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Recovery Room

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Apologies are in order for my YouTube blog feeding tube of late. However, I’m about to be completely hypocritical and share yet another YouTube video. I’m sorry, I’m sorry — it’s really not my fault this was so awesome. I’m only trying to give you something to kill a few minutes with, because as any of us 9-to-5ers know, every little time waster counts.

I’ve posted about near-death experiences on the Mega Ramp before. And just like those that have nearly fallen prey to the ramp’s demands before, Bob Burnquist’s survival is nothing short of jaw-dropping. The difference here is that Bob doesn’t bail — despite fumbling his board mid-air, he still manages to wrangle it back under control, using some powers he picked up at Hogwarts last semester or something, and rides away! Seriously though, I’m pretty sure magic was involved here at some point. Black magic.

The video is not just entertaining, but also a mood lifter, as I feel much better about having a sprained knee after watching it. At least now I have an excuse for why I suck, otherwise this would just be fucking embarrassing.

 
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2:13 PM on October 21st, 2009 | 

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Coming To A Graphing Calculator Near You

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Check out this totally extreme video I found linked on Adam Riff. It’s got all the ingredients for the makings of a fartsy phenomenon with just enough edge to convince the cool kids.

  • A rad to the max action sport is featured - check
  • Neon is involved somehow - check
  • There is a blatant grab for the nostalgic - check
  • Sweet techno music that would be pretty decent to listen to in some lower Manhattan vomit hole - check

Just so you know, that was the winning recipe on Food Network’s The Next Viral Video Star.

I was just about ready to sign this off as the coolest thing I’ve seen all week, but… 1) I see a whole lot of cool shit these days, 2) I apparently have some kind of fetish for lists today, and 3) THESE LOSERS ARE ON FREEBORDS.

Admittedly, I don’t even know exactly what a “freebord” is, but I do know that it’s yet another lame appropriation of skateboarding. Leaving the “a” out of “board” does not increase your street cred, sorry to say. Also, those helmets aren’t doing much for your cause either considering helmets are for babies. Aggressive Downhill Tetris is a most dangerous game, my friends. If you’re worried about that soft spot on your skull, maybe you should have stuck to playing normal Tetris with all the inside kids.

 
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12:00 PM on September 24th, 2009 | 

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Through The Looking Glass

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This is like talking about the Stone Age as far as the Internet is concerned, but last year Color Magazine and Red Bull put together a contest where 10 different Canadian skateboard teams filmed video parts in 10 different Canadian cities to produce, obviously, the closest thing to pornography skateboarders can get aside from actual pornography: incredible, original skateboarding footage.

Unfortunately for my knuckle-dragging ass (important to note: my ass does not actually have any knuckles) I only just discovered this footage. And because it’s Canadian and strange, I imagine there is a chance you have yet to see it as well. After all, a year in Canada isn’t really any time at all since they haven’t actually invented this “time” thing up there yet.

This is my favorite entry from the contest — it features Rick McCrank alongside a couple of other lumberjack spawn, and is filmed entirely through reflections. It’s definitely one of the most unique approaches to a video part I’ve seen, to say nothing of how simply beautiful it is. Skateboarding’s relentless progression is due in large part to the massive amounts of creativity within its culture, and it’s really inspiring to see it played out in other facets of the industry aside from just trick selection. Inspiring in a “Wow, that was sweet, I sure feel like an unproductive loser with a sprained knee” kind of way, which is even better than normal inspiring.

 
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9:30 AM on September 17th, 2009 | 

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Streets to Nowhere

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Having a particular day of the year set aside for skateboarding (June 21st) seems about as pointless as having a special day reserved for smoking copious amounts weed. If you really profess to be a skateboarder, every day should be a celebration of your slow, glorious decent into perpetual adolescence. Similarly, 4/20 is a great idea and all… except that most of us truly dedicated wastes of life smoke almost every single day of the year anyway. I guess it’s the thought that counts after all… so, thanks to whatever anonymous committee first took the whopping ten seconds to think of that idea.

However, if Santa Claus jumped down your chimney at the stroke of midnight every night like clockwork itself, wouldn’t Christmas just be business as usual? Indeed, if it was always Halloween, wouldn’t the skeleton king grow weary and bored, eventually seeking out different forms of holiday cheer, going on to inspire a claymation musical which would then make Hot Topic ludicrous sums of money for an entire decade?

Nonetheless, there are always those who try to make the special specialer, such as SLAP magazine, Adidas, and skate shop FTC who collaborated this past Go Skateboarding Day in San Francisco to put on the 7×7 Video Contest. The contest featured entrants from shops such as FTC SF, HUF SF, 35 North, and Skateworks, with each five-member team heading out into the streets of San Francisco to create a video part recreating iconic photography from the pages of SLAP’s past.

