The other day Jaoa Danaikrit and I went riding around down town and made a pit stop at one of the most iconic spots in San Francisco. The China Banks are deceptively difficult to ride, have been capped for as long as I can remember, and can be a quick bust if you draw too much attention to yourself. Nobody ever said riding street was easy, and despite the challenge, this is one of the sickest spots to ride.
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It’s hard to believe that it’s almost been a year since we left on our voyage to Japan. Editing the video from this trip got put on back burner in order to finish up Word Is Bond, but is now ready to be released. Expect a new Wheel Talk video coming out sometime next week. Until then, here’s a couple photos I dug up of Ed “Wonka” Laforte doing a double peg at this nearly abandoned amusement park we rode while staying in Tokyo. Check out more photos from that day here.
Dew Sippawit has been staying at our pad here in the Bay Area and whoever else has a couch fit to surf. We’ve been doing a lot more riding on the East Bay this year and have discovered a whole new array of spots in our own backyard. Be on the lookout for photos and videos coming form their stay in the states. Until then check out this photo that Jaoa shot of dew posted up next to his SKYLMT in Oakland’s China Town.
Photo Credit : Jaoa Danaikrit
I recently met up with the homie Rudas Priest during lunch and set out on a mission to explore some of my favorite parts of the city. We followed the train tracks walking through fields of used syringes and crushed cans of paint until we came upon this oversized stair case leading nowhere. Rude Boy never leaves the house without his camera and is one of the few photographers I know who shoots strictly on film. It’s like he always says “film is forever”. Head over to his blog to check out more photos from that afternoon HERE. Photo Credit : Rude Boy
So much of the architecture in Japan was built without any thought of people one day riding it. We came across this pyramid that seemed almost too good to be true and ran the gamut on it until Devon Lawson & I both emptied out our entire bag of tricks. Seitaro Iki shot these photos of Devon throwing a barspin and looping around to knock out a couple more clips before security caught wind of what we were doing out front.
Photo Credit : Seitaro Iki
It’s been a minute since I looked through the photos from our trip to Japan. Seitaro took us to the University he studied at in Fukuoka and took these couple shots of Ed “Wonka” Laforte riding pegs down this handrail. Shortly after catching the clip we got the boot and had to venture elsewhere in search of other places to ride. We need to plan another trip back to Fukuoka to see all our friends and shred in Japan again.
Photo Credit : Seitaro Iki
Given the fact that we shoot most of our stills on 35mm film, the TURF Sundaze posts are always about a week behind. Last Sunday we roamed around Oakland with Egg The Dog, a regular addition to The Mob. He’s either strapped to Mike’s back or running along side us as we lurked from spot to spot. Check out more photos below. Read more
I was real stoked when I caught glimpse of this photo of Devon Lawson throwing a fully extended Suicide No Hander in Thailand. Jason Sellers came out on the trip and was there to capture it every bit of the way. Check out more photos that popped up on the Us Versus Them Blog Yesterday. Looking like an albatross with that wingspan. Photo Credit : Jason Sellers
These are the last photos I took of Devon Lawson on American soil before he flew overseas on a trip to Thailand. He’s been spending time w/ Jaoa Danaikrit (the only international member of the Wheel Talk Team), Dew Sippawit, and the rest of the Fixed Freestyle scene out there before he heads back to the states in time for the 2014 Red Bull Ride & Style. If you haven’t heard that Red Bull Ride & Style is coming back to San Francisco, then you probably live under a rock. Everybody and their mother has been posting about it, and it looks like it’s going to be a riot as always. So mark your calender and I’ll see you there. Photo Credit : Matt Reyes 35mm