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In this issue
  • CCS Catalog
  • Kev's Kreations: The Rambo Ripper
  • Emerica x Sriracha Gallery
  • 100 Kickflips: Nike SB FC Classic vs. Koston Hypervulc
  • El Torito Recap
  • 100 Kickflips In The Etnies Marana Michelin
  • Naomi Punk Interview
  • Lizzie Armanto Interview
  • Interview with Sean Cliver of Paisley Skates
  • 40s And Shorties Interview
  • Nike SB FC Classic Shoe Review
  • Nike SB P-Rod X Shoe Review
  • Go Skateboarding Day 2017: Pop For Pizza
  • Foul Balls: WKND vs. Nike SB
  • Lakai: The Flare Video Premiere
  • Jason Harvey Interview
  • 100 Backside 360's In The Supra Shifters
  • 1000 Grind Wear Test: Indy Stage 11 Trucks
  • Arcade Belts: 100 Hamburger Wear Test
  • CCS to SLO: CCS Am Trip
  • CCS Apparel Summer '17 Lookbook
  • Brixton Broadcast: Murder City Devils
  • Thaynan Turns Pro
  • History Of The Polo
  • etnies Jameson HT Shoe Review
  • 100 Kickflips In The Clear Weather Donny
  • 100 Kickflips In The Vans Gilbert Crockett 2
  • Kev's Kreations: The Crust Crusher
  • CCS Poster Series
  • Sebo Walker Interview
  • 100 Kickflips In The Osiris D3
  • Adidas Kung Fu Shoe Review
  • Clear Weather Jeffrey Shoe Review
  • Back Light: Kevin Enis
  • CCS Behind The Ad: Kevin Kowalski
  • Habitat x Twin Peaks: Interview With Habitat Founder Joe Castrucci
  • Andale Bearings Spring 2017 Product Review
  • CCS Artist Series: Snakey Jakie
  • CCS Artist Series: Andre Fortes
  • Huf Hupper 2 Lo Shoe Review
  • Artist Series: Jackson Epstein Interview
  • Artist Series: Andrew McCarthy Interview
  • The Making of CCS x Loud Ben Raybourn Headphones
  • 100 Tricks in the Nike SB Blazer Low XT with Ben Raybourn
  • Ryan Lay's Welcome Wear Test
  • CCS Apparel Spring '17 Lookbook
  • Etnies Helix Shoe Review
  • Nike SB Zoom Dunk Low Malto Elite Product Review
  • Adidas Nautical Review
  • Artist Spotlight: Jack Hyde
  • Kev's Kreations: The Sexy Slasher
  • New Balance 533 PJ Stratford Review
  • Adidas Skateboarding Premiere Pants
  • Nike SB Air Zoom Blazer Low XT Shoe Review
  • Vans Sk8-Hi Pro MTE DX Shoe Review
  • Mailorder Memories: Mikemo And Vince Capaldi
  • Adidas Samba ADV: 600 Skateboard Trick Wear Test
  • Winter Solstice Session
  • Nike SB Brian Anderson Bruin Hyperfeel Review
  • 100 Kickflips On A Snowskate (Fail)
  • Welcome Fetish Video Premiere
  • 100 Kickflips (Impossible Edition): HUF Classic Hi
  • Back Light: Justin Rodriguez
  • 100 Kickflips In The Nike SB Blazer Premium
  • 100 Kickflips In The Vans Half Cab Pro
  • WKND Remembers 2001 CCS Catalogs
  • Sneak Peek At The Adidas Na-Kel Matchcourt High RX
  • Artist Spotlight: Nick Guenzler
  • Back Light: Dominic Palarchio
  • Santa Does 100 Kickflips In The Nike SB Janoski Hyperfeel
  • 100 Kickflips in the C1RCA Gravette with David Gravette
  • John Lucero on the History of Black Label
  • 100 Kickflips In The Adidas Superstars
  • 24 HoliDAYS of CCS: Win Free Stuff!
  • CCS Apparel Winter '16 Lookbook
  • 100 Kickflips In The Diamond Icon By Boo Johnson
  • Ryan Lay: 1997 CCS Catalog
  • 100 360 Flips In The éS Accel Slim Shoes
  • 100 Tricks In The Nike SB Janoski Slip
  • Tempe Halloween Recap 2016
  • 100 Kickflips In The Vans Kyle Walker Pro
  • Five Things With Hex
  • Ben Raybourn’s Road To Ramona
  • Jaws: A History Of Hammers
  • Back Light: Bobby Escobedo
  • Interview with Rick McCrank
  • 100 Kickflips (Fakie Edition) In The Globe CT-IV DLX Shoes
  • Interview With Andy Paz From Dog Limited
  • 100 Kickflips In The éS Sesla Shoes
  • David Gravette’s Pizza Party
  • éS and CCS: Two Decades Deep
  • The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding
  • Kev's Kreations: The Roskopp Ripper
  • Back Light: Michael Sube
  • 100 Kickflips In The Diamond Torey Shoes
  • 100 Kickflips In The HUF Boyd Shoes
  • Jon Nguyen: Behind The Cover
  • CCS Questionnaire with Truman Hooker
  • Andrew Gray's Full Part From Dusted
