For the last couple of years I’ve put together all my instagram footage to make silly video parts with annoying aspect-ratio changes and all that. Surprisingly this year I must be skating more because I got enough footage to put it together in the first four months, and I finally kept the camera consistently wide-screen so it looks much better. It is fun for me because there was a time I thought I would never have any footage put together, but now with the ease of camera-phones I’m starting to think about filming a “serious” part. Or maybe I’ll just keep having fun like a fool.
It is no secret I like doing “weird” tricks on my skateboard. Skaters like to use terms like tech or gnar skating, and I like to use the term avant-garde skating when it comes to my strange maneuvers. My friend Pat Fisher is a ridiculously avant-garde BMX rider who occasionally throws a skateboard into his tricks. While he was in town we decided to bring our own lights to the unlit skatepark for some fun. There are some normal tricks in here, but I was stoked on filming some of my signature weird tricks and learning a few new variations as well. Enjoy!
Ever since I started skateboarding the Prescott, AZ skate scene has been small but surprisingly active. For years one of the main driving forces was the hometown hero Jesse Lopez. On top of being arguably the best skateboarder in town he also made legit local skate videos that everyone loved. His first video, “Eye for an Eye”, is wonderfully edited and has been featured on this website for a while now. His second video is even better, and now that it has been uploaded online I am happy to present “As Good As Dirt”.
I’ll never forget Jesse got it to premier on a projector set up in the Prescott High School Ruth Street Theatre. It was epic to see local spots and skaters blown up that big with a loud crowd watching. Being able to go back and watch footage of my friends and the skaters I looked up to is a priceless nostalgia and I will forever be greatful to Jesse for that. Sadly I never got any clips for either video, but that is probably for the best because I really sucked back then. I’d rather just re-watch Jesse Lopez’s part over and over, and you should too.