After flying over 5,900 Miles over the pacific from San Francisco to China for the 2014 Fixed Gear Open 6 in Beijing I had seen a lot of places and met even more people. Dew Sippawit & Jaoa Danaikrit met up with me out there shred and stack clips as a team. Dew threw some huge tuck no hander to barspins, 180 tuck no handers, nose manual to barspins, and ended up winning the Freestyle event. Jaoa Danaikrit came in a close second and I won the high jump clearing 105cm. It was amazing to see so many talented young riders in China and inspiring to watch Ines Brunn ride who has a stye unlike anybody I’ve ever seen. I don’t think I’ve ever taken so many photos, signed so many autographs, or smiled so much in my life. Thank you for all the riders who love this community enough to put on this event and make this sport happen.
After nearly a year in the making and being put on the back burner in order to produce “Word Is Bond“, here’s the official video from the Wheel Talk Trip to Japan. Filmed over the course of our two week stay and was made possible because of our dudes from Fish & Chips Crew. After traveling around the Southern tip of Japan on a 9 State tour, and flying out to Tokyo to visit Marco we were only able to scratch the surface on what unreal street spots Japan had to offer. I don’t know if there’s much more I can say about this trip that I haven’t already, so press play and check out some screenshots below.
As we gear up to release the video from the Wheel Talk trip to Japan last year, I dug up a bunch of photos that were never posted. Between Seitaro Iki and myself, we shot a ton of stills and even more video. Documenting everything from our daily expeditions around whatever town we were in that day, to our nightly pit stop at Yayoiken for dinner. Keep it posted for the video release, until then check out more photographs HERE. Photo Credit : Seitaro Iki & Matt Reyes
Here’s some throwback photos of Dew Sippawit from when we flew out to the East Coast to meet up with Ed Wonka and ride street in New York last year. We ventured everywhere from Staten to Queens putting in an easy 20+ miles a day riding from spot to spot. If there’s two things I love about NY it’s the pizza and the abundance of cellar doors scattered throughout the city. Dew banged out a couple quick photos at this bank spot in Staten Island before we hopped on the ferry and headed back into Manhattan. Check out more photos below, or others from our trip to NY HERE.
It’s hard to believe that it’s almost been a year since we stepped foot in Japan. After spending two weeks traveling around the Country, we had grown accustomed to drinking Hennessy with our native friends & sweating it out at the end of everyday in the unbelievably humid climate. If it wasn’t boiling hot outside, it was dumping buckets of rain. Never the less, we quickly overlooked the unfamiliar climate in awe of the unbelievable street spots Japan had to offer. The white shells on the top photo were probably my favorite slice of architecture we encountered. They’d never build something like that in California. They’re far too aware of the consequences to construct such a perfect potato chip. Big thanks to Seitaro Iki for shooting a ton of behind the scenes photos and YSO for making this all happen. Check out more photos from our 2013 trip to Japan HERE.
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
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
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