.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Kona Free Flow Tour Results.

By some miracle, it didn't rain at all on saturday, and the Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour contest went off without a hitch. You can check out my photos from the contest here, and Kona should be posting more about the contest on their website soon. There was a ton of awesome skateboarding going on, and standouts that I noticed include Timmy Knuth, who was generally pro as hell, doing stuff like noseblunts down the big rail and steezy 360 flips over the box, Paul Hart, who was also pretty damn pro, doing huge bigspins (I think?) over the box, and tons of tricks on the big rail and the bank to rail, and Dylan Durkin, who had some significant tricks on the big rail, and on the transition.

18 & Under:
1st Place - Timmy Knuth
2nd Place - Paul Hart
3rd Place - Evan Mirschel
4th Place - CJ Dixon
5th Place - Dylan Durkin

12 & Up::
1st Place: Blaine Partridge
2nd Place: Devin Bagnoli
3rd Place: Grady Smith
4th Place: Kai Gause
5th Place: Clint Beswick

Paul Hart, Feeble (click photo for gallery of images)