Over the past weeks there’s been quite a lot of shuffling going on among top am and professional skaters with their respective sponsors and endorsements. First of note, Shane O’Neill has made the move to both become an investor and team rider with Primitive. Not sure where his apparel endorsement will lie. Both Eric Koston and Guy Mariano have jettisoned their long careers with the Girl Skateboards and Guy has joined the legion of others over at Nike SB. Other news related to the Girl camp acknowledges that Rick McCrank has gone into retirement, but you can bet that he still has quite a few decades of skateboarding remaining beneath his griptape. Frank Gerwer will continue to entertain us all as a solid addition to the Fourstar Clothing team. With a pro model in the works, Forrest Edwards is no longer associated with Zero Skateboards. Alex Perelson is no longer Welcome – he was repping the brand for a hot minute and then quite just several weeks later. And red hot European ripper Daan Van Der Linden has been upgraded to the global Volcom team with this video edit of Instagrammed greatness.
Nike SB’s Go Skateboarding Day LA event went down at the famous West LA Courthouse, which was celebrating its one year anniversary of being made into a legal skate spot at last year’s GSD. A large crowd showed up to skate with the Nike SB team consisting of Eric Koston, Shane O’Neill, Blake Carpenter, Nick Boserio, Carlos Ribeiro, Sean Malto and more for the day and to see that they had added back into the fountain which was a ’90s feature of the courthouse before being filled in over a decade ago. Click here to see some images from the event.
When it came time for the Berrics to pick an artist to a paint a new mural at the park, Eric Koston said that it only made sense to ask Andy Jenkins to do it. With the support of Oakley, the two have collaborated on one of their largest projects to date. The full size mural on the wall and commemorative deck celebrate 20 years of art direction with Girl Skateboards.
Eric Koston and Steve Berra bring you this announcement regarding the latest version of Battle At The Berrics that will feature your top rated Pros, Ams, Joes and Battle For Abberica Finalists. Skaters and brackets for BATB8 coming soon to theberrics.com.