Are you excited for Delaware? Xiao Ji?  Yeah.  My name is Chris Bradley,  I’m originally from Newark, Delaware but I basically grew up in Hong Kong.  And the past two years, I’ve been living in Shanghai, China. When I was 15, my dad’s work shipped us over to Hong Kong,  growing up around Asian culture, it’s just different,  over here, this is America.  Being out here is kind of tricky at this age, because I have to have people drive me around, in Hong Kong you don’t need a car to get around,  in high school our parties were at clubs because the drinking age is so much younger in Hong Kong,  I would be on the internet looking at friends here, and they’re doing the same thing but in their parent’s basement.  and I’m pretty glad I got to be that age in Asia, because it pretty much made me who I am today.  We’re at Phillips skate park in Newark, Delaware.  There are three main skateparks here in Delaware, there’s Phillips, Barksdale, and 7th Street.  When I was a kid, we didn’t have anything like this,  most of the money was spent on basketball courts or tennis courts or some other sports besides skateboarding.  and with the help of the core skate shops, Kinetic and Switch, they’ve given the opportunities to kids now that I wish I had growing up.  I wish China had more skateparks like this; small, simple ones, that don’t take up that much space but the impact of these kinds of parks really help skateboarding and skateboarders in general. So right now, we are on Main Street in Newark, Delaware.  This is the college town and this is where Switch Skateshop is.  So I started skating from the kids in the neighborhood,  and I had one friend who could actually do some tricks and he told me about Switch,  came here and got my first skateboard. I guess my dad felt guilty that he moved his whole family to Hong Kong, so he looked up on a Hong Kong skateboarding website, and he got this kids email,  and on my second day in HK, we actually met up, and I actually met all the dudes that I skate with today; To be back here, especially with Cyres and Xiao Ji, it’s a trip to see them eating and hanging out at the same places I did as a kid. and I’m pretty psyched to have them here.  It’s great having all these skateparks here but what really matters in skateboarding is skating in the streets and all the spots here are crusty, have cracks, all the ground is old, so it takes a lot more effort to film your tricks out here.  All the spots are pretty fun, but the ground is kind of rough,  Yeah… basically all the ground here sucks, but it’s still fun to skate. 

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11 thoughts on “Welcome to Delaware Featuring Chris Bradley | Skate | VANS

  • July 7, 2016 at 5:19 am
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    Why don't you mention Glasgow?

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  • July 7, 2016 at 12:45 pm
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    congrats from China

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  • July 7, 2016 at 2:42 pm
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    Fantastic! Love it Chris – Great to see a bit of your home town and to see some of the skate spots around Delaware and where you grew up.

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  • July 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm
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    Great stuff! Glasgow skate park is relatively new so Chris likely doesn't even realize it is there! Check it out next time back Chris! Congrats!

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  • July 7, 2016 at 8:41 pm
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    whats that toe cap shoe?

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  • July 8, 2016 at 10:07 am
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    Holy shit, everything he says about growing up in Asia is completely true. Especially going to clubs since we were teenagers while our friends in the US were partying in their parents basement

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  • August 19, 2017 at 3:43 am
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    Excited for the most boring state ever with no national landmarks, national parks, or tourist destinations?

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  • October 2, 2017 at 6:06 pm
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    These Chinese skaters look dope.

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  • August 28, 2018 at 9:42 am
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    chaaaaaar

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  • November 21, 2018 at 3:27 pm
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    302 all day

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  • January 14, 2019 at 3:05 am
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    fuck yeah delaware is where it’s at

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