2001: Welcome, P-Rod

Posted October 10, 2005 by éS

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After witnessing firsthand Paul Rodriguez's incredible rollerplank talents, Eric Koston takes him under his wing and introduces Paul to the world of professional skateboarding by adding him to the éS and Girl squads.

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Arto Saari is Thrasher's Skater of the Year. Following on the heels of his Flip video part, there is no questioning the fact that Arto should receive the coveted award. éS congratulates Arto with a nice gift in the form of a vintage Vespa scooter.

éS team rider Bob Burnquist becomes the first-ever skateboarder to skate through a loop switch-stance at Tampa Pro.

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Preceding seven photos, top to bottom:
Rick McCrank, Tom Penny, Ronnie Creager, Rodrigo Tx., Eric Koston, Tom Penny, Rodrigo Tx. Rick McCrank and Eric Koston.

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The éS Spring line adds Rick McCrank's first-ever pro model skate shoe, the McCrank. The Fall line adds the Cadiz, the Eos, the Sparta, the Trian and the Tribo.

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2001 Headlines

  • The Federal Trade Commission approves the merger of AOL and Time Warner to form AOL Time Warner.
  • Wikipedia goes online.
  • George W. Bush succeeds Bill Clinton as President of the United States after prevailing over Al Gore in the disputed U.S. presidential election of 2000.
  • NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt is killed on the last lap of the Daytona 500.
  • The United States executes Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City Bombing.
  • August 6: George W. Bush is informed in his President's Daily Brief that Osama bin Laden is determined to strike targets within the United States and that the FBI believes activity consistent with preparations for hijacking U.S. airplanes is underway.
  • Approximately 3,000 people are killed in the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
  • Apple Computer releases its now famous iPod.
  • American Airlines Flight 587 crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, killing all 260 onboard.
  • Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.


  • Myspace


There's 96 responses to "2001: Welcome, P-Rod"

  1. why p$rod

    keepitskate Posted: 9 years ago
  2. I know P Rod's cousin he's allways moohing off P rod for like decks and dressing like him man that kid's suh a stoner

    neubauer Posted: 9 years ago
  3. Mooching no moohin sorry kids

    neubauer Posted: 9 years ago
  4. paul dollariguez

    dude Posted: 9 years ago
  5. paul was such a great add on to Es to bad he had to leave. for Nike.

    Herbie Posted: 9 years ago
  6. the tribo was a gret shoes for this year !

    ToNyXeS Posted: 9 years ago
  7. P Rod was a great skater for 'eS and he will never forget the times he had with 'eS.

    Sutin Posted: 9 years ago
  8. fuck nike get back on es

    dildo baws Posted: 9 years ago
  9. That must be shitty for Koston he hooks this kid up on Girl and Es then he goes and ditches both

    resq Posted: 9 years ago
  10. I hate upaul u were my hero now ur nothing! gawbage kid ya gawbage. anyways the eos's were the best shoes if they make them again they should put a g2 in the heel cause my heel will be crying i nthose things. awsome shoes tho! awsome! tisk...
    prod who

    willy kane Posted: 9 years ago
  11. i <3 eS footwear!!!

    and p.j. laddddd

    <3 ,much love the the team~~

    Brittany* Posted: 9 years ago
  12. Bring back da Eos shoes,they were great.

    Boba Posted: 9 years ago
  13. does every one like the eos because it was a great shoe or just because its really nice looking

    sean Posted: 9 years ago
  14. the eoss r pimp. they should bring em back cept w/ some new features.

    pitcrew15 Posted: 9 years ago
  15. I liked the Eos so much that when I heard they were being discontinued, I ordered three pairs from the warehouse. I still have two untouched and one pair has been worn once or twice. The éS team didn't like the outsole of the Eos. It probably would have skated better with the Accel outsole.

    garry Posted: 9 years ago
  16. the kid that left a message whos name was pit crew 15 do u live in maryland

    sean Posted: 9 years ago
  17. PROD IS THE BEST SKATER OF ALL TIMES, plz guys at éS, plz convice him to come back to the best skateboarding footwear brand, nike is ok but paul belongs to éS
    also, bring back the EoS, they were the best, im telling you bring them back ur gonna make lots of many on them, their great !!

