Pretty light week this time around compared the the onslaught of videos that dropped last week. Got some chill wallrides, a MACBA obstacle that has never successfully been conquered until this now, and the footage evidence of one of the coolest looking New York magazine covers in a solid minute instead. Can’t forget some pertinent Glory Challenge standouts either. Have a good weekend bye ;)
10) Challex Olson via @hjaltehalberg on Instagram [link] 9) James Pitonyak via Bruns 2 [link] 8) Thaynan Costa via his TWS “AM Spotlight” part [link] 7) Nassim Guaamazz via Bombaklats [link] 6) Alexis Lacroix via Thrasher’s Dime Glory Challenge recap [link] 5) Brad Cromer via “HUF NYC” [link] 4) Frank Gerwer via Thrasher’s Dime Glory Challenge recap [link] 3) Tyshawn Jones via @enwhytj on Instagram [link] 2) James Moore via @metroskateboarding on Instagram [link] 1) Austyn Gillette via “HUF NYC” [link]
“I love Montreal so much, but every time I come here, I’m such a piece of shit.” — Jersey Dave
Skateboarding is all spectacle, but I understand that you’re up in arms about the International Olympic Committee treating it like the highly-commercialized mainstream sport that it is. You’re asking “how can you even judge skateboarding? It’s art, bro.”
Dime, in the Canadian tradition of being smarter, funnier and better at skateboarding than us, addressed this dilemma long before Tokyo 2020 was even a discussion. But still, we’re here deciding which kickball court to skate piles of refuse in, pleading, “how could they do this to us? This isn’t the 200 meter backstroke…this is skateboarding!” Yes, aside from the fact that smoking weed makes you better at it, skateboarding has very little in common with competitive swimming.
As descendants of the land that brought us the Montreal Screwjob, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, and Robert “Sluggo” Boyce, the Dime boys recognized what the future of skateboard events could and should look like. Let me tell you, it looks a lot like professional wrestling.
It is tough to come up with an unjustified hyperbole about Copenhagen. I watched a board shoot out into an old lady’s bike the other day, and she smiled it off, waved goodbye and went about her business. We were skating a playground in a place that by some Scandinavian stretch, had Bushwick playground vibes, and accidentally almost crashed into a five-year-old. The response was “try and watch out for the kids” — not “fam I’m deadass about to get all my cousins to pull up and shoot you.” The place is a perfect concoction of people not giving a shit about what you’re doing, and people caring so much about what you do because they’ll line every modern public space with some sort of perfectly skateable object.
The T.F. here doesn’t have its boxes taken away in 48 hour cycles. In the summer, you spend zero time inside a car or train. Places will serve you sexy cocktails to go. You can enjoy a beer or six, and some guy will not be far off waiting to collect your empty can moments after you finish. Every spot is parallel to some of the earth’s luckiest bike seats ♥. Even drunk street meat decisions don’t seem to be as much of a gastrointestinal threat as they do stateside. Sure, it’s expensive and cold in the winter, but we live in New York. Don’t sit here and tell me about expensive and cold when your boy just found the deal of a lifetime for a $1300 10 x 10 off the Myrtle-Broadway stop that he needs to still buy a spaceheater for, but still sleeps in his socks.
Posted remotely in Copenhagen for the week, where it already fast-forwarded to everyone needing a hoody and jacket at night. Here are eighteen seconds of Hjalte warm-ups filmed a hundred feet from where this post is being typed.
America: Where seemingly sane “adults” argue about the placement of a trash can + yoga/skate hybrids and LurkNYC showing #OGRESPECT in volume eighteen of their always entertaining “New York Times” throwaways series.
Been a heavy past week for videos. Between the Palace vid, the Hockey vid, that random one from Supra and the Anti-Hero “Chestnut Hill” video, there was a lot to cover — but obviously, all of that fell to the wayside up against Jamal Smith’s pre Glory Challenge rant, which the office agreed was too #lifestyle-heavy to include in a skate-based countdown. What a piece of public speaking though ;)
Enjoy the weekend everyone. Nobody cares about your Olympic opinion btw.
10) Max Palmer via @john1wilson on Instagram [link] 9) Ben Blundell via @lilmanmili on Instagram [link] 8) Spencer Hamilton via Supra’s “Oscar & Friends” video [link] 7) Sluggo via @danstolling on Instagram [link] 6) Ben Kadow via “Hockey II” [link] 5) Tom Penny via Supra’s “Oscar & Friends” video [link] 4) Daan Van Der Linden via Anti-Hero’s “Chestnut Hill” video [link] 3) Danny Brady via Palace’s “V Nice” video [link] 2) Jamal Smith via @dimemtl on Instagram [link] 1) Andrew Allen via “Hockey II” [link]