Friday, August 12, 2016

SR Exclusive: Speak Easy | Speak Apparel Full Length





Earlier this week, clothing brand Speak Apparel dropped their 2nd full length video "Speak Easy" exclusively on SR. The Speak crew is full of underrated talent, but with this 2nd installation it's gonna be harder for these dudes to remain unnoticed. The video held my attention from start to finish, opening up with a fantastic part from Nate Gendron (did he just feeble a roof?), with the insane Brian Griffin closing it out. The friends section was pretty stacked too, I'm pretty sure there were clips of the infamous James Brady still killing it. These dude should be proud of their work, congrats to em for a great release!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Blake Bailor Signature Wheel Promo





I was hyped from the very first clip of this. Who briflips over a bump to bar? Blake Bailor does. Blake footy always catches me off guard because I figure he's off doing dad/beer/caps lock things, but the dude is still putting in work. His 270 back lips are some of my favorite to see. Buy his sig wheels and support the homie!

Tommy Christiana | Web Edit 2016





Tommy is the undisputed flat king, but that doesn't mean he can't hang with the best in the parks. He's able to throw down seemingly any trick he wants. Those 360 combos to fakie were out of this world. This one was filmed over a Europe trip as well as back on the East Coast, crazy footage for only a couple months' worth of filming.

Monday, August 8, 2016

LET DOWN





Seeing a video from Erik Karl in my subscriptions is the best way to start off a Monday. Last time I posted a video from this crew I expressed my hype at the filming and editing. Some people weren't into it, and that's fine. But I stand by that sentiment, this dude is experimenting and putting a fresh spin on scooter cinematography. The noseblunt whip at 1:00 was shot perfectly. The scootering is enjoyable too, these boys are progressing and it's definitely fun to watch. Scooter videos don't have to have the most insane tricks to be good. Using the most of your ability creatively, that's what counts.

BSB - BluntScooterBowl





Blunt Scooters recently put on an awesome bowl jam in Nimes, France that drew riders from all over Europe and even some Americans. With such a good looking bowl, and the riders in attendance, some amazing riding was bound to go down. Cam Ward ended up taking the W and Charles Padel won the BSB helmet for best trick. Props to Blunt for putting together a cool event, hope to see more of this in the future!

Edy Fl├╝ckiger - Welcome to Fasen Europe





Swiss rider Edy Fluckiger is the most recent addition to Fasen's Euro squad. Edy has a tech heavy style but can also hit the big quarter and box tricks. He seems to be able to throw any trick he wants too off any rail or box. Love seeing those front scooterflips. The street lines filmed long lens felt kinda strange though, gotta throw a fisheye on for those shots!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Outset Presents: Kuba Klimczuk





Outset has been dropping tons of great videos lately, and the latest is of young Chi rider Kuba Klimczuk. He's the first rider to be officially added to Outset's radar, and he deserves it! Kuba keeps it simple and stylish, and he's progressing super fast. He definitely took me by surprise with a few of these clips.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Four FOOLPROOF Ways to Become a Sponsored Scooter Rider (Number 4 will SHOCK you!)

Also a mainstay of being a pro rider: sitting around.
So we all know there's no point in scootering unless you're sponsored. Sponsored riders live a glamorous, exciting lifestyle, full of free scooter parts, discount codes, the occasional riding trip and struggling to pay rent. Now, you may think that reaching that highest echelon of riding is near impossible, but today I am going to give you the keys to becoming sponsored (it’s easier than you think!).






Ride with the Pros
To be the best, you gotta beat the best. Hit your favorite riders up and tell them to come to your out of the way, middle of nowhere local. When they do show up, see what tricks they’re working on. Try landing it before them! Bonus points for a one up; the TM will see you and know you deserve to be on the team. Don’t forget to keep up with the Instagram game, uploading all the latest tricks with no original input from yourself. Which leads into the next tip...

