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‘Grand Prairie’ 50 minutes of Quasi skateboards with Rizzo, Gilbert, JJ and more

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

Wow! Not even a quasi-wow either: a full on WOW. Quasi skateboards delivered. When’s the last time that you a) were presented with a 50 minute company skate video? And b) were able to watch a 50 minute company video on said company’s YouTube channel (rather than on Thrasher’s)?
Birthed from the ashes of pre rebirth/post Dill and Ave quitting Alien Workshop – Quasi was Mother first.
Shady copyright claims intervened and Mother became Quasi skateboards. Since their inception they’ve done very little wrong to be honest – big up Chad Bowers.
Grand Prairie serves up yet more evidence, along with a smorgasbord of Midwest crust, rather than the 10 LA spots that are on Instagram every 15 seconds.

Dane Barker opens it up with a two-song banger of a full part running everything from massive handrails to flawless ledge tech. Great music, great style, all round greatness from baldy. Contender for one the most inspired bit of BP spot graffiti in this one too ‘Cops are creepy’.

Bald magician and firm favourite Bobby DeKeyzer follows with a truly mind bending section. This dude has so much board control, it’s almost supernatural at times. Brilliant music choice again too. Lots of prime Toronto marble in this: possibly Covid liberated? Either way, this is one of the most watchable but uber-progressive tech parts that you’re going to see any time soon. Absorb the trauma.

Gilbert Crockett, Jake Johnson and Josh Wilson share a part which is short but heavy (like R2D2 full of gravel) and surprisingly free of trouser violations. Tyler Bledsoe delivers Chicago lines, tech combos and an array of different shoe brands which suggest that some footwear bellend ought to hook him up properly really.
Dick Rizzo’s epic contribution follows an introduction based around a young girl screaming ‘Fuck LA’ and a Hasidic scooter rider eating shit at Flushing Meadows. I mean, that definitely beats ‘I’m Dirk Randomberg and you’re watching 411’ doesn’t it? Strong Eastern Exposure 3 vibes here from Quasi skateboards’ bank manager. Inspiring shit and a cellar door count that Bobby Puleo would co-sign. Quasi skateboards‘ newest pro, Justin ‘WuKeeper’ Henry closes off the proper video with an apocalyptic-scored banger of a part filled with lanky power and exemplary heelflip variations. Brilliant.

Quasi skateboards

Following the 20 minute video proper, you’re treated to a further 30 minutes of behind-the-scene japes, alternative angles, slams, comedy and Dick Rizzo bombing the hill outside the house from The Sopranos.
It’s all worth your time – go peep.

No Al Davis though huh?


Louie Lopez and Tiago Lemos keep it pumping for 2021

Saturday, March 27th, 2021

The dynamic duo of Louie Lopez and Tiago Lemos have both dropped nuggets of respective gold this week.
Two of our (and no doubt yours too) favourite non-SOTY winners just keep on producing.
First up is Brazilian power house Tiago Lemos with a short but banging commercial for Primitive skate.
Once memorably described on the venerable PWBC News as skating like ‘Enrique Lorenzo on high grade steroids’ – Tiago can do little wrong on our eyes. Yes, it was the over waist high switch backtail at MACBA that made him globally famous but there’s much more to him than that. Running mega pop on a Kareem Campbell level with a trick bag as wide as his smile – just sit back and soak up the supernatural skills.
State of that nollie crooks!

Louie Lopez and Tiago Lemos

Once you’ve digested big man casually leaping over waist-high bump to bars, prepare your eyes for another onslaught. We post about Louie Lopez a lot and have done since his midget days on Flip skateboards. If ever there was proof of Flip’s talent-spotting prowess then it’s the trajectory of this Hawthorne, L.A. raised ripper. Fresh off the back of his recent full length part for Converse Cons back in December, Louie is back again with four and a half minutes of truly outstanding skating for Fucking Awesome (or do we call it ‘FA World Entertainment’ now in tacit acknowledgement that ‘Fucking Awesome’ is an embarrassing name?).
Nomenclature issues aside – baldy comes through as always with 3 minutes of amazing lines bleeding into a minute and a half long ‘hammer section’. Filmed at a variety of presumably Covid-liberated downtown spots, along with a smattering of classics: watch out for the Venice ledges banger and a brief ressurection of the OG Beryl bank to curb. Very little more needs to be said honestly – the guy’s a pisstake and, as the blipvert of his t-shirt says ‘You must remember shit’. Cryptic? Perhaps. Banging? Undeniably.

