Some dudes just plain out rip. The hours and hours of practice they have put in have paid off in dividends concerning not only their bag of tricks, but how effortlessly they achieve such great displays of art. These shredders are few and far between but luckily, Eastern Skateboard Supply houses a whole mess of talent all under one roof and even provides a canvas for each of them to express them selves freely upon during the daily hour lunch break. David Barnes (@dbarnez) is one of those #ESSCrew who takes care of business in the skatepark as well as handling it back in the warehouse dealing with all the clothing and protective equipment offered at ESS. Everyone knows the level of skating goes up a notch when this guy is around, yet he always keeps it mellow and skates simply because he enjoys it. Dave always has a smile on his face, even if he gets hung up on a trick all day, the dude never looses his cool composure. I was fortunate enough to be on hand the other day when he decided to throw down a banger of a line and obliged me to capture it digitally on film to share another glimpse into the "Best Break Room Ever" with all of y'all. Sit back and enjoy this extra grande backside flip paired perfectly with a buttery front board performed by David Barnes.
A Big thanks goes out to Eastern Skateboard Supply, a company who is for skaters, by skaters, and constantly looking to help progress this art we all have come to adore. Another HUGE thank you goes out to every single one of you who has helped support this site along the beginning of its journey. JAH Bless Y'all and Go Skate!
Happy Saturday shred world! This is the day I hope everyone has off from school or work long enough to make it out and enjoy this new fall weather that's starting to roll in! Knowing that I am planning on hitting the concrete jungle shortly, I always like to start my adventure off with a little bit of visual stoke whether it be reading and absorbing the images of a rad magazine article or watching a moving picture show depicting skating at its highest level. This morning I was fortunate enough to have the time to indulge in both selfish pleasures and figured that I must share the experience with you so that you may under go the same growth and inspiration that I received this morning. I am going to absolutely blow your mind this morning and include a video AND a link to perhaps one of the best, and most insightful interviews I have read in a long time. The video was done by JSM Skateboarding which is a sooper rad group of individuals who are helping to progress skateboarding in a fresh new direction. The video highlights the ripping done by "The Flyin Hawaiian" KJ Nakanelua (@nebulas_nakanelua) who brought his bag of tricks back to the main land to show us haoles how its done. The interview is from Magenta Skateboards, who has been featured in a pervious Simply Stoked on the Skating. These guys are core and are starting to mix all aspects and variants of skating together to make some of the most beautiful art I have ever seen. The interviewee is none other then fellow Rastaman Carlos Young (@kushite7), a ripper on the board and a master of the mind off of it. Many of his views that he express drive the nail home of things that have been echoed on this site time and time again. So stoked on Carlos Young's out look on life and that Magenta boards recognized this talent and has been helping to expose it!
With out further adieu, I bring you the double feature to help light that stoke flame underneath you today to get outside and experience the concrete landscape Babylon has put before us that is begging us to create beauty from. JAH Bless! and stop by your local shop or park today and plug deeper into your local scene!
Carlos Young Interview Pt. 1
Carlos Young Interview Pt. 2
Out of necessity the skateboarding industry has created labels for different products to distinguish them from other products of similar function. This sounds like a very logical and organized method of keeping house so to speak, but by inventing these labels for different genres of skating I feel that skateboarders have began to relate to the category of skating not to skateboarding its self. This creates one dimensional skaters who feel that they represent a singular category of skateboarding and they do not branch out and try other categories ultimately resulting in an individual who does not experience skateboarding in its entirety. This honestly is sad to me. I feel terrible for the skater out there who isn't eating the crust of the pie because they think the filling is good enough and there is no way anything could taste better. This extends universally around skateboarding from guys who only skate street or only parks who think "longboarding" is for kooks, and even the "kooks" who only skate downhill or freeride and not any transition or street because those Popsicle sticks are to small. Many skaters have fallen victim to this and I feel that it is time to break free of this mentality and promote a true SKATE EVERYTHING mentality through out the skateboarding community.
Growing up I got into skating street and never even considering downhill until I was 13 or 14. Once I mobbed my first slope there was absolutely no turning back; I was genuinely hooked. Street skating took a back seat as I began to find my self more and more mind surfing hills and less frequently concerned about spotting gaps or stair sets driving down the road. This continued for many years, where I had an interest and respect for street skating, but as far as participating in the scene or culture, I was absent. I am so very fortunate to say that street skating may have taken a back seat for a while, but thankfully it never left the car. Its always been a passenger in my "skate wagon" and now I am proud to say is reemerging more and more every day. Learning from the past is a must have trait and fortunately I was able to reevaluate how I had handled my love affair with street skating during my transition into downhill and not make the same mistakes on the opposite occurrence. Rather then isolate my self into the singular interest as it takes precedent in my skating life at that time, I now am trying to bring along all my skills and abilities and merge them into one fluid motion. Now as I drive down the road I am not just mind surfing a hill, but thinking of where I could throw a big standie to burn some speed so I could make that little ledge gapping some landscaping leading out of the up coming drive way. I have began to blend the "street" skating with the existing skills related to the downhill game. In essence, this takes all the joys and positive vibes from each discipline and blends them all together into a well balanced meal that all shred monsters deserve to experience.
"The best skateboarders are the ones skating everything..."
We're in a unique time and place in skateboarding history ladies and gentlemen. Everyone looks back to the Dog Town or Bones Brigade days and thinks that there is no way any group or generation could influence the game like that ever again. Those guys basically invented skateboarding and paved the path for all of us today which was and still is a monumental achievement that deserves utmost respect and consideration by anyone picking up a skateboard for the first time or millionth time. I feel that the pioneers gave us all the tools that are the different types of skateboarding and now we need to build the house envisioned and entursted to us by them. We have the opportunity to break down the labeled barriers and literally SKATE EVERYTHING. Skateboarding no longer has to be a one dimensional activity but rather it can morph and take new forms of progression in which all the skills needed to tackle all terrains is combined into a beautiful display of complete dominance of ones surroundings. This exact sentiment is expressed by Tony Alva in the newest issue of Concrete Wave in which he is interviewed on this very topic. Get your self a copy by any means necessary because you do not want to miss out on this one. "The best skateboarders are the ones skating everything like parks, pools, downhill, and street." says the legend Alva him self in the interview along with discussing skateboarding history and its likely future.
Skateboarding is growing and gaining momentum for something big and we have the power to tip the ball over to jump start the process. Skateboarding is going to become a multi-board gig in which every rider has a quiver so that they can skate multiple terrains. The quicker we all jump on board of the true SKATE EVERYTHING mentality, the sooner more and more progression can and inevitably will occur. I want to encourage everyone to go out and get your self a new set up, one that you may not originally pick out for your self but one that will challenge you to progress in an area of your skate arsenal that may have been neglected for a little while. Hit your local shop and ask any questions you may have regarding this new territory and its associated gear and then git you sum!! Get out there and drink the stoke smoothie knowing that its been mixed with only the finest shred vitamins and gnar minerals to ensure that you get the most bang for your skating buck!
JAH Bless y'all and make sure to follow us on our insta-famous @beautyoutofbabylon for rad visuals of skateboarding along its progressive path.