This Is The Best Video Part of 2011

December 29th, 2011 | 11:05 am | Daily News | 19 Comments

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


Comment by Scott K
  • Hell yeah! This is on my top 15 for fave parts of all time.

    December 29, 2011 @ 1:00 pm
  • Comment by eric
  • yesssssss

    December 29, 2011 @ 1:33 pm
  • Comment by ouai

    December 29, 2011 @ 1:34 pm
  • Comment by Atwood
  • I Agree.

    December 29, 2011 @ 1:46 pm
  • Comment by MattGehl
  • 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.

    December 29, 2011 @ 2:40 pm
  • Comment by french frog
  • lucas puig is sick

    December 29, 2011 @ 7:45 pm
  • Comment by Don Corleone
  • Native NYC Street Dog

    December 29, 2011 @ 9:51 pm
  • Comment by ball hair beards
  • 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!!!

    December 30, 2011 @ 10:54 am
  • Comment by angel
  • 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

    December 30, 2011 @ 11:38 am
  • Comment by demon
  • ayo noseslide nolliebigheels isnt tech enough for you angel? I bet everything you couldnt do that shit.

    December 30, 2011 @ 12:24 pm
  • Comment by angel
  • 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

    January 3, 2012 @ 12:59 pm
  • Comment by angel
  • just for the record i think this part is amazing…..i was referring to how wack newyork is getting

    January 3, 2012 @ 2:34 pm
  • Comment by shawn powers
  • yo angel i slap the shit outta you say that shit next to me in real life ill slap the shit outta you

    January 3, 2012 @ 4:52 pm
  • Comment by angel
  • LMAO dudes wanna get physical over some internet shit …lol i wasnt even down playing that part ……… york is fuckin stupid ………whatever it is what it is fuck that

    January 3, 2012 @ 5:56 pm
  • Comment by mistadobalina
  • sooo is that the real shawn powers so aggro like that lolololol

    January 3, 2012 @ 6:44 pm
  • Comment by shawn powers
  • ahhh nigga why so serious you shook ahhhhhhh

    January 3, 2012 @ 9:09 pm
  • Comment by MiLKy BlaQ
  • phil rodriguez done shot dice with larry bird in barcelona with that part


    January 4, 2012 @ 11:45 am
  • Comment by mistadobalina
  • 7 7 7 7 7 he took all my money

    January 4, 2012 @ 2:50 pm
  • Comment by antislap
  • Fuckin Laaaaame. slappy as fuck and boring as shit. period.

    June 12, 2012 @ 6:50 pm
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