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.
Thrasher Magazine’s 2015 King of The Road reached its midpoint meetup in San Francisco yesterday. And as assorted challenges were imposed upon the triad of teams gunning for glory – Birdhouse, Chocolate and Toy Machine, three distinct Mystery Guests were announced and appointed to their former affiliations. Jeremy Rodgers, Heath Kirchart and Forrest Edwards will each take up that extra seat in the van and do their best to meet the daily challenges and demands for the remaining days on the road. Who’s an asset and who’s a liability to the teams in contention this year? Only time will tell.
X Games has announced their highly skilled field of competitors for 2014 with an action photo gallery on their site. The guys that will be out there busting their asses to deliver a one-minute video part and a chance at a big payoff this year include: Riley Hawk, Forrest Edwards, James Hardy, Billy Marks, Wes Kremer, David Reyes, Tyler Surrey, Dane Burman, Evan Smith, Rodrigo Petersen, Nick Dompierre, Mikey Taylor, Clint Walker, Davis Torgerson, Moose and Luis Tolentino.