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Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

I just posted this in the Skate2 thread, I've skimmed this one and haven't seen it mentioned here. Apologies if someone got to it already:

They finally started putting out the Brian Anderson Epicly Later'd episodes and they're really good. Skateboarding messageboards have been rife with rumours that he's gonna come out in one of the upcoming ones and lots of teenage boys are freaking out that their favourite skater might actually be a 'human being'.

Regardless of the drama, they're worth a watch because BA is completely awesome. Part 2, talking about him getting on the Toy Machine team, is especially good. Make sure to watch through the credits for Frank Gerwer's funny little impression of the front-blunt down hubba hideout.

part 1: http://www.vbs.tv/watch/epicly-later-d-season-two/brian-anderson-part-1-of-5
part 2: http://www.vbs.tv/watch/epicly-later-d-season-two/brian-anderson-part-2-of-5

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Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Obscuritatem posted:

I was checking out the impora site this morning to see if there was any new parks near me and apparently Dunblane (little rural place in central Scotland) had a nice concrete park built a while back.

Wow, I never expected to see Dunblane pics in this thread. Yeah, it's a fun wee park. I skate there once in a while. I'm in Stirling, which is pretty near - we've got a wee skatepark too. It's kinda crappy and in bad shape but it's apparently being rebuilt soon.

Falkirk also has a decent sized park in the same(ish) area.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

I want to punch 360 flips in their stupid face until they die. I could try them all day, every day for a year and not come any closer. gently caress that trick.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Thanks for the 360 advice. My main problem is staying over the board - it flips pretty good but nowhere near me. If I really concentrate on staying over it, I can't seem to get the flip right :psyduck:

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

I hear you about the Scottish weather - I work from home and I've been sitting at my desk with the sun blazing through the window, telling myself that once I'm finished this project, I can take some time off to skate. What happens when I'm good to go? Pissing it down for days.

Also, I can never believe how small the triple set at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh looks in that Rattray part. It's massive in real life. Sometimes video really shrinks things.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Putting a bit of wax on your board where you get wheelbite can help a little. It's no solution if your wheels really rub when turning but it can help on those odd occasions where you land with your weight wrong and stop dead because of wheelbite (under-rotated 180s, mainly).

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang



The new Skateboarder cover is one of the craziest things I've seen in a long time. Huge. There's a lot of talk about Westgate's upcoming part in the Emerica vid being something special.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Haha, it'll be either the full front & back of the magazine opened out or a fold out cover. Haven't seen it in real life myself yet. They do it quite a lot and it's sometimes really effective, as in the above photo. You see the cover and you go 'oh, that's pretty cool' then you fold out the full photo and you're like, 'holy poo poo, he ollied from way back there!?'.

Tenterhooks fucked around with this message at 15:55 on Aug 10, 2010

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Yeah, from the green bit. It's pretty mindblowing. Apparently there's a blurb that mentions they were setting up the lights etc for everyone to skate down the gap and Westgate just started charging at the thing from the wrong side.

If it's not Leo Romero grinding up legit handrails, it's this guy going up full size gaps.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Sirkus posted:

That part was amazing! He was injured for a lot of the time I heard. I watched the premiere in a movie theatre with a 12 pack. It was pretty awesome, made me want to skate after.

Yeah, the story goes that Jerry was injured for a long time (knee surgery + recovery, I think) and only had a fairly short amount of time to get his tricks near the end of filming. I don't think he's even back to full strength now. Add the 'rustiness' that must come from not skating for a few years to the mix and it's really cool that he got a part together at all. Any Hsu footage is good footage.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Wonder Woman pushes mongo.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang



Slap's 'One In A Million' has been running for about a week and so far it's been awesome: http://www.slapmagazine.com/tag/one-in-a-million-2010

They pick a handful of up-and-comers, bring them to SF and spend the week skating. The dude that does best wins a spot on the flow team of a bunch of different companies. This year has a particularly great reality-show drama vibe to it thanks to one of the skaters, Forrest Edwards, being a complete rear end in a top hat (but an amazing skater). The last two episodes also feature one of the gnarliest hill-bombs ever.

Here's what's up so far:

Episode 1: Introducing the skaters.
Episode 2: Stair session
Episode 3: Gaps / rails / stairs / hills!
Episode 4: Rail / bumb session. Day 1 review.
Episode 5: Tranny spot / crazy hill-bomb cliffhanger.
Episode 6: Hill-bomb aftermath / downtown session.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

His sponsor-me video is also ridiculous. Last few tricks in particular are nuts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfxMJHAwtyo

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Brandon Westgate's put together a new part for the launch of his new shoe. Jesus Christ he goes fast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3bMVNvoL7c

:aaa: that kickflip..

