Posts Tagged ‘Bustin Boards’


March 7, 2011 3 comments

my dream captured in a screenshot

One of today’s events was the culmination of nearly four years of work, many thousands of hours of networking, and many people not fully understanding what I was trying to do. (I can’t take all the credit, I can only say I had a dream and that through connections, it is coming true) Today’s event was simple; get Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to partner with my friends at Adaptive Action Sports. Well, it finally happened in the form of an all veteran’s snowboard camp being hosted by AAS in Copper Mountain, Colorado.

IAVA uses a reward’s site called the Rucksack to give veterans opportunities that most people could never dream of. These opportunities are given by our gracious sponsors in the hopes that they are showing support to veterans how fought for their country. If you read my ramblings, you know that I have been the recipient of many amazing good times, from doing a stint as a Joseph Abboud model, to sideline/box tickets to an NY Giants game, Yankees playoff tickets, and IAVA’s Heroes Gala. Others have won trips to Vegas and even to the Super Bowl. But today, we offered up three all expense paid trips to AAS’s Learn to Ride pipeline event in CO. This event is made possible by Disabled Sports USA, United States of America Snowboarding Association, and Challenged Athletes Foundation with AAS hosting. This pipeline camp is designed as a feeder for AAS’s ultimate goal of having America sweep the podiums in snowboarding at the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia (I have my fingers crossed that I am making this trip as well!). Read more…


my life fits in 8 boxes

January 20, 2011 2 comments

29.25 cubic feet of "me"

I remember coming into the military with nothing but literally the clothes on my back (a set of Tims, sweatpants which I thought was a good idea in San Antonio in September, and a gray T-shirt). I eventually earned a couple of uniforms; one blue and one camouflage. In the years after I would blow a $16,000 bonus on a 1,200 watt, concrete-rattling stereo that lit my Civic up blue and was eventually stolen by Mexicans from Kinko’s while Cody was signing divorce papers. Slightly embarrassing. 16Gs also went to a sweet, poolside BBQ celebration of my apparent wealth along with a thousand beers for my bros and drinks for pretty ladies. I made a lot of friends during this period, wonder why?

Basically after that, I had nothing all over again. I grew up a little after playing “baller” for a couple of months and then decided it was time to start accumulating items that I “needed” in life. TV, sofa, kitchen stuff, bathroom stuff, computer, PS2, cali king double pillow top heavenly bed, and some other things. All through the rest of my career I used these things, but upon leaving to return to civilian life, I stored or sold much of it and was again left with nothing. Read more…

colorado in 4 days!

January 18, 2011 1 comment

BOOMTOWN!! This is my first trip out west for real powder on a real mountain. To be honest I am slightly intimidated, especially since I didn’t get to snowboard all last season because of a knee injury I sustained trying to skate in a pool that Tony Hawk skated in. He doesn’t get knee injuries, but I do. He’s a professional and the godfather of the sport, I just think I look good carrying a skateboard.

Im next out the door 14k feet over Oahu, yikes! (circa 2006)

Eight days ago I booked my ticket and now I am starting to get butterflies. Not because I am truly nervous, but because this is my first time being out in real deal snow conditions. Its my first Winter X Games too! it’s my first time hanging out with Adaptive Action Sports (AAS) since they formally asked me to join the AAS team. A lot of firsts here and this anxious excitement is starting to really get me pumped. I haven’t felt like this in a long time. I don’t even know what to compare it to. Kind of like looking down out of a small airplane that you are about to hurl yourself out of. That’s what I would liken it to. Not the jump itself, but the anticipation before you plummet 14,000 feet towards Oahu’s North Shore. I think I really hit the nail on the head with that one.

I don’t know what to expect, but I do know that I am ready for whatever lies ahead. I am ready to mark some of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains off my life map. I ready to get the ball rolling with AAS and connect them with the more than 40,000 wounded service members linked to these wars. I know that this year is shaping up to be the greatest of my life and its only 18 days into 2011. I never would have guessed that my 31st year would already be on track to being the most incredible 365 I have ever had. I know it’s too early to speculate, but something tells me this feeling is real. Read more…

surf expo 2011 booth

January 6, 2011 Leave a comment


Reef cups far behind us, Chris and I rolled out to Orlando to set up Ogden Clothing’s booth at Surf Expo 2011. We had walked the Surf Expo in Sept and had a blast, but now it was time for our first exhibition of NJ style with the big dogs. Every major player in the surf world would be there; Billabong, Reef, Quiksilver, and here we were. Little fish in a big pond.

