1. Steve Peat 2009 Downhill World Champion!


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    FINALLY THE BRIDE, PEATY WINS THE BIG ONE, MINNAAR HIS BRIDESMAID. Sept. 8, 2009 - Canberra, Australia Finally in the record books, Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Steve Peat (SRAM/RockShox), makes history as he bags the big one winning the UCI Downhill World Championships in Canberra, Australia. Syndicate’s Greg Minnaar finishes a mere .05 behind Peat in the closest margin in World Championship history, and Mick Hannah takes the last medal just .69 behind Peat. I’ve just finished dropping off the rental van and riding my bike home from Avis in Temecula, which concludes the last ground logistics from the Syndicate’s World Champs trip. I can now start on this press release and I just thought I’d write it from my point of view. There will be plenty of releases with the standard interviews, so I’ll give you my take on the lead up to the World Champs and how we got there. Riding home today across the meadow with the wind blowing through the tall grass reminded me of how we started the season on safari in South Africa which resembled the open meadow I just rode across. The season was wide open then and full of promise, and now we are writing the final chapters to the 2009 downhill race season with most of the promise realized. As I pedaled my jet-lagged legs up the single-track I thought what makes this world champs win so special is the emotion. At the end of the day it is just a bike race, someone rode their bike fast down a hill and was faster than the others. That is just a fact. But what makes it so special is that the man who did it has had a 15 year career of winning every race but the world championships, and to finally do so, on his terms, makes it gratifying for every fan, sponsor, support crew, and every family member involved, or who has ever been involved in Steve’s career. These people make up the building blocks of the foundation on which Steve can excel, and every sacrifice Steve has made, his family has made, every effort his support team put into him, it was a payday; one whopping huge payday of relief, respect, excitement and satisfaction for a job well done. With tears flowing, a choked up Steve said, “This is the way I wanted to win it, with all the top guys having their best race, no mechanicals, no crashes, totally legit. It is going to take some time for this to sink in.” The road to Canberra started with the 6:00 am arrival of the Syndicate into Sydney a week and a half before the race to acclimate to the time zone. First stop, Bondi Beach for breakfast on a fine spring day. Doug was the only brave soul to take a dip while the others enjoyed some Frisbee on the fine sand beach. Checking into the Holiday Inn within view of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House young Bryce and I took a dip in the rooftop pool. Paul Begg was meeting us later to show us the hotspots, but the boys needed fancy shoes to get in the clubs so shopping we went. Minnaar tested his shoes out doing his version of the moonwalk while Josh picked out a pair of very pointed shoes, and Steve pimped himself out in a slick version of slip-ons. Hitting the rooftop for evening cocktails we were treated to a bat show, thousands and thousands of bats were flying past us coming from the Botanical Gardens on their way to find a nice evening meal. Ben Monroe picked us up and whisked us off to the most amazing Thai dinner we’ve ever had. Meanwhile the UK mechanics arrived and joined us for the rest of the evening’s entertainment. A few of us got some sleep, but some were in the hot-tub rooftop at 6:00 am soaking in the sunrise. Lunchtime we hit Deus, a vintage and custom motorcycle shop and café that is a must stop for anyone passing through Sydney. After lunch we made the hour and a half drive to Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains for four nights of rest, relaxation and some training rides. I made sure the boys were eating well and we had some great meals, the standout item being the Sweet Potato Soup recipe that Steve gave me. Scott Sharples and Bryn Atkinson live nearby, and Brian Lopes flew in and we had a neighborhood full of talent. Some went golfing and hiking, and some of us went to the movies and saw Inglorious Basterds (a must-see movie). We had a fun rental car and cruised the small main street of Katoomba. Arriving back to the rental house the boys treated the front garden to a trim, well, tore it up in the name of fun, and lucky for us Paul’s brother Michael (the home-owner), took it all in stride and had a laugh with us: Sadly, Greg received the news that his beloved Grandmother had fallen ill and had be admitted to the hospital. By evening she had slipped into a coma. I worked on flight details to send him home, but by the next morning she had passed. It was a difficult time, a time where this incredible job we have takes a toll, to miss the things in your personal life, and to be a world away when they happen is a downside to the wonderful experiences we do have. Gran