Holiday photos : First timer in L.A.

In October 2014 i went to the United States for the first time ever. Los Angeles was the place to go for me as my good friend Pelle lived there in that period. I could crash his couch which was perfect because i did not have much money. This was the most spontaneous trip i’ve ever done. I think i wrote Pelle 5 days before leaving “What’s good – can i come visit”. “Yes” he said, so i bought tickets, applied the ESTA papers and rented a car immediately. It was october and the weather was just beginning to suck in Copenhagen – i really wanted to get away for a few days so this was perfect. I’ll do the rest of the story in iPhone photos – enjoy.

Let's just skip the airport and plane photos and cut to the chase. My car for the trip. A Chevrolet Impala. I think this was a brand new one. I fell in love immediately.

Let’s just skip the airport and plane photos and cut to the chase. My car for the trip. A Chevrolet Impala. I think this was a brand new one. I fell in love immediately.

 

Short story about my arrival. I came to the airport and hopped on a shuttle to the car rental place. They gave me the car and asked if i wanted to rent a GPS. I passed because i brought my own GPS which i borrowed from a good friend. My only problem was that it wasn't getting any signal. And i guess a GPS is pretty crucial when you're in LA for the first time. But i was confident that i could get it to work, so i asked for directions to Westwood and drove off - hoping that the GPS would eventually work. Luckily for me it did find a signal just in the right time.

Short story about my arrival. I came to the airport and hopped on a shuttle to the car rental place. They gave me the car and asked if i wanted to rent a GPS. I passed because i brought my own GPS which i borrowed from a good friend. My only problem was that it wasn’t getting any signal. And i guess a GPS is pretty crucial when you’re in LA for the first time. But i was confident that i could get it to work, so i asked for directions to Westwood and drove off – hoping that the GPS would eventually work. Luckily for me it did find a signal just in the right time. So i ended up at Pelle’s door in Westwood, Los Angeles. Actually at night – but this daylight photo is better.

 

It's my first time - of course im getting a picture of this. We went to Santa Monica the first day. Full tourist mode.

It’s my first time – of course im getting a picture of this.
We went to Santa Monica the first day. Full tourist mode.

 

Santa Monica

Santa Monica

 

Stuff like this.. 'merica

Stuff like this.. ‘merica

 

I've played Grand Theft Auto V before so i've seen some action go down here.

I’ve played Grand Theft Auto V before so i’ve seen some action go down here.

 

It was october so not the warmest weather for water action.

It was october so not the warmest weather for water action.

 

But i'm from Denmark so it was warm enough for me to walk around like this.

But i’m from Denmark so it was warm enough for me to walk around like this.

 

Some taco place at Venice Beach. Best burrito i ever had.

Some taco place at Venice Beach. Best burrito i ever had.. so far

 

The shake is called a 'Blueberry Burst' and it was good. #SwingersDiner

The shake is called a ‘Blueberry Burst’ and it was good. #SwingersDiner

 

Had to do it.

Had to do it.

 

SK Donuts recommended by Teit Andersen. This happened to be right next to where the other danish crew (Baxxel, Bisse, Andreas, Risvad, Lukas) were living. Perfect.

SK Donuts recommended by Teit Andersen. This happened to be right next to where the other danish crew (Baxxel, Bisse, Andreas, Risvad, Lukas) were living. Perfect.

 

The well known ice cream van at Stoner Skate Plaza.

The well known ice cream van at Stoner Skate Plaza.

 

So one morning i picked up these 2 dudes at their house. We went to SK Donuts and then drove to Torrance where the Girl/Crailtap warehouse is located. Time to be a skate tourist. (This photo i took in a japanese supermarket - super weird place. Look at the upside down dead fish)

So one morning i picked up these 2 dudes at their house. We went to SK Donuts and then drove to Torrance where the Girl/Crailtap warehouse is located. Time to be a skate tourist. (This photo i took in a japanese supermarket – super weird place. Look at the upside down dead fish)

 

The #CrailPark . Awesome place.

The #CrailPark . Awesome place. We skated there alone for hours. Chris Haslam and his dog was there too.

