The 2013 New York Skateboarding Year in Review: 10-6

December 27th, 2013 | 12:12 pm | Features & Interviews | 6 Comments

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Hope everyone had a good Christmas. Let’s get this thing done with.

Previously: #s 25-21, #s 20-16, #s 15-11, The Year in T.F. Obstacles

10. Skating Over Black Hubba Becomes a “Thing”

2013 was filled with benchmark moments that emphasized just how fast skateboarding is progressing: Ishod’s versatility among three parts, Nigel Hudsons’ superhumanness, Westgate’s aversion to physics, and Mark Suciu’s career-worth-of-footage-in-12-months productivity. In New York, life moves a bit faster, but as a result, skating progresses, much, much slower. Everything is five years behind if you want to be generous, ten if you want to be a dick about it.

Our moment came on a smaller level. Filming on Black Hubba has seemed kinda silly ever since Riley Hawk saw it fit to do, like, a bluntslide varial flip down it. Good skateboarders had officially run out of tricks to do there — except now people are good enough to skate over it. Olson kickflipped over it three years ago, but things ramped up this year with a front three, a nollie back 180, a backside flip, and two switch flips.

At the Knick Game, Big Chain in All My Splendor

May 6th, 2013 | 11:55 am | Daily News | 15 Comments

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Did anyone actually root for the Brooklyn Nets this season? Did Hov only do that so hopefully you won’t have to go through that?

This article about the making of Kids and what happened to the cast since 1995 by Caroline Rothstein is better than the movie itself. It mainly focuses on Harold Hunter and Justin Pierce, but manages to catch up with just about everyone with any sort of role in the film. An absolute must-read for any nineties east coast skate nerd.

Mic-E Reyes talks about punching people and getting punched during his Deluxe team manager days in a new interview with Chris Nieratko.

NY Skateboarding checks out the new street-based skatepark in Woodhaven, Queens. It’s so street that they even knobbed the lip of the brick bank!

Skate & Stuff” is a new 23-minute, New York-based video by William Shum with cool spots, lines in trench coats, and Sergio Leone movie cut-ins.

This dude Conor Holliday 5050s up the entire handicap ramp ledge at the Jersey City Post Office, among other things in a new part, and Josh Wilson skates NJ crust in a Justin White-ish edit.

As expected, Boil the Ocean weighs in on the sponsor resignation of the century, in addition to living a post-Pretty Sweet existence, Greco’s new part, and of course, Mark Suciu. “Is Mark Suciu actually a 40-year-old bro who had been quietly filming in various towns under assumed names over the past 15 years, and is the steady release of footage a sign that he may have died sometime early last year, leaving the executors of his estate to periodically drizzle out tapes to sponsors in a Tupac-like series of posthumous releases?”

To remind us of simpler times, we upgraded the quality on the 2009 Mind Field re-edit.

The new Russ Milligan part is super chill.

While on the topic of Canadians, we uploaded a standalone version of 2 Beerz and Bradley Sheppard’s part from Elephant Direct, which is also available online in full.

Spot Updates: The Penn Plaza manual pad is done for. Ten years later, and Reese Forbes still has the best trick on it.

QS Sports of the Week:Delfino dunking on Durant is like going to another county and seeing that they have pictures of dogs on the money.” — @netw3rk

Quote of the Week:

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Sorry ladies.

A pizza place in Brooklyn denied Mayor Bloomberg a second slice of pizza as a protest to the soda ban. (Fake) news story of the year.

How’s Your Bracket?

March 25th, 2013 | 9:05 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

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The new Iron Claw video, Faux One One premieres this coming Sunday, March 31st at St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint) at 9 P.M. 21+. Features a Phil Rodriguez part. Flyer here. Watch the Cyrus Bennett welcome video, his part in Space Heater, the Iron Claw summer montage, or the Iron iPhone montage to get hyped.

After being the go-to beverage of under-21 Tompkins skaters for over a decade, Arizona Iced Tea finally entered the arena of skate merch.

Some new clips from the young guns: New York and L.A. spring break clip via Kasper and a 12th & A clip via Solomon. “Charles banned Slicky from Supreme because he isn’t taking school seriously. Dunions half-length video coming soon.” If you tumble, be sure to follow Dunions.Tumblr.com.

NY Skateboarding scanned some recent coverage of New York skaters in print media. Features the full Zered and Joey Pepper Skateboarder interview, though the type is a bit too small to read.

