About a week ago, I went Redcar to skate. It was a good session; I haven’t been in ages, so I needed it, and there were quite a few good skaters there, which was fun to watch.
The next day I watched this snowboarding DVD, Homies Episode 2.0, or something, it came free with Whitelines magazine. It had a lot of urban snowboarding in it, which to me, just didn’t seem any good.
I’ve never been a big fan of the urban scene, but there have been some video parts from time to time that I’ve enjoyed, a couple of Absinthe sections spring to mind. It’s normally stuff with a good tune, good riding style that’s been well shot.
But more and more I’m seeing urban tricks that I think are pretty lame. Ledges and drops where the rider doesn’t even “ride out” – they kinda just stop. And there are loads of 270s and 3s coming off rails, when the rail isn’t really big enough for it to look good. A lot of these tricks don’t seem to have much style.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some urban tricks/sections in films that look great, obviously take a lot of skill and almost always, a lot of balls. And when done well, they can add a different, pleasing dimension to a film.
But a lot of it has been done before, seen before, and now, it’s clearly a discipline in it’s own right. To me, it seems like there’s too much of it.
So I was just thinking, “I’d rather ride a skateboard than do that”. After all, that’s what a skateboard was designed for. And the crazy thing is, all the riders in this film were excellent skaters. There was even a load of good footage of them on skateboards, which to me, was more enjoyable to watch than the urban snowboard sections…
I like to watch riders going through the park, hitting rails and boxes with effortless style. Frontside boards, smooth presses, and it all flows. When it comes to rails, that’s what I like. And in an urban environment, there are some killer rails that work for me. It’s gnarly, but they stomp it. The scene looks good. The photo looks good. Nice. But don’t overdo it. I’m not interested in dropping off a garage just because it can be done.
What’s your take?