by Adam Apsan
May 21, 2011- Woodbridge, NJ - It was advertised as the end of the world. but May 21 turned out to be a spectacular day in Woodbridge, New Jersey where Journey Backyard BBQ was presenting its famous extreme sports event. Hundreds of people waited at the gate for the opening and in minutes the entire venue was filled with thousand of visitors expecting to have a great time. And guess what? They did.
Some of the visitors ran straight to the stage where a local bands where playing, but most of them where waiting for the major ear candy treat, pop punk rockers, New Found Glory would be headlining a free show later on.
But most visitors had other interest; extreme sports, skateboarding and BMX. And what a lineup.
Ronnie Faisst, A pioneering riders of the FMX sport, Ronnie has finishing in the top 10 of every competition he’s competed in since 2000. He was also part of Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huck Jam tour, multiple Vans Warped Tours, MTV’s Sports and Music Festival, the Dew Tour, Crusty Demons of Dirt World Tour and most recently the first of its kind Nuclear Cowboyz tour.
Corey Duffel is national known for his punk rock look and a fast paced skating style, skating big gaps, rails, stairs or anything that may be in his path. He is presently working on the new Foundation video coming out this year entitled “What the F?” He has also worked with Michael Davis' “Music Is Revolution Foundation,” raising money for music education in public schools.
Pierre-Luc Gagnon "PLG" is one of the most decorated vert skateboarders of all time. With 15 X-Games medals and multiple wins at the Dew Tour and Maloof Money Cup, PLG is one of the most prized vert skaeboarder in history. PLG will be starring in the reality TV show, X-Life on VH1.
Jack Sabback is one of the most talented of all skateboarders. Each of his moves is well thought out and known for its “quality.”
Jon Goemann is known as one of the best skaters to come out of North County San Diego.
Darryl Tocco is alocal from Lindenwold, NJ now residing in southern California, is one of the most respected BMX. Darryl is known for his technical barspin combos on street, but is also known to shred a ramp with the best of them. Darryl's signature frame from Kink Bikes was made avaialble to the public a few months ago and his fans have been buying the bike up at a frantic pace.
Devon Smillie is is only 18 yet he leads teh pack; whether it's a rail, ledge, quarterpipe, box jump, or anything else you could think of, he is capable of destroy anything in front of him.
Seth Klinger actually moved to Woodward Camp to concentrate on riding BMX full time. Seth competes in dirt and park . He's known for his stylish tricks - such as a huge 360 tabletop followed by a 360 superman seatgrab. Amazing!
Fred Gall is another New Jersey local IPATH roots rider is one of skateboarding’s best. His abilities from East Coast street spots, transition and raw terrain makes his one to watch. As one of the most known skateboarders in media, he was recently featured in Thrasher Skateboard Magazine.
Chad Bartie - is a native of Australian, Chad is an expert on all terrain shredding everything in his path. Once he sets his sights on the target; whether it’s a ledge, arail, skatepark or your backyard, he is in command. Chad recently fappeared on the Bones Wheels Video, and is presently working on the Osiris video.
Kenny Reed originally from upstate New York, now resides in Barcelona, Spain and travels the world for months on end, thrilling skateboarding fans as he speeds by. Perhaps this is how he got his name of “The Traveler.”
Taylor Bingaman is part of a new generation of skateboards that have both the tech street skills and transitional skills, his breed may be the future of kateboarding/ This summer he will take part of the X-Games and will also be featured in the new Osiris video.
Aaron "Jaws" Homoki is IPATH’s newest recruit . 19 years old and under 100 lbs., Jaws is already an Arizona legend. In Sweden he took 2nd place overall at the Bowlriders event. Aaron was featured in a “180 Leap Of Faith” sequence in the February 2009 issue of Transworld Skateboarding Magazine, and also on was featured on Fuel TV’s “Daily Habit.”
JT Aultz has been a pro for over 10 years and has taken part in many vidoes. His style that makes skateboarding seem effortless.
Steve Nesser is one of the most preeminent skater to come out of the Midwestern United States in decades. A Minneapolis native known for his smooth style and power to tackle big rails easily Steve, has been featured on the covers of Skateboarder Magazine in 2008, and Thrasher Magazine in 2007.
Steve Durante is another New Jersey native is one of the newest member of the Ipath tea
Jimmy Hill started riding at age four and at 21, is one of the newest member of the Metal Mulisha team. His career took off at the fAFMXA contest in 2010, where he walked away with a second place trophy and was asked to join the Metal Mulisha team.
Wes Agee has been performing daring jumps such as backflips before he was 18, Now he is cabaple of doing unbeleivable tricks, like Backflip Seat Grab Indys,No Handed Flips and Backflip Indys.
Derek Garland has mastered the 75-foot flip, and many other amazing moves. He recently came in 4th place in the Masters of Dirt 2008, 5th place in the X-Games Brasil, Best Trick 2008 in the Freestylemx.com Tour.
A day spent at Journey’s Backyard BBQ is like a day at the circus. Where else can you see motorcyclists flipping in the air and landing without any injury and skateboarders moving at such a speed that is seems impossible for mere mortals? Yet these athletes kept the momentum up from the opening of the gates to the end of the show. And what a day it was. Everyone at the event was pleased; a memorable day, one not easily forgotten.
Journey’s Backyard BBQ, just like the world, did not end this Saturday. In fact they have more events planned for the year. Their itinerary is as follows: Minneapolis, May 28, 2011 and Denver, on June 4, 2011.
