Deep Dive — Trung Nguyen on the ‘RESPECTFULLY’ Darkslide

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Regardless of how extensively an interview is prepared for, the finest moments often drift into conversation unplanned and on a tangent.

The backstory to Trung Nguyen’s darkslide – which closed his part in Chase Walker’s RESPECTFULLY just over a year ago – may seem like an obvious topic to probe. However, it only came about after discussing a string of gear choices as rare as the trick itself.

Speaking to Trung for his Five Favorite Parts, talk of Brent Atchley led to talk of Chromeball Dunks and “the special Element board” which he took griptape-side down around the curved flatbar at Marcus Garvey Park, scored by Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn.”

Asked for the run down, Trung recounted the year-in-the-making story of the darkslide with an uninterrupted enthusiasm that recalled A.V.E. discussing the Green Bench. Here’s how the most memorable enders in recent years came to be.

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‘SHAKE IT DOES IT RAINBOW’ — A New Edit From The Crew That Brought You ‘RESPECTFULLY’

Just shy of the one-year anniversary of RESPECTFULLY, Chase Walker and the boys dropped “Shake It Does It Rainbow.” Though not as heavy on the footage from RESPECTFULLY stars Trung Nguyen and Zak Anders (Zak actually had a solo part drop with Chase two months ago…), but it does include what amounts to probably a parts-worth of footage from Kyler Garrison + a nice Alan Bell midtown cameo. Otherwise, there’s some trips in Paris and Miami, capped off with with what’s probably one of the last ever sessions on the East River Park Amphitheater ride-on ledge.

Summer isn’t over until you kickflip over your crew chilling in a hot tub, yaknow?

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Seven Steps To Tompkins

Jenkem has an interview with Trung Nguyen, the architect behind last year’s most talked-about trick, and Big Parody.

“We are sad. People can say we are overreacting and that this spot will likely be liberated, but there is a gross feeling seeing the city prioritize something like this.” Village Psychic made a tribute to their local curb on the occasion of… the city knobbing a curb — appropriately titled, “Sadman Plaza.”

The QS office favorite Rios Crew out of Budapest just dropped a new video, entitled Uccsó. They’re as atmospheric and third-eye-open with the spots as ever, but it’s the filming that truly took on a new dimension in this one.

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The Best Skate Videos & Parts of 2021 — QS Readers Poll Results

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Ballot Count by 4Ply Magazine

The votes are in, the ballots are tallied, the blurbs by writer friends from the internet are written, and our annual exercise of trying to combat content fatigue and fried attention spans is live.

For anybody uninitiated: back in 2019, we asked QS visitors for the five parts and videos from the 2010s that they would bury in a capsule under the earth for future inhabitants to reference once all other evidence of skateboarding had been erased. In 2020, we adapted this concept to encapsulate one year. And here we are in 2021, with the results of the same excerise.

No commentary for the full-lengths or 20-11 ranked parts. Special thank you to all the writers that took the time to share some words about their favorites. (Lol that the order for the 4-1 writers is the same this year as last. Total coincidence.) Major shout out to Pete at 4Ply Magazine for compiling all the data.

If you are just joining us, this ranking was voted on by QS readers from November 29th to December 3rd.

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