Puerto Rico — like every other skate destination in the world — has its fail safes. Just as you can’t get through a “Summer Trip to New York” clip without someone skating the Rector Street Bench or doing a trick over the wall at Columbus Park, Puerto Rico has its unavoidable trappings that appear in every last bit of getaway coverage. You end up having to roll the dice: either make the half-hour/45 minute drive to the smaller cities outside San Juan and hope you find spots, or go where you know there’s going to be shit to skate, even if Robert Lopez Mont fakie flipped it back in some obscure video from 1974.
These safe spots are places you’ve seen throughout Puerto Rico’s current tenure as skateboarding’s de facto winter getaway — the black marble low-to-high, the ledge plaza in Rio Piedras, or the photogenic-but-apparently-really-tough-to-skate bowl in La Perla, which we avoided due to a #nomoreskateparks rule set in place.
And as tired as you may be of seeing the lil’ black marble low-to-high and bank combo spot that Conor Prunty shut down this time last year, you’d be hard pressed to find a more relaxing spot. Comes with a guy who climbs up in the tree to get coconuts for you, a nearby beach, and the world famous El Hamburger just a block skate away. Last round of extras above, #tbt below, and full clip dropping this February.
This is our third January in a row of spending some considerable time in America’s never-ending prospective 51st state, and what Billy Rohan once coined as the sixth borough of New York City. Past journeys — short of a day trip to the eastern island of Vieques — have kept us conveniently in San Juan, where the majority of the #trending Puerto Rican winter phenomenon keeps its home base. The island is big, but not that big: driving from San Juan to the west side is like driving from New York to Philly, except you stare out the window and see rolling hills rather than…the Linden refinery.
Mayaguez is one of the main cities on the west side of the island, and with one night in San Juan, we trekked the hundred miles there. After a pit-stop for the trip’s official sustenance (Medallas and arroz con pollo), a mini concrete racetrack-type spot with a Flushing-width gap in the middle, and a spot check at an abandoned waterpark visible from the highway (we got kicked out by stoned security guars in under ten minutes), we made it to Mayaguez with about an hour of daylight left to skate one of the funnest parks any of us had ever been to.
Filmed by Johnny Wilson
One of Mayaguez’s standouts skate-wise is a gigantic University of Puerto Rico campus. Like most college campuses, you could theoretically skate it for a week and not get bored — provided you never got kicked out. We skated for two hours later than we were expecting to, and then headed towards the well-lit park in Aguadilla.
Next day was a trip to more-or-less the most scenic park imaginable in Quebradillas, where we bumped into the squad from Shorty’s. Off the parks for the rest of the trip, and in these streets talking about shit Robert Lopez Mont did. (“Yeah man, Robert fakie flipped that three story drop when he was 14, man.”)
Good friend of the website, longtime QS music supervisor, coin-er of the term “skate video house,” and writer of the last part in the QS book, recently published his first novel, None of the Bad Ones. It’s about partying, #badrelationships, skating at Tompkins and meeting up with girls you texted off a Blackberry ~five or six years ago. It’s a fun and nostalgic read. Use promo code “snackmancometh” on his website, ESFBooks.com, to get 30% off. QS interview about the book here.
Ahh the old “Zoo York Media Group” logo… New Kevin Tierney Zoo part is now online, with some fashion-forward griptape, white rappers, and chill cut-ins from E.S.T.. Been wondering who those wallride marks on Grand and Crosby were from ;)
Everything in this twenty-five minute Byrdgang video — from the spots, to the tricks, to the picture quality, to the fact that it’s named after sub-sect of lower tier peak-era Dipset affiliates — reminded me of early-to-mid-2000s, post-Metrospective skateboard website montages in the best way possible. Smiles the whole way through :)
If you watch only one skate video today… Stereo uploaded a clean, full version of A Visual Sound online. One of the most #influential vids to ever exist, especially with regard to a lot of what’s going on in skating today.
Part one of the DGK x QS vid is now live. As longtime champions of peak-era hip-hop white guys, it is an understatement to say we are honored to have Tall Tee Icon™, Wade Desarmo, in a QS clip. Thank you to everyone at Kayo for making this happen, and for being down to pay tribute to our favorite lady friend from nineties skate mags ♥ Filmed and edited by Brad Rosado. Part two live in a week or so ;)
Quartersnacks for DGK merch is now available at 35th Ave / 561 Skateboards / Alumni Boardshop / BlackList / Black Sheep / Bluetile / Cardinal / Cowtown / Day One / Endless Grind / FTC / Grandeur / Home Base / Labor / LB Skate / Lost Art / MIA / Moms Sweet Shop / Orchard / Palace 5ive / Palomino / Pitcrew / Premier / Seasons / Slam City / Supreme / Terrace / Top of the World / Skatepark of Tampa / Uprise / Venue.
For anyone who’s local, Supreme and Labor both have the goods as of today ;)
Remember that scene in Men in Black where Tommy Lee and Big Willie are chilling on a bench in Battery Park, and he’s explaining what we once “knew” of the universe? “1500 years ago, people knew that the earth was the center of the universe. 500 years ago, people knew that the earth was flat…”
Fifteen minutes ago, we were living with absolute certainty that lines on our beloved Three Up Three Down maxed out at three tricks. Dear God were we wrong.
“Stay Young” is the new part from 2013 Q.S.S.O.T.Y. Leo Gutman for Labor Skateshop. Between an impeccable seldom-seen-in-other-New York-vids spot selection (seriously, who the f thinks to skate this thing), the best trick thus far on that full pipe-ish sculpture at Union Square, and some seasonably appropriate gloves footage, is perhaps the biggestdevelopment in Three Up Three Down’s six-year existence. Three stairs up one side, three stairs down the other, three tricks [once thought] possible in consecutive order — the spot was once an O.C.D. victim’s dream. Until now, since Leo Gutman altered our perceptions of time and space by stuffing two flatground tricks between the two sets of three.