The Birdhouse premiere of Saturdays in Encinitas was exactly what I want to see at a premiere. Not packed, not too partied out, video played on time, everyone could see it and the skating was amazing. I must be getting less jaded or something because Saturdays was a wonderful time.
People in skateboarding like to act like they don’t get shocked by seeing pros and don’t fan out. I am the exact opposite of that calm persona. I get excited, maybe a little loud, I’ve caught myself exclaiming “IS THAT DAEWON SONG???” a little bit louder then I meant to say. This one was packed with A-list skateboard celebrities and the fan girl in me was screaming. I recognized most of the people there and my fan girl inside me was giddy. Maybe it’s because he is 6 feet tall and impeccably dressed but Tony Hawk looks like the man running the show, which he is I guess.
Before the video started Tony got up on stage and gave a short speech about why Birdhouse made a full length. Tony has seen plenty of amazing tricks in dozens of different styles but what made him want to make a video was seeing all the team skate together, and the camaraderie he saw.
“There was something I saw that was much more special than the demos, or getting things are street spots. It was almost a family dynamic.” Tony said, “There was this energy there that I just that was more important than anything I had seen in a long time.”
Think about how many teams Tony has been on. Bones Brigade in the 80’s, Birdhouse during The End, these are some of the most iconic teams that were on the same page starting together. It isn’t about the tricks, it’s about catching that magic when you are skating with your friends any trick is possible. Skateboarding can feel robotic and over planned, that feeling Tony is talking about is one of the greatest in not just skateboarding but in life.
There is a section of the video that isn’t in anyone’s part but captures this moment perfectly. They are skating a massive Hubba down a 5 block. The ledge is taller than Raybourn is to get onto. The whole team is there and Clint is wading waist deep into sewage slush to get boards out of the water, it is a full mission. Clive and Shawn Hale are both jumping on the Hubba and Jaws is jumping down the gap. You can just feel the electricity in the air. Each time one of them sticks it you can see the others just getting more pumped. Individually I don’t think any of them would have been able to do the tricks, but with the whole team there hyping everything they were all able to get their makes on that massive skate high. It’s something I wish more videos could portray because it is magic.
The rest of the video was enjoyable as well. Shawn Hale really stood out with a fantastic trick selection and spot choice, a major standout that I will be remembering for a while. Jaws has some flip tricks that impress because I’m so used to seeing him fold into a ball and fall from the sky. Tony even has a full part full of memorable moments. Clint and Clive are both ridiculously good and love em or hatem they are doing it big. They remind me of skateboarding’s “good ole southern boys”; Clive looks straight up out of an 80’s southern rock band and Clint has a crazed stare like Nebuchadnezzar by Blake. The skits are mercifully short and mostly clever. It was nice to see Tony use his pocketbook and name to get some real actors in. There is a Trailer Park Boys one and it is fantastic. It was all people that the skaters obviously were fans of so each one was special. Even though I think there was one body varial and Clint did a no-comply or two into a handrail, it was completely devoid of anything trendy.
Saturdays felt good. The small premiere in Tony’s hometown with family and friends probably helped, but there was a lot of love for skateboarding going on. Friends having fun playing on these skateboards, and even when it is as serious as a 20 stair, it’s still a ton of fun. Fun doesn’t have to confined to a red curb or Instagram, fun can be had in a full length off a room too.