Have Fire Instagram Clips
Instagram is the best way to get noticed these days. It used to be you got sponsored by working for months to make a compilation of your best tricks across a variety of parks and street spots. Today, all you have to do is hand your homie your phone and get a few bangers at the local, maybe with a hype, overblown rap song on top of it. If you accidentally film a clip on a real camera, simply record the clip off the LCD, straight to your phone. Don’t forget to tag your favorite riders/team managers in your clips so they can see how good you are!

Observe Alec (left) Instagramming to get his rep up, while Charlie (middle) and Jack (right, sponsored) discuss how much they can sell their used parts for to the 10 year olds at the local.

Slide into the DM's
You can skip the whole filming an Instagram clip thing by going straight to the source- DM’ing your favorite company with reasons why you should be “sponcered.” List out where you live, what your setup is, and all the tricks you can do. What they really love is when it’s a DM to multiple companies- that really personalizes it for the brands to let them know how special you think they are.

No English? No problem!

Work Hard and Ride for Fun
This technique first involves forgetting about being sponsored. All you have to do is focus on having fun scootering, and pushing yourself to progress your tricks and style. By riding for yourself, your own style will shine through, setting yourself apart from the rest. Show the dedication you have to scootering by filming full parts, and being a contributing member of the community. Brands will then take notice and may decide to get you involved in their sponsorship programs.

BLUNT BOYS - Didine x Perroni





Good god, this was insane. Didine Terchague and Jonathan Perroni are two of the most talented and skilled riders out there. They teamed up with Roots Boy to produce this amazing park edit. Speed, creativity, rail tech, big combo transfers, ledge wizardry, these guys have it all. Be prepared to hit rewind again and again on this one.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hella Good Stuff Trailer





The premiere of Bay Area Concrete/Hella Grip's collab full length "Hella Good Stuff" is only weeks away. This trailer is definitely bringing the hype, great shots and great scootering from these guys. Premiere is August 20th in Oceanside, California, ya'll best make it to see what is clearly gonna be one of the sickest scooter films ever.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

GRIDWARD





Outset Select hooked up scootering's rising stars the Gridboyz with a DVX to use during their recent stay at Woodward. Ryan Fleet, Henry Rohlfing, Greg Sekeres, Kuba Klimczuk, Ryan Ruegg, and Sid Quamme are all featured cruising the wooden and concrete playgrounds.

COOPER KLAAR





Cooper's birthday was a couple days ago, and he blessed us with this rad edit! Coop is one of the best shredders in the truest sense of the word- able to hit whatever you put in front of him, whether its a ledge, a handrail, or a gnarly bowl. Ender is one of the coolest enders I've seen in a while!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Street Jam Shred-iquette

Street Jam Season is now upon us as summer gears into full force. These warm months mark the time where our community comes together to hang out, shred, and make a few memories in various cities across the country. With so many street jams happening the past couple years, I thought it might be prudent to put together a list of the Do’s and Don’ts of a Street Jam. So read on to find out how to make the most out of your street jam trips.


Do: Come prepared.
Don’t: Come overprepared.


If this year is going to be your first time at a street jam, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind to be prepared. First, you’ll want to be sure you know how exactly you’re getting to the meetup spot of the jam- because the group waits for no one. Last thing you want is to miss half the jam because you didn’t make it to your train on time! Next, you’ll want to be ready to be pushing a lot- so pack light. It’s a good idea to bring a bag, but don’t stuff it full of spare parts/tools unless you really need em. Don’t forget water!


Do: Document as much as you want.
Don’t: Forget to have a good time!


It’s a given that you’ll be wanting to Instagram and Snapchat your favorite moments from the day- the insane rail trick that your favorite pro landed, the gap you pushed yourself to hit for the first time, or when your homie ate it going over a crack in the road. But 1. Don’t forget to live in the moment and experience things firsthand, not through a lens! And 2. Try not to get in the way of the “official” photographers and videographers. I know at the Chicago Jam there will be paid filmers and photographers capturing the event, so be careful not to get in their shot! It’s a stressful job documenting a street jam, and the video/pictures will end up even better if they don’t need to worry about finding an angle without a bunch of kids’ phones in the way.



