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.
- Posted in on April 6, 2015 .
Posted in on March 23, 2015
Adam Colton and Kyle Chin are coming to Florida to visit skate shops and colleges from Miami to Tallahassee! We're bringing a fleet of Loaded completes for you to demo and will be hosting a bunch of fun games and contests to give away some awesome prizes.
Visit any of the links below for more detailed information on specific tour dates. We hope to see you out there!
Thursday, April 9: Miami - bit.ly/LoadedMiami15
Friday, April 10: Boca Raton - bit.ly/LoadedBoca15
Saturday, April 11: Sarasota - bit.ly/LoadedSarasota15
Sunday, April 12: Orlando - bit.ly/LoadedOrlando15
Monday, April 13: Gainesville - bit.ly/LoadedGainesville15
Tuesday, April 14: Tallahassee - bit.ly/LoadedTallahassee15
- Posted in on March 2, 2015 .
Posted in on February 27, 2015
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.
- Posted in on February 9, 2015 .
Posted in on February 5, 2015
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.
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.
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’.
Posted in on January 22, 2015
Amidst the ever abundant kaleidoscope-like assortment of larger annual skateboarding related events that you could potentially attend in a calendar year, one soiree in particular has, in just three years time, established quite the raucous name for itself amongst our humble shred-o-sphere. The event I’m on about specifically is the absolutely face melting 72-hour, non-stop skateboarding bash known world wide as the King Of Kona. The brainchild of a one Cameron Frazier and situated in the Southern most state of Florida, the event itself is held at the long fabled Kona skatepark, the oldest still operational skatepark in the United States (est. 1977). From pools and ramps, to snake runs and half pipes, the Kona skatepark compound incorporates a joyous plethora of new and vintage style skate features that caters to a myriad of different styles and skill levels. Alas, don’t be fooled into thinking that just because the park is just shy of 40 years old, it has the same kind of matured mentality behind it. The King Of Kona jamboree or “KOK” as it is most commonly referred to, is without a doubt the single most outrageous skate event I’ve ever attended.
Posted in on January 13, 2015
Skating in the Philippines is a unique experience. It's unlike anywhere else. The people who have visited will understand when I say it's fast, intense, and one of the most underrated skate spots in the world. This is why I was super stoked to head back the nation of mangos and waterfalls for Havens Gate 2014. Situated around 2 hours out of Manila, high up in the mountain, the new Havens Gate track was hectic. Steep, fast, and very bumpy.
- Posted in on November 24, 2014 .
Posted in on October 28, 2014
A long distance push around the Philippines. At first you might ask: is that even possible? Yes, it is; although it may be a challenge, it is definitely a whole lot of adventure. The Philippines being an archipelago means that in order to run a long-distance push around the country you’ll have to cross the seas from one island to another. Picture mountains and bodies of water surrounding you and detaching you from the noises and distractions that the city brings. This is what I got to experience coming along with Tatay Felcon on his journey home. Tatay Felcon is a 55-year-old fellow who has a different view of the world from the rest. He had been pushing his way around the Philippines for months now, stopping by towns and letting his advocacies be heard. He is an environmentalist seeking change for the better, a young-hearted adventurer with a burning passion to see the world as it is. This write up will be about my 6-day journey with Tatay Felcon and the amazing people we met along the way.