Here’s the scenario, for the past couple weeks every night you get home from work dead tired and ready for a solid night’s sleep. You lay in bed waiting for sleep to come but it doesn’t. You’re cursed! You are suffering from a certain compulsive vision and you can’t shake it long enough to put your mind at ease. Most skateboarders can empathize with this because we all know the struggle of having trick stuck in our mind. Literally you can’t rest until you make your vision a reality. The spot is lined up and ready for the taking and, maybe even, you’ve already tried the trick. Regardless, you are stuck with the pain of bringing your thought into fruition. Finally the day arrives and you go out and bust. The thrill of riding away is what we all are searching for, unfortunately, for you, today, it’s short lived. You check the photo or footage and it doesn’t live up to your expectations. The trick was gnarly but nothing will do it justice no photo or clip. Nevertheless, people will figure out how gnarly the trick is by visiting the spot. You have left your mark and the madness continues to the next spot.
Looks are always deceiving and what sometimes looks insane isn’t and vice versa. Recently, I saw a new trick done on the famous bank to wall at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington and it got me thinking…You don’t have worry about deceptive angles or anything at Garfield High because anything done on that wall or surrounding embankments is wild. I have never visited spot but it should be in Thrasher Magazine’s table book Insane Terrain if it isn’t.
Click around on Google street view for yourself…talk about a dream spot.
Naturally there are a ton of options at Garfield and a ton of shit has gone down but here are some of my favorites that have gone down at the school. In no particular order.
Erick Winkowski seems like he has been getting way more coverage recently than he ever did as a team rider for Welcome Skateboards. This invert at Garfield is a prime example of how gnarly this guy is. Also I recommend watching OJ Wheel’s recent tour video to Hawaii for more of Erick ripping.
Jordan Sanchez has been killing it for forever and was one of our favorites on Boulevard. We couldn’t be more excited for his recent pro nod. Good looks, Welcome skateboards.
All of these clips get me hyped and hopefully someday I can do some skate tourism in Seattle, Washington and visit this #Insaneterrain . I leave this last tidbit for all you music nerds out there, Jimi Hendrix went to Garfield High before he dropped out Junior year.
The full-length skate video has gone the way of the dodo more or less and without beating a dead horse I’d like to delve ever so lightly into one aspect I miss about full feature videos: the credits or after credits sections. Obviously, the intent of the credits is to acknowledge everyone who made the video possible, but they often serve as a platform for great B-roll footage and music. So, I’d like to take some time and give credit where credit is due for my favorite skate video outros.
Coliseum’s PJ Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life (2002)
Every skateboarder has that one video they’ll attribute to making the biggest impression on them. From what they skate, where they skate and even down to what skate shoes they skate. For us old enough, more than likely you’ll remember that one video specifically because you wore the tape down from rewinding it constantly, eventually killing the tape. I believe it’s safe to say for the majority of my peers and I that video was Coliseum Skateshop’s PJ Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life. I challenge anyone to name a shop video that has had near the impact of this video. Think about it, breakout parts from future pros; PJ Ladd, Ryan Gallant, and our introduction to the infamous Jereme Rogers. Plain and simple, this video is my generation’s Mouse. This video made me want to skate nothing but éS Accels.
So what about PJ Ladd’s WHL’s credits/outro make it so memorable? Well, mainly it features a lot of shenanigans and still serves as the biggest glimpse into the PJ’s enigmatic life to date. Top it all off with a splash of Britpop and a clip of someone focusing a complete skateboard at a mall shop and you have a real winner. Thanks, PJ. That little blue cassette will forever have a special home in our hearts and VCRs.
Plan B’s Virtual Reality (1993)
Admittedly, I am too young to have seen this video when it came out. However, I was lucky enough to score all four of the original Plan B videos (Questionable, Virtual Reality, Second Hand Smoke and The Revolution) on VHS in the early ’00s. Needless to say, I have spent countless hours carefully dissecting each and every original Plan B video to the point it may be considered unhealthy. A lot of Virtual Reality is burned into my memory; the Blind section, Mike Caroll’s line at the Gold Rail in DC, but I think the credits may take the cake as my favorite ever. The field recording of the homeless man playing “Here comes the sun” is so sick, I can’t write anything about it that would do it justice. Just watch it here:
Antisocial’s Self-Titled Video (2004)
During my more formative years, it seemed as though our neighbors to the North could do no wrong. Canada was setting the benchmark high for skateboard culture. This can be attributed to an output of amazing independent videos and vibrant skate scenes. Side note: they even stealthily snuck in a SOTY award in there, too. When examining early ’00s Canadian skateboarding, please don’t let Mark Appleyard’s accolades overshadow what I believe is an incredibly important shop video. Antisocial’s self-titled video, featured stellar parts from Keegan Sauder, Quinn Starr, and last but not least, a Rick McCrank part that features a couple really underrated switch flips. This video’s music direction really is second to none and I applaud Antisocial for my introduction to the Pogues and Magnolia Electric Co. Here is the credit section to their first video:
P.S. We are really excited to see their new flick come spring ’16.
