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.
I really don’t understand skateboarding’s obsession with showing gruesome slams in a video part. It does the exact opposite of hype me up, its makes me want to quit skateboarding and stay on the couch.
ETB is headed to Spain for spring break! The hype levels have been slowly simmering since we bought tickets but they are reaching an all time high. Everything that has to do with Barcelona just looks different when I watch footage. I find myself looking at tiny cracks in the tile, the bevel on a ledge, the traffic on the street.
Flip’s Sorry is the video that brainwashed me into skateboarding for life and essentially built the image of what I thought skateboarding could be. So much of that video was filmed in Europe and Barcelona that they didn’t even seem like real places. They might as well be The Shire or Modor.
Well now we are making our pilgrimage to MACBA and all the holy sites we have seen for years. Here is Fred capturing a golden moment in skateboarding to get us hyped for our own trip.
Our trips aren’t like other trips you are going to read about in magazines. We aren’t doing this because we need to make a 3 min montage to sell some shoes to some remote section of the country. We don’t have to put on demos for 2 dozen pre-teens. Weedmaps didn’t put us up in a tropical paradise. We aren’t out here on a mission for a certain trick and we didn’t drive 15 hours just to realize the spot was too big. We just want to skate new stuff. It is the combination of seeing new things and getting out of the old.
So with no plan greater than a hotel room booked, we headed out to Arizona for a weekend. We left San Diego on a weekday evening and while everyone was driving home work we were headed out the other direction. A list of probably 20 parks got pared down into about 8 ones that we really wanted to skate and by the time we got there it had already been totally changed up to a separate set of parks.
Working with LookBack Library I have had the chance to see tons of skateboarding I was always too young for. The basic joy of 80’s skateboarding, along with everyone just kind of figuring it out is charming. I have also been ashamed to admit how many legends I don’t know. We will be working and someone will come up and be half interested in the mags and talk a little, and when they leave I am asked “Do you know who you were just talking to?” it is good for keeping me from being starstruck but also shoes how little I know.
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to meet YoYo from Germany. No only is he older then I ever paid attention to, but he is also a freestyle skater. He came through super nice and willing to chit-chat about his tricks hes invented and showing off his custom board. So with a sharp left turn here is some freestyle skating in sunny San Diego.
With El Toro Stories of Vincent, excerpts from Arizona, and our other useless nonsense!
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