Nike SB presents 'True To Form', with ripping in the Bay Area from Ishod Wair, Alex Olson, Donovon Piscopo, Antonio Durao and Zion Wright across a wide variety of skateparks and frankly lethal looking street terrain.
A squad this diverse and talented means a smorgasbord of terrain which looks either a lot of fun (see Potrero, or the bowl which gets a right seeing to at 1:39), or just plain gnarly (see everything else). Zion Wright chucks out what seems to be a fairly chilling melon 540 at Potrero Skatepark, a crusty looking ditch spot gets absolutely merked by Ishod Wair, Alex Olson and Donovon Piscopo and Antonio Durao's ability to pop his board defies description. It's entirely possible that he did a Robert Johnson and sold his soul at the crossroads in return for a special strain of mixed kangaroo, horse and Danny Wainwright DNA which, when injected directly into the femoral artery an hour before the skate session begins, causes the user to have little need for the restraints which gravity imposes on the rest of us.
Also take note of the time 1:07 - this is the second outing of the Fatman Grind we've seen this week! Following on from the handrail slaying legend that is Jim Greco taking one onto and off of a high metal ledge in Paris, the 2013 Skater of the Year adds another one to the week's 5050 frontside 180 quota with one on a sketchy looking rail to hill bomb set up. Question for the class next week - when a skater of average or less than average weight does a Fatman Grind, is it cultural appropriation? Answers on a postcard to your nearest Big and Tall Clothing Emporium.
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