Call it Mammoth week because everybody just spent time at the mountain. At the same time as we had our trip the other local crew we roll with MHC was just getting back from their adventure. I had heard rumors of the To Fakie Crew being up there the week before as well. Then as soon as I get home and decide to watch some skating, I see this edit! With our edit coming soon and a flood of instagram videos from nature, Ill post this to hold you over till ours gets done. If you ever get a chance to go to the eastern sierras, do it! California is so much more beautiful than LA would lead you to believe.
New part from Brian is great. He is like 9 feet tall but that is why he smiles so big all the time; so that we can see his big ass grin from down here on earth. His trick selection is great and he only does my favorite tricks (switch flips, back tails). Usually when I see Brian skating I hear soundcloud rap but it was nice to see him skate to something classic. This is a good one.
You’ve all seen the front blunt and you’ve probably seen the kickflip lipslide but this frenchman is the full package. He’s got incredible skill on rails and an even better kickflip. Seeing him motivate himself on a solo mission to do some of these tricks as if it is a switch he just has to turn on and the ripping begins. He never doubts himself and when he can’t do a trick he knows it often before the first try. I got very lucky to shoot some photos of him before he takes over the world!
I am spending a week in Washington DC visiting my grandfather. Every kid has the place that they got taken to as a kid that there is a certain nostalgia for, and mine is the Capital Mall. Getting dragged thru the natural history museum to look at dinosaurs all the way to the inspiration i get from going to the art galleries now. Pulaski park, or Freedom Plaza, is right in the middle of all these places I’ve been coming since I was a child. In 2014 I skated the plaza for the first time and accidentally deleted a line of Matt fs flipping off the ledge. I’ll probably never live that one down, i’m still catching grief over it.
Watching this Bobby Worrest “part” for xgames is really cool. Bobby and Pulaski share so much and it is really cool when a skater can connect with a place so strongly. Everyone has a place that they end up skating with their homies over and over again. You build a connection to the concrete, the way the ledges grind, the way the transition curves, they all become as much a part of your skating as anything else. I would love to see more footage of skaters shamelessly skating their home court. Be it Connors’ or the driveway in front of the house, people often skate their most comfortable and enjoyable at home.
Lebron James now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, the same town Eric Koston unashamedly wears the jersey of. I’m sure over the next few days there will be lots of speculation as to how funny Lebron will look in the yellow banana suit and I am reminded of Koston wearing it. I realize I feel similarly towards both Koston and James. they may be good, but they have become media personalities representing their sports and are so much larger than what they do well that it detracts from enjoying them. Anyway here is Chomp, GO BLAZERS!
So it’s a casual Monday morning and I throw on some random DJ Drama Gangsta Grillz Mixtape while I’m doing morning things. Music that slipped into the background while I worked, but then through the generic boom bap comes these horns atop this beat that I am VERY familiar with. I can’t place my finger on what skate video it is from but I can just see Brandon Biebel doing long ass nosegrinds in giant t-shirts. Is is it chomp? is it Mouse? Is it even Biebs? I have to search the who sampled database and found that it was a Ghostface song.
So I put that on and immediately I know what video it is from, its Yeah Right! and a song that felt more like an instrumental score to his part than an actual song opened up to me in a whole new way. I immediately opened up his part in Yeah Right and muted it to sync up with the original ghostface song that the beat was pulled from. I don’t think my 16-year-old brain could comprehend something gangster enough to actually rap over this beat so I assumed it was just a cool beat. It took me over 10 years to soak in all th Wu-tang classics to get it.
Is it possible to feel nostalgic for something new? It’s helped by hindsight, where 2018 bodybuilder, wallriding over a trashcan Biebel leaves me wanting for this older one who I assumed was as gangster in real life as any of these rappers pretend to be. I mean he did a 360 dunk and already had a voice like a horse at like 20 years old. I was afraid of Beibel, he seemed like the type of dude who would punk little ass me.
This wasnt one of my favorite parts back in the day, I wanted to see people jump and go fast. Skinny me couldnt relate to jeans that big and NBA looking shoes. But now it is some of my favorite tricks, long nose grinds, proper nollie heel tricks. The nollie heel in the tank-top where he immediatly points to the camera and starts talking shit is golden.
This part is really kind of a greatest hits for him because he does all my favorite tricks at the best spots for them. Some of the manual tricks sound like someone wrote them out on paper just to combine the best of biebs abilities.
This part just caught new life, Supreme Clientele is now in my car so the session is going to get hyped up on some classic Biebel hyphy.
I was lucky to met Dan last weekend after hearing Josh tell stories about him since we met. He is a ridiculously creative skateboarder whose skating has a sense of humor. Since I’m not gonna post anything by that “Instagram company out of a skate park that is a warehouse that is a website” here is an older part that is mostly up in North County anyways. You cans see the building blocks for the mind bending stuff he comes up with being laid here.