Monday, March 30, 2015

Jake B-Smith | Wintech





Jake represents Elite as well as Dogg Scooters over in the UK.  These are all clips filmed over the past winter with a heavy tech concentration, thus the name "Wintech."  He kills it on the pegs, tricks into and out of ice stalls as well as some rad ice grind variations (ice uprail to fingerwhip!).  Makes you want to throw a pair on for sure.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Z.Martini





Man, Zack just keeps getting better and better and I don't know how.  These are the clips he's gotten since the Freestyle Depot "Fun N Eazy" video came out.  Madness coming from this guy, who decides to manual down a kinked rail...to manual on the sidewalk after it?!?  No signs of stopping from Zack either, who's going right into filming for the next Proto DVD all on the new Proto deck.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friendly LUX Review

Royce with a death defying doublewhip..
Nearly four years after dropping the first teaser to their full-length video “LUX,” the OG crew out of Australia has finally finished the project and released it to the public via a $4.95 (AUS) digital download.  As you could imagine during those four years, quite a lot of hype had been built, although it did taper off towards the end.  But they did it.  A full-length homie video with no company backing is quite an achievement.  Despite numerous setbacks, Friendly managed to do what many said wouldn’t be done.  After viewing it a couple times, here are my thoughts.

Riding:

The riding in a video is typically the benchmark most people use to measure how good (or bad) a video is.  As with pretty much any full-length, LUX has already received negative comments due to people who are: (A) desensitized to rad scootering because of the amount of amazing videos that come out on the web every day; (B) not aware what good riding is, because of the amount of bad scootering they see every day that is passed off as “good”, or (C) not aware that LUX was a homie video and never proclaimed itself to have next level riding.  Context is everything.

That being said, most of the sections were super sick.  Aaron Bransdon starts the video off with a bang, with some of the best straight hop style I’ve ever seen.  High speed lines, smith grinds, and a David Bowie soundtrack to top it off makes for a really enjoyable section.  I won’t go through the rest of everyone, but it definitely shows that these guys worked their asses off for this video.  Lots of creativity from guys like Mark Abbott, power from Alex Collins (don’t miss the switch either) and of course style from the few clips Jackson Manzie was able to contribute.  Jon Archer also kills it with a raw style unmatched by anyone in scootering, a great sequel to his Tilt part.  And I have to mention the last three guys- Luke Maffesoni, Royce King, and Kevin Austin.  Luke throws some of the wildest tricks you never see in a street video- cannonball to fakie, 180 briflip to fakie, bar bri on a hip, the list goes on.  We’re used to seeing Royce send it over huge gaps in the parks, and he shows no fear in sending it to flat on the streets- huge rails, wallrides, and he shows his transition skills in a few clips as well.  Finally, Kevin completely shuts it down.  The ease of which he does some of the most difficult tricks is seriously mindblowing.  Everything he does is so clean and nonchalant.  One of the top video parts of the year, easily.

Kevin front boarding before filming the real trick for his part.

Filming:  

So as this was a homie video filmed over five years, the filming isn’t always uniform.  Sean Furze handled most of the filming with Kevin and Jackson, and the rest of the crew contributing.  So we do see footage from a few different cameras, as well as some shakiness and dirty lens clips…but generally the filming was at, if not above the standard level of SD filming in scootering.   I’ve always thought that if you don’t notice it, the filming was good, and so I was only distracted during LUX by those couple outlier clips.  Another big part of filming is making sure you’re filming not only during the trick, but before and after.  These guys did a good job getting the shenanigans of street riding with your friends on video, which I’ll touch on again in the next section of this review.

Reece Alderton with a gap back lip shot by Zac Fraser.

Editing:  

Sean Furze also took care of the editing for LUX.  He kept it fairly simple for the most part, using a big bold block font for the titles, and without using any distracting b-roll.  The b-roll is mostly, as I touched on earlier, all the other action that happens apart from the tricks themselves, which is awesome to see.  The music choice is fairly conservative, with a mix of mainly classic and indie rock on top of some jazzy/psychedelic tunes...I do feel like they could have branched out a little more as far as the soundtrack goes (there's no way I haven't heard that Hendrix track in a video before).  So nothing too crazy as far as editing goes, just raw and simple, which fits the SD genre best in my eyes.

The crew runs deep.