    P.S.: does anyone know when the new YéS vid is supose to premiere or at least be out
    p rod for life

    PROD Posted: 9 years ago
  18. **money
    sorry for the typo

    PROD Posted: 9 years ago
  19. Frosty Is The Fucken Best Skater That Ever Lived And Skated!! WOOO!!! And The K3's Were The Illest Show Ever Designed In White w/ Orange......

    Theres An eS Video Comin' out?!! das gun be fucken ILL!!
    Nd Da EoS were sick

    MATT Posted: 9 years ago
  20. bring back the eos

    drop a gem on em Posted: 9 years ago
  21. I wonder what it would be like if P.ROD stayed on éS? Things always have to keep moving though. Did you guys see the new Antwuan Ad we just dropped? That kid is so good!

    craig Posted: 9 years ago
  22. i'm glad sparkles didnt take the nike deal that was purposed to him by his manager, kostons manager offered the nike deal to paul after koston said fuck that es or life. After paul took the deal with nike the manager ditches koston and takes on paul full time, those managers are a bad idea, they are just in it for their 10%. Koston, you shouldnt break you wrists that high up in you back swing, i bet you slice alot of balls off the tee. Is paul still on foustar too?

    Adam Foreal Posted: 9 years ago
  23. I've seen one of Garry's many pairs of EOS in the office. They were almost off to ebay. lol. Just kidding Garry.

    This is turning into the hate on Paul thread. =(

    Josh P. Posted: 9 years ago
  24. PROD - I believe we are saying the video should be out in about 6 months or so. But that kind of stuff changes.

    Josh P. Posted: 9 years ago
  25. yeah the eos were sick they should bring them back, and if the do put g2 and better support for the bottom of your foot they get weak fast.

    steven Posted: 9 years ago
  26. paul is lame i had respect for him after he bailed on all his companies i lost my respect for him. that fool is a weenie

    steven Posted: 9 years ago
  27. hey josh garry craig or someone post a picture of the prod shoes cuz those looked sick in yeah right!

    marc Posted: 9 years ago
  28. Ya some one posts those shoes. Too bad I never got to see them. Also in THUG is he on es or nike in that game.

    Lp clown Posted: 9 years ago
  29. prod has mad skills but that doesn't matter worth a damn when you bail on everyone for the money

    007kid Posted: 9 years ago
  30. Antwuan dixon es's add?? waaaat! so hes amm for es's dint know that

    willy kane Posted: 9 years ago
  31. fuck bush... bring back the EOS

    augusta Posted: 9 years ago
  32. Josh P. : when are you guys getting back on that type of vulcanized leather like the one that the SPARTA has ? or sinthetic toe cap like the one the TRIBO has ?????
    I really like that. That is why i used to buy éS (i still do) because it was the only company with that materials.

    Alex Posted: 9 years ago
  33. And also are you guys gonna make another shoe with rubber toe cap again (LOGIC) ????????????¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿

    Alex Posted: 9 years ago
  34. The EOS just doesn't fit in with the other shoes, it's kind of a head of its time.

    Josh P/Craig- Why do you never talk about Jake Nunn or Mike Barker in your news letters?

    David B Posted: 9 years ago
  35. bring back the eos. It was such a good shoe.

    super Posted: 9 years ago
  36. did anyone else hear besides me that sole tech owns krews new shoes company supra is that true

    sean Posted: 9 years ago

    Justin.P Posted: 9 years ago
  38. no go to skate board rumors .com and in the shoes blog their is awhole bunch of web sites that state that it is true and stuff like that

    sean Posted: 9 years ago
  39. when will you guys have some kind of trailer for the yes video. im dying to see some kind of footage.

    sweet Posted: 9 years ago
  40. No, Sole Technology does not own Krew or Supra. I will post a photo of P-Rod's aborted éS pro model shoe when its year comes up in the Timeline.

    P.S. Don't refer to Sole Technology as "Sole Tech". There is another company back East called Sole Tech that has been around for 50 years, and they've threatened to sue us over that. Check out soletech.com

    garry Posted: 9 years ago

    eeemi Posted: 9 years ago
  42. Whoa. We own Krew?? You guys have the best rumors. Always something crazy.

    Garry - Are you kidding?? I don't think they can sue us because other people refer to us as "Sole Tech".

    Josh P. Posted: 9 years ago
  43. When opportunity arises, you must sieze it. This is what Paul did. It is mind-numbing how people are so ignorant when it comes to the life of a pro skater. You realize you can't skate forever, right? Do you think you can retire at the age of 35? No, you need a lot of money in the bank.

