Career

Vote for Flatspot Longboard Shop: Small Business BC Awards 2016

Flatspot Longboard Shop is now 3 years old! We missed out on the Small Business BC Awards by only a small margin last year and are hoping to score a win this time around. Your vote helps!

Mischa Chandler, Founder and Managing Partner of Flatspot, is both a friend and now we’re partners. After working with Flatspot as a consultant in their first two years, I have now joined on to support them as a partner as I believe a strong local shop makes for an even stronger community.

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 and Mischa and Flatspot put it first as part of operating the shop.

To vote for our Community Impact CLICK HERE

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Career, In The News

Joining the Skate[Slate] Team

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/

Checking out the latest issue at Flatspot Longboard Shop. Photo Aidan Lynds

Checking out the latest issue at Flatspot Longboard Shop. Photo Aidan Lynds

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Kamloops, British Colombia opened the World’s First Longboard Park and I had the pleasure of being there thanks to¬†Switchback Longboards and the #SwitchbackAnimals. I swapped runs with Aidan Lynds to cover the filming and he put together the edit.

Check the original CFB-TV News report here: http://www.cfjctv.com/video/OCT20_LONGBOARD.m4v

Trips

Onboard Distribution – All The Pinche Way Monterreal Edit

The homies at Onboard Distribution were a HUGE help with running All The Pinche Way last fall in Mexico. Pinche Tour Mama, Claudio, now working with Onboard as well as Rayne, shot a bunch of video at Monterreal and just released a sick edit for Onboard’s channel to highlight their support for the tour.

Thanks to Claudio and Andres for all the support! Now peep the footage:

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Trips

Second Place at Jake’s Rash Old Man Race!

Despite skating down hills for years now, Freeride’s and lurking the back of the pack seshing runs with the homies is more my style. Add running brand activations at most events and I have rarely entered a “race”. Last year I hit up the Mt. Tabor race on “holiday” and entered myself to actually compete. Tabor is a rad old-school tuck race in Portland, a generally mellow hill, but anything can happen racing. I ended up crashing with OSL in my first heat (Sorry buddy!), but advancing, and then out next round. Fun times for sure.

This past week was the infamous Danger Bay and Jake’s Rash. I was working with Switchback at Danger Bay and not really down for the havoc of the historic crash corner, but the party is rad. I had more time at the mid-week Jake’s Rash (not a family event!) and really enjoy the speedy, sweepy course – time to race.

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Events

North Vancouver City Fest Fun

Last week was a blur with a stag in Las Vegas to attend. I returned late Thursday for a busy Friday prep for the North Vancouver City Fest happening Saturday, May 3rd.

I really do enjoy volunteering and events. Volunteering always seems to be more rewarding then simply paid work and the people you get to meet and work with share a similar feeling in life. Events have this long lead up with a hammering finale, but then they’re done and you can sit back and breath and enjoy reaching the goal.

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