Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Walker Ryan

Walker Ryan
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

David Cole

David Cole


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

Tom Remillard

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

Dave Abair

Dave Abair
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

Dave Abair

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