DVS Shoe Company Signs Daewon Song Under New Ownership

DVS Shoe Company, a heritage skate shoe company founded in 1995, is
known for its great style, technical features and input from some of the
best action sports athletes in the world. Recently acquired by
Sequential Brands Group, Inc., a licensing and branding company, the DVS
brand is poised to reclaim its focus and commitment to sponsoring the
best athletes, events and retail stores worldwide.

At the launch of the Agenda Trade Show in Long Beach last week, DVS was
pleased to announce to retail partners, consumers and fans at the show
that it was continuing its partnership with its iconic skate athlete
Daewon Song.

“It is critically important to us that the authenticity and integrity of
the DVS brand remain in tact. By moving forward with Daewon, a legend in
the skate arena, DVS is remaining true to its heritage,” says Colin
Dyne, CEO of Sequential Brands Group. “We are in the process of
re-signing the most elite and promising athletes who have a history with
the DVS brand, and look forward to announcing those partnerships as well
very soon.”

As one of the premier skateboarders of the last generation, Daewon Song
is a key part of the DVS brand strategy to recommit to its skateboarding
heritage. A partner with DVS since 1997, Song has designed and tested 12
signature shoes with the company, with the Daewon 13 being
introduced for the Spring 2013 collection, which was showcased at the
trade show last week.

“DVS has been family since 1997 and has always had my back 100% and I
will always have theirs, 100%!!! Re-signing wasn’t even a question! Just
needed to make sure the damn pen worked!” says Song. He has signed on
for an additional three years with the company.

About Daewon Song:

Daewon was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in the Southern
California city of Gardena. Daewon’s creativity emerged early and by
grade school he was being recognized for his artistic abilities; winning
drawing contests and doing commercial art work before discovering
skateboarding at the age of thirteen. Skateboarding quickly proved
to be the perfect vehicle for Daewon’s athleticism and creative vision.
By sixteen, he had turned pro. Long recognized for his incredible
technical ability and finesse, Daewon also came into the professional
skateboarding at the dawn of the video revolution. With his smooth,
almost effortless approach to skating and a non-stop progression of
tricks, Daewon has delivered over 20 enviable video parts. He was also a
key figure leading skateboarding’s tech revolution. In 2004, he was
voted Street Skater Of The Year by TransWorld and in 2005 he won
their Video Part of The Year award. In 2006, he was recognized by Thrasher
with skateboarding’s ultimate award: Skater Of The Year. Daewon is also
the co-founder of Almost skateboards with fellow skate legend Rodney
Mullen. With twenty years in the streets under his belt, Daewon is just
as stoked as ever and continues to progress his skating. Sponsors: DVS
Shoe Company, Matix Clothing, Almost Skateboards, Spitfire Wheels,
Tensor Trucks, Andale Bearings, Glassy Sunglasses, Mob Grip.

About DVS: DVS Shoe Company is driven from the pursuit of
building product that embodies the sports the athletes breathe everyday.
With roots deeply embedded in skate, the company has the platform to
develop truly technological products that bring the riders personalities
to life. With Technology such as Bruise Control(TM) impact technology, Flex
Feel(TM) ultra light outsole, Cruise Control(TM) cushioning system and CGT(TM)
cold grip technology. DVS creates premium footwear, apparel and
accessories for all sports. DVS has gone beyond making a mark and will
continue to push the limits of action sports.

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc. Sequential Brands Group,
Inc. owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer
brands that presently include William Rast(R) People’s Liberation(R) and DVS
Shoe Company. The Company ensures that its brands continue to thrive and
grow by employing strong brand management, design, and marketing teams.
The Company has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety
of categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United
States and in certain international territories. For more information
please visit the Company’s corporate web site at:

SOURCE: DVS Shoe Company

        Ricky Melnik, 714-766-7900 Ext. 656 
        Sequential Brands Group: 
        Andrea Sobel, 213-745-2123

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LA City Council curbing wild skateboarding

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The Los Angeles City Council has acted to rein in some of the most dangerous aspects of skateboarders’ zooming down hills.

Under legislation approved Tuesday, the City Council said skateboarders can still partake in “bombing,” but only as long as they don’t break speed limits, obey traffic signs, yield to oncoming traffic and stand up straight so they can be seen, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Maximum speed through intersections will be 10 miles per hour and skateboarders also will be prohibited from being towed by motor vehicles, the newspaper said.

Though first-time offenders may get a verbal warning, those getting caught breaking the new ordinance can be fined up to $250.

Councilman Joe Buscaino pushed the ordinance after two skateboarders were killed in accidents in the past year.

Boarders can reach speeds of 40-50 mph while “bombing.”

Article source: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/08/08/LA-City-Council-curbing-wild-skateboarding/UPI-51441344408006/

Tony Hawk veterans bring Epic Skater to Kickstarter

Another day, another video game Kickstarter campaign goes live – though this is one you might want to pay attention to. Its name is Epic Skater, and it’s made by some of the developers who worked on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Guitar Hero. If you’re a fan of skateboarding games and that doesn’t get your ears to perk up, then we’re not really sure what will.

Here’s the idea: Epic Skater is a side-scrolling skateboarding game for iOS and Android. Developer UpUpStart promises that there won’t be any touchscreen buttons that gamers seem to hate so much, with your skater instead being controlled through screen swipes. You’ll be skating through real-world locations, earning XP, leveling up, and unlocking new tricks along the way.

The team behind Epic Skater has set a goal of $50,000, which is the minimum they need in order to ship the game. If they manage to raise $100,000, create-a-skater mode will be added to the game, and Epic Skater will get releases on Steam and OUYA (it’ll be an OUYA launch title). At $150,000, players will get a multiplayer mode that allows them to compete against their friends’ ghosts along with a turn-based “Skate with Homies” mode.

Most of the lower reward tiers give standard Kickstarter bonuses, such as in-game characters, beta access, in-game credits, and Epic Skater shirts. Once you start climbing up the tiers, however, you get the opportunity to have an in-game statue build in your honor, or even have a playable character modeled in your likeness, which are pretty cool rewards. Pledge $10,000 or more, and not only do you get all of the lower reward tiers, but you also get an entire level designed around you or your brand.

Epic Skater is just starting out on Kickstarter, with 29 days left to go and $1,521 raised at the time of this writing. It sounds like a great idea, especially since it uses swipe controls instead of onscreen buttons. Follow the link above if you’re interested in pledging, and keep it tuned to SlashGear, where we’ll have more information on Epic Skater throughout the course of the Kickstarter!

Article source: http://www.slashgear.com/tony-hawk-veterans-bring-epic-skater-to-kickstarter-07242026/

Red Bull Manny Mania

Santa Monica, CA– The Red Bull Manny Mania World Finals and Pro Contest on August 18-19 are bringing out the top pros and the best amateur skateboarders from around the world to New York City for the only manual contest in existence. The list of pros slated to skate in the contest is a “who’s who” of technical skateboarding, and the hungry ams ready to make a name for themselves are sure to keep the contest’s skateboarding progressive.

This year’s ams hail from 12 countries around the world. Red Bull held dozens of qualifiers globally, and on August 18 the Red Bull Manny Mania World Final will bring together the best am manual skateboarder from each nation to compete for the world title, all the bragging rights that go with it and a chance to compete against the pros. The participants each earned their ticket to America after topping the competition in their home country. For many it will be their first trip to New York and the experience of a lifetime.

In 2011, the winner of the Red Bull Manny Mania World Finals was Sewa Kroetkov, a relatively unknown am from the Netherlands, and he surprised everyone when his manny skills beat many top pros and landed him in second place of the Pro Contest. Manny Mania’s unique format gives the winner of the World Finals a chance to compete in the invite only Pro Contest, so there is always a chance that an am could win the pro event.


Red Bull Manny Mania is a one-of-a-kind contest that focuses on technical manual skateboarding – being challenged to combine complex lines of tricks all while balancing on two wheels. The manual is a key trick in skateboarding that requires control, patience and skill – along with the creativity to combine mannys with difficult tricks in order to impress the judges.

Both Red Bull Manny Mania events are free and open to the public, taking place at the completely rebuilt Coleman Park, Pike Monroe, Manhattan. Thousands of people are expected to gather to see the world’s best skateboarders compete in the 6th Annual Red Bull Manny Mania events.


For the last five years tons of skateboarders have wanted to skate the Red Bull Manny Mania course, but until now, it has been exclusively reserved for the skaters in the World Final and Pro contests. For the first time, Red Bull is going to open the course up for an Open Session from 2p.m.-4p.m. on Saturday, August 18 to the lucky 150 skateboarders that get their hands on the 5Boro and Andale Golden Wheels invitations. These invites will be given out in New York City during the week leading up to the event. Check www.redbullusa.com/mannymania, and follow @redbullskate and @redbullNYC on Twitter for details on when and where to get your invite!

Red Bull Manny Mania Pro Final: Sunday, August 19th, 2012 at 2 p.m.

