‘DUPLEX 3’ — A Case Study In Pandemic-Era Productivity

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It is no secret that the past two years have bolstered local skate videography, with crews and sometimes entire scenes hitting unprecedented strides in productivity. The Duplex boys began last year by dropping Duplex 2 — after which — they retired their VX, and released the HD “Sk8 Wing” and “Five-Six-One” in what felt like rapid-fire succession. It turns out that the best was yet to come with Duplex 3. Even in our fast times, this crew down in West Palm Beach (just a lil’ over an hour north of Miami) is operating on another level.

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Jake Sanso Remix by Duplex

Last year had an interesting start: we were forced to contend with the fact that a pressure flip was the best trick of the week, much to the chagrin of the crowd that gets upset at those sort of things.

It was such a shock to the system that we began a [controversial?] debate with the idea that perhaps the pressure flip had began clawing its way to a newfound respectability. That clip was over the water gap at the famous MLK spot in Miami, and came via Jake Sanso’s part in the Duplex 2 video, the first in what would ultimately become a trilogy of 2021 Florida edits that stand out as some of last year’s best.

The crew switched to HD following Duplex 2 with “Sk8 Wing” and “Five-Six-One,” and was kind enough to share a remix of Jake’s footage from the two. He’s good at a lot of other things beyond being one of the few people who can make pressure flips look good ;)

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It’s Basketball Season Baby!

Don’t let anyone ever tell you that it cannot be done.

“Worst style?” “Just go on the explore page. It’s like fishing with dynamite.” So hyped that The Bunt got the famous scientist, Charles Rivard PhD. on the show.

There’s no way you haven’t seen the new Mark Suciu part where the entire second half is him going off in New York, right? Five-trick line at Reggaeton with a nollie cab noseblunt, the front 3 switch back lip at JFK, etc. Wow.

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Peepin Out The Window

Caleb’s pro! Photo via Genesis Evans. Caleb’s Bunt (from February 2020) is really good, btw.

“Couple manuals, couple flatground.” Imagine skating for 34 years and still being this fucking good. Pocket‘s latest “Followed” episode is with the goat Daniel Lebron. They really got the pacing of life thing figured out in Spain. Big love to the Mexican families in L.A. ♥

The Duplex dudes out of Florida have low-key been putting out some of the best independently-released, no media-outlet-backed videos of 2021. “Five-Six-One,” their latest, is absolutely no exception. That Leap of Faith clip over the lady is so wild, plus Jake Sanso goes off like usual. Peep their earlier releases: “Sk8 Wing” from May + “Duplex 2” from January.

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Short Trip To Space

Cardiel, 1993. Bryce Kanights on the photo. Science v.s. Life on the scan.

Big Parts Unknown vibes in this: Pocket‘s latest installment of its “Followed” / day-in-the-life-esque series trails the samosa vendor from MACBA for a day. This entire piece is so so good, and really shines a light on how essential these peripheral figures at spots are to skate culture. Can’t wait for more. Shout out the the Flushing empanada lady. Shout out to the Brooklyn Banks Burger King, the Love Park Wawa, at al.

Week late, but on the slim chance that you haven’t seen Tristan Mershon’s Fool’s Gold video, filmed in predominantly non-obvious corners of New York, please do. The last two parts are especially incredible, and the curtain-call filming is brilliant. “What’s your spot-finding method?” “Lurking, really.”

A day in Yonkers with the 2nd Nature boys via Mike Sass.

Hot Potato” is the new edit from Stephan Singh with a lot of gems it (that backside flip!)

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