While Ed was in town we spent a lot of time cruising around at night and eyeing up spots to come back to later during the day. It’s definitely a good way to check out a spot and dream up some lines before you show up to film.
I’ve been filming with Ed “Wonka” Laforte for the last couple days and caught a couple angles of him hitting a tooth hangover at San Jose State. Just wait until you see the actual clip of him blasting through that kink at the bottom.
Ed Laforte, better known as “Wonka” recently moved back to NYC after living in San Jose, CA for a hot min. We spent most of the time he lived here filming for Shredwell2, a full length DVD we’ve been working on for nearly a year now. We’re hammering out some of the finer details and getting ready to get it out of our hands, and into yours. There’s going to be a premiere at the Chrome Store in Chicago on Dec 11th, if you’re in the area I suggest you go check it out.
Ed Wonka + Anthony Combs both age another year today as they begin another trip around the sun. Ed enters into his Jordan year (23) ready to drop hammers and crush shit. While Combs comes of drinking age (21) and is now legally able to pick up on chicks at the bar. Be sure to show both of em’ some birthday love.
I popped off this photo moments after Ed Wonka took down Big Brown a couple weeks ago. You only get one shot riding hammers like this, and one shot is all Ed needed before making it out alive and skidding into the fence below. Either hit it w/ complete confidence or don’t hit it at all.
Lately I’ve been going back and forth from San Francisco to San Jose to finish up filming for Shredwell2 w/ Ed LaForte and the rest of The Grime Team. We’ve put a lot into the making of this video, and have explored some of the best street spots that California has to offer. We’re currently working on wrapping up filming and editing it, we’ll keep you updated as we go.
For those who didn’t know, Ed Wonka just got back to California after a 2 month trip to Thailand. The guys from SADIO who flew him out there to help teach at a Fixed Gear Summer Camp they were putting on. He hung out w/ all the riders out there, and even spent some time mucking it around Bangkok on his own. He was gone so long, that I didn’t think he’d ever come back. I’d love to make my way out there at some point.
Ed Wonka looks stupid comfy on anything he grinds, and is the godfather of going big on fixed. Here’s a shot of him racking a feeble across the fish ledge at this year’s Red Bull Ride + Style. He blew out nearly half the spokes on his back wheel dicing one of the biggest 180’s of the day, and had to cut one of his heats short.