I walked down the street to the theater and started talking to everyone and taking pictures of those in attendance. It’s great—not only do the top pros come out to these events, but they’re mingling with the kids who’re their biggest fans, and everyone’s stoked. No rock show, no attitudes—just skaters with skaters. Okay, I’ll cut to the chase.
Most of you probably think that Foundation is only punks in tight pants who skate rails and gaps, but you’d be wrong. Foundation just stepped forward and has joined in with everyone else by saying, “It’s okay to skate everything! And this video proves it. Sit back and enjoy!
Opening Credits: Spitting, slapping, and slams! Great fast-paced footage of road trips, slams, chicks, slaps to the face, and everyone having fun. This is what it’s about, right? Right!
Leo Romero: The new kid on the block. There’s always hype on the new kid. Well, Leo lives up to the hype. I have to admit it takes me a few times to get all the tricks and spots down when I watch a video, but I can say Leo skated solid—big rails and gaps, along with the finesse starting to show up in a lot of the youngsters. Great way to start out the video!
Daniel Shimizu: One of my favorites. Ollie to manuals—so smooth. Loads of great street spots and great lines. Daniel’s so smooth it looks like he’s sleeping! His effortless style ranks along with Janoski, Appleyard, Jose Rojo, and many others who make it look too easy. Daniel finished out his part with the stylish back Smith on a ten-stair.
Tony Silva: Funny story—Dan Pageau said to me once when Tony got on Foundation that it was cheaper to pay Tony Silva than Tony Da Silva who had just left Foundation, because he had two less letters in his name. Only from Pageau! Tony said he’d been saving up footage from all his trips for this video. Tony, thanks for saving it—your part is great. It’s nice to see the young kids not just skate rails but put down great lines over and on ledges and skate interesting spots that are not “the spots.
Gareth Stehr: My first time seeing Gareth, he gapped out to a ledge five-0 at 100 miles an hour. It was in the Foundation Controlled Chaos section of a recent issue of 411VM. I thought, “Great trick, but yet another rock ‘n’ roll kid. But then I met him, and he was super mellow and nice! Gareth may have Corey Duffel beat for most and best flair on the team, because he definitely had everyone beat at the premiere! Think hobbit meets Mick Jagger. Truly a New Zealand original! Gareth skated strong with big gaps, stairs, and mighty rails! It was a great first-video part.
Mike Ruzsyck: Pronounced rus-sick! And Mike was just that—sick! If you don’t know who Mike is, then you need to watch and learn. Mike has the best of both worlds. He has the style and flair of the early greats—Hensley, Barbee, and Jason Lee—as well as the tech ability of all the young guns. What more could you ask for? He consistently comes up with some of the most creative spots and lines to complement those spots. All I can say is, “No comply! Watch, enjoy, and learn. Turn him pro! Someone may swipe him after this footage. Watch for his ender ender!
Friends section: Great fun! The friends section was filled with most everyone else from the Tum Yeto house (the Toy Machine, Pig, and Hollywood teams), plus team managers and other pros and ams. Friends parts are always fun. Tricks that don’t make it into the other videos and sick skating that won’t one-up the team on the screen are what you need for a good friends part! Who’re your friends?
Matt Allen And Angel Ramierez: Matt is consistent and does all the standards—good part. Angel, or “Silver Back as some of his friends call him, was having tons of fun doing sick tricks! The fake steeze on his landings and the laughing and riding away tells me that Angel is doing this for the right reason—having fun!
Justin Strubing: Justin and Mike R. were the two parts I most anxiously awaited. Justin did not ddisappoint. Like Mike, Justin will take you to places you’ve never been, do tricks and combinations like you wouldn’t believe, and has styles for miles. He’s a combination of the style and creativity of Bobby Puleo with the aggression and power of John Cardiel. After mind-blowing tricks on all types of obstacles, Justin mid-part bombs a hill like Tommy Guerrero and proves why he’s not only a king of SF but a king of skating! Add Justin to the list of most underrated skaters of all time.
Ethan Fowler: He’s been doing this a long time—ten years, maybe. Ethan skated mellow on some mellow spots to some mellow music, then pulled out some stylish hammers at the very end. Ethan is definitely a legend now. For more proof of Ethan’s history and flow, please watch Stereo’s A Visual Sound and Tin Can Folklore. Kids, he was doing it while you were in diapers.
Corey Duffel: Who else could close out the video? Let me tell you why. He’s had the most coverage of any of the Foundation riders in the past year. He has the tightest pants in the biz. He makes rails, stairs, and gaps look effortless. Most people wouldn’t even walk down the stairs he throws himself down. And to top it off he has the personality of a little kid on a sugar high from hell! So all I can say is hammers, hammers, hammers. Corey is amazing, and he isn’t a gimmick! Just a thought, though—it’s funny how if you stay true to yourself, eventually everyone will accept who you are. Corey’s living proof of this idea. I think we can all agree.
A Quick Recap Of The Night
No fights, good vibe, excited crowd, no cops, hot chicks, ex-Foundation pro sightings—Heath Kirchart and Paul Sharpe—and ex-Foundation rider mentions from Cairo Foster, “Where’s Leigh Peterson?
All in all, the video was good. Foundation’s solid skating showed that there’s more to skating than just hammers. Don’t get me wrong, rails and gaps will always have their place in skating—it’s just great to see amazing skating that involves the real street, flowing lines, unique obstacles, and different styles. As Tod Swank (Tum Yeto and Foundation founder) said at the end of the night: “There’s something for everyone! Cheers, Tod!