Please feel free to contact me.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

As Noted on the GvR web site, you can get your free tickets to GvR

Get Your GvR Tix!
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

GvR Ticket Drop Schedule
Sept 25
Lake Forest
20025 #103 Lake Forest Drive, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Sept 27
The Block, Orange
20 City Blvd W #212, Orange, CA 92868
Sept 27
Ontario Mills
1 Mills Circle Suite #204, Ontario, CA 91764
Sept 27
District, Tustin
2477 Park Ave Ste B45, Tustin, CA 92782
Sept 27
2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Sept 27
1500 East Village Way, Ste #2201, Orange, CA 92865
Sept 27
1160 B East Imperial Hway, Brea, CA 92821
Sept 27
Irvine Spectrum
71 Fortune Dr, Space 816, Irvine, CA 92618
Sept 28
Irvine Spectrum
81 Fortune Dr, Ste 133, Irvine, CA 92618
Sept 28
District, Tustin
2403 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92710
Sept 28
The Block, Orange
20 City Blvd West, Bldg K, Ste 406, Orange, CA 92868
Sept 28
Metro Pointe, South Coast
901 K South Coast Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Sept 28
ZJ’s Boarding
Santa Monica
2619 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Sept 29
525 S Coast Hwy, Encinitas, CA 92054
Sept 29
Huntington Beach
101 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Sept 29
Corona Del Mar
900 Avocado, Corona Del Mar, CA 92660
Sept 29
Val Surf
North Hollywood
4810Whitsett Ave, Valley Village, CA 91607
Sept 30
Beach Bums
Anaheim Hills
5620 E Santa Ana Cnyn Rd, Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
Sept 30
Beach Bums
The Block, Orange
20 City Blvd West, #H908, Orange, CA 92868
Sept 30
Santa Ana
2520 S Bristol St, Santa Ana, CA 92704
Sept 30
104 W Foothill Blvd, Rialto, CA 92376
Sept 30
5981 Van Buren, Riverside, CA 92503
Oct 1
Main Place, Santa Ana
2800 N Main St #724, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Oct 1
1065 Brea Mall, Ste 1057, Brea, CA 92821
Oct 1
200 E Via Rancho Pkwy, Space #405, Escondido, CA 92025
Oct 1
Mission Viejo
28331 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Oct 1
3851 C&D Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92606
Oct 1
330 N Brea Blvd, Ste B, Brea, CA 92821

Goofy vs. Regular '08

It's almost that time again! The annual GvR event happens in a few days! This awesome skateboarding event starts on October 2nd until the 5th. The BIGGEST names in skateboard converge in Lake Forest to find out who's better...Goofy or Regular.

Here's the event's details:

Thursday October 2:Hometown Heroes QualifierHometown Heroes Registration 2:00 - 5:00 pm (or until 125 spots are filled)Hometown Heroes Practice 2:00 - 6:00 pm (closed to public)Hometown Heroes Qualifier 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Friday October 3:GvR Practice and etnies Skull Jam Bowl ContestWomen’s Bowl Registration & Practice 11:00 - 12:00 pmGvR / HH Registration 12:00 - 7:00 pmBowl Open Practice 12:00 - 2:00 pmWomen’s Bowl Contest 2:00 - 3:00 pmGrand Masters Bowl Qualifying 3:00 - 4:30 pmPro Bowl Qualifying 6:00 - 7:30 pmGrand Masters Bowl Finals 7:45 - JamPro Bowl Finals 8:30 - JamFree Los Olvidados concert in skatepark 7:45 - 9:00 pmAwards Immediately Following
etnies Festival Village Open from 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday
Saturday October 4: etnies Girl Pro Contest & GvR QualifierRegistration for all events 10:00 - 4:00 pmWomen’s / HH Practice 10:00 - 11:30 pmetnies Girl Pro Contest 11:30 - 1:00 pmPro Street Open Practice 1:00 - 3:00 pmOpening Ceremonies 2:45 - 3:00 pmetnies GvR Qualifiers Heat 1 Goofy 3:00 - 3:45 pmetnies GvR Qualifiers Heat 1 Regular 3:45 - 4:30 pmetnies GvR Qualifiers Heat 2 Goofy 4:30 - 5:15 pmetnies GvR Qualifiers Heat 2 Regular 5:15 - 6:00 pmetnies GvR Party Doors Open 7:00 pmBad Religion concert 8:20 pm
Sunday October 5: Hometown Heroes Finals & etnies GvR FinalsHometown Heroes Practice 9:00 - 11:00 amHometown Heroes Finals 11:00 - 12:30 pmPro Street Finals Practice 12:30 - 2:00 pmetnies GvR Heat 1 Goofy 2:00 - 2:10 pmetnies GvR Heat 1 Regular 2:20 - 2:30 pmetnies GvR Heat 2 Goofy 2:40 - 2:50 pmetnies GvR Heat 2 Regular 3:00 - 3:10 pmetnies GvR Heat 3 Goofy 3:20 - 3:30 pmetnies GvR Heat 3 Regular 3:40 - 3:50 pm
Halftime 3:50 - 4:20
etnies GvR Heat 1 Goofy Jam 4:25 - 4:35 pmetnies GvR Heat 1 Regular Jam 4:40 - 4:50 pmetnies GvR Heat 2 Goofy Jam 4:55 - 5:05 pmetnies GvR Heat 2 Regular Jam 5:10 - 5:20 pmGvR Extra Point Jam 5:30Music in the Park Immediately Followingetnies GvR Awards in park 6:30

