The Top 8 SOTY Finalists
We'll be announcing the 2014 Skater of the Year this Saturday night, but until then check our top 8 finalists and let us know who YOU think should take the only title that matters. Congratulations to all our contenders. What an amazing year!
Sponsors: Krooked, Nike, Spitfire, Independent, Roughneck, Pitcrew, Chrome, Bones Swiss, Death Squad, Freedumb
Home: NY, NY (via Washington, DC)
Big Moves in 2014: Just when you thought the death of e's was gonna take Bobby with it, DC's favorite son bounced back with his all-Pulaski part, Hometown Turf Killer, followed up mad quick with the So-Cal-centric Luxury and Loudness and a spot on the swoosh via an unheard of third-in-a-year Quartersnacks part. Heavy ledge work, switch rail moves to make Guy jealous and that push, push, push, push. Right guy, right time, so rad!
Indelible image: first trick - backside noseblunt the Pulaski flower pot
Verdict: True East
Sponsors: DC, Element, Monster, Stance, Diamond, Ricta, Mob, AYC
Home: San Juan Capistrano, CA (via Davis, CA)
Big Moves in 2014: Nyjah laid low in 2014, meaning he only won almost all the contests, put out insane ads and absolutely killed King of the Road evidence now playing.
Indelible image: Trophy raised high!
Verdict: Still the best
Sponsors: Real, Nike, Thunder, Spitfire, Fourstar, Anthony's Cookies, Stance, Monster, Diamond, Shake Junt, Bones Swiss, Epoke Eyewear, Helas, Exit Skateshop
Home: Philadelphia, PA and Long Beach, CA
Big Moves in 2014: The reigning SOTY cranked into the new year in the awesome Soty Naawwsty video and never stopped ripping (chafing be damned!) From the weight of the maneuvers in his #2TERMZ interview in the new mag (and over-the-top tail slide cover) the possibility of a back-to-back repeat isn't really that far fetched. And he's got another video part out next week …
Indelible image: that KC double kink 5-0
Verdict: Can't stop, won't stop!
Sponsors: Sk8mafia, DC, Royal, OJ, Paradox
Home: San Diego, CA
Big Moves in 2014: The first real handrail dark slide, monster kinkers, switch big flips and bong hits of casual gnar in his Crusty and Extra Crusty parts made 2014 a big year for Wes. Then that Sk8mafia Pack of Hydes part came out ...
Indelible image: Clipper magic!
Verdict: Yes on Wes
Sponsors: enjoi, Globe, Krux, NC boardshop, Bones Swiss, Pig, Mob
Home: San Jose, CA
Big Moves in 2014: If skateboarding is the fountain of youth, then Louie Barletta must be beer-bonging that shit. Even in the wake of a wacky-skating boom, Louie's Oververt part not only reconfirmed his role as the king of the good-times 'boarders, but as a brand-manager to be reckoned with - ferrying the enjoi ship to higher ground following the departure of a couple of key players. That hand-up to fakie in The Hook was no fuckin' joke, either!
Indelible image: Unwigged!
Verdict: The second oldest dude to get the cover (and have fun doing it)
Sponsors: Plan B, DVS, Venture, Grizzly, Diamond, Red Bull, Bones Swiss, Dakine, Nixon, Markisa, Loud, Happy Hour, Skatelab
Home: Simi Valley, CA
Big Moves in 2014: T-Puds was everywhere in 2014, earning two amazing covers, rifling out the NBD combos and stoking the fire with his Supernova part - all leading up to this big Plan B True bonanza. If the photos and hype are any indication, expect nothing less than a proper face melting from Torey P.
Indelible image: that Oakland Courthouse backside smith
Verdict: Grizzly does it!
Sponsors: Emerica, Zoo York, Ricta, Bro Style, Venture, Dakine, Westgate Cranberries
Home: Carver, MA
Big Moves in 2014: Saving his best for last, Westgate bounced back from a spine injury with his recent video, Zoo England, a master's class in classic East Coast grit and burl. His second gate-fold cover in 16 months shows that no single page can contain his massive maneuvers and that uphill slide marks yet another barrier being broken.
Indelible image: Gotta be that up-slide gatefold cover
Verdict: (Still) the definitive East Coast powerhouse
Sponsors: Girl, Nike, Fourstar, Royal, Spitfire, Glassy, Bones Swiss, Fish Co.
Home: Tacoma, WA (via Lake Stephens, WA)
Big Moves in 2014: What if you could do whatever trick you wanted, on any terrain, and from any era, all while enjoying a cocktail with your friends and wearing comfortable beachwear? This whole "skateboarding = suffering" thing? Cory Kennedy found a loophole. Bean plants in Birkenstocks, triple kink backside grinds, ledge demonics - all with a laugh and a smile. Rat Poison, Soty Naaawsty, Raw Buffalo, Relapse of Luxury, This Ain't No Safari, Cory Goes BellingHAM and a ton of other bits and pieces documented his 2014 destruction.
Indelible image: that kickflip frontside wallride
Verdict: Fun gets gnarly gets even more fun!
11/19/2019Throughout two decades of pro skating, Jerry has encountered a wide cast of characters. Here are his quick impressions of those people who have added to a lifetime of memories.
11/18/2019Smoookes new video part premiered last night at Volcom’s HQ. Beer, tunes and weed—all free?! What a time to be alive!
10/18/2019This edit isn’t the product of months of filming, this is what Ishod did on one single road trip. That said, we ain’t the least bit surprised. Ishod tha God for real.
10/11/2019Once again the world’s greatest skate and music fest roared to life in the Big Apple with a diabolical new ramp, epic bands and Yuto, Greyson and the Vans Wrecking Crew throwing down all weekend long. Missed it? Sucks to be you.
10/11/2019Watch Nyjah and D-Loy flip around all the people cruising down Hollywood Blvd in this clip from Ricta.