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July Skate Team Report

Jul 6 2005 / Wednesday

Even pros like stickers

Sheck and Fletch

It has been quite some time since the last update, so this is a lengthy one…the team has been up to a lot lately…

Arto Saari has been on a hectic mission lately. In early May, he went on an 11-day Quiksilver tour in Montreal and Toronto, that consisted of a bunch of demos and autograph signings. Straight from Toronto, he flew to Paris to meet up with the etnies riders Bastien Salabanzi, Ronnie Creager, Ryan Sheckler, Eric Fletcher, and Conhuir Lynn for the Teenage Tour Finals…a massive demo and autograph signing went down, with approximately 3,000 kids in attendance. After Paris, he made his way to Finland for about 10 days for a couple demos, one in Helsinki, and one in his hometown of Seinajoki. It was Arto’s first trip back home in close to two years! From Finland, he went directly to Krakow, Poland for the etnies European Open…this was Arto’s first contest in a few years, and he ended up placing 14th out of over 100 skaters.

Conhuir is casual on a mini

From Poland, it was straight to Spain to skate in Barcelona and he also went on a trip down to Malaga to shoot photos and film. Last week, he made his way up to Munster, Germany to enter the World Championships, where he placed 12th in his second contest in a few years. Good to see Arto skating contests again, and doing well…congrats! He is currently with the Flip crew touring around Europe before ending up in Prague this weekend for the Mystic Cup contest, and then the following weekend in Rotterdam for the WSR ’05 contest. After the Rotterdam contest, it is time for a little break, so he’ll be taking a short vacation before flying back to the States on July 29. Whew…all of that in three months! Talk about hectic travel schedules…

Fletch's 'fro

Bastien Salabanzi has been in Europe all summer as well. He flew out from California in early May for the Teenage Tour Finals, and afterward stayed in Paris for a while to visit with his family and friends…it had been a while. Since then, he has been taking some short trips (New York City, Barcelona to name a couple) skating, playing guitar, and hanging out with family. You can expect him in Prague this weekend for the Mystic Skate Cup (he got second last year, and really wants to win this contest ‘cuz of the good vibes and good fans always in attendance). After that, he will be headed back to the States to get ready for the X-Games. Oh yeah, while on the subject of Bastien, his debut pro model shoe is in stores now…have you tried them yet? If not, what the hell are you waiting for?

Fanning out!

If you thought Arto’s travel schedule is hectic, wait until you hear about Rune Glifberg’s…Rune is currently on the Tony Hawk Boom Boom Huck Jam tour, which is 30 stops in two months all throughout the US. In between all these stops, he is finding time to enter Dew Series Contests in Louisville a few weeks back and Denver this weekend, skate in the Gravity Games last week (and next week for the FDR Skatepark portion) and fly out to Copenhagen last weekend for his daughter Tahlula’s first birthday (a two-day trip to Copenhagen). This isn’t all he has been up to, but even this is hectic enough! As mentioned, this weekend Rune will be in Denver for the second stop of the Dew Tour, before heading back out on the Boom Boom Huck Jam tour, and he’ll also be trying to find time to prepare for the X-Games…that’s the rest of his July.

Rune's padded up

Ryan Sheckler has also been on a mission. He was in Paris in May for the Teenage Tour Finals mentioned above, before heading out to Finland for the etnies demos there. Since then, he entered the first stop of the Dew Action Sports Tour in Louisville, where he won (Congratulations Ryan!), he went out to Germany this past weekend for the World Championships and placed third (another Congratulations), and he is now in Denver for the second stop of the Dew Action Sports Tour…where he’ll go for back-to-back wins in the Dew Series…$100,000 is on the line for the series winner…looking good so far for Ryan. Next week, Ryan will be headed out to Philadelphia for the Gravity Games, and then he’ll be back home to continue working on some interviews he has started earlier this summer.

You can expect to find a team page for Ronnie Creager in the near future as well as hearing what he has been up to. Ronnie went on his first etnies trip in early May…yup, the Teenage Tour in Paris and then on to Finland (broken record, sorry!). The word disappoint did not come to mind whatsoever…Ronnie killed each demo and was usually the last one signing autographs. After Europe, Ronnie came back to the States to work on getting photos for etnies (first ad is due soon Ronnie!), entered the Dew Series contest in Louisville, golfed a little here and there (quite the golfer he is), and headed out to Germany this past weekend to place fourth in the World Championships. He qualified first, but when the finals came around he couldn’t seal the deal…no worries, Congratulations on a successful weekend Ronnie! This weekend, Ronnie will be in Denver for the second stop of the Dew Series.

Ronnie and Arto getting ambushed

Stefan Janoski has been Stefan Janoski lately…on his own missions skating and traveling all the time…that’s what he loves to do! His schedule hasn’t been as hectic as most of the other guys, but he has been traveling quite a bit. He recently returned from a Habitat trip out to Europe to shoot photos and film, which we’ve heard went quite well. Before that he was on a couple trips in the States (one in the Northwest and another in the Midwest). Now he’ll be up in Sacto for a bit, before heading back out on the road again real soon.

That’s it for now…check back soon for more team info.

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