Thursday, December 30, 2010
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Thursday, December 23, 2010
In honor of christmas eve, get some holiday tunes rolling thru your blood! Here are some of my favorite christmas songs that have a soulful touch! Enjoy
the photo is a christmas card my family made a few years back! Photo by Tadashi
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Sponsors: Axion Shoes, OJ Wheels, Oneup Boardshop, Santa Cruz
Frontside 180, photo: Bradford Bishop
It was hard for all of us to decide on who should have the last part in the video. Originally the video was going to be a promo for David Cole and he was going to have first and last part. Then we thought Ryan Harris should have last part, because the whole SHUFFL thing was his deal originally and his footy was looking epic. I think at the last second we decided to give it to Austin because he’s just a G and his footy was super raw.
Austin started kicking it with us when he moved from Pittsburgh to be a student at San Diego State. He immediately got along with all of us and by Ryan’s approval he was officially SHUFFL material. Austin is one of the most gifted skaters I’ve ever seen and when he skates he puts off a sort of Cardiel vibe that’s contagiously positive and motivating when you’re out skating. So much of this part was done on the whim and with gracious ease, which is why his part ended up being so deserving of the last part. Watch out for Austin in the future because he’s going to blow minds. Also, check his part that just came out on the Axion site.—Walker Ryan
Guest Skaters: Kyle Nicholson, Nick Panza, Drew
Filmed by: Rob Starr, Ivery Turner, Cuong Lieng, Eric Lesar, Dan Connelly
Song: Ghostface Killah, The Champ
Edited by: Ivery Turner
And in case you missed the Re-edit of his part that was a Sk8Mafia Saturday a few months back, here it is.
Edited by: Walker Ryan
Song: Big L, Put it On
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Sponsors: Santa Cruz, Osiris shoes, Jivaro Wheels, 510 Boardshop, Roughneck hardware
Crooked grind, photo: Hainault
If it wasn’t for Ryan Harris, there never would have been any SHUFFL video. The acronym SHUFFL was created by some of Ryan’s OG skate homies and Ryan started repping it down in San Diego. Somehow it caught on and after awhile we decided to make a homie video. Since SHUFFL stands for Skate Homies Underground Family For Life, it seemed fitting to call the video The SHUFFL Video.
Ryan’s part came together easily because the dude is always busting his ass and always filming. He’s spontaneous and never seems to walk away from any session without getting an amazing clip or two, with a trick he’s probably never even tried before. The only dilemma for this part was finding a song. We tossed around ideas for months and nothing seemed just right. Ryan had his heart set on Money For Nothing by Dire Straights, but Ivery wasn’t down. The night before the premiere we still had no Ryan part and so I started piecing together his part to his original song choice. By 6a.m., Ivery had finished what I started and his video part was starting to come together. In the end, the finished product came out perfect in my opinion.
Ryan’s the ideal ATV shredder and will skate any and everything in his path. Look out for Ryan because he’s on the come up and you’ll surely see more of him in the future.—Walker Ryan
Guest skaters: Errol Langdon, Trevor Morgan, D’ontae Smith
Filmed By: Ivery Turner, Russell Houghten, Cuong Lieng, Cameron Holland, Cameron Sanchez, Ramon Hess, Eric Lesar, Nick Lamm
Song: Dire Straights, Money For Nothing
Edited by: Ivery Turner
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Frontside noseslide. Photo: Hainault
I met Paul when I was 17 at Tampa Am. He immediately struck me as a very thoughtful and genuine person, unlike most of the crazy young lads running around that contest, and he had the dopest front crooks I’d ever seen! It was no surprise that when I moved to San Diego a year later we became good friends and it was equally unsurprising that he was already great friends with everyone in San Diego that I was meeting throughout that first year. Paul busts his ass on and off his skateboard with whatever he’s doing, which explains why it was so easy for him to get through San Diego State with an Economics degree while never ceasing to push himself and progress on a skateboard.
