Monday, 28 December 2009

Mike Mo

Fuel TV is a channel in America which has a bunch of "Extreme" sports on, these normally suck but they seem to actually do a pretty good job with some of the skate stuff, here is a show they did recently focussing on Mike Mo.
Its pretty much impossible not to like Mike Mo, the guy seems really humble and genuinely loves skateboarding, and his part in Fully Flared was ridiculous! Skatelab the park he skates in this video is out in the valley near LA, I went there a few years ago and a couple of dudes were just matching tricks for ages over the hip, they were two of the best skaters I had ever seen, but I had no idea who they were, looking back it was probably Mike Mo! I just sat down and watched them, which considering I was there to skate was a pretty big deal.
Its pretty scary seeing his brother in recovery from cancer, but rad that he is still about, he is pretty much Mikes personal filmer and like he says he pretty much owes everything to him, so thanks Vince!



The third part seems to be a bit sketchy on playing so you may have to click the link, its a hard life innit!

Thursday, 24 December 2009

A year in review....

When it is raining every day it is easy to forget how much good stuff has happened recently, and this year has been awesome for skating in Southampton so I thought I’d have a little review for you guys!

First of all the amount of videos that came out this year was amazing and they were all generally really really good too!
Here are a few little re-reviews.
If you aren’t too fussed about videos then skip down a bit!

Mindfield
The Alien Workshop video was one of my favourite videos of the year, the whole team are some of the most clean, original and stylish skaters in the world. This video introduced us to Jake Johnson, one of my favourite new ams, the combo moves of Tyler Bledsoe, and a resurgence in the popularity of AVE who absolutely kills it, and skateboarding from Dylan Reider that can only be described as beautiful. This video is bound to go down as one of the all time classic skate videos. AWS also tried something a bit new in having a book with the DVD and cool looking packaging to try and get people to actually buy the video, and it seemed to work a bit too. I was also stoked on how well Workshop decks sold after the vid came out

Zoo York – State of Mind
I have to admit this took me by surprise, I think this turned out to be one of the most underated videos of the year, I love east coast skating but thought since Zoo got bought by Ecko it might be a bit generic, but they have a team of rad skaters, Eli Reed, Ron Deilly and Matt Miller all held it down, and the older dudes like Donny Barley and Aaron Suski still kill it and there was still an east coast feel to the vid, even though it’ll never feel like the OG mix tape days!


God Save The Label
Pretty under the rader on this one, I love the label, Jason Adams is one of my all time favourite skaters, and Shannon and Chris Troys parts were bangin, including the fakie bigspin to feebs down a rail, pure sickness, but unfortunately with the AWS vid I think this got a bit overshadowed, the filming was all good and the editing and songs were rad, pretty underated again I think.


Fun
Again this took everyone by surprise, Powell is far from most peoples favourite company but they seem to know what they are doing when building up a team! Loads of power moves came out in this vid, fakie Ollie switch front feebs down a rail, nine kink handrails and THAT smith from Ben Hatchell, its no surprise that Jamie Thomas has poached Hatchell and he is now part of the Zero team!

Hold Tight London
I was stoked on this video, a great price that you couldn’t refuse and an independent video to boot, Henry clearly makes these vids because he loves skateboarding and it shows, loads of the filming and editing was better than some professional filming and the british soundtrack to all the HTL edits can’t help but make you proud of skateboarding in the UK, Tanner smashes it in theis vid, definitely one of my favourite UK skaters, and Karims mega pop makes an appearance, even after Paget stole his Sugar Puffs!

Extremely Sorry
I was really surprised by the mixed opinions on this, the video gave me goose bumps at the premier, Bob Burnquist was absolutely amazing, Rowley still smashed it, Luan confirmed what I had been saying all year and Gonzalez was straight gnar. Buteven with this a lot of people went on about how they didn’t like the music, I personally think if you can get Lemmy to record a new song specifically for your video part then you are on to a winner! A lot of peoples minds seemed to change when they realised that a lot of the songs had well known and respected artists in too. This video is also gonna go down as an instant classic, and I’m looking forward to kids in the future saying this was the first video they used to watch all the time.


Slave and Zero vids
I can’t really say much about these as we don’t have them in yet, but I have seen them both and they are both rad , Slave, like Stereo, are one of the companies we have always been behind, so hopefully like The Berrics has done for Stereo this video will show you all just how rad Slave are! Frecks is a beast! Both the vids should be here between Christmas and New Year.

Hesh Law
Does what it says on the tin, a bunch of straight gnar from the Creature dudes with a lot of focus on the street ams who kill it, Taylor Bingaman is sick and a lot of new skaters love Gravette!
The surge in park and tranny skating is definitely helping the popularity of these guys, I think the only thing people didn’t like about this vid is where the hell was Stu!



