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Embassy Skateboards 10 Year Anniversary Bash

Embassy Skateboards 10 Year Anniversary Bash at the Beantooth Skateshop
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.
Craig Johnson & Dave Duncan
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.
The Boy’s, Dave Reul, Christian Fletcher & Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson takes it for a spin, grinding with authority in Dr. Martins.
Captain Dagger in full effect!
Christian Fletcher & CraigJohnson
Christian Fletcher puts the new unit through the test.
The new Christian Fletcher comes in 2 different shapes!
Collin Graham blast over Christian & Eric.
Lee gets the pic!
Pat Black & Craig Johnson at Lola’s.

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!!!

Craig Johnson, Todd Prince & Captain Dagger chilling at the Beantooth
Lee & Josh at the Beantooth Skateshop. It’s the calm before the storm!
The Lee Leal Photography exhibit
Johnny was grin ear-to-ear! And all for good reason. Embassy has survived about 9 1/2 years longer than most would have!
The crowd outside the Beantooth. This pic was early in the night. It got CRAZY!!! Thanks to EVERYBODY for coming out!
Johnny & I have a good laugh!
Dave Duncan & Christian Fletcher at the party!
Ton Teaux in the flesh. “All Gonna Die” was the perfect opening band!
Ton Teaux
Embassy artist Shane Munce made the trip from Philly!!
Los de Verdad, took full advantage of the second slot.
Orlando with some of the “Tasty”
The pit!
Danny Hernandez
Top Shelf Good Times
OG’s were possessed in the pit…


Bowl A Rama, Bondi Beach, Australia

Super proud of these four blokes! Aussie Pride, Until next year Bondi

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!

Collin Graham, Boneless, fresh off the plane
Jed Fuller, no jet lag required. photo: Lee Leal
Pat Black & Sasha Steinhorst
Ronan Livingston, made the trip to Bondi. photo: Lee Leal

This year Embassy artist Shane Munce was invited to join in the fun

Shane Munce got a dose of Bondi

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.

Shane Munce played Embassy chef

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.

Marley Rae, brought the style from Newy. photo Lee Leal
Collin Graham, Dawn Patrol.  photo Lee Leal
The life expectancy of this occupation has to be limitless for Pat Black
Somebody give this guy some water!
Ronan Livingston
Ivan Federico got to Bondi with a huge smile, and ready to kill it.
Ivan Federico. Italian assault on an Australian Beach
I had booked an Embassy Sweets shoot with Dolly Diamond. Just some good Aussie Fun!
The guys and Dolly
Fun shoot with Dolly Diamond
Pat Black with a Texas Plant on the beach!
Jed Fuller with his Gladiator gear on!
Pat Black, Frontside tucknee air on the face wall.
Good to see some friendly faces in the crowd!
Ivan Federico messed up his knee, during his heat. His headed back to Italy to see his doctors
Pat Black & Shane Munce
Jed Fuller on contest day. All he could say in his sleep was ” Just stay on, just stay on” and he did!
Ivan Federico, Boneless in the corner!
The Embassy Pride, Jed Fuller, Ivan Federico, Collin Graham, Pat Black, Shane Munce, and myself (Lee Leal). Until next time Bondi!



Vans Park Series, Huntington Beach, CA

Ivan adding some style to a cloudy day.
Collin, killed it 1 hour off the plane.
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.

Nose grind on the extension

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).
Tuck Knee FS air to the highest degree! Bamboo bowl

Pat Black, Bamboo Bowl,

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.
Shane Munce & Ivan Federico, chilling at the pad.

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”!!
View form the Airbnb!! So close to the pier!

Layback Beer is Officially on the West Coast.

Dave Reul always holding it down!! HB Pride!

Ivan Federico & Dave Duncan

Sand Sculpture was SICK

Ivan Federico, Pat Black & Collin Graham

Ivan Federico, tucks’s that sucker!

Collin Graham, fs tail grab over the hip

Collin & Ivan have some fancy new graphics.

Federico, with some Asian presuasion

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.

Florida Bowl Riders 40th Anniversary of Kona Skatepark

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!

Embassy Booth made it to Florida
Zorlac Collection
Collin Graham, boneless off the Tombstone

Ivan Rodriguez makes the trip to Kona. Mr. Hesh killed the Kona bowl, until he screwed up his knee.

Nathan Midgette at Kona Skatepark
Collin Graham, brought his warrior attitude to the bowl.
Dave Duncan in the Master’s division of the Kona Bowl Riders, 40th Anniversary Party
Nathan Midgette, proper fs tuck knee air!

Ronnie O’Neal gets in the mix