Puerto Rican Update

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Photo by Zach Malfa-Kowalski

This is our third January in a row of spending some considerable time in America’s never-ending prospective 51st state, and what Billy Rohan once coined as the sixth borough of New York City. Past journeys — short of a day trip to the eastern island of Vieques — have kept us conveniently in San Juan, where the majority of the #trending Puerto Rican winter phenomenon keeps its home base. The island is big, but not that big: driving from San Juan to the west side is like driving from New York to Philly, except you stare out the window and see rolling hills rather than…the Linden refinery.

Mayaguez is one of the main cities on the west side of the island, and with one night in San Juan, we trekked the hundred miles there. After a pit-stop for the trip’s official sustenance (Medallas and arroz con pollo), a mini concrete racetrack-type spot with a Flushing-width gap in the middle, and a spot check at an abandoned waterpark visible from the highway (we got kicked out by stoned security guars in under ten minutes), we made it to Mayaguez with about an hour of daylight left to skate one of the funnest parks any of us had ever been to.

Filmed by Johnny Wilson

One of Mayaguez’s standouts skate-wise is a gigantic University of Puerto Rico campus. Like most college campuses, you could theoretically skate it for a week and not get bored — provided you never got kicked out. We skated for two hours later than we were expecting to, and then headed towards the well-lit park in Aguadilla.

Next day was a trip to more-or-less the most scenic park imaginable in Quebradillas, where we bumped into the squad from Shorty’s. Off the parks for the rest of the trip, and in these streets talking about shit Robert Lopez Mont did. (“Yeah man, Robert fakie flipped that three story drop when he was 14, man.”)

Happy belated birthday to Cyrus 1Oak.

She Think It’s Wavy & Gnarly

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Thanks for all the love for the ten-year. The book drops December 8. It’s really cool. More info soon.

Late one today, but late-day posts during #nyfw are kinda like a QS tradition ;)

Labor has Sabotage 4 DVDs. (Also ICYMI.)

2015’s version of skateboard literature’s longest running summer wrap-up is here: Dubai or Not Dubai – Frozen in Carbonite’s S.O.T.S. x P.O.T.S. post. “Indeed, using the most powerful communication medium of our time—Instagram—as a yardstick, following the most popular thirst trap accounts down an Instagram wormhole leads to a dark place where every comment is either in a foreign alphabet or ‘Come to Dubai.'” (P.S. Who the HELL is responsible for deleting that Tiago Lemos We Are Blood remix from FB? Someone please re-upload it. P.P.S. “Stick Talk” > “I Serve the Base” for Tiago maybe. P.P.P.S. Can confirm Future cuts the music off and puts his thumb in the air after the “I ain’t got no manners…”-part when performing “Stick Talk.”)

Malfa uploaded a lot of great photos from the “CORE” upstate New York trip.

Tim O’Connor interviewed Bill Strobeck for an hour-and-a-half.

Jim Hodgson uploaded a five-minute 1996 edit of QS cult-favorite, Andy Bautisa, largely filmed at QS cult-favorite skate spot, Lackawanna Ledges. (Relevant.)

Free Skate Mag has an article and some photos from a Palace trip to Paris that ended up producing a lot of the footage from Paramount.

Rob Harris posted a 13-minute throwaway reel with a bunch of footage from the M.P.C.™ guys, and Max Hull uploaded another video of their trip down to Puerto Rico (includes Watermelon Man sightings.)

Ten years prior to Canada’s current #moment, it had a smaller, more skate-centric #moment when videos like North were dropping. Village Psychic revisited the 2004 Anti-Social video from that era. (Anti-Social has a new one dropping next spring, btw.)

Youness is without question one of the top-three most impressive IRL skateboarders I have ever witnessed. Someone made an Instagram remix of his footage, and I’m sure he did it all in under five tries probably joking around.

Most of my friends rocked the Staples way heavier as far as Lakais went, but there was definitely a later cult around the Manchesters. SMLTalk has a requiem for maybe the last Lakai shoe to make an imprint in the skate footwear landscape.

The soap shoes documentary is finished!

The new Bust Crew video is basically a Mother / Quasi bro-cam montage, and that Gilbert back lip on the Kent Ave. step is super cool :)

Gonz kinda sorta tells the story of the original ollie over the eventual “Gonz Gap.”

Quote of the Week: “I don’t fuck with that ‘bros over hoes’ code. That’s some skater bullshit.” — C. Williams

M.P.C. in P.R.

