At first, you’re thrown right into the action, wondering what the fuck is even going on, witnessing a guy almost die on three of the nastiest wipeouts we’ve seen in a while. Then, you start to get it, as David Gonzalez destroys every single insane skate spot he can find (did he just skate every spot that exists in LA or what?), in the most insane ways possible, going faster than any normal human being should be able to. Then your fucking mind blown for six minutes straight, Christian Hasoi shows up for some sick dual tricks, and at the end, David Gonzalez has all but obliterated any competition for being the raddest fucking skater out there, leaving everyone calling for him to be Thrasher’s Skater of the Year 2012. And then it’s over.
Look, skateboarding is skateboarding. It’s always going to be that way, and you’re not gonna change it. So whatever company or skater comes out making noise about “changing the game” with a new repackaging needs to get that right off the bat; you’re not the be-all, end-all, and there’s a lot of history to this shit, and people that came before you and honestly, probably did it better.
THIS is a game changer, for respecting that deep history, devouring it, and making it new, upping the ante like no-one else out there, willing to almost die on a nasty wipeout or bailing on a trick only to walk away and try again, all for the love of skateboarding. THIS is what skateboarding IS. It’s that attitude, not any style or aesthetic, that makes this what it is. And kiiiiiiiiiid, it’s a timeless thing, one that comes around every few years to blow the fuck out of everyone’s mind again and remind everyone that their little niche or brand shouldn’t be more important than the love for the sport.
A quick scan through the comments on the video on the Thrasher site further illustrate that point:
“The sentence “is this really happening?” came out of my mouth at least 15 times during the course of this video.”
“What the fuck has skateboarding come to…”
“Completely nuts. I don’t even know what to say right now, I have to watch this a few more times to understand what I just saw.”
“…That was fucked up.”
When you can get anyone to agree on anything these days, that’s an accomplishment in and of itself, but when you can get all skaters from whatever subculture of skating they rep, to shut the fuck up and have their minds unanimously blown, collectively declaring it to be the best shit they’ve seen in all ever, that’s when you know you’ve done something right. So fuck all the talk and hype, just watch the fucking video, which can be found over here at Thrasher in full; like Perry Ferrell says in “Ocean Size”, “No talking; all action.” I’ve already watched it three times. Fuck a Supreme five-panel and watch this dude shred.
And you can watch the trailer here before you go all in:Tweet