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2013 Q.S.S.O.T.Y, Leo Gutman – Flip kick. Photo by Mike Heikkila.

Hjalte Halberg with the noseslide of the year.

Johnny went HD. VX is [officially] dead. It was all good just a week ago.

The full story of how the Santa Monica Courthouse became a legal skate spot. Small banks restoration one day? Or does that make *too much* sense to ever happen?

Village Psychic has a #listicle of the ten best switch backside flips A.K.A. what Reynolds may or may not have once referred to as “the hardest trick.” It might be less of “the hardest trick” and more of the hardest trick to do well i.e. not have it horrendously barrel roll one inch off the ground to a standstill landing, thus discouraging anyone from publicly trying to get better at it.

Dudes in San Jose love khaki cargo shorts.

Rory Milanes is turning pro in 2020 when the Palace video comes out.

Enough with dudes skating in suits for videos filmed with fancy cameras. That shit was maybe cool once, and even that’s pushing it. With that being said, it is cool that Arto Saari got a pass to skate inside the Helsinki airport. You can file that under things that will never ever ever ever ever happen in the U.S.

The inventor of the tornado spin is still a leading quarterpipe innovator in 2014.

Somebody ollied the bump-to-bar at Wavy’s. (Not the best angle though.) He also grinded the Philly step before it. We might’ve had conversations about how Luis hypothetically wouldn’t even ollie that thing. We’re dumb.

Got to respect these guys for A) Basing ~75% of their “Summer Trip to New York” clip at the T.F. and South 5th monument plaza / proverbial Williamsburg T.F. and B) Not skating a single ledge over a foot in height throughout it.

Japan’s Rua Magazine has a video interview segment with Jahmal Williams from when he was out there for the Static IV premiere.

Billy Waldman is building an ark out of solar panels.

Quote of the Week
Observant Gentleman: “I wish I was fat so I could skate pools well.”
Alexander Mosley: “Fat people skate transition better, but there’s a lot you can do that they can’t. You’re not gonna see a fat person doing backside 180 nosegrinds.”

That Brooklyn Lockwood spot is allegedly harder to skate than actual Lockwood?

Fakeass Hurricane, yo!

“You’re posting DGK ads now? How does this tie in? Is this the CORPORATE TAKEOVER? Are you getting checks from Kayo?!” No, it’s just that this guy is up there with Steve Nash and John Stockton as one of the finest white athletes of the modern era.

Friday links…

“The National Hurricane Center is now predicting that Earl, which went from a Category 4 hurricane with wind speeds of 145 mph to a Category 2 storm with winds of 105 mph Thursday, will likely be a Category 1 hurricane with winds in the 80-mph range by the time it passes Long Island late Friday about 150 miles to the east.” Basically, we’re good.

The Pre-2k DVD is available at Supreme, Boundless in Brooklyn, Poets in Long Island, FTC, and 2189 in Erie, PA. The final runtime clocks in at around an hour. QS review of the video here.

Nike posted a clip from Berlin that involves King Youness demonstrating that doing a 5-0 360 flip out for him is sort of like doing a backside tailslide for anyone else equipped with a lesser degree of skill.

48 Blocks did an interview with Steven Cales. The Chrome Ball Incident did an interview with Jason Dill. Those two sites account for a sizable portion of the skateboard-related multimedia world worth checking on a daily basis, so you should have already read them by now.

Some Billy Waldman outtakes from long, long time ago. New York used to have a lot of good bank spots.

A fourteen-year-old kickflip front boarded the Amsterdam Rail. But age doesn’t really matter anymore.

Taj Cam 12th and A episode featuring Jason Dill and 50 fighting.

The ledges at the 101 Park Avenue building on 40th Street and Park Avenue, most importantly used for the exterior shots of Kruger Industrial Smoothing, are no longer skateable, due to the building installing planters on top of all the lower level ledges. It was never the best spot, but it was the closest thing midtown had to California-style stadium ledges. Minus the whole grinding part.

The Terminator Rail has scaffolding all around it, making it temporarily unskateable. Hopefully, this has no bearing on your lifestyle whatsoever, but a heads up nonetheless if your life involves taking people around to handrails.

Why doesn’t anyone skate this ledge on 46th Street? It seems like someone should have done an ollie over to lipslide or a nosegrind through the keyhole by now. The ground isn’t the best, but it is wholly workable. There are some things to wallie on the other side too. You don’t get kicked out that quick either.

If you miss the glory days of New York rap, when Maino wasn’t the only close thing to rapper getting burn from this city, this 74-minute Roc-a-fella mix spanning from 1998 to 2004 is worth a download.

Quote / Dumbest Statement Ever of the Week

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These are a handful of scans from the east coast issue of Big Brother from 1998. The others are from the east coast based, short-lived, Strength magazine, from 1996, which was essentially a culmination of a bunch of people’s interests compiled into a publication. Seriously. There are sections in it where the writers unembarrassingly describe how they underwent freestyle and beatboxing sessions in their hotel rooms on tour. Thankfully, being born in the late-80s and coming of age during an era of Cash Money/No Limit and Jay-Z dominance allowed me to surpass an entire time that may have lead me to think beatboxing was actually cool.

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