#QUICKRIPCLIP

So there are a few reasons why I made this hash-tag.

 


 

Going and against the grain with a chainsaw only works if you can plant more trees.


 

Over the coarse of my six years of riding, the amount of information I have come by has been incredible, I’m not talking about the skateboarding. If I told you where it all started though, it might be a little bit hard to believe. So picture this, Mini grade 7 me. Skinny, crocs, Neo green bike helmet, hardware gloves with cutting board hot glued on them, and a skateboard, the trucks mounted to the kick tails to simulate a longboard. Add a gung-ho attitude and you have me.

This was filmed in grade seven, a couple scrawny kids with video camera’s daring to be different.

 

This is where my creative endeavour started, I loved doing this stuff! The fact of the matter was I didn’t care what other people thought of me!  and this is what I’m trying to get at. Allot was about to change, moving into middle school I knew I was in for it, I knew I was gong to be different. 

So middle school came, I still rode, but the video making got put on hold for a little bit since school was becoming something I actually cared about. I wanted a future, but the path I was on looking like a Zig Zag one…

But I kept on with my dangerous endeavours, still asking my parents for video equipment. The Creativity that making this video sparked, led me down the road of creativity.


The friends you meet in middle school want to know what your interests are, specifically what you did in elementary. I was not going to pretend like I was someone else, because that just creates confusion. So I told them, the full story you could say. let them see a few of my videos. They saw me as different. Honestly, It still didn’t really matter to me what they thought about my interests. So I kept making videos.

after a point, I knew I was getting better at riding, friends were into it. The scene was “POPPING” I wanted to see where these clips could take me, So I send a well drafted email and a few of my videos out to a couple of board companies, local and abroad.

Alex Charleson Solo Skate – (Google it if you care to see, its not linking for some reason) one of the videos that I added to the mix when I was drafting my “sponsorship” emails. The clips themselves were an assortment of ones my friends filmed of me, and one that I filmed of myself. The goal of the video was to try and get other people to make these sorts of videos, for their sake; self promotion was a BIG deal if you wanted to receive free gear.

Did it work, not really, actually separating myself from the judgement of other riders and going freelance caused turbulence in the culture. In hind sight, other riders may have seen me as trying to hard! causing them to stop riding, or move to the skateboard park. I was an accepting kid, not one one to conform to the pack, a lone wolf you could say.

So would I do anything differently looking back? If I had the self confidence to start a longboard club I may have. But would it make some one feel bad if they came into the club, tried, fell and hurt them selfs, then left? and what about sponsors… jealousy is blind.

I would most likely add more people into my videos, creating the community feeling, Minus company logos, unless promotion is something you stand for.


Going and filming your self only works if you can create opportunities for others.

 tag friends, go places, explore!

SO GET OUT THERE AND BE UNIQUE PEOPLE,

film it if you want recycled wheels!

Next Quick Rip Clip deadline will be sometime during August. 

 

 

 

What does it mean to be a “longboarder”

The fact of the matter is that, yes, there is a stigma surrounding the fraise “I’m a longboarder” for what reason? well, a longboarder could pull a couple different responses out of their back pocket and tell you the truth or tell you the response that would make it culturally appropriate, or you could just say you’re a skateboarder that likes to ride down hills with a larger skateboard. All of these responses have places in conversation, but there is a divide in the culture of skateboarding that creates stigma and really “separates” skateboarders from longboarders.

Before I continue, however the fact that the whole conversation I mention above could be redundant beyond believe, and many parallels can be drawn from it in modern society.

lets just suppose we’re standing on planks of wood, supported by metal, rolling on polyurethane for the same reason. We all believe that this idea is sustainable. We all believe that becoming healthy, environmentally friendly, and vastly culturally accepting people is not a bad idea, and we could really care less about what they; the vast majority of society thinks about us. In todays society, this could potentially be considered counter culture, but to what the categorized cultural skateboarder may thing is progressive, may also be seen as destructive to people in a modern democracy.

But we’re great entertainment, right? elderly people stop but to watch us and give a friendly wave, some not so much. But did we show them something that will probably come up at dinner time with all of their friends? maybe.

The categorized culture of Longboarders, could be considered to skate park riders as being the counterculture within itself. But really, it is hard to draw such a duality when we all ride a plank of wood, supported by metal, rolling on polyurethane. We all believe in the same future for ourselves too eh; Kind, healthy, and badass. One is just more developed than the other

I just started writing these things so bare with my train of thought here.

riding for me was about self improvement, school didn’t offer that social confidence boost, in many ways it degraded it, but thats me; very individualistic. Not hating since school is one of those places that teaches you how you personally learn, be social, all the rest.

