Friday, November 27, 2015

Tyler Bradley Welcome to Phoenix Video + Interview

The Scoot Mag cover photo, shot by Shelby Grimes.
Hailing from Sammamish, Washington, Tyler Bradley began his scooter journey like any other.  Riding the local park, doing the trendy scoot kid tricks, basically a completely different rider than he is today.  Lucky for him, Tom Kvilhaug moved to the area and started riding with him.  Showing him what scootering could be, Tom lit a fire beneath Tyler that today rages like an inferno.  Flavor picked him up in 2013 and it was clear that Tyler would be a force to be reckoned with.  His rail game, specifically back lips, was on par for the standard back then, if not surpassing it, all the while with his own nonchalant, machine like style.  Flavor USA sadly fell apart and he was on his own again.  Tyler kept at it, and found himself on Phoenix earlier this year.  Tyler does things on a scooter that might seem possible to most people, but have such a small margin for error that nobody else really even thinks of trying them. The way he applies 5050s is unmatched by anyone in scootering.  His efforts have come to fruition today with his first video part for Phoenix.  Read on for a look into how the video came together, then watch it below.

Jordan Jasa:  So this is your Welcome to Phoenix part. How long in the making was it?

Tyler Bradley:  I spent about 8 months filming for this video part. I started filming about a year ago after my foot and ankle were completely healed, but ended up switching over from SD to HD and did not want to mix the footage so I just started over.

At what point did you get on Phoenix? How did that happen?

I started talking to Cooper in May or June about sending him what footage I had at the time for him and Dan to check out and they ended up being hyped on it. And after talking a bunch and making a few trips down to Portland to film this summer I ended up getting a spot on the pro team, which I am super stoked on.

Word, definitely psyched that you found a sponsor after the whole Flavor thing fell off. So you go to school at UCI yeah?  How is it riding in SoCal compared to the PNW?  Who all do you usually ride with now?

Same dude. Its going well, I only have classes two days a week right now so I ride almost everyday and there is definitely a huge difference between riding in the PNW and SoCal. The scene is so much bigger down here and the weather is always good, so you never have to worry about not being able to ride or film. Usually the crew is Nick Donatelli, Ralfie Gracia, Eddie Cuellar, Shelby Grimnes, and Andrew Zamora and I, but lately the AO/Elyts dudes, and Zack Martin have been coming up a bunch so theres usually like 15 people at each spot on the weekends, which is rad.

One hefty lip by Eddie Cuellar.

It's awesome to see the LA street riding scene growing so much.  Does that push you, having so many people to ride with?  Or would you be doing crazy fucked up tricks anyway?

Its great man. And yeah, having a bunch of people to ride with all of the time definitely pushes me. When its just me and one or two other people, there's a good chance ill overthink the trick and psych myself out, but when theres' so many people at the spot, you just feed off of everyone else's energy and don't really think about what you're doing and just do the trick.

So you said that 5050 uprail hard 180 took three hours.  Did you just keep eating shit or how did that go down?

Yea I got there and ended up doing the backlip 180 whip up pretty quick, so i started joking around with Blake saying that ill 5050 up it and then when I got into it first try messing around I just started going for it. I actually only missed a few times, but it was the speed that I needed in order to get passed the last step that was killer. I probably landed on the top at least 25 times and the rest of the tries I either wasn't running fast enough to make it up the rail or just didn't try it.

How did it feel to land it?  Come to think of it, there's like zero emotion shown in your riding haha, besides a few frustration scoot throws it seems you do this shit with a machine like mindset.

Honestly, I kept trying it for almost another hour after I landed that one until I could hardly ride anymore because I didn't think it was good enough, but had to settle with it because it was my last day in Washington.

Textbook 5050 by Shelby Grimes.

That's insane. You recently got the cover of Scoot Mag.  How's that feel?  Also where's the footy of that?

It's pretty surreal. I knew I was going to have an ad and a few page spread inside, but I had no idea that I was going to get the cover until a few days before it was released. And it was only a lip popover so I wasn't really hyped on the clip haha.

Ahh for sure. How's your back these days?  Is the brace just a permanent fact of life for you?

Aha its pretty shitty, some days it doesn't hurt at all and others just a bit, but either way I ride and its something I just deal with haha. I actually haven't worn a brace in like 2 years since it doesn't really do anything at all.

Can you tell us what cheat code you used for  your ender?

Haha Tom Kvilhaug has been telling me to do it on a double kink for awhile now, but I just kept saying it's not possible. And then a few weeks ago I ended up going to that rail in Dana Point thinking I was going to do 5050 to lipslide, but accidentally landed in a 5050 on the second down so I knew it was possible and just kept trying.

Backlip through the drop by Dom Dimatteo.

Really though, how does that work? Is there a certain technique you can share with us?

Everyone always says 5050's are easier on square rails, but that's definitely not true haha. On a round rail you can completely lean into the 5050 and just sit in it, but for my ender I had to jump into the second down part so I kept missing or landing in a feeble or whatever it's called haha.

