An Afternoon With Daewon Song

Photographer Seu Trinh spends a day in L.A. with picnic-table-master Daewon Song.

10:00 a.m. It all starts at the crack of dawn. For skaters, ten in the morning is pretty much dawn. As a matter of fact, ten is pretty damn early. The average skater has a sleeping pattern very similar to bears and vampires. Daewon wakes up this early to handle business. He doesn’t eat right away, because he’s a finely tuned human, and food will only weigh him down.

11:30 a.m. After doing the whole bathroom deal and his workout (which consists of 1,000 sit-ups and 500 push-ups), Daewon gets into a “suit-guy mood,” calling up Podium Distribution to discuss orders related to his clothing company Matix or his pro shoe on DVS. He’s really busy behind the scenes, making it all happen.

1:15 p.m. Warm-up time. Daewon just bought a new house that has a gap on the side of it. This is the perfect place for him to start off the day. It’s a guaranteed spot¿he’s never been kicked out once.

2:45 p.m. Daewon arrives at the skate spot. Being from the Los Angeles area, where the traffic is murder, it takes three times longer to get anywhere, no matter what time you get on the road. At the spot, Daewon meets up with his homies Shiloh Greathouse, Luis Cruz, Jon Kealoha Fitisemanu, and filmer Gayton Hagglund.

3:15 p.m. Time to set up the tables. It’s finally time to have some fun¿if, like Daewon, you see it that way¿arranging the picnic tables. This is when you get to be creative. Skating them is a different story. Daewon is filming a combination of tricks but you only get to see a couple of frames. You’re going to have to wait for the new TransWorld video to see the whole combo.

5:20 p.m. Peace Out.¿Seu Trinh