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Matthew McConaughey Promotes "Surfer, Dude" in Newport Beach

The line formed early for tonight's premiere of Matthew McConaughey in "Surfer, Dude" in Newport Beach. The line started early at 6 p.m. for the 7:15 p.m. showing at Regal Cinema's Island 7 theaters.
The crowd and security were anxiously awaiting McConaughey's arrival, which was delayed because of LA traffic.

McConaughey greeted the Newport Beach crowds by making appearences in two different theaters and he gave away a signed surfboard. He talked and let the audience members snap photos of him. There were some journalists from the OC Register and the Daily Pilot in attendance.

Overall, the movie was funny and enjoyable with a few memorable one-liners. I thought the movie gave me moments of lightheartedness that I appreciated from having a hard work week.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008's Heating Up!

Todd Rogers mentioned in an article during the Beijing Olympic Games (Todd and his friends are behind this entertaining volleyball web site). I attempted to go online the first day that I heard about the web site. I was not lucky. The web site was not online yet.

Since Todd/Phil won the gold, the web site is up and now boosts of almost 200 members. Some members are former AVP pros as well as well known volleyball players (especially players from UCSB). I predict this site will continue to grow in membership for years to come.

So, remember to check out and please join! ;)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Gretchen Bleiler at Irvine Spectrum Oakley 9/13

This is from Oakley's web site:

Gretchen Bleiler Presents Collection at Irvine Oakley Store

Predictably, we wanted more. Style. Attitude. Function. More – across the board – that couldn’t simply be explained by conventional mechanisms of cause.

The effect? Snowboarding Champion Gretchen Bleiler teamed up with Oakley’s Hi-Tech Experts to produce an active lifestyle collection designed for women who play by their own rules. These looks are branded by the power and poise of the lion – an inspiration to this snowboarding legend.

“She’s a strong, independent and courageous woman – a serious risk taker. Oakley evolved in the youth culture of action sports, empowering those who define their own lifestyles. Simply put, she’s the perfect partner to jump-start our women’s movement.”

- Jenn Bradley, Oakley Women’s Brand Director

2008 ESPY: Best Female Action Sports Athlete. First action sports female athlete featured on the cover of ESPN The Magazine. 2006 Winter Olympics Silver Medalist. X Games Gold Medalist. Gravity Games Champion. US Open Champion. Grand Prix Overall Title Winner. Vans Triple Crown Overall Winner.

And a world-wide environmental activist to boot. Gretchen’s Collection features an eco-friendly jacket and pant, leveraging ECO STORM™ textiles and ECO CIRCLE™ technology. The result: while making a luxurious style statement through technical superiority, she’s simultaneously shrinking her green footprint – a downhill assault on global warming.

The Gretchen Bleiler Collection will be on display at the Irvine Spectrum Oakley Store (Irvine, CA) on Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 2pm-3pm.

Come on out and meet Gretchen!

Famima, KROQ and AVP promotional event

Last night, I heard a commercial about a promotional event at Famima's Culver City location. The first 106.7 people there will get AVP posters, AVP shirts and get into a beach volleyball clinic for the upcoming Manhattan Beach event. The event takes place this Friday at noon.

Ryan Mariano

I just recently talked to Ryan and he said he got picked up by Polaroid sunglasses and Vitamin Water. Ryan's already sponsored by Crocs and Cuervo.

Congrats to Ryan! I hope he and Ed do well together in Santa Barbara this weekend!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Homecoming for Todd Rogers

There are a few articles about Todd's homecoming on I'm sure there are photos on too! ;)

I heard that Phil Dalhausser came home via LAX instead of the airport that Todd arrived at this past weekend.

I wonder if Kerri and Misty had big homecoming ceremonies too.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I heard Todd mentioned this place somewhere (maybe in an article or on TV).

Anywho, please join Todd's behind it with some friends.

Just thought I'd pass along the info,

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I'm selling a part of my sports collection...

Here's what I'm going to sell:


A. An autographed football signed by NFLer Priest Holmes.

B. A signed card from Michael Irvin. it came with some AVP cards. I'll include some of those too! ;)

2) I've got a few volleyball magazines, which are old. Some are signed. others are not.