HUF just posted their finished video, which, admittedly, looks a little more fun than your average flat-ground session in the parking lot.

Now, if only they combined Go Skateboarding Day and 4/20 to form a massive black hole of slacker delights we might finally be talking about a real holiday. Hell, you might as well throw Talk Like a Pirate Day into the mix while you’re at it, just to make it that much more intolerable for the mundane majority. Ha ha, people with ambitions are dumb!

 
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4:26 PM on July 29th, 2009 | 

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Vans Wilder

Filed Under: Skateboarding, Sneakers

My high school career aligned perfectly with the height of Fast/Furious-inspired, Walmart-muffler-enabled Honda Civic mania. So make no mistake, I’ve seen some pretty weird shit done to cars. Seriously, one young man went so far as to paint the hood of his Eagle Talon with primer in the hopes of fooling people that it was actually made of carbon fiber and not merely a composite of recycled Diet Coke cans. And, seriously, people believed him.

Vans West Coast Customs Bus

All of this might not sound so strange considering high school is a pretty bizarre alternate reality in the first place. This is probably also why when I look at Vans’ 1974 bus West Coast Customs is currently working its otherworldly witchcraft on, all I can think about is how fucking awesome it is and not the fact that skating the mini ramp inside it would almost definitely lead to some kind of most unfortunate injury. Read More ›

 
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4:57 PM on June 9th, 2009 | 

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The Latest Bailouts

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Wallenberg 2009The blogodome’s coverage of Thrasher’s Wallenberg contest held last weekend continues to pulsate, but today it’s more akin to the throbbing of a split knee or sprained ankle. To appreciate the level of difficulty inherent in skating the steps to Beezlebub’s throne, one first must witness the falls that provided the broken backs for the eventual victors to land upon. If that’s too Advanced English Composition and Rhetoric for most of you skate rats out there, let’s just put it a bit more simply: people falling is, and will always be, entertaining on some visceral level between masochism and sadism.

But more importantly, you’d need more than a few Monster Energy Drinks simmering in your stomach to send yourself hurtling down the famed Wallenberg four. Although I have to imagine these guys would have had an easier time landing their tricks if Thrasher’s feared helmsmen Jake Phelps wasn’t barking in their face with a megaphone the entire time. I guess it’s all part of the challenge. Then again… it’s probably just more of that sadism thing I was talking about.

Some people wear ball gags and get whipped by their girlfriends. Other people pick up skateboarding. That’s the best part about living in America — we all get to choose our sickness.

 
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11:55 AM on June 4th, 2009 | 

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The Fast and The Busenitz

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When the skateboarding community isn’t abuzz with illegal substances, it typically opts for something… well, skateboarding related. This week has been all about Thrasher Magazine’s Back to the ‘Berg contest, the 4th annual assault on the legendary steps of Wallenberg. And like the stairs it was founded upon, the contest was appropriately huge. Of course, not all the best skateboarding has to be on the epic scale of the Wallenberg four, nor does it surround itself with the type of media fanfare Thrasher editor Jake Phelps would have probably made fun of just a few years ago.

While the Wallenberg news may be hard to avoid, sometimes the best of skateboarding has a way of slipping past us… particularly if it happens in Europe. The industry across the Atlantic has been consistently growing over the past decade, and with its own assortment of companies and magazines, it’s becoming increasingly easy for American skaters to feel a bit left out. How the tables have turned — at least we’ve got YouTube. How else would we be privy to this raw, blistering section featuring Dennis Busenitz in a display of street skating at its purest? Short of backpacking across the old world like so many of our J. Crew sporting, recent college graduate counterparts… we wouldn’t be.

Seriously… you know you’re good at this shit when you put an ollie at the end of your part and nobody even complains.

Years before the current age of global media infestation, skateboarding was but a facet of American dreaming for poor, dejected European skaters — just like Taco Bell, cheerleaders, and actually getting arrested for smoking marijuana. But they hardly need to dream now, especially with Euro-centric magazines like Kingpin giving away free copies of Adidas’ European skateboarding video Diagonal with its latest issue. Like I said, at least we’ve got YouTube.

 
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10:44 AM on June 3rd, 2009 | 

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Park Life

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Why aren’t there more skate parks out there like this one they’re planning to build in San Francisco? Oh, right, probably because most of the time, skate parks are designed by oblivious city planners whose last experience with a skateboard was when they stepped on one twenty years ago in high school, fell in front of a crowd of laughing and jeering assholes (skateboarders), and vowed to make their hecklers pay by building parks with layouts so confounding that finding a line in them is like navigating The fucking Grape Escape.

