Just as Mind How You Go served as a soothing reprieve from Skateboard Oscars Season™ last December, Jeff Cecere‘s This Is A Window is the comfort-viewing we all need right now. Still got a queue of S.O.T.Y. contender parts since the last Top 10 got filed, but this was an immediate click and watch-through-the-whole-way experience. (Raise your hand if there are any 4-5 minute parts from the past few months that still took two sittings to get through ✋)
Jeff & co. are in that proverbial “window” (sorry, too easy), where each video compounds in quality from the last one. Both the skating and the craftsmanship behind the video are already somehow greater than they were in the already-great Mind How You Go. It’s a phenomenon we all witnessed while watching sequential videos from Bronze, Johnny & co. and the Duplex dudes over the years — which makes it all the more fitting that pretty much all of them come together under one umbrella in this one.
“Leftover and lost footage, glitched tapes, steady shot on, broken mic, windshield lens, and other angles.” Paul Coots uploaded a twenty-minute, black-and-white raw reel of outtakes from The HIT Video, which dropped this time, two years ago. Heavy on the Max clips, obvs. Rumor has it that Coots is working on a sequel! 🤞
Transworld, which apparently has the rights to the 411VM archive (or something to that effect, idk), revived the video magazine’s “Spot Check” featurette for a modern version. The first installment is shot by Mike Sass and checks out Borough Hall, covering every corner from the micro curved ledge to the tall ‘n short handrails.
Lee Madden and the Orchard crew put together a 2013-2023 retrospective edit of Brian Reid’s footage on account of him joining the pro ranks ❤️
Greg Szudzik and Ben Patrick’s shared part in Dana Ross’ Purpose video is live. You can buy the video in full via Dana’s webstore.
What a week to skate a curved ledge (and/or curb.)
Appearances from three of four front-running S.O.T.Y. candidates + if you don’t “get” the #1 (spoiler ahead), please consult the photo. Thx.
THERE’S ONLY A FEW HOURS LEFT TO VOTE IN THE QS READERS POLL! Voting ends at 2 P.M. [E.S.T.] today.
Have a good one ❤️
Without fail, every year, on the week when we open voting for the QS Readers Poll (voting closes in less than 24 hours!), somebody on social media is all like, “No! You have to do it later! My homie Lance from Manahawkin, New Jersey has a part dropping on the 15th that’s P.O.T.Y!” Then, a dozen other people with a dozen homies named Lance from their dozen towns across the world echo the sentiment.
Well, you’re all wrong.
We should’ve waited for Evan Wasser’s “Sk8 Prodigy” part.
📷 Headline Photo by Macsu Feri
📸 All Other Photos by B. Bence
We’ve been posting Rios Crew edits since ~2014ish. Like, when Cyrus was on Polar and Fetty Wap dominated the airwaves …a longass time ago. In the time since, they’ve established themselves as one of the most productive video franchises, and ambassadors of a scene that few people know much about.
Thanks to a lucky cheap eBay find, their latest video finds them working with skateboarding’s current camera of record, sans fisheye. (Lucky eBay finds on that one are damn near impossible, as you well know.) After hitting play on an early version of the edit, it was hard not to wonder how they’re going to keep their frantic, low-def look — marked by camerawork we once described as practically inside of the skaters’ wheel — with the P2 look of your average modern skate video.
About two minutes in, after a guy falls seven feet onto his face off some roll-in made of medieval rock, another ollies a set of railroad tracks mid-line between two sets of stairs, and another dude gets shoulder checked by an angry Hungarian at the top of some steps — I forgot all about that thought.