Do: Shred hard!
Don’t: Be a snake.


It can be intimidating to hit spots during a street jam, especially at the bigger ones. A competitive environment can develop, and younger/inexperienced riders might be a little shy on hitting their feeble downside whip when pros are doing back noseblunt whips. However, everyone deserves to have a chance to shred, so go for it! But remember to take turns, don’t snake anyone, try not to immediately one up your homie, and be aware of your surroundings.


Do: Take time to appreciate the local culture.
Don’t: Wander too far from the group.


If you’re traveling far for a street jam, you should take some time out to experience what that city is all about. Don’t just eat at McDonald’s, try some of the local cuisine, or catch a glimpse of the local sights. I’d recommend waiting til after the jam is over to do so though, because you don’t want to get separated from the group. Cruising around the city with your crew after the jam is over, finding fresh spots and stacking clips is a must as well.



Looking for a street jam near you? Below are a few of the street jams coming up, let me know if there are more that should be added to the list!



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Mike Anesini - Downside USA





Mike is a lowkey shredder from the East Coast who was recently put on Downside's US squad. He displays some great style and creativity as he puts his mark on those grimey East Coast spots in this video. Loved the manual 5050 heel rotor, so smooth! Chill vibes from this edit, this is someone to look out for in the future.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Jake Clark | Welcome to Elite Scooters





Jake "Combo" Clark was recently snatched up by Elite Scooters. He's been a little quiet since his departure from his last sponsor, but has been steadily filming for this Welcome edit. Triple to nose manual, 360 downside fullwhip to finger, that ender...Jake has too much control of his scooter. This dude never stops progressing.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Hunter Bechtle for AO





Hunter will always be one of the burliest dudes to touch a scooter. This 7 minute edit contains his craziest scoot manuevers yet. There's a ton of Euro spots being decimated by this guy and I'm glad to see him get picked up by AO!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Flavor Scooters - Nathan Fleming - 2016





Flavor's team keeps getting more stacked, and the latest addition is none other than Brisbane's Nathan Fleming. This dude kills it with an awesome style and the tricks to match. His rail skills are top notch and I loved the lines he threw. Trick at 1:19 was super nice. I don't know why everyone in Australia is so good at inside 50s, but I'm diggin it for sure. Great job on the film/edit by Jordan Turner.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

SELLOUT RANKINGS

For reasons explained later in this article, I must inform the readers that this is a satirical article meant to entertain, not to be taken seriously. So don't take this seriously. Or do, it's a free country.

The struggle to maintain one’s integrity through the temptation of soulless exploitation within scootering is very real. The number of ways to make money in this industry without compromising one’s morals is miniscule, if not nonexistent. So, we see certain individuals taking advantage to propel themselves into fame and fortune. Is it really so wrong to capitalize on your passion? Not really, but it’s fun to roast the dudes who do some lame shit. You’re all thinking it, I just wrote it. So without further ado, here’s the top nine Scootering Sellouts.