New San Francisco Skate Park Renderings

San Francisco deserves a beautiful park full of realistic street obstacles considering the once mecca of street skating has slowly seen all its great ghosts of skateboarding past knobbed, destroyed, or otherwise exorcised. After all, most cities’ primary function is to crush hapless skaters back into the asphalt from which they came… unless of course they’re making the city a ton of cash for two weeks during the X-Games.

New San Francisco Skate Park Renderings

Skate parks are necessary considering the transient and nomadic nature of skating — this nature applies to spots as well. They come, they go, they’re infested with kooks on Razor scooters or security guards or, ugh, stupid pedestrians. Skate parks provide a haven for skaters who are but a tiny island in a sea of curbs and cracked pavement, and realistic street courses are essential for skaters looking to hone their skills in a place where they don’t have only two tries before a scary fat guy in a uniform comes lumbering over to ruin the fun. Read More ›

 
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2:15 PM on May 20th, 2009 | 

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Kick, Push and Coast

Filed Under: Photography, Skateboarding

Truly, there is no better kind of happy hour than skateboarding in the dying light of an unseasonably warm Friday evening.

Happy Hour - Photography by Aaron Hatch

It was 85 here today. 85 degrees Fahrenheit, here, in the frozen hell that is Chicago. Hello Retribution, I don’t believe we’ve met.

 
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8:09 PM on April 24th, 2009 | 

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The Lives Of Others

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Floating CameraBeing that my ankle is currently about twice the size it’s supposed to be, and the rest of my legs look to be afflicted by some kind of flesh eating disease, and, uh, because I have a job and spend my days chained to a computer, skateboarding is limited to sweet day dreams and rough doodles at the moment. Oh, and also to YouTube. Actually, mostly just YouTube.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that the huge changes skateboarding media has undergone in recent years is one of my favorite consequences of the Internet. Probably even more than all the free porn! I know — there’s a reason your mom told you to avoid those loitering, glossy-eyed skateboarding burnouts… they’re just not normal. Then again, it could have also just been all the drugs, trespassing, and lack of a regular shower schedule. One or the other, that’s for sure.

Getting a new 411vm (RIP VHS, you my dogg forever) every month and poring over every magazine’s 5 pages of actual content buried amongst the ads used to be as close as your average skaterboi could get to the latest in the wild world of professional skateboarding and that heavenly dreamland called California. Thanks to the World Wide Web, we now probably know all too much about pro skater’s lives, with a slew of web sites and video series constantly carving out new frontiers in skate media. Wasting time has never been easier.

This week’s spawn has been particularly enjoyable. Here are some choice picks for the lazy, the injured, the stoned, and the skateboarders out there who aren’t some combination of lazy, injured, or stoned. Do you even exist? Do you moonlight as Sasquatch? Read More ›

 
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2:45 PM on April 10th, 2009 | 

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Homewrecker

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In this wild world of consumerist confections we live in, and despite our recent obsession with pinching the most annoying members of our currency, it’s common to become overwhelmed with pointless shit that we just can’t help but want. Call it keeping up with the Joneses, call it cool chasing, fuck, call it stimulating the economy — few are spared from these petty material obsessions. Plus, buying shit is awesome.

More importantly, I must confess that I have never wanted anything more.

The Ramp House

This paradise in Athens, Greece is named The Ramp House and well… guess what it is. Well, 1) the closest approximation of Heaven ever conceived by human hands (see “Heaven is a Halfpipe” by OPM for more information). But it is more specifically, 2) a “skateable habitat” by architect Athanasia Psaraki, with mini-ramps incorporated into the entire house. Read More ›

 
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2:44 PM on April 6th, 2009 | 

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Busting Christ Airs Until We Get To Heaven

Filed Under: Music, Skateboarding

Back in 2007, a little skateboarding movie called Fully Flared came out and went pretty much unnoticed, having almost no real impact at all save for influencing a truly fantastic and original Snickers commercial. You may have heard of it if you’re part of the all boys cool kids club that is the greater communal skateboarding consciousness. If not, you were probably, you know, off actually doing something with your life.

Now director Ty Evans has joined forces with long-time collaborator Spike Jonze to produce U.N.K.L.E.’s new video for the song “Heaven.” And what do you know, it has skateboarding in it! In fact, the video consists of a reedit of Fully Flared’s noteworthy intro sequence, which to date, has recklessly convinced countless teenagers that getting blown up by powerful explosives is a good way to die. Which I guess is kind of true, it has to beat being raped to death by a bear anyway.

Additionally, the song was even originally featured in Fully Flared’s credits, so this video really has Lakai ectoplasm spewed all over it like Ty Evans and Spike Jonze just crossed the streams. It’s just too bad the song makes me sleepier than a minion of Gozer whacked up with about 300 cc’s of Thorazine.

 
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5:33 PM on March 24th, 2009 | 

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