Dan Cates Footage Feast
Above photo: Rob Shaw
It was bound to happen at some point! This week's Footage Feast goes to Death Skateboards OG, long time Harrow shredder and flag bearer for not taking skateboarding too seriously, Dan Cates. Always bringing the hype, on a seemingly constant skate mission and with multiple mag covers under his belt, it was high time that this compilation of clips came together. Watch, enjoy, then head out with a new eye for the four wheeled plank under your feet...
Big Worms - Fish (1999)
With the sound on Death Squad: The Movie currently out due to Youtube's copyright policies (you can click that to watch if you can manage the silence), we decided to start with Cates' section in the Big Worms video Fish. Backyard micro-pools, wallride variations and music provided by Cates himself, hammered and shouting along to the Sex Pistols. What's not to like?
Thrasher - Playing in Traffic (2002)
A short clip in Thrasher's 'Playing in Traffic' sees Cates shredding his backyard pool in a way that not many others could.
Big Worms - Deez Nuts (2003)
Former Olympic hopeful Dibble kicks off this shared section in Big Worms' 'Deez Nuts' with playparks, sofas and vans all getting charged to the swinging sounds of the Big Bopper's 'Chantilly Lace'.
Death Squad - Squadrophenia (2004)
Creative shredding, on all sorts of obstacles around the globe - an absolute must watch, in fact if you haven't watched Squadrophenia in full you're making a very big mistake!
Day in the City 4 (2005)
Death Skateboards go Only Fools and Horses for Day in the City - this may just sound like a random series of words until you watch the above...
Death Skateboards - Escape from Boredom (2005)
From marble hubbas to car park manny pads, and from street transitions to brooms, Cates' Escape from Boredom section covers a lot of ground...
UKVM - Day in the Life (2007)
Toby Batchelor records a day in the life of Dan Cates featuring various Death Skateboards and Death Squad associates, Dave the Postman, and a Dibble miniramp extension for good measure...
Death Skateboards - Better than Life (2007)
Aquatic intro? Check. Handrail/leapfrog/basketball line? Check. Skimboard back smiths in Harrow Pool? Check. Cates' section in Better than Life is an eye opener - watch it, get inspired and also check out the leftovers.
Death Skateboards - Ordinary Madness (2013)
The awkward spot quota seems to increase for this one, add in cameos from Horsey, Steak, Dibble, Craig Questions and a hedgehog and you can only be onto a winner!
Dan Cates in the Hall of Mirrors (2012)
There are plenty of these if you hunt around - this one ended up being a Kingpin contents spread courtesy of Rob Shaw, but a quick exploration will find myriad short edits of Cates, his travels and his ideas realised on screen. Happy hunting!