Sidewalk's favourite mid skate-vid oddballs
If there's one thing that you learn quickly when you first start skateboarding, its that being out on the streets with a board makes you some kind of nutter magnet. From the roid-rage hair gel stand trying to fight you for reasons you or even he can't quite comprehend, to the overly chatty drunk telling you how they 'used to skate' as they swig Special Brew, to the well-meaning but clearly bonkers pedestrian ranting to you about rocket-powered rollerblades, society's fringes sense something about us that demand interaction.
As frustrating as this can be in the middle of a four hour trick battle, luckily for skate video audiences it can also offer hilarious and endlessly quotable interludes between video sections and we decided it was high time to compile some of our favourite skate video lurkers. As filming random street lurkers has been a trope of video productions since at least the early 90s we had plenty to choose from, so consider this part one of a theme we will return to...
Albion (Karim Bakhtaoui's section) (2014)
Karim Bakhtaoui's section in Albion kicks off with one of the more outlandish lurkers you're likely to find in the form of a balaclava'd basket case...
Stu Bentley Crates - 2001-2005 - bike faceplant (2015)
This episode of the Crates from Stu Bentley sees a local determined to get involved with a natural street kicker session on his bike, something which doesn't end well for him.
Life is Goodie - cheerleader (2015)
The catalyst for this article, last week's video from Jesse Alba opens with possibly the most over excited lurker ever to join a skate session acting as a haggard, one man cheerleading squad.
Santa Cruz - Speed Freaks (Eric Dressen's section)
This elderly loudmouth probably won't go down as the next Nostradamus as far as we're concerned...
"It's not going to be your life..."
Yam Dat - Raging longboards
Morph has an innate talent for capturing the rawer side of street encounters, with one of the best being this livid, leather vested longboarder. Special mention to the editing which accompanies this animal tranq enthusiast too;
Fred Gall - SB street fight tre from Regal Road
Habitat's Regal Road tour saw a Southbank visit offer Fred Gall the perfect opportunity to do a tre flip through a massive street brawl, Freddy we salute you!
Street skating is hard enough without annoying pissheads for company - Ben Grove deals with a particularly persistent one in Leeds...
First Broadcast (Nick Jensen's section) (2001)
Pure venom from this city prick in the opening to Nick Jensen's part in First Broadcast. Telling a child "I hope you break your fucking neck" may be a slight over-reaction to skateboarding...
New Balance - Quids In tour (2014)
Less confrontational than some of the other inclusions here, this dude just wants a good old fashioned sing along - and who can blame him?
Smoke and Mirrors (Kurt Winter's section)
Welcome to three block, and a resident who isn't camera shy...
The Source - Chad Bangers (Tom Pickard's section) (2014)
He's not an alien...I know that for sure...he's a human being. Probably the nicest this article is going to get, a zen-like pedestrian gives Tom Pickard his views on skateboarding in the recent Source Skateshop video Chad Bangers.