5. Cory Kennedy – “Pretty Sweet”


Cory Kennedy projects a stony bro love for lakeshore living, jet-skis and macro brews, but watching his footage evolve over the years I think he really likes to watch Jake Johnson parts, and not just because he’s out there this year pushing his wallrides all over the place. Coming out of the Northwest Cory Kennedy has some grasp on grit and it was a pleasant surprise to see all the double-sided parking block twister tricks offset by crunchier fare like the fakie ollie out to backside 50-50, the hairy frontside k-grind and the fakie b/s nosegrind 180, moves that that also seemed calculated to combat all those backlit golden-boy profiling shots. He gets Love Park bonus points for the pop-up panel to the bench and in a video drenched with questionable ledge combos the crooked grind drop-down to switch frontside crooked grind ranks somewhere in the top ten. For these dudes like Cory Kennedy who can do it all it really comes down to what tricks go into their parts and there gets to be almost too many to list from this one, ranging from the switch bigspin to the fakie flip cracked backside over the handrail to the bigspin backside tailslide to fakie on the hubba to the nollie inward heelflip backside tailslide to fakie which, on paper, sounds terrible but became among the most-rewound tricks the first few passes through this video. The backside tailslide kickflip to backside tailslide remains zany.

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10 Responses to “5. Cory Kennedy – “Pretty Sweet””

  1. art hellman Says:

    great freeze frame. St. Paul!!!

  2. intheknow Says:

    Everything about this part (skater, trick list, soundtrack, etc) sound terrible on paper, but actually works quite well. As a staunch CK-hater, I found myself eating several helpings of crow after his part came out as one of my faves of the video. Still not fully backing him, but this part goes miles towards putting him into my “not unwatchable” category.

    • george Says:

      I think many including myself felt like you as well regarding Mr. CK. This part should push him past “not unwatchable,” he kills it. Solid trick selection (that much more important when you can do anything you want on a skateboard) and for some reason his part and Olsons part seem to get better with repeated viewings.

      • intheknow Says:

        He will remain in my “not unwatchable” category because this single part does not completely undo the previously egregious assaults on sensible trick selection.

    • george Says:

      Fair enough. Safe to say it looks like he’s headed in the right direction though.

    • J2tha Says:

      I always felt it was clear he could and can do almost anything on a piece of wood from his early days of footage, he always seemed non-discriminatory with tricks. Dudes that are getting mad good fast often do the same thing, check an old Jake Johnson part for instance. Pretty obvious to anyone who’s been paying attention he will get better and better (duh), don’t be surprised when he has the oh-so-sought-after honour of moving up catagories of opinion. Heads look caught out mid hate-game trying to slight things off onto the editing, haha, watch your internet egos.

  3. CossRooper Says:

    The song and relaxed editing help, too.

  4. Jaysus Says:

    Definitely one of best parts of Pretty Sweet.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    If only Tershy skated tranny in his part….

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