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Jamie Foy | SOTY 2017

December 14th, 2017   
Each and every year, without fail, skateboarders worldwide seek the answer. The answer to a 27-year-old question. Who is the Thrasher Magazine Skater of the Year? Each and every year, without fail, the mainstream skateboarding community looks forward to the announcement. The announcement that proclaims the most ripping skater of that year. The most shocking of talents. The most productive of careers in that respective year.

Jamie Foy feeble grinds one year ago in Los Angeles

Ever since the first “SOTY” in Tony Hawk, Thrasher has been pushing for an annual SOTY and succeed they have. Tony claimed 1990 far before his competition 900, then pre-mega ramp Danny Way claimed the title. The third ever SOTY was John Cardiel (“All Hail Cardiel”) followed by the first “switch god” Salman Agah. And so it went, on and on, until Kyle Walker grinded an inconceivable handrail to win 2016’s SOTY award. Skater of the Year party and all, the ultimate glory is taken and given each year. And now for the 2017 SOTY announcement…
It’s been one hell of a year for Deathwish Skateboards. Jamie Foy, the “Big Boy”, was awarded the coveted title. And well-deserved! Just weeks after publishing a shared part with Australian Skater of the Year Jake Hayes, Jamie released his (ending) part in the full-length Ty Evans film, “The Flat Earth”, and was awarded SOTY by Thrasher’s man himself, Jake Phelps.
Wait until you see the insane tricks that he lays down for the camera in this new flick… And enjoy the SOTY era of the not-so-skinny shredder, Jamie Foy.
Long live Thrasher! Keep it up Jamie!

Jake Hayes Pro for Deathwish

November 21st, 2017   
Jake Hayes is not only an Aussie, he’s a Grade A certified ripper. As if it wasn’t hard enough to get recognized as a street skater, he came from way Down Under to prove his talent! It’s been a long road (including King of the Road), but Jake is now officially PRO!
JAKE IS PRO
Riding for OG brands like Deathwish Skateboards, New Balance, & Dickies, Jake has a job as a skateboarder. But even if that weren’t true, he would be in the streets every day! A tall skater usually makes spots look small that might not be, but he gets so buck on the biggest spots that it don’t matter!
After killing it on the King of the Road in 2016, Jake has been steadily putting out clips with his board sponsor, shoe sponsor, and other supporters as well. Take notes, kids! There’s a work ethic here. Watch the way he attacks rails, floats down gaps, and masters picnic tables like no other.

“Saturdays” are for Birdhouse Skateboards

November 8th, 2017   
Birdhouse Skateboards, a legendary brand with a legendary history of skateboarding films, had not put out a full-length video in ten years. Since 2007’s “The Beginning.” And then, in the fall of 2017, “Saturdays” fell upon the skateboarding world at large. Not only was this a new era in skateboarding, it was a new era for a new team that was indeed coming into its own.
"Saturdays"

“Saturdays”

Birdhouse had always had a team full of rippers – from Willy Santos and Heath Kirchart to Ocean Howell and Andrew Reynolds. However, there was always a specific type of skater that fit the mold of the team. In this latest production, the team very much created the mold. The team recreated what it means to ride for Birdhouse Skateboards with their drastically unique styles and approaches.
Jaws is the ultimately talented big dropper and flyout connoisseur… Lizzie Armanto is quickly becoming the favorite skater of guys and girls alike around the world… Ben Raybourn has the tricks on transition that no one else has but wish they had… Clive Dixon and Clint Walker are both insanely gifted dark horses, Oh! And don’t forget about Shawn Hale! Let’s see… Oh yes, David Loy… This team is full of heavy hitters, but not two of them skate the same way.
After watching the video for the first time, I experienced a resounding effect of family. The team is truly in it together,  not just collecting paychecks for doing dangerous stunts (which they are).
Good Times with Team

Good Times with Team

Especially with certain riders, you see the  comradery shining so clearly that it makes you appreciate that side of skateboarding all over again. Especially with a dude like Tony in the mix (how could you forget about Birdman?), they all travel together, skate together, and goof around together. I mean, just for that alone, how EPIC!?!
A whole new era for the Birdhouse Skateboards video means a whole new format of media. And no, I’m not talking about 4K. Each rider had a personalized celebrity cameo in their part’s intro. And I know what you’re thinking… “Keep it skateboarding!” But to be honest, the cameo appearances made the video altogether more entertaining (and hilarious). All in all, “Saturdays” was a wonderful film, full of good vibes and heavy hammers. A well-done piece chopped and pasted by the legendary Jason Hernandez. But major shouts out to everyone who skated, filmed, edited, and contributed to “Saturdays!”
Cheers to “Saturdays,” and cheers to Birdhouse Skateboards! It’s been a long run, Tony, and it ain’t over yet.

