Girl & Chocolate’s Going Dumb Up The 101


Enjoy this fun trip to San Francisco with Girl and Chocolate aficionados. Rad to see Malto skating again after that awful injury. Jerry Hsu is skating too.

This tour trip video also Stevie Perez, Rick Howard, Vincent Alvarez, Elijah Berle, Chris Roberts, Justin Eldridge, Brandon Biebel, Raven Tershy and Johnny Jones.

Raven, McCrank, Koston, Russo shred the Diamond Mine

This seems to be the week that keeps giving in terms of amazing skate footage. The Diamond Bowl gets ravaged by Raven Tershy, Vincent Alvarez, Rick McCrank, Scott Johnston, Robbie Russo, Elijah Berle, Eric Koston and more.

Warm and Easy with The 2 Bears, Chocolate and Girl

Hot chip’s side project, The 2 Bears have released a video featuring various Chocolate and Girl team riders whilst on tour throughout Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua this year. Get some summer beats here.

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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Skate Sauce presents Hard Times But Good Times

A film by Amrit Jain

The independent skate DVD market is a lonely path to walk and anyone who decides to take it deserves your attention. I first heard about Skate Sauce via the odd internet clip or online forum post and my initial thought was that it sold skate wax. To be honest that’s not something I’m going to rush to the skateshop for and tell all my friends about when their DVD drops. However, I was wrong. It turns out that Skate Sauce is a skater-run operation that focuses on documenting, editing and producing skate videos and other media projects. The main man behind the viewfinder is Amrit Jain, a name that rang a bell, as he was one of the first filmers behind The Berrics video streams. Skate Sauce was launched in 2009 and Amrit took his little black book of Los Angeles skaters and international contacts to get to work on a video project by the homies for the homies: Hard Times But Good Times.

HTGT reminds me of those early Tim Dowling or Daryl Grogan videos (Listen, Time Lapse) that focused on local Southern California scenes that mixed unsung heroes with the era’s poster boys. I might be wrong but there is a definite 90s-00s influence to this video with it’s focus of flat ground lines and ledge skating set to a soundtrack of Soul, Jazz and Rap beats. The modern take on afternoons spent on UCLA’s campus are evening sessions filmed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (MACBA). Amrit obviously spent a while in Spain and built a bridge back home with his camera and enthusiasm. The lesser-known talent of Justin Guillen (last part), Brett Sube and Matt Gottwig is matched with headline acts like Tom Penny and Vincent Alvarez. There is also a re-birth of San Diego pride with footage Shorties team riders and Skate Mafia alumni. Sammy Baptista, Jesse Siley and Peter Smolik share runtime with Jaime Palmore, Jimmy Cao and Wes Kremer amongst others.

With such a wide range of riders on show and the loose editing style that blends chill lines with chill beats, I think HTGT would best be viewed on loop at the skateshop or after a long day in the streets at home with a brew or a buzz. Trying to digest the full 60 minutes before going skating could have the opposite effect and make you drowsy. If you’re looking for a quick fix, I suggest you enjoy the 7 minute opening section from Vincent Alvarez who rushes into spots at ambidextrous high velocity. Or Julien Guillen’s last part which showcases his technical skills and ability to skate anywhere with style and confidence (Note the bonus game of S.K.A.T.E. where he takes Jesus Fernandez to the edge). Tom Penny skates Barcelona asleep at the wheel and despite being exclusive footage of the legendary Brit, you kind of feel like you’re watching a pro on holiday in other words don’t expect any major stunt work.

If you are a fan of 90s-00s era skating and keen to keep up to date with the latest Southern California (and MACBA) talent then this video is for you. If you prefer something with a bit more pace and thrills then I suggest you take a look and move on. However, I must accentuate that Amrit Jain and the Skate Sauce crew have done really well in producing and putting out an independent skate video when the market trend would advise heavily against such a heartfelt move.

Ralph Lloyd-Davis
31 May 2012

Watch the lost tapes of Sebo Walker that was released yesterday below.

Lakai: We are Your Friends 2 edit and Spring collection

Vincent Alvarez, Raven Tershy and Daniel Espinoza all feature in this latest edit from Lakai HQ, all 3 of them bring more than a 4-pack to the party.

Enjoy this and note that their Spring 2011 footwear collection can be found on their site. Follow your nose.

Watch: Lakai Voltage Tour

We were at a loss when the site went down yesterday, especially when we had stuff like this with no ‘add new post’ page to put it in. Many of you keen web surfers would have seen this video already but even if you have, watch it again.

It’s the Lakai Voltage Tour video and it’s 25 minutes of non-stop incredible. Vincent Alvarez is just too good.

Watch: Carroll, MJ, Frost and Alvarez in Skatepark (Red)

New footage from these guys is one of the best possible ways to finish off the working day. So as you computer heads log onto Facebook to skive one last time and you students… well, continue skiving as per, have a watch of this sick edit from the Crailtap park that’s had a bit of a (Red) makeover.

Mike Carroll, Marc Johnson, Eric Koston and Vincent Alvarez all smash it in this, some of the things done on the whippy quarter to hubba are totally bonkers. Enjoy below.