Tag Archives: 2017

Katsumi Minami and the ideal Japan

Japanese skateboard brand Evisen unveiled a candy coated quickie for us yesterday from the 2017 Evisen Video. It features it’s founder Katsumi Minami. I find it delightful.

It completely reenforces the no-doubt completely unrealistic perception of the entirety of the island nation of Japan as a clean, beautifully tiled, crisply angled abstract urban playground. The marble embankments are unmarred, the ground is often brightly colored, and there are imaginative railings everywhere.

The editing is rapid but rhythmic and conspicuously cut to the music without shame. The filming is so tight on the spots that one wouldn’t recognize them from afar. Smooth lumps of concrete connect to ledges and banks. It is hard to tell what is a skatepark and what is a plaza sculpture and what is just straight up architecture. ALL the ground is neatly tiled and well lit at night. There are no pedestrians.

And the tricks are creative and accessible. It’s reasonable to think that given access to spots like this, a little time, and some funky beats, even I could be doing some of these tricks. It’s a sensation one rarely gets from skate videos anymore. Katsumi and the ideal Japan does that very sacred thing that all decent skate skate videos should accomplish: make you want to ride a skateboard immediately.

Torey Pudwill’s fantasticly frantic flatbar free-for-all film


Throughout all of 2016, Torey Pudwill was all hopped up on Red Bull and frantically searching the globe for interesting flatbars. Surprisingly enough, he found enough to log 4 minutes of footage and managed to throw down a decent part that celebrates creative architecture as much as (perhaps even more than) the skate tricks executed upon them.

The curvy beach rail was in contention for trick of the year, the lengthy log jam backside lipslide was refreshing, I’m still baffled that folks are skating those mini-arches border fence things like flatrails (never mind kicklfipping into lipslides on ’em), and don’t think I didn’t notice that frontside crooks on the convex bench bar.

On the down side, the arms flailing that was relatively under control in 2014 was back with a vengeance on some of these tricks. I also feel like they ran out of time on that sundown coy pond boardslide and couldn’t log a better trick at that spot.

All in all, without the big swill money to globetrot for single tricks and import flat rails into the salt flats, a nifty part like this wouldn’t exist, so Red Bull logo hats off to Torey and Bragg for putting this together. I’m a big fan of interesting spots and Flatbar Frenzy is worth another view now and again.

Caleb Barnett in Hockey III

The first 2 minutes of the Hockey III promo are monstrous. The cinematic doom soundtrack (a mix of 2001 monolith and Jóhann Jóhannsson) and slow-motion wind-up makes Caleb Barnett seem ten feet tall, tossing pop-shoveits over city blocks and making the earth shake when he casually bails an after-hammer flat ground heelflip. Melting ledges with a sideways stare down we haven’t seen since a bald Brian Anderson in 1996.