I stumbled upon the Guerrilla Gardening Club while eating at one of their Monday night dinners at St.Timonthy’s church. I was really taken in by the amount of knowledge, opportunity, support, and love from the group. The GGC helps to beautify the community at the same time providing jobs, volunteer opportunities, and education to those wanting to better themselves and the world.
I was getting down like Charlie Brown at the Captain Nasty show at The Fuel Dock when I ran into my college friend Sofia. After talking to her I found out she was sailing the Pacific Ocean on the Lady Washington. I asked if I could join them on their trip north and due to the fact they were short one crew member it was perfect timing and I was aboard. Rolling back and forth on the wild blue ocean, looking off in all directions at the great expanse I felt a little more free inside, my heart was beating a little faster. I had to steer the boat and perform on watch to make sure we didn’t hit anything and do a body count, engine check, bilge check, and a host of other seafaring duties. On the second day I got sea sick and questioned if I had possible made a horrible mistake. At night I lay away in my bunk as the bulwarks creaked and moaned and the ship fell and rose against the northwest swell. By the end of the second day I was feeling a bit better and when we sailed under the golden gate bridge the foghorns were blowing like howling trumpets and I was very excited to get to land. Once on land I did my regular skateboarding, playing music, dancing, and reuniting with old friends and making new ones as I skipped through the full moon night with sparks of joy and excitement.
After surviving my three day seafaring journey aboard the Lady Washington. We motored up the central California Coast from Morro Bay to San Francisco and I met up with an old high school buddy I hadn’t seen in twenty years, rocked the dance floor at his bar and met this super cool tree activist, Jungle Bird, who is using humor to help stop deforestation. Some people say, “Oh, I’m just one guy what can I do?” Well this ONE guy is doing quiet a bit to help educate and empower people on how to stop deforestation. Check out his cool website at. http://junglebird.org
I met Walker and his girl Tammy one day while exploring the sand dunes with some friends. We happened upon their campsite, introduced ourselves and shared stories of wild times traveling, hitching, and camping in the wilderness. Walker showed me some of his handmade flutes and I told him we should jam out; So we jammed out. He and Tammy came over to The Brier Island (the 40 junk sail boat I’m living on with Captain Paul) and we jammed out with Captain Paul Armstrong, Michael, and who ever else happens to be around the north pier. One of my favorite things in life is meeting new people and jamming out with the spontaneous vibe.
I met Jack Smith of the Morro Bay Skateboard Museum from some this kid who was like, “Hey man… do you know there’s a guy named Jack Smith who skated across America 4 times and he has a skate shop and Museum right here in the middle of town.” And I was like, “No, way I would love to talk to this guy and possible get an interview!” After conversing with Jack for a minute I knew I had met one of the coolest skateboarders alive. Make sure you check out the museum on your next visit to central California’s majestic and awe inspiring Morro Bay. http://www.mbskate.com/
I met Zac back when I was playing in my punk band KOLA. Zac was friends with this really talented punk rock band Brainsick and we would meet up at these parties and dance and smash shit and get wild. Fast forward fifteen years and Zac is happily married to a wonderful wife and two cool kids and his love for bikes. I remember Zac worked at the local bike store and he would always be riding his bike around with a big smile on his face. Welcome to Zac’s Pump Track where cycling enthusiast of all ages from around Whatcom county join together during the summer months to race, jump, and roll around the sickest backyard bike track around.
A music video for “Third Person.” It’s about how we have so many parts to our personalities, bodies, minds, and spirits. Willow Jon river rafts, laughs, dances, plays music, makes friends with everyone including mischievous little monkeys, swims in a volcanic mud bath and continues his world wide tour of joy through Columbia and Ecuador. Enjoy!
Willow Jon continues his world adventures with a trip to South America where his curiosity, enthusiasm, and gigantic appetite for adventure are even bigger than ever. Animals, smiles, music, butterflies, pristine beaches, laughter and more. What else could your ask for?
Check out my audition tape for TLC’s show, “Cheapskates” I had so much fun skating around town, eating berries, doing back flips, playing guitar, getting free samples, hitchhiking, and sleeping in my hammock to show people how you can live life the Willow Jon way, like a professional cheap-skater. “Cheap, Cheap, Cheap Skating along! Just Cheap, Cheap, Cheap, Skating along!”
Willow Jon and April Joga ride Odessa and Eclips up Green Water trail to Echo lake in the great pacific northwest state of Washington, crossing creeks and bridges, under old growth forest with sunlight breaking through past wildlife and hikers, to a very peaceful place.. Some of the steep cliffs got my heart rate up a bit but I had to trust my horse. What a thrill.
In the fall of 2009 I took a trip to Thailand, Cambodia, and Loas. I filmed my experience playing music with the locals, exploring the captivating islands of southern Thailand, adventuring through the jungles of Cambodia to historic Anchor Watt, and chartering a slow boat and floating down the Mekong river for seven days with twelve strangers. As my English mate Simon would say. “It was pure Genius!”
I’ve been skating since I was about 8. I remember people riding banana boards on ramps in Sedona, Arizona behind the trailer I lived in. I got a board and I was hooked. Here’s a video of me skating in the birthplace of Skateboarding, Santa Monica and Venice Beach California.