Monthly Archives: April 2010

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials

LIL’ ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS

Lil’ Ed Williams, though small in stature, is a true giant of the blues, and among the very last authentic of the West Side Chicago bluesmen.

From smoking slide guitar boogies to raw-boned Chicago shuffles to the deepest slow blues, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Lil’ Ed is an awe-inspiring master. He and his blistering, road-tested band, The Blues Imperials — guitarist Mike Garrett, bassist James “Pookie” Young, and drummer Kelly Littleton — are celebrating nearly 25 amazing years together. Not since the heyday of Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers has a Chicago blues band made such a consistently joyous, rollicking noise. Between the band’s wonderfully untamed music and Ed’s flying leaps, back bending, toe-walking through the audience, and sliding across the stage on his knees, it’s no wonder The Boston Globe called them “the world’s #1 house-rocking band.”

Lil’ Ed boasts a direct bloodline to blues history — his uncle and musical mentor was the great Chicago slide guitarist, songwriter, and recording artist J.B. Hutto. Adding to the legend is Ed’s storybook rise to fame, taking him from working in a car wash to entertaining thousands of fans all over the world. Born in Chicago in 1955, Ed grew up surrounded by the blues. He was playing guitar, then drums and bass, by the time he was 12. Ed and his half-brother Pookie received lessons and support from their uncle. “J.B. taught me everything I know,” says Ed. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.” Ed and Pookie spent their teen years making music together, and in 1975 formed the first incarnation of The Blues Imperials. They played their first gig at a West Side club called Big Duke’s Blue Flame, splitting the $6 take four ways. Over the next few years, the group played every club in the neighborhood, but they still needed day jobs to pay the bills. Ed worked 10 hours a day as a buffer at the Red Carpet Car Wash. Pookie drove a school bus. Night after night they played their roaring brand of blues in tiny clubs, and eventually the word reached Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer.

What happened next is not supposed to happen. Not in real life anyway. The band — never having been in a recording studio before — treated the studio like a club, playing live to Iglauer, the engineer, and all the people on the other side of the control room glass. After Ed recorded just two songs, the Alligator staffers in the control room were on their feet begging for more. Two songs later, with Ed doing his toe-walks and back bends, even the engineer was dancing. Iglauer offered the band a full album contract on the spot. The end result of the session was 30 songs cut in three hours with no overdubs and no second takes. Twelve of those songs became the band’s debut album, Roughhousin’, released in September of 1986.

The national press reacted with overwhelming amazement. Feature stories ran in Spin, Musician, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other publications. The Village Voice declared, “Roughhousin’ just may be the blues album of the year.” Quickly, the band went from playing local bars to clubs, concert stages and festivals coast to coast, giving national audiences their first taste of the band’s propulsive boogie blues and wild stage show. Spurred on by the band’s rowdy performances, a legion of fanatical fans, proudly calling themselves “Ed Heads,” eagerly spread the word. Lil’ Ed And The Blues Imperials’ next two releases, 1989’s Chicken, Gravy & Biscuits and 1992’s What You See Is What You Get, brought them to more people than ever before. They toured Australia, then went back to Europe before joining The Alligator Records 20th Anniversary Tour.

But after years on the road, the stress of touring and recording began to take its toll. Ed broke up the band and, for the first time, truly put his life together. After defeating his personal demons, Lil’ Ed reformed The Blues Imperials in 1998, to the great delight of blues fans everywhere. They returned home to Alligator and released Get Wild! in 1999 and Heads Up! in 2002 to widespread enthusiasm. 2006’s Rattleshake brought Ed and company to their largest audience. Now, with latest release Full Tilt and a schedule that will take the band on another non-stop tour across the country and across the ocean, Lil’ Ed And The Blues Imperials will continue to rock Ed Heads, both old and new, all around the world.

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials appear at 6p.m. Sunday, April 18 at the Beach Shack (1 Minutemen Cswy., Cocoa Beach; 783-2250). Visit Lil’ Ed and the band online at: www.liledwilliams.com.

Drift Session

Drift Session

The phrase “drift session” can mean a number of different things on a variety of different levels. To east coast surfers who have learned to adapt to the less-than-ideal shoreline angle, swell direction, and crosswind juxtaposition, it can define the act of surfing in a strong crosscurrent without resisting the powerful ocean flow, drifting down miles of coastline to an awaiting vehicle or final destination.