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Photo by Colin Sussingham

You know Puerto Rico trips are still trending when a magazine-affiliated video of a P.R. trip gets held for half-a-year — simply because the mag was running #too #many #Puerto #Rico #features. Before anyone gets a chance to call it blown out, please have an obvious winter trip suggestion ready. Colombia seems like it’s been a distant second for a while, but for whatever reason, its department of tourism missed a golden opportunity of rebranding the country’s image around Young Scooter’s seminal ballad. That probably hurt its chances of becoming a premier destination.

The latest excursion to skateboarding’s favorite winter destination is with the almost-implied-enough-that-you-don’t-need-to-mention-it-anymore Most Productive Crew™ in New York. Features most of the guys from “Core,” “Rack” and Space Heater. Sort of how Carroll’s Modus part is low-key Scott Johnston’s best part because of “the greatest trick ever done” (shout out Choc Tour, Finally, and def Let the Horns Blow), “Rum Diary” is the best part from Conor “Best Line in a Johnny Wilson Video” Prunty on account of similar low-keyness. Also features basically a mini Andrew Wilson part.

Check the feature in this month’s issue of Transworld.

Related: Past QS P.R. coverage

New Watermelonism: Travel Melon

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Photo via Colin Sussingham

Most people travel for one, two weeks at a time. Every December, Alexander Mosley — creator of the Watermelon Video and Dos Sandias — buys a one-way ticket to a place without a “real” winter. (The “real” is in quotes because people in San Juan have told me they don’t swim in the winter…when the water temperature is 80 degrees.) He usually doesn’t come back until New York’s average temperature levels out above 70. Something to consider when you’re crying about winter this upcoming February ;)

The latest Watermelonism installment is a tribute to always being on the move. Half filmed during a six-month stint all over Puerto Rico — the freest place in all of America — with the other half back in New York. Includes some of the last bits of St. Vincent’s Banks footage that you’ll ever see. (There’s nothing to skate at the new plaza FYI.)

Support Watermelonism by buying a Travel Melon tee or board.

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Includes a Ben Nazario cameo.

Let Your People Wear Your T-Shirts

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Photo via Baptiste

Our webstore has relaunched with new summer items. New tees, Snackman tanks, a tote bag for your girl, and a Golden State Warriors colorway of the basketball shorts if you missed them on the first go-around. The guys at Alltimers also have some chill new hats available in their shop today.

Bronze + Palace drops Friday :)

Alex Olson from Bianca Chandon doing a cool regular stance three hundred and sixty degree kickflip where his body doesn’t turn and Ishod Wair from New Jersey doing a cool switch stance three hundred and sixty degree kickflip where his body does turn.

Welcome Leeds interviewed Jordan Trahan, another prolific 360 flipper.

The Mostly Skate pod has a tale about Lenny Kirk’s dumpster fall from Memory Screen and his subsequent discovery of religion. “Thank God he never killed anybody.”

Marty Murawski remains in the lead for 2015’s “Noseslider of the Year” award, though Hjalte allegedly has a new part on the way, so all of that may change soon…

Vice has a mini doc feature about the boom of skateboard-based travel in China. How ironic is it that a communist country is the most popular place for skate companies to travel and get footage worry-free? (Also related.)

Everyone talks about the frontside flips and hardflips, but SMLTalk opted to break down Mike Carroll’s five best backside smith grinds. The one down the rail in Pretty Sweet might be one of the most memorable tricks in that entire video, along with the last Cory Kennedy line and Milan grate back 180 nosegrind shuv.

How skateboard distribution companies operate.

Puerto Rico is still trending in June.

Boil the Ocean on skate companies’ indifference to tenured riders leaving for more fruitful sponsorship opportunities. Skate companies are sort of like the Knicks.

Here’s a compilation of all (most?) of the tricks done down the Love Gap, though when people are doing shit like this on Hollywood High, quantifying ABDs may be useless.

Diamond Days #81.

Soft Apples Volume 2,” a quick all-New York mini video.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Iman Thug and J.R. Smith are in the NBA Finals. #L #O #L @ the New York Knicks’ poor ass life. Forgot who said it, but “Hoping for a Knicks decision to go well is like hoping that the sun won’t set that day.” Here’s a 2011-2012 reel of J.R. and Iman’s best plays to “Hard in the Paint.”

Quote of the Week:

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Listen to ‘Lito. One of the few rappers who feels like a real human. No offense to the rappers who don’t feel like real humans, you guys are cool too. Just need a break sometimes. Also, wtf is it with rappers and that Route 94 song?