Boil the Ocean’s SOTY Short List


Early and often

Dubious nomination process, predetermined winners and your vote doesn’t mean shit – sound familiar? It’s Skater of the Year season, and while you can spam Thrasher’s inbox with all the Busenitz ballots you want, but he’s not gonna win, and chances are Phelps already has a name rattling around his spectacled skull, sans any cares for what the rest of us think.

But for better or worse SOTY remains the only skateboard honor that means anything, and the winners, even those that hadn’t already bondo’ed their legend status, have proved the High Speed honchos prescient in the end. So pardon me while I throw out some wild guesses as to who’s in the running this year.

Silas Baxter Neal: An ad in every magazine and a video part for every finger on your hand over the last couple years. He’s a Thrasher cover-getting SF local with Pacific Northwest roots who made his big video debut in Rocket Science a few years back, but even though SBN is one of the steadily declining number of newly minted pros-cum-amateurs who can count his dues paid in full, career-wise, if he won he’d be greener than BA when he got Pen-and-Pixeled for the 1999 SOTY throne.

Billy Marks: Phelps has long been a Zero fan and has teased poor Billy with the SOTY/Tech Deck ad conundrum for years, and if Marks ever were to have a shot at it, this would be the year I guess. He has a big video part and a big Thrasher interview going for him, but other than that he’s been kind of quiet, unless you count the ping-pong videos. Plus if he won he’d have to produce another 10 pages of photos for the issue and he seems like a hopelessly lazy dude, ping-pong prowess notwithstanding.

Bobby Worrest: He skates for Deluxe companies, drinks shitty beer, has churned out boatloads of footage these last couple years and seems to possess a Thrasher-approved “who cares” attitude, as well as a sense of humor. On the other hand, like SBN his professional career is none too long in the tooth, and unless you count all his internet antics (which I certainly do) he hasn’t put out a legit part this year.

Guy Mariano: Thrasher likes to give SOTY to longtime legends recently (Daewon, Marc Johnson, Danny Way again) and Mariano is pretty much about as legend as they come, except perhaps for John Legend, or Robert Neville. He sets the high bar for street skating video parts and then comes back a decade later and does the same shit for comebacks, what the fuck? On the downside, aside from some of the first Flared-era photos, not much of his recent coverage has made it into Thrasher, and possibly worse for his SOTY candidacy, a lot of said coverage has been in TWS.

Rune Glifberg: This year’s dark horse candidate – representing one of the more SOTY-heavy squads at Flip and an old-guard transition titan who so far has avoided tarring himself with the X-Games brush, Rune turned in probably one of the best profiles of the year to date a few months ago in Thrasher. While Dyrdek’s UAV will turn into a pumpkin before the Flip video comes out this year Phelps has proven more than willing to hand out preemptive SOTY awards like so many Tomahawk cruise missles, as Rowley and Appleyard can attest.

Lizard King: I get the feeling the Thrasher bosses have a deep and abiding love for Michael Plumb, but a helping of hairball photos and a side-order video part (even if it is set to Killa) do not an SOTY make.

Ryan Sheckler: As much as nobody wants to think about it, I have a sad feeling that this is a real possibility, as Phelps’ determination to prove his don’t-give-a-fuckness combined with Sheckler’s boring win at the Thrasher handrail contest and the prospect of selling a metric ton of magazines are very real factors. I’d like to think that Ballard would tender his resignation should this event come to pass, and Thrasher has taken the occasional swipe at the golden boy from San Clemente, but Phelps’ recent comments that Sheckler is in the running haunt me in the wee hours of the night, even if he was joking. Not funny.

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16 Responses to “Boil the Ocean’s SOTY Short List”

  1. Corrections Says:

    Silas isn’t am. He went pro over a year ago and he won Best Rookie award in last year’s TWS Awards.

    http://skateboarding.transworld.net/2008/09/04/silas-baxter-neal-rides-adidas/

  2. Captain planet Says:

    Id still say that Silas is front runner for this years SOTY. I agree with the fact that he hasn’t been pro for a long time, but hes produced heavily with out any of the fake pro celebrity bullshit (sheckler), has all big sponsors and Im sure can produce a 10 page spread if needed.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Very afraid of that Scheckler possibility. Especially after he was in that What’s Hot or whatever it’s called column at the end of the mag. Plus one factor you forgot is the shock one, remember when Bin Laden was almost Person of the Year for Time? Instead it was W, great, ha. BUT the whole world talked about it.

    On the other hand, the SOTY title stopped many a career, let’s see the bright side of things here, people.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    oh, and how about the first posthumous title ever? van wastell?

  5. Anonymous Says:

    … First posthumous SOTY ever? is that a posibility?

  6. Mike Says:

    Silas is the front-runner, no one else has made nearly as much noise as him, re-watch his Inhabitants part if you need reminders. If posthumous SOTYs were given out, we’d have Tim Brauch and Phil Shao as SOTYs, so don’t hold your breath for Van, RIP. I’m interested in knowing who’s career was stopped by the SOTY. Yeah, who now?

  7. stringer bell Says:

    A few things:

    1. Billy doesn’t ride for Zero.

    2. Bobby Worrest – How do you figure? He’s never even had a ‘Heads.’ Are you basing it on his TWS website coverage? Seems totally random to me.

    3. Why would Ballard resign if Sheckler won? He doesn’t work for Thrasher. Would he resign from the Skate Book? I reckon that lump of shit will go out of business long before there’s need for anyone to resign.

    Not a very well thought out piece.

  8. Watson Says:

    If voting actually counted I’d vote for Silas. The guy was just way too out of control this year. I really hope he gets it. I could see it going to someone else, but boy has Silas ever earned it. As for the comment above about Silas not being am: No fuckin duh. He didn’t say he was am.

    They should have given it to Mariano last year. Just like he should have had last section in Fully Flared. Marc Johnson is a dweeb.

  9. Smith Says:

    I’m going to predict Silas soley on the fact that Phelps has dropped his name many times when questioned about SOTY….Same with Rune….Dennis and Corpsey will still be my top runners, even though that won’t happen (yet). Worrest should get it, soon…Glad to see Duffel is out of the talks….Billy Marks? Not really for me….Sheckler: FUCK NO!!

  10. pilot light Says:

    A few things:

    1. Billy doesn’t ride for Zero.

    2. Bobby Worrest – How do you figure? He’s never even had a ‘Heads.’ Are you basing it on his TWS website coverage? Seems totally random to me.

    3. Why would Ballard resign if Sheckler won? He doesn’t work for Thrasher. Would he resign from the Skate Book? I reckon that lump of shit will go out of business long before there’s need for anyone to resign.

    Not a very well thought out piece.

    1, duh. 3, yeah, I meant Burnett. It was a long week, pushing my already-wimpy mind past its limits…

  11. aaron Says:

    S B-N won it!!

  12. frosty Says:

    is silas even pro?

  13. conni k Says:

    how about Dompierre he’s on fire this year

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  15. Anonymous Says:

    Hey man! That photo is at Costco in Spokane, Washington… used to skate with Silas there. Back when he was a nobody.

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