TOYLAND REUNION; A CALLING FOR ROOTS SKATERS

Originally Published in Wheelbase Magazine

Photos & Words - August 28, 2017.


"It’s not Just Skateboarding. It’s the whole culture that surrounds it” ~ Jonny Miller, Overheard from a Toyland Conversation

Roots Skateboarding. Skatepark Death-Races, Live Music, DIY attitudes, and homies to share it all with. That’s what it’s all about at Toyland. The culture of skateboarding.

Roots Skateboarding. Skatepark Death-Races, Live Music, DIY attitudes, and homies to share it all with. That’s what it’s all about at Toyland. The culture of skateboarding.

This year, the reunion event went down similar to the past years, but of course with its own unique twist. As a tighter bound gathering Jonny reached out to the skaters closest to him and the Toyland mentality, and let them all know the plans he had for the weekend. It’s never certain who will show up, but each year it seems select riders travel from as far as across the country for the Toyland Experience. With a destination in mind, and no idea who else may come through, we knew there was only one way to find out…

Stoked to make it up to the event after a week at work, the homie Ben Solano and I took a shorter trek up from San Diego, and filled the Jeep with a steady quiver of boards, cameras, and camping gear to experience and document this unique culture. As we pressed time up the coast highway, the terrain shifted from a city-scaped LA to mountainous Santa Barbara, and then into the rolling hills, coastlines, and valley feels approaching Los Osos; but not without a pit-stop through Pismo Beach first.

Julz Lynn, stand-up grind with style.

Julz Lynn, stand-up grind with style.

Hunter Long, fully inverted in the bowl.

Hunter Long, fully inverted in the bowl.

Bella Kenworthy getting coping while the crowd cheers her on.

Bella Kenworthy getting coping while the crowd cheers her on.

Allysha Le, grinding a Smither with poise.

Allysha Le, grinding a Smither with poise.

Jonny took us in as his own, and made sure we were right at home in his DIY filled place. If ever in the Los Osos area, Toy Land is a destination full of such a rich skate, surf, and art culture and history – a canvas of Jonny’s mind.

Poppy Olsen going big on the vert ramp.

Poppy Olsen going big on the vert ramp.

What advice would you give to any girls, or really anybody else thinking about getting into skating?

I would just say, if you’re really excited about it and have fun doing it, just go for it and keep doing it.

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How is this event different than a lot of other skate competitions? What goal are you gals pushing with this event?

This event is a little bit different because we actually worked with the local government, and the Encinitas Parks and Rec to really make this happen the way it does. The event is also serving as a fundraiser for survivors of domestic violence.

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Nice! This event is truly amazing and all the girls out there are ripping so hard! Is there anything else you would like to say about the event or anything going on?

I just want to give a big thank you to everyone who made it happen, and to the cofounder of exposure Lesli Cohen—she really did a lot to make this possible. We’ve been working together the past four years and it’s been growing every year. Thank You!

Amelia Brodka twisting and sliding a crailslide on the vert ramp.

Amelia Brodka twisting and sliding a crailslide on the vert ramp.



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