With the chaos of awards season over and the faint glimmer of spring ahead of us, it is time that we shift our attention back on what’s most important: noseslides. (“The building block of modern skateboarding” © Frozen in Carbonite.)
Though the current crop of heavily #curated skaters lean towards the simpler side of the trick spectrum, they have seldom found a place for a plain noseslide in their video parts. The noseslide has thus, in turn, found a modern home in fifteen second Instagram clips, where scrutiny of “easy” tricks does not run as high.
Topic 1: IG output made our 2014 Noseslider of the Year award winner an easy call.
With the madness that was December (remember that week when there were six QS updates?! Crazy times, man), we were not allowed to shine a proper light on the most prolific noseslider of those past twelve months. But NBA teams don’t get their championship rings ’til the middle of the season anyway, so consider the clip above a Finals DVD.
Topic 2: There is no distinction between frontside and backside output when Noseslider of the Year nominees are voted on. However, it should be noted that the 2014 Q.S.S.O.T.Y. has been running a prolific one-man campaign for the frontside noseslide to return to peak relevance in the skateboard trick landscape:
Max Palmer is to frontside noseslides what Russell Westbrook is to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Paych DVDs still available here.
Topic 3: Up until the mid-2000s, it was perfectly normal to throw a noseslide in a rail/hubba-heavy video part. Muska was the king of said practice, but everyone from Arto to Kenny Reed was prone to the occasional long noseslide “hammer,” punctuating the video part like an elongated goooooaaaaalllll.
Except by the time Flo Marfaing 360 flip noseslid the Le Dome hubba in Paris, the noseslide-as-hammer became a lost art. You had to flip into and do a whole bunch of extra shit. Rail skaters simply don’t do noseslides anymore.
Then, this came along last week. It is the first time in a long time that QS Department of Noseslide Studies & Research has stumbled on video part ending with a noseslide, even if it isn’t exactly in a rail-heavy part. (*Waiting for someone to say, “So-and-so had a noseslide ender in this Florida video from last summer!” in the comments*)
The noseslide ender is at the 3:06 mark, but the entire part is great.
Topic 4: Speculation for 2015.
Kevin Rodrigues’ front nose fakie from his recent Converse part is the frontrunner for Noseslide of the Year — except we still have ten months left. (Remember when Demarcus Cousins was a reasonable MVP candidate in January? About that…)
It would be interesting if Rodrigues continued to churn out noseslide-heavy footage. The French have always been nothing short of prolific nosesliders. Though Polar riders may be widely renown for their wallie and slappy heavy trick repertoires (yo, see I know French b), the company boasts the current Noseslider of the Year and a dark horse candidate in Rodrigues among its ranks. A noseslide-tinged direction for Polar could be quite interesting; it is only natural that Nordic companies embrace the northern pole above the forbidden fourteen.
Previously: The Week in Noseslides – April 2014