Two years ago, we lost a zen-like intersection of flatground that intertwined with all vibrant walks of life — the greatest non-spot in this history of skateboarding. It was, however, replaced with actual skateable obstacles this year: decent-enough beveled benches, a gap that replicated BAM’s ledge-to-street gap, and a Flushing-width flatground gap that Jason Byoun switch Muska flipped. The spot’s original meditative qualities dissolved into cement fairy dust, but at least it’s something to skate for now, even if the overall aesthetic of the new Astor Place is “we ran out of money.”
In the early 2000s, a trick on the Pace Ledge was a watershed moment for any child’s skate career. We’d pass it every weekend — dreaming of a noseslide if we were regular or a 5050 if we were goofy for the hammers section of whoever’s bad video filmed on a Canon GL1 with a Kenko fisheye. That is, until it was dismantled by bike pegs and rendered unskateable thanks to a six-inch-wide chunk at the ledge’s most opportune starting point. Little kid dreams were crushed (we even removed it from the spots page!), and by then, everyone was eyeing tricks into the Verizon Banks anyway, or just generally better at skating.
With the vapor of early-2000s nostalgia from February fashion week still running thick, today we are reminded of the magic that a bit of Bondo could do. After filling in the aforementioned cavity, the Pace Ledge is ripe for skateboard tricks for the first time since the George W. Bush administration. Now, this brings about the age old question for nitpicky filmer types: has the ABD scroll been erased after a dormant decade?
With short term memory growing shorter thanks to G-Pens, do we accept Challex’s or the Vickie Report’s tailslide as existing in a world where J-John the Don didn’t already do it switch and German? Do we disregard Todd Jordan’s back tail that went down during the much-maligned Mixtape 2 era? (Can’t find the photo but it’s ~out there~) Will an early-2000s nostalgist perform a noseslide bigspin on the ledge this #nyfw, disregarding Brian Brown’s contribution to the ledge’s storied history?
Actually none of this probably matters because Antonio switch frontside 5050ed a ledge that is nine times higher than the Pace Ledge like five blocks away ;)
Speaking of all new levels of skateboarding, Tiago was in town for Street League and these two clips of him skating Seaport and the L.E.S. Park got brought up in at least four conversations this weekend. #SOTY.
Put a formal Twitter inquiry regarding the inventor of the noseslide earlier this summer (the consensus was Gonz.) Mackenzie Eisenhour discusses it in this TWS piece regarding the origins of the noseblunt: “Even prior to the noseblunt, Mark is also credited with adapting the noseslide to ledges and handrails on the streets, after seeing photos of Neil Blender innovating nose stalls on ramps.”
Given as how they’ve been dominating all forms of culture since Switch Mike started blasting So Far Gone in any and all of his BMWs and Herschel became the new Jansport, it should come as no surprise that the most enjoyable skateboard podcast also comes from Canada. Season two of the Bunt is now running, and starts off with cult hero, Spencer Hamilton. Expedition-1 talk, non-alcoholic beers, etc.
Glad the news about the Berlin benches getting removed ended up being a false alarm. A replica of that should be mandatory for every U.S. city with over six skaters. My second favorite skate spot on this planet.
NY Skateboarding posted part one of apparently a three-part series of video interviews with Keith Hufnagel. This one talks about meeting Keenan Milton, the infamous Ryan Hickey house that housed all homeless skateboarders of the era, moving to San Francisco, skating Embarcadero, etc.
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Who cares about Melo’s Olympic postgame interview, Russell Westbrook’s “Now I Do What I Want” video is singlehandedly the most inspirational sports moment of 2016, and the only promotional material the NBA needs for the 2016-2017 season. #MVP.
Quote of the Week: “I’m so glad I didn’t go to double town China set.” — John Choi
Wait, is switch 360 flips not looking good like a known consensus? Switch backside flips, maybe…tough for those to not roll on the ground, but can think of many good-to-great switch tres. For instance: Antonio and Zeb are both incredible switch tre-ers.