In early May of this year, while the masses were busy fussing with their phones and getting up to date on what senseless jargon was happening on various social media sites within their already tight nit clique of friends, a group of skaters in southern China jumped in a van and started a 10 day road trip from Shenzhen to Hainan. The mission: disconnect to reconnect.
The members of the group don’t wear uniforms nor had they nine to five jobs! Society might view these guys as a group of vagabonds that never grew up.
In actuality, they are a small group within otherwise “normal” Chinese society that have very different perspectives and goals. Success, in their eyes, is traveling with friends and cohorts, finding untouched skate spots, challenging themselves, with greater ambitions of being recognized by sponsors. Streets are their office, sticking tricks is their job.
While they are out experiencing, having fun and enjoying life most people are working a day job they don’t like, creating more debt and loan they need to work even harder to pay back. Can’t take a day off, can’t stop, can never slow things down and enjoy their life.
We think life can be simpler. You don’t need to be a millionaire to be happy. Having a group of people that you engage and interact with, doing what you like to do, and really spending time with friends and family, that’s what we define as happiness. We hope to inspire you through our journey.
Directed, filmed and edited: Charles Lanceplaine
Additional filming : Jay Meador
Photography: 张良 Leong Zhang
Produced by: Push Media
Music: Suez War by Hard Beat
Sound mix by: Sammy Maujard
Skaters: Cyres Wong(王汇丰), Jay Meador, Eddie Lai(赖伟), Elliott Zelinskas, and Dars(郑大世).
This summer’s Van Doren Invitational blew up the shores of Huntington Beach, California as a part of this past weekend’s #VansUSOpen. As the clock ticked down to its last seconds and all in attendance were left screaming for more, Virginia’s own Ben Hatchell was the guy that ultimately earned the top of the podium of the Men’s Finals.
Roll the footage from the finals above and watch it all go down thanks to the the guys at Thrasher Magazine. Also, be sure to check out Burnout’s splendid photo gallery of Bowlmasters as well as the archived (indexed by jams, intro runs, slams, etc.) webcasts at vansusopenofsurfing.com from the weekend as well.
1. Ben Hatchell
2. Pedro Barros
3. Chris Russell
4. Raven Tershy
5. Willy Lara
6. Ronnie Sandoval
7. Alex Sorgente
8. Jack Fardell
9. Chris Gregson
10. Marlon Silva
11. Ben Raybourn
12. Curren Caples