  1. Tanner Fox- The vlogs weren’t that bad, initially. But then after gaining some popularity, the fame started going to his head. That first taste only left him wanting more. He became skilled in the art of clickbaiting, titling his videos in all caps and inserting enticing thumbnails, while including less and less scootering and more and more dicking around. Now he uploads videos every other day, in order to appease the three quarters of a million subscribers he has, because if he doesn’t, his empire will fall.
  2. Funk Bros- Just how many teams have these guys been on? They’ve been on more teams combined than world’s firsts they’ve landed. Why is this? The answer starts with the letter M and rhymes with “honey”. And now hiring a dude to tell them the best ways to make money from scootering? Maybe you should train a little harder and you’ll be getting them first place checks, Capron. And I’m not even getting into their webisodes.
  3. Dakota Shuetz- Where to begin? Starting with being Fuzion’s ex-poster boy, Kota threw his own metaphorical (because ginger) soul in the trash when he canned that old two wheeled scooter.  Look back to just a couple years ago when the kid was on Lucky- he had a whole signature scooter coming out, like the entire line was being produced, then decided to dip on them because he wasn’t getting paid enough for it. Or something like that, it's hard to say with his tyrannical father pulling the strings behind the scenes.
  4. Jon Reyes JRIZZY- Remember Proto Catalyst Jon Reyes?  That was the best Jon Reyes. Jon, along with Dan Barrett, originally sold out to Phoenix back in 2011.While Dan has done great things with Phoenix, what did we see from Jon? Four flatland edits. He later followed the money to Envy, where he gets paid to film flatland clips every day. Oh, and lets not forget when he was sponsored by one of those fraudulent “magic” balance wristband companies.
  5. Everyone who dances on ledges like it’s actually impressive- doing a million tiny grinds/nose “manuals”/bars/whips/180s on a ledge is NOT hard. Especially when you throw 4 pegs on. You know why these people choose to ride this way? Because it’s super impressive to every little scooter kid who thinks more tricks = better. Thus, you get more views, and your sponsors respond accordingly.  It’s sad really- there’s no incentive to be creative, instead doing the same cookie cutter ledge combos is rewarded.
  6. Jordan Jasa- The Comissioner has staunchly supported rider owned companies since he made the move from Blunt/Envy to Tilt. So what puts him on this list, you ask? The guy has made money through advertising on Inside from pretty much all the major companies, including those evil bloodsucking corporation types, for years. It’s pretty obvious that his journalistic integrity has been compromised in order to appease the hand that feeds. Also, the dude is on Tilt and can't hit handrails, whats up with that? He sucks.
  7. Evan Yamada/James Gee/Blake Bailor- it pains me to add these guys but let’s be honest. Lucky adding Kota to their team was the final straw for these old street veterans. They didn’t want to be on a company so geared towards children anymore, so they called it quits. Then, after realizing there was nowhere else to go, they crawled back to continue leaching off a brand who couldn’t care less about supporting the core scene.  There was also this.
  8. Terry Price- #YOLOWARRIOR. Nuff said.
  9. Josh Toy- I’ll be the first to tell you, Josh is a legend in scootering. First to do tons of tricks, one of the first people to place emphasis on and develop a real individual style, got countless people into scootering through the RVM series and his early Youtube edits. But its 2016 now. It’s been at least five years since he’s been relevant, but his Instagram bio lists nine, count em, nine sponsors. When was the last time you saw Josh Toy footy you were hyped on? Ever since he dropped Razor, he’s been milking it. Sad to say, but that’s the truth.

There it is, folks. What do you think of this list? Agree, disagree, have more to add? Drop a comment down below and let us hear it. If you enjoyed this content, please do us a favor and share it on FB, or your social network of choice. Thanks!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

the almanac #40





The original scooter vlogger, Dylan Kasson recently released the 40th entry to the Almanac series (can I call them Kassisodes? Dylanisodes?). Most notably, this one features a cameo appearance from legendary David Veltum. One of the most talented riders ever, David was in horrific motorcycle accident a year or two ago that left him damn near unable to be able to ride ever again. However, as we see here he's clearly still got it, like nothing had ever happened.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Clutch





The brainchild of  filmer John Cottle, Clutch is a full length featuring four parts, including Hep Greg, Shawn McHugh, Trevor Pritchard, and Logan Fuller. Focused on the East Coast, this video delivers grimey, raw footage and some enjoyable scootering. You already know and love Greg and Logan, but Trevor is always underrated and Shawn took me by surprise with a few of his clips, so don't sleep on them either. Clutch is going to have some apparel out soon, so be on the the lookout for that!