Fluid dancer, chess grandmaster and newly pro Maité didn’t sit on a fence when choosing this list of parts. The word “thematic” comes to mind, and so does “Huh, really?” Like the Antwerpian’s trick selection, expect the unexpected.
All roads lead back to Love Park in the latest installment of Five Favorite Parts (plus a stopover in London), with a reminder that skateboarders and their tricks are often at their most magic when they work to tell a vivid story of a specific place, in a specific moment in time ♥
For a format so straightforward, it’s interesting how many approaches to “Five Favorite Parts” have developed over the course of the series. However, the exercise is perhaps at its purest when (aside from a couple of clearly informed tricks) it conjures up a seemingly disparate list of skaters of which the interviewee is the only through-line – which is where we landed with Credits’ opening act and affable cannonball-er, Una Farrar.
Chris Jones began to make an impression on the U.K. scene during the mid-to-late-2000s with an appearance in a promo for Crayon Skateboards. Moving to London from Bristol after graduating university (and having met Jacob Harris on a trip while studying), his part in Eleventh Hour – coupled with a place on the upstart Isle team — positioned Chris as one in a new generation of household names for British skateboarding alongside Harris and his co-star, Tom Knox. Vase came two years later, bringing wide acclaim for all involved, which Chris doubled down on via Colin Read’s Spirit Quest before properly wading into international waters with “Atlantic Drift” crew.
Struggling to narrow down twenty years of video consumption into five, Chris opted to hone in on a handful from his formative years growing up in the small Welsh village of Coychurch.
Some people’s influences are tucked in their jacket pockets (thinking of Gino’s mini ramp-heavy “Five Favorite Parts” outing), while others wear their influences on their sleeves. The lineage of 2020’s S.O.T.Y. is traceable through the generations that came before him, but it is especially endearing to hear him talk through it so direct — right down to the longstanding spot aspirations spouting from this series’ most-oft-discussed part ;)