Guest Reviewer Of The Month: Cairo Foster on Skylarking

We gave Cairo Foster a copy of Dan Kircher’s Skylarking DVD to review, below is what he had to say. If you’d like to purchase a copy of Skylarking you can do so at Dan Kircher’s website 0nine.com or at unicron.net.

Peep Dave Chami’s Skylarking behind the scenes photos here.

It’s taken me a bit of time to figure out what needs to be said about Skylarking. Considering there is a preexisting formula for producing appealing skate flicks, one may argue that making any video is a cinch. Indeed, director Dan Kircher has smoothly edited a group of talented skateboarders skating appealing spots to the sounds of great artists, simple as that. But simplicity does not exist within skateboarding aside from the initial act of stepping on the board. Kircher reminds us of this with his choices in making Skylarking. Incorporating G.O.D.’s My Pal with Ryan Wilson’s driven approach to skating reassures all that an extra push is never a bad thing. With all that speed, Ryan moves away from the obvious, skating the obscure at even the most famous of spots. When given two songs for a part, it’s expected the skater will have a banging part, and neither Glenn Wignall nor Will Ackerman disappoint. They have their single trick bangers that are crowd favorites, but it’s their lines that make for great viewing. They seamlessly move beyond that initial step making rolling down the street and flipping your board look simple—when it really isn’t (they make me want to reevaluate my approach to skating, and get some lines on tape). Shuggie Otis sounds off for Bernard Foo, and with his quick feet and choice of tricks, I feel as if I’m watching a part from FTC’s Penal Code (this is a good thing, so study up kids).

Rush Fay flowing through the streets shows everyone that skating is what you make of it, and a good time is always around the corner. Harry Culy rounds out the posse, skating to the sounds of The Brian Jonestown Massacre. I feel as though his whole part can be summed up with the first trick in his opening line; a perfectly executed nollie frontside flip with snaps to boot. There’s more of course, but it’s best seen with your own eyes. With a multitude of standout parts, it’s best to say that the entire production stands out. Sure, a formula exists for videos, but Kircher’s New Zealand based production is proof that quality and style trumps all. Without the useless fodder found in some other video productions showcasing the humdrum scenery of suburbia and monotony of tricks, Skylarking easily makes it to the head of the rotation in my video playlist.—Cairo Foster