(Photo above: Jake O’Grady, roll on grind. Raleigh.)

"What'd you say? Huh? Sorry, what was that?" That's pretty much what a conversation sounds like when you have dueling accents from an ole Southern boy like me trying to talk to an Australian. This all came about when Mike Sinclair had arranged to bring over some of the stars from the Nike SB Medley video to North Carolina with Oz filmer Geoff Campbell. I'd never heard of any of these kids before watching the video, but rest assured that after watching it, I was hyped to be on a trip with these young rippers consisting of Charles Robertson, Rob Pace, Sam Sutton, Jack O'Grady, Jason Rainbird, Rowan Davis, and Noah Nayef.
Photos by Jamie Owens.

Jason Rainbird, backside nosegrind. Greensboro. (Click to enlarge)

I had always made fun of Mike because he always makes trips to his home state of NC non-stop seemingly, but once the offer was made to me to go on one, being from South Carolina, I quickly stopped joking with him and jumped at the chance to be in the deep South again, even if we didn't make it down to my old stomping grounds. It's no wonder Mike keeps bringing the best skaters in the world to this zone because it's absolutely amazing how many spots there are just between the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area. We even brought along Zion Wright, Yuto Horigome, and Dashawn Jordan to stack footage and photos for other projects. But this article is all about the Medley boys and like I mentioned before, you should go watch that video. And then make sure to watch the video from this trip up on skateboarding.com.

While we were on the trip, I showed the guys our Sept/Oct issue with Ronnie Sandoval on the cover and in that issue was an Australian trip that Dave Chami had shot. And for the text, he asked all the American skaters a bunch of top 3 questions about Australia. The Medley boys were reading through it and laughing at the answers, so I thought it would be funny to have them do the same style questions since our situation was a reversed version of that trip.

The trip was probably the most productive I've ever been on due to an abundance of spots, hungry ams, low kick-out ratio, no partying, constant Sheetz conveniant store stops, and no capping (as local filmer Jevans would say, which means no bullshitting)—just skate rats wanting to skate. It was awesome. We skated non-stop until two or three in the morning every night for 10 nights straight, all the way up until the last night. So we just stayed up the few extra hours to catch our 6 a.m. flights out that day. Thanks to Mike and Geoff for making this trip happen and to all the Medley boys for killing it. It wore out this old man's back, but I loved every minute of this trip and appreciated everybody else that helped film or just hang out on the sessions, including Matt Mullen, Bob Reynolds, Pete Thompson, Jevans, Justin Fyle, and Christian Yepez. Oh yeah, Bobby Worrest rolled up on the last day. Hell yeah. No cap.

Jason Rainbird

Top 3 American skaters:
Chris Bota, Jerry Hsu, Jake Johnson. *Lil Wayne

Top 3 American movies:
Goodfellas, Boyz n' the Hood, Place Beyond the Pines.

Top 3 American animals:
Goliath tarantula, Grizzly bear, Cockroach.

Top 3 things you ate in America: 
Cheese steaks, Cracker Barrel breakfast, Geoff's farts.

Top 3 reasons to visit America:
Experiencing the different cities and random areas and seeing what you can get away with, Cheap beer, Cheap cigs.

Top 3 reasons to leave America:
The areas, Melbourne summers, My boys.

Top 3 American slang words: 
Didn't really pick up on much to be honest, I felt like Australians would use slang words for things that Americans would otherwise use the actual names for… But the term 'split' is pretty fresh, meaning a short cut through an abandoned house.

Jack O'Grady, boardslide. Durham. (Click to enlarge)

Jack O'Grady

Top 3 American skaters:
John Cardiel, Grant Taylor, Omar Salazar.

Top 3 American movies:
Basketball Diaries, Kids, Scarface.

Top 3 American animals:
Grizzly bear, Eagle, Cougar.

Top 3 things you ate in America:
Sheetz sliders, Biscuits, Cook out.

Top 3 reasons to visit America:
The people, The spots, The food.

