Living in New York City is still an endlessly unpredictable and addictive adventure. The city satisfies our craving for unlimited experience, a single place where all of the world’s wonders are available to sample. But it’s absolutely true that the more time we spend in this mechanized, man-made grid, the further we get from the parts of us that are connected to the earth. While this may sound to some as a bit of over the top romanticism, we can say with certainty that our week-long camping experience known as Camp Nice had a profound effect on the diverse group of humans who attended. A week of communal living, for some with total strangers, a week of both trust and dependence, a week of learning and sharing, a week of reclamation, Camp Nice was all those things and more. Over the course of the week leading up to the Autumnal Equinox, more than forty New Yorkers came to the same realization that giving up everything the city provides us is also the way to stay in love with it. Along the way we made new friends and learned that together we could thrive anywhere as long as we did it together. In the weeks since Camp Nice, we have all become closer and its apparent even in the small details, we’re no longer just “city friends” prone to leaving a text unanswered or plans vaguely committed to, we are now Camp Nicer’s and will forever be on call for our fellow campers. Thanks to our friends at Burton Snowboards and Burton Girls for being an integral part in the Camp Nice experience and of course thank you to everyone who attended. Now get ready to relive the entire experience in beautiful photography by Craig Wetherby, Dean “Blotto” Gray, and Eddie Grams. We can’t wait to see everyone and more next year!
This year marked the 15th anniversary of the event known as 9/11, a pretty mindblowing fact when you think about how much that day is still referenced in relation to the global politics of war, religion, and power. It’s also pretty mindblowing to think that this year’s class of high school freshman was made up mostly of kids that weren’t born yet when 9/11 went down. So for them it’s only a story. This is why we ride. We ride to remember that there was a time, not so long ago but always growing more distant, when fear and control were not the primary drivers of life. We ride to remember that Manhattan had vast swaths of rugged territory, before it became a massive luxury mall. We ride to acknowledge that New York City is made of people from all places, walks of life, and belief systems, and that’s why it’s the greatest city on earth. We ride to visit the places in the five boroughs that don’t reach the celebrity and financial media outlets and therefore barely exist. We ride because when we do we can go anywhere in this city and interact with any of it’s people. We ride for life. Please join us as we present the 2016 Bridgerollers 100 Mile 9/11 Trubute Roll in photos by Craig Wetherby and words by Tim Brodhagen and remember for yourself why you love New York City.
Legends Never Die…Andy “A-Dog” Williams earned legend status long before he passed on to the other side and anyone who was blessed to have crossed paths with our fallen brother would agree. Now each year, on the day of his birth, his closest friends and family come together to celebrate his life and legacy with a day full of love, art, music and skateboarding in Burlington, Vermont. This event seems to elevate year by year but to take it up even further there was a new skatepark built in his name for everyone to enjoy. Good times as always! For more info about the foundation check out FriendsForADog.org and peep some more photos of the event by Craig Wetherby after the jump.
TheGoodLife! family recently trekked out to Southern Vermont for The Frendly Gathering at Timber Ridge Resort to experience some nature & our annual dose of fresh air! After a long, cold winter we really look forward to the first camp mission of the year to kick off summer properly. As always, its great to reconnect with our Vermont crew in the mountains for some funky good vibes! To help bring back some of the blurriness that went down we compiled a fresh gallery from Blotto & Craig Wetherby for your viewing pleasure! Much respect & gratitude to Jack Mitrani & Danny Davis for putting on such an epic festival…Until next year! Read the rest of this entry »