News From June 2003

Foundation Gareth Stehr on the cover of Strength!!

Strength August 2003: Gareth Stehr gots the cover!!!!! Gareth pops a shovit on the contents page. F cards and dice review on 44. The Strength offices store board is none other than the Folmer Deathbox model. The Gareth Stehr interview starts on page 78-87. Good job Gareth!!
Posted June 30th, 2003 by cover watcher

Foundation Hand signed Corey Duffel boards?

Are almost here. Demand them from your local shop!!
Posted June 24th, 2003 by el ztaffo

Foundation Foundation window and signing at Street Machine.

The signing was fun, the window was even funner, well actually you suck, I thats what I suck. Unless you like us, then we suck. Surfs up bra! Whatever, check out the slideshow.
Posted June 24th, 2003 by window killer.

Foundation Justin Strubing on the cover of Slap.

This just in!! Justin Strubing got the cover of the new Slap, Holyee cow man.
Posted June 23rd, 2003 by cover watcher

Foundation Boarders Demo!


As part of our No Show Wheels and Deals special, Boarders in Montebello, CA wins a free demo by the Hollywood and Foundation teams. The demo is expected to go down on Saturday June 28th.

Who can I expect to see you ask: All riders from both Hollywood and Foundation teams - ugly mugs like Kris Markovich, Ethan Fowler, Don Nguyen, Corey Duffel, Dorian Tucker, Daniel Shimizu, Tony Silva, James Atkin, Justin Roy, and more....

Where exactly you ask: Boarders 2056 Montebello Towne Center - Montebello, CA 90640.

What if I have questions you ask: Call the shop 323-722-5172.

This is going to be huge! When are you ever going to see this many professional skateboards in one place again? Are you gonna be there?

Posted June 23rd, 2003 by demos R us

Toy Machine Toy Machine window and signing at Street Machine.

ok, here it is. Finally its done! We spent many hours on this little project and are proud to present the Toy Machine window and signing at Street Machine. Use this link to get to the slide show page and then select the slideshow, of course, duh!
Posted June 20th, 2003 by yours truley

Deathbox The great Kona contest.

Kona Summer Nationals

The annual Kona Summer Nationals was held at the famous Kona Skatepark this year on June 13-15. It was an insane weekend filled with Bro's, Ho's and Pro's all competing for lot's of cash and serious bragging rights for the much coveted Kona Banked Slalom Title. As you know Black Leather Racers Steve Olson and Dave Hackett have dominated this event for years, and were the heavy favorites going in to the race. Sure enough, Olson and Hackett were in 1st and 2nd place right up until the last run when out of no where an unknown surf skater from Huntington Beach by the name of Bill Wahl (Who's Bill Wahl?) swooped in and took 2nd place away from Hack forcing him to 3rd place and $600. for his efforts! Olson of course remains the Kona Banked Slalom Champion as the Black Leather Racing team continues to dominate! After the event a Masters Pool riding competition was help in Kona's kidney pool with about 20 hard core pool rippers from all over the country. The event was sick as these guys shredded for over 2 hours in harsh humid 100 degree hot sunlit weather. Brewce Martin was going wild as he ripped and teared; Duane peters was pulling everything in his bag of HardCore on edge insanity and when it was all over the results were Duane Peters 1st, Chris Baucom 2nd, and David Hackett 3rd! Deathbox skateboards were all over the park and the Hooter girls were going wild! Many thanks to Kona owner Martin Ramos for an awesome event and great hospitaliy!

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Posted June 19th, 2003 by reported from Martin @ Kona

Deathbox Of course Deathbox rules - what'd you expect?

Dave Hackett placed 1st in Alb. New Mex. at The Sandia Banked Slalom Challenge making it the second time in a row he's scored 1st palce over all in the giant banked slalom. Black Leather Racing added a new rider and super fast racer Robert Palmer who took 2nd place overall. Steve Olson took 3rd.

The entire Deathbox crew has been getting busy filming for their first ever video. Titled GNAR; Tales from the Box! You can expect it to br ready in about 8-10 months.

Expect to be seeing new Deathbox pro models from Mark Partain, Eric Dressen, Dave Ruel, Adrian Demain and Tony Magnussen. Check out Hackett's new WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION! 8X35.5 of PURE BOMB!

Dave Ruel is out of commission for a few with a broken collarbone. He was up in Flagstaff, AZ with Hackett and Bowman after the New Mexico contest and hung up at the Bushwacker park of death. Ouch! Hackett said he felt the concrete move, and they were off to the Hospital! The new Chlorine video is finally out, with features of Dave Hackett, Steve Olson, Salba, Duane Peters, Pineapple and Dave Ruel. I've been waiting for this for some time now. The expectation is the best!

The latest on Doug Saladino ... Last seen hanging and skating with legendary Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament ... Word also on the street was that he was recently trolling the backyards in San Diego with legendary skate photographer Ted Terrebone and skate dog Damon Mills. Pineapple's 6-year old son Shey seems to have join the ranks of the local "Y" posse at Clairemont and can be spotted skating the pool with dad and crew.

