Arto Saari joins the éS team. At this point, Arto has made a great impact in his native Finland and is only beginning to gain notoriety in the U.S. He will go on to amaze everyone who sees his video parts, and become an integral part of the éS family.
Tony Evjenth becomes the first éS Team Manager. Tony’s ever-evolving comedy antics and casual management style bring a new influence to the éS team and add a structure it had been lacking.
Eric Koston, Rick McCrank, Bob Burnquist and Kerry Getz embark on the éS Brazil Tour.
Bob Burnquist is named one of Rolling Stone's Athletes of the Year.
The éS Spring line adds the Symbol and the Vireo. The Fall line adds the Eperon, the Sabre and the Sword. The Holiday line adds Bob Burnquist's first-ever pro model skate shoe, the Burnquist.
- The world shudders at the approach of Y2K.
- The human population of the world surpasses six billion.
- White supremacist John William King is found guilty of kidnapping and killing African American James Byrd Jr. by dragging him behind a truck for two miles.
- Dr. Jack Kevorkian is found guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
- Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 12 students, one teacher and themselves in the Columbine High School Massacre.
- John F. Kennedy Jr. dies in an airplane crash.
- A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes northwestern Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.
- The first major mobilization of the anti-globalization movement catches police unprepared in the Battle of Seattle and forces the cancellation of the opening ceremonies of the WTO Meeting.
- Former Beatle George Harrison is stabbed several times in the chest.