Riddles in Mathematics – TransWorld Does It Again

March 17th, 2017   
Riddles, when we first heard the name, seemed like a riddle in itself. But “Riddles in Mathematics” was and is the twenty ninth TransWorld Skateboarding full-length feature video, and it breathes with a personality all its own.
Chris Thiessen wastes no time with any intro and gets right to the meat on the bone, SF’s favorite line skater, Ben Gore. An opener perfect for the direction of the film, Gore threads tricks together like he was born to do it, and he probably very well was. The music holds a theme of eccentric jazz club live jams, which is maintained throughout the first good half of the production. Much like the skating, the music makes sudden turns in every direction and shows the audience different angles of each spot, each trick, each approach, some too quick to notice. Bobby Worrest comes in for relief with the second part and holds it down with his classic skate rat style. One trick to the next, the skateboard purist shows us how we all do it in our dreams, and still to the same zany soundtrack of the film Thiessen has masterminded.
The marquee at the Riddles in Mathematics premiere!

The marquee at the Riddles in Mathematics premiere!

The lack of predictability is the only common thread in this film, for there are flip tricks, ledge lines, manual trick fun and fast skating throughout. Bobby DeKeyzer holds it down for the Canadian rippers and the CONS crew, bringing in some more technical skating, but still with the line-threading technique that makes the film so dynamic and fun to watch. Killing one spot at a time, while Thiessen captures it with style and edits it with grace. All the while, Friends sections and breakaway footage to other skaters, including a solid 10-12 tricks from SoCal’s own Stevie Perez.
Riddles takes the viewer through a very European experience, with many of the spots being there. But the exotic Euro vibe continues through Los Angeles and New York footage alike. Keeping the trend alive, Leo Valls’s part in the video maintains the creative vibe of skating, as he always seems to do on a board. Leo says screw your bag o’ tricks, and enjoy the ride! Too humble to say, “Watch me do my thing!” With powerslide, beanplant and nollie trick combos impossible to see coming, he kept us all on our toes just long enough to bring us to the video’s “ender.”
And Yaje did NOT disappoint. Now PRO for Alien Workshop, Yaje Popson came correct with a style and trick selection all his own. Fitting Thiessen’s vision yet expressing himself without apology, Yaje showed the world (once again) why & how he is a “G”, for those that catch the drift. The quick feet carry him under, over and across spots in a way that we only wish we could. For the sake of giving away nothing more, Yaje came to impress and succeeded. Chris and everyone involved at TransWorld did their thing and kept a legacy alive. Although the annual TWS video came through as it usually does, the film (and those of the past few years) defined itself in a way that implied, “We know the future. Let us show you for forty minutes…” Never relenting, always pushing forward.

P.S. the extra footage, second & third angles, b-roll and everything else that came with the (purchased) video was worth every penny. A packed product. All killer, no filler.

Tampa Pro 2017

March 9th, 2017   

So there we were again, in the humidity of the Floridian gulf coast. Walking past the final gate with wrist bands in tow. Mentally prepared for what’s to come, the best & the worst alike. It was that time again… Tampa Pro 2017, the 23rd annual, was firing in full force by halfway through that Friday, the day of Practice. Everyone, from Ishod and Luan to Lizard and CK1, was there. Perhaps this contest will always attract every skater that can possibly make the trip.

Milton Martinez flies high in the Finals. HUGE Melon Grab Transfer.

Milton Martinez flies high in the Finals. HUGE Melon Grab Transfer.

There’s a grungy feel to the skatepark, mixed with ultimate opportunity for shenanigans of any size or shape… SPoT is truly the place to relax and get weird, but usually if you’re a true skate rat. Every flavor of talent is under one roof: the tranny gods, the rail chompers, the tech wizards… Everyone. They all flew in for the weekend (and some longer than that) for that Tampa, Florida fix. If you’ve never been to a big event (Tampa Pro and/or Tampa Am) at Skatepark of Tampa, it needs to go right up to the top of your bucket list now. It’s already begun to change… There was no moat race this year… When there always has been… Not good for a new, clean image..? I guess we’ll never know. But no one (legally) submerged themselves in the fabled moat.

