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The Nine Club with Jason Dill Hits Our Top List

This episode of The Nine Club with Jason Dill is not for the faint of heart. With stories of drugs and dead people and skateboarding, it's a podcast for the books! We had to share it as one of our favorite skateboard vlogs ever. Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The 'Leap of Faith' Was Skateboarding's Definitive Avant-Garde Moment


Twenty-one years ago, a man on a skateboard fell down a 17-foot drop at a schoolyard in San Diego and changed the world forever.

Known as the "Leap of Faith," the stunt was featured on the skateboard company Zero’s seminal 1997 video Thrill of It All, and immediately made the sport’s history books. Overnight, the guy behind it, Jamie Thomas, a 22-year-old from Dothan, Alabama, became an industry celebrity. Two years later, he was immortalized as a character in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, the sequel to which featured a level with a gap named after his famous slam at Point Loma High School. Back in real life, other skaters began gathering at the location hoping to best him. Some results are now online, including footage of Richard King, who broke his leg after plummeting like a rock to the concrete.

In comparison, Thomas’s attempt is masterful. As he approaches the handrail separating him from potential oblivion, he crouches and calmly executes an ollie melon. Then he descends. For what feels like eternity—actually just over a second—he hangs in the ether, floating on four wheels. An aura of tranquility surrounds him. Everything is silent except for the sound of photographer Grant Brittain’s camera. It’s all going perfectly. But as Thomas nears the tarmac there’s something amiss; his feet are an inch or so too close to the middle of his board. On any other day, such a small error would be inconsequential. But at this height, the impact is magnified a thousand-fold. As he lands, his board snaps, and his body folds like a tin can. Yet as he falls, he still maintains an air of grace, tumbling onto his shoulder and sliding out of frame with finesse. In the background, onlookers begin to cheer. A legend is made.

In 2005, the school built an elevator on the site, ensuring that no one would ever throw themselves down the drop again. Unlike the famous El Toro stair set, or the Carlsbad gap, with which countless skaters made names for themselves by doing bigger and gnarlier tricks than those who came before them, no one will ever throw themselves down the Leap of Faith again. The spot belongs solely to Jamie Thomas.

The story behind the event has only enhanced its status. At the time, Thomas was taking a risk with his career as well as his body. Since 1995, he’d been sponsored by the fabled Toy Machine skateboards. While there, he’d directed videos, acted as team manager, and earned the coveted final section in one of the decade’s best skate videos, Welcome to Hell. Then, in 1997, he gave up everything to start his own brand, Zero. Thrill of It All was his entry into the business, and Zero’s success rested on him. Whether he realized it at the time or not, the Leap of Faith was at once a display of skill as well as a publicity stunt. Photos of the dive—emblazoned with "JAMIE THOMAS RIDES FOR ZERO"—appeared as a full-page ad in Transworld Skateboarding. Zero was very much on the map.

Commercial concerns aside, the event seemed preordained. In a 2013 interview with King Shit magazine, Thomas recalled that prior to making the jump, he discovered someone had written his name on the handrail. Fate works in mysterious ways.

In many respects, the Leap of Faith was also the embodiment of an emerging type of street skating that combined dexterity, mortal risk, and spectacle. At the time, the discipline was evolving, and people were still discovering what their boards and bodies could achieve. Thomas’s wipeout was therefore important in two ways. Firstly, it charted the limit of gap jumping—no one has verifiably skated a drop that big since. And secondly, it solidified an era—already burgeoning since the days of Frankie Hill and the Gonz—in which street skaters focused on big tricks on big things. For at least a decade, skating (and dressing) like Jamie Thomas became one of skateboarding’s most dominant styles.

In 1998, for instance, Birdhouse released The End, a video boasting a young Andrew Reynolds frontside flipping a 13-step set of stairs, and Heath Kirchart lipsliding El Toro dressed like Michael Jackson. That same year, Jeremy Wray made history by clearing an 18-foot gap between two 40-foot water towers in Rowland Heights, California—another one-off. Fast-forward to 2002, and Flip’s equally iconic Sorry video offered Geoff Rowley’s "gnarliest" moments, as well as Ali Boulala’s failed attempt at clearing the 14.5-foot Lyon 25 (a feat that would go unaccomplished until Jaws nailed it in October 2015).

