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Friday, April 17th, 2009
12:13 pm - murs hat...
billiejean44 hey everyone,

check out this rad MURS hat i just got:

avaliable here: http://www.mursmusic.com/shop

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
4:25 pm - ATX


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Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
2:14 pm - see you there


current mood: good

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Friday, March 28th, 2008
9:49 am - Skate Rock Never Dies In Tejas


current mood: thankful

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Saturday, August 25th, 2007
1:31 pm - NEVER FORGET

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Saturday, May 19th, 2007
3:36 pm - show in san marcos


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Sunday, February 25th, 2007
11:39 am


current mood: tired

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Saturday, October 14th, 2006

One and possibly two Nebraska skateparks have been closed as a direct result of a Nebraska Supreme Court decision regarding liability. This post serves to clarify any confusion that may stem from this, and communicate the importance of not sending email jihads to city officials, because in this case, they are totally on our side. Or at least, are equally if not more screwed than skaters are. We need to work with them for a state-wide solution.

In 2002 a woman attended a Fur Festival (hahaha) in Chadron, Nebraska. She stumbled on the Courthouse lawn and hurt her ankle, then sued. The city attempted to defend itself by hiding behind the "Recreation Liability Act" (RLA), and the state's Supreme Court said no: that public landowners are not covered by the RLA, only private ones. Before I go on, let me explain this RLA thing a bit.

In almost every US state there exists something generally called a "Recreational Land Use Statute," which Nebraska calls the "RLA." In effect, they say that if you let someone freely use your land for recreation you are exempt from liability. These statutes were created through the advocacy of fishermen, hunters, and other outdoors activities, with the intent to provide incentive for private landowners to allow the public to use their land for recreation. Most of these statutes are really old; some absolutely predating this whole public skatepark thing.

This means that if you build a bowl or a ramp in your yard and allow the public to freely use it, you are probably exempt from liability, i.e., cannot be sued (provided you are in a state that has said land use statute). Of course, if you have an obviously dangerous thing, say: like screws hanging out, you may not be covered, but some states' statutes are amazingly protective of private landowners, as demonstrated in the supporting case history (which are court decisions supporting or going against a certain statute or law).

Disclaimer: I'm no lawyer. However, rumor has it there are an abundance of them in the US, and these statutes are available on-line for free. Search for your state and "recreational land use statute" or something and chances are you'll find what applies to you. But I digress.

In many cases the states have modified these statutes to include similar protection from lawsuit for public landowners, meaning: as long as the city makes their land available for recreation they too are exempt from liability. In Nebraska's case, the legislature never actually made that specific elaboration to the statute, and it was assumed (and supported through several cases) that the public landowners would be covered.

This case allowed the Nebraska Supreme Court to take a sober look at the statute and say: no, it actually does NOT support this, and the prior cases were applied out of context. Therefore: public landowners actually have NO protection from liability afforded to private landowners as defined in the RLA.

This is serious business extending FAR beyond skateparks. In fact, this decision has nothing to do with skateparks, or even skateboarding. As it currently appears to stand, anyone who gets hurt on public land in the state of Nebraska can (and probably should) sue because the public landowners have nothing to protect them from lawsuit.

I say "should" because that's one evil method to ensure the Nebraska Legislature addresses this legal loophole ASAP when they reconvene in January, 2007.

In the meantime, the state's insurance carriers deemed skateboarding too dangerous to cover, and at least one city closed its skatepark as a consequence. In essence, this is similar to what happened in the 1970's, when insurance carriers for private skatepark owners jacked rates too high to make it feasible to keep the parks open. In fact, this actually hurts every recreational activity in the state of Nebraska; skaters are the first to get the shaft. As usual. Poor us.

In states like New Jersey there are statutes outlining liability protection for public landowners, and I suspect that the state legislature will either draft something like that for Nebraska, or modify the RLA to include public landowners.

We're researching this to determine next steps, and ways we can assist. We have a couple people in Nebraska, but could always use more. That's how SPS works: local advocates, working together. Get involved!

Here's the decision for those seeking a cure for insomnia:

Here's a link to the forum thread about this.

current mood: uncomfortable

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
12:56 pm - SKATE JAM


8800 Broadway Ste. 106
San Antonio,Texas

current mood: anxious

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Monday, October 9th, 2006
1:28 pm - Go!


current mood: tired

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Thursday, August 10th, 2006
9:16 pm - NEVER FORGET!


current mood: sore

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Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
1:32 am

does anyone know of any nice pools or ditches around the cleburne/burleson/fort worth area?

i really need new spots.



skyler :-)

current mood: bored

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Saturday, May 6th, 2006
1:25 pm - Chaos In Tejas 2006


current mood: anxious

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Saturday, April 8th, 2006
9:16 am


current mood: tired

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Monday, March 20th, 2006
2:47 pm

Hey I'm new.

I'm 29. I still try to skate whenever I can, but I have a one year old son that takes up most of my time. I live in Austin. Is anyone else from around here?

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Thursday, January 5th, 2006
10:15 am - Shoe Pollution

While the emergence of skateboarding as a recognized, and somewhat reputable sport, has brought a number of positive changes-small city-owned parks being built around the country for example, but it has also brought attention to the fact that skating is a very profitable industry. And with that has come a whole host of imitators, low-quality-mass-producers, and most notably, the marketing imaginations of major shoe companies.

When I was coming up as a skater companies like Nike, Reebok, New Balance, and others viewed skateboarding as a "passing trend" and not one worth investing in. Adidas seemed to be the only major company at the time that seemed to nod at least partially in the direction of the skate scene. But even that was more of a word of mouth campaign, rather than a true product line. There certainly weren't whole divisions of these companies dedicated to skateboarders.

