Ishod Wair’s ”Wair N Tear”.
Ishod’s the best. I can’t think of another guy who could pull off being at the heart of Philly’s whole nineties/vx/Love Park lines revival whilst being a Street League “Athlete” (with the Monster logo on the hat and everything). The dude can basically do what he wants. He’s one of the few guys who could almost qualify as “too good” (if there even is such a thing), but who’ll never slip into the boring “robot” category simply because of how smooth and spontaneous he is on a skateboard. I guess it all comes down to flow. It’s the same reason why someone like Mike Mo will never be as enjoyable to watch as JB, even though he’s just as solid and has comparable precision and control. -Arthur
Brad Cromer – Krooked Pro part
In what some would say was a long time coming, Brad Cromer officially turned pro for Krooked this October. With his new pro status comes the required ‘going pro part’. Cromer already amazed earlier this year with his Lo-fi part and in no time at all he’s come up with enough footage for a new four minute section. The legendary Mark Gonzales recreates the circle board for Brad and skates up to Tompkins Square park to surprise Mr. Cromer with his new pro-model. As if having “Gonz-approval’ wasn’t enough, Brad comes through a with a pro-worthy section consisting or highly-popped flip tricks, massively high grinded rails and even a fake ollie over a bump to bar. Welcome to the pro ranks Mr. Cromer, you deserve it. -Will
The Scene: Copenhagen.
Putting an edit that we commissioned in here probably seems a bit weird, almost like we are giving ourselves props, but lets be completely honest: apart from convincing them to do this for us (and nausing them up about music rights), we didn’t have very much to do with it. Emil Hvilsom, Hjalte, Jonas and the rest of crew are the ones that deserve the praise, they smashed it. That’s in terms of actual skating (even though that barely comes as a surprise when you think of the footage they had in Vores KBH) as much as in terms of spot seeking. They managed to remind us that Copenhagen is truly one the best skate cities in the world without even having to hit half of it’s most famous spots. It instantly made me consider booking tickets for a little skate holiday out there next summer which is exactly what I wanted these scene edits to do. I can’t wait for the next instalment to drop. -Arthur
Dennis Durrant – Welcome to Adidas
It’s always exciting to see an international skater come back into the limelight after quitting their big name American sponsors and disappearing into the fold for a bit. That’s exactly what has happened for Australian Dennis Durrant. After quitting Mystery and Circa some time ago, if you weren’t in Australia you might have had no idea what he was up to. The fact is Dennis has been recently hooked up with Adidas and he has filmed a banging intro to the team section skating spots in Denmark, China, Germany, the US and his homeland of Oz. Back on the scene, crispy and clean! The only question is…….who will his next board sponsor be? -Will
Rogie – Video Nasty
Can you think of any instances when people in charge of major skate videos have given themselves last part? I know I can and that’s one of the reasons why I’m so hyped on Rogie in Video Nasty. The fact that he managed to get the best section in the video whilst filming and editing it blows me away, so seeing that he was too modest to give himself the well deserved ender only makes it sicker. Well done Rogie! -Arthur