The past seven or eight years of Transworld DVDs seem like a blur, but specific memories of a Peter Smolik comeback, Dylan Reider’s first major impossible tailgrab, and Richie Jackson’s striped bell bottoms left lasting impressions. The videos have always been vehicles to hype up the latest to-be / just-recently-turned pro, with one or two classic parts that will continue on with a prolonged shelf life. Transworld got worried about any potential redundancies in their video formula, and self-referentially named their latest Not Another Transworld Video. Maybe it is not another Transworld video because it is filmed (mostly? all?) in HD (this website isn’t an expert on formats by any means), with the assistance of some footage that looks like it came from a GoPro.
Although Transworld is a year late for the Waka Flocka train, the recently-pro Theotis Beasley skates to “Hard in the Paint” for the video’s opener, and it works wonderfully. The part is a bit more lighthearted than your typical Transworld section, in a way that makes it feel like the best part you’ve seen in a homie video. They chop up the skating with candid shots of iPod diddy bop sessions, Facebook browsing, and best of all, him standing in a pool wearing a full suit and tie. The skating switches between tech manual and ledge tricks, large bigspin heelflips, flip-in tricks down hubba ledges, and the patented double backside flips, double back heels, and even double half-cab flips. After this part, it may round him out to be the most versatile dude on Baker. (
Speaking of Baker, they need to put Forrest Edwards on already. Nevermind.)
Excluding Theotis, the rest of the video is mostly by-the-book Transworld fare in terms of execution, though Shane O’Neill’s middle section is the only part given somewhat of an “epic” feel. With modern tech skating, a recurring argument from those born before 1990 is that Daewon, Marc Johnson or Smolik could accomplish, or already have accomplished, what today’s kids are doing. This part might be the shift in tides against that position. Simplicity prevails at strange times (it often does, at least here), as a backside smith pop over on a handrail parallel to a bank was a major crowd favorite.
The other three guys — Nestor Judkins, Mike Anderson, and Wes Kremer — share a similarity in that they are very much in tune with the fine art of spot selection. They cover a lot of ground between presumably the largest frontside wallride ever done, an uncomfortable-looking frontside 180 switch crook (the most in-fashion trick for 2011) off a small hump of concrete onto a high ledge, and Kremer’s creative adoption of four shaken sidewalk tiles that would even make sidewalk bump mastermind, Ryan Kenreich jealous. To Transworld’s credit, and also to employ a bit of an east coast bias, it’s great that they called upon the services of three guys who pick great looking spots, and proceed to skate them quite well.
Clocking in at the usual length of just over thirty minutes, Not Another Transworld Video is another Transworld video. You’ll watch it a bunch of times throughout the summer, and after that, only revisit the one or two token parts (most likely Theotis Beasley and Mike Anderson.) Nothing wrong with that.
*Contrary to what the top picture may imply, we do not possess a bootleg copy of this video.