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Women’s Jr. Pro Returns During the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing This July

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Supergirl Junior Pro to Showcase Top Up-and-Coming Female Surfers

-Women’s Jr. Pro Returns During the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing This July-

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (June 24, 2008) – As one of the featured events during a week full of fun-in-the-sun at the GO211 Live festival and U.S. Open of Surfing at the famed Huntington Beach Pier, the Women’s Junior Pro returns to the surfing world’s competition line-up with a new title sponsor. The Supergirl Junior Pro will identify and celebrate the emerging stars in women’s surfing between July 18 – 26 when surfing’s top 18-and-under female surfers will take to the waves in their hunt for standing atop the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) junior ranks and their share of the $12,500 Supergirl Junior Pro prize purse. The finals of the event will round out the three-day, all-female action sports competition, the S3 Supergirl Jam, which is part of the GO211 Live festival and takes place from July 25-27.

“The Honda U.S. Open of Surfing is one of the most heavily attended professional surfing competitions in the world. We hope these girls inspire other young women to get out there and start surfing,” states Brodie Carr, CEO of the ASP.

As an element of the 2nd Annual S3 Supergirl Jam, the largest, all-girls action sports competition and lifestyle/music festival, the Supergirl Junior Pro also acknowledges and promotes female strength, independence and empowerment by creating another platform upon which today’s female athletes can compete.

“This event is important to young female competitors as they try to further their personal achievement and strive for their place among the ranks of the ASP,” said professional surfer and S3 Supergirl Jam host committee member Kassia Meador.

The last Women’s Junior Pro took place in 2006, with South Africa’s Nikita Robb receiving top honors and Karina Petroni (Atlantic Beach, FL), Coco Ho (Sunset Beach, HI) and Erica Hosseini (Newport Beach, Calif.) turning in memorable performances. All four women continue to compete in events on the World Qualifying Series (WQS), and Karina Petroni is currently the youngest competitor on the prestigious ASP Women’s World Tour. Along with Santa Ana’s 15 year-old Courtney Conlogue and Kauai’s Alana Blanchard, (other 2006 Women’s Jr. Pro notables) these women are listed on Surfer Magazine’s “Hot 100 to Watch in 2008”. The Supergirl Junior Pro gives young ladies like these the opportunity to celebrate their talents while recognizing their personal strength and confidence.

Supergirl Junior Pro will stream live via GO211.com and air as part of a 60-minute S3 Supergirl Jam telecast on network and cable television. Please stay tuned to s3supergirljam.com or check your local listings for more broadcast details.

ASA Entertainment, the largest action sports event, TV and content production company in the U.S., owns and manages the S3 Supergirl Jam with its partner, Warner Bros Consumer Products.

For more information on the Supergirl Junior Pro, visit s3supergirljam.com.

About S3 Supergirl Jam Producer, ASA Entertainment:
A leader in the action sports industry since 1994, ASA Entertainment, headquartered in Culver City, California is the first and largest action sports event and television production company in the world. The company produces more than 200 events and 100 television programs annually around the globe that feature skateboarding, freestyle BMX, inline skating, freeskiing, freestyle motocross, snowboarding and music. Its events are broadcast on CBS, Spike, VERSUS, Fuel TV and Fox Sports Net domestically and distributed to more than 1 billion HH globally throughout Asia, Europe, USA, Africa, Canada, South & Central America and Australia. ASA’s properties range from large-scale international competitions such as the LG Action Sports World Championships to grassroots amateur contests, lifestyle and branded entertainment events, demonstrations, exhibitions and mobile tours. As one of the oldest and most established organizations in action sports, ASA Entertainment leads the market in developing premium content around the fastest growing sector of American sports. For more information visit www.actionsportstour.com or www.asaentertainment.com.

About the ASP:
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the Foster’s ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products:
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About DC Comics:
DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics’ Web site is located at www.dccomics.com.

SUPERGIRL and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.

