Have you heard? etnies added a few new dudes to the squad... skaters you may already know. Best thing to do when that happens is get the entire team together in one place, put them in a few vans and hit up some parks and skate spots to see whether the new combo works. And it does. Next up - where to go?
Heading East is a migratory ritual best performed in spring or autumn. Post-summer sweat and pre-winter freeze made the latter season our pick for gallivanting around the East Coast. Steering clear of the Big Apple, some may question what else is out East, but the contenders remain - Kinetic, Orchard, Fairman's, Pitcrew, NJ Skateshop, Reign, Exit and Theory - each with their undying love for skateboarding. From Boston to Philadelphia and points in between, etnies hooked up with locals who showed us around and shredded alongside us at the various demos we did.
A new team means new opportunities for adventures through traveling and hanging out. The etnies team consists of a group of guys I hadn’t had the chance to skate with despite the years I've spent on a board. Whatever the reason behind our separate paths, it isn’t even an issue since this etnies Goes East tour marks one of many adventures to come in what will inadvertently be our world tour. – Cairo Foster
Ok, Ok... So I admit, etnies might have forgot to visit the east coast for a little bit. Ok, by a little I mean maybe like, I don’t know—5 or so years? Well, we did it, and not only did we make it out there, but we brought the whole team with us, which is a giant feat in itself. We spent 10 days this past fall going down the coast, from Boston to Baltimore, and every accent and borough in between. It was a hell of a time… So fun that I don’t think etnies is going to wait another 5 or so years to return.
Orchard Skateshop – Boston, MA
The trip started in the fair city of Boston, where the hospitable people at Orchard Boardshop were the most excellent of hosts. It was a first for many. The first time etnies had been out east in years, the first time the team had all been together and, for some, the first time meeting since Cairo, Brophy and Naaaack Garcia joined the team. We tried as best we could to party and skate, but neither Dorchester nor the rain were suiting us too well so we decided to head west to our next stop
Theory Skate – West Springfield, MA
The demo in Springfield, MA also happened to coincide with T-Blood’s 21st birthday and, in line with most anyone else’s 21st birthday it also coincided with us drinking beer to celebrate. The turnout at this demo was amazing - hundreds of screaming kids packed into an old building in West Springfield on a Wednesday night. I took shelter in the corner at the beginning and Tyler skated over to me, a tad tipsy and said, “Dude, I’m kinda drunk,” laughed, dropped in and then completely annihilated the park.
Pitcrew – Frederick, MD
It was pouring when we pulled up to the skatepark in Fredrick so we weren’t quite sure there was even going to be a demo. But, before we knew it, the guys at Pitcrew had pulled out leaf blowers and squeegees and got that bad boy dried up for a great final demo to end a great trip.
Exit – Philadelphia, PA
The signing at Exit was supposed to happen at 1pm Saturday afternoon and, after waiting a few hours for people to show up, Steve said, “Well, fuck it; let’s go skate!” So we headed to a fun park on the north side and then headed around the city. Around 4 or 5 Steve’s phone rang and they said a huge crowd of people showed up at the shop around then… oops. Sorry anyone in Philly who came out later, but we were out skating, and we’ll be back soon.
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NJ Skateshop – Sayreville, NJ
One of the greatest musicians ever was born, raised and will inevitably die in his beloved New Jersey. Hate it or love it, you gotta respect the passion people from New Jersey have for their state—Nieratko, of course, being one of ‘em. NJ Skateshop hosted us at the Sayreville skatepark where ripper/friend Jimmy McDonald met us for a nice fall demo. We caught food and Nieratkos at Hooters and drove chasing something in the night towards Philly.
Kinetic – Wilmington, DE
After Philly was the home of the one and only Willy Akers - Wilmington, DE. We did a crowded signing at Kinetic Skateshop and after, a crowded demo at a DIY park outside of the city with just enough time before the sun set to catch a quick session downtown.
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