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KEN GOTO

Drawn to San Francisco’s skate culture, photographer Ken Goto moved from Tokyo, Japan to The City by the Bay in ’97. Only knowing a bit of English, the transition wasn’t seamless, but through skateboarding he quickly picked up the language. “I knew basic English from school and learned more from hanging out with my skater homies,” remembers Goto. Along with his English, he also developed his photographic skills capturing SF’s finest rolling up and down the city streets. Read more…

CARDIEOLOGY

JOHN CARDIEL
In 2003 while on a skate trip in Brisbane, Australia, legendary skateboarder John Cardiel (1992 Thrasher Skater of the Year) took an untimely fall while running alongside a van in their entourage. John suffered a major spinal cord injury and was told that it was likely he would never walk again. Deeming the diagnosis unacceptable, John was determined to prove the doctors wrong. In just five months, by sheer will John regained the use of his legs and has been defying medical science ever since. Read more…

COVERING A COVER

RENE MATTHYSSEN
The first time I saw Rene Matthyssen was at a skateboard contest at Fort Shafter Military Base in the ‘90s. It was hot and I remember closing my eyes every time the Hawaiian trade winds blew, which wasn’t very often. The parking lot that the obstacles were set up on was on the rough side, but somehow Rene ollied off a bank and did a rail slide on the side of a platform that was 10-feet tall and landed it on the asphalt like butter. Read more…

ADRIAN ADRID

THE CROSSOVER
I spent hours one Sunday afternoon trying to find a clever play on the phrase, “You don’t bring sand to the beach,” for the opening of Adrian Adrid’s interview. I had nothing. Then I realized it was a stupid idea. So I went into the fridge, heated up some leftovers, and popped in Aryeh Kraus’ Recipe for Happiness, a video of which Adrian has an impressive part featuring my favorite Beatles tune, “You Never Give Me Your Money.” Then after 45 minutes of digestion, I stretched, went out, skated, and had a great time. I want to thank Adrian for that. Read more…

THESE ARE THE WORDS THAT I MANIFEST

RAISING CONSCIOUSNESS WITH JEF HARTSEL
The first thing that Jef Hartsel told me when I picked him up was that I’ve been in his consciousness since we last spoke—a pretty heavy statement coming from a legendary professional skateboarder whom I’ve only had a few conversations with. See, he is Japanese/Korean and his Korean name is Chong—also his grandfather’s name—which translates to Zen in Japanese. Jef is like that. He is friendly, lights up a conversation and makes you think. Read More…

SPLICING TOGETHER GEMS

DARIN LEE
Making a skate video isn’t just about the tricks documented within the final product. The true enjoyment of such an undertaking is often found during the countless days of accumulating footage. The smiles and laughter, the failed attempts and frustration, along with the triumph and the cheers add to the allure of the project; and no one captures it all quite like skateboarder/videographer, Darin Lee. Read more…

ALL IN THE FAMILY

DYSON RAMONES
Dyson Ramones’ sense of style and buttery skating has made him a well-recognized skateboarder not only in the local skate scene but in the industry as well. He has been featured in very respectable skateboard publications such as, The Skateboard Mag, Thrasher, and Skateboarder, and is an incredible inspiration for skaters in Hawai‘i. Read more…

A’ALA PARK

THE EPICENTER
What do you know about A‘ala Park? I mean, what does anyone really know about this magical wonderland located in the Chinatown section in the Downtown area of our state capital? Well, first of all, unless you’ve been living in a cave or are merely just delusional, then you are probably already aware that the area is a complete shit hole. Read more…

DIRECTION EAST

HENRY PANZA
Independently owned by East Coast Skate Legend Rick Oyola, Philidelpia, PA’s Traffic Skateboards has been known for its underground skate roots since day one. They have always represented the art of true “in the moment style” street skating and have always gotten much respect. I got introduced to Super AM Henry Panza through a mutual friend a few weeks ago. Originally I wanted to learn more about his print shop, but then we got to talking skateboarding and we have been trading emails ever since. Read more…

THE NEXT LEVEL

TIM JACKSON
“I’m so excited! This is what I live for right here.” Those were the words from Tim Jackson right before he jumped on his skateboard for a photo shoot amidst the Downtown traffic. He had the biggest smile on his face and was determined to throw shit down. Jackson is one of the best skateboarders in Hawai‘i. He’s been through a lot in his young adult life and is now skating full throttle more than ever. Read More…