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Almost forgot about this one! Erick’s deserved closer part in Santa Cruz’s ‘Til the End Vol. 3.
The part is split into two pretty distinct sections, street and tranny. The street part contains plenty of Erick’s staples; fakie ollies, switch fs shuvs and increasingly precarious handrails, interspersed with properly technical tricks including kickflip backside tailslides and nollie flips - performed with his own unique style and setup choices of course. The transition section opens with the highlight of the part, an extended Invert section featuring some pretty incredible examples as we’ve come to expect from Winkowski - Invert Back smith stall to fakie, frontside invert to fakie to name a few… Still can’t believe he took the ender to fakie either…
Ronnie's first part after returning from a horrific injury doesn't disappoint! Anyone who thought he might take it a little more easily for a while afterwards was wrong (myself included) - a question from Thrasher's accompanying interview highlights this fact somewhat...
When the doctor said you could start skating again, what was it like stepping on your board? What was the first session like?
I skated to Peck Park and the first thing I wanted to do was the trick that broke my knee. I had a knee brace, kind of a knee protection over my patella. Everyone was kinda tripping. I didn’t say hi to anybody; I just had my headphones on. I dropped in, did a couple grinds, did the backside air, left and went home. That was the first time I stepped on my board. That’s all I was thinking about: I gotta do this trick that took me out.
My first thought upon re-watching the part to write this, after seeing Ronnie inside the currently disused Channel Street DIY, was how good a current Ronnie Sandoval part filmed exclusively there could be, hopefully it won't be too long before we can find that out with the news that the San Pedro DIY park will reopen soon!
A lengthy first line at Lower Bobs sets the intent for the part - hitting walls backside before a quick crooked grind over the central hip before ending in a blasted boneless hangup. The line is incredibly well follow-filmed, which is a running theme throughout the part be it through diy parks, pools or skateparks.
Throughout the part, Ronnie hits up a variety of terrain including diy parks, vert ramps, various pools and even a couple of street spots, culminating in taking his signature crailslide to ridiculous levels at a well documented, but never crailslid, bank to rail spot.
His last ten tricks in the part, the last ten in the whole video, need to be seen to be believed so I won't spoil them here, just go ahead and watch the part if you somehow haven't already and be amazed, again.
All this after an incredible Pedro Barros part...
Always a solid bet to put out some great footage, Elijah Akerley has been a firm favourite in these parts for the last few years - and his part in the Stay Awaysted video certainly didn’t disappoint!
The part begins transition-heavy, with a couple of great pool lines including some excellent frontside feeble grinds - always good to see on pool coping! It then moves into the street section, via a couple of diy + ditch tricks.
A fine specimen of a smith to tailslide - both parts fully locked in and slid!
Straight into a nosegrind over a pool hip.
Backside nosebluntslide into a hectic ditch ride out.
Feeble fakie at a famous ditch / wall spot.
The opening line is classic Russell and a statement of intent - invert, punishing the coping with an air into disaster, then muscling his way through an alley-oop 5-0.
Plenty of great inverts throughout the part, fs inverts over channels, alley-oop Eggs, good buddies, switch / backwards inverts (Read Cab’s Chromeball interview for an insight into that one), a heavy Washington Street line culminating in an Invert fakie.
Russell takes his patented airs to disaster to a variety of terrrain - The shocking Indy disaster at Red’s compound followed by the pool Ollie to board breaker, gapped Nosegrab to hangup and the signature sweeper disaster at FDR to name a few…
Chris shows his technical chops with a number of tricks out of left field including; an air over the WSVT hip to front truck bash ala Julien Stranger, crooked grind to fakie over a deathbox and light, channel footplant, gap to frontside feeble at Bob’s. Two personal favourites are the Fakie 5-0 on vert as a set up trick, and the alley-oop 5050 to sugarcane at Leeside.
This part came out of nowhere and blew us away! There’s an incredible section early in the part where Charlie skates a vert bowl, making a couple of inverts that I’ve never seen before, Nosebluntsliding(!) through a tight corner in the deep end, before frontside Losi grinding through the same corner…
Charlie seems to be able to do every kind of trick in the gnarliest of terrain; blasted, tweaked and kickflipped into Stalefishes, all the inverts (one including a 540) Grosso-style bs fastplants, frontside bluntsliding shallow end stairs and even front rock sliding over light and deathbox.