As well as this we have supported or put on a lot of stuff locally:

One thing that really increased this year was the amount of premiers we put on, and we plan to continue to do so! The Black Label vid, Heel Toe Magic, Extremely Sorry and 6:57 all had an airing and each premier was busier than the last so if you continue to support them then they will only get better!

We also supported a bunch of comps this year, about 7 I think, two at Hoglands, Two at Merryoak, Shirley Warren, Netley View and the yearly Something For The Weekend comp.

I have had a lot of people asking if we are gonna be doing a SFTW next year, I’m not sure what part of annual comp you guys don’t get but yeah, we will be doing it EVERY YEAR! Always around March to kick off the spring, its gonna be cool to see how much some of you guys have progressed that have entered for the last two years! We should have a lot more prizes for the next one too. This years seems like ages ago now but it was rad, the 6:57 and Winch edits were both amazing, and it even had the editor of Sidewalk taking notice of our scene!
I did mention at the time that we were going to trying to get a Southampton article happening, that is still going to happen at some point!


This year was definitely the year for the Berrics! A few people didn’t enjoy BATB as much as the last one but a few of the matches were amazing!


Busenitz is amazing!


The quality of some of the Bangins and Recruits have been outstanding, the only qualm I have the Berrics is that at the end of the day it is just a skate park, and filming in skateparks is pretty damn boring, street skating and finding spots and adapting to your environment are some of the best parts of skating, and I bet there are gonna be more kids just filming stuff in parks which is a real shame. The resurence in flatground is kinda cool though, if only for some originality with clips like this:

At the same time we fell victim to the weather and had a nice little block that we would skate when it rained or in the dark, unfortunately for me this meant all the time! A few people asked about getting invited to Level 3, you don’t need an invite, its just skateboarding, if anyone wanted to turn up and skate that was cool! Having said that the block has now disappeared but hopefully we’ll have an even better one soon and the Reskue training facility will be back on!
Level 3 RIP!



By far the highlight of the year has been 6:57, which you should have bought and seen by now!
The premier was rammed which was awesome, I was so pleased that so many people came out to support the project.
Rob Crawford has been filming Skateboarding in Southampton for years, and finally put together a full video, and its awesome! Everyones sections are amazing, i’m stoked people can finally see how sick Curtis style is, and see best nollie tres you’ll ever witness, but I’m mostly proud of Paget, I hooked him up with shop sponsorship pretty early on, and a few people doubted my decision, but he is progressing really fast and his video part is sick, to see how much better he has got in the last year is helping me know that Reskue is doing exactly what I started it to do, support our scene!

It’s looking like Paget might be on a bit of a flow deal from some companies after they have seen his part, which companies they are will probably be officially announced in the new year but I’d hope its like a Zoo in here with Thunderous applause when his first package arrives, he deserves it!

More Skateboarding >>

Unfotunately injury cut down the filming time for Curtis, but he’ll be back on it soon and I have no doubt he’ll be hooked up next year.
Curtis is straight G


6:57 was also the catalyst of getting Rannys first photos published in sidewalk with Jaks First Light, he should be getting some flicks of Paget for a First Light in the new year, and it is rad we have a photographer that can get published photos in Southampton.

You may have also noticed a change in the amount of events we are sponsoring, and the fact that we now sell tickets to events, basically Reskue are now partners with Raygun Youth, a company that puts on Hip hop and Drum and Bass shows, this has meant we are able to get a lot more stock in (hence all the new SBs!) and support a bunch of local DJs and MCs as well as skaters, this will also mean that I might get a few days off next year and will be able to put on a lot more skate events! It will never mean that we are coming detached from skating in any way, in fact the more events Raygun put on and the more Paint and tickets for events we sell will mean we can get more stock in and support skateboarding even more, and it also means that you can get tickets for all the Raygun Youth shows without paying a booking fee.
We are even hoping to combine this with the shows and have some music/skate crossover events, imagine a skate comp with some top UK hip Hop artists there, it would be sick!

So next year you can look forward to:
A LOT more comps, including the SFTW! With a lot more prizes!
More events at skateparks with some live music.
A Southampton article for a magazine.
First lights from some of our riders.
Demos from the team.
Hopefully some more sponsorship for local skaters!
Some big names in Hip hop and DnB coming to local venues in conjunction with Reskue.
Some free skate schools and introductory lessons in conjunction with Rubicon.
Some Graffiti workshops.
And a hell of a lot of skateboarding!

