The Top 5 Friendliest Friends Sections Ever

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I'm not afraid to admit that I have a Spotify playlist containing five different versions of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends". I often listen to the playlist, yes, all five versions, start to finish. On one of these occasions, while my mind was flooded with the simple concept of friendship (listening to one song five times in a row can bring out the sentimental side in anyone), I realized something: I love my friends. More important than that whole crock of bullshit however, another realization emerged: I also love friends sections in skate videos. It pains me to say that friends sections, not unlike slams sections, are suffering the same fateful demise as the landscape of skate video production continues to transform at the rapid pace dictated by the world wide web. As it appears, friends sections too are fading into obscurity, which goes hand in hand, like I've said before, with full length skate videos in general. So in a time of reflection, looking back at what once was, I give you this: a top 5 list of skateboarding's best, most-feel-good, black-out-drunk-I-love-you-man friends sections ever. Grab your pals, pool your money together to split a 30-rack of shitty beer like the bad old days, and enjoy.

5.) Krooked Kronichles - Guests

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It's actually laughable how legendary both of these friends sections are. On one end we've got a surprising amount of Zered footage looped in with a classic and tasteful varial flip by HUF, while the other is a non-stop powerhouse highlight reel featuring a group of skateboarders I could never even begin to imagine hanging out with each other in the same room. First of all, there's like a shit load of Muska footage. I don't even think he knew he had that much footage. Enough for a part by today's standards. I'm talking hucking, riding walls, a god damn sal-flip. He went all in for K-Kronichles and I gotta respect that. Then there's Dill, fucking Pat Duffy, and footage Darrel probably thought he was going to use in an actual video part. Yeah, it's that good. He nollie-cabbed the Atlanta 4 block. If it weren't for the occasional flashes of dad socks and dress shoes to make me forget what I was witnessing, I would have flipped my coffee table over the first time I watched Dustin Dollin ice the cake with a switch crook on the Hollywood 12 rail. I'm done here.

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4.) Transworld - First Love

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I feel like although a proper friends section is something specific to a crew video, Transworld did a damn good job with this one. I'm gonna be brief here because we've got bigger fish to fry, but TWS covered the full spectrum of legends and rookies who were just trying to make a name for themselves in 2005. Much like the dude's stolen rug, The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll" really tied this room together. Also I'm pretty sure Shiloh Greathouse, ya know, the dude with the first part in the video, had footage in this friends section. Why do people do that?

3.) Baker - Baker 3

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Apparently shotgunning isn't Beagle's thing. So what? You know what is Beagle's thing however? Filming skateboarding in a way that makes you have no idea how the people doing it are doing it. Every trick in this friends section is like a god damn miracle. It really hit me when I watched the unprecedented back to back 12-stair firecrackers. What you're watching is a group of psychopaths doing their signature moves over and over. And it's fucking amazing. Who ever thought they'd see a backside flip fakie manual in Reynolds 1's? I sure as hell didn't. I don't even think Brad Hayes really expected it to work out, but by the grace and good gravy of the chicken-bone gods he rode that shit out. Top the whole thing off with quite possibly the most legendary and unexpected Dustin Dollin shoutout by none other than Stevie Williams himself, and you've got yourself a timeless friends section. I've transcribed the quote in its entirety for your full enjoyment:

Oh we in Barcelona right now just wanna give a MAJOR SHOUTOUT TO MY NIGGA DUSTIN DOOOOLLIN nigga keep yo MOTHA FUCKIN HEAD UP and don't. let. these. niggas. discourage you. You feel me dawg?

Oh yeah and lets not forget that idiot's slam on the Hollywood 16 rail, casually thrown in the middle of the part as if it wasn't a potentially life ending fall. So many questions unanswered by that. Did that dude die? Or did he make it on Scarred? Lemme know Beagle, I'm losing sleep over this shit.