This style only became more prominent during the early 2000s, a boom era for daredevil street skating. It was during this time that skateboarding began to truly test its boundaries, and countless skaters made a name for themselves based on their willingness to jump down ever-larger staircases and handrails. The list of important tricks from this time period is long, and yet not one of these makes is as fabled Thomas’s fall. And, because of how skateboarding is consumed now—immediately, and usually on Instagram—it seems unlikely that any future trick could have the mystique and anticipation needed to make a similar impact.

In recent years, skateboarding has arguably evolved beyond the era of Big Shit. Skaters, perhaps having found the ceiling of what they can physically withstand, have largely stopped hunting for ever-bigger drops. Instead they’re bringing increasingly complicated tricks—the 90s-era technical flips and spins that fell out of fashion during the shift from fresh to hesh—to the big spots of yesterday. The slaying of hazardous landmarks is alive and well, it’s just that 2017’s Thrasher Skater of the Year did a frontside crooked grind in the same place where a lipslide was once mind-blowing.

Thomas’s influence remains indisputable, yet it still seems as if skateboarding has failed to grasp the Leap of Faith’s avant-garde significance. Skate videos may customarily exist merely to illustrate talent and promote brands, but Thomas’s exploits in San Diego were so inimitable that they are worthy of the consideration usually reserved for aesthetic objects. Skateboarders are fond of saying that their hobby is not a sport but an art, so it perhaps shouldn’t be too surprising that the closest comparison to Thomas’s Leap is not an athletic feat but a piece from the Met Museum’s collection —Yves Klein’s 1960 photomontage,Leap into the Void.

A French judo master, Klein’s work focused on representing the unrepresentable, challenging Western principles of imitative art. As a child, he began painting surfaces in monochrome blocks as an attempt to articulate the “pure freedom” of “existential space”—a place in between life and death. Later, this practice developed into his signature shade of blue. Leap into the Void, depicting the artist seemingly swan diving from a wall, was an extension of this project. Composed of two superimposed images (Klein was caught by friends who were then edited out), it was initially distributed in a newspaper alongside the demand that to paint space one must “go there by his own means, by an autonomous, individual force.” But despite having the realistic appearance of a photo, what it depicts did not occur.

In many respects, the Leap of Faith is similar to Klein’s artwork. On a very obvious level, both depict men jumping from great height and both have the same word in their titles. Moreover, both have encouraged people to make leaps of their own. In Thomas’s case, he pushed skateboarding to dangerous new heights; in Klein’s case, he enticed his audience into believing his trompe l'oeil. But perhaps the most persuasive similarity is the way in which Thomas’s jump resembles the French artist’s advice to aspiring painters. In those iconic closing moments from Thrill of It All, Thomas is figuratively delineating space through his own force, charting its unrepresentable dimensions via his body and movement. And more importantly, as he flies through the air, he is caught between life and death, suspended in the void of nonexistence—the ultimate Kleinean motif.

Source: Vice

Pop-Up Skate Art Show in Casselberry, Florida Brings Advocates of All Ages

Skateboard Art Show Recap Video

SKATE 32707 – Support A Skatepark In Casselberry, a grassroots community group dedicated to improving recreation opportunities in Casselberry by advocating for, promoting and assisting in the development of a skatepark for the community, will be hosting a Pop-Up Skate Art Exhibition on February 9, 2018 alongside the Casselberry Art House in Lake Concord Park. In addition to showcasing art inspired by skateboarding, the event will also serve as a gathering to inspires all riders – Skateboarding, BMX or any other wheeled sport, to come together to share and enjoy in the history of over 40 years of action sports in the Casselberry area.

There are few people that remember the Longwood Pipeline Skatepark, formerly located on Dog Track Road, but it was a very important park for Central Florida, being one of 22 concrete skateparks built in Florida in the 1970’s. during its heyday, Longwood Pipeline was the subject of a feature article by Jane Casselberry in the Sanford Herald. Collectively, these skateparks gave birth to and inspired many of today’s professional action sports riders who hail from Florida, as well as many who have been enshrined in the Florida Skateboarding Hall of Fame!

