Been heavy on the streak of #hesh enders. LurkNYC-dominant #QSTOP10 this week, even after a contentious #ABD debate in the comments. Have a good one, everybody. QS spring gear slowly trickling into shops this weekend. More details on shop and web availability this coming week ♥
Intro — via @kookofpain on IG [link] 10) Andrew Reynolds via “Baker’s Tampa Video” [link] 9) Thomas Turner via Instagram [link] 8) Grady Smith via “Mean Streets Volume 8” [link] 7) Patrick Vidal via Making It Happen VX1000 Montage [link] 6) Josh Pall via Cinematographer Project – World View Passport Section [link] 5) Ryan Decenzo via Darkstar Part [link] 4) Gus Gordon via “Mean Streets Volume 8” [link] 3) Jaakko Ojanen via IG [link] 2) Kinser Cathey via “Mean Streets Volume 8” [link] 1) Cyril Jackson “Afterburner” Part [link]
Really heavy new edition of LurkNYC’s “Mean Streets” series went live this past weekend. The 5050 at Chase, Howard Street ollie and Columbia ollie were all insane. Is that Water Street ender an NBD? Wow.
“Alas, as ledge skating gained supremacy and skateable blocks began trading at a premium due to police pressure and general scarcity, peg damage and huffy attitudes came to divide the camps, such that by the time the handrail age set in, extreme bike riders became punchlines.” Dunno about the “punchline” part, as we’ve linked a BMX video or two on here before and like ummm, ROB CAMPBELL, but Boil the Ocean considers the relationship between bikes and skateboards, circa 2017. We Citibiked up to Lenox from Soho yesterday, and it was pretty beast ;)
Spot Updates — 1) Defeated lol on them re-paving every part of this spot except where we needed them to re-pave. At least Avenue A getting re-paved is the biggest thing to happen to New York skateboarding since children discovered Indoor Ten. 2) Spot was a two second bust and for pros, but those rails parallel to the narrow banks on 33rd Street are mad high now. 21. 21. 21.
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: So, Thunder in 8, right?! With the Russ adoration running high on here this past season, let’s take a second to remind ourselves of J.R. Smith’s brilliance — sorry, meant NBA Champion™ J.R. Smith’s brilliance. [Also remembered how annoying it is that we now have to wait until the end of June to find out who MVP, 6MOTY, etc. is now.]
Quote of the Week: “Harden is like the guy at the spot who knows how to land all tricks, but he’s wearing fat Globes and skinny pants.” — Francesco Pini
On-time Monday Links post this week, late Top 10 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
A bit more death-defying stuff this week, including the best Joe Valdez impression in a long time, and probably the most insane eye for a “spot” ever featured on the countdown at #1. It’s some high-brow Jaws shit, but utterly fucked that somebody climbed up that thing to see if it was grindable, let alone skated it.
Intro via IG [link] 10) Max Van Arnem via Noise Two [link] 9) Valentin Bauer via “Octogon Mix” [link] 8) Chris Jones via Cinematographer Project: World View [link] 7) Roman Lisivka via Primitive Part [link] 6) Elijah Odom via Andrew Skateshop’s Landfall video [link] 5) Joel Banner via “DENDRIDIC FLUX – [HTL VOL 15]” [link] 4) Victor Süssekind via “Bem-Vindo à Converse Cons Brasil” [link] 3) Erik J. Pettersen via IG [link] 2) Tom Fox via “DENDRIDIC FLUX – [HTL VOL 15]” [link] 1) Dave Mull via New Driveway [link]
They took small chunks out of Gay Ledges. This is a spot that hosted no activities besides skateboarding, and people letting their dogs shit on the cement floor.
Nobody really skated these until ~2010 (let alone gave a wholehearted attempt at breaking them in), when the bar for a decent ledge in New York was falling, and falling, and falling. We took some time off from Gay Ledges during the fruitful / frustrating Seaport years, and upon putting it back in the spot rotation around 2013, what was once an ok-enough ledge, turned into one of the better ledges downtown. We had to wax it every time we skated there, it’d be windy, you’d have to dodge piles of dog shit, argue with people bored enough to insist you’re being a nuisance at this otherwise useless portion of the park — but it was…a ledge.
A decent ledge — even a charmingly bad one — is becoming an endangered species in this city. Thanks to LurkNYC for the tip and photo. R.I.P.
“Gay Ledges is like Eggs, except nowhere near as good and you get kicked out in five minutes.” — Lurker Lou
“Why is that shop called Andrew?”
“The three biggest things to ever happen to Miami are cocaine, Lebron James, and Hurricane Andrew.” — Roctakon
Past the days of peak-era Josh Stewart videos and Trick Daddy’s ownership of the coveted www.thug.com domain name, it’s felt like much coverage of Miami’s skate scene has come via trip edits from outsiders. And even then, winter getaways to Miami have decreased as trips to San Juan took up winter media marketshare.
Andrew, a new shop in downtown Miami that opened up this past weekend, just released their inaugural video offering, “Landfall.” It focuses on the current generation of locals from a city that can sometimes feel underrepresented when pitted against its colder east coast counterparts. Filmed in sun-baked VX that has felt synonymous with Miami footage since the Static days, it sprinkles the city’s remaining classic spots between cutty bits of crust that visitors would otherwise easily overlook.
Features Rezza Honarvar, Khari Macintosh, Elijah Garcia, Justin Stout and Elijah Odom.