Louie Lopez and Tiago Lemos


Portions with Charlie Birch, Lucien Clarke, Kyle Wilson and more

Saturday, March 6th, 2021

Straight up banger right here: Portions with Charlie Birch, Lucien Clarke, Kyle Wilson alongside a smattering of the UK’s best. London-based filmer and Palace contributor Austin Bristow has delivered!
This is no weak sauce mini clip – this is 21 minutes of some of best London skating yet.
Filmed over the last year (featuring many London tourist zones looking 28 Days Later), this has to be one of the best indy releases ever.
When you factor in a list of heads including Charlie Birch, Lucien Clarke, Kyle Wilson, Danny Brady, Chico and our own Nick Stansfield – you know it’s serious.
Aside from the very heavy Palace skateboards presence, you also get all manner of London-based rippers both established and new. The music is varied and unexpected in parts (A-HA you say?) and there are a ton of well known London spots getting crushed.
For a video like this to drop straight out of nowhere really is a testament to how fucking on it our national skate scene is right now.
Massive big ups to Austin ‘the silent giant’ Bristow and to all those involved in this one.
Absolutely incredible.

Portions with Charlie Birch, Lucien Clarke, Kyle Wilson

Given that recent Palace skateboards recruits Kyle Wilson and Charlie Birch bookend this 21 minute beast, I think it’s safe to say that we’ll be looking at pro boards for both of them in the very near future.
Both more than deserved too – natural talent, graft and solid human beings: what more do you want?

If this one’s given you a thirst for more London-centric ripping from the mind (and lens) of Austin Bristow, why not make yourself remember stuff via a reup of his 2016/17 Regulate series for Jenkem?
Episode 1 is below.

If you’re looking for a more recent Austin Bristow release – check out the Birdman Jr. II focusing on Sam Sitayeb with appearances from Kyle Wilson and Heitor Da Silva.


Chocolate skateboards overload plus video treats

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

Chocolate skateboards should need no introduction seeing as its the sister (or brother?) brand to the mighty Girl Skateboards. As a member of the Crailtap family Chocolate has played host to some of most innovative, stylish and influential skaters of all time, along with releasing numerous videos rightly hailed as timeless classics.
Founded in 1994, one year after the formation of Girl skateboards itself, Chocolate originally played host to a crew of skaters and associated Crail heads who simply wouldn’t fit on the Girl roster.
The original squad of Keenan Milton, Chico Brenes, Daniel Castillo, Paulo Diaz, Richard Mulder, Shamil Randle, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Ben Sanchez (many of whom had previously ridden for World Industries brands similarly to the Girl team) was introduced via the inaugural stand-alone Chocolate skateboards video Las Nueve Vidas De Paco in 1995.
Directed by Crailtap co-owner Spike Jonze, ‘Paco’ as it’s known, established the cinematic approach that came to be associated with Chocolate Skateboards from its inception. Close to 30 years after its original release this one still, as the kids say, ‘bangs’. Feast on the full chunk below.

We’ve just had a huge Crailtap drop arrive at the shop also so, if perusing some of their back catalogue gets you in the mood to dive in, simply clickity-click below and get tooled up.

Chocolate skateboards overload

Over the three decades since its formation, Chocolate skateboards have added and said farewell to many rippers with their current team looking as solid as ever.
Most recent official addition Erik Herrera dropped a banger of an intro part a few weeks back too, which you can peep at the top of this post.
Additionally, the Crailtap YouTube has been going off of late uploading full length versions of their extensive video back catalogue, along with helpful product-related clips like the one below.
If ordering decks over the web concerns you, check this out first to get a better idea of wheelbases, tail lengths etc etc before you come back and purchase from our huge range of Girl and Chocolate decks

With the above said, don’t forget about our current Lock Down Sale where you can snag yourself some heavy bargains after you’ve picked up a Chocolate skateboard.

