March Photo Report – Dominican Republic

Sweettttch !

Miguel Cabreja Sweettttch !

Our Friend Daniel De La Cruz has been taking sweet photos of us these days! Covering the Dominican scene. Check some of our rippers and visit his page on Facebook to stay closer to his lens!

http://www.facebook.com/delacruzarqgraphy

Kurativo Gnar Gnar

Kurativo Gnar Gnar

Vanessa Torres Speed Check

Vanessa Torres Speed Check

La Isla Toeside

La Isla Toeside

Sarah Astacio getting sideways

Sarah Astacio getting sideways

Secret Sessions at night ! El Kurativo.

Secret Sessions at night ! El Kurativo.

Night Runs : La Antena DH - Cesar Pucheu

Night Runs : La Antena DH – Cesar Pucheu

Night Runs : La Antena DH

Night Runs : La Antena DH

Fat Switchs

Fat Switchs

Miguel Cabreja with that toeside swagger

Miguel Cabreja with that toeside swagger

Adventure Time with Pam: NYC – Ohio

I had a great Time in NYC with the homies. I was supposed to get there for the famous Broadway Bomb but there was a mistake with my dates, this didn’t stopped me from having a great time around and skate all day, but most important, shoot photos and document what was happening around me. Thanks DBS for making it happen and to all the homies who got stoked on my visit and made sure i had a good time skateboarding and meeting the city In this first post i share some of the skate we had!

My first day around was with my good friend Keyla Denisse from Puerto Rico, we took the subway to meet up with some friends

My first day around was with my good friend Keyla Denisse from Puerto Rico, we took the subway to meet up with some friends

We met Obama on our way to skate!

We met Obama on our way to skate!

The homie Kai Monroe (NYCL) was showing us around

The local homie Kai Monroe (NYCL) was showing us around

then we skated to Central Park and met up our homie Sam Etorre (NYCL)

then we skated to Central Park and met up our homie Sam Etorre (NYCL)

and cruuuiiised

and cruuuiiised

After all the Central Park action, heres my homie Steve shredding some Abec Thane how it's supposed to be. He took me to skate some of his local spots in Queens, NYC! this one was pretty fun to freeride :)

After all the Central Park action, heres my homie Steve shredding some Abec Thane how it’s supposed to be. He took me to skate some of his local spots in Queens, NYC! this one was pretty fun to freeride :)

 

Here's Keyla droppin some style for my lens!

Here’s Keyla droppin some style for my lens!

 

And Steven Sanchez switching it up!

And Steven Sanchez switching it up!

 

We love skating together, here we are throwin some steezy switch standies.

We love skating together, here we are throwin some steezy switch standies.

 

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Look at that switch toe!

Look at that switch toe!

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mmm switch stalefish !

mmm switch stalefish !

 

 

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some homies joined us after a while

some homies joined us after a while

 

this guys is a model

this guys is a tongue model

 

we kept skating together, going fast !

we kept skating together, going fast !

 

And then Keyla offered to help the photographer and this happened! Thanks Keyla!

And then Keyla offered to help the photographer and this happened! Thanks Keyla!

 

damnn gurrr! lookin good!

damnn gurrr! lookin good!

 

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The next day the homies invited us to Ney Jersey to a very fun slide jam!

The next day the homies invited us to Ney Jersey to a very fun slide jam!

 

and i had the chance to meet up with homie Christian Barnard who took some pretty good photos of me, like this one! THANK YOU Christian!! you are awesome!!

and i had the chance to meet up with homie Christian Barnard who took some pretty good photos of me, like this one! THANK YOU Christian!! you are awesome!!

More shredding happening!

More shredding happening!

and my girl Keyla making my photo a lot prettier!! :)

and my girl Keyla making my photo a lot prettier!! :)

 

I had a happy day as you can see :) Ross Earhart Photo.

I had a happy day as you can see :) Ross Earhart Photo while i was giving away a bunch of stickers to the shredders of the event.

 

The weekend was AWESOME! here is homie Avery Wilcox from Ohio, who picked me up and took me to shred the hills in South Ohio! we had a very fun time :)

The weekend was AWESOME! here is homie Avery Wilcox from Ohio, who picked me up and took me to shred the hills in South Ohio! we had a very fun time :)

 

The spots were really beautiful

The spots were really beautiful

 

Avery styling for my lens !

