Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Natas Kaupas | Santa Cruz Wheels of Fire


This is one of my all time favorite skate video parts.  It's the Pickpocket man!  Best lines in this video..."Oh, how's it going, Hi Dad, Just doing a little skating." or "Oh, Dirt" or "One Foot" :)

Tampa Cop Slamming a 15-Year-Old Skater to the Ground


I was hesitant about posting this because I don't really know all the facts, I don't know the kids and when you don't have all the information, it's easy to jump to conclusions, especially when skaters as a whole feel victimized and feel like we are treated unfairly when we are just trying to have fun. I've only had an encounter with the cops a couple times when I was a kid skating some ledges in front of a movie theater on a military base. They told me and my friends we can't skate here and we said okay and just left. I mean, that is all that is needed in that situation, right? In my 30s I took my lunch break one day at a parking garage in town that gets no use at all. It was raining and I really wanted to skate bad, so I went there. A cop pulls up, realizes I'm an adult and is fine with me skateboarding there. I wonder if I was a kid if I would have been treated differently.

It appears to me that the officer is being way to rough with this kid, but we don't get to see the very beginning of the altercation nor hear anything that might have been said so I find it hard to make a definite opinion here. In my opinion, when the police show up, you show them respect and do what they say. You don't run away, you don't pull away from them. You say your sorry and you cooperate with them. I feel like in today's society, there is some general consensus that it's okay to disrespect police officers or other people of authority if you feel you are right or not doing something wrong.

Now, if it's true that the cops said nothing to this kid and just walk up to him and grab him.  I don't think I would react well to that either.  I mean, he's a kid skateboarding, not a criminal with a gun in his hand.  As long as you are not posing a danger to others, I think you deserve to be told what you are doing wrong before being apprehended, especially with force.  I'm pretty sure the 15 year old kid didn't need to be thrown to the ground in this situation.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Daniel Gesmer | The Magic of Effortless Gliding

   Anybody remember this from Powell Peralta's "Public Domain" video? How could you not? It's that moment when you look over at your friends and are all like...."What's happening here?" :)

Well apparently Daniel has put the full version of the film that was shot for Powell-Peralta up on YouTube.  So if you have a craving for more Effortless gliding, check it out below! :) I shouldn't poke fun, as I could not do what he is doing on a skateboard. He definitely rides a board like no other human being and probably has better balance than anyone out there. I definitely have more appreciation and respect for the guy now. When I was a teenager watching this, it was totally a joke. I wonder how Stacy and George meant for "us" to take this segment...
I'm not sure if the following video was recorded in 2009, but it was published onto Youtube in 2009.  Pretty interesting insight into Daniel Gesmer.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Lance Mountain takes 1st Place in Vans Pool Party Legends Run


It's always fun to watch Lance because you can tell he is having fun when he skates. Awesome run! That push carve was awesomely scary!  Congrats Lance!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

BS with TG: Tony Hawk


I love listening to these guys from my childhood sit around and shoot the breeze. Feels like home since these guys were practically on my VCR all though the 80s. Give it a listen, you'll most likely learn some cool stuff from the work they have done together. Gleaming the Cube dude! That's all I have to say. Ha! :)