The Rumble in Ramona is a wrap. Special Huge Texas Shoutout goes out to Darren Navarrette for the invite and the hospitality. Every year this thing gets bigger and better. It’s a place for old friends to unite, and new friends to become acquainted. It’s also a group of souls that would scare most people at the mall. The Ramp had got a face lift, meaning it is now a Red heavy metal surface ala (the Kahuna of the ’80’s in Houston, Texas). We remember it well. The group of attendee’s did not disappoint. It was a special group of “Vert Soldiers”, “Medicine Men” and “Vert Nobles”! the weak, need not apply! From Lincoln to Conroe, from Wilkins to Hewitt, from Holmes to Armanto,from Hendrix to Russell, from Gutierrez to Graham, it was a day where you just knew something special was going down ALL DAY, The Beers, babes, and bands lived up to the billing! Again without these people, this page would be blank, SKELETON KEY, CREATURE SKATEBOARDS, SPITFIRE, THRASHER MAG and numerous others, you know who you are!! To the bands GRINDLINE, LOSI’S band, SALBA’s Powerflex 5, EVERYBODY ROCKED!!! ONCE AGAIN THANKS NAVS!!!!
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It’s been awhile since we last updated the blog. Our friend and Historian Jorge Blacktop has been released from the Mexican jail. We say “Keep Skateboarding a Crime” and the Mexican Federales will slap your ass in a 6×6 nasty cell, just for grinding some gnarly coping at the vacant hotel. Anyway it’s been 13 months, (We promised not to update the blog in his absence) We will try to keep him sober enough to update this blog on a weekly basis. there’s alot of positive sheez happening, and we’re right in the thick of things.- Lee
Hello Everybody, It’s been a long minute since I’ve been able to scribble some words down. Luckily for me, I bribed the guard to get internet access. I’ve been keeping up with EVERYTHING! We’ve added some new Virginia Beach young guns in the names of Nathan Midgette (That’s right Allen’s son) and Ronan Livingston. On any given day you’ll find Nathan, Ronan, Newest Embassy Pro Collin Graham and the Legendary Henry Gutierrez staying true to the “Fork Crew” Legacy, and that is SKATING EVERYDAY, having a positive vibe, and always having fun! With Mt Trashmore and Williams Farm just a few minutes apart. It’s all about “What kind of tranny do we want to skate today!
Houston has the new Grindline “Spring Skatepark” in the famous Guns’s Point footprint. No worries here, Let the bullets fly. This place is worth the trip, the time, the lines, the fun, the Stoke. Endless Lines! Ben Johnson has a new shape and graphics. Ben has recently been inducted and vested by the Legendary “JAKS” crew. He’s part of the Texas Nomad Chapter. The crew in Nor Cal is holding it strong. the Folsom’s have a vert ramp being built in the backyard. STOKED on all the pics and good vibes from Beeb’s Bowl. The Reuler is Texas tuff with thick skin!! Stay Strong, brother. We’re super stoked to have the Gregory Williams Series be a huge success, and look forward to the new series by Shane Munce. Shane has a tattoo shop in Media PA, Ole’Media Tattoo shop.He’s an Old School Skater, with some OG roots, So if your close to Philly, GO CHECK HIM OUT!! His girl Fallon Ven Detta has been doing some rad photoshoots for the brand. The creative juices are flowing, Everybody has their sealbelt on. Wanna thank all the photographer’s who get in the war zone, to get the shot, Mark Nichols, ( Virginia Beach, Fork Crew), Todd Fuller (Nor Cal), Lori Palmos, ( Everywhere), Dan Sparagna (Everywhere), and everybody else that contributes content for the web, IG, FB, et all. THINGS ARE HAPPENING!!! KEEP ROLLING – Jorge Blacktop
It’s “Official” Embassy “HMFIC (Head Mother Fu**** In Charge)has a his old school retro shape from the 80’s in production. Thanks to our good friends at PSStix, this deck will be ready to ride, hang on the wall, our just look at, in about 4-6 weeks. pre-orders on available at the shop!!! This retro deck will be 10″ wide, thats right 10″‘s wide. 32.5″ in Length with a classic 15.1/2” wheel base. Artwork is by resident artist Greg Williams. Only 100 being made, this is truely a limited edition run! RIDE WITH PRIDE!
