November round up: Mark Suciu, FA, Andrew Allen and more

November 27th, 2021

Goddamn. November has been a heavy month for video drops. First up, the ever productive Mark Suciu with yet another part, this time for Spitfire wheels.
Internet gossip regarding his (possible) thirst for that elusive SOTY trophy aside, this is textbook Mark Suciu. Insanely difficult ledge, hubba and manual tricks thrown together in long, flowing lines and performed with consummate ease.
The Blubba tricks alone will make this one a much rewound clip for sure. Will it be enough to get past Thrasher’s post-Phelps SOTY panel? Who knows, either way Mark Suciu must be one of the most prolific pro skaters in history at this point.

November round up: Mark Suciu, FA, Andrew Allen and more

Next up, Vans very own portly bank manager. Andrew Allen footage never disappoints and this Pixies scored 5 minutes does exactly what you’re hoping for. Watch it, go buy a bowling shirt and some Vans Eras and then skate those near-vertical banks that you usually avoid.

November round up: Mark Suciu, FA, Andrew Allen and more

Tangentially connected to the above through AA riding for Hockey, Fucking Awesome’s sister co, is the latest video release from Dill’s FA vehicle.
Clocking in at a frankly unnecessary 14 minutes, ‘420 E. 9th Street’ is far from FA’s greatest work. I love Louie Lopez as much as the next guy but do I really want to sit through a few minutes of mediocre (by FA standards) LES footage to get to him? The good stuff in here is really good – Louie Lopez continues to blow minds, newer heads Diego Todd, Joe Campos and Nik Stain come through with the goods and Ben Kadow does some ironic high ollie stuff, so FA fans will probably dig it but I struggled to maintain interest if I’m honest.

In direct contrast to the lukewarm reception to the FA clip above is Dime’s latest clip. The explosively powered tech of Will Marshall rarely fails to hit the target for me and this high energy pop music scored banger is another winner. For such a pint-sized dude, Will Marshall has an insane amount of pop. Crazy ledge lines, huge bump to bars, getting tattoos in the middle of heaving night clubs: brilliant. Dime do it again.

Did you all catch this one? Jante – 10:34 a video filmed predominantly in Stockholm and featuring a bunch of Scandinavians you should already know (Gustav Tønnesen and Nisse Ingemarsson) plus a load of others who you’ll want to know more of after watching this. With truly outstanding camera work and follow filming – Jante showcases some of the most gifted skaters on the planet. And the spots? Rougher than a dog’s arse. Invest 10 minutes in this, it’s worth it.

Last but by no means least comes a new 10 minutes of fun from UK clothing crew Serious Adult. If the po-faced tone of that new FA clip got on your tits, watch this straight after for a palette cleanser. With a cast of Serious adult regulars plus Shaun Currie, Zeta Rush and Jeremy Jones – you can’t go wrong here. Peep their previous clips over at the Serious Adult You Tube.

Beyond the 3rd Wave Palace turns Charlie Birch and Kyle Wilson pro

November 12th, 2021

It’s fucking here: Beyond the 3rd Wave Palace – the visual stimulus you’ve all been gasping for. Were you one of the people who shouted in disbelief at their phone a few weeks back? “Why the hell has Kyle Wilson just chucked a kickflip and switch ollie over the wedge at SB on his Insta?” Was that you too?
Well, get ready to find out exactly why those two (at the time) monumentally ground-breaking Southbank bangers got lobbed on Insta.
Whether you love or loathe the triangular lads, nobody can question Palace Skateboards ability to up the ante, whilst taking the piss, time and time again.

Beyond the 3rd Wave Palace turns Charlie Birch and Kyle Wilson pro

With Beyond the 3rd Wave Palace have absolutely done it again – I defy anyone not to feel this. You might not be down for 80 quid hoodies or pink combat pants but you sure as hell will like all of this. I mean, you could pretend that it’s not good but you’d be a knobhead.
Palace skateboards’ two newest professionals bookend Beyond the 3rd Wave with Kyle Wilson opening things up. Classically trained on a diet of Mile End and Southbank, Kyle takes his supernatural pop and fucks shit up. Remember how shocked you were that the kickflip and switch ollie were posted on Insta? Wait till you see the two tricks that weren’t. Absolutely bonkers.

