December 26, 2011

Glue Christmas

15 seconds! Merry Xmas.

December 22, 2011

This is the perfect no-brainer for the inter-Xmas-New Years timezone. See you there.

December 19, 2011

'11 Platty's

The statues are in the mail.

Here I go again, but not on my own. Thanks to the handful of people that gave input on what to do with the 2011 Platty's, the arbitrary, honorable mentions this site bestows each year, riffing on Thrasher's T'eddy Awards. Since we're talking awards, Turkey had one of the better quotes regarding this year's SOTY, Grant Taylor, who he called an "80's vert pro that can skate street." Take that as you will. The 2008, 2009 and 2010 Platty's can be found at the previous links.

Local Video Part of the Year: Steve Nesser for Adeline.

Honorable Mention: Davis Torgerson in "Since Day One."

Next Big Thing: Jack Olson.

"He's Really A Nice Kid": Jack Olson.

King Of Pop: Kirian Stone.

Comeback Kid: Jan Jacobson.

Best Twitterer: Jan Jacobson.

#WHYAREYOUYELLING?: Eddie Kochendorfer.


Second Best: #shitchucksays.

Bright Lights, Different City: Tucker Gerrick.

Filmer Who Skates Better Than You: Tim Fulton.

The Last Slice: Dana Ross.

Masonite Burns: Chad Benson.

Conspicuous Consumption: Judd Prozinsky.

Rad Dad: Adam Bovee.


Dude, Where's My Board?: Ben Ragsdale.

Wholesome: Tabari Cook.

Missing Intern: Kyle Henkler.

MIAA: Kevin Chartrand.


Shop Life: Dennis Burdick.

Weird Beard: CJ Tambornino.

Have You Seen Him?: Ryan Damian.

Taxi Driver/Back In The Saddle: Todd Brown.

Happy Feet: David Nelson.

Manny Mania: TJ Moran.

Once More Chicago's Finest: Neal Erickson.

Occupy Minneapolis: Rob Sissi.

Occupy Minneapolis With (More) Beer: Beer Up, Bro Down.

Grom Empire: 3rd Lair.

Blue Screen: Benji Meyer.

Butt-town Cometh: Alec Majerus.

Won The Battle If Not The War: Luke Hampton.

Iron Man: John Muldoon.

Who, Me Worry?: Chuck Odima.

Now You're A Man: David Jaimes.

Home Garage Sesh: Danny Jansen.

Happily Surprised: Plymouth Plaza.

Cross Trainer: Joe Sexton.

Union Thug: Ryan Hansen.

Resurrected: Backyard Ramp Jam.

Sightings: Andres Milstein.

Right Across The Red River: Todd Bratrud.

Team Management Aspirant: Jamiel Nowparvar.

Pajama Party On Weed: Cody Davis.

Quit Blogging: Andrew Leibman.

Still Blogging: Devolve.

Turns 10 In 2012: Platinumseagulls INC.

THE FINAL SAME DEAL; Twins: Dan Jackson.

December 15, 2011

You know these dudes!

Have I told you how much I despise the "dislike" button on Youtube? The video above has one dislike and 27 views, as of this posting. That button is the most passive-aggressive-assholery out there. I thought the video ripped. I'll try harder at updates later.

December 13, 2011

Summer Break

A random image from internet k-hole.

I went to Europe for the first time this past summer with etnies and it's all right here. It was all really great and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

There're great things and really boring things about being a skateboarder who travels all the time as a part of the job. I interviewed Johnny Layton a few years back and he was rather blasé about a trip to South America, which I called him on, but I get it now.

Bratrud's book is out, I HATE: The Art of Todd Bratrud and you can buy it here, but if you can locally source it, better yet. I'm not sure who in the city, skateshop wise, will be carrying the book, but I'll let you know if I do figure it out.

I'm still all for any Platty Awards ideas, as detailed here.

Quartersnacks is killing it with "The Events That Defined New York Skateboarding In 2011 and you should read it all and keep an eye on further developments.