would’ve wanted Greg to stay and race, so he put his mind forward to do so. Leaving the Blue Mountains on Monday we picked up the motor home for shelter for our pit and arrived to Mt. Stromlo in time for walking inspection. Some changes had been made to improve the course, thank goodness, and the organization of the event was quite good. It was a long practice week and we stayed at some apartments where I could cook and we had a lot of fun with Steve and Greg driving the rental car ragged back and forth to the track. The Pump Track World Championships on Wed. was a highlight of the week. The boys had fun and Mick Hannah won the event, perhaps due to some timing malfunctions, I heard. Everyone had a good time and we hope to see this event again at future World Championships. Friday was a timed practice run where we were able to do a race simulation as staff, and the riders could test themselves on the track. Saturday was the last practice before Sunday’s race and Greg and Steve both said they had a case of the nerves. Keeping the normal race routine was helpful as we stayed relaxed and calm at the apartments and had distractions like watching the “Hangover” and rugby games on T.V. Race morning was like clockwork with lunch prepped and mechanics out the door. Ricky Bobby, Doug Hatfield and Martyn Hoyle had the bikes in their rooms and had been over the bikes with a fine toothcomb, everything was in perfect order. Driving to the racetrack Billy Idol’s song, White Wedding was playing and I thought to myself, “Yes it is a good day for a wedding, and Peaty needs to be the bride today”. We knew from practice that Steve was very fast on the top of the track. British Cycling had timing on the track and Steve was the man to beat on top. Greg was strong on the bottom of the track, so they knew each other was their biggest adversary. Josh was having a fun week and entertained the crowds on the jumps while focusing on the fitness it would take in an all out effort in the race. As the race neared the end Josh came down and was unable to unseat Nathan Rennie from the hotseat. He struggled a bit in the top of the track and the bottom was a long pedaling challenge, which took it all out of him, and he placed 28th with a time of 2:39.63. A crowd favorite, Mick Hannah took to the track and when he crossed the line he went into the lead by .14 over Fabien Barel. Pumping his fists in the air he was stoked, he had planned on a win here. Now Steve was on track and fastest at the first split by almost a second, and a second and a half faster at the second split, clearly he was going into the lead. The crowd cheered loudly when he crossed the line and we waited. Sam Hill fell short of Steve’s mark by 2.71 seconds. Greg was next, and slower at the first split by 1.15, then 1.22 down at the second split. I was in suspense knowing he could make time on the pedaling, and then he crossed the line a mere .05 behind Steve. Greg rolled up his sleeves to reveal his oneLife mock tattoo, a tribute to his Grandmother. Both my boys were in the medals, with just Gee to come. He was down over 2 seconds at the first split, and the second, and we were very hopeful until the last moment when he crossed the line and Steve had done it. Steve collapsed in the back of the hotseat as beer was poured over him. “I wanted to just lay there for a few minutes to soak in the moment, to realize what had just happened.” But the swarm of media surrounding him propelled him to his feet and he pumped his arms in the air celebrating this victory that was so long in coming. Everyone was cheering, it was mayhem, Rob Roskopp and I were crying, Steve was crying, every person there was happy for him. The podium celebration was outstanding with Steve so excited he sprayed himself in the face with the champagne while Greg and Mick also sprayed him. It was a happy moment, tears running down my face seeing all our efforts and sacrifices realized on that podium. I’m so proud of “my boys”, and the job the Syndicate has done every step of the way. I’d like to thank Rob Roskopp for making it all possible, our top wrenches Ricky Bobby, Doug Hatfield and Martyn Hoyle, and our families, Adele, Jake and George Peat, my husband Chuck who supports me so I can give my all, and every sponsor and fan out there. Steve’s success is our success and the world is celebrating this significant moment in mountain bike history with us. RESULTS: GOLD MEDAL: STEVE PEAT (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 2:30.33 SILVER MEDAL: GREG MINNAAR (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 2:30.38 BRONZE MEDAL: Mick Hannah 2:31.02 4th: Fabien Barel 2:31.17 5th: Sam Hill 2:33.04 6th: Gee Atherton 2:34.25 7th: Nathan Rennie 2:34.31 8th: Justin Leov 2:34.32 9th: Chris Kovarik 2:34.35 10th: Steve Smith 3:34.50 28th: JOSH BRYCELAND (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 2:39.63 Thanks to the SYNDICATE Sponsors: Santa Cruz Bicycles SRAM RockShox Truvativ Avid DT Swiss WTB Crankbrothers Lizard Skins Clif Bar Troy Lee Designs Chris King Five Ten Portable Shade Galbraith Chiropractic

