This week we will celebrate the 4th of July. I’ll honor this country’s birthday with a bit of Americana from my photo collection, The Cars of Oceanside, California, that I’ve been working on all summer. Enjoy!

I can’t believe it’s already week three. I know this summer is going to fly by and it’s really bittersweet. I’m excited to see what else this internship at Bamboo has to offer, but it also means that I’ll be clinging on to the summer long after it’s over. My spring semester only ended last week so I didn’t have any time between finals ending and starting work at Bamboo to enjoy some time off, so getting out of the office to go down to San Diego for our first two skatepark visits was a nice compromise. I’ve never been that far south so it was great to see a cool new area of California. I will definitely be going back to SD soon to really check out the city.

Back in Oceanside, it’s hard to stay away from the beach when it’s always in sight. Hopefully I will get a longboard soon and finally learn to surf, but until then I’ve been enjoying the perfect California summer just laying out in the sun. The view certainly never gets old:

Yesterday, the sales skatepark team visited two parks in San Diego . Kelly was awesome and drove us around and arranged to bring some riders and a cameraman.

Three tips for our next visit:

1. Kids love stickers. The bigger stickers provide more value and make it easer to write the offer and promo code on the back.
2. Bring decks. We left ours in a last-minute vehicular change. You really want to show the kids the decks and graphics. Think tactile product engagement, Apple Store style.
3. Always carry a spare tire. We had a blowout on the I5 and thankfully Kelly had a fifth wheel in the trunk.


Call me crazy, but I love the feeling of leaving the warm, sandy beaches of Hawaii enroute to the hustle and bustle of LAX . I get a chance to catch up on some much needed ZzZzzZ’s and I walk off the plane feeling motivated!
I always like to start off with a breakfast of champions, courtesy of Sloopy’s. You’ve got to try the Mushroom Croustini if you’re ever in the area!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it down to the office in Oceanside on this recent visit due to a flight delay. But luckily, my Dad sells his chips onboard Hawaiian Airlines and they partially pay us in miles, so I’ll be back soon!

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for some of his products in our Scavenger Hunts!
[hint hint: Go Follow us on Twitter: @SkateBamboo // Facebook & Instagram @Bamboo Skateboards]
Speaking of which, the main point of my blog this week was to send a big wave of Aloha to all of my teammates because they are all doing a tremendous job! Working with 10 other people is tough — not to mention we’re spread across a few different time zones!  But no one can work alone. Even DMX has the roughriders. You can’t stop drop and open up shop without a team. [props if you can guess which movie that lines from]

On that note, I’ll leave you with some awesome tuneage that’s been getting me through this hectic workweek 🙂
To A Friend (Adventure Club Remix)

Hey I’m Marina. I was born in Jamaica and went to school in the Cayman Islands for ten years. When I was choosing where to go to university, I wanted to experience something completely different, but warm weather and the ocean were things I couldn’t leave behind. Growing up in the Caribbean, anything under 75 degrees is sweater weather, so anywhere with snow was out. I had never been to the west coast before, but LA seemed like it would have everything I was looking for. I moved three years ago to start at USC and could not be happier with the choice I made.

I’m studying marketing at USC and I’m looking forward to getting real word experience during this internship. Plus the Bamboo office is only a few blocks from the beach.. what could be better?!

Bamboo – Rootical Boom

Hi, I’m Mike. I’m the career changer in the group. Ten years ago I became a middle school teacher but then moved to the Caribbean to run a country’s sailing program. Been a great ride so far. I decided to spend 2013 taking a digital marketing program at college and spending the summer doing something different. So here I am.

Here’s my list of things I learnt during the first week:

1. Carry your photo identification AT ALL TIMES. Although I’m flattered at the age of 35 to be asked to prove I’m 21, every single bar and restaurant in Oceanside requires proof. Don’t forget it if you’re like me and enjoy an apres work beer.
2. Watch dropbox. It’s got a mind of its own. Biggest source of stress so far. Let everyone know that you’re updating a file and don’t forget to change the filename date.
3. Ask questions. I had an amazing conversation with Wyatt about how the decks are made. It was super interesting and every intern should really learn about the products we sell.
4. The coconut milk soup at The Wok Inn on Mission Avenue downtown Oceanside is, ahem, to Thai for.  Say hi to Lynn.

Have a good one.

