As was the case the last time Sour dropped a video, this eventful week where like half of the best skateboarders dropped parts/footage, an all-Sour edition was still in order.
Have a good one.
Fun Fact: The first-ever Top 10 dropped the same week that the first Sour Solution video made it online — before there were titles, an intro, or a one skater appearance per countdown rule (Gustav made it twice.)
QS B.F.F. Zered Bassett was on the Angel & Z podcast last week. There’s a bit of graffiti talk at the start, but it gets into skating about ten minutes in. A lot of wisdom and honesty from one of the first few to truly do it at that level on the east coast. Also, the Greece story is insane.
When we are entrenched in a moment — a space where the skateboard media machine feels entirely focused on one full-length, one seminal part, one finicky faux pas — it feels like Nyjah Huston is just frozen in time, midway down a quadruple kink rail, just waiting for our conversation about Gustav’s foot placement to quiet down before he can resume grinding down the remaining nine kinks.
We are long past the days of skateboarding’s progression standing still until the next VHS tape comes out. Time waits for no man — and a bunch of Swedes holed up in Barcelona listening to MF Doom are no exception.
We explored the possibility of trying to stuff this eventful week into ten slots, but no — way too much shit went on. If it were any other week, this noseslide would be a clear #1 (yeah, we watch Globe parts in the office…)
Had to pay respect to Sour for creating 2019’s first video that felt like a “moment.” Anybody who skates has had at least half-a-dozen conversations about it in the past week, both online and in real life. We tried to focus on some of the less obvious and re-posted tricks for this, but had to make #1 the video ender because, like, how many fucking street loops are out there? And who’s gonna collab with NY Ramp Co. on one for Tompkins?
10) Barney Page 9) Martin Sandberg 8) Nisse Ingemarson 7) Filly 6) Albert Nyberg 5) Josef Scott Jatta 4) Gustav Tonnesen 3) Vincent Huhta 2) Oscar Candon 1) Simon Isaksson — All via Sour Skateboards’ Sour Solution II video [link]
Doubtful that anybody hasn’t watched it through at least once by now — Sour Solution II is fucking insane. Their first video was nuts, but they entered some new dimension of spots and sorcery with this one. Also, this video makes the whole “Barcelona footage is boring”-thing that people have been saying as of late just seem stupid. Then again, these ten guys are maybe the only ten guys who can skate the spots they skate ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
“Play – Part 2” is an iPhone video by Mateo deJesus featuring Marcello + a few of the Canal dudes, and really makes you happy to remember there’s this thing called summer that happens eventually. Can’t remember the last time anyone had footage from 3030 Park since they half-remodeled it either.
Late to mention here, and it is more symbolic than anything, but Enid’s will be closing down at the end of March. It was the final North Brooklyn Barmuda Triangle institution still standing (Enid’s x No Name x Matchless), which aborted many day-after skate sessions before they even got started throughout the late-2000s and early-2010s. Its throne is now drunkenly held by the Bushwick Barmuda Triangle consisting of Carmelo’s x Birdy’s x Three Diamond Door. Shout out to that time Pryce and Waste held an Enid’s Christmas raffle with a chance to win a TV, and Marty won because he spent more on drinks than the TV itself costs ♥