Just in time for the coldest weekend of the winter, here’s the full video from last month’s Puerto Rico trip with Ishod and the Most Productive Crew™ in New York City skateboarding. Many of us are in our third year of embracing Puerto Rico as the east coast’s winter retreat, so we stepped a bit outside of our San Juanese comfort zone to cruise around New York’s sixth borough.
Outtakes and field notes from the trip can be found here and here.
Features Ishod Wair, Cyrus Bennett, Cory Kennedy (first-ever line holding a #boom? The high-tech S.A.D. towel of 2016?!), Eric Koston, Bobby Worrest, Justin Brock (who unfortunately got hurt two days into the trip), Andrew Wilson and Max Palmer. Filmed, edited and #skatevideohouse music supervised by Johnny Wilson from Space Heater.
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.”)
As skateboarding finds itself deeper in “everyone is good” territory, those at professional levels will begin to find ways of distinguishing themselves from the pack. Some will use flair, some will use fashion (see above), and others will take notes from the rapper handbook and do tricks with expensive jewelry, electronics (remember when rappers bragged about T-Mobile Sidekicks?), etc. in their hands. And since cameras are one of the the few expensive items skateboarders care to own, they are the easiest to relate. “So-and-so did a trick with $3,000 worth of electronics in his hand” is the new “So-and-so did a trick in a sick outfit.”
One last homie cam clip from a session at the Shenzhen Children’s Museum, best known to the western world as “that spot in China with the insane banks.” Towards the end, there’s another spot thrown in there for contrast, just so you know there are garbage spots out there that would fit well in New York. Features Omar Salazar, Justin Brock, Sean Malto, Theotis Beasley, Daryl Angel, Mark Whiteley, Alex Olson, Paul Rodriguez and Eric Koston.
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?
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.