Have you ever watched a part and immediately thought, “Oh, this person is biting so and so’s style.”? Or, watched a friend or local skateboarder switch up their kit to look like their favorite professional? When I see this I’m sure anyone within 20 miles can hear the sound of my eyes rolling. Fairly recently three separate skateboarders have caught my attention, all of whom share similar trick selection, style, etc. Has anyone ever seen Heitor Da Silva, Vincent Huhta, or Ruben Spelta in the same place? Maybe they are all the same person? Or, are they brothers from different mothers?
Even though all three seem to mimic each other they still manage to coexist with a certain level of autonomy that seems authentic. I really like all three of these parts, but I think I like Vincent’s part the best. What do you guys think? Read More >
Is it just me or has Bobby Worrest proven to be one of the most prolific skateboarders of his generation? The man is a perennial Thrasher Magazine Skater of the Year contender and these days he seems to drop at least two parts a year, all of which are no bullshit, pure, plaza skateboarding. To me, no one personifies street tech quite like Bobby. He can do it all without making lines feel too contrived or tech tricks seem too over the top. And, the dude has never switched up his style or chased trends. When Krooked Skateboards released The Mermaid video two weeks ago, I decided to revisit some of my favorite Worrest parts.
So, in no particular order, here are the quintessential Bobby Worrest video parts. Read More >
Being a skateboarding fanatic for the better part of my life I’ve noticed that all my favorite skateboarders tend to adhere to the less is more approach. Nothing about their trick or spot selections were super over the top. Tricks were basic, but done at breakneck speed and with power and finesse. I could never really get down with the overtly tech skating, ledge dancing, or manual stuff. To me really technical skating could almost seem gimmicky or circus-like. Maybe I couldn’t appreciate it because somewhere deep down I knew I’d never be able to do it. Who knows?
If you are anything like me by the time Sunday afternoon rolls around you are already planning out your week. While the thought of grabbing your lunch pail and heading out the door Monday morning is a drag, you’ve at least got a grip on reality and you are readying yourself for the workweek. Part of my Sunday ritual is checking out The Nine Club’s Instagram account in the late afternoon to see what guest they’ll be hosting Monday morning. Chris Roberts and the gang have been bringing us these amazing episodes every Monday morning without fail since January of 2016. I certainly don’t speak for every desk jockey but their show definitely brightens every working skateboarder’s morning. Read More >
Seemingly the popularity of skateboarding has started to grow again and it’s now reaching newer participants and groups that it never did before. Overall this is a great thing. However, with newcomers reaching a critical mass, it is becoming apparent that many are not aware of the “unwritten rules” of skateboarding. While it may not seem like a big deal to some, some of these infractions can ruin what we’ve been doing for years. These “unwritten rules” use to help regulate a pretty esoteric activity, but now that skateboarding is more or less mainstream it may be time to consider codifying and enforcing the rules. Or, at least have a mature discussion about them. Read More >
It’s now early 2019 and like everyone we have a lot to look forward to in the coming year. Everyone is busy making plans and attempting to execute them. Generally, the first step in every year should be to take down your holiday decorations because you don’t want to be that neighbor. Good neighbors are there to lend a helping hand and help keep you in check. Neighbors build up communities and we should all strive to be good neighbors. While thinking about community I started thinking about the Southeast and our skateboard neighborhood, not necessarily Georgia, but the surrounding scenes. What videos or shops inspired me to want to be better, or at least got me excited to go skate. Here’s what I came up with: Read More >
“If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?” This sentiment pops into my head every time I see a new viral challenge. Whether it’s covering your eyes while flipping your skateboard in hand, skating in freeway traffic, or the ghost ride challenge, there is always some new craze to amuse us.
Of course, fads like these are not exclusive to skateboarding. Look at the mannequin challenge, dance challenges (#inmyfeelingschallenge), or the infamous Tide PODS challenge. People love to film themselves doing stupid stuff. It’s like the apps were designed just for it.
Back in the day, we had to wait for latest Big Brother video, CKY, or episode of Jackass for inspiration. Afterwards we’d grab our parents’ camcorder, replicate, and that was about the extent of it. We never had any intentions on something being “viral” because it didn’t exist! Read More >
Without fail, every year “Go Skateboarding Day” sneaks up on us. Could you blame us? It always seems as though the day just passed. Why shouldn’t we get deja vu since we consider every day “Go Skateboarding Day.” Truthfully, nothing outside the ordinary happens on June, 21st. Sure, there are a few special events, some sanctioned by the governing board of the International Association of Skateboard Companies, and other events that aren’t trademarked. Regardless, to me the day always tends to feel about the same wherever it’s observed. That’s because, at its core, “Go Skateboarding Day” is just another day revolving around kicking it with friends both new and old and celebrating the ever continuous joy of riding a useless wooden toy. The spirit of the day is truly infectious. Although, with all due respect, if the freestyler brainiacs that make up the IASC (in all their infinite wisdom) could pick a shorter day next time around, maybe, my sunburn won’t be so bad.