Not many look as solid in a pool as John Worthington! Proper stand ups over deathbox and light, fully locked in bs smiths over stairs, switch backside disasters and fully airing various ways out of deep ends.
There’s examples throughout the part of tricks that you’d usually see performed in other disciplines taken to pools; various alley-oops (lipslide, 5-0, tailslide), fakie frontside feeble fakie, switch back disasters, frontside lipslide to smith, frontside losi to name a few. This shows how much of an ATV John is whilst filming most of the part in pools.
A great intro clip featuring Alex warming up with a few lines on the Faelledparken vert ramp set the overall tone of the part - like a lot of Jackson’s clips, the part successfully mixes casual street / mess around footage (The nollie flip line, reminding me of Rogie’s purposeful nollie flip in his Magic Sticky Hand part) with some genuinely incredible clips (The body varial bowl line). This mix works due in part to Alex’s supremely laid-back style and trick selection, the consistently great soundtrack choices Jackson makes, as well as the vibe of Lovenskate itself.
Within the part are various lines and tricks that showcase Alex’s creativity - slappy nosegrinding to fakie into a bowl followed by the rarely seen fakie bigspin to blunt, the Livi Cab to Nosepick, as well as plenty of gnar - the Wonderland 5050, overturned vert backside air.
The ender takes one of the gnarliest tricks conceivable to one of the gnarliest spots (anyone who hasn’t seen Grant Johnstone’s slam off the side needs to watch Dalriada!)
Alex earned a well-deserved pro nod after this part, although you’d be hard pressed to ignore his constant presence at every comp around Europe he can get to - Be sure to check out Jackson’s You Slid Through edit from their summer trip to Oregon / Washington!
One of the better introductory parts in recent years, but one that seems to have been a little overlooked compared to some of the other parts released from the video, or even other recent introductory parts!
Wallie-ing his way straight out of Baltimore and shooting a couple of notable photos including the switch wallie / wallride on the thumbnail below and getting a Thrasher cover shortly after getting on, Myles made an instant impression even before the release of this part featuring the footage of those tricks. Covering all personal taste bases with mastery of various disciplines including deep switch skills (Nollie fs flip, switch backlip shove line at 0:29, switch back tails and switch front feebles) and wallies (The polejam section at 1:07 and plenty more…) There’s even evidence of transition skills in the accompanying Thrasher interview…
A probable highlight on rewatching is an explosive Nollie FS Heel over a handrail into a crusty bank - this clip exemplifies the part somewhat, especially the type of under the radar spot Myles seems to prefer.
When I realised that the two guys I was most looking forward to seeing in the video had a shared part, I was initially disappointed. Watching the part though, it makes sense to group these two together - both skate everything and have great, unique styles.
The transition footage is placed on an equal standing throughout the part, with no park section and minimal black and white footage (and even then the b/w footage is used throughout the video for intros etc)
Early on in the part is a great section at Tottenham where both bring a new approach and possible nbd’s to the spot (Zach’s lipslide transfer, Sam’s bluntslide to fakie over the doorway and one foot frontside pivot).
Sam is the more technical throughout, heelflipping out of Tailslides, a couple of great manual rolls, road gap Nollie 360 flip. Probably our favourite clip in the part is his switch front blunt at the venerable Gateshead quarter pipe spot, riding out through the pothole at the base of the ramp, switch.
Zach looks out of control in the best way possible, hitting various wallrides and non-spots. At one point slash grinding a transitioned car park wall on the run up to the actual trick as though it was an afterthought. Performs an incredible bluntslide at Livi down the escalator…
Ronnie and Robbie shared a part in Transworld’s shared parts video, Duets. The overall vibe of the part is two mates hitting up some parks and pools together, making it properly relatable - putting aside the pretty unrelatable gnarliness of the tricks documented.
Plenty of great new footage of the far too rarely seen Robbie Russo is interspersed with the relatively prolific in comparison Ronnie footage. A great pool line and no comply tailslide single from Robbie kick the part off with a bang! From there, it’s mostly tricks one after the other at various parks and pools, before Ronnie closes it out with an awkward Nosegrind Tailgrab…