Yup, we’ve been at this for a while now. So much gnar. So much inspiration. So much fun.
For our 500th post, we decided to take a look back at some of our favourite posts from the last year and a half, and also say a few words about the future of Streetjesus.
A few posts that stand out for me…
There is no doubt that meeting Blade changed my life. I have never met someone who is so stoked on the simple things that everyone else takes for granted. 112 days until the gnar continues.
Stef is obviously pretty rad, so doing this interview was a lot of fun. Once again, Stef focuses on what’s important in life, and none of the bullshit… and you gotta love that.
My third pick is a simple one, but to this day I still watch this trailer to get stoked. In a lot of ways, it’s way better than the actual movie… and the five words that I chose to describe it could not be more true.
Those are just a few of my favs…
As for the future? I’ve decided to re-focus on making Streetjesus the best action sports blog I possibly can. On top of the aesthetic and functionality changes that are happening, the site will now be updated every day at 12 Midnight (CST). The goal here is to offer fresh content to every shop kid, every shredder, and every person stoked on action sports on a daily basis.
I honestly could not be more excited. Thank you all so much.
The 500th Streetjesus post is a pretty proud moment for me. I have been constantly working toward something for years now, and SJ has been the outlet for all of the emotions that have gone into this work. What it is I have been working towards isn’t something that can be defined but is simple none the less. All I have wanted out of life since I realized it was possible is to have a career in action sports, no matter the shape or form. Streetjesus has taken me down a few paths : Shop kid, Retail employee, Sales Rep, Writer, and Event Planner. All of these things have helped shape me into not only a person better suited for a career in this industry, but a better person in general. Action sports teach commitment, perseverance, and consistency and breeds passion, love and desire like nothing else on the planet.
This website has been my drive, my motivator, and my constant reminder for the last 19 months, that the goal Jeff and I have been chasing is not something that will come easily. But then again, the good things in life seldom do. There have been countless moments along this journey that have stood out in my mind, all for various reasons. So I guess the best thing I can do is tell you a few of them, as well as the reasons why I will never forget them. Here it goes.
There is a post that gives me the feeling I can imagine someone would get while watching their child’s first try at something. It was the first time the publish button was ever hit on SJ. “Red Bull : Charging It” went live on January 22, 2010 and I don’t know if it was all the sugar in my system or simply the nerves, but I felt sick for a solid 24 hours after posting it. I was hit with a flood of feelings “What if no one reads it?” “What if no one cares?” and then I thought, forget all of that, how about this “You finally have a place to let out what is on your mind, just enjoy it.”
Since that day, all I have done with this site is that, enjoy it. Everyday when I wake up and look at things, I smile, take a breathe and get back to working on making SJ the best it can be. I haven’t been posting very much lately, but rest assured I am working my ass off everyday to grow Streetjesus and do what I can to take it to the next level for everyone who has been a part of it from the beginning.
That’s why my next pick would have to be our first event, “Party At The Plaza” was something that came about as a result of both Jeff and myself being a part of several events. First as fans and spectators, then behind the scenes organizing, setting up and executing a few. The Party was different though, this was something that was born of our own thoughts and was made possible from start to finish by our own efforts. It was something that up to that point I had never really experienced and I will take with me from here on as a very important experience.
Potentially the biggest thing that Streetjesus has done, not just for Jeff and I but for everyone involved has been the sense of community it has created. Those initial thoughts of “What if no one cares?” have been rapidly replaced with thoughts of “Wow, people legitimately love this thing!”. The proof of this has been easy to see from the simple things like when the Class 5 boys started calling me Jesus instead of Tyler. Or when we hit up Ange for some stickers and had no problem plastering over 100 peoples property with them. But the biggest thing that has shown me what Streetjesus has become is at the top of the site under a very fitting header “Team”. There are 28 names on this page, but it represents the hundreds more that support us every day, and will no doubt continue to support us as we grow.
I would sincerely like to thank each and every person who has helped SJ get as big as it is, and be the reason why it will become much, much bigger. To all of the team riders, congrats on all your huge accomplishments, from your photos and videos to your trophies and prize money. To all the brands that have gotten behind us, thanks for your support with your product, your energy, and your people, without all of which, we would be no where. And lastly to all of the readers. There would be no point in continuing to post content if no one is going to look at it, so thanks for paying attention and look for big things in the future. One of the biggest will be my grammar steadily improving over the years to come. Much love!