Better late than never! Thrasher uploaded the edit of Tyshawn’s S.O.T.Y. trip to Australia from last year after it being stuck in music rights limbo forever. The footage of the backside flip from the cover is so nuts. Co-starring Will Jones.
“Harold and Muska are waiting for you to go skate.” Anthony Shetler has an hour-long interview with Zered Bassett on his podcast. It covers anything you would ever want to know about a pro who came up on the east coast: Osiris demos, 16 Skateboards, getting on Zoo, not moving west, etc. Ad libs by Mr. T.
Pretty sick time capsule from Jim Hodgson: an Asbury Park, NJ Vans Triple Crown Contest from 1998. Fred Gall still with a flip trick-heavy repertoire, Billy Rohan in a Horty shirt, and every dude skating in a backwards hat.
March Madness starts tomorrow. If it wasn’t supposed to be 54 degrees, and we didn’t find college basketball incredibly hard to follow beyond a casual game here and there, we’d probably be watching. Always been in agreement with the NBA:Hollywood / NCAA:Student Film analogy, but can’t imagine any of tomorrow’s match-ups being worse than a 2014 Knicks or Lakers game, and both of those teams are on national TV tonight. ESPN and TNT really need to instate a flex schedule man…
In any case, Frozen in Carbonite got all Grantland on us, and formed a bracket about a topic dear to everyone: 1990s skateboarding. Voting for the first round ends tomorrow (March 20th), and this is what the results look like now. Good luck picking between Igei v.s. Pupecki and Lotti v.s. Drake Jones. (Currently “active” pros with boards out are omitted from the bracket.) Vote here.
Also in the spirit of the season, Nike SB is releasing two rival colorways on Saturday (one for Georgetown, the other for UNC), and we put together a little video for the UNC one with Connor Champion / Black Sheep Skateshop down in Charlotte. It’s nothing you’ve never seen before — a generic cruiser clip filmed at TF West, but it represents a QS milestone in that we found something relevant to edit to the SportsCenter theme. (FYI: Having seen “Top Ten Plays” more than one time on any given morning is the telltale sign of needing to leave the house for most QS employees. Or at least those with cable.)
And anyone who says “March Madness is the best event in American sports” on account of the kids “having nothing to lose” or whatever is just trying to be #controversial. Opening weekend of the NBA playoffs > everything. Maybe not in the east though…