Miles Silvas, overcrook. *click to enlarge

A skate trip to Australia over the winter to catch the Southern Hemisphere's opposite season is far from a new concept, in fact skateboarders have been making the migration for the past 30 years or more. Last December some of the younger adidas squad members set off for Brisbane to meet up with teammate Dennis Durrant in his home city, none of the crew having ever visited before. They were treated to a crash course in the Ozzie lifestyle and then spent a final few days in Melbourne to 'cook off' with the adidas Australian team as they premiered their local video, Activated. The following is a series of Top Three (roughly) explanations of what each of the guys learned. There is no pass or fail to this test, but a refresher course is just a 13-hour flight away!
Words & Photography By Dave Chami

Zach Saraceno, Barley grind. (click to enlarge)

Zach Saraceno
Top 3 Australian skaters:
Chima Ferguson, Shane Cross, Sammy Winter.

Top 3 Australian movies:
I only know Crocodile Dundee and Mad Max.

Top 3 Australian animals:
Kangaroo, Koala, Wombat.

Top 3 things you ate in Australia:
I ate really good Thai food, vegan burgers, and the same breakfast every single day on the trip. I forget the name of it but it was really good.

Top 3 reasons to visit Australia:
If you are under 21 you can drink. There are really hot girls. Good spots.

Top 3 reasons to leave Australia:
You start to miss home. There are crazy animals that you got to be on the look out for. America has better food I would say.

Felipe Gustavo, kickflip backside nose bluntslide. (click to enlarge)

Felipe Gustavo
Top 3 Australian musicians:
I don't know that many besides Nick Cave.

Top 3 Australians you met on the trip:
Dennis Durant, Tommy Fynn, Alex Lawton.

Top 3 things you discovered about Australia on this trip:
The seasons are opposite. Driving on the other side of the road. There are wild kangaroos everywhere.

Top 3 Australian slang words:
Cunt, Bloody, Mate.

Top 3 Australian skaters:
Lewis Marnell, Dennis Durrant, Shane O'Neill.

Top 3 Australian movies:
I don't think I've ever watched an Australian movie.

Top 3 Australian animals:
Koalas and Kangaroos are my favorites.

Top 3 things you ate in Australia:
I was hyped on our breakfast spot in Brisbane but bummed I didn't eat any kangaroo meat.

Top 3 reasons to visit Australia:
The people, spots, girls.

Top 3 reasons to leave Australia:
I only left because I had too, there is no reason to leave!

Top 3 Australian musicians:
Empire of The Sun, Hillsong, Flume.

Top 4 Australians you met on the trip:
The whole adidas Australia squad, Reef Condon is sick, Mitch Morrison, Gabriel Summers.

Top 3 things you discovered about Australia on this trip:
It's one of the best places to skate, I love the culture, and that I need  to go back ASAP!

Top 2 Australian slang words:
Fucking Cunts!!!!

Frankie Spears, backside noseblunt-slide pop out. *click to enlarge

Franky Spears, 5-0. (click to enlarge)

Franky Spears
Top 3 Australian skaters:
Chima Ferguson, Dennis Durrant, Dustin Dollin.

Top Australian movie:
Kangaroo Jack.

Top 3 Australian animals:
Kangaroo, koala, Tasmanian devil.

Top 3 things you ate in Australia:
I only really ate American food.

Top 3 reasons to visit Australia:
Skate spots, women, weather.

Top 3 reasons to leave Australia:
Spiders, soreness, missing home.

Top Australian musician:
ACDC.

Top 3 Australians you met on the trip:
Dennis Durrant, Tommy Fynn, Mitch Morrison.

Top 3 Australian slang words:
Cunt, Cunt, Cunt.

Diego Najera, nollie flip backside nosegrind. (click to enlarge)

Diego Najera
Top 3 Australian skaters:
Shane O'Neill, Andrew Brophy, Dennis Durrant.

Top 3 Australian animals:
I'll just go with the classic kangaroo.

Top 3 things you ate in Australia:
I ate a lot of vegan food. I try to eat healthy super foods every day no matter where I am.

Top 3 reasons to visit Australia:
Food, culture, kangaroos and  it's Australia—why wouldn't you wanna visit?

Top 3 reasons to leave Australia:
Big ass Jumanji spiders, crazy bugs, and spiders everywhere!

Top 3 Australians you met on the trip:
Everyone I met on this trip was off the charts.

Top 3 things you discovered about Australia on this trip:
Kangaroos everywhere, the bug's life is no joke in Australia.

Top 3 Australian slang words:
"Get a box," I heard that everyday. Those guys like to drink.

Dennis Durrant, frontside noseslide to fakie. (click to enlarge)

Dennis Durrant
Top 3 Australian skaters:
Shane Cross, Lewis Marnell, Chima Ferguson.

Top 3 Australian movies:
Chopper, Wolf CreekThe Postcard Bandit.

Top 3 Australian animals:
Drop bear, quokka, my dog.

Top 3 things you ate in Australia:
Parmy with kanga (Kangaroo), pie's, Sanga's (Sandwiches).

Top 3 reasons to visit Australia:
It's paradise and the vibe is right. Why the hell not? I live here.

Top 3 reasons to leave Australia:
I'm always down to go visit and skate new places. Visit the homies in the States. There's nothing better than traveling.

Top 3 Australian musicians:
Slim Dusty, Yothu Yindi, Aussie Crawl.

Top 2 Australian slang words:
Bogan, shithouse.

miles silvas, kickflip. (click to enlarge)

Miles Silvas
Top 3 Australian skaters:
Dennis Durrant, Chima Ferguson, Lewis Marnell.

Top 3 Australian animals:
Kangaroo, koala, crocodiles.

Top 3 things you ate in Australia:
Lord of the fries, this restaurant with a vegan "Big Mac" went crazy, and a homemade meal from Tommy Fynn's mom was super dope!

Top 3 reasons to visit Australia:
Epic spots, Good homies, good weather.

Top 3 reasons to leave Australia:
To get back home to Sacramento [laughs]. Nah, I really liked Australia, just got to leave and re-up for the next trip out there.

Top 3 Australians you met on the trip:
The whole adidas Australia team.

Top 3 things you discovered about Australia on this trip:
Just how cool Brisbane and Melbourne are and how good it is to skate and hangout. I'd never been there before this trip so every part of the experience was a discovery.

Top 3 Australian slang words:
Razor, Mate, Muppet.