3) I've got a signed RED helmet, which is one of Burton Snowboard's companies. It's signed by Shaun White (Olympic gold medalist), Keir Dillon, Hannah Teter (Olympic gold medalist), Molly Aguirre, Elena Hight, Dave Downing and a bunch of other athletes. I'll even give you the photos that I took of the athletes signing the helmet as proof of authenticity.

4) I've got a signed tshirt from my friends at Active Ride Shop. It's got some of the same snowboarders that signed the shirt, except the legendary Terje Haakonsen. Again, I'll give you the photos that I took of the athletes signing the items.

5) I've got a few jerseys and other items that other professional athletes have given to me over the years.

6) I've got a bunch of DVD movies about skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding.

7) a few pairs of signed Speedo shorts from Phil Dalhausser

8) some signed posters by Misty May-Treanor (many thanks to Diane P.!).

9) some posters from the US Open of Surfing over the years

10) I've got three signed posters from Gretchen Bleiler with some Oakley diecuts.

This is just a short sample of the list of items that I have in my collection.

My goal is to raise some money for various charities while earning more "karma" points.

Thanks for your support!
Jocelyn Chu

Monday, August 18, 2008

AVP E-team Tasks #14 & 15

Hey everyone, hope you are enjoying the Olympics so far. I've decided to combine the next 2 tasks into one, so get these banners out there, we especially want to see a huge response for our return to Santa Barbara. We're working on getting some Olympic gear for the winner of this task so, you'll really want to participate this time. Also, I know there are a couple of you still waiting for your prizes. Thanks for your patience. To our future winners as well, with everything going on during the season, it gets hard to keep track of everything but, you will get what you earned.
Mason Banners


Santa Barbara

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Beach V-ball (Beijing Olympic Games)

In case you've been MIA, log onto or for the latest info about beach volleyball.

This Olympics marks Karch's debut as a broadcaster for NBC as well as Holly McPeak's debut as analyst for Yahoo! Sports.

Holly recently wrote her predictions for the semifinal matches for the men's and women's teams:



Saturday, August 16, 2008

SUDS OC Party + Free Car Wash 8/16 from 10-2 a.m.!

SUDS OC Party + Free Car Wash

August 15, 2008

Hey friends,

This Saturday marks the final SUDS Party of 2008! The Santa Ana party features performances by Squeak E. Clean, Klever, Villains, and Colossal KNXN.

There will also be a mobile hair salon with photos by Rony's Photobooth, live screen printing by Hit + Run, bubbles, and more. The party runs from 10 pm - 2 am and is free with RSVP at
Also on the site are pictures from SUDS LA and SF. See if you can find yourself!

The party is going down at Proof Bar, which is located at 215 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701. This party is 21+.

Oh, and we almost forgot. The first lucky people to find our "VIP Parking Lot" will get a FREE car wash. Can't beat that!

Hope to see you there! Details below...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Levi's and Tilly's BMX Demo in Tustin

I attended today's demo. I was tempted to attend yesterday's demo in Irvine (I was tired from visiting one of my best friends from CSUF). I met Jamie Bestwick, Morgan Wade, Cory Martinez, Zack Warden, Dakota Roche and others. Besides the BMX riders, several fans and media members were in attendance.

I had Jamie and MOrgan sign my X-Games hats and skateboard deck.

I am sure there will be a blog or an article about this weekend's events soon on the web site (

p.s. I'll post some photos a bit later! ;)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Holly McPeak's article on beach vb in the Olympics

Beach volleyball preview: Walsh and May own the sand
By Holly McPeak, Yahoo! Sports, Special to Yahoo! Sports
1 hour, 30 minutes ago

Buzz Up Print

Beach volleyball was thrust into the spotlight in 2004 at the Athens Summer Games, and with legends like Kerri Walsh and Misty May returning to the sand, the beach is the place to be once again in Beijing.

Here are some story lines to watch in the Olympic beach volleyball competition:

1) Trio of stars leads U.S. women

Kerri Walsh (left) and Misty May-Treanor.
(Jim McIssac / Getty Images)Three-time Olympians Elaine Youngs, Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor have experience on their side as they try to bring home a pair of medals for the United States in beach volleyball.

Walsh (2000 indoor, 2004 beach) and May-Treanor (2000 beach, 2004 beach) are riding a record 96-match winning streak dating to July 2007. They are seeded second because host country China gets the first seed.

Youngs (1996 indoor, 2004 beach) is paired with first-time Olympian Nicole Branagh and seeded fifth.

2) Defending world champions representing the U.S.

On the men’s side, Phil Dalhauser and Todd Rogers are the favorites after sweeping the last three Grand Slam events and winning 33 straight matches and five straight tournaments. Rogers/Dalhausser dominated the World Championships in Gstaad in 2007 and look to win their first Olympic gold.

