She Think It’s Wavy & Gnarly

September 14th, 2015 | 4:28 pm | Daily News | 5 Comments


Thanks for all the love for the ten-year. The book drops December 8. It’s really cool. More info soon.

Late one today, but late-day posts during #nyfw are kinda like a QS tradition ;)

Labor has Sabotage 4 DVDs. (Also ICYMI.)

2015’s version of skateboard literature’s longest running summer wrap-up is here: Dubai or Not Dubai – Frozen in Carbonite’s S.O.T.S. x P.O.T.S. post. “Indeed, using the most powerful communication medium of our time—Instagram—as a yardstick, following the most popular thirst trap accounts down an Instagram wormhole leads to a dark place where every comment is either in a foreign alphabet or ‘Come to Dubai.'” (P.S. Who the HELL is responsible for deleting that Tiago Lemos We Are Blood remix from FB? Someone please re-upload it. P.P.S. “Stick Talk” > “I Serve the Base” for Tiago maybe. P.P.P.S. Can confirm Future cuts the music off and puts his thumb in the air after the “I ain’t got no manners…”-part when performing “Stick Talk.”)

Malfa uploaded a lot of great photos from the “CORE” upstate New York trip.

Tim O’Connor interviewed Bill Strobeck for an hour-and-a-half.

Jim Hodgson uploaded a five-minute 1996 edit of QS cult-favorite, Andy Bautisa, largely filmed at QS cult-favorite skate spot, Lackawanna Ledges. (Relevant.)

Free Skate Mag has an article and some photos from a Palace trip to Paris that ended up producing a lot of the footage from Paramount.

Rob Harris posted a 13-minute throwaway reel with a bunch of footage from the M.P.C.™ guys, and Max Hull uploaded another video of their trip down to Puerto Rico (includes Watermelon Man sightings.)

Ten years prior to Canada’s current #moment, it had a smaller, more skate-centric #moment when videos like North were dropping. Village Psychic revisited the 2004 Anti-Social video from that era. (Anti-Social has a new one dropping next spring, btw.)

Youness is without question one of the top-three most impressive IRL skateboarders I have ever witnessed. Someone made an Instagram remix of his footage, and I’m sure he did it all in under five tries probably joking around.

Most of my friends rocked the Staples way heavier as far as Lakais went, but there was definitely a later cult around the Manchesters. SMLTalk has a requiem for maybe the last Lakai shoe to make an imprint in the skate footwear landscape.

The soap shoes documentary is finished!

The new Bust Crew video is basically a Mother / Quasi bro-cam montage, and that Gilbert back lip on the Kent Ave. step is super cool :)

Gonz kinda sorta tells the story of the original ollie over the eventual “Gonz Gap.”

Quote of the Week: “I don’t fuck with that ‘bros over hoes’ code. That’s some skater bullshit.” — C. Williams

M.P.C. in P.R.

September 10th, 2015 | 2:13 pm | Daily News | 1 Comment

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Photo by Colin Sussingham

You know Puerto Rico trips are still trending when a magazine-affiliated video of a P.R. trip gets held for half-a-year — simply because the mag was running #too #many #Puerto #Rico #features. Before anyone gets a chance to call it blown out, please have an obvious winter trip suggestion ready. Colombia seems like it’s been a distant second for a while, but for whatever reason, its department of tourism missed a golden opportunity of rebranding the country’s image around Young Scooter’s seminal ballad. That probably hurt its chances of becoming a premier destination.

The latest excursion to skateboarding’s favorite winter destination is with the almost-implied-enough-that-you-don’t-need-to-mention-it-anymore Most Productive Crew™ in New York. Features most of the guys from “Core,” “Rack” and Space Heater. Sort of how Carroll’s Modus part is low-key Scott Johnston’s best part because of “the greatest trick ever done” (shout out Choc Tour, Finally, and def Let the Horns Blow), “Rum Diary” is the best part from Conor “Best Line in a Johnny Wilson Video” Prunty on account of similar low-keyness. Also features basically a mini Andrew Wilson part.

Check the feature in this month’s issue of Transworld.

Related: Past QS P.R. coverage

Bando Lingo

September 8th, 2015 | 11:59 am | Daily News | 8 Comments


Photo via @mdfilms on IG

She’s better than you, and has better style.

Sorta inevitable that Sheckler would meet the “why the fuck you lying”-guy, who was the unofficial soundtrack of Labor Day weekend.

Some photos of the soon-to-be-completed skatepark in East Williamsburg, which is developer-speak for “not not sorta Bushwick.” (It’s off the Graham L.) Looks on the mellower side of the skatepark spectrum, a la Canarise.

The fakie hardflip over the block at J Kwon should put an end to the age-old debate.

The most important piece of #skate #journalism in at least thirty years: Jenkem interviewed the iconoclast who tried to ollie the thirteen-flat-thirteen in the rain…which of course, is one of the five greatest tricks to never happen.

Thanks to perhaps the most heavily reblogged trick of 2015 (and maybe a surging interest in Canadian exports), Spencer Hamilton earned a place in the hearts of many who otherwise forget that Canada often produces superior skateboarders to America. Supra took notice, and made a “best of” part for him to bring anyone else up to speed.

