Tony Karr has grown up ripping the streets of East LA oozing style and creativity. We were lucky enough to have Ira Ingram documenting Tony recently, and the proof is in the pudding. Tony Karr for President!
“Tony Karr could be Mark Gonzales’ little brother. And he’s as good as Mark too” – JLee
Welcome to the World of Stereophonic Sound!
Filmed & edited: Ira Ingram
Additional filming: James Buchmann , Nick “Neesh” Kennahan, Taylor Claycomb, John Sullivan
Intro & additional editing: Mark Spencer
Music by: “Faithful Man” – Lee Fields – Truth and Soul Records TruthandSoulRecords.com
Stereo Co-captain Chris Pastras and Stereo Pro Clint Peterson get taken for a ride through Elysian Park. Sadie, Mingus and Wizard pull these 2 on their Stereo Extended Player (EP) Cruisers. Larger, tougher, colored trucks & gripped.
Filmed by: Mark Spencer & John Sullivan
Edited by: Mark Spencer
Music: Edith Piaf – “Milord”
Saturday May 25th in Marseille, France, classical piano player – Fortunato d’Orio (from the Opera de Mulhouse) covers classic tunes from 20 classic skate parts – while the video part plays on a giant screen. Watch the preview video for Stereo’s Carl Shipman’s part from “A Visual Sound”.
Jason Lee, Stereo, Skateboarding and the French Quarter of New Orleans = A DANG GOOD TIME! Follow J.Lee and a buddy cruise the streets of NOLA on their EP boards. The man simply does not loose a beat! Enjoy!
Filmed by: Todd Taylor
Clint Peterson Intro: Filmed by Mark Spencer
Edited by: Mark Spencer
Fisher pops a fakie ollie in Paramont, Calif. – Photo: Karpinski
“The Fisher King” By Chris Nieratko
Stereo Skateboards newest rider, Ben Fisher, is a rarity among skateboarders. Generally most up and coming ams throw caution to the wind and worry about the now — never planning for the future. Fisher is just the opposite: he works very hard on the now, (just watch his welcome video part that’s a minute plus longer than what Stereo asked for), but his sights are locked on the horizon down the road. He’s currently studying real estate and realizes he might not be the next Paul Rodriguez — but he’ll be able to sell Rodriguez his next house.
XGames.com caught up with Fisher to discuss Stereo, Stacks and the art of driving stick.
XGames.com: How did you get on Stereo? Fisher: I was on Stacks [Skateboards] and I had skated with Chris [Pastras] and Jason [Lee] before at The Berrics and seen them about in LA. We always said hi to each other and have been super cool. Once Stacks went out of business they (Stereo) hit me up and asked what was up. We took it from there. I told them where I wanted to be and they were down to back me and now I’m here.
Nate Greenwood hails from West Springfield, Massachusetts and came our way by word of mouth and the good folks at Theory Skate Shop. When we all saw his footage, our jaws dropped collectively. It was immediately clear the world needed to see this video part. Speaking to Nate, you immediately realize he’s a humble cool fellow, and manages to skate this good while working at a skate shop and attending college full time. We are proud to announce Nate Greenwood as our newest Stereo team member.
Welcome the the World of Stereophonic Sound!
As you can see Nate’s footage is filmed largely in the city Boston and we would like to dedicate this video to victims of the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon.
Filmed by: Alex Pelletier, Intro by Jacob Messex.
Edited by: Mark Spencer
Music by: “Dr. Killjoy” (Instrumental) – Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7 – Truth and Soul Records
Once a month on Ride Channel, the Stereo Skateboards crew will bring you a stylish edit for your viewing pleasure.
Look for full video parts from up and comers like Ben Fisher, ripping montages with Pro’s like Clint Peterson and Kyle Leeper, and Classics footage and some laughs with Jason Lee, Chris Pastras, Matt Rodriguez and the rest of the squad.
“You rarely hear the words “Technical” and “Stylish” used to describe one person, but I remember hearing them to describe Ben’s skills a few years back. When I did finally see Ben skate, I can say I added “Powerful”, ”Determined”, and “Consistent” to those descriptives. The dude has the correct ingredients. His name has been circulating in our camp since that first encounter years back, and we’re happy to say he’s now on the Stereo team. Be on the lookout because this kid’s on a warpath.” – Chris Pastras
“Ben Fisher is one of the most impressive skaters I’ve ever had the privilege of watching” – JLee
Filmed by: Sully
Edit/motion graphics: Mark Spencer
Song: “Enchanted Sea” by Martin Denny
Sometimes, when my cat jumps into a cardboard box I’ll quickly shut the lid and carefully carry the whole special package to another part of the house. I’ll set it down, open it up and he’ll pop his head up and look around at his new surroundings.
“You went in the teleportation module!” I’ll announce, grinning at my furry friend.
The cat will stare me down with his piercing feline eyes.
“You reckless bastard” his little cat expression says. “You did not take adequate clean room precautions!” he reprimands. “There could have been a fly in here and our DNA could have got all jumbled up together! What the hell were you thinking?”