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

While we're on the topic of 'dork' tricks, there is also this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdcAyNhSob4

It's hard to know what to make of him because he does some seriously crazy tricks and catches them high down some big stuff but drat, the goofball factor is pretty high. He literally dresses like a clown. An actual clown.

No comply at 2:23'll take you by surprise.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Enough with the goofiness!


Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

This isn't really new but it's definitely worth a look if you haven't seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HnaJFmtCOs

Austyn Gillette at Maloof 2010. Honestly one of the best little clips - he just seems to cruise around hitting whatever happens to be in his way. Amazing trick selection and style. His alley-oop 50-50 variations and the noseblunt up the box are particular stand outs.

Most importantly, it looks fun and it makes you want to skate.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Also, never ride a scooter - using your hands can sometimes be useful in a fall: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khBAyiMbHFU

(WARNING - video contains a drat bad slam, one of the worst I've seen. Not for the faint hearted)

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Aldrin Garcia set a new highest ollie record last week. 45 inches. All the more baffling considering he's about 5'6 or so. Gets his knees up round his ears: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dteRp0PzbNs

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

First skate of the year and I took a bad slam. Did the whole accidentally-stepping-back-on-the-board-after-missing-a-trick thing and it whipped me armpit first (if that's even possible) to the floor. Thought I'd dislocated my shoulder for a few seconds. I was taking things slowly too. The most terrifying, demotivating thing about skating is when you're reminded you can get really hurt doing the easiest stuff. I'm amazed more tech skaters don't end up slamming their heads into the corners of ledges when a trick doesn't go to plan.

Urgh. 1 day in and I've already got the fear.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

I moved to Glasgow at the start of winter so I haven't really had a chance to explore my surroundings until now. The good weather has let me have a little cycle around to see what I can see. The city's main skatepark, Kelvingrove, is pretty decent but it's a good hour away from my house, after a little searching online, I discovered that I have two(!) parks within 20 mins of me in the Southside.

The first is, well, one with a reputation. I've seen it in some local videos over the years but today was the first time I've actually visited in person. Queen's Park skatepark may very well be The Worst Skatepark In The World:



That's a vert ramp. A crusty old 10 foot, deadly vert ramp just dropped in the middle of a park on lovely ground with some lovely 'obstacles' seemingly placed at random around it. Photos can't really express how dangerous this place looks. It's tall, narrow and rotting away. I particularly love the kicker (bottom middle) and the 'handrail' (middle left). The stuff is actually bigger than these photos make out - the stairs are around chest height and the flyout thing (middle right) is up to my waist.

A better sense of scale from a recent Heathen ad:



gently caress that.

I also discovered Rouken Glen skatepark. Another kinda prefab park but one that actually looks like it could be fun rather than, y'know, fatal. It's in a nice park and I've seen a dude on YouTube upload a bunch of pretty good stuff from there which suggests it's got a not bad little scene going on. Might be good for mucking about during the summer when the city's big park is busy as hell.



Here's a recent wee video from the park too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17Bbrs5l5fc

Forgive the cheesy Hipstamatic photos - I just got a new phone and I can't stop playing with it.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Any type of gimmick claiming to make a board lighter, stronger or just all around better is almost always bullshit. At best you'll be paying more for something that performs like a regular deck, at worst it'll be weaker or just plain lovely.

Any kind of 'innovative' deck is basically aimed at little kids. They'll argue about what abec their bearings are and how their helium infused board is waaay better than their friend's fibreglass-toughened setup.

A board that's a wee bit lighter or a wee bit stronger won't really help much.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Emerica have been putting out 'b-sides' from the recent Stay Gold video. They are better than the video by far, showing how much work these guys actually put into filming a 3min part. You can see them all on the Emerica Vimeo page here: http://vimeo.com/emerica/videos

Brandon Westgate possibly has the best part. A good illustration of how fast he skates is to watch how far he flies / slides from the trick when he slams: http://vimeo.com/24237360

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Breaking news! Man jumps from improbably tall obstacle: http://vimeo.com/24058175

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Jerry Hsu's Stay Gold b-sides are up: http://vimeo.com/24591049 it's essentially 15 minutes of a dude beating the poo poo out of himself.

A little bit of context - Hsu had a pretty serious ankle injury while filming and his Emerica part ended up being a short collection of switch tricks. As a result, these b-sides include a lot of regular stuff that they didn't use, plus a ton of sketchy misses.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Andy Roy teaches kids to skate. Terrifying, but kinda awesome: http://youtu.be/y97ZsKtEwXM

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Grant Taylor takes SOTY with an amazing Thrasher part: http://youtu.be/LKd9mHnUVUQ + he's got another full Nike part coming out next week. The dude makes you want to skate.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

UFOTofuTacoCat posted:

I can never get over this tucked knee.

