Emericans in Vancouver 2009!

Atiba With No Age

The Emerica Team made the trek up to Vancouver over the first weekend of Summer, 2009 for some madness and chaos. An otherwise completely boring autograph session was spiced up when some kid asked all the team guys to sign his arm, claiming he was going to get the autographs tattooed... and sure enough, he walked out of Underworld went and did it. Wow. At least Ed drew some artwork to go along with his sig... that was the beginning to a great weekend. Following the Underworld visit, the crew headed to LeeSide, where, joined by a modest crew of rippers, they sessioned for a couple of hours.

After some dinner, the crew headed to the Biltmore to check out The Goat and No Age. No Age is a two-piece from L.A. who play a high energy post-post hardcore brnd of punk rock. The Goat is the supergroup with my old dear old friend Shane Heyl, backed by Andrew Reynolds, Beagle, Spanky, and Atiba Jefferson. Their set was energetic and there were more than a handful of hyped up fans in the front row who knew every word! And of course on the street outside following the show there was all the prerequisite drama that is quite common during Vancouver skate events: drunken fights, crying girls, pissing in doorways and the subsequent yelling, and loud requests from neighbors and barkeepers to keep the noise down...

Randy Randall
No Age
No Age
The Goat
The Goat
The Goat
The Goat
The Goat
Jerry Hsu
Matt Berger
Reynolds' Trademark Frontisde Flip
Power To The Skaters
Emerica Raised Thousands For LeeSide
Westcool Leading the Pack
Goat List

Sunday was June 21. Father's Day, Summer Solstice, and of course, now, Go Skateboarding Day. But Emerica is about empowering skateboarders, and takes it up a notch with Wild in the Streets, the mass push from spot to spot that is always one of the best sessions of the year. The spots in Vancouver were amazing: we went from the Skate Plaza to HoT Spots stairs and curved ledge, followed by the 8-stair at Victory Square. Next was an unscheduled stop at the Black Ice double-set--a huge six-flat-six that Reynolds promptly ollied and then proceeded to frontisde flip. Next was New Spot, the historic spot that was "new" about 18 years ago. And last was the push up Burrard, the heart of downtown, and down Georgia Street onto the Georgia Street Viaduct out to Strathcona Park, where the Emerica folks cooked a couple thousand hotdogs and chilled some Red Bulls for the masses... As always, a great experience. For those who have never been, I highly recommend checking it out. It's a feeling like no other--pushing through a downtown with a few thousand other (mostly) like-minded skateboarders.