 

If you're a nerd like me - then you're pretty stoked when you see these in the Girl warehouse.

If you’re a nerd like me – then you’re pretty stoked when you see these in the Girl warehouse.

 

Pick and pack area. Look at that Chocolate banner. Mike York, Chico Brenes, Gabriel Rodriguez, Gino, Keenan, Paulo Diaz. The golden era (for me)

Pick and pack area. Look at that Chocolate banner. Mike York, Chico Brenes, Gabriel Rodriguez, Gino, Keenan, Paulo Diaz. The golden era (for me)

Some footage….
 

Sidste omgang fra #crailtap parken 🐐🐐🐐🌈🌈🌈 @mikkelhaugegaard @tobias_christoffersen

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🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 En tur forbi #crailtap med @tobias_christoffersen 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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I guess a first time visit to In 'N Out was appropriate after this skate session. Tobias Bisse told me to go 'Animal Style'. I didn't. He then told me that i blew it.

I guess a first time visit to In ‘N Out was appropriate after this skate session. Tobias Bisse told me to go ‘Animal Style’. I didn’t. He then told me that i blew it.

 

I was able to go visit Dwindle Distribution as well (house of Cliché, Almost, Enjoi, Blind, World, Darkstar, Fallen, Zero etc. etc.) super nice people working there. Bod Boyle and Alex Cock was super nice to me - taking me to lunch at a restaurant - almost took half a day out of the calendar for that. Very grateful. I met Chet Thomas in there sitting in the Darkstar office. He was the nicest guy ever. Told me a story about him and Nicky Guerrero in jail many years back. We might need that story here on the lodge. Well this is the Dwindle conference room. The wall is decorated with some seriously legendary graphics from Blind and World Industries. Rodney Mullen, Jeremy Klein, Mike Vallely, Steve Rocco, Jason Lee, Randy Colvin, Rudy Johnson, Gabriel Rodriguez. Damn.

I was able to go visit Dwindle Distribution as well (house of Cliché, Almost, Enjoi, Blind, World, Darkstar, Fallen, Zero etc. etc.) super nice people working there. Bod Boyle and Alex Cock was super nice to me – taking me to lunch at a restaurant – almost took half a day out of the calendar for that. Very grateful. I met Chet Thomas in there sitting in the Darkstar office. He was the nicest guy ever. Told me a story about him and Nicky Guerrero in jail many years back. We might need that story here on the lodge.
Well this is the Dwindle conference room. The wall is decorated with some seriously legendary graphics from Blind and World Industries. Rodney Mullen, Jeremy Klein, Mike Vallely, Steve Rocco, Jason Lee, Randy Colvin, Rudy Johnson, Gabriel Rodriguez. Damn.

 

I ate some donuts. Who wouldn't.

I ate some donuts. Who wouldn’t.

 

UCLA. Pelle's school. Huge place.

UCLA. Pelle’s school. Huge place.

 

Michael McDonald blasting in the Chevy.

Michael McDonald blasting in the Chevy.

 

When i was at Dwindle they were kind enough to give me 8 tickets to the Enjoi Oververt premier. Fun fact - i met Oscar Grønbæk and Julian 'Japaneren' there.

When i was at Dwindle they were kind enough to give me 8 tickets to the Enjoi Oververt premier. Fun fact – i met Oscar Grønbæk and Julian ‘Japaneren’ there.

 

I have no idea why i shot a picture of Atiba and his brother but i did. They DJ'ed at the Oververt party. I remember them playing some pretty good stuff. I don't remember much else from there on.

I have no idea why i shot a picture of Atiba and his brother but i did. They DJ’ed at the Oververt party. I remember them playing some pretty good stuff. I don’t remember much else from there on.

 

Out of all the celebrities that were at the Oververt afterparty, Pelle recognized Eduardo Craig and wanted a picture with him.

Out of all the celebrities that were at the Oververt afterparty, Pelle recognized Eduardo Craig and wanted a picture with him.

