These three are some of my favorites to skate with recently and it is awesome to see them getting love from Krux together. June and Mike have a habit of taking it way too far, and when things get weird and you start to get uncomfortable, they are just getting warmed up. They are up in Norcal getting rained out right now, here is to hoping they get some tricks for another vid like this.
The first Shep Dawgs videos were named like the first Led Zeppelin albums and the comparison stayed true with Shep Dawgs 4 where it was clear the kids had grown into men with long hair the heavy metal chops to back it up. Not just being fans of the rock n roll life, but living it in that smoky bubble of Oceanside where the 70s are very much alive.
After Zeppelin released 4 they released Houses of the Holy and stopped numbering their albums. While one of the greatest Rock N Roll bands of all time got into studio experiments and cocaine after their 4th entry, the Shep Dawgs continue to produce another classic album.
Most of the team has gone on to bigger things since Vol 4. Let’s just do a tally to keep score. Riley went pro, Kirby went pro, Rowan went pro, Stephen Lawyer lost his mind and went Instagram famous, Tron made manbags the must-have skate accessory right now.
With skateboarding moving in whatever direction it is, the Shep Dawgs stay true to what they know, huge rails and heavy metal and blue jeans. It has to be noted that there is very little nonsense when it comes to tricks, there is a single step off trick in the whole video, provided by a homie (I think Noah Lora?) and the clothing is black t-shirts and blue jeans. This is skateboarding not a fashion show. Continue reading
After a bit of time running in similar circles with similar friends, nerding out about skating on twitter (@etb_scott) and a feature on his SkateFillet Podcast I finally got around to doing some skateboarding with Grant Fiero and fellow MSCSPB starting power forward Billy Jackson. Billy is good, he got it like that, like how you want it. He was trying some nosegrind – flip out variation on a little flatbar and just sitting in the nosegrind showed master control. This video shows some of that good, the stuff on the bump over rail is all really well done and looks way too easy. See you around boys.
A good friend of Bologna and issue 2 cover boy, I’ve never posted any Lenny footage on the blog.Austin has been out with some ankle problems but he has been getting back at it at Mark Park. This is a tws part from a little bit back. I walk past that rail he ollies over everyday at school and always think about it.
Stevie is has the sickest pop. Silky damn smooth and hes tall so his tricks are all way up there too. I see him at Alga, I see him at Granduer, he’s the truth. This part is all VX but Stevie comes through clean. The last few tricks will show you exactly what I mean.
The new Birdhouse video should be on your screen soon and to build hype here is Shawn Hale’s Thrasher part. This is one that got lost in the flood of skate videos to me, but his new part made me a bonafide fan and this part shows a lot of whats good from his Saturdays part.
check out my review of Saturday’s here
Skateboarding lost a legend this last week. No one in skateboarding doesn’t feel the heaviness in the air. Instagram is overflowing with love for him. Even when it is a painful time I hope it starts a conversation in skateboarding about alcohol abuse. So many great human beings have lost their lives, and many others have lost their careers living in this party atmosphere that skateboarding promotes. Skateboarding attracts some wonderful people, but often those people are allowed to slip into substance abuse just because they are talented. If you see your friends having a problem, say something. If you see a friend getting behind the wheel of a car drunk, say something. R.I.P P-Stone, you made skateboarding a better place and will continue to do so.