  • Andrew Cannon
  • Brandon Biebel
  • Danny Falla
  • Eli Reed
  • Joe Tookmanian
  • Joey Brezinski
  • Kenny Anderson
  • Kenny Hoyle
  • Marty Murawski
  • Morgan Smith
  • Richard Angelides
  • Ron Deily
  • Ronnie Creager
  • Ryan Decenzo
  • Ryan Gallant
  • Sewa Kroetkov
  • Stevie Williams
  • Torey Pudwill
  • Walker Ryan
  • Zered Bassett

Red Bull Manny Mania World Final: Saturday, August 18th, 2012 at Noon

  • USA – Dan Corrigan
  • Argentina – Sandro Moral
  • Belgium – Mohamed Saouti
  • Bolivia – Augusto de Ferrari Lasser
  • Brazil – Joao Pedro Dantas
  • Canada – Brandon Bundula
  • Columbia – Jose David Velez
  • Finland – Jeremias Delgado
  • Mexico – Fernan Origel
  • South Africa – Moses Adams
  • Sweden – Axel Wellton
  • UAE – Mark Issa

For USA info, visit www.redbullusa.com/mannymania


Article source: http://business.transworld.net/106477/news/red-bull-manny-mania/

Vans Downtown Showdown Amsterdam Results

The Westergasfabriek of Amsterdam transformed into an arena for skateboarding’s best International Pro’s and Ams, as a crowd of over 8,000 watched an all out battle of skills set to the background of the historic gas works building on never before seen ramps designed by participating teams Flip Skateboards, Palace, Blueprint and Antiz, at the 2012 Vans Downtown Showdown presented by Monster Energy.

Participating brands competed with 4 person teams, with two skaters sessioning each obstacle and competing for the 50,000 euro prize purse.

Flip team rider Overall “Best Pro” Luan Oliveira skated with remarkable consistency and smooth style, landing tricks and winning 1st place on the Palace Obstacle and the Blueprint Obstacle.  Best Overall Am was Element team rider Ross McGouran, who also took 3rd place on the Flip obstacle, skating hard all day. He made every transfer the windmill-inspired Antiz obstacle had to offer.  Watch the Flip Obstacle edit:

The day started out on the Palace obstacle where Luan Oliveria was consistently landing trick after trick, skating the whole obstacle with ease, while spectators ate waffles from the Vans Waffle stand and checked out the many merchant stalls in-between the skate different skate obstacles.  Watch the Palace Obstacle edit:

Inside the massive Gasholder building at the Flip Obstacle the atmosphere intensified with heavy hitting last tricks and a solid performance by first place finisher Dominik Dietrich, who set the bar with a wallie up and Nollie heelflip down the ledge.

At Blueprint, Luan Oliveria landed a variety of flip tricks over the pyramid and on the ledge. Billy Marks double flipped the gap to flat and walked away with 1,000 Euros for 2nd place. Technical and creative skater Dallas Rockvam took third place by using the entire design, which was inspired by the barges and canals of Amsterdam.

The Antiz Obstacle rose above the venue floor like a classical Dutch Windmill on Acid. Rob Smith took first place by skating every angle, while Ben Nordberg’s backside nose blunt on the extension ricocheted into applause that reverberated off the walls.

Vans Legends Steve Caballero, Tony Alva, and Ray Barbee were in attendance all day and helped hand out prizes with Tommy Guerrero, including massive rounds of Gouda cheese for all the winners and a custom made Charge bicycle for the First Place Team, Best Pro Best Am. The first place team overall was Flip. Element came in 2nd place, Antiz took 3rd place and Toy Machine was a solid 4th.

Article source: http://skateboarding.transworld.net/1000162560/news/vans-downtown-showdown-amsterdam-results/

Skateboarding tour visits Cannon Beach


Jordan Daniels

Jordan Daniels

Jordan Daniels and his board going in different directions in the Cannon Beach Skate Park on August 3.


Jake Moore

Jake Moore

Jake Moore skating at the Cannon Beach Skate Park


Matt Melo

Matt Melo

Matt Melo skating in the Cannon Beach Skate Park.


Jon Stark

Jon Stark

Jon Stark films at the Cannon Beach Skate Park on August 3.


Posted: Sunday, August 5, 2012 6:00 am

Updated: 2:51 pm, Fri Aug 3, 2012.

Skateboarding tour visits Cannon Beach

Anthony Rimel

Cannon Beach Gazette


Working for the City, a skate and snow boarding video production company, visited the Cannon Beach Skate Park to film scenes for their upcoming “That’s so skate tour” DVD. The tour, which started in the Minneapolis – Saint Paul area, has brought ten skaters to more than 15 skate parks across several states.