We are currently getting all the specs from for all the boards - length, width and wheelbase. We hear your cries and will have this damn thing solved just yet.

Posted June 18th, 2003 by coping waxers suck!

Pig Wheels Pig wheels has some new wheel cuts & team changes.

Pig Wheels introduces the new Prime Cut and Gutter Cut Wheel shapes to add the many already existing great Pig Wheel shapes. The Prime cut shapes is cool looking wheel with a double sided groove cut that reduces the weight of each wheel by 12% and protects the graphic. The Gutter Cut shape has a deeper single sided groove that reduces the weight of each wheel by 16% and has an off set bearing seating that gives you more truck grinding area, protects your nut and axle while eliminating axle slippage. Both of these new cut are made with Pig's newest, highest quality urethane that gives you the hardest, whitest wheels that resists flat spotting.

Pig Wheels would like to welcome Nor Cal ripper Alan Peterson and Black Label's powerhouse Ben Gilley to its Pro Team.

Pig Ceramic Bearings has just won the highly acclaimed Fastest Bearing Award held at the Cintron Corp last week.

Posted June 18th, 2003 by I love cops.

Pig Wheels Introducing the new Hellbent concave by Pig wood.

Adrian Mallory, Charlie Castelluzzo, and Shuriken Shannon have been on a mission filming for an upcoming Pig Wood Video. Rumor has it that Vancouver's Jesse Booi might be joining the gang along with 16 year old terror Brian Hansen from San Diego? We will just have to wait and see eh.

Try Pig Wood's NEW Hellbent Concave "TM". Pig Hellbent Concave has a steeper nose and tail for maximum POP for maximum ollie power, which also increases strength and durability.

Posted June 18th, 2003 by el ztafool

Foundation The latest Foundation news and more.

Ethan Fowler, Daniel Shimizu, Corey Duffel, and Leo Romero are all back from the most successful Europe tour ever entitled "THE FOUNDATIONS EUROPEAN VACATION!" The first stop was the Netherlands where the team shredded five consecutive demos and signing thousands of autographs. Unfortunately Ethan shredded his back off here and was hurt for the rest of the trip. After the demos, this hungry team was on the search for real street spots and the came across a sketchy 14 step rail that Corey and Leo pulverized! The consistency of these two are unbelievable and left the crowd in awe. After killing this rail Corey found an ollie over an 8 step rail with a 15 foot drop on the other side. The thing was super knarly and he did this without any hesitation while it was raining. After the Netherlands the crew was off to Russia on the search for more spots and came across a banana show at a local Russian bar where we tried the finest Vodkas and watched the ladies do unthinkable things. Somebody even got to eat the banana but I am not mentioning any names. Ha ha! After Russia they where off to Germany on the search and came across some beautiful, long 14 step hubba. Daniel started out with the grinding smoothest bs smith with ease, after this Corey threw down a pop shuv 50-50 and a frontside nose slide, and Leo cleaned up with fs and bs nosegrinds + 180 nose grinding it. Next stop Paris for more demos that went off without a hitch but the best always waits til after the demos. Paris went off when we found a perfect lengthy marble hubba where Corey Duffel ruled the show powering out an amazing kickflip fs 5-0 followed up by a pop shuvit 5-0. Overall Europe was a blast filled with amazing skateboarding and wild nights. Thanks for the good times!!!!!!! You can check out the good times in articles in upcoming TWS "USA" and Document Skateboarding "Germany "magazines.

Foundation's Justin Strubing is on a 2 month Europe trip to film for the upcoming Foundation video and skate with the Ezekiel team.

Gareth Stehr, Tony Silva and Mike Rusczyk are finally back from Okinawa, Japan. They were recently seen on the island ripping demos for our men in uniform, the Marines. After the demos we had to go and check out the local nightlife. The first stop was a Bar called Seventh Heaven where we watched a Japanese Metallica cover band rock out. They where really cool and let us play there instruments after there set in front of everyone at the bar. One day was really awesome when we all climbed down this insane cliff after all the locals had told us scary stories about how people died there, and at the bottom was this crazy cave where you could go swimming and check out all these fishes and stuff. Josh Beagle's high school buddies took us to a bunch of local spots and also taught us the logistics of how to do donuts in a car, almost nailing Josh in the process. But all in all it was a successful trip full of skating, eating, drink'in, shop'in, and hot Japanese girls.

Leo Romero has just finished up a Thrasher interview and an Automatic interview + Cover in no time at all. I guess when you could go out and shoot a twelve page interview with all hammers in a week this is no problem. All I can say is Keep an eye out for Leo and don't miss his part in the upcoming Foundation video because he is on fire!!!!!!

Gareth Stehr has been on his own path of destruction lately. Going bigger and faster than ever. He is currently waiting on his visa so he can start his journey of becoming a lazy American.

