It is tough to imagine that the Dime crew went even a day through the grimmest days of lockdown without plotting the next Glory Challenge. (Montreal, by comparison to anywhere in the U.S., had way gnarlier COVID lockdowns.) The early days of the pandemic were fraught with unknowns, which gave way to hyperbole. Large-scale gatherings seemed like a fleeting figment of a recent, unreturnable past. There was that stupid meme mocking us for ever having gone bowling. One friend claimed that casual sex would forever cease to exist — a concept that had already survived the AIDS epidemic.
Fred & Paul • 📷 by Jersey Dave
The curved median ledge on Canal, just one block east of the Hudson River, has been one of those “why is this waxed?” mysteries for years. Everyone had always assumed BMXers or rollerbladers, and while that may have been the case for past years, Zak Anders (from RESPECTFULLY) lipslid it in his new “COW BOY” part, putting the first known skate footage of it to record. Appropriate that it would be across the street from what is still one of the most fucked New York clips that Brandon Westgate ever logged.
Peak-era Brian Brown was truly a magic talent on a skateboard. Joe Cups dropped an extended footy tape of his from 2004, a lot of which was in Vicious Cycle, but a lot of which wasn’t 😉 (The reigning S.O.T.Y. cited that part as one of his reasons for wanting to move out east…)
Photo by Phil Lavoie
We were out in Montreal last week for the first time since COVID on account of E.T’s pro thing. Staying downtown, you see a ton of the spots made famous by Dime videos, but the ones tied to Alexis Lacroix’s expanding-brain approach to skateboarding maybe stand out the most, especially after not seeing them IRL for 2 1/2 years.
Everyone has a “feel good” song, movie, whatever — something that coincides with a smile no matter what else may be going on in life. Even in the expanse of endless skate content, watching Alexis (the 2019 Q.S.S.O.T.Y.) remains a singular experience of juggling laughs, dropped jaws, and wtf’s.
Though he has lightened up on the eponymous “Oh yeah!” (the origin of which he explained in this post, in addition to his Bunt interview), the three years since we last compiled a Dime Comp have come with more skancing, more skating in the snow, and the occasional cameo from Alexis’ baby daughter ❤️
Tompkins is back, Nik Stain is pro. Happy summer. Photo via Caleb.
“Ahh the banks at the Jamaican embassy… Iconic spot, great spot, fun spot. Quick bust of a spot though… so the fact that you guys have a little group with a campfire going…”
Someone made a twenty-minute super cut of Tyshawn footage.
“I will do anything for skateboarding. This episode can save lives, it creates communities. It’s the closest thing to music, and the coolest thing about music is that there’s no place on earth where it doesn’t exist.” Skateism has an interview with Buddy and Rick about making the LGBTQ+ episode of Love Letters to Skateboarding. There is also a supplementary “Love Note” with Cher Strauberry and Barker Barrett about how to be a better ally.
Photo by Ryan Giese
The most important news first: the city approved a new trash can design and it is substantially taller than the current ones. Thoughts? Concerns? Commissioned ideas for Tyshawn?
Skate shops are special places that should be protected and supported, but Humidity down in New Orleans is something else for giving out completes to kids for getting straight As.
“Also that same year, you had your ‘Bobby Worrest for Quartersnacks‘ part.” “I did? Okay. Cool.” Transworld caught up with Bobby to talk about the fact that he’s had ten (!) video parts since Right Foot Forward came out.