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Longboarding to Get Magazine

A new magazine, International Longboarder Magazine, is in the works with its first quarterly issue scheduled for April. International Longboarder Magazine is the brain child of Michael "the Skategeezer" Brooke and Tom Browne. Supported totally by advertising, the magazine is going to be given away free in skate shops worldwide. The magazine will also be available on a subscription basis for . It might be a good idea to subscribe, so you don't have to chance missing the an issue. Subscription rates for the first year run $10.00, U.S. and Canada, and $15.00, everywhere else. For subscriptions, they prefer cash. The address is International Longboarder Magazine,1054 Center Street, Suite 293, Thornhill, Ontario, L4J 8E5, Canada.

The first issue will feature new products, longboarding on the internet, scene reports, awesome full-color photos, and more. There should be a scene report on Temecula Skatepark (perhaps Southern California's best longboarding park) and guide to Coleman slides by the move's inventor Cliff Coleman. In addition to dedicating its full editorial content to longboard skateboarding, International Longboarder Magazine will provide a forum for longboard manufacturers to promote their products, as only a handful can afford the ad rates in the mainstream skate mags like Thrasher and Transworld Skateboarding.

The need for a magazine like this is clearly demonstrated by a trip to the local newstand. You are still more likely to find information about longboarding in surfing or general interest sports magazines than in mags like Thrasher. The currect issue of LongBoard, (the longboard surfing magazine) has two very brief reviews of the Gravity Hypercarve and the Freebord, an innovative snowboard/skateboard hybrid, while the only longboard in the current issue of Thrasher is an off-road board sitting on the grass next to a twelve-year-old kid with a broken leg. To its credit, this issue of Thrasher does have a nice two-page spread entitled "Time Machine," with a 1984 picture of Lester Kasai at the Del Mar Skateranch, an early ramp shot of Dave Hacket from 1977, and a nice shot of the man, Tony Alva, pool riding a Logan Earth Ski from 1976 (see below, I couldn't resist scanning it). Maybe there's hope as long as the guys at Thrasher still know who Tony Alva is.

For more information about International Longboarder Magazine, drop Michael a line at mbrooke@interlog.com.

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