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etnies Goes East

Posted By miker in Skate | Nov 23 2011 / Wednesday Skip To The Comments (17)

Photos & Words Sam Mcguire

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.

Tyler and Brophy Ryan Pearce and his fans

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.

Bluntslide to Fakie, Ryan PearceBluntslide to Fakie, Ryan Pearce
Backside 180 Nosegrind, Tyler Bledsoe Backside 180 Nosegrind, Tyler Bledsoe Hover image to animate sequence
Switch Crooks, Tyler BledsoeSwitch Crooks, Tyler Bledsoe Ryan Sheckler Nick Garcia Smokes
Kickflip 50-50, Tyler Bledsoe Kickflip 50-50, Tyler Bledsoe Hover image to animate sequence

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.

Smith Grind 180 Out, Nick Garcia Smith Grind 180 Out, Nick Garcia Hover image to animate sequence
Smith Grind 180 Out, Nick Garcia Back Overcrooks, Ryan Pearce Hover image to animate sequence
Backside Smith Grind, Ryan PearceBackside Smith Grind, Ryan Pearce
Smith Grind 180 Out, Nick Garcia Frontside Feeble, Jimmy McDonald Hover image to animate sequence
Frontside Grab, Nick GarciaFrontside Grab, Nick Garcia Bump Up to Backside Tailslide, Ryan ShecklerBump Up to Backside Tailslide, Ryan Sheckler

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.

Fakie Flip 5-0, Jose Rojo Fakie Flip 5-0, Jose Rojo Hover image to animate sequence
Backside Tailslide, Jose RojoBackside Tailslide, Jose Rojo
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17 Comments etnies Goes East

  1. i would really like to see some jameson footage!

    Posted: 4 years ago,
  2. Wow! What kind of camera that was filmed? And Ryan: SOTY 2012

    Posted: 4 years ago,
  3. ^^ Clearly you mean Ryan PEARCE SOTY 2012^^

    Posted: 4 years ago,
  4. Wheres Maltooo

    Posted: 4 years ago,
  5. no FDR?...pfft

    Posted: 4 years ago,
  6. amazing!!!!!!!!

    Micky Marquez
    Posted: 4 years ago,
  7. Amazing! They all rip!

    What camera are the photos taken with?

    Posted: 4 years ago,
  8. Wow either the Etnies filmers just dont film or there wasnt a lot of footy. They killed it!! but where was the other half of the team?!

    Posted: 4 years ago,
  9. I was in the picture with Ryan pierce and the 4 kids wit the mustaches

    Timothy Robillard
    Posted: 4 years ago,
  10. Skateboarding is definitely more than just a sport. Is a way of life. And these guys showed everybody. I have a nephew that skates for almost 10 years. And I can say firmly that one day he will be the one to raise the bar like Nyjah Huston did this year. Also he like to play casino online when he has spare time. I am very proud of him.

    Posted: 4 years ago,
  11. This tour is awesome for all of us skaters in the east! You should come to Rochester or Buffalo New York next time your here. It would mean a lot to us here since there are very rarely Shows and jams with people like you guys. Keep shredding! Peace!

    Mateo Guevara
    Posted: 4 years ago,

    Posted: 4 years ago,
  13. why cant you guys come to providence rhode island whenever pros comeout here they hit up greenside skatepark its on the other side of my state i mean its not fair.

    Posted: 4 years ago,
  14. Hey sheckler great vidoes & pictures loved them all, just wanted to say your one of my favorite skaters...along with i've always wanted a redbull hat i just cant find any i've looked all over even online. :(

    thanks again, loved the vidoes & pictures

    jeff feenstra
    Posted: 4 years ago,
  15. Hey! sheckler and the whole team when are u coming over here west! like san diego, los angeles and those places im dying to go see you guys! you are the greates skateborders! and ryan i love u! i want to have your signatureee please when are u coming to west!

    Posted: 4 years ago,
  16. I really enjoyed viewing the photos watching the raw videos. Keep up the good work Etnies

    Timmy Johnson
    Posted: 4 years ago,
  17. like the videos nd etnies is getting better team going on !!!!!!!! keep it up etnies

    Johnathon Lopez
    Posted: 4 years ago,

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