On the women’s side, Walsh and May-Treanor, also defending 2007 world champions, are the team to beat. They are the defending gold medalists and have dominated the AVP and FIVB world tour for the past six years and come in with a record 17 straight tournament titles.

3) Raised in the West, Rosenthal rises in the East

Sean Rosenthal grew up in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, a beach community where surf, sun and sand are a way of life, and spent a lot time at the beach hanging out with friends. With a mother who was battling a drug addiction and an absentee father, “Rosie” did not have any boundaries set for him. He was fortunate to have a grandmother who took him in, but money was tight and they had to make a welfare check stretch every month.



Gold: Walsh and May are too dominant and pull themselves out of tough situations by wearing down opponents and forcing errors.

Silver: Branagh and Youngs have a good chance to win silver and push Walsh and May for the gold. They need to serve well and make sure that they can pass the tough serves from the Chinese, Germans and Brazilians. Branagh and Youngs have their work cut out for them because they’ll have to play the young Chinese team of Chen Xue and Xi Zhang, who have beaten them all four times they’ve played this year, and the No. 1-seeded Chinese team, Tian Jia and Jie Wang, to reach the gold medal match.

Bronze: If the seeds stand after pool play, the Brazilian team of Juliana Silva and Larissa Franca will be the No. 3 seed and face Walsh and May in the semifinals. Juliana and Larissa will not be at 100 percent because of the serious knee injury that Juliana suffered in June. This gives them a chance at the bronze, but I think the Chinese team of Tian Jia and Jie Wang will beat them for the bronze medal.


Gold: Dalhausser and Rogers have been the hottest team on the international circuit over the past five events and are peaking at the right time. Phil has become the most dominant player in the world, and Rogers remains solid all around and is the brains and experience behind this team. They can beat anybody in the world and should capture gold.

Silver: Germany’s Julius Brink and Christoph Dieckmann have been one of the most dangerous teams in the world, and according to most of their competition are the best serving team in the world. They should match up against the top Chinese men’s team and have a good chance to challenge Rogers/Dalhausser for the gold.

Bronze: Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos are the defending gold medalists and have been the team to beat the past four years. They are consistently at the top of the world rankings and are experienced Olympians who have a chance to push Dalhausser and Rogers in the semifinals to get to the gold-medal match. Ricardo is coming off an ankle/foot injury that has kept him out of the last four international events.

Rosie impressed coaches with his enormous athletic ability but was unable to compete on school teams because of poor grades. He admits he did no homework; his passion was sports, and as soon as the bell rang at the end of the school day, he would either be playing or watching sports until bedtime.

His exceptional jumping ability and incredible quickness led him to professional beach volleyball after informally learning to play the sport while hanging out at the beach with friends. He qualified for his first pro tournament at 16, and it was only a matter of time until top players saw his enormous potential. When Jake Gibb called him three years ago to team up, Rosenthal rededicated himself and spent his first day in the gym lifting weights. With no formal training on or off the court, this was a huge step in maturing as a high-level athlete. He stepped up to the challenge of international travel and competition. His play has become more consistent and his game strategy has improved tremendously under the tutelage of coach Mike Dodd.

Rosie has become more professional in the way he approaches the sport, and his dream of standing on the podium in Beijing with a medal around his neck is within reach.

4) Nicole Branagh’s steep learning curve

After Branagh won AVP Tour Rookie of the Year in the 2005 season, I got on the court with her to see what kind of potential she had for 2006. Right away, I knew she had what it took to be a great player. We trained hard and qualified for two finals before losing to Walsh and May-Treanor. Players started to notice, and Elaine Youngs stole her to develop as her potential 2008 Olympic partner. There were lots of doubts because Nicole was a big player (6-foot-1) who played mostly at the net for blocking, and Elaine was a blocker as well. Who would play defense?

Sure, these two players could pass, set and put the ball away with ease, but could they run around and play defense well enough to challenge the best teams in the world? Their teammates had always been smaller and quicker and responsible for defense, but now it was their turn. Nicole has improved tremendously since the end of the 2006 season and has impressed me defensively. She is quick and able to pick up balls that she couldn’t three years ago. The big key to her defense is the fact that if she digs the ball, it is almost a sure kill because her size gives her so much offensive range. What they give up in defense they make up in offense.

Youngs and Branagh are two of the best offensive players in the world. Look for Branagh to impress on both sides of the court for along time to come.



• Brazil’s Juliana Silva and Larissa Franca have been one of the best teams on the FIVB tour since 2005. They have dominated the last three years and have won over 20 tournaments since 2004. They won two events in 2008 when May/Walsh did not compete.

Juliana tore her ACL in the Paris event in June and has not competed since. She has elected to postpone surgery until after the games. I have played with two partners who were dealing with serious injuries heading into the games: Nancy Reno had a torn rotator cuff in 1996 and Misty May had a torn abdominal muscle/sports hernia in 2000. We did every thing we could to get ready, but it was impossible to regain our top form.

