While everyone in New York is enjoying the new Pier 62 Skatepark, Billy Rohan called to let me know that he's been touring China, and while it could have turned into a scene from a National Lampoon's Vacation movie, he told me the guys at FunBoxx.cn have been showing him around to all the spots. Check out some more photos from his trip in the forum and on his blog.
In other news, to quench your deep down body thirst for skateboard videos, Gatorade just released a video of Sean Malto + friends on a road trip from KC to ATL. This is the first part of 2, and they promised that there will be a Chaz Ortiz video to follow.
Earlier this week, the weather forecast looked pretty bleak for today's scheduled triple header of events, but according to weather.com it's all good all day but accuweather.com is reporting sketchiness later this afternoon. No matter who you believe whether you're going to the King of Spring contest (open road confirmed the event is still on today), or the Gowanus Grind 2 contest you can still skate/run down to the This Time Tomorrow video premiere (today) if it starts to pour.
I've been on the edge of my seat since they announced that the Maloof Money Cup was coming to NYC both with excitement of what the course could be as well as a little bit of dread for what it might be. With a sigh of relief, I am happy to announce that the 2010 Maloof Money Cup NYC plaza design has been released and it's a lot more than I had hoped for. What do you think?
Vans will be releasing an Andy Kessler x Vans Syndicate collaboration which will include the Old Skool "S" and the SK8-Hi "S" models. Both were made with performance "Outlast materials" to maximize protection and ventilation. Constructed of leather and suede, these were meant to be skated. So pick up a pair two and pay homage to a NYC OG. (Read More)
There's a new video in the works coming out of Long Island by Chris Carbaugh featuring our homie Bobby Izzo called "Spring Ahead Fall Behind", if the promo is any indication, it should be worth watching. (Read More)
48 blocks dropped a new interview with Quim Cardona, in it he mentions working on a show with HBO, How To Make It In America. Also sighted in this show are Tyshawn Lyons (of QuarterSnacks fame) and Anthony Cochrane (of Metrospective/OfficialNewYork but now fully grown). Now I might actually have to get HBO just to watch this one episode! (Read More)
People have been asking me to post more content for ages, but receiving the honor of multiple listings in QuarterSnacks' NYC top 100 of the decade list, and watching Sho Ma's tribute video all week has left me both nostalgic and motivated. But with no time and no camera, what can you do? Luckily when you run a skateboard company, although short lived, you stock a bit of unused footage. So I'll be posting old footage that never made it onto the website for some reason or another. Reasons vary from toe drags, tictacs and overall sketchy landings, to shitty camera work or not enough light, saving it for videos that never came out or going to videos that you may have never seen, and then there's the lost tapes or just plain forgotten footage, but you get the idea.
Some of the footage might be a decade old, some of it might be far from perfect, but when you're skateboarding, it doesn't matter. If this website were a DVD, you could consider this the bonus section, so enjoy.. I'll post more as I find it. (Read More)
Happy New Year to you all, I hope your holidays were both joyous and merry. From the sidelines 2009 may have seemed like a rather lack luster year in NYC skateboarding but it's a new year and I'm remaining hopeful for NYC in 2010. According to the Mayans we only got 2 years left anyway so one of my resolutions is to make more of an effort to be less delinquent in my web duties. Unfortunately I cannot be everywhere at once and I am not a mind reader so if you got news, events, or footage you want added to the website please post it to the forums or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's been a month since my last update but people have been keeping it live and getting the year off to a good start:
I've been on a little hiatus from the internet to spend time with the new edition to my family, but I just had to crawl out of my cave to give a shout out to 48blocks.com for dropping this interview with Charles Lamb that features a little remix of recent and unused footage he's gotten. Good to see some homies getting their interweb grind on..
[ 08.27.2009 ]
Only 3 more days to check out and skate the miniramp at 201 Mulberry, Quicksilver's popup shop.
Today is the Bastille Day event by Homage in Brooklyn. Aside from all of the things to skate, and free product there are also other festivites going on at the street fair. The whole street is closed off for the event so check it out.
This Saturday is the "Go Skateboarding Day" raindate, the weather looks good so far so make sure to roll through on 6.27.2009. Pass the info on! I actually wrecked my ankle last weekend and tore some ligaments but even if someone has to carry me across the bridge, I'm not missing this event.