Paul was able to bounce around quite a bit throughout the period of time we were filming, which is why his part stands out so strong. Even though the majority of this video was filmed in San Diego, it is nice to see a mix of East Coast spots in there as well, especially coming from a San Diego native. Paul really helped make this video happen and was determined to get it out there no matter the cost. Whether it was tracking down footage of every last homey who we wanted in the video, to helping get sponsorship money, Paul wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of putting this video out. Paul’s part came out great and despite having a full time job putting together concert stages he’s still out everyday skating hard and enjoying his deep love for skateboarding.—Walker Ryan
Guest Skaters: Ben Skrzypek, Brian Emmers
Filmed by: Russell Houghten, Cuong Lieng, Ivery Turner, Ramon Hess, Alex Lewendowski, Cameron Holland, Cameron Sanches, Bryan Callaghan, Ryan Alvarado, Elliot Vecchia, Cuong Ngo, Cory Williams, Zack Mckenzie, Austin Mayer and Chris Ray
Song: Otis Redding, Higher
Edited by: Walker Ryan
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sponsors: Organika, C1RCA, Elm, Spitfire, Force, 510 Boardshop, Aerial7 Headphones, Paradox Grip, Roughneck Hardware, Skate Sauce wax, Remind Insoles
Kickflip. Photo: Hainault
It’s a miracle we were even able to complete this video because for the most part, there was no filmer who filmed more than 30-percent of the video. This video was composed of donated clips from generous filmers from all over. Ivery Turner was definitely our filmer, but he had a full-time job for most of the year and it was hard to always have him out skating. The rest of it somehow came together by tracking down all the random tricks we’d get when we’d be out skating with a large array of different talented filmers. Thank you to all the filmers who donated all these clips without asking for anything in return! And I’d like to give a thank you to all the shops who’ve carried the DVD! It’s cool to know that a bunch of skaters can still produce and sell a DVD, even in the hyper-speed interweb world. There are still some out there, so if you’re down to support the cause of homie videos, please do! Also, thank you to C1RCA, Organika, Osiris, Ezekiel, Filmbot Grip, and Sk8mafia for sponsoring the video! Without those companies the video never would have been made.—Walker Ryan
Guest Skater: Karl Watson
Filmed by: Eric Lesar, Ramon Hess, Ryan Alvarado, Russell Houghten, Ivery Turner, Lee Dupont, Alex Heskett, Cameron Sanchez, Corey Cabrera, Dana Shaw, Anthony Claravall, Brad Rosario, and Justin Carleson
Song: Anthony Hamilton, Do you feel me
Edited by: Ivery Turner
Friday, November 19, 2010
Ollie, photo: Hainault
I don’t know what to say about David Cole. I met the dude was I was 13 because we were from the same town, but at the time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how I’d never skated with him before that. It wasn’t like we lived in a big town and there definitely wasn’t any ripping skate scene. But this dude was hucking himself off the hugest sets with the steeziest finesse of any 12-year old I’ve seen to date. Today, the steeze has only gotten better, the skills have improved, and I’ve come to find that David is one of the rarest breeds of human beings I will ever encounter. I still can’t quite figure him out and I’m not sure if anyone ever will. That’s why we call him Crave.
Originally, Crave was supposed to have first and last part and the video was supposed to be his sponsor me tape. While filming, David was working full time at Panera Bread manning the sandwich line while suffering from one serious injury after the next. David broke his elbow super bad and didn’t go to the doctor for over a month due to lack of health insurance. When he finally went, they told him his forearm was basically close to falling off if he didn’t immediately get an eight-inch bolt drilled into his bone to connect his elbow to his arm.
