In the last decade, China surpassed Barcelona as the go-to skate trip destination. Shenzhen, though largely unknown to the west, is a place that any skate company with money has been to film in the past five years. If Instagram is any indicator, the Girl/Chocolate team alone has been there twice this year. The city is just outside Hong Kong, thirty years old (it was farmland up until the late-seventies), and considered to be one of the fastest growing cities in the entire world. Shenzhen looks like a real-life Blade Runner version of Los Angeles, and its sprawl has left a plaza below every single building. Apparently, marble and granite are cheap and abundant for Chinese developers (a few sources claimed they were even less expensive than plywood), and there’s no shortage of cranes in the sky, so Shenzhen’s collection of spots does not seem even close to being finished.
People use the “spot on every corner” line when talking about Barcelona, and it’s not exactly true. If you skate around MACBA for a day, you’re going to stumble on maybe four spots. You need to know how to get to everywhere else. Shenzhen actually has a spot on every corner, most of which visiting skateboarders don’t even bother waxing because there is always a better one down the street. “Everything is marble” is another line people use to describe good skate cities. Also not true. Sidewalks in Barcelona are not marble. Sidewalks in New York, outside of midtown, are not marble. Sidewalks in Shenzhen are marble. And when they’re not marble, they’re made from something equally smooth.
Volume two of China bro cam. More curbs this time around, and more spots that cause reconsideration of the bad rap communism has received these past sixty or so years. Any skateboarder would forsake even the strongest allegiance to brown pants, and put up with the drab olive clothing (appearance not important) in exchange for a place that drapes every inch of its public plazas with flawless marble. Features Jon Humphries, Kaspar van Lierop, Eric Koston, Didi Liu, Daryl Angel, Alex Olson, Jeremy Hu, Theotis Beasley, Paul Rodriguez & Justin Brock. (Last week’s clip here.)
Given people’s willingness to believe that Olson rides for a notable French fashion house and its line of four-figure griptape, what are the chances that this clip sparks a “Alex Olson on Shake Junt?” thread on the Slap message board?
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Shout out to Roy Ayers and Sporty Thievz. You got me blacklisted from Hop Sing’s?
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, Daryl Angel
, Didi Liu
, Eric Koston
, Jeremy Hu
, Justin Brock
, Nike SB
, Nike SB China
, Paul Rodriguez
, Theotis Beasley
Best caption for the photo above wins a beer and a pack of white tees, or maybe a set of wheels (your choice.) This photo could also make for a great caption contest, but Instagram impresario, Tronmanjenkins, shut it down with “Creedence Clearwater Revivial,” which appropriately makes little-to-no sense.
This past winter, QS accompanied the SB team out to Shenzhen, China. Shenzhen A.K.A. Spotzhen is where a lot of companies with travel budgets have gone to film skate videos throughout the past five or so years, largely due to an abundance of marble plazas with minimal security. Nike has been running a four-week countdown to the release of a commercial they filmed out there, which includes photos, mini-doc videos, and B-sides that feature an ever-so-elusive Alex Olson switch maneuver. While most of the guys were out there doing things that professional skateboarders do, some of us pushed around the city with the SB China team. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting little bro cam clips from all of those sessions, all done in the QS-trademark cinematographic style (or lack thereof.) This one features Theotis Beasley, Che Lin, Daryl Angel, Didi Liu, Jeremy Hu & Justin Brock.
Alternate YouTube Link: Lumberjack mink, a bunch of Sno-Cones…