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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7/22/2016The Waffle Squad hits Philly for a little hang time and some demo gold.
7/21/2016Rafters, Kana and Darkness rev it up bigtime. Why are we here? 'Cause we follow the Sun. I'd say we got that figured out. –Jake Phelps
7/20/2016The boys wanted some heat, well they brought it. Nice days, cold beer, hot nights. January in Argee is top-shelf. –Jake Phelps
7/20/2016January starts off with the crew in South America. No demos, no teams, no schedule means good times 'boarding and the gangs all here. Argentina is so epic. Fuck a blog; get a plane ticket. –Jake Phelps
7/15/2016Jello shots, Grindline the Band, Nyjah Huston and Jason Jessee – this awards show had it all.