Beyond the 3rd Wave Palace turns Charlie Birch and Kyle Wilson pro

Following Kyle’s mind blowing opening part is a long montage of sorts with full (ish) parts from the likes of Rory Milanes and Heitor Da Silva, plus banging shorter clips from Lucas Puig, Shawn Powers, Chewy Cannon, Jahmir Brown, Lucien Clarke, Jamal Smith, Danny Brady and more. Special mentions also have to go out to Palace Skateboards OG Karim Bakhtaoui who makes a welcome return to the fold in Beyond the 3rd Wave, along with their newest recruit and Bromley ripper Savannah Stacey Keenan.

Fittingly, the curtains go to the second of Palace’s latest pros – the one and only Charlie Birch. Remember Charlie’s welcome to Palace clip? Refresh your memory here after watching Beyond the 3rd Wave.
Put simply – Charlie’s part is fucking AMAZING. Huge rails, lines, steez, Scouse banter. What more do you want? (You even get a Dave Mackey cameo chucked in for good measure). Charlie Birch‘s rise to fame is a text book example of how doing everything the right way, travelling, attending events and just generally not being a bellend can lead to great things.
We’re proud of you Charlie. Big up Lev and co for doing what we all wanted!

Kyle Wilson and Charlie Birch pro boards are in stock now – you know what to do! All that remains to be said is to muse momentarily on the tile.
Does Beyond the 3rd Wave refer to Covid? Is it a reference to Charlie Birch and Kyle Wilson representing the third wave of Palace? Or is it just a load of words thrown together? Who knows.
Go watch Beyond the 3rd Wave Palace have done it again.

Beyond the 3rd Wave Palace turns Charlie Birch and Kyle Wilson pro

Lucas Beaufort A Very Special Board Series

October 15th, 2021

Proper stoked on this one! We’re very proud to announce that Black Sheep Manchester have teamed up with one of our favourite artists for the Lucas Beaufort A Very Special Board Series.
Back during the initial Covid 19 global lockdown, French artist Lucas Beaufort connected with 9 independent, skater-owned stores across the globe and floated the idea of creating the Lucas Beaufort Very Special Board Series that you can see in the animated video by Jack Hyde above. The idea was to celebrate the cultural significance of the independent skate shop by creating a unique run of boards featuring Lucas Beaufort’s much-loved art.

Lucas Beaufort A Very Special Board Series

Hailing from Cannes, France, Lucas Beaufort‘s distinctive artwork has appeared alongside many brands within skateboard culture over the last two decades.
Lucas Beaufort’s collaborations have spanned the spectrum of the skate world with board graphics for the likes of Almost Skateboards, Sk8 Mafia and Zero, textile work for Vans and North Face and cover art for German skate mag Solo, to name but a few. You’ll definitely be familiar with Lucas’ work but if not, (or you want to see more of it) check out his website at www.lucasbeaufort.com

To return to the matter in hand, the Lucas Beaufort A Very Special Board Series features bespoke graphics on Generator wood for the following stores: Antisocial (Vancouver, Canada), Slappy’s Garage (San Diego), 303 (Denver), Working Class (Moncton, Canada), Nozebone (Paris), Uprise (Chicago), 242 (Geneva, Switzerland), Lockwood (Antwerp, Belgium) and of course, ourselves here at Black Sheep Store in Manchester.
Lucas Beaufort A Very Special Board series

Each participating store will receive one complete set of all 9 boards and a full stock of their own particular bespoke board.
Be warned though: Lucas Beaufort’s art work is extremely popular, we have limited numbers of the Black Sheep board, and these will fly out.
If you’re keen – don’t sleep.
Our Black Sheep board from the Lucas Beaufort A Very Special Board Series will come in an 8.1″, an 8.25′ and 8.5″
You know what to do.
Lucas Beaufort A Very Special Board Series

