Riding through time with the Palomino

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The run up to Christmas, New Year and the first couple of weeks after are the busiest time of the year for the shop, hence the slightly late arrival of this piece on 2015. The year turned out to be another classic for fans of skateboard videos, if for no other reason than the release of Isle and Jake Harris’ Vase film. I make no claim that the choices below are the ‘best of 2015’, and to only pick ten was a struggle, but what you will find is a selection that got me stoked over the last twelve months. With the release of full length videos from Palace and Polar this year, and a whole load more projects from independent filmers on the horizon, 2016 isn’t looking too shabby either.

I really hope you enjoy re-visiting some of these, and hopefully there may be one or two you haven’t seen yet. – Nick.

Supreme/Bill Strobeck: Sickness

Bill Strobeck put together this one for the Supreme X Thrasher collaboration. Some serious skateboarding from, for me, one of the best crews of young skateboarders out there at the moment, and some killer AVE footage. Bill Strobeck’s style of video might not be to everyone’s taste, but even non-fans should be able to overlook that when the skateboarding of Kevin Bradley, Ben Kadow and the rest of these boys is just so savage.

Antosh Cimoszko: Side One

Vancouver native Antosh Cimoszko put out four really great edits in 2015, along with a ‘zine that accompanied one of these, ‘Heat’. Heat was a clip featuring Dylan Fulford and Will Blackley in NYC, but his was the first of the year and the one that brought Will and his crew to many people’s attention.

Ocean Howell Howard House Video Part

Stretching the 2015 rules a little here, but it went online right at the very beginning of the year so I’m calling it! Ocean Howell’s part from Rich Jacobs’ lost ‘Howard House’ video. Howard House was one of San Francisco’s many skate houses, home to Rich, Ocean, and many more between the years of 1996 and 2004. The footage is from 2003, and was one of the main reasons that in 2014 Rich decided to edit all his footage together to form the full length.

Kyle Wilson’s Welcome Rat Signal

Any bit of footage that young Londoner Kyle Wilson puts out is a pleasure, and his place on Slam’s already stacked team is well deserved. London skateboarding has a bright future.

Johnny Wilson: Horny

The amount of footage these guys put out is pretty inspiring. The clips they just put out in Johnny’s regular HD series are so good, and embody the spirit of the crew edits that have become so much more prevalent in recent times. Horny was the first longer video that Johnny put out in 2015. It’s great to see the rise of these dudes, many of whom are now finding themselves getting hooked up by some great companies.

Venue: Prayer

As above, a crew that is so so productive. Richmond, and Virginia as a whole has so many incredible unheard of skateboarders, and no shortage of filmers putting out regular videos, most notably Will Rosenstock. Will released Brick this year, the quick follow up to last years A-Street, as well as contributing much to Gilbert Crockett’s part in the Vans Video. This edit was put together for Thrasher and hopefully opened a few more eyes to their scene.

Bronze: Trust

Of course, the editing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but the skating in Trust keeps up the undeniably high standards set by the previous Bronze videos. Bronze as a crew/brand has been such a huge influence on skateboarding over the last few years, both in the feel of the videos and the way the crew and series has morphed into what is now generally considered a brand. Every attempt to rip off Peter Sidlauskas’ editing style and aesthetic promptly falls flat on its face.

Colton Elrod/The Ends: 8.00AM

I’m not sure who put me on to this one, but it has become one of my favourites of 2015. A whole crew of guys, many of whom I hadn’t heard of, who all work in the Deluxe warehouse in San Francisco. No frills, bells or whistles, just intro, skateboarding, credits. It has a killer opening part from Adrian Vega, and Adam Becerra is certainly one to keep an eye out for in the future. The DVD came with a great photo ‘zine by Bram DeMartelaere, further proof if it was needed, that DVDs and print are in good health in the world of skateboarding.

Familia: Maverick

Such a criminally underrated company. Subscribing to the ‘less is more’ philosophy, everything always seems so considered with Familia, from the graphics on their boards (including a collaboration with acclaimed artist Roger Ballen), to the videos they put out. Maverick is three minutes of brilliant skateboarding, filmed and edited to perfection. So rad that Steph Morgan is filmed by his brother Andy, and the edit is by their brother Gavin. Cannot wait for Familia’s full length which is penciled for release this year.

lurknyc: cee-lo

Slipped in right at the end of December. Nick Vonwerssowetz returned with a new video filming with some new guys which is rad to see. More Adam Becerra footage is always great, especially when he is followed by one of the best filmers out there at the moment. Nick’s editing is always great and the soundtrack on this one is a treat. Really stoked to see him making a few bits of clothing, and to see how many people are down to spend their pennies to represent what he’s doing. Cee-lo could be the 411VM NYC Metrospective Vol. 2, this one is just too good. Big up lurknyc!

And the rest of the best….

Honourable mentions also have to go to all the Toriotoko, Rios Crew and KPTokyo edits from the year, Yardsale’s Softcore, Josh Stewart’s London Raw Files series, the Scumco & Sons edit Bite It, the first Car13 promo, the Hockey/FA videos, Alltimers’ Pickle Time, Lovenskate’s amazing Connoisseur of Quality and god knows how many more… Here’s to 2016.

