The road less traveled could be used to describe the preferred way Greg Fulks likes to live. Originally hailing from the Central Valley in California, he goes in search of sun, good people and community from Austin to San Diego and everywhere in between. Be inspired by his #vanlife on the open road. Now.
Where do you live? Where are you from? Tell us what you love most about your community.
Austin, Texas is the last place I lived in an actual house. I took this past year to travel in a converted Mercedes Sprinter Van that I built with the help of my brother in law at Echol’s RV Repair in Sacramento. I fly to Austin about twice a month for work and the other half of the time I’m in my van. I’ve been spending most of my time lately in San Diego, California. Having the beach, and good people is my main motivation for making California my preferred state for #vanlife.
However, my Austin community really lifts me up and makes me excited about life! Everyone is very active and encouraging. My friends there have a huge positive impact on my energy and they motivate me in a creative way. Which are a few of the reasons why I plan to move back and get a place there next year when I finish my Van Tour!
I’m originally from Citrus Heights California. It’s just outside of Sacramento. I loved growing up there as a kid but don’t have any plans to live there as an adult. I went to college at UC Davis, and a few years after graduating i left Davis and moved to Austin, TX.
What’s your favorite thing about your Boosted board? (Which one do you ride?) What did you use or ride before your Boosted board and how has your day changed?
I have two Boosted boards. I have a longboard V2 and the Boosted Mini X. I love sharing the Boosted experience with friends. Having two allows me to take my friends on rides around town. Even the ones that have never skated before have no problem using the board. I love watching their smiles as they conquer something new for the first time, and sharing the joyful experience the boards bring to everyone who rides them. Before having a Boosted board I definitely drove a lot more. I still have a regular skateboard that I ride regularly but the Boosted Mini X has been my go to board on most occasions. I also go on longer rides now than what I would do on my skateboard.
What was the most annoying thing about getting around town before you had your Boosted board?
In downtown Austin, parking can be rough, so being able to zip around on a Boosted board is actually more time efficient, cheaper, easier and a lot more fun than driving.
What are your favorite places to visit on your board near where you live?
In Austin I love skating to and near the downtown library, the path is fun, smooth and safe for boosting. As for San Diego cruising on the board walk from PB to the Mission Beach Jetty.
Describe your favorite ride and what you see along the way?
My favorite ride starts on the west side of Austin, It cuts down and up through a parking garage. Sometimes you ride side by side with a train if its on the tracks. Then you cruise on over a suspension bridge and then wrap around the block and over Lady Bird Lake using the Lamar Pedestrian bridge. The ride is very enjoyable and cuts through downtown while being protected with big bike lanes. Also, there are really cute dogs are everywhere so that is a huge plus!
What type of camera did you use to capture this content?
This video was shot with the help of my friend Brett (@b7taylor). We used a Sony A7sii with 25mm 2.0 batis zeis lens, and floated it on the Ronin S. He was also on the Boosted V2 while I was on the Boosted Mini X
What’s your photo/video inspiration for this content?
I really wanted something that was peaceful and chill with a warm San Diego feel.
What are you listening to now? Spotify Top 10?
I love dancing to upbeat music but most of the time I’m vibing out to chill music. I think it’s because I’m always going and going most of these songs help me step back and relax.
- Heaven – By Ziggy Alberts
- Bones – Galantis feat. OneRepublic
- Spoke too soon – By Jake Scott
- Peer Pressure – James Bay, Julia Michaels
- Simple Things – Alexander Cardinale, Christina Perri
- I found you – Andy Grammer
- Brown Eyed Girl – Candace Leca, Michael Pagila
- Toothbrush – Marielle Kraft
- Best of Me – Corey Harper
- U & Us – Quinn XCII
What are reading now, website, favorite places to visit on the internet?
Just finishing up the book, “The Art of Asking” by Amanda Palmer. I also use a library app called “Hoopla” a lot to checkout free audiobooks. I’m probably on instagram the most and then hop on over to youtube through out the week. Try not to spend too much excess time here since I’m on my computer editing videos and photos enough already as it is
Who are some of your favorite videographers and photographers?
Abe Kislevitz: He has been one of my biggest influences for the way he uses cameras to capture life in a subversive and beautiful way. His GoPro content is always next level and the guy is an editing wizard. And to top it off, he is a great person in real life!
Rory Krammer: Love his unique approach to making videos, he seems very real with his content and shares back stories to everything he does which makes it feel a lot more personal! Met him once for brief minute filming at ACL and he was very generous and kind during our encounter!
What are your daily routines/habits, how do they keep you motivated or on track?
I usually start the day with a bowl of cereal. Then coffee on the beach while walking and listening to a podcast or an audio book. Get in the editing zone, either work from my van on the beach or boost over to a coffee shop. Once I stop feeling productive I go for a run or a mountain bike ride and then spend my sunsets surfing out in the ocean (at least as of lately).
Are you a procrastinator or a time cop?
Both! Sometimes I’ll shoot a project and edit it the next day. Other times when I want something to be really good I end up putting it off because convince myself I’m waiting for the perfect mental state to make it great. Or I’ll work on a less important projects that I know I can finish in a day or two.
The Boosted board has single handedly improved my everyday life! The more I use my board the better I feel, the more time I save and the happier I am! Amazing company with a great team behind it!
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