Few days ago, I met up with an old friend I hadn’t seen for long a while. At some point or another, the conversation inevitably veered towards the state of current skate affairs. “The kids here don’t even know the American pros now, since you guys have invented this European scene“, he goes. Really? Wow. I bet a lot of people wish they could claim some of that credit, but of course no one’s invented anything. The scene was always there. As for us, all we do is try to keep up with it, document it, capture some of the radness and bring it home to you once a month to get psyched on. That said, the March dose of rad is now available on the news stand.
On the cover and inside issue 87, you’ll find an interview with Tim Zom, the Rotterdam powerhouse, who’s presumed criminal past is laid bare along with some of the gnarliest skating ever to grace our pages. Some of the cornerstones of London’s unique skate scene speak about their home town and the history of its scene. Some rare treats and quintessential personas in this article, such as Charlie Young, Vaughan Baker, Nick Jensen, Benny Fairfax to name just a few. In other words, you won’t want to miss this one. The Quiksilver team head south, all the way to Africa, to discover empty bowls behind squatted mansions, camp in the wild with Lions and Rhinos, soak in the sun and dodge the rain. In Effect, Jorge Barreto explains his un-Cuban roots and his current existence in Barcelona. Expanded this month are Leo Valls and Pasha Kuznetsov from opposite corners of the continent. For the record Paul Machnau picks Daewon Song’s brain on manuals. For our bimonthly Artiste feature, we’ve got Adrian Blanca, who’s designed the current subs gift t-shirt. These bad boys come with new subscriptions only, so go get some while supplies last (and they won’t last very long.)