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5: Mark Frölich – Till Ur Legs Fall Off video part
I don't really know where to begin with this one, nothing about the part it really makes sense to me. Firstly, I find the fact that Mark started filming it right after he finished his ridiculously gnarly Thrasher section pretty insane. The man didn't give himself the few weeks of well deserved rest any normal person would have opted for, he just went straight back to handling business. And that's without even having a precise project to work on or anything. Secondly there's the fact that he felt the desire to one -up himself, flying down even more stairs and backside 180 nosegrinding even longer handrails whilst his sponsor list was slowly getting shorter and shorter. I don't think I've ever seen a skater with such an insatiable (yet unrewarded) thirst for hammers. I wonder how he must feel about the big time pros who haven't released a full part in the last 6 years... Then there's the way this part came out. Mark contacted us, out of the blue, asking if we wanted his section exclusively for the website. No money involved, no sponsorship arrangements, just: "here, you can have it, but please release it when it's dark outside, so the first viewing feels like a proper video premiere". Weird request I'll give you that, but how could we complain? It got 5 or 6 times more views than certain exclusive video parts that took months and months of planning to release. You can say what you want about the total absence of frontside tricks in his part or that some of the clips look like they were filmed by his dad; he absolutely smashes it and kids love him. People won't stop telling us we should have nominated him for European Skater Of The year even though his part came out too late to be taken into account...
The on-going battle for the preservation of London’s Southbank spot is something that’s on everybody’s mind right now. This edit shows the entire campaign from day one and displays the pure passion behind it. Henry Edwards-Wood and the rest of the LLSB community have been putting an unbelievable amount of time and energy into this fight and it’s made very clear from this video. I know physical skateboarding footage isn’t the main focus of this film, but the message and issues involved either affect you directly or are something you can easily relate to as a skater, no matter where you’re from. The Southbank (Undercroft) has housed a huge chunk of skateboarding’s history and has a worldwide significance to our culture. People from all over look to it as an iconic space and that’s something that shouldn’t be lost. By the looks of where things are currently going, Henry’s film is definitely an important piece of media and will be in the future. ‘Southbank: The Bigger Picture’ will teach you something and if you already haven’t, join the campaign and get involved. You can’t move history.
[part title="Tom Knox in Eleventh Hour"]
The funny thing with this one is that we released it on the same day as what many consider to the gnarliest video part in history: Nyjah Huston's Fade To Black part. I'm sure a lot of people must've thought it quite a daft move but in retrospect I'm quite happy we picked that day. Firstly because if we'd waited any longer it would probably have been leaked before we could have got it out there. Secondly because it represents the skateboarding we truly believe in. The skateboarding that actually involves thinking about spots, trick selection and line construction rather that simply pushing back the boundaries of what's technically/physically possible. Basically it was a good way for us to remind people that there's still hope for skateboarding in this day and age. There's still more to what we love than Nyjah's red trousers and Californian crook nollie late flips.
That being said I did find Nyjah's part really entertaining, only kind of in the same way you'd be entertained by the "crazy" base jump video that relentlessly pops up in your facebook feed. It didn't really make me want to go street skating with my friends.
[part title="Palace: Definitely Brady"]
I think its safe to say that as always, Palace Skateboards didn’t disappoint with this new edit. Danny Brady marks his new move to the team with a bang. Stylish tricks and endless lines, all captured with that classic VHS Palace style (that too many people are trying to copy) … what’s not to dig? Conflicting with the doubts of some, Brady definitely suits the team and there’s a real relaxed feel about this new part. It’s clear that Brady stacks clips and I think the ratio of skating to non-skating footage shuts up the haters! Brady said that filming with Lev and the boys is much less stressful than when he was with Blueprint and I think this comes across. Anyway, this new Palace edit is killer and Danny Brady shuts it down! I’m sure there are a lot of interesting things to come from this new relationship.
[part title="Eniz Fazliov in “Rabies""]
Eniz Fazliov’s part from “Rabies", a full-length video from Finland’s SLP Crew, had to be in the top five edits of the month. There’s a powerful energy in this section and I think that’s what I particularly liked about it. Eniz somehow embodies the essence of skateboarding (fun), yet at the same time conveys quite a serious, ‘playing no games’ attitude. In a similar way, there's some insanely fast skating here (like top speed shit!), yet still quite a lot of complex lines and tech manoeuvres. Dudes ticks all the boxes. Another thing is that of course Eniz bangs out a lot of really gnarly stuff in this section, we are you to that with him, but there's more to this one than it's hesh appeal. For instance one thing I really dig is the whole crew vibe. In a couple of the clips, and in particular the ender, Eniz is backed by his full crew of homies, all really stoked on what just went down. It's sounds like nothing but I think it really think it adds to the hype you get from watching it, thus helping it achieve the goal all skate videos should aspire to… it makes you want to go out and skate!