Topo Designs X Woolrich. Like old friends and alcohol: They go together.

Topo Designs Woolrich Klettersack

There’s nothing quite like reconnecting with a friend you haven’t seen in a long time. It’s sort of like skateboarding for the first time in 10 years; your feet want to do the same thing, but your legs and knees are like, “Wait. We need to get used to this again.” You can pick up a conversation seemingly where you left off with a friend you haven’t hung out with in a decade, but obviously it’s not the same. There are now kids, wives, new jobs, new cities, new lives, etc. Then you introduce a little booze into the situation and all of a sudden, you’re both 23 again pumping quarters into the jukebox at the L&L and singing all the Jets to Brazil and Promise Ring that you can find. It just feels better and how it should be after a couple of beers and shots of well whiskey.

While this isn;t so much like the Topo Designs X Woolrich collab, the two companies definitely go together when you look at it. Both enlist classic lines and remind us of gear our dads would use then pass along to us. While Woolrich has actually been doing this for years, Topo is stepping in for a new generation to leave gear for their kids.    Continue Reading

What to Wear: Southern Californian Autumn Beach Night

It gets cold on the beach in Autumn at night. I know how ludicrous it sounds to say that the low 60′s is cold in the Fall, being from Colorado and all, but when you get used to the heat, a small change can throw you for a loop.

But there really is nothing better than knowing you can escape the heat (unless you;re inland or Valley-locked) and get away for a nice moonlit stroll on one of your favorite beaches. Personally, I like Coronado because… it’s Coronado. But all up and down the mostly-Southern California coast is brilliant too. Here’s a little “what to wear” if you happen to get out there for that walk and to get your feet wet in the uber-chilled Pacific waters under a glowing sky that will undoubtedly make you want to write like a song or a poem or some shit.

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#BeShady: World Sight Day awareness by TOMS

TOMS Be Shady

I remember like 3 years back when I first got some TOMS. I called em “ninja shoes,” cause, man, thems things were light, sneaky, and ninja-esque. Of course, there was the factor of good accounted into the situation that got me hooked on the brand initially. And TOMS hasn’t strayed whatsoever from their mission of making the world a better place.

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I was unaware until recently that the second Thursday in October World Sight Day. This is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. That’s awesome. I couldn’t imagine not being able to see the waves crash and the sun set. So anything we can do to help perhaps restore the sight of those without… that’s a step in the right direction.  Continue Reading

District Skateboards: A Reclaimed Skateboard

District Skateboards

Sure. I have made no false pretense regarding my love of my little Penny Skateboard. It;s a solid little product that is fast, gets me around this weird little place called LA, and always has people asking, “Yo man. That board like so small. They make a grownup version?” Heh. Fuck off. But anyway. The small skateboard is what kicked all this off in the first place. “Yeah ride it like a wave, maaaaaaan.” 

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Saint Archer Brewery from San Diego, CA; The birthplace of the Summer.

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The craft beer world seems like it’s growing faster than a mom’s hatred for what Miley’s antics are doing to her daughter and the youth of today. Unlike that hatred, though, the craft beer world is one that it seems everyone can agree is absolutely necessary to our lives. And like Miley’s behavior recently, beer is better with an angle and hook, and while being enjoyed naked atop a wrecking ball.

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Strikes Thrice: Lightning Bolt F/W 2013

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Since 1971, born and raised in Hawaii, Lightning Bolt has been instilling the rad into the world. While, I’ve been a champion of classing it up, and all that, and I’ve given my fair share of punishment to drop-crotch, when it comes down to brass tax, it’s all about balance. Finding those Aldens on eBay for $200 less than MSRP? Sweet. Those will look good in the office whether or not you’re around people that actually get what Alden means. But if you want to keep your game up on the weekends in terms of high-quality, top-of-the-line gear? Look no further than Lightning Bolt.

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#EverydayTropical: Momentum X SurfShop Carve Giveaway

Photo: surfbang.com

Photo: surfbang.com

It might be hinting at colder weather given the time of year, but if you live the tropical life, be it geographically or mentally, you know Summer is never really over. It can be Southern California wherever you are if you want it to be. It’s snowing in NYC? No worries. Get out of the cold, throw on a pair of boardshorts, pour a margarita, and sit on your private living room beach enjoying the classic surf culture documented in the Endless Summer.

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The Wait and Summer is Over: Penny Skateboards x T.C.S.S. Collaboration.

Penny x TCSS

Summer was a blur. There was work to be done, fun to be had, fireworks to explode, beer to drink, pools to swim, breaks to surf, heat to be beat, and for me, most of it was spent on the blacktops of LA atop my Penny skateboard. Not having a car here isn’t as tough as I thought it was going to be. Getting from place to place is easy when your mode of transport is a small piece of plastic with huge wheels stocked with ABEC-7 bearings. It’s fast, and it usually beats the traffic.

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Reclamation Proclamation: WOOED Products from San Francisco, CA

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WOOED X Wintercheck X WayWear

Nature is a funny thing. It can kill you, yet it needs all the help we can give it to keep it alive, keep it beautiful, and most of all, just keep it around. There’s a ton you can do to help out in preserving our natural habitats that we’ve done such an awesome job of destroying, but not everyone actually take the initiative.

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What I’ve learned living in Los Angeles, CA. (After a year.)

Los Angeles The one year anniversary in the City of Angels is upon me, and it’s been, well, interesting I think sums it up. There’s something about Los Angeles that is magnetic and charming. The ocean and palm trees make the city a tropical paradise of scenescapes the likes of which are Instagram gold. Having moved here in August of 2012 without much prior knowledge of the city and only relying on friends to tell me what was what, I came to a personal understanding of some parts of LA and how it operates. Below are my findings, none of which are meant as a slam to this city, but more curious observations that make this place great. Continue Reading