Out of the Mountain of Despair, a Stone of Hope

January 16th, 2017 | 11:39 am | Daily News | 1 Comment

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YO, massive shout out to the crew, politicians, shops and community in Providence, Rhode Island, on getting an approval to turn an underused corner of their downtown into a full-on block of a skate plaza. Let this be a precedent for cities across the U.S.

Also congrats to the boy Sean Pablo on going pro

“If they didn’t name me Genesis then my dad would have named me Jubilee, from X-Men, who was a girl. That would’ve been very funny. I’m glad they named me Genesis.” Sex mag (sure) has an interview with Genny re: growing up, DANY, etc.

Zered is on Alltimers, and has a new part out to reassure you of his decade-plus status as the east coast’s most productive pro, and the king of the worst spot in Queens ;)

“It’s still the same if I just don’t let myself become too jaded and reclusive. There are still endless possibilities.” Huck has a feature with Jerry Mraz, who they apparently dubbed “The Batman of Skateboarding.”

The ender of Pat Gallaher’s Insano part is insano. Great part :)

Josh Kalis and Mike Blabac talk about the state of the plaza in 2017 + other things, and The Muska reveals what was in his backpack all those years. Get well soon bud.

Antosh and the Canadians have a new one out on TWS.

“We decided to make the game more fun so that’s why it was never a realistic simulation of skateboarding. That was key to the success of the game.” Ironic that the reason maybe 50% of the people now in their late 20s started skateboarding was something intended to be an unrealistic simulation of skateboarding. Jenkem has the oral history of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.

Keeping a real skate shop open in 2017 is God’s work ♥ Thank you to all who do.

Rodrigo TX skates Three Four Up Three Four Down, T.J. does a bunch of crazy shit, and lol that there’s security standing at the bottom of the bank in every clip ever gotten at the Roosevelt Island Monument in this link to a clip with 54k YouTube views.

Boil the Ocean re: Lil Wayne’s proclamation that skateboarding is a better feeling than sex with an actress while her movie is playing on a screen in the background.

Canal uploaded a 30-min 2016 Year-In-Review compilation of Instagram videos.

A bit of street skating + a Maple tee in Quim and Freddy’s Portland, M.E. visit.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Isaiah is the second funnest player in the NBA.

Quote of the Week: “Only three things are keeping me sane in 2017: cocho, hucking, and the boys.” — John Choi

Back From the Dead 2

October 19th, 2015 | 11:12 am | Daily News | 13 Comments

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Michael Carroll. Photo by Jonathan Mehring. Should be back to normal programming this week. Sometimes you just gotta lurk around France and not be all stuck inside a computer yaknow.

Gotta send a massive #OGRESPECT to the homie *The Shady One* for claiming something over group text on the lead-up to a trip and fully 100% actually not backing down and going for it on the second day of arrival.

Switch pop shove crook is prob the most unlikely trick to go down at Con Ed Banks.

A bunch of Boston dudes doing some hot moves in New York in the latest Jenkins Log installment. Also features the *coolest* trick Daniel Kim has done since he got a #desk #job and lost all of his Belly of the Beast-era powers hehe ;)

Screengrab is the latest video from Tom Gorelik a.k.a. Russian Bob. Features a part from Troy Stilwell, my favorite below-drinking-age caucasian skateboarder.

Skateboard Story interviewed Grandpa Jeremy about working at Autumn and subsequently running a shop of his own in Philadelphia.

There’s no reason to even bother pretending like anyone will have the slightest morsel of a chance in skating those Universitat-esque benches they’re supposed to be putting in Times Square. Anyone who’s skated through there even at the dead of night mid-winter knows those rookie cops are just waiting to ticket you. Literally the only precinct in the city I’ve ever heard claim it was illegal to skate on a sidewalk in New York.

“I liked it back in the day when someone like Henry Sanchez threw your board in the water at Pier 7, but he was still your favorite skater even after that. Now you don’t say hi to some kid and you’re ‘the biggest dick ever.'” Monster Children has a quick interview with the guy who ruined skateboarding back in 2012.

Fam, sk8ers been fake-claiming “one more” since way b4 Gatorade.

Our tour van playlists this past summer haven’t been far off from the Real van, though we probably listened to the [non-slowed down] middle montage song from Horny way more than anything (besides 56 Nights obvs.)

J.B. + H.D.V. is the only skater + spot combo as good as Kalis or Stevie + Love. Nice to see anytime he’s back there. Except we all know there’s only one Mr. Perfect

Enjoyed this Huck piece on Michelle Pezel, owner of Vancouver’s Antisocial.

A few progress shots of the skatepark being built in place of Fat Kid Spot.

Boil the Ocean on increased stress levels in modern-day skateboarding.

“It’s not like the easiest shit ever. It’s also kind of like the easiest shit ever.”

Quote of the Week: “Girls here are mad weird. I just matched with a girl whose bio says ‘Hitler’s Dreamgirl.'” — Antonio Durao re: Tinder in Chicago

Though it was never an actual spot, as maybe only three tricks have ever been done it, R.I.P. to 50th Street / Times Square Hubba. Here’s the greatest noseslider not from Maine doing a noseslide down it circa 2003ish.

From the Cell Block to the Skate Spot

September 16th, 2013 | 5:57 am | Daily News | 10 Comments

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Shawn Powers for Dior Homme S/S ’14. Photo by Peter Sutherland.

We cut a few prices on some remaining QS gear in anticipation of fall items.

Much like Riff Raff is the undisputed king of Vine (sooo spring 2013, right?), Lucas Puig is perhaps the only Instagram user making good use of the app’s video function. He put together a brief “Best Of” video of his straight-to-Instagram tricks. Also, why exactly didn’t he skate to “I Can’t Wait” in Bon Voyage?

There’s a new minimal, manual-friendly skate park in Bushwick, similar to the one that popped up in Park Slope two years back. More of these please.

Though they are less “minimal,” Templeton from Mostly Skateboarding put together a cool #listicle of the most innovative skateparks on earth for Complex.

Yaje Popson came back from Brazil and is still really good at skateboarding.

One of Yaje’s friends, Luke Clerkin, has a fun midtown night session clip online, too. It can easily get frustrating, but its still tough to think of a spot more fun than a good night in midtown. (P.S. The ground is fixed at that wallride on 65th Street.)

Billy McFeely has a quick interview and a few tricks over on the Transworld site.

Added Lurker Lou giving a tour of “The Tree” at Con Ed Banks and his Williamsburg Monument spot check from Faux One One to each respective spot page.

Deep Dish is a new video out of Chicago with a New York section as its opener.

Some stuff that has been online for a bit (i.e. content that is ~five days old): Jake Johnson came back to the city and destroyed everything in thirty seconds, Alex Olson skated New York for a bit and then went to Iceland to exfoliate, Huf put out the obligatory “Summer Trip to NY” clip with some lesser seen spots (fakie boardslide down Black Hubba is nuts), and Chris Nieratko ran down the history of New York’s first skateboard company for ESPN.

The New York Times had some skate-related content in the past week: an article on preserving the first skatepark ever built in New York (and still the only public vert ramp in the city, right?), and a site feature on some of Allen Ying’s photos.

“Free Gucci Mane” shirts never go out of style.

Quote of the Week: “Sick, now there are babies crying. This is like eating in a hospital.” — Josh Velez on eating in Golden Krust

Boil the Ocean claims Quartersnacks is the skate industry’s Traps N Trunks. And here we were thinking we were its Purple Diary :(