Emersons Green opening jam edit and Bristol’s Finest

maverickskateparksThe latest concrete skate park to open in Bristol can be found at Emersons Green just off the A4174 thanks to Maverick Skateparks’ design and build.

Here’s the opening day edit so you can see what’s been built in South Gloucestershire with tricks from Jason Lewer, Chris Oliver and friends plus another edit from Nicky Howells and Bristol’s Finest crew by George Nevin.

One year ago today…

Exactly 365 days ago we posted a review of the last DVD of the decade to grace the front cover of Sidewalk Magazine, Bristol’s Finest. One year later, it’s withstood the tests of time and digital amnesia to remain one of the raddest scene videos to come from these shores, spawning a bucket load of further edits, influencing filmmakers and skateboarders everywhere and firmly re-establishing Bristol as one of the tightest scenes in the UK.

Read the review here and treat yourself to half an hour of South West shredding from the finest crew in all of Bristol by watching the entire video below.

BRISTOL’S FINEST from Bristol’s Finest on Vimeo.

Reflections 2010: Dan Wileman

For years, Dan Wileman has remained an absolutely massive blip on our radar due to his idiosyncratic trick selection, balls out style and how often he comes to our jams and walks away with some cash. Our Xmas Jam in December was no exception, as he slayed the rail in the way only he could manage, smiling while saying “ha, I haven’t seen these in a while” as we handed over the Crossfire pounds. If he didn’t have such huge support from his family of sponsors we’d fear that the taxman would question why his bank was filled with DIY cash.

In 2010, Dan has maintained his position as one of the Bristol’s finest, ripping hard despite injury for Crayon Skateboards, 50-50, Venture Trucks and Hubba Wheels. Read below as he reflects with us on the twelve months that have just past.

What important lesson have you learnt from 2010?

Aint really learnt shit this year to be honest, but peace to the haters.

Best personal moment of 2010?

Being sung Happy Birthday at Basel by the whole arena and being caked in the face for getting best trick on my birthday.

Best skate trip of 2010?

Either Basel or the shop comp in Switzerland, both were on par. Rad crew and it’s funny times going anywhere with Kohran and four litres of rum. Couldn’t skate because of my foot so just got pissed  and watched Fiddy represent. So sick.

Best song/album of 2010?

Skitz and Buggsy ina system buggsy coming straight outta Bristol and is one of the most chilled heads you have ever met. Killing it in UK hip hop scene.

Most satisfying trick landed/filmed?

Probably front feebs down this rail in Kent on the Venture tour. I think the biggest rail I’ve front feebed before was at Playstation so this was the first street rail for the front feebs and it came pretty easy so I want to step it up to a bigger one.

Newest trick learnt?

Nollie bigspin noseblunt.

Most watched video of 2010?

Motive – Dimensions or Bristol’s Finest.

Skater of the year?

Chris Jones I reckon, him or Dylan Hughes; he kills it more than anyone I see skate, he’s gotta be most underrated skater. Well,  maybe not underrated but he should be making bare cash money.

Fresh Blood tip for 2011?

Barber or Tom Gibbs, watch out yo. And Dave Snaddon AKA DJ Mind State with his tunes big in the game, watch this space.

What are you looking forward to doing in 2011?

L.A. in February, gonna chill and skate with Benny. Gonna be sick.

Torey Pudwill – Hallelujah

Safest dude I’ve ever met. He was in bristol on his 16th birthday, we got him well pissed on tequila he spewed every where. Genius on the plank and cool as fuck off it.

Venture UK in Kent

One of the funniest trips I’ve been on. Mad crew and well productive; this was only like a three or four day tour. Sick as, big up Shiner.

Crayon – Malaga 2010

Another funny ass trip. Sunshine in January is always good and Leo’s reaction to the board being flung into the shop is priceless. Big up Symeon Jamal AKA Syme AKA L.A gangster and big up Crayon.

Basel on a Budget

Yet another funny mish, ended up being mad English crew in Basel.  The last day there was this bit at the park with all balloons and there was like forty litres of booze and two bottles of rum and everyone but us and two dudes and a chick behind bar left. We got right on it. I took a HD mini cam with me and Crissy Oliver made one of the funniest edits. Lost a memory card with loads more footage on it due to the booze in the bar but ey, good times…

Sean Smith – Haze Wheels

Sean Smith… BADMAN.

Watch: George Nevin’s 2010 edit

Bristol based filmbot George Nevin has made an edit compiling his favourite moments from 2010.

Click the (ridiculous) screenshot of Korahn Gayle grinding the Pipe Lane sign below to see twelve months of Bristol’s Finest shenanigans compressed into ten minutes of radness. Nice one George!

Watch: Redlight Warehouse Footage

Following on from his banging Nicky Howells edit, Bristol based filmer James Harris has compiled a selection of gems from the UK Ramp Hire Warehouse. It’s not too surprising how much he’s racked up given the weather that favours only the snowman, but we’re stoked on all of it.

