Skate videos are magical. I don’t watch television, I get antsy sitting through movies, I hardly even have the attention span to watch an instagram video, but when it comes to a full length skate video I am watching with every bit of focus zeroed in on the screen. Combine that with seeing my friends skating local spots and I am overcome with joy. Afterbirth hit me in the same spot as videos very near and dear to my heart like the Settlement videos or Double Guns.
The promos for the video were enough to get reviewing in the zine a few issues back. I had known they were making this video for a long time and was so happy to see it finally happen. I’ve been watching smaller projects by these dudes for years. The roots of hype for this video were planted a long time ago. When I moved to San Marcos my apartment was the same as Ozzy’s and I got to see him grow from a little quiet kid into a powerhouse of a skateboarder. At Mark Park I got to see these kids early on and it makes me so happy to see them out here doing it.
There can only be so many full lengths and single parts, but the 24 hours skate cycle requires more content every day. Just like 411 of old there are lots of other types of edits that are just used to fill the requirement of “content.” Here are my least favorite genres of skate edit that I’ve seen lately.
Raw edits with no B-roll
This is essentially just a part that is not edited, but worse because its IS edited but they tell us it is not. I don’t even care if it was first try and that’s all we get. I want to see the talks in between, the kickouts, the bails, the screaming and board breaking. I do not care to just watch the part a second time where you don’t have to pay music rights. Some of the Thrasher edits are better than others and give us a glimpse into the background of a part and this is where the gems come in. When I look back at videos of the past, I tend to talk more about weird bails, people talking, and other b-roll more than I talk about the banger tricks. Beagle tapes are what im looking for. If it is a rough cut, give me something more than just the song removed.
Another San Marcos area banger. Keep ’em coming guys
You know I always be putting on the San Marcos locals and these kids have been super enjoyable to watch come up. You can tell this is just a group of kids having the time of their life being young and going on skate adventures. It isn’t so much a video with full parts from anyone (which I would love to see) as a random collection of hijinx and clips.
The San Marcos homies are my favorite thing about skating in this town. I’m sure every city has its group of up and coming young bucks but these are MY local up and coming young bucks and therefore I love them.
They are gnarly and have an obvious love for making skate videos. They make the most out of the spots around them, seeing things that most other people haven’t ever touched. They are the ones bondo-ing the cracks and cutting off the kinks on the rails. They have an affinity for rolling off of roofs or rolling into terrifying banks. The section of Smilers skating into the drain during the rain had me screaming at my TV “Stop it!!!!” but that’s the thrills they are after.It’s the energy of GX1000 chasing hills but for a town without any hills.
In this video alone Andy takes like 3 horrific slams from the top rope, but that’s kind of just how his skating is. Make or break. His footplant over the wall at La-Z-Boy is legendary and for that alone he is going into the history books. Ozy has the same mysterious power found in greats like Heath or Shorty’s Steve Olsen. He will sit on the sidelines and then just do something crazy perfectly. He didn’t have that period of potential, he just woke up one day and was incredible.
In addition to the skating the video is filled with hijinx. The kid with the airsoft gun shooting smilers as he bonlesses off the roof and they play the voice message of the guy complaining about “Mexican kids on the fucking roof” is instant classic.
These kids are are filled with a love of skating that is contagious and I am so lucky that they are from my neighborhood crushing all the spots I see everyday. Today San Marcos, tomorrow the world.
Everybody else is making their best of lists so I figured why not throw in my dad hat. My criteria were solely based on what did I watch a lot that year and what I would still watch now. Hindsight is 2020 (haha) and a few videos I didn’t watch when they came out turned out to be classics and some that I loved turned aged poorly.
2010: The Shuffl Video
It was the year I moved from my small desert hometown to sunny San Diego and I really didn’t know what to expect. Skating went from being one of many hobbies to something much more important in my life. This Walker Ryan constructed VX video showed me all these spots right on my doorstep all skated with style and often switch. It felt like there was endless opportunity right in front of me. It is still a point of reference for many of the local spots in my brain.
In the face of a global pandemic skateboarders face the ultimate challenge, not being able to skate. Although we can’t enjoy relief that a good session with the homies provides, we can still contribute to the culture in meaningful ways. Unlike many sports where the fan lacks the skill to participate, we rarely spend any creative energy on anything other than the act itself. Here are a few ways you can use your free time to stay connected to skateboarding during your time off-board.
After a lack of content, I bring to you the worst listicle you never asked for. What are the top beverages for us as skaters. We are all thirsty after a good session but what is the best coolest (or most profitable) way to quench that thirst? well look no further because the Bologna will provide answers.
So its basically just sugar in a can, but they give you a ugly billboard of a hat to wear. They also pay you to wear this hat. Unfortunately if you decide to take the hat off for any reason at all, you are in breach of contract and will be shot. Rumor has it that Nyjah has sex in socks AND his Monster hat. You get to become not just part of a skate team, but of an elite action sports conglomerate along with your favorite motocross riders and snowboarders. It unleashes the wings and gives you the beast or some shit. You also get to be in soulless videos that look like they were edited in a boardroom. If you drink enough you can die of heart disease before your career is even over.
The Baltics. Latvia. I bet you can’t point to the zone on a map first try. I was lucky enough to meet Edvard of RajonTV on my first day in Malmo. I was headed to the skatepark and stumbled across them filming on a spot. They were instantly welcoming and headed to the skatepark as well. When we got to the park it started raining so we all snuck into a parking garage across the street and skated flatground. Over the next few days I would see him and his crew everywhere, they seemed twice as active as everyone else. Not only were they there to enjoy the talks, but they were there to skate! After only a few hours I felt like I was with old friends whenever I saw them. Edvard has a magnetic personality and truly loves skateboarding and promoting his friends. This full length shows how important a scene builder can be. Even in a remote corner of the world a a scene that is treated with love shines through and shows the best part of skateboarding. This video fills me with the warm comfy feeling you get when you think back on skating in your hometown as a kid with your crew. Cheers Ed!