Well, it has been a hectic past couple of months for the etnies team. Theyve been on trips all over the place! But, for the most part, theyҒre all back at home before venturing out to various places on yet more trips.
Arto Saari, Bastien Salabanzi, Stefan Janoski, Ryan Sheckler and Rune Glifberg were all on the etnies Australia / New Zealand Tour before heading out all over the place. Arto, Bastien and Stefan headed out to China with Quiksilver for close to three weeks, returning Stateside on May 7. Sheckler headed back home to Southern California before leaving to Slam City Jam a few days later, where he placed 3rd! Rune was on a mission back to Copenhagen before making the trek out to Vancouver for Slam City Jam, as well. Now theres a mission: Copenhagen to Australia to New Zealand to Copenhagen to Vancouver and back to Copenhagen! Damn, son!
Since returning from all the traveling, here is the latest:
Stefan returned home and started his mission to finish up his part in the new TransWorld video, entitled Subtleties. The part is finished, and the vid premieres this Wednesday night at the TransWorld Awards up in Los Angeles.
If you were lucky enough to be at Volcom on Friday night, you got a chance to view Sheckler in their new vid, Chichagof. As has previously been reported, he had a part in Digital, then the Volcom vid, and now heҒs hard at work on the Almost video. This is one busy kid kid! On Wednesday night, Sheckler will be up at the TransWorld Awards, where he will receive a trophy for winning the World Cup of Skateboarding Overall Street title in 2003. I cant wait to see the little man up there making an acceptance speech!
Rune has been riding the skateparks in his hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark. ItҒs been a busy couple of months for him with the hectic travel schedule, so hell be enjoying some time at home before heading out to all the Europe contests this Summer. Rune also had a part in the Volcom video that premiered last Friday night. Buy a copy and check out the amazing tranny skills of Mr. Glifberg! On Wednesday night, Rune might receive the award for Vert Skater of the Year up at the TransWorld Awards. What do you think?
Arto and Bastien have both been back in Huntington Beach since returning from China. Bastien has been nursing a bad foot back to health and spending his time with a new acoustic guitar he recently purchased. Arto also recently acquired an acoustic and has been jamminҒ with Bastien a little here and there. The new issue of Skateboarder should be in your local shops by now, or at least in a few days. You gotta get your hands on this beast, as Bastien has an interview in it, which is amazing to say the least. So, thats an interview in both Thrasher and Skateboarder in the past six months or so. Which mag is next? Arto and Bastien also have some stakes at the TransWorld Awards on Wednesday night, as Flip Skateboards is up for Team of the Year.
Are you one of the lucky ones to get your feet in a pair of the etnies Arto yet? If the answer is yes, you know what IҒm talking about. If the answer is no, well, these beasts will be everywhere soon. March, April and May saw a limited release of the Arto in the U.S. only, but in June, it will be much easier for you to get your hands on some everywhere, worldwide! Not only that, but a couple of new colorways have been added for the upcoming season, which were featured in a couple of Artos latest ads. Have you seen Ғem yet?