Watch Geoff Rowley on 411VM from 1995

geoff_rowleyThis video gem featuring a very young, then Airwalk shoe sponsored Geoff Rowley in 1995 is just one of the many videos shot for 411 Video Magazine.

At the time, 411VM was our main source for keeping in touch with skate footage worldwide alongside full-length VHS releases, and were available at the best skate shops monthly. It’s strange to think that the internet even back then didn’t cater for video like it does now as broadband/high speed connections was not available like it is now.

The good news is that Skateboarder Magazine in the US have started rolling out all of the 411VM back catalogue bringing you stacks of skate history from various profiles, team features, event clips, individual sections and much more. Keep an eye on it as it rolls out but for now, watch Rowley’s Rookies section that we stumbled across last night.

Rookies by Kill City Skateboards

rookies_dvd_kill_city_frontWhen most companies are struggling to push as much content as possible onto the web, it’s nice to see a company take their time to prepare a proper DVD with quality footage and a great soundtrack.

Kill City have chosen to start the year off with a bang by releasing their full length video Rookies featuring Dave Davies, Sam Pulley, Nicky Howells, Jess Young, Joe Lynskey, Jake Collins and Caradog Emanuel. Head honcho Lee Dainton took the role of filming and general hypeman duties for the team and has worked his magic over and above expectations. Watching Rookies gives you the feeling that Kill City is a tight team of friends based in England and Wales where sessions are more about fun than business, which backs up Dainton’s legacy of his team tenfold.

Rookies introduces us to the next generation of UK skateboard royalty and beyond. You would think the video was edited backwards when you witness Dave Davies’ amazing two-song opening section. Joe Lynsky and Nicky Howells take care of the ledge techniques and switch skating, whilst Sam Pulley and Jake Collins mix things up with all-terrain skills. Jake’s all round gnar just landed him on the Quiksilver team so expect his talents to be traveling even more than usual this year. Jess Young has grown up during the filming of his section. He has gone from a gnarly kid leaping consecutive big sets of stairs into a young man with no fear of grinding down rails with 15-foot drops off the side. If he doesn’t kill himself, Jess has a great future ahead of him. Finally, there is Caradog Emanuel for the finish and he closes the video off in style. You can understand why he gets last part when you witness the talent he has on board. Caradog is quick to dish out 360 shove-its switch manuals down a steep bank, long backside lipslides through fountain ledges or a picture perfect heelflip over a rail into a massive bank – skills that make him a name to look out for in the future.

Overall, Rookies is a solid video that you can watch from start to finish without skipping sections or wandering off to make a cup of tea. Great skateboarding all round. The soundtrack also gets thumbs up with music varying from Mobb Deep and Biggie Smalls to Sebadoh and the Butthole Surfers. Finally, the extra credits are probably the funniest 4 minutes I’ve seen in a long time, get a copy today.

This DVD is highly recommended and available right now in your local skate shop.

Ralph Lloyd-Davis

Kill City Rookies trailer number 2 drops

The second trailer for the Rookies DVD by Kill City Skateboards has dropped this morning with another take on Thrashin’ with voice overs by the Milk.

Click here to watch the first one, and here for photos of the Cardiff premiere. This movie will be premiering after the Crossfire Xmas Jam this Saturday 10th December at Mau Mau, 265 Portobello Rd from 8pm.

Scroll down to watch a recent video interview with Dainton about what to expect.

Kill City Rookies premiere pics from Cardiff

The Kill City team were out in force last night in their home town of Cardiff to premiere their new DVD, Rookies at the Buffalo Bar.

It can be described in one post from Dan Joyce who wrote on Dainton’s wall this morning:

“Just when skating got boring and predictable, just what it needed, well done.”

Dainton sent us one sentence as the fresh hangover kicked in: “What an excellent night for an exorcism…”

As far as premiere’s go this one was the big one. Even the riders hadn’t seen the film so it was with big anticipation the audience was shouting for Dainton to press play on the DVD. I know Newport will be the punk rock premier but Cardiff was in high spirits too. The team was split between Cardiff and Barcelona on the night but every rider, present or not got the big reception as the parts flew by. Everyone has seen the regular Kill City edits that appear online but this whole video is fresh footage and put together seamlessly. Not wanting to spoil the surprises for the next week of premiere’s, this whole video has style; visually and through the skating too. Dainton’s filming is fast moving and Kill City have put the time, the miles and the energy into this film. The Cardiff premiere was the start of a big week for Rookies. It’s a great team performance and a sick video, make the effort and get to see this film quick! – Jono Atkinson.

Here’s some images shot for us thanks to Jono. If you are viewing this from Wales then don’t miss tonight’s screening in Newport at Le Pub and this Saturday after the Crossfire Xmas Jam with the full team at Mau Mau’s in Portobello road and expect 100% skateboarding as the film is obviously nothing like the trailers.

Pritchard vs Dainton Reflections 2011

pritchardvsdaintonTwo of skateboarding’s most colourful characters came through our office at the very end of November unannounced, so we took the opportunity to find out exactly what Dirty Sanchez duo Matt Pritchard and Lee Dainton got up to throughout 2011 and the highlights throughout the year.

They have spent time on the road performing their Pritchard vs Dainton stage show where, quite frankly, they get hurt for the pleasure of many onlookers, annihilated themselves for charity and have still made time to love skateboarding. Click play for a Reflections feature and also find out more about the Kill City Skateboards DVD release ‘Rookies’ that will be dropping this December into your local skate shop.

Kill City ‘Rookies’ DVD London premiere and trailer

The Kill City Skateboard team have opted for the non conventional DVD trailer ahead of their release of ‘Rookies‘ this month. By adding their own commentary from The Milk, (a guy who has parodied various clips from TV on youtube) you will find the boyos very own take on classic scenes from the legendary 80’s skate flick Thrashin’!

Watch Kill City’s Rookies London video premiere at Mau Mau Bar in Portobello Rd following the Crossfire Xmas Jam on Saturday December 10th. It’s free to get in and the party will start from 8pm-2am.

The DVD will be available in skateboard shops from December 16th. Put it on your Xmas list.

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