Timing is everything, and the stress on the body, the pressure of the competition and the need to be in your best mindset are hard to achieve with these injuries. I expect Juliana and Larissa to do well enough in pool play but struggle in the single-elimination playoff. I don’t see them regaining their top level form by the Olympics. That has been my experience.

Juliana and Larissa are a great team, and if anybody can surprise me, it would be them. At only 5-foot-9, Juliana is the big player on this team. She has long arms and is a good jumper. Her role is to jump serve, run to the net and either jump or pull off the net and play defense. That is a lot of pressure on a weak knee. Her competition will test her by serving her every ball and doubling her workload.

• Greece’s Vasiliki Arvaniti and Vasiliki Karantasiou have been one of the only teams other than the Brazilians, Chinese or Americans to get on the podium at a big grand slam event. They beat some very strong U.S. teams en route to a silver medal in Norway. With a great jump serve and strong ball control, the Greeks have a chance to pull an upset.

• Germany’s Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig are a skilled team that can dominate a match with their serving. Their downfall is that they play every team almost the same. If they can come up with some good game plans against the top teams and their serves are hot, they can surprise a top seed.


Reinder Nummerdor (right) and Richard Schuil.
(Stuart Franklin / Getty Images)• The Netherlands’ Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil have been one of the more consistent teams of the FIVB tour and have had some big finishes this year. They have incredible size at the net, and if they are siding out well, they have a great chance to knock off a top team.

• Russia’s Dmitry Barsuk and Igor Kolodinskiy are another solid pair. With an amazing jump serve from Barsouk nicknamed “bazooka,” they can do damage if he catches fire. Living and dying by your serve is risky, but that is their best chance to surprise the field in Beijing.

• Spain’s Pablo Herrera and Raul Mesa are a solid side-out team but don’t have as much size at the net as some of their opponents. They have some Olympic experience and could surprise with their consistent play.

• Marcio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes of Brazil have been a team to beat in the past, but they really struggled in 2008 to find their rhythm and had no success until the most recent event in Marseille, France, where they were able to win gold in a diminished field. If that win gave them the confidence they need to regain their form, they too could go far in the single-elimination rounds.

Holly McPeak is a three-time U.S. beach volleyball Olympian and bronze medalist from Athens 2004. She is one of the winningest players in pro beach volleyball history with 72 pro titles and six MVP awards. Holly is currently competing on the AVP tour in her 18th season and does color commentary for the AVP and women's collegiate indoor volleyball. Send Holly a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Rolling O Hits AVP in LB

Over the weekend the Rolling Lab made a stop at the AVP in Long Beach, CA. Hundreds of fans as well as about 30 beach volleyball professionals were educated on the power of HDO by touring the lab.

The AVP (association of volleyball professionals) is comprised of the best men’s and women’s pro beach volleyball players in the U.S. and arguably, the world. With only one week till the Olympic Games, the Long Beach Open was the last chance for fans to see Beijing Olympians compete on American sand.

The lab was set up along the boardwalk of Marina Green Park where tons of local foot traffic and bicyclists made their way through over the weekend. The lab crew cranked all the freshest beats keeping the party vibe going all weekend long and drawing in both volleyball fans and other outdoor enthusiasts. Each person who passed through the lab was given a raffle ticket for a pair of thumps that would be raffled off during the women’s final on Sunday that was broadcast live on NBC.

The player’s tent (where athletes chill out and refuel between matches) was nestled right beside the lab. In fact, many athletes ditched the traditional player’s tent for the plush air-conditioned Oakley lounge that accompanies the lab. Olympians Todd Rodgers, Phil Dalhausser, Sean Rosenthal, and Elaine Youngs all made their way through the lab and were impressed by the demonstrations.

During the men’s finals on Saturday afternoon, 30 eyewear cases were thrown out into the crowd by the smoking hot Cuevo girls. In order for fans to redeem their sunglasses, they had to first take a tour of the lab. By this point in the weekend the fans and spectators were buzzing about the lab leaving every other sponsor at the event scratching their heads wondering how and if ever they could be as cool as Oakley.

Monday, July 28, 2008

US Open of Surfing: July 26th (Saturday)

I attended the US Open of Surfing on Saturday. I like to attend this local and annual event for a variety of reasons: the athletes, the sports (surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding), the booths and overall vibe. I make a habit of attending this fun-filled event so I can get athletes to sign items for various charities that I am associated with.

One of my favorite booths happens to be the X-Games booth. You can enter your name into a drawing to be asked a trivia question for free X-Games schawg. I have been going to this booth for a number of years and have always walked away with something, which is THE beauty of this booth. You could also walk with something just by showing your tickets to the X-Games!! How great is that! (p.s. I wanted to give a quick "shout out" to Lisa Hoyle! Thanks again for everything!!)

