Monday, November 23, 2009

Stereo Jason Lee Retirement

I saw this deck while perusing ebay. I remember seeing one at a shop (Vert on Granville) when I first moved to Vancouver in 1997 and I haven't seen one since. I remember thinking that I should buy it as a collectors item because it's gonna be Jason Lee's last pro board, he was headed toward an acting career and the dude was, to me, one of the sickest of all time.

Now that Earl has been canceled, it would be pretty cool to get some more new Jason Lee footage. Does anyone know why so many vintage boards are coming out of Australia?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ethan Fowler on 360 flips

Awesome series of videos on 360 flips by one of the dudes with the best execution... the proper way to do them and the more recent lame "steezy" (I hate that word) way of doing them.

To me, the top 5 skaters with the best looking 360 flips are, with examples:

1. Jason Lee
2. Jovontae Turner
3. Josh Kalis
4. Rick Howard
5. Mike Carroll

I will add that this one and this one are definitely two of my favourites, probably more in the context of the tunes and the lines in which they occur. The Fowler videos don't play well in my Firefox so you might have to open the post in Explorer.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ray Barbee

Wow. Dude has been awesome for so long. One of the first super smooth and stylish street skaters I can remember. His Public Domain part was beyond amazing.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ryan Gallant + Expedition One

Ad, if it's for real, is way too good. Poached from the Slap forum.

Expedition One's got an amazing team.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

From Rain to Sun

Totally lagging on the posts the past week or so. It's been pretty dreary over here in Vancouver lately... chilly temperatures, wind and/or rain. The few times that it's been sunny, I've been stuck indoors at work.

My friend Paul and I have decided to head south for a seven day golf vacation. We used to go on an annual golf trip to Phoenix (2001-2004) but took a hiatus for several years. This time around, we're going to Palm Springs, which is a golf mecca several hours east of LA. Everything is hooked up... we got our flights through Westjet seat sales. Our rental car was booked with hotwire for $140 less than anywhere else. Our hotel is dirt cheap because Paul works in the industry. Great deals all around. The green fees are going to be the most expensive part of the trip. Even those are going to be fairly reasonable booking through ezlinks, activegolf, standbygolf and golfnow. I found this amazing website, which is helping me with my course selections.

We don't leave for another 11 days but I'm getting super psyched nonetheless! I'll have a full follow-up post with course reviews and all that good stuff.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Brian Lotti

So stoked. I was at the tws website looking at a Brian Wenning interview (which has since been taken down but is available here) and then I saw this Brian Lotti clip. He still looks so natural and stylish on a board. I have yet to see either of his videos (1st and Hope nor Free Pegasus). Image from the always amazing cbi.

As for Wenning, he's coming across as less of a kook in this interview as well as the one at 48 blocks. Stoked on his Vancouver plaza footage. The switch bs 180 to bs 5-0 on the hubba truly is amazing.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


"...that was my plan, to end on a good note and not bleed this career dry the way some guys do by not letting it go. Skating was so good to me, and I want to be good to it and not be one of those guys that won't go away."

Sick quote. An interview with Scott Johnston, one if my all time favourite skaters. Too bad the quality on that Let the Horns Blow clip sucks.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Chico Brenes

yeah! Chico retrospective plus a minute of new footage. He's always had such a smooth style. Back in the mid 90's, I thought he was good but I honestly didn't think he'd have longevity like this. I thought someone like Henry would. I was very wrong.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Habitat Lost Inhabitants

This set of Habitat decks went off on ebay last week for USD$50.99. wtf! Buyer is super stoked. Habitat's had a solid art department since the beginning.