Nanjing, Xi’an and Changsha, China featuring Chris Joslin, Nick Garcia, Ryan Lay, Barney Page, and Trevor McClung.
After a 14-hour flight over the Pacific en route to China, the etnies team finally arrived in Nanjing to meet their trusty guides. The crew immediately embarked upon the streets to skate China’s infamous marble landscape in skate spot heaven. The days were filled with jam-packed demos (thanks to the locals!), dodging the rain, Chinese food every night, meat markets, sightseeing Xi’an’s Terracotta Army and tuk tuks whisking us from to and fro. At the end of the day, nobody dared to try the chicken feet, but Barney did, unsurprisingly, lose his phone. Watch the 15-minute video as it takes you on the team’s journey through China!
The etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest celebrated its 15-year anniversary on Saturday, December 8th! The community came out strong to support the occasion featuring a ‘Best Trick’ shop battle with some heavy hitting skaters from Local Skateshop, Asylum Skateshop, Focus Boardshop, and Identity Boardshop. The event was free to attend with a $1,000 ‘Best Trick’ prize purse judged by the etnies pro team. Family-friendly and fun for all ages, the celebration also had a carnival zone with rides and games, food trucks and live music from Zig Zags and Tunnel Vision.
Built in 2003, the skatepark ranks among one of the largest in the country at over 60,000 square feet of skateable space. Over the past 15 years, the park has hosted hundreds of events from fundraisers to skate camps, live music shows and movie screenings to world-renowned skate competitions.
Sheep makes its return debut, this time herded by etnies! Originally created in 1996 as a fun & animal-friendly brand, Sheep shoes quickly created a cult following of talented skateboarders, artists, and vegans around the world. The etnies Sheep capsule is 100% vegan and animal-friendly, made with all synthetic materials featuring the Jameson Vulc LS.
With a hidden toe cap beneath the vamp for durability and an STI Evolution Foam midsole for impact resistance, Chris Joslin’s first pro model shoe is packed full of stealth technology including every component he wanted in an ideal skate shoe. With a long-lasting, grippy outsole made from a Michelin tire rubber compound, the Joslin Pro provides unmatched durability, precision, enhanced adherence with maximum flexibility for a superior board feel.
Before the official release of the shoe, etnies conducted a Wear Test of the unreleased Joslin Pro in Burnsville, MN at the Lions Park presented by Zombie Boardshop with special guests Chris Joslin, Samarria Brevard, Ryan Lay and Trevor McClung!
CCS had team rider Ryan Lay in town last month and they couldn’t just let him leave with out crushing 100 of something. Nollie flips was the trick and the shoe was Ryan’s color way of the Etnies Jameson Vulc. After 100 flicks all over Portland Ryan proved that you can make one hell of a durable vegan shoe. Pick up a pair of these vegan skate shoes today at CCS!
Sun drenched tie-dye for days, party hats, beer slings and a neon sign to beckon you to the bar when the sun goes down. The Happy Hour collab is a party in a pack. Whether you’re shotgunning a beer in the sand or slashing in the streets, etnies & Happy Hour have got you covered from wake and bake to last call.
etnies presents ALBUM, a feature-length global skateboarding film documenting some of the biggest names and emerging talents in modern skateboarding as they scour city streets across five different continents – all arranged to an original soundtrack. The concept of the soundtrack for ALBUM was to involve musicians that have been interwoven into the fabric of skateboarding culture for decades and create something original that was inspired by each skater’s style and personality. This film is an ALBUM of moments and a reflection of all the years of dedication that went into the project. It is a time capsule of commitment and an offering of gratitude to skateboarding. Directed by Mike Manzoori.