• Posted in on April 12, 2017 by Arian Chamasmany.

    The Gel Lab Shred Sessions / Shark’s log – 170329

    Some weeks had passed since we had been back to our beloved DTLA garage of garages. I had personally spent time casing the garage during the weeks of our absence, memorizing security patterns, making sure that IF we were to return to our weekly routine, things would be relatively “stress” free. I’ll admit, I wasn’t quite sure how things would turn out. The security had been staying later and later, which in corporate terms means that someone had to make a decision in a meeting to keep these guards hanging out longer, thus costing them more in the process. So the fact that our presence had become enough of a concern for them to start having their lackeys hang around later was reason enough for us to stay away. 

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  • Posted in on March 24, 2017 by Arian Chamasmany.

    The Gel Lab Shred Sessions / Shark's log - 170323

    With almost a decade of weekly Wednesday sessions under my belt I had known for awhile it was time we added a new location to the rotation. Downtown Los Angeles has been such a wonderful sanctuary to us for almost the better part of 3 years, but it needed a break. Security guards were starting to recognize specific skaters, and their shifts seemed to be running later and later. So I decided to tour us around for a bit, as I do when I feel one spot is getting too much heat. This particular week, Ojoom Pucks' John Baelly suggested we check out a new location. Nestled deep into the hills of Elysian Park, this absolutely peach of a free-ride hill immediately brought back memories of the golden age of Parkway Calabasas (for veterans of The Gel Lab sessions, they’ll remember just how glorious the incline of Parkway really was). This new hill however; is well lit at night, secluded, the pavement is smooth with zero cracks, and the grade is steep enough and long enough for both the seasoned freerider as well as the novice looking to step up their game. It is my hope, that this new location will play host to a new rise in freeriding talent from the greater Los Angeles area, as attendees of future Gel Lab sessions can expect to see this location in the mix a lot more often!

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  • Posted in on July 14, 2016 by Ayumi Oride.

    Street Fighter DH Race: Japan's First DH Outlaw

    Hello! This is Minchita, the stoked news reporter, and today I’m here to talk about the first ever outlaw downhill race that happened in far east, Nyom Island/Superhill, Yokosuka Japan. Yes ma'am, it was the first DH race to ever happen in Japan!

    Kohey Inoue & Yuji "Ken" Ebizuka at the start line before semi final. コーヘー(Kohey Inoue)とケン(Yuji Ebizuka)、セミファイナルスタートラインにて。

    My partner in crime Fifer and I have been dreaming about organizing a DH race in Japan since we saw for the first time what DH racing is all about back in Maryhill FOS 2011. It took 5 years of dreaming to make it happen, but yes! We finally did it!!

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  • Posted in on November 17, 2015 by Ethan Cochard.

    Forsaken Circuit: Interview with Alex McKenzie and Jon Sevik

    Alex McKenzie stands amid the rubble of a forgotten Chinese restaurant


    Watch "Forsaken Circuit" here.

    For many, adventure can be a daunting task. What looks good on paper doesn't always turn out how we hope. You get rained on, cars break down, the hotel doesn't have hot water, your funds run out before it even feels like you got started. These common bumps in the road keep many people from experiencing what there is to be had in the great wide world.

    In their video "Forsaken Circuit", Alex McKenzie and Jon Sevik took the little free time they had before summer ended to make memories that will last until their next journey. Their travels are not dictated by the robotic voice of their GPS, they don't listen to the endless ramblings of a tour guide, they didn't find a treasure map in Davey Jones' locker. They found a few hard to believe locations thanks to the dense thicket of the internet and went for it. Like true explorers, the adventure did not go according to plan. And that was the point.

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  • Posted in on September 17, 2015 by Ayumi Oride.

    RAD RAD Radicals Fiesta!

    Radicals Fiesta! took place on past September 5th in Osaka, Japan.

    Group picture with City Mayor! 市長と記念撮影!photo by Megu Sakayori

    I could write a simple report with a chronicle about how things went on the day of the event and how fun it was (to make you readers jealous... just kidding!). However this time, besides the event report of Radicals Fiesta, I'll write about the whole experience of organizing local events and sessions I have been doing since 2013 together with my partner in crime Fifer. Also we want to give a little of context of the Japanese scene; believe me, things in Japan are really different. We want to share this experience because we believe that there is bunch of young talent out there who want to make things happens but doesn't know where to start. Hopefully sharing our experience could encourage you readers, because if we have done it, you could do it too!

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  • Posted in on June 4, 2015 by Kyle Chin.

    Clinique Super Poutine 2015

  • Posted in on April 30, 2015 by Arian Chamasmany.

