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new mexico was such a treat. desert landscapes and pueblo lands that transport you to an era of authentic cowboys & indians. one that you didn’t think could exist in this day and age. but it does. mountain vistas, rolling clouds, hot springs and a breeze that blows just a hint of sacred. simply quite magical.

Bali: island paradise, beach bliss, point breaks, crazy motorbike traffic, indosole , surf, bumping Kuta disco clubs, but epic bowl shredding?

Global shred seekers will be happy to know the answer is YES! After hours of driving up and down the dark, lush streets of a small Balinese town looking for a ‘fork’ in the trees, a guy on a motorbike appeared out of nowhere and like the workings of black magic pointed the way to our destination. And then around that last curve there it was, lit up in all its’ glory, Bali’s own jungle bowl. Complete with a shred sesh in full effect and hesh sounds blaring from the boom box.

sanur bowl, bali skateboarding, julien bergougnoux

overview of the sanur bowl…a.ka. jungle bowl.

Smiles instantly spread across our faces as we jumped out of the van and joined the action. A group of Balinese shred dogs were rooting each other on in the mini, while the local star slasher, Llong, was going through his barrage of lip tricks and melon 360 mute grabs on one side of the bowl. Bestest shred friend & indosole co-founder, Faye Middleton, dropped in with a fury, only stopping to catch her breath and play with the giant turd making it’s way around the pool. Peter Jones took a hiatus from his usual surf adventures & running Bali Alternative Media to get in on the fun and carved some wicked lines through the deep end.

“Can you play skateboard?” one of the kids asked me with wide eyes. Another told me there was a street spot in Sanur that they had used their own money to set up a box and rail. They also let me know about the local skate shop in Legian called In Motion, which sold decks for 350,000 rupiah ($35) and had a free Indo skate mag called Happen. Sick. There really was a spawning Bali skate scene hidden behind the bush.

keep it clean. sanur skate crew.

keep it clean. sanur skate crew.

True destroyer and owner of the pool, Julien Bergougnoux, was a gracious host and made silly runs throughout the night with a gleam in his eye. Wouldn’t you if you had your own shredtastic backyard bowl and a Balinese princess as a wife? Originally from France, Julien moved to Bali in 2000 and met his future wife at a dinner party. After courting her for almost two years, the village king allowed his daughter’s hand in marriage. Not so common in this traditional land. But after all was said and done, Julien was able to buy a nice plot of land and build up his family compound.

julien bergougnoux, bali skateboarding, sanur bowl, balinese princess

julien, his balinese princess & daughter.

Built in two phases, the bowl was first opened in 2005 with an extension added in 2008, making it the size of a small town skatepark for now. Built over a couple of months with really primitive tools; 2 foot shovels instead of excavators and wooden versus steel trowels, the newly finished concrete turned out super smooth to roll on. Shred sessions are open to anyone on Wednesday and Saturday nights and any impromptu scheduling Julien feels up to…of course don’t hold me to that schedule. Jungle rules apply.

Although Julien’s bowl may remain the true ‘secret shred’, a Globe bowl was constructed in Jimbaran by Jaya Brandall, long-time park and bowl builder who might be best known for the original Santa Rosa skatepark. Globe felt Bali was ready and in need of some more legitimate skate spots and opened July 2009. Jaya calls it the “Indo bedpan with a turd in the middle”. You can even see it from the plane if you watch for it to the right of the airstrip heading East.

**Article originally written for Fuel TV 2009 by Autumn Rose. Now resurrected from the dead.

only 85% more to go.

Posted: June 13, 2012 in life, travel
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play ball.

Posted: April 25, 2012 in street art, travel
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electric meters & balls.

swedish arrow.

Posted: February 11, 2012 in photography, travel
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stockholm, sweden. september twenty ten.

final selections and layout for the amsterdam showing @ coffeebar…

after some prompting from friends, land of pop had its first photo display last month at coffeebar, the hip urbany mountain, best coffee in the world locale in truckee, ca. in addition to a few LA photos snapped from the driver’s seat at various traffic light stops, selected snapshots from a 2 day bike ride through amsterdam made their way to high gloss vinyl prints adhered to 12×12 custom wood and aluminum mounts. the final work pieced together looks like this –>

Amsterdam Photo Show, Coffeebar, Autumn Rose

deep gratitude for all the awesome people that came out to be merry and support the opening 12.20.11, which included works from local artists Allison Smith, Autumn Rose, Jesse De Clercq, Grant Kaye and Seth Lightcap. photos will be on display for a couple of more weeks…so indulge in a custom art latte treat and check it out…

special thanks goes out to Forrest Huisman, Chris Willford & Shannon Whitehead for inspiration, James McLeod for photo coverage and Greg Buchheister (coffeebar owner) for making it all possible. fantastique!

desert beauty.

Posted: July 7, 2011 in travel
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california. 395. desert beauty. time stands still. magic abounds. inyo. whitney. joshua tree. knives. knives. knives… my talent for writing something meaningful is dwindling. hollow sorries. hollow sorrow. hollow heart.

in love with the people of mexico…basically just in love with mexico. period. i could live there.

8 feet. 10 feet. 12 feet. KT. red dog. experts only. shredding mountains. steep & deep. too deep. burgers. hot dogging. hot tub poaching. lake runs. train tressels. granite peak. squallywood. dave’s deli. skier boys. sushi. reno runs. jaliscos. good friends. old friends. new friends. truckee love. snow lagoons. stoking fires. broken arrows. bike lanes. bluebird & blowers….

london calling…take two. landmark medley, including the london eye and major tube infatuation, zig zagging every which way across the gigantic city, taking all but one or two lines. highlights: undoubtedly the east end!!!, being a super duper tourist, pub fun with local bloke mr. jones and ending it all with a night at the bedford and a wild ride home, courtesy of erin penner & tony moore (original member of iron maiden & cutting crew…how is that even possible?). yes, we’re talking ‘i just died in your arms tonight’ acclaim. awesomeness. it’s only been 5 months since part one was posted…oops.

fresh starts.

Posted: January 8, 2011 in life, photography, travel
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the fresh start of 2011. or so the psyche thinks. san francisco is still a beautiful place.

i was finally able to wrap my head around the amsterdam segment of my trip…it’s only been 3 months. thick, thick brain mud is to blame. looking at these brings a certain wave of sadness; of how i want to return, of how i want to keep running, of how i want to journey on around the world and yet also the heartbreaking reality of having noone to share the adventure or memories with. a semi-saving grace could be the parallel wave of excitement that also creeps in from a mixture of accomplishment, lessons learned and eye opening experiences.

bikes, bikes and more bikes! amsterdam was also full of character. not what i thought it was going to be exactly. charming as it was, there was also a sense of sketchy amongst dutch safety, a sense of wholesome amongst whore, and a sense of crankiness amongst calm. with their own dry humor, it was funny to find out how amsterdammers are somewhat a culture of complaint. all in all, i felt an odd impression of peace. it was definitely cool.

epic thunderstorm outside. overwhelmed sorting 2,000+ photos…                                                                     london part two and amsterdam in the works. here’s one snapped while walking the red light district.