As far as the names of the winners and overall results are concerned, make sure you log onto Transworld Surf's web site. Here's the link:


This is from an e-mail from one of my contacts at the X-Games:

http://www. staplescenterfoundation. com/Default. aspx?c=EventDetails&eid=211

This year's X Games 14 , going down from July 31-August 3 at the STAPLES Center, features several new extreme sports, including BMX Street, Moto X Best Whip, Women's Moto X Racing, Moto X Speed & Style and BMX and Skateboard SuperPark. You can be there when we kick everything off at our second annual opening night party, BEHIND THE BIG AIR Presented by American Express. In addition to meeting X Games featured athletes and getting an ultra exclusive look at the Big Air practice, you won't want to miss the Skateboard Deck Auction. Famous celebrities, pro athletes and renowned artists have donated their time and talents by painting the skateboards and transforming each one into a one-of-a-kind work of art. Attendees of the BEHIND THE BIG AIR will have an opportunity to take home one of these unique collector's items by being the highest bidder! It's all for charity so you won't want to miss it when we go BEHIND THE BIG AIR on July 30th. Get your specially priced pre-sale tickets below and if you have any questions, just give a call.

As always, thanks for your support!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Last Night's KROQ Street Team Event (With Links to Notable Newspaper Articles Worth Reading)

Hello all! Today is the first day of the Inaugural Maloof Money Cup! Woo woo!

I attended the KROQ Street team event last evening at Sharkeez's in Huntington Beach. There were quite a few fans in attendance. KROQ managed to giveaway tickets to this weekend's event, Comic Con tickets, CD's, movies and an X-Games skateboard deck that Jake Brown autographed himself! The deck was the "coveted" prize of the evening. A lucky female fan won the deck as well tickets.

Obviously, Jake Brown was in the house and everyone was excited to see him. I found him to be very personable and thought he was so gracious to the fans.

Thanks again to KROQ and Sharkeez's!

I can't wait to go to the Maloof Money Cup on Saturday! See you there!

P.S. Here's some reading material for this morning that I thought everyone would enjoy:

LA Times article,0,2667413.story

OC Register article

Daily Pilot article

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Countdown to the Maloof Money Cup!

The inaugural Maloof Money Cup will start in just a little over 50 hours. As you know, this event's been heavily promoted. From surfing on the 'net, I see that KROQ is heavily promoting this event by having their street team events in Huntington Beach.

JOIN THE KROQ STREET TEAM THIS THURSDAY NIGHT July 10th at Sharkeez Huntington Beach located at 211 Main St in Huntington Beach from 8p-10p. Stop by for your chance to win tickets to Maloof Money Cup at the OC Fairgrounds July 11-13 PLUS a gift card from Best Buy! And don't miss Pro Skateboarder Jake Brown as he'll be there signing autographs at 9pm. CHECK OUT COLLEGE NIGHTS EVERY THURSDAY at SHARKEEZ IN HUNTINGTON BEACH! WE'LL SEE YOU THERE!.

JOIN THE KROQ STREET TEAM THIS FRIDAY NIGHT July 11th at Beachfront 301 located at 301 Main St in Huntington Beach. Chill with THE KROQ STREET TEAM FROM 7P-9PM as they'll be HOOKING YOU UP WITH COOL GEAR AND A chance to win tickets to Maloof Money Cup at the OC Fairgrounds July 11-13 PLUS a gift card from Best Buy! WE'LL SEE YOU THERE

p.s. I hear that one of the Maloof brothers will be a guest on tonight's "LoveLine." So, make sure you tune in!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Maloof Money Cup

The world famous Maloof family is bringing this h-u-g-e skateboarding event to Orange County (specifically the OC Fairgrounds). It's taking place the weekend AFTER the 4th of July.

There's no doubt this will be a great event for the athletes, fans and sponsors. Both genders will be represented in competition. The street and vert courses are being built as we speak. The skateboarding industry's heavy hitters are closely involved (you can see a list here:

Tickets to the event are being sold via

For more information, please log onto the event's web site:

Saturday, June 28, 2008

A Team Van Tour

A Team Van Tour

DC Shoes and Active bring you the A Team Van Tour stopping by your local store and theirs no telling what kind of fun will be pouring out the Van. Bring your board and join the antics!!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Results for some AVPers at the Poland FIVB event

In case you haven't heard the news, Rach/Tyra placed second and Boss/Ross placed fifth. Both teams had respectable finishes this weekend!

Congrats to both teams!

For more info, log on to to see the final results and read the latest (there's also info about this weekend's AVP event in Hermosa Beach!)!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

AVP's E-team task #8

Morning Eteam, here is task number 8. We are going back to Belmar this year so we need you to get these Ecards posted wherever you can and emailed to anyone you know in the area. We did not have a database of groups to post to like we do for most cities so it is very important to get this one out. The winner will get an autographed volleyball and another signed item that will be revealed to the winner. Please have your list of postings and emails in to by 6/19.

