Thursday, May 23, 2013

The guy up at the top of this post is Tomohiro Aria.  He owns Hemisphere board shop, a museum of skate and surf history in Yokahama.  The shop is also an archive of a great deal of work that Gen has produced in the past twenty years.  Long before anyone was riding a chopper painted by LoveEarArt folks were riding boards with Gen graphics.  Gen took me to this place to me Tomo, thinking that we would get along, and he was correct.  Behind Tomo, headed down the steep long curvy hill in front of his shop, I learned first hand how mellow Yokohama surfers bomb hills: like its gonna be their last. Thanks for loaning me a board Tomo!

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