This is just the beginning of an amazing experience, and I am beyond stoked to be a part of the class 16 group of interns…however; instead of being in California with most of my class, I am stuck in Ohio working remotely.  My plans are still up in the air for now of when I will be moving out to California, but I am hoping it is as soon as possible.  In the meantime, I am currently in my last quarter of school and will graduate from The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati in June with a BA in fashion marketing and management.  Wait, back up…fashion?  Yes, I have always had a love for fashion, music, art, and culture, but I have also found my real niche in activewear and my calling in action sports.  In high school I started wakeboarding and soon enough, snowboarding, which has lead me here as an intern with Bamboo Skateboards!

I found this internship on an up and coming action sports careers website called Super Rad.  Three weeks before I became an intern for Bamboo, I was constantly staying up until 3a.m. researching job posts because 1. I am a very determined person, and 2. I want to be in the action sports industry…like, yesterday.

So anyways, I found Bamboo’s internship post and I was automatically pumped after researching and learning more about the company.  This program is literally one-of-a-kind.  The in-depth experience, the culture, and the knowledge that we are going to gain from this is unreal!  I am looking forward to learning more about the industry so I can take as much as possible with me into the real world.

Today, we are slowly coming towards the end of the first week and it has been a crazy ride so far.  There is so much information to take in and keep up with, but one thing is for sure.  I have met (not technically ‘met’, but you know what I mean) so many awesome people and have learned some valuable life

lessons.  I am so grateful to be a part of this experience and I am excited to see what is next for Bamboo Skateboards, our class, and to be able to look back and see how much I have grown as a person after this!

“Today is the start of a new adventure. New challenges to face, new memories to make, and new obstacles to overcome.”     -Nishan Panwar


Check out this song that’s going to keep me motivated to move out West!



Late night wake sess.



In the early 1800s Thomas Jefferson purchased new territory, referred to as the Louisiana Purchase,  that would double the size of the United States. This westward expansion would fuel the growth of  the “empire of liberty” that would eventually span from coast to coast on this majestic piece of earth. I just want to say thank you Tommy J for pulling the trigger on that one because if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be living the dream right now in beautiful SoCal. Like my boy TJ, I have also expanded westward. Of course we’re talking on a much smaller scale in terms of purchasing land, or in my case a month to month lease, but it is relatively similar in terms of distance. I come from a suburb right outside of DC called Vienna, Virginia and now reside in San Diego. One month ago, after landing the internship with Bamboo Skateboards, I decided to pull the trigger on moving out here to be as close to the scene as possible. By scene I mean the action sports scene. Vienna is nice town and DC can be great, but everyone would rather ride the metro (subway system) or a segway than any board with wheels attached to it. It’s a very different world, a world I would rather not live in for my passion lies outside of the district walls, away from government and IT (two of the most prominent professions in the area). My passion lies in this world, the world of skate, snow, surf, wake, etc. If the action sports scene was in DC, I would be the happiest man alive. The beaches, beautiful weather and people of SoCal are just icing on the cake for me.

Thomas Jefferson knew that westward expansion was key to the nation’s health. He knew that the move would strengthen our growth as a nation and our freedom. I knew this move would grow and stretch me unlike anything I have ever experienced before and it certainly has given me a broad new sense of freedom. I know this internship will do the same as it is a great step in the right direction for me. I am very lucky to be a part of it. Theres a lot of hard work ahead but the rewards and benefits are well worth it. I’m happy to be here, super stoked to be a part of Bamboo Skateboards and so far I’m thinking this move has been the best thing I have ever done for myself. You have to treat yourself every once in a while, buy yourself something to reward your hard work. It could be a shirt, perhaps a book to inspire you…I think I just bought the first piece to my new life. Happy Friday! Until next time.



It’s amazing how things change especially once college is over. You graduate, receive that hard earned degree and enter into the world of competition and self actualization. It’s pretty exciting, but also scary not knowing what exactly comes next. Luckily for our generation, we can browse through the internet searching tirelessly for new jobs, internships, or figure out what’s next without having to leave the keyboard. With the huge inventory of jobs and opportunities that I saw, it was hard to be qualified or they weren’t up my alley, meaning they seemed to take advantage of free labor. Then one day something popped up about an internship for a skateboard company called Bamboo Skateboards. And get this, IT ACTUALLY HAD DETAILS AND PAST INTERN FEEDBACK! In that action sports industry it’s really hard to find quality entry level jobs or internships. Bamboo Skateboards rose way above many of the other internships in that it had passionate feedback. It’s only the first week, but I can already tell this internship will really prove to be a mentorship and facilitate personal growth with an emphasis in professional development. I’m so excited for this opportunity, and can’t wait to get to sunny San Diego!!