Well I began this summer like no other by leaving my contruction job of 3 years, definitely a hard decision
because at this point Forever United hadn't budded into the multi-million dollars operation overnight as I have so often dreamed. Accepting this isn't a world changing technology or invention or even an internet sensation I realized I have something that's even better, a concept with sustainability and our ways of moving at such a part-time pace was losing fans attention. So with my main source of income gone I took this one full-time. At the moment no property has been taken or turned off so I must thank all our customers for that, it's been amazing to see this thing at least float as of now and I hope we can continue to please.
My love of traveling most likely is due to my parents, and our family goes on fun trips every year. This year we visted Gatlinburg, TN where we stayed in a quiet mountain resort 5 minutes from downtown. Okay so basically Gatlinburg and the nearby town of Pidgeon Forge are huge tourist spots so basically its the same 30 buildings of shopping and food every few miles but the views are the phenominal. We drove and hiked the Great Smoky Mountains highest point, Clingman's Dome at a height of 6,643ft, unfortunately it was severly foggy but given our views from ascending the mountain it still felt awesome... and cold. We stopped at a lot of vehicle pull-outs for views/trails/mental decompression in the driving portion of the moutain to joy glimples of different miles of mountains each its own captivating view.
The annual thing is to have a family photo of us all wearing Forever United, so this year I took the opportunity to give them a live summer 2015 lookbook presentation and everybody got some new and/or custom merch. Combined with their old stuff its always rad to see us all out together reppin each day. The people that made me I grew up with and continue to support me all reppin' is the most instrumental thing I have. We met new people on the road to a ski lift for more rad views and so much more.
On the way back we checked in with Steve Nowak at the Oskar Blues Ranch in Hendersonville, NC for some BMX dirt at the spot once slayed by RedBull Dreamline contest pros. There was a dirt jam that might or might not have happened it was a failed attempt but about 7 guys got to session a set of medium to large dirt trails. Even though it was a bust it was great to meet some new people and kick it with Steve and the Dowell family whom we've known through the Trans Jam contest series and Virginia Beach scene. The plan was to head Wilmington for the Oneill Sweetwater Pro-Am to wrap up an awesome mountain vaction at the oppostive end of North Carolina on the beach but pending rain forced us back to Greenville, NC a day early. For more photos that aren't from a cell phone visit Brittany Rice Photography for here awesome captures of the scenery here.
We're gearing up for a big Back-to-School season, so students shake off that summer daze and prep for the seamlingly endless hours listening to boring teachers, trust me it will satisfy you in the long run to pay attention. We're in talks with teaming up with Backdoor Skateshop in a big way and we couldn't be more stoked if we can carry plans out right now! BD currently holds it down as one of THE places to get that non-mall streetwear in Greenville and helps keep the skate scene going with great owners and staff always ready to help. We'll be launching some crazy deals on select inventory and releasing details on new fall items over the next several weeks stay tuned for all that and more here at FUA Today!!