Rare in-office week for the QS Fashion Desk, in preparation for #NYFW: SMLTalk runs down the greatest headwear choices in skate video history and here’s an an interview with Fergus Purcell, one of the principal designers behind Palace.

Vice has an #uplifting mini-doc about the emergence of skateboarding in Palestine.

Bronze’s “ask me anything” department is right — it doesn’t matter what crew “shitted on” whatever other crew in New York, because New York skateboarding never fully recovered from Dave Mayhew’s stay here in 1999:

The backside flip off the big bank over the police barrier is legitimately still the 8th or 10th best trick done in city limits after Westgate’s 2x ollies on Canal Street, Kalis’ fakie flip at Newport, Jake’s wallride, Rieder’s impossible, and a bunch of stuff Zered has done. Also, forgetting that part was a massive oversight here.

That being said, Pyramid County’s Ripplescape video is solid, and features a handful of the more insane things to happen here in recent months (pull-in nosegrind at Columbus Park, frontside flip the Seaport bench, etc.) Way more enjoyable than any other U.S. tour vid in recent history.

“In the span of just about a week, Boil the Ocean internet web blog was able to compile an array of image-damaging content features and fiery remarks that reflect poorly on the extreme sport that once seemed on pace to unseat baseball as the sport of the future.” Wipe your lens Wilson, damn.

Eli Reed doing some manuals, and some bro cam footage from the Mira Conyo squad.

Spot Updates: The downtown Brooklyn post office spot is now knobbed.

Quote of the Week: “Having a French bulldog is like buying a used Jaguar. It’s the best and you’ll love the thing, but it’s going to cost you a ton of money.” — Barnes

Enjoy that school year y’all ;)

‘Rack’ — #AnotherOne From the Still-Reigning Most Productive Crew™ in New York Skateboarding

September 2nd, 2015 | 10:15 am | Daily News | 16 Comments


Just because video blogs slowed up in frequency and their filmer became a downtown #tastemaker, doesn’t mean that the Most Productive Crew™ relinquished the title they’ve held from Space Heater onward. “Rack” features all of Johnny Wilson’s A-roll footage since Sure dropped two months ago.

With New York Fashion Week one week away, “Rack” already goes in the direction of what will dominate skateboard runways for the remainder of 2015 and beyond — boardslide shove-its (both ways), and a more widespread adoption of “skate video house” #musicsupervision (see also), as initially popularized in Palace videos.

Also, someone will probably post a link to their boy’s year-old part half-filmed in Columbus, OH to counter this…BUT 95% sure this is the first video where someone successfully does a line at that bump-to-bar / ollie up / handicap rail in front of the deli on Houston and A. That thing has been the most claimed spot in city limits for the past ~three years; if four dudes are stuck at the light on Houston and A, at least one will claim it. Also be on the lookout for the best #good trick ever done at Three Up Three Down, a spot where #good tricks are otherwise irrelevant.

Features Oak, Drew, Genesis, Kohlton, Chief Keith, John Choi, Hjalte, Nick Boserio, Antonio doing switch tres, others. The Q.S.S.O.T.Y’s appearances are minimal, but that’s probably ok considering Sure got unofficially dubbed Max Palmer: The Video.

We Been at the Laundromat All Day

August 31st, 2015 | 5:25 am | Daily News | 6 Comments


Photo via Alien Eyeball. Been slow around here this past week. Should pick up a bit ;)

Sable is a new 15-minute video by Matt Velez, pretty much filmed all over the east coast with some good bits in New York. Features parts from Josh Wilson, Dick Rizzo and others from the Bronze fam, and a really sick ender part from Mark Humienik.

This four-minute Southbank iPhone compilation with all the PWBC dudes is a good time. Features the world’s best skateboarder. Also gotta re-link the “Sission” vid from 2012 any time the topic of Southbank bro cam edits comes up since it’s the best :)

First new video blog from Johnny Wilson & bros since Sure dropped.

The entire QS office and all known affiliates are really into the new Clubgear clip.

A few good alternate iPhone angles from “Core.”

There are some wild moves in this very #current Spike Lamy part. The Zalfa special from the top of the wall into the mini-bank on 2nd Avenue is insane.

Vice ran a cool feature about how skateboarding blew up in the parts of New Orleans most affected by Hurricane Katrina, and how race-based perceptions re: skating itself began to change as a result.

Someone made a minute-long remix of Rodrigo’s footage from an Adidas Madrid trip when he first got on in 2013. It’s all amazing, but no clue how / why they left the fakie flip out, considering there hasn’t been a better fakie flip done since (7:43 mark)…

SMLTalk interviewed Lurker Lou, who somehow still gets shit for ruining skateboarding.

Bobby Worrest on sketchy Pulaski cops, N.Y. v.s. L.A, etc.

…aaannnddd Village Psychic interviewed Danny Renaud.

Sorta kinda forgot that Alien Workshop “came back.” TWS has a feature online about the AWS’ resurrection and its new team, though they didn’t ask about why the OVO thing fell through or controversial comparisons to Beverly Hills Cop 3.

Some iPhone vids from various crews around the city: Street Urchins 3 & Wheels.

The lil’ homie Bieber is #down for #core #skateboarding.

Quote of the Week:


Shout out to Tufty for reminding me about “I’m something like a phenomenon, I’ll kidnap your kids with their pajamas on.” Where’s Hell Rell?