He’s right. It is dangerous.
This is why the latest Following video is the best so far. Virtuoso sidewalk surfer and solid friend of the bird Kyle Leeper already knew about the perils of teleportation yet he forged ahead all the same.
Here’s how it came to be: I transported my life to Portland to wallow in the misery of a northwestern winter. My departure from Southern California of course left a gaping hole but instead of getting depressed about what was gone Kyle got sparked on all that remained; smart Kyle. Joe Pease and him blasted around the streets of San Diego fearlessly hyperlinking between spots with little regard for the inherent hazards. If the results of their efforts don’t make you want to skate then we can be of no further help to you. Good day. – John Rattray
Stereo Skateboards pro, Kyle Leeper, lives in Carlsbad, California, with his wife, his son, his fish, 2 dogs and another baby on the way. Below we discuss 7 profound topics including sponsorship deals, human reproduction, this video project and generally being stoked.
1. When’s the 2nd child due?
Due right around the same time date as my first son was born, late August. Damn! So you guys must get horny right around the same time of year.
Yup, right around December I’m ready to go! Well, it gets cold.
Yeah, these harsh Carlsbad winters get pretty gnarly. 2. How long have you been riding for Stereo?
A couple of years I think. I could be wrong give or take a year either way. Have you been on many trips with those dudes?
Yeah, we’ve done a couple. We did an Arizona trip which was pretty cool. We did an article for Skateboarder. We also did a trip out to New Jersey and New York and did a couple of demonstrations and skated around New York for a week. That was a good one. Who was the crew on those?
Arizona was pretty much the whole team: Jack Sabback, Clint Peterson, Raymond, Benny Fairfax, Chris Maalouf, Alex Schmitt, Pastras was out there. It was actually a WESC collaboration trip so Ray Barbee was there, that was pretty awesome. A few other heads were there and then New York was pretty much the same posse plus Jason Lee was there on that one. How was being on a trip with Jason Lee?
It was pretty cool. We skated the cruiser boards around one night. That was pretty awesome. I’ve hung out with him a couple of times but…
Yesterday Today Tomorrow – Chris Pastras, Tim Kerr & Friends
Some photos from the awesome show on Saturday, big thanks to everyone for coming out, the artists for letting us show their amazing work, and Arthur Lindsey for making it all happen. – Chris Pastras
Join Jason Lee and Chris Pastras, aka Biff and Corey, as they stumble upon Tony Karr, Sean Pablo, and Nick Zizzo sessioning the legendary Bronson Canyon Ditch on the new bigger and better Stereo “Extended Player” Vinyl Cruiser. These decks come complete and ready to rip with free sunnies, a keychain, and a custom grip tape job. Enjoy!
Filmed by: John Sullivan, Jacob Messex and Raymond Molinar
Editing/Graphics: Mark Spencer
Directed & Produced by: Jason Lee & Chris Pastras
Music: Agent Orange “Miserlou”
Come celebrate self expression and friendships old and new!
Stereo Skateboards proudly present the release of Tim Kerr’s guest artist board series and Light In The Attic Records present the official reissue of ‘Where’s My Towel?’ the debut full length LP from The Big Boys.
Art for sale, friends to see, giveaway of records and new Big Boys skate decks from Conspiracy.
Michael C. Hsiung
Andrew Martin Scott
SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH
Ranch & Roll
5106 Fountain Ave. Hollywood, CA
Clint Peterson’s solo art show “Conversations with a Pine Cone” was last Saturday at the Temple Space in Los Angeles. Check out some footage from the show including his pieces, plus members of the skate and art community that came out to support.
Video: Colin Clark Films
Music: Miles Davis – “So What”
After many years of good times and travels far and near, Stereo and Benny Fairfax have mutually and respectfully decided to part ways. Benny is a unique talent, and garnishes a following wherever he goes, often on his board with his silky smooth style, and often by simply walking into a room and giving that magical Benny smile. He will be missed by all of us and we truly wish him the best in his future endeavors. This is certainly not the last you will hear or see of him in the skateboarding media.
Back in 1992, we built a company that reflected our personalities, our creative influences and, most importantly, our own take on this thing we love called skateboarding. With that in mind, Stereo Sound Agency was born.
Join us for Stereo’s 21st Birthday, celebrating 21 years of avante-garde aesthetic, full fidelity sound and retro-modern skateboarding.
Cheers from Stereo!
Stereo Skateboards. Timeless, Classic & Original.
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For our first “Agents In the Field” of the New Year, Clint Peterson hits the streets of LA and cruises and rips only like Clint can…the Boy Smoooth!
Stereo’s Cereal Box 45 Series decks are in stores now with pro models for Clint Peterson, Benny Fairfax, Ben Gore and Kyle Leeper.