Oftentimes life can have an uncontrollable flow that is much easier to accept than try to go against. A lot of energy would be wasted if we continually tried to resist these forces. So for each session, we temporarily immerse ourselves and our senses in life’s constantly moving waters to achieve oneness with something as intangible as its energy. Sound waves reverberate this energy and briefly carry our minds to distant places. Playing music is a perfect example of letting ourselves get carried away by these waves. This can happen mentally and spiritually, as well as physically, while each jam session moves from garage to backyard and from bar to stage.

This is the story of Drift Session, moving in and out much like the ebb and flow of the falling and rising lunar tides. When the pulse of the ground swell resonates along the shores of the barrier island, shifting sand with wind and waves, these drifters grab their equipment under arm ready to be whisked away by each individual session and carried to some final destination still unknown.

An open, collaborative musical collective, the Satellite Beach-based Drift Session swells and recedes with members, but core founders Brian Esmond and John Steinhorst have guided the group to local renown since their inception some 8 years ago. Inspired by the roots reggae and island rhythms closest to their souls, Esmond (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and harmonica) and Steinhorst (bass) set out to translate the looseness and transience of idyllic surf sessions into music. In keeping with this organic approach, collaborators are encouraged to improvise. Fans flock to their shows as much for reggae-infused originals like “Ground Swell” and “Surf Song” as for the chance of hearing a brand new tune take shape before their very eyes and ears. Marked by multi-layered rhythms, grounding bass work, and soulful vocals, Drift Session (joined for select April gigs by Kingston, Jamaica native Andrew Fatta on drums and vocalist and lead guitarist Phil Putman) pride themselves with never playing a song the same way twice. Expect stirring originals, Bob Marley covers, and a serene vibe, but above all, expect to be pleasantly surprised.

Drift Session appear Saturday, April 3 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Thirsty Lizard (1132 Hwy. A1A in Satellite Beach; 777-7228); Friday, April 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Island Spice Grill & Lounge (4910 Stack Blvd., Melbourne; 722-4478), and Saturday, April 17 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Enigma (1550 Hwy. A1A, Satellite Beach; 779-8202), where they also perform every third Saturday of the month. Visit them online at www.myspace.com/surfsong and www.spacecoastlive.com.

Don Soledad Group

Don Soledad Group
By Kimberly Stone
wwww.beachinmommies.com

Formerly a solo artist, flamenco guitarist Don Soledad has formed a band of brothers to enhance his already eclectic blend of jazz, Latin and African percussion, and intense flamenco rhythms from Spain.

It’s a blend that allows the Don Soledad Group to explore music from the deepest regions of the world. Represented by many ethnic styles of music, the group plays as a trio, quartet, or quintet. In addition to being extremely talented, they’re also just as professional. West Virginian Jon Warcholak and Nebraskan Scott McGill both play bass, and Kevin Kornicki (originally from Pittsburgh) and Raymond Santana (from Puerto Rico) provide percussion.

Don himself grew up in San Jose, California with a close-knit, musically talented family who can trace their roots back to the 1800s in Seville and the Philippines. So it’s no wonder that flamenco was a perfect fit for Don. “What attracted me to Flamenco were the rhythms, or flamenco compás. The music in general is very rhythmic, and since I had a background in drums and guitar I was naturally attracted to flamenco.”

Recently Don and the group have been performing at sponsored, corporate, and private events all around Florida. They play regularly at Gloria Estefan’s resort, Costa d’Este in Vero Beach, and the Casa Feliz in Winter Park. However, to immerse yourself in the sounds of the world you need not go far. They also frequent Matt’s Casbah, Enigma, and Vintage 56 right here in Brevard County. To enjoy the beauty of flamenco at home you can find Don’s first CD, Camino de Seda, through his website: www.donsoledadmusic.com. A collaborative second album is eagerly anticipated by the many fans he’s drawn since moving to Brevard in 2005. Music lovers of any genre will enjoy this exciting new element to our live music scene.

The Don Soledad group plays Friday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. at Matt’s Casbah (801 E. New Haven Avenue, Melbourne; 574-1099). On Saturday, April 3, the group performs at Enigma (1550 Hwy A1A, Satellite Beach; 779-8202) from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, April 4 they will play Ron Jon’s (4151 N Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach; 799-8888) from 12 to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, April 24 they play Vintage 56 (200 Barton Blvd., Rockledge; 639-4048) from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Visit his website at www.donsoledadmusic.com.

