Top 5 of the Month (July)

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Palace Reebok Loop
In the mid-nineties Big Brother magazine had a pull-out poster of Kareem Campbell doing a backside flip in the World park wearing Reebok Workouts. At that time it was something of an epiphany like: “Oh yeah, Reeboks, why not skate in Reeboks? They look dope!” Combining the go-to shoe of British council estate youth and a dose of nineties nostalgia Palace has collaborated with Reebok to bring forth two versions each of the Reebok Classic and Workout styles.  Accompanying the release Lev and the Palace crew continue to bring to the masses more glitchy VHS heat – this time in the form of a Palace x Reebok loop featuring the skateboard prowess of new Palace riders Torey Goodall, Louie Jones and Blondey McCoy. Reebok has made a foray into the skate shoe game before, you may remember the DGK x Reeboks from a few years back, but it seems like when you put the Palace triangle on anything these days it just flies off the shelves. It’s all about the timing. Palace doesn’t come out with web clips every month, I mean it must be quite hard to find VHS tapes these days, so when they do put out a clip it’s always worth the wait.

 

Quim Cardona in Overground Broadcasting
Japanese Director Takahiro Morita released ‘Overground Broadcasting’ in 2008. The video is a collection of footage from throughout the world spanning from 2001 when he started to film the project to its release in 2008. In the video, about halfway, there is a part with Quim Cardona. Somehow, this part hasn’t surfaced online till now. Or has it? I actually found a link to the whole video on youtube uploaded in 2011, but the title is ‘Japanese Skate Video’ so it’s unlikely anyone even noticed it. Regardless, it’s nice to see Quim at his finest skating the Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles streets. It seems like what Quim was doing a decade ago is what everyone is emulating now. It’s rumoured that Quim is going to have a section in Josh Stewart’s Static IV. Let’s hope this is true, there is just not enough footage of Quimtime.
Flo Marfaing in Texalona
Respect due to Flo Marfaing. This Frenchman has been killing it since the late nineties. Also, you have to respect a skater that doesn’t adhere to the latest trends in skate fashion. I think Flo is wearing the same gear now as his Puzzle part in 2001.  It’s quite a treat to get a five minute predominantly VX footage part from Flo that includes ledge techery and insane manual NBDs.
Paco Elles Trap section
I’ve never met Paco Elles. What I do know about him is that he is a talented skateboarder. What caught my attention was the fakie flip at 1:12. Yes, I know, it’s just a fake flip on flat in a line, but sometimes it’s the small things, like the specific catch of a flip trick that really stands out when you watch a skater for the first time. Keep an eye out for Paco Elles, he will undoubtedly be in future issues of Kingpin.
Karsten Kleppan in Hold it Down
The first part in a skateboard video holds a certain weight to it. It’s traditionally meant to hold the viewer’s attention with incredible skating, even though often first-part skaters are ‘The New Guy’ on the team. Norwegian Karsten Kleppan fits that mold with his section in Element Europe’s Hold it Down. Karsten attacks  whatever is in his path with power, speed and style – just look at the catch of the switch heel at 2:03! You might recognise some of the tricks in his Hold it Down part from Karsten’s Expand in issue 109. Just a few months ago Karsten had a part in Oslo 5 so he must be a workhouse when it comes to getting clips. It’s safe to say we’ll surely see another part from again in a few months. Booya-kasha.
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