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Speed Freaks raw files: Santa Cruz archive gold!

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

The drip feed release of the Speed Freaks raw files has been a highlight of the last few months.
Delivered via the YouTube account of legendary film-maker and surf photographer Tony Roberts, this is certified gold. For those too young to understand why the clips above and below have all the creaky knee dads frothing at the fishtails, here’s a quick history lesson.
Tony Roberts is the man responsible for filming and editing two of the most influential skate videos of the late 1980s. Speed Freaks (1989) and its follow up Risk It (1990) featured Santa Cruz skateboards massive Speed Wheels teams. Both videos dropped on the cusp of the biggest cultural shift that skateboarding had ever known. Hugely popular at the time as videos which literally catered to every single type of skater, (from slalom to progressive street skating), these two anomalous masterpieces have been weirdly absent from the modern day conversation when it comes to epoch-shifting VHS marvels.

Maybe that’s down to the montage style whereby skaters from every brand in the industry all appeared in the same place at once, a format unknown at that point (but later normalised by 411VM). Possibly it’s down to both Speed Freaks and Risk It coming out at the point when the industry went from being vert led to street led. Or perhaps it’s just down to the fact that both videos are so long and have never been uploaded in full in decent quality to the internet. Until now that is.

Speed Freaks raw files

Basically, if you have any interest at all in the history of skateboarding, and in particular the skaters and scenes who formed the vanguard of the late 80s/early 90s then you will LOVE these Speed Freaks raw files. Tony Roberts is still in the process of uploading it all as I type, he’s not even got to Natas Kaupas yet either! For me, some of the craziest stuff is of the skaters who kind of disappeared from the TV screens of the world soon after both of these videos came out.
Up there you can watch an hour of raw Neil Blender footage – Dr Spock casually redefining the future in a kit that could be run today. 30 years into the future.
Below you can see the raw footage that created what must be the most unique video part ever released – Venice Beach’s very own wall man Tim Jackson from 1990’s Risk It.

Honestly, you shouldn’t need any more encouragement to lose days in Tony Robert’s Speed Freaks raw files archive but, if you do, how about 45 minutes of never-seen Eric Dressen footage?

Or, if that’s not enough – how about Tom Knox casually inventing off-the-flat kickflip wallrides in about 10 tries in the middle of a day long session that turned into the most progressive street part of the 1980s?
With me now?

This shit is GOLD!
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December top 3 – Atlantic Drift, Skate Cafe and Blondey

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

It’s been a great month so far for UK-related video releases so here’s Black Sheep’s December top 3 – Atlantic Drift, Skate Cafe and Blondey.

 

 

First up, the latest in the Atlantic Drift series: Jacob Harris continues to disprove the tired moan that ‘the Internet is ruining skateboard videos’ by dropping yet another sublimely re-watchable clip via Thrasher Magazine.
The tenth Atlantic Drift sees the extended crew over in Russia sampling post-Soviet marble and some of the roughest looking bank spots this side of Blackburn. If you’ve watched the previous episodes of Atlantic Drift then you’ll know what to expect: if you haven’t – dive into the Atlantic Drift back catalogue here.
Once you’ve watched this month’s Thrasher cover star Tom Knox destroying Moscow, you could do a lot worse than to check out our massive range of Thrasher clothing (including a huge sale section) and/or pick yourself up some New Balance Numeric kicks and help support the dudes behind this pinnacle of Internet skateboarding. Who knows? They might even release them all on DVD one day.
Also, if you appreciate Photoshop comedy – go check out this Tom Knox/Mike Arnold merriment here.

December top 3 – Atlantic Drift, Skate Cafe and Blondey

 

 

 

 

Following that banger is the latest VX1000 drop from UK brand Skateboard Cafe entitled ‘Sonata’.
Coming in at a steady 10 minutes, this is another bog break worthy pause for anyone who has missed it so far.
Featuring the likes of Sam Nobbs, Ollie Lock, Francis Peters, Dom Henry, Korahn Gayle, Josh Arnott, Harry Ogilvie, Shaun Currie, Savannah Stacey Keenan and the stair chomping Layth Sami – this is Skate Cafe at its best: Bristol and London heavy, jazz music and archaic camera aesthetics. Can’t go wrong really.
Sit down and take a sip.

