Posts Tagged ‘Josh Matthews’

Heart of the Streets

November 30, 2008

En route to the City website today I was waylaid by this awesome photo of new resident Josh Matthews executing that most serious of ledge tricks, the switch backside lipslide, in front of some youth who appear generally nonplussed about the whole situation. Appropriately grimy spot and classic form from the SBN associate, and it’s an interesting thing to be able to look at this photo and weigh the likelihood of a future SOTY title for this dude. Anything’s possible, right?

He can switch flip into them too.

Midsummer Video Roundup: Seasons 4

August 13, 2008


Living proof

Many people’s impressions of the San Francisco Bay Area have been formed by occasional visits, Rice-A-Roni commercials and the E-40 backcatalog; from an outsider’s such perspective, Trevor Prescott’s Seasons videos more than any others capture the “vibe”* of the Bay skateboarding scene in these, the mid-aughts–technical tricks and hill bombs, tall tees and blond dreadlocks, jazz/funk soundtrack, super 8 footage, Pat Washington, etc.

The newish Seasons 4 looks to be the too-soon final entry into Prescott’s self-released oeuvre, and it’s probably as good as any in the series, mixing short parts from knowns and unknowns alike, fading into and out of montages and slices of SF life, be they angry homeowners or Be-All-You-Can-Be helicopter money shots. In its way, it’s about as relaxing as skate videos get.

The skating: new City resident Josh Matthews, with the first part, has the recipe for nosebonking fire hydrants, a precision move if there ever was one. Carlos Young executes spin wizardry. Julian Quevado and his impeccable frontside crooked grinds are welcome in pretty much any video, Ben Stewart chomps Clipper with a frontside flip and Hubba with a kickflip backside smith grind and the video could have done with more Keith Cole and Errol Langdon footage. Veteran appearances include Danny Fuenzalida, Gershon Mosely and noted headcase Lennie Kirk, who does a switch f/s 5-0 bigspin out up a loading dock ledge… praises be.

Brian Delatorre’s closing nollie b/s 5-0 was the shit; Jason Wussler makes the choice to mar a line with a supremely ugly nollie 360 shove-it, or maybe a nollie front foot impossible. Jackson Curtain contributes some beautiful tricks, like a line with a super-stabbed switch b/s smith grind, and Ryan Nix is in there too somewhere. That guy needs to get back on it.

Later top-billed Silas Baxter Neal shows up for his nth part in the last couple of years. He skids a noseslide whip-around to switch frontside boardslide transfer on that fountain spot, and frontside kickflips a double-set to hill bomb before turning the stage over to Prescott, whose low-impact flip combos close the show. Verdict: Boil the Ocean grants this video four out of five hubba rocks. Check for it. Also shoutout to the surviving members of Pantera. Photo above via The Larkey Experiments.

*It’s a surfer word!