Filmed by John Sullivan and Jacob Messex
Editing & motion graphics by Mark Spencer
Music: “You Never Get Too Big And You Sure Don’t Get Too Heavy, That You Don’t Have To Stop And Pay Some Dues Sometimes” – Doug Sahm & The Sir Douglas Quintet
Awesome video with Stereo Pro Benny Fairfax and the adidas team – Mark Gonzales, Dennis Busenitz, Silas Baxter-Neal, Lucas Puig, Pete Eldridge, Nestor Judkins, Vince del Valle, Jake Donnelly and Mark Suciu in New York City. Shot in August 2012.
Start your morning right with Stereo’s Cereal Box 45 Series. Now with vitamin-fortified pro models for Clint Peterson, Benny Fairfax, Ben Gore and Kyle Leeper. Watch Tommy Fynn get some in the streets after his daily dose of High Fidelity.
Stereo’s Cereal Box 45 Series decks are in stores now!
Stereo Co-Captains, Jason Lee and Chris Pastras, head “Way Out East” again! Accompanied by Clint Peterson, Kyle Leeper, Raymond Molinar, Jack Sabback, Tony Karr, Alex Schmidt and Christian Maalouf, the guys meet and greet with Jersey CCS fans, sign some posters/faces, and make their way to a park session with NJ Skateshop in Sayreville.
Jason Lee, Chris Pastras and Clint Peterson shooting at the Keep A Breast office for the KAB Magazine! Watch photographer Giovanni Reda get the cover shot and follow the boys to a KAB signing at Zumiez in Camarillo, CA.
Stereo Sound Agency has partnered with The Keep A Breast Foundation with this exclusive Stereo Vinyl Cruiser to raise awareness and support for KAB’s continuing efforts to eradicate breast cancer. KAB and Stereo want you to get out into the world and be active everyday. $3 from the sale of this Stereo x KAB collaboration vinyl cruiser skateboard will benefit KAB’s support, education, and prevention programs. Skate safe and have fun.
“The Stereo Vinyl Cruiser/Keep A Breast collaboration board is something we’re extremely proud of – it’s a great way to support an important cause and have fun the same time.” – Jason Lee
“Breast cancer has affected my family, so working with KAB has always held special meaning for me. I did a hand-painted breast casting for the foundation years ago, so to reconnect and do this project was really special.” – Chris Pastras
Meet the REMIX, an innovative take on the classic Vinyl Cruiser. The Vinyl Cruiser Remix offers a wider nose, longer tail and more mellow kick. Based on team testing and feedback, the Remix also features a center rib for added rigidity, powder-coated trucks with risers, and strategic wheel wells for reduced wheel bite. A Bigger Better Ride!
Stereo Vinyl Cruisers and the REMIX are in stores now, so get yours, get out and get some!
Interview: Christian Senrud
Photos: Aaron Smith unless otherwise noted.
Stereo has a long history of riders who possess that extra little something that subtly sets them apart from the others. Ethan Fowler, Jason Lee, Pastras, Renaud, Raymond, Clint and on and on. They’re all different but because of their finesse, power and individual styles and takes on skateboarding, they all emanate that classic Stereo vibe that we’ve come to expect from the Sound Agency. So when last year Stereo announced some team additions I was curious who would be on board. Alex was one of them and sure enough his skating has that subtlety inherent to all the classic Stereo riders.
I met Alex in the van on the way out to Arizona for the first Stereo team trip in a few years. He was one of the more motivated people on the trip, skating every spot and getting something at pretty much every one of them whether it was for the cameras or not. After the trip he kept the ball rolling, going out with Aaron and various photographers to shoot, so we decided to do an interview with him to get to know him a little better. Enjoy. :
Who are you, where are you from and who do you ride for?
My name’s Alex Schmidt, I’m from Leucadia, California and I skate for Stereo, Theeve Trucks, Insight clothing and I actually just got my first Nike box yesterday so I’m pretty stoked on that.
SkateboarderMag.com Photos: Aaron Smith
The whole gang, plus a few we picked up along the way. (From top left to bottom right) Steven Webb, Mark Spencer (Filmer), Christian Maalouf, Tommy Fynn, Raymond Molinar, Benny Fairfax, Alex Schmidt, Clint Peterson, Eli Reed, (Bottom left) Random Homeless Guy, Kyle Leeper, Chris Pastras, John Sullivan (Stereo Team Manager), Steven Synder, Jack Sabback and Ray Barbee.
Long-time friends, Jason Lee and Chris Pastras, founded Stereo Skateboards in 1992. With two decades of professional skating and a uniquely rich heritage, Stereo continues to produce top quality products with an avant-garde aesthetic and full fidelity sound.
The Fall ’12 range boasts an original catalog of wood, vinyl and softgoods. At the forefront, Stereo introduces two new Pro-Model collections: the Daily Essentials series and the Cereal Box 45 series. Stereo’s new softgoods range features premium apparel, headwear and accessories. The catalog also showcases the evolution of the Stereo Vinyl Cruiser. Look for limited edition colorways, a Keep A Breast collaboration project and the Vinyl Cruiser Remix—an innovative take on the classic Vinyl Cruiser. And lastly, Stereo takes its boldest step yet in the Vinyl Cruiser story with the release of the Wood Vinyl Cruiser.