It’s now early 2019 and like everyone we have a lot to look forward to in the coming year. Everyone is busy making plans and attempting to execute them. Generally, the first step in every year should be to take down your holiday decorations because you don’t want to be that neighbor. Good neighbors are there to lend a helping hand and help keep you in check. Neighbors build up communities and we should all strive to be good neighbors. While thinking about community I started thinking about the Southeast and our skateboard neighborhood, not necessarily Georgia, but the surrounding scenes. What videos or shops inspired me to want to be better, or at least got me excited to go skate. Here’s what I came up with:
“Do not underestimate the ‘power of underestimation’. They can’t stop you, if they don’t see you coming.”Izey Victoria Odiase
Greyson Beal has always been on the outside looking in. People question his street cred, doubt his “core” bona fides, and generally dismiss his skateboarding as “too contesty”. Greyson is an undeniably talented skateboarder, but why is he always looked at with a sort of side-eyed suspicion? Why are people so quick to write him off? Well, maybe that’s right where he wants to be? Maybe that’s his plan? Maybe we’re all playing checkers while he’s playing chess?
“Only a fool would underestimate a man with nothing to lose.”
Skateboarding has had a long and lusty love affair with art. If you want to get hippy with it, skateboarding can be construed as analogous to a type of performance art where the skateboarder is the artist, the skateboard is the tool, and the streets are the canvas. All abstract mumbo jumbo aside, skateboarding and art just go together. We celebrate board graphics, have a deep respect for filmers and photographers, and basically can’t function without music. And, many skateboarders are accomplished artists, filmmakers, musicians, graphics designers, illustrators, chefs, and more. Skateboarding and art are so closely aligned culturally that they have essentially morphed into two distinct subcultures of a larger, broader lifestyle. The OuterSpace Project is Greg Mike‘s full embodiment of this concept.
Of course, fads like these are not exclusive to skateboarding. Look at the mannequin challenge, dance challenges (#inmyfeelingschallenge), or the infamous Tide PODS challenge. People love to film themselves doing stupid stuff. It’s like the apps were designed just for it.
Back in the day, we had to wait for latest Big Brother video, CKY, or episode of Jackass for inspiration. Afterwards we’d grab our parents’ camcorder, replicate, and that was about the extent of it. We never had any intentions on something being “viral” because it didn’t exist!
It comes as no surprise to hear “Beer and Skateboarding go together like PB&J,” or as a true “Millennial” might say, “Avocado and Toast.” Most of age skateboarders would probably agree with this. Responsibly sharing a couple of brews with the homies amid a mini ramp session is great and it’s no secret. It’s a trend made clearer when you see bigger brands like Brixton collaborate with Coors Original, 686 partner with Pabst Blue Ribbon, or the fact your favorite Street League pros will retire fruitfully off their windfall craft beer investments. More so, it wouldn’t be a stretch to draw parallels between the craft beer renascence of recent years to the boom in small, independent skateboard brands currently taking the industry by storm. Seemingly every time you blink a new skate brand is created. With this in mind, it makes total sense for me to pair my favorite local brews with my favorite independent skateboard brands. What’s not to love? Boards and Breweries.
Creature Comforts’ “Tropcalia” and Blvd Skateboards
For a couple years now beer aficionados living in the Southeastern United States have raved about Creature Comforts’ Tropicalia IPA for its balanced, fruit-forward, hoppy flavor. Often times, this IPA can be hard to find in the wild, and the same goes for a BLVD skateboard deck. The beer gets it’s name “Tropicalia” from the Brazilian artistic movement that arose in the late 1960s. Much like Creature Comforts’ affinity for a smooth, aromatic, citrusy IPA, BLVD shares an equivalent palette for skateboarding. Look no further than their team’s pro roster for a heavy, stylish, and super smooth Brazilian style. With guys like Rodrigo Petersen, Danny Cerezini, Carlos Iqui, and Tiago Lemos skateboarding for BLVD, it’s easy to see why I would pair the brand with this stellar IPA.