I always felt the same about the round vs square rail thing.  So now what's next for you?

Right now, I'm just going to keep going to school and riding a bunch. I'm about to go film the first trick for my next part today, so expect another part in a few months haha.

Ya'll need to make a Phoenix DVD.  Speaking of, are there any Phoenix trips planned that you're going on?

Yea dude, i'd be hyped to film for a DVD. And I think were doing some sort of tour in SoCal for SD10, which should be rad.

I'll prob see ya down there then. Let's wrap it up.  Congrats on the part and thanks for pushing scootering to a new level Tyler.

Hell yeah, hopefully i'll see you there. And thanks a lot man.

Another huge 50 by Shelby Grimnes.

And now, feast your eyes on the insanity that is Tyler Bradley.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Tilt 2 on Vimeo

Tilt 2 from Tilt Scooters on Vimeo.

If you needed something else to be thankful for today, Tilt released their groundbreaking full-length Tilt 2 today.  I'm not really sure what more you can say about this video that hasn't been said.  It has the best filming, editing, music, and of course, scootering out of any scooter video ever.  So if you're a cheap ass and haven't bought a copy of the Blu-Ray, thank the scoot gods above for blessing you with this 40 minute audio/visual presentation of insanity.

And Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


The last trip UrbanArtt took for their "We Are UA" DVD project was to the country of Canada.  Georgie, Le Baron, JD, Addy, and Javi were all there in Toronto and Montreal, with Roots Boy to take care of the filming/editing.  This video consists of what I'm guess are scraps to show a little review of where they went and a taste of what went down.  I'm super excited to see Georgie's part in the full video, and everyone else's part too.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Beau Neal "Another Day at Glasgow"

Beau Neal is an am rider for Crisp, and Glasgow Skatepark is his local, also home to Jon Devrind.  You can see the clear influence Jon has on Beau's riding in this video- plenty of long, technical combos consisting of smiths, nose manuals, barspins, etc.  I'm sure he's gonna be a guy to look out for in the future if he stays under Jon's wing.

A Case of the Mondaze | Ep. 1 | KC Corning's Pro Scooter, Dread Heads, a...

Jake Hershey, better known as White Chocolate, is one of scootering's strongest and most ubiquitous personalities.  His latest endeavor is the series "A Case of the Mondaze."  In these webisodes, Jake, KC Corning, and whoever else is around at the time chat about scooters or other topics while enjoying some alcoholic beverages.  There's not much scooter talk in this one but I think there's a lot of potential here.  Check it out.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Former Australian Scooter Rider Hospitalized

Jarrod Whitehead was a scooter rider back in the day who personified what to me, was classic Aussie style.  Big airs, footjams, steeze all around.  Before trick spamming became a thing, and people cared how the trick was done, rather than what trick was done.  Jarrod eventually fell out of scootering, and picked up skateboarding.  Yesterday he was bombing a hill on his board, when he fell off and suffered severe head trauma.  He was airlifted to a hospital in Sydney and now a friend has set up a MyCause page to ask for donations and help support his family with the medical bills.  Its terrible to see any our extended scoot family get injured like this, and I hope he can make a full recovery.  

Check this edit to see what this dude was throwing down back in the day-

And again, here is the link to donate.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Jabba in Australia: Flavor Scooters

Jasper RD was able to take a trip to Australia for the Scooter Hut Street Series and Brisbane Street Jam and over two weeks, was able to film this video.  Jabba throws down with a raw style all his own.  Front feeble down heel was too clean.  Wallride over the bench to whip over the other bench was also super sick.  Always fun to watch this dude charging.

Tilt Fall Apparel Collection 2015

So Tilt is finally dropping a new line of apparel.  They sent team riders Dylan Kasson and Jona Humbel to the East Coast to film a promo and shoot some photos for the release. Jona unfortunately broke his ankle, as you can see, but not before he threw down some hammers.  Dylan also has some classic Dylan clips, plenty of manuals and rail hops.  360 to manual all the way across that thing was completely mental.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

PROTO Intermission | Ian Herncjar

So finally the last Intermission part drops.  I'm not sure when Ian, previously being Pro for Flavor, got hooked up with Proto.  I do know that he is one amazing scooter rider, and that his part is insane.  Don't miss that switch 3 whip flat, or really any of this.  Take it in a few time and then go watch the rest of the Intermission parts!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

IS Exclusive: Chi Guys

Chicago.  You guys know it has a long history, with the Street Jam every year, Tilt and Sky High originating there, the various riders who have taken trips out there to film.  But what of the actual locals?  There's never really been an official "crew" outside of the Satori/Sky High teams until recently.  Some Cali transplants, some migrant workers, and some younger up and comers have joined forces to create an outlet for their endeavors called Chi Guys.  A few of the boys met up to cruise one night, and this is the result- highlighting the fun of the city, and introducing part of the crew.  Featured riders include Christian Dean, Jack Colston, Alec Backhus, Richard Harck, and Chris Doyle.


