#TRENDWATCH2018 — Cab Flips

May 15th, 2018 | 11:25 am | Daily News | 3 Comments

The abridged history of flatground trends in the current decade goes something like this: we entered the 2010s doing 360 flips before/between/after every single trick, then decided that varial flips were so underutilized that we over-utilized them, giving way to a brief flirtation with plain-regular-old heelflips.

Oh, and between all of that, backside big spins went from being a seldom used Welshian or Ellingtonian maneuver, to the lay-up of flatground tricks. Every single bump-to-bar ollie, wallie over something, or trash can line of the past five years has been proceeded by a backside bigspin on flat. If you spent sixty minutes watching skate footage released between 2012-2018, at least one of those minutes will have been spent watching people confirm to you that yes, they can backside bigspin on flat.

In 2018, most skaters who have cameras pointed at them have began to feel confident that the general public believes in their flatground backside bigspin, 360 flip, or backside bigspin capabilities.

But now — there’s a loneliness. It feels empty when you end a line. The pressure is there. You have to squeeze another trick out. But what?

Apart from Kevin Tierney’s love affair with the switch laser heel, the most re-blogged flat trick in Tumblr history never caught on. When the entire northeast spent the better part of the decade attempting a white whale of a stylish varial flip, such a complicated maneuver is understandably out of reach.

Dress It Up & Go To NASA

June 8th, 2015 | 6:34 am | Daily News | 4 Comments

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Photo via @jkjhnsn

Still some #TFReport tees and other stuff left in the webstore.

As expected, Hjalte’s new part has some great noseslides in it.

Don’t smoke weed.”

On that same note, Boil the Ocean offered up some observations on the era of the “functional Baker Boy” — with some alarming data on the sole still-drinking Piss Drunx member and his sober former colleagues. (Basically, drinking is great for skating. )

Jim Hodgson put together a ten-minute outtakes reel from In Absentia, in which Bobby Puleo apologizes to the city of Secaucus.

Life is Goodie is online in full.

Genesis has some fire footage in this new summer montage.

The best boardslider working today, Jesus Fernandez, takes you around Barcelona, a place where Universitat is described as having “pretty good marble.”

Our friends at Chapman Skateboards were on CNBC’s Made in America show about preserving their history of domestic skateboard production. (Always love reading the comments when those sort of outlets cover skateboarding: “Personally I think NASCAR or Bowling are better sports to teach children life’s lessons.”)

Dime already did the necessary research into the best flatground tricks ever done, but Ride took a pass at list-isizing skateboarding’s greatest flatground moments, though a William Phan omission is inexcusable.

SMLTalk on Ronnie Creager’s occasionally under-appreciated career.

The whole doing ollies onto cars thing has turned into one big game of who’s going to get shot first. The Ferrari dealership is on Park and 55th Street, btw.

Village Psychic profiles Scumco, Mother, Send Help and Iron Claw on what it’s like to run a small skateboard brand in 2015.

Supreme v.s. Chanel, circa 1995.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: I think Steph used up all his luck on this yesterday.

Quote of the Week: “I gotta rewatch some Jackass.” — Keith From Nike

If you are fire with the Final Cut timelines, be sure to enter to Jason Byoun re-edit contest to win some free QS gear. Deadline is June 30th.

Quartersnacks Is For Lovers

April 7th, 2014 | 11:37 am | Daily News | 3 Comments

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There’s officially a Quartersnacks-themed vanity plate on the streets of Los Angeles. We got Virginia down (#QSisforlovers), now we need the other 49 states. Maybe not Florida though…

Jerry, George and Kramer watch a sponsor me tape.

Dime rounded up a minute of the best flatground tricks ever done in the Dime Flatground Open: Masters Series, though oddly no Kalis or J.B. to be found. The tricks over the Love can and Newport fakie flip go without saying, but always been a fan of Kalis’ turnaround then 360 flip in Stevie’s Reason part (3:18).

You’re going to be seeing a lot of interviews with Bill Strobeck about “cherry” these next few months: Transworld has one and Live Skateboard Media has another one. (ICYMI: Here’s the one we did, though it came out before the video and had to avoid talking about certain things in detail, given our #spoileralert-sensitive culture.) There’s also some speculation on post-“cherry” developments over on Boil the Ocean.

Another LurkNYC “New York Times” throwaway reel.

This could be a cool series: “Skaters in Cars Looking at Spots.” The first edition is with Mike Anderson. The world desperately needs a Fred Gall one.

Kingpin put together a #listicle of ten great “no push” lines. Torey has two really good ones and Jason Spivey deserves some recognition for filming a “no push” part.

Leo Heinert’s intro part for Torro Skateboards is solid. He’s gotten way good over the years, and the kickflip into the knobbed bank at Fort Greene Park is one of the gnarliest things done at a New York spot in recent memory.

Route One Mag has an interview with one of the few Manhattan-born pro skaters.

In honor of its rebirth, the Green Diamond released a 20-minute B-sides reel.

Best #musicsupervision of any “New Yorkers in Puerto Rico” clip thus far.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: J.R. Smith was put on this earth to break the NBA’s “most threes attempted in a game” record, with 22. (He made 10 of them, by the way.) Also very happy the Knicks aren’t making the playoffs, so we can avoid all the 1999 playoff “8th seed, but we have a CHANCE!” montages. This team doesn’t deserve to be in the playoffs, and if you’re rooting for them to make it, you are rooting against the concept of America as a whole, plain and simple.

Quote of the Week: “Yo, you have chest hair, you’re too old to be in a product toss. It’s quiet for you.” — T-Bird

Because man, you deserve it.

Been saying this song would go great for an NBA postseason commercial ever since Pluto came out. Or at least a hell of a lot better than Will.i.am or whatever else they have been using.

What Happened to William Phan?

March 29th, 2013 | 5:03 am | Time Capsule | 16 Comments

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We posed the question above on Facebook, and got a response within three minutes: “Still skating in Barcelona every day. Doesn’t give a shit.”

You know that hypothetical “If you could skate like one person, who would it be?” scenario? Most usually answer with Cardiel or Gino, but a consideration people often forget when formulating their response is how nice it would be to have the flip tricks of someone who skated MACBA every day for over a decade. William Phan is one of those dudes who would do insane lines but still have the flat tricks stand out as the most impressive part. The kickflip up the ledge in the first line of his They Don’t Give a Fuck About Us part is legitimately one of the most memorable moments of the entire video. He even makes 360 frontside flips — a trick otherwise reserved for Battle of the Berrics and Greg Lutzka — look good. Observe below.

Unfortunately for anyone who doesn’t skate MACBA every day, he’s seldom been seen since a part in one of the best Euro videos of all-time, and yes, this is our second TDGAFAU-inspired post in twelve months. He’s on some European sect of Nike SB, last seen in the bonus section of Nothing but the Truth and the French SB team’s trip to China montage. BUT, thanks to the magic of Facebook (it’s not completely irrelevant yet!), some lesser-seen footage of Phan was brought to light via what looks like the filmer from the TDGAFAU era’s Vimeo page. This includes a clean quality version of his shared part from No Place Like Home (the YouTube upload for it sucks), which might be his only full part outside of the Lordz video. It doesn’t benefit from TDGAFAU‘s level of music supervision and has graphics that look like they come from shirts sold at Burkina, but it’s great either way. In the same Vimeo account, you’ll also find two “Firing Line”-style uploads that are incredible.

Add William Phan to the “He’d make a great Manolo Mixtape…” list.

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