Two Man Mission

A couple weeks ago I went out on a solo mission with ledge dancing machine, Phil Ceja. Overall it was a super productive trip and we racked some good clips.

We started our mission out by lurking on this untouched ledge. It was made with some really high grade concrete so all it needed was a little bit of wax before it was grinding like no other.

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For the next spot we hopped a big ass spiked fence to make way into Ghetto Skittles. Upon arrival we got the chance to meet some of the skaters from "Boondoggle." Apparently they were visiting from Minnesota to skate our neck of the woods. The Minnesota heads were hyped on what Phil pumped out and turned out to be super cool dudes as well.

Private Session

The other month my homie Nate Klein managed to orchestrate a private night session at United Boardshop's indoor skatepark for all of us. Big thanks to Nate and Derek Fukuhara for hookin' that up!

Josh and Donald came through so we fueled up at Carls Jr. beforehand.

I skate only because of this very Carl's Jr. poster.

Ryan and Josh stretchin' it out.

Always a fun park.

Derek perfecting his nollie flips.

Underground Lines

Back in the day we used to session these benches under our local parking structure for hours into the night. This is the best of what went down. Sadly nowadays we can't even go skate down there without expecting to get booted right away...

Journey To The Ford Amphitheatre

Last Tuesday we went down to Hollywood for Jon Miner's newest masterpiece, "Stay Gold." Erwin had a brilliant idea of parking five miles away to save on parking. Out of our impatience we decided to just walk the damn journey instead of waiting for the free shuttle. Even though it was a thousand degrees out and five miles away it made for a memorable adventure. In the end the Emerica video blew everyone away and was definitely worth the journey. Westgate lived up to everyone's expectations with his high speed skating, Hsu kept it switch, up and comer Marquise Preston wooed everyone with his effortless style, Leo killed it gapping into handrails and skating up them like no big deal, and The Boss reminded us exactly why he's The Boss...

First we met up with Sergio and Mr. Ban to begin our journey.

Traffic is a bitch.

Thank God Erwin drove.

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Roy gives us an example on how to "Dougie."

The journey then continued on foot.

Reflections of the 101 Freeway.

The sketchies rolled by yelling, "Stay Gold!"

Randomly encountered a deer.

Made it!

Everyone eagerly waiting to get in.

Ashaun was on the scene.

Marquee steez.

Steven somehow networked his way in with no ticket.

Filling in.

Earthless put on a show with their forty-five minute guitar solos.

Dead Meadow backed them up.

Sergio and Erwin preparing themselves for the ensuing madness.

Minutes away...

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The final countdown.

Everyone left on a good note. No disappointments here.

Emerica do it big! Stay gold everyone...

Hawailafornication

My good homie Jason Park finally got the chance to come through from Hawai'i and visit California thanks to the people over at Element Skateboards. Jason took first at Element's "Make it Count" contest in Hawaii so they flew him out here to come and shred. He was hyped! He also inspired his lady Paula Kim to come through and check out the greater Los Angeles with us. Big thanks to Paula for all the photo coverage...

The first couple of days they took it easy and played tourists.

The shredding then began and we went to work. Jason was super excited to skate this spot so I took him here for breakfast one morning and he killed it! I'd say this is one of those spots that's way gnarlier in real life. Even so, Jason managed to avoid some serious slams and came through with numerous tricks into the deadly Queen Mary bank.

videoHere's a light leak from this fun bump to street nearby. We we're pumped on it and got lots of tricks in. There was some random teacher here who claimed, "I never see skaters jump it, flip it, and land it. I don't think I ever will." Jason proved him wrong.

Scoped the footy.

Then we got a sit down by Signal Hill's finest. I was pretty bummed because we had to listen to another dead end cop rant about how wrong skateboarding is and how we know it's not allowed. Luckily in the end we didn't get tickets.

The next day we missioned up the 605 towards Walnut and met up with Eric Guerra and his homies. We checked out this school with a gap to manual pad.
Mikey then confessed his love for Eric.

Feeling bored and unmotivated to film a manual trick, Mikey picked me up and started spinning me for what felt like days.

We were so dizzy we both just collapsed. It felt like the Gravitron.

Later in the day Jason and Paula insisted on tacos so we went to this legit taqueria spot in Downey.

No complaints. Ended our day on a good note thanks to the legit tacos from El Atacor.

For Jason's last day in California we met up with renowned staff photographer Scott Pommier in Venice. Jason won some other skateboarding contest and earned himself a sequence in an upcoming issue of The Skateboard Mag. Be on the lookout for it!

Here Jason can be seen warming up for his big moment.

Scott Pommier doing what he does best.

After all was said and done Jason and Paula packed up their things in preparation for home. Even though it was six in the morning I somehow managed to sum up enough energy to drive them to the airport and bid them a proper farewell. Hope to see you guys in California again soon!

It doesn't stop there... That very same day I got my homie's back and flew to Hawai'i with my girlfriend! Shout out to my lady Molida Tor for capturing most of our excursion through the island...

The first couple of days we took it easy as well and played tourists in Hawai'i. We went for a quick swim here at Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu.

Here's a nice view of Waikiki from the classic Cannon Club skate spot.

Downtown Waikiki... Footsteps from where we stayed.

In between all the touristy wildness and skateboarding hi jinx I managed to apply myself into filming yet another wedding. For those of you who don't already know, I actually do wedding videos on the side but don't plan on doing anymore, anytime soon... Hopefully... :-/

As you can see, Molida and I were stoked on meeting all of Jason's homies.

The good times went on for the next couple days and we managed to pull together a few clips...

Yet as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Here I am at the airport waiting to take the dive back into reality. Overall we had an awesome trip and met some really good people. Everyone will be super psyched on what Jason brings to the table for "Ground Control."

Outtake Tuesdays Vol. 3


The third installment of tricks you won't be seeing in "Ground Control."

Coming This Tuesday...

Outtake Tuesdays Volume Three.

House Of Whack

Stayed local the other day and skated The House of Wax. Lots of hi jinx went down...

This is what happens when Donald tries to get emo on ledges.

Gettin' them creeper angles.

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Roy workin' the homie cam like a boss.

Donald worked on his impersonations too...

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Classic Phillip Ceja. Hahahaha!

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The Notorious B.I.G.

All Over The Place

Photos from recent skate missions all over the place. Sorry but I just don't feel like organizing them into separate posts. Enjoy!

Hit up the D.M.V. for a fun little ledge to manny session.

Mikey got a hand on this awesome little hubba we found. Actually not as little as you might think...

Worst place in the world.

Street food is the best food.

As the camera readied itself to capture an image of the mysterious creature, the creature quickly concealed itself and exclaimed, "I'm not normal like everyone else. I don't like to see my face and shit!"

Brick Town. Enough said.