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ISAMU: A Short Skate Film

Rolling Stone magazine has recently featured this short skate film with 14-year old Japanese freestyle skating prodigy Isamu Yamamoto and it quickly caught our attention. He recently won the World Freestyle Round-Up Skateboarding Championships in Vancouver, BC and is well on his way to continue to push the progression of freestyle and inspire future generations.

Have a look at this film by Brett Novak.

Red Bull Hart Lines 2017

This is the third year that Red Bull and Ryan Sheckler teamed up to bring the Red Bull Hart Lines competition back to downtown Detroit, MI to Hart Plaza for a weekend packed with rad skating and good vibes all around. This year, Red Bull invited us to come check out the event and agreed to put us up for the weekend, so we were stoked to head to the Motor City to watch some fine skateboarding and experience Detroit’s unique landscape and eclectic inhabitants.

The format of the contest is pretty rad. Each skater begins at the top of the course, hits several obstacles going downhill (and pretty damn fast at that), before finally making their way down to the bottom of the course to the impact section (which, of course, requires jumping). Basically, amount of tricks landed, trick difficulty, and speed all factored into each skater’s final score. Each skater’s overall time was ranked and was issued a point deduction for their ranking. So, even if a skater’s run was scored first place for trick difficulty and overall impression, they could end up in 7th place after the end of a jam if their speed was not up to par. This definitely made for an interesting format and some surprising results in the end.

In the end, Nyjah Huston knew what he had to do. He won last year’s event, so he was no stranger to the format and what it took to come out on top. It was pretty clear when you’d see Nyjah Huston on the jumbo-tron landing 8 tricks before most dudes (and dudettes) were landing 4 tricks, that he had it locked it. However, if it were all based on speed, this thing would’ve gone to Chase Webb, hands down. On top of that, hee was pretty much the only one that did more than an axle stall on the quarter pipe in the corner wall; utilizing it for monster frontside wall bashes at top speed before making his way to the impact section. Other standouts include Tommy Fynn, Ryan Decenzo, and Alec Majerus, to name a few. Their super-human skateboarding abilities sure are enjoyable to witness in person.

Shout out to everyone that skated and thanks to Red Bull for taking care of us and for the awesome weekend in Detroit. Check out the results and photos from the event below:

Results

  1. 1. Nyjah Huston
  2. 2. Alec Majerus
  3. 3. Kelvin Hoefler
  4. 4. Ryan Decenzo
  5. 5. Chase Webb
  6. 6. Ryan Sheckler
  7. 7. Tommy Fynn
  8. 8. Felipe Gustavo
  9. 9. Axel Cruysberghs
  10. 10. Paul Hart

Getting the day rolling with the national anthem. It’s pretty crazy that skateboarding events have come this far to include the national anthem as part of an opening ceremony.

“Look, Paul, cut it out with the speed shades thing already, would ya?!” Speedsters Alec Majerus, Paul Hart, and TJ Rogers get ready for their runs.

Gap to blunt from Chase Webb.

Dave Bachinsky, 270 to lipslide.

David Reyes, kickflip front board.

T-Puds takes the haul.

TJ Rogers has always got time to sign boards for the fans, no matter the length.

Gap to frontside blunt from runner up Alec Majerus.

Shecks pulls through with a back smith.

Switch frontside board from Axel Cruysberghs.

I wasn’t sure what I was in for when this girl asked me to shoot a photo of her doing an “inverter”, but it definitely wasn’t a street plant.

Felipe Gustavo starts his line off with a kickflip nose manny.

Leticia Bufoni holds it down for the female gender as the only she-ripper in the contest. Back smith.

It didn’t take long to get yelled at, either.

Ryan Decenzo, frontside flip.

Kelvin Hoefler ends his line off with a bigspin front board.

Definitely a risky way to end off a line, Tommy Fynn had no problem putting down this kickflip back noseblunt.

Nyjah Huston kickflips the gap to frontside board for the win.

Congrats to the top 3: Kelvin Hoefler (3rd), Nyjah Huston (1st), and Alec Majerus (2nd).

Down to Detroit’s infamous Garden Bowl for the after party to enjoy some pins and some pints.

Good times mingling with the locals.

Thanks RedBull for the good times in Detroit!

All content by Mike Chinner

“Please Touch”, An Interactive Art Exhibition By Jay Croft

Jay Croft is a humble dude whose illustrations and writing are always honest and heartfelt; and his love for skateboarding shines brightly through his work. For those not familiar with his work, Jay independently publishes his zine, Street Canoe, in Ohio, and has done art for countless brands over the years; including Vans, Element, and Alien Workshop, to name a few.

Being a skateboarder from Ohio myself and growing up nearby & skating in the Akron area, I have been familiar with Jay’s legacy and a fan of his work for several years, so I was stoked to get to check out some of his art in person once again and to catch up with the man himself.

Jay was recently invited to participate in a group exhibition at the Akron Art Museum, “Please Touch”, in which each artist creates a completely interactive exhibit which actually encourages touching of the actual art itself. I met up with Jay in his hometown of Akron, Ohio where he was kind enough to guide me through his exhibit and explain the creative process behind his work for this particular show. Jay ends off the segment on a positive note, offering inspiring words for those wishing pursue their dreams in the art world.

The exhibit will be on display at the Akron Art Museum until July 16th, get there and have some fun!

Check out a few images from the exhibition below and watch the video above for the full scoop on his exhibition, “Please Touch”!

For daily doodles, wall jammers, and updates on all things Street Canoe, follow Jay on Instagram here.

Grab the latest issue of Street Canoe here on his site.

All content by Mike Chinner

A little background info on the show to get you started.

Jay always has time for the kids.

The exhibition allows the observer to make their own skateboard graphic incorporating some of Jay’s signature characters and font. Here Jay cooks up a graphic of his own.

Doggo.

If you’ve been following Jay’s work, you’ll recognize some of the characters in the exhibition from some of his previous illustrations.

Moveable skateboard wheels lace out this dude’s sled.

Plenty of room to get creative.

Fun for those of all ages, even those who aren’t old enough to spell yet.

Thanks Jay!

Kenny Anderson – Villager

Pull up a seat and take in the next 8 minutes of your life to listen in and watch this feature by Villager with Kenny Anderson. He discusses his upbringing in Las Vegas, fitting into society, moving to California, traveling the world, and his evolution towards living a clean and healthy life. We applaud Kenny for his continued commitment to skateboarding and his positive choices as a role model for generations to follow. Keep on moving forward!

– Bryce Kanights

The Skateboard and The City: Skateistan Johannesburg Documentary

A short documentary set in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa following 25-year old educator Daniel on his journey to working with world class NGO Skateistan.

“A Wider View” – The Ray Barbee Legacy

“A Wider View” explores the legacy of Ray Barbee and his fascination with analog photography. This short film examines Ray’s passions and influencers through archival footage, an experimental printing process, and a series of interviews key to Ray’s journey including appearances by iconic creatives Sean Cliver, Brian Gaberman, Thomas Campbell and Joe Brook.

Filmed and Edited by Mark Stewart and Cole Mathews. Additional footage contributions from Kurt Hayashi, Greg Hunt and Vans.

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