Avery styling for my lens !

 

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We visited a few spots and had a great day.

We visited a few spots and had a great day.

 

Time for me to shred! thanks Avery for shooting this photo! switch stalefish slide to the right turn :)

Time for me to shred! thanks Avery for shooting this photo! switch stalefish slide to the right turn :)

 

Fast boys seriously shredding! YEA!

Fast boys seriously shredding! YEA!

 

style!

style!

 

Then we went for some downhill runs!

Then we went for some downhill runs!

 

And this is the last photo of the day! thanks guys for taking me to skate with you! i had a RADTACULAR time!

And this is the last photo of the day! thanks guys for taking me to skate with you! i had a RADTACULAR time!

All this photos portrays the good times i had!

Shredding my favorite gear thanks to Daddies Board Shop, Abec 11 Wheels, Jet Skateboards, Holesom Pucks, Blood Orange and Caliber Trucks!

Setup:
Jet Potato
Abec 11 Blue Powerballs
Abec 11 Retro Bertz
Caliber Precision Trucks
Blood Orange Bushings

Make sure to stay tuned for more NYC adventures the next week!

with much love,
Pam Diaz

http://www.daddiesboardshop.com

West Coastin’ 4th Report by Ishtar Bäcklund

Ever since that first time I saw the “Dogtown” documentary I have been in love with the whole skating scene. Not because of the fact that they looked rad shredding on those boards but because of the friendship and the brotherhood that they shared. They were a part of a group that shared the same energy, the same stoke, and they got to set an example for everybody else. By being stoked about what they were doing, good things came to them, people around them could feel the “stoking” energy. Opportunities were created for the boy’s dreams to grow and come true.

After a long drive We finally made it to Portlandia! With flowers in our hand we all pulled up for the first time to Daddies Board Shop; except for Marisa, she had beent here once before. Stepping in and physically meeting everyone was something we’ve all been looking forward doing since each and every one of us got on the team, (Pam even shed some tears when Mel stepped out from her office to greet us! Pretty epic!) 

We all hung around at the shop all day feeling like kids in a candy shop stashing up on all the necessary gear we’ve been missing out on or trashed along the way. Big thank’s to Triple8 for all the dope gear they sent over, Super thankful for the full face helmets, definitely bringing more swag into the game! We all had a pre-conceived notion of Mel behind her desk answering all of our personal emails when were in contact with her, but to actually see this wonderful lady work hard with her little bundle of stoke was rad! All of us got invited to one of the employes going away party that same night, we spent the night eating good food, hanging out with good friends and having a good time! 

Before midnight we managed to pick up miss Molly from the airport and cram her and her big ol’ bag into the van and off we were to our final destination, the very first Maryhill She-Ride! In the morning on the way to the hill we were blasting our gangster rap super loud. Thank God for full coverage! We totally destroyed those speakers by the end of this trip! On our left side the first black, smooth paved curves of Mary were visible and all of us started getting stoked out as we could finally see our goal… We had made it, the first ever She-Ride at one of the best play grounds there is for longboarders was about to start! This feeling was special, and we all could see how our hard work and the joy we share for this sport was finally getting it’s recognition. The whole hill had been closed down just for us, just for us girls, for the entire weekend!

We met up with all the girls that had made it over to the She-Ride and it didn’t take long before the U-hauls started shuffling runs up the hill. Everyone was so stoked! The U-hauls were fully packed for every run of every day. While some of the girls decided to start at different spots on the hill and work their way up, others were bombing it at full speed from the top. I was pleasantly surprised on the level of these girls out there shredding. They all had their own unique and individual styles as well. Tight pack runs and heaps of fun was the only thing on the menu for this weekend! Everyone improved at such a fast pace and every run got more and more fun as the days went by. Another cool thing that really surprised me was the lack of injuries, there might have been some minor falls, but the only time I saw someone leave bloody stains (rather than thane lines) on the ground was when some guys who were up there took a bail! There were a few guys up there, lovely ones, that came in big support for this weekend. They were helping out in the corners and fully supporting this event. Their deal to be able to ride the hill was maybe a bit to harsh but never the less funny as! In order for the guys to ride Maryhill during the She-Ride, they had to strip down naked and bomb the hill wearing nothing but their shoes. It was a sight! And a funny one for sure that resulted in some big laughs!