Crave’s back to full strength and can be spotted shredding the St. Helena park in the town he now resides in while working at a burger joint called Gott’s Refresher. I still know David is going to be a legend in skateboarding, whether he ever gets sponsored or not. To this day he’s one of my favorite skateboarders to watch and as anyone who’s met him can testify, he’s the best person in the world to be around. Watch what a day in the life for him is like here.—Walker Ryan
Filmed by: Ivery Turner, Nick Lamm, Cameron Sanchez, Eric Lesar, Corey Cabrera, Russell Houghten, Walker Ryan, Ryan Alvarado, Grant Schubert, Jacob Steinforth, edited by Ivery Turner
Song: Fourtops, Reach Out
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Sponsors: Anti Hero, Spitfire, Brixton, Converse, Ace Trucks, Diamond Supply Co, Route 44, Stance Socks, Daf Coozies
Guest skaters: Stu Graham, Peter Hewitt, Neil Heddings, Brandon Perelson
Filmed by: Russell Houghten, Ivery Turner, Dave Haong, Cuong Lieng, Shockus, P-Stone
Song: Billy Preston, Nothing From Nothing
Edited by: Ivery Turner
Tom Remillard’s part came together at pretty much the last second. I’d received a call from Tom a few months before we started editing the video and he had asked if he could have his unused footy go towards our video. After talking for a minute, we decided he should just go ahead and have a full part. Tom Grom’s been hanging out with all of us for as long as I’ve been down in San Diego and it was only appropriate he had a full part. But by the time we were almost done editing the video, we barely had any of Tom’s footage! Some how in the last week or two we were able to track down every random, lingering trick Tom’s filmed over the last year or so and by some stroke of luck he ended up having a full part! Ivery and Tom put together this masterpiece the night before the premiere and I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite parts in the vid. I wanted his part to show the transformation from the infamous grom to the grown man destroyer! He’s one of my favorite skaters and this part shows why, but wait until you watch him in person, it’s a whole other experience!—Walker Ryan
photo: Blair Alley
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Sponsors: 5Boro, Venture, Heavy Bolt Division, Bones Wheels, Lucky Bearings, Huff Shoes, Westside Skateshop, Talent Skatepark
Dave Abair started hanging out with us a few years back and would periodically sleep on the floor/couch of this skate house that John, David, Andy, and Ryan lived in down in San Diego. It’s almost impossible not to love the dude because his kind-hearted, genuine personality just pours out the moment you meet him and you immediately get the sense that he’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Dave is also one of the hardest working skateboarders in the industry, despite being what Low Card once called an “unsponsored am.” Dave currently lives in Oakland, California, works a graveyard shift at a dog kennel in San Francisco during the night, and is ready to skate the moment he gets off work—at 8 a.m. I don’t know how he does it, but he manages to get so much skating done every week.
Dave’s part was a blast to put together because he had at least 20 minutes of cool unique footage to sift through. So instead of having the footage just barely fit together, I tried to look for the most character out of the very best clips to compile a fully representative Dave Abair part. I’m proud Dave came through for our video and I might have to say that his is my favorite part in the video. Somebody please give this dude the green light and turn him into a “sponsored” am because it’s long overdue.—Walker Ryan
Backside 50-50, photo: Chami
Guest Skater: Jeremy Reeves
Filmed by: Russell Houghten, Ramon Hess, Justin Carleson, Jacob Steinforth, P-Stone, Zach Chamberlain, Mike Thompson, Ivery Turner, and Ryan Garshell
Song: Eddie and Ernie, Bullets Don’t Have Eyes
Edited by: Walker Ryan
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
When I moved down to San Diego for college 5 years ago, John Lupfer was the first San Diegan I skated with. We were instant homies and for the first year I was in San Diego John would pick me up nearly every day to take me street skating. With out John I probably would have been stuck at UCSD that first year, friendless and completely disconnected from any type of skate community. Almost every dude in this video who is from San Diego was introduced to me through knowing John and he really helped make this whole video come together.
John’s part was looking mighty throwaway about a month before we put out the video. John had been holding on for dear life to about to 2 minutes ofamazing footy for the Stereo Video and was refusing to give us any of it. For months we begged but John refused to budge. Ivery and I were just about ready to hijack it all and put it in his SHUFFL part before he decided to give it to us with a clear conscience. This is by far John’s best video part to date and we were hyped one of San Diego’s finest, a true skate homie to many, could start off the video with a banging part. And the song couldn’t have been more perfectly chosen. John is the best!