Top 3 reasons to leave America:
Sydney, All my friends, My dog.

Top 3 American slang words:
Y'all, Dude, C'mon.

Rowan Davis, wallride. Raleigh. (Click to enlarge)

Rowan Davis

Top 3 American skaters:
T-Funk, Bobby De Keyzer, Mason Silva.

Top 3 American movies:
Napoleon Dynamite, Mall Cop, Any Seinfeld Episode.

Top 3 American animals:
American black bear, Bald eagle, Striped skunk.

Top 3 things you ate in America:
Anything from Sheetz, Pancakes at Cracker Barrel, Wendy's.

Top 3 reasons to visit America:
Sheetz, Cheap Dickies, Walmart.

Top 3 reasons to leave America:
ESTA runs out, Run out of money, Drinking age limit is 21.

Top 3 American slang words:
Big daddy, Big dog, Big nuts.

Sam Sutton, backside 50-50. Raleigh. (Click to enlarge)

Sam Sutton

Top 3 American skaters:
Brad Cromer, Justin Drysen, Tony Hawk.

Top 3 American movies:
Team America, Napoleon Dynamite, American Gangster.

Top 3 American animals:
Eagles, Bears, Buffalo.

Sam Sutton, backside tailslide to fakie into bank. Greensboro. (Click to enlarge)

Top 3 things you ate in America:
Cracker Barrel, Panda Express, Way too much maccas Uber eats.

Top 3 reasons to visit America:
Everyone is always stoked to meet you and take you to spots, The amount of food chains, Spots.

Top 3 reasons to leave America:
Miss roasting Noah pap, Miss my bed, Miss bato yard.

Top 3 American slang words:
My goon, No cap, Wet.

Noah Nayef, 360 flip. Raleigh. (Click to enlarge)

Noah Nayef

Top 3 American skaters:
Bobby Worrest, Mark Suciu, Jake Johnson.

Top 3 American movies:
Shutter Island, The Blind Side, The Godfather.

Top 3 American animals:
Lynx, Bald eagle, Squirrel.

Top 3 things you ate in America:
Sheetz combos, Burgers, Biscuits.

Top 3 reasons to visit America:
Spots, The skaters, Crack Barrel.

Top 3 reasons to leave America:
Family, Friends, Sydney is home.

Top 3 American slang words:
Gas station, A buck, Y'all.

Charles Robertson, backside Smith grind backside 180. Raleigh. (Click to enlarge)

Charles Robertson

Top 3 American skaters:
Mark Suciu, Ishod Wair, Taylor Kirby.

Top 3 American movies:
The Big Lebowski, Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump.

Top 3 American animals:
Squirrels everywhere, Deer, Seekneek's husky.

Top 3 things you ate in America:
Chick-fil-A, Mexican food trucks, Sheeeeeeetz.

Charles Robertson, Smith grind. Chapel Hill. (Click to enlarge)

Top 3 reasons to visit America:
Weather, Cheap everything, Heaps of sick cunts.

Top 3 reasons to leave America:
Traffic, Family and friends back home, Beef cheese and bacon meat pies.

Top 3 American slang words:
Spliffington, My goon, Teener.

Rob Pace

Top 3 American skaters:
Jevans, Leo Romero, Brandon Westgate.

Top 3 American movies:
Sharknado 1, Sharknado 2, Sharknado 3.

Top 3 American animals:
Bald eagle, Coyote, Mike Sinclair.

Top 3 things you ate in America:
Cracker Barrel, Sheetz gas station, Their ridiculously oversized meals.

Top 3 reasons to visit America:
Crazy gas station food, Jevans, Skate spots.

Top 3 reasons to leave America:
Jevans, Meat pie withdrawals, No kangaroos.

Top 3 American slang words:
Y'all, No cap, Jevans.

Rob Pace, backside 50-50. Durham. (Click to enlarge)

Watch Nike SB Australia | A Little Medley in North Carolina Video HERE.