EMB 30 Year Reunion
Last Saturday, September 19th, the EMB Reunion BBQ went down at what was once the epicenter of modern street skating: Justin Herman Plaza. I see and hear the word “legend” thrown around all too casually these days. Especially in skateboard circles. I’ll refrain from using that term, but I will say that there were plenty of reasons why you skate the way skate walking around that day. There were way too many scenes and eras that were influential and helped shape skateboarding to say that one was more important than the other. But you’d be hard pressed to deny EMB their rightful place as one of the most influential ones. Beyond even the skating, some of us went on to start our own companies that are still relevant and influencing a newer generation of skaters today. I don’t think any of us would’ve had even the faintest idea where skateboarding would take us. But we did know that we had a bond that would last us the rest of our lives. And just to clarify, Embarcadero was the spot, EMB was the crew. And if you were down with the crew, you were down for life. —Jon Constantino
Photos: Joe Brook
Greg Carroll, Mike Carroll aka Nerd, James Kelch aka Big Dirt, and Karl Watson
Rick Ibaseta and Justin Girard aka Bushwick
MC the King in his court
Henry Sanchez, Casey Benson, Karl Watson, Mike Carroll, Chico Brenes
Arco having a Warriors moment. "Can you dig it"
Henry Sanchez, Karl Watson, Gerry Smith aka Geez, Adam Schneider, Mike Cao aka Wing Ding
Mad Circle reunion Mike Cao and Justin Girard
Daly City's Finest Greg Carroll, Danny Alvarez, Mike Carroll
Chef Pierre and Big Dirty
Jer Kreselmeyer, Sam Smyth, and Cody WIlkins
Arco's ready to party
Major Insta bump in effect for EMB's 30 year Anniversary.
Shelby Woods aka Beet Farmer, Chico, The Swiss Miss Smyth, Casey, Kelch, Carroll, Al, Rachel aka Oh Boo, and Lee Smith aka Puma
Casey,Chef Pierre,Shelby Woods
Cheeks and Sanch
EMB Finest's scoping out the T Dogs.
Lee Smith, Shelby Woods, Ben Sanchez, Gerry Smith, AL, Thorin, Shamil Randale, Maurice Key, Sam Smyth, Jake Vogel, and Jer Kreselmeyer
EMB's OG mixed in with everyone that came out to celebrate 30 years of EMB.
6/22/2020Carroll, Koston, Karl, Jovontae, Chico and legend after legend go off in Meza’s SF masterpiece from ‘96 that inspired generations of street skaters. This is canon.
5/25/2020The present meets the past with Lakai’s rerelease of the OG Carroll. Senior Designer Aaron Hoover and Mike put it in perspective with his sole decisions and early influences. Put on a pair and get back to better days.
3/31/2020You saw the article in the mag, now watch the Girl/Choc crew literally Skate and Destroy Carroll’s crib. F that deposit.
3/17/2020Broadcasting from the Bay Area, around the globe and back, Tafari, Desmond, Jahn, Marcello, and DeMarquis deliver the goods with style and gusto before Lil Dre detonates the grand finale.
3/16/2020One of the cleanest teams out rolled through for a power-packed session. Campanello, Perez, Lil’ Dre and the rest of the clique hit with precision on every piece of the park. Even Karl Watson keeps up with the kids on a twisted front nose combo. These guys are making the right moves.