Five Favorite Parts With Neil Herrick

Photo by Sam McKenna
Interview by Farran Golding

The year started off with this series talking to Tony Hawk, so it felt appropriate to bring it closer to home as we wind it down.

Neil Herrick has the distinction of dropping one of the first great parts this year — filmed locally or otherwise — in Brandon Stepanow’s Open Container video, which is definitely worth running back if February feels like an eternity ago. It had a timeless, gimmick-free feeling of a section that could be dropped into any video from any era of street skating and fit, so we had Farran ask Neil about his inspirations.

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Feels Good To Be Here

Photo by Zach Baker 📷

File under: No way you haven’t see this yet, right? Cyrus, Nick Matthews and Mason Silva pay tribute to Keith Hufnagel covertly + overtly in the new HUF x Nike SB edit.

“I grew up thinking that skaters are just skaters. They just do what they do, not like, ‘Oh this guy has got spiked hair and a choker, let’s get him on.'” Jenkem interviewed Josh Wilson about coming up and growing up ❤️

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Deep Dive — Trung Nguyen on the ‘RESPECTFULLY’ Darkslide

Photo by Ryan Mettz 📷

Regardless of how extensively an interview is prepared for, the finest moments often drift into conversation unplanned and on a tangent.

The backstory to Trung Nguyen’s darkslide – which closed his part in Chase Walker’s RESPECTFULLY just over a year ago – may seem like an obvious topic to probe. However, it only came about after discussing a string of gear choices as rare as the trick itself.

Speaking to Trung for his Five Favorite Parts, talk of Brent Atchley led to talk of Chromeball Dunks and “the special Element board” which he took griptape-side down around the curved flatbar at Marcus Garvey Park, scored by Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn.”

Asked for the run down, Trung recounted the year-in-the-making story of the darkslide with an uninterrupted enthusiasm that recalled A.V.E. discussing the Green Bench. Here’s how the most memorable enders in recent years came to be.

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Five Favorite Parts With Nick Boserio

Headline Photo by Hjalte Halberg
Intro + Interview by Farran Golding

We’ve previously discussed how the familiarity with a skateboarder’s output can create an “Oh yeah, I see it”-bias before conducting a “Five Favorite Parts” interview.

Nick Boserio didn’t fall into this archetype, but surprisingly, none of his chosen video parts offered much indication as to where his frantic, Indiana-Jones-escaping-a-boulder approach to skateboarding might have taken root. Maintaining that mystery feels about right for someone who appreciates skateboarding that has a “rare” feel to it.

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