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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11/28/2017They can kickflip, handplant and switch back tail better than the rest of us, but can they select the perfect SOTY? Check out who the pros want to win the only award that matters!
8/01/2017The march through New Zealand continues, as bodies hit the concrete and puke lands in the lap of luxury.
6/05/2017A Supreme x Thrasher video made by Mark Gonzales.
1/21/2017Joey Digi and I had a great Summer, so he edited this footage together to remind us how incredible New York can be. Here’s to Summer 2017, nah mean?! –Brian Anderson
12/17/2016The 2016 SOTY party was a major rager! Thanks to Monster and everybody that came out, watched the vids or read the mag in '16. Skateboarding is the best shit ever.