If you haven't heard, there's a new board company out of Long Island. It's small but off to a good start, rising from the ashes of the short lived Forte Skateboards is Seagle Skateboards. While there isn't much info to be had about the company yet and their website has yet to launch (not to mention that it's missing the obligatory OfficialNewYork link), but I can say its being built on a foundation of good skateboarding as shown in their premiere web promo. If that's not good enough to start a skateboard brand, then I don't know what is.
April was jammed packed with events, both the King of Spring and the Clean up the Banks events were nuts. Luckily this streak of rainy weather is hitting us while we get a short break in the event calendar, but keep checking the event listing regularly because there's new events that can pop up (at the VERY last minute if they don't get me the flyers and details *cough*) any day.
As far as I remember there wasn't a box marked "skateboarder" in the last census to check, so the government doesn't really know how many of us there are out there. But Open Road would like to give them an idea by registering for the President's Challenge. Who knows maybe the government will realize the error of their ways and stop illegalizing skateboarding and use a fraction of that bail out money for something useful like a skate plaza. It's always nice to have a dream.
[ 04.17.2009 ]
Congrats goes out to Billy Rohan for being NY1's New Yorker of the week. Despite being a transplant from Florida, that has not stopped Billy from working his ass off to help better the NYC skateboard community. So what's your excuse?
With the "Clean up the Banks" event getting rained out last week, that makes tomorrow's "King of Spring" event the first event of spring. So if you've been bummed on all the foul weather we've been having on the weekends come through tomorrow and have some fun. Peep the preview clip to get psyched on some of tomorrow's set up.
If a full day of skating and stickball doesn't tire you out, be sure to swing by the "Rich Mahogany" video premiere at the Autumn Bowl.
What is up with all of these productive Floridians? Today is definitely Florida Friday in my books. Thanks to QuarterSnacks for the linkage.
[ 03.24.2009 ]
Mother nature keeps teasing us with random days of warmth padded with 8 days of bitter cold, but despite that everyone's been busy filling up the 2009 event calendar so keep checking back because there's new info weekly.
After winning the much televised 2008 Dew Tour, Gatorade welcomes Chaz Ortiz to the team. I'm surprised Gatorade didn't try to get involved in skateboarding sooner, but better late than never, and a good start with this young ripper. In this downward spiral of an economy, it's nice to see something new being infused into skateboarding.
It's a new year, 2009, and unfortunately I'm still sick with the same 2008 flu. Aside from all of the usual fruit baskets and ecards, one of the more entertaining gifts I got was from Peter Sidlauskas in the form of Joseph Delgado's Flipmode 4 part in Trife. If you're looking for a copy of the video, they are available at Homage skate shop. I'm also strangely psyched on the Tech Deck Brooklyn Banks Replica I got over the holidays from 5boro, thanks guys! This is pretty old but someone neglected to tell me about this internet gem featuring Number 9 OGs Eric Rossetti, Kevin Candella, and Wes Pulsik.
[ 12.22.2008 ]
Hope you all have been having a safe and happy holiday, the weather in New York has been far from skate-friendly, but in the spirit of the holidays take a minute and remember to think of others. I've been sick with the flu since last week, causing me to miss the video of the year, Trife (aka Flipmode 4).
NYC's landscape is changing faster and faster and the list of lost skate spots is growing longer and longer, like WTC or the small banks (at the brooklyn banks) and now possibly the unisphere at Flushing Meadow Park and even more recently I heard that the big banks will undergo a major renovation (TBD) but Steve Rodriquez has assured me that it will be mostly restored (and possibly enhanced). So if you're done getting nostalgic while reading Police Informer and watching La Luz, get out there and skate while you can because the next thing you know they're going to start skate stopping metal curbs.
[ 10.03.2008 ]
While it's old news that Danny Falla was going pro for 5boro, it's new news that his board has finally been released and is now available at your local skate shop. It's also his birthday this weekend, so look out for the homie and scoop up one of his boards so he can buy himself another beer.
The Uptown Throwdown Showdown contest is tomorrow and is the first skateboard event of fall, while some of you have probably never skated north of Central Park hopefully this event will encourage you to explore what rest of what this city has to offer.
