Simple Magic compiled a list (with excerpts!) of 2023’s best skateboard writing, including Mr. Munzenrider’s QS story about skate shop tees + Mr. Carbonite’s annual Song of the Summer x Part of the Summer study.
“You just got white rice?” Stephan Singh has a sick edit out called “Drop Top Drippy” featuring some deeper spot digging than any ol’ local edit. That firecracker bank thing on Morris Avenue might be the most London-ass spot in all New York. Kickflip was the one.
IMPULSE is an Albany / upstate scene video by Chris Sendzik with parts from Cooper Qua, Jeremiah Gray, Yafay Towles and a great closing section from Nick Persico.
2022: it was a year where Vimeo became a refuge for all those using Prince in their skate edits (YouTube blocks Prince IP outside of the U.S.), new paths were forged at Mambo Bar + skaters defied the planters and angry Tribecaneers at that one plaza covered in eggs on Chambers Street. It was also a year where Jasper Stieve dropped four parts (ok that last one dropped December 21, 2021), the fourth of which is in Neema Joorabchi’s new three-part edit, “limp.”
This one opens with Tyler Vrckovnik hacking a new route at the aforementioned Tribeca stage, has a Noah Singleton part in the middle, and closes with Jasper touting an ender that echos a nascent Jake Johnson trick, from way back when the rails were still getting reinstalled on Blubba.
In many ways, 2022 was a benchmark year where so many definitive things turned ten. Everything from Labor to Tinder to Bronze to Jenkem to Bill’s first-ever edit with Tyshawn for Supreme have been with us for a decade now.
Things keep changing, time keeps flying, and we’re back to keep a lil’ inventory of it all.
Just in time for today’s preview of spring weather, we are premiering Brandon Stepanow‘s Open Container video, which IRL premiered in Brooklyn late last month.
Filmed mostly in New York and New Jersey, Open Container features Eric Swick’s abilities to make manual pads appear out of nowhere, a shared part from Noah Singleton + Jasper Stieve (with his third part in three months?), Richie Blackshaw charging through factory alley crust, the most “what in the wide wide world of sports is going on here?”-section imaginable from Will “This Guy.” Nieves, a well-rounded + much-deserved ender from Neil Herrick, and a slate of Fred Gall cameos peppered throughout.
For the hard copy purists, you can buy Open Container on DVD here.
There are spots that everyone always skates by and throws hypotheticals on: “one day, someone will ollie this gap,” “one day, someone will 5050 this rail.”
For years, people would throw out eventualities about the kinked rail beside the 53rd Street side of the Seagram Building, which is, of course, a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed landmark, a onetime home of The Famous Expensive Restaurant™, and the site of the green step-up ledges that the building’s security guards have grown an increasing affinity for throwing water on.
As ride-on grinds expanded in popularity, that fantasy got adapted for the modern age: “imagine if someone grinded that.”
“That” being the ledge that ran beside the eight-flat-nine double set.