Monday, May 22, 2017

Ishod Wair.



Sabotage.

Ishod is from Bordentown, New Jersey. His sponsors include Real, Nike, Spitfire, and Thunder. He won Thrasher's Skater of the Year award for 2013. Ishod is mostly a street skater, but lately he has been shredding all manor of transitions. It's cool to see him adapt to new things and switch it up a bit.

Thrasher - April 2015 Volume 36 Number 4

Friday, May 19, 2017

Andrew Brophy.



Sheila.

Andrew is from Margaret River in Australia. He was pro for Cliché until that company called it a day. Thanks to his connections with Mike Carroll and Rick Howard from Fourstar, he was able to land a spot on the Girl roster. He's the first established pro to join Girl since Brian Anderson did so in 2001. His other sponsors include Converse, Tensor Trucks, and Modus Bearings. Andrew runs Wayward Wheels with Benny Fairfax. He can ollie really high. I like his approach to skateboarding.

Vert Is Dead turns nine years old today. Thanks for all the support. Also shout to the Chrome Ball Incident for hitting the nine year mark a month ago.

Thrasher - July 2012 Volume 32 Number 7

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Austyn Gillette #4.



The Game Grid.

Thrasher - August 2016 Volume 37 Number 8

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Callum Paul.



Streets of your town.

PASS~PORT is an Australian company from Brisbane that was founded by Trent Evans. Their team had a featured section in Transworld's latest Cinematographer Project Worldview 2017 video. The extended part is full of street skateboarding in the land down under. PASS~PORT recently partnered with WKND's new distribution company, Hyperion, so you can check out their gear in the states.

Callum is the first guy to turn pro for PASS~PORT. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Botany. He may or may not be internet famous for some silly hi-jinx.

Jason Morey photographed the sequence.

Transworld - May 2016 Issue 375

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Yaje Popson.



Orange Painting Pants.

Yaje is from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He has lived in New York City since he was a little kid. Chocolate was flowing him boards around about 2010. A knee injury at the time caused him to take a break from skateboarding and move back to Brazil to heal up. He used the time to expand his interests outside of skateboarding to include painting, playing the guitar, farming, and yoga. After about three years off, Yaje was ready to roll again. He has since turned pro for the Alien Workshop and gotten sponsored by Adidas. He scored the last part in Transworld's recent Riddles In Mathematics video.

Zach Malfa-Kowalski took the skate photo. Joey Guevara took the chilling photo.

Transwrold - March 2016 Issue 373

Monday, May 15, 2017

Andrew Reynolds #7.



Frontside air attack from the Boss.

Andrew recently left his clothing sponsor of the last decade for RVCA. He had been riding for Krew before launching Altamont in the mid 2000s. I want to say the company was supported by Sole Technologies. They had an arty vibe going and sponsored a number of skaters, artists, and bands. I don't think Altamont ever really caught on as much as it maybe should have. Soft goods can be a tricky business.

I watched Nikola Racan's Solsticij DVD last night. It's an independent skateboard flick out of Croatia that's primarily filmed in the eastern parts of Europe. There are appearances from the Magenta and Isle teams, too. Solsticij has a lot of street lines on some very rough looking streets. There's also a little bit of vert. It reminds me of the old Zoo York videos in a way with gritty street skating that is often done at night. Totally worth checking out. If DVDs are dead, how come I've gotten a bunch of good ones thus far this year?

The photo is by Atiba Jefferson.

Thrasher - June 2012 Volume 32 Number 6

Friday, May 12, 2017

Auby Taylor.



Channeling the spirit of Jeff Phillips.

Auby is from Dallas, Texas. He was riding for Krooked before switching to the Black Label and turning pro. He also rides for Nike, Indy, and Bones Wheels. Auby was quite the street shredder and I'm sure he still is, but all of his recent coverage has been a full blown vert assault. I think it's awesome. His current pro model graphic is a tribute to the Jeff Phillips Breaking Glass art. It also seems he has switched from riding the 1991 style version of the board to the vintage 1980's shape.

Transworld - August 2015 Volume 33 Number 8