What Ever Happened To: The Pop Shove-It.

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I remember for a while when I was around 12 or 13 years old my friend spread a rumor within our crew that Geoff Rowley had pop shuv'd El Toro. That was big news, and I believed every word of it. I mean, come on. It was Geoff Rowley, the same dude who heavily roasted one of those bad boys down the Santa Monica triple. Naturally El Toro had to have been the next step, right?

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 Well my pal was wrong (or a pathological liar), and boy was I pissed when I never got to see that footage. Luckily Bachinsky kickflipped it shortly thereafter, so that was a more than reasonable consolation prize... But ya know what though? Kickflips aren't always enough. I liked the idea of the pop shove going down more than the actual reality of the kickflip being landed. In fact, I've always had a particular appreciation for pop shuvs. Unfortunately it seems that in recent years they have sort of been put on the back burner, and I don't really know why. So what gives? What happened to pop shove its?

Now let me get this straight. I understand that pop shuvits are still happening. People are doing them into and out of grinders or wheelies all the time. In these instances it can be nice, adding extra points to your Street League score. Sometimes folks will, in one swift motion, use the shuv-it to turn their board back around to the desired nose or tail orientation. Carrol may of course offer the best example of this quick stunt, but Gallant gives him quite the run for his money in WHL.

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I digress.

What I'm talking about here is the Pop Shove-It as it's own thing. Solo dolo. Anywhere from a decade to 15 years ago pop shove-its were most commonly presented as stair set, or bump-to-whatever tricks. I want to emphasize the word 'pop' for a reason, because at one point in time people were blasting these things multiple feet in the air.

There are some pretty monumental instances of pop-shuvitry out there, ranging all along the skate demographics spectrum, so please let me try to outline each and every one for you.

Paul Sharpe. Dude rode for Popwar and coincidentally had a lot of pop. How great is that? In between his shopping cart snaps and frontside 180's out of manuals, he was pop-shoveing all throughout his Man Down part. Switch, over a fire hydrant. On flat, to start a line. Another, off of a bump-to-bar later on in the part (lazy examples, I know). These instances are perhaps some of the finest examples of quality over quantity skateboarding. Also this guy is like the unsung hero of the post-Y2K Yellow Shirt brigade. Bravo, Paul.

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Corey Shepard. I'll admit I had to re-watch his What If part, recklessly edited to Bloc Party, in order to reacquaint myself with his skating. Despite the soundtrack I'm glad I gave it a second glance. The double-set shove (that he went on to 360 flip) was what brought me back to the part to begin with, but there are all sorts of variations going on in there. Pop shoves, switch shuvs, shuv it rewinds, all that good stuff. Damn. Corey Shepard is sick. What ever happened to him? I think I'm gonna dub him "Shuvit God". You name it, he shuvs it.

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Josh Kalis. Oh man, this is a good one. An insanely good one. I can't really believe how good this is. Ready? Ok. Picture this: Josh Kalis, breakthrough video part, opening line, first trick. Can you guess what he did? If you guessed "Stunted on everybody and roasted a pop shuvit on flat to make his debut in the professional skateboard world" then hey you are correct. That's how he did it. Keiley brought this one up, and mentioned that his shove-it bears a near identical resemblance to his treflip. Like if you were to watch that part and blink right as he goes to pop the shuv, you could easily mistake the greatest debut of all time for a 360 flip.

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Here's an amazing Brad Staba Shuv It trick tip from Thrasher's 101 video that I'm just gonna leave here:

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Bryan Herman. One of my favorite clips from This is Skateboarding is Bryan Herman's pop shove over that 12 stair. There's something so definitively punk rock about it. The overhead angle, the song. Also how come that set is so famous but doesn't have a proper name? I really don't know what to call it. The "Most likely somewhere in LA" 12 stair? Either way, Herman threw down that shove, only to go on and treflip the same obstacle towards the end of his part. Are we noticing a pattern here? Shove its and treflips went hand in hand, so why have they drifted apart from each other?

