Merry New Year! Hope your holidays, New Year's celebration, and time away from school was filled with good times, and lots of skating, of course! Holidays are always a good time to skate those spots you usually can't get to.
Congratulations to Rune Glifberg, who got the cover of the newest issue of Thrasher (February 2005). Get out to your local skate shop and pick up a copy! Nice one, Rune. Thanks for kicking ass! For New Year's, Rune headed down to a golf resort called Aviara in Carlsbad, California with the family for a few days to get away and have a nice quiet New Year's celebration--and play a round of golf, of course! Since then, Rune has been praying for the weather to get better so he can skate the outdoor vert ramps and pools down in the San Diego area. He has also been skating at the Volcom facility lately, though, and when he isn't skating, he’s spending time down in the San Diego area still looking for houses. Rune just headed out to Copper Mountain, Colorado to attend a party that Zumiez (a large skate/snow/surf chain store) is holding. Once a year, Zumiez invites companies and their team riders out to a specified snow resort to celebrate employees of theirs that have reached certain sales goals. Rune won't be there in time to do any snowboarding, but you'll more than likely find him at the etnies-sponsored blackjack table. Go buy a pair of etnies Tip shoes, designed by Rune, available in stores right now.
Arto Saari also headed down to Carlsbad for a New Year's celebration and some golf at Aviara. Arto's mom and sister were in town, so he took them down there to ring in the New Year with the Glifberg family. Like Rune, Arto has been skating the Volcom facility lately, which is basically the only indoor place to skate during all this rain. It has rained 10 out of the last 14 days in Southern California, which obviously sucks for skating! Like Rune, Arto headed out to Colorado to attend the Zumiez party. Arto likes fleecing people, though, so look out, Colorado! He has also been in the market for furniture lately, as he is moving into a new place. Arto has been staying at Geoff Rowley's house for the past six months or so, and is finally moving out into his own place. Arto has no furniture whatsoever, so we'll keep you updated on his purchases. Go buy a pair of etnies Arto shoes, available in stores right now.
Bastien Salabanzi is still in Europe, but returns to the States soon. The weather hasn’t been that good in Europe, either, but probably better than SoCal lately. He's been out there for about a month now, visiting with family, skating, etc. On January 8-9, Bastien attended the Pop Session Winter Blast in Tallinn, Estonia and, in typical Bastien flair, won the contest (of course)! Congratulations once again to Bastien for killing it every time!
Ryan Sheckler celebrated his 15th birthday over the holidays. That means he's almost ready to drive. I wonder what kind of car he'll get next year? Happy belated birthday, Ryan! etnies didn't forget about Ryan, though, as over the holidays he invited 18 of his friends to go to Magic Mountain in a limousine. It sure was cold that day, but nobody else was there, so every ride was empty! Ryan, like Rune and Arto, also headed out to Colorado for the Zumiez deal. Will he be allowed to gamble at a private party? I'll bet he hopes so! After Colorado, it's back to school for a couple days before heading down to San Diego this weekend for the Action Sports Retailer trade show.
Like the rest of the team, Stefan Janoski also flew out to Colorado for the Zumiez party. He's not much of a gambler, but he may get involved in some fleecing. Lately, Stefan's been enjoying some down time at home before things heat up this year, starting with the trip to Colorado. He gets back on Wednesday, January 12 and then heads straight to Barcelona the next day with the Habitat crew. Lucky duck, the weather is probably amazing in Barcelona right now!
That's it for now. More updates and photos coming next week after ASR. Stay tuned!