It's no secret that I love the skateboard company, Gold Coast. I mean, it has it's own category on my blog. I LOVE their products and already own two of their boards. So back in June or so, they announced they were having a giveaway.
The "Sick Days" giveaway would consist of a free complete board and $100 to call off work and go skate. There would be three winners. One every month for the entire summer. I usually don't enter things like giveaways because I figure I'll have a slim to none chance of actually winning, but I decided to enter it anyway. They asked one question. "Why do you deserve to win a day off?"
I sent a little paragraph about why I thought I deserved to win a day off from my job, which due to disclosure policies I never blog about. (Just know that is has something to do with customer service.)
A week or so later when I totally forgot that I had even entered the contest, I got an E-mail from Gold Coast saying I was the first contest winner for July. WHAAAAAAAAA?!?!?!?!?!?!? That's really how excited I was. I literally jumped out of bed and ran up and down my hallway laughing and screaming at the same time. My sister, of course, thought I was crazy until I told her that I had just won.
Then there was a little shipping mishap and about two weeks later, I finally got my board, the Pier Red. Unfortunately, I have yet to actually ride my new board but I'm hoping maybe I can change that tomorrow morning by heading to the beach and riding around for a bit. So far, I've just been using it as a foot rest under my desk while I work. ;)
We all know I'm a sucker for Gold Coast boards! It's the only company that I buy my boards from. I love the clean design aesthetic. I first heard of Jolby about a year or so ago and I love their fun, cheerful illustrations so I was happy to see that Jolby and Gold Coast joined together to create a pair of fun boards. The 4D and The Origin, pictured above. As much as The 4D is pretty cool, I love The Origin better, and I'm contemplating making this my next board. Even though, honestly, I probably don't need another board and the fact that I really love my Standard Orange.
Anywho, I just wanted to show you this sweet little collab from Jolby X Gold Coast!
Have a good day!
A couple months back I was going through the Gold Coast site to see if they had any new skateboards that I thought I might like. I saw The Shaka Tack, The Classic Bamboo and The Heavy Pile as always but then I saw it. The Standard Orange. Beautiful clean lines, perfect color combination for Summer and it had, "Gold Coast Longboards' splashed right across it. I fell in love. I wanted it, nay, I HAD to have it. Then, last Friday after finally saving enough money, (hello adult college student! Bills, bill, bills, is ever all I pay) I bought it. It was finally mine. Saturday came and all I could tell my sister was, "I can't wait until my skateboard comes in!". I was genuinely excited that it was actually mine.
Sunday came and went and Monday I headed to school. I was kind of nervous to go to my merchandising class because the Wednesday prior, we had had our mid-terms, and to be quite frank with you, I really didn't study. Actually, I didn't even read the 2 chapters it was going to be on. *Oops* I get my mid-term back and lo and behold, I ACED that thing. I missed two questions but I ACED it nonetheless. I was ecstatic! My merchandising teacher has a class rule where, if you have an 'A' average in class and average an 'A' on all your tests, you don't have to take the final because obviously, you know the material. That's what I'm aiming for in this class. I get out of class and text my sister. "Oh yeah. Another A under my belt! Aced my mid-term". She congratulated me and then asked when I was coming home. Since my other class had been canceled, I was on my way to get something to eat, then head home. I told her in about an hour or so.
When I finally got home, I was so excited about ace-ing (sp?) my midterm that it took me about 20 minutes to finish talking to her and put my stuff down. When I went into the living room to put my bookbag and purse on my desk, there it was.
I TOTALLY wasn't even expecting it to come for another week or so. I had been checking my shipping order and it kept saying 'processing' and I hadn't even got the E-mail saying that it had shipped, but there it was! In my hands. I felt like a kid on Christmas Day again. I told my sister, "This is the universe's way of showing me that I actually deserved this. I ordered it two days ago. I wasn't expecting it to get here for another week, and it comes on the same day that I learn I aced my mid-term. The universe is telling me I'm doing a good job!" Then she told me that that same exact time that I had texted her, is the same time that the UPS guy had rang the doorbell delivering it. HA! If that's not proof, I don't know what is. Then I realized, this thing is almost as tall as I am! Who cares?! Whatever! I don't feel like I'm going to break my neck like I do when I ride my other one. It's sooo smooth. I love it! I can't wait to ride in on the highway when I'm in Mexico *Crosses Fingers*
Have you ever ridden or do you ride a skateboard? If so, what do you like about it?
Have a good Weekend!
Via Gold Coast
1. These black leather classic TOMS. I know they're technically Mens' shoes but I love them!
2. The Shaka Tack board from Gold Coast.
3. This cute Love Is In The Air Knuckle Ring From Forever 21.
4. This faded flag scarf from Free People. Lovely!
Okay that's it. Hope you're having a good weekend.
I just saw this on the Gold Coast blog and I had to share. What a new perspective on skating.
Hey there lovelies. I bought a new skateboard the other day. I wasn't intending to, it just sort of happened. I went into the store to look at the boards. I saw this one and fell in love with it immediately. But I put it back. I wandered around the store to look at everything else but it was too late. I was smitten. I went and picked it up and brought it straight to the counter. No hesitation. I love it. It's slightly feminine yet graphic.
Forgive the crappy photos I just wanted to show you what it looks like. I'll take better one's later on. I love the scalloping of the grip tape on the top of the board and I absolutely can't stand how adorable the underside is.
It's a short cruiser by Gold Coast. I've loved their boards ever since I started looking into getting a board. The first one I fell in love with was their Heavy Pile long board, soon followed by The Pier and The Sketchbook. This one is called 'The Blues'. I've been taking it everywhere. And because I'm still a little self conscious about skating in the day, I take it out during the evening and night. It's a lot looser than the one I had before but I'm finding I like it that way. It's easier to maneuver. The only thing that I'm having trouble with it that I have to get used to how much the wheels protrude out the sides. I've been kicking off only to accidentally step on the wheel and make myself fly off. It takes a little getting used to but I like it. I'm probably going to go to the beach on Wednesday (My day off) and just skate along the bike path just to get used to it.
I find that I don't like skating on the sidewalk. Too many cracks and small lines that I can feel. I rode it down the middle of the street late Saturday night and I loved it. The street feels so much more consistent but it makes my foot go numb. I'm not an expert skateboarder. I've only actually started to ride one not too long ago. Are there any people out there that skate that like the street too or do you prefer the sidewalk? Just wondering.
I like the tag that came with the board. It says, "Travel. Skate. Discover cool things. Bring lots of film and use it". I love that!
Hope you had a good Monday!
So my recent obsession is learning how to ride a skateboard. I've always wanted to learn since High School and decided that it's about time. I was originally looking at cruisers (both long and short) but eventually got a regular deck. Here are some of the completes that I was contemplating.
These are all Gold Coast. Mmm, all of them make me happy though. Especially the first one with shag carpet grip tape!
(all images via CCS)