Belmar e-card


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Discounted AVP tickets for Hermosa

Here's a place that will give you the discounted rates on tickets for this weekend's event:

AVP tickets/contests for Hermosa & Manhattan....

1) This is from KIIS FM:

40,000 Points

Limit 1 per member


KIIS CLUB VIPs use your points to purchase two (2) General Admission Tickets to the AVP Hermosa Beach Open, courtesy of Banana Boat! This prize will be mailed.
Catch all the action June 7-8 on the Northside of Hermosa Beach Pier. Your tickets will admit you to the AVP Hermosa Beach Open Saturday (June 7), and Sunday (June 8).
For unbeatable Protection - Now. Later. Longer. - Pick up your favorite Banana Boat products on your way to the AVP Hermosa Beach Open.

2) You can win free tickets from KROQ, if you're a street team member:


3) Win tickets to Manhattan through Smart Water. I can't remember which radio station that promotion was being advertised.

Monday, May 19, 2008

This Thursday on Tyra's show.....

Thursday, May 22nd
"Summer Spectacular"

Summer is just around the corner, and Tyra is revealing what's going to be sizzling hot! First she'll speak with Elle magazine's creative director, Joe Zee, who takes extravagant runway looks and adapts them for everyday life. Then, over a game of volleyball, Tyra interviews professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reece about being the tallest girl in school, getting her body back after her second baby, and the innovative workout videos she created for expectant mothers. Later, relationship expert Matt Titus helps a recently divorced woman find the perfect guy for a summer fling! Tyra also gives the audience tips on how to find flattering sunglasses, healthy alternatives to summer's sweet treats, and the surefire way to avoid sunburn. Plus, see five women who participated in NIVEA's cellulite challenge as they show off their amazing results!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Rach/Tyra are Seoul Survivors!!!

I saw this article on and I thought I'd post it to the blog! I'm stoked for them!

Americans Turner & Wacholder score Seoul surprise

Americans Tyra Turner (left) and Rachel Wacholder (right) with their coach Kerri Pottharst, a three-time Olympian for Australia
Seoul, Korea, May 15, 2008 - After finishing a disappointing 13th in the 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour season opener at the end of March, Americans Tyra Turner and Rachel Wacholder were looking to improve their play on the international Beach Volleyball circuit starting here Thursday at the US$175,000 Seoul Open.

"We were expecting a lot more in Australia, but we did not deliver," said the 31-year old Turner after her team posted a pair of Seoul Open Main Draw wins Thursday to guarantee a ninth this week at the third Asian Confederation event on the 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour calendar.

"Today we played a lot better, especially in the second match against the Brazilians," said Turner, who is competing in her ninth SWATCH FIVB World Tour event with Wacholder as the 13th-seeded team in the Seoul Open Main Draw. "We let the first set get away from us after leading the Brazilians 17-11. Rachel started setting me higher and we were able to comeback against a very good team."

The Brazilians Turner was talking about were Talita Antunes and Renata Ribiero, who captured the last women's SWATCH FIVB World Tour event in China two weeks ago where they defeated compatriots Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca in the Shanghai finale. Thursday, Turner and Wacholder upset Talita and Renata 19-21, 21-19 and 15-12 in 48 minutes.

With their second SWATCH FIVB World Tour win over Talita and Renata in as many meetings, Turner and Wacholder challenge fifth-seeded Chen Xue and Xi Zhang of China in the third-round of the winner's bracket on the sand courts at the Han River Jamsil Citizen Park. It will be the third meeting between the two teams with the Chinese winning both times, including a three-set victory in Adelaide.

"Rachel and Tyra were a mess in Australia," said Kerri Pottharst, who is coaching the Americans after competing in three Olympic Beach Volleyball competitions for Australia with two medals (Atlanta 1996 bronze and Sydney 2000 gold). "I started coaching the Americans at the end of February and they needed time to adjust to my methods. Results are not always immediate as everyone needed a period of time to adapt to each other."

The winner of the China-United States match will face either top-seeded Juliana and Larissa or eighth-seeded Tamsin Barnett and Natalie Cook of Australia for a spot in Saturday's semi-finals. The Brazilians, who defeated Talita and Renata in the Adelaide final, trail Barnett and Cook in the SWATCH series 2-1. In the first meeting with Juliana and Larissa, Barnett and Cook upset the Brazilians at the 2007 Seoul Open when the Australians captured the gold medal by upsetting Jia Tian and Jie Wang in the finals.

In the lower half of the Seoul Open winner's bracket, two American teams will be competing against tandems from Brazil and China for the second semi-final berth to be determined late Friday afternoon. Second-seeded Nicola Branagh/Elaine Youngs face American rivals Jen Boss/April Ross in an opening third-round match with the winner facing either third-seeded Tian/Wang or sixth-seeded Shelda Bede/Ana Paula Connelly of Brazil.