Other rad things were rising though… Arctic played a show at the park on Saturday night (yes, that’s Figgy, the Nuge & Frecks), Ray Barbee and Evan Smith played sets (separately) the night before, and DJ Romar (yes, Kevin Romar) jockeyed those discs after the Jenkem Best Trick contest on the concrete area outside. Nike premiered a short new video, featuring Ishod and Grant… Beers were had, tricks were landed [bolts] and bragging right s were distributed.

If you haven’t been clicking through this story, you done messed up because there’s lots of good stuff. At the end of the weekend, Louie Lopez took home his first Tampa Pro win! Shane O’Neill secured his second consecutive best trick title, and Cody Lockwood locked in a best trick win on the concrete section, including that strip club plexiglass extension. Shouts out to Luan Oliveira and Kelvin Hoefler on their 2nd and 3rd place finishes, respectively.

Don’t miss out next year! And for even more coverage check this vid:

Creature Skateboards “Tanked”

March 2nd, 2017   
Creature Skateboards has had a long history of great riders, sick videos and rad graphics. That might sound obvious – they’ve been around since 1994 – but they persist and continue to put out good stuff, each season & every year.
Some of the Creature Skateboards team, lurking hard.

Some of the Creature Skateboards team, lurking hard.

Most recently, Creature put out an especially dope series titled “Tanked”. Working with the man who calls himself @sketchy_tank on Instagram was a good decision on their part. It’s no new news to include pro riders’ interests in their board graphics, but the rag tag style in which they did these is unique and screams “Creature Skateboards”. Step one: make the decks green. Step two: draw images of the riders’ favorite things in life. Step three: maybe get their permission to print… Step four: send it to the presses!
Sticking with the tried & true formula, each deck tells a small story about that rider. Whether it’s David Gravette’s love for animals & beers & shenanigans or Willis Kimbel’s attraction to bikinis and shellfish, the guys at the NHS offices really hit the nail on the head. Reyes is feeling the unicorn vibes, Partanen is “beardsy,” Darren Navarette is still feeling the vampire within and Chris Russell keeps it hardcore with his graphic.
A company that holds so many transition rippers in the ranks is bound to keep it classic. But the new age spin on this throwback concept is why Creature will live long and prosper in all of its lurkdom.
Check out their new “Tanked” decks and relive CSFU in all of it glory right here:

Foundation “Oddity”

February 23rd, 2017   

Foundation Skateboards is a company started by Tod Swank in the year 1990. But much more importantly, Foundation is a crew, a team and a family. Once known as the Foundation Super Co. with past riders such as Daniel Shimizu, Brad Staba, Ethan Fowler & Heath Kirchart, Foundation has a rich history of great teams with full-length videos to accompany them. This generation of Foundation, however, is brand new and comes with a lot to prove. And their newest video, “Oddity”, was their opportunity. The team has changed a lot since it’s last full-length feature, 2010’s “WTF!”.

Most of the Fondation boys at the premiere in Santa Ana, CA.

Most of the Fondation boys at the premiere in Santa Ana, CA.

The new guys are the guys! The team is stacked with young blood like Corey Glick, more seasoned skaters like Corey Duffel, road dogs like Dakota Servold and possible 2017 SOTY, Cole Wilson. The van is filled to the brim with talent, but it’s great to know that the bros are just bros. With no big checks to light a fire under their asses, the boys are getting clips for the love of it. And they’re getting it in whenever and however often they can. Doing it for all the right reasons, the current Foundation Skateboards team was bound to create magic with their newest video. And sure enough, Oddity was a stand-out.
Between Corey, Corey, Cole and the rest of the homies, the entire video was 100% (okay, 98%) skateboarding all the way through. Ryan Spencer came out with some really unique skating, Cole Wilson and Corey Glick came out swinging at every spot, Nick Merlino almost killed himself to get the footage, Aidan Campbell made a beautiful debut and Joey Ragali pushed himself hard for this one! Truly, everyone crushed it, and no SoCal spot was left unharmed.
Specifically, the handrail game was absolutely destroyed. From skating up kinked rails to skating through 8 kinks, these dudes did the unthinkable in every way imaginable. Never Been Done’s were No Big Deal, and lack of budget came through as Better then Ever.
Foundation Skateboards has a group of guys that looks strong as hell and is keeping the brand in the highest of ranks for years to come. Don’t sleep on any of these dudes, because they’re all capable of producing en ending part for whatever their next project will be!
Now, just watch:

 “ODDITY”

