WELCOME to the Embassy Pride. When we got the call that Jaime Mateu was looking for a new board sponsor, we didn’t waste time evaluating that situation. We busted out the calculator to calculate Dollars to Euro’s and BOO-YA-KAA, Jaime will be getting in the van, hopping on the plane or stepping on a train. It’s going to be an added adventure to every Embassy road trip coming to a town near you. We are stoked to have this crazy Spaniard added to the mix. Jaime was scheduled for a visit to the Embassy HQ in Houston, Texas to meet the Embassy “OG’s” and the local Houston Pride. We maximized our time to hit as many spots possible. North Spring Skatepark, Galveston, Gulfton, Southside, Lee and Joe Jamail Downtown Houston, EZ-7, Houston Vert Ramp (HVR) would all get abused. It was a full packed week of adventure. Nathan Midgette’s number was drawn for a Texas trip. So he was up for duty. They both got to shoot guns for the first time. What’s a trip to the “Lonestar State” if you can’t go blow some shit up. All in all, it was gnarly session’s every stop we hit. Just imagine when Ben Johnson, Collin Graham, Ronan Livingston, Dylan O’Neal, Cody G and the rest of the posse all get in on it.
Nathan Midgette flew into Houston to get in on the fun. This was just a glimpse of what’s to come. Nathan was on fire the whole week.
Next stop was North Spring Skatepark. There is always to much tranny for the mind to comprehend at this Texas sized playground. of course Jaime would figure out 5 NBD’s in about 5 minutes. It was a crazy 3 hours to witness the concrete assault. From backside Boneless to fakie on the full pipe outer extension to gnarly transfer’s taking most things to revert. The speed, the risk, the confidence, the makes had me knowing we made the right decision in acquiring Jamie. When I spoke to Todd Prince about the opportunity to get Jaime on Embassy, he just said “What?, Are you kidding me? Make that happen”.
Special shout out to Tyler and Marley for taking the boy’s out to shoot some guns. It isn’t a proper trip to Texas if you don’t get to act like crazy Texan’s with guns. It was a fun day. Nathan was super stoked to feel to power and kick. He handled that Glock-9 like a pro defending his mom’s house. Seeing the two skeet shoot with the shotgun was entertaining. It left both guys itching to go skate.
Words and photos by Lee Leal