After one of my runs this weekend one of the girls came up to me and asked, “Excuse me, but I was wondering if you could help me out, Im trying to decide if I’m ready to do the hill all the way from the top” This question resulted in one of my personal favorite moments during this whole weekend. One of the girls had been working her way up by jumping out of the U- haul step bye step and now she was asking me for guidance. I felt so honored to help her with this decision and of course I was stoked for her. “Hell Yeah! You want me to go down with you and show you my lines?” I said back, “you would do that ?!” she responded, looking like a big question mark.

This lady had never really bombed a hill, she’s from NYC and just had only gotten into pushing around the city to make her way to work. Maryhill was the first hill she ever ridden down. I was so stoked and as we cruised down the whole hill, starting from the top, going into the dives and lines I took I could see the total concentration and focus in her eyes as she balanced so gracefully down the hill. She actually made it down surprisingly well! Pumped with adrenaline she stepped off of her board and hugged me filled with stoke! ” Hell Yeah! I did it, thank you so much,” she said while I could still notice her hand shaking by the rush of adrenaline from the run. “Yeah you liked that?! Lets do it again, and this time we’ll tuck!” And so we did. By the end of this weekend she was tucking down the whole hill, trying to keep up with the pack! This was one of my highlights for sure! Of all the skating I’ve done this past year, man, this really made it to the top of my list!

This is proof of how good company, facing your fears, and proving to yourself that you can do something that might seem intimating with great support from friends can make life wonderful and totally worth living to the fullest! It boosts our confidence in all levels of life and makes us stronger as humans. 

All five of us share the same burning desire to get better at skating. We cherish those bonding moments after a long and wonderful day of shredding with all our mates. We cherish all the gnarliness, happiness, and progression that we feel as a result from having so much fun. No matter how good you are, how far you’ve come in your skating abilities, as long as you’re having fun… that is going to shine, the stoke will spread, and inspiration will flow. Doing what we love only attracts more of what we love. What we burn for and what we wish for comes to us when and we let it out there into the world. This trip we got to do is a proof of how will power and passion can make dreams come true. Like the Dogtown boys, we share a sisterhood, we are all playing a role in the start of something great. Lets work together and make sure that it will grow into something even more rad and amazing. By doing what we love, we are inspiring other people all around the globe to do what makes them happy. It’s pure positive energy which is also known as stoke.

At the end of the day I just want people to remember to stay true to yourself, be humble, and have fun! 

Riders to Riders! This has been an amazing journey together with all the support form the longboard scene. We are so Lucky to be a part of this family. Thank you so much!

Ps. We love You Melanie Loveland!

West Coastin’ 3rd Report by Amanda Powell

Cliff Coleman is a skateboarding and yo-yo legend. He invented the slide that we all learned at one point or another and got us hooked on being sideways on our skateboards.

(He is also responsible for a handful of monumental yo-yo tricks!) We spent quality time with Cliff in his stomping grounds of Berkley. He’s involved and cares a lot about his community and it shows, everyone in town stops to say hello and greets him with huge smiles. The vibe we brought around Berkley was awesome, Cliff was so pleased to have us ladies at his spots.

He showed us where he nailed his first Colemans, where he held slide clinics, where he kills it at chess, and his favorite runs of the area. Us five girls followed him down and were all in awe of his grace and style on a skateboard, something that could only reflect decades of skateboarding. Cliff had hours of stories of the past, present, and future of skating. We all gladly lent our ears for the evening at his place.

There was an all star crew of people together and a gorgeous view of the bay, it was wonderful. Thank you, Mr. Coleman!

Still smiling from the great vibes of Berkley and the Sunset District, we rolled into Sacramento in high spirits and obviously with loud reggaeton and dancing. This was the girliest road trip I have ever been on, it was another level of rad haha! Levi Green and his crew had their camping skills dialed and were ready to go into the wild. We spent the morning preparing and were eventually all packed and ready for our caravan into the Tahoe National Forest. Thirty miles into the woods is a long way. There’s no cell phone service, no bathrooms, no sushi. I’d say it was a big deal for us girls to spend time out there.

