LMU Surf Club Movie Premiere ~ April 15, 2011
LMU's Surf Club hosted its Annual Movie Premiere featuring "The Drop Zone", Body Gloves new film that was based in Fiji.
We are very grateful for the chance to set up at the event! It was a blast!
There was a lot of energy in the room and tons of prizes were raffled off, from basic gift bags from Body Glove to a trip for two to Fiji. We then celebrated a successful movie premiere and headed off to the after party. Overall, it was a really great event and we hope to make an appearance at next year's movie premiere!
LMU's Farmer's Market ~ October 21, 2010
On October 21, 2010, I set up a table at Loyola Marymount University's Farmer's Market. Many students stopped by intrigued by the uniqueness of the boards that I was displaying.
A few of the students stopped by to skate for a little and try out some of the boards.
I'm really excited to set up again in November.
US Open of Surfing ~ August 5, 2010
This summer, my friend Kurt and I cruised around Huntington Beach for the US Open of surfing.
I carried around my new Aolani that I shaped for myself and got some of the surfers to autograph it! The four that signed it were: Ola, Jordy Smith, Dane Renolds, and Taj Burrow.
A lot of people became fond of the board including a guy from Shaka Laka Lip Balm and A Red Bull girl! After checking out the different events for BMX, Skating and Surfing, Kurt and I headed towards the middle of the event and ended the day with a sick Weezer concert and some LBJ's! Overall, it was a pretty solid day.
PV Skatepark Expo ~ April 25, 2010
In hopes of building a local skatepark, PV held a skating expo/fundraiser on top of their local library on April 25, 2010. With the help of some friends, we got set up early in the morning and watched as more and more skaters began to arrive.
I was really excited to be set up at my first event! With the new sign in the back, boards on the table, and shirts on hangers we were ready to go. By far we had one of the cooler booths set up and best of all, we were set up next to our friends Stoked Skateboards! One of my buddies and fellow shapers, Nathan came by and set up his surfboards, Hope Surfboards. Many people stopped by to try out the boards and place some orders for the summer.
Some skaters such as Daniel, Jamie, and Kyle found ways to bring Yamashita Boards to a whole new level. From 360 spins to airs and powerslides on the ramps, the guys were shredding it up.
We were fortunate enough to have the raffle ticket girls support us by wearing our shirts around and sending skaters our way. Props and thanks to them!
As the event continued, professional skaters began to arrive. Local bands played throughout the day, while my buddies and I kicked back and enjoyed some Noah's Bagels! I had the pleasure of bringing one lady back to the good ol days of banana boards. Overall the event was a blast!
Loyola Village Elementary School ~ April 14, 2010
On April 14, 2010 Bryce, an LMU grad student, and I headed on over to Loyola Village Elementary, a local elementary school. Bryce told them about our current water crisis and gave them ideas on how they could help fix the problem. In addition to this, he had them come up with water conservation ideas.
Later I followed up and gave a presentation to 100+ students. I showed them a quick intro video to Yamashita Boards, told them a little bit about the history of skateboarding, then showed them how to shape boards! To end the workshop, I had them come up with their own "Fish" board designs and had them think of creative designs that best represented our water crisis and ways to fix it. We decided to make a contest out of it, which the winner would have his or her design made into their own custom board.
On April 22nd, Earth Day, we announced the winner. The winner ended up being Renzo, with his creative slogan of "Preserve Water, Preserve Life." We felt that overall Renzo really understood and encompassed our lesson into his design and at the same time had a simplistic, yet very effective message. We concluded the ceremony by giving the other top five kids different prizes such as backpacks, skate gear, skateboards, shirts, and stickers. Then to end the day we set out on a nice sunset cruise around the harbor in the Hornblower.
Overall the event was a success, the kids were all very enthusiastic, learned something new, and most importantly had a great time!