On The SOTY Campaign Trail, Justin Figueroa Seeks Common Ground With Steve Jobs, Michael Kors and Barack Obama

By now it is a widely believed factoid that Justin ‘Figgy’ Figueroa adheres to a strict, ah, drug regimen to keep his mind limber for the purposes of switch backside flipping down stair-sets and tossing his stringy mane around, possibly as part of an arcane mating ritual. Several years into his on-board career however there are signs that the requisite tattooing, boozing and all-around tramp lifestyle are designed toward a more fundamental discipline built to keep the Baker rail jockey’s brain fixated on the hammer at hand. Specifically, his choice to employ the same gear day in and day out suggests that like luminaries of other fields, Justin Figueroa hopes to focus his mojo and trim away the clutter:

You also need to remove from your life the day-to-day problems that absorb most people for meaningful parts of their day. “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” he said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” He mentioned research that shows the simple act of making decisions degrades one’s ability to make further decisions. It’s why shopping is so exhausting. “You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can’t be going through the day distracted by trivia.”

The wizarding statisticians of InTrade, Fivethirtyeight and the recently revamped Sands resort in Las Vegas allow generous odds on Justin Figueroa claiming the golden-pantsed statue awarded annually by Thrasher, pointing toward his heavy featuring in High Speed Productions-branded internet content this year and a ‘Wayne’s World’-like interview conducted rather enthusiastically by Jake Phelps in the most recent issue of Thrasher. The ender section in the Thrasher-distributed Baker vid seems a closing argument, arriving in time to potentially shut doors on Austyn Gillette and David Gonzalez, whose own, recently released and quite gnarly Thrasher offerings lack the urgency and the depth (respectively) that the onetime Emerica flow rider has on display.

Themes of control and a certain primal urgency are evident in this video-section, as Figgy towers over handrails and casts himself upon the concrete, potentially in repentance for the lyrical transgressions of one Shane Heyl. We in the past have mumbled on ‘drama’ in his way of landing tricks and it is here in the bend of his left foot upon landing the frontside feeble grind revert and in the slight wobble during the final moments of the kickflip frontside boardslide on that one big green rail (which has a particular hurting put upon it in this part). He has enough of a capacity for oddball tricks (nollie 50-50) to keep things interesting and the technical capability to make a trick happen the hard way (switch backside tailslide back to regular at Wilshire) when the opportunity is there — and then there’s the tricks, such as the curtain-lowering k-grind, that don’t even seem real. As an irresponsible web log functionary I have my own views, but Thrasher could do worse than to back this dude for this year.

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15 Responses to “On The SOTY Campaign Trail, Justin Figueroa Seeks Common Ground With Steve Jobs, Michael Kors and Barack Obama”

  1. george Says:

    Interesting. I personally found his part less gnarly than Daveed’s, and both parts not nearly as entertaining as Austyns NBD littered part. Maybe not as “Thrasher” like as the other handrail heroes, but I think Austyns part stands out more, and in a few years is still going to look sick after the next batch of gnarl champs one up both Figgy and Daveeds parts.

  2. Jaysus Says:

    I came to comment but george summed it up right there.

    • art hellman Says:


      • art hellman Says:

        also, may be “boiling the ocean” here, but Busenitz had Dan Wolfe transworld part (prob a point against him being a TWS event), adidas Melboune, pushing SF, and now on the heels of democracy, his ‘For President’ part. not too shabby. if this is not the year for SOTY, then yes, it will be never.

    • george Says:

      We have to give up on Busenitz. There hasn’t been a real reason why he hasn’t already gotten SOTY a couple times already.

      Can we fan out a second on the downhill line in Austyn’s part? It’s unbelievable.

    • george Says:

      Also love the fakie blunt, especially when followed by a frontside half cab to back smith. Lots of good lines.

  3. f dunn Says:

    his take on decisions-making/ the triviality of choice is the first thing of any interest to me about this dude. It’s a good thing, I’m down with cult of personality.

  4. mdspb Says:

    Technically it’s “golden-shorted”. ‘saying.

  5. Guy Says:

    Pretty Sweet

  6. bst Says:

    what’s the point of making a bobble head of…a bobble head…

  7. JSP Says:

    Seems like the Girl camp is pushing Guy Mariano, and his Pretty Sweet part (remember that video before declaring a winner) is going to be pretty powerful. Whatever anyone wants to say about his trick selection (ledge dancing and so forth), he is one hell of a skate talent.

    And to think, during fully flared he was sort of relearning skating tells you he’s only been getting better despite age. Personally, I would much rather see a well rounded, long-time great win it than whatever un-creative skating the latest hairball rail monkey is doing.

  8. dddd Says:

    “…potentially in repentance for the lyrical transgressions of one Shane Heyl”

    That gave me a chuckle. Watching the video last night in a stupor caused by wine and lack of sleep I remember being jerked back into reality by a thought: “I hate shane heyl!”

  9. my vote... Says:

    …Lee Yankou

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