With five thousand displaced individuals living in the 52 square blocks of Skid Row, the etnies team celebrated the spring holiday in the streets of downtoown LA serving those in need today. As a part of the Los Angeles Mission’s 2014 Easter event, the etnies employees and team riders took the day off work to prepare food, serve it and provide shoes to 2,000 locals. This year marks 40,000 pairs of etnies shoes donated to those living in these streets since it started in 1998.
“For us, it’s more than giving out 40,000 pairs of shoes,” says Pierre-Andre Senizergues, Owner and CEO of etnies. “It’s 40,000 times that we’ve been able to connect with a person to let them know that we care and that we hope that they will find a way back on their feet. It’s so important for the homeless to have comfortable and durable shoes to wear each day, but it’s even more important that they know they are part of a community that wants them to succeed.”
The Yellow Van Chronicles video series concludes with a ripping all-terrain part from Manderson. Have a look!
Following up his new ‘A Far Walk From Home’ part Walker Ryan comes through with some new unseen footage and another look at his massive switch tre flip for the newest “Knows” clip on the New Thunder 149II’s. Check out the new clip and interview, now Live.
Looking to hear some insight of what were considered some of the most influential skate teams ever? Wondering whether or not backyard pools should be kept secret or blown out? Is skating an artform? Which pro skaters have kids who are also pro skaters? Who invented the 50-50? Are backside roll-ins scarier than frontside ones? Well, those answers and more, are coming your way on May 17th with Jeff Grosso and friends on Season 5 of ‘Love Letters’ brought to you by Vans’ very own Offthewall.tv.
In this week’s AWC Chris sits down Vans’ latest addition to the am team, Real Skateboards’ hot shot Kyle Walker, to discuss his Volcom Thrasher Exclusive “In Color” part and learn what it’s like to live through an Oklahoma tornado.
Last Saturday the S’Klallam Tribe in Washington State, joined by pro skateboarders Ryan Sheckler and David Reyes, unveiled their new skatepark with a ceremony and tribal feast for hundreds of Native Americans. This is the first skatepark on the reservation, and it was made possible by the Sheckler Foundation’s first-ever “Be the Change” project. The youth of the S’Klallam Tribe submitted their cause for a new skatepark and received the most votes for their plans to build a much-needed skatepark and basketball court in their community.
Pro Skateboarder and Founder of the Sheckler Foundation, Ryan Sheckler says, “I am so blessed and stoked to skate alongside these kids and to be here for the grand opening of the skatepark. It’s unreal and rewarding to see how the community came together to ‘Be the Change’ and create a skatepark for the kids of the tribe.”