Skater of the Year Photofeature
WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCED that Ishod Wair was the 2013 Skater of the Year, there were numerous remarks on how he is a true skate rat. It's a compliment, of course, and most likely the broad use of the phrase has to do with the unreal amount of footage Ishod stacked up. But it's important to note that it's not all the filming that makes him a skate rat. Instead, it's the fact that even without any cameras or sponsors, Ishod would have been skating like a madman anyway. No joke. Tales abound of his non-stop skate assaults. Nothing forced, either. Just having too much of a blast to slow down.
There's no need to measure or compare one's own skate rat level to another. And a strict defintion would take some of the fun out of the phrase. But a skate rat would probably include things like skating all terrain, constant spot hunts, following the wider skate world, getting stoked and inspired by others, understanding (hell, even appreciating) what slams are about, not being afraid to battle to get a make, and on and on.
All these SOTY's below are true skate animals in their own distinct ways. Every once and awhile it's good to see them all together just to see what an epic squad it is.
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12/11/2017Ol’ Saint Neck and the Baker Boys family held their annual Christmas demo at the Garvanza Park over the weekend.
12/07/2017What’s better than Big Boy Foy? How about 15 Big Boy Foys?! The homies and the Phelper give our new SOTY the surprise of a lifetime. Congrats, Jamie!
12/07/2017A roster full of legends on the loose in Germany, set to the sounds of Giggs and 2 Chainz—this is what a tour video should look like. Btw, Mr Najera, you’re not supposed to do those tricks UP the stairs!
12/04/2017A star-studded lineup loads up into the Wanderlodge and barges across the United States. As you would imagine, the result is a heavy-duty vid!
12/04/2017The Volcom Wanderlodge video is straight-up gnar! Now check the RV article from the January '18 issue of the mag to see the snaps and hear the tales behind the triumphs. Human skate stoppers suck!