As you can see it is compelling even to the non-skateboarding crowd and it got me thinking about all of the skateboard videos I used to watch. As an aspiring skateboard editor for most of my high school days, I studied a lot of skateboard videos and below are some of the most memorable parts.
This part from the Girl video YEAH RIGHT! has caught a lot of interest because of how well the effect was done. The skaters used pure green boards and the camera had to do two exact passes in order to cleanly composite the two shots together sans wooden planks with wheels.
Ali Boulala from Flip’s Sorry
They say Alli is drunk more often than he is sober. After watching the things he throws himself into without a second thought you would probably agree. You certainly would need to be thoroughly hammered to attempt the 25 stair ollie at the end of his part in Sorry!. Makes you wonder just how his feet are still attached to his legs.
Bails From Toy Machine’s Welcome To Hell
This video is a classic. It came out in 1996 which is when I started skateboarding and there hasn’t been a fall section since that even come closes to this montage of cringe-inducing bails.
Jeremy Klein and Heath Kirchart from Birdhouse’s The End
These guys come up with crazy ideas and then go out and do them. Case in point is the clip below featuring the two using large signs and gas pumps as obstacles, all to the tune of “Under Pressure” by Queen.
Danny Way’s Mega Ramp from The DC Video
Tony Hawk might be the most popular skateboarder due to landing the 900 at the 1999 summer X-Games but Danny Way is known for jumping ramps that look like they came straight out of a Tony Hawk Pro Skater videogame. On June 12th, 2003, this guy broke two records in one run: the longest distance jump at 75 feet and the highest air at 23.5 feet. Lucky for us the cameras were rolling.
Rodney Mullen From Plan B’s Second Hand Smoke
Rodney Mullen is considered one of the most influential freestyle skaters in the history of the sport. Way back in 1994 he was pushing the creativity of skateboarding to the limits by doing things with his board that no one imagined as well as proving it was physically possible. Just look at all of the tricks he is credited with inventing. His part in Plan B’s Second Hand Smoke is considered a major influence to up and coming pros who would carry skateboarding to where it is today.
Note: The first half is from Second Hand Smoke while the second half is from Plan B’s Virtual Reality.
So there you have it, some of the most memorable moments in skateboard videos according to me. Do you agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments!