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!
Couple of kids getting it in at Oside. I’m a big fan of Monny and Nick Hall seems to be making himself stand out more and more with a constant stream of footage. Let’s get that most recent Monny part uploaded to youtube because the kids rips and has a great style. There may or may not be a backtail in that part that I wanna see. Give the people what they want!
Slappy’s Garage just released a full length video and it was great to see that Grant got a full part himself. A streetwear website recently reposted it was the odd line “Claiming his crown as the prince of the Late-Shuv” I have a feeling whoever typed that blurb only watched the first trick and then moved on. His part is good for much more than that. Some SF and Toronto footy keeps things interesting throughout. My favorite trick is a fakie bigspin over a pole and there is also a 3 trick line on some butter benches. Good shit Grant!
The milk industry is fucked. This is my first statement because we cant ignore that the dairy industry is extremely harmful to the environment and has questionable health benefits. But at the same time I can’t hate on anyone giving to skateboarding and not expecting anything in return. Bones Love Milk built this park and let these kids skate every day for over a week. There were rippers and there were kids who had never skated before. There was Christian Hosoi, Steve Cab, Jonas Wray, and there were employees who wanted try it out for the first time. It was a blast to teach skating and hangout with these kids all week. Continue reading →
I had a thought today about how I haven’t watched the same thing twice in a long time. There is way too much good skateboarding and my memory is like a goldfish. Although I remember a time when I would watch the same video over and over again. Repeated viewing helps you notice the fine details and really build a relationship with a video.