The thing with Tricks Heard Around the World™ is that they have a way of initiating a numbness to the respective genre of skateboarding within which they were performed. For example — and be honest! — what’s the last mega kinked 5050 grind you remember ever since Kyle Walker did The One™ that would earn him 2016’s S.O.T.Y? Is there a specific Tiago switch back tail that you sleep with under your pillow apart from The One™ he did at MACBA that literally every person who skateboards reposted on Instagram a year ago? Do you remember anything down the Le Dome hubba since Eniz front blunted it? (That one may be unfair since the spot spent nearly a year under construction.)
If our office were to begin polls for the Top 10 of the Year today, the frontrunners for 2018’s eminent skateboard maneuvers would include Milton Martinez’s lipslide of death, and then two tricks that are anomalies: different versions of a frontside 270 motion that equal something of a frontside 360 with a backside noseblunt in it.
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Much has been said about the uphill climb of piercing through the noise of the modern skateboard media machine, and these two young men have figured it out. Though it stands to reason that all future performers of this maneuver will not be able to land with such a resounding chorus of “this better be #1 on the fucking top 10!” like these two. And to anybody not reading: This week’s Top 10 was made before the Glick part came out. He is still eligible for #1 next week unless Eniz does this trick down the Le Dome hubba.
We have reason to suspect that the biases against park footage among our readership will sway this poll, butttt — if you were on the floor dying from a bullet wound while looking at Instagram and only had the energy to leave one heart eyes Emoji on a video, who is getting your vote?