Wandering is the activity of the child, the passion of the genius; it is the discovery of the self, the discovery of the outside world, and the learning of how the self is both “at one with” and “separate from” the outside world. These discoveries are as fundamental to the soul as “learning to survive” is fundamental to the body. These discoveries are essential to realizing what it means to be human. To wander is to be alive. – Roman Payne, Europa
WORDS Marcus Bandy PHOTOS Marcus Bandy & David Ruano
What to say, what to say. . . ? Well, I’ll say this: As the Keep on Tuckin’ tour continues northbound up the coast of California, and with Santa Barabara and some super fun skateboarding behind us, we roll onward, deep into the golden-grassed and rolling oak-covered hills near the general vicinity of Santa Maria. Upon arrival, the heat is hot as a ghost pepper’s balls and the air as dry as a copperhead’s foreskin. Nonetheless, our crew of tuckers opt to throw caution—and the threat of both sunburn and dehydration—to the wind, and soon the hillbombin’ promptly commences.
Breaking it down to the bare bones of it all, the result of our second stop on the Keep On Tuckin’ tour is quite simple: We had a blast skating with the local homies Kenny Nap & Adrian Piña and on one of the most coveted downhill runs on the Central Coast. After throwing some exuberantly wrist-twisting shakas and whipping out a couple-few hearty palm-slappers to the bro-bros, we hit the road again with a quick stop just before sunset at the Caucus ramp on recommendation of Byron Essert. He rips that ramp as do many of the locals there. We tried ripping it ourselves. . . More importantly, we succeeded in having a fun session and coining Devyn’s boneless-to-beanplant-to-tail-to-drop-back-in the “Johnny Bravo”. With the golden-hour upon us we soon pile our tuckered-out tuckin-asses back in the van and set sail for the Santa of the Cruz. I have no more words at this time so please turn your attention to the collected pics here, and don’t forget to keep on wandering this wild and quite skateable world of ours. Shredlove!
Next stop, Santa Cruz!
A huge thank you to all this year’s KOT supporters: