Can’t say we have a stake in the “do tricks MEAN less when they are in a sanctioned contest setting at a street spot?!”-debate that has been reverberating this past week (on account of the Alex Midler kickflip back lip.) It’s probably a bit like being a graffiti dude and painting on a legal wall, right? You’re not going to get stories like the one of Pops stealing the switch ollie down the Love Gap from right under the cops’ noses if there’s a contest going on. And also that’s fine.
But a lot of that probably has to do with how much skateboarding is out there right now, and that the rampage of tricks a street contest produces only piles on to the insurmountable mountain of #content already out there.
Vinny Ponte did that (first?) ollie down the Love Gap in a contest, and I’m sure none of the twelve people who skated back in 1891 were debating whether it was “legit” or not.
Intro via @willmarsh on IG [link] 10) Karsten Kleppan via Nike SB’s “U.K. Boardwalk Tour” video [link] 9) Louie Lopez via Converse Cons’ “Somewhere in Pennsylvania” video [link] 8) Gustav Tonnesen via IG [link] 7) Shane O’Neill via April Skateboards’ “Diego” video [link] 6) Gabriel Fortunato via IG [link] 5) Jake Johnson via Converse Cons’ “Somewhere in Pennsylvania” video [link] 4) Diego Najera via April Skateboards’ “Diego” video [link] 3) Alex Midler via IG [link] 2) Eddie Cernicky via “Welcome to Krooked” part [link] 1) Tom Knox via IG [link]
Previously: November 8, 2019