This year after weighing our options, we decided to keep it simple. “Don’t overthink it, let’s pack up the van with boards, water, Gatorade, and hit the road,” I said. “It’ll be sick because we’ll grab doughnuts and pizza too! Everyone’s hungry, right?” However, as our impromptu “Go Skateboarding Day” progressed, pizza seemed far from mind and, in retrospect, maybe the missing puzzle piece was the missing pizza slice? Next year, I swear we’ll make pizza a mandatory. That…and maybe beer. Like you, I’ll keep my fingers crossed too. Read More >
It comes as no surprise to hear “Beer and Skateboarding go together like PB&J,” or as a true “Millennial” might say, “Avocado and Toast.” Most of age skateboarders would probably agree with this. Responsibly sharing a couple of brews with the homies amid a mini ramp session is great and it’s no secret. It’s a trend made clearer when you see bigger brands like Brixton collaborate with Coors Original, 686 partner with Pabst Blue Ribbon, or the fact your favorite Street League pros will retire fruitfully off their windfall craft beer investments. More so, it wouldn’t be a stretch to draw parallels between the craft beer renascence of recent years to the boom in small, independent skateboard brands currently taking the industry by storm. Seemingly every time you blink a new skate brand is created. With this in mind, it makes total sense for me to pair my favorite local brews with my favorite independent skateboard brands. What’s not to love? Boards and Breweries.
Creature Comforts’ “Tropcalia” and Blvd Skateboards
For a couple years now beer aficionados living in the Southeastern United States have raved about Creature Comforts’ Tropicalia IPA for its balanced, fruit-forward, hoppy flavor. Often times, this IPA can be hard to find in the wild, and the same goes for a BLVD skateboard deck. The beer gets it’s name “Tropicalia” from the Brazilian artistic movement that arose in the late 1960s. Much like Creature Comforts’ affinity for a smooth, aromatic, citrusy IPA, BLVD shares an equivalent palette for skateboarding. Look no further than their team’s pro roster for a heavy, stylish, and super smooth Brazilian style. With guys like Rodrigo Petersen, Danny Cerezini, Carlos Iqui, and Tiago Lemos skateboarding for BLVD, it’s easy to see why I would pair the brand with this stellar IPA.
Monday Night Brewing’s “Dr. Robot” and Sour Solution Skateboards
Hailing from Atlanta, Monday Night Brewing has continued they’re expansion over the past several years, quickly becoming the brewery of choice for me. Their year-round offerings consist of anything from a killer scotch ale aptly named Drafty Kilt to a Belgian-style wit named Fu Manbrew. Monday Night’s lineup not only boasts humor, but depth. Just don’t let Monday Night’s variety be mistaken for a weakness. They didn’t spread themselves too thinly, and in my opinion, any of their beers would be another breweries breadwinner. The same can be said for the eclectic Euro brand Sour Solution, which has an as extensive team that excels at whatever terrain lays ahead. All-terrain riders like Barney Page and Oscar Candon both kill it in the streets and park, while Gustav Tonneson and Albert Nyberg’s approach may make you question their planetary origin. For example, take Free Skateboard Magazine’s latest cover:
Barring, maybe, Rodney Mullen, who would have thought to Casper slide a wall? NO ONE. Furthermore, who would have thought a Casper could look so cool? Well, again, NO ONE. I have been proven wrong by Albert’s feat. So, when it came time for me to pair Sour Solution with a brew from Monday Night, I decided to pick one I thought Monday Night would fail with. That beer would be the new blackberry lemon sour Dr. Robot. As apprehensive about it as I was, I’ll happily admit, for a sour, it’s great! Kind of like Albert Nyberg’s Free Skateboard Magazine cover. So a sour brew for Sour Solution.
Reformation Brewery’s “Stark” and Isle Skateboards
I’m often stuck in what I’ll coin as “beer Groundhog Day” where I’ll continuously drink the same two or three types or styles of beer ad nauseam. Truthfully my go-to beers are normally pale ales, IPAs, and maybe a pilsner or two. What beer always breaks this cycle? If you guessed a strong porter, then you guessed right! Just down the highway in Woodstock, GA, is Reformation Brewery and their Stark porter is a thing of beauty. This beer is dark and full of robust character that hints of toasted malts and chocolate. Since porters first were developed in London in the 18th century, what better brand to pair this porter with than with London’s very own Isle Skateboards. Isle’s visual offerings tend to be dreary, but entrenched in strong, powerful skateboarding through unique tricks and spot selections. Good on ya, chaps!
Red Hare Brewing’s “Long Day Lager” and Scumco & Sons
2017 is nearly a wrap and for the first time in ages I feel that collectively we can all breathe a slight sigh of relief. Why? Well, we made it out of the dumpster fire that was 2017, guys. While that is reason enough to tie one on and celebrate, let’s not get too excited. Regrettably, 2018 is revving up to be just as turbulent. Whether it’s the constant barrage of bad news or social media overload, it’s apparent that it is harder to focus now more than ever. Like many, my mind has was cooked by 2017. So that’s my excuse for why my very cliche year-end “best of” or “listicle” may be missing some very noteworthy things. With that said, in no particular order, here are somethings that made some crumby days brighter in 2017.