Real / Krooked – Get it Strait, Roll Forever edit

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Crew members of REAL and Krooked Skateboards smash it down under in Australia in this new 6 minute tour edit. What a line up of heavy talent too, with footage of Ishod Wair, Chima Ferguson, Bobby Worrest, Sebo Walker, Ronnie Sandoval and Robbie Brockel.

Sick edit.

Gilbert Crockett interview

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One of the best parts of being involved in skateboarding is appreciating someone else’s natural ability to ride one, especially when they are straight-forward rolling like Gilbert Crockett. The Virginian may have been left in Alien Workshop limbo with the rest of the team exactly a year ago, but it didn’t slow down his ability to progress whatsoever. He just pushed faster.

With a killer new part under his wing in the new Vans Propeller movie and launching a new skate company, Mother Collective, he’s had his work cut out, but Crockett’s attitude on and off a board comes across as nothing but refreshing. Chris Pulman spoke with him the week before Propeller hit screens to speak about the good things that have gone down of late:

Looks like you have a busy year ahead. You must be pretty excited?

Yes, I am. I can’t wait to see this video.

I guess filming for the Vans video is pretty much wrapped up by now. Are you happy with what you have for it?

Yeah, we’re all done. I am happy with what I have, it’s been a long time coming.

It’s gonna be pretty epic purely from the list of riders Vans has. Is there anyone in particular you’re looking forward to seeing a part from?

I’m really looking forward to AVE’s and Daniel’s parts, but also just the whole thing. I can’t wait to see what Greg does.

Greg Hunt has some formidable projects under his belt and a real ability for communicating skateboarding in a genuine way. Do you get any direction from him? Do you have a strong vision of how you’d like to be portrayed or is more a case of ‘just get on with it’ and do what you do as best and as interestingly as you can?

I think Greg and I see eye to eye on a lot of things, and I think what you said is true about him doing things in a genuine way, and that is definitely a goal of mine when trying to put something together. So, I think I’m definitely just inspired by Greg, and working with him motivates me because I feel like we have a mutual respect about both of us wanting to do our job well and be happy with what we make.

The feeling I get from watching the Cellout and Bust Crew videos is that you use your talent to skate everything you come across. There’s a real genuine excitement from the act of skateboarding that comes across from these. It reminds me of being younger and street skating and trying to do everything on anything. Do you still get that excitement of real challenges in real surroundings?

Yes of course. Skateboarding for me at this point is sort of an intimate, emotional thing for me. If I’m skating the shittiest ledge you’ve ever seen with my friends and everyone is excited and having fun and trying to do whatever we can on it, I’m going to skate better than when I’m on a more serious session and I can feel everything around me like, “Wow, I called this session out and I’m wasting everyone’s time if I don’t get this”. But even then, I want to try to get a clip or a photo that my friends will be siked on.

Do you think that’s a reflection of growing up in Virginia? I’ve never been there, but I’m guessing, like a lot of us that didn’t grow up in major cities, you have to make do with the architecture that’s directly in front of you.

Yeah. It definitely has to do with that, and also, I think getting older and after you’ve been skating for 10-15 years, you start to want to just fuck around with spots that you’ve driven by your whole life, and just learn how to skate different shit, or shittier shit.

At a time when a lot of media is digested in disposable web-clips and instagram posts, what do you feel is the purpose of a full-length skate film?

I think the full length video is just the real deal. It’s just doing it, really doing it. And when you do it right, it’s unmistakable. You can’t just pump these things out like you can a fucking web edit, they take YEARS to make, and you can see it. Videos that are made like this have an impact for a reason; they live in real skate shops and on skateboarders’ bookshelves — they’re not just taking up space.

Apart from the easily accessible nature of instagram clips, I also think that they’re inherently genuine. In a world where kids are hammered by a lot of shallow marketing, do you think that this genuineness is what really appeals to the skaters?

I don’t know, everything is so clouded. It’s hard to tell who is keeping it real anymore. But I try really hard to not hate and just pay attention to the people I like.

gilbert_crockett_switchflipI’ve heard that you’re very details-orientated when it comes to footwear especially. Do you have any reasons for this that you’d like to share or do you suffer from the same level of OCD that most skateboarders have when it comes to their gear?

I mean, I can’t just wear whatever. It’s got to be tested and approved to be a part of “the uniform” which is what AVE calls it. A lot of skateboarders work like this: you find a pair of jeans, a couple shirts, and usually some sort of hat that works for you, and you just run it into the ground until it falls apart or until you have your next gear crisis.

I’ve also heard that you like to look at authentic things and processes, be it footwear or tattoos. Personally, I love to know how everything works from making skateboards, footwear construction, leather-working and carpentry. Do you have any other skills or interests that you pursue as doggedly?

Yeah, I definitely pay a lot of attention to detail and how things are made. I paint flash and have messed around with making some clothes recently, but I don’t really pursue any of it. Hopefully one day.

Ph: Anthony Acosta / Vans

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Your first Vans pro shoe is looking great. The Wafflecup seems like a perfect way to bring a little more consistency to a vulc-style shoe without losing any of the qualities that make that construction perfect for skateboarding. Have you had a lot of say in the development of that construction? There look to have been some subtle developments since the earlier Vans Stage IV shoes.

Yeah, it’s great. I really love it. My shoe is just the next generation of the waffle cup sole, we just found ways to improve it. I can’t say enough good things about the shoe and about Vans for letting me design a shoe that I love.

You’ve also included a mid-top version, which looks to be based on one of Vans’ longest running shoes, the Half Cab, do you wear either style in preference for any kind of terrain or do they both feel equally as good to you?

