Now That’s What Boil the Ocean Calls Skateboarding (’00s Edition): 20-11

20. “Ryde or Die Vol. 1,” 2001

One of the last videos with that 1990s feel, Rob Welsh came storming through with a section that observers and supporters had been waiting on since he popped up in the Mad Circle video. Kind of like the Pier 7 opener, there maybe are flaws to this section, but they’re awful hard to make out amid the crooked grinds and Wu-affiliated musics. Aside from the fade-to-whites, “ROD” also features rare full-length appearances from Kevin Taylor and Clyde Singleton, who floats that monstrous bar ollie, and Joey Pepper comes off all forward-thinking nowadays with his Stooges song and backside nosegrind pop-out 180s; this video also featured a pretty good John Igei part and a Mannie Fresh instrumental, ensuring it a top-20 position.

19. “In Bloom,” 2002

TWS’s first am-boosting video featured two of the most visceral parts committed to DV tape this decade from Trainwreck and TNT, more than balancing out the comparatively humdrum footage from the young Evan Hernandez and Mikey Taylor. Tony Trujillo was at the height of his powers, clinging onto tricks he should’ve bailed and ending with a sort of literal smash. People who don’t skate have watched this part on my TV and termed it poetry in motion, and also tight jeans. Whereas P-Rod stood on the cusp of cashing in his little-kid chips for a spot on Girl and probably should’ve had the last part with all the switch gap stuff, it becomes difficult to logically argue against Slayer and 100-mile-an-hour handrail jumping by the rapidly sleeved and unfairly maligned Alex Gall, practitioner of a truly brutal form of gnar skateboarding. I wish he’d stuck around. Finally, this entry would be remiss not to mention the inclusion of Chris Cole when he started getting more interesting, indulging in the Misfits and the Love Park gap.

18. “Man Down,” 2001

Everything that “Tilt Mode” was and more, except a little less, since there was no Juvenile and Steve Cab didn’t take another run that one crazy handrail, perhaps on sound advice from his lawyers. Saying that the Tilt Moders re-injected “fun” into things misses the point and can make the sayer sound embittered for his or her own bizarre and unfortunate reasons, but videos such as “Man Down” did seem to make a point to encourage drinking, indulging in peculiar fantasies, and generally taking things less serious than the pros who stare at handrails, or wap themselves over the head with their boards for instance. Marc Johnson’s last trick in this video was a switch hardflip backside tailslide, which Rodrigo TX did for his last trick in the Flip video last month. Marc Johnson also skated to the disco Rolling Stones and if you slow-mo certain tricks you can see him bludgeoning seal pups for fun and profit.

17. “This Is Skateboarding,” 2003

Retroactively the Emerica video with the kinda-silly title gets lumped in with the leather-jacket-and-basic-handrail-trick movement from the early part of the decade, which it was part of sure, but “TIS” had a lot more depth than that thanks in part to the crack production squad of Miner and Manzoori. Opening on a dismal/dour note with a subdued Heath Kirchart section, they meander through the noisome world of Ed Templeton and his ollie impossibles, the most legitimately urban Tosh Townend part, and the last major effort from Chris Senn who did that crazy f/s pivot. Kevin Long roared onto the scene here, spinning both switch and frontside, and the Reynolds closer has that opening line for the books and some serious left-field tricks like the switch backside shifty.

16. “The DC Video,” 2003

DC’s vaunted debut video was notable for a few reasons, including Rob Dyrdek seeming to make a sincere effort, Josh Kalis making some of the first miscalculations when it came to choosing tricks, and Colin McKay skating to Jimmy Buffet while foreshadowing the rise of the Geico insurance lizard. The video as a whole though gets over on three parts: Anthony Van Engelen’s blistering crooked-grind melee, Brian Wenning doing less than five tricks regular-footed throughout his other great video part, and yea, the Danny Way. A generation in skateboard-years later the mega-ramp is a known commodity, with its own X-Games designation and related baggage, but seeing the iron man jump and twirl and soar over that thing for the first time was a very, very nutty thing to see, and the victory lap with the rainbow rail sealed the deal.

15. “Mind Field,” 2009

Reminding us what a video can do aside from whomping you over the head with unending ledge combos, “Mind Field” returned Alien to form in time for the decade to close out after a few years of soul-searching brought the company to Burton’s doorstep. Purists will quibble about putting on Arto and distribution strategies but in the end-results department “Mind Field” was a triumph, dragging AVE back out of the gutter, putting a match to the incendiary Omar Salazar, letting Jason Dill do as he must and anointing Jake Johnson as a new standard-bearer for New York City – before Heath Kirchart blows through and wipes out everything. Maybe if we were doing this list five years from now, this video would be higher.

