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September 18, 2013

Greener Pastures Offshore EP1 The Island

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The first episode "The Island" presents the project through our riders, location and the locals on the island. We owe the locals our gratitude and respect for working with us. Our very international and talented group of riders was requested for specific reasons as to what they would bring to the project. Our location and the rider’s difference in styles are revealed through foreshadowing what is to come in the five episode series. 

Producing Greener Pastures Offshore has been an ambitious project for all involved. Working with leading creative producers and top companies in the longboard industry we’ve portrayed the sport not just in the “Extreme Sport” category, but in a narrative, artistic and cultural way.  It has been a long, but fortunate process of meeting the right people at the right times; people who share the vision of Longboarding as a sport, way of life and passion to create an amazing team. This is a project for longboarders by longboarders.

The location was picked for its dense skating opportunities, year round temperate weather, unique and diverse microclimates, high elevation and pristine road construction. The relaxed island life and welcoming local riders creates a Mecca for our sport! Playing off the island location, the project name “Offshore” has been used to provide subtle secrecy to our location. As spots become known, we must remember that respect of the locals is most important to protect the longevity of our sport.

The focus of GP Offshore has been to work with young, talented free riders that are highly skilled and under-exposed. These riders are stars at the grass roots level; role models, and community leaders in their own geographic location.  It is apparent some of these riders are out of the global spotlight because their location is out of the hub of skateboarding: America. Traveling internationally opens the eyes in many ways. Skateboarding transcends language, religion and culture. There is no shortage of skilled riders. We can expect a lot from our riders, as they have vast opportunity for growth.

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Claudio Uribe

Claudio adds more grey hair to the Rayne family than we had ever anticipated growing ourselves. A veteran of the Mexican scene, Claudio has helped bring the gift of skate to communities up and down the coast for a few years now. Unlike Santa however, Claudio can't just get a few reindeer to help him slay hills, so when he's not behind a computer or a camera, he's still on top of his deck taking little trips to fun-ville. 

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