Thailand 2012

So this is my first post since I've been back from my month long trip to Thailand, Gotta give a big shout out to Luke for holding down YGT for the whole month I was gone by himself. Most people don't realize how much work Luke puts into posting 5 days a week for you guys, on top of working full time and going out shooting every chance he gets! For this sunday post I thought I would just put up a few pictures from my trip and do a little write up on each of them, This wasn't really a skate trip although I did bring my board with me.

Kickflip [o] Rikki Bale

This is the only skate photo I took during the trip, although Thailand does have amazing skate spots I didn't get to spend as much time in bangkok as I wanted. Even skating flat here destroys you, every day was 40°+ leaving you drenched in sweat in a minutes - I now have mad respect for anyone who skates in countries this hot! This photo was taken on the beautiful island of Koh Phi Phi overlooking the Andaman Sea. There was really nowhere to skate on the island besides this small concrete foundation I came across one day while trekking through the jungle to find a beach, I knew the spot would make a good photo so we made a point to come back and shoot a kickflip before we left the island.

This is one of my favourite photos from the trip, this was also taken on the island of Koh Phi Phi. We had to hike up a steep ass hill for about half an hour in the blistering heat to get here but in the end the  view was well worth it. This was one of those places that no picture can really do justice on, you need to see it in the flesh to truly experience the natural beauty of Thailand.  The palm tree's are kinda in the way but in between the two beaches is the main town called Ton Sai village were we stayed, it was rad there was two different beaches 5 minutes apart from each other although only one of them was actually good for swimming. If you have ever seen the movie "The Beach" with Leonardo DiCaprio the main beach was filmed in Koh Phi Phi (not the beach pictured above) If you never seen the movie I recommend you watch it!

Ever herd off the famous full moon party? This is the beach they have the party at every month, its called Haad Rin beach on the island oh Koh Phangan. Unfortunately I wasn't here during the full moon and didn't get to attend one of the crazy parties, next time. Overall I think this was the best beach we went too, and definitely the nicest crystal clear turquoise water I ever swam in!

To finish the trip off I really wanted to get a traditional thai bamboo tattoo, So i decided to get down for life with a YGT tat! The art of bamboo tattooing is really sick, its basically a long bamboo stick with five small needles at the end attached by rope and wax. Its pretty much like a thai version of a stick and poke, Unlike a gun tattoo it doesn't rip the skin as it goes making it never scab over and basically healing right away. I was told i could go swimming and expose it to the sun in just a hour!

These were just a few of 150+ photo i took during my trip, if your interested in seeing more I will be putting them up on facebook in a few days. Anyways hopefully you guys enjoyed this post, I know it wasn't super skateboard oriented. Ill come back at ya next sunday with a Courtenay park minute I filmed this weekend!


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