14. “Vicious Cycle,” 2004

For an outsider this Zoo-backed production signaled a sort of generational torch-passing as far as high-profile New York types – you had Vinny Ponte yelling at people and Robbie Gangemi doing those frontside blunts and Danny Supa, sans Supa-suit, with a bigspin-flip higher than a regular person’s head. It’s hard to ignore Zered Bassett though, seeings how he comes through and switch heelflips over a house or something in basically every section, and all the then-young guns have pretty amazing shit: Charles Lamb, Eli Reed, Brian Brown and most especially Lurker Lou, whose low-key opener features many colorful varieties of the Etnies Rap, and Aquil Brathwaite, who was on some serious Lavar McBride in “Trilogy” and who I would’ve bet the farm was gonna be huge. Live and learn..

13. “Mosaic,” 2003

People bemoan Habitat’s westward shift in terms of personnel, but the squad might have been at its strongest when it struck a balance between coasts. Featuring the dirtbag debut of Danny Renaud, with Brian Wenning and Anthony Pappalardo at the height of their relevance and Jason Dill’s planned/unplanned all-line section, all differentiated the first Habitat vid and realigned things for everybody else to a certain extent over the years to come. One of the few videos where either of the last two sections could’ve closed it, but it’s hard to think of any other moment in time when poised Peruvian Danny Garcia could’ve dropped the curtains, and nollieing a gap to k-grind remains a pretty crazy thing to do even years later.

12. “Baker2G,” 2000

The video that launched a thousand apparel companies centered on black stretch denim. This video shocked upon arrival, first and foremost with the foul-mouthed Knox Godoy, second with the skating, and to a lesser extent the assorted antics and guest appearances from Brad Hayes, Hoops and Chad Fernandez. Greco’s backside noseblunt and Reynolds’ nollie noseblunting ascension to Koston heights aside, the influence of “Baker2G” was felt just as heavily off the board, and it’s to their credit that the bros have stuck to their niche in and out of 12-step programs while finding new ways to heft a middle finger toward, for instance, the Olympics.

11. “Real to Reel,” 2001

A Bay Area classic in the spirit of “A Visual Sound,” “Sick Boys,” and “In A Major Way,” Real’s early ’00s entry is still the best case for Nate Jones’ elevation to flower-child style icon, and watching this video again is kind of disappointing when you wonder how much further he could’ve taken things, what else could’ve been, etc. But “Real to Reel” also launched Hensley revivalist JT Aultz and the barnstorming Dennis Busenitz, with Mark Gonzales refocused on street lines and Cairo Foster at or approaching some sort of peak. Max Schaaf on the money board and shit, even this video’s credits section approaches classic status.

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25 Responses to “Now That’s What Boil the Ocean Calls Skateboarding (’00s Edition): 20-11”

  1. the hungover ghost of dash snow Says:

    Conceptually Mindfield seemed closer to a Transworld Transmission than a Memorie Screen or a timed code- pyschic/haunted videod- tape/ tape is replaced by over use of J. masics exploitation footage and theres also an inordinate amount of screen time dedicated to wind up toys…..the Arto part is pretty much an extremely sorry part only with after though/ after affects frill…..and the Segueway section is about 180 seconds too long…

    I don’t agree with some of the stuff you say but, great list! and great writing!!! Im addicted to this blog!!!

  2. Janky Says:

    “Josh Kalis making some of the first miscalculations when it came to choosing tricks”

    Please enlighten.

  3. clew Says:

    In Bloom? There better be a lot of Toy Machine and Girl (Lakai) in the Top 10. This list should probably be the top 50 parts of the 2000’s. I love it, though, i’m hooked. I recently watched Heath’s part in the Emerica vid again…epic. And Zered Basset cannot be denied in VC, pure power skating.

  4. Jonathan Says:

    I’m fairly sure it was a Rupert Holmes song in Colin McKay’s section.

  5. Wheelbite Says:

    Did the Natural Koncept video drop after 1/1/00? If so, I hope it gets a mention!!

  6. Rikku Markka Says:

    I miss Trainwreck. He has/had that on-board attitude where he gets a running start, pushes hard three times and just busts first try; and if the board is anywhere near under his feet, he will try to land it and ride it out or eat shit. The BS noseblunt to layback powerslide (Bertleman) on the rail at Brooklyn Banks encapsulates that style. That’s what made him so interesting to watch.

    I can’t remember where I read it, but all the footage of him in “In Bloom” was held hostage by Jamie Thomas. If you look at his boards, they are almost all Zero boards since he was riding for them at one point. And when he quit them to go with Baker (and eventually ride for Bootleg) Thomas held the footage back, and Transworld had to pay something like $20,000 for the footage. That’s fucking lame JT.