Wow, this came out of nowhere.  After dropping LUX, you'd expect the Friendly boys to chill out a bit, not go right into filming more.  But here we have Aaron Bransdon of all people out with a new part in 2015.  Such a pleasant surprise to see this today. Aaron's riding is so mature and defined and clearly of his own device.  Fleet Foxes track makes it that much better too.  As I get older I get more and more amazed at how other older riders can still come out with good video parts because it seems so difficult to do that nowadays (for me personally, at least).

Clipdowell 9

Just when you're thinking "Oh Ralph got booted from Tilt he def doesn't scoot" this comes out and makes it plain he definitely still does.  It's rad to see how his riding is developing these days, you can see he's still at the top of his game. No comply 180 thing he does out of the 50 might be the new Caitlyn Jenner, time will tell.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Sky High and Homies at Asylum

This weekend Sky High helped put on a competition at a local indoor and lots of homies showed up.  Reece Doezema, Jack Colston, Christian Dean, and many more shut it down for this quick video filmed by Big E. Reece ended up winning the actual competition too, congrats to him!

Inside Welcomes Spencer Steed

I’m psyched to announce that Spencer Steed will now be joining me as a part of the Inside team.  Spencer has a long history in this sport, from riding to working in the industry.  Originally from Ohio, he moved out to California after high school and ended up working at ScooterZone for a number of months.  He moved back to the Midwest after Tilt was in need of a sales guy.  He left Tilt in January this year and now runs a distribution company called Forefront Supply.  He works extremely hard behind the scenes to do things right and have a positive impact on scootering.  Not only that but he’s been my friend for longer than I can remember so I’m excited to have him with me now!  I did a quick bio with him, check it out below:

Whip front scooterflip at 2013 Chi Jam.
Age: 22

Location: North Chicago, IL

Employment: Forefront Supply

Years Riding: 11 years, although you may not be able to tell.

Tilt Grips
Downside Strewth Bars
Tilt SCS Lt
Tilt J-Young Headset (thank you Kyle Miller)
TSI Threshold
Tilt Blaster Wheels
Tilt Bearings
Hella Grip

Favorite rider(s): Aaron Watson and David Veltum. Even though they both aren't active, there is nothing like watching those guys shred on a good day.

Favorite part about the industry: Probably just the fact that it is growing. I think more people need to appreciate that simple fact. It is really cool to be able to watch everything unfold the way it has, even if it isn't perfect.

Least favorite part about the industry: Riders with narrow minded or uninformed opinions that preach like they actually have any idea about what is good or bad for the sport.

Ryan Gould | Serenity Park

I don't post day videos very often so you know its gotta be good if I do.  Cody Groom and Rgould met up at the skatepark with an FS7 and had to get some footy.  These guys clearly had a vision for a video and executed it perfectly.  The only bummer was how short it was.  Hopefully these dudes come together for a bigger project in the future.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Didine Terchague - Welcome to Blunt

This was heavyyy.  Didine has had a killer year so far- taking best trick at the Paris Street Jam and Montreux, and now officially getting on Blunt.  Dude definitely fits in with that crew.  Roots Boy spent the past few months filming with him for this edit and it turned out great.  Sit back and watch the handrail destruction.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Antti Karppinen 2015

It's sick how you can see how a rider's surroundings sort of shape his riding.  Antti is from Finland, and while the spots might not be the best, you can tell he makes the most of them.  Some really cool 50's and other creative tricks.  Spot/use of spot at 2:06 was tight.  Board gap board was nasty too.  The last minute of this is super nutty actually, don't miss this one.

OFFICIAL TRAILER V2: Jus' a Commadting | JACT

"Jus' a Commadting" is a video coming soon by the Command Crew out of the UK.  This trailer is really quite unique in that its not just riding clips, each rider introduces themselves and tells us a little bit about them.  So it's really sweet to see such a young crew of riders (most of them seem to be about 15) doing someone different but still cool.  And you can see from the riding clips that these guys are throwing down, so I'm definitely looking forward to this one.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

ADVCT Co l Woodward homies V2

ADVCT is always making moves, and this time they moved on down to Woodward for the scooter weekend.  Tons of homies were filmed, including guys like Tyler Bradley, Cam Ward, Matt Grippi, Corey Funk, Zach Poon, and of course the ADVCT boys themselves.  Tyler is pretty much indisputably the best at 50s, and as one Youtube commenter put it, "It is unfair that Zack Martin is allowed to ride scooters." They also used a really enjoyable song, good job to these guys!

Cuff Crew Presents: Ketchup

The Cuff Crew represents what it's all about:  going out riding scooters with the homies, stacking clips, and getting lit.  This is their second full/mid length video and its clear to see their progression from the first.  These guys are holding it down on the East Coast and I'm psyched to see them making moves!  The video features:

Chris Aponte

Draven Woolley

Jay Reyes

Shane Cooper

Jason Borshchick

Dezmond Young

Ben Kowalski

Michael Mankong

and more.