Branagh and Youngs have won 10 of 13 Beach Volleyball matches with Boss and Ross, who hold a 2-1 edge in SWATCH meetings with their American rivals. In their last FIVB meeting in Brazil last September, Boss and Ross won, but Branagh and Youngs eventually finished third on the podium in Fortaleza after losing to Juliana and Larissa in the semi-finals. Shelda and Ana Paula have never played Tian and Wang.

Including Talita and Renata, 16 other teams remain in contention for the $28,000 first-place as each has one defeat in the double-elimination Seoul Open. Friday's schedule will feature 22 matches highlighted by the winner's bracket quarter-final contests to determine the first two semi-final berths for Seoul Open. Before Saturday's semi-finals, four elimination matches will be played to advance the last two teams to the "final four."

While the women compete in Asia, the men's SWATCH FIVB World Tour is in Europe (Roseto degli Abruzzi) for the third annual $175,000 Italian Open presented by Abruzzo. Both circuits compete at different sites next week in Japan (women) and Croatia (men) before the next double gender event in Barcelona, Spain (May 26-June 1).

Monday, May 12, 2008

New sponsor for the AVP Tour...

According to an article on, the AVP's got a new sponsor for the women. It's a company called Gogie Girl.

This company's also recently picked up Nicole Branagh as a player to sponsor.

here are some links to articles:,388661.shtml

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Vote for TEAM Chevy!!

Vote for TEAM Chevy!!

Go onto www. myspace. com/avptour and vote for Team Chevy!

I'm not going to reveal my votes, but you ough to vote there ASAP!

Ok, I'll tell you one of my votes went to Ty/Hans.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Verge Project

The Verge Project Announces Open Enrollment for Students
- press release -

Encinitas, CA – April 23th, 2008. The Verge Project is pleased to announce an open call to students that would like to learn the ropes of the Action Sports Industry (ASI) job market. The Verge Project is matching up students with mentor’s that work within the ASI to help assist them in their job quest.

Training by the mentors for the students will include:
- How, when and where to approach people to make connections and gain information.
- How to properly apply for a job and who to talk to internally.
- How their passion and knowledge can improve the industry they love, and the impact they can have on a company.
- The workings of the Actions Sports Industry, i.e., what the mentee should expect if they break in.
- How to get ahead once they get in.

Student requirements:
- Must be a junior or senior in college
- Must be located in Southern California
- Must be passionate about and actively participate in an Action Sport (surfing, skating, moto, snowboarding etc.)

Applications for the project should be treated as if applying for a job. Please submit a cover letter and resume to In the cover letter please tell us about your passion for action sports and why you should be considered for this program.

The Verge Project will be accepting resumes through May 31st. Space is limited, and only the most appropriate, qualified candidates will be selected for a mentor match. Good Luck!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


I do call it FUNdraising because I enjoy doing charitable work. I've been involved with charities mainly because of my parents. My parents continue to give back.

Therefore, I'm a firm believer in giving back because you get so much more in return.

I'm planning on selling part of my sports collection and donating the money raised to the Boarding for Breast Cancer Foundation and the Special Olympics. Misty May's fans, dubbed the Mayniacs, are teaming up with me. We are very ambitious and enthusiastic about making an impact in our year round endeavor. I'd love to have anyone's input or help in obtaining items!

Thanks for the support and feel free to e-mail and/or comment at any time!

AVP's e-team task #5

Everyone should do this! Who wouldn't want to go to any of the California stops for free? I don't know which one I'd personally pick. ;)

Hey Eteam, great job doing all the tasks that were sent out for the last couple events. You still have until the end of the day today to get Task 4 done, and don't forget to send in your Huntington blogs if you were there. You can send those in right up until Hermosa.

Now onto the task for this week. As you can see we've got banners to promote the Louisville event taking place over Memorial Day Weekend. Whoever can post them in the most places will win tickets to an AVP event of your choice. Email me a list with links to where you posted the banners by 5/20.






Oakley’s got an article on Rosie & EY

Oakley’s got an article on Rosie & EY

Hope everyone can see this:

Hope Oakley continues to write about our beloved sport, beach volleyball!

Daily Pilot's new AVP Insider Blog

Hi guys--

I am now posting daily news on my new AVP Insider blog with the Daily

As always, it's great to have more readers, and I'd love it if you
guys would post comments about what you want to see, etc. I can't
always guarantee it will go up, but I'm definitely trying to stay on
top of the beat this year! :-)

The link is:

Thanks again,
Soraya Nadia McDonald
sports writer, The Daily Pilot

Thursday, January 24, 2008

aren't these videos cute?

these videos are cute to watch...
1) Video number 1: Don't they just seem so adorable?

2 cute little kitties having a convo

2) Video number 2: Now we hear what their evil little mouths are really saying!Translation