I’m going to be honest, I hadn’t left the greater Los Angeles area for quite some time. I guess when you get wrapped up in all the happenings of your day to day, it’s easy to forget about stepping out of the proverbial pool for a minute. Your mind begins to prune like your finger tips after forty-five minutes in a hot tub. So when I was asked to be apart of this project, I jumped at the opportunity. I mean who in the right mind would turn down a skate adventure into a region known as “The Lost Coast”? One of the most remote and heavily wooded regions in Northern California. A mystical place of epic proportions where the cold, dark waters of the Pacific meet the towering giants of the forest. The collision of two mighty forces of nature. The location alone sounded like it had all the makings of a blockbuster movie. Massive trees the size of ten story buildings, lush forests teaming with wildlife, rolling green alpine meadows, jagged ocean outcroppings, violent thundering surf, and an adventure of which the likes I’ll never forget.
I could go on and on about the breathe taking beauty of the place. The majesty of it all. I could make mention of the mind bending skating. The skill and abilities of both Adam Colton and Adam Stokowski in regards to capturing and presenting it all. The trip dialogue, the thousand and one little instances of stoke. The vibes, the equipment, the dead car, the attractive female park ranger, the birds, the bees, and everything in between. Take this video for what you will. Some will inevitably see it merely as advertisement for a skate company, a new product, a new board. But what I’m hoping is that the majority will see past the promotion and really appreciate the symbiotic relationship that is formed when you take a sport as natural and as graceful as longboarding, and place it within an environment that is much of the same. A perfect ying and yang of nature complimenting natural, earth complimenting expression. This is the tale, of the Swirling Samas.
A very special thanks to all the people at Loaded for making this whole experience a reality, to Adam Colton and Adam Stokowski for being the best damn duo of a film crew one can hope to have, and to my fellow video mates, Max Watson and Trevor Baird. This was a very special experience for me, and I am humbled that I have had the opportunity to have shared it with such amazing people. Now go outside, and be happy.