Vans Skate X Magenta Shogo Zama skate shoes

October 1st, 2021

Vans Skate X Magenta Shogo Zama skate shoes

Strong collaboration power here via two of our favourite brands and this Vans Skate X Magenta Shogo Zama skate shoe collection. What’s not to like here honestly? First up, Magenta is one of founding skater-owned-brands of the modern era (alongside Palace etc). It’s owned by legit French legends Viven Feil and Soy Panday. Its focus is style and aesthetics over number-crunching bellendery and, perhaps most significantly, they have championed Japanese skate culture through their brand since the very earliest days.
In line with this focus on glorious Nippon, this Vans Skate X Magenta shoe collection combines Magenta’s flair for aesthetics with direct Japanese influences as Magenta team rider Shogo Zama gets his name on these two bangers.
Secondly, it terms of things that ‘can’t be fucked with’ (as the Wu Tang would put it) is the use of two of Vans’ most beloved silhouettes in this Vans Skate X Magenta collab. If you’re not a fan of the Vans Era or the Vans Chukka then, you’re dead to us basically.
Anyhow – if Shogo Zama is new to you, you can update your brains via the clip above that welcomed him to Magenta skateboards last year. As you’d expect with all things Magenta – it’s steez heavy and about as far removed from the ‘let’s jump off a building’ approach as possible.

Vans Skate x Magenta Shogo Zama skate shoes

As we’re on the topic of the mighty Magenta skateboards and by extension their home town of Bordeaux, France, this seems like a reasonable excuse to champion the work undertaken by Magenta pro Leo Valls.
Following an attempt to criminalise skating in Bordeaux, Leo approached the local authority and created a working relationship that completely flipped the script and has ended up with the city embracing skateboarding. Similar to Malmo, this embrace has gone way beyond decriminalisation and has instead seen the city fixing up existing spots, building new skate-specific spaces and recognising the cultural value of their homegrown skateboard community. If you’re listening Manchester City Council/ Andy ‘king of the North’ Burnham – maybe that’s a slightly more forward thinking approach than this bullshit? You with us, yeah?
Anyway, enough with that – to see the fruits of this, watch the recently released Bordeaux Exposure 3 video featuring Leo Valls, Vivien Feil, Aymeric Nocus, Gauthier Rouger, Tom Penny and numerous other heads.
It’s sick, it’ll make you want to visit Bordeaux and it’s got Tom Penny footage. What more do you need?

Bordeaux Exposure 3 from Julien_Januszkiewicz on Vimeo.

This – new video from Emerica footwear

September 26th, 2021

Of all the brands within the Sole Tech stable, I think it’s safe to say that Emerica footwear is the one whose identity has been the most fixed throughout its life. With the exception of its earliest incarnation (see below), Emerica footwear‘s output has been green-tinged, has erred on the side of tech-gnar and has had the unmissable stamp of Jon Miner’s involvement all over it. Whilst fashions in skate culture have changed almost as quickly as Covid restrictions over the last decade, Emerica has remained steadfast. No gimmicks, no bullshit – just straight up ripping.
Unsurprisingly, ‘This’, Emerica footwear‘s latest video release stays true to this. Lots of rails, lots of scarily desolate-looking Southern Californian ditches and school yards and a heavy stoner rock vibe.

