by Mark Holder
A lot of stuff has been going on, and there is a lot coming up. Keep reading to find out que pasaӔ (whatӒs up) with the etnies teamԅ
Bastien Salabanzi basically killed it in Europe at the contests. He was at both the World Championships in Dortmund, Germany on the weekend of July 17-18, and the Mystic Cup in Prague, Czech Republic on the weekend of July 24-25. The results, you ask? Oh, um...Bastien casually nabbed 1st place in Germany and 2nd place in Prague! Congratulations, Bastien! The sweep of both contests was right there for his taking, but he fell on a massive backside kickflip transfer in Prague (which he made with no problem in practice). Wait until you see the footage from both contests. Bastien is so gnarly, its out of control! At the moment, he is back in Barcelona, skating and getting ready for the X Games next week in Los Angeles. HeҒll be back in the States early next week, ready to try and win the $50,000 for 1st place.
Ryan Sheckler will also be at the X Games next week, and has his eyes set on the $50,000 1st place prize, as well. Ryan has been quite busy over the last few weeks, as he has been inundated with requests for interviews, etc. leading up to the X Games. He is the defending champion from last year, after all. This Sunday, Ryan flies to New York to be on The Today Show on Monday morning, which airs on NBC from 7:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Last Sunday, MTV came by Ryan֒s house to film an episode of Cribs! Apparently, the segment will air in about a month, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Look for hidden etnies throughout the house! Aside from all that, Ryan is also still filming for the Almost Skateboards video.
Rune Glifberg will also be attending the X Games in Los Angeles next weekend, skating in the vert contest. There is $50,000 grand on the line in vert, as well, so you know he has been getting himself ready. Over the last couple weeks, Rune was in Germany and Czech for the World Championships and the Mystic Cup, respectively. He suffered a mild back injury in Germany during practice and was unable to skate in the contest, but he rested-up before heading to Prague and took 1st place there! Congratulations to Rune for another contest win! He will be back in the States on July 30, just in time for an appearance at the Encinitas, California YMCA on July 31, where hell be signing autographs and what-have-you at the Mountain Dew Free Flow Tour. Have you gone to shops yet and bought his new etnies designed-by shoe, The Tip? If not, what are you waiting for? Do it now!
Arto Saari has been mobbinҒ around in Huntington lately, doing photos shoots for Quiksilver, hanging out at the etnies offices, and playing loads of guitar. He is getting quite good on the six strings. Look out, Bastien! This Saturday at approximately 1:00 p.m., Arto will be making an appearance at Huntington Surf & Sport (at the corner of PCH and Main St.) in downtown Huntington Beach, California to sign some autographs and check out some freaks. Each Summer, Huntington Beach plays host to a massive bowl contest and surfing event, and loads of people from all over turn-up for this festival-style atmosphere. I said freaks, cuz they definitely do come out of the woodwork for this one. Come down and get ArtoҒs autograph!
Happy belated Birthday to Mr. Stefan Janoski! Stefan celebrated it on Sunday, July 18. Im sure the party was a fun one. Unfortunately, his team manager was in Europe and wasnҒt able to post anything to the website until now about the event, but happy birthday anyhow. It looks like all of those that voted on the Quick Picks for etnies to pay his bills for a month got your way. I was personally hoping to buy him a robe and slippers, but oh, well. It looks as if he gets a month off of paying bills! Dont worry, Stefan. IҒll hook you up soon with a little somethin more. Next Tuesday, Stefan leaves on a mission with some Habitat and Workshop dudes to South Africa for two weeks. Look for an article from this adventure down the road. He told me he is going to stay for a week or so after and get me a photo of himself with a giraffe in the background. HeҒs also gonna try to chill with some hippos.
Well, I guess thats it for now. Oh, wait! That isnҒt it! The new Thrasher (September 2004) should be in stores now. This issue features the etnies Australia / New Zealand tour (that is also featured here on etnies.com). Make sure to check this eighteen-page beast outitŒs a good one!