For centuries of skateboard history, the picnic table had been our pop measure of record. Doing a trick over a picnic table meant dominance of a trick on flat. Meticulous records were kept of what tricks had, and had not been done over them.
Then suddenly, picnic tables fell by the wayside as our go-to measuring stick. A September 2018 Pew Research poll commissioned by the Schoolyard Equipment Association of America (admittedly panicked by the under-reportage of Christian Maalouf’s fakie flip NBD) revealed that Torey Pudwill’s two-punch ender at the end of his 2011 “Big Bang” part was the last time 56% of the general public had jotted down a trick over a table in their NBD notebooks. 2011!
(Picnic table lines were excluded from this study, and are a different genre entirely.)
Someone qualified to speak on the difficulty of skating over both trash cans and picnic tables even recently observed that “no one’s tre flipping a can off the flat in the world – believe me” when qualifying which was more difficult. With skateboarding getting bigger, faster, better each passing year, it only makes sense that the industry would abandon the picnic table system in favor of one that kept up with changing times. You’ll notice this week’s #countdown is a reflection of the trashcan’s newfound dominance — even onetime beacons of picnic table skating like Gardner School are being interpolated to reflect Josh Kalis manuevers over yesteryear’s trash.
We did two overnights in D.C. this past summer with one explicit rule: no stopping at Pulaski. It was mostly because of the blazing heat that accompanies a place with no nearby shade, but the irony of avoiding the greatest spot still standing on American soil was that it forced us into one or two zones that we would’ve otherwise neglected.
Daniel’s busy filming everyone for the Stingwater video, and all the good stuff is being saved for that. This is more in tune with the “Drop Offs” series that we used to run (and frankly, should get back into the routine of doing) + a City Girls iPhone mix at the end in honor of the fact that on our way back up, three different radio stations were playing “Act Up” at the same exact time. (Had to use a song from the earlier album though…)
Features Antonio Durao, Kyota Umeki, Jesse Alba, Daniel Kim, Sully Cormier & Conor Prunty.
“4 Cities, 100 Nuggets” is a mini video featuring some Canadian dudes (…I think?) doing a two-week road trip through North Carolina, Philly, New York, and Boston. That back noseblunt bigspin at Baldi really came out of left field + good to see people coming up victorious over the speed bumps at the recently-knobbed plaza on 110th and 8th (which is sure to be utilized by absolutely nobody now, considering it’s in the middle of the street, with no shade, and across from a 840-acre park full of trees…)
“It’s not a boot-camp for the Olympics.” “No, it’s a boot-camp for life.” Given the stature of its alumni, you likely know of its existence, but you probably don’t know much about the skateboarding high school in Mälmo, Sweden. Skateism has a full interview about Bryggeriet, and how’s its not exactly what you would expect.
According to The Street Book: An Encyclopedia of Manhattan’s Street Names and Their Origins, Allen Street gets its name from William Henry Allen, the youngest Navy captain in the War of 1812. (Our then-recent ex, Great Britain, was beefing with Napoleon while America stayed neutral. The U.S. was trying to send a flow box to France, and Britain felt some type of way about it. Like any bitter ex who sees someone else wearing your hoody after a messy break-up, they went to war.)
Legend has it that Allen was in the English Channel on the hunt for ops, when he stumbled on a Portuguese cargo ship carrying wine. Him and the squad had a wild night with the haul, but unfortunately, got caught slipping by the British on the following day. Allen and his crew’s colossal hangover would be their last: British canons shot off his leg, and he would die on August 18, 1813.