 

On my way to San Diego i stopped in Del Mar. I know there's a lot of skate history here but i didn't get to see it. I actually just stopped because my rental car was about to break down. It was leaking oil.

On my way to San Diego i stopped in Del Mar. I know there’s a lot of skate history here but i didn’t get to see it. I actually just stopped because my rental car was about to break down. It was leaking oil.

 

So my beloved Impala was leaking oil and i had to switch to another car in San Diego. I got this Jeep. I hated it. The Chevy was more comfortable. I ended up getting a huge discount on my total rental price though. So it's all good. I had the Jeep my last 4 days.

So my beloved Impala was leaking oil and i had to switch to another car in San Diego. I got this Jeep. I hated it. The Chevy was more comfortable. I ended up getting a huge discount on my total rental price though. So it’s all good. I had the Jeep my last 4 days.

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Brent’s yard in San Diego.

 

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Good morning San Diego

 

I went to San Diego for one night to visit Brent! Was fun to see his house. They had 'Football Sundays' it's a thing where you eat chili and drink beer and watch football. Good concept.

I went to San Diego for one night to visit Brent! Was fun to see his house. They had ‘Football Sundays’ it’s a thing where you eat chili and drink beer and watch football. Good concept.

 

One of Brent's good friends Justin asked me if i wanted to go with him to Dan Drehobl's house. I had to go back to LA but Vista was on the way so i spent 2 hours here. Dan Drehobl has a pretty sick yard.

One of Brent’s good friends Justin asked me if i wanted to go with him to Dan Drehobl’s house. I had to go back to LA but Vista was on the way so i spent 2 hours here. Dan Drehobl has a pretty sick yard. I’m a fan.

 

This is me going really fast on the highway from Vista to Hollywood. I was going to a Hall & Oates concert at the Greek Theatre with Pelle. Pretty legendary.

This is me going fast in my Jeep on the highway from Vista to Hollywood. I was going to a Hall & Oates concert at the Greek Theatre with Pelle. Pretty legendary.

 

This is how a Hall & Oates concert looks like through an iPhone 5. Damn. Note to self - bring a real camera when you're going to the USA.

This is how a Hall & Oates concert looks like through an iPhone 5. Damn. Note to self – bring a real camera when you’re going to the USA.

 

This place is called Astro Burger and i'll never forget it.

This place is called Astro Burger and i’ll never forget it.

 

Pelle looking like he's holding a PS controller.

Back in Santa Monica ‘cus that place was nice. Pelle looking like he’s holding a PS controller.

 

The sign.

The sign.

 

Remember that weird Tom Hanks movie? I do.

Remember that weird Tom Hanks movie? I do.

 

Back in Santa Monica 'cus that place was rad.

Touristing at the Santa Monica Pier

 

The Getty Center. Lots of art, architecture and nice gardens. Tourist bonus points.

The Getty Center. Lots of art, architecture and nice gardens. Tourist bonus points.

 

Amazing view from The Getty

Amazing view from The Getty

 

In the LAX airport charging my devices and trying to kill 7 hours. (Flight was delayed). I did a lot of WDBM #12 work during these waiting hours.. Thanks for reading. I'm out!

In the LAX airport charging my devices and trying to kill 7 hours. (Flight home was delayed). I did a lot of WDBM 11 or 12 work during these waiting hours. So it was alright. Thanks for reading this. I’m out!

 

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3 Responses

  1. Hey! Loving this site and initiative. Just a heads up: I”ve subscribed through your RSS feed and in this post a lot of the pictures a shown upside down in my reader. Might be worth looking into. Thanks!

    • Morten Westh says:

      Thanks a lot! We noticed the upside down photos yesterday – very weird 🙂 they should be corrected now! Thanks a lot for giving us feedback! 😀

  2. Søren says:

    Fun run-through of a first trip to California – you got your share of highs huh – a packed trip w dope non-skating-photos. Reminds me alot of my first trip to that part of US (30y ago) – all the same shit happened to me and I was really stoked on pretty much everything too…
    Btw: I shared a house with Bod Boyle in Venice Beach 25y ago. Oh and nice SCS mug

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