Watch below for sheltered corkers from some of Bristol’s Finest Josh Arnott, Dan Lacey, Tom Gibbs, Sam Austin, Andy Coleman and Taylor Oakley.

Watch: New Bristols Finest edit

The residents of Bristol kicked off 2010 with one of the best UK skateboard videos of the year with Bristol’s Finest and are back with a brand new edit this morning courtesy of Mr. George Nevin.

The full crew is in force as they give not only Bristol but the entire country a good seeing to in the space of three minutes. Featuring Korahn Gayle, Tom Gibbs, Dylan Hughes, Dan Wileman, Barney Page and many more. Kick start your week with this.

Bristol’s Finest

Photo: Owen Hopkins – Nosegrind in Bristol by Trix.
After pressing play on the last DVD of the decade to be gracing the front of Sidewalk, Bristol’s Finest, I barely had time to pour milk on my cornflakes before Dan Wileman was 360 flipping out of lengthy manuals in a Crocodile Dundee get-up. This is a flick that sees no shame in premature gnar-jaculation, choosing to drop the heavy bassline into this visual mixtape instantly rather than faff around with any editing or HD foreplay. This is Bristol, remember? Or, more accurately, if all those subverted North Face logos are anything to go by, this is the South West, bitch.

So after briefly floating in a womb with names floating around that may as well serve as a loose metaphor for Bristol being pregnant with a spectacular skate scene, Dan Wileman rips from the umbilical cord and gets this bloodbath started. After another excuse to see that bigflip at the 2008 Meanwhile Jam, Dan doesn’t slow with unexpected rapid-fire bangers. Aside from the most legit frontboard on a ledge since the 90s, Dan gets high on the monster rail atop Cardiff Bay’s steep red banks and stays around to flip manual the pad at Sports Café that does not get nearly enough attention from visitors. Look out for more from this guy in the Crayon video which will undoubtedly drop sometime this year whenever Dykie comes up with a name and manages to spell it correctly in the title sequence. There was a wink in that sentence.

From now on, people have not-so-much sections, but a period of time in the unstoppable mix to drop bangers as though in a free association session with RZA and the Clan. Amongst the montages it’s not easy to keep up with the action but what’s going on is most definitely not easy, no way, not ever, no sir. Motive’s Paul Carter hooks up with Wainwright to hit some beautiful architecture and make it a little bit more grimy before Flynn Trotman flies in and skates walls like they’re flatbanks. Tom Gibbs deserves a note and immediate re-watch for catching everything proper and perfect.

Jess Young comes in next and if you weren’t satisfied with his photos from the Kill City Hobo Tour in the mag then you’re a fool, but will soon become a satisfied and hopefully impressed fool. There’s an on-going joke with anyone who skates with Jess Young, you could be standing on top of a ledge that someone has placed on Everest for some reason and it won’t be long before someone says ‘ah we should get Jess on this butt’. Sure, there’s some big drops in this, but you’ll be surprised at how versatile he is too. Dylan Hughes is next and shows that he hasn’t had so much as a nap after his Motive section, watch out for that double set frontside flip…

Andy Makepeace has a beautiful, optimistic name, and also boasts a beautiful nollie frontside heel that’s also as optimistic as a nollie frontside heel could be. After throwing it down Lloyds he whacks one into a mayday on those haggard banks that get a trashing throughout. Nicky Howells follows in traditional pisstake mode. Amongst technical ledge tomfoolery there’s a lazer flip that’ll become instant enemies with your rewind button. Be nice to that little guy now, you’re gonna need that little button again in a few minutes. Snaddon closes this segment in the usual top of the pops manner, half cabbing over a bench at college green and reclaiming that location for what’s truly important in Bristol. Fuck Skins!

The end is nigh, and yet it’s still not safe to breathe. The Big Hoppa Owen Hopkins puts that inevitable hardflip on hold (it comes after ten tricks! the wait was as tense as a Tarantino scene with no cuts!) but when it does you will shit where ever you are sitting. So if you have a portable DVD player then head to the lav then. Just a heads up.

New Crayon recruit Korahn Gayle finishes one of the finest (literally, I wasn’t shoehorning an awkward reference to the title in here I promise) videos to come from Bristol (that had absolutely nothing from The Deaner in I should add, not a bad thing) in the last decade, and who better to do so. If you’re not already convinced that Korahn isn’t one of the most important skaters to emerge from not just Bristol but the UK in the last ten years then do us a favour – go and do a switch back 360 down Lloyds in the fucking rain and let’s hear you make the same verdict. Hold tight Bristol.

Stanley;

If you missed out on the free DVD, put the kettle on and watch the full film right here:

BRISTOL’S FINEST from Bristol's Finest on Vimeo.