Matt Creasy and Ryan Dearth’s Rusty Trombone (’02-ish)
More than likely, if you aren’t from the Southeast you probably haven’t seen this video. If you have, well, good on you because it’s a classic. Featuring parts from the likes of Jeremiah Babb, Chris Head, Mike Devine, John Sheffield, Mike Summers, Graham Bickerstaff, and Phil Kent, this video was one of my first glimpses into the driving forces in Atlanta street skating. I’ll never forget buying a copy of Rusty Trombone. I was at a skatepark in Cumming, GA, called “Wicked Grind” when they got a box of copies and an employee immediately put one into the shop’s VCR. Needless to say, I was stoked and bought it then proceeded to watch it countless times. It’ll always be a very important video to me because it made me realize that there are local skateboarders out there making videos and contributing to skateboarding. I always got stoked on the credits because they probably introduced me to Bright Eyes with their track “Let’s Not Shit Ourselves (To Love and to Be Loved)” wrapping up the video.
This video inspired me to skate and film skateboarding with my friends.
Habitat’s Mosaic (2003)
I probably sound like a broken records but I’ll say it one last time…this video is a CLASSIC. I can’t think of a negative thing to say about this video. What isn’t to love? You get aesthetically pleasing art direction plus great music, and let’s not forget about the video’s lineup; Tim O’Connor and Wenning, Fred Gall, Rob Pluhowski, Ed Selego, Kerry Getz, Heath Kirchart, Jason Dill, Pappalardo, Stefan Janoski, Danny Garcia, and our introduction to Danny Renaud (The Dirt) whose part is arguably one of the best from the ’00s.
The credits for Mosaic always stood out with it’s mix of 8 mm footage, VX footage, and still photography. Also, it ends with The Dirt tying a little kid’s shoes, how’s that for heartwarming! Kudos, Habitat. That white VHS cassette is as good as gold to me.
Upon writing this, I’m realizing that almost all of these videos excluding Plan B’s Virtual Reality are from generally the same era. I definitely attribute this to the time of my life when I was the most impressionable and at the time everything seemed incredibly fresh. So a lot of nostalgia is generated when I look back on these segments. Hopefully, skateboarding’s collective attention span isn’t too narrow these days to appreciate the credits!
Transworld Skateboarding just dropping a piece on our team rider and one hell of a guy Reggie Kelly! Checkout the video and stay for the Q & A. We are stoked for Reggie and can’t wait to see what 2016 has up its sleeve!
New Years Resolution: Drink more booby milk. It builds character and strong bones. Newest music in Your iPhone: I only listen to Hotline Bling because my hotline stay blinging. Next Skate Trip: I hear rumors of two towards the beginning of the year. Video Part You throw on before a session: Anime like Naruto or One Punch Man. 2016 will be the year of the: Ripstick. Reccomend an IG follow:@wet.floor.signs. Last trick filmed: A hardflip. Best style: I’m gonna have to go with my boy Travis Glover. #ATLHOE
As strange as it seems, to grow up in a relatively small town away from the skateboard industry is oftentimes a gift. Maybe because it’s obvious that the only way you’re going to get anywhere is to work hard and make the most of every opportunity. Reggie is just getting started, so keep an eye out for a dude from Georgia putting the hammer down with a smile on his face.—Jamie Thomas
The rain has been torturous these past two weeks. It’s been impossible to skate throughout the entirety of ATL’s best skating season. The rain postponed Game of Skate 22 once. And, when the skies tried to shut down Game of Skate 22 for a second time, we said “nope”. Welcome to the first Game of Skate ever played inside the shop.
It was a little crazy trying to pack everyone into the shop. Much thanks to those that adapted to the circumstances with us. That’s what skateboarding is all about.
In the end, it was a battle. Here are the Division Winners:
Ambush and Deluxe have been teaming up to push skateboarding for decades, so when DLX came to us with the idea of The Build Project, we jumped on it.
