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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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.
7/29/2020Tony Hawk, Omar Hassan and plenty of legends-to-be crew up in Canada to blast at the Big O and party in the parks. Our guy Rye Beres documents the destruction.
7/23/2020Lotties does it again, bringing together some of the finest LA footage from legends like Reynolds, Jerry and Andrew Allen along with modern stars Nick Michel, Pedro Delfino, Dustin Henry and more. Don’t miss your window to witness this epic edit.
7/22/2020Mason’s one of the heaviest in the game, and it makes sense once you see his list of inspirations. Read his appreciation of towering figures like Heath, Reynolds, Barbee and a few you’d never guess in this piece from our April 2020 mag.
7/20/2020Laying rumors to rest, the Boss and Vans make it official. Half Cabs and a Reynolds backside flip make a classic combination. Cheers.