Jon Stark, of Working for the City, said that the tour takes its name from common things that happen in DVDs about skate tours.

“There are things that happen in every skate tour DVD, so we tend to look at each other once in a while and say ‘that’s so skate tour.’”

Stark said the group is traveling together in a van. Stark said he travels a lot covering snowboarding, so “van life” is not a change for him.

Stark, and Brett Spurr skate and shoot video and stills of the other skaters.

Spurr said the tour is an adventure.

“I’d rather be doing this and barely making it than sitting at a desk,” he said.

Also on the tour is Chris Wilbur, who helps with the video, and skaters Jake Moore, Jordan Daniels, Matt Melo, Robbie Frank and Chris Brewer.

Article source: http://www.cannonbeachgazette.com/news/local_news/article_96abf2ac-ddb2-11e1-9b07-0019bb2963f4.html

How to Earn Money Skateboarding

How to Make Money Skateboarding

Is it really possible to turn your talent of flawlessly going over a loop ramp into a fruitful career? If you ask Steve Caballero, Bob Burnquist, and Bucky Lasek, they’ll give you a simple answer. It’s a resounding yes. For many years, these professional skateboarders have been entertaining people in skateboarding exhibitions and contests.

How much money can you earn from skateboarding?

Though they have not disclosed how much money they make in a year, famous skateboarders like Burnquist and Caballero can make approximately $1 million every month. But on the average, most professional skateboarders earn at least $1,000 every month. This may be a pretty paltry sum compared to the $1 million mark, but if you want to reach this amount, start young and start now.

How to Earn from Skateboarding

So here’s the 64 million dollar question: how do you earn from skateboarding? Here are the most common ways.

1. Competitions
Just like any sport, skateboarding is filled with several contests every year. These contests can be a minor or major one, and they can be held in different countries. From Europe to South America, there is always a skateboarding competition that you can join in. One of the major contests is the X Games. It is sponsored by ESPN, and it comes once in a year.

2. Sponsorship
Aside from competitions, you can earn from sponsorships. From free skate clothing to better skateboards or even cash, you will be sponsored by a brand the moment you get famous. Some of these sponsors demand exclusivity, while others are willing to share your name with other brands. You may also be required to play at shows once in a while depending on your contract.

3. Endorsements
Famous professional skateboarders have been endorsing sports brands, skate clothing, skate shop, and brands of skateboards. This will be where the bulk of the money comes from. If your skateboarding skills are known around the world, there’s more money and more opportunities to be had.

4. Exhibitions
As previously mentioned, many sponsors would ask you to play or put on a show every once in a while. But if you’re an independent skateboarder, you can still participate in these exhibitions if a major network or a show organizer hires your services.

Now What?

Now that you know and fully understand how to carve out a career from skateboarding, the first thing to do is to scout for a manager. If you’re confident in your skills, you won’t have difficulty convincing a manager to take you in.

Why should you hire a manager?

For one, a manager knows how to make you famous. He has connections, and you will easily be booked in a show or get a sponsor if you work alongside a well-connected manager. Normally, a manager gets a cut from your earnings, but it is a small price to pay considering the rewards you will possibly have. Also, if you have a manager, you will focus more on honing your skateboarding skills.

For more tips, resources, and guidelines on skateboards and how to earn as a skateboarder, visit SkateboardsRUs

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The Science of Skateboarding

The Science of Skateboarding

When you see a young man or woman skateboarding around town, do you think about Isaac Newton and the basic laws of physics? Probably not – but science and physics play an important role in how skateboards are built and how they actually move and function. When it comes to how skateboarders are able to manipulate and move about on their decks, one must look towards Newton’s laws of physics to really get a scientific view how they really work in the framework of motion and gravity. Among teenagers, skateboarding is one of the most popular physical activities to pursue. That being said, if you try to engage a teenager about Newton and his laws of motion, chances are they’ll simply roll their eyes at you, hop on their boards and skate away.

There are some basic laws of physics which can immediately be applied to moving and manipulating a skateboard deck. For example, there’s a maneuver called pumping which allows skateboarders to accumulate speed on the board without having their feet actually leave the board. The way a skateboarder twists and turns their body while atop of the deck can enable riders to transfer energy from their body to the board – thus keeping in motion and in movement without having to use their feet.

Now, let’s take science and apply it to one of the basic and principal moves that a skateboarder can perform: the “ollie.” In simple terms, an “ollie” allows skateboarders to get the board up off the ground without actually having to touch it. So, how is this done? When the skater pops up into the air, the center of gravity of the skateboard rises. Once it rises, it then levels out, thus creating the appearance that the rider’s feet are actually glued or affixed to the board itself. Of course, this isn’t the case, but simple science and an understanding of the laws of physics can help clear up the mystery of how skateboarders do it on a regular and consistent basis.

