Yes it’s a skate company, but it’s influential enough for us to report the news here, especially because their little brother, ThirtyTwo boots, has one of the sickest snowboard teams around. “It is hard to believe that Etnies is already 20 years young," said Pierre Andre Senizergues, CEO/owner/skateboarder for the company. “As a skateboarder, it is great to see how Etnies has been a pioneer and innovator of the action sports community over these two decades. Etnies will always be the leader committed to creating footwear and apparel that provide the most style, comfort, durability and protection possible as well as continue to protect the core spirit of action sports."

As a result, there will be few parties going on this year to celebrate the anniversary, so check ’em out if you can:

• New York City, NY – 6 April 2006

• Paris, France – 12 June 2006

• Lake Forest, CA – 21 October 2006