2.) Zander Taketomo - City People 2

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There's definitely a bias attached to this one given the local ties, but anyone can watch this montage and immediately understand that they're getting the full perspective of a local scene. CP2 came out in 2006, which looking back at it was a very transitional era in Boston skateboarding. While a shop like Orchard was still experiencing it's humble, organic beginnings, more established places like True East and Coliseum were on their way out. Even spots were changing. With the arrival of Eggs, a too-good-to-be-true alternative to the non-existent Charles River Skatepark, a shitload of new faces started turning up. What you end up with is a healthy mix of young blood like Curt Daley and Devin Woelfel, fused with heavy hitters like Bro Gumpright and Jerry Fowler. There's even a Fiske clip in there. See, everyone really can just get along after all. (Song was sick too).

1.) Enjoi - Bag of Suck (Required Viewing)

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This may undoubtedly be the greatest friends section of all time, a title that can possibly be attributed to one specific moment in time. I'll take a step back here for a second just to set the scene. Brandon Biebel is a man who seemed to have figured everything out with what he liked to do on his skateboard at this stage in his life. He understands ledges, exceeds at manuals, and ain't afraid to nollie 360 flip a 9-stair if shit gets out of hand. His Yeah Right! part speaks for itself to support these claims.

One day however, while on the sesh with the enjoi bois, he had an unexpected change of heart, a moment of clarity so to speak. He was fed up with the status quo, it was time to really switch it up. Gone were the days of halfcab heelflip nosemanuals up knee high manual pads. His kickflip back noseblunt took the back seat on this one.

"Today", he thought to himself, "I'm going to do a wallride". And by the power of the skate gods at hand and a young man's desire to expand his horizons, it was willed to be done.

Besides this epic, game changing moment in the history of skateboarding, Bag of Suck's friends section touches on all aspects of what it means to put together a crew video. These dudes take the term "friends" very seriously, as unserious as this montage actually is. And it shows. It is also important to note that 95% of the clips used are followed with an "OHHH!", "WHAT?!" or some form of audience participation, namely an unforgettable flex by MJ, followed by a "Holla atch boy!".

There's a lot we can learn from enjoi's bag of suck era crew and their tight yet extensive crew of friends. If these guys can still kill it, act like idiots, and film a skate video, we can too. It's a beautiful thing, really. So with that I say thank you enjoi, for reminding us that skateboarding is about hanging with the pals...and that Brandon Biebel is capable of doing anything. Animal Chin would be proud.

-Evan

Top 5 Crailtap Top 5s

*NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH MINI TOP 5s*

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Crailtap is responsible for about 62% of my time on the internet from 2002-2006 (31% porn, and the rest a buffer for AIM or whatever). Their magic is that they have always been truly genuine with anything they put out. The Crailtap dudes were quick to the internet, and really went balls deep posting whatever they wanted, all basically unfiltered. Photos from parties, digicam clips from the day, or even cute dog contests made it feel like you were part of it. The 5s were dope. It was a super quick way to get solid skate trivia, or just some funny bullshit responses. You have to remember, this was before the Crail Couch, YouTube clips, or any sort of easily streamable video on the internet, so you had to read. I know. It was awful.

I kind of wish they would bring back the old style layout, just for old times sake...(if you guys are somehow reading this, you know what to do).

Lance Mountain

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Crailtap gets this legend on the 5s and he gives quite possibly the most detailed, long-winded answers possible. Reads more like an interview. The bit about Mark Gonzales skating his ramp by himself is incredible.

David Cross

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David Cross, Tobias Funke, comedic genius/analrapist. This guy had a Top 5s. If you're not a huge David Cross fan, and that's fine, you can proceed to the next one.

If you are a David Cross fan, fuck those other people because this shit is hilarious.

Brad Staba

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There's a few people in skating that are consistently entertaining and have a solid sense of humor. Guys like Tim O'Connor, Frank Gerwer, and the man right here Brad Staba. I mean,  the dude had an interview with Erica Yary, and instead stopped her and interviewed himself. He also backs the pop shuv, and you know we back that.

Jake Phelps

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Say what you want about the dude but not only is he an encyclopedia of knowledge, but he was actually pretty good. Yeah, maybe he's a prick, or a drunk, or all of the above, but whatever, so is most everybody else in skating, you just don't hear them express their meaningless opinions. Had to post this Top 5 because there's some really good content.