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Nike 6.0 and Alkaline Trio Collaboration

Monday, June 16th, 2008

nike 6.0 alkaline trioNike 6.0 and punk stalwarts, Alkaline Trio, joined forces to translate the energy of action sports and punk rock into a pair of collaborative kicks. The Heart and Sole Air Zoom Cush and a limited run of messenger bags will be released June 27th exclusively at Jacks Retail Shop in Huntington Beach. Alkaline Trio recently kicked off their summer tour, supporting their new album Agony and Irony and the release of the shoe. The Heart and Sole Air Zoom Cush will be available at select retailers nationwide on July 11th.

“The collaboration between Nike 6.0 and Alkaline Trio was a natural fit. Punk rock’s independent spirit is a common thread with action sports, and the band member’s live the lifestyle we support.” said Tim Reede, Nike 6.0 Product Line Manager. “We were able to create unique materials and details that reflect the band’s history, resulting in a collaboration that truly tells a story.”

“We chose red and black as the main colors to reflect our Chicago roots and pay homage to the Bulls. We are huge fans,” said Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio. “I’m also into sneakers, so seeing the swoosh and our logo on one product is unbelievable. The shoe looks amazing and provides some insight into who we are.”

Custom design elements include reflective details and bike-tread inspired graphics, correlating to the band’s formative years in Chicago where the members met while working as bike messengers. Distressed materials translate the punk ethos, and the Alkaline Trio logo is featured on the heel cup. The Heart and Sole Cush is constructed of all synthetics, supporting select band members who are vegetarian.

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Komunity Project welcomes Alek Parker to the Surf Team.

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Quality, style and diversity continues as Komunity Project adds the many talents and exposure of Floridian surfer Alek Parker. Alek will be sharing his vast menu of surf antics, hero good looks, and XXX-large personality to the Komunity team. Design of Alek’s custom signature series traction pads are already in development for 2009 and we’re all looking forward to Alek’s fresh input for the Komunity Project technical surf accessories division. We’re stoked to have Alek on the team.

Komunity Project officially launched their news blog at http://blog.komunityproject.com and has updated their 2008 product website at http://komunityproject.com

About Komunity Project.

Komunity Project is a select group of world-class competitive and free-ride athletes joined together to inspire the evolution of their sport. Komunity Project, is owned by world champion surfer Kelly Slater and includes team member and surf aerialists Dane Reynolds as well as a band of rock stars including Jeremy Flores, Luke Davis, Magnum Martinez, Patrick Gudauskas, Tanner Gudauskas, Dane Gudauskas, Alek Parker, Roy Powers and Kiron Jabour. Komunity makes and designs custom traction pads, world-class travel board bags (surfboard coffins and daybags), leashes, backpacks, board straps, SUP and other board sports related technical accessories. Komunity Project is based in Huntington Beach, California and growing fast. “The Next Generation, Now in Progress”.

For more information, visit http://www.komunityproject.com

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Action Sports Central Now Syndicating

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

The Todd Weatherill Show: “Action-Sports-Central,” is now in syndication mode. “We are picking up a few stations a month and even though it is a long process to syndicate…we have the support we need, the sponsors, and the show is on track to make history.”

It is one of only a few talk-radio programs in the World that is dedicated to action-sports, its athletes, and the lifestyle of cool. It is the only “Wake-Centered” action sports show on the radio.

The show is edgy, features top names in all of action-sports, Hollywood, Comedy, Music, film, and the only informative source for up to the minute details on events, film, and results. Host Todd Weatherill has been featured as a commentator/host/reporter for over a decade on programs like: X-Games (ESPN, ABC, ESPN2), The Pro-Wakeboard Tour (ESPN), The Pro-Waterski Tour (ESPN 2), Vortec Power Hour (OLN), has interviewed everyone from Tony Hawk to Tommy Lee. He has represented action-sport’s biggest brands in product segments, commercials, and as an athlete. Todd was the first president of the World Wakeboard Association and one of the original twelve pro-riders. He helped make the rules, the contests, and the organization of this top growing sport. He is an action-sports pioneer, visionary, and well-respected among his peers.

For More information on Todd Weatherill: www.toddweatherill.com or just google Todd Weatherill.

