Our in-depth skate mission around the cities of Israel saw us run rampage around the spots of coastal capital, Tel Aviv, before we hopped in a car to endure some horrendous weather changes as we hit up Haifa, Be'ersheva and Jerusalem.
Acting as guide and hummus adviser for our team consisting of Felipe Gustavo, Korahn Gayle, Rob Maatman and Fries Taillieu was Boaz Aquino, who works in a skate shop as a manager. One day while picking up Boaz, Avi Luzia walked in. For those who don't know the name, Luzia's a long-time legend in the Israeli skate scene. I don't know him personally but is the first skater from Israel that I'd ever heard of, myself.
Tel Aviv has the most established skate scene in Israel, with a big, modern outdoor park that was the location for a Cliche Skateboards demo a few years back, but Jerusalem is home to one of the oldest skateshops in the country, Gili's Skateshop, owned by the gentleman that is Gili Levi.
This country has a very grassroots scene and a strong sense of community amongst the skateboarders, which was exciting to behold and be a part of.
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