Dave Chappelle

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How the fuck did they get Dave Chappelle. That's the only thing I could think when I first saw this pop up. This dude was on the rise, nearing the height of his popularity in the early to mid 2000s, and he has time to do a damn Top 5s for Crailtap. Unreal.

Ah fuck it, here's a bonus one.

Julien Stranger

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The Top 5 Most Iconic Muska Phases

Chad Muska blows my mind. Beyond his iconic career as a skateboarder, and his not so iconic career as a DJ, Muska has always stood alone when it comes to his gear. Muska's fashion throughout the years has changed drastically, and while to me he's still a skateboarder, you can't help but notice the dude's ability to rock crazy shit and get away with it. How does he do it, you ask? He's the fuckin' Muska that's how! So who better to look back at for #fashionweek than the AZ legend himself. We honor The Muska's fashion throughout the years by bringing you the Top 5 Most Iconic Muska Phases.

5.) Maple Chad - Before Jamie Thomas ignited Chad's career, Muska was still ripping but he stayed on some low key shit. This Maple ad is the fashion before Chad became a superstar. Just classic skate rat gear, massive cut off jeans, tiny no brand shirt, hat way off to the side (signs of Superstar Chad), just absolutely ripping. Doesn't seem like much is going on here, so why even talk about it? 'Cause what you don't understand is that it's not the clothes that make the man, it's the man that makes the clothes. Before he saw big coin Chad could still put his shit together, I mean look at little bitch boy in the photo; simply in awe of the Muska blasting over that hydrant. He probably went home and cut his jeans immediately after watching Maple Chad rip this shit up. Muska ain't afraid to blend in with the trends, but once he does, he somehow manages to stand the fuck out (fuck, that was like the best thing I've ever written).

4.) Hacky-Sack Chad - This is Toy Machine era Chad, and this is before the ghetto-gown really became his iconic look. Muska was still The Muska back then (duh) but his fashion was a little more tame. Here we have a classic Muska flip being blasted off of a curb cut. Chad can be seen rocking a "smedium" Shorty's tee, accompanied by some very large khaki's with a visor beanie, and crispy white and gum sneaks to round it out. I call him Hacky-Sack Chad because this is the Chad you might catch around your college campus sacking it up with his bro's and sneaking in some bong hit's before his anatomy class (which he's only taking 'cause he thought he'd see some titties).

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3.) Dubstep Raver Chad - Dubstep Raver Chad is one of his more current looks and he largely emphasizes leather in a lot of these outfits. This is A-list Chad; he's dressing like Kanye West at red carpet events and doesn't seem to care that he's the only one wearing leggings under leather shorts with a massive sweatshirt. If you didn't know better you'd mistake him for a German raver who's just about to peak off four hits of ecstasy while his favorite Skrillex song enters it's most brutal breakdown. Is it an L.A. thing? A New York thing? A bad thing? Despite not understanding this new phase of Chad, it doesn't seem to slow down his skating which is obvs the most important thing. The Muska's The Muska no matter how much leather he wears.

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2.) Confused Chad - Confused Chad isn't the "coolest" Chad, but he's a very important Chad. You see, before Shorty's went away for a while, their final effort at being relevant came in the form of their video How to Go Pro. Don't get me wrong the video's actually pretty good but Chad seems to have been a little lost in his fashion sense. There's basketball jerseys that are too small, lines with one glove on, some fucking sick white and red Circas, a fedora with no shirt, sideways Ashton-Kutcher-in-Punk'd-trucker hats, the list goes on. See, like the song (which I believe is an 80's/90's medley mixed by the Muska himself) Chad was just experimenting with a lot of outfits in the hopes that by throwing tons of shit at a wall that something would stick. This is probably the most inconsistent fashion that Muska has ever graced us with. And you know there's dudes out there that saw this part only to have their heads explode. "You mean I can run the fedora without my shirt? I'm gonna smash MAD pussy!" Of course the hypothetical bro that I just imagined did not smash said pussy. He actually went years jacking off in his parents basement only to find out that he was actually in love with his best friend Brad. Good for you, hypothetical bro.