Overall:

Friendly is selling LUX as a digital download for five bucks a pop.  At that price, there’s really no excuse not to buy it.  These dudes worked hard to make an awesome video for the scooter community.  Some of the best riders in the world are featured, and to see riders like that come together for a crew video is rare, especially when several do have sponsors.  The proceeds will be going toward further exploring Australia to film for more projects, so it is a good cause all around.

Bottom line:  If you haven’t watched it yet, you’re blowing it.  Get a digital copy at http://www.friendlybrand.net/lux.  A hard copy should be available soon for those diehard fans.


Issac Miller Signature Legacy and SCS Promo





Issac's first signature part comes in a duo- colorways for both an ARC LT SCS and Legacy fork.  Issac has been steady stacking clips for Tilt 2, which means this is all extra footage we won't see in his part.  5050/5-0 master, Issac always brings something interesting to the table, no matter what the spot is.  Don't miss the switch either.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Blunt / Envy DVD - LOS GRINGOS - part 3





Part three of the Purple Eyes DVD bring us the guys taking in the sights and sounds of Brazil.  In addition to being a country of rich culture and tradition, Brazil seems to have some rad parks and spots ready for shredding.  Props to Envy for sending these guys out there, this is tight.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bringing Back The Super 60

Who remembers the Super 60 that Inside Scooters started doing years ago? Basically, a Super 60, is you going out to a street spot, park, flat, etc, and filming as many clips as you can in 60 minutes. We used to get a TON of these sent in to us every week, and we would post the best ones. So let's bring it back! Below in the link, you will find the Super 60 Intro, that you can put at the beginning of your very own, Super 60. Also below that, you will find some of my personal favorite Super 60s of all time. Some of these are years old, enjoy!

INTRO for SUPER 60

(just realized all these guys are from So Cal!)







Friday, March 13, 2015

Aaron Ngo 2015 Promo





Mr. "D" himself has been sending it lately, filming with the Concrete and Hella Grip homies.  I guess he's working on a full-length edit, so this is a promo for it.  Master of 180 whip/downsides to fakie, and wallride extraordinaire, Aaron likes to keep it simple and steezy.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

VX4 Sale at Gryndo!

If you guys want to get your hands on some of the hottest selling scooters in 2014, then just head over to Gryndo, they're having a really good sale right now.


https://www.gryndoscooters.com/mgp-vx4-pro-scooters



Throwback Thursday: Chris Gascoigne Web Edit

Arguably one of my favorite riders to touch a scooter. Chris has always been so stylish with his riding, that it was impossible to not appreciate how talented Chris was, and I haven't even gotten into his Supermans yet. Chris is a true OG of the sport, and one of the pioneers of the Southern California scene. He was an original member of the DXG crew, and today he is running Affinity, which is selling some of the highest quality bars on the market today. This edit has some extremely old clips, and youll be able to tell, by the stock bars, and pro model he's riding. But that doesn't affect his riding at all. Style and innovation all over this edit. It's been a pleasure to be able to call Chris a close friend, and to have ridden with him on many occasions. Check it out below.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Sunnyvale Salad





The Concrete boys put this video together featuring David Coe, Kevin Closson, Ryan Myers, Danila Popov, Anton Abramson, Jake Sorensen,Will Casion, Aaron "D" Ngo and Jack Kopp.  Together they shred Sunnyvale skatepark, steez and skill all around.  Filmed by Anton and David, and edited by Anton.  Griptape provided by Hella Grip.

The Scooter Farm | Woodward West Scooter Weekend





The Scooter Farm was well-represented at this past Woodward weekend and a lot of guys were able to film clips for a video.  Jared Jacobs, Clayton Lindley, little Rocco Piazza, even Australian Tommy Dang and more are all featured.  Clayton's handplant back donoflip? was ridiculous.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hep Greg Temporary Tactics





J-Cott uploaded this little nugget of a video last night of Hep Greg.  Smooth, jazzy clips, as always from Greg.  He's got a signature wheel from River coming out soon so be on the lookout for that!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

"Austin" Street Jam 2015





So this year, hordes of scooter riders gathered in the heart of Texas for an Austin Street Jam.  Well, things didn't quite go as planned, and they ended up getting rained out.  But instead of pouting around being sadboys, they decided to check out this big DIY under bridge ditch spot in San Antonio.  It turned out pretty sick and the jam was held there.  Mike Dejong captured the good times for this recap video.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Tom Kvilhaug Tomahawk Promo



TomK has a signature fork with Tilt now, and it's being released today.  To celebrate it, here's a couple minutes worth of extra clips from his upcoming part in Tilt 2.  This boy is a beast, he ain't never stoppin.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

KENNY GRIFFIN- LIVING IN STANDARD + INTERVIEW



Kenny Griffin has been a young buck on the come up for a minute now. Getting his start with Lucky, he moved onto a pro spot on Anaquda and has been progressing with no signs of stopping.  His newest video, "Living in Standard," is his best effort yet and has been revered by many riders since it dropped yesterday.  OG Brian Boston said it well when he remarked "Looks like he has so much more potential too."  I hit up KG to get some more details behind the video and what it takes to have a cool miata.

