All photos by Pat Vaughan
Casey Morrow is a rad dude. He skates everything, and he does it better than you, too. He’s a skater’s skater. That’s why we were so stoked when we had the chance to interview him about the 2012 Arbor Collective “Get Elevated” tour and what he’s been up to in the great city of Portland. Interview by Dan Pape -Ed.
Casey, I’ve always thought you lived in the Pacific Northwest, am I right on that?
You’re right, I grew up outside of Portland, Oregon. Fortunately. There is great stuff going on in this city.
I’ve seen you at a bunch of events over the past number of years. Mostly Coast events and stuff relatively close to the Vancouver area. Are you still hitting up all those events?
Yes sir, for the last couple years JP Rowan and I (and Pat Haluska recently) have been driving a bus full of the Portland crew up to as many events as we can afford to get to. Anyone reading: If next year you’re in the States and don’t want to fly across the border, check Sk8bus.com for seats, fly into PDX and ride up with us! We tend to hit a lot of skateparks along the way, fair warning. (more…)
Alysha Frizell has some extensive travels lined up for the upcoming season and will be sharing her adventures and photos. Here’s her first installment. -Ed.
January 4th, 11:00am:
As Rylan “Raggie” English and I arrive at the Vegas airport and wait for luggage, we hear over the intercom, “Rylan English, to terminal 3!” We book it on over (getting lost 2x) and end up meeting up with “Vegas” Mike Snyder. He informs us of an outlaw race later that night. First he takes us to what they call BC (Boulder City) to some sick runs and paths that turn into rad ditches. (more…)
Coincidence is the language of the stars. Synchronization with gut feeling and dreaming led the following adventure to become one of the most memorable and uplifting stories of my life, bringing confidence and self trust to another level.
The following quote was posted to one of my Instagram photos, which led to a rad adventure:
“Mate Troy is skating across Japan at the moment. watch out for a Kiwi with a backpack” (more…)
Douglas Dalua is the first World Champion to come from outside North America or Europe. The day after he was crowned champion, Marcelo Mariozi had the opportunity to interview him. Here we have that interview translated to English. The original can be seen here: LongboardRepublic.com
Marcelo Mariozi: Douglas Rodrigues da Silva, aka Dalua, World Series IGSA Champion 2012… Congratulations!!! This is something you have been pursuing for a long time and today you are the first racer outside Europe and North America to hold this title. When did you realise that this was your chance to get it?
Douglas Dalua: Well, everything started on the beginning of 2012, when I said to myself, “This is my year, and I need to change.” The first change was my physical condition, then a lot of dedication and training. My first year with my pro-model, the Rayne Amazon, was at stake and this also counted a lot.
Right now in Australia, skaters are stoked. Stoked to be here skating with each other and progressing as a group. Progress is an amazing phenomenon to witness.
Fuelling the progress is important. No matter who you are or how well you ride, to fuel your own, or someone else’s progression is an amazing feeling.
A dear friend of mine, Mr. Michael English, is doing just that. (more…)
As skateboarders, we all get some grief over our hobby/sport/lifestyle. Because of grungy, antagonistic punks who happen to skate, there is a stigma over all skateboarders, regardless of the style of skating you do. We are all up to no good. Some of the good folks outside our little skate circle will understand that one skateboarder is different from the next, and will grant you the benefit of the doubt. Some won’t. (more…)
Aaron’s recommended listening music
To set the record straight. Not everybody chooses the easy route in life. I’m here with Troy B., who has now accomplished more kilometers by skateboard than the ordinary. He’s obviously a talented rider, charismatic traveler, and mega-amped on creating experiences, and sharing his experiences with the world.
Troy, for those out there who don’t know your story, where you from gangsterino?
I’m from Waikuku Beach, in the South Island of New Zealand. I love to travel around the world on my longboard. I’ve skated across Thailand , Malaysia, Singapore , Peru, Chile and Japan. When I’m not skateboarding, I’ll be doing barrel rolls in airplanes or bbqing up some bacon strips.
When did you first take a liking to four wheels and a plank of wood?
It was the summer of ’07. I was working in Australia, selling pub crawls in Surfers Paradise. I used to skate around with my mates and we would sell pub crawls all over town. It was the best way to get around, it turned traveling into an adventure. (more…)