I usually skate the lows, but I always get into a mid phase like once a year or so where I’ll wear them for a while. I love both.

Ph: Greg Hunt / Vans

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Now that Mother Collective has launched, it must be a relief to end all the speculation after the AWS sabbatical. Is that how it feels?

What happened with Workshop was inevitable. AVE and Dill knew that, but here we are, and I’m happy that it did.

Lastly, I spied your Vans team page quickly before I started these questions and noticed that you mention ‘The Four Agreements’ by Don Miguel Ruiz. It’s a good philosophy for making the most of one’s lifetime. Is philosophy something that interests you a lot?

I don’t really pay much attention to it, but I do love that book, a lot of things inspire me, that was one of them.

Any philosophy on skateboarding that you’d like to end this with?

Have fun with your friends, stay up late and eat pie.

Interview by Chris Pulman.
Illustration by George Yarnton.
Gifs by Henry Calvert.
Download Vans’ Propeller skate video here.

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New Cirencester Skatepark incoming

Skaters around the edges of the Cotswolds area of Great Britain will be delivered a brand new 890 sq metre plaza this summer. Kingshill Sports Ground in Cirencester has been awarded the facility after securing a grant from the Sport England Inspired Fund. We spoke to park designer Marc Churchill from 1Skateparks last night to give us an insight into how this all came together:

“We’re really stoked to be starting work on the Cirencester project. It’s been a long time coming, we’ve been working with the Cirencester Council and Decimal Skate shop really closely tweaking back and forth the design until it was exactly what everyone wanted.

There were in total 3 consultations and 5 revisions with Gaz and the crew at Decimal, but those guys knew what they wanted – a rad Plaza! Work begins really soon so it should be ready for shredding by the summer.”

For updates and info check out the Decimal and 1skateparks Facebook pages.

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Watch Lucien Clarke’s European KR3W footage

Krew-apparel-logoPalace rider Lucien Clarke has some cracking new footage to celebrate his addition to the European KR3W team. Enjoy a couple of minutes from one of London’s best.

The US team were in Las Vegas recently and came back with a new edit that you can see if you scroll down.

Watch KR3W in Las Vegas:

Death Skateboards Ben Schroeder guest deck

benschroeder_deathskateboardsDeath Skateboards have released a one-off guest board this week for skate legend Ben Schroeder. Ben was involved in a head on collision with a car back in August 2011. He was hillbombing at 40mph and a car hit him at mach 10 and then ran over him. The car stopped with the tyre on top of his left leg resulting in his shin bone (tibia) being broken in two.

Speaking to Nick Zorlac last night he said: “I thought it would be a good time to do a Ben Schroeder guest board on Death. One because he one of skateboarding’s all time greats, and two because he needs some help right now. These decks just landed, are a limited edition and have turned out great. Graphic by Jason Davey.”

Help a fellow skateboarder here.

The Couch Potato #4

Welcome to the first video round up of 2013. You should know the drill by now, this selection of legally uploaded videos featured below are longer than your average web edit and will require you to actually sit down, put your feet up and enjoy them. There are British, French and American productions in here this time round so get the teas on, press play and enjoy.

MAGENTA – PANIC IN GOTHAM

The Magenta team hit up NYC last November and returned with enough footage for a 7 minute edit. The footage filmed & edited by Colin Read was shot following the demise of Hurricane Sandy that caused havoc in the city. Enjoy footage of Leo Valls, Vivien Feil, Soy Panday, Jimmy Lannon & friends Ben Gore, Alex Davis, Lurker Lou, Liu Puli, Joel Meinholz, Connor Kammerer, Alex Fogt, Ryan Barlow, Kenji Nakahira, Quim Cardona and Masaki Ui. Additional filming by Static’s Josh Stewart & Ryan Garshell

DECE VIDEO

Green Diamond have released their DECE video in full for you to devour. 24 minutes of skateboarding featuring Brits abroad such as Lucien Clarke and Danny Brady plus US rippers such as Austyn Gillette, Shawn Powers and far too many more to mention. This is by far our most voted choice.

TRANS SIBERIAN RAILWAY

Slap uploaded an unseen 20 minute production titled Trans Siberian Railway featuring Kenny Reed, Keegan Sauder, Jack Sabback and the late Van Wastell as they travel through the heart of Europe and Asia by train. Whoever made this needs locking up.

SKATEBOARDING A WHILE BACK

Enjoy this West London scene edit that has only just surfaced and was filmed a few years ago. This footage has been sat on tape since and features Guy Birchard, Kyron McGrath-Davis, Daryl Dominguez, Trevor Beasley, Aaron Sweeney, Awadh Mohammed and many more in and around London from Dave Perez.

MAGIC STICKY HAND

Heroin Skateboards will be rolling out a fresh video titled ‘Video Nasty‘ in July but for now they have unleashed their last team video Magic Sticky Hand online in the last 2 weeks. Inject the full dose here.

THE OCCASIONAL ANTIZ FLASHBACK

Antiz Skateboards have been uploading all of their full length videos of late on their vimeo account. This week they have rolled out The Occassional Antiz Flashback, an hour long skate video released in 2011 with footage of Aaron Sweeney, Dallas Rockvam, Gabriel Engelke, Hugo Liard, Julian Dykmans, Julian Furones, Julien Bachelier, Michel Mahringer, Samu Karvonen, Samuel Partaix and Steve Forstner.

Krooked Spring 2013 catalogue

The Gonz has unleashed a new rocket fueled Zip Zinger on Krooked today. Enjoy the ride and check out the brand new Spring 2013 catalogue. Those Misfits inspired decks (scroll down page) will surely be the envy of the world!

Krooked Rocket Zinger from dlxsf on Vimeo.

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