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2004 Year in Review:

Koston always an innovatorAlways innovating, Eric Koston trains for an upcoming fullpipe flyout while éS teammate Rick McCrank offers some encouragement.

Javier Sarmiento joins the éS team. His smooth, technical style will continue to inspire a whole new breed of tech skaters.

éS welcomes Javier SarmientoéS welcomes Javier Sarmiento.

The éS team embarks on the Hotlanta to Tampa Tour, Eastern Canada Tour and Europe Capitals Tour.

Canadians love KostonCanadians love Koston.

Eric Koston lands the Worst Trick at Tampa Pro, then decides to open his own secret indoor training facility in Los Angeles.

Koston and Berra unite forces and form The BerricsBiggie please!

Cale Nuske wins Australia’s Skater of the Year award, taking home a cool $5,000, as well as bagging a cover and interview in Slam magazine.

Cale NuskeCale Nuske rips behind the lens, too.

The éS Game of SKATE turns into a national amateur series.

KEric Koston executes a switch mob flip in the K7 pink to seal second place.Bigger please!

P.J. Ladd takes the top spot and $10,000 at the second annual Eric Koston's éS Game of SKATE Pro Finals at the Action Sports Retailer trade show in San Diego.

Koston congratulates P.J. Ladd on taking first at The éS Game of SKATEKoston congratulates P.J. Ladd on taking first at The éS Game of SKATE.

Koston and P.J.Bigger please!

Eric Koston appears in Tony Hawk's Underground 2 video game and plays celebrity basketball with Justin Timberlake.

Justin Eldridge, Team Manager Tony Evjenth, and Eric KostonJustin Eldridge, Team Manager Tony Evjenth, and Eric Koston.

Movie star Rick McCrank makes his first cameo acting appearance in Ethan & Elliot, a homemade film by Anti-Social filmer Ben Wagner.

Rick McCrank large 50-50Rick McCrank attacks the Hollywood Bowl, which got replaced with a massive hubba when bowl riding died out back in 1990.

Justin Eldridge completes an amazing part in Chocolate Skateboards' Hot Chocolate video, then he and éS filmer Scuba Steve each buy their own condos.

Justin Eldridge and ScubaJustin Eldridge and Scuba.

Rodrigo Tx. stacks up some serious tricks to produce not one but two parts for the 2003 release of the Firm's Can't Stop video.

Rodrigo Teixeira switch varial heelRodrigo Tx. switch varial heels a 10 stair.

Rodrigo Teixeira switch nosegrindRodrigo Tx. switch nosegrinds a flat rail.

Jet-setter Tom Penny divides his time between his homes in the United States and France.

Tom PennyTom Penny.

Tom Penny, Paris 2004Tom Penny, Paris.

Tom Penny 3 FlipTom Penny three-flips into the Red Zone, which is almost as scary as the Twilight Zone.

Unofficial éS Footwear fan sites multiply like bunny rabbits on MySpace.

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2004 Headlines
  • The European Union bans the import of poultry from Thailand, as bird flu spreads throughout Southeast Asia.
  • The CIA admits that there was no imminent threat from weapons of mass destruction before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
  • The City and County of San Francisco begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as an act of civil disobedience.
  • Simultaneous terrorist bombings on rush hour trains in Madrid kill 190 people.
  • Former President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, dies at age 93.
  • SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately-funded vehicle to achieve spaceflight.
  • Groundbreaking of Freedom Tower at Ground Zero in New York City.
  • Armed robbers steal Edvard Munch's The Scream, Madonna and other paintings from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.
  • A jury finds Scott Peterson guilty of murder of his wife, Laci, and unborn son, Connor.
  • Heavy metal guitarist Dimebag Darell is gunned down and killed during a performance in Columbus, Ohio.
  • The strongest earthquake in 40 years originates in the Indian Ocean off the West Coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, measuring 9.3 on the Richter Scale and creating tsunami tidal waves that sweep across the coastlines of Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. At least 290,000 people from South Asia to Somalia, Africa die.
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New shoes: 2004

The éS Spring line adds the APS, the Catch, the Cradle, Rick McCrank's third pro model skate shoe, the McCrank 3 (unreleased) and the Workout 100. The Fall line adds Eric Koston's sixth pro model skate shoe, the K6, plus the Discover.

The Holiday line adds Tom Penny's second pro model skate shoe, the Penny 2, as well as special P.J. Ladd colorways for the Accel and the Accel Plus.

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