what it [dot] be is an east coast collective of skateboarders, photographers, videographers, writers, and just all-around rad creative-type folks. The [dot] just launched version 02 of their website, and to kick it off they have a really rad Fireside Chat piece with Thailand native and Preduce Pro Geng Jakkarin. Make sure to check out the video below, and when you are finished, head on over to the new what it [dot] be and spend some time checking out all of the east coast goodness.
In the latest episode of the RIDE Channel’s SPoT 20 Year Experience, Mike Vallely talks about winning the first ever Tampa Pro in 1995. Mike was supposed to begin being phased out of professional skateboarding and into a team manager role for Powell at the time. Well, Mike won the contest…and the rest is history. Enjoy.
I have been stoked on Joel’s skating for a long time. So, when there were, what seemed to be long periods of time that new footage of Joel was hard to come by, it left me wondering when I would get to see more. Then, in 2010 when Welcome to MIA, the MIA Skateshop video came out, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Joel was skating just as hard and raw as ever. Since that time, Joel seems to be everywhere. Between new footage, new sponsors, and promoting events through IamYourVillain & Bum Rush The Spot, he seems to be unstoppable. – Nicks
Fort Myers, Florida’s own Nick Zizzo is officially on Stacks, check out the proper “Welcome” video. Nick has been a busy dude lately, in addition to his Stacks intro, he has a very entertaining interview over on the Skateboarder Magazine site, clips in the teaser for the upcoming Super Brand video (See Below), and he is also working on a part for the Florida homies Cruizees.
Today is No Comply Skateboard Mag’s 1st Anniversary, and coincidentally, an interview that I did recently with Carl Wallin over at Action Sports Now went live today. I am really stoked on the interview…it feels really good to be appreciated for all of your hard work, rather than used. I have met a lot of really cool new people over the last year, and even reconnected with some old friends that I hadn’t seen in years! Thank you to everybody that has supported me and No Comply over the last year. I’m looking forward to lots of new things to come in 2012. – Nicks.
I originally met Alex last year at the Ring of Fire Skate Jam/ Contest at the (now defunct) Ghetto Skate Facility in Zephyrhills, Florida. Then I ran into him again at the 3rd Annual Ghetto Bowl Bash back at the end of April. Alex won the 18 & Up Sponsored Division that day, and came real close to taking the “Best Trick” as well. Alex is a ripper and one hell of a nice guy. He was also cool enough to set aside some time to do this interview for the mag. Keep your eyes on this dude, because he is coming up fast. – Nicks.
Mat Call rides for Demon Seed Skateboards and is an absolute all-terrain killer! Make sure to head to your local shop and pick up the brand new September/ October 2011 issue of Focus Skate Mag and check out Mat’s Small Talk, along with all of the other east coast goodness.
Dan Harper just released almost 5 minutes of really sick footage in anticipation of his interview in FTK Magazine that comes out next month. Dan rides for Southern Boarder Skateshop in St. Petersburg and he rips…take a look:
Filmed by: Jon Christopher, Dana Nichols, and Thomas Alston.
Check out Jason’s new piece in ‘Til The Wheels Fall Off with the owner of Stoner’s Skateboards, Steen Stoner.
The Barrier Kult had a hidden part on the Emerica “Stay Gold” DVD, if you were unable to locate it…no worries…here it is:
So, tell me the story about how you got on Demon Seed and OSP? Well, it was last summer (2010) and there was a Vans Warped Tour Qualifier and Demon Seed Best Trick Contest at OSP. I ended up qualifying for the Warped Tour and I took first place in the Best Trick! I won the Best Trick Contest with a pivot to fakie on the vert wall at OSP (Which, by the way, is insane! If you have seen this vert wall, you know why!). After I stuck the pivot to fakie, I was trying a blunt to fakie, I popped out too far, landed too low on the tranny and slammed straight to the flat. I just remember waking up to people asking me how many fingers they were holding up. The helmet that I was wearing was a souvenir plastic Boston Red Sox batting helmet, and it just shattered. So, Demon Seed and OSP pretty much put me on right after that.
Do you have a day job? I have had a few different jobs since I moved to Florida. It has been really rough finding something decent that pays well, especially nowadays. I am currently unemployed, but I have something in the works that basically allows me to be my own boss and pays really well. I think being my own boss is going to work out better for me.
What’s on the radar for Nick Murphy? My dream, just like a lot of skateboarders coming-up, is to go out to California and see how far I can take my skateboarding. Transition is definitely my strength, but I would like to take my street skating to new levels, so that I can be an even more well-rounded All-Terrain Vehicle. I love skating anything and everything, if it’s fun I’ll skate it. I definitely want to go back to school for architecture or art at some point also. I took architecture and art classes in high school and I really liked it, so I would like to do something with that. Other than that, just keep skating and have fun…I don’t ever want to stop skating!
Who are your top 5 favorite skateboarders? Dan Drehobl, Peter Hewitt, Daewon Song, Tony Trujillo, and Mark Gonzales.
What’s playing on your ipod right now? Audioslave, but I listen to everything and anything if it’s good. I listen to hip-hop, rock-n-roll, whatever. Probably my favorite band of all time would have to be The Beatles. My parents and especially my uncle used to listen to The Beatles all the time when I was growing up.
Any last words, shout-out’s, thank-you’s? Yeah, first and foremost, I would like thank my parents for being supportive and my brothers for teaching me how to skate. When I was growing up, we had a “wicked awesome” 6 ft mini-ramp with an 8 ft extension with pool coping and a 4 ft spine in the backyard. I would also like to thank Johnny King at OSP, Wade at Demon Seed Skateboards, Keith Whetstone at Guano Wheels, Shawn at Bikebarn Skateshop in Whitman, MA (first shop sponsor), Dave at Skater’s Edge, No Comply Magazine for the interview, and last but not least, Dutch Masters & PBR!
Paradise Wheels Co. posted an interview with Am team rider Zach Wagner. I think I’m going to start getting up at 4 a.m. to do yoga for two hours every morning so I can skate like Zach!
Concrete Disciples just posted this killer piece on Steve Caballero! Great interview with a bunch of classic old photos of Cab.
Check out this interview on ESPN’s site with Tampa native/ skateboarding filmmaker Josh Stewart about his latest film, “Welcome to MIA”. Josh talks about what it was like making MIA skateshop’s first video and how he had to split time between making this film and “Static IV”…yep, “Static IV”!