Last thing before you go – do yourself a favour and re-watch the 1999 Chocolate Tour video.
Now go grab your nuts.


Welcome to Hell – huge Toy Machine skateboards drop in stock

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

As we edge into February we’ve been blessed with a huge Toy Machine skateboards drop which gives us an excuse to delve in loyal pawn history.
Toy Machine skateboards was founded from the ashes of the earlier abortive Ed Templeton and Mike Vallely 90s skate brand TV (as in ‘Television’) in 1993, and was Ed’s first solo-effort following his huge success as the headline pro of New Deal Skateboards.

Looking back on the trajectory of Toy Machine since (which incidentally has to be one of the best brand names in skate history), it’s hard to to think of it as the tiny brand populated by a bunch of largely unknown skaters that it began life as on their inaugural video release ‘Live!’ (see above)
Featuring such household names as Charlie Coatney and Pete Lehman, (although admittedly backed up by Ed T, a young Ethan Fowler and Jahmal Williams), Live! made Ed’s decision to ditch the mighty New Deal at the height of his fame seems somewhat foolhardy to say the least.
However, in much the same way that the creepy vegan predated the highwater Dickies trend by two decades, his decision to start up Toy Machine skateboards under the Tum Yeto distribution umbrella as a solo effort also found vindication (and more) as time progressed and the team picked up various heads who would go on to to have a huge impact on skate culture.

Toy Machine skateboards drop

Toy Machine skateboard‘s second video ‘Heavy Metal’ (1995) introduced an entirely new team (with the exception of Ed T) with the likes of Josh Kalis, Satva Leung, Panama Dan and Jamie Thomas hopping on.
Heavy Metal also introduced the world to the filming and editing skills of Jamie Thomas and set the scene for the truly epoch-forming third Toy Machine video, which we’ll come to in a minute.

The third full-length release from Toy Machine a year later in 1996 saw Ed T’s fledgling enterprise finally come of age and drop what has gone on to be one of the most influential skate videos of all-time. Not only did Welcome to Hell set in motion the second wave of Pat Duffy inspired handrail mania, it also resurrected the tradition of slam sections, alongside blowing global minds with the first ever proper female street skater part in the form of the utterly timeless Elisa Steamer section.
It probably sounds like an exaggeration read in 2021 but honestly, Welcome to Hell changed everything.

If you’ve never seen it before – prepare yourselves.

Obviously, from 1996 onwards Toy Machine evolved further, lost team riders, acquired new ones and has gone on to create a lot of noise to this day, even within the extremely crowded skate brand universe of 2021.
If you want to know more about the ups and downs of Toy Machine life span then you’d be well advised to give Ed Templeton’s Epicly Later’d series a watch – peep below for the first one.

Anyhow – that’s it for now – stay up hombres!


New UK skate magazine – The Skateboarder’s Companion

Monday, January 25th, 2021

Big news this month with the release of the premiere issue of The Skateboarder’s Companion.
Headed up by long-term skateboard bods and former Sidewalk Magazine staff Leo Sharp and Ryan Gray, issue one sets out their stall with no punches pulled.
It’s been a long, long time since anybody could walk into a newsagents or a branch of WHSmiths and buy a national skateboard magazine eh?
The Skateboarder’s Companion is set to be a quarterly and will be available in limited numbers from skate stores (including us), available in magazine stockists across the country (see here for info on stockists) and also available in subscription format from their website – www.theskateboarderscompanion.com

The vibe of issue one places The Skateboarder’s Companion very much in the hot seat as a nationally-focused publication with skaters from all over the UK featuring on its glossy pages.
Equally as exciting is their immediate embrace of the female skateboard scene with more page and web space devoted to women than has been customary until very recently.
Put simply we’re backing this one hard, for that box fresh new mag smell alone, (although thinking about it, that’s almost glue-sniffing in some respects so take it easy).

Up top you can see the first exclusive video release from The Skateboarder’s Companion with a brace of banging footage from their inaugural trip up north featuring the likes of Denis Lynn, Dee Collins, Ben Leyden and more, crafted by long time lens man Mike ‘Tidy’ Pearson.
Extra points to those of you who can correctly name the video part/video/company that said Tidy video pays homage to. You’ll win precisely nothing but you’ll get bragging rights inside your own skull.

