Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Those Texas boys have done it again. TX2000 is a new full-length that dropped this weekend, featuring guys like Andy Koke, Mike Dejong, and Matt Ogle. In Andy's own words, "What this video is about is that no matter how real life gets, we can all still do the things we love." The bond these guys have despite life getting in the way (a few of them in school, working full time, or even Matt getting engaged) is one that exemplifies what scootering is all about- the power of friendship. That, and shredding the gnar, which is what all these dudes do. Good shit to these guys for keeping at it and making a dope video!
Posted by Jordan Jasa at 3:29 PM
Friday, December 30, 2016
Tommy "The Don" Daddono, in addition to running the best retailer in the game, has been working hard all year on filming clips for a video. He made this entire video while dealing with an ankle injury, which prevents him from completely flattening his back foot on the deck. Despite this keeping him below 100%, Tom was able to do some sick shit for this video. I'm always psyched to see my boy shredding, and this is easily his best video yet.
Also, follow this dude's Youtube channel if you haven't yet.
Posted by Jordan Jasa at 10:17 AM
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Anton Abrahamson aka "old abe," in addition to being the filmer for Concrete, has been making great strides as a rider himself, which have landed him on Affinity. His riding is always clean and solid, and this video is no different. The half cab back lip 270 got me psyched, but I would have been more psyched if I hadn't seen him do it on Instagram before. Come on Anton! But in all seriousness, congrats my guy!
Posted by Jordan Jasa at 6:49 PM
Monday, December 26, 2016
Sugar Shane - Perfectionist from Shane Malecha on Vimeo.
Chances are you probably don't know "Sugar" Shane Malecha. He's a bit of a local legend in Chicago now, as everyone knows and loves him and his zany personality. While he's never been sponsored, the dude has been getting real good riding with the crew in Chi and by taking advantage of the many parks and plazas. He filmed this video demonstrating his skills and I was pleasantly surprised by a lot of it. The only thing missing was one of his original rap songs to go along with it!
Sunday, December 25, 2016
J-Rizzy dropped his latest flat edit yesterday, and this one really takes the cake as the best one yet. I don't even now the names to a lot of these but the one at 2:02 boggles my mind. Jon is one of the most dedicated riders to his craft, and for that, I applaud him.
Posted by Jordan Jasa at 6:39 PM
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Jake, how do you do that?? Mr. Sorensen has finally been rewarded for his hard work and otherworldly ability on a scooter with a signature Proto wheel, officially making him Pro. Boardslide gap over the rail, fakie 270 cab front board, that back lip whip...so many crazy tricks. He was cooookin on the ender. Too gnarly.
Posted by Jordan Jasa at 1:51 PM
Friday, December 16, 2016
Over the past couple years, the Bay Area Concrete Crew teamed up with Hella Grip with the goal of producing one of the finest DVD’s to ever drop in scootering, titled “Hella Good Stuff.” It was finished this summer, with a premiere after SD10. After a long delay, the video has finally made it onto DVD’s which are in stores now. . Hella Grip was nice enough to hook me up with a copy of the video, and so here I am giving a full review.
The level of riding in Hella Good Stuff varies, but at its highest points is top notch. The video starts off explosively, as the relatively unknown Pat Nguyen is featured for his first notable video part. Pat has unrivaled hops and an awesome style, making his part one of my favorites. Many of the riders in HGS, unlike Pat, are sponsored- Jake Sorenson and David Coe representing Proto, Anton Abramson for Aztek, Kevin Closson for Downside, so you can expect some gnarly tricks.. David brought some really awesome SF hillbomb lines (which always have been missing from Bay Area videos) in addition to his familiar handrail shredder style, Jake does things that shouldn’t be possible, and Kevin also conquers any handrail in his path. The more unknown guys like Danila Popov, Trevor Crowell, and Ryan Meyers shred hard too, definitely putting out respectable footage. The only thing I could complain about regarding the riding, is that a lot of these guys do a lot of the same kinds of handrail tricks, or even just a lot of rails in general, which would be sick if it was only a couple dudes hitting them but everyone seemed to be getting in on the action. So in other words, more diversity would have been cool.
Filming for HGS was spearheaded by Anton, the main organizer of Concrete. Anton’s setup was primarily DSLR, with Hella Grip’s HVX providing backup. On the whole the filming was a lot better than what you see in most videos. As a filmer, I think that if the viewer doesn’t even notice the filming, then you’ve done a good job. All the while through the video I was focused on the riding, only a few times did I notice a poorly filmed clip. There was plenty of good b-roll filmed, which is something most scooter videos tend to lack. I think HD filming in scootering still has a long way to go but Anton did a great job documenting his friends scootering and I look forward to seeing his skill and direction improve.
My favorite part about the editing for HGS were the intros. Before each rider’s part, there is a small skit to introduce the rider and show us viewers a little bit about who they are. So while these guys are definitely not actors, they were super fun to see, especically because this is something that hasn’t ever been done in scootering before. They could have been improved with a little more focus and direction, but for a bunch of kids who aren’t exactly actors, it was rad. Big props to these guys for going for it and executing even semi-successfully. Apart from the intros, the editing was more or less simply done. The music all fit well, although starting off with a Fuzz track didn’t get me too hyped. I didn’t know too many of the bands used, which is a good thing.