All of this is only happening because of you guys too, so thank you, the people that support Reskue! We'll keep doing what we are doing and supporting the scene, as long as you guys keep supporting us! This year has been amazing, and next year is going to be even better!

I hope you all have an awesome Christmas, and are looking forward to the new year as much as we are!

Monday, 21 December 2009

No news is good news vol 3?

So I noticed today that the daily updated blog hasn't been updated for ages! As usual that is simply because of how busy I have been! And if you still aren't friends with us on Facebook or Twitter then get on it! You will get updates as soon as they happen!
Here is whats been happening at Reskue:

First of all the premier for 6:57! It was bangin! Thanks so much to everyone that came down, I was so proud of our skateboard scene afterwards!

We got a whole bunch of new bearings from Spitfire and Bones, the two best bearing manufacturers no matter what anyone else tells you! We have also got in some Spitfire cheapshots, which are exactly the same as regular Spitfires but without a pro and with a basic one colour graphic meaning they are a fiver cheaper, seeing as most people skate their wheels inside out anyway these bad boys have been pretty popular!

We also got our first load of Fallen footwear, including the stupidly comfortable and skateable Forte in two different colours, the Chris Cole pro shoe and the ever popular Chief, including kids sizes from a UK1!

We got some rad Zero and Mystery completes which are going out at just £80! A bargain considering Zero decks are normally £55 and Zero Wheels are £30!

The 6:57 DVD came in on Friday and we have already sold loads of them! If you have any interest in skateboarding in Southampton at all then you should definitely got yourself a copy!

We got some sick new clothing from Deluxe including Spitfire, Anti Hero and Krooked tees, the Spitfire glow in the dark tee is rad! They will be online tomorrow, because I have just been getting all our new Vans stuff online! New Jlay flannels and an AVE jacket, and the Geo stitch hood in Cement, the last ones sold out real quick so if you like the look of them get on it!



Oh and we also have the new Creature Hesh Law DVD too! there are two versions of it, but the two disk one comes with all the old Creature vids too so is probably worth the few extra quid.

If you are wondering about Christmas posting times then tomorrow is the last safe day, anything sent Wednesday may arrive but is not Guaranteed!

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Buckys Bowl!

When I think of backyard ramps I think of 3ft minis, not something like this:

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

ZERO!

So we should hopefully have a bunch of Zero, Slave and Mystery stuff tomorrow or Friday, including the new Strange World DVD!
Zero are touring the states in January and there is a new name on their team list, flow rider Dusty Yauilla, he moved to work at Black Box and has been getting flow for Zero, and he rips!
Here is an old video part of his from 2005 when you were 10:

and some footage from the Black Box TF

Tampa AM Finals

As promised here is some footage:

Check Luan on this one, I don't know why they cut up his run, he landed everything!

If you haven't heard Luis Tolentino and the Famous crew were down there and Luis managed to tie Danny Wainwrights high ollie record of 44.5 inches, look just how high it is when the commentater is stood next to it!

Monday, 7 December 2009

Tampa AM and Tate Mode

So yesterday I worked the shop all dasy, then watched Tampa AM live stream for four hours, then skated for a few hours too. Tampa AM is so inspiring, Luan, Ben Hatchell and a bunch of other dudes were absolutely killing it, one guy was doing 5.0 tre flip out in his run! Stupid stuff! Anyway there doesn't seem to be any videos of it up yet but here is a video of some of the qualifiers:


I'll post up the finals for you tomorrow.
Then here is some footage of the Tate Mode after getting psyched on Tampa AM

Bangin! Hopefully we'll have some more footage of the Hoglands ledges, if it ever stops raining!

We also got a bunch of new Nike SBs today too, have new stuff from Zero, Mystery ans Slave coming this week, and our first ever batch of Fallen shoes arriving too! Exciting times!

Friday, 4 December 2009

6:57 Southampton premiere


Facebook event HERE

Also Andrew Langi, an all terrain ripper is now on Flip, welcome clip here:

Thursday, 3 December 2009

6:57 is coming!

Rob Crawfords highly anticipated DVD is now finished and copies are being made right now! I believe there is going to be a premier at Little Johnny Russels in Southsea Thursday 10th Dec, I'll post up a link to the facebook event when its up.
In the run up to the release the DVD is now available to pre order, so if you want to ensure the DVD gets sent out as soon as its in then get on it! We will also have the Zero and Slave DVDs around the same time too!
Here are the two trailers:


I have had a sneak preview of some of the footage and to say its bangin is an understatement! A whole bunch of spots get rinsed. Independent videos don't come along every day, and I can count the amount of professional quality videos to come out of Southampton on less than one hand, so support 6:57! I think you'll be surprised just how good everyones sections are!

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