Gbemi is still putting out some the best interviews with his blogs All Around Skate and Thane Magazine. I’m not just saying that because I have had a few interviews with him now, but because he consistently and without thanks is creating content focused on simply just being stoked on skating.
After a hiatus from formal employment and a focus on local shops, events and the community at large, I’m stoked to announce that I have joined forces with Skate[Slate] and will be helping lead and learn with an incredibly talented team. Post link: http://www.skateslate.com/blog/2015/02/06/les-robertson-joins-skateslate-president/Continue reading
Flatspot Longboard Shop has recently celebrated their 2 year anniversary and is looking forward to an even stronger future. Mischa Chandler, Founder and Managing Partner of Flatspot, is both a friend and a mentee. While I was Team Manger for Rayne Longboards and Vicious Griptape, Mischa was one of my sponsored team riders and his overflowing brain of wonderful thoughts helped lead us into a more defined mentor/mentee relationship when Mischa approached me about opening Flatspot.
Please have a look at the Small Business BC Awards currently under way. If you agree, please show Flatspot your support. Skateboard retail is really about skateboard community. The shops work on stiff margins with heavy competition from USA online retail and Mischa has been killing it here in BC.
To vote for our Community Impact CLICK HERE
To vote for Premiers People’s Choice (ie. if you like us) CLICK HERE
(Yes you are allowed to vote for us for both categories!)
Gbemi has been blogging about the longboard world for a few years now with All Around Skate and Thane Magazine. He has a unique style of Google Doc interviewing with an interesting and disarming feel and pace. A few months back (or so it feels?), Gbemi got in touch about my involvement in Rayne and Vicious, this time he wanted to hear about the Rayne All the Pinche Way Tour.
I won an award from the City of North Vancouver!
I feel pretty honoured and appreciated to be recognized for a Civic Youth Award. I have only been working with CityFest for a few years now, but have been doing youth work since I was one. Never won an award for it before. Hell, getting minimum wage at a summer camp would have been nice, no award necessary 🙂
Thanks to Julianna Buitenhuis at the City of North Van, Dave Sattler our fearless CityFest leader and Mark Koop for having a coffee with me in 2011 and inviting us longboarders to join his skate event.
Got another call to be on the Bill Good Show.
As I mentioned in my previous post, my uncle listen to CKNW and I have been familiar with Bill Good for a good portion of my life. I’m stoked to be invited on again. I guess that means I’m either an easy target, on point or the only one returning their calls… as long as it’s not because I have a face for Radio!
It’s one thing to get a call from the media for a sound bite or a quote, but live is a bit unnerving sometimes. Got to be careful with your words or you can get in trouble fast. With something like longboarding, there’s a whole community of skaters counting on me not to blow it any worse then the situation already is.
Ultimately, I believe bans will do nothing, we need a strong public-private partnerships to communicate and educate for success.