You can find our more about Journey’s Backyard BBQ in their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/JourneysBBQ
by Adam Apsan
May 21, 2011 - Woodbrige, NJ - Just in time for the so called end of the world on May 21st, I was sent on assignment by Sports Illustrated Kids and Vejatv.com, to cover the Journey’s Backyard BBQ, an extreme sports event featuring the sickest skateboarders in the world, the Osiris Team. No sooner did I enter the venue when I felt a trembling under my feet. Was the prophecy true? Was this the end of the world? As it tuned out the trembling underfoot was from the thousand of spectator’s that came for this one-day non-stop skating event on the northeast coast. As soon as the gate opened there were thousand of people scrambling all over the event. Many went straight to the podium to hear live local bands while others, including myself went straight towards the Osiris booth, where the legends and soon to be legends of skateboarding were busily getting ready for the days activities.
As an avid skateboarder, I have been following the Osiris team from its’ beginning, and now I had been given the opportunity to interview Corey Duffel, Caswell Berry, Stu Graham, Chad Bartie, JT Aultz, Taylor Bingaman and Jamie Palmore. What more could I ask for? To watch them close up as they tear it up on the mini ramp. From their 50- 50s to the big airs they shredded the mini ramp with "steez." ( style and eeze).
Mesmerized as I stood at the top of the ramp as the skaters use their technical, yet stylish tricks to woo the crowd. Yet for the Osiris Team anything is possible. Each member of the team, which his unique style, kept onlookers transfixed, with jaw dropping intensity throughout the event. As the day came to a close thousands of other kids, including myself, and adults can say this was an awesome event we will never forget.
by Adam Apsan, Jr. Reporter
JOHANNESBURG: The final kick of the ball; the whistle sounds, and Spain wins its first World Cup final.
Amsterdam and in Barcelona, two of Europe's major cites came to a standstill as thousands of fans huddled around outdoor screens so that they could catch a glimpse of the World Cup final.
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It was Spain’s Andres Iniesta‘s goal that won the Champions of the World Cup 2010. Iniesta broke a scoreless tie in a very aggressive match in the 116th minute of extra time; a far cry from its first World Cup with Switzerland when Spain lost 1-0. It was the 3rd time the Dutch lost in the Finals.
Not since 1940 had Spain even reached 4th place and today it became the second nation to win a European World Cup title. West Germany won the world cup in 1974.
The game today was rough and the Netherlands moved aggressively with tackling, picking up 8 cautions. Spain only received 4 cautions.
"It was a hard-fought game, but we’ve got great players. We could have scored another goal or two. It was a well-deserved victory and a very happy day for me," said Spain coach Vicente del Bosque.
The Netherlands played a very rough game and was booked nine times. It seemed that Netherlands strategy was to ruin Spain’s attack, by fouling over and over and they almost succeeded in grabbing a win several times. But these antics were not enough to stop the extreme coordination of the Spanish team.
Spain also messed up its share of opportunities but finally with a penalty kick, it put the ball squarely in the net.
Now that Spain has won its first World Cup, the minds of Soccer enthusiasts is turning to the 2014 World Cup, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Spain won the World Cup in one of the most football-crazed nation in the world, but in 2014, they will face Brazil, who is considered by many the outright favorite to win.
As they say “time flies.” See you in 2014.
March 7, 2010 - The Barbara Walters special was seen before the Oscars tonight. In her special most of it was a run of all the interviews she did. Starting as early as the sixties to current 2009. Today she interviewed actress Sandra Bullok who is competing for the first time in the Best Actress category.
Sandra talked with Barbara and told her that she does not know what she will be doing in the next ten years and that ten years ago she did not know either. Barbara Walters said that if she had to change something about her life she would wants more time for herself.
In the end they drank wine that they both said was cheap and dull.
That was the last Barbara Walters Special!!!
American Idol runner -up Adam Lambert is making a name for himself. His new song "Voodoo" which appears on his debut album For Your Entertainment, currently released in Europe should be available in the States soon.
On Thursday Lambert put a link to "Voodoo" on his Twitter account Saturday and Tweeted: “Song will be released soon in US on [Whataya Want From Me] & [For Your Entertainment] Remix EP!”announced to his fans about the song's release, saying "Song will be released soon in US on WWFM & FYE Remix EP! Check out VOODOO! Bonus track co-written w Sam Sparro appearing on international release of FYE. Turn it up."
The song starts Adam Lambert singing "Moon shine/ On the bayou/ Love shrine/ Break the taboo/ I want to know what's/ In your potion/ Bound by total devotion." Soon enough he sings about being under his lovers spell, casting a Voodoo on him.
Lambert, presently on an international promo tour, plans to go on tour in the U.S. MTV news told that Lambert hopes to show off some next-level looks on stage. "I hate the term, 'Oh, I couldn't ever pull that off,' " he said. "I let that go when I was about 20. I try to aim to pull anything off that comes my way."
Do you like his music? Tell us in the comments below!
The Lakers have been loosing their away game. Loosing miami on Thursday and Charlotte on Friday.
Charlotte defeated the reigning NBA champions Lakers 98-83 with 10 rebounds from Gerald Wallace,21 points from Stephen Jackson and 17 pointsover the Lakers for the seventh time in their past nine games.
From 2000-2002 Kobe Bryant won three consecutive championships with the Lakers. The lakers lately have been finding iit hard to sustain the same hyper kinetic drive as they have had in the past.
The Lakers will get an opportunity Sunday to see if they are up to it, when they play the Magic in Orlando. The Lakers beat the Magic in the last six games.
Orlando's record is the third-best record in the NBA at 43-20. But Magic is the team to get the Lakers attention.
A victory over Magic (43-20) would help Lakers (46-17) get back on track as it finishes it's three-game road trip. Since last June the Lakers haven’t played at Amway Arena.