Saturday, November 30, 2013

Video of the Week: Nyjah Huston - Fade to Black

Best Quality Video at Thrasher

This week has been nuts with the release of way too many good videos. I wanted to pick a video of the week that would not have already been talked about as much as this one, but when a video part is as gnarly and well-rounded (in regards to Nyjah at least) as this one, it's too hard to not highlight Nyjah's hard work that he's put in this past year. From skating enormous rails (several on order of 20 stairs or more) to the most insane kinked rails to some huge gaps and then even to some crazy tech tricks, Nyjah's created one of the sickest parts possible today. I'd love to go over each and every clip and its awesomeness, but watching the video over and over again will work just as well. 

Then there was AB&A, the Etnies video starring Axel Cruysberghs, Barney Page, and Albert Nyberg that is watchable at the Berrics. Great editing and song selection from Etnies? Check. Three distinctly awesome styles and personalities? Check. Some very memorable NBDs from Albert Nyberg? CHECK. This video will be on replay for quite some time.

Narrowing down that European vibe, my previous wishes actually came true and Tom Knox of Isle Skateboards had his part in Eleventh Hour released. (I got the full video myself at Theories of Atlantis and would recommend it to any skate video collector.) It's really hard to beat the London spots and scenery; this video just provides that sense of awe solely from aesthetics. Mix that with Tom Knox's perfect adaption of his skating to his surroundings with his extremely quick feet and great improvisational tricks and you have one heck of a video part. 

The week of the Europeans maybe? It was great to see some new Danny Brady footage in the form of a new full part for Palace skateboards. Danny's great flick put to some unique editing for some more awesome vibes and skateboarding fans are pleased with this outcome.

I'm going to bunch together three parts that came out this week: TJ Rogers for Bones Wheels, a Travis Erickson compilation part, and a minute long Coalatree commercial for Ryan Spencer. All of these dudes rip extremely hard in these clips with just pure street skating from their personal hometown area spots. All of these dudes are also very underrated because parts like these that can be rewatched multiple times show that they should be much closer to turning pro than they currently are at the moment. 

And to wrap up this week, here are some other pretty tight videos:
-Sweet trick selection and style from John Hill in his Mag Minute
-Another tight release from the Old Dominion video by Venue Skateboards, this time featuring Jordan Bradshaw
-A reminder of how great Lakai and its team riders always are with the Lakai 'YIR' Die recap montage.
-A cool NYC montage project by Steve Marino called In The Streets (picks up nicely around 2:25)
-Equal amounts creativity and gnarliness in the Berrics blowup video from Jordan Maxham: Maxham Overdrive (his intro to Warco is still one of the most ridiculous internet videos in recent memory for me)

Friday, November 29, 2013

Spectacled Shredders #1: Justin Brock

Closing off this week's Spectacled Shredders is Justin Brock. The first part that I remember from him was his part in Nike's Debacle which also happened to be the first time I ever saw someone skate that heavily guarded triple set (in LA I think). Even though the set itself has changed in popularity over the past few years, Justin still rocks his frames while he skates. Pumped for his Chronicles 2 part coming soon!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Spectacled Shredders #2: Tyler Bledsoe

Tyler Bledsoe was probably the first guy I ever realized wore glasses while he skated. I read about it somewhere in an interview with him and while I'd say he has that pretty solid "nerd" look, Tyler absolutely shreds with a wonderful style. Just look at his classic Hallelujah part above. From what I understand, Tyler now is wearing contacts so his face will be frameless for who knows how long. But I don't think I'll ever get past his look with the glasses on.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Spectacled Shredders #3: Ben Raybourn

Next up this week for the Spectacled Shredders is all terrain ripper Ben Raybourn. After dropping two sick parts this year and basically loads of gnarly footage, here's a bit of a throwback to his part in the independent video called "The Other Ones". The glasses somehow stay on even after his 540s...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Spectacled Shredders #4: Johan Stuckey

Next up for the Spectacled Shredders this week is Johan Stuckey (who kinda looks like Marisa Dal Santo with shorter hair, or is it just me?) and his part in Cosmic Vomit 2. It's hard to picture Johan's face without glasses.

Spectacled Shredders #5: Marisa Dal Santo

Marisa Dal Santo is one of the first skaters that come to mind when I think of skaters with glasses. After that, there's not much else to say about skaters with glasses...So I'll leave the rest to Marisa's ripping part in Strange World. You get a pretty clear shot of her frames at 1:09 by the way.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Next Week: Spectacled Shredders

With Thanksgiving coming up, we'll be switching things up and dedicating this week to the spectacled skaters. It takes some skill to be able to watch your board and your surroundings with a pair of frames over your eyes. Wearing glasses really adds another level of difficulty most people wouldn't realize without actually trying to skate in glasses. Yet there are a group of pro skaters that do this on the daily and their skating is not compromised one bit. Props to these skaters, their accomplishment deserves to be seen more clearly.