Skater of the Year Photofeature


Skater of the Year Photofeature


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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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  • Welcome to the Team Nate Viands

    Welcome to the Team Nate Viands
    Ishod and Nate Viands met up to skate and the session turned into Nate’s new Welcome to the REAL team ad. Check out the full video and photos from the session.
  • Marc Johnson's Thunder Trucks Jamboree

    Marc Johnson's Thunder Trucks Jamboree
    It’s not often you get the opportunity to skate a pro’s private skatepark. So if and when it happens, you’re gonna take full advantage—and this past weekend was one of those rare opportunities. Check out some photos here.
  • First Look: Geoff Rowley

    First Look: Geoff Rowley
    The Liverpool Legend Geoff Rowley flips through another thick issue loaded with first-rate ripping, sprinkling in expert analysis and preferable methods of slamming on a rail.
  • Foundation "Oddity" Premiere Photos

    Foundation "Oddity" Premiere Photos
    In an age of overly-produced video shorts, the F troop kept it true to the core and stuck with the tried-and-true formula with a half-hour video of straight hammers. Check out some photos from the premiere here.
  • Pharmacy's "Bonus" Video

    Pharmacy's "Bonus" Video
    The Pharmacy squad is loaded, from big names like Bryan Herman and Boo Johnson, to underground hitters all over the SoCal and Nevada desert. Here’s a five minute montage from the shop’s roster of rippers.