Nyjah Huston ‘Fade to Black’ – Nov 2013
Ha, from Joe Gavin to Nyjah Huston…
It had to be done really, we couldn’t compile a list of videos based around amusing online commentary without including one of the sections that was expected to divide opinion the most in 2013, and generated no shortage of forum/YouTube comments in the process. Similar to Bob Burnquist’s Dreamland section, this genuinely was break out stuntman shit that the average human would have serious trouble relating to, but still, and surprisingly, most people seemingly ‘got it’. And kind of admitted to enjoying it as well.
In a day and age where Nyjah can earn a normal member of society’s salary in exchange for a couple of hours locked inside the Street League arena, there’s no real reason for him to be going out on a boundary pushing mission such as this where one miscalculated tumble could actually put an end to not only his skateboarding career, but his ability to do day to day stuff, like being able to walk to the bog. Well, I guess genuine credibility is one reason. Obviously Nyjah had visions of Thrasher’s ‘SOTY’ greatness firmly in his sights as well, and despite the 2013 trophy ultimately landing with Ishod, it will be reassuring for him to see that the YouTube faithful have still got his back with endless reams of “..but Nyjah just put out the greatest video part of all time…of ALL TIME!” style comments. One kid even goes as far as to say of Nyjah “fuck spiderman, he is my hero now!” A result for Nyjah, I’m certain. Not too sure how he’s feeling about ‘those’ tattoos now the dust has settled mind…
You can always rely on the forums to spout some comedy gold when something as card carrying ballistic as this lands. Some gems of note included:
“For a guy who ‘isn’t a true skateboarder,’ he skates pretty well.”
“Looking at the last backlip though, you could really tell that he doesn’t truly love skating.”
“too bad its as ugly as it is gnarly”
“Pretty meh. No wallies or no comply’s.”
…but the overriding sentiment seemed to be along the lines of…
“ that was some fucking insane out of this world next level shit”
Love it or hate it, if you look passed that glaring neon green claw that manages to make its way into almost every single shot or his lucky bright red underwear that catch you off guard a good few times throughout, the bar certainly got raised.