  • 100 Kickflips In The New Balance PJ Stratford 533
  • Talking Welcome with Jason Celaya
  • Interview with Jon Dickson
  • Emerica Made Chapter 2 Premiere
  • Ben Raybourn's Full Part From Dusted
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Flip Edition) In The State Salem
  • CCS Questionnaire with Eric Dressen
  • Kev's Kreations: The Kitty Kruzer
  • 100 Kickflips In The DC Wes Kremer 2's
  • CCS Apparel Fall '16 Lookbook
  • Adidas Away Days Tour Recap
  • How To Build A Bank Ramp
  • 100 Kickflips (360 Flip Edition) In The Vans X Nintendo Authentics
  • Back Light: Jake Wickersham
  • 100 Kickflips (Heelflip Edition) In The Adidas Suciu Shoes
  • Talking Skate After School with Ryan Lay
  • Interview with Blake Johnson
  • 100 Kickflips In The Supra Flow Shoes
  • CCS Pants Wear Test
  • Back Light: Frederick Zang
  • Cooper Wilt: Grind All Ledges
  • 100 Kickflips In The Converse One Stars
  • ¥ung ¢hef - TOP RAMEN Ft. Doughboi
  • What’s the Deal? With WKND Skateboards
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Flip Edition) In The Vans Slip-On Pros
  • How To Set Up A Skateboard… Blindfolded
  • Disposable Mondays With Walker Ryan And Jimmy Carlin
  • Gear Check with Frankie Spears
  • Interview with CCS Team Rider Kevin Kowalski
  • Vans Kyle Walker Pro Shoe Release
  • Santa Cruz Screaming Hand Art Show
  • Rip N Dip L.A. Pop Up Opening
  • Agenda 2016 Recap
  • The Skateboard Mag 150th Issue Release Party
  • Back Light: Matt Price
  • Jamie Thomas: Behind The Cover
  • 100 Kickflips In The Hyperfeel Koston 3's
  • Back Light: Milosz Rebes
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Flip Edition) In The Converse CTAS Pros
  • Pop For Prizes 2016 With Wes Kremer
  • 100 Kickflips (FS Blunt Edition) In The Lakai Vincent 2's
  • The Day: Enjoi
  • Blind Micro Game of S.K.A.T.E. with Sewa And Romar
  • Back Light: Cody Lisch
  • CCS Questionnaire with Miles Silvas
  • Getting To Know Sewa Kroetkov
  • Artist Spotlight: Kevin Wilkins
  • A Day At Zero With Jamie Thomas
  • Back Light: Jacob Messex
  • Artist Spotlight: Carlos Gutierrez
  • Jaws And Raybourn Footage: The Other Ones
  • 100 Kickflips In The Emerica Hsu G6 Shoes
  • CCS Questionnaire with Alec Majerus
  • Gear Check with Blake Johnson
  • Joey Brezinski Talks New Cliche
  • Raybourn And Friends For The Dusted Video
  • 100 Kickflips In The Vans AV RapidWelds
  • Back Light: Jacob Romero
  • CCS Questionnaire with Pete Eldridge
  • Gear Check with Daniel Espinoza
  • CCS Welcomes Kevin Kowalski
  • Adidas Away Days L.A. Premiere Recap
  • Walker Ryan For Imperial Motion
  • David Gravette: A Boy And His Flat Bar
  • The Day: An Afternoon With The Crap Crew
  • 100 Kickflips: Emerica Romero w/ Leo Romero
  • CCS Questionnaire with Lem Villemin
  • CCS Questionnaire with Nestor Judkins
  • The CCS Pick Program
  • Kev's Kreations: The Creature Crusher
  • Jaws Tests FP Insoles
  • Artist Spotlight: Mike Blabac
  • CCS Welcomes David Gravette
  • William Spencer’s Skate Dream
  • Adidas Matchcourt Slip-Ons: Wear Test
  • 100 Kickflips: Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel
  • Back Light: Dave Swift
  • Skateboarding Celebrities...
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Heel Edition) In The Etnies Marana Vulcs
  • Interview with Kevin Braun
  • Dusted Crew Skates Windells Skate Camp
  • Back Light: Cameron Markin
  • 100 Nollie Flips in the Adidas Matchcourt Shoes
  • Gear Check with Cairo Foster
  • Jaws Ollies 210 Stairs In One Day
  • 100 Kickflips in the HUF Brad Cromer Shoes
  • How To Make Griptape Art With Ben Raybourn
  • Preston Harper: Mini Set Up
  • Emerica X Indy Reynolds Wear Test
  • Raw Footage: Jaws, 210 Stairs, One Day
  • 100 Kickflips In The HUF Dylan Slip Ons
  • The Break In: Nike SB Janoski Shoes
  • Nike SB Ishod Dunk Wair Test
  • 100 Kickflips in the DC Evan Smith Shoes
  • Skateboarding on a Frank Lloyd Wright House
  • Mango and Friends Skate NYC
  • Nike SB All Court CK Wear Test

