SKATEBOARDING IS RAD

I have been out looking for new skate spots lately with a couple skaters in mind to shoot with. Andy Roy, in particular, to do an article with. On Sunday I cruised over to Pizzanista to meet up with Andy to head out with after he wrapped up filming a new Rip Ride. I got there and Jesse Paez was the guest this week. I listened in on the taping and about their time together as teammates and touring stories about pure ruckus. I have to say I watch the podcast every week and love it. The show is pure Skateboarding and very entertaining (link below). I don’t think I have seen Jesse in at least 10 years and he was all smiles and when Andy said let's go skate I was stoked. During the middle of the taping Jesse and Andy mentioned how much they wanted to get out and skate with Jeremy Wray who was a guest on Rip Ride recently and lived nearby. By coincidence, I'd run into Jeremy a few nights earlier at an art show and we chatted about getting out and shooting some pics together. So as Andy and Jesse were talking about Jeremy I shot him a text about our mission after the podcast wrapped and Jeremy said he would try and come meet us out skating. Backtrack to when I showed up at Pizzanista right as the taping started, a few people were there and I began saying hello. I met Jesse’s wife and Skinny Vinny and had a nice chat with Kevin Marks. I also met Zen from Japan. As the taping wrapped and we all headed for our cars to embark on our skate mission, I waved Zen over to ride with me. At that point, I thought he was with the guys and was with them. We got in the car and headed out, I began asking him questions in very quickly figured out he didn’t speak English. He had me ask questions thru Google Translator on his phone. With a few questions I came to know that he was here in LA alone. He'd taken 3 buses and a train ride to get to Long Beach from West LA. He was a skater, and some friends told him if he went to Pizzanista he would meet Salman Agah. Immediately, I called Salman and got his voicemail and left a message that this skater came all the way from Japan, and he was on a mission to meet Salman. I had Zen say hello to Salman’s voicemail. Zen seemed pretty stoked. I then tried to figure out if Zen actually knew who Andy or Jesse was. I couldn't understand if he knew or not. About three skate spots in, Jeremy Wray appears to join us and Zen wasn’t sure who Jeremy was. I pulled up the Water Tower YouTube clip of Jeremy, and Zen’s face lit up like a birthday cake. We hit a few more skate spots and, at the last spot, it was Jeremy and Zen skating together while I snapped some pics. Skateboarding once again proved amazing in making memories. Zen flew out the next day, and I am pretty sure Andy, Jesse, Jeremy, Skinny Vinny and I made his day. I got a few pics of Zen with the guys and a couple skate flics too. Zen had a pretty sic front rock at the Scum Ditch. I had no idea when we were departing Pizzanista that Zen was there randomly. He had a skateboard and skate shoes on. That alone got him a pass to skate with a few legends. After all these years out skating and taking pics, and with all the craziness in the world today, skaters still have a code that transcends language, race, sex, and all other pc codes. You have board and some shoes and your one of the crew, no questions asked.

Click here to check out Rip Ride Podcast with Andy Roy

Jeremy Wray. @jeremy_wray

Jesse Paez. @jessepaez75

Zen Haruyama. @zen_haruyana