The Supervillains

The Supervillains

In their ten-year existence, The Supervillains have gone from hometown heroes in Orlando to a national force in the resurgent ska and reggae scenes.

What they say is absolutely true: there’s no rest for the wicked. After 400 shows supporting their 2006 debut national release Grow Yer Own on LAW Records, The Supervillains spent the first part of 2008 recording their sophomore release on LAW, Massive. Recorded at Orlando’s Fighting Records Studios under the guidance of producer James Wisner (Justin Timberlake, Slightly Stoopid) the album received impressive reviews across the country. Since its release, the Supervillains have been on the road pounding the pavement from Seattle to the Virgin Islands. To promote the album, the ‘Villains direct-supported good friends Pepper (who also founded LAW) for the innaugural LAW Records Tour, selling out forty-plus shows nationwide in the midst of a recession. After the LAW Tour, the band routed back from the west coast direct-supporting Slightly Stoopid for the first three weeks of February (all shows sold out) before landing safe in sound back in Florida.

These reggae/ska mainstays — Dom (drums, vocals), Skart (guitar and vocals), Dan (bass), and Smally (saxophone) — started the new decade off on the right foot as direct support for the legendary Wailers on their 40th anniversary tour. The Supervillains first headline tour of 2010 brings them to Satellite Beach’s Sports Page for two nights. A band of many disguises, the Supervillains’ musical versatility has earned them legions of fans. Whether it’s cranking up the set with high-energy punk, strapping on their dancing shoes to dazzle the ska crowd, or flexing their reggae muscles, the Supervillains are always ready to mix it up and gain new fans.

The Supervillains play the Sports Page (220 Hwy. A1A in Satellite Beach; 777-7243) Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 at 11 p.m. Check them out online at www.thesupervillains.com to read an updated tour schedule, hear song samples, and view photos of the band.

Costa Rica Surf Report: April ‘10

Costa Rica Surf Report and Forecast
By Greg Gordon
www.crsurf.com
travel@crsurf.com

FORECAST

Caribbean Coast: The wave season is wrapping up this month, but there are still periods of overhead surf. Just follow any northeasters that head off the coast of North Carolina and wait about a week. The weather is just right, with lots of sunshine in the morning and cooling rainshowers in the afternoon. Expect locals to dominate the lineup at Salsa Brava, but plenty of open space at the Playa Cocles beach breaks.

Pacific Coast: The first major southwest swell hit the last week of March. It was a combo swell since it had plenty of sets from the west-northwest, pushing the wave size to double overhead. In April, expect more swells from the south-southwest, arriving about every two weeks and lasting three to four days with the biggest waves on day two. Hard offshore winds keep some surf off the northern Nicoya coast, so the southern coast is the place to be.

New moon: April 14
Full moon:
April 28

TRAVEL

The first week of April is crazy with Semana Santa allowing most residents to take a week off and visit the beach. Add to that Spring Break in the U.S., and that means lots of beachside traffic, mucha fiesta, and more crowded lineups. However, after the 11th it quiets down quickly.

The reason for the missing report in March was that I was doing some research and attending many “board” meetings. In Puerto Viejo, I stayed at the eco-friendly Cashew Hill Jungle Lodge, in Playa Hermosa the rustic beachfront Cabinas Las Arenas, and in Santa Teresa my hosts were the beachside Blue Surf Sanctuary and way up the hill in Surf Vista Villas. All of these are great options if you’re planning your next trip. Reviews for these accommodations and many others are on the CRSURF website: www.crsurf.com

CONTESTS

The next contest on the Circuito Nacional de Surf will take place April 10-11 in Santa Teresa. CR Surf Travel Company currently sponsors five surfers who compete on the national tour: Lealani and Noe Mar McGonagle from Pavones, Elliot Bishop from Puerto Viejo, Jefferson Tacson from Jaco, and Luis Castro from Tamarindo.

Also that weekend (although unconfirmed at print time) in Boca Barranca will be the Gidget Pro Longboard Association World Championships. Boca Barranca is one of the longest lefts in the world, and for years Toes on the Nose held an annual event hosted by Rabbit Kekai. Usually local beaches hold their own events, so if you are a competitive surfer, check the local surf shops to sign up.

