20/1: Donald Trump is sworn in as 45th president of the United States.

21/1: The Womens March took place in 200 places all over the world with over 5 million participants.

24/1: New record at the Oscars when six black actors were nominated.

25/1: Russia’s parliament voted to decriminalize domestic violence against family members.

26/1: The petition for a law on sexual consent reaches 30 000 signatures.

27/1: Trump introduces a “muslim ban”.

27/1: Socialstyrelsen (The National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden) removes “transsexualiy” from the list of psychiatric conditions.

Nothing just happens. It’s us, the people, who influence the future. If we want an equal society free from discrimination, it is time to speak up, change, make a difference. Today, in cooperation with Make Equal, we therefore release the Make Equal Watch, a watch that reminds us all that every hour, every minute and every second counts. Buy the watch as a reminder, while supporting Make Equal’s solution oriented work towards equality. Want more ideas on how you can contribute to an equal society?
Enter www.makeequal.se/timetomakeequal.

It is #TimeToMakeEqual #MadeForEverywhere

We’re proud to welcome Don ”Nuge” Nguyen to CHPO! Great skater, great person and puts the pho in cue. Nuge was born and raised from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but is currently residing in Los Angeles, California. According to Baker his life goals are skating and eating. Later this spring we will release a collab between us, Nuge and Vol4. Nuge joins fellow CHPO skaters Vanessa Torres (US) Fernando Bramsmark (SWE), Vladik Scholz (GER), Lucy Adams (UK), Sarah Meurle (SWE), Mitchel Linger (NL) and Jesper Lind (SWE).

UK skater and our good friend, Lucy Adams, has together with the worlds most tea-bag steeping, heel bruising, slappy nose sliding, ink tinting, stair jumping, bowl pumping, earlier starting, later nishing, team building, pool coping, occasional-dressing-up-box- exploring, knee tucking, bone creaking, petrochemical inhaling, mug ring, not way too cool to be smiling, fast holding, concrete creating, life living, steep curve learning, loving and skating skateboard brand, Lovenskate, put their passion for tea and camo to use and designed the Lucy watch.

We’re proud to present our new watch collection for spring and summer 2017. You will find two new Harold watches, both named Harold Silver, and you will find them here and here. The Harold is a CHPO classic, made for all situations, people and places. With a well-proportioned case and timeless design this watch can be worn by anyone, everywhere. We have also released three new Nando watches, the Nando Green Gold, the Nando Navy Silver and last seasons top seller in a mini version the Nando Mini Gold. The Nando watches are an ode to our long-time friend and ambassador Fernando Bramsmark. A bold steel watch with a metal mesh wristband and lots of attitude. But this season biggest news are the Rawiya watches. Rawiya is Arabic and means ”storyteller”, and that is what we and our watches do, tell a story! The Rawiya watches are formal but far from uptight, it is our take on a classic vintage watch. Looks just as good while being completely naked eating papaya as with a fancy tux. We have four Rawiya styles, the Rawiya Gold, Rawiya SilverRawiya Classic Gold and Rawiya Classic Silver. We hope you like our new collection as much as we do!

Sarah Meurle
Greatness on a skateboard
Age: 26
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

What’s going on in your life right now?
I live in Gothenburg since a year and a half, I’m studying at a university there to get a bachelors degree in photography and fine art.

What do you do when you’re not skating?
A lot of the things that I’m studying, photography and art, that’s what I’m interested in. I spend a lot of time working with photographs in the darkroom, I do analog photography. I also like to spend time outside and ride my bike and I like to walk around in the woods, I really like the nature.

Can you tell us more about your photography?
I started to get interested in photography through skating when I was 13, I documented my friends with a little film camera, but there is a photo of me when I was just six years old where I’m holding a camera in my hands. And I was studying photography in high school as well. I would describe my photography style as experimental, I like it when coincidences plays a part in the photographs and when there’s something wrong with them and they’re not perfect.

You are nominated as best photographer at Svenska Skateboardgalan (the Swedish Skateboarding Awards), how do you feel about that?
I don’t really shoot a lot of skate photography, I was nominated last year as well. But this year I actually did an article for Giftorm, a swedish skateboard magazine. It’s really fun and nice that they think about me, but it should probably be someone that’s more into skate photography that wins. It’s interesting to look at skate photography now when I know more about photography. (After this interview took place, Sarah won the prize for Best Photographer at the gala.)    

When and how did you start skateboarding?
I was 13 and a lot of kids in my school were skating and that’s where I got the interest.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up on the countryside in Blentarp, a small village outside of Malmö.

What’s the best places in your hometown? What would you recommend?
In Gothenburg, which is my current hometown, I really like to go to Saltholmen, in the archipelago. I usually bike around but you can take the tram there. And you can ride the trams and ferries on the same ticket so sometimes I just go on a boat and read.

Your former hometown Malmö has become a popular destination for skaters from across the globe. Why is that would you think?
It’s been a big part of my skateboarding life, it’s had a big influence on me. It’s like a whole community and you always meet the same people there in the winter. Because in the summer everyone goes out and skates in the streets so you don’t really see each other, but in the winter you meet everyone again. They’re really good at building parks in Malmö.  

If you could re-live one moment in your life, which one would it be?
I recently went to New York, during the election. That was pretty crazy, the day after Trump won I was walking in the demonstration towards Trump Tower. That was a big moment.

What are your biggest fears? Are you afraid of something?
Snakes! But in everyday life I’m afraid of stress, I really don’t want to be stressed.  

How do you think people around you would describe you?
I really can’t answer that, that’s a question for someone else.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you?
Maybe that I’m really into music. I spend a lot of hours looking for music, and I like vinyls. I like soul, and old 70s and 80s music.

