Arto Saari, Ryan Sheckler and Rune Glifberg all came down to the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest on December 17 for the 1st Anniversary celebration of the park and a Christmas charity event hosted by etnies, in which 500 pair of shoes were donated to needy children through a host of local Orange County charities. The team skated at the park and signed autographs for the kids for a few hours that afternoon. Everyone had a good time.
Sheckler spent the rest of the weekend chillin' with his friends and also working on his next ad for etnies, which should hit the streets in February. Keep your eyes peeled. After the event at the park on Friday, Arto headed up with the Flip crew to San Francisco to check out Thrasher's annual Skater of the Year party.Arto, as you may or may not know (You should know!), won it in 2001, so his attendance was somewhat mandatory. Rune is still busy shopping for a house down in the North San Diego area, as there are loads of vert ramps down there.
Bastien Salabanzi headed out to France for the holidays. He hasn't been back home to visit his family for a while, so a few weeks during Christmas and New Year's should give him ample time to chill with them. If the weather permits, you can bet he'll be on board shreddin' the streets of Paris. Right after New Year's (January 7-9, to be exact), Bastien is heading over to Tallinn, Estonia for a contest he'll probably win. Expect Bastien back in the States in mid-January.
Stefan Janoski has been in a variety of places over the last week. (What's new?) Since getting back from Puerto Rico over a week ago, he went down to the San Diego area to skate and visit with some friends, then out to Vegas to visit another friend, and now he is back home in Sacramento for the holidays. Stefan won't be there long, as he is always leaving on one trip or another.
Well, that pretty much wraps up the latest installment of the etnies Skate team report...the last one for 2004. Hope you all had a Merry Christmas. Have a Happy New Year!