The sun drenched, cascade of sub and ex-urban cul-de-sacs crawl across the state of Florida, much like its creeping kudzu brethren to the north. A constant source of derision among urban planning futurists, architects, and environmentalists alike, the vague banality of suburban life has been excoriated for years by the culture class for representing the life draining, and waste producing by-product of our civilization’s greatest advances. Skateboarding, like life, as is so menacingly projected in 1993’s Jurassic Park, will find a way. It is in these island-like colonies, without the music scenes, without advantageous architectural density, and without the crews of peers that drove skating to new heights in urban environments, that some of skateboarding’s most pivotal moments transpired.
I was a Skate Rat, is a brief meditation on the nature of how suburban nomadic skateboarders find each other, build communities – and as is often the case in adversarial environments – use every inch of their limitations and blank canvas, to breed ideas that influence the life of skateboarders every day. From the kick flip, to the kick tail, Floridians are responsible for scores of technical and cultural advancements – and they are all skate rats.
words from Trey Edwards
In conjunction with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s traveling exhibition INNOSKATE 2014, presented in Florida by The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation & The Polk Museum of Art.
On August 17, Skatelite Brings The Retreat Skateboard & BMX Festival to Washington’s Lopez Island. “Skate, Ride and Rub Elbows with more than 15 of World’s Top Skate & BMX Pros.”
The Retreat doubles as an expression session + vacation for legendary and groundbreaking skaters & BMX riders. Giving athletes a place to kickback and let loose after the frenzy of the competition season. The event is free to the public and offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to skate, ride and rub elbows with the pros that built and are defining the future of their sports.
To date, athletes confirmed for the event include: Bob Burnquist, Bucky Lasek, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Paul Rodriguez, Lincoln Ueda, Manny Santiago, Jett and Jagger Eaton, Mat Hoffman, Ryan Nyquist, Dennis McCoy,
Chad Kagy, Zack Warden, Simon Tabron and Steve McCann, with more to come.
If you’re turning toTransworld, by now you should know that they are one of the few surviving skateboarding magazines. This video is a worthy complement to such a steadfast publication. This is a skateboarder’s skateboarding movie through and through, and it runs an efficient 38 minutes.
If you’re looking for the production value of ‘Sorry’ or even the sophomoric touch of ‘Jump Off A Building’, you’ve come to the wrong place. Perpetual Motion ignores the convolution of skits or muddling set pieces and the result is a straightforward though respectable showcase of its stars. Silas Baxter-Neal, Julian Davidson, Jimmy Carlin, Walker Ryan, Josh Matthews and Tom Remillard turn in solid runs with Carlin and Silas providing the backbone to the piece.
By pulling no punches, it knows what it is and has no delusions of grandeur.
Music in skate movies is generally an added bonus, and in this case it gets a deserved ‘meh’ rating with a shoulder shrug (it lifts off at with the Temptations and limps to the finish from there)… There is a sweet montage of various skaters about halfway through, but, you have to wait until the end credits to see who was involved. So by the time I read Lance Mountain’s name, I was too lazy to rewind and spot the former Bones Brigadier…
Trick of the Flick:
Silas Baxter-Neal’s session as a whole shouldn’t be missed, but at 29 minutes he goes bluntslide to nose-
blunt on a concrete bench. It’s nasty.
Review Haiku: No frills and it’s short. Three words spoken throughout it. Skater’s skate movie.
An inside look at the lives and personal spaces of GoldCoast’s Product Developer Brock Harris, and Art Director Dustin Ortiz. Showcasing how the two opposites find their inspiration within their surroundings and come together to create GoldCoast’s truly brand.
DOP: Brian Hanson, Jonathan Bennett
Edit: Jonathan Bennett
Coloris: Jonathan Bennett
Audio: Keith Culver
Director/Producer: Bill Keller
Production: Hidden Notice