1.) Classic Chad - If a single picture is capable of saying a thousand words, than this picture's word count is somewhere around a googolplex.  The Ghetto Child tank, the boom box, the backpack...when we talk about The Muska, this is what I'm talking about. There's nothing more Muska than this outfit. If this get up was at a fashion show this would be the ender (I assume they bring out the hottest outfit last) and I'm sure many people would die in the riot that would ensue after bearing witness to the outfit to end all outfits. It seems silly, making such a big deal about a dude's clothes. But can you imagine seeing this photo for the first time? It was more than a crooked grind at a demo. It was another timeless moment in the life of a legendary human. Muska speaks with more than his mouth, he uses his clothes, his skateboard, and his art to do the talking for him (along with his mouth too). Now who's got the ebay link for that Ghetto Child tank?

 

 

-Rojo

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

Never Forget: Top 10 Moments in Accel History

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So as some of you may have heard the news by now via Ripped Laces, éS has finally come to their senses and decided to bring back the classic Accel (I'll capitalize it, that shit is 1,000% a proper noun). This brings back lots of memories, and if you can't tell by now, we here at smalltalk fucking love memories. Without Accel nostalgia we'd have to face the reality that we're actually kind of adults, and I'm not quite ready to deal with that yet. So alas, here we are. I've picked 5 normal human beings to feature, then 5 different moments in time from PJ's haunted past. It's a goddamn highlight reel for that dude. Anyways, without further ado, here are 10 Classic Moments in éS Accel history.

10.) Paul Rodriguez - Yeah Right!

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There are a bunch of points throughout this part where P-Rod is running the Accel HARD, which is part of the reason a lot of people will refer to this version of P-Rod as their favorite. The one line where he starts off with that switch heel over the barrel really sticks out to me, though. The leather Accel color ways were pretty rare back then with everyone wanting a piece of those black and browns, so I back this particular color way a bunch.

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9.) Arto Saari - Sorry

Praise for this dude and this part has definitely been beaten into the ground, but that doesn't mean it's undeserving or should stop anytime soon. Like I said, #neverforget. In this oddly specific critique, not unlike P-Rod, there are multiple instances of Accel glory. I wanna give the opening mirror lines some special Black/Gum love, but per Rojo's sharp eye the fakie flip, switch treflip line cannot be ignored. Those motherfuckers were SOLID WHITE. How baller is that?

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8.) Bobby Worrest - Krooked  Kronichles

Bobby is a plaza skater. A man of routine who knows what he likes (cue The Pulaski Part). Something about Bobby's usage of Accels throughout this era set him completely apart from the rest of the éS-heads out there though. Tech wizardry balanced with handrail destruction - all in an Accel? I feel like there's gotta be a parallel universe out there where J-Lo's "I Luh Ya Papi" is actually titled "I Luh Ya Bobbi" creating one huge Bobby Worrest love fest. Dare to dream.

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7.) Justin Eldridge - Hot Chocolate

Okay so I know I already showed some love for the all white leather Accel, but GOD DAMN does this part give the viewer a front row seat to the freshness that colorway had to offer. If skate videos were scratch and sniff, Justin's nollie-heel manual would smell like a Febreze interpretation of the Garden of Eden (whatever the fuck that means). That's all I gotta say about that.

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6.) Ryan Stiffler - Any Day Now

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Remember when Stevie gave that unreal Dustin Dollin Shoutout in Baker 3? This is kinda like my opportunity to give a local ripper and good friend of mine, Ryan Stiffler, a shoutout. I specifically remember skating through the city a few years back and witnessing him roast the best 360 flip I, to this day, have ever seen someone do. Check his part in local video "Any Day Now" and you'll see why Stiffler is the most Accel dude out.

This is where it starts to get weird. I'll admit it. If you ain't down for the PJ show, just X out now and get back to that Italian sub you abandoned to read this list-icle.

5.) Switch BS 360

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Warm Grey. Are you fucking kidding me? That color way is straight out of a sneaker head wet dream. Not to mention PJ is switch backside 360-ing in them, a maneuver only dudes as fresh as Richard Angelides could pull off at the time. I actually got to see a pair of the warm grey accels in the flesh when they came out...I believe they were even some sort of limited release, and I wanna say I specifically recall Nick "Big" Murray purchasing a big ol' pair of em' at Coliseum. Nick, if you're reading, get back to me on this one.