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    • Parque sindical lost tapes


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      Estas grabaciones se han tirado un largo tiempo dentro de un cajón y ahora después de tanto tiempo tenemos el placer de mostraros parte de las grabaciones realizadas por Scott Browing entre Octubre de 1986 y Junio de 1987. Skaters: Matthew Mireles, MarK Mireles, Merl Mireles, Juan Laguna, Francisco J Burgos, Lance Mountain, Rob Roskopp, Pat Ngoho, Steve Caballero, Dave Duncan, Gator, Mark Gonzales y un Christian Hosoi patinado el Pqrque sindical como ndie lo patino. Esperamos que os guste. These recordings have been in storage for a long time in a drawer and now after all this time we are pleased to show you some of the recordings made by Scott Browing between October 1986 and June 1987. Skaters: Matthew Mireles, Mark Mireles, Merl Mireles, Juan Laguna, Francisco J Burgos, Lance Mountain, Rob Roskopp, Pat Ngoho, Steve Knight, Dave Duncan, Gator, Mark Gonzales and Christian Hosoi Ripping apart El Parque Sindical and skating it like nobody else has skated it ever! Enjoy!!

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      • Rob Roskopp, Midwest Melee 1983


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        Robb Roskopp skating the Flowerday ramp in the first Midwest Melee. The footage is from Rich Flowerday.

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        • Santa Cruz Tallboy 2


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          Rob Roskopp and the team from Santa Cruz present the Tallboy 2. When Tallboy first launched in 2009, it wiped the floor with everything in its category. Most 29ers of the time had the geometry and suspension performance of an economy airline seat, and the industry knew it. Tallboy was awarded “Bike of the Year” time after time, changing the perception of what a 29” wheel mountain bike was capable of. The geometry of Tallboy 2 remains true to the original.  However, we've fine-tuned the shock rate, improved pedaling efficiency, increased stiffness and reduced weight to redefine our most popular trail bike.

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          • Greg Minnaar wins Pietermaritzburg, South Africa


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            April 12, 2009 Pietermaritzburg, South Africa Hometown boy delivers the goods to adoring fans and familiy on this Easter Sunday in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa at the opening round of the UCI World Cup by winning the downhill today. His convincing form and preparation prevailed on this pedalling fitness course showing that he has done his homework over the winter. Teamate Dr. Steve Peat shows he has done a stint or two in the classroom as he follows Greg for third just behind Mick Hannah. The spirit of the event for the Syndicate has to be the energy that the town, fans and family showed for Greg. His entire family was thrilled to see him in his element and witness a world cup first hand, including his 86 year-old grandmother. His close friends also organized a fan club charity opportunity which the proceeds from selling membership fan packs and the GM Fan Club VIP auction will go to the Mnsayana School in Umkomaas Valley (the same school seen in Clay Porter’s movie which Steve and Greg visited last year). Thousands of dollars were raised to benefit the kids at at the school. Racing in his hometown brought a new element to racing for Greg. He literally lives less than a mile from the race track and this was quite a unique experience for him. He could just ride his bike to practice, so it was a funny feeling. Trying to soak in the support and staying focused on the race was the task at hand. He stayed in the Syndicate “Cat” house (long story there, but think lots of cat décor), and being in a normal race routine with Steve, Josh, and the rock star mechanics helped calm nerves (think a mechanics night out at Frankie Banana’s and signing female body parts). Steve and Greg worked together on their practice sessions and the qualifier on Friday went well with Greg in second to Mick Hannah, and Steve fourth to Kovarik’s third. Wee Josh’s legs didn’t quite have the power of the big guns yet and finished the qualifier in 44th. Race day practice started early as the fan club arrived at the Syndicate pit to organize for their trek to the long, long pedalling section to cheer for Greg with their chain saws and Vuvuzelas (that’s Zulu for loud horn, or beer bong depending on the application). In all, about 300 GM fan club members were in attendance wearing their Minnaar replica Alpinestars jerseys to cheer Greg down the hill. After race day practice Greg said to Steve, “Now I know how you must feel racing at Fort William!” The final ramped up with Bryceland improving on his qualifier time to finish 39th. Deep in the thick of things, Cameron Cole took the hotseat for a stint until being unseated by a great run put together by Sam Hill. Hill held the hotseat until Steve “Old School” had a smoking good run. Rumored to be “40 years old”, Steve just had to wait 6 minutes in the hotseat to see the amazing run delivered by the brilliant performance of Greg. You could hear the roar coming down the hill and the finish line was mental with fans cheering as loud as possible as Greg smashed across the line. Waiting another 3 minutes to first place qualifier Mick Hannah arrived was nerve wracking but Mick came across the line in second, which clenched two podium spots for the Syndicate. The experience we have had here in Africa has been amazing. Really, you must pinch yourself and say, “We are racing in Africa”! It’s not just another race, it was so African in so many ways, from the slow or non existent internet access (hence the late report), Zulu people, and big 5 animals, we got to experience Africa in all it’s uniqueness. We are looking forward to racing here again next year. RESULTS: 1 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 3.43.4 2 Michael Hannah (Aus) GT Bicycles 0.02.2 3 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0.05.8 4 Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 0.06.7 5 Gee Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal 0.08.6 6 Cameron Cole (NZl) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles 0.09.8 7 Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing 0.10.6 8 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0.10.9 9 Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Bicycles 0.11.4 10 Julien Camellini (Fra) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 0.11.5 Thanks to the SYNDICATE Sponsors: Santa Cruz Bicycles SRAM RockShox Truvativ Avid DT Swiss WTB Crankbrothers Lizard Skins Clif Bar Troy Lee Designs Chris King