Find daily radness at the Palomino shop online right here. There’s also a January sale on as you read this so grab some bargains before they are all gone.

The Sunday Roast

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Magazines are dying out there and only you can change it before more are canned. The Skateboard Mag’s latest issue fronts a beautiful reason why you should have printed media on you at all times. Scout it out.

Skate Edit of the Week is raw as a cat’s arse. Jimmy Larsen hangs on to everything and chooses sketchy spots that us Brits crave.

The Anti Hero team take this week’s travel edit. Some noses were raised when the word Israel was mentioned, you have to see it for yourself.

Matt Berger did not hold back making his pro part for the mighty Flip Skateboards. More bangers than Guy Fawkes in this.

Max Geronzi hype reached critical acclaim when this Gypsy Life part dropped from Cliche. Take your pick for the best trick.

London hype came in book form, accompanied by this Of London edit featuring a few chosen reps from the capital.

This week’s Vault videos come from Joe Gavin’s Manchester scene video Snake Eyes Die that has been aired to web a few days back. Take in the British goodness from a 2013 classic.

The one and only Mark Gonzales rounds off this footage fest with dope classics as recommended by Jason Jessee. Does it get any better than this?

Winter Skate Video Edit Vote 2013

Thanks for sending in your flicks. We have had over 80 videos to go through over the last month and alas, five of those made the cut for this years vote.

Over the next 2 weeks one of these videos will be crowned the winner based on Facebook likes. You can vote for as many films as you like. Just push the like button to register your vote and the most listed on 9th April at 12 midday will be awarded with £200 and a supply of Ricta Wheels.

Ryan Price’s Gnargore section from Kickflip & Friends

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The Black Country skate scene has produced another local scene video from Gnargore, the collective that have just releases Kickflip and Friends featuring various skaters from Birmingham and beyond. Today we have unleashed Ryan Price’s full section from said film, so take in the hard work of Tom Gillespie and many others here and read Ryan’s Fresh Blood feature.

Pic: Tim Borrow

The Couch Potato #1

By Ralph Lloyd Davis

If the rose-tinted image of a skate video was like a cute mogwai in our eyes, the internet came along and threw the little thing we love and hold dear into an Olympic-sized outdoor pool with a finger buffet stacked heavily beneath the diving boards. Footage has literally flooded the internet and our retinas over the last few years and today you can quite easily spend an entire afternoon and evening watching pros, amateurs and oddballs flip, spin and launch themselves the world over in pixelated 3 minute bursts.

Without bashing the free perspective of this digital media, many filmers and cinematographers take this opportunity to put their hard work out there for our viewing pleasure and ask for nought in return. Unfortunately they are small fish in an ocean teeming with life, so we thought we could fish a few out for you to take notice. These deserve to be bookmarked and watched full screen so get the teas on and push play.

The Golden Triangle by Boris Proust

Boris Proust has unleashed a fantastic travel edit featuring himself, Peter Molec, Fabian Verhaeghe, Alexis Greusard, Joachim Fromant, Joseph Biais and Samuel Partaix skating through India’s wonderful terrain. Sit back and take in this short film feature titled The Golden Triangle.

Offset Skateboarding Film by Commune

Comune’s experimental short featuring Jordan Sanchez, Al Partenan, Nial Frederickson, Josh Murphy and Joseph Lopez is. Directed and Edited by Jordan Minardi and Noel Sinclair Boyt.

Color Your Memories by Ludovic Azémar

A French full-length feature focused on upcoming amateur skateboarders from Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon. Featuring Alex Richard, Valentin Bauer, Sylvain Tognelli, Guillaume Dulout, Sean Hanley and Remy Taveira.

Skateboard Cafe Promo ’12 by Rich Smith

A full length video from Bristol-based crew The Skateboard Cafe. Featuring Harry Ogilvie, Shaun Currie, Josh Arnott, Tom Gibbs, Louis Marshall, Pat Garrahy, Barney Page, The Cafe Family, Korahn Gayle, Andy Coleman, Ben Rowles, Nicky Howells and more! Filmed and edited by Rich Smith.

Studio Skateboards Moodlighting by Dave Pelletier, Jason Auger and Jai Ball

Canadian Studio Skateboards presents their team video in collaboration with Slap Magazine. Featuring Joey Larock, Wade Fyfe, Kyle Macdonald, Darrell Smith, Mike Fyfe, Jai Ball, Jean Mat Vincent, and Chris Melvin. Filmed by Dave Pelletier.

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More from the Couch Potato very soon…feel free to recommend yours to us here.

Lords of the Swords returns on 25th August

lordsoftheswords2012The Essex skate scene has unleashed the first dagger to alert skateboarders that this year’s Lords of the Swords skate video comp is set to run on the weekend of 25th August!

Last year, 9 teams put in the effort to shred various spots, tick the boxes on tough challenges and film their edits as best possible at various Essex street spots, parks and more. Over the bank holiday weekend of 25th and 26th of August, the scene down there will be on the road and we will be covering the updates as they drop and of course, we will bring you the all of the videos for you to vote a winner.

Watch last year’s videos here and get hyped on what’s coming.

LORDS OF THE SWORDS 2011 – TEAM D.S.D from Thomas Hole on Vimeo.