This is our Small/Local Business review segment! Where we take a look at up and coming start up brands and businesses.
First up, Ultra Slappy Wax out of Bradenton, FL. Ultra Slappy Wax is a local skate wax company ran by Shawn Koi. Shawn’s a skateboarder, dedicated dad, and driven entrepreneur.
It’s always killer to see someone break out the norm and start their own thing. Shawn’s been putting in a lot of work over the years. Officially launching Ultra Slappy Wax back in 2013, he’s been on the grind ever since.
If you went to the most recent Tampa Pro chances are you could of crossed paths with Shawn. He had his booth set up at SPoT and hung out for the weekend. Shawn’s been hustle and gaining clientele and support across Florida.
He’s doing something he’s passionate about, while being a good father in the process. Shawn’s son, famously dubbed “Slappy Wax Kid” is usually by his Dad’s side and stoked for the day. Shawn’s one of the hardest working dudes in the Florida skate scene hands down. Make sure to give them a follow on Instagram at @ultraslappywax and support small business in the process.
Culture Pattern by Ryan Lodzinski is a local video featuring some of Central Florida’s up and coming talent. Featuring Tyler Lodzinski, Dan Miles, Dustin Drakesmith, Alex Szlabonyi, Dakota Berube, Corban Wartenberg, Koal Maddalena, Kyle Fansher, Beau Haines, and Drew Fall.
The premiere took place at Stardust Video & Coffee in Winter Park, FL. Stardust is a sick local gem in the heart of Winter Park. They serve coffee, beers, tea, and small snacks. Most importantly they open up their establishment to rad venues and video premieres that bring people together. This one so happened to be for the long-awaited, 2 years in the making, “Culture Pattern”.
It was a full house, people shoulder to shoulder, a long line at the bar, and a quaint Cafe full of anticipation. The lights lowered and the premiere was underway.
Starting with video teasers for District Skateboards and The LodSquad, cheers erupted to kick off the premiere. The Opener was filmer and brother of Ryan Lodzinski, Tyler Lodzinski. A Part full of power, style, and creative use of angles on the filmers end. It’s rad to see filmers get in on the action, not only can these guys film they both rip.
The video featured a solid soundtrack, great use of effects, and the skateboarding did not disappoint. Stand out Parts were Beau Haines, Dustin Drakesmith, Alex Szlabonyi, Drew Fall, and Kyle Fansher. Overall a great video, creative, attention-grabbing, and well received by the audience.
Peering around the room, all eyes were locked on screen, accompanied by the raising of Cell phones above the crowd to fill their feeds. The video wrapped and the place exploded. Highly recommend checking out the video, Culture Pattern can be purchased here.