One of tomorrow's contest prizes is a trip to Woodward skatecamp, it's every teenage boys dream, non-stop skating at one of the best skate parks you'll ever get to skate and I'm told being able to hang out with the girls at the gymnastics camp doesn't hurt either (*as long as you're both the same age, and not violating any laws). If you've never been there, or have no idea what I'm talking about then check out this clip that the guys at Instant Winner / Acapulco Gold put together from their summer trip to Woodword this past summer.
On a brighter note, thanks to people like Billy Rohan and Steve Rodriguez, planning has begun to repair the LES (Coleman Oval) skatepark, because I'm sure you all love the giant pot holes in the park. With that said, things only happen when you get involved.
Speaking of DC I just got a pair of the new Biltmore, it's a combo of two of my favorite shoes.. the Wenning and the Howard. These are my favorite shoes from DC out right now, at least until they re-issue the original Lynx (keep dreaming).
The Biltmore were supposed to be the Brian Wenning's second shoe but as many of you know, Wenning is no longer on DC, rumors spot him wearing several brands over the past few weeks but we can all assume that he won't be shoeless for very long.
If sitting here staring at my broken video camera wasn't painful enough, Steve Marino @ Square Films really grinds the salt in the wound by showing off his new HD camera in his latest clip. Yes I'm jealous but what I'm really wondering is when he's going to rename his website "Rectangular Films".
[ 08.18.2008 ]
It was another exciting, jam-packed summer weekend for skateboarding here in New York, in case you missed any of it, here's a few highlights which include video and/or photos:
Speaking of videos, the New Thirsty video definitely floored some people and I for one cannot wait to get the DVD when it comes out. Quarter Snacks hit us off with some newness. I don't have anything new to add to what's already been said about the major accomplishment (and utter disappointment by some) that is the new Traffic video, all I know is that I watch it every day and wish I had it on DVD.
[ 07.19.2008 ]
The summer event calendar has been pretty full, and this weekend is no exception, so if you've got nothing else going on in your life tomorrow (Sunday) you should definitely check out the Throggs Neck Skate Park Skatejam 2008.. <<
From the same person that brought you the Long Island original "$20 off no tax", Steve Fletch is dropping a new straight-to-internet release for Forte skateboards, "Slowpokes". There are four, two person, parts. Each part will be released over the next 4 nights, starting tonight and ending Friday. Leaving the past behind, these new videos have an entirely different look, feel, and vibe than his last video.
[ 06.08.2008 ]
It was 98 degrees on Sunday at the Brooklyn Banks, in the shade. It's not even officially summer yet but if Sunday is any indication then it's going to be one hot summer. If that's not enough, then the sweat and haze permeating my lens should tell you something.
[ 06.07.2008 ]
Billy Lynch took a road trip to Baltimore for a week with his friends from Long Island to skate and were nice enough to drop off all of the footage. I'm testing out this high resolution clip, so the file size is a little bigger, if you want to watch it more than once, please save it to your computer.
Warm weather is starting to break through and that means it's time for the NYC skate scene to shake the chill off and get out of hibernation. To kick off this season's event calander, 5boro is having a demo at NJ Skateshop, as with most 5boro events I predict there will be a lot of bro-ing down, sick skating, and yelling.
I've been pretty busy lately but I just noticed that Zach Malfa-Kowalski won the Slap "Focused" contest. As the winner he'll be a Slap staff photographer for six months. If you thought it was hard enough to get in touch with him before, now it'll be impossible. Congrats Zach!
Washington Square Park has been a long standing part of NYC skate spot history, but now it's history. They say they are just moving the fountain 23 feet to center it with the arch. While I highly doubt the OG bumps or ledges will be back any time soon, one can always dream..
There was a time when everyone skated at the Banks, chilled at Astor Place, had one of these stickers on their board, some of the Zoo York team were actually from New York, Menace Tech was the shit, and Axion footwear was hotter than Nike. If you remember those times then you should check out the blogs at PoliceInformer and BobShirt.
"Deathbowl to Downtown" is more than your average montage of New York skateboarding. Instead this documentary hopes to offer an entertaining, eye opening, thought provoking take on why the action on New York's dirty, grimy, and hectic streets represents skateboarding to millions of skaters and non-skaters worldwide.
It won't be available until May 2008, but check out the trailer for Ian Reid's NEW video "Have More Fun" at YouTube.