Filmed by: Russell Houghton, Ivery Turner, Cameron Sanchez, Garrett Hunt, Mark Stewart, Ramon Hess, Adam Stephenson, Cameron Holland, Ryan Alvarado, Eric Lesar
Song: Swinging Medalions-“Double Shot of my baby’s love”
Edited By: Ivery Turner
Photo by: Ivery Turner
Friday, October 22, 2010
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SHUFFL homie Brooks has a crops on theskateboardmag.com and ryan has an ill photo in there! peep it !!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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Thursday, July 8, 2010
For the most part, the jump off premiere was almost an utter failure. We made a deal with the hotel that we would get enough people in the place to meet a $4,000 minimum in bar sales. We also agreed to rent 10 of the 23 rooms in the hotel. On top of that, we promised them that we as skateboarders wouldn't get too crazy and that no more than 160 people would show up, since that number is the capacity of the bar and the pool.
The video was supposed to play at 8pm, and they were to shut down the bar around 11pm. Pearl hotel is a classy establishment, and i think they were expecting a classy crowd. By 7pm, every inch of the hotel was packed with grimey skateboarders drinking their own beers and smoking cigarettes everywhere they're not supposed to. my guess would be that 350 or more people were packed in the bar and pool area. Surprisingly, for a skate event, a good percentage of the attendees were lovely ladies. People were jumping off the banisters into the pool, sneaking into the hotel through the kitchen and getting progressively more wasted as the minutes counted down to 8pm.
Meanwhile, I was busy exporting the video in my car driving back from ivery's house where we'd been editing the video for the previous 48 hours, with no breaks. I get to the hotel and the place is gnarly. So many homies showed up i was almost moved to the point of tears, but i was far too overwhelmed to sit and get sentimental. I still had to burn the dvd!
So i'm in my room, burning the dvd, feeling like i'm on cloud 9. It was 7:45, the video was being burned, the hotel put on a trailers loop of all the web videos we've been putting on the blog, and the crowd was getting hyped. The hotel manager told me he was getting nervous and he wanted to play the video to keep the crowd controlled, and i assured him we were on schedule.
With 7 minutes left on the IDVD countdown, the worst thing imaginable happens. My computer completely freezes. With 7 minutes left, the burning program that comes with the macbook pro decides it can't complete the process. We diagnose the problem, which was due to having far too many applications up and running at the same time, along with a completely maxed out hard drive. Both of which i hadn't taken the time to check before beginning the process, which to my deep remorse could have taken me a total of 30 seconds.
After i shut down all the programs, delete an entire music folder, and retry the burning, i hear a knock on my hotel door. Its the manager, and he tells me that the hotel is getting its ass kicked and unless i have the dvd ready to play that moment, he's pulling the plug, calling the cops, and kicking out the entire party.
I explain the situation and tell him itll just be a few more minutes, but he apologies and says there's nothing he can do. The party's over.
So there i am, in my room, watching the dvd countdown the minutes until the video is completed as the cops are storming the hotel kicking every single person out. The bar gets shut down so we can't meet the $4000 minimum, the video hasn't even been played, and as far as i know there’s tons of drunk skateboarders outside getting arrested.
once the place gets cleared out, the dvd completes the burning process. I have the dvd in my hands while the whole party is kicked out of the premiere! I tell the manager its ready to play and he runs to put the video in.
This is when the magic happens. Somehow, once the video starts playing, people just start appearing in cheers, as if from thin air. People run in from all unguarded entrances, through the kitchen, over the fences and around the back. Herds of people stumble out of the ten hotel rooms, and as the john's video starts playing i hear loud cheers and look back at a packed bar and a full upper banister of homies.
After the video played, the manger called the cops once again and San Diego's finest cleared out the masses.
in retrospect, The SHUFFL premiere happened exactly the way it should. Skate homies showed up from far and wide to watch a homie video, the cops kicked us out and the higher authority tried to stop the fun, but in the end we got to do what we wanted to do anyways. Sounds much like what we do every time we go skate. Almost an utter failure, with a solid victory in the end.
Thanks to everyone that showed up and made the party fun.