September 23, 2016

Memory on screen

Proof that what was discussed in the last post actually happened. Thanks to Kyle Ross, who sent over the clip, which was filmed by Brian McGinnis. Features Rick McCrank, Pat Duffy, Jeremy Wray, Caine Gayle, Matt Hensley, Todd Bratrud, KSTP's Joe Schmit and John Muldoon.

September 17, 2016

'In the arms of an angel'

Hailed as the best demo in Minneapolis since Rick McCrank single-handedly did everything at a last gasp Plan B event in 1998 (the line-up also included Pat Duffy and Caine Gayle -- anybody else?), Primitive flew to town and then returned home days later having skated Familia HQ very, very well. It's fairly astounding those dudes flew up here just for a demo. What days we live in.

List of other memorable TC area demos

1. Birdhouse in 1996 or so at what might have been the Stearns County fairgrounds. Featured a young Andrew Reynolds and Tony Hawk doing McTwists on a 8 or 9-foot quarterpipe.
2. Flip in the middle-aughts at the 3rd Lair. There were fears the ramps would collapse because of the 700-800 people who showed up. The crush of humanity fogged up the park.
3. Girl and Chocolate in 1998 at the Lair. Mike York tried a handful of noseslides and then focused his board and left. Everything else about it was quite lit.
That's pretty much it beyond the Hot Chocolate Tour demo, which seemed redundant to list.

Here's other stuff. The DLX contingent rolled through town the past couple weeks.

I wrote a list about skaters going all Lochte at the Olympics that kids on Facebook hated.

There's another demo:

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BYRJ redux:

A quick look at the archives at right shows that August 2016 was the first month since July 2008 during which this website was not updated, meaning this two-month drought was the longest ever. Very significant. In order to close the circle on that last update:

July 19, 2016

Don't fear the Kre-per

At the risk of inciting more comparisons between Sheckler and a bygone era of Minneapolis skateboarding, the embedded above is called Hubert's Pack of Lies. More downtown gold from 20-plus years ago. That spot with the two-stair and 9-inch ledge looks like a dream -- where was that?

Davey Torkelson appeared on the The Nine Club podcast -- you can download it in the usual ways one would or you can catch it on YouTube. *The following highlights are from the podcasting POV*

There's talk of golfing; not sacking rails at Street League; Roger Bagley evidently produces a copy of Weekend Warriors; Chad Benson's rep grows stronger; as well, the legend of Nate Compher is discussed; Davis talks about making movies. I'm generally skeptical of skate-produced stuff like this (public radio snobbery?) but this one, albeit with a dude I know, was pretty well-done. I'm gonna listen to the other ones.

Update: Forgot how much the heart grew three sizes when Davis brought up his love of bad skateparks. It's all true.

By all accounts the return of Aqua Jam will be really cool. It's this Saturday -- between the keg jumps (high entertainment) and the mini ramp built for the ordeal, it should be worth showing up for.

June 29, 2016

Dance of death

A quick clip that explains things -- I've felt the draw of spandex, no lie.


The comments got hot on the last post.

June 24, 2016

Summers past

Footage from 24 or more years ago shouldn't look so familiar -- a good portion of the downtown spots skated in the video above are still skated today, a quarter of a century later. Made tricks/parts kick in around the 2:30 mark -- the video features, roughly in order of appearance, Chad Mohler, Matt Hubert, Judd Prozinski (with some Rob Sissi in there) and Jesse Mohler. Was the parking garage improved or hurt by that extra asphalt?

June 21, 2016

Go to sleep

Jerboi Davis Torgerson made a 10-minute-ish video called Naptime, a means of dealing with -- do we remember -- like a broken foot? Naptime isn't exactly Davis' first time around the video-making block; probably about 10 years ago he made a flick called Atosennim that may or may not exist on the internet, and if memory serves he was some sort of consultant on the Myskate project of roughly the same era. Naptime is also notable since Sissi has a clip in it, keeping alive his streak of appearing in roughly 87 of 87 possibly applicable video projects in which he had an opportunity to appear. Not even talking shit -- dude stacks clips. Credit Jenkem with the online premiere of the flick.

Related: This should happen, right?

May 18, 2016

Community Bulletin Board

Nike Bruin Hyperfeel Wear Test from PetertheJones on Vimeo.

Is Nike SB even controversial right now? Plat faves Philly from Humidity and Matt Nordness appear in both clips above, along with some of the usual and not so usual locs.

Where are the support guys on this one?

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Snoop and Banks should make an album!

A handful of thoughts on the new adidas video, Away Days:
* The older heads understood the vibes about the music budget.
* Fakie inward heelflips.
* Felt like a Cliché video from the aughts.
* Lucas!
* Miles Silva!?
* The skating was good; the ultra clean ledge skating got old.
* Travel budget videos lack a sense of place.
* Majerus stood out.
* Probably not gonna set any trends
* Not nearly as scary as the GX-1000 vid, but had fewer graffiti clips.