[ 11.21.2007 ]
Epicly Later'd started as Patrick O'Dell's photography website, then it became a show on VBS.tv, now it's going to be on MTV2 on Saturday, November 24th at 9PM/8c. Once the cable guy figures out how to unbreak my cable, I'm DVR-ing it as soon as possible.
Someone emailed me this old article about some of the affects 9.11 had on skateboarding in NYC, I never got a copy of it when it came out but I'm glad I finally got to read it, thank god for the internet.
It sucks that bad things happen to good people but I just got word that Division East skateshop in New Jersey was robbed.
A $1,000 Reward is offered for information leading to a felony conviction for theft, on Division East's property. If you have any information about this crime please call Division East at 973-509-0083. Division East will pay up to a $1,000.00 reward for information leading to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property in this case.
In the small world of New York skateboard paparazzi, photographers are outnumbered by filmers 10 to 1 (maybe more), it's a thankless job filled with little reward. But despite my best efforts to discourage them, new talent like Zach Malfa-Kowalski keep turning up. Some day he'll learn, but until then enjoy his new website.
[ 04.27.2007 ]
There's nothing like finally editing a holiday clip in April containing footage that was supposed to be due in November that you actually got in February. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas.
Two homies in one issue, Luis Tolentino got a sequence and Danny Falla got a check out in the June issue of Skateboarder.
[ 04.19.2007 ]
What kind of human being makes a video like "Sex, Hood, Skate, and Videotape"? Go check out the Ian Reid interview over at Inquiring Mind to find out. I have also been informed that there will be a remix of the video with Acapulco Gold as well as a collaborative shirt. According to Ian, the remix will include additional craziness and a lot more skateboarding.
[ 03.19.2007 ]
Late last night I uploaded the Sho Ma - RIP video, and passed out before posting a blurb about it.
It's a video that Jeremy Scott and a few of us worked on for Sho's Memorial event. Very little sleep was had by all (especially Jeremy) to consolidate and edit dozens of tapes and hours of footage to a 10 minute piece that highlights and celebrates our friend's life both in and out of skateboarding.
I've been missing in action, but here's a few things that you might have seen that are new to me, kinda..
The Harold Hunter book by Reda was originally just for friends and family, but we all know Harold wasn't exactly a shy guy so Reda decided to share some love with the rest of us poor slobs. Good looking out.
The flipmode kids are back, and theys alls growns up. Watch out for the Stick up Kids because you're about to get jacked..
On the otherside of the fence, 5boro's "A New York (skateboarding) Minute" promo is available on the Microsoft's Zune.
I ran into Luis on the train and he told me that Etnies collaborated with Shut and put out a white/black/gold rap-high for their anniversary. It'll probably be real limited and already sold out by the time you read this.
Official homie Danny Falla switch varial heelflipped his way on to the cover of the new Focus Skate Mag.. <<
[ 10.24.2006 ]
I'm not sure if you remember the Verte vs Verde confusion. Well Volcom has decided to play nice and change the name of their eco-friendly line to something less controversial (maybe this time around they'll name it Organika *oops*). Hooray for NY based Verte, chances are they've already begun the celebration. Be sure to hi-5 Tino Razo for me.. <<
I remember this little ripper who used to break night skating with the rest of us older guys, and would stay at Rodney's crib so he could skate the city the next day. A decade later Shut did the right thing and turned Javier Nunez pro..
[ 10.23.2006 ]
Powered by Chipotle and Jamba Juice, Mr. Pang and UXA just dropped their new holiday line for 06/07..
Brian Wenning and Ian Reid provide some insight into the making of "Ian Reid's Video" in an exclusive video interview over at the Transworld website.
[ 09.27.2006 ]
Peep the new old footy that Chris Hall posted over at getfam.com. Unseen footage of Harold Hunter, Scot Schwartz, Mike Wright, German Nieves, and Rob Campbell. Also some REALLY old footage of the Gonz boardsliding the OG Banks rail.
If you've been skating long enough you sometimes get nostalgic and wonder what happened to some of the skaters from "back in the day". Sometimes you hear vicious rumors about them going to jail, becoming a drug addict, or an accountant, or sometimes their friends spam your forums with their new website. Fortunately, Matt Bell only suffered the latter fate with flower pot head (dot) com. <<
[ 11.03.2005 ]
Eby got one of his photos and rasta hats on the Tap. <<