Posts Tagged ‘Julian Quevado’

Midwinter Video Roundup: “Don’t Act Famous”

March 21, 2009


Celebrity apprentice

This video I bought because it had a part from Julian Quevado, a dude I would wholeheartedly recommend to celebrators of the Lockwood picnic table school of skateboarding – rarely turning more than 180 degrees at any one time, lotsa k-grinds, does the right tricks switch. And, he’s apparently not the type to film a four-minute epic part, since I’ve never seen more than a couple minutes of footage from him at any one time. Which is just fine. This Toebock part will do for a while – few since AVE have gotten as much quality mileage out of the switch frontside crooked grind and he seems to have total mastery over his switch kickflip, kind of pointing it down post-catch, it’s sweet.

“Don’t Act Famous,” made by former Popwarrior Adam Crew, includes lots and lots of montages, which you could interpret as Adam Crew having a lot of friends, but apparently not enough to defend his van from a midnight break-in that claimed most of the footage that would have gone toward a long-awaited Adam Crew part (if the SBN SOTY interview to be believed). Which is unfortunate since the fella always had good tricks in the various Popwar promos and does a pretty ballsy gap-backside tailslide thing in this video.

Another ballsy choice is kicking the video off with multiple montages, which I always find harder to get into than a one-dude part, kind of like how a compilation record never packs the same punch an official album does. A lot of times you have to really pay attention to find the gems but they are there: a Manik team cameo in the Washington section featuring various b/s 180 nosegrind efforts from Jordan Sanchez; Two Hawks Young has a unique name, a moustache and hardflips; Mikey Chin frontside flips in the fog and Ryan Casado brings heat to all different types of spots (see: power ollie over sidewalk/down steps).

The ginger prince of Oregon has a full-length section with an ingenious throwback intro. He too indulges in the switch frontside crooked grinds amid lots of lines where he plies his stock in trade, nice-looking basics down mid-size gaps, the occasional backside flip floater off a bump, and the closing frontside wallride blaster is a bunch of bananas.

Between gunslinging and soda-whipping in the kitchen the Toebock team shifts to the Bay where Frank Castanette charges and Josh Matthews switch 5-0s a no-joke handrail. There’s cameos from the Tiltomode types, including the much-missed and heavily bearded Jesse Erickson who really needs to have a great deal of footage in this supposed new video they’re doing. There’s this other kid Kevin McGowan who’s probably one of the best dudes in the video. There’s a tall nollie b/s nosegrind 180 amongst a bunch of other crazy shit.

Also worth noting is a blissful detour to the Santa Rosa skatepark, which in this internet half-wit’s opinion should sooner or later command the same reverence ascribed to the Wallows and Combi Bowl and so on. (Was there a kickflip Miller flip here?)

Crew & co. wrap the vid in Colorado where Gordie Cousino crams as many possible flip tricks into his runs and the young Angel Ramirez kickflips mightily – Jerrod Saba, in footage allegedly recycled from the Krux video, does nosemanual firecrackers, miniseries 5-0s and cab flips into banks. Then we have Tyler Price, who I was watching and thinking that he should’ve been on early-period Circa, when Colt Cannon was the hot shoe of the day and big backside flips were the done thing. Wouldn’t you know a bit later on I caught some Circa stickers on his board, so there you go, certified footwear soothsayer. Point being, Tyler Price loves the giant backside flips, and Zep. Also, a sweet melon grab. You could order this DVD from the Toebock site right now, it has a good soundtrack.

Midsummer Video Roundup: Seasons 4

August 13, 2008


Living proof

Full disclosure: I am relatively poor, possess minimal computer skills and currently am not hooked on either patchouli or crack cocaine. For these reasons and more I’ve never lived in the Bay Area, and like most people, my impressions of the region have been formed more by occasional visits, Rice-A-Roni commercials and the E-40 backcatalog. With that unfortunate ignorance in mind, from an outsider’s 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 homosexual homeowners or Be-All-You-Can-Be helicopter money shots. In a way it’s about as relaxing as skate videos get, and refreshing like an autumn breeze or some such bullshit.

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 barring those featuring Iga (do these exist yet?). Ben Stewart chomps Clipper with a frontside flip and Hubba with a kickflip backside smith grind and I 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.

I’m not especially into Brian Delatorre but his closing nollie b/s 5-0 was the shit; I’m not into Richard Jefferson period. Jason Wussler makes the choice to mar a line with a supremely ugly nollie 360 shove-it, or maybe a nollie front foot impossible, it was hard to tell as my eyes instinctively contorted to form the gasface. 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. Backside tailslide shove-it to nosemanual; someone great is gone indeed. RIP.

Verdict: Boil the Ocean grants this video four out of five hubba rocks, plus a dime bag. Check for it. Also shoutout to the surviving members of Pantera. Photo above via The Larkey Experiments.

*It’s a surfer word!