As a result of the popularity of action sports, Central Florida is home to BMX companies; Sparky’s Distribution, and Shadow Conspiracy; skateboard brands; Lake Skateboards, Demon Seed & Lockhart Board Company, as well as local skate shops Galactic G, PLUS, Mr. B’s and Catalyst. 

Participants in action sports have long been in the shadow of traditional sports athletes, however these riders are becoming more well-known daily, with appearances in televised coverage of the X-Games, Nike Street League and Vans Skatepark Series. In 2020, the Summer Olympic games in Tokyo will showcase skateboarding as an event for the first time.

Many of the athletes in action sports are artists and without doubt the skateboarding culture is deeply rooted in free expression and artistic freedom. In recognition of the influence of art within the action sports community, this gathering we will be a public showing of art, photography, fashion and videos from these riders, expressing their love for the lifestyle throughout the last 40 years.

We are expecting many of the skaters who founded lifelong friendships at Longwood Pipeline to attend. A showing of historical images and films from the past 40 years will surely be a highlight off the event."

The Nine Club Talks to Bam Margera and Report the Skateboard News

The Nine Club Experience talks to Bam Margera in Episode 16! 

"This week on The Nine Club Experience: Catching up with Bam Margera, his recent DUI and finishing rehab, Tom Schaar turning pro for Element, DVS loosing riders, Marc Suciu's ADV II part, Sebo Walker leaving Lakai, Chris Haslam winning 2up, Raven Tershy's back smith, Habitat welcomes Flo Mirtain, Daan Van Der Linden on Nike SB and much more!"

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Galactic G Goonies Lines Contest (Full Video)

40 skaters, 3 benches, 2 lines, and only one winner. See all the runs and highlights on the official Goonies Lines Contest video.

Skateboarders from all across the state of Florida came to this pop up event for the 1st place cash prize. The contest was free to enter but for a limit of only forty skaters. Skaters from Tampa, Kissimmee, Deltona and all over Central Florida brought their bag of bench tricks.

Azalea Skatepark is a free outdoor skatepark covered with some shade but not protected from rain. Recently resurfaced and no helmet required, this skatepark is great for anyone. 3 benches of all sizes, 2quarter pipes and a multi level table top box and hip in the middle of the ramps.

Also at the park is free clean water fountains, dog park, basketball court and a playground for everyone.

You can find event flyers, video's and more with Galactic G Skateshop. 
Galactic G is not a sponsor of the park, but does support the Orange County Public Parks. Any questions about this park can be answer by Galactic G. 

Thank you to all the sponsors: Triple Eight, Domain Premium Apparel, Demon Seed Skateboards, Mini Logo Skateboards, Bones Wheels, Vans Shoes, Native Roots, and Powell Skateboards 

Shop Skate Goods 24hrs a Day: https://www.galacticg.com

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Nike SB Release of the Air Force II Dunk Low and High Release Thursday Feb, 8th in Orlando

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Twenty years on from its debut for the basketball court, the Air Force II has been made to skate. Inspired by Los Angeles skater Kevin Bradley, the white upper that wears down as you skate, revealing a hidden blue lining.  An illustration of Bradley’s dog Jericho is featured on the sockliner, paying tribute to his notorious love of animals. You know what’s going on with the latest Nike SB Air Force II Low.
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Nike SB Dunk Lo Kevin Bradely

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Nike SB Dunk Hi Kevin Bradely

Originally a hoops shoe, the Dunk is again made to skate and this time with a few hidden tricks. Inspired by Los Angeles skater Kevin Bradley, the white upper wears down as you skate, revealing a hidden red lining. Palm tree accents pay tribute to the streets and beaches of LA and Venice where Bradley skates. You know what’s going on with the latest Nike SB Zoom Dunk High Pro.

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To purchase these shoes, you must be one of the first people at the door when we open at 10am on February 8th, 2018. First come first serve, no reservations accepted. 

2020 N. Orange Ave. Orlando, Florida

Galactic G Skateshop is an authorized retailer of Nike SB, a division of Nike, Inc. 
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