The date was February 2-6 2012. The venues were Jogjakarta, Semarang, and Bandung.
The loss was many. But the love of skateboarding united us all.
Insanity - A word that may best describe.
Tour van Java 2012 Bus Tour Presented by Emerica x Skematic.
February 2, 2012 (Jakarta – Jogjakarta)
Emerica Indonesia skaters alongside Happen Skate Magazine gathered at Skematic Pela to pick up their “battle gears” a.k.a Emerica products.
Each and every one of the “soldiers” are well equipped with the latest footwear and apparel By Emerica. They definitely look hella sharp.
Bus leaves for Jogjakarta
MASSIVE traffic at Pantura (Pantai Utara Jawa). The traffic made the news everywhere as two trailers flipped over and hit a bus on the other lane. Huge U-turn and took alternative way
In summary, the first night was just pretty much traffic, traffic, and more traffic! A total disaster!
February 3, 2012 (Jogjakarta)
First stop-over. Stretching, smoking, and all that good stuff
Second stop-over at Cirebon (Got lost and it took us 10 hours to get to 200 km distance)
Went back into the bus and found out we got jacked! Some of the crew lost a Mac laptop, camera lenses, shoes, and clothes. Our patience was up to the ceilings of our heads!
Settled the case with Security and the Local Police. Decided to keep our chin up and continue the journey even though we just lost a huge chunk of our “Tour Asset”
Arrived Jogjakarta. Went straight to Gate Store for the Premier of Emerica x Carhartt DVD Screening. It was raining hard, but still about 60 Jogjakartans showed up!
Small get together with the Jogjakartans, complemented by some Bintang Beer.
In summary, the second day was full of struggle but yet we made it to our target destination. We were pretty ecstatic when we got off the bus that there were about 60 people waiting for us already. Even though this tour was announced mostly through word of mouth, we felt a little star-struck to see that the anticipation was there even though it was raining hard and we started super late at Jogjakarta.
February 4, 2012 (Jogjakarta)
Having the finger lickin’ good Jogja Gudeg Pawon. Destroyed the place and ordered 16 potions. They closed down after we came.
Check in to the hotel and hit the sack hard!
Showered up then head out to breakfast to meet up withprominent Jogjakartans in Lifestyle/skate industries. Including Diana (Slackers YK), Abah (Gate Store), Dimas Jerry (Hello Skateboard), and Ichan (Artist who has collaborated with Vans).
Check spots and morning skate session.
Heading out to SMA 9 for the Game of Skate Competition. About 100 people showed up…we were stoked!
Game of Skate ended. Yayan of Solo took the Prize home. IDR 1.000.000 + Massive free products from Emerica.
Tossed away free products from Skematic and Emerica from the bus. About 70 people crowded around the bus and our it almost got tipped over! A total pandemonium!
Back to the hotel and get dolled up for the Emerica x Skematic Tour van Java Party at Vanilla Sky Rooftop of Grand Aston Hotel.
In summary the third day was jam packed with activities. A lot of anticipation and swag in the local skaters’ faces trying to prove that small-city skaters definitely belong in the class that these big cities skater are at right now. They did prove us right since they took home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes beating the skaters that we brought from Jakarta. In addition, our giveaways definitely put a smile in their faces.
February 5, 2011 (Semarang)
Hit the sack hard!
Jogja city tour and some skateboarding around the city
Arrived at Ventura Bowl Semarang. It was crowded; about 120 people were already waiting. So we started right away - Bowl Competition Best Trick!
Leong of Bali took home the prize of Best Trick. CASH + Massive free products from Emerica.
Emerica x Carhartt DVD Premiere, while the whole Skematic and Emerica Crew skated the Ventura Bowl hoping for some good shots.
Leaving for Bandung
In summary, we were pretty stoked to see what a nice Skate Bowl Semarang has! The anticipation of the crowd was also great as they waited since 12 PM for us to arrive. Even when our arrival was delayed due to massive traffic (again) it was great to see over 100 people who waited for us even though it was hot as heck! In addition, Leong of Bali also showed us how to shred the bowl properly!
February 6, 2011 (Bandung)
Arrived Bandung and chilled over at Happen Skate Magazine crib.
Lunch at Legoh. Locally famous for its green chili.
Got to Lucky Line Skatepark for set up.
Emerica x Skematic Best Trick Competition started. About 100 kids showed up.
Ariez Cabe of Padang won the Competition. CASH + massive free products from Emerica.
Free gifts toss; Almost created a riot for people fighting over posters, stickers, shoes, necklace, and more.
OTW back to Jakarta
In summary, as we all know the anticipation of the Bandung crowd is always high when it comes to skateboarding. The talent was also definitely there as both of the competition winners were from Bandung. As soon as we arrive in Jakarta back is sore, knees are bruised, and wallets are thin. But all in all like I said, the love of skateboarding united us all.
I personally want to give a big shout out for all the Skematic Crew - Komzta (Our Road/ Emerica Brand Manager), Weissa, Dimas, and Wibi. Also shouts to all the Emerica skaters - Norman Genta, Yoga Feliciano, and Gilang Asa Negara. Much respect also to the Happen Skate Magazine boys Suri and Nareend. And finally the biggest holler goes out to Justin (Soletech USA), Abah (Gate Store Jogjakarta), Diana (Slackers YK), Ichan, MC Camel, Kopler, Polos Mamun (Treant Skateshop), and Ega (Linecoltd Bandung) who made this whole tour possible!