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            • Fanano trails with Cedric and Rob


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              Due giorni in mtb con Cedric Gracia e Rob Roskopp sui sentieri più belli dell Appennino Modenese, organizzato dal Bike Club 00 e supportati dal Camping Ecoday di Fanano.

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                • SYNDICATE's Greg Minnaar 1st place! Bromont Canada.


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                  SYNDICATE’S MINNAAR RACKING UP THE WINS, 1ST IN BROMONT!! Aug. 1, 2009 Bromont, Canada Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Greg Minnaar(SRAM/RockShox) reels it in for his third win of the season in Bromont, Canada winning his 11th career UCI downhill race in the 111th UCI World Cup Series event. His brilliant race run eclipsed the times of Fabien Barel, Sam Hill, Gee Atherton and Aaron Gwin for a big win this weekend under sunny skies on a rugged race track. Steve Peat makes a costly mistake and comes 7th, and Josh Bryceland steps it up and places 9th. Coming off of the race at Mt. Ste. Anne the Syndicate rolled into Bromont early for a few days of relaxation before the race week started. The boys went golfing and had massages. We had a Christmas dinner complete with white elephant gifts that had the night ending up with fireworks going off, Steve singing his hair people running around in funny underwear and crazy flip-flops. Practice started and everything went well. The mechanics had the Santa Cruz V-10’s pimping and the boys got their lines dialed. Weather was on and off with rain during the week. Regardless of the conditions they enjoyed the challenging track. Steve was fighting a bug and felt under the weather but he was able to pull off a good qualifier in 4th. Greg was focused and qualified 3rd, and Josh wasn’t pleased with his 15th place qualifier. Race day went smooth as silk and the race program is dialed with everyone playing their part perfectly. The guys had their hot lunch and a nap at the Syndicate mansion and were ready to deliver the goods with me bringing the boys to the track. Josh had a great result and did a stint in the hotseat and he emerged 9th at the end. Steve charged the course but had a dab in a section that cost him precious time and he came 7th. All hopes were now on Greg and he didn’t disappoint rolling into the hotseat with Sam and Fabien to follow. The split times were revealing and hopes were building, and in the end Greg was the victor !to the excitement of us all as he raised his shirt in celebration to reveal a "oneLife" mock tattoo. Greg’s mechanic, Doug Hatfield describes the ride up the lift for the race start when he, Ricky Bobby and Greg rode to the top, "The fans were so great and they were under us on the lift. They were cheering for Greg and us so loudly and had lots of noisemakers and when Greg lifted his shirt to reveal his "oneLive" tattoo they went nuts cheering. It was incredible!" Greg describes his week; "I had a lot of pressure coming in from Mt. Ste. Anne’s terrible weekend. It was a pressure to be on top. We had a good week in Bromont leading up to the race, which helped ease the pressure. A game of golf definitely took my mind off of racing. My qualifying race I tried to go for the win, but I rode to timidly. I hammered all the open sections but rode really cautious in the technical areas. I knew I could put together a better run in the final but I had to go faster on the top as I was 8th fastest on the top section in the semi final. When It came down to the final I made an error up top and didn’t feel that I carried as much speed as I should have so I pushed really hard in the middle and lower sections to make up time that I thought I had lost. I’m now a bit closer to Sam in the overall points so it’s definitely going down to another big weekend in Schladming. I’m just oneLifing it for life." Josh says, "The course here in Bromont is short but tough. There is no rest and it’s full on rocky, gnarly. I think after qualifying in 15th I knew I had a bit of work to do so I changed some lines on the track and worked hard. My race run wasn’t as good as I had hoped but another top 10 makes me happy and it’s a step in their right direction. I’m looking forward to world’s and the finals and I’m just going to hang out with the Sessy’s until worlds." A disappointed Steve says, "I’m pissed off with finishing 7th. I had a weird week with being ill. I’m not happy to come away with a result like that. I felt good on the track and my bike was hooking up awesome. I made a dumb mistake in the final. Not a good place to do it when times are so tight. At least the Syndicate came away with a good day. The points are still really tight. Bring on Schladming!" The Syndicate is stoked to be back in the overall points lead. Just 16 points separate Greg from Sam Hill’s individual overall lead and Steve is in striking distance just 69 points back of Sam. It’s going to be a showdown in Schladming for the finals, but we’ll be heading down under before that for the World Championships. Men Time Diff 1 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 2:31.65 0 2 Fabien Barel (Fra) Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team 2:32.11 0.46 3 Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Cat 2:32.28 0.63 4 Gee Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal 2:32.68 1.03 5 Aaron Gwin (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 2:33.06 1.41 6 Michael Hannah (Aus) GT Bicycles 2:33.32 1.67 7 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 2:33.48 1.83 8 Chris Kovarik (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense 2:34.44 2.79 9 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 2:35.72 4.07 10 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Cat 2:35.74 4.09 Over all standings after Bromont 1 HILL Samuel MER 142 (4) 185 (2) 100 (8) 180 (2) 182 (2) 250 (1)180 (3) 1219 2 MINNAAR Greg SCB 240 (1) 113 (6) 165 (3) 240 (1) 156 (4) 59 (24) 230 (1) 1203 3 PEAT Steve SCB 165 (3) 250 (1) 230 (1) 117 (6) 73 (16) 200 (2) 115 (6) 1150 4 ATHERTON Gee ANC 132 (5) 150 (4) 200 (2) 175 (3) 119 (6) 155 (3) 147 (4) 1078 5 HANNAH Michael GTB 210 (2) 170 (3) 132 (4) 140 (5) 71 (17) 98 (9) 108 (7) 929 6 LEOV Justin TRK 110 (6) 80 (10) 126 (5) 70 (13) 165 (3) 95 (10) 86 (11) 732 7 FAIRCLOUGH Brendan MER 49 (33) 145 (5) 101 (7) 59 (24) 128 (5) 102 (8) 86 (10) 670 8 BLENKINSOP Samuel YET 60 (25) 102 (8) 79 (14) 165 (4) 70 (18) 90 (11) 80 (13) 646 9 GWIN Aaron YET 64 (19) 67 (19) 65 (20) 89 (10) 67 (19) 153 (4) 127 (5) 632 10 BAREL Fabien SUB - - - 66 (17) 212 (1) 132 (5) 210 (2) 620 11 9 SMITH Steve MSE 61 (24) 78 (12) 93 (9) 69 (15) 110 (7) 104 (7) 59 (23) 574 12 BRYCELAND Josh SCB 42 (39) 57 (27) 85 (11) 104 (7) 73 (15) 78 (14) 90 (9) 529 Thanks to the SYNDICATE Sponsors: Santa Cruz Bicycles SRAM RockShox Truvativ Avid DT Swiss WTB Crankbrothers Lizard Skins Clif Bar Troy Lee Designs Chris King Five Ten Portable Shade Galbraith Chiropractic