Monday Night Brewing’s “Dr. Robot” and Sour Solution Skateboards
Hailing from Atlanta, Monday Night Brewing has continued they’re expansion over the past several years, quickly becoming the brewery of choice for me. Their year-round offerings consist of anything from a killer scotch ale aptly named Drafty Kilt to a Belgian-style wit named Fu Manbrew. Monday Night’s lineup not only boasts humor, but depth. Just don’t let Monday Night’s variety be mistaken for a weakness. They didn’t spread themselves too thinly, and in my opinion, any of their beers would be another breweries breadwinner. The same can be said for the eclectic Euro brand Sour Solution, which has an as extensive team that excels at whatever terrain lays ahead. All-terrain riders like Barney Page and Oscar Candon both kill it in the streets and park, while Gustav Tonneson and Albert Nyberg’s approach may make you question their planetary origin. For example, take Free Skateboard Magazine’s latest cover:
— Templeton Elliott (@MostlySkate) January 3, 2018
Barring, maybe, Rodney Mullen, who would have thought to Casper slide a wall? NO ONE. Furthermore, who would have thought a Casper could look so cool? Well, again, NO ONE. I have been proven wrong by Albert’s feat. So, when it came time for me to pair Sour Solution with a brew from Monday Night, I decided to pick one I thought Monday Night would fail with. That beer would be the new blackberry lemon sour Dr. Robot. As apprehensive about it as I was, I’ll happily admit, for a sour, it’s great! Kind of like Albert Nyberg’s Free Skateboard Magazine cover. So a sour brew for Sour Solution.
Reformation Brewery’s “Stark” and Isle Skateboards
I’m often stuck in what I’ll coin as “beer Groundhog Day” where I’ll continuously drink the same two or three types or styles of beer ad nauseam. Truthfully my go-to beers are normally pale ales, IPAs, and maybe a pilsner or two. What beer always breaks this cycle? If you guessed a strong porter, then you guessed right! Just down the highway in Woodstock, GA, is Reformation Brewery and their Stark porter is a thing of beauty. This beer is dark and full of robust character that hints of toasted malts and chocolate. Since porters first were developed in London in the 18th century, what better brand to pair this porter with than with London’s very own Isle Skateboards. Isle’s visual offerings tend to be dreary, but entrenched in strong, powerful skateboarding through unique tricks and spot selections. Good on ya, chaps!
Red Hare Brewing’s “Long Day Lager” and Scumco & Sons
Has it been a long day? Maybe it’s been a long week. Either way, celebrate the beginning of summer with us tonight at the brewery! We’ve got live music and food for our Longest Day party, 5:30-8:30! #redharebrewery #longdaylager
The Atlantic Drift series by Jacob Harris
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To keep things light, the team opted for a jam style skate session, giving the locals a chance to skate with their favorite pros and not miss out on the session. Not lacking in all-terrain ability, this team has something for everyone. Kevin Baekkel ripped the street course, hitting all the rails with ease. Chris and Truman effortlessly flowed the bowl.
After an hour of skating, it was time to give away some product. Skateboarding has its fair share of characters and David Gravette is one of them. Although injured, he kept the kids hyped. Gravette was calling out tricks for free boards and organizing races across the park, all while sporting a mullet wig and trucker hat.
After the last box of product was given away the team sat down to sign some goodies and talk to the fans. Special thanks to the Creature Team for supporting Ambush and Kennesaw! Check the pics and vid:
After twenty-three renditions of the same contest, it’s easy to think that things can become a little stale. It’s hard to be inspired when the same group of skaters compete in the contest and the same select few seem to always win. And, although that might have been true in past Games of Skate, GOS #23 was anything but typical.
What jumped out most was how much the girls killed it. The ladies’ progression, style, and skill earned the respect of the guys. The girls were viewed and competed against as equals. Three won at least one game and advanced on to the next round. And, Miana Fishman turned heads by earning second place in the Beginner Division.
All the fresh faces in this years’ contest proved that skateboarding is an ever evolving culture with young guns always pushing it and trying to come up. Outside of skateboarding standard bearer, Niko Howard, the rest of the top spots in each division were won by new names with a different interpretation of how flat ground skating should be done.
As much as Game of Skate #23 was different from past contests, what remained the same was the unbelievable level of camaraderie in our local skate scene. Every one was cheering each other on, getting hyped on each others’ tricks, motivating one another to skate their best. After all these years, Game of Skate is still one of the best grassroots contests around.
1st Place: Toby Gephardt
2nd Place: Miana Fishman
3rd Place: Matthew McNally
1st Place: Diego Miletti
2nd Place: Daniel Avila
3rd Place: Malachi Webb
1st Place: Edgar Link
2nd Place: Mikey Lopez
3rd Place: Niko Howard
Much thanks to all of our sponsors. Without you we could not have hosted such a fun contest. You are what makes skateboarding great.