Last night we went out in LA to support our good friend Riley Blakeway and magazine buddies Monster Children for the premiere of their Team Average project: A trip featuring surfers and skaters shredding together across a foreign land. This time it was New Zealand with Chippa Wilson, Dylan Rieder, Greyson Fletcher, Alex Grey, Jack Fardell, Ryan Wilson and Natas Kaupas. You'll remember filmmaker Riley Blakeway from his contribution to The Auteur's Series: The Devil's Teeth with us last week.
There was a healthy turnout of surfers, skaters, babes and beer last night. Tucked into a sketchy alley, the venue opeend up into a sexy gallery with indoor and outdoor mingling. But the real beauty was the coexistence of surfers and skaters and the hoots going down for each camp during the premiere. Chippa was spinning. Greyson was blasting through the bowl. Rieder was steezily flipping over everything. It was pretty sick. It's rad to see the two cultures inspiring each other once again. Hasn't been since the late '70s and early '80s when skating and surfing cultures have been able to mingle like this. We even managed to peacefully support a fellow magazine's project, and despite Ben Nordberg's attempts at instigating rival warfare between us and Monster Children, all was peaceful and rad. We're big fans.