Sal Barbier, Bob Burnquist, Ronnie Creager, Eric Koston, Chad Muska, Tom Penny and Paul Sharpe form the original éS team.
The timeless stylings of Sal, the mind-blowing technical vert skills of Burnquist, the incomprehensible trickery of Creager, the comical antics and unmatched ability of Koston, a new kid named Muska, the elusive brilliance of Penny and the magical pop of Sharpe all make the éS team a force to be reckoned with in modern skateboarding.
Photos above, top to bottom: Tom Penny, Sal Barbier (left), Chad Muska (right), Ronnie Creager.
Eric Koston is Thrasher's Skater of the Year.
éS introduces tongue-centering straps on all models, including Spring newbies like the Elantro and the Ethalon (the first-ever skate shoe with nylon lace loops), plus Fall shoes like the Solist and the Stylus (the first-ever skate shoe with quadruple stitching).
- The Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski, is arrested at his Montana cabin.
- Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born.
- TWA Flight 800 explodes off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing all 230 on board.
- The Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics kills one and injures 111.
- The Ramones play their last show ever at Lollapalooza.
- Rapper Tupac Shakur dies from a gunshot wound.
- Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found murdered in her family's basement in Boulder, Colorado.