A good clip in skating is one that you can remember the highlights of, but a great clip is one that is quotable. Nearly any video exhibits filler clips; some dressed up in 8mm film, others in high-def headshots. Some of the best show interaction between pedestrians and skaters. You tend to learn something in these moments, particularly along the lines of the point of view of a pair of eyes that are from the outside looking in. Interactions such as the list below vary from accusatory, admiration, and bewilderment.
Brandon Westgate and the Hearty SF Inhabitant
God, this guy can push. Brandon Westgate has been hitting all of the right notes for a long time now, with this video part kicking off his reign. A curious move to be given an Epicly Later’d so early in his career, we learned the degree of his well-known work ethic. Jon Miner, the lensman behind Emerica’s catalog of videos such as Stay Gold, Made, and the upcoming Made 2, figured out that “the more challenging the situation is, the more he [Westgate] wants it.” This part of the episode then cuts to telling us about his encounter with an elderly woman who lives in one of the houses of a spot he was trying to skate for Stay Gold, who is less than gracious to him once he gets caught (7:50). As they continue to show up to the spot, she continually gets more and more upset, accusing Westgate of coming from a “dysfunctional family,” which would ignite most skaters’ anger or wise-cracking. Not Brandon though: he lets it brush on by and leaves it to “I know, I have problems.” A rare moment like this in videos teaches us more about the skater than the pedestrian. Westgate is so eager to get this trick that we can realize he wants the clip and it doesn’t matter if said clip is easy to get or otherwise. Not only does he get his now infamous line, but he apologizes to the lady with the heart condition and sends her flowers. The devil makes work for idle hands, but Westgate brushes off those idioms and has been a serious SOTY contender for the past few years.
And Now, bookending Sean Malto’s part
Transworld’s video pedigree stands as an impressive collection, but And Now resembles the classic vibe of their old videos, compared to their newest additions. Sean Malto ends the video on a high note, but a guy flipping through a TWS mag exclaims, “That is you!” with a nollie over a rail, a nollieflip, a backtail shuv-it, and a blunt to fakie to mix the intro up a bit. For building up such an intro to a good part, this guy did more than half the work for Jon Holland and Chris Ray. When a stranger who has no idea about skateboarding says, “that guy looks like a pretty awesome skateboarder right there,” you’d immediately have to credit Malto for having that ability to stick out. We don’t see interactions like this often, because not a lot of people share this man’s uncanny insight. A man we haven’t seen since has surmised about “making it” better than most seasoned pros have bothered even trying. More inspirational than DJ Khaled, he tells Malto, Tyler Bledsoe and co.: “Y’all taking what y’all love and y’all doing something with it. I admire that. I really do. And anybody that has a dream would admire that about you guys.” Filler clips don’t need to be artistic or shallow, but if they were as memorable as this one, or as well-constructed as book-ending a video part, then you’d find more viewers remembering and embracing these clips.
Krooked “Circle Board in NYC”
Krooked does not have a stigma as much as a niche, like being a creative and fun company. Gonz’s brainchild doesn’t need to worry about stepping on anyone else’s toes, because edits like this aren’t so commonplace. The original circle board is iconic in its own right, but this aligns a little more closely to how most skaters would want to skate a circle board with their friends. Who would’ve thought that New Yorkers would be interested in what a few guys are doing, fooling around with a circle board? One woman compares them to hamsters and their wheels, a man with class and a cigar asks if it works, even a cop looks into the scene to see what the gang is doing. Anyone reading this article definitely had the same expression on their face as the little Mets fan at 4:13 when they saw someone who ollied up a curb for the first time. Only a number of select, distinguished videos file themselves as perfect, but this one comes close. It isn’t a video part, a tour, an interview, or a day in the life feature. The pedestrian moments included in this video pepper identity into it, a lacking characteristic of the gratuitous amounts of footage dumped into the internet today. With the light-hearted, low-impact, creative skating balanced alongside interested bystanders, you hope to bump into someone when you go out and skate today.
Did we miss any notable moments of skaters and citizens interacting? What’s your most memorable interaction with a non-skater centered on skating when you were out and about? If you haven’t had such an experience, get out of the skate park and change that.