5. Daan Van Der Linden – ‘Holy Stokes’

Every few years some new kid arrives and inspires comparisons to Tom Penny — Andrew Reynolds, Ali Boulala, Eric Fletcher, Wes Kremer — now comes Daan Van Der Linden, racking up unbelievable tricks and co-signs galore since emerging from his Dutch incubator that presumably also gestates ideas like the rarely glimpsed Madonna noseblunt or the handrail hippie jump. Daan Van Der Linden’s own feather-light ease extends as much to his preternatural ability to survive rough spills as it does to jaw-droppers such as the frontside crooked grind pop-over, the early-grab rail ride, the pop-shove it off the vert wall and the cliffhanging frontside wallride. His skating doesn’t seem weighted with much self-awareness when it comes to the heaviness of some of these tricks, perhaps insulated by some Penny-type fog.

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One Response to “5. Daan Van Der Linden – ‘Holy Stokes’”

  1. John Says:

    Watched this last night, as well as the P Stone fucking around edit and I got to say I kind of liked the latter better. Life threatening stunts are great and everything but man this guy’s grace really shows when he’s dicking around on mellow quarterpipes.

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