All that remains to be said is – search out a copy of The Skateboarder’s Companion for yourself before they’re gone and of course – follow them on their social channels.
Big up Geggs and Big L.
Instagram: @theskateboarderscompanion
Twitter: @companionskate
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theskateboarderscompanion


New video from Polar Skate Co filmer Tor Ström

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

Prepare yourselves for an absolute belter from Polar Skate Co filmer Tor Ström.
‘Until Then’ is ten minutes in length which, by 2021 standards at least, qualifies it as a full lengther.
Filmed in various destinations closely related to the Polar Skate Co crew including Copenhagen, Malmö & Portland – this is too sick. No throw away straight-to-web crap here.
Featuring the Polar Skate Co heads like Ville Wester and Oski, Palace’s Heitor Da Silva and loads more – this is a tour de force of 2021 heads. Great filming, great editing, great music…are you getting the picture yet?

Polar Skate Co filmer Tor Ström

If Tor’s Polar themed banger above has whet your appetite for more things Polar – take your fingers for a wander. We’re fully stocked up with Pontus Alv goodies, so dive in.
Whilst we’re on the topic, it seems like a good excuse to reup a few of Pontus Alv’s pre-Polar cinematic releases as, let’s be honest, you’ve got nothing else to do.
I was going to say something facetious along the lines of ‘pornography being bad for your soul’ and how you should watch the below instead. Unfortunately, I just remembered that the opening sequence sees Pontus’ penis get a fair amount of coverage so hey ho. Consider that your trigger warning.

Strongest of the Strange was Pontus’ first solo project post his break up with sponsors Cliche.
It established the aesthetic that he took to his brand Polar Skate Co and thus, stands as a very important moment in global skate culture. If you’ve never seen it before, get comfy.
Once you’ve watched that, check out the second Pontus Alv film In Search of the Miraculous.
Again, I suppose this ought to come with a warning – you will see a dead body more than once.
There I said it, now go and watch this equally brilliant masterpiece from the Swede.
Big up Klez.


Harry Lintell in Milan for Vague with Munro and Barney Page

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

Harry Lintell in Milan anyone? Vague magazine starting 2021 off with bang courtesy of Black Sheep family member Harry Lintell in Milan for Vague, alongside Charlie Munro and Barney Page. We’re not really sure if it’s appropriate to wish you all a Happy New Year seeing as our ever capable government have just locked us all in the house again but this will occupy 5 minutes where you’re not fretting about bog roll at least.
Hairy Lentils footage is always a treat, so seeing his ridiculous skills set alongside the equally mental abilities of UK cohorts Barney Page and Charlie Munro, is just adding delicious cherries to an already scrumptious skateboard cake. (Where am I going with this…?)

With UK-import and firm VX1000 favourite Quentin ‘@pertharms’ Guthrie behind the camera, you should know already that the filming and editing in this will be seamless and focused on showing the skating in the best possible light, which is sadly less common than it ought to be these days.
If you’re keen to see some of Quentin’s previous releases after watching this banger – we’d recommend starting with his 2016 maiden voyage (as far as UK footage goes) in the shape of ‘Brexit’ below.
If you enjoy that, (which you most definitely will) – head over to his pertharms YouTube channel for more.

Anyway, to return to the matter at hand, namely Harry Lintell in Milan for Vague: as you’d expect Harry royally fucks shit up, opening up the clip with a brace of tasty lines and introducing Mister Page and Munro who also deliver hard on the footage front. The UK trio are also joined by Milan resident and Baker skateboards pro Jacopo Carozzi who drops a line oozing with style and grace. Interestingly for a Milan clip, ‘Travel Corridor’ has minimal Milan train station plaza footage and offers up a bunch of new (to me at least) amazing spots from elsewhere in this Italian metropolis.
Two immense thumbs up for UK Primitive and New Balance Numeric rider Charlie Munro’s ender too – did somebody say ‘pinch’?
That’s it for now. Stay safe everyone.