Look out for Corey Duffel's Heckler interview + the cover out now. Can't stop the all meat eating Duffman!!!!

Jon West is back! And Jon called action! He's been held up recently with his schooling. Jon learned all kinds of new skillz at film school and is ready to get some school back on in skateboarding. He is graduating very soon, congratulations Jon!

kirchart-chris and big scoobs were seen lately in SD, killing a bigass flat bar with Gareth Stehr and Josh Beagle. They were getting down like nobody's bizznass.

Posted June 18th, 2003 by yuck fou

Toy Machine Berzerker tour, wrap it up.

Toy Machine has totally just completed their summer tour. The Berzerker tour was totally insane! All shops are reporting totally amazing turn outs and totally kickass demos. Despite one 18 hour drive (totally my fault) the guys are total workhorses! You can totally always count on the best demos from Toy Machine! Totally.
Posted June 18th, 2003 by el ztaffo

Deathbox Will Kimbell got 1st!!

Will Kimbell

Will kimbell got 1st!!

Posted June 16th, 2003 by watch dogg

Foundation Gimmie Gimmie a graphic contest winner.

Welcome to the all encompassing Ed Syder interview. Ed is the guy that won the Corey Duffel graphic contest, remember? Of course you do....that's nice, really nice. None the less here it is...

Duffel Contest Winner How did you come up with the particular graphic that won?
- I figured it should just be of Corey rocking out as one of the Ramones. I was gonna do the whole band but the one figure looked better on it's own.

What was your influence?
- 'Sheena is a Punk Rocker' + Caffeine

What are some other artists or board company art you like alot?
- Most of the guys in Juxtapoz magazine (Coop, Ryden, Robert Williams, Love + Rockets, Pete Bagge) + saturday morning cartoons like Dexter and Sponge Bob. I like Templetons stuff and the Gonz of course. Have you heard of Brian Ralph? He's the best. He had a canvas thing in Transworld once which pretty much set me on the road I'm on right now.

Duffel Contest Winner You're in a band right now. Whats it called?
-I play bass in a band called Bane Overlord which is totally the best fun. We've been going for about a year and we've got a track on a new compilation album called Hot Shit on Blast First.

What do you sound like?
- Kinda like Gang Of Four fronted by Mike Patton. Disco Metal!

Where can peeps listen to it? (MP3?)

What are some of your favorite bands?
-Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Ramones, Misfits, Rocket From The Crypt, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur, Iron Maiden, Black Flag. That kinda thing.

Duffel Contest Winner Back to the prizes. What kind of Foundation stuff did you win?
- I got a Daniel Shimizu set up + hoodies, shirts, jeans, belts, hats... a hell of a lot of stuff!

I remember I sent you 2 of your winning boards, what are your plans for them?
- At the moment, one is hanging on my wall and the other is still wrapped up. I don't think I could stand to skate it and scratch it up! I probably will skate it though but not yet.

How does it feel to know that 1000's of skateboarders across the globe are riding the graphic you designed?
- It feels amazing! I have to stop myself from checking if kids at the skatepark are rocking my design.

You must be proud.
- Damn right.

Did you see the winning ads in Transworld? (A photo of you was in both).
- I got the one in Thrasher. It's stuck up on my wall next to the deck. Interior design the foundation way!

Did you show your mom? What did she say?
- She doesn't really get it. She thinks I should get a 'real' job.

She must be proud.
- I'm sure she is, secretly.

Duffel Contest Winner Are you kinda famous around town now? - Not even. I get drunk at parties and get all big headed like "I'm Superdead, check me out". But noone cares.

Do you carry around the board and the ad and go up to chicks and say, "hey hot stuff! look at me, I'm a badass, wanna go to the soda fountain?"
- Shit yeah! We don't have soda fountains here in the UK though, so they look at me like I'm a bit weird.

So are you going to start freelancing graphics for Foundation?
- I frickin' hope so! That's the idea anyway! I think I could draw Gareth Stehr as Angus Young and Leo as Tommy Lee! What d'ya say, Tod?

Whats your favorite color?
-Probably Black.

Whats your favorite food?

How many toes do you have?
- 10, but only 9 sport toenails.

Any last words?
Thanks to FOSKCO for picking my design, and hello to all my friends and family. Check my site ( and have a nice day.

Posted June 13th, 2003 by el ztaffo

Deathbox The Deathbox Series Contest # 1 results.

The Deathbox Series Contest # 1 at Charles County Skatepark was great!

Check out results at:

Thanks again to all the sponsors and volunteers. It was a great time for all!

Curt Kimbel

Posted June 9th, 2003 by Curt Kimbel

Toy Machine Sucking the Life winners!!

Time has come! It wasn't an easy decision but none the less, it had to be made, now prepare yourself for some badass drawings up here in this bitch. This slideshow consists of winners and second placers, The winners get a tee and a video, the second placers get the fame of being on the Toy Machine site, and honerable mention. Now go check out the slideshow and enjoy yourself dammit!
Posted June 5th, 2003 by el ztaffo