This Is The Best Video Part of 2011

Caviar came out on December 28, 2010. The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a dark abyss of un-productivity and not responding to e-mails, so it doesn’t really belong to either year. We’ll count it for 2011.

Phil Rodriguez didn’t ruin every skate career based on name brand handrails, or do two of the few remaining regular stance never-been-dones over a picnic table (or skate to a song from a car commercial.) No, he didn’t bring back the noseslide either. But if you’re old fashioned, and judge video parts based on how much they inspire you to go shred new spots and learn new tricks, rather than as benchmarks for the absurdly high level of progression skateboarding reached in a given month, then Phil’s part is better than pretty much everything else released in 2011.

The part manages to be distinctly New York, even without recognizable spots, and completely organic, never “trying” to be weird/different/abstract/pick a word. It somehow makes a noseslide nollie big heel look fitting alongside wallies and firecrackers. If you knew nothing about it, it’d be hard to tell whether it comes from 1997, 2007, or 2017 (the same can be said of other QS favorites.) People might think it’s a New York bias, but this part made us want to leave the house to go skate more than any other in the past year.

Flipmode/Bronze already released a throwaway clip as a preface to a new full Phil Rodriguez part in 2012. Lurker Lou is also working on a video with him for Iron Claw, so there’s more to look forward to in the future.

Boil the Ocean is doing a detailed “Best Parts of 2011” countdown, so you should read that if you want insight on the past 12 months from someone who pays more attention to skateboarding as a whole.

If you simply crave more year-end mania, here are ten video parts that stood out in 2011. One per video. An asterisk denotes that the given part would have been better off edited to Juicy J’s enchanting love ballad, “She Dancin’ Like She Fuckin’.”

In no particular order.

Chris Pierre-Jacques – Eclectic (@ 7:17 in that link)
Brian Delatorre – Welcome to M.I.A.* (also late-2010)
Callum Paul – Glory Ride*
Dustin Dollin – Chickenbonenowison*
Nick Boserio – Life Splicing No. 004 (Yeah, web video, but it sure looks like a part)
Theotis Beasley – Not Another Transworld Video [Uncensored Version]
Daewon Song – New Year’s Dae* (the music was sponsored by Lilith Fair, right?)
Peter Ramondetta – Since Day One
Austin Kanfoush – Fuck Yinz Volume 2
Youness Amrani – The SB Chronicles*

People also forget that Chad Fernandez had one of the best parts of 2011, so we’ll just throw that out there too.

“You don’t understand — the only thing I care about in video parts is how cool it makes the skater look.” — Roctakon

19 Comments

  1. I think some of the reasoning behind this part is the New York bias, but, if this was filmed in my city of Indianapolis, I would be equally inspired. The skating is just enough. Pretyty sick.

  2. phil is deserves this more than any other new york skater. great style, good attitude, bets trick selection. And best of all is not trying to be a wierdo like the snack man said!!!

  3. good shit to phil but let me find out wallies and slappys is what make a newyork part now smh and whats wrong with getting tech and skating back streets skate how u want when u want fuck everybody else newyork is getting to cliche

  4. ayo noseslide nolliebigheels isnt tech enough for you angel? I bet everything you couldnt do that shit.

  5. dont know who is ……DEMON…. but only PUSSY ASS NIGGAS got to use a fake user names and noseslid nollie big heel AIN’T that hard of a trick i wasn’t down playing that trick either read my comment correct DICK HEAD and this got to be some hater ass nigga who dont even got a sponser i see u niggas go back 5050 a rail kickflip indoor ten u might get sponserd IF NOT DONT WORRY I GOT U ON A ZOO YORK DECK OR MAYBE A MOUTH PEACE FOR ALL THE DICK U SUCK i be at 157, 161 and your moms house holla at me

  6. just for the record i think this part is amazing…..i was referring to how wack newyork is getting

  7. LMAO dudes wanna get physical over some internet shit …lol i wasnt even down playing that part ………..new york is fuckin stupid ………whatever it is what it is fuck that

  8. phil rodriguez done shot dice with larry bird in barcelona with that part

    smoooooooth


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