Flip ‘Weight of the World’ trailer

weightoftheworldThe Flip team hit up the Southwest of America recently and came back in pieces for the cause. Watch this Thrasher teaser for a future video feature with Rowley, Nordberg, Gonzales and many more.

The new Girl Chocolate video is Pretty Sweet

The upcoming Girl/Chocolate DVD title has been announced today and it’s called Pretty Sweet. Get hyped on what will be dropping in November this year!

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‘All You Need’ the new Jart Skateboards full length trailer

Jart Skateboards have dropped a trailer for their 3rd full length video ‘All You Need’ today that will be out in the public domain soon. Watch this trailer by Jesús Gómez featuring Bastien Salabanzi, Steve King, Ivan Rivardo, Cian Eades, and many more. It looks likely that this video will be one to watch out for on this evidence. Click play for wobs.

Element Skateboards ‘Future Nature’

As workers around the world celebrated Labour Day (May 1st) with a well-deserved day-off or a good old riot in the streets depending on your current national economy and austerity plan, Element Skateboards paid homage to their hardworking team of amateur skaters by releasing for a 24hr period only Future Nature. Staying true to their environmental roots, Element decided to build this video around the idea of a David Attenborough wildlife show. They replaced Sir David with Blueprint Skateboards’ chief Paul Shier and invented an entire plethora of pig-latin names for their riders e.g. Accelerus Impossibilus or Gracefullius Awkardus, the tone is set for 37 minutes of top-knotch skateboarding.

With Cole Matthews, Mark Stewart and Ricky Bedenbaugh behind the cameras and Kirk Dianda directing, the Element amateurs give it their best in a bid to become tomorrow’s professionals. Julian Davidson opens the show and demonstrates his love of long rails. Despite the majority of the tricks involving flat metal bars, Julian does find time to kickflip up a hefty set of stairs too. I’ll skip straight to the last skater Nick Garcia here because I honestly thought I was watching Julian again. Rails aside, Nick takes his transition skills and applies them to banks and walls. Nick’s switch noseblunts are a treat and his ollie manual down a bank is worthy of Mosher status.

Back to the order of things, Boo Johnson and Madars Apse have the next couple of parts and each of them is dope. Boo has a very easy-on-the-eyes style that leaves you wishing the editors had put more lines in his section. The handicap ramp ollie to frontside 360 line is an example of Boo’s smooth operation. Madars on the other hand is the round peg in a square hole. He fits the happy blond-haired wholesome image that Element pushes, but he skates like someone brought up on Mark Gonzales and Eastern Exposure tapes. Trading big pop and sun bleached school yards for powerslides and wallie jams, Madars is obviously a Euro in a land of Yanks.

Speaking of Euros, the European Element team get some shine sharing a flow section with their American counterparts. Trent McClung and Nassim Guammaz serve as bookends to a solid section where the highlights include Chase Webb stepping on Nyjah Huston’s coat tails and Tom Schaar getting dizzy with the world’s first 1080°. Not bad for a montage section.

The last amateur to feature in this video is Evan Smith. I leave him till last because I doubt he’s going to stay amateur for very long and will soon join the professional ranks for Element or dare I say it, Habitat? Long droopy hair? Check. Travelling man? Check. Guitar strings? Check. Handsome skating? Check. Evan has been producing some stellar skating recently (c.f. Transworld Cinematographer) and this new section is full of unseen top rate footage that means he’s been putting in the work. Highlights include Evan’s fakie 5-0 variations in various Californian ditches and his Iberian wallie combos.

Some people might find the nature documentary theme of this video annoying but I believe Element wanted to stay true to their game and have a bit of fun at the same time. My personal preference would have seen Skateboard wrangler Bob Sanderson hired to lurk behind bushes and pounce on a few of the riders as they rolled away from afterblack hammers. The 24hr window posting might be a scheme to limit pirate copies hitting the net, but nothing stays offline for long nowadays. Look out for Future Nature on iTunes soon.

Ralph Lloyd-Davis

Salad Days Washington Hardcore documentary

fugazi_dischordIf you are like us and grew up listening to the sounds of Bad Brains, Fugazi, Minor Threat and beyond, get ready for another dose of reminiscing the good old days of US hardcore.

Salad Days:The Washington DC Punk Revolution is the work of Scott Crawford and Jim Saah and is looking likely to be aired in 2013. The film is said to be half way to completion to date and will be covering the 80’s hardcore scene throughout a decade of music.

The usual names and faces have already been mentioned and associated with interview time within the film such as Grohl, Rollins, Mackaye etc so expect a comprehensive discussion looking back at one of punk rock’s most exciting scenes of music in the US from the fanzines, labels promoters and bands who made it all tick.

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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Girl x Chocolate trailer coming this Friday

The year could well end on the biggest bang yet if Chocolate and Girl Skateboards have anything to do with it. The much anticipated joint video venture from both companies is sat in a vault ready to be sprung on the eyes of the world’s skateboarders who will get their first official taste of what’s coming this Friday, so says Crailtap. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for this.

Watch: Escapist Red and Yellow Trailer

Kansas based skateshop-chain Escapist have broken two things we previously thought were impossible. Firstly, we were able to witness Sean Malto hold it down for his hometown in a big way one more time before the year was out (not that we’re complaining) and secondly, we somehow witnessed Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Black and Yellow’ become even more awesome in this new context.

The trailer for the forthcoming full length video from the shop totally smashes it. The last two tricks will have you skipping back and the ‘red and yellow’ hook will have you up all night like some ketchup and mustard related nightmare. We can’t wait for this.