‘WHO SAID WHAT?’ — The Latest Video From Milan’s Rat Ratz Crew

Approximately 5 billion crew edits have passed through the QS front page over the years. Some crews stick together while many don’t; others splinter off, morphing into hybrids with other crews. The first Rat Ratz video to catch the eye of the QS newsroom was in early 2020. In 2024, their crew is grown up and perhaps more tight-knit than ever, spreading their wings beyond the Milan plaza for which they have been waving the flag since they were kids — and into the plazas of Paris, London and New York. Everyone’s flick carries more loft, everyone’s pop has manned-up, and the technicality of the tricks they hold over the grate ledge on their home court has compounded tenfold. Imagine what Rat Ratz 10 will be like!

Features Niko Giovannoni, Zuma, Rachid, Plako, Korahn Gayle, with full closing parts from Nils Matijas and Vince Palmer. Filmed & edited by Brisquit. Supported by Nike SB.

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Ride The Sky

Bam in Rochester, 2000 📷 Photo by Ryan Gee.

Nothing more beautiful than seeing today’s brightest minds outsmart the skatestoppers installed by yesterday’s dimmest. “Hold On To Those Gifts” is the latest edit from Neema Joorabchi and his crew (Jasper Stieve, Noah Singleton, Zac Gavin, et al.)

Chase Walker made a five-minute edit of leftover footy from Late Nite Stars’ O video. Def some Zak Anders clips in there that exceed most people’s criteria of “throwaway” though ;)

John Valenti has a new video out entitled Free Time. Includes parts from Dustin Eggeling, Cody Lucas, Taylor Nawrocki, Chris Jata, James Sayres (switch flip back noseblunt?!) + others. Heavy on the New York footy, but tons of Euro travel as well :)

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Weekend Viewing — Hjalte Halberg’s Dancer Part

Hjalte Halberg just dropped a short and sweet part to announce a new drop from his brand, Dancer. (If you’re uninitiated to the Dancer universe, Slam City Skates interviewed Hjalte about it last May.)

Like Ville before him, Mr. Halberg seems to be releasing the leftovers from the last days of his decade-plus Polar tenure — clearing the proverbial backlog of the logos no longer paying his bills. (As pointed out on the ‘Gram yesterday, we’re a long way off from the days when you can skate for one company, and comfortably shoot photos with visible conflicts of interest emblazoned across the bottom of your board.)

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#QSTOP10 — April 5, 2024

Avid QS readers know that we are big fans of a longass line. (No, not in the “my favorite restaurant just got TikTok’d” sense…) This week, there are a lot of longass lines. Because what else is a skateboard if not a [non-motor] vehicle / method of transportation? There are circular lines with many pushes, lines that are so fast they require zero pushes, and others that start one way and end as a surprise. We can’t just be putting every NBD done down Wallenburg in the countdown every week. We cashed that token for 2024 already. Annual Hollywood High token is still un-used though!

Rest in Peace to James Hardy ❤ ️

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NJ Report — ‘you*re amazing don’t forget it’ by Connor Cloonan

📷 Photo by Sammy Levy

“you*re amazing don’t forget it” is a New Jersey scene video by Connor Cloonan, combining the crews from Branded Skateshop in Long Branch (right next door to Wenning’s hometown), and Travel Skateshop in Rahway (…someone or other’s hometown.)

Though Jersey (and by this same token, Long Island) is famous for producing skaters that go on to be more closely associated with the mega-scenes just across the state lines, the Jersey videos that exist in an insular Jersey-fied world always feel like their own genre. Sure, there’s a couple out-of-state clips, but like, you could substantially pad the runtime with a few more day trips up to New York or down to Philly — but wouldn’t it be better to dig behind every gloomy industrial park, around every state college campus, and under every highway for morsels of gold that Freddy, Petillo, Derm and them missed? (Or revisit a NJ classic with the world record for longest running sticker?)

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