Also, when skateboarders turn, they are performing a scientific move that’s called carving. By leaning their weight onto their toes, they sort of push that edge of the board into the ground. What this does is that it forces the edge of the board underneath the rider’s heels to lift off of the ground. If you’ve ever heard the saying “any reaction causes an equal and opposite reaction” applies in this case. Leaning to the left of the board has the opposite effect to the right of the skateboard.

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Whether talking about skateboard decks, trucks, skateboard wheels, grip tape or anything else about skateboarding, Duke is more than happy to talk about it, write about it and share stories about it!

And remember, if you want to check out a fantastic online destination for all your skateboarding needs, just roll on over to one of Duke’s favorite sites at GoSkateorGoHome.com!

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The History of Skateboarding

The history of skateboarding has its roots in surfing. Did you ever wonder why skateboarding and surfing looked so similar? Well, they are quite similar because skateboarding was actually developed by surfers to see if they could do the things they could do on the waves on the streets.

You can’t talk about the history of skateboarding without mentioning the first skateboards. They were much more primitive than what is available today. Today, you can find boards of different sizes with different features and pictures. The early skateboards were simply boards on wheels. The users experimented with the design until they came up with something that would allow them to “surf” in the streets. As a result, no one person invented the first skateboard; it was a more collective effort.

The sport started to catch on, though. After the early days, it achieved significant popularity, sometime in the 1960s. Companies started to manufacture skateboards, making the sport available to more than just those who made their own boards. There were even skateboarding competitions early on.

The popularity of skateboarding faded briefly as the initial fad wore off. The revival happened after new skateboarding tricks were invented. But today, skateboarding is more popular than ever. There are skateboarding competitions, specialized boards, clothing, and shoes. Skateboarding parks exist all over the world, even in the smallest of European villages.

Now, skateboarding is a more serious sport. Though it was once considered a fad, the sport is so popular that there are skate shops everywhere selling gear. There is even a skateboarding culture where skateboarding is more than a sport, it’s a way of life. If you would like to join in on this culture, you don’t necessarily need to look like a skater. You will need to embrace the lifestyle and dedicate time each day to practice.

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Salisbury skatepark a kick-flip away

SALISBURY — Baseball, softball, basketball, fishing, geocache, disc golf — you name the activity and the Salisbury area probably has a park dedicated to it.

Unless your sport involves a wooden board and four wheels.

Five years ago, a group of city officials and skateboarding enthusiasts began working to change that. Now, buoyed by a hefty state grant, their dream is a kick-flip away from reality.

A public workshop is scheduled for Wednesday night to discuss the Salisbury Skatepark. The proposed park received a $262,000 Department of Natural Resources grant in May, paving the way for the long-awaited project.

“Success is just having the thing built and having kids there skating and not in the streets,” said Chet Cornman, a member of the city’s Skatepark committee. “It’s really long overdue.”

During skateboarding’s first wave of popularity in the 1970s, Salisbury built a skate park just south of the Wicomico Youth Civic Center’s parking lot. But the facility fell into disuse and had closed by the time Cornman came into the sport in the 1980s.

So he and his friends did what Salisbury skateboarders have done ever since: they went to the Ocean Bowl Skate Park in Ocean City or they rode around in the streets.

Both options had their drawbacks. The first involved a 30-minute drive and an admission fee. The second often led to encounters with the police.

The skatepark grew out of a series of meetings in 2007 in which Wicomico County residents were asked what sorts of activities were missing from the park system, said Deborah Stam, Salisbury’s director of community development. Skateboarding was mentioned the most.

The new park is slated for construction just yards from its predecessor, in the 900 block of South Park Drive.

Nearby resident and former City Park Committee member Bill Robinson questions whether the city should move forward with a new park when he said it can’t maintain the ones it has.

The city’s horseshoe pits have devolved into “mosquito traps” and retaining walls around the median along South Park and Beaverdam drives are crumbling, Robinson said. Although the park’s construction is coming almost exclusively from state dollars, he said, “That’s still tax money that you and I pay.”

In accordance with the wishes of meeting participants five years ago, the park is being placed within walking distance of several neighborhoods, Stam said. And admission will be free.

The $262,000 will cover the first phase of construction, providing for 6,000 of the 14,000-square-foot footprint.

Article source: http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20120805/NEWS01/208050305/Salisbury-skatepark-kick-flip-away