2016 SMLTALK AWARDS: THE RECAP

Another year gone, another awards show done. Did we do anything out of the oridnary? No, not really. Were there some really sick videos that played and did we get to embarass/honor some of the scene? Yes.

We want to first and foremost, we want to thank everyone that came out. Yep, all you guys. Remember, this whole thing wouldn't exist without everyone that showed up, had a beer and a laugh. Pat yourselves on the back for being awesome and for creating the scene we all know and love. We want to also thank everyone that assisted with the event including:

  • Orchard Skateshop and Converse for sponsoring the event
  • Wonderbar for putting up with our shit
  • Rob Collins for hooking us up with product
  • Tommy Wisdom for creating the trophies
  • Jimmy Lake for the t-shirts
  • Frankie Nash/Ray Trotta for the design stuff
  • James DeRocher for shooting photos. Follow him on the 'gram, his photos are insane (@jamesderocher)
  • Erik Pickard and Humar Miranda for M.C'ing

Seriously, thanks a bunch guys. Now let's take a look and see how it all went down:

THE VIDEOS

Definitely some of the most enjoyable content we've ever had. Here's what went down before the awards:

"ICE"

The Budweiser Attack boys were in full effect with this one. Orchard buddy and fast-shade aficionado Kenny Ramos brings the heat with "ICE" (Most Thrasher Mag description of that title). This all long-lens edit (which is an impressive feat) features some eclectic skating, good tunes, and a surprise Mike Chew part. Crack a cold one and give it a watch.

"....searching.... Introducing Brian Reid to Orchard"

This one was a real show-stopper. Orchard starts this one off with some heavy clips from Nick, with the casual ripping we're so used to by now (That trick on Blubba was fucked). We get some of the ever evolving footage from local legend and ex-King of the Model, Frankie Nash, before we welcome Brian Reid to the Orchard team. Brian rips. Congratulations, well deserved.

"Sweeter Than Juice" Teaser

There is a reason why the "iPhone Edit" series had come to an abrupt end last year. Stiffler has been filming for his first and most likely last full length video. Maybe coming out later this year? Who knows. The teaser is only 35 seconds long, give it a watch.

"TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES" 

We're sure you're already aware of the hype this one has been getting on your social media stream. David Milliken creates a certifiable banger with his first full-length offering. Featuring parts from Eric Dasaro, Jacob Folsom-Fraser, Andrew Whittier, and the man himself, we get a good look at some of the best in the city. Thanks for playing it at the awards David!

Get a copy immediately: http://technicaldifficultiesvideo.bigcartel.com/

THE AWARDS

The rest of the night was spent celebrating the scene with the awards. To be honest, these categories keep getting harder and harder to come up with. Seriously, maybe next year we open it up and take suggestions? Who knows. Let's go through the categories and see what we came up with:

BEST TRICK - David Milliken, noseslide the C-Ledge at eggs. Very chill and easy thing to do. Rumor mill saying something else got done on that as well? We'll have to wait and see...

D. Milli may actually have the best style. debate in the comments plz.

D. Milli may actually have the best style. debate in the comments plz.

BEST YOUNG DUDE - Jared Blake took this one. Kid has a crazy good hardflip. Unfortunatley he was sick and wasn't able to make it, so the award was accepted on his behalf by Begonis? Fine. Works for us.

100% Not Jared blake. Fuck it, lets take his picture anyway. 

100% Not Jared blake. Fuck it, lets take his picture anyway. 

SKATEPARK HERO - First year of having the Lynch Family Skate Park. Why not include some sort of award for it? We had to give this to Sam Mayo. You know you've seen him at the park and you know the boy kills it. Most likely dude to give you a high five? You bet.  

humar looks more stoked than sam. 

humar looks more stoked than sam. 

THE FASHIONISTA AWARD - Myles Underwood claimed this one. Why? Because the kid wears Gucci belts and all-over print Polo pants. Un-fuck-with-able.

"Look out there. no one dresses as fly as you papi" - Probably what humar said

"Look out there. no one dresses as fly as you papi" - Probably what humar said

LADIES CHOICE - Full disclosure, this award was created and it's winner was chosen by a group of ladies we know. And they chose Mike Chew. Much respect Chew, the ladies have spoken.

"It's not easy being so handsome" - Chew

"It's not easy being so handsome" - Chew

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT - Sargent Skate was honored this time around, and why wouldn't he be? He builds skateparks for fucks sake. Doug has been around since the days at ZT Maximus, owns Colonial Ramp Technologies, was a major part of POP Allston's creation, built and maintains the bowl at the shop, and continually makes the scene better. Thanks for everything Dougie!

"Everyone in the scene gets along, unlike a lot of other places in the world."

SKATER OF THE YEAR - Matt Tomasello was crowned SOTY this year. From his part in Fancy Lad's "Is This Skateboarding?", the footage in the Fancy Lad x Cons "Tour Video Tour", to all of his ridiculous content on his newly formed Instagram account, the kid has been a force this past year. Definitely not the most conventional style, and he most certainly cannot do the most basic flat ground or ledge tricks, but if you've seen him skate in person, you'd agree with the choice. Congrats Matt! 

We've heard reports of people actually thinking we had a million dollars to give away. confirming those reports right here.

We've heard reports of people actually thinking we had a million dollars to give away. confirming those reports right here.

Your 2016 Smltalk awards winners

Your 2016 Smltalk awards winners

Well, that's all she wrote for this year's awards. We really hope you coming out to this event year after year. Again, a huge thank you to Orchard, Converse, anyone who donated a video, helped out in any way, and definitely everyone that was there. It's a labor of love, but fuck it, y'all are worth it.

Here are the nominee videos (which we didn't cut up, too tired of editing shit) and more photos from the rest of the night. Hope to see you all again there next year.

Humar brings a certain level of fun to anything he does. Bowie pin? Good call.

Humar brings a certain level of fun to anything he does. Bowie pin? Good call.

No one can pull off a suit quite like Mr. pickard

No one can pull off a suit quite like Mr. pickard

a banger video part and the ladies choice award!? i guess you really can have it all. 

a banger video part and the ladies choice award!? i guess you really can have it all. 

"Do you think they'd be bummed if we started singing billy joel karaoke?" 

"Do you think they'd be bummed if we started singing billy joel karaoke?" 

Crowd was enjoying' themselves we think.

Crowd was enjoying' themselves we think.

"damn,  this video is sickkkkk" 

"damn,  this video is sickkkkk" 

"ICE" was a laugh a minute with some good skating to go with it

"ICE" was a laugh a minute with some good skating to go with it

clearly sticky is very interested in the video. put your phone down once in a while, kids

clearly sticky is very interested in the video. put your phone down once in a while, kids

"HE SPEAKS!!!" jairo came up and tried to pull a fast one (he looks like humar)

"HE SPEAKS!!!" jairo came up and tried to pull a fast one (he looks like humar)

Humar had no clue that he was also in the running for "ladies choice". Erik did. 

Humar had no clue that he was also in the running for "ladies choice". Erik did. 

honoring the legend, doug moore

honoring the legend, doug moore

soty gets to pass the torch. squeaks' part in "Technical difficulties" is fucked. 

soty gets to pass the torch. squeaks' part in "Technical difficulties" is fucked. 

"don't spend it all in one place now, bud". sage wisdom from e-picky

"don't spend it all in one place now, bud". sage wisdom from e-picky

Couple of winners right here

Couple of winners right here

"Guys, one more picture, then you can go party. I promise" 

"Guys, one more picture, then you can go party. I promise"