Q.S.S.O.T.Y. 2021

Images via Jon Coulthard, Hjalte & Golden Hour. Collage by Requiem For A Screen.

Wanted to leave Ben Chadourne’s part embedded here while we go on vacation for the next week.

With so much packed into “Skateboard Oscars Season” — S.O.T.Y. campaigns, big-name video releases, people being surprised with their pro boards — it’s easy to grow numb to just *how much* we are expected to absorb. It is rare for something to completely shock and shake you out of the ocean of skateboard content quite like the surprise release of Ben Chadourne’s “J’SUIS PAS BEN” part did. Even for those of us lucky enough to have seen Ben skate in real life, this one was full of surprises.

We can’t send Ben on trip through Eastern Europe like Thrasher did Mason, but we can say thank you for some of the most inspirational five minutes in an infinity loop of skate videos this year ❤️

The quality behind so much of Ben’s video work goes without saying — “Looks OK To Me,” Seize the Seconds, Purple — but for six-year-old web edits, “Daydream” and “Faces” truly stand the test of time as well as any of the best formal releases.

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