The measurement of what really makes a good video isn’t how crazy the riding is, or how well its filmed and edited, but rather how the video makes you feel. But even that can go different ways. Did this video make me want to go ride? No. Did it fill me with a sense of hype and give off good vibes? That it did. A big theme in this video was how these guys are truly all homies. The skits, the opening montage, there was even a part showing a few of the dudes walking across the stage at their graduations- what other crew is gonna show up for their boy’s graduation ceremony? If anything, this video makes you want to be a part of that kind of family, to go out and explore, ride, and eat cake with the crew. So, at five dollars, there is no reason you shouldn’t buy this DVD. That is more than a bargain, considering all the hard work these boys put into this, and how good it is. It’s available at all your favorite retailers, including the lovely Outset Select.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Yesterday David Coe's part from Hella Good Stuff was uploaded, to be available for only 24 hours. That leaves about 4 hours left at the time I'm writing this (sorry Anton), so I hope a few of you get to scope it. David's part starts off as we've come to expect, with tons of high speed, handrail bangers, but then he hits us with plenty of downhill, SF cruising clips, which were a highlight of the video for me. He concludes the video with one of the craziest gap to rails I've ever seen and then a trick on what's become, in my eyes, an iconic stairset/block spot. Support Hella Grip and Concrete Crew by copping a copy of the DVD today!
Posted by Jordan Jasa at 10:13 AM
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Matt McKeen has shone a brighter light on core scootering than perhaps any other rider. His reign as top street rider has never wavered since it was even a thing people talked about. Proto has decided to celebrate Matt's cerebral abilities on a scooter by giving him a signature SCS, and this is the video he filmed to promote it. I don't really need to talk about what he does here...just watch.
Posted by Jordan Jasa at 11:37 AM
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
There's been a lot of fire edits coming out lately, this one from Australian Kevin Austin being welcomed to footwear company Vex, joining the likes of Matt McKeen, Issac Miller, and more. This one features clips from all around the globe, as no handrails or ledges are immune from Kevin's surgical precision. Congrats Kevin!
Posted by Jordan Jasa at 10:59 AM
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
FRIENDLY PRESENTS: Terima Kasi from Friendly on Vimeo.
Last June, a few of the Friendly boys packed their bags and headed to the South East Asian countries of Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand with the goal of adventure and scootering. They were able to meet up with some locals and shred some of the craziest untouched terrain the world has to offer. The filming/editing of this was awesome. I thought the intro was especially well done. Props to these dudes for another amazing video!
Monday, November 28, 2016
This summer, "Shorty" Devin "keef.urban" Heald spent time working over at Woodward PA. While there, Outset hooked him up with a DVX to catch the action. You guys don't need me to tell you how good this kid is, see it for yourself here. A lot of other homies are also featured, so check it out now.
Posted by Jordan Jasa at 6:48 PM
Hella Grip Homies Zack Martin, Josh Young, and newcomer to the squad Issac Miller recently took a trip out to Baltimore to shred the East Coast with resident homie Logan Fuller. This is the result of their two week endeavor, in which the crustiest spots were destroyed with the style and creativity of some of the raddest riders out. Josh handled the filming and editing on this one, which is awesome to see happen again. Congrats to Issac for getting on and the rest of the dudes for killing it!
Posted by Jordan Jasa at 6:31 PM
Monday, November 21, 2016
A quick PSA: Using the band Fuzz, or any similar band in the genre, really shows a lack of creativity and individuality at this point. It's cool if you like that music, but unless the riding is a step ahead (like this dude), it's gonna be hard for you to stand out.
That being said, Lucas Di Meglio seems to be a perfect fit for Addict, who may or may not be slowly making a comeback. Not only does Lucas have some insane handrail tricks, he demonstrates his technical prowess with fakie manuals and other ledge wizardry. Super impressive riding all around, congrats to him on the hookup!
Posted by Jordan Jasa at 11:05 AM
The wait is finally over! The Hella Grip x Concrete Crew collab full-length DVD, Hella Good Stuff, is available to buy now at your favorite retailer. The boys threw this new promo up on the tube to get us all hyped again. Definitely can't wait to receive my copy!
Posted by Jordan Jasa at 10:58 AM
Speak Apparel has been making moves this year, and their latest is to add Texas' own Andy Koke to the team. Andy has transplanted to the East coast and has been busy applying his unique take on spots all over the area. Some West coast clips are also featured, like that drop drop drop wallride in LA. Never thought I'd see anyone get a clip there, yet Andrew finds a way. Great way to start off a Monday!
Posted by Jordan Jasa at 10:38 AM
Friday, November 4, 2016
I don't get it, how does Zack Martin do it? Yet another amazing edit all around from this guy, this time to mark the release of his well deserved signature Wasted SCS. This time in full VX, Zack brings a few new things to the table- loved the fakie tricks and that alley-oop grab in the pool was so sick. Support the dude and cop the SCS when it drops later this month!
Posted by Jordan Jasa at 10:49 AM
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Most of you will either know Rich as Tommy Daddono's right hand man with Outset or as the dude who's house you stayed at for this Chicago jam this year. Either way, this guy is one of Chi's most present and unique riders. This is a video of him cruising around downtown, with those Scramble vibes. Sub to him on Youtube for more, he's always dropping little montages of him and the homies.
Posted by Jordan Jasa at 10:51 AM
Friday, October 28, 2016
When Tilt set out for Canada this past summer after the Chicago Street Jam, they intended to only take a video days to film in Toronto and then move on to Montreal. Well, plans change, and they/we ended up staying in Toronto for the entirety of the trip. I think it was all worth it, as this video filmed and edited by Josh Smukal clearly demonstrates. I couldn't be more amazed by the scootering these dudes can throw down and how much fun is it to be around them. Enjoy.
Posted by Jordan Jasa at 10:26 AM