Interview with Ryan Lay of Skate After School
Interview with Ryan Lay of Skate After School
Interview with Ryan Lay of Skate After School
Interview with Ryan Lay of Skate After School

Ryan Lay of Skate After School

What started as a way to collect and refurbish old skateboards for after school programs has become the full-fledged non-profit, Skate After School. The Skate After School program provides an outlet and opportunity for underserved kids to get on a skateboard with the help and supervision of skateboarders from their community. One such skateboarder, Ryan Lay, has been involved with the program for four years now. We caught up with Ryan to ask him a few questions about the program and to get to the bottom once and for all of how he became such a badass.

Hey Ryan. What’s your name and what’s your occupation? My name is Ryan Lay and I make my living skateboarding and running a nonprofit called Skate After School.

How long have you been skateboarding and how long have you lived in Phoenix? I've lived in Phoenix my entire life aside from 2 years in SF and 2 years in NY. I've been skateboarding for 19 years.

I heard lots of people move there to retire, is it only old people where you live? I live near the University [Arizona State University], so it's quite the contrary. I'm probably the old person you're referring to.

What’s the most challenging part of skateboarding for you? The part where you flip your board into the thing and/or out of the thing - very difficult. Aside from that, just generally aging and pushing yourself; and learning new things/staying inspired while trying to avoid comparing yourself to previous skill sets or accomplishments.