    What's to say P-Rod seriously injures himself skating and can't skate anymore? What will he do then? You think his companies will keep paying him? It's a dangerous and risky activity, and he doesn't exactly have a double PhD to fall back on, either. Money makes the world go round kids, and nobody wants to live uncomfortably.

    Quit being haters and respect him for what he does: skate. This is what he was born to do and is all he knows. He's also a class act, unlike many pros/ams.

    david Posted: 9 years ago
  44. fuck you david don't come in here trying to shovel your bullshit opinions into our mouths. So you like what p-rod did? good for you, go buy his nike shoe and plan b deck, asshole. What if he injures himself? He won a shit load of contests (such as x-games, twice) making more money in one year than the average american does in 3. There's taking care of yourself and then there's selling out.

    skate+boarder Posted: 9 years ago
  45. I looked at the krew site and they said they will never make shoes

    Herbie Posted: 9 years ago
  46. can some one please post a yes trailer soon please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sweet Posted: 9 years ago
  47. Won a lot of contests, eh? Name them. You still fail to realize you CANNOT retire with "the average american" equivalent of a 3 year income. Put something like having children sometime in the future into the mix, and byebye money. When you grow a little older, you'll see what I'm trying to say.

    david Posted: 9 years ago
  48. i saw this promo for all the sole tech companies... the eS part hypes up the video and list who's on the team... tom penny is not on that list

    Mike Posted: 9 years ago
  49. Man this is turning into a hate p-rod blog

    But anyway u guys should bring back the EOS

    with G2 full imapct

    what did EOS stand for?

    and I agree with david on the money thing

    Paul Rosales Posted: 9 years ago
  50. hey Josh P you probably talked about this before but I just got the PJ Ladd accelplusses and I was wondering what they're made of (it doesn't seem like leather)

    Justin.P Posted: 9 years ago
  51. If they took penny out of the es video so many people would be po'd

    neubauer Posted: 9 years ago
  52. Prod IS still my hero! I would have stayed on girl atleast tho....And if I think about It,,its nota big deal es still made mad money! P rod Has a killer style,,,is antwan dixon on the team now?

    WILLYKANE Posted: 9 years ago
  53. if im right i believe the pj ladd plus's are made of either nunbuck or action nunbuck not sure

    gavin Posted: 9 years ago
  54. ok thanks dude.

    Justin.P Posted: 9 years ago
  55. Bring back Eos. Bring back Eos. Bring back Eos.

    Bryx Posted: 9 years ago
  56. yes trailer or even post the little old one that was on a while ago

    keepitskate Posted: 9 years ago

    clay Posted: 9 years ago
  58. Was Steve Olson on éS?
    i just saw the shortys guilty video and i think i saw him wearing the K3.

    Alex Posted: 9 years ago
  59. Where is Chad Muska is he still on C1RCA ?
    Or did he just retire?

    Alex Posted: 9 years ago
  60. guilty winner of the worst pro skate video ever.....soooooooooobadly put together............anyone seen pjs backsmith front shuvs how dare he!!!!!

    your mum's your dad Posted: 9 years ago
  61. i remember a while back when i said that es was going to the mall but no one believed me but i guess es really is desperate go to www.pacsun.com and go to shoes and look at the accelerate

    evan Posted: 9 years ago
  62. whats up with es in pacsun that really disappoints me alot

    qwerty Posted: 9 years ago
  63. yea it is very disappointing at least we still have emerica

    evan Posted: 9 years ago
  64. hey I didn't see any éS on that pacsun site. I don't think we have PacSun here in Canada... so I'm not sure what that's like. Would it be like seeing éS at The Gap? Because that would be gay.

    Justin.P Posted: 9 years ago
  65. it pretty much is the same as seeing es at the gap

    qwerty Posted: 9 years ago
  66. Who do u think is BEtter Paul or koston????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    ace Posted: 9 years ago
  67. koston by far

    sean Posted: 9 years ago
  68. nah dude not emerica. U must buy es man. and yes i am from maryland to answer that dude from 384728742 comments ago.

    pitcrew15 Posted: 9 years ago
  69. do u go to pitcrew

    sean Posted: 9 years ago
  70. it would be cool ha a thing like the nike where you could customize your own shoes and make them the way u like them

    sean Posted: 9 years ago
  71. pacsun is like seeing es at west49 here in cana....wait they are....ouch

    wadefakesteez Posted: 9 years ago
  72. pic of eldridge on left of screen weirds me out, i hate when people/pictures stare

    Adam Foreal Posted: 9 years ago
  73. hey Alex, Muska is not on c1rca anymore.
    Rumors said that he was on reebok, but since 2 years Muska has become a ghost !

