The best skaters are often the ones whose skateboarding defies the rigid linguistics of trick names.
Like, are you going to say John Gardner backside 5-0’d a Philly step into a rail and then tucked into a keyhole to get out — or did a back smith on the CBS ledge, immediately changed direction so he could ollie up one short ledge, over another, onto a platform and down a surprise police barricade? Or maybe it is easier to point at the spot and say he “did some John Gardner shit.”
(“Some Max Palmer shit,” and of course, “some Daewon shit” are other common ones at the QS office.)
John is one of those skaters doing what cannot easily be explained, and him being a Bob Burnquist fan makes perfect sense.
On the chance that you haven’t been catching the …Arizona Iced Tea skate team edits on the TWS site (..yeah!), some of the most insane skateboarding in New York released this year was via their trip edit, e.g. the back tail off the marble kicker, the switch frontside flip across from the Stock Exchange, etc. TWSjust posted upthe first two raw edits from it, and wow it is crazy to look back at how desolate the city was last fall.
Good video parts will have inspired trick selections, unique eyes towards tired spots, or any number of buzzwords you’ve caught prefacing a embedded video on a skate website. Then there are guys who, simply put, remind you how fun riding a skateboard is — the guys with a free-flowing rhythm that fools you into believing they didn’t break a single sweat bead of frustration throughout the process. Though John’s Bruns 2 section probably made me yell at my computer screen 5+ times, it still felt like he smiled his way through filming for the entire thing.