It was that time year again for the Amateur Pool Classic at the Van’s skatepark at the Block in Orange County. Embassy sent the one and only Collin Graham from Virginia Beach. Collin killed it all week. The contest was off the hook, the 14 and under division was INSANE!! 9 & 10 year olds SLAYING the Combi!! Embassy also sent out Todd Prince to give his moral support. It was a party in the parking lot for much of Todd’s time there, since he REFUSED the spectator fee from vans of $12.00 just to watch during practice. All-n-all it was a great weekend, we went to the Steve Schneer Memorial on Saturday night. Good stories, fun times,below are a few pics from the trip. NEXT STOP…AUSTIN for SXSW
The 1st Annual Spyder Cup went off this past Saturday at the Johnny Romano Galveston Skatepark. This was a killer event in honor of the Ian Tillman Foundation. Props go out to Robert Wagner for puttig on The event. Big Embassy Congrats goes out to Max Peterson for creeping in on that 2nd place in the Sponsored Am Division. Zach Castillo took the top honor’s and Lance Childers managed to get the nod for the remaining spot on the podium. It was a great day, Skateboarding is in full swing with alot of positive vibes flowing on the Island. Look forward to bigger and better things for next year.
Max Peterson defying gravity over the key hole, on his Southside Deck.
Anoth view of Mad Max over the window!!
Zach Castillo has Strong Skating DNA
Steve Seadham and Heath Cherryhomes handled the duties of regulating the madness!
Todd Prince and Heath
A couple loyal Embassy Sweets!!!
This year Embassy was STOKED to be a part of the festivities. First Big props goes to Brent Humphreys and Project Loop for bringing in the Skate/BMX to the FFFFest. The place was rad, Speerco Skateparks put the playground together, with a nice Mini-ramp with a few extentions, a killer Wave vert hollowed out extention caught everyones attention. The art was total Tim Kerr style (Thanks Tim, for suggesting our presence). The challenge was getting everyone together. Most of the Texas crew came out to represent, GIBSON, JOHNSON as in CRAIG, JOHNSON as in Ben ( as in Eggs to Fakie), PRINCE as in TODD, FILLION, CHASON showed up when PETERSON refused to hitch hike to Austin. ANGRY ANDY stumbled in on who knows who’s pass on the guest list and a Motley Crew of others, but I was mostly STOKED on how COLLIN GRAHAM handled himself. The kid from Windsor Woods in Virginia Beach took no prisoners. He killed it EVERY session!!!A couple Rock Star Energy’s and some 99 cent taco’s, there’s no jet lag here!! The Vert Demo was insane with Sergie Ventura, PLG, Elliot Sloan, the Entropy crew, Matt Hoffman’s crew ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! Those dudes are WHACKED!! It was a killer time, 3 days of FUN FUN FUN!! Todd almost got in the ring during the ANARCHY WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS, but security stopped him!! You had to be there. the Music had an insane line-up from Snoop Dogg to Cro-mags, to FLAG, DESCENDENTS, MISFITS, SUB HUMANS, ICE-T, BODY COUNT, the list goes for days…THREE DAYS!!!All topped off with SLAYER on a brisky Sunday night at Auditorium Shores in Austin.. Alot of cool Shit went down on the mini ramp, Raney, Reeves, Cody, Ben, Collin, Will, Mike Kelly, Hollywood, and a slew of others invaded the playground, as they served up “Eggs to Fakie”, “One footed Sad Plants” Everybody had to do a “Tex Plant” during one of the sessions, at one point it looked like the TEXAS DEATH MATCH. Next year promises to be Bigger and Better!!! Below are a few pics. Remember the code, WHAT HAPPENS IN AUSTIN, STAYS IN AUSTIN!!! Thats all I can really say about it!!! Save the date next year!!Remember the Alamo!!!
It was a KILLER weekend, There so much that happened, that I can’t remember. I do remember needing a Bloody Mary every morning. Again a big THANK YOU to Brent Humphreys at Project Loop, Tim Kerr, The Speerco crew, Everybody who contributed to this weekend, Todd for not hurting the wrestlers, Until next time. RIDE WITH PRIDE!!!
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Hank the Tank!!! Henry comes from a rich history of the Virginia Beach scene. Mt Thrashmore was the place. Kids take a history lesson…Embassy Ambassador Virginia Chapter
Stoked to have Mark Nichols, Capturing the first pics of Henry!!! Fork it Up!!!