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|From left to right: Lee Yankou, Corey Duffel, Tony Magnusson and Brian Reid, two thumbs up and one peace sign.|
It's a long and boring drive from San Francisco to Calrsbad, Calif. -- 474 miles to be exact. The first leg of this trip is marked by the manure stench of the farms, followed by miles and miles of the boring central valley landscape. For some reason, the potent head-rush of a dip of tobacco always calls for me when driving solo. The only other type of entertainment I had besides burning my gums was checking my cell phone for updates from another man in my same situation.
The prior night I talked to Dan Z., Thrasher staff photographer, and he told me of his plans to also drive solo on the same strip of highway to the same destination. Though both of us work for different publications, (I work for Lowcard and Dan for Thrasher), and are on separate missions we did share the same desire for a fish taco.
We met up at The Best Fish Taco in Ensenada, shot the breeze for a minute and both shoved off on the last leg of the drive to the Osiris "Never Gets Old" video premiere.
I made it down to Oceanside and found my way to the Osiris facilities. TransWorld Skateboarding was hosting the video in their skatepark and it was packed! I was pretty zorched from the drive and tried my best to take it all in. The park was bustling with kids who, on a usual basis, wouldn't be allowed to enjoy the private facility. Osiris provided beers and ironically had a taco buffet with lots of fish tacos.
I guzzled down a few brews and tried to chum it up with the San Diego folks that I see less and less of these days. All the while I had to keep moving and try to corral people into group photos.
|Marius Syvanen with Osiris top dogs Caswell Berry and JT Aultz.|
Candid photos are my least favorite thing to do, but hey, I can't do a write-up without them. Most of the Osiris team was there, TWS employees, the Skate Mafia crew and of course, tons of kids that just wanted to see the video.
At one point we were joking around, naming off ex-riders who we wish had parts. It's kind of crazy to think of how long Osiris has been around and how many skaters have been on the team: Dobstaff, Brockman, Lupher, Smolik, Pazelt, Barletta, Hsu. The list went on and on until the joke got tired.
As for the video, it really came together. I personally enjoyed Lee Yankou's section and JT Aultz's smooth style. Go over to TransWorld's site and view it for yourself.