The above-his-head boneless in the Thrasher part is pretty crazy too:



(his foot is still on the board)

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Avocados posted:

Are there some decent starter videos/guides out there? A friend and I found some decent skateboards and figure we'd like to try skateboarding out. We've been practicing on them for a few days now, and we haven't fallen too much yet.

Tony Hawk covers pretty much everything in good detail: Tony Hawk's Trick Tips vol1 - it starts with setting up a board > standing on a board > pushing > turning > ollies > tricks.

Once things get more advanced, the video goes beyond most other 'trick tips' by telling you stuff like how to build your way up to a trick (like showing you that you can learn nosestalls before noseslides) and common mistakes / how you're most likely to fall.

It's hard to say how helpful instructional videos can really be but man, they vary wildly in quality. Some literally just describe a trick - 'to do a tailslide you ollie, land in a tailslide, slide, pop out and roll away clean'. Others can be, at the very least, really interesting. The Show Me The Way videos are pretty neat - I've heard Reynold's frontside flip and Janoski's 360 flip clips have helped a lot of people.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

A 12 year old kid just landed a 1080: http://www.redbullusa.com/cs/Satellite/en_US/Video/first-ever-1080-skate-021243187233817

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

youngallah posted:

A bunch of people have pointed out that it's on a custom ramp that Red Bull built, as well as the fact that technically it was a fakie 1080. Still though, insanely impressive stuff.

The fakie thing is a bit of a non-issue. 720s on vert have mostly been done that way forever and, when it came to stuff like the XGames at least, were so common that nobody used to announce a 'fakie 720'. A forwards one is still a fairly rare beast (I think - it's been a while since I've properly paid attention to the competition circuit).

But yeah, it's way harder to imagine anyone dong one forwards or on a regular vert ramp.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

The Alien Workshop section in the new Transworld video is making everyone go crazy. It's in a perpetual uploaded/deleted/re-uploaded state right now so I can't link to it but, honestly, it's worth seeking out. Amazing skating edited in a really full-on, building-up-the-pressure manner.

EDIT: made a gif of Tyler Bledoe's hosed up back tail

Tenterhooks fucked around with this message at 12:02 on Apr 3, 2012

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Try to ollie over something very small, it can help focus your actions. A twig / string / piece of paper or similar - something that'll move a little to indicate you didn't clear it but won't cause you to fall. Once you get the hang of that, you can move up to bigger twigs, crushed soda cans and finally... another skateboard! Ollieing up kerbs is good practice when you reach a certain stage too.

If that's not working, you can even just find / scratch a line on the ground and try to jump it. Don't even worry about getting all 4 wheels up at first, just get used to quickly tapping your tail on the floor as you approach and go from there.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Thought you were intermittently ollieing over 37" high objects for a moment there. Was impressed.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

New 18 minute Enjoi video! Louie Barletta has a full part: http://youtu.be/H91yWtS_rvU

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

The average width of regular skateboards has increased over the last 10 years or so. I remember 7.5 / 7.75 being really common because "they're easier to flip". Nowadays it's kinda hard to find anything under 8 (my local shop only has a handful). I dug out an old 7.75 deck recently and it felt really weird and precarious. It's crazy how much you can notice 1/4 inch differences with your feet.

Tenterhooks fucked around with this message at 09:22 on Apr 12, 2013

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Clint Walker does not care about his safety, not one bit. Also, Jake Brown can 720 without holding on.

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

dokomoy posted:

I was at a yard sale over the weekend and I picked up a skateboard some lady was selling. It has 52 inch alien workshop wheels, venture trucks and an 8 inch board from pocket pistols does that sound like something decent to learn on?

Learning on a dang monster truck is a recipe for a broken leg.

(sounds totally fine :) )

Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Really good Marc Johnson interview up on the (soon to be retired) Chrome Ball Incident. Ty Evans doesn't come across well. Bummer to hear that a full MJ part, especially a 'fun' one, was apparently deleted.

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Tenterhooks
Jul 27, 2003

Bang Bang

Lots of people have been tipping Brandon Westgate because he's on a killing spree filming for his Emerica Made part. Totally deserving SOTY - a humble, quiet dude who doesn't seem to follow trends and goes super fast / big.

His Epicly Later'd episode is a nice wee look into what he's about. The 'behind the scenes' clips for his True East and Stay Gold parts are totally bananas too. He's also getting coverage in Thrasher which has always been pretty important, what with it being their award and all. That's a hell of a 360 flip:

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