Jordan Jasa:  How long did you spend filming?

Kenny Griffin:  I spent about 7 months filming.

Damn haha shorter than I expected. What made you decide to go SD instead of HD?

I just wanted to change it up Ive never filmed anything in standard and I like the feel/vibe and then once we filmed a few clips in standard we just decided we were going to do the whole thing like that.
Also 7 months is the longest I've really filmed for a part before so to me it felt like a really long time.

Boardslide fingerwhip.  Photo- Zack Martin


Yeah for sure, you can definitely tell you took some time on it. What cameras did you guys use then?
We used a vx1000 s/o kushfart  and then Damion used his HVX but you can put it into standard definition mode and it works pretty much just like a Vx.
Word. Which trick took you the longest? Or what was most satisfying to land?
Honestly the front Board fakie to frontside cab front Board whip on the white rails took sooo long and I was getting kicked out for the last attempts and had been trying it for legit 2 hours then just landed it perfect that felt pretty good to roll away from
Dealing with getting kicked out on top of trying to land the trick is definitely super stressful, must have felt nice. Were most of the spots local to you or did you travel anywhere?
There was a good amount of local spots but we traveled a lot. We went to SF then some places a few hours a way that we had spots planned out to go too. Also I went to San deigo and got some clips.
Miata clips were cool too, tell us about that thing.
Haha well I've always kinda been into cars then recently I bought that miata and I love it and am always sliding it or just clutch kicking. Then after riding a spot at this school Damion told me to bang a few donuts then disappear down the hill, so I did and it ended turning out to be a really cool intro everyone seems pretty stoked on it ha, but my miata will be slammed soon s/o to jared and his miata.

3 downside.  Photo:  Kong


Hard top is necessary if you wanna be cool.
Hahha yeah but droptopboyz.
But seriously, how much did hairdressing school cost?
Hahahhahahhahahhhahaahaahaah
Really though good job on the video, you and Damion killed it.
Thank you I appreciate it, didn't really think people would back it this hard I'm stoked.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ethic DTC The factory story





Okay, so we all hear about China factories and how bad it sucks to work there.  Well at least in the Ethic factory, you can't say they look unhappy.  This video goes through what it takes to make a Pandemonium deck, and then has footage of the team riding inside the factory as the workers and their families hang out and watch.  A couple of them even try to get in on the scoot action.

FRIENDS & FAM





So last month, the Friendly and Fam Hungry crews took a little trip over to New Zealand to ride with the YesPlease guys prior to the Auckland street jam.  In other words, the best guys south of the equator all met up to make one amazing video.  The filming and editing is top notch, putting some HVX's to great use.  Spots are insane, and the riding is unreal.  This is the best video I've seen all year.  Rider list alone should make you want to watch it- Jon Archer, Kevin Austin, Royce King, Darcy Altavilla, Regan Thompson, Nathan Flemongo, Reece Jones, Mark Abbott, Jasper Russell-Dennis, Lawrence Rubin & Taylor Nicholls.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Blunt / Envy DVD - PUNCHLINER - part 2





The Envy boys are all so insane.  This is the second part to their DVD "Purple Eyes," in which the team rides spots and parks in France and Spain.  So many crazy manuevers I can't even begin to explain.  Jessee shuts it down at the end per usual.  I don't know how he can send himself like that.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Lucky Scooters | James Gee switch at Woodward





So James did ride at Woodward (see below video) and actually came up with a sick video, all switch. It's rad to see people getting into switch with real tricks.  270 back lip, and the last clip are super good for switch.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

ADVCT l Woodward Homies





Blake and James went to Woodward, but filmed everyone else instead.  So while there's no footage of those dudes, all the homies killed it.  Jared Jacobs, Kevin Closson, David Coe, and way more are featured.