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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6/11/2021BA stayed productive during the pandemic and this Ace part full of flowing lines and gritty East Coast spots is the proof. Cameos from Alex Olson and Fred Gall round out the radness.
4/16/2021Deedz, Jacopo, Ronnie, Leo Baker, BA and more fly in formation, covering damn near every corner of the globe before Keegan McCutchen brings it home with his signature grace.
3/20/2021Quim, Carroll, Huf and a host of East Coast legends pop up in this proper tribute to the best brick spots in Jersey and NYC. Nothin’ beats the sound of that ground.
9/18/2020Pfanner’s massive pop and ungodly grinds set the stage for GT, BA, Daan, Doobie, Raney and crew to dismantle everything in their path. This is complete and thorough destruction.
8/06/2020Seeing BA and Freddy hit the Hideout DIY with their NJ homies will stoke out even the most jaded skater. Rejoice in the reunion of legends.