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.
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]
If you follow any venerable New York skate institution on social media, you no doubt caught on to the fact that the entire city was in Barcelona for the second half of January. Thanks to some fluke in the system, round-trip flights were running about $350 direct, so what would have been high season for Puerto Rican getaways turned into a citywide exchange of Tompkins for MACBA.
For us, the first day and a half were fine. Then came the rain. And more rain.
On day seven, we went to sleep with a 0% chance of precipitation on the forecast for the next day. We woke up: 0%. Half-hour phone stare sessions, showers, breakfast, board set-ups — we were ready to go.
An aggravated “Fuck!” emerged from Andre Page’s room.
“I don’t want to say it.”
“I don’t want to say it.”
“Dude, what happened?”
Desperate for a rout of good luck, our zero-percent chance of precipitation day became a failed Hail Mary mission a thirty-minute trainride outside of downtown Barcelona.
Some people drank their way out of despair, some tried to skate at night, others skated marble banks while they were only half wet during an hour-long dry spell, while a select few got #cultured. It has been said that the only way to deal with New York is to get the fuck out of New York — so there’s no time ever lost in not being here for a week-and-a-half.
…even if you come back with a minute of footage from the two days it didn’t rain ;)
A lot has changed in the seven years since eventual misspelled Zero pro Forrest Edwards’s proclamations of the guys being “kind of weird” gripped the nation. Among those purported “weirds,” was one, Chris “Mango” Milic, who would go on to become the creative director of skateboarding’s eminent MS Paint-inspired skateboard empire.
Frog dropped a promo to coincide with a new range of Paint-tinged garms and boards. Features Chris lamenting his childhood dreams of being a pro dirt biker, Jesse footage from the Bowl Cut Era™, and a cameo from a prominent Humble Dane in Paris.
“It is best to always assume the potential to be cursed is near at hand to maintain ultimate protection.” Boil the Ocean on curses and hexes, and how skateboarding interacts with the supernatural.
“Truth be told, the part in The Fab Five when Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, and them talk about how much they hate Duke is the sports doc equivalent of the triple-screen intro from Virtual Reality.” Frozen in Carbonite reviews The L.A. Boys, Colin Kennedy’s documentary about the creation of Gabriel Rodriguez, Rudy Johnson, Guy Mariano, and Paulo Diaz’s part from Ban This.
Kinda feel like the Kalis + Balbac interviews flew under the radar a bit because they were on Ride, but each installment has been great. The third and final one deals with a purported Smolik beef over Hubba Hideout claimers, not holding grudges, and a follow up on all the family + therapy stuff from Kalis’ Epicly Later’d.
Even before So Far Gone dropped and Herschel ate Jansport, Canada always had a hidden hand in shaping American culture. As skate scholars know, one of the most influential-yet-underappreciated thinktanks of 2000s skateboarding was Green Apple out in Winnipeg. The Bunt’s latest is with Mike McDermott, who brings us up to speed on Winnipeg’s best-known institution as it stands in the Trudeau era.
Slow news week this time around, mainly because we’ve been walking around staring at the best skate spots in the world as they’re covered in water for the past week-and-a-half. Never fear though, we have one of the better things to go live on this website prepped for mid-next week. Hint: It involves one of the guys in this week’s Top 10 ;)
A lot of O.Gs this time around, plus the first appearance of a brand-name handrail spot at the #1 slot — you know we love subversive line choreography around here, and who would’ve ever thought that spot would be the site of subversive line choreography, yaknow? Have a good one, sorry about the lag this past week ♥
10) Daan Van Der Linden via Instagram [link] 9) Nile Gibbs via Aggressors [link] 8) Ray Barbee via “Adroit in Detroit” [link] 7) Brian Anderson via “NY Summer” [link] 6) Jordan Trahan via New Balance Numeric’s “Rooks of Hazard” video [link] 5) Zered Bassett via “Adroit in Detroit” [link] 4) Javier Sarmiento via Instagram [link] 3) Gustav Tonneson via The Cinematographer Project: World View Raw Files [link] 2) Lacey Baker via “My World” [link] 1) DaShawn Jordan via “Radar” [link]