Diego Najera and Primitive Skateboards’ “Opal”

February 8th, 2017   
There are plenty of skateboard companies that were formed within the last three years, but there’s only one that dropped a team video for the very first time just one week ago… On February 2nd at BLACK in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, Primitive Skateboards debuted the 7.5-minute-long video, “Opal”. And Opal was a fitting name.
Diego Najera - Nollie Tre Flip in Santa Monica

Diego Najera – Nollie Tre Flip in Santa Monica

Like a rare stone, this short video was highly anticipated and long awaited. People knew it would be high quality but simultaneously wondered to themselves what the caliber would actually be. For those that aren’t avid followers of the brand, the premiere was a pleasant surprise. Primitive has a team that one might forget is truly stacked with the gnarliest talent. Of course, we all think of Paul Rodriguez, but we may forgotten about Devine Calloway and Brian Peacock, rookies in one regard but legends in another. Carlos Ribeiro, a strong 2016 SOTY contender; Shane O’Neill, one of the best in the world; and Nick Tucker, Instagram gold… And never count out Trent McClung, full-on team rider for Primitive as well as adidas Skateboarding and Bones Wheels.
The team is full of power, style and history within this thing we love called skateboarding. It’s easy to forget how impressive the squad truly is. And it just became a bit more impressive. Almost the entire second half of “Opal” was an introduction of Diego Najera to the pro Primitive family. If you’ve seen Diego skate, you know he handles himself like a professional. But now, Diego has his own pro board for the royalty-laden Primitive Skateboards.
Watch out for his new wood at the site COMING SOON and the full “Opal” edit HERE.

A Friend Needs Help

February 1st, 2017   
Humans are aplenty. So much so, that some nationalist leaders are establishing policies to bar them outside of their countries’ borders. Everyone has their differences, and with over seven billion humans on this planet, it’s started to get a bit sloppy. Yes, many get lost in their emotions amongst each other, but many have also found special places for themselves.
Certain people are put on our Earth to make a unique difference. Those that know him know how much of a difference he’s already made. Andy Dicker is a skateboarder, an artist and so much more. The head camp counselor at the YMCA Element Skate Camp at Sequoia Lake, he’s a role model for all those his younger and his elder alike. A pure soul that engages his students, his peers and his leaders with equal and great enthusiasm.
Andy

Andy

A soul like his is hard to find.
Andy is down but not out. He suffered serious head trauma while skateboarding in San Francisco about two weeks ago. His progress is slow, but we know his inner strength will bring him back to his old self in due time. His fervor unmatched, he’s capable of anything, something skateboarding was a part of teaching. There’s a hot fire burning in each of us. One that helps us push on regardless of any circumstance.
Many skaters have that fire. An ever-burning flame that keeps them going. But Andy… He had a such a strong devotion in him, that it constantly spread to those around him. Those that are now here for him in a time of need. The skateboarding world is here to show support, and all additional help qualifies as a great cause.
Andy shredding

Andy shredding

If you have $20, $200 or just one share on Facebook, feel free to help that cause right here at:
What goes around comes around, and we’re sending great vibes to a fellow shredder! Join us.
 – Keegan Guizard, Skateboards.com Team

Evan Smith for Element Skateboards

January 10th, 2017   
Aside from annihilating everything in his path on a skateboard and being one hell of a cosmic soul, Evan Smith has been getting a huge amount of coverage in the skate scene at large over the past three years. With multiple full parts, some solo and some as part of full-length skate videos, and great skating in plenty of this past year’s major contests, Evan’s shown himself to be the full package as a pro skater.
Evan on that tour life...

Evan on that tour life…

A serious SOTY contender, a street warrior, and a wandering lovechild don’t usually coincide on one human being, but that’s probably why everyone loves Evan. Celebrating his presence on Element Skateboards’ team isn’t enough. It’s only right to make his pro deck graphics as dope as can be, and we think Element nailed it right on the head. From his recent “Ranger” deck to the Star Head Body tribute in his “Elementalist” series deck, it’s easy to see how he fits in with the brand and how his artistic lifestyle shines through in its creation.
Always an artsy fellow, he could settle in Pittsburgh as a local creative. But for Evan, the road to meaning has only begun. And skateboarding is lucky to have him as a die-hard lifer. Stay around Skateboards.com to see the next graphics Element comes out with for Mr. @StarHeadBody.
Skaters unite! And support your favorite professionals. Keep pro boards alive by buying them yourself.
Much love,
 – Skateboards.com Team