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Nike Presents “The CHOSEN Crew”

July 27th, 2011

Probably the last one in the skate scene to hear about this, in fact, I know I am.

Nike has created a contest for skaters, surfers, and bikers in order to “get noticed”. The crews that enter in the contest are asked to submit a video via Facebook and create a buzz around their video. The “Chosen Crew” will be receiving, or should I say, living the ultimate prize: “The opportunity to live like a Nike pro.” They get everything from premium travels, exclusive events and even custom product. Just 5 minutes of footage could change your life.

Unfortunately, submissions are ending on July 29th (2 days), but that doesn’t mean you can’t help a get crew noticed! My suggestion, “The D.R.E.A.M. Crew”. Featuring skaters like, Adrian Hodge, Kechaud Johnson, Frankie Heck, Michael Tang. Help them out and give them some likes and comments on their “The Chosen Crew” profile.

Here’s a video of one of the crew members of the D.R.E.A.M. crew, Kechaud Johnson to give you a feel for his style of skating.

SeaSk8 Summer Jam

July 22nd, 2011

Are you or friends planning on going to this? Come find us! We’ll be looking like doofuses sporting the Brilliance shirts handing out some free stuff. Hope to run into you.

“I should quit my job…”

July 22nd, 2011

My buddy and I were talking the other day about how much our work lives effect our social lives and things we’re committed to. In the end, it all boiled down to one thing; “I should quit my job…”

Don’t get me wrong, I love where I work (for the co-workers reading this), but it’s hard to get everything done when you’ve got so much compiled into one full day. Eventually the workload starts building upon itself until you’ve forgotten about that one thing you love to do. And for me, that’s skating. It got me thinking, I should just put in my two weeks and dedicate 110% to skating, just to see where it takes me. Ha, yeah right! Got to pay the bills somehow. We can dream big, though.

The main purpose of this blog was to apologize to all the blog and Twitter followers out there for the lack of updates. The truth is, all of us on the Brilliance team have been pushing hard at our day jobs and haven’t put in enough time for Brilliance into our everyday tasks. That needs to change. So, from now on, there will be daily blogs (only on the weekdays because I’ll be skating on the weekends), lots of conversing throughout the Twittersphere, and a little secret… we’ve got a pretty big online contest in the works!

Hang in there, guys. We’re doing our best to manage our time and put in at least 50% towards those who care about Brilliance and what the company stands for.

This shoe brand is extremely nostalgic for me…

July 13th, 2011

We’ve all owned a pair or two of this brand. The bulkiness, the weightlessness, and excessive padding of the ever-so-famous Osiris Shoe, which made your feet feel so protected. They were actually real similar to those Moon Shoes in some aspects…

I’m kidding. Great brand, comfortable shoes, and some great skaters on the team. I actually just grabbed a pair of the Duffy LP Low’s to add to my massive shoe collection (I’ve got a problem), so I probably sound like an idiot for comparing them to moon shoes.

Anyways, they recently posted a video on their blog following one of their team skaters, Corey Duffel. I’m sure you have heard of him. He takes you around his house, his local skate park busting out some backside smiths and backside blunts, and brings you into his first and only shop sponsor called Metro. And guys before you “judge” the kid on his awkwardness, try talking into a camera yourself. Seriously, though. It’s extremely awkward.

Zumiez Couch Tour

June 7th, 2011

A few of the Brilliance staff members recently attended the Zumiez Couch Tour here in Washington. Pretty epic insane skating. Check out some of the footage of the Toy Machine demo and the Best Foot Forward AM Contest.

Mike Mo Sponser Me Tape for Spitfire

May 24th, 2011

Enough said.

Kid Daytona… It’s So Buttery

May 23rd, 2011

I know this song will be playing in my iTunes while I skate for the next few weeks. So buttery is right…

LRG Films took Kid Daytona out to Puerto Rico to shoot a 3 part series with directors Derek Pike and Woodworks. Check out the first video off his Interlude LP for the single “Padma, So Buttery.”

Ryan Sheckler’s Skate For A Cause

May 22nd, 2011

Ryan Sheckler hit up CCS for his 2nd Annual Skate for a Cause event. This year’s cause was Autism Speaks. The event was held at the Etnie’s skate park, and the skaters tore the park up! Here’s a video of some of the highlights of the event.

Anything Is Possible With…

May 20th, 2011

Carroll 5 footwear from Lakai! Check out the commercial for the new shoe with cameo appearances by Mike Carroll, Guy Mariano, Daniel Espinoza, Vincent Alvarez, Jesus Fernandez, Brandon Biebel, Nick Jensen, Sylvain Tognelli and Sebo Walker.

Kilian Martin: A Skate Escalation

May 19th, 2011

I’ve always had a huge passion for this style of skateboarding. I’m impressed. Those one-footed nose manuals are astonishing!

The skater, Kilian Martin
The filmer, Brett Novak
The song, Patrick Watson – “Tracy’s Water”