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                  • Midwest Melee, Lincoln NE, 1983


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                    This is the opening of Thrasher Magazine's Midwest Melee at the home of Rich Flowerday. Thanks to Rich for the footage.

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                    • The Miserable Champion Shaun Palmer's Documentary-Trailer


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                      visb00108 The Miserable Champion Shaun Palmer's Documentary ザ・ミゼラブル・チャンピオン ショーン・パーマー ドキュメンタリー 制作:Chainsaw Productions プロデューサー:Brad Holmes 税込価格:3,990円 リリース内容: エクストリーム・スポーツ史上、最も悪名高いヒーロー、ショーン・パーマー。スノーボーダー、スキーヤー、マウンテンバイク・ライダー、モトクロス・レーサーといった様々なアクションスポーツで、自らのスタイルを貫きながら、全てのカテゴリーで、トップとして君臨をした伝説的なライダーの半生を綴ったドキュメンタリー作品。本人へのインタビューはもちろん、ジェイク・バートン、トム・シムス、スティーブ・キャバレロといったその世界の重鎮や、サム・ヒル、スティーブ・ピートといった現役選手が、激動の人生を語っている。2012年X-DANCEでベスト・バイオグラフィーにもノミネートされ、ヒューマンドキュメンタリーとしての評価も高い作品。 出演: Shaun Palmer, Steve Caballero, Bob Klein, Terry Kidwell, Joel Gomez, Jake Burton, Tom Sims, Rob Roskopp, Rocket Reeves, Andy Hetzel, Danny Kass, Ron Semiao, Dave Seoane, Steve Peat and many more.

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