Johnathon Allen

Taking a Californication Vacation

HANKYou may not be a bestselling author and boozy sex-addict (we can’t all be perfect) but you can still access your inner Hank Moody by taking a Californication Vacation! All you need is your favorite writing device, your preferred creative lubricant, and a ticket to Venice Beach! *Bringing your own sexy nun is optional, but highly recommended. Here are a few locations from the hit Showtime series to check out along the way.

While Hank’s Loft is not as cool in real life (because he’s not there!), it can be easily found at 26 Brooks Ave.

2. There’s some pretty amazing street art on Hank’s street.

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3. Including the side of Hank’s Loft (which I like to think he tagged himself).
Live Free

4. You can stay a block away at the Venice Breeze Suites and get a sweet view of the boardwalk.

5. Which is never boring.

6. The skate park is home to some of the world’s best riders.

7. It’s also the birthplace of The Doors.

8.You can cruise through the famed canals featured in many shots from the show.

9. And find Bill and Karen’s sick Asian-themed party house—aka the McKinley House—built in the late 90s as the home of architect David Hertz. It’s one of the greenest homes in the country.

10.You can tell by the address.
Bill and Karens NUN

11. PS: Venice has spectacular sunsets.



Aftermass Filmmaker Joe Biel on Portland’s Pedal Powered Revolution

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Aftermass explores how Portland, Oregon’s unique combination of city planning laws, bicycle advocacy actions, and Critical Mass protests led to a major culture shift in urban cycling. Rife with pitched legal battles, police conspiracies, and (mostly) peaceful mass protests, it’s a great 90 minute case study in how to wage a pedal powered revolution. We caught up with filmmaker Joe Biel of Microcosm Publishing to discuss the film while he was on tour in Texas.

Outdoor Tech: What triggered the idea to make a documentary about Critical Mass-era Portland
Joe Biel:
Circa 2007, Rev Phil and I were sitting around talking about the next big thing we wanted to work on. Phil started talking about how much he would enjoy watching a film that told the history of Portland’s Critical Mass. Portland is a town full of transplants. We have an awkward relationship with our own history, and more and more of the stories we hear are false. You start to take it personally after awhile. I’ve lived in Portland since the 90s and saw how hard fought those battles were, so it was pretty heartbreaking to hear flat-out falsehoods.

OT: You were part of that Critical Mass scene. Did you have to do much research to understand all the players and events?
I was never ticketed or arrested—but I did ride easily 100 times or so. As such, I came into the story assuming that I knew it. So I was shocked to learn how much the police tried to define the city’s legacy and personality in 1993. I knew about the Bicycle Bill and the BTA lawsuit. I was also aware of the zoning laws going back to the 70s that protected city size and farmland. But I didn’t understand how it all came together with the flowering of the Critical Mass movement. I spent five years working on the film and probably two of those years were spent in the city archives, doing FOIA requests and deciphering mountains of paperwork.

OT: Aftermass has some great clips from protest rides back then. Where did you find those?
Thanks! I began shooting in 2002, though I wasn’t sure what I was going to use it for. We also had the cooperation of a ten-year freelance K2/KOIN news cameraman who let us use his footage. The remainder came from public domain materials on

OT: Given what you’ve learned, do you think that radical protest is necessary for a marginalized subculture (like cycling) to be taken seriously?
Yes, it seems that in Portland, Amsterdam, and virtually everywhere except a town we visited in Wyoming, in order for real political change to happen, you must have three elements: 1) Cooperative leaders influenced by 2) Effective advocates who are able to ask for more because of 3) Street-level activists. It doesn’t need to be Critical Mass and it doesn’t need to be radical. We saw a pub crawl have the same consequences in Spokane where hundreds of cyclists would drain bars of their beer on the monthly Full Moon Ride.

OT: The police attitude towards cyclists was much more adversarial in the 90s. Was there a tipping point that changed things? Any one ride or event that was pivotal?
I believe the city-sanctioned “Bike Summer Critical Mass” in August of 2002 was the climax for Portland’s cycling conflict. As you can see in the film, up until that point the police had this idea that bicyclists only commuted to inconvenience cars and be in the way. But the fallout from pepper spraying babies and arresting numerous people for “appearing to be a leader” in a city-sponsored event resulted in a massive pile of angry letters to the city (that are a bonus feature on the DVD). After that, the 2009 police training video made a point of distinguishing that “these [cyclists] aren’t aimed at traffic disruption. They bike for health, thrift, or the environment.” Despite it being literally the same people in question.