We enjoyed the forest for three days and logged plenty of miles on our skateboards. We had quite a few runs on one of my favorites – a nearly twelve mile, sweepy ridge road. It was a great warm up before Maryhill, our tucking legs were ready to go. Levi showed us all that the area had to offer – waterfalls, more twisty roads, and the tranquility of being in nature. He even cooked us a couple gourmet meals, right there in the middle of nowhere. It felt like a breathe of perfectly fresh air that we needed before continuing on our journey to the first ever Maryhill She-Ride. Thank you, Levi!

-Amanda Powell

Photography: www.pamdiaz.com

West Coastin’ 2nd Report by Pam Díaz

It all started..

Faster than what I ever thought. We made a plan, we collected the money, and with the help of our sponsors we got the car. Thank you Daddies Board Shop, Blue Sky Longboards, Comet Skateboards and Caliber Trucks for your constant support!

The plan is to start in LA and drive in the van to Washington, in a two week roadtrip to the 1st Maryhill She-Ride.

The first spot was Malibu, ready to film and take pictures, we started shredding!

Since the very first moment it was a great feeling to be only girls in a car, driving in California with our skateboards.

After a very nice session in the sunset, we started heading to Santa Barbara, got ready in the supermarket and got the right equipment to go camping. We got there in the night, so I had no idea what was waiting for my eyes to see.

No words to explain the happinnes of waking up in the road in a beautiful morning with four beautiful ladies ready to skate.

The day was AWESOME! we met with locals who invited us to stay for another day, was great because the next day, after good rest we started our way to San Francisco.

In San Francisco we were planning to stay with the Sunset Sliders. The driving was long but worth it ten times!

San Francisco was epic, i would say it was the best stop by far, i love those people!

When we got to SF the boys were waiting for us at Big Dave’s house, our buddies Bandy, Nick, Jensen, Adrian and Jesse. It was amazing how many good vibes we felt since we got there.

The plan was to stay in SF for two nights.

The other day we woke up and went skating with the Sunset Sliders around San Francisco, they showed us some of their spots and we shredded in every of them.

Super grateful to spend time with shredskater brothers in that beautiful city, who took really good care of us

San Francisco has my heart.

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Text & Photos: Pam Díaz

Shots of Pam: Marisa Nuñez and Daisy Johannes

 

West Coastin’ 1rst Report

Daddies Board Shop & Longboard Girls Crew presents:
West Coastin’
The Journey to the first Maryhill She-ride.

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1rst Rider Report by Marisa Nuñez

It all started in Santa Monica, California, where the 5 of us girls, Pam Diaz, Ishtar Backlund, Amanda Powell, Daisy Johannes, and myself, Marisa Nunez, were gathered together for a 2 week “vacation” from the IGSA races. We would get together to skate and hang out everyday.

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Amanda was nice enough to have us stay at her rad apartment and show us around her streets. We went out filming in Laguna one day with the Yuppie family and the Abec 11 crew. It was such a blessing to see all the Yuppies together shredding hard and giving their all for the camera. The girls and I might have our own little part in their video too, which we´re extra stoked about!

The idea of a documented skate trip to the She-ride came about quite spontaneously and we got to work right away. We went out for a film session on Venice Beach and got everything we needed for our trailer. Pam knew exactly what she wanted, and directed us in front of the camera like a boss-woman. It was inspirationally rad. We skated all day and watched the sunset on Venice as we discussed plans for our trip. The next day, Amanda and I had to go to a shoot in Hollywood for a commercial that we are skating in. We´re really stoked on this because we´ll be able to get our style of skating and our sponsor´s products on national television. Hooray for Longboard Girls Crew´s Youtube videos inspiring Hollywood for commercial media! This is epic.

In the meantime, Ishtar, Daisy and Pam were hard at work at the local coffee shop getting all the emails out to potential sponsors for our trip.These girls are some serious go-getters, they could rule the world if they wanted to… seriously. That night, Pam stayed up until 4 in the morning putting together the sponsorship package presentation, and the following night, she stayed up until 7 in the morning putting together the trailer video. In only a couple of days we were able to put together a sponsorship package presentation, filmed and edited a trailer video, and got in touch with everyone that we needed to.

Goes to show, that will power and wanting something bad enough could bring you anything you work on.

The countdown is at T-minus 2 days until we get the show on the road, destination: Maryhill She-ride. We are 5 girls and will be traveling, skating, filming and editing these videos all ourselves.

Stay tuned and get ready ladies, we´ll see you there!

Pictures: Pam Díaz