ENVIRONMENT/COMMUNITY

The Jaco Chamber of Commerce wants to continue to help support the Playa Hermosa-Punta Mala National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to nesting grounds for olive ridley, green and rare hawksbill sea turtles. The refuge needs help with basic infrastructure and equipment, more park rangers and public services (electricity and telephone), and educational materials for visitors. To help with this project, contact the chamber at 2643-2853 or by emailing cenpac.chamber@gmail.com. If you wish to help the lifeguard program in Dominical, you can make a donation at www.dominicallifeguards.org. Last Easter week they made over 40 saves!

CRSURF eco-T-shirts are on still on sale for only $12.99 including postage through www.crsurf.com They are made in Florida from recycled plastic and cotton, and we are donating $3 from each shirt sold to the Surfrider Foundation, Pretoma.org (to stop the tuna farms in Punto Banco), and the Dominical Lifeguards. You can also buy leashes and boardbags from WaveTribe made from hemp and recycled materials. Save a little green while you’re out in the big blue.

Leah

LEAH

Even at 84 years of age (people years, folks…for dogs that equals 12), Leah — a Jack Russell terrier — inspires her person, Courtney Dutson, still nearly every day with her adaptability to new surroundings.

Best buds since the fifth week of little Leah’s life, Courtney was 16 when her mom surprised her with the pup for Christmas. An avid competitive equestrian, Courtney grew up on 15 acres surrounded by horses where Jack Russells were as much a requirement as a saddle and reins. Leah fit right in both on and off the farm and made for a more suitable companion at college than a horse. (Last I checked, FSU dorms aren’t exactly horse friendly!)

During Courtney’s college years, Leah became more spoiled than ever, and was rarely left alone. She was smuggled into Publix, Wal-Mart, concerts, and movie theaters. Upon Courtney’s graduation, the pair moved about to Atlanta, Orlando, the Florida Keys, and even North Carolina before settling in Cocoa Beach. Somewhere along the roads traveled, Courtney traded horses for wakeboards, surfboards, and all things water-bound while Leah quickly became accustomed to front-basket bike rides, pulling Court on the long (skate) board, sneaking onto the beach, and playing with big balls. Yes, Leah loves big balls! In fact, the bigger, the better!

After an hour or so of chasing balls on the beach, little Leah lacks the desire to pull her person home on the longboard. Instead, she’s lovingly held under her master’s right arm as the pair navigate downtown Cocoa Beach — Courtney, perfectly agile; Leah, perfectly relaxed.

Yes, folks… this is what the retired life is all about.

Shark Report: the Leopard Catshark

Poroderma pantherinium, the Leopard Catshark

I always seem to be rushing to finish up my articles before $2 tacos and $1 drafts at Taco City… This is the fourth in my series of ongoing reports of common sharks we may see in our local aquariums, restaurants, and pet shops. This month’s species is one that caught my eye several years ago at a small aquarium in the northeast. Its amazing coloration was the first thing that caught my eye. My friend Summer had actually suggested this species many months ago, but unfortunately was only able to write about it until now. This one goes out to you, Summer. I’ll miss ya, and thank you for suggesting this month’s species. It’s one that’s very easy to identify: Poroderma pantherinium, the leopard catshark.

The Leopard catshark is another of the smaller species, with a maximum reported size reaching 33.4 inches, though they’re likely to be found in the 21- to 24-inch range. They have an amazing coloration: a creamy brown to gold color with variable darker spots, rings, and lines along their entire body, a feature which give them their name.

Indicative characteristics of the leopard catshark include a short, stocky body, the absence of a lower tail lobe, spiracles behind the eyes, and large sensory barbels near the nostrils. The two dorsal fins are of similar size and are set far back on the body. The pectoral fins are of equal size, and are the same size as the pelvic fins as well. Like last month’s species, they are large and muscular, and are often observed walking along the ocean floor.

This shark commonly inhabits inshore rocky reefs along the southern tip of South Africa along the Natal coast to depths of 840 feet. Although they appear to be year-round residents in this home range, data on them is extremely deficient. The Leopard catshark is a nocturnal predator, and its teeth are similar to others in its family, specialized for grasping soft-bodied creatures as well as crushing hard-bodied reef dwellers. They are known to feed on bony fishes, crustaceans, octopi, and polychaete worms.