The Skateboard Mag site has an extended Dickies east coast tour photo feature, showcasing what may be the last coverage of the defunct Harlem bank to green grate ledge. Vincent Alvarez still skates it as a hip though…

Our homie Ben Baptiste launched a site for his company Sex Hippies, which is an assortment of 15-second clips, a la Metrospective.

Spot Updates: 1) The cracks in the Flushing grate ledge have been filled with Bondo, yet again. 2) Yeah it’s Philly news, but apparently the three stair ledge at Love Park is skateable again. The nineties are back! OMG!

Speaking of Love, Live Skateboard Media has a new interview with Mark Suciu that unfortunately does not address crucial issues of #art, #authenticity or the Philadelphia mayoral race.

Apparently, “Free Gucci Mane” shirts are only irrelevant for six month intervals.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: JaVale McGee over Joakim Noah > Lebron over Jason Terry. Due to the events of June 2011, Terry has no reason to feel “embarrassed” about getting dunked on by Lebron.

Quote of the Week: “This is the longest my hair has ever been, and consequently this is the sexiest I have ever felt.” — Josh Velez

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s no evident winner to our Alex Olson AARP caption contest. Suggestion: The less it sounds like a YouTube comment, the better.

The Footage Machine Known as Mark Sucio & A Corresponding 21 Questions

March 15th, 2013 | 10:11 am | Daily News | 72 Comments

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Do skate companies watch footage of Mark Suciu and believe they are entitled to demand more from their riders than they already do — similar to how young professionals are “always clocked in” in the post-BlackBerry era?

Are less productive pros “mad?”

Have less productive pros offered him drugs in an effort to curb his productivity, thus leveling various playing fields and whatnot?

Does any Love Park 1.0 / “Eastern Exposure era” or Love Park 1.5 / “Photosynthesis era” skater (short of maybe Kalis) have a longer total running time of footage in their overall career than Mark Suciu’s 2012-2013 output?

What’s the expiration date on the “Love Park is back” narrative?

Does he “not count” because he’s from Cali?

Does Ishod “count” more because he’s not from Cali?

Can Philadelphia-area higher education facilities and their student loan affiliates please acknowledge the millions of dollars skateboarding has sent their way? A statue of Kalis and/or Stevie would be nice.

Brooklyn is Turning Into the Last 3 Days of Burning Man

February 18th, 2013 | 2:17 pm | Daily News | 4 Comments

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Via Chrome Ball’s Ray Barbee post from last Friday.

After earning the “Best Instagram Post by a Pro Skater” award for 2012, Mike Carroll is already the frontrunner for this year’s honors, too.

Off the Braxx is an upcoming project by the same crew behind 2010′s Film Me and Goin’ Ham videos. They uploaded a seven-minute throwaway reel featuring Stephan Martinez, Nate Rojas, Jamel Marshall and a few others. (Sidebar 1: Isn’t in counterintuitive to kick someone on a skateboard in midair, and then cite litigious reasons for why they cannot skate there? Sidebar 2: Is 8Ball and MJG’s debut album making the 2013 #trendwatch…twenty years after its release?)

Skateboarding is ridiculous.

The friends section from the NJ-based In Crust We Trust video is now online. Filmed in the cuttiest corners of Jersey and features a Lenox the Menace cameo.

While on the topic of cutty spots, Skate Jawn has a new Dylan James part.

Brian Kelley went to everybody’s favorite late-night dirty Chinese food restaurant and shot a cool lookbook for Huf with some familiar faces.

Despite several requests, is there really a point in re-editing raw Mark Suciu footage? Given his status as (what looks like) the most productive skater working today, it is realistic that he would have a new part out before any re-edits were completed.

Yet another case for the front of Union Square’s continued return to relevance!

Barmuda Triangle News: Minor Barmuda Triangle pinpoint / “The Fish is too crowded and I want to drink because I’m sad”-destination, Motor City, will be closing up this spring. Also, there are rumblings of everybody’s childhood favorite Ludlow establishment facing a similar fate in the near future.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Kyrie Irving’s crossover on Brandon Knight in the rookie sophomore game. Between Kyrie (from West Orange) and Kenneth Faried (from Newark), New Jersey’s future in the NBA looks bright.

Quote of the Week: “Kendrick Lamar reminds me of a rapper from late era 411.” — Jack Sabback

Don’t you guys miss when Brooklyn was like the first three days of Burning Man?