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Billy Marks. You're out of your god damn mind if you thought I was going to leave Billy boy out. I didn't realize until recently, but a lot of people really don't like this guy and I have no idea why. I guess I'm an idiot. Regardless, Billy Marks likes to pop shove it 15 stairs. He's done two of them, but who could forget Wilshire? And oh man I just made a wild connection. Paul Sharpe skated to Ladytron in Man Down, and Billy's second song in Good & Evil, the portion of his part where the shove it occurs, is also set to Ladytron... {{{(((((((WOAH)))))))}}}

Exhibit A:

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Exhibit B:

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Stevie Williams AND Corey Duffel. I'm going to hell for this one, but in a strange twist of fate I've found that these two aren't so different after all... Well, I guess I wouldn't go that far, but one thing is for certain. Corey and Stevie share an unlikely appreciation for pop shove its, but the difference lies in their presentation of the maneuver. Corey is more classically trained, never really straying from the regular stance shove. I think he's too busy being punk as fuck/mildly racist to focus on learning them any other way, but that doesn't stop him from going on a rampage towards the end of his Cataclysmic Abyss part, tossing them onto a bunch of hubbas and rails.

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Ok and now for Stevie. I'm having second thoughts about the whole Corey Shepard Shuvit God thing because holy crap this is really Stevie's calling. Maybe in the religion of pop-shuvits it's a polytheistic belief system and there can be more than one shuvit god? I'll call it that. Switch pop shuvit rewind, 100% in the air. How can you compete with that? Am I gonna win the award for most uses and spelling variations of the word(s) "shuvit" in one article? I sure hope so. Anyways, Corey and Stevie hold it down in the world of shoves, but in two completely different areas of expertise, and I love em' for that.

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So there you have it. We've got a bunch of evidence up here proving the worth of this trick throughout the course of recent skateboarding history. Still, to many it may seem that the simple pop shove-it has run its course. Hipper, more handsome 3-shuvs have replaced them and become standard. In some cases even, in shameful attempts at getting that extra letter in S.K.A.T.E., we have to watch people bust out 540-shuvs. They're out there, they're waiting to get you to "T", and I wanna puke just thinking about it.

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But this is not the end. Alas, there is a glimmer of hope. A small, elite group of skateboarders are still giving the shove-it the love and attention it deserves, and they're looking damn good while doing so. Feast your eyes upon Jeremy Elkin's latest installment, "The Brodies". Though the whole work is an instant classic, one section of the video single-handedly revives the pop-shuvit movement.

To start we've got Daniel Kim. In a world where most people get their kicks skating over picnic tables, Daniel gets his pop-shuvving over a trash can to top off a perfectly executed line. Righteous.

Next: Danny Supa. Woah, that's kinda cool. Daniel Kim, Danny Supa, I like what they did with that. Couple of guys named Dan. I know I toss this word around a lot, but how can you not call this guy a legend? For all of the skeptics, watch him switch pop-shove it over the bump to bar at New York's newly famous 3-up-3-down and then we'll talk.

Lastly, (Jor)Dan Trahan. Three Dans? I'm going with it. I might go out and say that this is the best pop-shove it I have ever seen. Orchard had a mini premiere for "The Brodies" and I remember being completely blown away when I saw it. It was a religious experience. It was beautiful. It was almost like watching all 8 episodes of True Detective at one moment in the form of an enormous pop shove it.

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What are the chances that the three best pop shove-its to happen in recent skateboarding history would appear in the same section of a video?

Coincidence? I think not.

Jeremy Elkin (Update: Jason Jenkins filmed/bore witness to the Trahan shuv, thank you for not blacking out in the process and successfully documenting this moment in history) Thank You. Where credit is due to the 3 skateboarders listed above, an equal amount is due to you. Thanks to your hard work, the Pop Shove-It lives on. So to you, the reader, next time you think about what handsomely shaped obstacle you can try to 3-shuv over, just do a pop shove instead. They're easier and look better anyways.

-Evan