AYC's "Tokyo Slaps" Article

AYC Intro 750px


When Jaws said he wanted to ollie this rail I thought he was joking. Not because it’s a huge drop onto shit ground with a slightly uphill landing. No, I was laughing because it’s in Shibuya crossing! You know the place where you’ve seen time lapses of a million people crossing the street? Yeah, now picture ollieing into them. The dude really trusted us when we yelled, “Go!”


AYC 1 750px


As Stephen Lawyer would say, this spot slaps—Tokyo slaps. Stevie did this back heel in a line and you know he did it with his textbook style. Everyone gets hyped when the boss man comes through


AYC 2 750px

When Stevie Williams first told me about Asphalt Yacht Club, he used the phrase “from the streets to the yacht.” It was a slogan that personified what Stevie had done and what he wants for other skaters: he was a kid from the streets of Philly who turned his talent into an insanely successful career and now has the luxury of partying on yachts. This trip to Tokyo was no exception to this slogan. From days spent in back alleys and piss-smelling underpass spots to five-star dinners with the Tommy Hilfiger—rolled ankles and shinners to bottle service and velvet ropes. And while that lifestyle may not be for everyone, the AYC guys know how to have fun on a trip and still get it done in the streets the next day.


AYC 3 750px


Our Japanese tour guide, Yuto, said, “Damnnnn Playerrrrrr,” about a thousand times day and he sure as hell said it when Paul Hart landed this frontside bluntslide to fakie


AYC 4 750px


AYC 5 750px


Jaws only got one try with this drop in because it’s at a temple that’s highly guarded. Right when we got out of the van a security guard came up to make sure we weren’t trying anything sketchy. We laid his fears to rest and when he walked away Jaws jumped up top. The poor guy ran all the way back to us just in time to see him roll away. We’re pretty much the worst people


AYC 6 750px

Cole Wilson 50-50d this hubba on his birthday. Normally after such a feat you’d celebrate and go to a bar. But Cole was already drunk so that seemed kinda like overkill


AYC 7 750px

All the guys were getting down on this gap to rail. Cole alone did two or three things, this nose grind being one of them


AYC 8 750px


AYC 9 750px


Yes, we went to this hip. Sorry—it’s just that good. That’s why everyone hits it and why most tricks here are ABDs. Of course Stephen Lawyer got a trick on it, though. Nollie inward heel


AYC 10 750px


AYC 11 750px


AYC 12 750px

Every day of the trip we drove by this monument and every day Al asked if we could stop. On the last day we finally pulled over for him. Have at it, Al. Wallie 180


AYC 13 750px


AYC 14 750px


AYC 15 750px

I was joking when I proposed this 50-50 to Cole: It’s tall, round, kinked and you have to bend weird to get past the utility pole. Apparently my jokes are a reality to Mr. Wilson


AYC 16 750px

This place is normally crazy busy and getting a trick can be frustrating. Paul Hart took advantage of his jet lag and hit it up at 6am when it was calm and quiet. Early-riser front crook to fakie


AYC 17 750px

The landing at this spot was a muddy old fountain pond. One slam and it looked like you slid in doo doo. Al’s crispy white t-shirt speaks to his precision on this switch wallie


AYC 18 750px

And we’re out. Arigato Japan!

  • Aaron Meza: People I've Known

    Aaron Meza: People I've Known
    From Embarko loc to Crail Couch creator to mastermind behind Nike SB’s recent “Constant” flick, Aaron “The Mez” Meza is the ultimate benevolent skate biz insider.  
  • Thrasher Valentine's Day Cards 2022

    Thrasher Valentine's Day Cards 2022
    Valentine's Day is a time for love, Photoshop and using images of skaters without asking permission. These crappy cards are a romantic tradition that no one asked for.  
  • SKATELINE: 12.28.2021

    SKATELINE: 12.28.2021
    Creature's Gangreen video, Chocolate's Bunny Hop video, Jack Olson's Slingshot part and more in today's episode of Skateline.
  • SKATELINE: 11.16.2021

    SKATELINE: 11.16.2021
    Mark Suciu strikes again, Aaron Goure's Welcome part, Palace's Beyond the 3rd Wave video, Supreme's Mind Goblin video and more in today's episode of Skateline.
  • Sovereign Sect's "Memory Lapse" Ep1: NYC '99

    Sovereign Sect's "Memory Lapse" Ep1: NYC '99
    New York City in the late ‘90s was teeming with once-in-a-generation talents like Dill, Pappalardo and Wenning. We dive into the Workshop’s library to remind you.