OT: You point out in Aftermass that Portland still has a long way to go to be on the level of truly bike-friendly cities like Amsterdam. What do you think the biggest obstacle is to getting there?
I think we need advocates who utilize street-level activism to create a bigger ask at the city level. Amsterdam accomplished it through tens of thousands of people protesting the murder of children by cars. But in the U.S. we think of that kind of strategy as toxic. Why? The city of Portland, its residents, and planners are ready for this. The political strategy is not.


Interview with Filmmaker Darcy Turenne: The Little Things Movie

The Little Things is not your typical powder shredding snowboard movie. In addition to featuring professional snowboarder, Marie-France Roy, and a cast full of environmentally-conscious pro riders all shot in epic locations, it’s woven together in a series of emotionally powerful vignettes that reveal how we can all help save the planet in small ways every day. We spoke with filmmaker Darcy Turenne after its premier in Montreal to get her take on what she learned in the process of shooting the non-profit project (all proceeds go directly to Protect Our Winters and the David Suzuki Foundation).

Johnathon Allen: What inspired the making of The Little Things Movie … where did it all begin?
Darcy Turenne: Pro snowboarder Marie-France Roy had been thinking about doing a movie for a while. But she wanted the film to have a strong environmental message and involve riders who are doing great environmental work and living their lives uniquely. So one day she gave me a call to see if I could make the movie and I said ‘yes!’ It was that easy.

JA: How long did it take and where was it filmed?
DT: The film took about two and a half years from conception to finish. It was filmed mostly around British Columbia—Whistler, Golden, Terrace—but we were given shots of some of the riders in many different locations. One of our main goals was to fly as little as possible while making this film, and we accomplished that by only taking one plane ride to go to Tahoe to interview Jeremy Jones. Staying local really made me appreciate my surroundings more.

JA: Given your background in skiing, environmental studies, and filmmaking—this project seems like a perfect fit for you. Is that by design or was it more of a happy accident?
DT: My background suiting this film was definitely the reason that Marie called me in the first place. She knew it would be the perfect thing for me to unleash my creativity on and still have a solid perspective of what needed to be done without straying too far from the message.

JA: Was there one moment in particular where it all came together for you? Where everything just clicked and you knew it was going to be great?
DT: I’m not sure that moment has even happened yet! Haha. I guess after our hometown premiere in Whistler I felt some sense of relief and pride, but I’ve been invested so deeply in the project that it is hard to have any perspective beyond my own intuition as to what is “good” or not! That’s what happens when you spend months alone in an edit cave.

JA: Do you have a favorite segment in the film?
DT: My favorite segment is Meghann O’Brien’s. We spent several weeks living with her in Prince Rupert, BC, and did a really fun hut trip together. She shares a lot of wisdom in her segment and it was such a challenge editing it down to a manageable segment length because everything that comes out of her mouth is profoundly beautiful! She has so much spirit and it really shows on screen.

JA: The movie’s theme draws on some deep wisdom and philosophy. What’s the most profound thing you learned in the process of making it?
DT: I learned a lot of things in the process of making this film, but more importantly, every rider I worked with inspired me to be a better person and live a better life in some small way. They are all very inspirational humans. Live simply, move slowly, enjoy it all.

JA: What’s the one thing you most want people to take away from the movie?
DT: I want them to leave inspired to challenge the status quo and make their lives more meaningful.

By: Johnathon Allen
– Photo by Marie France Roy

Top 11 Costumes From the Halloween Cross Crusade

Held on the hallowed grounds of the Deschutes Brewing Company in Bend, Oregon, the annual Halloween Cross Crusade is everything great about American cyclocross culture crammed into one craft-beer-soaked weekend and turned up to 11. Here are 11 of our favorite costumes from the event!

Sea Anemone + Nemo DCIM100GOPRO


Race ApeRace Ape-WEB

Phil RobertsonPhil Robertson-DD-2-WEB


Pantless WaldoPantsLessWaldo-WEB

Nutty SquirrelDCIM100GOPRO

Little Red Riding HoodDCIM100GOPRO

Everyone Wearing Fuzzy Animal SuitsDCIM100GOPRO

Horse + JockeyDCIM100GOPRO

Crash Test DummyCrashTestDummy-WEB

All photos taken by Johnathan Allen