The Best Skateboard Videos of the 2010s — QS Reader Survey Results

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This was the decade that the full-length skate video was supposed to die. We began the 2010s with everyone insisting that Stay Gold would be the last full-length skate video. Then, Pretty Sweet was supposed to be the last full-length video. Some people thought that Static IV would be it — the end, no more full-lengths after that. But I feel like I heard someone say Josh was working on something new a couple months back? Idk.

The experience might’ve changed. We’re not huddling around a skate house’s TV covered in stickers to watch a DVD bought from a shop anymore (if this past weekend is any indication, it’s more like AirPlaying a leaked .mp4 file via a link obtained from a guy who knows a guy), but the experience of viewing a fully realized skate video with your friends for the first, second or twentieth time is still sacred.

Just as we asked for your votes for the five best video parts, we did the same for the five best full-lengths: if you could choose the five videos that defined the 2010s, what would they be? The results were a bit more surprising than the parts tally in some ways, given that it felt like independent, regional and newer, small brand videos dominated the decade, yet Big Shoe Brands™ and Girl + Chocolate still made their way into the list. The top-heaviness of some companies or collectives was less of a surprise, in that certain creators loomed large over the 2010s.

Like the installment before it, this list is sans comment for 20-11, and then via favors from writer friends for the top ten: here are the twenty best skate videos of the past ten years.

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The 2013 New York Skateboarding Year in Review: 5-1

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2013 was okay. What is it about New Year’s this year that makes it seem more garbage than usual though? Anyway, like, where’s everyone at tonight? ;)

Previously: #s 25-21, #s 20-16, #s 15-11, #s 10-6, The Year in T.F. Obstacles

5. The Subway Track Ollie

If you have ever stood on a subway platform staring at the countdown clock, the thought has come to mind: “Could someone hypothetically ollie over the tracks?” In theory, if Jeremy Wray did that water tower ollie, it’d have to be possible. Then you’d consider the additional curve-in, the timing, the train, the bust, and eventually, the third rail, which stands to give anyone who touches it an unpleasant departure from earth in the event of a worst case scenario.

The speculation ended this year, as Koki Loaiza ollied from platform to platform at the 145th Street A station…going towards the third rail and earning press from media outlets far beyond skateboarding’s typical reach.

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Forrest Green in the Warmest Color

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None of those leaves are on the trees anymore :( Photo by Emilio Cuilan.

Pls buy a shirt 2 show us u care thx.

A brief, McFeely-heavy montage of Solo Jazz leftovers.

Some psychos and parts from Cyrus Bennett, Jacob Gottlieb, Genesis Evans, Adrian Vega and Jason Byoun in Looney Bin, the new LurkNYC project due out next month.

Skaters Atlas makes the case for Stuttgart, Germany being one of the more underrated European skate destinations in their latest installment. Stripper empowerment anthems seem like an odd choice or European skate montages though. (P.S. Rich Homie Quan beat Juicy J in his own game by composing the best mildly feminist strip club song of 2013.) You can’t judge herrrrrrrrrr.

Reda reveals who threw the mystery water in Chomp On This. How did we all forget to include Reda’s part (see #4) in the “Best Parts of 2000s” discussion from a week ago?

Someone made an edit of only the Dylan Reider footage from Huf’s Euro tour video.

Teenagers ripping around New York in Clipstack, a new 30-minute video with a bunch of people you’ll recognize from Tompkins.

Congrats to Zered on his new Transworld cover and to Tyshawn Jones for his first coverage in a skate mag.

An interview with the guys behind RAW, one of the east’s better small brands.

Wade Fyfe has a few New York clips in his new promo for Studio Skateboards.

Shout out to anyone who has seen the Watermelon videos. Lil’ Chris grew up. 2nd Nature and the Watermelon man are also throwing a best trick contest at the 2nd Nature park on Saturday. Flyer here. Lil’ Chris is probably going to win.

This news might affect .00001% of the people who check this website (i.e. those who are better at skating than a Peruvian five-year-old), but the 58th Street white hubba is now knobbed.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Jared Dudley’s Harlem Globetrotter assist was chill. Also, despite growing up hating the Bulls, one can’t help but think the basketball gods’ newfound cruelty towards Chicago is getting ridiculous.

Quote of the Week:
White Girl Leaving Brunch in the West Village #1: “It’s insane. It’s just insane”
White Girl Leaving Brunch in the West Village #2: “I’m not gonna lie, it’s insane.”
White Girl Leaving Brunch in the West Village #3: “I know, it’s so insane.”

Thanks to anyone who bought some gear. Your package should arrive this week.

Bronze ‘Solo Jazz’ is Now Online

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Monday links are getting postponed until tomorrow because the Bronze video is online and it deserves its own post.

The most beloved New York City video franchise is back with its latest installment. Solo Jazz features many new names making their first-time, full-length appearance in a Bronze production: Dick Rizzo, Josh Wilson, Aaron Herrington and Jason Carroll. Though they may dilute the collective’s multicultural origins, their skateboard abilities only add to the excellence of this six (arguably eight) film franchise. Mainstays like Shawn Powers, Kevin Tierney, Derick Zeimkiewicz, Joseph Delgado, and Billy McFeely came through with wonderful sections, despite prior commitments that range from sponsorships to Polish espionage. Fan favorite, Phil Rodriguez, was sorely missed due to injury, and longtime followers of the franchise were surely shocked to learn that Solo Jazz has the unfortunate distinction of being the first Bronze video where Xavier Veal does not show up and at least 5050 some large handrail :(

Buy some Bronze tees and a hard copy of the video to support funding for the upcoming Billy Lynch documentary.

P.S. Johnny Wilson’s new project, Beef Patty, premiered the other night and it was really, really good. Loose Trucks Max has the ender. Hopefully, it makes its way online soon.

P.P.S. Colin Read’s new video, Tengu, premieres at the Sunshine Theater (Forsyth and Houston, where the Pretty Sweet premiere was) on Thursday, August 29th. Doors open at 8:30. Flyer here. So, there’s the potential of there being three great New York-based projects available in a week’s span. Looks like a solid end of the summer.

Previously: 56k, Caviar, Sognar

Solo Jazz & Cathode Premiere Info

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Two new videos are premiering this week, one of which is by a Top 5 living filmmaker. The other narrowly escaped Outdated status in terms of “Yo, next month”-proclamations. Won’t be able to make either of them due to the fact that they are currently an ocean away, but everyone is advised to attend. The Cathode premiere is 21+, Bronze is all ages. Kudos to all parties involved for going the length in organizing Manhattan-based premieres. Get Peter’s autograph if you see him.