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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4/20/2017A good couple days in ATL with Tom, GT, Brock, Pat and crew before Plunkett and I powered it back out west with stops in Birmingham, El Paso and a little session at the Anderson’s residence. –P-Stone
4/10/2017Fans young and old clamor to meet the legendary Bones Brigade, now in watch form!
3/31/2017You've seen the video devastation, now catch up with our 2013 SOTY as he talks racism, his whirlwind path to stardom and the science behind catching air. What goes on in the head of one of the heaviest dudes rolling? Check out this extended take from his April 2017 interview – with bonus photos
3/31/2017We already served up the big enchilada, but you haven't tasted the whole SOTY experience until you dig through the chops of Dustin Dollin.
3/30/2017Oz has the best parks and we brought the heaviest ATV crew. Watch Kyle, Skankie, Ishod, Pilz, Zion, Lopez, Dollin and the boys as they dismantle some killer 'crete Down Unda!