It’s amazing to think the Embassy Skateboards flag has been flown for 10 years. What started out as a conversation during the 2009 recession has turned into an adventure and a core community that spans the globe. This weekend would be all about a celebration amongst friends. Of course skateboarding was on the menu, and that would be on the Friday eve of the bash. If someone would have told me Craig Johnson and Dave Duncan would be ripping up the bowl at the Spring Skatepark. I would have said “W H A T”!!! Now throw in Christian Fletcher into the mix along with the Reuler and Collin Graham, and you have the recipe for something pretty special.
This would also be the weekend Embassy drops the new Christian Fletcher Guest Model. Shane Munce did his usual magic on the artwork. The name “Fletcher” means “Arrow Maker”. Christian loves to juggle. Juggle balls, juggle swords, juggle whatever! So the clown was perfect.
I can write a long ass fun article about a raging weekend, or I can fill your head with radical visuals of 4 days of mayhem. I would like to thank EVERYBODY who has contributed towards this global community we’ve created. It’s been a challenging and fun task navigating through this crazy world we live in. I’d like to pay tribute to the Texas Legends that paved the way for the younger generation of rippers. There’s a lot to say, but here’s some more pics!!!
Bowl-A-Rama 2018 was epic. This year’s Bowl A Rama would be Embassy’s first gathering of the year, with a crew of 8 strong to invade the Aussie coast. We had a full week to prepare for the mayhem. Collin Graham, Ronan Livingston, Ivan Federico, Pat Black & Jed Fuller all reported for duty, along with Embassy artist Shane Munce. It’s a tough gig to go to Australia, and have to skate in a bowl on a beautiful historic beach. The qualifier on Saturday was intense. To tap into the mind set of these godly talented people to unleash the greatness is fun to witness. Jed Fuller studies the bowl, playing out his run, and lines in his head. Pat Black on the other hand, doesn’t even know what the next wall has in store. I’ve always said Pat Black has “Nine Lives”. In Bondi he used up all of them everyday. There was a couple of runs were he should have literally died. Hang up after hang up, he skated with gnarly reckless abandon we haven’t seen since the Zorlac/Alva, Craig Johnson day’s. The grom’s were stoked to see Pat’s style. A beautiful Aussie model added to some Friday afternoon delight. Collin, Ivan, Pat, and Jed all made it through the semi-finals on Saturday. It was a tuff cut. Collin sneaked in by the thinnest of margins. On Sunday Ivan Federico got broken off, and messed up his knee. He’s off to Italy to get evaluated. He’ll be ready for the Van’s Park Series in June, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Collin on the other hand is off to New Castle to skate the ABC “Australian Bowlrider’s Championships”. All in all it was a rad trip. We’re working on Australian distribution. Look forward to having the Embassy brand Down Under. Until next time Bondi, Cheers!
This year Embassy artist Shane Munce was invited to join in the fun
The weather held up all week. Blazing down some rays that could fry an egg on the concrete. Tuesday we had a home cooked feast. Our airbnb came equipped with all the modern day gadgets.
The next few days would be full court press. The guys were usually the first guys to the bowl every morning. it was an Embassy/ Grom session. I was really stoked on Marley Rae.
It was that time again for the US Open, Vans Park Series in Huntington Beach. Embassy just needed an excuse to make this outing a family affair.
Ivan Federico spins a 540 during his run.
Collin Graham and Ivan Federico would be on the front line for this gig. Both of them would be displaying new graphics by Shane Munce. Ivan was on a natural high and stoked to have his personal “Signature Pro” model. He charged it hard every session. Same for the “Beast from the East” Collin Graham. Collin skated hard, rode the whole park the way it was built to be skated.
A lot of fun happenings went down. It was a week of skating everyday, getting in some time in the water, finding that DIY spot in HB (Thanks Jim Gray, Fish).
Shane Munce was able to make the trip to the west coast. Luckily for him he didn’t bring his tattoo gear, cause he he would have stayed busy.
Over all it was a fun time for all. Dave Reul payed a visit to the place everyday. It was rad being the house behind “Sancho’s Taco’s”. We’ve always been a fan of the “Van’s”!!
We’d like to thank everybody who contributed to the stoke. Huge props to Van’s for putting on a rad party, especially Kristi. Thanks to Joaquin, The Federico’s, Jim Gray, Fish, Reuler, GiGi, The Embassy family, Airbnb, EVERYBODY.
This year marked the 40th anniversary of the infamous Kona Skatepark in Jacksonville FLorida. The Ramos family has upheld the culture of this beautiful skaters playground. From the classic historic downhill snakerun, to the Bowl, vert ramp, the classic vertical tombstone, to just about everything that has to do with Kona. It was a weekend of mayhem, music, art, skate, legends, legends and more legends. Steve Van Doren was on hand to give away a ton of FREE Van’s stuff. The “Pro” Bowl Final was the most intense 15 minutes in skateboarding, I’ve witnessed in a few years. It was a Skate of the Art Weekend. Below are a few pics of the Embassy Posse, adding to the STOKE. Look forward to next year!
Ivan Federico came into Dew Tour wanting to make a statement. As the only Non American in the finals, he wanted to represent his Mother Land with a strong showing. He barely missed the podium coming in a strong 4th place finish. Embassy Pride! Pic by GCrosland