#FreedomToFind - 10 Skate Spots You Need To Find.

Monday, June 26, 2017


Amanda Caloia, Kala Fernandez & Zara Percy / Photo Elise Crigar


Summer is for adventure.  It's for finding the ultimate skate spots and stops along the way.

It gives us time to have the #FreedomToFind.  Maybe it's the  ultimate spot you have been dreaming of, or maybe it's skating with friends and a fist full of donuts.

It's summer, and the time for a little sun on your skin and dirt on your knees is now.

Are you ready to do this?!

We are kicking off Summer 2017 by sharing 10 of the raddest summer skate spots! Check out these spots for an epic road trip or a day trip for the books.

Use hashtag #FreedomToFind to share your favorite summer skate spots with us for a chance to be featured on our website.

Meanwhile, we will be counting down the days to our summer  #FreedomToFind lookbook release!


Photo Ian Logan


1. The Vermont Drop - Los Angeles, California.  Also known at The Funnel. This skate spot has been around since the 70's and has been featured in countless magazines. The transition is not smooth and the ride is rough.  You'll need to hop a fence to get in, and you should bring a broom because there is always debris, but it's a hell of a lot of fun and takes you back to the 70's for sure. As with any good, renegade, skate spot, we're not going to blast the location out here, because you gotta respect old school skate spots and find them yourself - so do a little research and have an adventure. #FreedomToFind


Photo  @alias_wndrlnd







2. Wndrloop -  Christinia, Copenhagen, Denmark.   This spot is totally DIY and has a huge cult following among European skaters.  Picture a Hot Wheels track loop, but for skateboarding - yep - a death loop.  Make sure you have some speed and don't try it if you're stoned, drunk, or unsure of your abilities.  If you're lucky, you may be the first female skater to complete the loop and have total bragging rights.  #FreedomToFind
























3. Garvanza Skatepark - 6240 Meridian Street, Los Angeles  - this park is just badass and makes for some great photos. The pool is gnarly and the graffiti changes often, best to get there early in the day before the summer heat and the crowds. Have some respect for the locals and they will respect you back. It's gnarlier than it looks.  #FreedomToFind






4. Otro Skatepark - Brussels, Belgium. The worlds first glow in the dark skatepark created  artist Koo Jeong. It solves all those pesky issues like shadows at night and not having lights at your local park. How does it work? It's built with green phosphorescent concrete and glows once it's dark outside. How many people can say they've skated a glow in the dark skatepark? Not many.  #FreedomToFind






5. Burnside Skatepark - SE 2nd Ave, Portland, Oregon.  Skaters talk about Burnside for a few reasons  - it was built 26 years ago, bit by bit, by local skaters in a extremely rough neighborhood, under a bridge. The locals used to be pretty territorial so skating there was iffy at times if you didn't know someone.  But now it's 2017 and gentrification has taken over - there are lofts directly behind the park, Eco friendly vehicles park in lots nearby and they serve a burger called The Burnside at the restaurant near the park. Not so sketchy of a neighborhood anymore.

Our advice is;  take a road trip and skate it while you can, because when gentrification takes over it sometimes means that we as skaters, lose our DIY spots to developers. Hoping this doesn't happen here... #FreedomToFind



Photo via SkatePunk.com









6. Mt. Baldy Pipe - San Bernardino, California - still one of the gnarliest and hardest spots to reach,  Baldy a throwback from the 70's where skaters like Kevin "The Worm" Anderson helped made it famous. Baldy is the stuff dreams are made of. But not for the feint of heart - you'll have to trek in and it's not easy - the paths have washed away over the last few years so be prepared to scale almost impossible terrain. Once you get there, there used to be a rickety, narrow board you had to carefully walk across to get to the actual pipe. We've heard it's gone missing, so you may need to bring your own. If you get in and skate it, take pics, post and hashtag #FreedomToFind because we've got a special surprise we will send your way.

*Bring a current newspaper with date showing in photo with pipe in background for proof that it's a recent pic.

#FreedomToFind



Photo via Red Bull Media





7.  Kaos Temple - llanera, Spain.  What could be more inspiring than skateboarding in a 100 year old church? Not much. Street artist Okuda San Miguel is credited for turning the walls and domed ceilings of the abandoned and crumbling church into a bright, isometric, paintings. Besides being beautiful to look at, this skate spot has some rad half-pipes to skate, and if you take a slam, just lay back and look at the art work above. While you are there, make sure to thank the crew from La Iglesia Skate for transforming this space into an amazing skate spot. #FreedomToFind








8. Venice Skatepark, Venice, California. If you're a skateboarder this is the spot everyone you meet in the world will ask you if you've skated. Summer is great here, a soft ocean breeze, sunny warm California days and the ocean just steps away. This park has something for everyone - snake run, bowls, pool, street. The locals are cool and if you give respect, you get respect. Skate from sunrise to sunset for free. Pads are supposed to be worn but rarely enforced. The trick here is if you are given the $50 ticket for not wearing your gear  - you can only get ticketed once per day, so just suck up the cost and keep on skating. (You didn't hear that from us).  #FreedomToFind



Skater Natlaie Krishna Das - Las Chicaz Crew  / Photo Tim Vasquez


9. The Nude Bowl - located in the desert outside of Los Angeles, California. Another iconic skate spot where we're not going to give away the exact location - you gotta work for this one. You'll thank us later. Promise.  It's a insane pool in the middle of nowhere.  The Las Chicaz all female skate crew just did a rad trip out there and posted some insane photos - total respect to these badass chicaz! Word of warning, the desert gets extremely hot in the summer so bring lots of water and sunscreen. Best time is an early morning or early evening sesh before the sun goes down.  #FreedomToFind



