Tomorrow, the etnies crew is headed to the East Coast of Canada for a week long tour. West49 will be hosting Arto Saari, Ryan Sheckler, Rune Glifberg, Ronnie Creager, Kyle Leeper, Conhuir Lynn and Nathan LaCoste for two demos and two autograph signings in the Maritimes. Check the flyer for details. The tour ends September 26, and we’ll have photos and a story of everything that went down.
Arto Saari has been continuing his maniac mission. After King of the Road, he was in Huntington Beach for a few days, before he took off with Quiksilver on a short tour, Hawaii style. They were out in Honolulu for a little over a week doing a couple demos, autograph signings, and also skating some pools, bowls, and whatever other terrain they came across. After that he was on his way to Arizona to film and shoot photos. He got back from AZ last Friday, and proceeded the following day to the ASR trade show in San Diego. A couple signings (with Flip and Quiksilver) and a couple brews were on the SD menu. This weekend he’s headed back to Arizona for a Flip demo and autograph signing.
Bastien Salabanzi has been back in the States skating pretty much everyday. He was down at the ASR trade show over the weekend doing the same thing as Arto, minus the brews. He is also headed out to Arizona for the Flip demo/signing this weekend. Later this month, Bastien is headed back to France to skate and hang out with family before returning later in the year for a couple etnies things and Flip trips. Stay tuned.
Rune Glifberg has been doing the Dew as well as some other business as of late. Over the weekend, Rune was at the 4th stop of the Dew Action Sports Tour in San Jose, CA. In practice, Rune was making his run basically every time. When it came to finals, he missed his 1st two runs, and had to use a back-up run for his 3rd to stay on. He ended up in 5th place. Rune was also seen at the ASR show on Sunday, showing his daughter Alfa all the people in “costumes”. He also stopped by and said hello to the etnies, Flip, and Volcom folk. Rune will be with Arto, Bastien, and the rest of the Flip crew (etnies am Eric Fletcher will also be in attendance) this weekend in Arizona for that demo/autograph signing that we keep rambling about.
Ryan Sheckler has been busy winning contests, touring with Tony Hawk, starting school, and skating the streets as well. Whew. He won the 4th stop of the Dew Series in San Jose last weekend (that’s three out of four), which clinched the Series title. Congratulations Ryan!!! Next stop Orlando. Can he make it four out of five? We think so. He is currently on the Tony Hawk tour getting stuff for the DVD and additional bonus footage for THAW (Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland video game), as well as doing a 30-minute MTV show which will air at some point in the near future. Although Ryan wasn’t at the ASR trade show over the weekend, his shoe was.so if you were there you got to get a glimpse of it, or better yet hold it in your hands; or maybe you’ve just seen him wearing it in the coverage he has had in the mags or at the contests. Well, the wait will be over soon enough. The shoe will be in finer skate shops throughout the land in January ’06. Get ready!
Ronnie Creager was also at the San Jose stop of the Dew Series over the weekend. He qualified 3rd, but wasn’t able to put it all together in the finals. He ended up in 8th. Ronnie will be at the final stop of the tour in Orlando mid-October, so we’ll see how things go there. Ronnie left today for Arizona to go skate now that the weather has chilled out a bit there. He may even stop in on the Flip guys to see how the demo goes.
Stefan Janoski has been enjoying some downtime lately, translation...no trips! He had such a hectic summer with King of the Road and numerous other trips, that a little time to chill is just what the doctor ordered. If you are in the Sacramento area, you may catch him at some local spots.
Conhuir Lynn has been at home in Belfast, Ireland skating and hanging out with his family. He was recently at a Wild in the Streets event in Belfast. Apparently there were best trick contests at four or five spots, and Conhuir ended up destroying a couple of them, which won him some cash. Nice work chap!
Last but certainly not least, etnies would like to welcome Kyle Leeper to the team. You'll be getting plenty of Kyle updates from this point on.