KEWDAY WANTED to do its first road trip, and we decided to plan it for the United States. It was the first-ever Australian board company to do a trip in the US--a van full of Australian blokes with two Seppos kind of guiding the way and showing them spots.
THE PLAN WAS TO GO from San Diego to Northern California for 10 days and see what we came up with, while making stops in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, San Jose, and San Francisco. The Kewday crew consisted of Chad Bartie, Andrew Currie, Joe Pease, and Scotty Standley. They've all been in the States at one time or another, but never together on a trip. The Aussies take pride in their culture--Cooper's beer, meat pies, and being Australian in general--so Grant, the filmer, and myself had a constant battle of backing the good 01' US of A against them. It made the trip interesting: Four (Aussies) against two (Seppos), with the word "kunt" being thrown around like nothing.
What does "Kewday" mean?
Currie: I've been asking the same question since I got on. Those Barties are kind of a weird bunch. I could be involved in some Manson-esque cultish shit and I'd be oblivious.
Bartie: There's no meaning to the word Kewday; it isn't in the dictionary. I guess it can mean whatever you want it to mean. In the future it will mean "that tight skateboard company from Australia that every kid likes and respects." what size skateboard
When did Kewday come about as a skateboard company, and what's been the response to it in Australia?
Currie: I think it's been around for a decade or so. I'd have to refer to my marketability notes and graphs to give you a detailed breakdown of where we sit as a market contender. Most people I've seen respond to it by putting griptape on the boards.
Bartie: It was a board company in Australia back in 1995 and '96; it got put on the back burner until three years ago when we decided to take it international. It's really strong in Australia, and will get stronger.
Pease: I just remember it from when I started skating. They had boards at Chad's father's shop.
Before you ever came to the States, what did you expect it to be like?
Currie: I was disappointed that every day didn't start with a roof drop like Lance's in Future Primitive. That's been my great American dream since I was 12.
Bartie: The first time I came to the States for skating was a long time ago, and I didn't really have expectations. I was just super amped to skate new spots and try to get photos in the US mags, which was a huge goal for me back then. Once I got one photo I wanted to get more in there. I guess it's like tattoos--once you get one, you want more. So I've been told.
Pease: I would always hear about how sketchy it is over here--lots of trolls! It's not that sketchy. But there are lots of trolls.
Does everyone in Australia call Americans "Seppos?"
Currie: It's pretty common. It's an acronym for Sweetest Ever Peoples Preferred Overseas. It's either that or Septic Tank Yank.
Bartie: All Aussies abbreviate words, as anyone who has met an Aussie knows. So Seppo is short for septic tank?
Pease: Yes, septic tank. A place where all the shit is stored. My mum's a Seppo. My dad's brother would actually call her a Seppo when she first moved out there.
What are some of the major differences between skating in Oz and the States?
Currie: Being in the southern hemisphere, in the same way that our toilet water flushes in the opposite direction to yours, we all drop in and go the wrong way. Please forgive us if we get in the way. It's just instinct.
Bartie: With skateparks, Australia is way better just for the simple fact of not having to wear pads. They're all free, and the new ones are getting really good. I know the Portland area is pretty mellow with pads, but the whole of Oz don't give a shit. Spot-wise it is pretty similar in the city areas, in the way of rails and stairs. Skatestoppers are a problem, and the cops are pretty mellow but there's always the exception. I think Oz all round, though, is more fun for skating and it's less of an ordeal to get to spots compared to Southern Cal, LA to SD.
Pease: Oz is a lot mellower. You don't have to drive that far. There's a lot of parks where you don't have to wear helmets. There are always new spots and you don't deal with cops that often.
Five favorite skaters to come out of Australia?
Currie: Al Boglio, Seb Steele, Jake Duncombe, Matt Mumford, Steve Gourlay.
Bartie: Joe Pease, Shane Cross, Jake Duncombe, Andrew Currie, Matt Mumford.
Pease: Shane Cross, Duncombe, Jackson, Bartie, Mumford the geriatric.
Does the industry seem more prominent over here than there?
Curie: Is that a serious question? You have television shows dedicated to skaters who buy miniature horses while Mum's negotiating their sunglass sponsorship deals. In Australia you get a beer for a trick over the channel, and I'm not complaining.
Bartie: Also, Australia only has the population of New York state, so if you take that into account, the population of skaters in Oz compared to the States is way smaller.
Pease: For sure. There are just so many more people in general in the States--and that means more people skating and more people buying skateboards.
Mexican food or meat pies?
Currie: Carne asada with guacamole pie, topped with Tapatio and served with a Tequila shot and Cooper's chaser.
Bartie: It's one of those other-side-of-the-fence deals. When in Oz, I miss good burritos. When I'm in the States, it's missing meat pies.
Pease: A Mexican meat pie.
Who's got the better beer selection, the US or Australia?
Currie: Cat's piss versus Cooper's--c'mon. You're just lucky the Mexicans saved your arses with a couple of decent brews.
Bartie: Australia, bitch.
What's the equivalent of a kangaroo in the States?
Currie: There's no such thing.
Bartie: I don't think there is an equivalent to kangaroos. That's what makes them tight. They are an animal that can't eat you and they're really super mellow, but if you annoy them they can kick the living shit out of you. Rip your guts out with one kick from their back legs and big claws.
Pease: There isn't anything that tight in America.
Best and worst things about coming to America?