It is is considered to be of minor importance in the pet and aquaria trade, and is often caught in commercial fisheries, as well as by shoreline anglers. Found in aquariums throughout the world due to its ability to adapt well to captivity and for its striking coloration, the leopard catshark is not currently listed by the IUCN, but this may change due to its collection in the pet trade.

Like all sharks, this species is an integral part of our ecosystem and deserves our continued respect, conservation, and admiration.

Mahalo,
Bloody Bill

For more information visit:
www.flmnh.ufl.edu

Surfrider News & Events: April ‘10

Surfrider Foundation, Cocoa Beach Chapter
By John Hearin

www.surfrider.org/cocoabeach
surfrider.cocoabeach@gmail.com

The Cocoa Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is actively engaged in a Dune Protection and Beach Maintenance Campaign and we need more volunteers to help us protect and preserve our beach.

We are seeking stakeholders for all the public beach accesses between Port Canaveral and 2nd Light. Stakeholders perform regular maintenance on their favorite beach access to keep it clean and protect the dunes. We have posted a list of available public beach accesses on our website. Please contact us if you would like to become a stakeholder.

As part of our campaign, members of the Cocoa Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation helped install sand fencing and other dune protection measures at the Cocoa Beach Pier on February 27. We will be conducting a Banana River Lagoon Cleanup on April 17 and an Earth Day Beach Cleanup on April 24 at Minutemen Causeway.

Other upcoming events include:

March 28: Dune Campaign Workday, Cocoa Beach Pier, 9 a.m.

April 17: Lagoon Cleanup, 8 a.m. at Ramp Road.

April 17-18: Boards and Waves Expo, Cocoa Expo, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April 20: Chapter Meeting, Cocoa Beach Surf Museum, 6 p.m.

April 24: Earth Day Beach Cleanup, Minutemen Causeway, 9 a.m.

Whether you surf, body board, swim, fish, bike, walk, or just enjoy a clean healthy beach, please consider joining the Surfrider Foundation. We hold regular meetings on the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Cocoa Beach Surf Museum, located at the Ron Jon Watersports Building , 4275 North Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. Hope to see you there.

French Wines: The Final Chapter

French Wines: The Final Chapter

Last week, we wrapped up the wines of Bordeaux. Now we’re on to the Rhône Valley region, whose deep, dark reds came into vogue in the ’80s.

Rhônes come in simple varieties that are fine for daily consumption, but most are rosés. To push the level up, look for Côtes du Rhône Villages. These are more robust and full-bodied wines.

Northern and Southern Rhône are where the serious wines come from. If you’ve never tried these wines, then I envy your pleasure when tasting them for the first time. We’ll start in the northern region.

This area fell into disfavor until about 10 years ago, when some outstanding vintages helped make their wines highly exciting discoveries. Hermitage, made entirely from syrah grapes, is the most famous, with its intense, deep hue. It’s rated as one of the best wines in the world, and draws distinctive benefits from a long aging process. Unfortunately for wine lovers, its also one of the most expensive wines out there.

Moving South in the Rhône Valley, there’s really not much to remember but for Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This red wine is made from 80% grenache with any combination of 13 other varieties, including syrah, mourvèdre and cinsault blended in. Châteauneuf-du-Pape comes in two styles: one is fairly light and meant to drink young, and the other is richer and more intense when enjoyed anywhere from 5- to 20-years-old. When you’re out looking for Châteauneuf-du-Pape, make sure you see a medieval crest embossed on the neck of the bottle and a pair of crossed keys on the label, both indications of a better bottle of wine.

Now on to Alsace, a small region adjacent to Germany. Alsace produces mostly white wines, which are very different from those of their German neighbors'; most Alsatian riesling, gewürztraminer and muscat are dry in contrast to the more widely-known German styles.

Champagne dominates its namesake region about champagne. True champagne is usually blended from three grapes: pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier. Champagne made from 100% chardonnay is called a “blanc de blanc”; ones made from 100% pinot noir are called “blanc de noir.” Don’t forget that when you see “brut” on a label that it means dry to very dry. Your finest champagne producers are Moët et Chandon, Dom Perignon, Roedere (Cristal), Taittinger (Cometes de Champagne), Perrier-Jouët (Fleur du Champagne), and Krug (Clos du Mesnil).