What was it about CHPO that made you want to be a part of the team?
CHPO stands for really good things and I want to support that. It’s as easy as that.

Apart from your own pro model, what piece is your favourite in the CHPO collection?
I really like the Khorshid Minis, I always wear them.

Taking a strong social stance for equality and human rights are fundamental parts of CHPO’s DNA. What social responsibility and/or charity is the most important to you?
I think that everything is important, but for me it is what I can do with who I am and show women and girls that they can do what they want. The feminist perspective.

What are your plans for the future?
Whenever I get that question I try to make up an answer but I’m not really into doing plans. Whatever happens happens.

Last but not least, which animal would you be, and why ?
I saw the movie The Lobster recently, which is pretty crazy. You have to choose an animal that you become when you die, and the main character in the movie chooses a lobster because it has some special abilities, so I’m going with that.

Illustration by: Iñaki Azpiazu

Oliver Percovich 
Founder of Skateistan
Location: Berlin

What’s going on in your life right now? 
Right now we’re wrapping up everything for the end of the year. It’s been an amazing year for Skateistan, in 2016 a lot of things came together. I’m just reminiscing about all of the amazing things that happened over the last year. 

When and how did you start skateboarding?
I started just before my 6th birthday, I got a skateboard from my cousin Alex. He was a skateboarder in the 70s and he gave me his skateboard in the 80s. So I´ve been skating for a very long time! 

Where did you grow up, and where are you living right now?
I grew up in Melbourne, Australia and also in Papua new Guinea. Right now I live in Berlin but I do a lot of travelling, so I’ve probably only been in Berlin about half of this year or maybe less. More than half of this year I was travelling, but Berlin is where I’m based.   

What skate spots would you recommend in Berlin? 
There’s quite a few really good skate spots. I’m so bad with names and places but I really like a skatepark that is located near Prinzenstraße in Kreuzberg
What places would you recommend for someone visiting Berlin?
I think the time to visit Berlin is definitely in the summer, when the nights are really long and it’s beautiful along the canal and in the parks. One of my favourite places in Berlin is an old airport, Tempelhofer Feld, that got turned into a massive park. It’s located very central in the city and it’s a really awesome place to check out. There’s big parties and people go skateboarding or running there. It’s a pretty interesting place with all the old runways and the old airport building. And a lot of refugees are currently living inside of the old airport.      

When is your favourite time of the day and why?
My favourite time of the day is really early, maybe five o’clock in the morning. I like that time because it’s nobody around, it’s quiet and I don’t have any distraction. I usually go for a run and then I do some meditation. It’s a time where I don’t have my mobile phone on, I don’t have to check any e-mails and I don’t need to engage with anybody or anything. That’s definitely my favourite time in the day because it’s very quiet.  

If you could re-live one moment in your life, which one would it be?
I think something I’d really like to re-live is just an average day when I was around 11 years old, because my father died when I was 14. Just a moment when the whole family was together, maybe at dinner time, everybody sitting there and just being a family.    

How do you think people around you would describe you?
I think people would describe me as passionate, maybe a little bit eccentric and I think they see me as a very determined person.  

How and when did you come up with the idea of Skateistan?
Well, I went to Afghanistan in February 2007 and I brought some skateboards with me. When I got there it was winter but after a while when the weather got better, I pulled the skateboards out and started skating around the city. I saw that half of the population was under the age of 15 and they didn’t have many opportunities, they needed something to do and engage in. That’s where the idea came from. It wasn’t a complete concept then, it was really something that was a work in progress and it still is.   

What’s the next step for Skateistan? 
I’m really excited to do something in Jordan, we just did a trip there. It’s going to be really exciting to work with all the refugees, especially the Syrian refugees that are currently in Jordan, that’s our next step. We’re also going to expand our program in Cambodia, we currently have two locations there, and we want to build a new facility. 

What was it that made you want to do a collaboration with Cheapo?
I really liked what Cheapo stands for, equality and rights for all human beings. This is something that Skateistan stands for as well. We’re very proud about our association with Cheapo.  

What has the Skateistan foundation gained from the collaboration? 
A lot of money has been raised for Skateistan through the sale of the watch, over 20,000 USD. People have been supporting us in a really big way. That´s the equivalence of 20 children being able to go to Skateistan for a whole year. That’s a very big contribution to what we are doing. 

Next season the Skateistan X CHPO sunglasses will be out, tell us about that! 
We are super excited to do another collaboration together with Cheapo. Sunglasses are very important in South Africa, Cambodia and Afghanistan where we work, they are all really sunny places. So I’m looking forward to see our educators wearing the glasses, working with the kids. It’s a really cool collaboration. The name of the sunglass model is Rumi, Rumi was a poet that came from Afghanistan. He was actually born very near Mazar-e-Sharif where we have a skate school and we visited the site of his ancient home a few months ago. He is one of the most amazing poets of all time and I think it’s a beautiful name for the sunglasses to remember Rumi and maybe some people will discover his poems and fall in love with them.      

What are your plans for the future? 
I intend to keep working for Skateistan for as long as I live. I’m very excited about that. Next year I’ll be taking some time off to regain some energy and I’m going on a big motorcycle trip all around South America, so I’m very much looking forward to that. 
If anyone wants to support Skateistan, what should they do?
Right now we have a campaign called ‘Give her five’  where we encourage people to give 5 dollars, 5 euros or 50 SEK, anything with the number 5 in it. This is all to help us create more opportunities for girls and the work that we do with girls all over the world. People can go to our website and follow the instructions for the ‘Give her five’ campaign. That would be amazing.   

Illustration by: Iñaki Azpiazu