This - new video from Emerica footwear

This kicks off with what looks at first glance like a shared part featuring Colin Provost and Justin ‘Figgy’ Figueroa. Whilst these two maniacs are undoubtedly part of the vanguard of modern ATV hammer skating, neither one of them would be the first person I’d turn to if I needed help writing an essay on anything more intellectually challenging than the best way to slug Budweiser. What they may lack in brain cells they more than make up for in skateboarding bannister gallantry however.
After Figgy supermans himself down about twenty stairs onto his cheekbone, it becomes clear that this shared opening ‘part’ is actually nothing more than an intro and a hint of things to come from this duo.
Long time Emerica head and up rail innovator Leo Romero starts This off proper, closely followed by a brace of newer additions to the roster.
Extra props go out to the editor here for bucking the current trend of assuming that the viewer knows who every skateboarder in the world is and ommitting titles. Note to every contemporary video maker who isn’t Jon Miner – ‘stop being bellends – we ALL WANT NAME TITLES!’.
Erik Winkowski has a short but incredibly impressive section after the initial montage proving once again that you can do anything you want on a 1987 Jeff Kendall shape, if you’re supernaturally gifted at skateboarding.
Norway’s Kevin Baekkel has a load of wild footage, lots of which was in his his recent Free Skate Mag interview. Some of the spots this nutter steps to are truly frightening. Black Metal!
Jon Dickson still looks one of the dinner guests from A Texas Chainsaw Massacre and, as ever, smashes the doors off with mad tech gnar.
Kevin ‘Spanky’ Long continues on his sober redemption arc and produces yet another quirky section filled with creative twists, wallie variations and the odd Natas Kaupas reference: well done mate.
It’s left to Beavis and Butthead (AKA Figgy and Provost) to close off This with the shared part that you think you’re watching at the start. The two numbskulls put their lack of impulse control to full effect and take down some of the heaviest kinked rails and bump to neck high fence spots since their last appearance.
All in all, this will delight Emerica footwear fans and all but the most militant vert heads will find something to enjoy.
This is Skateboarding. This is Emerica Footwear. This is…This.

As referred to above – here’s a reminder of Emerica’s pre-green video history. If you’ve not seen it before, enjoy Emerica’s first video release ‘Yellow’ from 1997.

Harry Lintell is pro for Real skateboards

September 2nd, 2021

Well, it’s been a long time coming but finally Harry Lintell is pro for Real skateboards. UK-based British skateboarders turning pro for American board companies is still very rare, (was Kyron Davies the last one?) but with Harry it was only a matter of time.
Funnily enough, Harry filmed the ender for his 2011 Sidewalk magazine ‘In Progress’ part exactly ten years ago, (September 1st 2011) so it’s pretty wild that 10 years and 1 day later, his name will finally adorn a pro model. As a long-time Black Sheep family member who has been tied into everything we do for a decade at least, it definitely feels great to legitimately be able to say out loud that Harry Lintell is pro for Real skateboards.
Whatever your views are on the current situation of wider skateboarding culture in 2021, it’s going to take a pure bellend to question Harry’s right to this one. I mean yeah, it’s Real Skateboards, one of the first post Bones Brigade/post Steve Rocco skater-owned brands with a heritage stretching back to 1991 and founded by Tommy Guerrero and Jim Thiebaud but, on the other hand, this is Harry fucking Lintell we’re talking about.
Before I get too carried away force feeding you nuggets of video history let’s all just take a minute, breathe in and reflect on how fucking cool this is. A kid from Ashford in Kent, ‘discovered’ via a DVS get yourself sponsored contest in Sidewalk magazine, who went on to ride for a number of board brands through his friendship with all of here at Black Sheep (Jart, then Superdead) has gone on to move to Manchester, make waves globally and end up with a pro board on probably the most venerable skater-owned skate company on the planet. And we had to pretend we didn’t know about it in order to pull off his in-store board release party that happened tonight (Sept 2nd 2021). What a fucking trip.

You can buy yourself one of Harry’s boards (which will sell out very quickly make no mistake) by clicking below. You know what to do.

Harry Lintell is pro for Real skateboards

With the above said, and in celebration of the fact that Harry Lintell is pro for Real skateboards, allow me the liberty of throwing a few possibly lesser known Lintell bangers at your eyes because, well just because…

First up, Harry’s 2011 Sidewalk ‘In Progress’ referenced above – the 5050 on the kinked subway rail in Sheffield was filmed on Sept 1st 2011 – quite the coincidence.

Next up, a pretty obscure one that I’m assuming many people won’t have seen but that absolutely deserves a re-watch. This is the i-Path shoes entry for the 2010 Big Push and Harry’s final trick in Leeds is still FUCKED 11 years later. The video is set to play from the start of Harry’s section but the whole piece is worth your eyes.