The idea behind our booth was to capture something out of Anchorman with rich mahogany and many leather-bound books. We wanted to make the shop owners, other exhibitors, and anyone else walking the expo to feel welcome with our setup. We wanted people to walk into the booth, look around and catch our vibe. We had everything from cassette tapes to vinyl, an old radio, pictures of our whole crew and riders, some Bustin longboards, and Andy Warde’s mind-blowing artwork. We had some guitars, a couple old school snifters filled with sophisticated man drinks and grandma’s pimp cups which were conversation starters by themselves. The idea, the concept was amazing. The set up and assembly, however was a nightmare. Read more…

IAVA to Bristol, home of ESPN

August 26, 2010 1 comment

Diddy style in the 'Lade

1306 – and we’re a blacked Escalade like Diddy on our way to ESPN studios to watch the taping of SportsNation (SN) where Dana White is being interviewed. Originally I thought this might have something to do with the Ultimate Fighter, but instead, and just as awesome, we are going to be in the audience for a live taping of SN. Pretty sick to be a part of this and to be considered a person that represents IAVA well. I like being considered for a short list of good people. Thanks IAVA.

On the way up, Katie showed me comp sheet (draft) of the JC Penney/Joseph Abboud shoot and I happened to see that I look pretty ridiculous on several accounts. There’s nothing I can do about it and that’s pretty much the epitome of my personality anyway I guess. Let it ride. The mailer looks great and comes out on 30 Sept with the full campaign starting up on 8 Oct. Hopefully we get to do something more with the official launch of the campaign. Everyone’s going to get a laugh out of me for sure.

1415 – We pull into Bristol, the Home of ESPN, and really

O Fish Shall, sweet.

nothing else but it seems to work. We run to a gas station for some quick turkey sandwich break out the back of the ‘Lade then onto ESPN HQ. Once at ESPN, we meet with the man behind SportsNation, Jamie Horowitz, a friend of IAVA. Jamie shows us through some of the campus and gives us insight to ESPN’s origin in Bristol. In the studio we are surprised to see “The Most Interesting Man in the World” who is there for promo spots of the show we are sitting in on. The buzz around this guy was unreal. Apparently Bob Lee was even excited and that guy has met and interviewed every major sports figure in modern sports. Read more…

Im going to be in Transformers 3…

August 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Mark my words!

I have been telling my friends since the first Transformers that I would find a way into the movie series. I missed my chance when they filmed at my base in Tucson at Davis-Monthan AFB and I missed out in LA. Well guess what? Here’s my chance!!!! (From a website that I will not reveal so as I have a better chance of making it into the movie as “some near 30s guy screaming like a prepubescent girl” or that “dude eating a sandwich while shit gets blown up #1” than you do.) Read more…

joseph abboud shoot day 1

July 12, 2010 6 comments

early morning showtime

0333 came in the blink of an eye today. I think the last time I saw last night was 1154pm, cant be sure but somehow that sticks out in my mind. I couldnt sleep for the anxious, nervous tension of what today was going to hold. Today, I had to do my first real deal photo shoot for someone other than Bustin Boards, Okoto Apparel, and Ogden Clothing(notice those vascular arms on the first tile? yup that’s me too ha!). Those types of gigs arent anything because we call all the shots and dictate the pace. This however was out of my control entirely and gave me some real deal butterflies. Not knowing what to expect was the worst part, well almost the worst part. Watching the train leave this

meat packing sunrise

morning was the worst part. That means I was automatically 30 minutes in the red for the timeline I had envisioned for this AM.

I woke up abruptly with the iphone alarm cleverly titled, “go take pretty pictures.” Shower to wake up, get dressed, grab the board and ride like the wind. The weather was absolutely amazing and there wasnt a person in sight. I like these times for cruising. HIt the Path and hear the final call for the 33rd train. Cant jump the turnstyle because of the bacon and I get to watch the train roll on without NYC’s newest model. Well, I cant do anything about it now so I sit down in the sweltering underground, throw on the newest Eminem


joint and bob my head. 30 minutes later the train shows up and I am feeling under the gun now. Time’s 0428 when Hoboken disappears and I have 32 minutes to get to Greenwich and Gansevoort in the Meat Packing District (hehe, I will never NOT giggle at that title. Im forever and a day going to be that kid that laughs at fart jokes and loves a good “that’s what she said.”). Off the train at quarter til and hoof it up the steps. Check the phone for directions and see that the streets are wide open, time to cruise the four lanes of 14th and get some sidewalk surfing in to start the day. Em in my ear and I am seriously flowing. Feeling the rhythm and rhyme, hitting those beats all while carving out my own piece of the concrete wave. 3 minutes later I arrive at my destination and I am still 10 minutes early. Hallelujah dear Jesus, thank you for allowing me to not miss my show time….wait, where’s the RV, where’s everyone else, what the hell? Fear fills my body and I frantically try to load up my emails to see if I missed the memo. Several stressfilled seconds later and I am relieved to find that I am in the right and can revel in the fact that I am one of the first to show, that includes the camera crew. Read more…