Girl's "Nervous Circus" Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Let's be honest, we all had some pretty high hopes for 2020. Granted, it hasn’t been the beacon of light we all thought it might be, but we gotta be grateful for the little things that help us get through it. And what a better pick-me-up than Girl Skateboards' newest 15-minute offering, Nervous Circus, welcoming Niels Bennett and Griffin Gass into the pro ranks? On top of heavy ripping, a little levity goes a long way—enter Niels' clown-heavy concept. Scroll through to see something beatiful and bizarre, even by Venice in 2020 standards. —Alex Papke
Getting the day started, Griff gets first dibs in hair and makeup
A fresh shave might've helped
Move over ICP, there's a new clown in town
But this wasn't your standard juggalo affair
Behind every good costume, there’s a great TM making it happen
Attention to detail is everything
Ready for the first rip at Venice curbs, but something's missing…
... of course, the balloons! Thanks, Sammy
They really tie it all together, don’t they? The locals were getting a kick out of this one
So were Rick, Feds and Mike Mo
Jeron thought he was just rollin' up on another Venice local
Even though we knew Griff was going big, no one thought it would be this good
Niels knows he's next
When he has to publicly clown around all day, best believe Niels is gonna be picky about his get-up
And soon enough, we got him in the hot seat. Shout-out to Mimi for the proper styling
Fresh off an early morning flight from New York, it’s all coming together for Niels
Even though this whole thing was his idea, I don’t think Niels fully knew what he was getting himself into
I mean, shit—skating around in this kit all day during a heatwave, what’s the worst that could happen?
Back at the curbs, now there's two dudes down to clown. Just when you thought you’ve seen it all at Venice
Griff held it down for the skating portion on this one, while Niels did his best to stay out of the spotlight. Quick flick in and out of this back tail
The boys were bound to break some necks
Next time Carroll has to get dressed up, too
i think we found Griffin's first shoe for Lakai. The beach bros were impressed
“What do you think, more balloons?”
Always an interesting time when you can get Carroll and Tim together
And it sure as shit wouldn’t be a proper Thrasher blog without a photo of Tim Gavin posted up at Tim Gavin’s curb. We all know he put a beating on this one
Crob took a break from the mic to squeeze out a couple curb moves
Griff gets his back with a picture-perfect kickflip. What happened to his blue shoes?
A real sight for sore eyes, I can tell you that much
Oh yeah, didn't we have some serious business to take care of, too? Thanks, Spike, for keeping the product safe
Sam might be in over his head here…
... but as usual, he got it under control. And now introducing…
... Malto's newest co-pros! If Sean's signing off on you, you’ve done your job
And if it was up to Manch, these guys would have been pro years ago
"Hey, watch the merchandise!"
Was it really a surprise? No. Did I try and make it look like one? Maybe
Surprise or not, a celebration is in order. You already know they deserved it, but after these new parts, there's no questioning it
They just grow up too fast these days, eh, Rick?
A little celebratory swingin' never hurt anyone…
... unless you haven’t been practicing your backflips during quarantine
Clown down! Maybe next time, Niels
A for effort from Carroll, though. That counts for something, right?
We know it isn’t six feet, but we made an exception to get at least one good family photo for the day
Honestly, when everything was said and done…
... being a clown is harder than you think
But hey, the hardwork paid off. The dudes finally have their own decks! Couldn’t be more hyped for you guys
And if you haven’t already, go watch Niels and Griffin with their pro debuts in Nervous Circus playing on this very site right now. And while you’re at it, hit your local shop and pick up one of their boards. Congrats again, dudes!
10/13/2020Niels powers through the punishment dished out by his sketchy spot selections. Ice and elevate before you indulge.
9/14/2020Gerwer is one of skateboarding’s most colorful characters and he sure as hell doesn’t disappoint while dishing on the homies who have crossed his path over the years—from the Aug 2020 issue of the mag.
9/03/2020Griffin gets a look at his new shoes courtesy of Mike and Rick. Fuel your next session with Pure Gass.
9/01/2020Manchild, Malto, Breezy, Simon and the Girl gang get it going before new am Rowan Davis kicks it into high gear. Griff and Niels earn their stripes as the official pros. A standing ovation is in order.
8/21/2020Fresh off the plane and straight to the face, Willms starts the struggle before Townley, Winkowski, Manchild, Ducky and the crew fight battles against the East Coast’s crust and concerned citizens. Savor every second.