Physical self improvement

Hey so you wan to learn how to surf down any road you wish or ride that rail, without falling over once. OH, and hOly just gotta love thinking you can go into any test scenario thinking you’re gonna be good just because you literally just attended school. Good luck buddy, falling/failing is one of the only ways you learn your lessons in life, take the fall/fail ask your self; what went wrong and do it again while moving position slitty each time. The thing about riding I that took away from it was the rocking bod you get from hiking up and down hills and pushing around town. Behond that, it tought me physical dicepline, and healthy eating.

Mental self improvement

So scenario here. you ‘ve been riding for a solid 6 months now, learning by falling and trying again, and the idea of a 60km/road seems sweet. You start riding, get half way and fall, realizing your knee pad slipped exposing skin to pavement, you’ve got some deep road rash. While the neighbour across the street watches pensively to see what happens you exclaim “AAHHHGGGGGG” the neighbours looks at you and his looks says “Well buddy looks like you’ve done yourself in there” you look hat him and say ” ill be fine” because the reality is that you’ve fallen before, you know that your road rash will heal and your body will be back to itself in a month, it frankly annoys you, the neighbour is not helping.

Some of you may have read this story with utter discuss on your face, and some may have said that person knows how to deal with stressful situations. Becoming mentally tough was a large part of riding for me. This metal strength drives me to this day, its not easy getting beaten in a race. especially when you’ve trained and put in the time. You can have the option of dealing with these sober thoughts taking them into light and focusing them for the next race you attend, or you can weaken yourself, drinking and smoking the pain away. Either way, you eventually learn lessons.

Longboarding down hills is fun, the learning curve is harsh and painful at first but the only sting you feel at the end of the road is the one you get when you get beaten by someone you never saw coming.

Or like many of us, you can slide free-ride, freestyle, carve, dance, or downhill.

All are fun, all are culturally categorized as longboard activities, but at the end of the day, we ride.

 

 

Bowen Island; three man mission into the fog.

2018_0103_112050002018_0103_11274900Jake Nick and myself headed out to Bowen Island last week doing a video shoot for Original. The fog trapped us in for good portion of the day. We ended up getting a couple of dry shots but it was super fogged out, and really wet, for a good portion of the day.

I had my FujiFilm the whole day, getting Nick to snap pics, but I also got behind the lens, and took a couple through the day.

nothing crazy just a few photos from the day 🙂 Mobbin-1DSC003802018_0103_132020002018_0103_155142002018_0103_15514600

Who Dat Boi North Vancouver

The Forecast for the Vancouver area was finally calling for some cloudy breaks, I called Jake up and we both new that we could get some shots in, the lighting was perfectly flat from the smokey haze that was put over Vancouver from all of the resent forest fires that were going on. This was September 2017, but I’m only doing a post on it now because why the heck not.

Jake and I met up that afternoon at Lonsdale quay, and proceeded to figure out what were actually trying to film, after a couple minutes of back and forth chit chat. we decided that a gravel burn out would be a pretty decent way to start the video. So away we went, to the top of skyline drive, to get the intro shot. After that it as pretty smooth sailing with a a couple of minor tweaks and retakes with a few of the shots.

we spent a  good four hours filming, and got ourself’s a good two and half minute video for The Homies Skate to throw up their channel.

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Kings gate world cup disqualification + travel updates 

Once we arrived and got out tents set up, a group of us decided we would walk the hill to check the coarse. At first glance all I could think about, was the safety of the coarse, managing 4 man heats was going to be insense

On practice day, we rallied to get up for runs at 11, breakfast made, we ate and got our gear ready. After the first few runs the corners felt nice. The coarse marshals decided on doing two man heats to start, that way the amount of crashes would be less. The day lingered on, skateing with a bunch of different people, testing out diffrent lines. The next day was dry for one run then the sky’s opened up. Every one took a few runs to get their lines dialed on the wet road, then packed it in trying to keep the leathers as dry as possible.

Qualifying, the next day was wet, the morning was quite with everyone at the camp site tinkering with their wheels, deciding what the best option would be. The four runs we did where pretty split up. First run, fully wet. Second run, patchy bottom wet top. Third run, patchy all around. Fourth run, the staff waited till it was fully dry. The fourth run I took the number one spot overall for qualifications

Race day was per usual, with talks about race tactics going on, everyone changing wheels, and all the warm ups. The disqualification happened during the quarter final heat. I made contact with my arm against his butt, he took on speed in his slide from the contact. He ended up finishing third, he then stopped sourly, and decided to do somthing about it. The contact was significant enough, causing him too much of a disadvantage to have a fair race. Both Qui and I didn’t seen the footage. Based on the circumstances Colin made the decision to go through with it, and I wasn’t able to skate down the hill.