Next up is Harry’s Volcom ‘True to this’ part filmed by long-term friend and cohort Kevin Parrott. Again, watch this, consider the fact that it’s 6 years old and weep at the knowledge that Harry did the switch flip over the rail at Southbank on three separate occasions.

And last but by no means least and probably the least obscure of all the UK-based legacy parts from Harry’s back catalogue – his section from Cover Version by Kevin Parrott and Dan Magee.

Obviously there are a ton of other Harry Lintell parts out there – hit Harry’s name earlier in this sentence to peep those.
And now, without further bollocks – see below for the first Real video and then go bask in the reality that Harry Lintell is pro for Real skateboards. Esse quam videri, innit?

Harry Lintell ‘Northern Grit’ by Sean Lomax

August 2nd, 2021

Can’t fuck with Harry now can you?
Harry Lintell ‘Northern Grit’ by Sean Lomax is the latest northern-focused mind-melter from Black Sheep family member Mr. Harry Lintell.
Filmed over the last year in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and various other northern cities – this is the fruit of Harry’s next level ability and the removal of mainstream security from shit loads of spots during the Covid lockdown.

With long-time Mancunian film maker Sean Lomax behind the lens and Harry in front of it, this was never going to be anything less than brilliant and, surprise, surprise – that’s exactly what it is – brilliant.
It’s literally just dropped on Thrasher’s YouTube channel so we’ll keep the chat to a minimum – go watch Harry Lintell ‘Northern Grit’ by Sean Lomax right now. It’s a belter!
Big up all involved.

One brief thing that made us laugh was the switch backtail in London, which isn’t exactly in fitting with Thrasher’s blurb about filming locations but hey, it’s only one trick and the ender’s filmed in a carpark in Stockport so, whatever…

Also, just for good measure, after you’ve watched Harry Lintell ‘Northern Grit’ by Sean Lomax, give your brain a reminder of another Lintell – Lomax collaboration. See below.

Harry Lintell ‘Northern Grit’ by Sean Lomax

Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown – Welcome to the future

August 2nd, 2021

With the second of the skateboarding events of the Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, we figured it was a good opportunity to shine some light on Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown. This pair, along with the likes of Momiji Nishiya (Japan’s 13 year old gold medalist in women’s street), are about to reset skateboarding completely.
You’d have to have absolute no interest in skateboarding to have not heard the names Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown before. They, along with a swelling group of mini rippers, represent probably the biggest paradigm-shift that skateboard culture has ever experienced.
Obviously, it is a clear and evident fact that skateboard’s embarrassing gender imbalance is finally over. Skateboard participation numbers are up full stop, with female skateboard participation exploding globally.
The boy’s club is finished…

The reasons for this explosion in female skaters in manifold: from the current visibility of pioneers like Alexis Sablone, Lizzie Armanto and Elissa Steamer, through to the obvious power of Social Media at connecting once disparate communities and inspiring people to get involved. Our own UK-based Girl Skate UK network is one such example. What began as a one-woman project to try and create spaces for the (then) tiny UK female/non-binary skate scene to connect, has since mushroomed in a massive network of skaters across the country running everything from skate schools to skate comps. You could do a lot worse than to check out their website at girlskateuk.com

Anyhow, we’ve wandered away from the specific topic of this blog post, namely Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown. These two (for us at least) represent the direction that the future of skateboarding is headed in.
Both are technically children at 13 years of age. Both are in the Olympics, (Rayssa has already won a silver medal and Sky is highly likely to win a medal too) and most importantly, they both absolutely fucking rip. Not ‘good for a girl’, or ‘good for a child’ – just good, full stop.
We’re kind of assuming that you all knew this already but, just in case, (and because it’s the Olympic Park skating event this week) it seemed timely. Unlike the footage of Rayssa at the top of this blog which is all super recent and was only uploaded this week, we’ve struggled to find much recent footage of Sky in YouTube format since most of her stuff ends up on her parent-run Instagram page.
With that said, it’s still worth posting the Almost x Skateistan clip of her from 2019 (see below) just because it’s dope and the project was a sick one. I’m not entirely sure she still rides for Almost skateboards though as there were a couple of vague ads for a sinister sounding board brand called the ‘Monarch Project’ claiming Sky Brown as a pro, (along with Leticia Bufoni) recently. Either way, she’s 13, she spins head high mute grabbed McTwists and if she’s not a millionaire already, she will be soon.