The premise is simple, DLX stocked a donation bucket with $50 starter cash and sent it to our shop (in addition to many other shops throughout the country). We had 30 days to take donations from our local community and build a DIY spot with that money. After a month we raised $452 and were ready to build.
Our shop team (both employees and riders), along with a select group of homies spent 4 days building and came up with this.
We hope you enjoy skating it and take this opportunity to build more features at Speed Zone. Special thanks to Deluxe and our local skate culture. You guys made this happen.
Volcom’s Wild in the Parks tour had a tumultuous visit to Atlanta. The contest was originally slated to take place at the Kennesaw Skatepark, but days of unrelenting rain moved the event to Hazard County Skatepark. From there, it was all sunny skies and rainbows, particularly for our very own Zeke Logan.
Zeke won Caswell’s Choice as the longtime pro’s favorite skater at the Atlanta Wild in the Parks stop. As part of Zeke’s recognition, he got to skate with the Volcom team at his favorite spots throughout Atlanta. Check the vid from the day:
And, Zeke has an open invitation to compete in the Wild in the Parks finals at The Berrics as well. Wish him luck.
Scientists claim that the surface of the sun is 9,940 degrees fahrenheit. I don’t know what temps we hit on Friday for the Baker Skateboards demo at the Kennesaw Skatepark, but it felt like we were all watching the Baker Boys from a cosmic ball of fire.
The only thing more fire than the weather were the hammers being thrown by skateboarding’s hottest team. In case you missed it, check the vid.
Special thanks to Andrew Reynolds, Cyril Jackson, T-Funk, Figgy, Terry Kennedy, Kevin Long, Dee Ostrander, Shane Heyl, Bryan Herman, Rowan Zorilla, Jake Hayes, Nuge, Riley Hawk, Dustin Dollin, Sammy Baca, Neckface, Beagle, and Doughnut. Much respect from the Ambush crew.
Go Skateboarding Day is all about getting the community together and sharing in our collective love of skateboarding. It’s a day of reflection about how much better your life is that you have skateboarding in it. It’s about friendship and camaraderie. It’s a celebration of the experiences you have on that board no one can take away from you. It’s the most wonderful day of the year.
We celebrated Go Skateboarding Day with our friends at the Kennesaw Skatepark. It was a scorcher of a day, but that didn’t stop 200 skaters from honoring Go Skateboarding Day with us. The day started with a free skate. Anyone that landed a solid trick was quickly rewarded with some swag from our shop. The afternoon morphed into an impromptu best trick contest that was owner by Olivier Lucero and Khalif Muhammad.
Best Trick Winners Olivier Lucero and Khalif Muhammad
And, since it was Father’s Day, we put on a father/son father/daughter best trick contest as well. It was killer seeing generations of skateboarders shredding together and having some family bonding time. Families that skate together stay together.
Upper left: Teegan and Chris Saari. Upper right: Bob and Ezra Boutwell. Bottom: Kele, Tristyn, and Jason Maney.
Check the video recap of the day:
Special thanks to the City of Kennesaw, Kennesaw Skatepark, and the Kennesaw Parks and Rec Department, Street League, Organika, and Expedition for all your support. You helped make Go Skateboarding Day special for all that participated.
The boys went down to Damn Am 2015 this weekend hosted at Hazard County Skatepark. Jona Owings, owner of Hazard County Skatepark, is probably the best host out there. The hospitality his park exhibits is top notch. From friendly dudes behind the counter, to Jona himself outback cooking burgers, hotdogs and delicious chicken, this is the type of shit you can only find in the south.
The weekend started on Friday with a day of practice and a Welcome To Town Bowl Jam, which was mighty epic. Saturday began with qualifying heats from over 100 skateboarders from around the world. Oh and free beer. Yoshi Tanenbaum and Jamie Foy ended out the day by qualifying in first and second place earning them the Golden Tickets for the weekend. The Golden Ticket allows you to bypass the semi-finals and go straight to the finals. Our very own Zeke Logan, placed in the top 30 skaters on Saturday and was able to advance to the semi-finals. Sunday was jam packed with semi-finals, finals, and then the Independent best trick contest. Zeke finished out the weekend in 24th place. Stoked.
After the dust had settled and all the skating had finished the results were as follows:
1. Yoshi Tanenbaum
2. Jack Olson
3. Jamie Foy
Check out some photos from the weekend right here.
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