"Fogginess clouded my mind for years yearning for something that would open me up, something so good that would change my life forever in the best way possible. I never felt like I was a part of a community/crew that truly believed in each other and depended on each other like a family before. I’ve been in the scene going on 5 years now and am so grateful to where it has taken me." - Ashley Dyason, true Bondi hipster
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I’m talking about the Downhill Longboard Skate scene by the way. My best mates Rob and Maga McWhinnie (the King and Queen of Downhill Skating in Australia) threw me into the Deep End literally after showing some interest and wanting to have a crack. Seeing Rob McWhinnie’s Rain Edit for Fibretec Robdog Rain and literally losing my shit, I simply wanted to be able to skate like he did. It looked like he was snowboarding on concrete! Rob showed me the ropes and literally threw me in the deep end, gave me a few tips on sliding hooked me up with some sick gear and that was it I was completely hooked. I was addicted to surfing at that time and basically paused my surf lifestyle for downhill skateboarding thats how much I loved skating and how much time I was spending skating. I now have a balance of skating and surfing and enjoy both sports regularly.
At the moment I’m deep in the scene now running a Bondi skate community ValleyBoarders. I hold downhill races, bbq chill sessions, skate and surf trips and music jams in my Skate Share house in Bondi.I have recently started riding for the company WeRideSideways, and I have been riding for Octolion for the past year. I house stranded/travelling Long-boarders from around the world and share my couch and house, to help assist them in their skate travels so they can make it to races, get to the right places to get gear to and support the scene and the community. I love people and love sharing my life with others so it just feels so natural and comforting to do so. All the people I met were all one of a kind legends, very generous and respectful. That humbled me beneath the floor and gave me an insight into real community values, and literally changed me as a person.