JZ and friends in China

Danny Hochman, Patrik Wallner and I spent 14 days in November between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. I’ve never skated so many epic marble spots in my life. We flew into Hong Kong and were skating on top of the subway entrance within hours of our arrival. We nailed a few tricks and the cops were on us. Passports out and threats of putting us in jail if we skated it again.

The convention center on Hong Kong island was also on the hit list. It provided a nice round twelve-stair handrail against a wall, but the rail ended after 8 stairs—so rad. We also checked out the biggest buddha in the world, located on top of a mountain, and took a trolly up Pike’s Peak for an epic view of Hong Kong.

After our stay in Hong Kong, we took a 30-minute train ride to Shenzhen, China for a week. This is the best city in the world for skateboarding—it has to be! We ran into Joe Brook and Anthony Claraval, who were touring with the LRG crew and they agreed that Shenzhen was the place to be. Apparently 25 years ago, Shenzhen was a dirt road and now it has a population of 10 million people. There are magical marble plazas located in front of every skyskcraper, basically on every block. The cops just kick it and watched us skate and the girlies were on fire. It was surreal.

We only saw two Chinese skateboarders the entire time in Shenzhen. However, 50 kids a day would be playing on our boards. It was really cool to share the vibe of skating with the kids as well as the adults. They all referred to skateboarding as “playing. They would say, “I wanna play, or “I don’t know how to play.

We took the train back to Hong Kong three days before our flight back to NYC and skated some more spots including the subway banks again. We got busted ane more time, but luckily no jail time for us. This was by far one of the best trips of my life—I encourage anyone who wants to skate some ill spots to go to Shenzhen!

Thanks to Natural Koncept skateboards, Drunkn Munky, Osiris, Black Flys, and Freestyle for the trip.—JZ


Check the slideshow for all the flicks!

And check out the video footage on Patrik Wallner’s site!