Big up’s to our January Skater of the Month, Donovan Strain! It’s been a long time coming but hard work and dedication pays off. Donovan has been coming to the Lab longer than most of the local kids have been alive. Some might say this is where he got his start! Truth be told, Donovan used to work at Skatelab many, many years ago. Another truth, the counter top in the shop is now metal because Donovan decided to have an impromptu drum-off on the glass counter. Tip- screw drivers and griptape files are not good drum sticks! Donovan has left a pretty big mark at the park and is sure to go down in Skatelab history. We’ve endured a lot of shenanigans over the last two decades but none quite like Donovan’s. Who would have known what riding a Skateboard would lead to for this Simi local. Did we mention, Donovan will energy drink you under the table any day of the week! We’re honored to have Donovan’s support here at Skatelab and always stoked to see what new and exciting things he’s got going on, on and off the board.
Follow this OG on instagram and for god sake, buy him a Monster energy drink next time you see him!
Say hey to Nicolas Lopez, our December Skater of the Month! Nicolas has been riding at Skatelab for just a couple years but he’s coming up quick! It didn’t take very long for this young ripper to fit right in with the cool kids. Nicolas knows how to skate and he’s got some good “style” going on. We’re stoked to have locals like Nicolas here at the Lab. Make sure to say what’s up when you see Nicolas shredding the park!
Say hello to our November Skater of the Month, Trystan Purugganan. This little ripper is full of energy and determination. Trystan never skips a beat on the board as he is constantly improving and sharpening his skills. This young rider still has a long way to go and we’re stoked to watch his lever of skating grow. When you see Trystan at the Lab make sure to give him a high-five! Keep having fun out there Trystan!!
We’re happy to welcome longtime Skatelab rider Justin Freeman to the SOTM club. Justin has been skating here since 2002. He started as a young lab rat. Now at 22, he’s back at the Lab and ripping around the park. Look out for this guy charging the bowl or blasting through the street course. Justin skates fast and you don’t want to be in his path when he’s bouncing off the wall. This dude has some pretty big foot plants on lock! Well deserved and a long time coming. Great job Justin!
Say hello to Joey Ponce. He’s our September skater of the month! Joey has been flying under the radar for awhile. This 19 year old ripper has been killing the night sessions with all the locals. Catch him at the Lab pretty much every night and don’t forget to bum him a Pepsi.
Big up’s to our August Skater of the Month, Chris Martinez! This 22 year old born and raised Simi local is here everyday! Chris seems like a pretty humble dude but he’s got a loud mix of tricks. With only a few years of visiting the Lab, Chris is blowing up! Stoked to see this guy ripping the park and showing other locals whose boss on games of SKATE. Great job Chris!
ROSCOE & SHEPHERD ROBERTS
Our July skater of the month title goes to two awesome brothers. Roscoe and Shepherd Roberts. This marks the first time in Skatelab history that we’ve given SOTM to TWO riders! Skatelab has had a lot of rad brothers shred the park over the last two decades and we’re stoked to see these two young rippers throwing it down. Look out for Roscoe and Shepherd around the park and make sure to say what’s up!
Hey hey hey.. let’s welcome Robert Stepp to the skater of the month club. This young ripper has been riding the park just under a decade and has been a familiar face ever since! We’re stoked to say Robert is our June skater of the month. Make sure to say hi or buy him a coke when you see him around the park this month.
Shout out to Daniel Yanez. Our May skater of the month. When the sun goes down this Simi local comes out. Daniel is killing the park almost every night. With less than 3 years skating this dude is coming up quick! We’ve been seeing backside flips down the grass-gap, kickflip back tails to 270 bigspin out and a whole slew of tricks up his sleeve. Daniel works hard out there and we’re happy to have such a dedicated skateboarder in our presence,
Word up to our April skater of the month, Kristion Jordan! This young ripper has been shredding the Lab at least once a week for the last year. We’ve definitely had a close eye on his skating.and we’re stoked to welcome Kristion into our skater of the month club. Keep killin’ it K!