    • the hungover ghost of dash snow Says:

      just because you’re christian doesnt mean you still cant be a gi-normous douche nozzel…..I seen Jamie Thomas muscle and bully vendors around only then to have the audacity to try front tail kickflip out minutes later– You can’t have everything Jamie!!!! We see through your bullshit!!!

  7. Mr.Internet Says:

    It’s wierd Trainwreck vanished especially since at the start of In Bloom he’s getting “skate or die” tattoed on his arm.

    I’ve been googling him to work out the deal and all anyone says, including this BTO entry, is “he got fat”.

    Apparently that’s the same a dying the way everyone’s so final on it. Andrew Reynolds intro says he does everything to the extreme. So I guess eating KFC was done to the extreme too.

    On another note – this post made me re-watch Dill’s part in mosaic. Not normally a Dill fan but man that is a joy to watch lines compared to the current light-a-single-block fully flared hangover period.

  8. Trent Says:

    My vote goes to Photosynthesis getting #1

  9. rudy Says:

    You can’t make everyone happy with an assignment like this- but you’re doing a damn good job. Real to Real is so good.

    Can’t wait for the top 10 (and hearing everyone bitch about it.)

  10. Alan Says:

    Re: Rodrigo’s last trick

    I don’t know why that trick was his ender. He did one in Can’t Stop it and was only towards the end of his first part…

  11. quartersnacks Says:

    Mind Field sucks.

  12. carbonite Says:

    filmbot in top 10? srsly

  13. Cobs Says:

    Good call on Ryde or Die, I have it on VHS and DVD. Sight Unseen better be in the top 10 (I had to check the year it was released, just to be sure!).

  14. Tristan Says:

    “real to real” is my favorite video of all time, good call on that one BTO! The soundtrack, the absence of slow-motion, and most importantly the skating makes that one a classic for sure! Even though “This is Skateboarding” was sort of pivotal in regards to the direction of skateboarding, this video really doesnt stand out for me at all.

  15. Ben Says:

    So what happened to TrainWreck anyway? Such a great skater just turned into like Eric Cartmann?

    I Know it happened to Comer from Powell though

  16. Watson Says:

    Ryde Or Die is so good. Welsh and Pepper’s sections are so good. And you’re right, the Iggy song choice was amazing, and I think one of the best song choices ever made.

    Speaking of best song choices ever, there are several in Baker 2G, and I would have had that shit in top 10.

    Speaking more of best song choices ever, Danny Renaud’s opening section to Cymande is one of the greatest openers ever. Also whenever I would watch this video I would forgot Danny Garcia had a section after Janoski. Danny Garcia’s kickflip up onto the skinny ledge, and then the nollie flip back into the bank… I think that’s the best kickflip ever. It’s possible to do as good as, but not better.

    Loving the list man. Loving it. Although I am afraid of Fully Flared in the top 10.

  17. Larry Says:

    Anyone have predictions for the top 10?

    Fully Flared
    Yeah Right
    PJ Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life
    Sight Unseen
    Modus Operandi

    Can’t Stop maybe?

    Man, what else is there? Can’t think right now.

  18. Ty Evans Says:

    You’re not giving Baker 2G or 3 enough credit. look at your average kid and tell me what you think they’re influenced by. It’s not reel to reel.

  19. james Says:

    the Firm’s Can’t Stop better be in the top 10. Great parts from Matt Beach, Rodrigo, Burnquist, that red-headed inward heelflip kid. And of course a full part from Javier Sarmiento the most underrated skater out there.

  20. enip Says:

    Influencing little kids isn’t a determination of what is good. If it was Bam and Sheckler would be the only skaters that matter.

  21. Al Says:

    The list is great, its just gotten me so psyched to dig into some of my old(er) VHS tapes.

    It is also reminding me of the little thing that O’Dell did at Moma in October for Spike Jonez. Basically a compilation of all the most influential vids of all time. Aside from fucking up a lot of the years these videos were released O’Dell did not include one single TWS video, which was almost certainly a move to keep Phelps, one of the “Panelists” happy. I don’t subscribe to TWS for a reason but I think all of us can say there vids have made a big impact.

    In this BTO list alone, I expect there will be four. And Now, Modus, In Bloom, and Sight Unseen. Is there any other single entity that can take credit for so many important videos? Obviously the Girl Fam is a contender but this would span two decades. And Zero maybe, but would also span two decades and two distributors.

  22. theProgram Says:

    WOW, can’t believe the amount of love Can’t Stop is getting here. Sure, Matt Beach had a part, but aside from that, the video was a complete snoozefest for me.

    Modus changed the way skate videos are made and the expectations thereof and deserves Top 10 status on that fact alone.

    Also, what about the Static series? The second one in particular?

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