Photo via Kona Skatepark


10. Kona Skatepark - 8739 Kona Ave, Jacksonville, Florida. Saving one of the best spots for last. Kona just turned 40 years old this past weekend, making it the oldest skatepark in the world. Other famous parks (Marina, Cherry Hill, Apple) are buried under mounds of dirt since they were demolished or covered over in the early 80's.  Only Kona lives on. Thanks to the Ramos family who has been running Kona since 1979, as well as die hard local skaters who are loyal and whose kids and grandkids now skate at Kona, this awesome skatepark has kept the dream alive! Make sure you hit their massive, and well known snake run - it's a rush!   #FreedomToFind


Stay tuned our new #FreedomToFind Summer Lookbook is dropping SOON!

New Milk Commercial Featuring 3 California Skater Girls.

Saturday, June 24, 2017



Check out this new spot for MILK that was shot at Venice skatepark. Featuring skateboarders;  Bella Kenworthy, Vianez Morales, and Stella Reynolds. Pretty awesome!

Lacey Baker Is Up For An ESPY Award! Vote Now.

via espn.com



Lacey Baker is on a roll this year! She is now up for an ESPY award! You can vote for Lacey in the "Best Female Action Sports Athlete" category right HERE.

Make sure you watch the ESPYS on Wednesday, July 12th at 8|7c on ABC to see who will take home the ESPY!

Who's Rad? Photographer Tiffany Williams.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Poppy Starr Olsen

Photos throughout by Tiffany Williams



There are all sorts of ways to have a career in skateboarding, beyond being a pro skater. In fact, a lot of pro skaters have dual careers that usually involve artistic endeavors. Photography is one of those paths.

Today's WHO'S RAD is an interview with Australian based photographer, Tiffany Williams. We met Tiffany after skateboarder Sari Simpson referred us to her, we liked her photographic style, in and out of skateboarding, and we were lucky enough to work with her and feature her photos from two major Australian skateboard comps this past year. But Tiffany's passion and style in photography goes even beyond what she does at the skatepark - she shoots fashion/lifestyle editorials, band gigs and more. Read on to see just what fuels her creativity.



Who's Rad?         Tiffany Jade Williams

Where do you live/work? 

Sydney, Australia – I work at a photo editing company in Sydenham called Raw Digital Lab + freelancing on the side.

How did you get started in photography?

My mum brought home a camera for work and I was completely fascinated. I ended up begging her for my own and haven’t put it down since!



What type of photography do you do when you are not shooting skateboarding?

I originally did a lot of events, particularly music, lots of festivals. Though I’ve stepped away and am trying to switch my focus towards fashion editorials.




What made you decide to start shooting female skaters? 

I love skateboarding; it has always been a sport that has captivated my attention. However I am not a great skater myself so I turned to passions into one. I suppose I drifted toward photographing girls over guys mainly because I was stunned and always wished I had their skill & confidence.

Sari Simpson


Are there any skaters you really enjoy working with & why? 

Definitely Sari Simpson, she’s the person who allowed me to explore skate photography. She’s one of my favourite skaters to watch, so much speed & determination.


Brighton Zeuner


What are some of your favorite places (skateparks, street, backyard pools) to shoot at? 

I only really shoot the Bondi Bowl but I had the opportunity to photograph the Vans Park Series in Manly and that was definitely one to remember.

Do you have an all time favorite female skate image that you’ve shot?

This image of Shanae Collins has got to be my favourite, the colours make it for me.

Shanae Collins






Any favorite tricks you like to shoot?

Love when girls pull inverts, really gets the crowd pumping.

Favorite camera body & lens?

Canon 6d & 40mm – I shoot most of my work with this set up, the ‘pancake’ lens tends to be more subtle so you can get some real nice candid’s.



Do you like to light or do you prefer shooting with natural light?

I’m not a studio shooter that’s for sure. I love utilizing natural light and work with that mostly. With skating I love adding in the flash because it makes the skater pop in the image.




Any girls out there you haven’t shot yet but would like to?

Plenty! Obviously a shoot with Lizzie Armanto would be iconic but I’ve started following UK skater Savannah Keenan who I’d also love to work with, she’s got a sweet fashion sense and style on board.

Poppy Starr Olsen


Any advice for someone who wanted to get into action sports photography? 

Practice, practice, practice. But more importantly, step back, watch what’s going on, follow the skater, see what spots they like to hit & then snap away. Observation has helped me so much.

Where can we see your work?

http://www.tiffanyjwilliams.com/ - my favourite stuff can be seen on my site, but my most recent published work can be found through Sticks & Stones Agency and Off the Rails magazine.

Make sure you follow Tiffany at:

https://www.instagram.com/tiff.williams/
https://www.facebook.com/tiffjwilliams/



Happy Go Skateboarding Day!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sierra Prescott & Elise Crigar.  / Photo Ian Logan for Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word


Happy Go Skateboarding Day!  While we think you should get out and skate every single day - today is a great day to get together with other skaters at an event in your area (see below where we will be today) and also to encourage more people to SKATE!


So if you are in the Los Angeles area - we hope to see you at La Crescenta Skatepark today!