    Greenskate LA: Army Of Three

    Friends, compatriots, let there be no doubt, I’ve thrown my fair share of skate events over the years. I’ve  run the gamut of mishaps, tackled with the unexpected, the unscripted, unplanned. I’ve attended and played host to numerous slide jams and weekly shred summonings. Savored countless instances of pure unadulterated skateboarding elation. Seen and sewn the seeds of stoke, both near and abroad. So, after almost six years of solid event attendance, organization, and assembly, naturally, you have to assume that there are going to be a few bad apples in the bunch, so to speak. Alas, so was what I had originally perceived by the painfully lackluster attendance of the recent event I threw in conjunction with and Loaded Boards, The “Greenskate LA Sidewalk Shred”. Out of the twenty something people I had confirmed or assumed would attend our leisurely Sunday afternoon skate gathering, only a proud and faithful TWO had actually arrived. 

    Pushing off towards Wilshire Boulevard, and down towards the beach.

    “What to do?” I thought to myself nervously… Continue to stall the jam? (assuming maybe a few more swarthy souls would arrive)… or, run the day’s plan with the proud plucky two that made the effort to show up.. The resulting noble group-made decision to press onward despite our absence of numbers later proved not only to debunk my initial woeful projections as to the overall success of the afternoon, but also worked to remind me that while stoke in numbers may indeed be the case, it definitely does not dictate that a day spent shredding the streets with a two versus twenty isn’t necessarily any less fun; or in this case, meaningful.
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  • Posted in on April 6, 2015 by Arian Chamasmany.

    So You Think You Can Longboard Dance: Growth and Development

    I had seen pictures, heard stories of a grandiose flatland / freestyle competition in the Netherlands that happened every year. An event that attracted all the various odds and ends of the European long skate spectrum. Competitors venturing from far and wide to showcase their style’s in an arena, in front of an audience specifically focused on appreciating the countless intricacies of the discipline. 

    Waking up and suddenly realizing you're in Amsterdam... Priceless.

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  • Posted in on February 27, 2015 by Arian Chamasmany.

    Downhill Skateboarding: Mindset and Meditation

    Let there be no doubt that the act of stepping aboard a small piece of wood, only to surf it down a mountain at 45, 50 miles per hour is serious business. Life threatening, to some extent. It’s a mental thing. The noise of your everyday existence, your cares, your worries, all seem to dissipate amongst the thundering sound of the wind licking at your ears. To some extent, I believe downhill skateboarding to be a form of meditation. An act that brings about an extreme sense of present moment. When you’re bombing down a mountain, navigating corners, achieving terminal velocity, you willfully welcome a sense of hyper focus. Nothing else matters: just you, the skateboard, and the road.

    Trevor is faster than you.

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  • Posted in on February 5, 2015 by Arian Chamasmany.

    Get Set For The Jet Set

    My worst air travel baggage nightmare occurred when I flew the last available flight of the evening from London to Paris, and had a connecting trans-atlantic flight back to Los Angeles from Paris the following morning. I had a late evening in Paris to kill with the homies before flying back to LA, so I thought, “no problem”, I’ll just collect my bags and meet them at whatever bar they had happened to be at that night. Fast forward to me being the lone standing person at the baggage claim at Charles du Gaulle airport at 12am. After waking the two half asleep clerks in the missing baggage department, they determined that they could not locate my bag, and that I would have to remain on “Standby” (that’s airport lingo for, “good luck” in case you already didn’t know) at the airport, just in case my bags arrived. I spent the night in Paris CDG airport that evening with nothing more than an airline provided plastic toothbrush (that looked as though it was surplus gear they had intended to originally send to Prisons), and a generic white T-shirt they give you as a kind of, “sorry bruh, bad time”. In the morning, I caught my sixteen hour flight back to Los Angeles, not knowing if I’d ever see my things again.

    Stoked Skateboards knowledge base article link - 6 tips when traveling with a skateboard

    A week and about a dozen calls to the airline later, and a man in a truck delivers my bag claiming it had been lost because its odd size (due to skateboards) exceeded certain size restriction policies, and it had to be re-routed.

    Stokowski, ready to fly the friendly skies.

    The bottom line? Air travel will always be a ridiculous process we willfully put ourselves through. There is a system of mass transit to the whole situation that will always be the way it is, regardless as to how well you prepare. Alas, there are a few things you can do to streamline the process a bit, and side step some of the pitfalls of the air travel equation. With that being said, I’ve taken the liberty to prepare an article for the good folks at the Stoked Skateboards Knowledge Base, detailing six essential tips to ensuring your priceless shred sled, and your belongings make it to your destination on time and safe n’ sound. Check it out, then get to the globe trottin’.

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