March 20, 2005 |
Before there were X Games, before there were skate parks on every corner, miniature Tony Hawk figures in every Happy Meal, there was the myth of the Dogbowl -- an expanse of curved and flowing concrete that drew skateboarders like a mythical Siren. It was small, tight and dangerous -- an empty, kidney-shaped swimming pool at the back of a Santa Monica mansion.
August 4, 2004 |
Like many of her teen-age contemporaries in sports such as golf and tennis, Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins has an air of confidence, a requisite when you travel the world to compete, often against people nearly twice your age. But Adams Hawkins, 14, is from a mold quite different than that of the typical top amateur athlete. Her training is on her own terms. Her competitors are often close friends who openly root for each other. Her sport involves no bats, balls, rackets or clubs.
August 1, 2004 |
There was a time not long ago when the X Games weren't the mecca of action sports events that they are today. The year was 1995, and what was then known as the Extreme Games were held in Newport, Providence and Middletown, R.I., and Mount Snow, Vt. Nearly 200,000 spectators turned out over eight days to watch athletes compete in 27 events in nine sport categories, including bungee jumping, street luge and skysurfing.
March 23, 2004 |
General Electric Co.'s NBC and Clear Channel Communications Inc.'s Clear Channel Entertainment are creating the Action Sports Tour, a series of skateboarding, bicycle motocross and motorcycle motocross events that will have NASCAR-like point standings. The tour, scheduled to start next year, will be co-owned and operated by the two companies. NBC will produce the events and televise them on the network and a cable outlet that hasn't been chosen.
March 11, 2004 |
Benjamin WEISSMAN is just your typical L.A. fiction-writing, ski-bumming, art-critiquing, canvas-painting hyphenate. Which is to say, he is an aberration. "Headless," his just-published short-story collection, is something of a literary anomaly as well, a playful melange of erotic black comedy and domestic pathos, dysfunctional families and all-too-functional men, dictators and lumberjacks.
February 24, 2004 |
With the casualty rate mounting from local residents setting out alone into the wilds of Southern California, it's clear that something must be done. It's time to ban solo driving and institute mandatory carpools to protect solitary motorists from the hazardous roads and freeways of the urban jungle. There are about 60 fatalities in motor vehicle collisions in the Southland each month, compared with eight wilderness-related deaths last month.
January 20, 2004
New sports seem to appear out of big air for ESPN's annual Winter X Games. Now in its seventh year, the games will feature motocross, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and UltraCross, which pits skier-snowboarder teams in a relay race. This year, two demo sports will debut during the pumped-up event that runs Friday through Tuesday at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. (selected events will be broadcast live on TV).
November 21, 2003 |
Five minutes into a conversation with Ryan Sheckler, it's easy to forget that he's only 13. As the youngest skater ever to compete on the World Cup skateboarding tour, Sheckler rules his domain. Since turning pro last spring, Sheckler has won every major street competition he has entered, including gold medals at the X Games and Gravity Games along with two Vans Triple Crown titles. Sheckler already has several Web sites dedicated to him that were established and running before Y2K.
November 11, 2003
As a 76-year-old hiker and docent-naturalist, I'm not into extreme sports, but it's fun to read about them. The coyote in the snow ("After the Fires," Nov. 4) touched me and the article on the vagrant bird ("They're All Atwitter in Compton," Nov. 4) delightfully illustrates the passion of birders. Betty Peterson La Canada Flintridge