What does filmmaker and actor Werner Herzog have to do with skateboarding? Ian Michna of Jenkem saw a twinkle in Werner’s eye that made him think they might be kindred spirits and arranged an interview. Werner talked about his limited observations on skateboarding and how he might shoot a skate film. (Thanks Rob!)
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The guys from Braille Skateboarding love to test out unusual skateboards. In this clip, they show off an insane custom board with 10 trucks and 20 wheels. You might think that would make it faster, but all of those wheels increase friction and also mess with its maneuverability. Still, it’s fun to watch them attempt to ride this mutant.
Gustavo Ribeiro, Jost Arens, Madars Apse, and Vladik Scholz take on a custom-built skatepark that tilts like one of those wooden marble laybrinths. As they skate through the hydraulically-tilted course, they find themselves pursued by giant metal marbles. Be sure to stick around for the behind-the-scenes footage at the end.
Beyond the addictive gameplay, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2’s best feature is its custom park creator tool, which has inspired some great fan-made levels. Skramblez put his world-building skills to the test with a skatepark that looks just like Peach’s Castle from Super Mario 64 – with a few extra rails, ramps, and pools.
(PG-13: Language) Skateboarders Tony Hawk, David Loy, and Keire Johnson spent a little time in the studio and on their boards, helping to record more than 650 different sounds that skateboards (and skateboarders) make. Then, the creative minds of Bonamaze set to chopping up the audio into rhythmic music track.
Crazy inventions seem to be flying fast and furious from The Hacksmith’s shop. This build was inspired by the remastered Tony Hawk Pro Skater games. Designed to save skateboarders the trouble of doing their own kickflips, this RC electric board does the trick automatically. Along the way, they built a better mousetrap.
One of the most iconic locations in Tony Hawk Pro Skater is the warehouse. We’ve played the level many times ourselves. Now watch the game’s namesake take on a real-world replica of the warehouse, as the 52-year-old skateboarder continues to prove that age is no barrier to his innate talent. The BTS video is worth a watch too.
Skateboarders Thaynan Costa, Josef Skott, Adilson Pedro, and Madars Apse head to the aisles of a grocery store for a wild ride between the well-stocked shelves. Filmed by Dani Galli, Chris Ray, and Will Hodgett using GoPro cameras. We can’t help but think of the music video for Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees.
Pro skateboarder Isamu Yamamoto shows off her sharp and creative freestyle moves, which include everything from handstands on the edge of a board, to some crazy double-board maneuvers. She performed the routine as part of the World Freestyle Round-Up 2020 Online Showdown.
The skateboarding video games that started it all are getting an ultra-high-def remaster for today’s gaming systems. The bundle of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 will offer up to 4K graphics on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Apparently they were able to preserve most of the awesome original soundtrack as well. Drops 9.4.2020.
We’ve featured of skateboarding, snowboarding, and even a few cat videos over the years. But this is the first time we can recall seeing a video that combines all three. Smagical’s kitty Taddy loves to take a ride in the snow, and he’s got just the music video to go with his extreme winter sports.
Filmmaker Mike McKinlay’s documentary short film follows the story of Marty, an 11-year-old kid who’s obsessed with skateboarding and ’70s and ’80s punk rock. The film does a great job capturing the spirit of something we all craved as kids, our own unique identities. Though a real ’80s skate punk wouldn’t wear a helmet.
Red Bull Skateboarding presents a short clip which combines athleticism with visual trickery to play with our perceptions. All of the illusions we created in camera by using custom-built set pieces, and no post-production effects. Stick around for a behind-the-scenes explanation with director Gaston Francisco.
adidas Skateboarding teamed up with pro boarder Jason Dill to create a pair of everyday sneakers that resemble Italian snakeskin leather. Despite their lazy loafer inspiration, they’re totally good for skating with their low-profile shape, molded sockliner, and rubber outsole. Drops 3/14/20.
Isamu Yamamoto may be just 15 years old as of this writing, but he’s one of the world’s best freestyle skateboarders, having won the World Round-Up Freestyle Skateboarding Championships in 2017 and 2018. Kuma Films spent a couple of days in Otsu, Japan with the talented kid, where he showed off a few of his sick moves.
Felipe Nunes is a double amputee, but that doesn’t hold him back from his love for skateboarding. In this clip from RIDE Channel, Felipe goes up against his nemesis – a 360º loop he’s been trying to conquer for some time. With the help of some friends and a longer starting ramp, he was able to pull off the dangerous stunt.
While the only moving parts on most skateboards are the trucks and wheels, Matt Tomasello wanted something more complex. So he set about building some wacky skateboards which can change form as he jumps off and back onto them. Matt shows off his wares and his trick skills in this compilation video from JENKEM.
Riding a skateboard downhill can be a thrill – at least until you have to stop. Now imagine bombing down a mountain road at speeds faster than cars take the same path. That’s exactly what boarder Josh Neuman did down one of Switzerland’s most epic driving roads. Bonus points for cameraman @jake_from_skatefarm.
(PG-13: Language) The Wet ‘N’ Wild water park in Palm Springs, California recently closed down. Skateboarding magazine Thrasher managed to get permission from its new owner to let a group of overgrown skate punks – including the famed Tony Hawk – to ride the pipes, ramps, and rails of the park before it gets torn down.
This lighthearted game puts you in control of a little bird who’s learning to fly – on a skateboard. The tiny skatepark is made up of office supplies like staplers, scissors, and sticky notes, offering a fun place for our avian friends to take flight. Grab the Alpha demo version of the game here.
(PG-13: Language) Academy award-nominated actor Jonah Hill makes his feature directorial debut with this gritty, minimal film about a young boy coming of age in the 1990s in Los Angeles, as he finds his place among a crew of skateboarders. Hill also wrote the original story.
Famed pro skateboarder Tony Hawk talks about his sources of inspiration, then performs 50 of the tricks he either created or perfected over the course of his illustrious career. Our joints ache just watching this. Keep closed captions on for trick names and years.
Session is an upcoming skateboarding game for Windows and Xbox One. Like Skate games, it makes you pull off tricks using a controller’s analog sticks. It will have a video editor and social media sharing, a rewind-and-replay system and more. Windows demo here.
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