Cruising SF with Chico Brenes (also featuring Elissa Steamer)

Crailtap's Slice of Life with Chico Brenes

If you’ve fallen victim to the Instagram life hoover then you will already know that Chico Brenes is one of the most active and life-affirming OG pro posters on there.
Barely a day goes by without Cheeks dropping some silky-smooth footage at one of the many infamous SF spots that he seems to still skate on the regular.
With that in mind, and before we get into the Crailtap ‘Slice of Life’ clip below, go drop Chico a follow @chicobrenes – we can guarantee it’ll make your daily Insta routine better.

The clip in question follows Chico around San Francisco on a average day, which despite being a fairly standard format, is, due to Chico’s infectious personality and sense of humour, a really enjoyable watch. Things kick off at Potrero skatepark, followed by a roll through the Mission District with a quick stop off to skate a very, very OG skate spot (made famous by Mic-E Reyes among others). Chuck in a few jibes about the gentrification of SF and the tech-interloper’s embrace of the toned-down ‘edginess’ of the city, then we’re off to Fort Miley, yet another timeless San Francisco skate spot, with none other than last week’s Sunday Service recipient and all-round legend Elissa Steamer.

Fittingly, the clip ends up at what’s left of EMB, or the Justin Herman Plaza for the pedants among you: Chico provides funny commentary throughout, a brace of trademark flawless flatland and introduces a few SF locals along the way.
All in all – a nice engaging clip more than worth 5 minutes of your Friday.

Since we’re on a Chico tip – this seems like as good a time as any to remind you all of a little of his past output in the form of his classic 1992 World Industries ‘Love Child’ part which you can see below.

Seems churlish not to throw the 1993 follow up in here too, especially as World Industries third full-length ‘New World Order’ has managed to slip through the cracks into a bit of a memory hole and doesn’t get the respect that it ought to.

And finally, as this one’s SF-based – here’s the full-length version of the 1988 classic ‘Sick Boys’, featuring many of the earliest street skating pioneers in their natural Nor Cal habitat long before skate-stoppers and street skating tickets fucked up San Francisco’s position as the global epicentre of progressive skateboarding. Watch and learn.

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