Birdhouse – Saturdays

IMG_5456

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.

Vincent Milou – Check Out


Vincent is the first french person I have ever met and he did not disappoint. He is so good that he doesn’t even know what he can do. He was doing a wallride seen in this part and after sticking a few of them said “I’ve never done a wallride.” His style has all the clean that comes with Europeans and he gets down to business. His globe part was cool but it was all across the atlantic and it’s fun to see him murder spots here in Cali.

June Saito – Fun Wheels

June is the most unskateboarder skater ever. He is totally in his own little world of insane manual combos. These combos are seriously insane. I think ive beem desensitized to it from skating with him so much, I just say “oh thats some June shit” but seriously he is crazy. I would love to do just ONE backside flip fakie manual close to as good as him.

Matt Erlandson – Finesse Commercial (2014)


The repeatedly stated goal of ETB is to hype the homies up. to fuel the fire.I was listening to Dipset and and realized I could still be putting on for the squad even harder. I think those dudes be feeding off each other. They are all probaly listening to each other more than any outside influences and that is so sick. Truman Hooker down in PB is a fucking legend, but he and his CREW IN THE TRENCHES is doing the same thing. They wake up everyday and just feed off each other and promote each other. It doesn’t hurt when your group is on top, but you just feed back into it. Anyways, here is Matt fucking ripping. That nollie flip is so gosh dang diddly insane. I love straight long nollie flips and this one is a greatest hit from a great nollie flipper.

Double Guns 3.5

WATCH FULL DG 4 AT

I don’t like video premiers. Maybe I’m spoiled but the combination of poor viewing quality and having to deal with a bunch of drunk skateboarders makes me want to just watch it at home. Lots of great premiers have passed through the area and I have passed most of them up, no regrets. The Double Guns 4 video is the first local thing I’ve been really excited about in a while, DG was my introduction to San Marcos when I still lived in the desert. I decided to get myself out to the premier of the 3.5 promo in order to get used to these typically awkward premier events.

I was expecting a disaster, being at a brewery just had me expecting “technical difficulties” skateboarders are typically not talented audio/video technicians. Well I was wrong, completely wrong. Everything went off without a hitch. It was a full house but not too crowded that anyone’s view was blocked. The video was clear, the audio wasn’t deafeningly loud. I have to say I felt silly expecting it to fall apart, it went off smoothly.

Oh yeah, the video. It was rad and has me confident DG4 is gonna be just as good as all the others. Zack’s footage gave me the feeling of just hucking it and it got me hyped like an old zero video. There was nothing other than skateboarding in this promo. With so much padding from visual effects, slow mo, skits, any number of things used to pad a video this was straight up tricks and I appreciated the no nonsense.

Over here at ETB we are huge fans of Tim Tom. Even though a lot of this footage I’ve already seen, that’s probably because I am a connoisseur of Tim footage. Some of his tricks could be watched 100x over anyways because they are so clean. He is like the San Marcos Tiago. I legit can’t wait to see his part and what song he picks. A full-length homie video getting love with a real premier is a rare thing in 2017 and how excited I am about it goes to show how important that can be. I still haven’t even watched the new TWS vid, but I’ve already watched tis promo a few times.