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What’s Hannenin?

For archival intents and purposes, it’s still early fall here in Shanghai. While the weather might tell you differently, the unfortunate reality is that I’ve missed an entire season-and-a-half of updates here. A secret internet time capsule is no good if you can’t even bury things during the same season they happened.  So, here we go.

Johnny went to Toronto for two months this summer and put together a recap video as seen above, featuring some bass fishing and skating at Ashbridge Skatepark as well as the newly opened Skate Loft 2.0.

Vans came through Shanghai in September for the Vans Park Series. They built an absolutely incredible bowl, only to tear it down the day the contest ended. I get that building something permanent is a whole different beast, especially when dealing with the local government, but some transition like this would have done wonders for the local skaters here.  Maybe next time they can put that VF guanxi to work…No hate though, we still have SMP 😉

The kids are alright. Always happy to see The Woo© alive and well.

Now for some hyperlinks:

Insta-edit of the year

“It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward”

CHAR

Holy fuck, boys.

Vans APAC Transit Series: Shaolin Shadows

Phat House in Shanghai

 

 

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Cold As Ice


Even though the temperatures reported by Weather.com would have you thinking otherwise, it’s been cold as ice here in Shanghai…and we haven’t even hit 0 degrees yet. Thankfully I’ll be heading south a week from today to thaw out for about 10 days.  What’s good, 厦门市?

Kenji Haruta followed some of the FLY homies around for The Skateboard Mag’s One Day In Skateboarding series. Shoutout to Chang for that suicidal drop-in…I’m still here SMH-ing about that one.

This past weekend was the second Vagabond Skateboards Photographers Exhibition. It went down at YuanYuan’s The Spot Skateshop and featured work from Patrik Wallner, Terry XieDaniel Zvereff, Leong Zhang and Eric Lai. More coverage here.

Johnny’s been posting up a bunch of raw footage from CDs, as well as clips our buddy Nanking Joe has filmed. Go give him a follow in IG if you don’t mind the spot envy every time your feed refreshes.

Korea’s Daily Grind & Brian Mollot recently interviewed Anthony Shultz. Man, I really miss Slave Skateboards…used to run those heavy.

Vans “Welcome to Kota Kinabalu” featuring Porock Luis

Moving outside of Asia…

The latest Minuit clip from Yoan Taillandier features Dom Henry, Juan Saavedra, Shinpei Ueno, Koichiro Ueara, Glen Fox and a grip of Parisian heads.

In Birds We Trust – a quickie from Mike Ronzitti featuring our dude Tristan along with  Auguste, Johns, Natural and  Andreezy.

Join the international movement.

That’s it that’s all. If it’s radio silence between here and Chinese New Year, I wish you and yours a 新年快乐!

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Summer – Early Autumn 2016 Tri-X Dump & Other Stuff

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Hoarded a lot of film over the summer and fall and finally got some stuff developed. As you can see, we pretty much just chill at Lawson’s and The Center. All photos in this post were taken with a Contax T-2 and Kodak Tri-X 400 film.

A lot of other stuff happened throughout the summer and early fall, so I’m going to do my best to remember and briefly describe the happenings that happened over the last 4ish months. Apologies in advance for the brevity.

Proceeding in reverse chronological order, there was a Halloween miniramp session. A few of us dressed up, a few of us lacked Halloween spirit and decided that dressing up as “the color black” was good enough for All Hallows Eve.

There were also a few Weartested events that happened this summer; the Vans Kyle Walker Pro and the adidas Lucas Puig ADV.  Thanks to Edan for involving the homies and to Vans and adidas for the support.

WISEGUYS – another Official Tissue update featuring some of the usual heads: Richard Specht, Per Asplund, Justen Snyder, Gustav Nyman, Edan Qian, Brian Kleiber, Edward Chang, Michael Fagan, Johnny Tang, Alex Greenberg.

The Dream Lens Empire dropped their 9th installment.

Vans Wish You Were Here Skate Tour, Shanghai Stop –  self-explanatory, and definitely worth the watch.

Speaking of Vans, there was also a 50-50 China-wide shop contest. I’m biased, but the FLY Shanghai edit was probably my favorite one submitted.

In non-China news, we’re big fans of The Meadowlands Promo and can’t wait for the full-length to drop. Shoutout to the motherland, I miss the whole mid-Atlantic region more and more as the holiday season rapidly approaches.

Speaking of the east coast, some of our Vermont friends released this fun montage, appropriately titled: very great time. If you’d like to keep up with the historically slept-on microcosm that is Vermont skateboarding, follow my dude Avery aka Jungle Docs on YouTube and join me in my yearning for concrete transitions.

On the subject of Vermont, our buddy Jack Moore aka Yung Bachelor recently organized a Barrier Bash at the Jersey Barrier DIY spot in Burlington with some support from Converse Cons.

A bit out of order here, but Andy “A-Dog” Williams Day in Vermont was 8/27 and Maven and Friends For A-Dog threw a Supernatural Celebration at the waterfront skate park, now officially named the Andy “A-Dog” Williams Skatepark. A-Dog was a legend and an incredibly talented turntabalist, skateboarder and most of all, the epitomy of generous, positive and caring. We miss you so much, Andy. Please visit the Friends For A-Dog site and get involved. Thanks to Ray Beagle for this year’s A-Dog Day edit.

That’s it for now. I definitely missed/forgot at least half of what happened over the last 4 months, so I’ll do my best to run another update sooner-than-later. Either that or I’ll just keep updating this post since this is a secret website anyway.

Photo dump is below.

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Vans Kyle Walker Pro Review & Wear Test


A bunch of us recently teamed up with the homies over at Weartested and Skate Here to wear test and review the Kyle Walker Pro from Vans. These shoes are the truth and probably the best pair of Vans I’ve skated in a long time. If you like the Gilbert Crockett pro shoes, these feel similar but with a little extra padding.

The tongue is a bit puffy, which I really like since my flatground game is complete hit-or-miss. The heel area is also super well-designed as it helps keep you heel in place; you won’t be slipping around in these. Even though these shoes were gifted to me, I can hands-down say that they’re worth whatever Vans is charging for them. Go cop yourself a pair and thank me later.

Shoutout to Weartested for involving us and hooking up the shoes. Thanks to Nanking Joe for putting this video together. Cheers.