Features in the show:
Fathead Action Sports News
I-Tunes.com- Groove Ride of the Week.
Amazon.com- Action Sports Film Review
GFH Boards Four-Sans Surf Report
Rants from Wake Guru Jimmy Redmon
Updates from Jeff Barton and Keith Allen on the ASTDew Tour, Pro-Wakeboard Tour, Bass Pro-Tour, and Red-Bull Air Races. Also updates from Rick Thorne on the Van’s Warp Tour with his new band “Good Guys In Black,” and interviews from some of the top events, concerts, film premiers, red-carpet parties, and best comedy venues in the country.

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Surfers Give Back at the 2nd Annual FREEDOM SURF CONTEST

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Jedidiah Clothing & Surfing the Nations
“Cutback” Drug Abuse on the Island of Oahu! Literally!
Surfers Give Back at the 2nd Annual FREEDOM SURF CONTEST “Surfers for a Drug-Free Hawaii”

Honolulu, Hawaii, 5/12/08 Jedidiah Clothing and Surfing the Nations successfully completed the 2nd Annual Freedom Surf Contest “Surfers for a Drug-Free Hawaii”. The event was held this Mothers Day Weekend, May 10th & 11th at Kuhio Beach!

It was all Aloha at this good-cause contest. Over 215 contestants entered to surf and help raise awareness of substance abuse, rehabilitation programs on Oahu and to help reverse the devastating effects that drug and alcohol abuse is having on the people of Hawaii.

Special appearances from the State Of Hawaii House of Representatives, Jon Mizuno and Tom Brower came. Dan Akaka Jr. christened the event with prayer. Also, City and County of Honolulu Official, Jay Ishibashi, stood in for the mayor to support the competition and substance abuse prevention awareness.

Anti-Drug companies such as Hawaii’s Army National Guard Drug Prevention Program, The Tayshea Awiohi Foundation, the DEA, Alu Like, Coalition for a Drug Free Hawaii, Aloha United Way, American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association all supported the event.

Marketing/Advertising Director, SFC Dana L Mueller of the Hawaii National Guard stated, “I firmly believe that our goals to assist and support the communities of Hawaii are the same. Together we can offer the people of Hawaii alternatives, hope, and opportunities to rediscover their potential.”

Talented entertainment such as Pressure Drop, Paul Wright, Canefield Hero, Stepanie Tamaoka, Semi-Sweet, Erika Elona, and Azusa Pacific University’s Men’s Corral Choir livened up the beach all weekend.

Jedidiah Clothing Marketing Director, Kahana Kalama said, “We had a blast, and the contest was a huge success, it was truly a blessing! It’s obvious, all the time and effort STN put into the event really paid off.”

Surfing the Nations received a $5000 grant from the City and County of Honolulu in recognition of their Freedom Surf Contest for creatively providing substance abuse awareness among the community of Honolulu and Oahu.

Contestant, Daniel Maligro commented, “Being amongst good people with a strong purpose made me feel so positive!”

For further information, contact Surfing the Nations at 808.838.SURF or visit www.surfersgivingback.com.

Surfing the Nations desire is to promote a positive image of the sport of surfing as a part of a healthy lifestyle and as a means of giving back to society. Surfing The Nations wish is to counteract the widespread perception that surfing is only about individual fulfillment. Surfing The Nations is a humanitarian non-profit 501(c) (3) committed to impacting local and international communities through the sport of surfing by meeting needs and changing lives.

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Skate and BMX legends to perform the 5th annual Padres Action Sports Day

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

San Diego, CA – With more than 20 X Games Medals to their credit, Vans Team Riders Bucky Lasek, Dennis McCoy and Neal Hendrix will perform at the 5th Annual Action Sports Day on May 24th prior to the San Diego Padres v. Cincinnati Reds game.

“The demo will be fun, but I need to practice for the pitch – so I can show off my fastball.” Said Lasek who will toss out the ceremonial first pitch.

In addition to Lasek and the other luminaries of action sports, San Diego native and skate phenom Alex Perelson will participate. “Having grown up in San Diego, skating at a Padres game with guys like Bucky, Neal and everyone is really exciting” said the 17-year old Perelson who finished 4th in his first ever X Games.