Harry Lintell in Milan for Vague


December video drop – Kalis, Louie, Alexis and Deathwish

Saturday, December 5th, 2020

Well God damn. Winter’s arrived but 2020’s December video drop begins and it’s already staggering.
We’re struggling to think of stronger start for the run up to Christmas and the inevitable slew of SOTY hunger. We’re only a week in too!

First up is the latest from the indisputable OG himself, Josh Kalis.
With a back catalogue stretching into the earliest 90s big kegs era (peep the red strides in his 1993 H-Street Lick debut), Kalis has nothing to prove. True to form though, this has never slowed his output.
The latest drop from Josh Kalis sees him delivering a ledge masterclass at his local DIY.
All the timeless Kalis moves, classic tunes and general good vibes as the weather closes in.
If this one doesn’t have you lusting after cargo pants then you need to squeegee your third eye.

December video drop – Kalis, Louie, Alexis and Deathwish

Next up, hot on the heels of November’s ‘Alright, Ok’ from Vans is Converse Cons‘ offering to the content Gods. ‘Seize The Seconds’ dropped with minimal prehype and delivered like a postie on speed. Not only do you get one of the greatest ever moments in skateboarding history courtesy of uber-legend Alexis Sablone, you also get cameos from the likes of Tommy Guerrero and Bobby DeKeyzer. If that’s not enough – Louie Lopez also drops a full part and somehow one-ups himself again. Truly bonkers. Ben Chardourne smashed it. There’s a lovely Ben Raemers tribute too – thank you Cons.

December video drop – Kalis, Louie, Alexis and Deathwish

Last, but by no mean least, is the new Deathwish full-length ‘Uncrossed’.
Sadly not available on YouTube (presumably due to music rights issues) ‘Uncrossed’ serves up what must go down as one of the most wildly suicidally-minded selection of skating in recent history.
Front krooks through double kinks, kickflips over entire streets and a Pedro Delfino part that’ll soil your pants for you. Truly insane. Peep the teaser below and then sink your teeth into the full meal over at the Thrasher magazine site.

Go watch, get stoked and try to ignore how cold it is.
We’re only a week into December – Christ only knows what the next three will bring!


Gilbert Crockett and Elijah Berle – Vans ‘Alright, Ok’

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

What a pair! Brought together for Vans under the auspices of contemporary skateboarding’s most celebrated film maker (Greg Hunt of course) – Gilbert Crockett and Elijah Berle smash it here.
If you’re a certain age then the title of the blog post might make you think of Miami Vice.
Or, if you’re a wrong un, maybe Whitney Houston. However, if your skateboarding brain works, then you’ll know we’re on about the lastest Vans release.
(Do we still call then ‘videos’ now everything’s online?)

Gilbert Crockett and Elijah Berle - Vans 'Alright, Ok'

Needless to say, Gilbert Crockett and Elijah Berle come through hard here. It’s difficult not to be fans of either of them and with Greg Hunt manning the editing controls, this is another classic following previous Vans releases such as ‘Spinning Away‘ and ‘Take it Back‘.
Long enough to justify the hype and the online premiere but short enough to fit the brain patterns of 2020. Gilbert’s slimmed down the trousers and upped his manny game even further, taking us on a switchstance dalliance around his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. You have to be impressed by his ability to stay local spot-wise whilst still pushing the boundaries of where his majestic pop and tech abilities can take him. Fellow Quasi head Justin @wukeeper Henry pops up in Gilbert’s part and manhandles street furniture with ease.
Looking forwards to that Quasi video featuring them both slated for release this year.

Gilbert Crockett and Elijah Berle – Vans ‘Alright, Ok’

FA’s Elijah Berle takes the curtains of this two act Greg Hunt masterpiece and fills it with an array of truly fucking mental skating. Pupeki grinds, fakie 5.0 reverts and nosegrind nollie flips on rails plus impossibles a plenty. Say what you like about Elijah’s gear switch ups but there’s absolutely no arguing with the skill.

There’s not much else that needs saying really. Go watch it and consider keg sizing.
One last thing that bears a mention – some of the music has been exclusively scored by ‘Reverend Baron’ AKA Danny Garcia.
For extra information on the man in charge – go check out Speedway Mag’s fantastic interview with Greg Hunt.