Deep Breath

In a shocking turn of events, there is currently a New York City Council Proposal to expedite a restoration of the Small Banks and the adjacent basketball courts into an active public space. Leave a comment to show your support.

An eight-minute Jahmir Brown Instagram loosies comp.

A four-minute Carl Aikens IG loosies comp (pretty much all city footy.)

Polar videographer Tor Ström has an incredible new edit out entitled, “Until Then.” Filmed in Malmö, Copenhagen and Portland, Oregon (funny how those places half-a-world apart feel so spiritually connected by terrain, D.I.Ys and weather.) Features much of the Polar extended family.

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#QSTOP10 — January 15, 2021

EDIT: #4 is Tony Gomez.

Apologies for the sluggish start to the year around here. Still winded from year-end content season.

The mill should resume normal operations next week.

Wouldn’t think we’d be beginning this year with a top-honored pressure flip, but hey, that was an impressive pressure flip ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The entire top five is nuts on this round.

Have a good weekend ♥

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Whole Lotta Links

Didn’t do a Q.S.S.O.T.Y. thing last year, but obvs it would’ve been Brandon Turner — hard to think of a more inspirational moment in skateboarding from 2020 than him rolling away from Wallenburg. Jenkem has a 15-minute mini doc about Brandon’s journey back to full health and sobriety. Watching him return to that bridge is nuts.

Here’s a YouTube comp of T.J. footage off the Thrasher Instagram from the summer, which is just him cruising around midtown and Soho. Those middle of Broome Street lines are so sick.

A couple New York clips in Thomas Dritsas’ new part for Thunder. The bench to Big Belly trashcan on Wall and Water Street has fully turned into a full-fledged marquee spot this past year, huh? Shout out to the contractor who installed the mailboxes at the ender. Looks sturdy.

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#QSTOP10 — January 8, 2021

Back after a holiday hiatus — during which, a lot of incredible skateboarding dropped. Godspeed felt like more of an event video than anything else from 2020. It’s *the* video of 2020 (and it’s at 1.2 million views on YouTube!) Beyond that, there were incredible releases from Homies Network, Yardsale, DC, Wknd

The following encapsulates only the past week of #content. It was tough-enough narrowing just these past seven days down to ten clips.

If you’ve been caught in a doom-scroll spiral, Ian Ostrowski’s Genesis 2 cannot be recommended enough as a break. Smiled so many times watching it, and the second “Nameless” kicked in 1/4th of the way through the video, it just turned into a full party ♥ Shout out to everyone involved with that project, Genesis 2 rules.

The skating, yeah — it’s fucked. But the FILMING in “13:37” …sheesh. First immediate run-back after finishing the first viewing of 2021.

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4PLY Mag Presents – 2020 #QSTOP10 Analysis

Words by Pete Glover C/O 4Ply Magazine

Somewhere in the pocket-protected part of the intersection of skate nerd and regular nerd resides ragtag assembly of international spreadsheet jockeys that comprise the team of skate-data enthusiasts known as 4PLY Magazine. Between slappy sessions and carpal tunnel flare-ups, we spend our free time generating datasets from skate media, writing code to process that data, and then straining to convince ourselves this is all somehow important. The urge to take an already quantified ranking system like the weekly Quartersnacks Top Ten countdown and crunch the numbers into submission was just too compelling. And thus the complete study of the #QSTop10 materialized.

Having carefully inputted all 490 tricks that comprised every countdown slot into the trusty 4PLY supercomputer, we can now dig deep into 2020 and answer the really important questions: What tricks are trending? What skaters are happening? What percentage of clips come from Instagram? What was the longest line? How many skaters are named Alex?

Utilizing the power of percentages, we analyzed the countdown code on 4PLYmag.com.

In the meanwhile, tease your brain with a few choice countdown factoids:

– A skater who tied for most appearances in the countdown (with 6) wasn’t even on the Thrasher long list of 36 S.O.T.Y. contenders.
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