California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky

During December 2017, I made a road trip through downhill paradise known as California together with Patrik Orlainsky. We got to skate many amazing roads, but this article is going to be about a very special one: The Tuna Canyon Road hidden in the Malibu mountains right at the outskirt of Los Angeles.

I compiled my experiences for you and edited a video of me skating this hell of a run, so you can see what I’m talking about.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
Patrik sending it full speed into the most photographed corner on Tuna. Photo by Susan Heine

What’s so special about it you ask? Firstly, it is a one-way road, so you can be sure there won’t be any upcoming traffic. Secondly, downhill skaters are known and tolerated there which makes it even more fun. And finally, the course of the road is freaking crazy, challenging, unique, and so much fun!

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
Enjoying the inside on the one-way section. Photo by Patrik Orlainsky

Like always, if you’re planning to skate spots in other countries, hit up locals to let them introduce you to spots so they can let you know about where and when to skate and how to behave. The downhill scene in Los Angeles is big and if you go to Tuna on the weekend, you can be pretty sure to meet some skaters.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
My Icone Longboard taking in the sunset view from the top of the Tuna Canyon Road. Photo by Susan Heine

The local skaters usually gather somewhere before the one-way section, so we used to start the run in a two-way traffic section. That’s where you should take it easy and save your energy for what’s to come. A stop at the big cactus is obligatory to take in the stunning views.

Once you’re on the one-way, you can cut corners and take the most amazing inside lines. The track starts quite mellow but becomes steadily faster and more technical. The whole run takes about 10 minutes in total, depending on how fast you go.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
Patrik’s deep inside the Tuna Canyon. Photo by Susan Heine

Coming from Europe, the pavement feels strange in the beginning. The so called “slurry seal” is quite rough and therefore wheel-and-puck-eating, but you get used to it.

Unfortunately, the shuttle ride back up to the start usually takes about 35 minutes, since you can’t go directly back up, but must take a detour around the mountain and it’s totally worth it.

I’m riding the soon to be released Icone Attacks longboard with SKOA Vertex trucks with support of Longboardshop.eu.

Federico and Roberto slaying Almabtrieb, Gipsy Team 2016 trailer, Tuck Yeah and more

Hey rippers! We’re back with the second issue of the #ACOS series showcasing some of the coolest stuff that came out today. Check out Alex’s freshly baked video featuring Federico and Roberto, Gipsy Team’s 2016 trailer and Tuck Yeah Apparel’s coolest t-shirts ever. There’s an official announcement for the SKOA’s newest team member as well as Pernes’s failed attempt of flying. Enjoy and share the stoke!


Federico and Roberto – Almabtrieb 2014

Alexander “Tiki” Frischauf (Streetluge-Austria.at) shoots out another great video, this time from last year’s Almabtrieb 2014, featuring Federico Barbezio and Roberto Marasca, the Verdicchio Race organisers. Thumbs up for a great choice of music 🙂

Another good news which popped out recently is that Almabtrieb is coming back in 2016 and the race is announced to be a part of the BigMountainSkate series, held on a furiously fast road in Austria. Woohoo!


The Gipsy Team says “We will be back”

The notorious skate gang from Italy has been around for a while now and it looks like they don’t intend to leave. Well, that’s good to know 🙂 Bring it on bit***, the game is on! One of the bangers and a good friend of mine, Stefano Barbizzi also runs a project in his basement, the Tuck Yeah Apparel. You should check out the stuff he does, it’s cool. Even James Kelly wears Tuck Yeah stuff, which confirms it’s worthy 🙂

Tuck Yeah Apparel's latest t-shirts © Tuck Yeah
Tuck Yeah Apparel’s latest t-shirts © Tuck Yeah

If you are stoked about having one of these unmatching cool t-shirts, you can get it for 14,90 € at BDS Ricami website. Worth every cent!


It’s official: Pablo Quiles joins Skoa team

Pablo Quiles joins SKOA Trucks team

This is kind of like a “last year’s snow” but since yesterday, he got a well deserved feature on their website. So now, it’s official. Congratulations! Here’s what Reinhold Uhrner from SKOA Trucks says about it:

For us Pablo is a very important skater and we like how he lives the skate life. We are impressed how he and his spanish friends build up the whole Gnarlicante scene (Salsito House, Gnarlicante Tours, Gnarlicante Longboard Shop, etc) he is really focused in all he is doing and with his passion for skating he is pushing the whole European skate scene. ~ Reinhold Uhrner

Nicely said, Reinhold and well done, Pablo! We’re looking forward to see what this collab has to it.


Jorge Pernes belives he can fly!

Jorge Pernes belives he can fly!

Cult’s Jorge Pernes was out there playing with some prototype wheels. If you’ve missed it, check out this short video featuring him flying off the board while doing a Switch 180. “You won’t belive what happens next” style!


You’ve reached the end of today’s #acos post – issue 002. Don’t forget to tag your posts if you want your stuff to get featured. Follow us on Facebook for more updates or check in again later. Stay tuned for more!