This left skateboarders with very few options in the late 80's through early 90s. Airwalk and Vans were pretty much the options that we had to choose between if we wanted true skate-shoes. Until it seems Etnies came on the scene that is.

Once Etnies became a true competitor for the shoe market, a whole host of skater-owned small companies emerged from all corners of the planet. Each with their own unique branding, and style. Companies like Es, Emerica, Lakai, iPath, and Globe to name a few, stepped in and stepped up to fill this void.

What this allowed was for true market opinion to direct the style and direction of each company. There weren't millions of dollars to invest in pumping ad campaigns or elevating pros to Jordan-ian status.

Out of this time came some amazing developments in the way skate shoes are made, and manufactured. I mean, it wasn't all that long ago that skate shoes were relegated to 1970s technology with solid rubber soles and little to no additional padding or support. There certainly wasn't the level of engineering that we see in today's skate shoe. Which brings me to the advent of skateboarding as a market influence in the big leagues. DC shoes. I don't think that it takes more than simply that name drop for you to know what I'm getting at.

DC was one of the first (if not the first) multi-million dollar per year shoe company who's sole focus was on the skateboarding market. I believe that the success of DC is what grabbed Nike and Reebok's attention.

The most amusing thing to me about the marketing strategy of both Nike and Reebok is how similar it is to their basketball shoe campaign. Both of the companies are the first to offer riders multi-million dollar shoe deals. The amusing thing is the discrepancy between this marketing style and that of the skater-owned companies. Where skater-owned companies would throw product down to a wide variety of riders, and offer a few a small monthly stipend, Nike and Reebok both came in and picked a pro that they felt could become the "Jordan" of skateboarding (Paul Rodriguez and Stevie Williams respectively) and sunk a huge amount of marketing money into the soles of these two individual skaters.

And failed miserably.

That is at first. I don't believe either company understood the sheer amount of anti-corporate sentiment that they would encounter. It was like the guy who used to kick your ass in high school showing up drunk at your party years later and pretending that the two of you are old friends. Neither company was well received.

Nike however, appears to have some marketing sense about them and have been able to overcome this and are actually becoming a respected force in the skateboarding world. It helps that they quickly abandoned the mega-star approach and started dropping product on everyone from major pros or minors in the industry, to sponsoring up-and-comers. As a result I see 2 out of every 5 kids on the street wearing Nike's skateboarding brand "Nike SB" shoes.

Whereas Reebok, apparently is either slower in the uptake or literally sunk all of it's marketing budget into Stevie William's ride. To this day, I've never seen anyone, outside of Stevie in his print ads, wear a pair of Reeboks flagship in the sea of skateboarding, i.e. the "RBK" brand. I've never even seen them on the wall in a shop!

Don't misunderstand, this is in no way a knock against Paul or Stevie. They are two of my favorite skaters. Actually it was Stevie's crazy-smooth style that influenced my own skating for many years.

I guess the point of this post is this: Skateboarding is it's own entity, and remains true to it's rebellious origins. It never will fit into the conventional mold of society because skaters themselves are too creative, crazy, or just down right pissed off to subscribe to the image set forth by pop-culture.

Admittedly I do own a pair of NikeSB shoes now, though I kick Circa or Lakai whenever I'm actually skating. They just skate better.


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Sunday, January 1st, 2006
3:04 am - NEVER FORGET

I have some very sad news. On Tuesday night December 20th we lost a fellow skateboarder. While Joe Torres and his friend Chris Sellers were skating on a sidewalk near Bulverde Rd. and Thousand Oaks a vehicle lost control and hit both skateboarders. Unfortunately, Joe was killed in the incident. The driver fled the scene, but eventually turned himself in. You can read more about the accident here:


Obviously, this is a tragic loss for the family. A Sunday night vigil and fundraiser will be held at the SA Skatepark from 7pm to 9pm. All proceeds will go to help the family of Joe Torres.

For those that didnt know Joe Torres, he was sixteen years old and his goal in life was to be a professional skateboarder. I didn't know Joe personally, but he skated at our LBJ contest last year. Ill never forget his run. He attempted to ollie the entire pyramid to flat at LBJ. A trick I've never seen anybody make. Unfortunately, for Joe he went too fast, too high and too far. He ended up flailing through the air and landing hard on his side. It was probably the worst slam I've seen anybody take. The crowd went silent. Most skaters would have crawled away in pain, but Joe got up, shrugged it off and finished the rest of his run. Needless to say I was very impressed with his skills that day. Joe rode for the local company named Deadwood Skateboards. You can check out their website for more info:


And here is a pic from that day at LBJ.

San Antonio Skate Pictures :: LBJ Contest 11/17/04

Please keep the Torres family in your prayers this Holiday Season.

Carter Dennis
The San Antonio Skatepark Association

This was written by Carter, not I!

current mood: restless

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Saturday, December 31st, 2005
5:16 am - Fun Spot


Henderson Pass Ditch, San AntonioCollapse )

current mood: jubilant

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Friday, August 19th, 2005
1:09 am - RIP

Randy "Biscuit" Turner, the singer of the early punk rock band from Austin, Tx, the Big Boys....has passed away....

Ironically, he is the cover story in the Austin Chronicle that hit the streets today..... www.austinchronicle.com

I will dearly miss him

current mood: sad

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Saturday, June 4th, 2005
1:21 am

we need to round up some texas skaters and put some life in this bitch.

do it.♥

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