Just coming from Scotland and a three weeks stay in Ireland with newfound relatives, I was so geographically delirious at times that awareness of where I was and what country I was in plagued me for the first few weeks waking up in Sweden. Settled into the dorm building and somewhat acclimated to the time difference and new culture, I left my dorm room shell and over the next few days began scanning for skaters. I went out solo and visited the town center to look for skateshops and clothing stores with good sneakers and attire. My mind was set on buying a complete setup, so I continued to inquire about skateshops. The consensus from each person I talked to ended in the conclusion that to get a legit setup a trip to Malmo was a must, in order to visit the best skateshop in the area. Malmo is no more than a thirty minute train ride south from Lund and Streetlab Skateshop was my destination.
When I found Streetlab I was stoked and nervous, not sure how my first Swedish skateshop experience would be, but luckily for me the owner was there. I introduced myself and told him that I was from San Francisco. I was stoked to learn that he and several friends visited San Francisco in the past. Yet, his experience was not that great due to unforunate turns by foot down dangerous city streets. After a good night out drinking with his buddies things got crazy and they were jumped and robbed. Not San Francisco natives, they were not privy to areas such as Hunter's point. This sfexaminer link reports a similar incident to visiting Scandinavians in the Tenderloin District. As some know, you can be chilling with friends in a nice area of the city and then walk a block down hill and enter a potential danger zone, where situations can turn ugly quick.
Streetlab's owner went out of his way for me by applying a discount to some of my purchases and hooking me up with a few goodies. I bought a sick Pig Wheels skate tool (see page 15 of their catalog) , which has the awesome feature of a truck axel thread fixer. Perfect for those times when a thread become damaged from skating and putting the nut back on a truck's axel is near impossible. Transworld Skateboarding awarded the pig tool a top product pick, as staff member Dave Chami comments, "I’m into the Pig tool that has the built in rethreader."
The skatedeck purchased was the brand Sweet, a Scandinavian skatedeck company, and this was one of the best boards I have ever had. More than once while at a skatepark someone would notice the deck and comment on the good choice. For trucks, I knew I wanted Independents. Say what you will, they may be heavier than other trucks, but for me they have great turning radius, cushy bushings, and ride well loose. No matter which new truck I try, I end up going back to Independent, but for this return round my purchase was a little different with the Chris Haslam model. I returned to Streetlab several times to re-up on skate supplies (machine bearings, you have to get some of these) and fresh clothing/gear. My final purchase before flying back to the States was a dope pair of adidas Campus Vulcs with brown/tan mixed suede and red stripes/lining.