Which impacts your skating the most: the "dry" heat of AZ, scorpions, or aliens? I've done my best to travel during the summer - makes it much more tolerable. There are a few indoor parks as well, but I kind of like the ebb and flow of weather and the atmosphere that accompanies it. Nothing is more stressful to me than 300+ beautiful days.

How did the Skate After School program start and was it something you started or just got involved with later? Tim Ward, one of the other co-founders, was collecting and donating refurbished boards to this community center in Mesa, AZ. I got on board with Bobby Green (owner of Pyramid Country) and we started doing consistent programming at low-income elementary schools. That was about four years ago.

How has Skate After School grown/changed since it started? Well it's completely evolved from a community project to a full-fledged nonprofit with a board of directors, employees, and a staff of over 20 volunteers. We've honed in on the services and programs we provide and the demographic we want to work with and impact.

Interview with Ryan Lay of Skate After School

What were your goals in the beginning for the program and how have they changed since? The goals are essentially the same: a simple gesture for you (a used board or an hour of volunteering), can have a profound impact on the life of an underserved child. We now have some mechanisms in place to grow our organization, maximize our impact and bring our program to even more kids.

Wouldn’t it be crazy if Skate After School produced some top pro skaters 10 years from now? It would be, and we've got a couple of kids from the program who are carving their own place in the skate community. We're not wholly interested in producing skaters though, it more so just happens to be an activity we know and have the resources to provide with relative ease. It's just something fun for them to do in the hours after school when perhaps otherwise they have nothing going on.

Were you a part of any kind of skate programs as a kid, like skate camp or anything? Nah, but I did grow up skating the yellow adjustable Mojo rails (later acquired and made famous by CCS). Mo and Joe Tackett were my neighbors - I remember skating the very first one in his driveway. I was always a medium-to-low setting kind of guy.

Do you have any good CCS memories of the catalog from those days? My first complete was actually a blue CCS blank with black CCS wheels; I shared it with my brother. Later, my parents bought me my own Sean Sheffey Girl board from their flag series out of the catalog. I want to find a photo of that board now! The tails were always so little on those boards.

What have you learned as a result of being a part of Skate After School? I'm still learning every day how to run a business, work with my friends/peers, work with people outside my immediate network (lawyers, principals, social workers, philanthropists, foundations), and also learning the intricacies, responsibilities, and rewards of working in child welfare.

Do you feel pressure to do more as the program grows? Certainly, though we're hesitant to expand too quickly without having the right practices in place. I'm looking forward to putting more and more energy into it. Tim has been amazing in terms of going at it full time and managing all the day-to-day stuff.

Has your skating or your view on skating changed as a result of working with Skate After School? Definitely. I think just in the growing process, any time you put energy into something outside of skating, you relate back to it in a totally new way (school, work, breakups, religious experiences). Skateboarding as a career is obviously a total dream come true, but it's also very self-obsessed; it's centered around crafting and selling your image. This is even more heightened in the age of social media. This, for me personally, gets exceedingly tiresome the older I get. I'm looking forward to detaching myself from that, growing Skate After School and focusing on providing a quality service for people who need it.

What’s the most unexpected lesson you’ve learned from being involved with Skate After School? I'll give the stereotypical answer of a parent and say it's the things that the kids teach you. It's the impact they have on your life and the way they can open up little morsels of yourself you never knew were there - a type of vulnerability I had never really experienced before.

What’s the most difficult part about running Skate After School? Expectation, responsibility, and fundraising. It's more just making sure the engine is running as opposed to just one specific task. I have so much support from mentors and our board that usually anything over my head can be resolved in an email or two. Bobby and Tim have been incredible, too, in terms of the perspective they offer. Making sure we are on schedule and growing and hitting all of our targets for the year - exciting though! And we've had so much support, I can't even believe it.

What’s next for Skate After School? Growth! We're looking forward to working more with the refugee population and building some bridges there to expand our program. We also have a collaboration with Etnies coming out in 2017 that I'm really stoked about - a shoe and a few shirts.