Monday, November 7, 2011

Walker Ryan's Professional Debut

Walker with hype girls on the red carpet in SF.

Seeing as Karl Lawrence is probably the only winery in the valley to offer sponsorship to skateboarders, we would love to congratulate our close friend and St. Helena native, Walker Ryan, on his recently crowned status as a "Professional Skateboarder" for Organika Skateboards.

Although a career in skateboarding seems completely removed from the stereotypical Napa Valley lifestyle and anything winemaking, Walker chose to showcase his roots, even as a skateboarder. Here are his first professional board graphics:

If you come by the office, you'll see one of these hanging on the wall.

As if the bottle, glass, and grapes weren't enough, he even gives a shout-out to St. Helena and Napa Valley on the bottle. The Organika crew then went even bigger by actually making a couple dozen cases of the pictured wine and selling it at Walker's red carpet party in San Francisco.

A packed house at the Mezzanine. Ric and Cheryl were getting down in there somewhere.

Rumor has it, Walker had Karl Lawrence in mind for his signature wine, but given that Ric was in Ireland, they weren't able to hook up. So Walker called up his buddy Carlo Trinchero at Taken wines, and they did an awesome job. We suppose that makes them the second winery to sponsor skateboarding.

Check out Walker's blend of amazing skateboarding and beautiful shots of the Napa Valley in his pro-debut video part:

Check out Organika, here:
And Taken Wine Co.:

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