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Ecuador

By John Ravitch

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New Mexico it is

By John Ravitch

Recently home from two years in Australia – easily the most vivid chapter of our adult lives. Living in Oz was beyond our wildest hopes – and the new friends we made will be with us for a long time. Yet with the pandemic, Adisa and I chose to return and shelter-in-place in SF ->…

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Tokyo Immersion

By John Ravitch

I made a quick 5-day solo drop into the beating heart of the future metropolis. Life changing. Design is everywhere there, especially in the details: everything is right-sized to the specific need – no excess. It was a gorgeous deep summer there – and there was no sleep to be had. Too much to see…

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Aussies in Action

By John Ravitch

A smattering of our damn-good-fun Oz friends for you here. Their down-to-earth optimism, humor, and genuine curiosity is my personal benchmark for the kind of people I seek to have in my life. These snaps speak to their life force.

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Dark MoFo

By John Ravitch

The awe-inspiring Dark MoFo festival in Tasmania is a vivid mash-up of Burning Man, Brothers Grimm, Heath Ledger b-movies and the Venice Art Biennale. For over a century, the Tasmin capital city of Hobart has been the port of departure for risky Antarctic expeditions. It is now transformed once a year into an edgy arts…

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G’day

By John Ravitch

A warm hello from that other hemisphere where I am living Down Under with Adisa. Australia is both wonderfully familiar, teaming with culture and yet quite different. Hard to briefly sum up this new life – it feels like a mash-up of my 19-year old ‘first trip to Europe’ student-self with a life-experienced Bay Area…

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The Church of Speed + Flow

By John Ravitch

I have spent the last 15 years racing skateboards down long steep hills in search of speed and the podium. Some days it all comes together like this one against one of the fastest men around – Jonny ‘The Thriller’ Miller of ABEC 11 wheels who is an ambassador of speed, highly creative, caring dad and…

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World’s Most Livable City

By John Ravitch

Though few Americans visit – Melbourne is one of the world’s most livable cities. Rich in the arts, music and especially coffee. Sydney gets the press, tourists and crowds, wherever Melbourne is more livable a few times over. Here are some snaps I took along the way. This is the best place to learn more about the…

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“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

By John Ravitch

My favorite quotes in life always come from the same source – Anais Nin      

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The Skateboarding Hall of Fame

By John Ravitch

My long-time good friend and race partner Judi Oyama was just inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame last weekend in Los Angeles – smack dab in the epicenter of the sport sponsored by Vans. Legends abounded. She officially joins all the greats – Tony Hawk, Tony Alva, Gonz, Lance Mountain, Rodney Mullen and Jeff Ho. She…

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