4.) Super Champion Fun Zone / Butter Bench lines

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Yup, that's right: double reference. I'm totally allowed to do that. To be perfectly honest I had no idea this would turn into such a white out (I promise I'm not some sort of white supremacist), but god damn can PJ wear the shit out of a white pair of Accels. First lets examine this compilation from SCFZ, which accounts for all of his footage from that tour. Notice something? Yeah, that's right. Either PJ made the same pair of shoes appear perpetually mint condish for the entirety of an international skate trip, or he asked éS for 25 pairs of the same shoes to wear each day he was out there. Whatever happened, I'm supporting it.

Stepping back in time for a moment, we've got what appears to have been one of the best sessions of PJ's life on two suspiciously placed and perfect butter benches. The boy is just good. A quick shoe check indicates a typical all white jumpoff, but upon further investigation we've found a slight modification in gum sole form. What's more gangster than an all white leather skate shoe in 2003? A white leather/gum sole skate shoe in 2003 MY G!!!

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3.) The Original SECOND éS Game of S.K.A.T.E.

PJ played Koston in the final match of the first second (TY "snerd" for the correction) éS Game of S.K.A.T.E. ever and won. What a claim. This game was so OG that the "2 tries last trick" rule hadn't even been invented yet. Nollie frontside flip: one try, that's it. Give PJ the money. éS was essentially giving PJ a fat bonus for winning that contest. A thank you of sorts for putting a pair of Accels on every Boston skateboarder's foot for the duration of the WHL era. Despite the fact that we start to see the initial stages of Cali-PJ forming, the dude is still rocking a B-Hat and what's that? Brown Accels. Frontside 360 heelflip a.k.a. wildcard signature move of the century in brown Accels?! C'mon man. I feel bad for Koston and his pink K7's in this video, cuz they never even stood a chance.

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2.) The Boston Accel

PJ is so legendary he had his own Accel colorway. Belieeee dat. Two of them actually, lets not forget the Accel Plus and its completely useless tongue strap. These things came out holiday '04 I wanna say, so I imagine Active Mail Order and CCS made a shit load of money off of them during that time. Good for them. I know I got my pair and you sure as hell got yours, so lets leave it at that.

*no media for this one due to surprisingly limited documentation of this product/didn't have the heart to post the SPOT archival photo of them*

1.) Whatever This Colorway Is:

accel brown tan orange

The internet says "Brown/Tan/Orange" and I'ma go with that. Can we all agree that this is our favorite frequently recurring Accel from PJ's Really Sorry part? They're particularly noticeable during his line at the stadium benches. We all know which one I'm referring to, don't give me that shit. Much like the Schlager analysis, lets give it a play-by-play.

We're in sunny Southern California, and PJ is about to stunt on everybody. Why don't we start off with the impossible-to-conceive frontside halfcab nosegrind to fakie thing (still no idea what its really supposed to be called). After that, I guess it would only be logical to follow things up with a switch heel whose quality could only ever be matched by Tommy Wisdom in a similarly inhuman line at Boston's Charles River Benches. Cool, he landed it. It was perfect.

What happens next is something that cannot be put into words, but I'll give it a go.

pj grate

That tiny, insignificant drainage cap comes into contact with Patrick's wheels and creates a sound that literally changed my entire life as I knew it. That shit is what dreams and nightmares are made of. There had to be one dude out there who quit his job when he heard that noise. I want to go so far as to say that before that moment Scuba Steve had full intentions of editing PJ's part to Pulp's "This is Hardcore", but upon hearing the sound of PJ rolling over the grate he knew the part couldn't possibly be edited to a piece of music. Here's a claim, the roll-over was PJ's actual song in Really Sorry. If silence is golden, that drainage grate was pure fucking platinum. Oh yeah, and then he did a fakie flip frontside noseslide.

So there you have it. Its kind of crazy that one shoe could inspire something as ridiculous as this post, but I guess that's what we're aiming for with this blog. Dill backs a look. I back an Accel.

-Evan