An Interview With Sage Elsesser

February 10th, 2017 | 7:00 am | Features & Interviews | 22 Comments

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Interview by Earl Sweatshirt
Photos by Ben Colen, Rob Collins & Jared Sherbert
Collages by Requiem for a Screen

Quartersnacks has long operated around the idea that your friends are your favorite skateboarders. You know every quirk and anecdotal backstory to your friends’ individual ways of skateboarding. Interviews, for that same reason, can be tough. You only really know half the story from watching someone in videos, or reading other interviews they have given to people who are paid to write about skateboarding. Sometimes, a friend knows the best way to lead someone into a conversation about why they skate the way they do, and are the way they are as a person. Quartersnacks is proud to present an interview with Sage Elsesser, conducted by Sage’s longtime friend, and current roommate, Earl Sweatshirt.

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What’s your whole name?

Sage Gabriel Carlos Atreyu Elsesser.

What got you into skating?

Probably my dad. I feel like he just knew a lot of skateboarders. But also, in kindergarten during show and tell, a kid had a skateboard. He was sitting on it and I was like, I need that — whatever that is. Then my dad got me a size 8 board. I was like 3, 4 years old. The board was taller than me.

When did we start chilling?

We started going to the same school. I remember there was a time when I went to the blacktop, and I was in like 3rd grade, a tiny child, and you were in 6th, and these niggas let me play with them. Then we actually fully reconnected at the alumni carnival. Our school used to have an alumni carnival every fall towards the beginning of the school year.

Didn’t you bring me my board?

Yeah, camo Alva grip!

Definitely camo grip to match my camo fucking Air Force 1s. You brought me my board, I didn’t even know you that well.

I saw you put your board behind the trash can and I was like “where are you going?” “I’m going to smoke…weed.” I remember going to school the next week, going into the janitor’s closet and I saw the board. I took it and gave it back to you. So from there, you were like, “let’s skate.” We lived in the same neighborhood, like 10 minutes from each other.

When did you get good at skating?

The definitive moment I got good was during halftime of a soccer game. I was 12. I seen a kid at the park with a board, and I was like “let me see that.” I did a heelflip in cleats. So perfect. Stationary. Everyone on my team was like “what!” My coach was pissed. Lowkey, I was like, “I’m a skateboarder.” That felt good, and I remember telling myself, “this weekend, I’m gonna go skate.”

When did you start doing impossibles?

8th grade when I moved to New York. I didn’t know Aidan, but we moved out here at the same time. We just clicked when we met, and then Aidan taught me how to impossible.

Quartersnacks Top 10 — February 10, 2017

February 10th, 2017 | 12:01 am | Daily News | No Comments

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The fact that a nollie heelflip backside noseblunt down a regulation-height handrail could [re]surface on a New Zealandian media outlet’s Instagram — only for nobody to know the original video it came from — is a true testament to our A.D.D-addled skate media charcuterie board. We’ll count it for this week, because it’s not like we actually know what video it first appeared in.

You already know what the #1 is. Have a good weekend.

Original Clips:

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10) Ruben Spelta via Instagram [link] 9) Louie Lopez via “At Yafa” [link] 8) Mike Anderson ia “At Yafa” [link] 7) Tyshawn Jones via Instagram [link 6) Paul Rodriguez via Primitive Skateboards’ “Opal” Video [link] 5) Daniel Espinoza via “Spinach is Royalty” Part [link] 4) Tom Snape via “SPORTS CLASS: FRESH BEER – COLD BEER” [link] 3) Tom Asta via ??? [link] 2) Devine Calloway via Primitive Skateboards’ “Opal” Video [link] 1) Diego Najera via Primitive Skateboards’ “Opal” Video [link]

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Previously: February 3, 2017

Sage B-Sides & Outtakes Remix

February 9th, 2017 | 3:35 am | Video & Remixes | No Comments

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Between the appearances in the Converse One-Star Tour stuff, my former upstairs neighbor Logan’s “Sean & Sage” Dylan tribute, all of the Italy footage from Ben Chadourne’s third (third!) best clip of 2016, some AND1 mixtape B-roll, and an occasional appearance in a Johnny Wilson or Hardies edit — Sage more-or-less scattered a solid part across a slew of videos last year. We threw it all together in one convenient edit to some smooth Kiss FM shit to to help you get through the snow.

