A few nights ago at a secret bar in Los Angeles, Nick Michel was ambushed with his first pro board on Frog. Friends, fans and industry hotshots all came out to honor the young star. The Modelos flowed freely so it’s hard to remember everything that happened. Good thing we got these photos. —Kris Burkhardt
Stepping in through the door at this undisclosed joint, we got some of Ventura’s finest: Gabe Thompson, Diego Todd and Charlie Van Lent
One step beyond the entrance, Toya’s hangin’ with sidekick Johnathan Flechas
Our guy Rye Beres and the old Lakai TM
Classic Grip’s Salomon Cardenas and Canada’s Bob LaSalle
Jalba and Ralba
Kiss, marry, kill
Kirby and Pedro have a…
Lotties Gang, Louie and Chris came out too
“Guys, the sandwiches here are psycho”
Oh yeah, we didn’t just come here to hang, there was business at hand! Everyone’s attention focused on the video, but Zach Sheats is looking like he knows something we don’t
Cool video, but wait, what are those blue things?
Boom! Mango and Nick’s sister Jackie Michel reveal the hardware
That’s right, Nick’s pro, son!
The Michels bring their own carrots to the bar
Jalba welcomes Nick to the pro roster
J-Lay cops a first edition and Kevin Shealy’s bus tub is probably the reason we don’t remember much
Illinois boy Cory Glick secured the package
Mango probably explaining the carrots
And then blessing a fan with his John Hancock. Who is the T-Funk of drinking?
WKND’s Zac Gracie treated Nick’s board like the back page of a yearbook—HAKAS
World Peath reunion. Las Vegas, stand up!
Looks like Toya just sold a house
Crowd surfing and getting covered in creative juice
Goodnight, Nick. This blog might be his only memory of the evening…
Ask your shop if they got the carrots. Congratulations, Nick, you’re pro as Frog. Everyone else, keep your eyes peeled for his new part