The Backstreet Atlas Guide to New Jersey

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New Jersey is impossible to ignore when you’re indulging the mythology of skateboarding. (Thrasher forgetting to give Fred Gall a S.O.T.Y. trophy for the past twenty years is a topic for another day I suppose…) You can talk all the shit you want on the nation’s greatest state, but in reality, at least two of your top five skaters are from there. And for all we know, the Muska might not even be with us today if not for the bravery of one, Michael V. Vallely — born in a New Jersey hospital.

But what do you REALLY know about New Jersey besides the turnpike, Tony Soprano, Jersey Dave, and it containing the global headquarters of I.K.S.R.T.F.O? Adam Abada and Zach Baker, two native New Jersey-ians who once upon a time INSULTINGLY opted to skate through New England rather than the glorious state of their upbringing, decided to take it all back and find out what happens in the majestic home of Brian Wenning and Lockdown Skateboards.

TWS posted the short film of their 100+ mile journey this morning, which chronicles the vast diversity of America’s greatest place from the George Washington Bridge in New York to the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia.

P.S. Happy [belated] July 26th everyone.

Previously: An Interview With Two Guys Who Skated from New York to Philadelphia


  1. Yo im in Ships Bottom Nj gotta take public transpo back to NYC tomorrow…. Any suggestions?

  2. Its mad annoying how many times these niggas say “jersey” in the video. Makes me embarrassed to watch this without headphones.

  3. Yea, really weird to hear New Jersey mentioned so much in a video series about it…

  4. I love to say Nigga on the internet, and also with my close friends when we’re chilling at the cafeteria at LaGuardia College. My friends are asian, Indian and Puerto Rican. We all love saying it, like ALOT. Except when there’s black guys around of course.

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