Croatia, Prementura’s atriatic sea

After riding hills in Slovenia for a few days, checking out the Socha Valley, Nanos and the surrounding area’s, Mihael decided he was going to show us the atriatic sea in Croatia. We rallied our crew, camping gear, no boards. 

We drove for a few hours, through Slovenia, then into Croatia, crossing the boarder. Once we got into the camp area, tents got set up, and swim suites got thrown on, then off to the water we headed. Mihael had told us on the drive that there was a cliff jump spot to check out, Emily and I were super keen to check it out to go for a jump or two. Once we got there, the cliff was around 60 ft tall, definitely jumpable. Emily, with a broken toe, about 2 weeks fresh, stepped up before me, the sangria finished moments before was the liquid confidence she needed to send it. She jumped and landed it. Stoked, she hopped back up the rock to giver again. I jumped and followed her back up. One more time, with me jumping first she followed me shortly afterwards, this time she was not too lucky with her toe. She hit the water and was ok, afterwards when she hopped out the toe was soar and the sun was setting. We all sat on the rocks, chatting about nonsense, watching the sun set.

The next day, after waking up fully, we decided we would rent a boat. Breakfast was sandwiches and crackers, we hit the water an hour later.  Our boat was an open top, with a dodger, and 5 horse on the stern. Benjamin, and Sabrina where in our boat, and Mihael, Nadia, and Emily where in the other.

The day whittled away, putting around small islands, snorkeling at each spot we chose. The blue water popped against the green alge, schools of Mediterranean fish swam by the rocks as I free dove. After, we putted into a cove with a bar in it to grab some beer. Chatting about the downhill scene, as longboarders do. We cruised back later to the camp site, we chilled out and recover from the insane sun burn.

 The trip was well worth the time and effort. Croatia’s coast line was one for the books.

Slovenian roads. First three days. 

Short little blurbs and photos from my time skating roads in Slovenia.

Shortly after waking up at noon, fully recovered from jet lag, breakfast filled us up and talk about plans for the day ahead were at hand. Later that day, we hit a spot, and stayed into the evening. The pavement was slightly and fun. Flat corners and not too steep, but still fun. 

The next day we rallied a bit harder, and made it to a spot called Nanos, the terrifyingly chill run. A lane and a half wide, it was terrifying being in front through a tunnel met by a nole where cars can not be seen from inside the tunnle 

Later on we made it to a small town near by and sessioned a corner, Mihael filmed and Benjamin Sabrina and I skated. Emily couldn’t resist the urge to skate, so as them session got dark, she took one slide for the camera. The drive home was accompanied by a nice sun set, and Chinese food was enjoyed once we were home. 

Broken toe side predrift
Mihael and I doing our thing
Mihael filmed a corner
Top of the run, Nanos had a nice view.
Benjamin and I skating some standup slides
Small town in the country side. Top of run
Sabrina, Benjamin, and I skating the flattest corner
Top of the run

Euro tour 2017

Today I flew from Vancouver to Venice to meet up with Emily Pross, and Sabrina Ambrosi, to travel with for a month and a half. We’re going to be skating around the Slovenian hills the next few days, honing in the skills for the next few weeks.

The events I’ll be at the next two weeks, I’ll have the new Powell Snakes, a 69mm 75a center set freeride wheel & Powell Scales, a 70mm 75a fast freeride wheel for people to purchase. Very limited quantities available but for a discounted price €30 a set due to graphic defects. 

I’ll keep things posted on here for the rest of the trip, skate photos and  random stuff that I think is cool. 

Events;

– King’s Gate

– Kozakov Challenge

– Teolo 

– KNK Longboard Camp WEEK 

5th place. NEWTONS world cup, Mt panorama 2017.

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2017 brings back the legendary race Newtons. Mt panorama is a very well known spot for V8 race car drivers year round, but this is the first time this race has happened for skateboarders since 2013.

the track its self is like none other, within the first 30 seconds of leaving the finish line, riders clock in at 80km/h on one of the first corners, the dipper. Continuing on the track weaves down advertisement filled barriers, ending on the last straight clocking in at around 91 km/h.

Race day was filled with amazing runs with four man heats. I have never been to such a unique race track.

I finished 5th over all, getting taken out (crashed out) in the semi final, on the last corner. In the consolation round I took first place against Australian riders Connor Ferguson, and Jackson Shapiera,  solidifying my spot in 5th.

 

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