I’m done, and I mean it. No more about French wine! (If I do mention it again, please let me know.)

See you next month. Remember: life’s too short to drink lousy wine!

Jedi Grind Tricks: April ’10

JEDI GRIND TRICKS
By Scooter Newell

With the advent of our modern day super computers and personal digital assistants, anyone can be their own realty show star.

You log online to one of the mytwitface pages and inform the “viewers” of your show with the latest “news” like the shameless self promoters we are, skateboarders included.

However, when it comes down to it, the real coverage still comes from our industry magazines. One of our own beachside residents, Timmy Knuth, is currently featured in the new Transworld Skateboard Magazine’s “Check Out” section — a page that features up and coming AMs. As a kid, I would always read the “Check Out” section to see who the top AMs were, and they usually were the ones who would one day turn pro and be able to skateboard for a living. This is not some website where you can upload yourself and have reality show superstar status; this is a printed, internationally distributed rite of passage for great skateboarders. Congratulations Timmy Knuth!

Anyway, as I was about to write an article on “Soul Skateboarding”, I logged on to mytwitface to most likely tell my “viewers” that: “I’m trying to write my column, and I’m at a loss, maybe I need some coffee… LOL ,” but instead my computer made a beeping noise alerting a chat from Timmy…

7:28amTimmy: whats uppp

7:28amScooter: whats up dog!

7:28amTimmy: chillin bout to pass out you?

7:28amScooter: im racking my brain tryin to think of a topic to write about for jedi grind tricks article any ideas?

7:29amTimmy: not at this moment haha, ill be in fl on the 12 lets shred. ill be in town for 3 weeks

7:31amScooter: word 3 weeks… if you had to tell the skaters here back home where they need to skate out there where would it be? if they want to take a road trip, you know?

7:34amTimmy: dude long beach is such a sick skate scene now

7:34amScooter: Snoop grew up there… u ever shrizzed with that hizzead?

7:36amTimmy: cherry park, the city paved a concrete slab for skaters and skaters themselves built ledges, there are 7 perfect ledges and its the place to be… always a bbq, pros, good vibes and such a fun sesh. always good vibes and a good time.

7:37amScooter: sounds pretty sick… no Snizzoop?

7:38amTimmy: nah havent seen him around, i live in the sketchy part of town, i see a bunch of look-alikes haha

7:40amScooter: ha! its rainin like a beast here right now…

7:40amTimmy: why does snoop have an umbrella?… fo drizzle

7:41amScooter: that was probly the most well placed snoop/drizzle/umbrella joke iv heard/read

7:42amTimmy: haha yeah. lbc suckaaa. where i live is so sketch. its so tight. everywhere else i go feels to rich/to California. i went to hunnington beach today to film a trick – worst place ever.

7:44amScooter: the HB? my friend K-Mac lives there… what was the trick?

7:45amTimmy: it was a nose grind on some bump to bar

7:46amScooter: nice, is there a video coming out soon with a TK part?

7:46amTimmy: im actually filming to hopefully have a “mag min” on theskatebaordmag.com website

7:47amScooter: nice, that would be some great coverage

7:48amTimmy: yeah be so sick… have you seen the new Transworld?

7:48amScooter: no, i only read FTK. Ha.

7:49amTimmy: yeah i got a “check out” in the new Transworld… pretty hyped on that

7:49amScooter: no way!, thanks for telling me. im gonna go out and buy it today

7:49amTimmy: haha. i havent even seen it yet

7:50amScooter: oh, is it not in newsstands yet?

7:50amTimmy: yeah it is. i havent been anywhere to buy it. haha

7:57amScooter: looks like i got an idea for my article, its due today. you got any shouts to the space coast?

7:58amTimmy: dude, all the homies, dan, you, parents, everyone at gsz

7:59amScooter: werd, have fun in cal, see you back in FL soon!

News Rants:

Mikey McAllister turned 10 recently.

Josh Hudson has been seen at the Satellite Park lately.

The crew at Graffiti Skate Zone hosted Palm Bay’s 50 year celebration with two skate contests at two parks in one day! Check for pics and results: www.graffitiskatezone.com

MR is back from Clash at Claremont contest in California. Check results www.grindforlife.org

Sk8 rel8d news? Send it to Sk8scooter@gmail.com