Girls have been crushing on skaters since the dawn of the sport. I remember several gigantic Christian Hosoi posters that graced my walls years ago (please don’t try to do the math) and the influence of the sport from music to street style is even greater today. So, it was no surprise that So Cal teens and tweens breathed a collective sigh heard all the way up the 405 when pro-skater Ryan Sheckler announced his webisode was soon-to-air on Power Balance’s internet show Double Take.
The baby-faced Sheckler was recently spotted at a Power Balance sponsored-party celebrating his show as well as the launch of a new line of Power Balance neon wrist bands that are sure to find their way into many stocking come Christmas. Numerous youth culture celebs including Matthew Ryhs (Brothers & Sisters), Chris Masterson (Malcolm in the Middle), Omar Benson Miller (8 Mile), fashion designer Nicole Di Rocco, tennis player Sam Querrey, and 400m track specialist and indoor world record holder Kerron Clement were also seen throwing down at the soirée. The event, held at undisclosed underground L.A. bunker, features a gigantic mural from famed street artist Chris Bent. Partygoers busted a’ move to 80s-era dance tracks and noshed on nibbles from L.A.’s infamous gut truck, Kogi.
As for Sheckler, the sports star arrived after enjoying a sushi dinner with his cohorts at Matsuhisa. Rather than try to sneak a brewski or two, Scheckler sipped soft drinks and chatted with friends and fans alike. Of course, the skater did show a bit of skating’s punk ideology. Upon clocking the party’s environs, Sheckler was overheard commenting on the shreding potential of the smooth corners of the space. Ollie on, my friend. Ollie on.