Prodigal Spaniard

If anybody needed proof of the youtube-era truism that every kid these days can do every trick, the Sk8Mafia video does the job, where you’ll find a kids in freely rippling tee shirts mapping flip tricks out of nosegrinds and other once-unspeakable combos now rendered ABD in and around San Diego. All that puts a bigger premium on the curveball pickup of Javier Sarmiento, a dude who for this site’s phantom adbucks stood at the pinnacle of streetstyle about a decade back, probably peaking near the time of the still-quality Can’t Stop part and even today you don’t see that many folks nollie flipping out of f/s noseblunt slides (present company excluded).

Sarmiento’s hiring by Peter Smolik to endorse Sk8Mafia brand goods serves the planet by plucking the dude from the type of obscurity only achieved by a European pro whose link to the US hardgood media markets goes out in classic whimper fashion. But it’s a little bit topsy turvy also, like Howard Roark going to work for Peter Keating or lending your dad money to secure a boat loan. Perhaps Smolik’s greatest attribute is that he has never apologized for his role as the nucleus of “The Storm.” Sarmiento back then was working in refinements but in the years since “YeS” it seems like he’s clicked on maybe too few Pappalardo links and too many posted by, er, Sk8Mafia. Like nollie bigspin flipping or nollie kickflip 360’ing (?) out of crooked grinds, tricks that don’t seem worth the effort when you look at the way he can still crack a frontside flip over a bench, switch b/s tailslide backside flip out, edge off a frontside crooked grind in the middle of a ledge, or (have the vision to include a clip of Rodrigo TX blasting) a switch hardflip off a whoop-de-whoop in camouflage pants. It’s all mostly quibbling though with the main point that Javier Sarmiento’s still skating and still getting support after Es went into the can — Sk8Mafia’s posted the whole vid for free on their website.

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14 Responses to “Prodigal Spaniard”

  1. REID Says:

    Oh thats rich, you kickfliping out of a noseblunt!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Javier kills it so hard.
    I hope he will land somewhere cool after eS.

  3. clug Says:

    Fountainhead referances! Fuck yeah.

  4. albert Says:

    pardon, but this truly great, according to quartersnacks maybe greatest switch hardflip in camo pants was javiers long time friend and former firm teammember rodrigo tx.

    while both of these dudes still rep the early 2000s to the fullest, maybe exept swish pants, tx shirtsize looks like it has at least one more x compared to sarmiento.

    2 of the few illest

  5. thecarbonite Says:

    so fuckin’ psyched on that sk8mafia vid
    …also, Sarmiento is the only human being to pull the trick (nollie 360 flip to b/s 5/0 or whatever) that Jake Johnson almost did at the beginning of that chapman vid part

  6. doomstation55 Says:

    no discussion on the hip hop style beef of “sucker free” over nick tuckers face?

    • Amyl N. Says:

      From what I know, Nick Tucker left (supposedly for Plan B) and the Sk8mafia folks put “sucker free” over his face because they don’t like him anymore. End of discussion.

  7. MdS Says:

    The Andrew Cannon interview in one of this month’s magazines opens up with a comment that Javier was let go because ” he was difficult to deal with”.
    A true skater’s style reflects his personality.

  8. Joshua Ballew Says:

    Hands down, no question, Javier is sick and deserves WAY more coverage/props. Best frontside flips in the game and only person I’ve seen pull off a nollie hard flip crooked grind.

  9. alex Says:

    You are dead right about those weird nollie 3flips etc out of crooks, that shit needs to go. Apart from that, Javier is bloody great.

  10. Book of Facts Says:

    “Sarmiento’s hiring by Peter Smolik to endorse Sk8Mafia brand goods serves the planet by plucking the dude from the type of obscurity only achieved by a European pro whose link to the US hardgood media markets goes out in classic whimper fashion. But it’s a little bit topsy turvy also, like Howard Roark going to work for Peter Keating or lending your dad money to secure a boat loan.”

    BTO,
    You should definitely get your facts straight.
    1. Smolik is not an owner of SM and makes no decisions in regards to the Brand, he is just a pro rider.
    2. Javier hit up SK8MAFIA thru Kellen and éS after a trip to Europe.
    3. When Jamie Palmore was gonna get on SM, Smolik didn’t want him on. The same with Javier.
    4. People live in a cosmetic world if they think that dude runs anything but his mouth.

  11. alex Says:

    I find that hard to believe. I’m almost certain Smolik started Sk8Maf?!

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