In running this hyper-specific multi-thousand dollar skateboard media conglomerate, it’s easy to get isolated in a bubble of what comes through the QS news desk. The Bunt, perhaps more than any other skate media outlet, has expanded our horizons. By embracing the sports podcast format to near-parody levels (…those sponsor intros), they have created a safe space for themselves to nerd-out, and for pros to feel more comfortable letting loose than they would in say, a magazine interview. The Bunt has made me care about skaters whose parts I’ve never remembered or checked for, solely off the strength of them giving Céphas and Donovan a great interview.
To switch up only asking pros and videographers their favorite parts, Céphas and Donovan gave us two of their favorite parts of all time, along with one that they could both agree on for The Bunt’s personal canon.
Brian Wenning — The DC Video (2003)
Possibly my favorite part of all time. The DC Video came out in 2003 and I started skating right around 2000 or 2001. Of all the video parts out there, Wenning’s had the biggest influence on my skating. I am a proud alumnus of the school of Wenning and there’s a lot of us out there. Wenning’s style and second-to-none trick selection definitely influenced the masses. The song and the skating go perfectly together, carrying on the same vibe as his Photosynthesis part with the dope instrumental was a genius move and made it another instant classic for Wenning. I’ve watched this part hundreds, maybe thousands of times over the years and at one point, I could recite the entire part trick by trick. If the part came out today it would still be instant gold. Had my grey sweatpants and DC’s going for a while after this one, the Wenning worship is real. — Céphas
Wade DesArmo — 5Foot12: Frame of Mind (2003)
This was right around the time we met Wade, not knowing he’d eventually end up becoming one of our best friends — our whole group of friends idolized him as kids. He is easily one of the most gifted humans I’ve ever met. He is actually good at everything, its kind of annoying, and just like his skating, it never looks like he’s actually trying. This part was no different. — Donovan
Before Wade DesArmo was an internationally known G in the skate world, Wade Des’Ormeaux was a national skate treasure. In the early 2000s, word of mouth was the closest thing to social media and Wade D. was always trending. When word got out that Wade was going to have a part in the next 5 Foot 12 video, the anticipation was through the roof. When it finally dropped, Donovan bought the VHS and you basically had to book a sleepover 5 weeks in advance to get a chance to go over and watch it on repeat. It was a ballsy move skating to Michael Jackson, but when the right legendary song and skater come together, it usually ends up being a classic. To this day, the switch front heel he does down the Coal Harbour double set in Vancouver is my favorite, and he does one of the best switch varial heels on flat I’ve ever seen. Wade’s always been a perfectionist; a lot of boards have suffered the wrath of the short temper that comes with being one of the greatest to ever do it, but it’s always worth it when that footage comes out. Wade’s the best. — Céphas
Rob Welsh — Transworld: Free Your Mind (2004)
I always looked forward to Transworld videos as kid. When I heard Welsh was going to have a part, I just knew it would be timeless. Probably my favorite style of all time — the jerseys, New Era hats and baggy pants — I definitely tried to dress exactly like him for a long period of time. And skate like him but that never worked out. If my Walkman had a top 25 list, “Frisco” would definitely have been high on that list. The combo of skating and song is crucial and this one is money. — Donovan
Scott Kane: 411VM #63 (2004)
Scott Kane blew all of our minds in Bootleg 3000. As much as I love that part and worship Scott Kane, the fact that it’s 12 minutes long made it a little harder to watch over and over. When his next part came out, it was the complete opposite: fast pace and three minutes long. After geeking out on his part all winter, I ended up buying three pairs of the Vans Estillos he wore in that part.
Scott Kane’s style matured from the Bootleg video, and you can tell his confidence is through the roof in this part. His handrail clips are so calculated and flawless that he tricks you into thinking you can skate rails because he makes it look so easy. The part is still an amazing watch to this day. Favorite clips are the back 5-0 and noseblunt back-to-back on this rail that gaps over the last couple stairs — the confidence and style get me hyped every time. His knees do a little wiggle on the noseblunt like they wanted to give out but his brain was like “nah, we riding away.” I still listen to “Mac Bitch” by Beanie Seagle, thanks to Scott Kane and whoever edited that part, fire ting. — Céphas
Travis Stenger — Green Apple: Modern Love (2005)
One of the best parts ever, not only is Travis Stenger a god, but filmmaker Ryan McGuigan is also a Canadian legend in his own right. The whole video is on one: Rod Ferens, Mike McCourt, the list goes on. But this part was unmatched at the time. In a day when parts come and go by the hour, this is one I’ll be watching forever. — Donovan
Previously: Lacey Baker, Andrew Allen, GX1000, Brian Anderson, Gino Iannucci, Josh Kalis, Sean Pablo, Wade Desarmo, Chris Milic, Chad Muska, Hjalte Halberg, Danny Brady, Bill Strobeck, Aaron Herrington, Jerry Hsu, Brad Cromer, Brandon Westgate, Jim Greco, Jake Johnson, Scott Johnston, Josh Stewart, Eric Koston, Karl Watson, Josh Friedberg, John Cardiel, Pontus Alv, Alex Olson, Jahmal Williams