Go Wolves, and cheers to Spring in December.

December 8, 2011

Wagging the Dog

I watched the video above to see what Moorhead's Luke Hampton did (run starts at 12:30) to get second place down in Tampa and by the end of it I was pretty sure the dude got ripped off. Sure, Trevor Colden is this moment's It Kid as he snatches up cool sponsorships and does incredible shit (this dude abides), but really, that was the winning run? Colden did a considerable number of tricks that I'd have a stab at in a contest run and that's not really a good thing for him. Also, he did a total of seven tricks to Hampton's 10 (Luke missed the ender, so he tried 11). I've judged contests, peaking with a Damn Am a few years ago (I was terrible at it, it was a one-time deal). My feeling from that experience is that rapid fire tricks have almost more value than middling difficult stuff and I wouldn't say Colden surpassed "middling" at all. Do the two skaters have greatly divergent looks on a board? Sure. Colden has that "precocious little kid in a beanie" thing going and Hampton is all "moat-race." If looking rad on a skateboard won contests, Evan Smith had that shit in the bag. If only to end the digression, using the style argument to put Colden on top of Hampton is moot. Barring all the industry politics and cool-guy-ness and other bullshit in skateboarding, Hampton would have won, but then again he didn't. Moving on.

Having just blasted out a fairly stream of consciousness riff, I'll now link to very, very good writing about skateboarding. Kyle Beachy's essay about the Nyjah 11/11/11 part is fantastic. It stands as sports writing that could exist outside of the skateboard world and having read it, I'm glad I didn't try to attempt to write my own post about the part. To point out the "brutality" of Nyjah's skating is absolutely spot on. I can't wait to read more from Beachy. (I'm also so pleased with this quote from the piece, Reynolds on Herman: "[He] [l]ooks the coolest and looks the coolest doing it." It's true. I should go off on that kind of "coolness" sometime.)

Rick Kamla just announced, from the other room, that the NBA lockout is officially over. I'm not ashamed to say that I watched this video of the Twolves scrimmaging. Twice.

December 5, 2011

Beards The Word*

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Maybe you know it, maybe you don't, but jerboi CJ Tambornino won the best trick at Tampa Am after getting dead last the day before. Rumor has it that CJ was a bit jet-lagged after a trip back from South America straight to the contest (though you can only blame a long flight, not shifts in time zone), but I have a feeling it has more to do with him and certain dudes' (I'm looking at Nate Compher) scorched Earth-ish type policies when it comes to contest runs: You either destroy the run, or it destroys you. Congrats too to Luke Hampton, who placed second overall in the contest; if Moorhead were actually spelled "Morehead" like the SPOT dudes would have it, we'd all move there.

On misspellings and personally having a tough name to spell, Nike got CJ's name wrong, among a host of others that I did not note that vigorously. It has something to with my surname being spelled "Muzenrider" so many times that, well, I still care. Not that much though. To dropped "n's!"

I haven't said this yet: Thank goodness the NBA is back. If the Timberwolves even look 25 percent better than last year, I'm going to post about it. You've been warned.

Also, it's come to that time of year where I'm starting to think about drinking some beers and writing the 2011 Platty Awards. I'm putting out the call to crowd-source for the first time, so if you've got a nominee with an award in mind, leave it in the comments. It's essentially my rip-off of the T-Eddy Awards, FYI. I'm being lazy and not posting direct links to the past awards, but the Google search is so easy for them, I did it for you.

To riff on that Highlander thing from a post or two ago, if anyone wants to nominate someone for the laziest Platinumseagulls INC. intern ever, THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! Have fun on your trip Kyle!

*Shitty pun aside, dudes were talking about it (@ 1:01). It's still got legs.

December 1, 2011


That ollie!

I kind of expect B-Show to be on some Highlander shit with this kid. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! Happy birthday Chad. That explosion at the end was sick! And almost my entire post was already up at Devolve!