    ToNyXeS Posted: 9 years ago
  74. Fuck eS and their selling to pac sun, u guys were the only shoe i skated for about 4 years, then now your shoes are shitty as hell,they dont last near as long as they used to and are thinner than all hell, and are now even at pac sun, what next, kMart or even walk-mart. it was bad enough that etnies was in malls but now my favorite shoe company ever is on the botton of every prep to walk in my school. Totall Gayness! way to screw it up guys.

    Brett Posted: 9 years ago
  75. what is "pacsun" anyway? some gay shop?

    dude Posted: 9 years ago
  76. es sucks but what else is there? so really it's the best

    johnny boi Posted: 9 years ago
  77. http://img440.imageshack.us/my.php?image=pjladdshoe5ku.jpg

    hopefully when a shoe this good comes out es will smart up and become a skate shop only shoe brand....imagine how high sales would go then, skaters would respect it again and the ad campaign would be rad, but its doubtful it could happen when they have full out rollerblader looking kooks like that tony guy working for them. he looks like one of those jock morons that comes to the park on a mountain bike with a board in his backpack. cut your fucking hair

    ugh Posted: 9 years ago
  78. is it just me or is the PJ Ladd shoe the EXACT same as the flik?

    Justin.P Posted: 9 years ago
  79. hey mother_fucker i posted that pic on that pj ladd site it came from my brothers shop spring 06 catalog stop stealing pics bitch

    evan Posted: 9 years ago
  80. Thanks Tony. Wow Reebok ? i dont see him on the site.
    But that is weird maybe he is off to start an other company . but who knows.

    Alex Posted: 9 years ago
  81. And the PJ. shoe also looks just like Adio Selego

    Alex Posted: 9 years ago
  82. well we ll just see about that

    barkgrind Posted: 9 years ago
  83. My friend made that PJ Ladd site http://www.pjladd.com

    Wouter Posted: 9 years ago
  84. fuck nike p-rod u fucked up u should of stayed on 'es, but its kool as long as koston and mccrank stay here nike could have a team but it wont be as good as the 'es click peace gabriel u know

    aim me @ espro89 Posted: 9 years ago
  85. All shoes now-a-days are looking like each other. Every Etnies shoe looks the same.

    Boston_Loc_Hater_Lew Posted: 9 years ago

    Potato_Klesk Posted: 9 years ago
  87. hey boston_loc whatever youre right because all of the etnies shoes are alike, and it sucks. but they always got the artos and the bastiens.

    Pimpero Posted: 9 years ago
  88. the nike dunk is becoming the accel. you guys need to make some colorways. and bring back the EOS's

    crailtap1 Posted: 9 years ago
  89. The Nike Dunk is so popular in my city.The local shop has so many Nikes that they have to but some on display on the floor, it's funny.

    neubauer Posted: 9 years ago
  90. prod should have stayed on es because, he is good and so is es he sold out to nike

    Rob Posted: 9 years ago
  91. who cares koston is better i think es could replace him anyway with skaters like zered basset or kenny anderson

    Skater eS Magnet 21 Posted: 9 years ago
  92. I respect paul 4 whut hes accomplished in skateboarding, people say he left girl and es 4 money, but i mean who wouldn't, maybe those sponsors couldn't pay paul's bills. i dont i guess im just some random kid.

    Listen Posted: 9 years ago
  93. Yo, anyone know what the new es video's gonna be called? and also when is it comin out.

    finn Posted: 9 years ago
  94. i give paul Rodreguize alot of props because this world allways come down to money and mabey gril and es just could pay what need to be pays for him, i know they are sick companys one of may favorits but i dont see anyone actully being out and about with big name sponcers like him and when your that big you should be able to choose what you want to ride or not

    Sprizzle Posted: 9 years ago

    nike sucks p rod needs es i know it even if it is a money issue paul needs to come back to es it would plz so many ppl i know it


    Woody Posted: 9 years ago

    Stu Posted: 5 years ago

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