Also – this: Rayssa Leal was 11 here. Jesus wept.

(P.S. The Men’s Park Olympic contest is on Thursday August 5th from 1am – 4.30 am.
Women’s park in on Wednesday August 4th from 1am – 4.30am Uk time)

Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown

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Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown

Yuto Horigome is skateboarding’s first ever Olympic gold medalist

July 26th, 2021

Finally, after 12 months of delay, the Tokyo Games are here and Yuto Horigome is skateboarding’s first ever Olympic gold medalist.
It was always going to happen. I’m surprised it took this long to be honest given how boring a lot of other Olympic sports are. I mean, do you want to watch a 13 year old girl gap out to front crook on a 12 stair handrail, or do you want to watch some Allegra dance around on a horse? Simple equation really.
The arguments for and against skating being in the Olympics are myriad. Depending on your side of the fence it either represents the ultimate coming-of-age of a culture, or it represents the neutering of what was once an anti-establishment sub culture. I kind of agree with both sides if I’m honest. Uniforms, IOC officials in blazers (not the Swoosh kind) pretending to give a shit and all the other sports bullshit is, very obviously, anathema to the traditions of skateboard culture. I agree with all I’ve just typed but that didn’t stop me sitting up till 4am two nights in a row to watch it and talk real-time shit on the UK Skate forum with other portly dads.

Honestly, it was entertaining to watch. I get that a lot of people feel as though it’s somehow soiled the spiritual pants of skateboarding but, in a world where people happily cover themselves in logos for Monster, knife companies and Christ knows what else – does it really matter?
As I write this we’ve only had the street section of Olympic skateboarding with Park to follow next week.
The format was basically Street League and, as with SLS, it devolved in a handrail fest pretty quickly.
Nonetheless, it was bloody exciting to watch despite the inherent tedium of the SLS format, well unless you’re the Mayor of Greater Manchester that is – Andy Burnham you made yourself look like a out of touch bellend mate.

If you missed it, you can peep highlights of Men’s street below in YouTube format, plus a link to the full BBC broadcast of the entire Men’s Street here (complete with Marc Churchill on the mic)

Along with the fact that Yuto Horigome is skateboarding’s first ever Olympic gold medalist, is another moment of glory for the host nation with a gold medal for Japan in Women’s street too. A double whammy for glorious Nippon made even crazier by the fact that the winner, Momiji Nishiya at 13 years old is one of the youngest Olympic gold medalists of all time. Pretty fucking cool eh?

Below there’s a video with a bit of back story on Momiji Nishiya and to watch the whole thing – hit up the BBC iPlayer here to peep the entire contest.

It’s highly likely that a lot of you won’t give a toss about the Olympics and that’s fine but believe me when I say this – a 13 year old girl just repeatedly back smithed a twelve stair handrail in front of millions of people. I’m struggling to think of many ways in which that is not a good thing.

Yuto Horigome is skateboarding’s first ever Olympic gold medalist

Darkstar Skateboards Joe Hinson Britannia Part

July 14th, 2021

Darkstar Skateboards Joe Hinson Britannia Part

Not everyday you see such a heavy hitting part from UK soil. Joe Hinson more than ever showing his worth with his spot on the Darkstar Skateboards team.

So whilst battling injuries (hardly surprising with the spots he skates!) working full time along with a Global pandemic Joe’s seen fit to put out another rail chomping, heavy sets stomping of a part. For any non UK skaters that may be reading/watching this please take our word that the spots you see in this are really not ‘spots’ but more like horrible ground, rusty jaggedly rails and a strong possibility of a mossy wet roll out.

Props to Darkstar Skateboards for backing Black Sheep rider Joe Hinson, could it be one day he’ll be the first UK pro…!?

Click the play button below for some genuine UK crust and untouched spots get a royal Britannia seeing to by Sir Hinson.

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