WHAT THE FUCK IS CHOPHOUSE?
It’s a midwest skateboard company. It’s been launched. Our wood is 100% North American Hard Rock Maple. We’re tired of cookie-cutter graphics and we’re all about developing a sick team. Here’s a look into our first trip. We went to Minnesota.
JP Redmon – frontside air at Woody’s
I’m 31 years young and through Chophouse was blessed with a team managing position and a board with my name on it. Still can’t believe it myself. This is Woody’s ramp (Plywood Benders) in Bemidji. It had just been finished two weeks prior. It’s huge, smooth, and you can do 30 foot long grinds on it. I loved it. Thanks for having us Woody!
Shilo Thompson – nollie crook
Oozing style for days… Shilo is the best. LFK represent. Front Street benches in Minneapolis were well worn but buttery as hell.
Kyle Shifflett – blaster at Eden Prairie
MVP of the trip goes to this man right here. Kyle was hungry, and he went for it. When he’s not train hopping and you’re lucky enough to get him on a trip you’re stoked. He fucked shit up.
Cole Wyatt – lip to ‘cane at The Foundation
“Coal pile” came up with the name of our trip before we left. I applaud his efforts to produce team camaraderie but in retrospect after looking at his own profile picture and a few others we should have called it “peach fuzz tour 2013.” The little guy’s bag-o-tricks will surprise you though. This spot was super rad. All kinds of DIY stuff.
Kyle Shifflett – judo block
Blaine Harper – bluntslide at the Volcano banks
Otherwise known as “sparky” or “muscles,” Blaine hails from Junction City, KS. He’s a little shit-talker and a human wrecking-ball. And he will get the song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” stuck in your head for no reason…
Cole Wyatt – 5-0 shuvit
Josiah Tripoli – noseblunt to switch 5-0
JP Redmon – f/s blunt
Nick Ward is a true friend and quite the character. It was great having you along on the trip man, and thanks for shooting photos like this one. The fact that you befriended a miniature boy and convinced him to stand on the bench as I bluntslid it speaks volumes, brother! Thumbs up!
Jake Piekalkiewicz – ollie
From LFK just like Cole, Shilo, and I, Jake is the youngin.’ And he goes big.
Charlie Dick – back smith
Chuck D. is from Topeka, KS and smoothly annihilates anything that lies before him. He also buys coffee makers for people who don’t have them in their houses. Which reminds me, thanks for your hospitality Jack, Ally, Jake, and Lilly!
Charlie Dick – switch kicky at Summit
Blaine Harper – back noseblunt
Micah Johnson – nosegrind
Micah is an old friend who’s always killed it and was kind enough to show us around St. Paul on a Sunday night. Keep ripping, dog.
Charlie Dick – switch backside flip at 3rd Lair
Kyle Shifflett – quarter to quarter air to 50-50
Kyle Shifflett – transfer
Kyle bounced his back wheel on this one but that wasn’t going to keep him from rolling away. He did it again for good measure. He also nearly broke his neck on a boneless attempt… seriously. Check the footage. It’s fucked.
Josiah Tripoli – 180 no comply
Josiah is a strange bird. He won’t take advice. He won’t skate something he doesn’t want to. If he wants a trick he will most likely get it. But he does it his own way and it’s hard to tell if he even cares if you capture it or not. You’re not easy to work with, kid, but you kill it. This gap is no joke.