Saturday, January 21, 2012

keep on keepin on

It seems that updates of this website have clearly been solidified into a monthly cycle. Despite having left ourselves (let no one fool you into thinking this is a one man operation) wide open for jokes on the matter, the Kiln trudges on through the proverbial mud. Mud, because it's been raining far too much in the bay area.  Those of us who rely on dry, reasonably smooth and abundant concrete and asphalt for our recreational purposes have been forced to retreat to garages and mini ramps. But hey, we all need some bad with the good to make ourselves appreciate it more. You know the feeling of being conscious of feeling well after coming off of a bad cold? Yeah, it's the best, and the sunny, longer days to come will be just that.

This past week saw the release of Ilja Maran's epic, "Ground Control". (For the grammar nerds, of whom there are likely none, note that the intended use of "epic" is as a noun, which is solidified by the following comma, but its unintentional use as an adjective is also allowable in this scenario if you so please)

The video premiered in LBC and features parts from Phil Ceja, Josh Abernathy, Michael Leon, Gabriel Lopez, Jason Park, Mike Piwowar, Steven ban, Alex Miranda, and Chris Joslin. Check out the intro below, and pick up a copy from


Here is Michael Leon with and FS Shove and the Kiln's signature stamp of lo-fi approval

Now, this man's name is Jason Park. He does thing that will make you scratch your head to the point of epidermal and possibly even skeletal trauma. Example one. 

Jason, Hang ten nosewheelie, more superbly lo-fi garbage

Brendan Herling has a few tricks in the friends section of Ground Control. This is fairly representative of their collective caliber. 

And now, for some shameless self-promotion...

I had 2 sequences of Auby Taylor run in the February 2012 issue of Thrasher for the Lunatic Fringe segment. Be on the lookout for Auby's full part in Index skateshop's video that will be dropping soon, and check out the gif files of the sequences below. (Click em!)

Auby - Fakie Flip Tailslide Big Heelflip out

Auby - Switch Heelflip, at 7AM mind you.

While were on the subject of published photos, Matt Lane's Fresh Find in Focus finally got printed...

Matt Lane - Nosegrind in Springfield, MA, at the end of what was a 16 hour day by the time we got back. 

The past week was an adventure through LA and surrounding vicinities with a great crew, and thanks in large part to the guy above. West Hollywood will do that to ya... Kevin Leslie.

Moses Salazar - 5-0 in Chula Vista, CA. 

Towards the end of the week, Nick G and his Homies Cyril and Tislam Met up to quickly destroy an unsuspecting Pasedena rail. 

Cyril Jackson, Overcrook and BS Tail Fakie

Tislam Smith, Lipslide

Nick Govatsos, Smith

Moses hadn't quite had his fill of rails in LA, so we hit this Fresno area bugger on our way back. 50-50 warm-up. 

And now for some adventurin'

This is a good place. Seattle, WA. 

Trail on the island. You know, that one...

The shipping industry in Vancouver is booming I tell you! Booming!

Speaking of adventuring...

Farewell for now, ol' chap. Ilja Maran, en route to secret spot in San Pedro, CA.