Filmed by Richard Quintero, Ben Chadourne, Logan Lara, Johnny Wilson and T.J. Marshall.

Alternate YouTube Link

Shout out to Diego for the dub help :)

At Least Migos Have the #1 Album in the Country…

February 6th, 2017 | 5:00 am | Daily News | No Comments

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Photo by Emilio Cuilan

This guy nollie flipped Black Hubba, and then followed it up with the highest white rapper ever done in skateboard history. But also he nollie flipped Black Hubba.

Speaking of nollies, The Bunt’s latest episode is with nollie legend and Antwuan Dixon’s favorite skateboarder, Gailea Momolu. Monster Children also interviewed Cephas and Donovan about their ascent to the top of skating’s current pod boom.

“What did you buy with your first check?” “Nothing. Them shits is in the bank.” Monster Children also has an interview with smart kid Tyshawn Jones.

Jack Greer’s film, Circles in Tompkins Square is now available on Vimeo On Demand.

“If you land it this try, I’ll go vegan for the rest of the trip.” Vinny Ponte interviews Zered Bassett about the old days for twenty minutes.

Three-minute reminder of how poetic Javier Sarmiento looks on a skateboard.

Labor’s All City Showdown installment is now live over on Thrasher, with stock music straight out of the EST archives. The Frog/Max Palmer section is gold, Jerry. Gold.

Skaters from Atlanta really like that manny pad to rock at 20th & C.

Adam Louis put together a montage of Johnny’s outtakes featuring all the 917 dudes. The world needs another Genny part and can we get Kohlton skating again?

Someone compiled a bunch of Bill Strobeck’s IG videos into one convenient clip.

Pretty much everyone in our age group and under looked up to Rodney Torres growing up. First New Yorker to flip into a handrail (pretty sure…), first to hit the Hooters Rail (R.I.P.), etc. “The King of Queens” is a quick video portrait by Carlos Felipe. Chrome Ball’s Rodney post has also been an all-time fave.

Theories of Atlantis, champion of all things independent and #small in skateboarding, put together a year-end list of 2016’s best videos, a month late ;)

“However, the recently proffered notion that Chad Muska’s ‘illusion’ frontside flips looked good, wrongheaded as it is, speaks to a similar, latent yearning for diversity in trick form that seems to have been squeezed out in the online video age.” If no complies, beanplants, pressure flips and noseslide shoves can come back, there’s little reason to believe the mob or illusion flip won’t become a fashionable alternative to the tricks’ homogenized norms/forms by April of this year.

An interesting read on just how Brexit impacts the skate industry in the U.K.

Paul Young uploaded four minutes of raw footage from a 2015 S.F. trip with Josh Wilson, Brendan Carroll, Adrian Vega, Tierney, Duster, Dick Rizzo and Nick Ferro.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: DEEEE JAAAYYY KHALLLLEEDDD!!!!

Quote of the Week: “I have too many totes.” — Keith Denley

Here’s to happier times in Atlanta ♥

Quartersnacks Top 10 — February 3, 2017

February 3rd, 2017 | 12:57 am | Daily News | 6 Comments

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Really big week for 360 flips. Apart from the one above and the #1 spot (spoiler…), there was another Justin Brock one in that Brockel part that could have just as easily made it in. Otherwise, a popping week in the skateboard footage universe, with the Euros coming particularly heavy this time around. Have a good weekend.

Original Clips:

Spoiler

10) Brian Wenning via Instagram [link] 9) Nik Stain via “Puerto Rico” [link] 8) Kenny Anderson via Instagram [link] 7) “Lil’ Team” via “All City Showdown 2016: Labor” [link] 6) Chris Milic via “Frog HD (my g)” [link] 5) Quel Haddox via Instagram [link] 4) Willem van Dijk via “POP Recycled 2016” [link] 3) Robbie Brockel via “Surveillance” Part [link] 2) Jair Gravenberch via “POP Recycled 2016” [link] 1) Magnus Bordewick via Instagram [link]

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Previously: January 27, 2017