Other athletes participating in Action Sports Day include world-renown Brazilian Skater Lincoln Ueda and BMXers Coco Zurita, Ben Snowden and Austin Coleman. The event will be hosted by X Games announcer Dave Duncan.

A 40-foot half pipe will be placed on the wiffle ball field in the Park at the Park at PETCO Park for the performance, which is set to start 6:15. In addition to the demo, there will be prizes and give-aways from Vans and Camp Woodward. Following the game there will be a post game Family Fireworks show.

Fans can purchase tickets via the Internet at padres.com, padresbeisbol.com or by phone at 1-877-FRIARTIX

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An Open Letter to Mexico’s Congress on Shark Ecotourism

Monday, May 19th, 2008

MexiData.info note:

In April 2008, after marking up a legislatorial Point of Agreement regarding the “non-extractable exploitation of white shark at Guadalupe Island,” Mexico’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee of the federal Chamber of Deputies submitted its negative findings Point of Agreement to the lower house of Congress as a whole, where it now awaits action.

All of which relates to supervised shark diving (in cages) adventure and ecotourism activities that take place within Mexico’s Guadalupe Island Biosphere Reserve, located in the Pacific Ocean west of Baja California. Activities that the Mexican government, after due study and review, has authorized through the issuance of a limited number of federal permits to Mexican and foreign tour operators (plus the requisite permits vessel owners/operators or their agents must obtain).

Following a long introductory review and criticism (with a number of unsubstantiated and/or arbitrary “facts”), the Environment and Natural Resources Committee calls for the federal government not to authorize shark watching activities at Guadalupe Island, “insofar as it may not have been determined if these practices change the behavior of this species, creating a risk to its population, the marine fauna of the area, and local fishermen.”

As well, the Committee is calling for Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, through its Attorney General for the Protection of the Environment and in coordination with the Secretariat of the Navy, to carryout increased vigilance and oversight in the ocean area to insure that all of the rules and regulations in the 2005 decree, that designated the land and waters off Guadalupe Island a natural protected area, are followed. brt

March 11, 2008

An OPEN LETTER to members of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies, Honorable Congress of the Union, Mexico, D.F.

Honorable Deputies of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee:
Diego Cobo Terrazas, Chairman
Jesús de León Tello, Secretary
José Luis Espinosa Piña, Secretary
Lucia Susana Mendoza Morales, Secretary
Benjamín Hernández Silva, Secretary
María Mercedes Colín Guadarrama, Secretary
Aleida Alavez Ruiz
Armando Barreiro Pérez
Edmundo Javier Bolaños Aguilar
Juan Hugo de la Rosa García
Adriana Dávila Fernández
José Antonio Díaz García
Emilio Ramón Ramiro Flores Domínguez
José Guillermo Fuentes Ortiz
Martha Hilda González Calderón
Christian Martin Lujano Nicholas
Cruz Humberto López Lena
Sergio Augusto López Ramírez
María Soledad López Torres
Beatriz Manrique Guevara
Carlos Roberto Martínez Martínez
Roberto Mendoza Flores
Fernando Quetzalcóatl Moctezuma Pereda
Víctor Manuel Méndez Lanz
Jorge Rubén Nordhausen González
José Ascensión Bárcenas Orihuela
Martha Angélica Romo Jiménez
Víctor Manuel Torres Herrera
Rafael Villicaña García
Carlos Ernesto Zatarain González

Esteemed Members of the Chamber of Deputies:

Several allegations have come to our attention regarding ecotourism activities of the white shark cage diving tour operators at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico. Your meeting minutes of April 3, 2008 state the following (translated):

1. “As well, it is mentioned that the techniques used by these tourist service providers in order to attract white sharks puts at risk the ecological balance in the area, the habitat and populations of this species, since their boats carry containers with sanguaza (blood of different origins mixed with water), and bait that they dump into the sea once near the island with the aim of attracting sharks in order to see them rise to the surface or jump. It should be noted that the sanguaza consists of blood from different origins, (which) could have been fishes, fowls or mammals, and in some cases (it) has the remains of entrails mixed with water.”