 

 

If you’re still hungry for UK related Internet enjoyment then look no further than Blondey McCoy’s first post-Palace skateboards full-lengther (well, Internet ‘full lengther’ at least).
Now you’re fucked if watching this makes you thirsty for a pair of his see-through adidas Skateboarding Superstar 80’s, as we sold out of them in 5 hours but, the video clip is still more than worth a watch.
He’s an divisive character is Blondey – to some he’s an over-privileged kid whose skateboarding is over shadowed by his fashion persona but, to just as many, he’s a UK based ripper following a sponsorship path almost unthinkable five years ago. Either way, he’s got a mean ollie impossible on him.
Still not keen on the Kanye track though…

With that said – whilst you can’t purchase his transparent skate shoes from us any more (unless there’s a post-Christmas re-stock) – you can still get yourself knee deep in solid adidas Skateboarding footwear as we have absolutely shed loads of it in stock.
Peep these Metropolitan adidas Superstar 80’s below for a similar vibe, only without the potential for showing off your verrucas.

Atlantic Drift, Skate Cafe and Blondey

If you’re still not satisfied then we strongly recommend that you jump straight onto Instagram and follow @meetatbenjys for a glimpse into Dan Magee’s massive archive of Blueprint skateboards VX1000 gold right now.

Over and out…
December top 3 – Atlantic Drift, Skate Cafe and Blondey


Atlantic Drift – Episode 4

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

 

If you have seen anything else by Jacob Harris or any of the previous Atlantic Drift episodes you probably already know whats in store. The finest visual treat is the latest in the Atlantic Drift series, episode 4 this time filmed in New York. This one surpasses what has come before in what was already a high level of brilliance in the series’ earlier outings. Once again released in conjunction with Thrasher Magazine, featuring the combined abilities of Mike Arnold, Casper Brooker, Tom Knox, Mark Suciu, Kevin Coakley and more, alongside the standard high definition filming, there isn’t really any edits that can compare. The final installment of this really enjoyable web series is nothing short of amazing, Harris has the eye for the perfect shot, and this does not disappoint.

 

 

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New Balance Numeric – ‘Solo Brasileiro’ Brazil Tour

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

 

The New Balance Numeric team head to Brazil for some Latin sunshine and sick spots in their latest edit ‘Solo Brasileiro’ tour which you can see by clicking play below. They get stuck in to some next level structural obstacles that will fill you with that burning desire to go out and go skate. Filmed and edited by Russel Houghten and James Messina, the production quality of this edit, as with the other New Balance videos are always top-notch. With a team consisting of Jp Souza, Jordan Taylor, Flo Mirtain, Franky Villani, Pedro Biagio, Jack Curtain, Levi Brown, Marquise Henry, Tom Knox and Arto Saari all let loose in one of the most colorful and vibrant countries in the world you can expect six minutes of solid skateboarding.

 

 

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New Balance’s Tinto de Verano Video

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

 

New Balance have had some of the best filmed and produced edits in skateboarding over the past few months. Once again Russel Houghton and his team have come through with the goods in the latest edit for New Balance called the Tinto de Verano video. The team made the journey over to Spain to make the most of the summer sunshine and the heavenly spots it has to offer. Nine minute long spot destruction from a heavy crew consisting of Jake Hayes, Tyler Surrey, Marquise Henry, Tom Karangelov, Antoine Asselin, Arto Saari, Axel Crusyberghs, Jordan Taylor, Anthony Schultz, Levi Brown, Flo Mirtain, PJ Ladd, Jack Curtin, Franky Villani, Marius Syvanen, Jordan Trahan, Tom Knox and Mark Baines. Check it out now because Tinto de Verano is a real treat.

 

 

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NB Underground

Monday, July 4th, 2016

 

This past April, the New Balance Numeric team went on a filming mission across London, Paris and Lyon. The resulting footage from the trip has now materialized online via Free Skateboard Magazine in an edit called NB Underground. Like the majority of New Balance edits they are filmed and put together really well and pleasing on the eye with Jake Harris and James Messina the men working behind the lens. The skating is top notch too, click play below to see Tyler Surrey, Antoine Asselin, Levi Brown, Jordan Taylor, Flo Mirtain, Tom Karangelov and Tom Knox shred some European spots.

 

 

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Sunland – We Are New Balance Numeric

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

 

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The New Balance Numeric team along with Russell Houghton have just released a new three minute cinematography master piece called Sunland via The Berrics ! Once again it is eye catching and quite refreshing compared to your normal bog standard skate edit!

Like many of their previous New Balance Numeric videos Houghton uses his drone directing skills to give us an all rounded and different look at many of the well seen before spots that we are all familiar with. Filmed within a Californian schoolyard, the team all hit up the different spots and obstacles they have to skate one after each other.  The Sunland edit features Arto Saari, PJ Ladd, Jack Curtin, Levi Brown, Jordan Trahan, Jordan Talir, Tom Karangelov, Tyler Surrey, Marquise Henry and the UK’s own Tom Knox.

 

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Tyler Surrey Noseblunt Transfer

 

 

 

 

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