Something has been missing for the last twenty years, and I never knew what it was. Then eight weeks ago I started this internship at Bamboo Skateboards. I have the advantage of being able to get through it with a friend. Mike has taught me a lot, but nothing as significant as the importance of bran.

For the last couple of months I’ve been starting my day with a cup of coffee, sliced oranges, and a big bowl of raisin bran. I love raisin bran.

I made a spelling mistake on my wrap up a couple weeks ago and wrote about ‘branstorming’ ideas. I thought ‘Branstorm’ would be a great name for a rasin bran-esque cereal. What makes it unique is the Branstorm Rating Scale, which is a 1-5 rating based on the cereal’s present fibre intensity. More fibre = higher branstorm rating.

Anyway, until I can make my entry into the cereal industry a reality, I am quite happy continuing to enjoy the great food I’ve been eating at restaurants around North County. I love ending a day the way it started – with a nice meal chock full of fibre. So for future interns, here’s a review of some of my favourite spots near the office, rated according to the Branstorm Rating Scale.

1. The Wok Inn
– Category 1 Branstorm
What the Wok Inn lacks in fibre-full food, it more than makes up for in atmosphere. Linda has been running the place for more than 20 years, and her spring rolls and Pho keep me going back. Have an extra bowl of bran in the morning and you’ll be able to enjoy the food without worrying about not hitting your daily fibre target.

2. Jay’s Gourmet
– Category 3 Branstorm
Jay’s is just a block from the beach and always busy which makes it a great dinner spot, and if you go with the whole-wheat spaghetti you’ll get more than enough fibre for one meal. You can smell the tomato sauce and garlic bread from the sidewalk and the wonderful energy at the tiny Carlsbad location always makes for a fantastic night. Get the calamari fra diavolo for something spicy and enjoy with a glass of wine.

3. Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen
– Category 2 Branstorm
One block west of the South Coast Highway you’ll find this gem serving everything from seafood pasta to steak and grits. Loaded with atmosphere (was packed on a Monday night) and excellent service, I recommend any of the Pig’s nightly specials. You can substitue any of the sides with a salad for fibre content. Reserve the corner table in the back with a bottle of wine.

4. 333 Pacific
– Category 4* Branstorm
Although I am biased towards fibre, I still like my protein and I’ll have to say that I’ve had my best steak at this beachside restaurant. Be sure to ask the waitress for the vegetable side selection to ensure your fibre quota. Reserve the couple’s seat facing the beach for a romantic and fiber-filled sunset dinner.
*must pair with vegetables

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!

The finals for Skatepark of Tampa’s Damn Am LA competition was this past Sunday. We drove up from Oceanside that morning and when we arrived at Nike’s Downtown facility, the competition was on its way. Athletes from around the world came to LA this weekend to fight for the opportunity to skip the qualifiers at Tampa Am in December and automatically advance to the semi-finals. 2nd through 12th place finishers earn themselves a spot in the qualifiers.

The indoor skatepark on 6th and Mill is in an amazing area of the city. The design of the warehouse mimics the surrounding architecture and the ‘distressed’ features of the interior reflect many of the popular local skate spots. If you haven’t experienced this side of LA, do it soon. It’s very easy to discount the factories and warehouses in the area as nothing more than a blur of bricks, but if you really pay attention, there’s so much beauty to be found in the decay of industrial Los Angeles.

Yesterday I went for a sail in San Diego. The sun was shining, the sky was clear, and the water was surprisingly warm. It was perfect. Now we’re all back to work after the long weekend. It’s almost 4pm and I still haven’t quite eased back into this week’s ‘work time’ mentality. Maybe by tomorrow morning I’ll be there.

There are some good events to look forward to in the next couple weeks. This Saturday is Clash at Clairemont and next weekend is the O.G. Jam Series. Both will be good opportunities to have some fun, promote Bamboo, and hopefully meet some cool people.

I’ll post again when it’s all over with some sweet photos of both events! Here’s one from yesterday to tide you over:



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)

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.



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!!