2. “These boats pour out the sanguaza at night so that the essence can remain in the sea, and the next day they can assure tourists (of) the presence of white sharks around this. Another of their methods, although it is utilized to a lesser degree, is the use of pinniped (sea lion, seal or elephant seal) shaped lures, combined with marine mammal oil, a situation that obviously violates federal legislation.”

3. “As has been mentioned, the practices used in order to attract these species are so inadequate that they have modified the behavior of white sharks in the area, as well as its local distribution. This change of its behavior will create a potential risk to the populations of sea elephant (Mirounga angustirostris) and Guadalupe fur seal (Arctocephalus townsendi), as well as abalone fishermen.”

4. “Regarding sanguaza, this must be considered hazardous waste and even potentially infectious, therefore its use to attract could result in the spread of pathogen agents or viruses that may be potentially infectious and harmful to the marine and terrestrial fauna of the region.”

We would like the opportunity to refute these allegations, and to speak directly with any members or deputies of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. What you have been made aware of at this pristine site is factually incorrect, and it does a great disservice to the overall positive efforts that this fleet, in good faith, has put forward within the Biosphere Reserve boundaries of Isla Guadalupe over the past seven years of operations.

If this site, and the fate of a large percentage of the Pacific’s white shark population, is to continue to thrive the actions you take in coming months will be a deciding factor. We ask that the esteemed members of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee come to understand exactly how these white shark operations are run, and how this fleet, on its own accord, has made great strides in building a long term ecotourism benefit for Mexico.

We stand ready and committed to working with the Mexican government in developing this site as a world class ecotourism and white shark research destination. These small steps have already begun at this site, and we would like to introduce you to them.

Respectfully,

Patric Douglas
CEO
www.sharkdiver.com
www.sharkdivers.com
www.guadalupefund.org
www.islandofthegreatwhiteshark.com

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ASA Entertainment Announces its 2008 Action Sports World Tour Event Schedule

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

The Country’s Longest-running Action Sports Tour Returns for its 12th Year

LOS ANGELES (May 15, 2008) — ASA Entertainment (ASA), the country’s largest action sports event, television and content production company, is excited to announce its 2008 Action Sports World Tour events. From July to November action sports fans throughout the U.S. can experience the world’s top professional skateboarders, freestyle BMXers, inline skaters, snowboarders and freestyle motocross superstars during a series of five major competitions in a quest for the ultimate title, the LG Action Sports World Championships.

Huntington Beach, Calif. is the first stop on the Tour where more than 100,000 people are expected to watch the top female pro skateboarders, surfers, inline skaters and snowboarders compete at the
S3 Supergirl Jam from July 25–27. Part of this one-of-a-kind mega-competition includes the construction of a 28′ high snowboarding mountain with 30,000 pounds of snow pumped onto the beach at the world-famous Huntington Beach Pier.

Costa Mesa, Calif. hosts the first stop for the men from July 29-31, at the Orange County Fairgrounds. During three action-packed days, Southern California fans can enjoy a completely unique pro BMX competition that combines the best in BMX Box Jumping and Dirt Jumping with the Mini-Mega Ramp in an event called Big-Air BMX Triples. 16 of the world’s top BMX pros will participate in a head-to-head battle in what has become a favorite event for both fans and athletes after its inaugural contest last September.

The LG World Championships of Freestyle Motocross then thrills fans for one day in Los Angeles at Fairplex Park in Pomona on Saturday, September 27. Four-time LG World Champion Nate Adams (Phoenix, AZ) is eager to reclaim the winner’s podium in 2008, but he’ll have to ride through Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg (Santee, CA) who’s determined to defend his 2007 title with his series of distinctive motorcycle back-flip variations.

One week later, the Action Sports World Tour resumes on October 3 and 4 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the new Bank of Kentucky Center on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. This will be the first sporting event ever inside the new arena and the last event for the pros to qualify into the LG Action Sports World Championships.

From November 7-9, 125 of the world’s most elite competitors in BMX, Skateboarding and Inline Skating will face off at the historic Reunion Arena in Dallas, Tex. for the 2008 LG Action Sports World Championships. This three-day battle for the season-ending World Championships will be filled with explosive, competitive action and A-list musical entertainment.

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